Thursday, July 09, 2009
Key Biscayne is honored today by this Blogger! By Geniusofdespair
Statute 360, that was passed by the State, eliminated Key Biscayne's ability to participate in any meaningful way in the regional DRI process, essentially limiting our ability to be a part of any regional review of large scale projects that may have a negative effect on our community. - Mayor Robert Vernon - Key Biscayne (his email reply when asked why he voted to join the lawsuit)
I reported on this pending lawsuit on July 5th. The Herald reported today that it has been filed. Cutler Bay, Lee County, Deerfield Beach, Miami Gardens, Fruitland Park and Parkland joined Weston to block that new phony growth management law, the Community Renewal Act (that was Senate Bill 360). One Miami-Dade entity voting to join the lawsuit, the Village of Key Biscayne, is probably the least likely in Miami Dade to be impacted by the law since the Key is built out. Earlier today I said maybe they are looking at the good of the County and the good of the State. Nope. just looking out for their interests. Hold the applause but this is still a very good thing they did. Their vote was unanimous to give $2,500 to support the lawsuit! Thomas Thorton Councilman, said the law was a travesty to anyone interested in managing growth. I also want to thank our Miami-Dade neighbors in Miami Gardens and Cutler Bay.
The suit is based on technicalities, not on the substance of the new law:
• One provision says the Legislature can't pass a single law that encompasses multiple unrelated subjects. Lawmakers broke the so-called ''single subject rule'' by adding language about security cameras at private businesses and affordable housing to the growth-management bill, the suit says.
• Another provision limits so called ''unfunded mandates'' -- that is, new laws that are imposed on local governments without any new source of money to pay for them. The Legislature can skirt this requirement by a two-thirds vote in each chamber.