Several weeks ago our very own Bob Weisblum, Government Affairs & Grants Chairperson, brought to the Boards attention that the Miami Herald printed a story regarding The Miami Foundation running a grant contest. They were seeking ideas from residents who wanted to improve their communities and foster neighborliness.
The focus was on pedestrians, cyclists, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, public transit stations, bike lanes, running paths, boat ramps, and waterways. Projects that are adopted would share in $250,000 in grant money. Besides himself entering two project ideas, we would like to thank Board Members Bill Clayton, Marc Frankel, Jacci Seskin, and Bari Schanerman for taking the time and effort in submitting their ideas.
Nearly 300 ideas were submitted and we are proud to say that one of our Board Members entries was chosen among the 34 finalists, congrats Bob! The entry that is a finalist has to do with the intersections of Ives Dairy Road and 24th Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive and West Dixie Highway. It involves a design of vivid colors of boxes with signage “DO NOT BLOCK THE BOX’. The purpose is to keep traffic flowing with no standing vehicles in the intersection.
Upon notification of being a finalist, Bob along with Board President Rick Schermer and previous Board President Marc Hurwitz began to contact the county (jurisdiction over Ives Dairy Road) and the state (Miami Gardens Drive). The county refused at this time to a sit-down and discussion, but State Representative Watson and State Senator Pizzo loved the idea. Both have voiced support and Senator Pizzo has forwarded a letter of support to the Miami Foundation regarding the project.
The winners will be named in September and a winning entry can receive up to $25,000 in grant money. The final entry has to submit a lot of paperwork including a budget and costs of implementation and other tasks needed.
This project is in the name of the Homeowners Association and if we are one of the winners we would like to call upon you, our neighbors, to volunteer some time and effort as needed. The winner will have until October of 2020 to complete the task. We will keep you updated as news arrives!
A huge thank you once again to Bob Weisblum for taking the time and effort for the betterment of our community.