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To no one’s surprise, the Miami City Commission last week voted 5-0 to approve the contracts with Bayside Marketplace, that includes the sub-lease between Bayside Marketplace and Berkowitz Development for the construction of the 21st Century Dildo known as Skyrise Tower.


It should also come as no surprise that not one Commissioner raised a single question related to the detailed breakdown done by Coconut Grove Architect Charles Corda on the glaring financial problems uncovered in the Consolidated Cash Flow Proforma that Jeffrey Berkowitz provided the City.


In fact, it does not appear that anyone in the City did their own analysis of that documents, or if they did that it was provided to any of the Commissioners.


Commissioner Frank Carollo did raise some significant questions about who would start paying the Skyrise rent on year 4 of renegotiated contract which led to the revelation that what the Commission had been told at the last meeting about this issue was not factually correct and which led to a revision of the contract during the hearing on this matter.


But first among the big ticket items that were ignored, brushed aside or subjected to double talk was the question of how two separate items could be combined into one Referendum Resolution.


Here is the Certified copy of the proposed ballot language below.


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ANOTHER BAD DEAL FOR MIAMI
WHEN IT COMES TO THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION, IT’S SELDOM ABOUT THEM DOING THE RIGHT THING ON THE BIG DEALS INVOLVING DEEP POCKET DEVELOPERS, BUT RATHER HOW THE LAW GETS MANIPULATED TO SCREW YOU
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The item in Blue deal with the renegotiated lease with Bayside Marketplace, and require voter approval because Bayside Marketplace is on city-owned land.  The item in Red is also an issue that needs voter approval, because it too will be built on city owned land, and furthermore it’s going to be built on city owned waterfront land making it subject to the Carollo Amendment.


What the City has done is to try and force voters to support the construction of Skyrise by tieing it to approval for a better contract with Bayside marketplace.


Here is how Charles Corda described it in an email he sent out shortly after the meeting.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 

  

In an act of brazen skullduggery,  The Miami City Commission, lead by Commissioner Sarnoff, this afternoon unanimously approved the inclusion of the proposed Lease for the 1000'  tall "SkyRise" project on the August 26th Ballot.   


Naturally August 26th would be when the fewest voters are in town.   


In spite of a number of glaring omissions in the pending Lease, in their haste to get this project on the August 26th Ballot,  the City Commission has lumped together , in one ballot item, both the Lease Extension and Renovation of Bayside Marketplace, and the New Lease / Construction of the 1000' tall SkyRise Project.   


If you want to vote "yes" for the renovation of Bayside MarketPlace, you MUST Vote "yes"  for the Construction of the 1000' tall SkyRise Tower ...whether you want to or not.   


You will not have the option to vote separately for one or the other.   


In my estimation this was an outrageous and deliberate act by the City Commission  to limit our choices and to dupe the voters.    


We should not stand for this kind of overt manipulation of the voting public.   


Over the next few weeks I will provide follow up with whatever developments occur and why I believe both projects should be voted down.   


In the interim,  I will be involved in preparing one, of hopefully many lawsuits to follow, challenging this disingenuous act by our City Commission.   

Given this incredible turn of events,  I ask you to PLEASE spread the word on this petition, and ask everyone you know to do the same. 


We must stop this kind of overt manipulation of our vote from ever happening again.   


STOP SkyRise NOW.     


Charles Corda


http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-skyrise-miami 


Corda is currently preparing a lawsuit that would challenge the inclusion of both of these items being included in one ballot question.