The Real Deal Miami

Miami Beach convention center vote could spur lawsuit

November 06, 2013 10:00AM


Miami Beach Convention Center rendering

A lawsuit from the team selected to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center could be imminent after voters increased the requirement to approve the project.

City voters passed a charter change during yesterday’s elections that necessitates a supermajority of 60 percent to approve leases related to the $1 billion convention center project. Before then, developer South Beach ACE only needed a simple majority. The group was chosen by city commissioners in June to rehab the convention center and build an 800-room hotel and 90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

South Beach ACE, a partnership that includes Tishman Hotels and Robert Wennett, could have grounds for a lawsuit against the city, the South Florida Business Journal reported. The group has not revealed its post-election intentions.

Meanwhile, two critical commission races are headed to runoff elections. Philip Levine, a mayoral candidate who has been outspoken against the size of the convention center project, barely missed the 50.5 percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff. Current mayor Matti Herrera Bower, a project supporter, is also headed to a runoff for a commission seat. [South Florida Business Journal]Eric Kalis