Starting today, you will be able to walk in a continuous path along the ocean from the southern tip of Miami Beach through South Beach, Mid-Beach and North Beach for the first time ever.
City officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 PM today for a new stretch of beachwalk that runs from 46th to 53rd Streets, according to a letter from mayor Dan Gelber. The new section completes a gap in the beachwalk.
A wooden boardwalk runs south from 46th street, and a recently completed beachwalk runs north from 53rd street, allowing for a continuous connection for pedestrians. Another section from 3rd to 5th street also opened this year, connecting to South Pointe Park.
The next phase of the beachwalk project will see demolition of the wooden boardwalk from 24th to 45th street. Demolition will begin later this Fall with completion expected in 14 months.
A final section of beachwalk, from 79th street to 87th street, will begin construction in 2020, with completion in 2021.
A pedestrian bridge on the west side of the city that runs above 5th street to a new park there is expected to be completed late this year or early next year.
Miami Beach will have 7.5 miles of beachwalk and 2 miles of baywalk once these projects are completed, Gelber wrote.