CRESPOGRAM REPORT
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
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YES, YOU’RE READING IT RIGHT.  I’M PRAISING MY PAL COMMISSIONER SARNOFF.  HE WOULD ARGUE - AND I WOULD NOT DENY THAT ON OCCASION HE DOES RIGHT THINGS FOR THE CITIZENS - BUT THIS TIME,  HE DEFINITELY SAID AND ARGUED FOR THE RIGHT THING TO BE DONE ABOUT THE MIAMI MARINE STADIUM
PART VIII

At yesterday’s Commission meeting the members of the City Commission instructed the City Manager to enter into direct negotiations with the company that produces the Miami Boat Show to insure that the Boat Show is able to stage a portion of their event on the city owned property that is part of the Miami Marine Stadium compound.


They also instructed the Manager to put together a plan to issue an RFP and possible a Referendum to the voters on how to handle the renovation of the Stadium.  ALL of the Commissioners deserve credit for recognizing the disaster that this situation almost created, and for stepping up to do the right thing.


Both of these are excellent steps that hopefully will take the City beyond the embarrassing fiasco that has been the topic of my last 8 Crespogram stories involving the Friends Of The Marine Stadium, and their self-dealing actions with Manny Alonso Poch.


Rather than belabor or rehash this sorry incident, I’ve posted the above video of Commissioner Sarnoff’s comments because I believe that he not only encapsulated all of the arguments - mine and other folks - regarding our concerns about this deal, but he also provided new information, including the revelation that another of Alonso Poch’s playmates was barred by the Security and Exchange Commission for misbehavior, along with raising the very salient point that Don Worth, the former leader of the Friends Of The Marine Stadium was not present for this meeting while rhetorically wondering why he wasn’t, as well as declaring the City’s need to finally deal with the renovation of the Marine Stadium in a way that might actually lead to success.


Word I have received is that Don Worth was essentially ignored by Hilario Candela and Jorge Hernandez when he raised objections to the deal with Alonso Poch, and while there has been no confirmation yet, I’ve been told by a reliable source that Don Worth has resigned.


Now at this point this is just a rumor, but whether he resigns or not, the two folks who really do need to remove themselves from the Friends Of The Miami Marine Stadium are Hilario Candela and Jorge Hernandez.


Their performance at Wednesday’s meeting, in light of all the information that had been revealed before they spoke, clearly points to their willful blindness to understand or accept any responsibility for the shambles that they made of the opportunity that they were provided to be civic heros and saviors of the Marine Stadium.


I’m sure that in the weeks and months ahead I will be writing more about all of these issues, but for now I ask and encourage you to watch the above video because it’s actually quite good, and also because as Eleazar Melendez tweeted from the Commission Chambers after the  Commissioner spoke:

Today really is a It’s Miami, Bitches! day.