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Waterfront walkway in the Brickell area

Waterfront walkway in the Brickell area

After years of discussion and often conflicting views, The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County are finally moving forward with creating continuous waterfront walkways along the Miami River and from Biscayne Bay- Edgewater to the Rickenbacker Causeway. I wrote a post about new constructions and restaurants located along the Miami River a while ago, but some of these projects have changed and the waterfront walking areas have extended or are about to be created. Miami is an incredible city in many ways but despite the fact that it’s surrounded by water and has a river that runs through it, it’s not organized at all when it comes to walking along the water ( not the beach ). Furthermore, many portions of the city lack trees that bring shade. Unlike cities around the world like Tampa, Sydney or Paris, many of the Miami waterfront walking paths are not connected to each other and the main reason for it is due to the fact that these potentially pedestrian areas are a mix of privately and publicly owned pieces of land. Also, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Act protects some portions of the bay from local development. As an example of the conflicting situations raised by the development of the 15-mile waterfront route is what is happening between Ugo Colombo, the developer of glamorous Epic condominium and hotel and the City of Miami. The developer was supposed to tear down its sales center a while ago, as it is obstructing the continuity of the waterfront walkways in the Downtown area.

What is currently happening in Downtown Miami, where Museum Park will be hosting a waterfront pedestrian promenade, will surely boost the development of continuous walkways. Area residents and tourists will find so pleasant to walk around instead of always jumping in a taxi or in their car that these new habits should motivate building owners, activists and public officials to move the idea further. However, these simple changes require a lot of legal settlements and funding sources. FIND, the Florida Inland Navigation District gave a $5.8 million grant to help develop waterfront projects behind the American Airlines Arena, including seawall designing, permitting, construction, landscaping and lighting.

Future Flagler On The River rental condo and office space building

Future Flagler On The River rental condo and office space building

The development of waterfront walking, running, rollerblading and cycling will hopefully become an increasing attraction in Miami, for residents and visitors alike and the opening of more waterfront restaurants will surely enhance business and entertainment opportunities. Also, a few waterfront condominium and office buildings will see their occupancy rate  and value grow as these projects are coming along, such as buildings like Icon Brickell, Ivy, Mint etc… Also, Flagler On The River, a rental condominium building started construction a few months ago. It is located on the Miami Rover, at 356 W Flagler street and will offer 300 rental units located on 32 floors, as well as office space and a waterfront restaurant on the first floor.

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