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JUNE 10, 2016

DUELING LETTERS ARE PART OF DISCUSSION THAT RESULTS IN THE RICKENBACKER MARINA RFP PROTEST ARGUMENTS RESET FOR A SPECIAL HEARING ON JUNE 22ND

PART IV

IN THE CITY OF MIAMI, WHEN WATERFRONT PROPERTY GETS

PUT OUT FOR BID

For the second commission meeting in a row, one of the commissioner’s had gone AWOL by the time that the Rickenbacker Marina RFP protest item came up for discussion.


This time it was Willie Gort who went off to attend the closing cocktail party - or dinner - for the annual CAMACOL gathering at the Baltimore Hotel in Coral Gables.


Last night’s meeting left another bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths, not the least of which was the bumbling way in which the agenda for this commission meeting was prepared and handled.


The first problem was that there were 3 separate private legal strategy sessions between the members of the commission and the City Attorney’s staff scheduled to discuss lawsuits that the city is engaged in with Florida Power and Light, The Village of Virginia Key,  and a lawsuit filed by members of the police department against the city over pension issues.


These 3 sessions went over 4 hours in length, thereby making the 4 PM time certain set for the Rickenbacker protest issue to be pushed back until after 7 PM.


Then there was Gort’s leaving at 4:30 PM.  This was especially troubling because the reason the reason the first hearing on this protest issue had been continued was because there had only been 4 commissioners at the meeting, and all the parties had expressed a desire that this issue be heard by all of the commissioners.


Gort’s announcement of his absence before this item would be heard should have prompted a discussion at that point as to whether or not the item should be continued again.  It wasn’t, and as a result, a number of citizens concerned with the issues surrounding the marina and the Virginia Key Master Plan wound up having to stay for hours, and then as a sop, they were allowed to voice their thoughts and opinions, even though the item by then had been rescheduled for a special meeting to be held on June 22nd.


The citizens of Miami deserve better, and quite frankly, they and their positions were put at a disadvantage by having to speak late in the evening on an issue that now will not be heard for another 2 weeks.


Time and again, having people show up and voice their opinions at the time that an item is being discussed and voted on - where their attendance and participation can provide an added emphasis to their concerns - is always a better option than having them speak weeks before the real discussion and vote is taken on an issue that is of such importance to the community at large.


To make folks wait for hours was a crappy way to treat those who showed up, and it demonstrates once again that the time and concerns of citizens of Miami are the last item considered - unless of course, one or more of these commissioners figure that they need to bus in folks to make sure that an item gets proper attention.  When that happens, the item always gets heard when it supposed to, as evidenced when Commissioner Hardemon made sure that the item to create boundaries for a new Little Haiti were scheduled in the morning, and when the supporters showed up in buses and jitneys to pack the chambers.


Of course he was in favor of that item, and doesn’t seem to be in favor of the possibility that on this item his auntie’s client might end up having their “winning” bid thrown out.


Below, are copies of the two letters that were part of the discussion at the meeting last night. The first is from the attorney’s representing the winners of the RFP, detailing why they believe that they’ve been wronged by the claims that they should have acknowledged their participation in the massive environmental sewage spills, and the second is the rebuttal by the Suntex attorneys, explaining why they think that that’s all hogwash.


For those who are interested in getting beneath the surface, they make for worthwhile reading.

A CRESPOGRAM EXCLUSIVE