Road closures, heavy congestion, and limited parking will make it a challenge to get around Miami Beach starting this week. Game Day is Sunday, February 2 but the Super Bowl Experience opens this week at the Convention Center and there will be many other events on the Beach leading up to the big game. (Miami Beach residents get special discounts for the Super Bowl Experience.)
Miami Beach Police expect 250,000 visitors per day.
Closures around the Miami Beach Convention Center now through February 5:
- From 18th Street to Dade Boulevard from January 18—February 5
- 17th Street to 18th Street from January 24—February 1
- Washington Avenue southbound from 18th Street to 21st Street from January 21—February 4
- Washington Avenue northbound from 18th Street to 21st Street from January 25—February 3
- 19th Street will be closed to through traffic, but access to the parking lot will be maintained from January 18—February 5
Street closures around the Faena Forum:
- 34th Street from Indian Creek Drive to Collins Avenue from January 25—February 3
- 33rd Street westbound from Indian Creek Drive to Collins Avenue from January 29—February 2
- 32nd Street from Indian Creek Drive to Collins Avenue from January 31—February 2
- Ocean Drive will be closed starting Friday, January 31 to all vehicular traffic beginning at 7 am
- Ocean Drive will remain pedestrian-only until Monday, February 3 at 7 am
Española Way from Collins to Washington Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Friday, January 31 at 7:00 am through Monday, February 3 at 7 am
Super Bowl Experience, Miami Beach Convention Center: January 25 – Feb 1
Lummus Park Broadcast Area from 5th through 14th Streets
NFL House at the Faena Forum, January 29 through February 2
Loews Hotel VIP Party, January 31
Including but not limited to (!!) the following:
- Mondrian Hotel, Various Events (January 29 through February 2)
- Fillmore Miami Beach, The Chainsmokers (January 29) and Lizzo (January 30)
- Gronk Beach Party, 73rd Street Bandshell (January 31)
- Delano Hotel, Lil Wayne (January 31)
- Fontainebleau Hotel, Sports Illustrated Party with the Black Eyed Peas (February 1)
- SLS Hotel, Rolling Stone Magazine Party (February 2)
MacArthur Causeway Note
Watson Island, Lady Gaga/Guns n Roses/Ariana Grande, Saturday, February 1: While this event is off the Beach, Greg Terp, VP of Operations for the Super Bowl Host Committee, notes, “Saturday night is going to be the tough night on the [MacArthur] Causeway.”
That said, the City expects heavy traffic on the MacArthur due to various events on Watson Island from January 30 through February 1. Residents are encouraged to use the Julia Tuttle or Venetian Causeways to enter or exit the city.
**Important parking information**
The NFL has purchased “in excess of 2,000” parking spaces according to the City for its staff.
The parking spaces which will be used by the NFL are mostly in garages including the 17th Street garage, City Hall garage, and Pennsylvania Avenue garage.
Fewer spaces will be used Monday and Tuesday, January 27 and 28 but they will be in full use starting Wednesday.
The Parking Department will have additional staffing to protect residential parking.
Trying to make things better…
FDOT is suspending closures for the I-395/SR836/I-95 construction project from Jan 25 through Feb 2.
The City is implementing a construction moratorium south of 41st Street for the week.
Don't even think about flying your drone... In addition to other areas around Super Bowl ativities, the FAA is prohibiting drone flights for about one nautical mile around the Miami Beach Convention Center up to an altitude of 2,000 feet from January 25 to February 1 during daytime hours. According to Security Magazine, civil penalties could exceed $30,000 and there is also the possibility for criminal prosecution for flying drones in areas with temporary flight restrictions.
**Building Department Temporary Move**
Due to the congestion expected in the Convention Center District, the City’s Building Department will temporarily move to its North Beach Satellite Office at 962 Normandy Drive from January 27 through January 31. The same services that are available at City Hall will be available “including dropping off plans for the 24-hour walk through service and for customer questions,” according to the City. However, note, the 24-hour turnaround time for walk throughs will be 48 hours during the week due to round-trip transport time for the plans between North Beach and City Hall. All inspections and plan review services will continue as normal.