Miami Herald 9/15/15
Grace Solares sued the city of Miami in August of 2014, arguing that city officials violated their municipal charter when they granted developer Jeff Berkowitz the ability to build a 1,000-foot, $430 million tower on the bay. She lost in circuit court, and the Third District Court of Appeal dismissed her case in May on the grounds that she lacked the standing to sue the city because she couldn’t prove she’d been specially injured by the project. Solares and her attorney, Linda Carroll, appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which decided against hearing the case and said it would not consider a rehearing…
Reached by phone Tuesday, Carroll, Solares’ attorney, said she was disappointed. “The ruling,” she said, “leaves the residents of Dade County in quite a fix because the local government can do whatever they want and there is no recourse through the courts, certainly anything having to do with a charter violation.”
Daily Business Review 9/16/15
Solares came out on the losing end in May after the Third District Court of Appeal ruled she lacked standing to bring the suit. She wanted to block the deal between the city and Bayside, an affiliate of Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., which has leased the city-owned land for decades to operate its landmark tourist mecca. The company’s deal with the city was set to expire in 2030, but two extensions built into the agreement would stretch the original lease to 2060.
Solares argued commissioners exceeded the limits of the city charter by extending the lease so soon. Her suit claimed the charter only allows an extension five years before a lease expiration. Even then, Solares argued the charter would place a 10-year limit on the extension.