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IT’S TIME FOR ALL HANDS ON DECK

There is a growing sense of awareness and anger forming over the recent decision taken by Carlos Gimenez, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Mayor Tomas Regalado, the Mayor of Miami, to support the construction of a soccer stadium by filling in the boat slip next to the AAA Arena.


This is but one item of several that voters in Miami will be asked to vote on in Referendums scheduled for the primary ballot in August.


There is a calculated reason why the corrupt politicians in Miami like to put controversial items on these August ballots.


August elections are notorious for the very low turnouts that they generate.  Low turnout favor dirty deals, and this year not only will the ballot have the referendum on the filling in of the boat slip, but also a change in the City Charter that was approved for inclusion on the August ballot by the Miami City Commission at their last meeting


            "Shall the Miami Charter be changed to allow the City to

            enter into leases or management agreements, for City-owned

            submerged lands (lands under water including bay bottoms),

            with entities having possessory or ownership interest in

            abutting uplands (lands bordering water) to build marinas,

            docks or like facilities, using methods adopted by ordinance,

            on the condition that such leases or management agreements

            result in a return to the City of at least fair market value?"


No information or documents accompanied this proposal when it was presented by the Regalado administration, so no one knows why, or more importantly WHO this change in the City Charter is intended to benefit. 


You can bet though that given the past behavior of the Regalado administration the odds are that this has been crafted specifically for one project and one developer, because there aren’t that many portions of City-owned submerged lands that meet the criteria described in the language.


THIS IS A FIGHT THAT CAN BE WON


For those who are opposed to these deals, this is a fight that they can win.


First, the August ballot works both ways. Yes, most people don’t vote, but that also means that with some hard work and a minimal increase in turnout, these Referendums can be defeated.


The second thing is that this is a fight that will be fought in the City of Miami, because the Carollo Amendment requires voter approval for projects being built on city waterfront property. That’s good because it won’t cost as much as having to wage a county-wide fight.


Thirdly, Miami’s politicians have depended for a long time now on the small, but effective collection of folks in the City’s low-income housing projects - who are knows as Super Voters because polling places are conveniently placed in their buildings - but the combined voting power of folks in all the high-rise condos along Biscayne Boulevard, downtown and in the Brickell area could challenge that voting block.


There is no question that many folks in the downtown area, and especially in the high-rise condos across from the AAA Arena can be motivated to vote to oppose the filling in of the boat slip,so the need is to get those folks, and the folks in the rest of the City to understand that they need to work together to stop this. 


The big problem that faced the folks last year that opposed the Grove Key Marina project was that while they were able to get folks in the Grove to come out and vote against the deal, they didn’t succeed in reaching out to the rest of the city for allies and support.


This time I think that can happen. The question is whether the folks who would and should step up to assume the leadership on this issue will, and more importantly, are they willing to reach out to folks in other parts of the City and the county to build an alliance to vote these proposals down.


If there has ever been a need for a new generation of leaders to step up and take on the challenges created by unfettered development that time is now. 


The failure of the current crop of politicians at City Hall to protect the community’s quality of life is evident every day in the grid-lock traffic jams, unsolved murder rates, rising levels of inequality and in the many indices that put Miami at the bottom or top of lists that detail the worst aspects of living in an American city.


There are bright, knowledgable, concerned folks in the city and the county that, if they would join together could make a difference.  I think that there has to be a real effort to help make that happen, and I am willing to use my time and this blog to do what I can.


I think that a first step would be to get someone who has a space, be it a restaurant, club, warehouse, art gallery or office large enough to hold 30-40-50 folks to make it available for a meeting to be held within the next two weeks so that all of the folks who are concerned and interested can com e together to start the organizational process that will be needed to take on this fight.


If you’re interested and willing, please let me know so the word can get out.


I also call on my fellow bloggers to join in this process by coming together to support the efforts of this group, and to provide their readers with the times and dates and other information that is generated from this effort.


It’s time to quit bitching, and do something to save Miami from the grip of politicians who believe they have a right to screw the citizens whenever they want.


Al Crespo

THE TIME HAS COME TO SHOW THE POLITICIANS THAT THEY CAN’T CONTINUE 
TO SCREW OVER THE CITIZENS
A RESPONSE FROM DAVID BECKAM’S HOMMYS

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