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The battle over “South of Fifth”: A legal tug of war between Miami Beach residents, the city, and private contractors


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A legal battle between the residents of Ocean Drive and Fifth, the cityand private contractors has ensued due to the unavoidable opening of a mega restaurant in the area.

The restaurant is being constructed by Cibo Wine Bar, a well-known local franchise in Coral Gables, Florida at the corner of South Pointe Drive and Ocean Drive. The building measures 12,000 square feet and will host a total of 400 guests.

However, problems arose because the location of the restaurant lies in the center of the condominiums nearby. As such, the residents of the area decry that the restaurant’s building will disrupt their quality of life.

When locals found out that Ian Bruce Eichner, development president of Continuum Company, had decided to lease the piece of land with the intention of creating a restaurant which doesn’t yield to established codes and cannons of the city, they were not happy.

The situation worsened when residents learned that Eichner planned to use residential parking spaces as parking spaces for the restaurant’s clientele.

In turn, Continuum revised the contract with government officials to ensure that this didn’t take place.

The fact that the tenant mentioned his wish to open a club on the top terrace of the new building, which would operate until the wee hours of the morning, only added fuel to the fire.

Continuum once again reviewed the contract with government representatives and yet again, the city listened to residents complaints and decided to prevent the club from opening.

The inconveniences that this structure will impose on the residents of “South of Fifth” have caused a pact of solidarity between the residents of South Pointe Towers, Portofino Towers, The Icon, The Cosmopolitan Residences and the Neighborhood Associates of South of Fifth.

Together they plan to appeal to Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and City Commissioners to find a solution to this dilemma which will not detract from their quality of life.

If this information impacts you in any way and you would like to join the fight please contact the mayor’s office to learn how you can contribute in the resolution to this issue.

Mayor Levine philliplevine@miamibeachfl.gov 305.673.7035



Nadine Melo obtained an MA in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University. She enjoys writing about technology, design, beauty and health. Though Melo was born in New York, her mother and father are from the Dominican Republic.

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