Saturday, October 25, 2014

Juan, Juan, Juan, Say it Ain't So. By Geniusofdespair

Juan Zapata at his installation as County Commissioner. He is standing next to Jose Luis Castillo.

Yes, Juan Zapata did use the Greenpoint Group (Jose Luis Castillo) for his election campaign. Jose Luis Castillo is lobbying the county for:

LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT, CORP 2/6/2014
2014 SURTAX RFA-KEYS CROSSING, LTD & WILLOWLADE ASSOCIATES, LTD Open

KROME GROVES LAND TRUST 9/16/2013
CDMP/EAR BASED AMENDMENTS Open

ODEBRECHT CONSTRUCTION INC 6/5/2013
NONE Open

How I feel about finding out this, let me express it in a song:



If you use toxic campaign consultants who then lobby you, it is a breach of my personal ethics. Fuck the Ethics Department.  Wouldn't it be good if all the Commissioners said: "Leave the lobbyist's home - come by yourself - and donate the money you would have used for the lobbyists to charity."  Anyway, I consider Juan to be a moderate and not a great lover of the environment. He cares deeply about his district.

Sorry Ass Governor Rick Scott Might Be An Alien - He hardly blinks. By Geniusofdespair


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Don't Mess with Bill wrote on YouTube:

You are right, he doesn't blink. BUT FLORIDA VOTERS BLINKED, didn't they? I left Florida in 2007 chasing a job (which I still have, although far from my beloved Sunshine State). A universally recognized shyster and tea-pot screwball managed to get control of Florida? And with it, a crazed wingnut Legislature? What happened? Did all the Democrats stay home on election day? Have you been invaded by Nazis? Sheesh! You better get rid of those bastards in Tallahassee, and soon...

Friday, October 24, 2014

South Florida Business Journal on MIAMI WILD at our Zoo Miami. By Geniusofdespair



Where is Walt Disney (who always paid for his stuff) when you need him?

Dr. Gregory Bush always derided Miami for its boosterism. This is the mother of all boosting: Miami Wild.  What are we Orlando? Do we need every stupid thing they can think up at our fingertips and help pay for it to boot? Do we want to be a land of chain hotels and restaurants, or a farming community? Remember this is the only subtropical farming in the continental United States. Doesn't that mean anything to anybody?

 Look at what the South Florida Business Journal reports (Attention: more of our tax money needed):


"20th Century Fox wants $13.5 million from the Miami-Dade County Economic Development Fund to replicate several US Coast Guard communication towers so that they can build their Miami Wilds amusement park.

The film company and Miami-Dade are negotiating the logistics of the proposed $930 million Miami Wilds development that might rise at the county-owned Zoo Miami, according to Miami Today. Included in the plans are theme park rides; a water park; a 400-room hotel with a Sony Music Theatre venue; a 30,000-square-foot retail and restaurant village; an entertainment center with movie theaters and bowling; an outdoor area for sports; and a 1.5-mile transportation link that brings it all together.

20th Century Fox plans to lease land from the county for the project. The company says it would pay Miami-Dade more than $67.1 million in rent during the first 20 years of operation, Miami Today reports.

The reason why the company has to replicate Coast Guard tower? Part of the Miami Wilds complex is to be built on federally owned land northeast of Zoo Miami where the US Coast Guard now has facilities. For that to happen, 20th Century Fox needs to replicate several towers.

20th Century Fox is also requesting public sector funding for $40 million parking, $26.5 million site preparation, $26 million roadways, and a $24 million transportation mode inside the entertainment complex."

This is exactly where we don't want a big theme park, near our subtropical farms - the only subtropical farming in the continental U.S.


Protect Article 7 of the Charter: When will it end? Guest Blog By Blanca Mesa

 The Herald is so wrong on their endorsement of the changes to our charter's Article 7.

Wow. So disappointed in these positions that support privatization of public lands, development in protected natural areas and cannibalizing  our meager public parkland for library buildings. Neither library or park advocates support that referendum.

We need more libraries fully funded, more parks and full protection of our natural areas, like the Pinelands in Camp Matecumbe and Richmond Pinelands ( where the same County Parks department wants to give forested parkland to a theme park operator which wants taxpayers to pay nearly $150 million in upfront development costs. )

Commercialization and development of public parklands just further erodes our quality of life and deprives future generations of green space and natural areas in an increasingly dense and urbanized city.

(I totally agree with Blanca Mesa)

Joe Centorino, Ethics Czar: Pretty much always "Let Them Go Joe". By Geniusofdespair

Stephen Shelley's wife worked for Steve Shiver at one time.  He put her in his will without her knowledge and now was trying to negate Shelley's vote against the project based on the will he produced last minute  -- bad government at its best. Why was this left out of your opinion so the public would know there was a form of extortion going on?

Joe once in a while, you could advise on the side of caution, never huh? What is wrong with... "it might be technically legal but it looks like shit because X Y Z". That is why you are known as "Let Them Go Joe." You also could look at the personalities involved. This is ethics not Rundle's office. It is a lower threshold.

I call him 'go by the book Joe.'

We need to partner with the universities and get an ethics code that makes sense. MAJOR OVER-HAUL NEEDED. Daniella Levine Cava's sister in law in involved in Ethics at the University of Miami. The County ethics department stinks to the high heavens the way it is designed. All it does is offer cover for bad behavior...i.e. "it's okay he is my brother not my son." Please let's address this, this year with our new Commissioner who ran on ethics. Let's get a better code we all can believe in. The secret discussions at the ethics meetings don't help. I was glad to talk to Councilman Shelley to hear what is really going on. And that really stinks. Because I know the two men involved, I think a new ethics complaint should be filed with the intent part of the equation.

Picture of the Day. By Geniusofdespair

The Batesman and the Donald (Trump is intent on making Doral Residents miserable)
Read about the Bateman's in today's Miami Herald saying that the former Mayor (who was convicted) and his wife reaped $200,000 from favor seekers. Homestead always gets to the top of the news ladder.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Proud Registered Republican: VOTING FOR CHARLIE CRIST. By Geniusofdespair

Yes, it is true, I am a Republican (actually not proud in the least) voting for Charlie Crist.  I have been amused by all the glossy mailers with Rick Scott trying so hard to smile in a non-demonic manner and then on the other side of the glossy is Charlie Crist with a mean expression (He still looks better than Scott).  I have been getting a few of these a week.

I'm still a fan of Charlie Crist.  My sister worked for Rick Scott as an RN. She said all the nurses hated him.  Scott was scheduled for about 100 painful enemas if he didn't get arrested.


Spotted today....By Geniusofdespair

 Wayne Rosen, Steve Shiver and Frank Castro were at the Keys Gate Golf Course and Clubhouse today. Maybe they are trying to figure out a way to make a profit from the course with those troublesome Golf Course Covenants.

Cutler Bay & Palmetto Bay - Two Wayward Towns. Guest Post By HowLowCanItGo

 Lobbyist and Politicians Run Amok in our Piece of Paradise

I'm a Hispanic Environmentalist citizen of South Dade, Cutler Bay. I moved here in 1995 from the Gables area so I have witnessed many changes to include incorporation and quite a bit of unwise development. Yes I was one of those who foolishly thought local home rule would be a good thing overall, although I had reservations. I should have trusted my gut. But before incorporation we saw rampant and unsustainable development of open spaces rubber stamped by Miami-Dade County government, so how much worse could it get?!

I chose to move south due to the affordable  housing market and the open green space character of the Old Cutler Road corridor and all that beautiful open land to the south and east of our historical road. Those were the days when traffic jams were caused by thousands of land crabs and by the caring residents not wanting to crush them in their summer migration over Old Cutler as the land crabs  searched for food and fodder in the open land and pine rocklands. Today there are only a few land crabs but there certainly are plenty of traffic jams, daily. So home rule to me meant that citizens of the area could positively influence their city governments to suppress unbridled and environmentally  unfriendly development.

Then something happened.

Lobbyists moved into our cities along Old Cutler, well not physically moved in as none of them live here but in effect their devastating influence did.  And today what we have are local city governments and town councils controlled from behind the scenes by shadow politicians, the lobbyists and the interests they represent. In Cutler Bay alone there is one current council member with ties to second rate lobbyist Jose Luis Castillo, Sue Loyzelle. She has been known to fight hard in chambers for Castillo projects.

Currently running are Peggy Bell and Ed Wolmers both being managed by that same Castillo. The Cutler Bay council has five members, so three is all Castillo needs: Bell, Wolmers, and Loyzelle. Castillo has been heard saying, indirect quote, once the current government of Cutler Bay is gone, I will own that town. We will know soon enough. 

And don't think Palmetto Bay is immune from the lobbyist-ebola virus, call it the Eblobbyist virus. Palmetto Bay has 2 infected by Castillo: Cunningham and Dubois. Tim Schaffer, he is another story. But he will vote with them. He said at a county meeting last week, supporting Wayne Rosen,  the tax base of Palmetto Bay is mostly residents, as if that is a bad thing.

So should the Castillo voting block breakout in November  because you vote for Castillo Candidates in Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay, every zoning change, variance, accommodation to a development plan, and any other related favor that comes up when Castillo's hand is in it, will have a free pass.

Some of you may need proof of the strings that have become attached to our candidates and politicians so let me offer some evidence. In the latest disclosure by Peggy Bell of her campaign of contributors here are some highlights:

• Jose Castillo/Green Point Group, $3300 - lobbyist for 9 acre property next to Cutler Wetlands on SW 184 St and Old Cutler Rd. He will lobby for a change in zoning from RU 1 residential to Mixed Use, which means they can build ANYTHING the Cutler Bay Council approves, to include a 3-4 story strip mall. This zoning change application is already in process and the issue will be heard shortly after the elections.
• Juan Mayol, $ 1000 - Attorney and lobbyist for 9 acre property next to Cutler Wetlands on SW 184 st and Old Cutler Rd. Working with Jose Castillo.
• Howard Nelson, $200 - Lawyer for property owner of above 9 acre property, also lawyer that represented same property owner in past negotiations with SFWMD where SFWMD bought adjoining 129 acres Coastal Wetlands currently under restoration. District paid 24 million for the 129 acres and now same greedy property owner wants even more for the other 9 acres by getting the zoning change which will immediately inflate the price of the land.
• Brian Bilzin, $200 - Lawyer for property owner of above 9 acre property…
• Sue Loyzelle, $50 - Current Cutler bay Council member, also managed by Castillo in the last election, lobbied hard for Castillo and developers of another unpopular project in Cutler Bay, the mega Publix shopping center in the potato field. Issue is not resolved and will likely be back up for votes in upcoming term of the council.

Citizens of South Dade we must free our towns (you too Homestead) from the toxic strings of these outside lobbyists and developers. This is a puppet show gone deadly viral and Castillo's hand is maneuvering the politician puppets who are sick with ego, power, and self interest and love for this modern day Svengali with his linen clothes and expensive watches.  If he only managed campaigns, it wouldn't be so bad. It is the lobbying of the same people he manages that is toxic.

Do not vote for any candidate with ties to Castillo and his clan. Castillo has been involved absentee ballot fraudsters under arrest, supported and managed horrible individuals in the past such as Lynda Bell, Mark Bell and Natacha Seijas. And now he intends to control our local politics until they have paved over every inch of green space with hot asphalt and cold concrete, and nothing and I mean nothing lives in that!


Cutler Bay: Peggy Bell's Campaign Report. Guest Blogger HowLowCanItGo

Is Jose Luis Castillo the Puppet Master on The Cutler Bay Council? He gets paid to get them elected and then he gets paid to lobby them.





Highlights from the report:


• Jose Castillo/Green Point Group, $3300 - lobbyist for 9 acre property next to Cutler Wetlands on SW 184 St and Old Cutler Rd. He will lobby for a change in zoning from RU 1 residential to Mixed Use, which means they can build ANYTHING the Cutler Bay Council approves, to include a 3-4 story strip mall. This zoning change application is already in process and the issue will be heard shortly after the elections.
• Juan Mayol, $ 1000 - Attorney and lobbyist for 9 acre property next to Cutler Wetlands on SW 184 st and Old Cutler Rd. Working with Jose Castillo.
• Howard Nelson, $200 - Lawyer for property owner of above 9 acre property, also lawyer that represented same property owner in past negotiations with SFWMD where SFWMD bought adjoining 129 acres Coastal Wetlands currently under restoration. District paid 24 million for the 129 acres and now same greedy property owner wants even more for the other 9 acres by getting the zoning change which will immediately inflate the price of the land.
• Brian Bilzin, $200 - Lawyer for property owner of above 9 acre property…
• Sue Loyzelle, $50 - Current Cutler bay Council member, also managed by Castillo in last election, lobbied hard for Castillo and developers of another unpopular project in Cutler Bay, the mega Publix shopping center in the potato field. Issue is not resolved and will likely be back up for votes in upcoming term of council

North Miami in Deep Shit with the IRS. By Geniusofdespair

From North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin: