Miami Beach voters approved a measure on Tuesday that will increase density in the city’s North Beach neighborhood, and rejected an ordinance that would curtail alcohol sales on Ocean Drive.

The North Beach ballot measure was approved by nearly 59 percent of voters just two years after they rejected a similar density increase in North Beach. Miami Beach residents have consistently rejected any density increases since 1997, when a ballot measure was passed requiring voter approval for any increase in Floor Area Ratio or (FAR), the maximum density or allowable square footage of a structure.

Miami Beach voters also elected a new mayor and two city commissioners on Tuesday, and they soundly rejected a measure to close outdoor alcohol sales along Ocean Drive in South Beach at 2 a.m. from the current 5 a.m. The measure was vigorously opposed by some of the city’s biggest bars and restaurants, like Mango’s Tropical Café and the Clevelander, who argued that hundreds of people would lose their jobs and the city would lose tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues if the measure passed.

Unlike in previous years, a coalition of developers and preservationists joined to promote this year’s ballot measure in North Beach, which will allow for an FAR increase to 3.5 from the current 2.25 to 2.75 for the area between Collins and Dickens avenues to Indian Creek Drive between 68th and 72nd streets. With the increase, developers can now build a mixed-use “Town Center” district along 71st Street.

The measure also designates two MiMo neighborhoods as “historic,” protecting them from large-scale demolition. Both initiatives were recommended in a master plan for the area developed by urban planning firm Dover Kohl & Partners, which commissioner Ricky Arriola said could provide the city a model for future development. To continue read click here: North Beach Miami

Source: The Real Deal

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