This Week in Miami Real Estate: New law restricting beach access, Miami trolley expansion and more

by Joe Ward

South Florida residents pay a king’s ransom to live on the ocean, and they now have greater ability to remove you from their private beach.

Beginning July 1, a new state law will make it easier for law enforcement to remove people from privately owned beaches, according to Curbed Miami. The law will require local municipalities to get a court order that allows for public recreation on public beaches.

In other news:

  • Miami residents can’t get enough of the city’s trolley system. After years of steady ridership growth (it transported over 5 million people in 2016 and 2017, up from 2.3 million in 2014), a new line will be added to the Miami Trolley, Curbed Miami reports. The new line will connect the Flagami neighborhood to the trolley system. A route to Little Haiti was added earlier this year.
  • Meanwhile, a similar trolley project in Fort Lauderdale will not get off the ground. This week, the Broward County Commission voted to nix a plan that would have constructed a 2.8 mile downtown trolley route. Residents never agreed that the route would alleviate traffic woes, and bids for the project came in roughly $10 million higher than the city’s $135 million budget, according to the Real Deal.
  • A Miami-area mother is suing her housing complex after she said they didn’t renew her lease because she didn’t provide an ultrasound image to the property manager, according to the Associated Press.  The lawsuit says that a property manager for the Miramar-area complex told the woman that she violated her lease by not turning in an ultrasound image to confirm she was pregnant at the time she moved in. The woman says she was four months pregnant, and visibly so, when she moved in.
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