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THE DILDO TO GO BEFORE VOTERS
SKYRISE MIAMI WILL BE ON THE BALLOT THIS AUGUST

It turns out that Skyrise Miami, the 1000 foot observation tower, thrill ride and multi-restaurant edifice - an ugly beast that actually looks like a money clip or bobby pin that developer Jeffery Berkowitz wants to build on city owned land that is part of the property leased by Bayside Marketplace - will go before the voters in August for approval.


On St Patrick’s Day I had labeled this beast a 21st Century Dildo and raised questions about how something of this magnitude could be be built on city waterfront property without it going before the voters as required by the Carollo Amendment, and now it seems that the decision has been made to let this happen.


The revelation of this going before the voters in August is contained in a Hold Harmless Agreement that is coming before the Miami City Commission on Thursday.  The agreement is part of a process that will allow Berkowitz to start preliminary construction on 3 foundation pilings before June 12th in order “to preserve an existing FAA approval.”


Last week Berkowitz, who had originally claimed that he was going to do this project without tapping into public money, and then turned around and asked the members of the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation to get him $10 million in taxpayer money, managed at the end of the session as reported by the Miami Herald, to get $2 million for “public transportation infrastructure upgrades,” on the condition that he secures $400 million in private-sector funding.


In addition to requiring voter approval, the project is contingent on the City of Miami renegotiating their lease with Bayside Marketplace, a process that has been bumping along for a while now and that I hope to get more information about once my latest public records request has been complied with.


Here is the draft Hold Harmless Agreement that is going before the Commission on Thursday.


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