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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

I hate when these predictions come true

Just as I wrote here weeks ago, Shake-A-Leg caved in and now is in favor of the Grove Bay Waterfront Project. They waited until the last minute, but Harry Horgan, President, sent out this letter. I waited until after the election as I didn't want anyone to take this nonsense seriously.

Allegedly, someone from Shake-A-Leg told a friend that they were obligated to the city because they don't have a lease and they are at the city's mercy. Here's the letter:

Dear Friends:
Shake-A-Leg Miami actively supports the Coconut Grove Waterfront Master Plan and the ballot amendment for the approval of the Grove Bay Project.  The City of Miami’s Coconut Grove Waterfront Master Plan (CGWMP) is really taking shape and accomplishing its goal of connecting the different properties on the waterfront, and opening access to the bay for the general public.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has done an excellent job getting all the stakeholders to work together to make this happen. The development of the CGWMP was a community initiative. The City of Miami hired the Sasaki Planning group to engage the neighborhood to create and approve the master plan we have today. I have been an active participant in the process and believe it has been transparent and inclusive.

The Grove Bay proposal is consistent with the Master Plan and will complement the Dinner Key Marina, and other facilities including the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Grove Harbor, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, U.S. Sailing Center, Coral Reef Yacht Club, and Shake-A-Leg Miami. It will provide greater access for the community at large to enjoy the magic of Biscayne Bay, for boaters and non-boaters alike.

Shake-A-Leg Miami endorses the project and recommends that voters vote yes and punch #400 on the ballot amendment on November 5th.

The redevelopment of the Coconut Grove Marina Project, and thus the approval of this project, is important so the renovations can begin and start attracting people and business to the area and providing greater access for children and families to enjoy beautiful Biscayne Bay.

Sincerely,
Harry R. Horgan
President
Shake A Leg Miami

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry they took this approach. They should have remained neutral. I, for one, will not continue to support them.

November 06, 2013 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not surprising given that they're a not-for-profit organization.

November 06, 2013 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAL is a not-for-profit whoreganization.

November 06, 2013 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of connecting paths, the one between Shake a Leg and Monty's is in terrible shape. Cracked and uneven pavers everywhere. No one picks up the palm fronds. It's a mess and no one takes any responsibility for it. It's in front of a city parking lot. Nice to see how people take care of the spaces they have borrowed from the tax payers!

November 06, 2013 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, this was drafted by Sarnoff's office. Pretty clear.

November 06, 2013 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

November 06, 2013 3:09 PM  

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