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INVOKING THE POTTERYBARN RULE

The Miami Herald recently transferred David Smiley to cover the City of Miami, and for the first time in a while, a story was written about the goings on in the City that didn’t look like a press release dictated by Tomas Regalado or Marc Sarnoff.


On Saturday, Smiley wrote a story about how District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon got Bayside Marketplace and Jeffrey Berkowitz to each donate $100,000 annually for the life of the renegotiated contract for Bayside Marketplace that will be coming up approval by the voters in August to the Liberty City Trust, a group that as Smiley put it, has had “it’s own troubled history.


I’m going to refrain from making any comments about the money part of this deal for a later date, and just focus for now on the process and membership of the Trust.


Given that “troubled history,” and the fact that Hardemon’s uncle Roy has been on the board ,since 2012, there are those who look at the deal as just another example of the “Same Old, Same Old,” insider dealings that have long been the way in which public money has been handled by politicians and their flunkies in District 5.


Now, that might be the case this time, because the history of the Hardemon family over the years has been both “colorful” and some feel a a continuing millstone around young Keon’s neck, but there is a very clear and direct way that the Commissioner can send a message to both his constituents who look askance every time Uncle Billy shows up at a CRA meeting and to the larger community by demonstrating that he intends to do things differently.


First, according to the City’s Legistar website, all of the current board members on the Liberty City Trust were appointed by former Commissioner Spence-Jones, and all but two of these individuals term’s have expired. They only sit on the board today because Commissioner Hardemon hasn’t appointed new members since he was elected last November.


He needs to do that. The City Manager also needs to make a new appointment, because uncle Roy Hardemon’s term expired in April of 2014.


The Commissioner’s choices will send a very clear message as to what he expects of the Trust. They will be HIS choices, and he will be the person ultimately responsible for what they do. The City Manager in turn needs to appoint ANYONE but a Hardemon family member so as to dispel any notion that cronyism, either through the front or the back door, is at play in who gets appointed to this board.


I’m sure that there are numerous qualified candidates that can do the job that needs to be done, and that both the Commissioner and the City Manager can make their selections in a way that will show that a new day is coming to Liberty City.


It’s easy to talk the talk, now it’s time to walk the walk!


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NOW THAT COMMISSIONER HARDEMON HAS FOUND NEW MONEY FOR THE LIBERTY CITY TRUST, HE OWNS IT, AND THAT MEANS APPOINTING BOARD MEMBERS WHO WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO  HIM

THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE LIBERTY CITY TRUST