The Miami Beach City Commission meets Wednesday to discuss the its city attorneys contract and the search for a city manager, historic designation of homes, its convention center plans and banning troubled companies from doing business in the city.
* City attorney: The City Commission is set to evaluate the performance of City Attorney Jose Smith, whose contract is up in April. In a memo to commissioners, Smith wrote that he looks forward to discussing a contract extension with commissioners.
* City manager: Already two months behind schedule in choosing a new city manager, the commission will discuss its next steps in recruiting a top administrator. A previous discussion of the issue ended abruptly, without any concrete action on the matter. Mayor Matti Herrera Bower ended the meeting after commissioners added their own hand-picked candidates to a list of potential hires drawn up by recruiting firm Bob Murray and Associates. Commissioner Deede Weithorn has asked to come up with a timeline on the selection of a new city manager.
* Historic designation: Commissioner Jonah Wolfson calls it the Miami Beach Homeowner Protection Act, and if he has his way, the city would no longer be able to involuntarily designate single-family homes as historic sites. Preservationists have recently vowed to ramp up efforts to save single-family homes from demolition after Leonard Hochstein and his wife Lisa Hochstein, one of the cast members of Bravos Real Housewives of Miami, petitioned to tear down a 1920s Star Island home and build their dream mansion in its place. Wolfson placed an item on Wednesdays agenda to ask the Land Use and Development Committee to consider his proposal.
* Convention Center: Weithorn has also asked the city to possibly consider more candidates for the citys ambition plans to redevelop its outdated convention center plans which have been mired in a corruption probe that landed the citys purchasing director in handcuffs. The city has narrowed its list of potential developers down to two: Portman-CMC, led by Pertman Holdings, the developer behind the 14-block Peachtree Center in Atlanta; and South Beach ACE, led by a team of developers who were behind projects such as the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and Miracle Mile. Prosecutors have said that the companys bids were not tainted. Still, Weithorn wants commissioners to reconsider their decision to include only two companies in the final selection process, according to a memo.
* Disbarment: In the wake of corruption scandals, Miami Beach is expected to give final approval on Wednesday for t ougher laws about who can do business in the city. Commissioners want to be able to ban, or disbar, companies from doing business with Miami Beach if the company is tied to any offense indicating a lack of business integrity or business honesty, according to the ordinance.
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