Your presence is requested at this meeting
But rowers, paddlers and supporters of Virginia Key have been upset over planned changes that will turn the area too commercial for the small guy. There is a City Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 20 which may decide the fate of the existing bid for the Virginia Key Marina.
On this agenda is a resolution to throw out the bid altogether, and start fresh – with input from community leaders and organizations who have a vested interest in Virginia Key, the Miami Marine Stadium, and the basin. There is growing sentiment in this regard, which has been profiled in stories in the last couple of weeks.
According to Commissioner Ken Russell, two commissioners are firmly in the camp to throw out the bid, and they need one more for a positive vote in this direction.
“Continued public pressure and a good solid case for how the RFP violates the original master plan (aside from boats in the basin) may just get us that 3rd vote," said Ken.
People are being asked to show up at the meeting – 9:00 am on July 20.
This is a special meeting, and nothing else is on the agenda. Bodies always make an impression, so the more the better. At the last meeting on June 22, rowers, paddlers and citizens came in droves, and it made a difference. The commission was very surprised by the number of people who came to the meeting. It made a statement and they heard it.
Because of public outcry, the commission and the city, agreed to remove the wet slips in the basin at that meeting. By starting the bid process over, the vision of the people who wrote the Virginia Key Master Plan will be upheld, thus preventing any similar conflicts of interest from happening in the future.
Here is a form letter that can be emailed to the city commissioners. Their email addresses are at the bottom.
REQUEST NEW PROPOSALS FOR VIRGINIA KEY MARINA
On July 20th, please vote to throw out the bid and proposals for the Virginia Key Marina expansion. We have been asking this for months, and now is the time to act.
Starting over will allow organizations like Dade Heritage Trust and the Virginia Key Advisory Board to input on the bid, to make sure that the plans submitted will be embraced by the entire community.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
(sign your name)
Save our basin
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