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 Article:  Sarnoff: Miami 21 Could be Revisited in the Fall
South Florida Business Journal


Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said there is a “strong possibility” the Miami City Commission may rehear the recently defeated zoning overhaul known as Miami 21.

His comments, which came in a newsletter to constituents, predicted it will be reheard in the fall.

Miami commissioners deadlocked in a 2-2 vote on Aug. 6, defeating Miami 21. Commissioners Sarnoff and Michelle Spence-Jones voted to approve the code change; Commissioners Tomas Regalado and Joe Sanchez voted against it. Commissioner Angel Gonzalez was absent.

“There is a strong possibility commissioners may get a second chance to make a decision at an upcoming meeting, where hopefully all five commissioners will be present to vote,” Sarnoff wrote. “The plan, while not perfect, offers a unique opportunity to redesign Miami into the pedestrian-friendly community with wide walkways and large green spaces that so many of our residents desire.”

Sarnoff sends out a newsletter to constituents each month. In response to a large volume of phone calls to his office about Miami 21, Sarnoff sent out a special note Thursday. He also sent out a special newsletter to explain why he supported and opposed parts of the Florida Marlins stadium project, spokesman David Karsh said.

“We have been getting a ton of phone calls about Miami 21,” Karsh said. “So, he thought, ‘Let’s explain it to everybody."

Sarnoff also touched on his interest on having a 35-foot height limit in the newly created Miami Modern (MiMo) historic district on Biscayne Boulevard. He also wants to give property owners the ability to buy unused development rights in the MiMo district to develop other areas. The money paid could be used to enhance the historic district, he said.