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May. 24, 2013

Miami Beach, Aimco Open New Baywalk Section to Public

By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor

As part of Miami Beach City’s efforts to create a public promenade, a new section of the Baywalk along the Western waterfront from 5th Street to Lincoln Road is now open to the public.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for the new section, attended by both city representatives and the team of Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco). The event, held in the bayside courtyard of Aimco’s Flamingo South Beach Apartments, not only officially expanded the Baywalk to the citizens of Miami Beach, but also indicated a new partnership between Aimco and the City.

“Today, we are pleased to open the gate to a significant portion of the Baywalk and to publicly show our support for the city’s goal of enabling citizens and visitors to enjoy the beauty of Biscayne Bay along a signature promenade,” said Aimco Executive Vice President John Bezzant. “Our substantial investment in this new section of the Baywalk will enhance the living environment for our Flamingo South Beach residents and provide them with further access to wonderful nearby amenities. We encourage other bayside property owners to join us in making the city’s vision a reality.”

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora, Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales, and Aimco Senior Vice President Patti Shwayder walk along a new 1/3 mile stretch of the Baywalk

Aimco began planning its Baywalk project in 2009.  In addition to building a 1/3-mile public walkway, the project includes the construction of a seawall that offers Flamingo South Beach residents magnificent views of the Bay while maintaining privacy and security.

The new Baywalk project also provided Aimco the opportunity to expand its outdoor amenities, enhancing two pool areas with larger decks, outdoor kitchens and dining areas.

The Baywalk project aims at creating a multi-recreational use pathway along the Biscayne Bay between 5th Street and Lincoln Road. The pathway will provide another link in the Atlantic Greenway Network (AGN) within Miami Beach, a system of interconnected bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Images via Aimco

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