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HERE’S A PROPOSAL THAT I THINK SHOULD BECOME A LAW IN FLORIDA. IT’S NOT A SILVER BULLET, BUT IT COULD HELP FOCUS THE ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING DECISIONS.  IF YOU AGREE, THEN CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS
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The single most talked about issue in Miami-Dade County every day isn’t what’s going on in Cuba, or how bad the Miami Heat are this year, or even where David Beckham should put his soccer stadium.


The single most talked about issue is TRAFFIC!!!!!


It’s beyond bad, or terrible or even horrific! It’s an ABSOLUTE CLUSTERFUCK that keeps getting worse day by day, week by week and month by month!


I’m not an expert on how to begin to solve these traffic problems - there are any number of folks in this community who have devoted time, effort, money and in many cases built careers on dealing with traffic problems - so I will refrain from offering any solutions of my own, in very large part because other than maybe an effort being made to recalibrate the traffic lights based on all of this new traffic, and maybe assigning traffic cops at some of the more congested intersections to stop people - or to give them tickets - when they persist in going into the intersection as the light changes, I don’t have much in the way of answers.


And while I think that most of the politicians whose decisions regarding development over the years have contributed to this problem don’t have too many answers either, they have one thing that no one else has: They have access to the financial resources and the ability to make the decisions that can make a difference.


The big problem is that they have to be forced into focusing their attention on this issue to a degree that most of them, for whatever reason, have refused to do.


So here is my proposal.


I think that the Florida Legislature need to pass a law that says in very clear and plain English that every elected official who lives and serves in any city or municipality of 100,000 people or more, as well as every member of any and every public agency that in any way has anything to do with traffic in those communities must be required every year to spend 1 work day every month using public transportation. A day would be from 6AM to 9 PM.  Public transportation would include, but not be limited to buses, light rail, jitneys, and trolleys.


They would not be taxis, UBER - or any other such car service - or rides from the family and friends.


These days would be preselected, and public notices would be posted on the City or municipality’s website - and hopefully newspapers, radio and TV stations would also make the citizens aware of these days.


Furthermore, each of these individuals during that day must wear a large, name tag identifying who they are, and what their position is.


In addition, each of these individuals needs to keep a log of their travels on these days, that is a public record, and that is posted on the city or municipality’s website.


Failure to comply with this law, or being caught falsifying these reports would result their having to go before a County judge and if convicted, pay a $500 fine.


This proposal is in no way a silver bullet, but when it comes to the Mayor and members of the Miami-Dade County Commission, and the Mayor of Miami and the Miami City Commission, and who knows about the other big cities in Miami-Dade County, these people are chauffeured around town day and night in SUV’s driven by police officers, all paid for by the taxpayers.


They need to get out and experience the same problems that everyone else experiences, and they also need to put themselves in a position where the average citizen who doesn’t have the time, and often the energy after a day of work that includes sitting in a car for an hour or more, to go to a city or county commission meeting to stand up and bitch for 2 minutes!


Maybe after a year or so of experiencing what everyone else in this county is experiencing, some of these people might finally decide that they need to step up to the plate and start asking the really serious questions about development, quality of life and what all of this means for a city that is considered the absolute center of rising sea levels in the not too distant future.


Although I’m going off subject here for a moment, I believe a lot of people are deceiving themselves when they think that the claims about water levels making this county unlivable are exaggerated because they picture large swaths of land having to be under water before this would become a reality.


In Miami-Dade County only one piece of land needs to be compromised and it would force many folks to pack up and leave.


That piece of land is Virginia Key where the County’s Sewage Treatment Plant is located. Compromise that facility and that effectively would make much of Miami-Dade County uninhabitable.


How likely is that possible.


WARNING, I DON’T ENCOURAGE YOU DOING THIS, but if you stuck a shovel in your car some day, drove to Virginia Key and started digging a hole to see how fast you hit water, you’d be very surprised how little effort it would take.


Understand that the water under Virginia Key is only going to continue to rise at an ever increasing rate as the ocean waters rise, and a lot sooner than many folks think, that water will create serious problems for the Sewage Treatment Plant.


I know there are a lot of smart people out there who could draft the suitable language for such a law, and I know that there are also a lot of lobbyists who might like to hedge their bets about going to hell for what they’ve done for money by maybe supporting this issue, and I absolutely know that all of you who read this are fed up with the problems of traffic and willing to devote at least a couple minutes to call, and send an email to your state legislator and state senator.


So, here are the links to those fine folks in Tallahassee.

LIST OF FLORIDA HOUSE MEMBERShttp://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx
LIST OF FLORIDA SENATE MEMBERShttp://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find