The Environment and Sustainability Department develops and implements projects that improve the health of our natural resources and reduce our community’s impact on the environment. These are a few of the projects on which we’re currently working:
The beachwalk system is an at-grade pedestrian and cyclist pathway that runs along the beachfront and will eventually connect Miami Beach from Government Cut to our northern border and beyond! In addition to providing for recreation, it gives our residents and visitors an opportunity to get out of their cars and use alternative modes of transportation. The following missing segments are in planning, design or construction, as follows:
- Beachwalk II (3 Street to 5 Street): Construction anticipated to begin in 2018.
- Mid-Beach Recreational Corridor, Phase III (boardwalk segments from 24 Street to 45 Street): In design.
- Mid-Beach Recreational Corridor, Phase II (46 Street to 53 Street): Construction anticipated to begin August 2018.
- Mid-Beach Recreational Corridor, Phase I (53 Street to 64 Street): Construction anticipated to be complete by August 2018.
- North Shore Open Space Park (79 Street to 87 Street): In design.
Similar to the beachwalk, the baywalk is a pedestrian pathway that will connect the bayfront from 5 Street northward. Several segments of baywalk have been completed or are in the works. Read more about the Baywalk Status.
Living shorelines use a combination of bank stabilization and habitat restoration techniques to reinforce the shoreline, minimize coastal erosion, and maintain coastal processes while protecting, restoring, enhancing, and creating natural habitat for aquatic plants and wildlife. In addition to shoreline stabilization and erosion control, living shorelines provide added benefits, such as reduction of wave energy, absorption of storm surge, improved water quality via filtration, protection of riparian and intertidal resources, and creation of aquatic and terrestrial habitat.
The City has several seawall projects in the planning, design and construction phases that are incorporating living shorelines, as follows:
- Maurice Gibb Park Re-design (18 Street and Purdy Avenue) – In design.
- Indian Creek Drive Flood Mitigation Project (25 Street to 41 Street) – In permitting.
- Muss Park Seawall (44 Street and Chase Avenue) – Construction completed in November 2017.
- Brittany Bay Park Seawall (65 Street and Indian Creek Drive) – Phase I (seawall) anticipated to be complete by December 2017. Phase II (living shoreline) anticipated to begin construction in 2018.
Healthy dunes provide protection from storms, act as habitat for coastal species, and slow down beach erosion. The city ensures the health and stability of our dune system by regularly removing non-native vegetation and replanting with native species using volunteers from local non-profits (such as the Miami Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation) and landscaping contractors. In 2014, the city completed a large scale restoration of the dunes in South Beach (Government Cut to 3 Street and 14 Street to 23 Street), Middle Beach (23 Street to 47 Street), and North Beach (64 Street to 79 Street). In 2018, this work will continue in Lummus Park (5 Street to 14 Terrace) and will strategically replant to reduce artificial lighting visible from the beach.