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"The Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove"
WE THE PEOPLE …
Yes we the people do not yet have enough information about the details in the plan from the developers to take the "The Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove" project to a vote. The devil is always in the details.
Weren’t this Mayor Manny Diaz and City Manager Pete Hernandez and the same commissioners who approved and gave us, the Miami Marlins ballpark built over the historic Orange Bowl site in Little Havana in Miami. Led by Populous, the architect; Hunt/Moss, a joint venture, the general contractor was Walter P Moore.
Now more than 3 years after the stadium debuted, not one single business has opened in the “prime retail space" the ballpark was supposed to create.
We were told that the city's going to profit from job creation and increased spending by these same politicians. Today 3 years later we are still waiting . Job creation and all the wonderful possibilities of reinvigorating Little Havana, including 8,500 square feet of retail space in new parking garages paid for by us.
Now another Many Diaz Project supported by Mayor Tomas Regalado.
(Why not put Many Diaz back in Power)When will it stop ?
This Harbour Project like the Stadium has over 200,000 square feet with parking for less than 500 cars.
Let’s talk about this proposal to restore, expand and redevelop the Harbour. First implemented by Mayor Many Diaz in 2004.
Approved by Mayor Tomas Regalado.
Who sits around City Hall and Does what again?
(Oh yes implement former Mayor Many Diaz vision)
Yes the same commissioner Suarez who raised 2 million dollars of campaign funding and then quit. Whose biggest supporter for fund raising was former Mayor Many Diaz. Commissioner Suarez now supports and presents White Elephant part two. The Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove"
Has anyone considered beyond the catastrophic failure, the ecological impact and carbon footprints that would be left for future generations.
Yes the design team has shown an attractive rendering of what the exterior facade of the The Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove” might look like.
But there has been no serious public discussion of how this Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove would likely generate realistic new tax revenue for the City of Miami.
One can imagine scenarios in which the project could generate a couple hundred thousand dollars if that much in sales. Because don’t forget this is a Public give away to a Private company of a land grant so no property tax revenue to the city annually.
(Yes we are giving away to the developers City property for free for 80 years)
And the details about how much of the land exactly is being given away including docking space and how public access to the pier and other parts connecting to the grove would be maintained -- and hopefully enhanced -- remain quite vague.
This Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove" project was originally part the 2004-2005 $3 billion plan which included the Stadium , two museums and a museum park at Bicentennial Park, a trolley service, construction of a tunnel beneath the port of Miami, and nearly $500 million to pay down unforeseen construction bond debt incurred by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. All funded mostly by tax dollars, plus $800 million in spending for downtown amenities.
Remember these guys said the stadium's $515 million price tag would be funded using $395 million in tourist tax dollars, and under the deal first brokered four years ago (when the total cost of the stadium was projected to be less than $400 million), the Marlins would invest about $120 million, borrow another $35 million from the county, and keep most of the profits from sports, music and other events at the stadium. In addition, because the county owns the land, the ballpark would generate no property taxes.
So this proposal from 2004 By Former Mayor Many Diaz endorsed by Mayor Regalado (And why is Tomas Regalado the Mayor again ?) with its 200,000 square feet parking garage that holds less than 500 cars -- also exposes the fantasy inherent in the Harbour Plan.
It somehow envisions wonderful things happening around Coconut Grove that will draw more people -- but only people who live within walking distance -- “since there is no facility for Public transportation and no public support for expanding the parking.” Since a couple hundred people use that parking currently.
Coconut Grove residents welcome to your own personal nightmare.
This Harbour in Historic Coconut Grove project fantasy may sound swell to people who live outside Coconut Grove. But maintaining it requires an unsustainable subsidy from the residents who live in Coconut Grove.
In the world of business giving away Public land or making Public Private Partnerships where the City decides which companies will receive tax breaks and are allowed to stay in business in Coconut Grove is reprehensible.
In light of this realization, the cozy relationship that still exist between the current administration Commissioners and Mayor Regalado and Many Diaz should raise eyebrows.
The seeds for this agenda were planted back in 2004 when Mayor Regalado was a Commissioner under Manny Diaz .
Public land cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by the Mayor and the City Commissioners and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of those wanting to further their agenda.
Making Public lands Private is a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of developing Miami.
The provision for a decent City Of Miami and way of life ,lies in healthy and sustainable living conditions for the people. Which can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.
My Name Is Jeff Benjamin I am running for City Mayor Of Miami.
And I approve this message.