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APRIL 22, 2015
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FAU STUDENTS PRESENTATION ON MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CRA’S
STUDENTS TURN UP FACTS AND FIGURES THAT SHOULD MAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE RETHINK THE FUTURE OF CRA’S IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
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On Tuesday night, at the long awaited and anticipated meeting sponsored by theCenter for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES), FAU School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) and co-sponsored by the Urban development League of Greater Miami (UEL), the “Miami After Dark:” radio program and GRAND CENTRAL, a handful of graduate students from FAU presented their overview findings on the operation of The North Miami CRA, the SEOPW CRA, and a financial and operational overview of all of the CRA’s in Miami-Dade County.  In addition Miami-Dade County Commissioners Xavier Suarez and Daniel Levine Cava and former Beacon Counsel President Frank Nero gave a presentation on economic development strategies and incentives.


The meeting lasted 2 hours and 26 minutes, and while I would urge everyone to take the time to watch the entire video, I know that won’t happen, so, I’ve also included the section of the meeting that featured all the presentations made by the students, and the one on the SEOPW CRA. 


There are some fireworks towards the end of the video when Clarence Woods, the Executive Director of the SEOPW CRA, got up to defend his, and the CRA’s actions regarding the expenditure of public money, but overall, a good time was had by almost everyone else.


Unfortunately, this meeting was again, a meeting that no one from the Miami Herald thought important enough to cover. Their lack of coverage of important issues that impact on large sections of Miami is not only becoming obvious, but their often slanted coverage when they do report on issues is becoming a topic of conversation and concern among people who have been willing to give the Herald the benefit of the doubt when reading my critiques, and the critiques of others in the community.



The kids - and as an old fart I’m entitled to refer to them as kids - did a great job, and I hope that they not only receive proper recognition at graduation, but more importantly that their work leads to change!