No-go for Virginia Key marina redevelopment
Written by Miami Today on September 1, 2017
Miami city commissioners held a very brief meeting Friday morning (9/1) and decided to indefinitely defer a project to redevelop the marinas on city-owned land on Virginia Key.
Mayor Tomás Regalado had asked for the meeting, which was carried over from Monday when only two of the five elected commissioners showed up.
Today all five attended. Vice Chairman Ken Russell made the motion to defer the two agenda items: Resolutions to authorize the city manager to execute a lease with Virginia Key LLC for redevelopment of Rickenbacker Marina and Marine Stadium Marina, and to place the proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot. Commissioner Francis Suarez seconded the motion. The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort voting “no.”
Any new lease of city-owned waterfront property must be approved by voters in a referendum.
The mayor and administration were trying to get a last-minute vote on this matter to beat a county deadline for placing proposals on the November ballot.
An indefinite deferral is typically for six months, which could place the two items on the Feb. 8 commission agenda.