Preserve the Miami Beach West Lots for Green Open Space and Public Use.

Preserve the Miami Beach West Lots for Green Open Space and Public Use.

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Larry Shafer started this petition to Miami Beach City Commissioners

The West Lots are a strip of nine undeveloped city blocks at the northern edge of Miami Beach, West of Collins Avenue. While the City of Miami Beach is exploring ways to maximize their profitability with private business partnerships, residents favor green open spaces and not-for-profit community uses that will mitigate flooding, clean the air, and help to combat climate change. At present, the City’s decision-making processes have lacked transparency and ignore community recommendations.

Only last August did the public learn of the City of Miami Beach’s plans to enter into contracts with a variety of private companies for fringe, extravagant projects, such as a Bohemian Village and a macro- and multiple- shipping container for a hydroponics venture. Some of these plans are to be voted by the City Commission within the next two months. We urge Commissioners to vote NO.

In addition: For at least the last decade, the City of Miami Beach has repeatedly failed the residents of North Beach in preserving and improving both the neighborhood and the environment:

  1. It has failed to upgrade North Shore Open Space Park, despite $10.5m transferred to the City in 2014 by the 87th Terrace developer to that end.Miami Herald 11/13/14 - Miami Beach commissioners to consider $6.5M upgrade to North Shore park
  2. It has failed to preserve our oldest and beloved building, the Historic Log Cabin, against public outcry.Miami Herald 12/6/17 - Residents fought to save log cabin. Now it’s being dismantled, its future unclear.
  3. It has failed with its first Public-Private partnership for the West Lots, by entering into a disadvantageous contract for a so-called North Beach Yard that resulted in a current state of dilapidation and neglect on the site.  Miami Herald 8/12/19 - It was supposed to be the Wynwood Yard of North Beach. Here’s why it’s not happening.
  4. It has ignored the recommendations of the North Beach Master Plan, adopted 10/19/2016, calling for community and green uses for the West Lots, as well as a subsequent community study by Dover Kohl that reached similar conclusions.  The Master Plan also agrees with our petition stating on p 2.75 "Perhaps the least controversial use for the West Lots is for the City to continue to hold the lots as they are in order to have them available for future unknown needs... The City should develop a community-supported vision for the West Lots before an outside proposal pressures the City in some other manner.North Beach Master Plan - 10/19/16; Dover Kohl - The Plan for West Lots - 6/22/18
  5. It has ignored the GO Bond approved in the 11/6/2018 General Election, allocating funds to “Create cohesive and vibrant parks and/or recreational space” in the West Lots.  Miami Beach - GO Bond Project #29 West Lots Redevelopment - "Create cohesive and vibrant parks and/or recreational space"
  6. It has failed to appoint an independent Inspector General to oversee urban and community projects, despite 80.86% voter approval in 2018.  Miami Herald - 2/13/19 - With overwhelming support from voters, Miami Beach creates a watchdog for City Hall
  7. It continues to fail residents of the entire city by only shoddily addressing problems of flooding and infrastructure, thereby deteriorating residents’ quality of life.

This history of dereliction of duty has severely eroded the residents’ trust in the current municipal government.  For all these reasons, we, the residents of the North Beach Historic District adjacent to the West Lots and our supporters throughout the city and region, petition the City of Miami Beach Commissioners to VOTE NO on any projects for the West Lots and governing officials to commit to supporting the environment and implement an immediate moratorium on all projects, other than GREEN OPEN SPACE, pending the appointment of an independent Inspector General and a respect for the will of the majority, as expressed in all recent referendums, votes, and community studies.

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