Will the Miami Baywalk Ever Get Done?

Will the Miami Baywalk Ever Get Done?

Aug 29, 2018 August 29, 2018

Miami’s bay walk, extending from Edgewater to Brickell, has been in the planning stages for decades, and yet, with plenty of false starts, it is still nowhere near completion. At times, the civic dream of a completely interconnected bay walk connecting and opening Miami’s urban core to the waterfront appears completely dead in its tracks.

Recent additions to the baywalk include sections behind Icon Bay, Paraiso Bayviews, and Biscayne Beach in Edgewater. Upcoming sections include the Genting/Resorts World Miami site, the Miami Women’s Club section, and Missoni Baia, both also in Edgewater or adjacent. However, these are piecemeal and disjointed, with no real overarching plan for the entire thing.

The law currently requires that any new construction on Biscayne Bay from Brickell to Edgewater include a publicly accessible baywalk. Buildings built since 1979 have been required to include this public baywalk, but many residents of older buildings are resistant to turning their private bay frontage into a public right-of-way.

Miami Baywalk
Miami Baywalk

This pattern of development has led to a choppy and incomplete bay walk, with obstacles in between complete sections. Many of the missing interconnections are on public land and would require cooperation with the city, county, and other public entities to extend the bay walk under or around bridges, and past dead-end streets. Although the implementation of the sections of bay walk on public land would be easy, they require an organized push by the City of Miami government and other public entities that simply hasn’t happened yet.

There has been a lot of talk, but little action on the part of government officials to get organized and complete the bay walk. Arguments over funding, sea level rise, and the impacts to high value condos along the water persist. Recently city commissioner Ken Russell proposed a $25 million bond issue to finance the rest of the project.

There are a few efforts by different groups to complete the baywalk. The Related Group, Miami’s biggest developer, is advocating for the section of the baywalk that runs through Edgewater, where they have developed a few towers recently. Called the Biscayne Line, it would connect their projects in the area: the Paraiso District and Icon Bay.

Biscayne Bay Line (Site Plan)
Biscayne Line

A few years ago, Related sponsored a design studio for architecture students at the University of Miami, to come up with ideas for the Biscayne Line. Proposals included floating docks, elevated observation platforms, artificial mangroves, lagoons, and interesting juxtapositions of public and private space.

More recently, the Miami Downtown Development Authority created their own vision for the baywalk with Savino Miller Landscape Architects. As part of the proposal, they suggested a rebranding of the baywalk as the ‘Miami Walk,’ along with unifying design elements and wayfinding signage.

Miami Walk
Miami Walk

Although there is considerable public interest in completion of the baywalk, and various entities have thrown their considerable muscle behind its completion, a lack of organization has to make one wonder if it will be completed anytime in the near future.

Contact Us
Sep Niakan
Broker / Team Lead
(305) 697-7667
sep@blackbookproperties.com
Request Info
By sending you agree to CondoBlackBook's Terms of Use

Your Miami Condo Awaits

Recent Posts

Save on Your Miami & Florida Property Taxes with This Video!
Real Estate News Save on Your Miami & Florida Property Taxes with This Video!
Did you know that property taxes can’t ever increase more than 10% for investors in Florida? Information nuggets like this can easily shave thousands of dollars off your property tax bill in South Florida! In our latest video, Sep Niakan, founder and lead broker of Blackbook Properties, talks to CPA and Miami tax expert, Christian Daulong about the simplest ways to save money on your real estate taxes in Miami, Florida. There’s a lot to take away from this, so permanent residents, second homeowners, and investors, take note!     As a Miami homeowner, we want what’s best for YOU! That's why we’re sharing our top Florida property tax tips (try saying that fast!) for primary homeowners, second homeowners, and even investors. With these recommendations, you’ll make the most out of your South Florida property, so you can fully immerse in Miami’s vibrant culture and beautiful beaches smartly and with financial peace of mind. Learn how to maximize your benefits from the Homestead...
Where to Find the Lowest Property Taxes in Miami
Opinions and Advice Where to Find the Lowest Property Taxes in Miami
Miami’s growth has skyrocketed over the years as more people choose to live here for its incredible weather and low taxes. But many people considering buying Miami real estate wonder what the property tax rates in Miami are. Moreover, most people don’t love talking about property taxes. When looking for a home, buyers focus more on living aspects, like the square footage, layout, amenities, outdoor space, or kitchen upgrades. Still, buyers must pay attention to property tax rates as part of their purchase and, once they become owners, as part of their budget. If you’re considering buying a condo or house in Miami or Miami Beach, this guide will help you compare property tax rates in the most popular neighborhoods around the cities, and show you where to find the lowest property taxes in Miami-Dade County in 2024.  — Know Your Miami and Miami Beach Property Tax Rates In Miami-Dade County, property tax notices are sent out each year on October 30th. Below are the updated property...
Pagani Residences Miami: Live in the Lap of Hypercar Luxury
Preconstruction Pagani Residences Miami: Live in the Lap of Hypercar Luxury
Miami, it’s time to get hyped about hypercar luxury residences with the groundbreaking fusion of the hyper-automotive industry and architecture through the creation of Pagani Residences. Nestled in the picturesque North Bay Village, this exclusive development marks the world's first collaboration between Italian hypercar icon Pagani Automobili and Miami-based real estate developer Riviera Horizons. And it continues the trend of luxury car branded-residences, which has brought Miami the likes of Aston Martin Residences in Downtown Miami, Bentley Residences in Sunny Isles Beach, and of course, Porsche Design Tower, where residents drive up to their condo homes with its patented Dezervator elevator system.For Pagani’s first venture into the real estate world, Miami’s iconic skyline and global appeal make the perfect backdrop, and in this blog, you’ll find out why Pagani Residences Miami promises a living experience that is engineered to live up to its hypercar luxury name. —...
March 2024: Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Pre-Construction Condo News Update
Preconstruction March 2024: Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Pre-Construction Condo News Update
As developers announced and launched exciting new projects, luxury condo development continued booming in South Florida. This month, partners Related Group and BH Group launched sales for West Palm Beach’s first Ritz-Carlton Residences condo development. The developer duo further launched sales for Icon Beach and won approval to build another condo-hotel in Hollywood Beach. Further, Ari Pearl swapped his plans to build a rental tower at The Club at Emerald Hills golf course with brand-new condos and villas. Read below to find details on these and more projects in our March 2024 pre-construction condo market round-up for Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach: — March 2024 – Fort Lauderdale Condo Pre-Construction Market at a Glance Sales Launched Ritz-Carlton Residences – West Palm Beach Icon Beach Residences – Hollywood Beach Approved Diplomat Landing Hotel (Tower 2) – Hollywood Beach 1920 Pierce – Downtown Hollywood Planned/Proposed Sage Residences – Fort...
Complete List of Miami Condos with Tennis Courts
Lifestyle Complete List of Miami Condos with Tennis Courts
Tennis has been a favorite sport to enjoy throughout your life. But often it's hard to play at home – you've got to find a racquet club or local tennis complex. So if you're looking for Miami condo buildings that have tennis courts, since enjoying the sport and staying fit is a top priority, we get it. And the convenience of having a tennis court onsite is a big bonus. Since home is where the heart is, having a private tennis court right at your condo doorstep can be one of the biggest motivation factors whether you like to play for fun, fitness, or serious competition. So, for all tennis enthusiasts out there, here's a full list of Miami condos that give their residents exclusive access to tennis courts, whether hard, grass, or clay, as part of their range of amenities. — Miami Condo Buildings with Private Tennis Courts Building name Address Neighborhood City  Year Built Sq. Ft. Range # of courts 1000 Venetian Way 1000 Venetian...
Explore the Understated Elegance at Rivage Bal Harbour with Our Video Tour
Video Blog Explore the Understated Elegance at Rivage Bal Harbour with Our Video Tour
Join us for a tour of the gorgeous new sales gallery of the upcoming Rivage Residences in Miami’s Bal Harbour. Sep Niakan, founding broker of Blackbook Properties, interviews Rita Collins, sales executive at Rivage Bal Harbour, where they talk about all the hand-picked finishes, customizations, and one-of-a-kind luxuries that set this boutique project apart. It will be the next icon in oceanfront living!     — Setting New Standards of Luxury Living on the Beach Rivage welcomes you to a glamorous world of customizable finishes and thoughtful curations that make it a true villa. With only 56 sprawling residences (or less, as first buyers can combine units), this 25-story tower will deliver true boutique living on one of Miami’s most pristine beachfronts. Renowned interior designer Lauren Rottet provides a range of finishes, from wood to marble, or light to dark cabinetry, among other options, transforming each water-facing unit into a place you can instantly call home. Perfect for...