|This property is surrounded by South Florida Water Management Land and is in the footprint of a Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project. It is high and dry in comparison to the land around it.|
From CutlerBay.Net Website:
Cutler Properties LC purchased the 138 acre parcel of land situated between the Palmetto Bay Village Center (old Burger King HQ) and Cutler Cay, in October 2003. In addition to the 9+ acres of buildable land fronting Old Cutler Rd, asked for an environmental variance to fill and develop an additional 33.12 acres of wetland area. This property is located in the footprint of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project (BBCW), a plan to rehydrate the coastal wetlands, and is one of the components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).
At the November 9th, 2006 Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) meeting, residents from Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay as well as representatives from the Tropical Audubon Society and Biscayne National Park spoke out in opposition to this variance.
The EQCB granted Cutler Properties LC two additional continuances in order for the owner to meet with the community. Concerned residents sent almost 400 emails to the EQCB protesting this development. Just prior to the EQCB meeting on January 11th, 2007, Cutler Properties withdrew their application.
The Manager of this property, according to corporate files is Edgardo A. DeFortuna. I would suppose that means he is the owner as well even though he dabbles mostly in downtown deals. Rumor has it that one of the biggest complainers about this property being developed tried to purchase the property from DeFortuna and was rejected. Is Sour Grapes the real reason for his opposition, not environmental concerns and opposition to Dover Kohl's New Urbanism as he professes. However, the planners have a lot planned for this very small parcel on the edge of environmental land. What is up with that Victor? It is currently zoned for single family residential which is 5 units per acre. They are seeking a change to mixed use zoning. I am a proponent of New Urbanism but in the right place. That message is to you too handsome guy.
DRUM ROLL: THE LOBBYISTS on this project?? I called the town of Cutler Bay to ask and left a message for the Clerk and the Manager and no one got back to me. The Manager called me this morning and said the Clerk had the information.