A quick recap: On Friday a judge ordered the City of Miami Beach and South Beach ACE, the group tasked with the Rem Koolhaas-designed Miami Beach Convention Center redevelopment, to negotiate the entire 99 year lease on the project—a process that could take months and allow time for other significant roadblocks to arise—before the referendum is put to a citywide vote in an election. The idea is to let the voters decide on the entire lease in its exhaustive, minutiae filled, glory, instead of the basic terms as outlined in a letter of intent. At the very, very least, the project has been delayed and is either subject to an expensive special election in the Spring, or the regular fall election in 2014. Oh, and the parties involved will have to slog through exhaustive negotiations on a project that could potentially just end, like that, on election day.
· Beach Convention Center referendum canceled after court decision. [Miami Herald]
· Miami Beach Convention Center coverage [Curbed Miami]