Miami Beach activist Frank Del Vecchio says he is organizing a protest rally in the wake of the city of Miami Beach code enforcement corruption arrests.
And Miami Beach United is calling on city commissioners to reverse their decision to let a private developer — Russell Galbut of Crescent Heights– use the City Commission chambers for presentation on the property he controls at the MacArthur Causeway entrance to Miami Beach (the old South Shore Hospital site on Alton Road), where he’s proposing an outlet mall and residential complex.
You don’t have to look far to see angry residents on Miami Beach, whether they are frustrated over the sluggish construction on the Venetian Causeway to worrying about how the city will handle the upcoming Memorial Day weekend crowds.
When the commission decided to let Crescent Heights use the city commission chambers to present its proposal, letters started firing toward city hall.
Activist Jo Manning fired this missive:
“Since when do third parties — private parties that do not serve the public — get the use of our Commission Chambers for gain and to attract potential investors to their projects?
“…There are public venues a-plenty for such a presentation, if it once again needs to be presented. (Among them, the Botanical Garden, the public library, even the Shelborne Hotel.) Holding this in City Hall gives it tacit approval from the City of Miami Beach, whether or not you argue that it does not.”
Galbut told The Miami Herald the meeting will be used to air different possible uses of the property, one of the largest on South Beach available for development.
But architect Arthur Marcus wrote: