In a surprise move, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday vetoed county commissioners’ decision to award a controversial contract to wrap baggage at Miami International Airport.
Last week, a veto-proof majority of the commission rejected Gimenez’s recommendation to hire TrueStar USA, the county-owned airport’s current vendor, and instead chose Safe Wrap, the second-place bidder that held the coveted concession for nine years until 2010.
Nine of 11 commissioners present at the March 5 meeting voted to reject TrueStar — more than the two-thirds majority required to override a mayoral veto. The board then voted unanimously to hire Safe Wrap.
But Gimenez vetoed both votes anyway — a move that will force commissioners to reconsider their decisions at their next meeting in April. Sustaining the vetoes would likely require a couple of commissioners to change their votes, depending on how many commissioners, and which ones, are present.
On Wednesday, TrueStar sued the county, asking the Miami-Dade Circuit Court to prohibit Gimenez’s administration from entering into a contract with Safe Wrap. The lawsuit argues that commissioners’ votes last week violated the county’s procurement process.