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Barceloneta Coming to South Miami

As a huge fan of Pubbelly and Barceloneta in South Beach, I am thrilled that Barceloneta is coming to South Miami.  For those of you who have never been to the South Beach location, you are in for a treat.  Barceloneta is a hip, happening, low key tapas bar with great food and an even better vibe.  They are on schedule to open the first week in December where Origins Restaurant used to be.

Green Corridor Extends From Cutler Bay to Miami Shores

Ygrene Energy Fund

A green corridor comprised of Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, Miami and Miami Shores has been formed to assist in financing energy related improvements to property.  Formaly named The Property Assessed Clean Energy District (PACE), this new corridor will enable businesses and residents to finance energy related improvements to their properties through a special assessment on their property.  This program is strictly voluntary and provides a list of contractors as well as energy efficiency assessments.   If you can save money on your electric bill, would you take advantage of this program?


MDX Considering Express Lanes on US 1 from Datran to Florida City

Yesterday I attended a Tier 1 workshop put on by MDX to explain the US 1 express lane project development and environment study.  Considering how large this proposed project is and how many residents and businesses it will have an effect on if it goes through, there were not a lot of people in attendance.

Based on the current study, the express lanes will have potential overpasses at each intersection on the busway where there is currently a traffic light.  The maximum height of these overpasses will be 24-25 feet high, which is the height of the Metrorail track.

The impact on the abutting neighborhoods of having this expressway will be significant.  While trying to ease congestion on US 1 and decrease travel times from the southern end of the county to the Metrorail stations are laudable goals, as currently conceived, I think the project is going to create havoc on the neighboring communities and create more traffic, not less, along the corridor.  Having an extra 2-3 lanes of “express” cars exiting at the end point will create a logjam.  Add to that the plans to link the expressway to the Turnpike and the Palmetto and you get the picture.

This project will have a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhoods as well, with the potential to affect property values, mostly downward in my opinion.

If the whole goal is to get people out of their cars and onto Metrorail, wouldn’t it be a smarter use of taxpayer dollars to build Metrorail down to the southern part of the county as originally proposed.  If they add express buses to the bus lanes, that could also help.

If you live in any of the neighborhoods that abut the busway, please contact Tere Garcia, Public Information Officer at MDX.  Her number is 786-277-9292.

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Free Things To Do In Miami: South Miami Arts Festival

The cultural events keep happening in South Florida.  Last weekend was the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and this weekend is the South Miami Arts Festival.  When you are done strolling through the booths, drop by George’s, Town, Shula’s 347 Grill, Patagonia, or one of the other restaurants in the area and enjoy downtown South Miami.

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Things To Do In Miami: Visit A Farmers’ Market

Fresh! Keys Gate Carrots

Well, normally the weather has cooled down enough by mid-December for to thoroughly enjoy the local Farmers’ Market that pop up in the fall and last through spring.  Even though temperatures are still in the 80′s, head over to one of the markets for a fun day out and a chance to purchase produce straight from the farm.  Many also have great gift ideas and live plants for your garden.

Pinecrest Farmers Market

South Miami Farmers’ Market

Coconut Grove Farmers’ Market

Keys Gate Farmers’ Market

Redland Farmers’ Market

Miami Beach Farmer’s Market

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Buying Real Estate in Miami? You Need A Realtor.

I received two phone calls from buyers last week.  They were calling me on a sign in front of a South Miami townhouse I have listed for sale.  Both of them wanted to see it, neither was working with a Realtor.  I explained to them that the townhouse was under contract but that I would be happy to show it.  One of them wanted to see it.  When I asked her how she found it, she said “driving around”.  After I showed it to her, she said it was exactly what she had been looking for, too bad it was under contract and could I let her know if the deal fell through.  I told her I would be happy to and asked her if she wanted me to help her find a home.  She said no, she would rather continue to drive around and use her Trulia app.

The second buyer was also a “drive by”.  He said he had been looking in the area for over a year (!) and still hadn’t found anything.  I tried to explain to him that by driving around, he is missing opportunities and will probably always be late to the good deals.  The South Miami townhouse had seven offers on it in the first week.  I told him Realtors have applications on their phones that notify them as soon as a property comes on the market, which allows their buyers to get a jump start on seeing and presenting offers.  He said he would rather keep driving around….  Now these “buyers” may just be habitual real estate shoppers who just like to drive around and look at real estate.  If you are a serious buyer, you really need to be working with a Realtor.  In addition to being notified as soon as a property that meets your criteria comes on the market, you will be saving a lot of time and gas!

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Ironman Triathalon Coming to Miami

[vimeo][/vimeo]The  Rohto Ironman 70.3  is coming to Miami this Saturday, October 30.  The event will mean street closures  and increased traffic so be prepared.  The biking portion will affect the most areas.   Let’s be hospitable to these incredible athletes, share the road, and be patient!

These areas should be avoided from 7a.m – 12 p.m.  These are not all of the streets, so check the map.

In Coconut Grove:

  • South Bayshore Drive
  • Tigertail Avenue
  • Oak Ave
  • Grand Ave
  • Main Highway
  • Poinciana Avenue
  • 37 Avenue from Ingraham Highway to Main Highway
  • 42 Avenue  from Poinciana Ave to 72 Street/Sunset Dr.

In South Miami/South Gables:

  • Sunset Drive from Cocoplum Circle to Ponce de Leon
  • Ponce de Leon to SW 88 Street

In Pinecrest:

  • SW 88 Street westbound lane from SW 57 Avenue to SW 67 Avenue
  • SW 67 Avenue southbound lane to SW 120 Street
  • SW 120 Street westbound lane to SW 82 Avenue
  • SW 82 Avenue southbound lane to exit out of the Village at SW 136 Street
  • Old Cutler Road/SW 57 Avenue northbound lane to exit into Coral Gables

In Palmetto Bay:

  • SW 82 Ave to 168 Street
  • SW 168 Street to 84 Ave
  • SW 84 Ave to SW 174 Street
  • SW 174 to SW 87 Ave

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Best Cupcakes Ever!

The Coral Gables/South Miami area is so lucky to have two great cupcake places to choose from.  Many of you have probably already heard of or tried Misha’s Cupcakes.  The red velvet cupcakes are amazing and her cakes made out of individual mini-cupcakes are works of art as well as being convenient for parties…no plates or wasted cake.

A couple of blocks away on Sunset Drive is Buttercream Cupcakes and Coffee.  Although they don’t make mini-cupcake cakes and their minis have to be special ordered, they have a larger variety of flavors.  Their chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are amazing.  Try both of these neighborhood places and let us know which one is your favorite.

Two Methods of Eating Cupcakes



Messy with wasted frosting

Messy with wasted frosting

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Wine Tasting Expo In South Miami Tomorrow

wineCavas Wine Tasting Room & Cafe is having their first neighborhood wine expo at their South Miami location tomorrow, from 2-6 p.m.  A $20 tasting fee allows you taste over 100 wines.  $10 of the tasting fee will be applied toward any wine purchase you make.  What a wonderful way to spend the day… tasting wine and strolling along downtown South Miami.  After the wine tasting,  head over to Blu, Town, or Cafe Pastis, all of which have tables outside, and enjoy our beautiful Fall weather.

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South Miami Art Festival

South Miami Art FestivalIt’s that time of year again…Art season in South Florida.  After visiting the South Miami Art Festival, stop by one of the great local restaurants in South Miami.  Blu has great pizzas and salads, Town Kitchen and Bar has great calamari, salads, sandwiches and mixed menu, and Cafe Pastis has mussels, quiches, and an extensive French menu.

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