Thursday, February 25, 2010
Now here is a novel idea for Steve Shiver and Ghost Town at Maggie Valley ... by gimleteye
As if the county audit of the Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency did lay bare the passage of former mayor and county manager Steve Shiver, ("Among other things, the audit found that the Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency paid $1.9 million for 44 dilapidated "shotgun houses" from a company affiliated with former Homestead mayor, and later Miami-Dade County Manager, Steve Shiver. The price was above market value; the houses were demolished and the land remains vacant.") there's the recent mudslide at the bankrupt tourist attraction Shiver now manages at Maggie Valley in North Carolina. Shiver, as mayor, lead the development rampage in south Dade farmland and wetlands. He spearheaded for the Latin Builders Association the costly attempt to convert the former Homestead Air Force Base into a major commercial airport to the benefit of past LBA directors incorporated as HABDI. No similar county audit has ever been conducted for that fiasco, including the diversion of county resources. For his service to campaign contributors, former county mayor Alex Penelas rewarded Shiver with the county manager job. Only intervention by environmentalists-- who Shiver derided as "terrorists" at public meetings-- stopped the plan from wrecking nearby national parks. Every two-bit politician in South Florida lined up with Penelas and his lobbyists. I can't help noting the remark made in a local North Carolina newspaper a few days ago, of the disaster at Shiver's Ghost Town, “If they had only kept Mother Nature in mind, then maybe some of those mudslides could have been prevented." Ah, Mother Nature.