Watchdog Log


City of Miami files motion for termination of Pottinger Consent Decree

(Miami, FL May 30, 2018) – The City of Miami filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to terminate the Pottinger Consent Decree which outlines how the City and the Police Department interact with the homeless.

“The circumstances have changed and today Pottinger restricts the City from acting in the best interest of homeless persons and residents in general,” said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. “Without the constraints of Pottinge…

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Fall 2017 BHA News is Out

Our 75th Edition of the News features updates on three major advocacy items that are finally being addressed as well as an expanded special section on Education in the Urban Core. Guest columns by School Board reps and our City of Miami Commissioners discuss their perspective on ensuring educational excellence for Brickell and Downtown Miami.

Click here to get your advance copy of the Fall 2017 BHA News…

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FEMA Registration Event

District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez invites residents to meet with the FEMA registration team Thursday, September 21st through Saturday September 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Frankie Rolle Center, 3750 South Dixie Highway, Room 105.
For more information and to confirm your attendance call (305) 446-3311.

This event is subject to change due to emerging emergencies. You must call to confirm before attending….

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Southside Expansion Update – January 2017

Editor’s Note: The issue of public school alternatives for the Brickell community remains high on the BHA Legislative Agenda as the need to serve Brickell families is acute. This article provides an update on efforts to convert Southside to a K-8 school. (Read background.)

Southside PTA representatives Elena Bondarenko and Rebecca Carter

Representatives of the Southside PTA provided the BHA…

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Canine Courtesy Please! Police cracking down on dogs

Many Brickell neighbors are fed up with dog owners who don’t abide by the laws that require dogs to be on leashes and to be picked up after. Police and BHA have been inundated with complaints, so our Neighborhood Resource Officer Daniel Rodriguez informs us Miami Police will be enforcing the Dog Leash and Pooper Scooper (Nuisance) Laws and imposing fines.

The Dog Leash law is straightforward:
Your dog is not permitted to roam free off your private property. When your dog …

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Miami’s Homeless Crisis: Updates from the leadership

EDITOR’S NOTE: Homelessness by all counts continues on the rise in Miami in 2016. While concentrated in Miami’s urban core, the problem is overflowing into the Brickell community from the north, into 1814 Brickell Park, to under the Rickenbacker, to the rare hammock at Alice Wainwright Park where the homeless have a long-standing encampment.
BHA Vice President Bill Fitch has been closely following the homeless issue, and provided this update in April. However, just days …

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Mismatched, unappreciated flourish not right for Brickell Avenue

BHA directors were just as surprised as residents to see the very out-of-place, black “tree guards” being installed in early February on Brickell Avenue. The “little fences,” as some residents referred to them, made a prominent architectural statement, mismatched with the modern high-rises all around. They provoked numerous objections. Installation stopped after the City’s contractor completed only a few surrounds.
The tree guards were to address one of the lingeri…

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Petition to stop rezoning request on Brickell Bay Drive underway

Activists for the Brickell Bay Drive area waterfront, between SE 14th and 15th Street, are petitioning the City of Miami to support their planning board’s denial in January of the the rezoning request by the owner of 240 SE 14th Street for a change that would allow a 60-story building to be constructed on the site. Residents say they do not want this large building blocking views they describe as “a stretch of green space along the Bay where people run, exercise, walk their d…

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Homeless Action Plan Forum on Feb. 12

Neighbors are encouraged to join the discussion with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce on the challenges and reality of chronic homeless in Downtown Miami at a luncheon forum on Friday, February 12, at 12 noon. The goal is to exchange innovative ideas and discover potential collaborative solutions to move forward. Register to attend at

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Homelessness: A Plan, Progress for Housing

Homelessness is on the rise in Miami in 2015, the first time in years, as documented by outreach teams in January and reaffirmed with a census in August. Although concentrated in Miami’s Downtown urban core, the problem is overflowing into the Brickell community from the north, while directly south of Brickell, the homeless have a long-standing encampment in the rare hammock at Alice Wainwright Park. No one seems to be able to do anything about the encampment, which we are …

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