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Message from the VIHA Board

We have been actively meeting with Captain Pfrogner (Mid Beach Police Captain) & Officer Hazzi (Mid Beach Neighborhood Officer) on many recent events, Eric Carpenter & his team on the undergrounding and so much more!We hope you had a lovely Summer with family & friends and we look forward to a gorgeous winter in our island paradise!

For this coming year VIHA will be focusing on growing the association, meeting more frequently as well as keeping you up to speed on the many issues & topics!

Kindly read the below and share with any neighbors whom you might have their contact details. We are slowly updating our email list and hope we do not miss any neighbors as keeping each other informed is a primary goal of VIHA.

Undergrounding Update

We are closer than ever to providing our beautiful islands with new underground utilities. These networks will be state of the art, storm resistant, and eliminate the unsightly teetering poles and dangling cables that run through our islands.

We acknowledge it took longer than expected to obtain FP&L’s cooperation, but we’re finally “rolling”. Here’s the skinny…

The City of Miami Beach has finally managed to pin-down Florida Power on the specific of the Right-of-Way under ground construction. CMB and FP&L have now agreed how to construct and protect our new underground utilities (Power, Telephone, and Cable). We owe special thanks to Eric Carpenter (Public Works) and David Martinez (CIP) and many others. Without their dogged pursuit, we might all still be waiting. We owe special thanks to Eric Carpenter (Public Works) and David Martinez (CIP), and many others from the City.” We are also especially grateful to those residents who donated funds for the required engineering study, and technical design work.

FP&L’s Engineering department has been given the go ahead to finalize the design for our underground electrical service and provide a cost quotation. This could take as long as 6 months. Once FP&L is done, Atlantic Broadband and AT&T will design their undergrounding to match (this lowers overall cost) and provide their quotes. The City of Miami Beach. adds some minor costs (curbs, landscaping, etc.), and we get our TOTAL cost. Then the fun begins…

How do residents pay for such a major upgrade?

The public portion of the Venetian under grounding project can be paid up front, or financed, for say 5 years, through the creation of a special tax district that requires the approval of a majority vote by the affected residents. The latter is the route most residents prefer. The tax district can be created through the County (it requires a 50%+1 vote) or the City of Miami Beach (requires a 60% resident approval) and VIHA will select the best option for our community.

The taxing entity then prepares the VOTE on Dilido and San Marino. Assuming residents approve (our overwhelming preliminary response was 80% for approval) the construction work is bid to FP&L approved contractors, and the job begins.

Do not be overly alarmed. Unlike the difficult above ground construction our neighborhoods suffered over the past few years, our new utilities will be constructed through Directional Boring technology, leaving our streets mostly intact. The visible construction should be mostly limited to the concrete pads on which our new transformers are installed, and the creation of street curbs, where the some transformer locations are at deemed at “risk”.

We will keep you informed of upcoming milestones as they approach!

Regards to all,
Ahmad Lee Khamsi
VIHA Undergrounding VP

Bridge Openings & Pedestrian Crossings

A discussion on the east Venetian Causeway Bascule Bridge in terms of current bridge activity levels and potential for further restrictions will be on the agenda for the September 27th Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee (NCAC) meeting. Staff continues to request and analyze monthly bridge logs to ascertain how many exceptions to the restrictions and violations are occurring on a monthly basis and if restrictions during peak periods would be warranted. We will be presenting this information at the upcoming NCAC meeting in September.

As you are aware, the existing portable “Stop For Pedestrians In Crosswalk” signs that were placed at unsignalized intersections along the causeway are only a temporary approach to help improve pedestrian safety. The permanent solution endorsed by the City Commission consists of installing LED-illuminated crosswalks at the unsignalized crosswalk locations. We worked through the ongoing budget process to identify funding for design and implementation of these crosswalks in FY 2017/18. It is important to note that even if the funding is approved as part of the City’s proposed FY 17/18 capital budget, the implementation of these crosswalks is also contingent upon required warrant studies and, ultimately, County approval.

Additionally, I have copied Lt. Hyok Chong so he is aware of the need for enforcement.

I hope the above information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Update from Director Jose Gonzalez

Bike Gangs & Burglaries along Venetian Causeway

Captain Pfrogner will be working in conjunction with the City of Miami Police to help with recent break-ins and burglary incidents.

Both VIHA & VWNA associations are working together to show how important this is to our residence.

If you see anyone on bikes being disruptive, please try get a picture so they can target the bike gangs and call 9-1-1. Officer Hazzi believes this could a few different groups and photos or more detailed descriptions would be great help.

Fishing Along The Venetian Causeway

Recent reports of fishing on the causeway were denied on the grounds that fishing is not actually illegal.

This has confused even Captain Pfrgoner and more investigation is being done. We have proposed the below but the Lawyer of Miami Beach is pushing back.

We will be setting up a meeting to review and discuss further and hopefully find a resolution for this ongoing issue which affects so many neighbors.

If you have any information or would like to help us, please send me an email as there is great power in numbers.

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