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Miami Beach commissioners to discuss boardwalk, Alton Road parking

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

When they meet Wednesday, Miami Beach commissioners may settle a lawsuit, reduce parking requirements along Alton Road, pursue a “labor peace” agreement for the city’s billion-dollar convention center redevelopment, and accept a recommendation to keep the name of a convicted felon attached to a publicly funded tennis center.

The June regular commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 1700 Convention Center Drive.

On the agenda:

• Seville settlement: Commissioners will vote on a proposed settlement to end a lawsuit filed against the city by Marriott, the owners of the Seville Hotel in Mid Beach. The company sued the city for reneging on permits to demolish the wooden boardwalk behind the hotel after residents rallied to save it. The city’s attorneys have worked out an agreement that would allow the hotel, which is in the midst of renovations, to partially demolish the boardwalk so that construction to the back of the building could continue. In return, the hotel would submit revised applications to the state to address resident concerns. Residents have asked for a beach walk that is raised to maintain ocean views, and that it be made out of a material that gives, making it easier on joggers’ joints.

• Alton Road: Commissioners will vote on a proposed historic overlay district along the east side of Alton Road between Sixth and 11th streets, between n 14th and 15th streets, and from 17th Street to the Collins Canal. The commission may also give final approval to companion ordinance that would reduce parking requirements for certain kinds of developments from Fifth Street to Dade Boulevard along Alton Road. The proposal first popped up years ago, but was recently resurrected because the developer of the old South Shore Hospital site wants to take advantage of the reduced parking requirements.

• Labor peace: On the consent agenda is a resolution to direct city negotiators to try to include a “labor peace” agreement in contracts to operate food, beverage or hotel services on city property within the Convention Center District, according to the meeting agenda. Such an agreement would allow an organization to unionize employees in exchange for ensuring no strikes, picketing or other “labor unrest” during the term of the contract, according to a memo by City Attorney Jose Smith. The agreement, if approved by the commission and agreed upon in negotiations, would apply to the developer Miami Beach picks for its billion-dollar project to overhaul the 52-acre convention center district.

• Tennis center: Commissioners are scheduled to vote on a recommendation that would keep the name of a convicted felon in the official name of the newly renovated tennis courts at Flamingo Park. Tennis advocates have questioned the need to keep Abel Holtz’s name attached to the tennis center. Holtz was convicted of a felony after admitting in 1994 that he lied to a federal grand jury about making secret payments to a corrupt former Miami Beach mayor. The city’s legal office has said that a contract from the 1980s obligates the city to name the center after Holtz, who helped build a now-demolished tennis stadium in the city.

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