By Lenny BernsteinThe Miami Beach Hilton and the Florida Keys Hilton have become a fixture of the resort’s downtown landscape for more than a decade.
But in 2017, the Hilton will have to take a backseat to the newly created Marriott International Hotel, which will be the largest hotel on the property and one of the world’s largest hotel chains.
As of this month, Miami-Dade County commissioners approved the merger of the two hotels into a single entity known as the Marriott International, which was expected to be completed by the end of the year.
But that is not the case.
Instead, the merger has created an uncertain future for the Hilton.
A year and a half ago, the hotel owners and the county officials agreed to a new five-year lease agreement.
But the deal was set to expire in 2019.
This week, commissioners approved an extension that would give the owners a chance to renew their agreement with the county.
But with a new lease agreement in place, the Marriott would still need to be approved by county commissioners before the hotel could open to the public.
The new deal has angered the hotel’s owners, who are planning to sue to prevent the merger from taking place.
“It’s a nightmare,” said Andrew Krakowski, chairman of the Miami Beach Hotels & Resorts Association, which represents Hilton owners.
“The county needs to do something, and they’re going to have to come up with a solution.”
Commissioners have the option of either delaying or terminating the lease agreement if the merger goes ahead.
If commissioners decide to terminate the lease, the two companies would be legally separated.
The merger will create one of Miami-Ike Beach’s most lucrative properties, with a property value of $2.4 billion.
In addition to its hotel business, the deal also includes the hotel-casino complex, which is owned by the Marriott.
The deal is expected to create nearly 10,000 jobs, according to a local hotel industry source.
But for those who work in the hotel business and the Hilton’s management team, the impact is uncertain.
For months, the team at the Hilton and Marriott have been negotiating a new contract with county officials, which would create a new set of challenges for the two firms.
They also are dealing with the fact that their lease has expired and that the county has no authority to sell their properties.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Brian Giesbrecht, a Miami Beach resident who works at the hotel, adding that he has been “working” for the past two years with the Hilton team to try to find a way to continue working together.
“We’re not getting any answers from the county, or anyone else.”
Krakowski has been working with the team for the better part of a year to try and come up and negotiate a new deal.
He said that the team has had discussions with the commissioners, county officials and other hotel owners.
But he has yet to get a response.
“I’m just not convinced that we’ve got any leverage to have any type of a deal,” he said.
“And we haven’t gotten any answers.”
The hotel owners have had a number of problems with the deal with the County of Miami, and the two sides have come to an agreement to work out their differences.
For example, the county agreed to pay the hotel a $1 million administrative fee in 2019, and then, in 2020, the agreement is going to allow the hotel to sell its properties.
But if the deal goes ahead, the transaction will not take place.
In fact, it’s unclear what would happen to the hotel properties.
Giesbrech said that his group would like to get the deal to take effect before the end, but that “it’s just not going to work.”
“I’ve been trying to get this done and not let it be pushed off to 2019,” he added.
“And the county is just trying to push the deal through and they want to keep the hotel going, so I’m not sure how we’re going with this.”
The deal was negotiated between the hotel and county, which has a long history of working together to provide jobs and economic development in the area.
The deal was signed in 2014 by former President Joe Biden and Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The two companies, which are owned by American Express Co., have been involved in similar deals in Miami.
Both hotels have operated on a number, if not all, of their own in recent years.
Gimenez, who was elected to the office of president in 2019 after serving in the county for nearly a decade, has said that he wants to build on the success of the Hilton Miami.
“I think they’re both going to do a great job,” he told Miami Beach News in June.
“It’s going be an excellent deal for us.
It’s going at a