Life is better on an island, water everywhere around you, never ending ocean breeze and the beach just five minutes away. Located between Miami and Miami Beach in the middle of the Bay our city is one of a kind. Let me start by letting you know that I live in North Bay Village. I have been a resident for the past 5 years and enjoy living on Treasure Island. It is a pleasant neighborhood where families enjoy jogging, walking their dogs, and children skate around the town. Our school, Treasure Island Elementary, is graded A by the Florida Department of Education. We have a nice tot lot on quiet Galleon Street that gets lots of use by the community. Dr. Paul Vogel Community Park sits on a half acre waterfront parcel and is currently in the next phase of the park’s development which features installation of additional pathways, a gazebo shelter, and playground equipment. The final phase of project will include replacement of the seawall, installation of rip rap and construction of a pier and canoe/kayak launch, which I am personally looking forward to as I have recently purchased a kayak. The views are amazing and if you enjoy fishing, Biscayne Bay offers a variety of species throughout the year. After a long day out on the water, the islands also have several restaurants to choose from. Feeling casual? Pull up to Schuckers Bar and Grill tie up to their dock and watch NFL Sunday Ticket games from any of the 23 hi def flat screen TV’s. It has been a locals favorite for over 20 years with friendly staff and good food. If sushi is your thing then you’re in for a real treat as North Bay Village is home to the greatest sushi deli in Dade County, the Japanese Market. Be sure to make it an early dinner. Chef closes at 7pm. If you prefer a more formal dinner, there’s Oggi Caffe for great Italian food, Benihana, or one of Miami’s oldest landmarks at The Crab House where you can enjoy excellent seafood with waterfront seating.
Speaking of views, another great feature of this great city is that nature is all around us, from the daily sightings of dolphins and manatees eating and playing to the protected turkey vultures and also falcons. The Islands also play host to a variety of exotic tropical birds. Our most common animal residents are cats. While most are stays, we are very fortunate to have a few amazing citizens that not only volunteer their time but also their own money to feed and capture them to be spayed and neutered. In recent years the city has undergone some changes. We now have new luxury towers that are helping to increase our ever growing tax base. As a result there are currently much needed infrastructure improvements being made. In addition, the city is taking advantage of federal stimulus funds to revamp the west entrance to the city with a fresh new façade and landscaping. And if all of this is not enough, the city’s small area allows it’s own Police and Fire Department to offer excellent security and peace of mind as well as great service. Officers volunteer their time at local events and donate prizes to youth programs. It’s really nice to see the same faces patrolling the streets and welcoming children into school. Home prices are affordable and waterfront properties are unique. Due to the current market, lots of waterfront homes were sold and new wonderful homes are being built on Treasure Island. On April 2nd from 10am to 2pm, North Bay Island is hosting a garden tour welcoming visitors to private residences, lectures, and food all to benefit the local Optimist International Club. With 2,900 clubs around the world, this organization is dedicated to “Bringing out the Best in Kids”
I love my city and I look forward to starting a family here, walking a block to school, meeting with friends and participating in our monthly city meetings. I welcome you to visit and take advantage of our many outdoor amenities. After all we are just a few minutes from world renowned beaches. So stop in and see why we love calling North Bay Village home.