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PROVIDING MIAMI BEACH RESIDENTS A COHESIVE VOICE
FOR CITY-WIDE ISSUES THAT IMPACT THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.
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Where as, Alton Road and 17th Street, has become the most problematic intersection in Mia.LTON ROAD BUSINESS
ASSOCIATION, Michael Gorey, president
NEWS & ACTION ALERTS
ALTON ROAD & 17th Street - MBU Resolution

Where as, the already overburdened intersection has been overwhelmed by new traffic configurations for the past year and
will continue to be immersed in the Alton Road construction detours until the end of the year or longer, and
Where as, the absence of cross walks, stop signs, traffic lights or other devices at the intersections of 17th Street both a
Jefferson and Lenox Avenue are threatening to become a life-saving problem, and

Where as, the closure of the Venetian Causeway for the West bridge repairs will impact Alton and 17th Street as residents
of the Venetian Islands will need to exit the islands to the east, and

Where as, the development of the West Avenue Bridge will be moving forward in the near future, and

Where as, the proposed hotel at 17th Street and West Avenue will soon break ground, and

Where as, there is a new proposal for a mixed use project moving through the system to be developed at the Southeast
corner of West Avenue and 17th Street , and

Where as, there is a large commercial building planned for the Southeast corner of 17th and Lenox replacing a small
historic home, and

Where as, the City of Miami Beach is planning a light rail corridor, and

Where as, the current and future traffic congestion, staging areas and detours will have an unprecedented impact on the
quality of life for residents and the viability of businesses in the immediate area, including Alton Road, Belle Isle, Sunset
Harbor, Palm View, West Avenue, Lincoln Road, Lower North Bay Road, and 17th Street

Therefore, Miami Beach United respectfully requests that the Mayor and City Commission authorize a planning study of
current and future conditions surrounding Alton Road and 17th Street to develop a realistic time table for permitting each of
the projects and methods to limit the impact on the surrounding community.    

SIGNED ON BEHALF OF :
MIAMI BEACH UNITED, Nancy Liebman, president
VENETIAN ISLANDS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Juergen Brendel, president
LOWER NORTH BAY ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, Michael Hammon, president
SUNSET ISLANDS 3 AND 4 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION,  Terry Bienstock, president
BELLE ISLE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, Scott Diffenderfer, president
PALM VIEW CIVIC LEADERS:  Paul Freeman, Regine Krieger, Nisi Berryman, Peter Freiberg, Joe-Tom Easley, Michael
Jarboe, Jane
Lossen, J.M. Lossen, Fred Kosters, Michael Kelly, Madeline Kelly, David Roth, Beth Craig, Eddie Gonzalez
WEST AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, Christine Flores, president
SUNSET HARBOR TOWNHOMES ASSOCIATION, Marilyn Freundich, president
ALTON ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Michael Gorey, president
ALTON ROAD & 17th Street - MBU Resolution

Where as, the already overburdened intersection has been overwhelmed by new traffic configurations for the past year
and will continue to be immersed in the Alton Road construction detours until the end of the year or longer, and
Where as, the absence of cross walks, stop signs, traffic lights or other devices at the intersections of 17th Street both
a Jefferson and Lenox Avenue are threatening to become a life-saving problem, and

Where as, the closure of the Venetian Causeway for the West bridge repairs will impact Alton and 17th Street as
residents of the Venetian Islands will need to exit the islands to the east, and

Where as, the development of the West Avenue Bridge will be moving forward in the near future, and

Where as, the proposed hotel at 17th Street and West Avenue will soon break ground, and

Where as, there is a new proposal for a mixed use project moving through the system to be developed at the
Southeast corner of West Avenue and 17th Street , and

Where as, there is a large commercial building planned for the Southeast corner of 17th and Lenox replacing a small
historic home, and

Where as, the City of Miami Beach is planning a light rail corridor, and

Where as, the current and future traffic congestion, staging areas and detours will have an unprecedented impact on
the quality of life for residents and the viability of businesses in the immediate area, including Alton Road, Belle Isle,
Sunset Harbor, Palm View, West Avenue, Lincoln Road, Lower North Bay Road, and 17th Street

Therefore, Miami Beach United respectfully requests that the Mayor and City Commission authorize a planning study
of current and future conditions surrounding Alton Road and 17th Street to develop a realistic time table for permitting
each of the projects and methods to limit the impact on the surrounding community.    

SIGNED ON BEHALF OF :
MIAMI BEACH UNITED, Nancy Liebman, president
VENETIAN ISLANDS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Juergen Brendel, president
LOWER NORTH BAY ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, Michael Hammon, president
SUNSET ISLANDS 3 AND 4 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION,  Terry Bienstock, president
BELLE ISLE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, Scott Diffenderfer, president
PALM VIEW CIVIC LEADERS:  Paul Freeman, Regine Krieger, Nisi Berryman, Peter Freiberg, Joe-Tom Easley,
Michael Jarboe, Jane
Lossen, J.M. Lossen, Fred Kosters, Michael Kelly, Madeline Kelly, David Roth, Beth Craig, Eddie Gonzalez
WEST AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, Christine Flores, president
SUNSET HARBOR TOWNHOMES ASSOCIATION, Marilyn Freundich, president
ALTON ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Michael Gorey, president
PROPOSED BALLOT QUESTION:  
Residents’ Right to Know.  Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for targeted notice and timely opportunities
for input on matters that potentially impact residents’ quality of life, for officially registered resident associations or
persons who register for neighborhood notices, and to provide for procedural fairness in reviewing and presenting
evidence of neighborhood impacts during City processes, with non-compliance constituting sufficient grounds for
deferral, timely reconsideration, or appeal to the City Commission?   

PROPOSED NEW SECTION IN THE MIAMI BEACH CITY CHARTER:  
Residents’ Right to Know.  It shall be the policy of the City to provide targeted notice, timely opportunities for input, and
procedural fairness in hearings for any proposed policy, ordinance, project, administrative decision, or other matter
that potentially impacts residential quality of life in particular neighborhoods.  The City may adopt administrative
practices or ordinances consistent with the principles of this section.  

Impacts to residents’ quality of life.  In determining whether a proposed matter potentially impacts residential quality
of life, either in or directly adjacent to a particular neighborhood, factors include but are not limited to:  any issues that
have been formally raised by officially registered resident neighborhood associations; the potential for increased
traffic over current levels; increases in building height, intensity or aggregation of land use, or density; changes of use
or commercialization in nearby public parks, beaches, open spaces, or rights of way; the design and implementation
of streetscape, transit, and area improvement projects, other than routine repairs and maintenance; and individual
development applications that require anything more than a standard building permit; as well as significant changes
to such matters that have been previously noticed or decided.

Targeted neighborhood notice.  In providing for targeted notice, the City shall adopt by ordinance a definition and
process for resident neighborhood associations to become officially registered with the City, with defined boundaries
and periodic meetings that are noticed to residents; and shall provide accessible and technologically efficient means
for any members of the pubic or other associations to register for and receive targeted notices from the City related to
a specific neighborhood.  In distributing targeted notice, the City shall utilize its best efforts to identify whether a
proposed policy, ordinance, project, administrative decision, or other matter potentially impacts residential quality of
life in or within 1,000 feet of the boundaries for such association(s).  Targeted neighborhood notices shall be distinct
from any general agenda publication, published or posted notice, mailings to legally affected parties, or other specific
notices required by law.  For individual development applications, neighborhood notice under this section is deemed
satisfied for a project that is noticed and fairly presented at a resident association meeting for the affected
neighborhood(s) prior to hearings, provided that no significant changes are subsequently made to the application.  
Timely opportunities for input.  In providing timely opportunities for input related to quality of life impacts, the City shall
utilize its best efforts prior to formal hearings to ensure that representatives of affected neighborhoods have fair
access to participate in City processes that shape such policies, ordinances, projects, or decisions.  Fair access
includes factors such as meetings or workshops sufficiently in advance of public hearings, neighborhood
association presentation and review, and adequate representation on any planning task forces for legally affected
residents and officially recognized resident neighborhood associations.

Procedural fairness in hearings.  In providing procedural fairness in City hearings or workshops related to quality of
life impacts, including zoning or other quasi-judicial hearings, representatives of legally affected residents and
officially registered resident neighborhood associations shall have standing to request times certain for public
hearings at hours most convenient for affected members of the public; shall be provided adequate time to present or
rebut evidence related to local impacts, notwithstanding time limits that may be imposed by ordinance; and shall be
considered to have specialized knowledge and expertise related to quality of life impacts in or within 375 feet of the
boundaries for such association.  Residents and resident associations do not need to retain counsel to exercise
these procedural rights.  To ensure equitable access to information, a notice of filing and a copy of applications for
quasi-judicial hearing before a land use board shall promptly be made available on the City’s web site, as well as all
materials provided to the Commissioners or members of any board or committee involving zoning or other quasi-
judicial matters; material changes to submitted documents shall likewise be made available at least five business
days before a hearing.  

Enforcement.  Evidence of non-compliance with this section constitutes prima facie grounds for immediate deferral,
for timely reconsideration, or for appeal of an item to the City Commission, but shall not constitute mandatory
grounds for canceling the hearing or rendering invalid any determination made at such hearing.  Any resident may
additionally submit evidence of City non-compliance with this section in writing to the City Clerk, who shall determine
if a matter as alleged is a prima facie violation of this section, and if so shall refer the matter to the City Manager for
timely reconsideration by the board or Commission, or to resolve administratively within a reasonable period of time;
if such allegations are not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, the Clerk shall place the item on the
Commission agenda for public hearing and resolution.  In the absence of resolution acceptable to the resident by the
Manager or Commission, the resident has the right of judicial action pursuant to Section C of this Charter.  This
procedure does not toll time periods required for challenges of City actions as otherwise permitted by law, which may
be independently pursued.
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Miami Beach United was pleased to read the Beach
Corridor Project Resolution (R7U) proposed by Mayor
Levine as it incorporates many of the suggestions from
our organization's original Light Rail resolution dated
11/2/16.  Our original resolution was supported by
SOFNA, Flamingo Park and Belle Isle Associations, and
informed by our Light Rail Forum hosted on October 20.

Miami Beach United will be happy to support Mayor
Levine's currently proposed resolution regarding Light
Rail IF #2 of the proposed resolution is revised to
incorporate the following language in red:

(2) require formal action by the Miami-Dade County Board
of County Commissioners, confirming that it has
arranged full funding for, and has committed in a binding
way to proceed with, the County's Beach Corridor Project
and the connection across the Macarthur Causeway, prior
to City Commission approval of any Interim Agreement for
the Miami Beach Light Rail/Modern Streetcar Project.

MIAMI BEACH UNITED, INC.
Nancy Liebman, President
Herb Sosa, Vice President
Christine Florez, Secretary
Saul Gross, Treasurer
Herb Frank, Director
Jorge Gonzalez, Director
Michael Hammon, Director
Stacy Kilroy, Director
Adam Kravitz, Director
Paul Mokha, Director
Wanda Mouzon, Director
Mark Needle, Director
Jonathan Parker, Director
Kirk Paskal, Director
Michael Ritus, Director
Mark Samuelian, Director


APPROVED November 2, 2016

NANCY LIEBMAN, PRESIDENT
HERB SOSA, VICE PRESIDENT
ADAM KRAVITZ, DIRECTOR
PAUL MOKHA, DIRECTOR
CHRISTINE FLOREZ, SECRETARY
WANDA MOUZON, DIRECTOR
SAUL GROSS, TREASURER
MARK NEEDLE, DIRECTOR
HERB FRANK, DIRECTOR
JONATHAN PARKER, DIRECTOR
JORGE GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR
KIRK PASKAL, DIRECTOR
MICHAEL HAMMON, DIRECTOR
MICHAEL RITUS, DIRECTOR
STACY KILROY, DIRECTOR
MARK SAMUELIAN, DIRECTOR


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MIAMI BEACH UNITED APPLAUDS COMMISSION REVERSAL ON LIGHT RAIL; ANNOUNCES “RESIDENTS’
RIGHT TO KNOW” INITIATIVE

Miami Beach; December 16, 2016
- Commission decision Wednesday (12/14) entirely consistent with MBU position
- MBU played a vital role for residents throughout the process
- Light Rail experience, including the $5 million spent, demonstrates need for greater voice for residents
- MBU initiates major political and legislative initiative: Residents’ Right to Know

On Wednesday (12/14), the Miami Beach Commission voted unanimously tosuspend its Light Rail project and
wait for Miami-Dade County to proceed. MBU is thrilled with this decision and proud to have successfully
championed the voice of residents on this critical issue.

Specifically, MBU
• Orchestrated the first citywide Light Rail forum on October 20th to educate over 100 residents
• Formulated its Light Rail position which was largely adopted on Wednesday by the Commission
• Organized and unified residents by securing the support of leading neighborhood associations including
SOFNA, Flamingo Park and Belle Isle
• Successfully advocated for its position in the media'

This Light Rail experience, including the $5 million spent, shows once again the need for greater resident
involvement in major city decisions. Today MBU announces its Residents’ Right to Know Initiative – a
comprehensive political and legislative drive. “For the good of Miami Beach, we need to make sure that the voice
of residents is heard at City Hall.” said Mark Samuelian, MBU President -
Elect.

On February 16, 2017 resident leaders from across Miami Beach including MBU founder and outgoing President
Nancy Liebman will gather to formally kick off the Residents’ Right to Know Initiative. City of Miami Commissioner
Francis Suarez will share his most recent success in increasing the rights of Miami residents to enforce City
laws.

About Miami Beach United:
Miami Beach United is a leading resident advocacy organization founded in 2012, as a non-profit grass roots
effort from a desire to improve the quality of life for Miami Beach residents.


Contact:
Mark Samuelian 305.915.4634    Mark@MarkSamuelian.com


MIAMI BEACH UNITED, INC. Board of Directors
Nancy Liebman, Outgoing President
Mark Samuelian, President - Elect
Herb Sosa, Vice President
Christine Florez, Secretary
Saul Gross, Treasurer
Herb Frank, Director
Jorge Gonzalez, Director
Michael Hammon, Director
Stacy Kilroy, Director
Adam Kravitz, Director
Paul Mokha, Director
Wanda Mouzon, Director
Mark Needle, Director
Jonathan Parker, Director
Kirk Paskal, Director
Michael Ritus, Director