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OUR OPINION: Beach voters should reject new hurdle to convention-center expansion

HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com

It’s Election Day — off year, few cities involved, few issues on the ballot. That usually doesn’t bode well for turnout, but Miami-Dade residents, especially those in municipalities electing mayors, commissioners and council members, do themselves a disservice if they sit it out. There are important issues to be decided.

Countywide, voters should approve the $830 million in bonds to upgrade Jackson Health System. The county’s public hospital is indispensable, and aging. Say Yes.

Likewise, Miami residents should approve the leasing of seven acres of Coconut Grove property to create a publicly accessible and welcoming waterfront, green space and development that features retail and restaurants. Developers would invest $18 million in the restaurants and pay the city $1.4 million a year in rent.

Miami Beach residents, however, should reject requiring 60 percent of voters to OK conveying property in the convention center district for a hotel, ballroom and retail complex. Voters already have a say on the proposal, by law.

The controversial expansion plan has cleared enough hurdles to become a reality — almost. It’s imperative that voters reject the misguided attempt to erect one more barrier to delay indefinitely this crucial cog in the Beach’s, and county’s, economic engine. The wishes of a simple majority of voters can be subverted by a minority. That’s neither fair, nor necessary. Say No.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Upgrade Jackson Health System

Yes

MIAMI

Mayor

Tomás Regalado

City Commission

District 3

Frank Carollo

District 5

Jacqui Colyer

Ballot question

Develop Coconut Grove

waterfront

Yes

MIAMI BEACH

Mayor

Michael Gongora

City Commission

Group 1

Micky Steinberg

Group 2Jorge Exposito

Group 3

Matti Bower

Nondiscrimination in

city employment, benefits

Yes

Forge ties with School Board

Yes

Help for condo owners

No

Keeping protections

Yes

60 percent vote

for Convention Center

No

HIALEAH

MayorCarlos Hernandez

City Council

Group 5

Luis Gonzalez

Group 6

Paul “Pablito” Hernandez

Pension reform

Yes

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