Miami Beach CDC director quits amid city probe - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: "... Morales' memo stated that the CDC had been “unable to provide satisfactory explanations to issues raised” that related to the London House Apartments, an affordable housing development that is supposed to be completed in March. The memo, sent to Mayor Philip Levine, stated “we hope to inform you of actions that may need to be considered in the coming weeks to safeguard certain City assets and funds.” Levine said that Morales is “taking proactive steps to root out all corruption. … I’m sure the more we dig the more things we will find.”..."
Year in Review: Vote creates uncertainty for Miami Beach convention center - South Florida Business Journal: "... According to a November story in the Miami Herald: “Four political newbies joined the seven-member commission at a transformative moment in the Beach’s history. The city is under new administrative leadership, and repairing its image after a string of embarrassing public corruption arrests. A billion-dollar project to redevelop 52 acres of city land in the convention center district also hangs in the balance....”
South Florida’s top business stories in 2013 - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com: Expansion plan thrown into doubt for Miami Beach Convention Center ... City Commissioner Jonah Wolfson backed both the court challenge and the higher threshold for the center lease. The two victories were combined with the election of a new mayor, Philip Levine, who favors a less extensive redo of the center. It’s unclear if Levine’s approach would generate enough dollars to fund a hotel. Tourism officials insist the center needs an adjoining headquarters hotel to compete with other major convention destinations in Florida and beyond. Both sides are pledging to move the project along as quickly as they can. But for the tourism industry, a political win that seemed at hand in 2013 will undoubtedly seem farther away as 2014 begins...
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