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YOUNG KEON HARDEMON SHOWS THAT HE’S ON HIS WAY TO BECOMING MORE THAN JUST YOUR RUN-OF-THE-MILL PHONY, CORRUPT POLITICIAN WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING AWAY MONEY TO FOLKS ON THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS PLAN
PART I
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A lot of folks got bent out of shape at the SEOPW CRA meeting held on December 29th when the CRA Board, in a 5-0 vote, agreed to give the Worldcenter developers approximately $88 million dollars in TIFF funds as a reward for finally deciding to build on the largely vacant property that they had held for close to 10 years.


That item was what everyone seemed to focus on, and in a slight-of-hand move that was obviously pre-planned, SEOPW CRA Chairman and Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon used that issue to rope-a-dope the crowd by ruling that because so many people had shown up to speak on that item, the other 11 items on the CRA’s agenda that evening would be lumped together into one Consent Item, thereby depriving the audience of hearing each of the items introduced, discussed and voted on individually.


Had they had that opportunity, those folks in the audience would have learned that the SEOPW CRA was going to give the family of Gloria Lewis  a gift of $1,000,000.00 to supposedly “rehabilitate” the family’s Peoples BBQ, on the westside of I-95 at NW 8th Street.


Young Mr. Hardemon has been talking a lot of crapola over the last year about looking out for the folks in Overtown and about how he was going to change things when it came to making sure that poor folks got their fair share when it came to jobs and business opportunities, but this deal and several others involving millions of dollars in CRA money giveaways indicate that Hardemon is following in the footsteps of previous corrupt CRA Chairmen who decided that the CRA Bank Accounts were nothing other than large piggybanks they could pillage at will to give money to their friends and political supporters.


I’ve written a lot over the last 4 plus years about the sorry condition of Overtown, and how the area was purposely kept in a state of destitution until the time came for rich developers to start moving in, but the real problem that has plagued Overtown and the other ghettos in Miami have been as much, if not more the fault of the corrupt Black politicians who have robbed their own people blind, and who have used money that shoulda, coulda, woulda made a difference to the communities where these poor folks live. The SEOPW CRA Chairman have ALL behaved like thieves, and in several cases actually were arrested and/or went to prison for their corrupt behavior.


After a year in office, Young Keon Hardemon, thanks to a recently funded $60 million bond issue and increasing property values, seems determined to make all of those previous CRA Chairmen look like pikers when it comes to looting the CRA Bank Accounts.


Take this Peoples BBQ deal for example.


MONEY FOR NOTHING, AND PORK CHOPS FOR FREE


In the real world of business, when a business owner wants to make improvements or renovations to their business they go to a bank, show them their renovation plans, their budget and business plan, their assets and most importantly how they plan to pay the money bank.


In Overtown, if you’re politically connected and part of the Family and Friends Plan, you just wander over to the office of the SEOPW CRA tell them how much money you want, and, you’re a member of the Family and Friends Plan, Clarence Woods, the Executive Director of the CRA will be more than happy to have his staff put together the flimsiest of paperwork required to give you all the money you want, which is then approved by the Chairman before the deal is presented to the other ass-wipe morons on the Board - aka Miami’s City Commissioners - for their approval, which is pretty much like asking pigs to vote YES if they like to lay in mud and shit.


Based on the documents that I’ve included below, that’s pretty much what happened in the case of Peoples BBQ, when they showed up asking for ONE MILLION DOLLARS to “repair and rehabilitate” their restaurant. 


Before we get to those documents however, let’s consider whether or not Gloria Lewis and her family were in need of a SEOPW CRA handout to fix up their BBQ joint, because you would expect that a GIFT of ONE MILLION DOLLARS would only be considered if she and her family were too poor to go to a bank and get a business loan.


Below is an arial map that I copied from the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s website showing the block where Peoples BBQ is located.  The sections bordered in Yellow is where the restaurant is located. That property currently has an assessed value of $543,362.00. The other sections that I highlighted in Red are also owned by Gloria Lewis and their assessed value totals $455,819.00, for a grand total of $999,181.00.


In addition, I’ve highlighted a billboard that is on the property - how that billboard got ended up on that property is a whole other story - and that billboard generates tens of thousands of dollars annually in revenue.


In short, you would think that Gloria Lewis and her family have more than enough equity from the property that they own, and the revenue from billboard - and I have no way to know what other property and/or resources they have access to -  to go to any bank and get a loan to fix up the BBQ joint if they wanted to do that.

MONEY-MAKING BILLBOARD

The property bordered in Green is property owned by the SEOPW CRA.  Again, all of the property owned by the CRA, property that is largely vacant and doesn’t generate any property taxes, is another story for another day.


BUSINESS PLAN? WHAT BUSINESS PLAN? WE DON’T HAVE NO STINK’EN BUSINESS PLAN!


Below is a PDF that contains all of the documents that were in the Briefing Books created by the staff of the SEOPW CRA for the Board Members.


There were only 7 pages in this packet of documents, and among the documents that WERE NOT INCLUDED - if they even existed - were a letter or document of some kind requesting the ONE MILLION DOLLARS to the CRA from Gloria Lewis.


There also weren’t any architectural renderings showing what the renovations would look like.


Most importantly, there wasn’t any kind of financial documents explaining the need for ONE MILLION DOLLARS or a budget that would explain how the money would be spent.


In short, there wasn’t Jack Shit in these documents, that explained, or justified why Gloria Lewis and her family were entitled to ask, or receive ONE MILLION DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO FIX UP THEIR BBQ JOINT!


And just for the hell of it, how come Gloria Lewis, after all these years of supposedly being a smart business woman, hadn’t been setting aside some money to cover any of theses renovations. Rumors have it that she collects $20,000 A MONTH from the LED Billboard on her property. That’s what that billboard money could have been used for.

Perhaps the most telling evidence that Young Keon Hardemon knows full well that he’s engaging in corrupt behavior is how under his Chairmanship there has been a conscious effort to evade having any information that could come back and cause problems from being put on the public record.


The move to incorporate 11 items on the last CRA agenda into a single Consent item, serves as an example of this.  None of the items - including the above decision to give Gloria Lewis ONE MILLION DOLLARS - was  introduced, explained or discussed by the CRA Board of Directors.


Consequently, there is no public record of how it came to pass that the CRA Board made their decision to give this money away. 


Keon Hardemon was a Public Defender before he became a City Commissioner, and it appears that he’s decided that the best protection against getting indicted for some of the shit that he up to - and trust me, this and other incidents indicate that he’s up to shit - is to follow the advice that any good criminal lawyer would give to a client. Keep your mouth shut, don’t put anything on paper, and don’t admit to anything.


That’s how public business is now being conducted at the SEOPW CRA, as Young Keon Hardemon continues the tradition of fucking over his constituents on the way to helping to make a small group of insiders rich.


It’s Miami. Bitches!