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Miami Beach commission sets new sidewalk café guidelines for Ocean Drive

By James Teeple

Source: The Real Deal


Sitting at a sidewalk café on Ocean Drive could become a more pleasant experience after the Miami Beach City Commission on Wednesday set new standards and guidelines for sidewalk cafes between 5th Street and 15th Street.


For years residents and visitors have complained about the so-called “tunnel effect” of hundreds of oversize umbrellas and crowded tables that blot out the sky and force pedestrians out onto heavily-trafficked Ocean Drive as they attempt to walk down the iconic street.


The new guidelines include: limiting the amount of umbrellas that can be zipped together to three, requiring sidewalk café operators to maintain a clear pedestrian path of a minimum of 5 feet and banning all café furnishings from encroaching into public walking areas.


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"Florida Realtors and our Realtor members across the state take great pride in our student scholarship program," says Vince Prince, chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation. "Helping these young people and investing in Florida's future is one way that we give back to our communities. We feel privileged to be able to provide much-needed financial support to young Floridians struggling to realize their dreams for college and the future."


With the program now in its eighth year, Florida Realtors has awarded a total of $1,140,300 in scholarship funding, which helped 686 students go to college or university, Price says.


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The International Chocolate Festival: Celebrating 11 years of being South Florida's most delicious event!


Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event: The International Chocolate Festival! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.


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