Ron Nelson's side of the waterfront issue
I still disagree with the project, I feel it is out of place for the waterfront, especially the garage.
Ron did send me responses, to these questions, and he also explained the Sasaki Plan from his viewpoint. He sent that August 2, I did not see it or I did and didn't think it was a response, I don't really remember, but I'll post it tomorrow.
Here are my statements and then Ron's responses in bold below them.
Tom: Is there a reason why Joyce Nelson, Ron Nelson's wife, is holding a meeting at their house in favor of the Waterfront Mall project? It is not a “mall”. What is her interest?
Ron: Joyce spent 12 years working on the historic designation of the hangers and the master plan. Her husband Ron, of course is Chief of Staff of Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.
Tom: Is this legal?
Ron: Yes it is legal to meet with friends at your own home.
Tom: Is this just a private resident meeting to discuss the subject which supposedly has nothing to do with them, and why? It has as much to do with us as it does any other resident. And why is she so gung ho about it?
Ron: Because, she cares about the Grove and the waterfront.
Tom: This is throwing up a big red flag. Here is the email she is circulating. I only share it here because a bunch of people who are not thrilled with her meeting and non stop push for the project, sent this to me. Her neighbors and friends are not amused. Keep in mind, I am not part of their email list, I feel that says A LOT, I am on everyone else's email lists, so I get these complaint emails from their neighbors who think there is something strange going on here.
Ron: This is not an email list. It is an invitation sent to friends.
Tom: I got a lot of complaints about this. Neighbors may go out of curiosity and obligation, but not because they are in favor of the development. That is exactly what it is about, friends getting together and discussing the issues.
Ron: That is exactly what it is about, friends getting together and discussing the issues.
Tom: With all due respect, I have asked Ron Nelson via email why he is so in favor of the project, is he getting a job there after he leaves Sarnoff's office at the end of the term? Is Joyce getting a store for her jewelry, which is amazing, but still?
Ron: Thank you for the backhanded compliment. This type of conjecture is uncalled for. I am not getting a job nor is Joyce getting a store. In fact, to answer your question directly, neither one of us is getting anything more than any other resident will get once this project is complete. I repeat: Neither Joyce nor I is getting anything, either now or in the future.
Tom: He wanted to talk on the phone or in person, I wanted a typed answer that I could copy and paste, as most things I write, Ron tells people that I get incorrect, so copy and paste is the answer I would like.
Ron: Tom I emailed you a letter that you refused to publish. Responding to your email just leads to an endless back and forth string of questions and answers. Why not sit and discuss your issues in one sitting? So I can have a written copy to verify the answer. Attached is the original letter I sent you along with your response. Please publish both with the pdf attachment and links.
Tom: They are more than welcome to email me the answer now. What's with the meeting? Why not leave it all alone unless you have a major interest in the waterfront project?
Ron: Once again Joyce spent 12 years working on waterfront issues such as historic designation of the hangers and probably every Sasaki meeting. I work for the Commissioner and the City of Miami. Both of which are attempting to fulfill the Coconut Grove Waterfront and Spoil Islands Master Plan. We believe this project does that and you disagree. Your personal attack is uncalled for.
Tom: Again I apologize for any personal attacks and also for not publishing the information that was sent to me, on August 2, but I will publish it tomorrow. The readers can debate it. I appreciate Ron's response to Saturday's post.
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