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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
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MIAMI HERALD: Miami Beach push for Bay Link stalls amid
public opposition
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
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