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Key Biscayne takes Miami back to court over Boat Show project


The Village of Key Biscayne has taken the city of Miami back to court in order to stop the Miami International Boat Show from moving to the Marine Stadium.

Late Wednesday -- one week after village officials backed out of a proposed mult-million-dollar legal settlement at the 11th hour -- Key Biscayne's private attorney, John Shubin, filed an amended, 10-count complaint in circuit court. The complaint sites a slew of reasons in seeking to stop the city from building a $23 million park and event space on which to host the Boat Show next to the Miami Marine Stadium, including the allegation that the city's charter required that Miami seek voters' approval to ink a deal for the waterfront property with the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The village first sued the city in February, but due to state law were required to stay the proceedings and seek an amicable resolution before litigating the matter.

Miami commissioners and Mayor Tomas Regalado say they thought they had a deal in place last week, and were surprised when Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay declared an "impasse." The agreement would have given Key Biscayne 50 percent control over the stadium site in exchange for footing 50 percent of the cost of construction and operations. Under the deal, the Boat Show would have been guaranteed at least one year at the stadium, where it plans to host its massive trade show in February, but could have been forced to move afteward.

Now, the village is once again trying to stop the city from preparing the site to host the show. The event was previously held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.