Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Today For Beachwalk That Will Run Nearly Entire Length Of Miami Beach

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.

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Oscar

Meanwhile in Miami, the baywalk and riverwalk are being completed seemingly one inch at a time

Anonymous

politicians are too busy stealing money!

Anonymous

i’d be happy with 9 inches at a time

Anonymous

Oooh
Sounds hot

Anonymous

Tell me about it, but I’ll prefer 10 inches. LOL

Anonymous

Miami Beach showing how it’s done. Now build some east-west links from the beachwalk so that more people can get around by bike and not car.

marc

Venetian is a nice and popular ride.

Anonymous

but no safe way from to the beachwalk

Anonymous

Maybe Lincoln lane south could be converted to be bike friendly…

Anonymous

That is part of the recommendations included in the Masterplan for the Lincoln Road District

Anonymous

City of Miami…pay attention. this needs to be done along the Miami River!!!!!

Anonymous

Ditto!

Polo

Why they put palm trees in the middle of the Beachwalk? So bikers can run into them and sue the city of Miami Beach!

Anonymous

Designed by people who primarily drive drive drive.

Kenny

and provide no shade, ugh, I hate palm trees

Anonymous

Sooo why do you wanna live in a state where palm trees existed even before Christopher Columbus launched sail?

marc

Yes palm trees have always existed in this sub tropical climate but there are way more other trees in this area than just palm trees. The reason why they are so abundant and you so many palm trees today is because they are cheap and is the go to tree of so many developers and property owners.

Anonymous

Palm trees or coconut trees, can withstand more fierce hurricane force winds better than the average tree and that’s why they’re so prolific in Florida, so it has nothing to do with being cheap. Plus, they’re beautiful.

Anonymous

They are absolutely not cheap! Each individual royal palm can cost thousands. Try again and complain about something else.

Anonymous

Don’t be so hateful in life!

Anonymous

I’ve asked the city about this. They’ve explained that it’s designed to provide a visual deterrent to cyclists who speed past pedestrians, especially parents pushing infants in strollers. Many of those parents actually pushed for some sort of slowing mechanism like this. The idea, is if you’re a speeding cyclist and you see trees in the path, you’ll somehow reduce speed, instead of if you saw pedestrians with strollers… A tree hurts more than a pedestrian, if you collide with it, it seems.

Anonymous

To people comparing this to Miami proper, be aware it was easier because this is built along protected coastline dunes, so the city didn’t have to appease every property owner.

Anonymous

Yeah, I hope all the politicians from Miami were there as well and called out to see what could be. Miami’s BayWalk progress is insulting to the residents.

Anonymous

Don’t forget the Underline, construction is on it’s way..

Anonymous

I love the idea of walking by US-1 traffic