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Boca: “First sharrow placed in city neighborhood”
“The city has installed its first sharrow, a shared lane marking and sign for motorists and bicyclists that could be a model for other neighborhoods with a heavy bike presence…
Developer who supports scenic beauty, buys property and bulldozes billboard!
“This billboard was purchased by a local development company, Dream Designs, Inc. in Rapid City, SD, so that they could take it down, and use the land for housing. They supported Scenic Rapid City in 2011 during the Billboard Initiative.
This billboard was completely non confirming and Grandfathered in. It had two boards on each side. They were two different sizes and OVERSIZED in a prime location; on a hill so that traffic had to view it.
It took away from the scenic beauty of our beautiful Black Hills since it was on the road to Mount Rushmore National Monument but still inside the Rapid City limits.'”
— Scenic Rapid City
Placemaking:”New design ideas shown for rebuilding the Jacksonville Landing”
“After hiring an outside consultant to crystallize a vision for brand-new buildings on the site of The Jacksonville Landing, the Downtown Investment Authority showed off a rendering this week that resembles the concept put forward by the Landing’s owners last year.
— David Bauerlein, Florida Times-Union
Drawing: From Tampa Bay Times
“City planner Jeff Speck’s vision for Tampa’s downtown involves cooler temperatures and more walking. Speck is the lead planner overseeing the team working with Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and an engineering firm Stantec to redevelop land in the Channelside area…
“The deceptive nature of architectural renderings”
“Architects use many mediums to express their designs, ideas, and concepts. They use orthographic drawings, physical models, as well as digital models…How can we differentiate between what is reality and what is a false and biased representation of a building? How about photographs of architecture?
Miami: Commission CHANGES SIGN CODE to eliminate advertising towers
Delete. Throw out. Discard. Trash.
“…The measure, championed by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, deletes the term ‘media towers’ from the city’s zoning code known as Miami 21.However, an attorney for Michael Simkins, the Miami Beach-based developer of the innovation tower [Giant LED Billboard Towers], told commissioners that his client plans to move forward with pending permit applications to build the project.’We will continue to implement this development irrespective of what is done today,’ said Tony Recio, a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman. ‘We look forward to having the permits fairly reviewed and evaluated.’In a statement to The Real Deal, Simkins said he does not believe the new ordinance can be applied to his project. ‘We are disappointed by the commission’s action,’ Simkins said. ‘But we expect the city to comply with the law and respect our rights by honoring the sign permit applications and media tower approval by the CRA, and processing the sign applications in good faith.’City commissioners Frank Carrollo, Willy Gort and Marc Sarnoff again voted in favor of the ordinance despite an impassioned plea from Commissioner Keon Hardemon, who was the innovation tower’s main supporter because he believes the project will generate jobs and millions of dollars in revenue for Overtown. ‘That one time things are moving forward in a community that has been stagnant for such a long time, we make sure we put the roadblock right in the middle of it,’ Hardemon said. ‘This is a slap in the face of the Overtown community.’
Simkins has touted the tower as the anchor to a 10-acre technology district that will help revitalize one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Hardemon, who represents the district and who is chairman of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Development Agency, backs the project because Simkins has agreed to pay the semi-autonomous city agency $5 million prior to construction, and $1 million, or 3 percent of gross sales generated by the project every year after completion.
Recio also said Simkins has committed to giving local preference to Overtown residents on construction jobs and for the operation of the innovation tower. In June, prior to the city commission’s first vote, Simkins’ company Innovate applied for permits to embed the LED signs within the skin of the proposed tower’s twisting façade and along its pedestal.
— Francisco Alvarado, The Real Deal, South Florida Real Estate News
Fun Festivals and Events
Shrimp and Seafood Festival, New Smyrna Beach
Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach
Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne
Aug 5, 6
Sizzling Summer Artwalk, Bradenton
St Pete Indie Market, St Petersburg
First Saturday Jam, Barberville
Aug 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach
Aug 13, 27
Gamble Jam, Flagler Beach
Friday Fest, Melbourne
Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Clermont
Anime Festival Orlando, Orlando
Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet
Cruisin’ Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand
Art Walk, Sanford
80s in the Park, Melbourne
Night in the Tropics, New Port Richey
Mixon Fruit Farms Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair, Bradenton
Wine Walk & Art Walk, New Smyrna Beach
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter
Key West Lobsterfest, Key West
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Funtastic Friday, Hollywood Beach
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Third Street Farmers Market, Naples
Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale
Aug 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 29, 31
Tours of the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House, Cape Coral
Aug 14, 21
Bluegrass Concert, North Palm Beach
Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda
Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada
Florida Keys Guitar Festival
July 23-Aug 28
Nature and Wildlife Exhibit, St Augustine
Archaeological Tour of Mission San Luis, Tallahassee
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Music by the Sea, St Augustine Beach
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
Concerts In The Plaza, St Augustine
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
Americana Under the Stars, Santa Rosa Beach
First Friday Art Walk, St Augustine
Sandstock, Perdido Key
Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville
Funday and Possum Festival, Wausau
First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach
Aug 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30
Blue Angels practice, Pensacola
Caribbean Parade and Festival, Jacksonville
Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach
National Park Service’s Birthday, St Augustine
Sunset/Moonrise at the St Augustine Lighthouse, St Augustine
River Rhythms, Ocala