City Commission Preview: May 8

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

City Commission Preview: May 8:

Agenda includes "Spring Break" ordinance package

City Commission
Wednesday, May 8, 8:30 am
City Hall, Commission Chambers
Full agenda here which includes links to the individual items highlighted below.

This week’s Miami Beach Commission meeting will include final approval of Mayor Dan Gelber’s “spring break” package of ordinances designed to curb unruly behavior during future high impact periods within the City. Also on the agenda, Lincoln Road speaker regulations, distance and separation requirements for tobacco/vape shops, an extension on the Boucher Brothers contract, North Beach Town Center co-living density calculations, development incentives for Collins Park… and much more!

Among the highlights:

C2A: Request for approval to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural and engineering design services for a new fire station number 1 facility. Background here.

C2D: Request for approval to issue Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a land use, mobility and economic development study of the Entertainment District. This includes the area from Washington Avenue to Ocean Drive and 5th Street to 17th Street, including Collins Avenue and side streets to study and “provide land use, mobility and economic development recommendations for each of the three major corridors (i.e. prioritizing each corridor regarding pedestrian areas, bicycle facilities, transit and vehicles).”
R5G: Conducting business on city property, second reading, public hearing (1:30 pm). Despite prohibitions in the City Code on the sale or rental of goods or services on public property, the practice continues (you know what we’re talking about, the coconut salesman, the guy with the snake around his neck offering pictures for sale, etc.). This ordinance classifies these offenses as misdemeanors enforceable by the Police Department.
Mayor Gelber’s package of ordinances that came out of the Spring Break mayhem is up for second reading, public hearings, starting at 1:30.
R5H: Patron Age restrictions and penalties: According to a memo from City Attorney Raul Aguila, this legislation “will further prevent the multitude of young visitors (under the age of 21) from being lured to alcoholic beverage establishments during High Impact Periods… and further strengthen the City’s ability to take enforcement action against those alcoholic beverage establishments that admit a person under the age of 21 to their premises.”
R5I: Expand the authority of the City Manager during high impact periods within defined high impact zones for a maximum duration of 72 hours. These include prohibition of consumption of alcohol on public beaches; limitations on live or amplified music; establishment of occupancy limits for segments of public beaches and prohibiting access to areas that have reached occupancy limits; prohibition of coolers and inflatable devices on public beaches; prohibition of tents, tables, and similar structures; implementation of a license plate reader police detail on the eastbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway, Julia Tuttle Causeway, and on any other access points into the City; suspension, or the issuance, of a business tax receipt to promoters; and the suspension and closure of all or part of sidewalk café operations (including, without limitation, the removal of all or any sidewalk café furniture).
R5J: Further defines the authority of the City Manager to terminate or suspend the operations of a sidewalk café. According to a memo from City Attorney Aguila, under the ordinance, “The City Manager will be required to issue a prompt, written notification to the Mayor and City Commission, once he has determined that there exist those circumstances, in which it is reasonably necessary for the City Manager to immediately terminate, suspend, close, remove, or relocate a sidewalk café operation.” It also “delineates the express circumstances under which the City Manager is authorized to initiate the immediate suspension and closure of a sidewalk café operation based upon the declaration of a High Impact Period…” [Emphasis Aguila’s.]
R5K: Prohibit the issuance of BTRs to promoters of dance or entertainment events during a high impact period. Background from the Miami Herald
R5L: The so-called “Walgreen’s ordinance” modifies the definitions for both convenience store and grocery store and adds grocery store to the prohibited uses on Lincoln Road. Convenience stores are already prohibited but they are defined as being less than 6,000 sq ft. Walgreens, which was in the permitting process for an approximately 14,000 sq ft store, would be prohibited if not grandfathered in. Deferred from last month, this is a second reading, public hearing, 5:01 pm. 
R5M: Distance separation and prohibition on vaping and smoke shops, first reading, public hearing. This ordinance would prohibit tobacco/vape dealers in certain areas of the City and create a distance separation of 1200 feet between such establishments and 500 feet from schools. Last week, the Planning Board transmitted the ordinance to the City Commission with a favorable recommendation. According to a staff memo, “The Planning Board also recommended that licensed medical cannabis dispensaries be exempt from the regulations of the proposed ordinance, as vaping products are a form of delivery for medical cannabis, and the number and location of medical cannabis dispensaries is already limited by current code.”

R5O: Lincoln Road Speaker Regulations, first reading. The ordinance would allow restaurants and cafés to have exterior speakers under limited circumstances including a requirement that music be at or below ambient levels. The Planning Board gave a favorable recommendation.
R5R: Town Center District Co-Living Density Calculations, comprehensive plan amendment
R5S: Town Center District Co-Living Density Calculations, land development regulations
First reading for both. Counts a co-living unit “as one-half of a conventional unit for the purposes of calculating the maximum allowable density and population impact,” according to a staff memo. “The proposed amendment is not expected to result in a greater population impact than if those units were developed as conventional residential units. Since a single block will not be able to accommodate more than 518 co-living units, these modifications will likely result in the development of only one (1) major co-living building.” The Planning Board gave it a favorable recommendation.
R5U: Collins Park Neighborhood Hotel and Parking Regulations, first reading. This ordinance would reduce parking requirements in Collins Park as a way to incentivize development. Background here.  
R5W: Water Management Experts for Land Use Boards, first reading. This ordinance is based on the recommendations of the Urban Land Institute’s Review of the City’s resiliency strategy. The Planning Board last week gave it a favorable recommendation by a vote of 4-2. “The Planning Board recommended that the new membership category be required to include a stakeholder within the city, either as a business owner, resident or property owner,” according to a staff memo. The proposal has created a great deal of discussion among preservationists, in particular. 

R7E: Resolution to waive competitive bidding and award a contract extension to Boucher Brothers for beach concessions. Under the terms, the minimum guarantee to the City increases to $1.2 million annually, up from $900,000 in the current agreement plus enhanced services that are projected to provide additional revenue to the City of $440,200 to $639,169 annually over the next five years. Request is for an extension of the current contract which has approximately 2.5 years left, for a period of five years with two renewal options for five years each. The Planning Board recommended in favor of the contract and “also recommended that, in the future, following the expiration of the amended Agreement, the City Commission consider putting this contract out to bid,” according to a staff memo.
R7H: Resolution approving the revised concepts and recommended strategy for the implementation of the North Beach entrance signs and the 71st Street Bridge Enhancements.  Concepts are included in the memo.

R7L: Resolution endorsing the proposed concept plan submitted for the 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge Project by the developers of 500 Alton Road and authorizing its submittal to the Design Review Board. Renderings in the item description. The City has allocated $10m in the GO Bond for its construction.  Our previous story here.


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