Attention!
Residents of Miami Beach

VOTE NO by Tuesday, November 3rd on the MIAMI BEACH MARINA/CONDO REFERENDUMS

 

Enough is Enough!
When Will These Disruptive Towers Stop?

Vote NO to Marina/Condo Referendums #2 and #3 (NO on 237, NO on 239)

Seven Reasons to VOTE NO on MIAMI BEACH MARINA/CONDO REFERENDUM this November

1. A Ridiculous Price Paid for Condo Development Rights
  • The land and air rights if left to open bid may be worth $250 million+ and the city accepted $55 million.
  • The Marina is public land, so any economic endeavor undertaken on those lands should benefit residents and taxpayers financially.
  • This offer is less than half of another offer submitted previously and rejected!
  • The proposed payments aren’t collected by the city for many years, so they are worth even less than $55 million!

THIS IS A STEAL! VOTE NO!

2. Residents Shortchanged Billions in Marina Lease Revenue
  • The current Marina lease holder paid $170 million for 35 years for the rights at the Marina. Why would we sell 103 years of rights AND the rights to a BILLION DOLLAR condo tower for $55 million?

  • Miami Beach will be LOCKED-IN for 99 years, generating billions of dollars in slip rentals and rent for the leaseholder, while the City still covers operating costs that will escalate and gets practically nothing back.

  • It all adds up to billions in missed opportunity revenue for Miami Beach taxpayers for generations to come.
  • Fact: Monty’s Sunset currently pays the leaseholder in Miami Beach approximately $1.5 million. The city of Miami Beach only receives 10% or $150,000 in revenue share a year. In contrast, Monty’s Coconut Grove pays the city of Miami approximately $1.5 million directly.
  • Fact: The agreement requires Miami Beach to pay for hundreds of garage spaces in neighboring buildings, costing the city millions to build and maintain.
  • Fact: Miami Beach city expenses dedicated to just Marina operations is nearly $1 million annually. Sadly, voting Yes extends it for 99 more years without any modification.

THE ONLY WINNER — THE DEVELOPER!!!! VOTE NO!

3. A Strip of Land – Not the Glorious Bay Walk Park Miami Beach Deserves
  • The proposal does NOT CREATE A GREAT MARINA PARK FOR MIAMI BEACH.
  • Instead, it provides leftover pieces of land sandwiched between 2 towers, that has very little public exposure to the bay walk and marina, and is substantially in shadow.
  • Voters need a real Baywalk Park facing the entire bay walk, not this remnant of land.
  • Giving away 42 acres of public land and saving one acre for us is not a good deal.

  • The Marina can close off the “park” to the Public 12x a year for unlimited periods of time.

MIAMI BEACH RESIDENTS DESERVE BETTER ON ITS PUBLIC LANDS – A LEGITIMATE MARINA PARK! VOTE NO!

4. Environmental Damage Abounds

The proposed lease includes the construction of a 37-story condo tower, as well as the expansion of the Marina. Both proposals can cause irreparable harm to Biscayne Bay and a huge increase in pollution to the waterway and:

  • The leaseholder has a history of environmental flagrancy.
  • In the past, the same leaseholder breached contract and illegally dredged the bay, cutting the main regional sewer line spilling tens of millions of gallons of sewage. It resulted in excessive environmental damage and million-dollar fines!

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT: VOTE NO!

5. Demolition of Monty’s Sunset on South Beach

Monty’s Sunset is a premier outdoor waterside restaurant and bar, well-loved by both residents and tourists with thousands of resident-visitors each week.

  • A 385-foot condo tower will replace Monty’s Sunset and demolish a treasure of Miami Beach.
  • The last waterside land in SOFI deserves so much better!

“WE LOVE MONTY’S SUNSET!”  VOTE NO!

6. Illegal Floor Area Ratio Increase

There will be two questions on the ballot that refer to the Marina’s sale as public land. However, by law, there should be a third question.

  • The City Charter requires that any increase in the Floor Area Ratio – the ratio that will need to be increased to accommodate the 37-story, 385-foot high condominium tower – must be approved by voters.
  • However, this item is conveniently left off the ballot! How? By sneaking around the law — by vacating a part of Alton road to the developer!

PROTECT VOTER RIGHTS. VOTE NO!

7. A RUSH to Decision During A COVID Crisis!
  • This proposal was initiated during the pandemic – with little discussion – while residents were quarantined in their homes. Convenient timing that effectively restricted community feedback.
  • There are better concepts with better financial outcomes on the horizon for this property that do not include a 385-foot tower.

FOR A BETTER DEAL AND BETTER USE OF PUBLIC LAND: VOTE NO!

The proposal is completely out of line with the neighborhood’s character and values, and it should not pass. Don’t be fooled by the marketing hype.

We ask the residents of Miami Beach to vote NO.

Save Miami Beach!

Opposed By Miami Beach United

From their website:

300 ALTON ROAD PUBLIC-PRIVATE MARINA REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT INCLUDING NEW RESIDENTIAL TOWER R5F, R5G, R7A, R7B, R7C, R7D, R7E

Executive Summary: These proposed ordinances/resolutions use the “vacation” of Alton Road to restore the FAR to the building site. The use of “vacations” by the Miami Beach Commission has grown from vacating small alleyways to more recently include major thoroughfares even though the City Charter requires that increases in FAR be approved by voters. While the City Attorney has provided an opinion that “vacations” are legal, they appear to violate the spirit of the charter amendment on FAR increases.

Why It Matters:
City Charter requires that increases in FAR be approved by voters. The use of “vacations” by the MB Commission has grown from vacating small alleyways to more recently include major thoroughfares.

Miami Beach United OPPOSES this resolution.

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