The bulldozers are already warming up.
Mayor Wishner votes against the Everglades
Last night’s vote at the Sunrise City Commission to allow a massive project at the edge of the Everglades was a mere show.
Browardbeat.com has learned that developers were so sure of that they had the votes on the commission they had already prepared applications for development.
They have drawn up the building plans. They have secured the financing.
They are ready to go.
What has Sunrise Mayor Roger Wishner and his puppets given Broward County?
Around 634,000 square feet of new office space, just what we need. Anybody look around at all the empty offices?
There is a 350-room hotel being built in the worse market for hospitality in decades. And 30,000 square feet of commercial space in a recession.
All of this wedged between the Sawgrass Expressway and the Everglades.
Wishner and Commissioners Don Rosen, Larry Sofield and Joey Scuotto thumbed their noses at environmentalists. The environmentalists warned a project that close to the Everglades was a threat to our water supply.
Commissioner Sheila Alu fought a losing battle to block the office park.
Wishner is a personal disappointment. I admired him a decade ago as a maverick on the Sunrise Commission.
The maverick has become a sell outand not a very skillful one.
He used 15 minutes of badly twisted logic and spin on Tuesday to justify voting for the development.
The vote changed the zoning, allowing developers more flexibility in building.
Without Tuesday change in landscaping and setback requirements, developers would have been hard pressed to economically squeeze all the density they wanted onto the 22 acres.
Alu called the vote the most important in Sunrise in years.
“This fight is just beginning, she said.
Here is how that fight could continue, Sheila:
Marriott is suppose to build the hotel, but I’m sure they wouldn’t want to be known internationally as a despoiler of the Everglades. A little pressure on them could do wonders.
The project needs the state Department of Transportation permission to change the intersection at the expressway and Sunrise Boulevard. Lobbying against that change could also do wonders.
Me, I’m hoping for a stiff wind from the west blowing unto the property.
Because the wind will blow smoke from the Everglades fires all over those Marriott guests.
And the wind will bring other visitors into the Marriott which will ruin vacations:
Swarms of Everglades mosquitoes hungry for the blood of tourists.