Wynwood Emergency Community Meeting to Be Held March 3rd--Senior City of Miami Officials to attend
Feb 21, 2020 —
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mana Wynwood (Convention Center)
March 3rd at 4:00pm
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, and Chief of Police Jorge Colina will be in attendance at an emergency community meeting to answer questions regarding recent actions undertaken by various City of Miami officials that some in the community have labeled “anti-business” in nature. The meeting will be held at Mana Wynwood at 4pm on Tuesday, March 3rd. Various leaders and stakeholders in the Wynwood community will also be in attendance.
The meeting, called by Moishe Mana, Miami’s single largest individual land-owner, comes after several sudden changes to the operating philosophy of various governmental entities, including City of Miami Police, Code Compliance, Planning Department, and the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID). In recent weeks, long-standing business operations within Wynwood have been suddenly disrupted by surprising actions by certain City of Miami officials, most notably the attempted shutdown of the Wynwood Marketplace. The Wynwood Marketplace has been in business uninterrupted since 2015.
Senior City of Miami Officials have been called upon to answer whether it is the City Government’s intention to stifle the aspects of Wynwood that have brought the neighborhood to prominence—including public art displays, nightlife, music, and community events. Several luxury real estate developers have set their sights on Wynwood for conversion into an upscale neighborhood, and a few have stated their opinion that “Wynwood is not an entertainment zone.”
This opinion of Wynwood’s future is at odds with current business operators and owners, many of whom started their businesses before any meaningful residential development in Wynwood had begun. For many in Miami, Wynwood is the only area left where locals can participate in nightlife and entertainment without the outlandish pricing common in South Beach or other tourist areas.
Also expected is a discussion on the future of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID). While there is no dedicated governmental body in Wynwood (the City of Miami retains jurisdiction), the BID is seen by many as the de-facto governing entity. Founded in 2013, the Wynwood BID has frequently drawn criticism for the fact that its board must be made up of property owners and is not democratically elected, but nonetheless retains some governmental powers and is an entity of the City of Miami.
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