MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — It looks like it’s back to the drawing board after voters said no to the Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel proposal.READ MORE: Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Seminole Gambling Deal
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said 54 percent of voters favored the lease but at least 60 percent was needed for approval.READ MORE: The Countdown Has Begun! Famous Knaus Berry Farm Reopens For Season On October 26
The proposal was less than a thousand votes away from being approved.
In a letter sent by Levine, he said in part, “Over the coming weeks, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that the will of the majority of Miami Beach voters is not silenced and that the progress we’ve made with our convention center corridor continues.”MORE NEWS: Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Transferred To Broward Jail
Meantime, the convention center is undergoing a $600-million renovation and expansion. As part of that, the hotel would have had 800 rooms.