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2021-09-02

Hello Key Biscayne!

In this issue we try and explain the situation with the causeway. The short of it is we’re going to get screwed, but the good part is that if we try really hard we’re going to get screwed gently.

L'esplenade Key Biscayne Sept. 2021It's the worst looking mall, except when it's not.

Let’s get going.

Little news that could

Code blue We got a list of finalists for the new chief of the KBPD. All of them hail from around the county, and they all look pretty good on paper. Their pictures are included in this article, so you get to decide: do you want the friendly-looking and overweight kind of cop, or the hard-ass, wife-left-him-because-he-works-too-much kind of cop? A decision will be made in October. 🚓

(KB Independent)

Causeway blues

Dade County surprised us all when they announced they had a proposal to redevelop the entire causeway. The County has been wanting to free themselves of having to manage the Rickenbacker, and now they have a company who has come to them and said, “hey, we’ll rebuild the whole thing, and we’ll take it off your hands.” This sounds great for the county, but legally they can’t just give this entire project away without letting others compete. They’ve set up a bid process, and those bids are due in November.

So far so good, so what are the issues that have the Key so concerned?

  • The causeway will be private. In exchange for doing the redevelopment, the company that wins the contract will control toll prices and all maintenance of the area.
  • As of now, there is no oversight board planned for this private agreement. The company that wins the bid will be able to do whatever it wants in regards to running the causeway after it’s built. They could raise the toll to $20 from one day to the next. Now, this wouldn’t make financial sense, but the point stands that currently there is no plan to have any oversight.
  • The way the request for proposal (RFP) requirements are currently laid out, it seems made to fit the exact plan that was originally submitted, making sure others don’t propose anything else; essentially, it hands the contract to that first plan.
  • The Key has no real say on any of it. We can ask for things, but we don’t have an actual vote.

The council met last night to discuss what the next course of action would be. I’d tell you exactly what they decided, but the feed cut off before it was over. Overall the general consensus seemed to be that they should officially tell Dade County to cancel the bidding process immediately and give us control over the causeway, but also to have an official meeting with our county commissioner and the staff in charge of the bid.

The chances that Dade County listens to us and cancels anything seem really far fetched. That said, it is a noteworthy goal. At the same time, for now it does look like the County may listen to the major concerns we have, while still keeping their shady, private, and exclusive process in place.

What’s funny is that by arguing about the process, it relieves us from discussing what we actually want the causeway to be. This is a good thing, as it’s unlikely everyone would agree on that as much as they agree that the process is going to leave us with a causeway where we don’t have any control.

Calendar

Around Town

  • Saturday 9/4
  • 🦋 Butterfly's have a right to party too (Crandon Park)

Last week's sales

Location SQFT Rooms Prev Price
630 Allendale 2022 4/3 '15 $2.09m $2.4m
Casa del Mar 8A 3120 3/3 '14 $1.65m $2.75m
CC South 1005 2155 3/3.5 '11 $730k $1.865m
Towers B408 1782 2/2 '11 $970k $1.95m
CC West 1103 895 1/1 '77 $72k $485k
Ritz 517 532 1/1 '05 $455k $549k
KC I 165 2604 3/3 '20 $1.6m $1.98m
Solimar 4G 1036 2/2 '91 $125k $480k

No more, no less

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