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Resolutions - R7  C




COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:June  5, 2019
 

2:45 p.m. Public Hearing

SUBJECT:A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, APPROVING, BY 5/7TH VOTE OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND FOLLOWING A DULY NOTICED PUBLIC HEARING, THE GRANTING OF A WAIVER OF LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, PURSUANT TO CITY CODE SECTION 142-425(D), FOR POLO PARK, LOCATED AT 4301 N. MICHIGAN AVENUE, MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, IN ORDER TO WAIVE THE SINGLE FAMILY DISTRICT SETBACK REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN CITY CODE SECTION 142-106, IN ORDER TO CONSTRUCT A CONCRETE PAD WITH BLEACHER, HIGHER BACKSTOP, FENCING, SAFETY NETTING AND ONE ADDITIONAL DUGOUT FOR THE BALL FIELD.  

RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission approve, by 5/7th vote and following a duly noticed public hearing, the granting of a waiver of land development regulations, pursuant to City Code Section 142-425(D), for Polo Park, located at 4301 N Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, in order to waive the single family district setback requirements set forth in City Code Section 142-106, in order to construct a concrete pad with bleacher, higher backstop, fencing, safety netting and one additional dugout for the ball field.

ANALYSIS

Polo Park is located at 4301 North Meridian Avenue. The park consists of a playground designed for ages 2-10 years old, with a custom shade canopy, tennis and basketball courts, and a multiuse baseball field. The park is utilized by the residents as well as by Nautilus Middle School.

 

A G.O.B. project has been approved for Polo Park, to provide better use of the facility and increase its value from a programming standpoint. The improvements to the baseball field will improve playing conditions, providing a better amenity for the middle school students and the community, while also meeting the needs of the City’s baseball programs.

 

The work currently planned as part of the Polo Park G.O.B. Project (Exhibit A) includes the following improvements:

 

Project Elements Not Requiring Setback Waiver

  • Sod and other landscaping improvements throughout the park;

  • Irrigation improvements, including pump relocation;

  • Addition of clay and laser grading of baseball field;

  • Addition of water fountains;

  • Addition of benches, picnic tables and trash/recycling receptacles;

  • Addition of a concrete perimeter pathway;

  • Replacement of the current dugout along the third base line;

     

    Project Elements Requiring Setback Waiver

  • Addition of a concrete pad with bleacher behind the backstop;

  • Addition of a new dugout along the first base line;

  • Installation of 10’ high fencing along the first and third base lines;

  • Installation of 8’ high safety netting along the first base line; and

  • Replacement of existing 14’ backstop with an 18’ backstop.

 

The Administration finds the above improvements, particularly those requiring a setback waiver, to be important elements toward greatly improving the use and safety of the baseball field. The higher backstop, higher fence on first and third base line, and safety netting along the first base line are intended to protect players, other park users and the neighborhood from possible errant balls. The bleachers will provide a safe area for game spectators, as well as seating for others enjoying the park. The new dugout would provide much needed amenity for both teams to engage in an orderly and safe use of the field, as well as, remain protected from the elements.

 

In waving the single-family district setback requirements, the Administration will be able to proceed with the Polo Park GOB Project as planned. 

 

The Administration has worked closely with the Planning Department and the Nautilus Area Homeowners Association (NAHA), and they are supportive of the project as presented.

Legislative Tracking
Parks and Recreation

ATTACHMENTS:
Description
Exhibit A – Polo Park Design Overview