In a strong rebuke amid mounting legal issues, EmeraldBay condominium owners voted building President Louisa Conway out of office Tuesday night. Also defeated was Antonio Camejo, a fellow director and the association’s treasurer.
Both Conway and Camejo have high public profiles on Key Biscayne, where they have been known for their involvement in politics far outside the confines of the EmeraldBay building and the Key Colony condo complex, the island’s largest.
Of nine candidates running for seven seats, Conway and Camejo finished dead last, but it’s not clear who the new officers will be or when the organizational meeting, normally held after the ballots are tallied, will take place.
Here are the results as provided by a unit owner to the Key Biscayne Independent:
|Marco Antonio Gambirazio||✅||64|
The change in direction comes as the condominium association is handling the fallout from a pending criminal investigation by Key Biscayne Police, who remain tight-lipped about what investigators described as a “misappropriation of funds.”
The Association of 285 units is fending off two lawsuits. One was filed by a concrete restoration company that says it’s owed $250,000. The other is from the Key Colony Homeowners’ Association, which says EmeraldBay hasn’t been paying its share of bills for common areas like the beach, tennis courts, and front entrance gate to Crandon Boulevard. EmeraldBay has denied the allegations of that case; it has yet to respond to the concrete contractor lawsuit.
Conway and Camejo Both were leaders in the Key Biscayne Condominium Presidents’ Council, which has taken positions on hot-button political issues. Conway herself ran unsuccessfully for Village Council in 2020, and formed a political action committee in the last election.
Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.