Miami voters will decide future of Rickenbacker Marina on Tuesday (Nov 2 2021)

A controversial and consequential question is being posed to City of Miami voters on election day Tuesday on whether to extend the current lease of the Rickenbacker Marina as improvements are needed to modernize it.

At issue is whether the current leaseholders be entrusted with the task or if the city should open it up to competitive bidding.

Aabad Melwani’s family has been operating the Rickenbacker Marina in Virgina Key for close to 40 years.

“My dad about 30 years ago planted all these mangroves that you see here today,” he said.

Voters will decide whether to extend the lease to the Melwanis for another 75 years so they can make improvements to the space but still be gentle to the environment.