County to keep parks department as marina overseer
Sebastian del Marmol
Miami-Dade Commission on Tuesday approved County Manager Merrett Stierheim's
recommendation that the Park & Recreation Department continue managing
all six county marinas.
measure passed 11-1, with Chairman Gwen Margolis dissenting, despite
pleas from State Sen. Ron Silver, who argued that a private company
should be allowed to manage two of the six.
Silver, who lobbied on behalf of Westrec Marine, said the commission
should allow the company to operate Haulover and Black Point marinas
because its proposals to run them scored higher than the county.
selection committee ranked proposals from private vendors and the
parks department as part of Miami-Dade's first-ever Managed Competition
Initiative that allows county departments to submit bids along with
the committee awarded the parks department the highest aggregate bid,
it advised commissioners that Miami-Dade could collect the most revenues
if it awarded Black Point and Haulover to Westrec while the county
continued to run Crandon, Pelican, Matheson and Homestead marinas.
Vice President Gary Groenewold said his company worked hard to win
the selection committee's recommendation.
disappointed the manager did not follow the recommendations of a committee
that worked on the bids for over a year," Mr. Groenewold said.
He said his company spent more than $100,000 on the bid and if it
doesn't get the contract, the county's managed competition initiative
would lose credibility.
can't see how anyone would take the process serious again," he
Stierheim said members of the parks department had suffered through
very trying times in recent years and had rallied around the marina
issue. He said he is confident they could produce as well as any private
feel confident that the employees of the department can successfully
operate the marinas as well, or better, than a private" company,
he wrote in a memo to commissioners.
Shuler-Carey was not present during the vote.
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