Jan. 10: Rickenbacker Causeway RFP Update

Residents of Key Biscayne: 

I’d like to provide you an update on the progress of the Rickenbacker Causeway Request for Proposal (RFP).

In recent weeks, we have seen positive movement with the County’s approach to the Rickenbacker Causeway. After Mayor Cava’s thoughtful review and assessment of the unsolicited proposal to redevelop the Causeway, she concluded that the approach was not the best value for money for the County. She has since recommended that the RFP process be cancelled and restarted in a more deliberate and step-by-step manner that includes key stakeholders and the public. Commissioner Regalado also recognized that the process was not the best way to address the Causeway and, in particular, its critical infrastructure. She has similarly recommended the RFP be cancelled and has drafted a resolution directing the County Administration to prioritize the replacement of the Bear Cut Bridge and to submit a report to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) within 60 days.

There are two important dates coming up over the next two weeks regarding the Rickenbacker Causeway RFP. The first is the County Infrastructure, Operations and Innovations Committee on January 13 at 3:00 pm. The committee is chaired by Commissioner Regalado and will convene at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in the BCC Chambers. The Commissioner and her committee will discuss her directive to prioritize the replacement of the Bear Cut Bridge. The second event is the full Commission Meeting on January 19, starting at 9:30 am and also at the Government Center. At this meeting, the BCC will hear Mayor Cava’s recommendation to cancel the request for proposal to develop, maintain and operate Rickenbacker Causeway and its associated recreational elements.

The Village stands united behind its two previous Village Council resolutions and continues our support for the County Mayor and Commissioner Regalado’s request to cancel the RFP and refresh the process by starting over to align the project with critical priorities and enable competition and creative solutions. The Village also supports both their recommendations to develop a working group of key stakeholders to define priorities for the redevelopment of the Rickenbacker Causeway with the most critical public safety element being the Bear Cut Bridge. 

Because I know this is of utmost important to our residents, as more information arises, I will be sure to share it immediately.

Sincerely,

Steve Williamson
Village Manager

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