Welcome to the Grapevine

News you can use. - Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Deciding our waterfront's fate

The Selection Committee met yesterday afternoon in regards to the RFP for the waterfront project at the Scotty's Landing area, along with The Chart House and Marina. It was a secret meeting, where they asked members of the public to leave. There seemed to only be one person from the press there (city related) and even Ron Nelson, Comm. Sarnoff's Chief of Staff was questioned as to why he was present. He was permitted to stay.
Two groups submitted their plans, which were quite extensive and modern. Shula's is said to be part of one of the plans and also a fish restaurant.

None of the selection committee seems to be connected with Coconut Grove in any way, shape or form, so it's quite absurd that they are making decisions about the future of our waterfront.

The committee, as you can see by the memo are:
Enrique Torre, Director of Public Facilities, City of Miami
Felix Garcia, Chief Lending officer of Pacific National Bank

Cathy Hardy, Certified Marina Manager, Miami-Dade County
Steven Perricone, owner of Perricone's Restaurant on Brickell
Steve Kneapler, Owner SJK Advisors, LLC

For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing to see here, move along... You can and will do nothing to stop us muhahahahahaha....

June 05, 2013 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret meetings over the dispensation of publicly owned bayfront property worth millions attended by a select few with no local representation and no members of local media allowed to attend.

Seems legit.

June 05, 2013 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT A JOKE AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!

June 05, 2013 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday, after a 90-minute hearing, Judge Lopez blamed the city for not addressing the issue in the lease and ordered it to pay the back taxes. When the original lease with Grove Key Marina was signed in 1976, state law exempted for-profit businesses on municipal properties from paying property taxes. The original owner never paid, and neither did Wessel after he inherited the lease from neighboring Grove Key Marina in 1996. He had purchased Scotty’s Landing and re-christened the waterfront hideaway a few years earlier.

Back in January this year, an RFP (request for proposals) was issued for Grove Key Marina, a spit of land between Scotty’s and Miami City Hall, is a dock, boat storage and fueling facility. This request
was for a public-private-partnership to redevelop/operate a marina/boatyard, a casual restaurant, a formal restaurant and to lease the maximum amount of retail space that can be incorporated on the ground floor (approximately 40,000 square feet) in the new Miami Parking Authority (“MPA”) garage (“Project”). The goal of this RFP is to create a vibrant destination for tourists and City residents alike. Development interest in the area is considerable with the redevelopment of several key properties across Bayshore Drive currently underway.
AGAIN, RESIDENTS ALIKE and again we,the residents had no say in this matter and again, just another restaurant that the locals will barely ever dine in hoping to avoid the 'tourist from kendall' crowd.

the next meetings to be held are:
Recommendation from the City Manager to City Commission June 27,
Adoption of Legislation Authorizing Exclusive Lease Negotiations
July 25

anyone care to picket and protest?

The rat pack who could care less:
Tomás Regalado, Mayor
Wifredo (Willy) Gort, Commissioner (District 1)
Marc D. Sarnoff, Commissioner (District 2)
Frank Carollo, Commissioner (District 3)
Francis Suarez, Commissioner (District 4)
Michelle Spence-Jones Commissioner (District 5)
Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager


June 05, 2013 10:00 AM  
Anonymous That Guy said...

Why were these people selected. Was any explanation given? Was there any nomination or selection process? What was this process?

There are lots of questions, and no answers, but I'll bet this - these people have something to gain.

June 05, 2013 12:00 PM  
Blogger Atay5 said...

As any type of community organization gathered to speak out against this project? I'm relatively new to the Grove but only observed a petition that was being passed around at Scotty's.

A better question might also be...is there any chance that organizing the community could stop this project or is it pretty much set?

June 06, 2013 3:09 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home