Here's What Miami Beach's New Lifeguard Stands Will Look Like

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Courtesy of William Lane
A selection of Miami Beach's new lifeguard stands
Miami Beach is famous for its iconic, colorful lifeguard stands, but they're ultimately utilitarian structures that aren't meant to last forever. In fact, many of the city's historic stands were leveled during Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. Architect William Lane stepped in and designed some psychedelic, sci-fi replacements, and they've stood ever since. However, not all of the 29 stands on the beach are designed by Lane.

Recently the city's design review board decided that some of the stands just weren't "South Beach" enough, and some stands were considered of "dubious style, and although still photographed by tourists, were generally considered decorated in questionable taste."
Well, for Miami Beach's 100th birthday celebration, the city asked Lane to design some new stands to replace the "dubious" ones. Here, from the architect's website, is what they'll look like. They should be installed by next month.


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Nike Plans Lincoln Road Store With Rooftop Basketball Court to Replace Pottery Barn and William Sonoma

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Plans for a new Nike flagship store on Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road is in such a state of content flux that even national chain stores that have sat on the strip for more than a decade can't keep up.

William Sonoma and Pottery Barn, neighboring chain stores in the 1000 block of Lincoln that share a corporate parent company, will close shop on March 22nd. The pair of stores were part of the original wave of corporate gentrification along the pedestrian mall.

Now comes word that the building they currently occupy will likely be demolished to make way for a high-tech Nike store with a basketball court on top.

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Homeownership Rate in South Florida Is Just 58.8 Percent, Down From 69 Percent in Only a Decade

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Photo by Ines Hegedus-Garcia's Flickr | CC2.0
A home in Coral Gables
This is essentially the different side of the same story from earlier this month, when an analysis showed that 65 percent of Miamians are renters. That's because homeownership in Miami-Dade has plummeted since the recession and foreclosure crisis.

Well, now the Census Bureau is out with new information basically pointing out the same thing: A lot fewer South Floridians actually own homes in South Florida than they used to.

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SkyRise Miami Selling "Naming Rights" and "Branding Opportunities"

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SkyRise Miami
Will SkyRise end up being called SkyRise?
Ever heard of the Eiffel Tower presented by L'Oréal or the Starbuck Seattle Space Needle? Of course not.

Unlike many of the structures across the globe its being compared to by backers, the SkyRise Miami tower could feature some serious corporate branding.

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Miami Beach and Developer Strike Deal, Paving Way for Controversial Church Project

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A rendition of what the courtyard might soon look like.
The battle over the future of an historic Miami Beach church took another turn yesterday morning when city attorneys and developers struck a tentative agreement. If approved by commissioners, the deal would give TriStar Capital the green light to transform Miami Beach Community Church's century-old courtyard into a clothing store.

The project has become a rallying point for preservationists worried that Lincoln Road is becoming little more than a shopping mall. They objected to yesterday's hearing, arguing it "froze out" the public.

The proceedings have also divided the church. One congregation member who spoke at the hearing went so far as to call the process "corrupt," while others rejoiced at the agreement.

See also: Miami Beach Community Church Controversy: Preservationists Win Battle Over Secret Donation

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Little Havana Could Become "Brickell West," Lose Blue-Collar History, Activists Worry

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Little Havana in the late 1970s.
A battle is brewing for the soul of Miami's most iconic neighborhood.

Little Havana, the spiritual home of the Cuban diaspora that populated the area in droves following the 1959 revolution, is still mostly a blue-collar immigrant neighborhood. But proposed zoning changes for taller condos and more commercial development have activists worried those residents could be pushed out. Developers and city officials backing the changes argue they would revitalize an economically depressed neighborhood, but critics are pushing back.

"The war is going to begin," Yvonne Bayona, a longtime resident and activist, tells New Times. "These high-rises are going to come, and they're going to eat us if we don't act quickly."

See also: Right to Wynwood Shows Some Truth About Miami's Favorite Art District

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Ross Dress for Less Is Coming to Lincoln Road

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The future home of dressing for less.
Lincoln Road is basically a suburban mall in the middle of South Beach, and every suburban mall has that wing full of odd, sort of depressing stores. So it only makes sense that Ross Dress for Less is moving on to the strip.

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65 Percent of Miamians Live in Rentals, Most of Any Major American City

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Miami has overtaken New York City in a statistic it has long nationally dominated: the percentage of residents who rent their homes.

According to a new report from New York University's Furman Center and Capital One Financial Corp, 65 percent of Miamians rented in 2013, slightly ahead of the 64 percent of New Yorkers who rented. For Miami, that's a 5 percent increase since 2006.

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Raquel Regalado and Norman Braman Join Forces to Block Skyrise Miami, Create Political Intrigue

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Skyrise Miami
Well, here's your local political story of the year with implications that could reverberate through Miami's skyline and local government for years to come.

Raquel Regalado, a school board member with much grander political ambitions, has teamed up with billionaire and expert political agitator Norman Braman to sue the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County to block public subsidies for the controversial, toenail clipper-shaped Skyrise Miami project.

Of course, the City of Miami's mayor is Tomas Regalado, Raquel's father, essentially pitting the two generations against each other. Though, it's county mayor Carlos Gimenez who may have ultimately more to worry about.

See also: Raquel Regalado Took On the Establishment; Now She Wants to Run It

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The Craziest Features of Miami's Planned Skyscrapers

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Miami's latest condo boom is not meant for those who simply need a roof over their head. No, most of these skyscrapers are aimed firmly at the world's 1 percent. Twenty-four-hour access to a basic fitness center and a decent pool just don't do it for these folks when it comes to amenities.

Developers are in a race to outdo themselves to produce extravagant gimmicks to set their projects apart. Some of them are kind of cool. Others are, well, a bit bizarre.

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