Miami Beach commission to fight Miami Watson Island plan

Miami Beach commission vows to fight Miami’s Watson Island plan - Miami Beach - "It was a scene of rare harmony at Miami Beach City Hall commission chambers last week — inspired by a sneaky move by city officials across the bay in Miami, acting in league with mega-developers Jorge Perez and Stephen Ross, that would put a long-stalled plan for a shopping and hotel complex on Watson Island on steroids, choking off access to the MacArthur Causeway and South Beach. At least that’s how everyone in the room saw it, including every single Beach commissioner, Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, and representatives of 14 neighborhood and civic groups who have banded together to fight the project. “We are having a sneak attack on Miami Beach,” veteran Beach activist Frank del Vecchio, speaking on behalf of the coalition, told commissioners. “We’re mad. We didn’t know about it. This is a real threat to everyone who uses our causeway…. Go fight it.” And so they will. . .. "

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