Open Letter to Governor DeSantis: Time to Reel In FDOT

Dear Governor DeSantis,

Here’s a summary of today’s meeting with FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault and District 6 Secretary Jim Wolfe regarding Biscayne Boulevard.

It became clear that FDOT will not make any safety improvements to Biscayne Boulevard anytime soon, even though there have been over 2,550 crashes in an 8 year period (3.3 mile stretch of Biscayne Boulevard) and there seems to be almost weekly car crashes where motor vehicles end up on the sidewalk and crashing into people, buildings, bus shelters, trees, mid-block crosswalk signals, light posts, fire hydrants, garbage cans, sign posts, etc.   

FDOT insists that the problem on Biscayne Boulevard is an “enforcement issue” and not a ”design issue”. The truth is that we cannot enforce our way out of this problem.  It is simply too expensive (police salary, pension, benefits, etc) and our police officers should be focused on more important things than issuing speeding tickets. FDOT needs to design roads that don’t encourage speeding and that requires as little enforcement as possible. It is possible to design roads that discourage speeding. However FDOT, for some reason, does not want to design roads with the safety of all users as their #1 priority.  This fact became painfully obvious during today’s meeting. 

In addition, in a brief side conversation I had with Secretary Thibault, it was suggested that if we wanted to make design changes to Biscayne Boulevard “the local municipality should take ownership/control of the road.”

Punting the problem to the local municipality, in this case the City of Miami, isn’t the solution. FDOT needs to own this problem (and also the fact that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians and cyclists). FDOT needs to provide solutions not only to make Biscayne Boulevard safer, but to make all FDOT streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Does FDOT expect that all local municipalities should take over ownership of the thousands of miles of FDOT owned roads throughout the state so that FDOT doesn’t have to design streets with safety as the #1 priority?  

Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the country and most of this growth is happening in our cities. Pedestrian and cyclist deaths will continue to rise in Florida if FDOT is not reeled in. 


We need your help Governor DeSantis.  What can you do to help Floridians?

Respectfully,
Felipe Azenha

Community Transportation Meeting: FDOT’s Secretary (the head honcho) is coming to the 305

State Senator Jason Pizzo is hosting a Community Transportation Meeting on Monday, July 22nd from 1-4pm at FIU’s North Campus. Kevin Thibault, the FDOT Secretary, will attend. 

According to the 2019 Dangerous by Design report by Smart Growth America, Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, 9 out of the 20 most dangerous metropolitan areas in the US are in Florida.

Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the country and more needs to be done by the FDOT to design our streets with safety, not speed, as our top priority.  Florida also desperately needs more mobility options and we need the infrastructure to support multi-modal transit alternatives. Let’s work with Senator Pizzo and Secretary Thibault to start changing Florida’s transportation paradigm. 

Please help spread the word about this meeting. Of particular interest to us will be an update about the ugly situation we have on Biscayne Boulevard. Hope to see you there!

Event: Urbanism Summit

Since its inception in 2016, Urbanism Summit has functioned as a multidisciplinary platform bringing together professionals, city governments, community stakeholders and innovators tackling inefficiencies in urbanization as it applies to the future of cities, their makers and dwellers. The Urbanism Summit’s focus is on innovative and educational activations bridging professional and stakeholder silos for a more collaborative and people-centric approach to urbanism. 

Facilitating action-based discussions, we aim to help provide strategies for shaping the future built environment – transportation, urban planning/design, development, construction, architecture, policy making, wellness, climate/environment, smart cities, entrepreneurship, arts/culture, and more – with people in mind.

The Urbanism Summit will be held on May 23rd in the Miami Design District from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

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The Future of Real Estate 2019 Tech Summit

LAB Ventures is hosting the second edition of the Future of Real Estate Tech Summit Miami bringing together 350 leading investors, start-ups developing disruptive technologies, and established real estate and construction companies. Thanks to our curated audience connections made at this summit have lead to investment rounds, partnerships and pilot programs.

We are entering into a new phase of real estate technology where companies are starting to leverage virtual reality to create smarter spaces, machine learning to standardize and insights from industry data to more efficiently manage transaction services.

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Future of Real Estate 2019 Startup Finalists:

  • Licify (Bogota, Colombia) – A specialized procurement management platform that generates an efficient and transparent community with developers, contractors, and suppliers.
  • Prompto (Ghent, Belgium) – A service that allows you to design and sell a property before it’s built.
  • Sisu (Bountiful, Utah) – A sales performance management and business intelligence software platform for the real estate and mortgage industry.
  • LIKK Technologies (Miami, Fla.) – A smart building early water leak alert and mitigation platform that allows you to keep a building dryer, safer, greener and smarter.
  • Tap2Open (Boca Raton, Fla.) – A unique smartphone access control system for gated communities, office buildings, storage facilities, parking lots and more.
  • Kwant AI (New York, N.Y.) – An analytics platform using Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to increase productivity and safety on construction sites.
  • Zeki by Razz (Miami, Fla.) – An entirely flexible marketing content management system that property managers and real estate teams use to attract tenants.
  • Cove.tool (Atlanta, Ga.) –  An app designed to allow architects, engineers, contractors, and owners to save money, comply with the latest energy codes, and make effective design decisions.
  • Leasecake (Winter Park, Fla.) – Leasecake is lease management made easy for commercial landlords and tenants.  Our patent pending SaaS platform is an intuitive organization and notification system for leases that reduces risk, increases cash flow, and provides faster information to grow your business.
  • Avvir (New York, N.Y.) – A service that unleashes the potential of building information modeling technology by closing the feedback loop and keeping building models continuously updated.

Cocktails & Conversations with Women Leaders in Real Estate

Here is your opportunity to rub elbows with some of Miami’s most influential women in real estate. This event is a unique opportunity to meet in small groups with the women board members from the MRED+U Advisory Board, Miami Business School Board and the School of Law RPD LLM Board. The format will be a speed-mentoring event where each board member has a single topic per table and attendees rotate tables (four table rotations of 20 minutes each).

REGISTRATION $50 per person real-estate-impact.miami.edu/women-leaders/