EXAMPLES OF VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE AND CITY CHARTER INVOLVING THE WATSON ISLAND PROJECT
We believe that some members of Miami’s government tolerated violations and short-cuts of its Code and Charter for many years, and overlooked previous breaches of the 2010 agreement. Here are some examples:We believe that some members of Miami’s government tolerated violations and short-cuts of its Code and Charter for many years, and overlooked previous breaches of the 2010 agreement. Here are some examples:
- Expressed willingness to approve serial amendments over the past two-plus years for major changes to the mega-development’s Major Use Special Permit (MUSP), about which the Coalition Against Causeway Chaos has been raising serious and substantial legal and policy questions in a series of 10 detailed, professionally developed letters. Approval of that MUSP is now moot until the other legal issues are resolved.
- Failed to enforce certain short-term “phased “ building permits that have expired without implementation;
- Approved operating permits and health inspections for a restaurant that has been shut down by the State for license and health violations.
- Attempted to ignore contract obligations for various construction deadline failures in both 2014 and 2017.
- Overlooked a history of financial defaults to City, State and private sub-contractors.
- Ignored requirements to hold public hearings on the developer’s proposed major use special permit amendments and require impact studies such as traffic studies that examined the entire MacArthur Causeway corridor including the impact on Miami Beach, and then and attempted to pass off a study which ignored specific written FDOT requirements.
- Withheld 2013 and 2014 appraisals from the City Commissioners and the public which showed that the fair market rent for the project had increased by 400%, which in turn concealed that the project violated the Charter requirement of fair market value for leases of public land.
- Violated the Truth in Government provisions of the County Code of Ethics that are too numerous to list here. Hold on…we’re not done yet.