Monday, March 17, 2014

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Belle Isle Residents Association Board of Directors


To be considered for membership on the Belle Isle Residents Board of Directors, please click on: Board Membership 

Belle Isle Residents Association, Inc.

Board of Directors


Directors Elected 2014 (Terms expire January, 2016)
  • Nancy Beckham (20 Island Avenue)
  • Bob Carmartie (11 Island)
  • Elaine Solomon (1 Century Lane)
  • Charles Urstadt (16 Island Avenue)  [Vice-President]
  • Lonne Weinstein (9 Island Avenue)
Directors Elected 2013 (Terms expire January, 2015)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island Avenue) [President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Garry Korr (11 Island Avenue)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island Avenue)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island Avenue)
  • David Leeds (20 Island Avenue)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island Avenue) [Secretary] 

Previous Boards:
_____________________________________________________
FROM 2013:

Directors Elected 2013 (Terms expire January, 2015)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island Avenue) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (resigned January 2014 (leaving area))
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Garry Korr (11 Island Avenue)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island Avenue)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island Avenue)
  • David Leeds (20 Island Avenue)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island Avenue) [Secretary]
Directors Elected 2012 (Terms expire January, 2014)
  • Nancy Beckham (20 Island Avenue)
  • Jean-Francois Lejeune [resigned March 2013]
  • Elaine Solomon (1 Century Lane) [Elected January 2013]
  • Charles Urstadt (16 Island Avenue)  [Vice-President]
_______________________________________________________
FROM 2012:

Board of Directors Elected 2012 (Terms expire January, 2014)
  • Charles Urstadt (16 Island)
  • Nancy Beckham (20 Island)
  • Jean-Francois Lejeune with wife Astrid Rotemberg as Sub (20 Island) 
Board of Directors Elected 2011 (Terms expire January, 2013)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Garry Korr (11 Island) -- elected March 2012 to fill vacancy
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • David Leeds (20 Island)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island)
_______________________________________________________
FROM 2011:

Board of Directors Elected 2011 (Terms expire January, 2013) 
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • David Leeds (20 Island)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island)
Board of Directors Elected 2010 (Terms expire January, 2012)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Jean-Francois Le Jeune with wife Astrid Rotemberg as Sub (20 Island Avenue)
______________________________________________________
FROM 2010:

Board of Directors Elected 2010 (Terms expire January, 2012 
  • David Ballard (6 Farrey Lane)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Jean-Francois Le Jeune with Astrid Rotemberg as Sub (wife) (20 Island Avenue)
Board of Directors Elected 2009 (Terms expire January, 2011)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Gail Limburg (9 Island)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
______________________________________________________
FROM 2009:

Board of Directors Elected 2009 (Terms expire January, 2011)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Gail Limburg (9 Island)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
Carried over from prior year (Terms expire January, 2010)
  • David Ballard (6 Farrey Lane)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Rosemary Ravinal (11 Island)
  • Irene Sperber (11 Island)
______________________________________________________
FROM 2008:

Board of Directors Elected 2008 (Terms expire January, 2010)
  • David Ballard (6 Farrey Lane)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Rosemary Ravinal (11 Island)
  • Irene Sperber (11 Island)
Carried over from prior year (Terms expire January, 2009)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
______________________________________________________
FROM 2007:

Board of Directors Elected 2007 (Terms expire January, 2009)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island)
  • Howard Farber (16 Island) [resigned]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island)
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) 
Carried over from prior year (Terms expire January, 2008)
  • Barbara Gillman (16 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way)
  • Toby Maxwell (9 Island)
  • Renee Savary (5 Island)
  • Irene Sperber (11 Island)
__________________________________________________
FROM 2006:

Board of Directors (Elected 2006)
  • Herb Frank, President (10 Venetian Way)
  • Josh Fisher , Vice-President (9 Island Ave)
  • Sandy Money, Secretary (3 Island Ave)
  • Keith Hark, Treasurer (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank, Director (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Gillman, Director (16 Island Ave)
  • Nancy Liebman, Director (9 Island Ave)
  • Toby Maxwell, Director (9 Island Ave)
  • Irene Sperber, Director (11 Island Ave)
  • Michael Walrath, Director (20 Island Ave) 
Terms expire January, 2008: 
  • Keith Hark
  • Barbara Gillman
  • Toby Maxwell
  • M. Savary
  • Irene Sperber
  • Michael Walrath
Terms expire January, 2007: 
  • Herb Frank
  • Barbara Frank
  • Josh Fisher
  • Sandy Money
  • Nancy Liebman

Monday, February 04, 2013

Nearby Single-Family Home Burglaries


NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

MIAMI BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

The residences within the following locations (3200 Blk. and 3400 Blk. of Chase Ave and 500 blk. of E. Dilido Dr. were burglarized between the dates of 02/01/13 and 02/02/13. The time frames vary between
day and night. The subject(s) targeted purses, wallets and jewelry. The points of entries to the homes have been unlocked windows and doors.

M.B.P.D. is working diligently to solve these crimes and identify those responsible so that they may be brought to justice. We are asking for residents and fellow neighbors to Immediately Report any suspicious activity, person(s) or vehicles in the area at Tel. # (305)-673-7901 (24/7).

SAFETY TIPS

Utilize proven crime prevention practices:

Ø Secure your home with quality door and window locks.

Ø Do not leave windows or doors unlocked, and use pins on sliding doors and windows.

Ø Trim overgrown foliage that may obscure your home and use proper exterior lighting.

Ø Activate the alarm whenever you are away – no matter how soon you plan on returning.

Officer Pablo Jimenez
Neighborhood Resource Officer / Middle Beach District
(305)-673-7776 Ext. 5314
E-Mail: pablojimenez@miamibeachfl.gov

Thursday, January 24, 2013

List of Directors 2006-Present

(To be considered for membership on the Belle Isle Residents Board of Directors, please click on: Board Membership )

Current Board:

Directors Elected 2013 (Terms expire January, 2015)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island Avenue) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (resigned January 2014 (leaving area))
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Garry Korr (11 Island Avenue)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island Avenue)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island Avenue)
  • David Leeds (20 Island Avenue)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island Avenue) [Secretary]
Directors Elected 2012 (Terms expire January, 2014)
  • Nancy Beckham (20 Island Avenue)
  • Jean-Francois Lejeune [resigned March 2013]
  • Elaine Solomon (1 Century Lane) [Elected January 2013]
  • Charles Urstadt (16 Island Avenue)  [Vice-President]


(Previous Boards:)
_________________________________________________
FROM 2012:
Board of Directors Elected 2012 (Terms expire January, 2014)
  • Charles Urstadt (16 Island)
  • Nancy Beckham (20 Island)
  • Jean-Francois Lejeune with wife Astrid Rotemberg as Sub (20 Island)

Board of Directors Elected 2011 (Terms expire January, 2013)

  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Garry Korr (11 Island) -- elected March 2012 to fill vacancy
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • David Leeds (20 Island)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island)
_________________________________________________
FROM 2011:
Board of Directors Elected 2011 (Terms expire January, 2013)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • David Leeds (20 Island)
  • Monica Tracy (5 Island)

Board of Directors Elected 2010 (Terms expire January, 2012)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Jean-Francois Le Jeune with wife Astrid Rotemberg as Sub (20 Island Avenue)
(Previous Boards:)
_________________________________________________
FROM 2010:

Board of Directors Elected 2010 (Terms expire January, 2012)
  • David Ballard (6 Farrey Lane)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Jean-Francois Le Jeune with Astrid Rotemberg as Sub (wife) 20 Island Avenue
Board of Directors Elected 2009 (Terms expire January, 2011)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Gail Limburg (9 Island)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
__________________________________________________
FROM 2009:
Board of Directors Elected 2009 (Terms expire January, 2011)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Gail Limburg (9 Island)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
Carried over from prior year (Terms expire January, 2010)
  • David Ballard (6 Farrey Lane)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Rosemary Ravinal (11 Island)
  • Irene Sperber (11 Island)
__________________________________________________
FROM 2008:
Board of Directors Elected 2008 (Terms expire January, 2010)
  • David Ballard (6 Farrey Lane)
  • Barbara Cowen (3 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way) [Treasurer]
  • Rosemary Ravinal (11 Island)
  • Irene Sperber (11 Island)
Carried over from prior year (Terms expire January, 2009)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island) [President]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island) [Vice-President]
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island) [Secretary]
__________________________________________________
FROM 2007:
Board of Directors Elected 2007 (Terms expire January, 2009)
  • Scott Diffenderfer (20 Island)
  • Howard Farber (16 Island) [resigned]
  • Josh Fisher (9 Island)
  • Herb Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Barbara Frank (10 Venetian Way)
  • Nancy Liebman (9 Island)
  • Sandra Money (3 Island)
Carried over from prior year (Terms expire January, 2008)
  • Barbara Gillman (16 Island)
  • Keith Hark (10 Venetian Way)
  • Toby Maxwell (9 Island)
  • Renee Savary (5 Island)
  • Irene Sperber (11 Island)

__________________________________________________
FROM 2006:

Board of Directors (Elected 2006)

Herb Frank, President (10 Venetian Way)
Josh Fisher , Vice-President (9 Island Ave)
Sandy Money, Secretary (3 Island Ave)
Keith Hark, Treasurer (10 Venetian Way)
Barbara Frank, Director (10 Venetian Way)
Barbara Gillman, Director (16 Island Ave)
Nancy Liebman, Director (9 Island Ave)
Toby Maxwell, Director (9 Island Ave)
Renee Savary, Director (5 Island Ave)
Irene Sperber, Director (11 Island Ave)
Michael Walrath, Director (20 Island Ave)


Terms expire January, 2008:
Hark, Gillman, Maxwell, Savary, Sperber, Walrath

Terms expire January, 2007:
H. Frank, B.Frank, Fisher, Money, Liebman

Monday, January 07, 2013

Belle Isle Residents Association Annual Meeting


Belle Isle Residents Association Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Join us for Wine at 6:00PM - Annual Meeting at 7:00PM
20 Island Avenue Meeting Room (Belle Plaza)

ALL RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

City officials will be on hand to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects, answer your questions and hear your comments on issues that will affect our neighborhood in 2013 and beyond.

Our agenda will include:


  • Discussion and updates on the following City, County and developer projects:

  • Collins Canal Seawall and Dade Blvd. Bike Path

  • Alton Road Construction and traffic detour plans which will affect West Avenue and Venetian Way

  • Ongoing Sunset Harbour Flooding and Pump Station Enhancement project

  • Venetian Islands construction on side streets

  • Proposed expansion and addition of parking at Standard Hotel

  • Proposed Hotel on 17th Street and West Avenue

  • Introduction of Miami Beach United

  • Update on selection of City Manager

  • Update on Convention Center Expansion

  • Discussion of request to install Electronic Billboards to bus shelters in Miami Beach

  • Timeline and info on how to register your SunPass for use on the Venetian Causeway

  • Open forum for residents to ask questions and provide comments

If you have any items you would like us to discuss or if you would like to be added to our email list, please send an email to bod@belleisleresidents.org or call Scott Diffenderfer at 305-458-3334

We do not charge dues and always welcome donations to our organization so that we can continue our work to enhance and protect our quality of life on Belle Isle.  Please make checks payable to Belle Isle Residents Association and mail to Belle Isle Residents Association, Inc., 1521 Alton Road, #345, Miami Beach, FL 33139.


Belle Isle Residents Association Accomplishments

·  Lobbied the City to implement a Residential Parking Zone on Belle Isle;

·  Worked with Miami Beach CIP and County officials during planning and construction of park and streets; convinced county to widen streets 7 feet more than proposed and add commercial loading zones in front of 9 Island and Costa Brava.  (Can you imagine what it would be like if our streets were 7 feet narrower with no commercial loading zones?!?!);

·  Advocated for temporary pedestrian walkways and temporary lighting during construction of Belle Isle Park and streetscape;

·  Lobbied the City to install bike racks in the park;

·  Lobbied the City to install benches in the dog park;

·  Lobbied the City to install additional landscaping to provide a visual buffer to hide the unattractive pump station; City finally did install much more landscaping than originally planned;

·  At residents’ request, lobbied the City to plant additional landscaping in the swale on the north side of Venetian way to provide a visual barrier to parked cars;

·  Lobbied the City and Commissioners and convinced the City to dozens of additional trees in the park above and beyond what was in the original landscaping plans);

·  Worked with the City to eliminate street flooding on Belle Isle;

·  Convinced City to install an odor-control device on the pump station (NOT part of the original plans).   Odor has been eliminated;

·  Worked with County to get a traffic light installed at the intersection of Venetian Way and Purdy Avenue/Sunset Harbour Drive;

·  Worked with the City and The Standard Hotel in order to enforce and maintain noise ordinance on Belle Isle; Hotel has operated for several years with virtually no noise complaints.  In addition, Standard Hotel now offers neighborhood residents a 20% discount off of membership to the spa; 

·  Worked with the Transportation and Parking Committee, the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade Transit to bring the South Beach Local to Belle Isle;

·  Organized residents to meet with developers, attorneys and the architect for 31 Venetian Way numerous times over a two-year period.  Attended all Design Review Board Meetings on behalf of residents.  Effectively lobbied to reduce size and drastically improve design of project to be more compatible with our neighborhood.  Will continue to advocate for the neighborhood on this and future construction projects;

·  Communicate regularly with residents and building managers to inform residents of projects and events that affect Belle Isle;

·  Organized debates for Commission/Mayor elections;

·  Organized Commissioner Meet and Greets with residents on several occasions;

·  Communicate regularly with City officials to get potholes repaired, graffiti removed, trees and landscaping replaced.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Urgent Belle Isle Traffic Adisory For Today, 11/30/12


From The City of Miami Beach:

We have become aware of a Critical Mass bike ride for this Friday, November 30th, 2012.  They meet and start from the Government Center in Miami and are expected to have 1000 – 2000 riders.  We expect them to be entering Miami Beach around 7:30 pm.  They will be entering the City on 71 st and exiting the City via 17st Collins / Venetian Causeway. They average approx. 12mph.

The map of the route is below.  Additional information can be drawn from their Facebook page called MIAMI CRITICAL MASS,  http://www.facebook.com/MiamiCriticalMass/photos#!/MiamiCriticalMass.

We will have personnel monitoring this ride and expeditiously helping them out of our City.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The City of Miami Beach has released its updated hurricane guide


Hurricane Season is upon us and we want to make sure that our residents have the Hurricane Guide. 

Thank you so much. 

MIAMIBEACH
Lynn W. Bernstein, Community Resource and Outreach Team
OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
1700 Convention Center DriveMiami BeachFL 33139
Tel: 305-673-7000 x6178  / cell: 786-229-3972 


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Notice from the Miami Beach Police Concerning Memorial Day






THINGS TO KNOW FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2012
EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC CONGESTION

The following roads will be altered or closed from 7p m Friday-7am Tuesday:

  • Ocean Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day from 5th-15th Street from Friday 7:00a.m to Tuesday 7:00a.m.
  • Collins Avenue will be northbound traffic only between 5th-15th Street 24 hours a day Friday 7:00a.m. to Tuesday 7:00a.m.
  • From 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights), Washington Avenue will be southbound only from 5th-15th Street.
  • Proof of residency will be required to enter the following residential areas: 1)North of 5th Street to Lincoln Road from Washington Avenue west to Alton Road. 2) South of 5th Street to Government Cut. 3) Dade Blvd to 41st Street and Pine Tree Drive.


DUI Check Point:

MacArthur Causeway (east bound) starting Friday, May 25, 8:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday,   May 26, 2012 ending at 5:00 a.m.

DUI saturation and enforcement throughout Saturday and Sunday. Enforcement will take place on all major streets in Miami Beach.

License Plate Readers will be activated on the MacArthur Causeway causing traffic to be reduced to one lane.

Plan for a high volume of traffic on the MacArthur Causeway and Julia Tuttle. The Venetian Causeway will be used as an entry point for residents.

The Miami Beach Police Department will implement the following procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors alike. For more information call the answer center 305-604-CITY (305-604-2489),tune into  MB Radio 1670 AM or http://www.miamibeachfl.gov/residentsportal/