After the flood, part 2

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

After the flood, part 2:

pottery barn, williams sonoma closed; flamingo park loses ficus tree; convention center damage

In the aftermath of last week’s storm and flooding, the new Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma stores just off Lincoln Road are closed. Both have been emptied of all merchandise, their windows containing signs that they hope to reopen soon.
The day after the storm, Pottery Barn posted a sign out front that “due to circumstances beyond our control” they would be closed. The neighboring Williams Sonoma, which connects to the PB store, was open, however. On Monday, almost a week later, someone answering the phone at the Williams Sonoma store said Pottery Barn would be closed for 3-4 weeks indicating the damage “was really bad.” 
The closed Pottery Barn store in South Beach

Today, however, both stores are empty, their windows covered in paper, though the interiors are visible through openings. On the Pottery Barn side, there is only a cement floor and water damage is visible on veneer that is separated from shelving units and curled up. In the Williams Sonoma space, a stack of floorboards is piled near the front.
The sign on Williams Sonoma’s window reads, “We are working hard to reopen soon. We will share our reopening on our Instagram @WSSouthBeach.” The Pottery Barn message is similar, “We are working to hurry back. We will share our reopening on our Instagram @potterybarn_sobe.”
At the neighboring, Hank & Harry’s Deli, an employee said they had minor flooding when water from Pottery Barn came through into their space. But, as a restaurant, he said, they had drains in the floor which helped them get cleaned up and reopened quickly.
Jess Haro, a Pottery Barn spokesman said in an email, “We are looking into exact opening dates. We can confirm the store is not permanently closing but undergoing repairs. We will circle back with you on exact dates as we want to make sure our customers are all notified and we are able to service our Miami Beach clientele ASAP.”
Pottery Barn, which is part of the Williams Sonoma Inc. portfolio, opened in early May in 10,237 square feet at The Lincoln, 1691 Michigan Avenue, with a pass-through to the new Williams Sonoma store. Both stores were previously located on Lincoln Road where the Nike store now stands.

Ficus Tree Toppled in Flamingo Park


The City is also dealing with its own cleanup. A large ficus tree in Flamingo Park toppled when its shallow root system failed. Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales told City Commissioners the Parks and Recreation Department will work with the Urban Forestry Division staff to replace the lost canopy with "seven Florida Friendly Category 1 trees within the park.” Category 1 trees are a minimum of 12 feet in height.
Convention Center suffers damage

The Convention Center, which is currently under construction, also experienced about $450,000 in damage when a temporary roof, which Project Director Maria Hernandez said had withstood other storms, peeled back in the heavy wind and rain. The damage, mostly to drywall on the east building and materials on a loading dock, is covered by insurance. The east building hosted the recent eMERGE conference and Major League Baseball fanfest. However, Hernandez said, “This looks finished but it’s not 100% finished.” Once it is, she said it will be better able to withstand a heavy storm.
Let the State Know if your business was impacted
Meanwhile, if your business was impacted by the August 1st flooding, the City asks you to fill out this survey from the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center.

According to the survey page, “The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses. This survey assists the State with determining if relief services for businesses should be activated.” Choose “Tropical Storm Emily” in the drop-down menu.