Judge dismisses SkyRise lawsuit; activist appeals

07/30/2014 7:51 PM

07/30/2014 7:52 PM

A Miami-Dade Judge on Wednesday denied an activist’s push to quash a voter referendum on a 1,000-foot tower on Biscayne Bay.

In his ruling, Judge Jorge Cueto sided against Coconut Grove architect Charles Corda, who aimed to strike an Aug. 26 ballot question seeking voters’ approval of both a lease extension and expansion of Bayside Marketplace and the erection of SkyRise Miami.

Corda argued in a petition he filed last month that the Bayside lease and SkyRise project were unrelated, and therefore legally should have been placed before voters as separate ballot questions. Cueto disagreed, saying that SkyRise, as a sublessee of Bayside, is indeed connected to the marketplace.

Corda, who named the city of Miami and the supervisor of elections in his suit, swiftly filed a notice of appeal.

Join the Discussion

Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service