Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Commissioner Ricky Arriola

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
–Albert Einstein
My Son, Noah Ali
My son, Noah Ali Arriola, was born last December. Today he is two months old! Here in City Hall, I'm working hard to ensure that Noah and all of Miami Beach's children have access to fun play spaces, safe streets, and a quality education.

If you have any parenting advice please feel free to share with this 1st time dad!
Florida-Friendly Landscaping

What began as a quest to reduce harmful pesticide, fertilizer, and water use on City-owned properties has taken an interesting turn. City Hall will soon serve as a premiere demonstration site for Florida-friendly landscaping! Florida-friendly plants are salt and drought tolerant and require little maintenance, so gardeners don't have to depend on harmful herbicides and pesticides. The future landscaping around City Hall will also include informational boards, so both children and homeowners can learn about which native plants can be used to better protect our environment and waterfront.
Another (FUN) Way to Get Around!
Residents have been asking for a different way to get around congested streets for some time. That is why our City has officially launched a water taxi pilot program that will enable residents to get to the mainland without having to sit in bumper to bumper traffic! There is even space for passengers to bring their bicycles along for the scenic trip across the bay. The more transportation alternatives, the more we can mitigate congestion. I hope you give it a try! For more information on the service and for hours of operation, click below.
Ride with Ricky @ SoulCycle
We took a slight detour from our regularly scheduled community runs to bring residents together for the first ever "Ride with Ricky" at SoulCycle. We had a great evening getting to know some new faces who are interested in getting involved in and around the neighborhood. A big thanks to SoulCycle for hosting and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle throughout our communtiy. We hope you can join us on the next ride!
The Future of Parking Garages
Self-driving vehicles are right around the corner. When cars gain full autonomy and are implemented for ride-sharing services, cars will no longer remain idle 95% of the time. In the near future, the need for parking will greatly decrease and garages will either be torn down or repurposed. Our City is planning ahead, which is why we are building garages to meet the needs of the present while taking into account the needs of the future. Our plan is to repurpose our garages as affordable and workforce housing so our residents can comfortably live on the beach. Click below to read more from the Miami New Times.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Come join us for a movie at our beautiful South Pointe Park on February 10 at6 pm! We'll be showing The Secret Life of Pets, a family movie for all the animal lovers in the community. What do your pets do when you're not at home?

Call 305-673-7730 for details about the movie showing and planned activities.