With just days to go until Miami voters consider a proposal to build a 1,000-foot tower behind Bayside, the marketplace’s operator and developer Jeff Berkowitz have unleased a campaign blitz.
Together, they’ve invested more than $300,000 into a committee that has poured most of those funds into radio spots, mailers and robocalls. The cash has gone to Friends of Bayside, which is also polling voters.
The ballot question will go before voters Aug. 26. It seeks to amend Bayside’s lease with the city of Miami by extending it to 99 years, requiring at least $27 million in improvements, and allowing a sublease with Berkowitz to build SkyRise Miami on a spit of land that juts into the bay. If the item passes, Miami's coffers get a $10 million injection, plus increased payments through the life of the deal.
So what are the chances the item passes? Political consultant Steve Marin, who is conducting the polling, would only say “we’re trending very positive.”