FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2019
Community Leaders And Allies Unite Against Proposed $1B Magic City Special Area Plan in Little Haiti; Coalition Asks Simple Question “Who Benefits” From This Deal
WHO: Little Haiti community leaders, area residents and business owners, as well as allies from other neighborhoods
WHEN: Thursday, March 28th, 8:30AM
WHERE: City of Miami City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, 33133)
Ahead of a crucial vote scheduled by the Miami City Commission on the $1 billion Magic City Special Area Plan, Little Haiti homeowners, business owners, and community leaders will host a press conference Thursday at Miami City Hall opposing approval of the deal.
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM) said “Magic City as currently structured cannot be the precedence for Miami’s future. Its proposed 25 story 9-acre mega-development with 10 liquor licenses is totally out of synch with our neighborhood. We are opposed to this project, and we ask the City of Miami Commission to respect its own rules stipulated in Miami 21 to reject displacement, gentrification, and over-development in Little Haiti.”
Joined by many supporters and allies, the coalition of homeowners, business owners, and community leaders will show how the massive Little Haiti plan will have an irreversible negative impact on the neighborhood’s residents and business. Together, they will call for a complete moratorium on all Special Area Plans (SAPs) in the City of Miami until residents can fully understand their impact on neighborhoods and businesses.
Media is encouraged to attend, as we will be addressing the following questions:
Why is Commissioner Keon Hardemon in a rush to approve entitlements for this $1 billion project and its associated $31 million side deal? Is it possible the Commissioner expects his family will benefit directly from that $31 million pot of money, the same way the Miami Herald recently revealed they had benefited from his stance on the Beckham soccer stadium megaproject and his moves to regulate billboards? Who benefits?
Why would any Commissioner vote to approve a back-room benefits package with last minute changes, questionable terms, a shady way of distributing funds to the community, and more than a whiff of likely corruption coming through? Who benefits?