Miami River Commission Policy Committee members
Bagué, Chair of the
Everingham, Vice-Chair of the
Barreiro, Chair of the Miami-Dade Board of
Villar, designee for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Winston, designee for Miami-Dade State Attorney
Stuart-Aguirre, designee for Member-at-Large
Kelly, designee for Mr.
Dubin, President of the Miami River Marine Group
, designee of Miami River Marine Group
Nottingham, Downtown Development Authority
, Neighborhood rep., appointed by Miami City Commission
Jude, Neighborhood Representative, Appointed by
Bibeau, Managing Director; Ashley Chase, Assistant Managing Director
attending interested in the River:
Bohnsack, Miami River Marine Group
Beilman, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
Weinreb, City of
de Huebles, FDOT
Easley, RS & H
Gonzalez, MRG UC
Bailey, Merrill-Stevens Yachts
MRC Chairperson Report:
Chair Irela Bagué asked for a motion on the MRC’s
February 5, 2007
meeting minutes. Mr.
moved to approve the MRC’s February 5, 2007 meeting minutes. The
motion was seconded by Mr.
, and unanimously adopted.
behalf of the MRC, Chair Bagué
welcomed Mr. Eric Buerman’s newly appointed MRC designee,
Horacio Stuart Aguirre
. Horacio is a Miami River
homeowner in the historic
neighborhood, and has attended numerous MRC meetings and events over the
Chair Bagué noted WPBT is producing a
documentary, in which she was interviewed for last week.
Chair Bagué stated a second component is an interactive
web-site, hosted by the
, regarding the
Chair Bagué stated she was pleased to announce the Dade Community
Foundation awarded the MRC a $5,000 grant.
This is the MRC’s second grant award from the Dade Community
Foundation, and their continued support is sincerely appreciated.
Chair Bagué invited everyone to the 11th Annual Miami
Riverday, March 24, 11-5,
, SW 4 ST and SW 4 Ave. On
behalf of the MRC, Chair Bagué thanked all the generous sponsors, which
allow Riverday to remain free to the public, including free river boat
rides, live music, environmental education, historic re-enactors,
children activities, marine expo, and much more.
noted she had attended the City of
Miami Parks Master Plan
workshop on Saturday, March 3 at
, and suggested that the City utilize one of the free 10 x 10 tents
offered during Riverday to showcase current projects and plans. Mr.
noted he would contact Mr. Ernest Burkeen, City of
Miami Parks Director
, to discuss that possibility.
II. Review & Discussion of
1st and Flagler Street Planning, Development &
Environmental (PD&E) Phase - Chair
Bagué welcomed Mr. Jeff Easley, R S & H, Rene de Huebles, Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Alicia Gonzalez, MRG UC. Mr.
Easley noted FDOT was currently conducting its alternative evaluation
process of the PD&E (i.e. obtaining input from the community) in
relation to the Flagler and 1st Street reconstruction options
from NW 27 Ave on the west side of the Miami River, crossing over the
River to NW 2 Ave, on the east side. After
such input has been collected, Mr. Easley noted FDOT would host a public
meeting in May 2007. Mr.
Easley noted the CAC is meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2007.
Mr. Easley presented typical cross sections for the two
alternatives which remain under consideration.
Both of the two evaluated alternatives which remain under
consideration maintain on-street parking, and one-way directions, while
the “2A” alternative maintains off-street parking and includes bike
lanes, while the “5B” alternative excludes bike lanes.
Mr. Easley stated in reply to input provided by MRC Managing
Director Brett Bibeau, Mr. de Huelbes, FDOT, and he were recommending
additional warning lights be provided for the low undercarriage on the
west side of the 1st ST Bridge, and the removal of fences
blocking public access for the pedestrian staircase on the Flagler ST
Bridge. Mr. Easley added the
FDOT should be able to implement these recommendations under maintenance
projects sooner than construction for the Flagler and
PD&E project, which isn’t scheduled to break ground until 2011.
following questions / comments were addressed:
mentioned that the
bridge pedestrian staircases are in disrepair
asked if new traffic signalization would be incorporated as part of
the project, and Mr. Easley replied although
is responsible for coordinating signalization, FDOT would replace 12
obsolete signals and install approximately 6 new pedestrian crossing
asked if FDOT would address drainage problems causing flooding
beneath the west side of both bridges, and Mr. Easley replied FDOT
planned to implement a drainage master plan for the entire corridor
Payne asked if the truck traffic along
, eastbound would be affected by the proposed road reconstruction
plans, and Mr. Easley stated FDOT would not incorporate any designs
that would negatively impact truck traffic
Jude asked if two-waying Flagler and
were being evaluated and Mr. Easley replied that 2-waying would
cause a lot of impacts and require acquisition of additional right
Horacio Stuart-Aguirre asked if the main objective of the project
focused more on improving traffic flow or beautifying the area, and
Mr. Easley replied it focused more on making traffic flow more
efficient, and at safer speeds as they interact with pedestrians and
bicycles; Mr. Easley added FDOT is expecting more pedestrian and
bicycle activity throughout the corridor vs. increased vehicular
Barreiro asked if FDOT would consider under grounding utilities, and
Mr. Huebles replied that though this was beyond the current
project’s scope of services and he would discuss that suggestion
with FP & L. Chairman
Barrerio asked if the project would include landscaping and Mr.
Easley replied yes, significant new landscaping will be planted
adjacent to wider sidewalks. Mr.
Easley added they will replace old landscaping as needed in order to
install the storm water drainage improvements.
Chairman Barreiro noted the FDOT should consider coordinating
under grounding the utilities during this project, since the expense
to dig up the asphalt will be incurred, therefore at least the
conduits may be installed now.
asked if the public, including businesses along the corridor have
been updated on the progress of the project, and Mr. Easley replied
FDOT continues to involve the public in its plans, and Citizens
Business Advisory Committee was created to consider business access
and maintaining on-street parking.
Mr. Easley added the on-street parking remains in both
Nottingham asked if FDOT would address loading zones and enforcement
in its study, and Mr. Easley replied those items were currently
Easley stated the subject area has averaged 293 crashes per year
over the past four years.
Winston stated the as the area becomes more pedestrian friendly, how
will it tie into transit, and Mr. Easley replied the project will
take all modes of transportation into consideration, including
Chair Bagué asked Mr.
, Chair of the MRC’s Urban Infill Working Group (UIWG), to state his
findings of the proposed project. Mr. Murley referred to the UIWG’s
February 13, 2007 minutes, in which the UIWG recommended the MRC to
support the alternative with Bike lanes and on street-parking, “2A”.
In addition the UIWG recommended:
of the chain link fence blocking access to the pedestrian staircase
on the south east side of the
work with the City of Miami to include the FDOT owned public right
of way beneath the Flagler and 1st ST Bridges to be
incorporated into the new on-road greenway which is about to break
ground along North River Drive.
advance warning signals at
NW 3rd ST
S. River Drive
Bridge’s low clearance for tall trucks on
S. River Drive
the broken pedestrian light beneath the
S. River Dr
solid waste interceptors in the reconstructed storm water system of
Flagler and First, in order to keep debris from entering the River
Easley and Mr. Huebles replied they had suggested FDOT include these
recommendations in the PD&E, and attempt to accomplish as many as
possible even prior to completing the PD&E and commencing
construction. Mr. Huebles
added FDOT has hired to contractor to clean beneath the Flagler and
made a motion to support the
alternative 2A and the additional UIWG recommendations; the motion was
seconded by Vice-Chair Philip Everingham and was unanimously adopted.
Dredging Subcommittee (DSC) –Mr.
Brett Bibeau noted he had attended the Miami Dade / GMCC DC Fly-In,
February 28 – March 1, in support of the County’s “critical
priority” request for the $26 million federal cost share balance due
to complete the Miami River maintenance dredging project. Mr.
Bibeau noted everyone he met with remains in support of finishing the
40% complete project, and understands the project’s benefits will only
be realized upon completing dredging to the confluence with
. Mr. Bibeau added the MRC
is working on the following opportunities to secure the remaining
federal cost share:
’07 Continuing Resolution (CR) – Congress provided the ACOE with
funding per program rather than project, therefore the project’s
supporters are encouraging the ACOE to include as much as possible
maintenance dredging project. The
ACOE is scheduled to submit their “Work Plan” to Congress on
February 15, 2007, which will outline the funding amount they will
provide from each program for the various projects.
’08 – The President’s FY ’08 budget submittal includes $4.5
million for the project, which is a 33% increase from his FY ’07
budget submittal for the project.
Historically Congress has been able to provide the
President’s budgeted amount, plus an additional $3.5 million
“Congressional Ad”, therefore a reasonable best case scenario FY
’08 appropriation would be $8 million.
FY ’08 starts October 1, 2007, and we are recommending all
project stakeholders write the Energy and Water Committee Chairs and
Ranking Members in support of obtaining the federal cost share
’09 – We are recommending all project stakeholders write the
ACOE and OMB in early summer to request the federal cost share
balance due in the President’s FY ’09 budget, which is the last
fiscal year before the project’s contract expires in April 2009.
Since the project’s cost is a flat rate established in 2004
per cubic yard removed, failure to complete the project before the
current contract may result in an increased project cost in any new
contracts, in addition to time delays for completing the long
awaited and widely supported project.
County has offered “Local Advanced Funding” of the previously
appropriated local cost share for the project.
Since the ACOE takes 6-12 months to accept the offered local
advanced funding, the Dade Delegation is encouraging the ACOE to
expedite execution of the agreement.
addition the MRC is supporting the County’s “critical Priority”
$13.8 million request from the ST this legislative session, which are
sponsored By Senator Alex Diaz de La Portilla and Rep. David Rivera. Mr.
Bibeau stated he may travel to
in a couple weeks for meetings in support of the County’s
ACOE announced during our February meeting that they intend to award
acceptance sections 7 & 8 this month, therefore dredging will
recommence by early summer. Ms.
Jude asked if there are any reports that detail how much business would
be lost if the dredging project is not completed, and Mr. Bibeau replied
the MRC cites the SFWMD-commissioned Hazen & Sawyer Biscayne
Economic Report for data regarding the
marine industries generation of 6,700 jobs which would be jeopardized if
the project is not completed. The
Dredging subcommittee’s next regularly scheduled third Wednesday of
the month publicly noticed meeting will be held at 1407 NW 7 ST, March
21, 10 am.
Urban Infill Working Group (UIWG) –
, Chair of the UIWG, noted the City of
posted the first complete draft Miami 21 Eastern Quadrant on their
The Planning Advisory Board will host two
21 – Eastern Quadrant”
meetings in the near future. The
MRC will consider creating their advisory recommendation regarding the
draft during the April 2, 2007 meeting.
Murley stated the UIWG will review the revised draft Miami
River Corridor Multi-Modal Transportation Plan during their March
meeting, and the final draft will be presented during the MRC’s April
2, 2007 meeting. Mr. Murley
added the UIWG again solicits any Transportation recommendations for the
ongoing Miami River Corridor Multi-Modal Transportation Plan.
Greenways Subcommittee –
noted Greenway sections remain
under construction, and thanked Kevin Brown, the City of
and the private sector for
their continued assistance. Dr.
Martin stated there are currently greenway connectivity issues for
example the riverwalk sections between Latitude on the River and Neo
Vertika to the east and SW 2 Ave to the west.
Dr. Martin noted these issues would be improved in the future if
the City adopts the amended draft Miami River Greenway Design Standards
and Guidelines, which are now awaiting approval of
21, therefore missing several
current opportunities where the private sector is constructing sections
of the Riverwalk.
Dr. Martin mentioned he had attended
the MRC / Kona Kai Gallery hosted Miami River Art Show, sponsored by
Garcia’s seafood and Neo Vertika, on February 23.
Dr. Martin stated the event was excellent, and the River
paintings were beautiful.
Dr. Martin noted the Greenways
subcommittee remains providing the public and private sector with
options to provide for the long term Greenways maintenance, security and
special events and look forward to their selecting which option will
provide these services, which are critical to the Greenways success. Dr.
Martin stated at the February Greenways meeting the subcommittee
reviewed several locations in need of maintenance, which collectively
identify that there are currently problems with providing this necessary
service. Dr. Martin noted
MRC board member and City of Miami Grants Administrator Robert Ruano
suggested contacting 3-1-1 to report the identified specific locations
where Greenway maintenance is needed, which Dr. Martin directed staff to
do, although he believes in addition a regular maintenance system should
be implemented. Chair Bagué
noted that the City’s providing an action plan of the methods and
funding to provide regular maintenance along the Greenway is required,
because only responding to concerns reported to 311 is unacceptable, and
recommended that she and Dr. Martin meet with City of Miami Manager Pete
Hernandez to identify the plan to provide the regular maintenance,
security and special events needed for the Greenway to reach its full
potential. Chair Bagué
suggested that Dr. Martin develop a list of top greenway priorities with
MRC staff prior to the meeting.
Dr. Martin stated the Greenways
subcommittee is awaiting receipt of the remaining approved Greenway
cross sections, which were requested in writing by MRC Chair Bague over
a year ago.
Dr. Martin mentioned for the second
year in a row, the Greenways subcommittee is asking the City to place
the bi-lingual posters for the free 11th Annual Miami
Riverday festival, to be held March 24, 2007, in the new Greenway
informational kiosks, which to date remain empty.
Dr. Martin noted the Greenways
subcommittee recommended the City of
apply for an FDEP Recreational
Trails Program grant to provide additional funding to build a riverwalk
in the riverfront section of
, the City of
’s oldest park. Dr. Martin
noted the Greenways Subcommittee continues its attempts to receive
updates regarding Lummus Landing, which broke ground in 2003, yet the
project was suspended
and the area remains an eyesore in the community. Vice-Chair
Philip Everingham noted he would place the status of Lummus Landing on
the April City of Miami Waterfront Advisory Board agenda for discussion.
Dr. Martin asked for an update
regarding the Related Group’s mixed –use development project and
Merrill-Steven’s expansion plans.
Chairman Barreiro noted the County has been working on the issue
day to day and has been negotiating with Merrill-Stevens, yet
negotiations have slowed with the Related Group, partially due to the
adjacent Justice Department becoming involved.
Chairman Barreiro stated he is going to ask to meet with the
Judges and State Attorney to reach a conclusion.
Dr. Martin noted the Merrill-Stevens expansion would include
creation of a publicly accessible riverwalk from the 12 Ave Bridge to
the west side beneath I-836, therefore allowing the County’s bond
issue line item to be utilized for a section of the greenway without any
potential private sector funding sources.
The next regularly scheduled second
Wednesday of the month Greenways subcommittee’s publicly noticed
meeting will take place on March 14, here at 2 pm.
Storm water Subcommittee – Mr.
Bibeau reported that The City of Miami received three responses to their
Wagner Creek Phases 3-6 and
dredging Request for Letters of
Interest, and subsequent Request for Information.
The City Commission is scheduled to consider the
administration’s recommended firm this month.
The Storm water Subcommittee’s next regularly scheduled first
Wednesday of the month meeting will be held this Wednesday, March 7, 10
am, Miami River Inn, 118 S. River Drive.
Economic Development & Commerce (EDC) Subcommittee –Ms.
noted the EDC is seeking
$22,170 to contract two FAU Professors to conduct a “Miami River
Economic Analysis”, as authorized by the Executive Board.
Ms. Kelly reported the EDC mailed letters to potential funding
sources and is considering a variety of grant opportunities. Ms. Kelly
added the EDC thanks Chairman Barreiro for his assistance in identifying
potential funding sources.
Public Safety – Chair Bagué welcomed Sergeant Mike Gonzalez, Miami Marine Patrol.
Officer Gonzalez stated the River has been quiet and without
incidents. Dr. Bohnsack stated the Miami River Security Committee
continues to meet monthly at the Coast Guard base.
Dr. Bohnsack added the
will participate in the
upcoming “mass migration drill”.
Dr. Fran Bohnsack, Miami River Marine Group, reported the Miami
River Security Committee’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March
13, 2 pm, Gator’s Den.
New Business –The
following items were addressed/discussed:
Bagué noted the MRC’s Executive Board had unanimously accepted
the Fiscal Year 2006 Audit
Bagué thanked those who had attended Congresswoman Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s riverboat tour on
Friday, March 1.
Barreiro noted Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers continues to
be well-informed regarding the importance of funding and
successfully completing the Miami River Maintenance Dredging
project, and commended Mr. Bibeau and the MRC for their good work on
the project. Chairman
Barreiro added Lubby Navarro will serve as his new MRC designee.