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You have one heck of a block party when unveiling an overhauled historic street.
That's what folks did to ring in Española Way's fresh coat of awesome with a celebration that took place on June 6.
The City of Miami Beach took this day to call its $2.5 million restoration project a job well done-providing electric music and delicious fare. There was even a ribbon cutting at the nearby El Paseo Hotel, which continues to serve as a luxurious and comforting oasis for people who want to enjoy the best of Miami Beach.
The same goes for Española Way, which was in need of some refurbishment.
The 1920s-era street has long been a go-to destination for locals and tourists alike. Recently, the city decided to give it decorative pavers that adorn the sidewalks, new utilities, various landscaping features and lighting that will stick with you long after you leave Miami Beach.
Scott Robins is credited with leading the restoration project and explained via press release: "South Florida's best street will be even better with these new enhancements, which further showcase Española Way's great architecture, walkability and unique culture thanks to its local shopkeepers, artisans, cafes and restaurants."
The celebratory block party included key government officials and developers: Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, commissioners for the City of Miami Beach and the Consulate of Spain in Miami. A press release also explains developers such as Robins was joined by David Berg and Steve Kassin of Infinity Real Estate Group.
Festivities included a concert from Tony Succar, flamenco dancers, an opera singer, mariachis and free food for the masses.
The best part is that a great many locations on Española Way have been there for years. Robins continues: "Many of the family owned businesses have been on the street for 15 years or more, and the proprietors personally greet guests with a smile."
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A release explains the pedestrian-only street was originally purchased in 1922 but later sold to N.B.T. Roney and the Spanish Village Corporation in 1925. It would soon become a place dedicated to "where artists and lovers of the artistic might congregate amid congenial surroundings."
Nearly a 100 years later, officials are promising an ongoing complement of entertainment such as a Saturday Bazaar, Noche de Coche and a Noche de Encuentros.
Robins states: "In an effort to create a safe, family- friendly place for locals to hang out, we are curating weekly and monthly programming, daily events and nightlife for all ages to enjoy Miami's slice of history served with a touch of culture."
It remains the cultural heart of Miami Beach and its inhabitants, as well as a wonderful place for tourists to enjoy. The area includes the aforementioned El Paseo Hotel as well as the Clay Hotel. It also promises fantastic food in the way of A La Folie, Havana 1957, Oh! Mexico and many more.
The best part is these restaurants and hotels are now set behind a newly refurbished setting.
If you need some stimulation after a big meal, there is Tapas & Tintos, which promises the dazzling display of flamenco dancers. You can then contemplate life in general while you puff on a stogie at Española Cigar Bar & Lounge.
There is something for everyone here, and now it's been given the restoration that ensures it will be entertaining countless people for another century.
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