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NUMBER 27 - FEBRUARY 26, 2019
NEW RULE FOR THE CITY OF MIAMI: WHEN BIDDERS FOR AN RFP SUBMIT THEIR BIDS, THEY SHOULD, LIKE RESPECTABLE ROBBERS EVERYWHERE, BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK AND MAKE SURE THAT THE TITLE PAGE OF THEIR BID SAYS IN CLEAR AND PLAIN LANGUAGE: THIS IS A STICK UP!
THE FIGHT OVER THE RICKENBACKER MARINA RFP KEEPS GETTING CRAZIER AS NEW CRIMINAL INFORMATION IS REVEALED ABOUT TWO OF THE WINNING BIDDERS
In a series of stories going back to 2016, I chronicled the two battle royals over the RFP to redevelop the Rickenbacker Marina, between the current lease holder Aabad Melwani, and the father and son team of Robert Christoph Sr. and Robert Christoph Jr.
Because all of this happened during the waning days of the Regalado administration, and that this laast ditch effort was seen as a pretty naked effort of Tomas Regalado and his cronies to be part of one last, substantial opportunity to give a sizable piece of public property to some cronies, I titled my June 2017 story: The Mayor's Last Effort To Give Away Waterfront Property To His Pals.
Here is a portion of that story describing what had happened to the first RFP, and how a second RFP had been issued.
It should come as no surprise that in researching this story this morning, I discovered that as I did in 2017 when I wrote my last story about this issue, the Tate Capitol website is still up, and that it continues to include Daniel Rotenberg as one of the leadership team.
It's indicative that in the City of Miami, the phrase, "Same shit, different day," should become the city's motto.
In any event, the 2nd RFP went the same way that the first RFP did, and to no one's surprise, the Christoph's came in first again in the RFP bidding process, and after a lengthly legal process that led to the 3rd DCA where the court ruled against Aabad Melwani, it looked like the Christophs were at last going to get their hands on the Rickenbacker Marina property.
But, that was before a binder with a 6 page letter written by Melwani's attorney Miguel De Grandy, accompanied by 15 exhibits were delivered to the Mayor, the City Manager, the City Attorney and members of the City Commission.
The only way to do De Grandy's letter justice, is to just print it here, so that you can read it for yourself, and then to remind you that it was Tomas Regalado, who during his term as Mayor once famously said, "In Miami, every deal is a bad deal."
This is truly skanky deal that Melwani and his lawyers uncovered, and as I am prone to say,
It's Miami, Bitches!