To add to Fred Grimm’s excellent summary of the year’s heroes, here’s another reason to praise Jorge Perez: his decision to withdraw from the proposed Flagstone project that called for the monstrous development on Watson Island. His decision was an important contribution to our future.
Perez knew hat the project would cause a serious traffic problem for South Beach, endangering its regional economic contribution by discouraging travel between the Beach and the American Airlines arena, the Arsht Center and Museum Park.
He also knew of the environmental risks, the aesthetic damage of the beauty of the Biscayne Bay and the entire image of Biscayne Basin, the horrors of a major shopping mall with a single entrance and exit, and many other problems.
I thank Perez for putting the community ahead of a personal project.
Stephen Herbits, Miami