support grows for nobe log cabin

North Shore

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

support grows for nobe log cabin:

now what?

A vote by the Commission’s Finance and Citywide Projects Committee earlier this month to demolish the badly deteriorated North Beach Log Cabin generated a Facebook campaign that may successfully save it. Or at least recreate it. Meanwhile, support for the cabin continued to grow this week.
 
Committee Chair, Commissioner Ricky Arriola said at today's Finance Committee meeting, “I do think that there’s substantial appetite to try to save the Log Cabin,” but he added, “It’s in rough shape and the cost to restore or rehabilitate it is quite significant so we have to find money in the budget.” The options, at varying levels of cost include restoring it, using parts of it, or creating a replica. The ultimate decision, he said, will be made following conversations with the community.
 
Earlier in the week, the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board weighed in with a resolution that said, in part, “if stabilized and restored, the North Beach Log Cabin would continue to contribute to the revitalization of the unique history and vibrant community of North Beach” and the County HPB indicated unanimously that it “strongly urges the City of Miami Beach and the City’s Historic Preservation Board, to designate the North Beach Log Cabin as a local historic site, and to stabilize and restore the structure.”
 
At the request of City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board member, Kirk Paskal, the City HPB will discuss the Log Cabin at its July meeting. Paskal posted on Facebook when the decision was first made that “There is no other building like it in Miami Beach, and with its proposed destruction, a revered part of North Beach's identity will be lost.”
 
The Log Cabin is on the site of the proposed North Beach Yard and Arriola said he did not want to see the Yard delayed while a decision is made on the cabin. “The Log Cabin may take a while to determine how we fix it and where it fits in … to restore it could take a while.”
 
The Mayor’s North Beach Committee also made a recommendation that the “City Administration seek a second and third opinion by log cabin restoration experts in order to properly evaluate the current condition of the Log Cabin and make every reasonable effort to evaluate the possibility of renovating and restoring the structure either on the current site or in a different location within the west lots, so that it may continue to be a community feature.” But the Committee added that it wanted the evaluation done “in tandem with the proposed North Beach Yard project" to not delay its progress. 
 
Arriola said the City needs to find the money, either through its own budget or grant money, to come up with a solution. “To build a replica is a lot less money and can be done more quickly and even make a better product,” he said. “But the issue is whether people want an exact replica or a better replica. We haven’t had that conversation yet, what is it we want to do with the Log Cabin?” He noted that “restoring logs is really expensive and they end up being replicas anyway because they’re filled with epoxy.”
 
Commissioner Joy Malakoff interjected, “But, in fact, log cabins are not part of the vernacular of Miami Beach.”
 
Arriola responded, “But I think it has its place in North Beach.”
 
Photo: Kirk Paskal
 

another vote to save the log cabin

North Shore


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
preservation board calls for restoration

commission votes to restore log cabin

North Shore


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
cabin will be dismantled and stored while funding is sought