Say Goodbye To Miami Beach’s Wooden Boardwalk: Demolition Will Start Tomorrow, To Be Replaced With Beachwalk

An era will come to an end tomorrow in Miami Beach when the city will begin demolishing the wooden boardwalk in mid-Beach.

A ceremony to celebrate the start of demolition will be held on Wednesday for the project, which will see the wooden boardwalk replaced with concrete pavers.

Miami Beach spokesperson Melissa Berthier said the project will take around a year and a half to complete. The work will be divided into three sections from 23rd Street to 45th Street, divided by areas already converted to beachwalk behind the Faena and Edition hotels.

Demolition is scheduled to run from December through March. Crews will work from the south end to the north for demolition, and will again work south to north for construction and paver installation, including at 11 street ends.

Some residents in the city had advocated retaining the boardwalk, saying it was iconic, provided an elevated view, and is easier to walk on than pavers.  Detractors noted the dangers caused by its deteriorating condition and the fact that it attracted homeless people.

A beachwalk has already been completed in South Beach and North Beach. With the new segment, the beachwalk will run continuously from South Pointe Park all the way to the northern end of the city (a final segment will also be built behind North Shore Park that will take the path to Surfside).

FDOT and the Federal Highway Administration are partnering with the city on the project.

 

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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peej

The permanent Beachwalk is welcomed, just as long as they don’t plant Palm Trees in the middle of it like they did on the portion further south…

Anonymous

Hint: They will

POLO

Yes, that was kind of stupid to plant palm trees in the middle of the beach walk!

Anonymous

They better keep the trees (and plant more !) Shade is good.

Anonymous

Miami officials hate trees so i don’t know.

Anonymous

This is not in Miami.

Anonymous

So I guess hurricanes leave trees alone then?

Anonymous

Palm tree, are very flexible and do well in storms.

Anonymous

Plants and shade is very good for beaches

Anonymous

Palm trees don’t provide shade

Anonymous

Don’t want to make it comfortable for the lurkers

Anonymous

There is something orgasmic about walking on a boardwalk

Anonymous

I agree

Anonymous

The board walk is great. But there is too much foot traffic in this location. The wood decking can’t handle all the wear and tear, they have even installed decking on top of decking as a temporary solution. The beachwalk is definitely the more sustainable option.

Anonymous

Also now bikes will be able to ride the entire path! from south point to mid beach.

Anonymous

I thought it was a beachwalk.. not a “ride your bike” beach path.

marc

It’s a beachwalk for walkers, joggers, roller bladers, and bikers. It’s South Florida, take your pick.

Anonymous

And don’t forget “scooters.” So the correct pronunciation should be a – BEACH PATH.

Anonymous

This will help keep a lot of bikes off the streets around midbeach. It was always a major hassle to avoid the boardwalk sections when riding your bike from one end of the beach to the other.

Anonymous

Bikes should have an on road option as well.

Anonymous

Please don’t tell me they are demolishing all three sections first then building them. If so they are brain dead. Instead of leaving a gaping 1.5 mile hole in the boardwalk for a year and a half (which realistically will be 2+ years) They should demolish and also complete the southern section first before demolishing the other two sections. You can still easily use Miami Beach Drive which runs parallel to the southern section to get around the construction.

Anonymous

Miami Beach Drive?? Where the heck is that?

Anonymous

Google map it. It runs parallel to the boardwalk behind all the pool decks for the Buildings between 24th-29th Street

freddy J

well at least they’ll lose the bums a step in the right direction

freddy J

great step in the right direction loosing the bums under the BW begging irritants

Anonymous

In the past Miami Beach solved its homeless problem by buying them a one way ticket to another city. Did they stop doing that?

Anonymous

sadly yes

Anonymous

Detractors noted the dangers caused by its deteriorating condition and the fact that it attracted homeless people.

The boardwalk will be replaced with a beachwalk built with pavers. **** Wood attracts homeless whereas pavers do not ???

peej

Please use some logic–the elevated Boardwalk provides space below for the homeless. Replacing it with at-grade pavers eliminates that opportunity.

Anonymous

Homeless would camp out underneath and drug dealers would hide their stash under the boardwalk as well. I’ve seen it all from the balcony.

Alina

For myself this is very sad, one more change for our beloved Miami Beach. I’m sure that this boardwalk holds many memories for many of us. For myself it was a great pace to rehab both my ACL’s when I had to have them reconstructed. I will cry about this demolition. I’m sure maintenance does not cost any more than what they are about to do demolish, clean up, level & whatever else it takes to rebuild.

Anonymous

Looks like some rich ass contractor has friends in Miami Beach government. Happens all the time. What a waste! Money can’t be spent for something better… Like maybe a free trolley system?

Erin

Is this wood being re-purposed somewhere? Recycled? Used to build homes for homeless? Something??? Please tell me someone thought of this….

Anon

Erin, this is a good idea. Miami Beach Cpital Improvements Projects would be the department to talk to.

mike@cityofmiamibeach.com

A homeless encampment has already been delineated. The construction of wooden homes for the homeless will begin soon. In order to accommodate the urgent demand and make the most efficient use of this newly available material, the plumbing will have to be above ground. Baking soda will be spread all along the perimeter of the site so as to prevent contamination to the adjacent neighborhoods.

Anonymous

Using wood to build homes in a county with one of the most stringent home building codes in the country because of hurricanes?

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous

With that sentiment in mind, I suppose the sensibility of the plan would depend on (1) how much capital would be spent on it, (2) what would it be able to survive, and (3) what would the alternative, better plan for the material be?

Anonymous

Why can’t they elevate it tho? Sigh

Ya tu Sabe

Noooooo

Anonymous

…..waiting for some transit junkie to declare it should be replaced with a Metrorail line.

Anonymous

Dang, why did you have to say that?….

Anonymous

No, that would be Metromover powered by Miami Beach’s rising sea levels and bicycle-only underline.

NYC Loves Miami

lol There’s at least 7 people on here that don’t have a sense of humor.