This weekend I received no less than FIVE mailers against the convention center hotel. That's at least $45,000 worth of mailers, but
WHO IS BEHIND IT
By not filing financial reports, the PACs conceal who their donors are.
Meanwhile, numerous respected leaders (see list below) are more than willing to put their names and reputations on the line to
the hotel referendum.
As someone who was the target of false attacks last Fall, it outrages me that opponents of the convention center hotel have resorted to
in order to manipulate your vote. Mailers are littered with lies and scare tactics, even invoking Donald Trump in the final days of the Election somehow associating Donald Trump to the convention center hotel. We know that the opponents are desperate to stop the progress we continue to make in Miami Beach, but lying to your constituency lacks integrity.
One attack PAC mailer features former Mayor Matti Bower, who ironically wanted taxpayers to fund $100s of millions of dollars for the convention center hotel as part of a giant development project that totaled well over $1 Billion. Mayor Bower and the prior Commission did not prohibit a future casino in their deal and required the city to transfer over 50 acres of our most valuable land to a third party developer. By the way, their deal also included an 800-room hotel. Now Mayor Bower suddenly does not support the convention center hotel? Why, when the City now keeps the land, and this time the City isn't funding the hotel in any way?
Don't let them make this referendum about politics, when it is truly about our future.
Don’t allow them to lie to you – get the facts!
for the new Convention Center Hotel because:
(1) It will be 100%
; Miami Beach residents won’t pay a cent for the project.
(2) The hotel
footprint is minimal
, and we gain a
on Meridian Avenue.
(3) This plan provides a clear
prohibition against a casino
at this hotel, a key component the ex-administration refused to guard against.
(4) An attached hotel is absolutely
necessary for our economy
as exemplified by currently booked conferences American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, American Academy of Dermatology, American Association of Orthodontists, and International Association of Chiefs of Police requiring a combined 45,000 rooms that have exit clauses should we not approve the hotel. Those are exactly the type of attendees we want to convert to, that will come for several days and spend a lot of money while they are here.
(5) The many
that lease and bed tax revenues will deliver to our community (education, transit, flooding, undergrounding utilities).
That’s the truth.
I hope you join me and the multitude of community leaders and activists in support of this great deal for our City’s future prosperity and quality of life.
Commissioner John Aleman