Let me simply my arguments.
1. A developer whose goal is to build a private, commercial project that he repeatedly stated would be built with private funds now wants the State of Florida - and the taxpayers - to help finance its construction.
2. No one knows how much money he wants - not even folks in Tallahassee, whom I've been in touch with. The amount of money being sought is a secret.
3. The building will be built on city owned waterfront property that is already leased to another company - the Bayside Marketplace folks - which means that this 1000 foot tall, $430 million building is going to be built on land obtained through a sub-lease.
4. There are no documents that I've been able to find that indicate whether this project will pay Impact Fees, and don't think that every project - especially all those high-rise condos and office building have paid Impact Fees, because some of them haven't, and almost all of the rest paid fees lower that what their impact to our qualify of life required that they pay.
5. The public records in the possession of City of Miami officials - specifically the Facilities Management Department - related to this project have been purposely withheld, as evidenced in Part II of my video where I detail the steps that I've had to take so far to get only a portion of the documents that HAVE to exist in order for this project to go forward.
6. The local news media, starting with Miami Today and the Miami Herald have failed to adequately report on this project - especially this effort by Berkowitz to go after public money after he stated that he wasn't going to do so - and consequently for the most part have acted as PR flacks instead of journalists.
There is absolutely no difference between Jeffrey Berkowitz wanting public money for this project and Steven Ross wanting public money for Sun Life Stadium, or Loria wanting public money for the Marlin's stadium or David Beckam wanting either public money or public land for his stadium.
I'm not opposed to any of these project, but I am opposed to the taxpayers having to pay the tab, given the myriad of serious problems that we have in this county that impact negatively on our quality of life.
That's where public money should and needs to be spent, not on a 1000 foot observation tower that Berkowitz expects to make him and his other investors gobs of money!