This is the famous Parcel B owned by the County (The City of Miami sold it to them), always zoned parks. In a referendum to get the Heat Arena property, multi-billionaire Micky Arison promised it would be a soccer field. The County went to the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) to get a matching grant to do seawall work. Everyone pays a small fee on their tax bill to the FIND Commission. The grant money is given contingent on the project being of public interest and must remain open to the public. FIND's mission is to encourage public access to the waterfront and keep the Florida intracoastal waterway operational.
|Lester Sola said the City put up this fence and installed the cement barricades. The City said not true.|
On the North East corner of the Parcel B Property, the County put up a fence and concrete barriers even though they got money, more than $2 Million dollars, from Find in 2006 and 2007. In the letter below the FIND Commission is calling them out for not giving the area public access. Remember they got the money OVER 8 YEARS AGO. See fence above. In fact, Parcel B has fencing and locks on all side.
|The letter is careful NOT to say Parcel B is public, only the Baywalk even though the people promised it would be in a referendum. We were lied to?|
Here is the County's response. Note Lester Sola is writing the letter, the Mayor's new tool, who is head of Water and Sewer, which this appears to have nothing to do with. Since when are seawalls and bay walks Water and Sewer projects. Is he misrepresenting himself? Sola wrote it on Internal Services Director's Office letterhead. Was that his former job (if so he should have said so) or has he that position also??
The inaccuracies of the Sola letter. If the County was concerned with the Cities unfinished baywalk they would have put the fence on THE OTHER CORNER. Parcel B is completely okay for public access. The FIND Commission wanted a sign erected. In 7 or 8 years they couldn't put up a sign? Now Sola says they will install one...in a few months. A few months to install a sign?
The City of Miami claims they did not put up the fence or place the concrete barricades. In fact the City doesn't have the equipment to move those concrete barriers. Sola blames the city for the fence. Sola doesn't say in the letter that Parcel B isn't open and hasn't been open all these years. He fudges the question saying the City put the fence up on their own property (which would have opened the site if it weren't there) and he doesn't really say the entire property is available to the public anywhere in the letter. Once again, the City says they DID NOT put the fence up. I would look to whomever put up that other fence along the American Airlines venue. Note: Lester Sola says the BAYWALK will always be public, not the property.
|Read this page carefully. Pedestrian access? That is what we get?|