$131,000,000. One hundred thirty-one million dollars!
That’s the amount of money Miami city officials have allowed to be lost or foregone in fees and taxes by tolerating more than a decade of delay, ignoring the City Charter requirement that a private developer pay fair market rent for the lease of public land, and turning a blind eye on other illegal activity. more..
If the City staff rubber stamps the developer's bogus analysis to justify expansion of the project and fails to apply city and state law as written, the resulting traffic, environmental, financial, and legal consequences will be catastrophic. That is why we insist the Commission review the issues now and conduct a full public hearing on the the city staff's actions involving this project.
So far the Commissioners have failed to respond to our letters or act. To see first-hand the significant issues and violations our Commissioners are ignoring--and the letters we have sent to put them on notice go here .
·“New Math” Surfaces on Flagstone Project. The Miami Planning & Zoning Department is attempting to qualify the latest proposed change by the developer as a “non-substantial” modification.
They want to increase the size of the mega-mall on Watson Island from a footprint of 273,605 square feet upward to 403,893 square feet. That’s an increase of more than 130,000 square feet. We don’t know about you, but a 48% increase in size doesn’t strike us a “non-substantial”.
· Major New Issue Now Faces City. .
Beyond the host of violations we’ve already flagged there’s a new issue that should worry Miami’s Commissioners.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) requires that an extremely detailed and up-to-date traffic study be conducted for the modification proposed by Flagstone.
To date FDOT has rejected the City’s proposal to rely on a 2004 traffic study and rejected the City’s plan to limit any new study to the narrow area of the intersection of the Watson Island entrance and exit with MacArthur Causeway as Flagstone has done in the past.
FDOT has officially insisted that the City also measure the impact of the project on several intersections along the MacArthur Causeway and on Miami Beach.
FDOT notes: “More than a decade has passed since their traffic study, and traffic volumes and the roadway network have changed”, and the project “has been dormant for so long.”
Can’t wait to see what “workaround” the City Planning folks icome up with. And whether the Commissioners will remain silent or will they really get serious about traffic.
17 Reasons the Watson Island Strangler Must Be Stopped.
As if it isn't enough that the City breaks laws and leans over backwards to help a private developer on public land, but by doing so the Commissioners and City Officials are directly causing a whole lot of other problems for the residents, businesses and visitor to Miami, Miami Beach and the rest of the County.
The increase in traffic created by the proposed project on Waston Island poses risks to health, safety and quality of life for Miami Beach and Miami residents and threatens the entire economy of Miami-Dade County.
Here’s How You Can Help. Each of us must do our part:
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Speak with your friends, neighbors, family members, and business associates – especially those who live and work in Downtown Miami or Miami Beach – about the City of Miami’s actions to permit this project despite its legal flaws and despite its potential to cause massive harm to businesses and residents for whom the traffic on MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway, Biscayne Blvd, and Alton Road has become a real threat to their economic lifeblood and quality of residential life.
Spread the word. Please forward a link to this site to your friends, neighbors and colleagues--especially those who live and work in Downtown Miami or Miami Beach. Alert them to the City of Miami’s actions to permit this project despite the illegal actions behind it and despite its potential to cause massive harm to businesses and residents. A real threat to their economic lifeblood and quality of residential life.
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The City of Miami and the developer seem intent on bankrupting the citizen litigants challenging the project. They have arrayed an army of expensive lawyers against those challenging their illegal acts.
We are devoting a major part of our efforts to raising the funds necessary to make sure the citizen’s voice is heard and the facts of the secret, backroom deals are exposed to judicial scrutiny.
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