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SkyRise Miami opponent sues over ballot language

Charles Corda claims project, Bayside Marketplace renovations should be separated
July 16, 2014 10:30AM

Charles Corda

Charles Corda

A SkyRise Miami opponent is suing to stop an August referendum on the 1,000-foot observation tower and renovations for downtown Miami’s Bayside Marketplace.

Charles Corda, an architect and activist, claims Miami commissioners should not have approved a ballot question asking voters to either support or opposed both SkyRise and the Bayside improvements and lease extension. Miami-Dade Elections Department officials already started printing ballots that combine the projects. Under the deal authorized by the commission, SkyRise would sublease land from Bayside.

To Corda, SkyRise and the Bayside renovations are separate issues and should be addressed in two ballot questions.

“I oppose the SkyRise project but I don’t oppose the renovation of Bayside,” Corda told the Miami Herald. “The ballot question as it’s written right now doesn’t give me the option to cast my vote the way I’d like to.”

The referendum is scheduled for Aug. 26. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis