Watchdog Log


Artificial turf is a no-go, to be replaced with grass

When the narrow swales of grass along Brickell started getting pulled up and replaced with artificial turf, neighbors took notice. Many spoke up, and by a margin of about 10 to 1, most did not like the artificial grass. Not at all. It was called tacky, and worse, and many expressed concern over how it would withstand the many dogs using it for their poop and pee.

Although some reports said it was BHA’s plan, BHA officers were as surprised as neighbors by the radical plan…

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Details for General Election Tues., Nov. 6

Election day is soon upon us, and Brickell voters have a slew of choices to make. There’s the Florida Governor and Lieutenant Governor race, the U.S. Senate race, U.S. Representative for District 27, our State Representative for District 112 to retain Nick Duran, State Senator for district 40, 12 proposed constitutional amendments….plus judicial seats and the Strong Mayor question for City of Miami.

Early voting takes place October 22 through November 4. The closest loc…

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Neighbors invited to Town Hall on Ballot Amendments

Senator José Javier Rodriguez has gathered advocates and experts together for a Town Hall meeting on Wed., Oct. 3 on the 12 proposed constitutional amendments to appear on the November 6 general election ballot. There’s an array of issues to be considered. This meeting promises to help voters sort out issues to make informed choices at the polls. The event will take place at the Interamerican Campus of Miami Dade College, 627 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33135.

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Neighbors’ Feedback Sought on Proposed Roundabout for Coral Way Intersection…

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Neighbors’ Input Sought on Proposed Coral Way Traffic Circle

FDOT recently completed a planning study examining a potential roundabout at the intersection of SR 972/Coral Way (SW 13th Street/SW 3rd Avenue) and SW 15th Road. Neighbors are invited to a public meeting about the project on September 12, 6:00 p.m. at the Little Havana NET Office where residents will be asked for input. FDOT reps will also be on hand at the BHA Mixer on August 29 with information about the study.

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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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