Island Gardens was on the verge of being denied the right to develop land on Watson Island, until developer Flagstone hired a lobbyist close to governor Rick Scott, according to BrowardBulldog.org.
The land was deeded over from the state to the city in 1919, but a deed restriction forbade private development on the land.
State officials were planning to deny granting a waiver allowing the development to move forward, since the $2 million base rent that would be paid to the city is far below market value.
Weeks after hiring lobbyist William “Billy” Rubin, the state reversed course and granted the waiver, according to the report.
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