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MIAMI BEACH LIGHT RAIL – “KEEP THE LINK IN BAYLINK”
Whereas, Miami Beach United (MBU) strongly supports public transportation and appreciates the
City’s efforts to address critical mobility challenges;

Whereas, the City of Miami Beach is fast tracking a light rail/ modern street car to run on South
Beach with the goal to connect to the City of Miami across the MacArthur Causeway;
Whereas, Miami-Dade County and City of Miami have not made definite commitments in terms of
transit technology, timing and funding for the Beach Corridor Project including the MacArthur
Causeway;
Whereas, the proposed Miami Beach light rail project would have significant community quality of
life impacts including: construction, mobility, on-street parking in areas with limited parking,
physical space for maintenance/storage facility, etc;
Whereas, Phase 1 of the project requires an estimated $245 million in capital and $6.7 million in
annual costs, excluding renewal/replacement costs, funded materially through City taxes given
that federal funding will not be pursued;
Whereas, light rail is a divisive issue across the United States and a durable community
consensus must be built to last longer than the terms of current elected officials; and
Whereas, on October 20, 2016 over one hundred individuals convened at MBU’s “Are We On the
Right Track?” Forum and raised important questions and concerns;
Whereas, the City’s successful North Beach Master Planning effort clearly demonstrated the
importance and impact of transparency and community consensus building; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that Miami Beach United urges the City of Miami Beach:
1. to “keep the link in BayLink” and not initiate any commitments, design/engineering
contracts or construction for light rail on South Beach till such time that Miami-Dade
County and the City of Miami have made comparable light rail commitments, contracts
and construction for the Beach Corridor Project across the MacArthur Causeway;
2. to thoroughly engage residents of Miami Beach in a meaningful public involvement
process, with a special emphasis on the associations of neighborhoods directly impacted;
3. to focus current efforts less on design/engineering and more on mobility planning
including options for enhanced interim transportation solutions (eg. Bus Rapid Transit),
the citywide alignment of street raising and transit projects, and identification of potential
resulting economic, environmental and social benefits;
4. to slow the overall process to allow the time required to build a durable community
consensus and not damage the prospects for future public transportation solutions; and
5. to provide the residents of Miami Beach the opportunity to vote on a light rail proposal in
a manner similar to the vote held for BayLink in 2004.




APPROVED November 2, 2016

NANCY LIEBMAN, PRESIDENT
HERB SOSA, VICE PRESIDENT
ADAM KRAVITZ, DIRECTOR
PAUL MOKHA, DIRECTOR
CHRISTINE FLOREZ, SECRETARY
WANDA MOUZON, DIRECTOR
SAUL GROSS, TREASURER
MARK NEEDLE, DIRECTOR
HERB FRANK, DIRECTOR
JONATHAN PARKER, DIRECTOR
JORGE GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR
KIRK PASKAL, DIRECTOR
MICHAEL HAMMON, DIRECTOR
MICHAEL RITUS, DIRECTOR
STACY KILROY, DIRECTOR
MARK SAMUELIAN, DIRECTOR

THE MAKING OF A CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL
April 18, 2016
Miami Beach Woman's Club
THE FAENA ARTS AND CULTURE CONTRIBUTION
ALAN FAENA, Founder & President of the FAENA Group
May 25, 2016
Casa Claridge Hotel @ FAENA District
RISING TIDES and RAISING STREETS
June 1, 2016
Miami Beach Woman's Club
MIAMI BEACH LIGHT RAIL PROJECT
Oct, 20, 2016
Miami Beach Woman's Club