Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Interesting Concept: Commissioner Xavier Suarez Wants to Cap County Salaries. By Geniusofdespair

Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 7, Xavier L. Suarez, launches a campaign to collect signatures to reform the county’s Home Rule Amendment and Charter. This initiative will cap the salaries of Miami-Dade County employees at $162,200 per year. I wonder if he can get his fellow commissioners to place it on the ballot? I think his idea for a referendum is too hard for the entire county, unless you have the billions of a Norman Braman.

Eye On Miami's Gimleteye weighs in on Israel policy … by gimleteye

Eye On Miami has enough exposition to do in a few square miles of Miami-Dade County to last a lifetime. We don't shy from pointing out the consequences: how Miami helped congeal the Republican heart of Florida politics. We point out the ingredients that radiate from our home-grown campaign financiers; developers, rock miners, and Big Sugar interests who managed to organize economic life in Florida to serve their interests splendidly.

Democrats are weak partners or the outcome wouldn't be so successful.

One place there is equal and shared agreement between Miami Republicans and Democrats: US support of Israel.

The existential threats from radical Islam are not just to Israel but to a world order that, however much we dismiss it, revolves around values we share: religious tolerance, the foundation of humanism.

So when the Republican leadership in Congress takes the United States on a walk outside the perimeter of normative diplomatic conduct in the Mideast, Miami should take note.

The subject concerns Iran and significant differences between the Republicans and President Obama on how to deal with the threat of Iran as a nuclear superpower. In its most condensed form, the argument is whether or not our foreign policy should be to push the U.S. into de facto support for Israel destroying Iran's nuclear capability.

No one treats the choice lightly, but the Boehner-led Republican majority has taken unprecedented steps to force the US in that direction.

Normally, the visit of a world leader to the United States would be arranged by the White House. But in a breach of sense and diplomacy, House Speaker John Boehner and Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, took it upon themselves to arrange and invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to Congress.

There is no other way to read this than as a slap in the president's face, as his administration attempts to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran. Here's a partial editorial from the NY Times:
"… Mr. Netanyahu, facing an election on March 17, apparently believes that winning the applause of Congress by rebuking Mr. Obama will bolster his standing as a leader capable of keeping Israel safe. Mr. Boehner seems determined to use whatever means is available to undermine and attack Mr. Obama on national security policy.
Lawmakers have every right to disagree with presidents; so do foreign leaders. But this event, to be staged in March a mile from the White House, is a hostile attempt to lobby Congress to enact more sanctions against Iran, a measure that Mr. Obama has rightly threatened to veto.
In his State of the Union address, Mr. Obama laid out an approach to international engagement that includes shrinking America’s military commitments overseas and negotiating limits on Iran’s nuclear activities in return for a gradual lifting of sanctions. A move by Congress to pass legislation proposing new sanctions could blow up the talks and divide the major powers that have been united in pressuring Iran. Given an excuse to withdraw from talks, Iran could accelerate its nuclear program, curbed for a year under an interim agreement, and force the United States or Israel to use military action or a cyberattack to keep Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.
In a recent Washington Post op-ed article, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and the European Union also implored Congress to hold off on new sanctions. Similar messages have come from scores of other experts, including two former American national security advisers, Brent Scowcroft, a Republican, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, a Democrat. According to Secretary of State John Kerry, even Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, warned Congress that new sanctions would scuttle the talks, saying it would “be like throwing a grenade into the process.” Mossad later tried to paper over any perceived differences with Mr. Netanyahu…"
House Speaker Boehner deserves rebuke for wandering off the diplomatic reservation, but in the echo chamber of Republican hatred of Obama, you can see why he did it.

No White House has faced such relentless efforts to undermine and erode, based on the GOP's disdain for an African American in the White House. Tampering with the Mideast tinderbox, though, by Boehner is its own indictment of Republican strategies that lead to trillion dollar wars poorly conceived and at great cost to America. Enough, already. Enough.

The Great Tropical Fruit Farm Tour of 2015. By Geniusofdespair

Like any good reporter, I didn't take any notes on my farm tour. So don't expect any facts. I am not Joe Friday. Just enjoy the observations. I went to an avocado (yes it is a fruit) farm with mangoes, a lychee farm and what appeared to be a mamey and other fruit farm. The amazing thing is 2 farmers were farming on about 2 acres (one had 5). These small farms are viable and the backbone of our farming district, far outweighing our row farmers (the ones with all the clout and the tomatoes). The fruits these farmers grow CANNOT grow anywhere else in the continental United States. Please correct in comments any mistakes I have printed by photo number.

1. Tropical Fruit. That is not a grapefruit. And the little fruit has some white liquid that they once made chiclet gum out of -- Sticky, don't drink it.

2. A flowering tree. forgot the name.

3. Mango blossoms.

4. This is a graft. The tree was cut and now they are making it into a different variety of Mango. The graft will grow into the branch. They will cut the branch and the graft will take over with the new variety.

5. This is an invasive species lizard. Forgot the name.
6. Hmmm. Now what are these.

7. Lychee trees on a two acre farm.

8. Mamey Fruit.

9.  Ripe Mamey. Tastes pretty good and doesn't give you the runs. I just scoop it out and eat it. I even put it in my salad. Looks pretty erotic to me.

10. Mango grove all those flowers, Mangoes.  This farmer cuts out the middle of the tree so it can get more sun. He also leaves room in between the trees so they can get sun. He said to keep them at about 12 feet to make them healthy.

Okay there you have it. My tour. The farmers were concerned for the future of farming in Miami Dade County.  People are moving in and you need lots of farms to survive. Sprawl and farming don't mix. If you want to comment on a specific photo with information, use the numbers.  I love farmers. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava has been out here but not the Mayor. Mayor Gimenez get to these farms!!!

Let's buy one of them a new cherry picker. The old one was dying.  He used to just pull down the branches to pick them.  These farmers work hard. Make sure you read the comments for real information. I am just an observer, and a bad listener.

One farmer said if we don't preserve the UDB farming in South Miami Dade will be over. Please say it ain't so. Commissioner Zapata are you listening?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Blocking a Garage Entrance on Long Island. By Geniusofdespair

Get out the shovel. Long Island got snow with a lot of wind -- drifting. They were calling for gusts of 40mph. This Commercial Garage is near Islip where they got 24.8 inches.

For all you "Patriots." By Geniusofdespair


Best rendition ever. The Lebron James of voice.

Monday, January 26, 2015

On Climate Change, GOP cynicism overflows: here is what Democrats should do … by gimleteye

After last week's vote, it is clear for the time being 1) that the US Senate believes climate change is real, and 2) that Republicans do not believe its cause is man-made. Now we can parse the issue.

The GOP has edged off outright denial of climate change but has drawn a line in the (beach) sand regarding the who, what and why.

Republicans are sticking to their hard line for a simple reason: if man caused climate change, then man is required to take steps to avert its worst consequences. That's what the party of compassionate conservatism would do.

"Doing something" about climate change is exactly what the GOP doesn't want to do.

It doesn't want to do anything about climate change because the GOP's major funders are the fossil fuel industry, the electric utilities, and other components of the Great Destroyers. Political money and unlimited campaign contributions are driving the train we all share as human travelers straight off the cliff. It is hard to explain, but let's try.

To my Republican friends: think of the atmosphere as if it were a toilet bowl. (I can't take credit for this metaphor. A friend -- an engineer and one of the nation's top venture capitalists came up with it.)

A toilet bowl can only contain a fixed volume of fluid. It's no different with C02 in the atmosphere. Our atmosphere and oceans can only absorb a limited amount of heat trapping gases and still sustain human life. All the natural systems we depend on for survival are at risk when these gases overflow the absorbent capacity of the atmosphere.

graphic by guerrilla artist Banksy
When your Republican toilet overflows it wrecks your bathroom floor just like it does in the Democrats' house. The atmosphere, when it overflows with man-made gases destroys the capacity of the planet to sustain both Republicans and Democrats.

So, why would Republicans allow a toilet bowl to overflow after knowing it is stopped up?

Some Republicans, one imagines, would rather tear down and replace the entire bathroom than admit they could fix a clogged toilet. But here's the rub: the planet can't be remade. As the bumper decal reads: "There is no Planet B".

So what should Democrats do? Here's a suggestion.

Based on last week's votes -- and President Obama's citation in the State of the Union Address that the US military is landing squarely on the side of climate change as a major national security threat -- let Democratic Senators ask their counterparts to vote on whether the GOP has confidence in the US military.

Put a question to the Senate this way: "It is the sense of the Senate to support the US military in its conviction that climate change represents a real and present danger to the United States and that therefore the US Senate must act to avert the worst consequences of climate change."

The Republicans will vote against the US military. They will do anything, including self-destruct, before admitting we need to be doing much, much more to ward off the most inconvenient truths about climate change.

So let the Republicans vote against the US military and let their candidates explain why, in the next election cycle.

The Line For Shakes at "Robert is Here", Population Overload. By Geniusofdespair

The line was the longest I ever saw for Shakes at Robert is Here. Once you ordered there were almost 70 shakes in front of you that had to be prepared.

This is way out in Florida City. I think that South Florida is reaching a saturation point. If the mosquito's don't get some the tourists, I will never be able to have a shake again. An hour is just too long to wait.

Seriously, we are starting a housing boom again when even a fruit stand can't handle the population.  This is a symptom of a greater problem no one wants to talk about in Little Manhattan (Miami). This fruit stand is our farming district (at least an hour from the Broward County line without traffic) or it is supposed to be our Farming district. We are eating away at it. How are you going to keep viable farming with all these people?

Shake, shake, shake Senora, the song says "Jump in de line."


YOU ARE TOO LATE Dennis Moss, Gulfstream Park is building a major water theme park. They beat you to it. Now you can forgo that sensitive land you want to build your theme park on.
Water Theme Park in construction at Hallandale Beach's Casino, Gulfstream Park. The centerpiece of the park in an 11 story high Pegasus. Gulfstream park has gambling and horse racing too and a shit-load of shops. What can you offer in your District, Commissioner Moss? Build it and they WON'T come.

The $30 Million dollar Pegasus is right on US 1, not even a 1/4 mile from the Miami Dade County line.

Adam Putnam, Big Sugar and the Great Destroyers … by gimleteye

Fox News Florida branch, Sunshine State News, printed last week, "Putnam on Water Policy: Get Priorities Right From First, Then Spend Accordingly" (January 23, 2015). Some interpretation is needed for readers inclined to take the faux news source literally.

Adam Putnam is the telegenic, multi-millionaire farmer and two-term Secretary of Agriculture. We last observed Secretary Putnam paving the way for Florida Power and Light and the Cabinet's green light to two new nuclear plants at Turkey Point.

Putnam read the motion to approve in the final cabinet meeting before the Nov. 2014 election. For Florida electric utilities and for the recipient of its largesse, Gov. Scott, the optics were perfect. Putnam said a few words. Pam Bondi seconded. The bobble-headed governor, bobbled smilingly. After years of controversy, court hearings and dodging by FPL and hob-knobbing with utility lobbyists by the members of the PSC, Florida Power and Light got what it wanted. Adam Putnam, the man who would be the next governor of Florida, delivered the sunshiny news.

So, it bears paying attention when Sunshine/ Fox surrogate reports what Putnam said to the Florida legislature about water policy.

"Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Thursday urged members of the House State Affairs Committee -- the lawmakers charged with increasing spending on water sources and sensitive lands -- to first create "an overarching, already prioritized (water) policy" that will keep the state on the right course for land purchase in good times and bad."

The background for the story is the jostling and jockeying by politicians to grab the $20 plus billion in funding through Amendment 1, that passed by 78 percent of Florida voters last November.

But wait: the basis of the story is that Florida has no "overarching, already prioritized water policy" for land purchases. Who says?

For decades, priorities for water policy and land purchases have been right at the tip of environmentalists' tongues and clearly stated in state policies through Forever Florida --gutted by the GOP legislature during Scott's first term -- and missions of FDEP and the state water management districts.

At the top of the environmentalists' list has always been: Buy Big Sugar Lands For Restoration Into Everglades Wetlands. So why is Putnam deleting history?

The issue is -- and has always been -- that large property owners who control Florida elections have zero interest in fixing their land prices so long as they perceive an endless run of increasing values.

There are some well-publicized cases of state land purchases by willing sellers who recognized the importance of protecting Florida's natural heritage. Then there are cases of lands being purchased at fantastically inflated values (cf. Jeb Bush, Palm Beach Aggregates, L-8 Reservoir). These are not, however, the extraordinarily wealthy farmers -- supported by billion dollar subsidies -- who control state elections.

Those farmers -- Big Sugar billionaires -- take elected officials like Putnam on all-expense paid trips by private jet to the King Ranch in Texas where they discuss strategy, how to expertly game the system through delay, litigation and more delay. Putnam, by the way, slammed a door in the face of a Tampa Bay Times reporter who broke the US Sugar / King Ranch story last year, but that is so yesterday's news.

The second paragraph of the Fox News affiliate's story: "Putnam recommended a long-term plan that focuses on the state's three areas of current emphasis: springs restoration, the northern Everglades and the Central Florida Water Initiative." What, no land purchases in the Everglades Agricultural Area?

What about state purchases of significant acreage now in Florida sugarcane, beginning with the tendered US Sugar properties, the absence of which is bottling up Everglades restoration as completely as a waste water pipe stopped with feminine hygiene products? Nada. Not a word.

Sunshine State News added, "Nobody on the committee, chaired by Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, had a question or comment for the commissioner during or after his presentation. Putnam later said he wasn't surprised -- "this is a lot to dump on somebody at one meeting." Wait!

Now the bullshit meter is racing.

Putnam's omission of buying Big Sugar lands with Amendment 1 funds is exactly what the sugar industry wants. No one had a question on Caldwell's committee because the script did not call for questions. Just blank-faced nodding.

And what about the great unwashed public? Here is what Big Sugar tells you and me, through a press release reported by the Palm Beach Post (of course, not the Herald) a few weeks ago during the annual meeting of the Everglades Coalition:

“Surely the preference for Amendment One Funding will be the significant number of shovel-ready projects that will benefit the Everglades, estuaries, lakes, springs and beaches and other environmental priorities all over the state. While the SFWMD holds a legal option on U.S. Sugar land, Everglades restoration plans have taken a much different direction over the last several years as governed by a Federal consent decree and the State’s Everglades Restoration Strategies. As a result of the numerous projects being requested around the state and the emphasis on implementing the shovel-ready projects in South Florida, we have not seen any serious interest in purchasing a large amount of land for which there is no plan or project.

Florida sugarcane and polluted irrigation canal
"No serious interest" is a lie, pure and simple, and that lie is at the heart of Secretary Putnam's comments and its purpose is to do what Big Sugar has always wanted: push off the date to the infinite future when Everglades restoration might be finally addressed. 

Environmentalists, and especially the Save the Indian River Coalition and its allies, have been clamoring for years about the need to purchase sugar lands to restore a semblance of natural fresh water flow to the dying River of Grass. Store more water and cleanse it, on Big Sugar lands, and less pollution will rip through the estuaries, the Indian River and Caloosahatchee River.

By the way, when then-Gov. Charlie Crist initiated negotiations to purchase US Sugar lands south of Lake Okeechobee, the largest sugar producer in the state -- the Fanjuls of Coral Gables and Palm Beach -- immediately jumped behind Marco Rubio's campaign for US Senate against Crist.

You see: Big Sugar wants to complain that no one is demanding purchase of its lands, while making sure its proxies in the legislature and the Ag Secretary who-would-be-Governor keep any mention of buying Big Sugar lands out of sight, and any mention of eminent domain as far from the public forum as Pluto from Florida Bay.

And while we are on the subject; Fox News Florida Stand-In, Sunshine State News, might have alerted its Florida readership that Matt Caldwell -- silent at Putnam's policy speech -- is another GOP aspirant in the pocket of Big Sugar. (His top leadership post is closely tied to successfully assisting in the unseating of then Lee County commissioner Ray Judah in 2012. Judah, the most informed and outspoken elected official and critic of Big Sugar, was drowned by nearly $1 million in dark money contributions to his opponent, after 24 years in office.)

Faux Fox surrogate continues: "The commissioner characterized the role of committee members in guiding the administration of the "Florida Water and Land Legacy" money as an opportunity to plant a flag in their own personal legacy, "an opportunity to think big and act boldly."

But truth be told, there is no thinking big or acting boldly in this legislature unless it receives the stamp of approval from vested interests who are dead-set against selling their property for environmental purposes, according to the Amendment 1 requirements. Period.

The Fox Sunshine State concludes, "Several groups applauded Putnam's address to the committee, including the H20 Coalition, an offshoot of one of the state's largest business organizations, Associated Industries of Florida. AIF had recommended against Amendment 1 before the Nov. 4 election." No kidding. Now they are at work to direct traffic on how funds are used for Amendment 1.

In other words, the Great Destroyers got Florida Wildlife Federation and Audubon of Florida to do the heavy lifting to pass Amendment 1, and now the black hats have moved in with legislative wire cutters and are in the process of hijacking the largest pot of money ever made available in Florida -- some $20 billion -- to protect the environment.

It's a real life "Ocean's Eleven" except instead of a casino that is getting robbed with hi-tech wizardry, it's the do-gooders opening the vault doors for the black hats to come in, at the last minute. As they leave, they'll hand out a few hundred thousand dollars to any of the groups who will put them on their board of directors or maybe give them an award at their annual meeting.

The do-gooders will get their own plaques featuring wading birds that went extinct despite their earnest efforts and a thank you note.

"Commissioner Putnam'’s recommendations provide an excellent framework to increase Florida'’s water supply and enact common-sense, science-based water quality reforms," AIF President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Feeney said in a written statement. Wait, Tom Feeney?

Oh that Mr. Feeney, as the Tampa Bay Times reports: "(who) … was state House speaker from 2000-2002, when he was elected to Congress from Central Florida. Feeney twice won re-election. Then he fell out of favor after becoming a crony of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who paid for the congressman to play golf in Scotland. In September 2006, Feeney was named one of the “20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress” in a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). He is mentioned four years in a row (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) in the annual reports of CREW. Earlier, Feeney was Jeb Bush's running mate in his first race for governor in 1994." In 2001, the Orlando Sentinel blamed Feeney for the worst session of the Florida legislature in modern history.

Need to read more?

Last week at the Davos World Economic Summit, former Vice President Al Gore said that along with putting a price on carbon emissions, "we need to put a price on denial in politics. People need to stop financing denial." Snap.

People need to stop voting for denial, but Al Gore, when he had the chance as presidential contender in 2000 to put pressure on Florida's Great Destroyers, couldn't find his way to the microphone. He was advised by the same Florida Democrats who direct party traffic flow today. Auden said it best in his 1919 poem, The Second Coming: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."

So there's our Monday morning wrap-up. Can't wait for Tuesday.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

5 Years Ago: Fairchild Tropical Garden and its Dismal Governance … by gimleteye

Just flipping through our archive … remember this, five years ago?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lawsuit planned against Fairchild Garden ... by gimleteye
Although there was a longish story in the Sunday Miami Herald about the protest demonstration outside the gates of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, there was no mention in the Herald that longtime Garden members are organizing a lawsuit to require Fairchild trustees to open its books according to by-laws for members to hold a special meeting of members. "Concerns about inept management, a diversion from the garden's mission of conservation, education and research and a clash between Caroline Lewis and Miami attorney Bruce Greer, president of the Board of Trustees, were also brought out." It doesn't capture how Greer and Garden insiders refused to allow members access to their rights under the by-laws of the organization. Last week, on two occasions members who requested the membership list and other materials were turned away. A letter in the Miami Herald by Hayes Bowen noted the need for term limits for Garden trustees, one of the goals of the special meeting when it occurs. (Letter re-printed below.)

There was a very creepy videographer who taped the entire protest yesterday, getting right up into peoples' faces: when asked, he said he was employed by Bruce Greer and the Trustees of the Garden. It wasn't subtle but does send a message that the Garden is so worried about its future, it is now keeping a visual record of its objectors. Creepy. Very creepy. Here he is.

Change garden's bylaws

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Protesters gather against firing of Fairchild education director

Our beloved Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden has lost its way. Recent actions by its president and board of trustees have brought to light troubling issues with the overall management of this nonprofit organization.

Fairchild once enjoyed respect as a world-renowned botanical garden focused on research, conservation and education. Established by Robert Montgomery in 1938, the garden grew and flourished with a dedicated staff and devoted volunteers. For more than 70 years, the focus was research, collection, propagation and the curatorship of plant species from around the world.

Today one must look past towering sculptures, furry gorillas and a giant Loch Ness Monster before glimpsing what was initially envisioned by Montgomery and David Fairchild. The garden is now a place on the social circuit for black-tie galas, weddings, concerts, art exhibits and other fundraising events.

Department directors, scientist-researchers, curatorial and horticultural staff have left or been terminated and not replaced. Disheartened volunteers and donors are leaving their posts as their purpose, too, has faded. The remaining staffers are demoralized. There appears to be a ``dumbing down''of the garden.

This must be stopped. We must bring back the original mission of the garden to preserve its purpose and value to the local, national and international communities. It's time for garden members to be heard and vote for change. We are more than 40,000 strong and have too much invested to sit by idly. The first course of action is voting for term limits to be added to the by-laws. We need new faces and restorative ideas at the executive-board level. Fairchild's reputation in the botanic world must be preserved before it becomes as endangered as qualified and educated garden staff and volunteers.

Hayes Bowen
Miami, FL

From the ejectum of the Great Destroyers: County Commission backs off Ron Bergeron plan to jeopardize Miami-Dade drinking water … by gimleteye

"Mr. Everglades" Ron Bergeron had a plan to shrink the size of Miami-Dade's well field protection zone. Last November, we offered our acidic commentary about the petition to reduce its size. That is the opposite of what elected officials should be doing.

There is never an end to the war on the environment in South Florida. It is a battle of attrition lightly reported in the mainstream press between miners, sugar billionaires, developers, their lobbyists and proxies in elected office against neighbors, civic activists, and environmentalists. Those with profit motives normally prevail for the standard reasons. Until now, protections for the well field in Miami Dade County have been sacrosanct. Why are they being battered down now?

Of course, the Miami Dade planners have a rationale: "we don't need as much land as we thought we did when we expected to use much more water." But this flies in the face of the history of Miami-Dade begging the state to give it permission to draw MORE water. (And no where, by the way, has the county mentioned the need to preserve more fresh water supply for FPL Turkey Point's massive expansion plans: on the order of 90 million gallons per day.)

How the county and state government conspired to substitute highly engineered, chemically treated and expensive water for taxpayers in a region that once afforded the cleanest, most abundant fresh water in the United States for free is a long, winding and mostly unwritten story. (You can pick up the threads in our archive.)

The claim of developers and rock miners on the region called the West Dade well field is one of the starkest examples how baselines of what the public deems acceptable comprise between development and environmental protection are constantly shifting despite the best science and evidence calling for strict and stringent protections for our water supply. For example, during the term of county mayor Carlos Alvarez in 2006, evidence from tests by the USGS (US Geological Service) that underground water moved much more rapidly from the Everglades to the well fields, through faults and openings in the Biscayne aquifer, caused the rock miners to press their case to limit future financial exposure to water treatment costs by successfully ramming through the state legislature caps on their liability.

Apparently, our argument held. Last week the county commission listened to science and not bullshit sponsored by the Great Destroyers. Next step: county commission make clear that not a single dime of taxpayer money should be spent on the idea of shrinking the well field protection zone. Drop it, county commission!

The commission's first concern must be protect our drinking water quality and making nearby billionaire rock miners pay for the jeopardy their activities introduce to our water supply.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturdays don't count at the Miami Herald. By Geniusofdespair

Make sure you do not have any opinions in Miami on Saturday. The Herald has done away with the Editorial Page. The good news is we won't have to listen to them pushing Marco and Jeb on Saturday. I guess I will have to pitch in.  Here is my Editorial Page: Marco Rubio sucks and Jeb Bush is downright dangerous. Small farmers are exploited and Moss is being an ass about the theme park he wants on sensitive land.  Architect Bernard Zyscovich is being a whore about it, talking it up at a Commission meeting because he wants to design it. Marc Sarnoff is at odds with Steve Kneapler over his support of Grace Solares. Marc is being a bad sport I think.  Raquel Regalado did a poll against Carlos Gimenez and won by a large margin especially in the "speaks Spanish better" question. She also got 98% on  "better facial expressions". I guess that covers it.... Eye on Miami's Saturday Editorial Page. I hope I don't have to do Sunday too.