Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez shot off another scathing memo to Mayor Carlos Gimenez this week. This topic: Gimenez's proposed rewrite and extension of the Miami Heat's current arena agreement.
(Read the memo here: Download Suarez memo.)
Last week, Gimenez proposed giving the Heat an additional five years in the county-owned AmericanAirlines Arena, which would keep the team in downtown Miami at least through 2035. In exchange, the Heat would donate $1 million a year to the county's parks department, and the arena's current $6.4 million subsidy from Miami-Dade would increase to $8.5 million between 2031 and 2035.
Gimenez's nine-page memo (read it here: Download Memo and Reso) outlining the deal called the proposed agreement a good investment for Miami-Dade, citing the "national and international exposure provided by having the Miami Heat call Miami-Dade County home..."
But Suarez, a former Miami mayor, took issue with Gimenez's approach to weighing the costs of the proposed deal, saying the current subsidies that would be transfered to the new agreement should be considered a cost, too.
He also ridiculed a bulleted outline of the deal on Page One of the Gimenez memo, calling it "the most slanted and least informative summary of a major public/private contract that I have seen in close to thirty years of public life."
The last time we saw a memo this (ahem) heated from Suarez to Gimenez, the topic was PortMiami.
We've asked Gimenez's spokesman and the Heat for comment. Stay tuned for updates.