LowT Gimenez Nepotism exposed @MiamiHerald

Miami Herald:

Beckham partner has a friend in Miami-Dade’s mayor and a lobbyist in the mayor’s son


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Highlights:


While his son works as a city lobbyist for the Miami Freedom Park project, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez played golf with one of the venture’s partners, offered to fly to Japan to meet with another and volunteered to pitch a third on establishing a Miami headquarters.

“Let’s have a meeting with Mike Finney from the Beacon Council,” Gimenez wrote to David Beckham’s lead local partner, Jorge Mas, in a March 7 text message. “When are you available? You’ll really like Mike.” 

The county mayor was answering a Mas question about who should “spearhead” a presentation to Marcelo Claure, the Beckham partner and former Sprint CEO who is now heading up a $5 billion Latin American investment fund for Sprint’s owner, Softbank.

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Last summer, the group hired C.J. Gimenez as a city-level lobbyist for talks with Miami administrators and elected officials. In November, Miami voters approved waiving city bidding rules to let Miami negotiate a deal exclusively with Mas and the other Beckham partners.
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Last year, he recused himself from decisions related to a halfway house son Julio Gimenez was helping pitch to the county’s Corrections Department. In 2017, the mayor recused himself from talks involving a steel plant Julio and partners want to build on county land in Homestead.

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After being involved in closed-door talks in 2014 with the Trump Organization about managing a county golf course, Gimenez in 2015 publicly recused himself from the decision after the negotiations became public. He cited C.J. Gimenez’s role as a lobbyist for Donald Trump in Doral, home to a large Trump resort. The Crandon Park deal fizzled months before Trump, a Gimenez campaign donor, launched his 2016 presidential campaign

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