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Thursday, March 08, 2012
David Samson, Miami Marlins, rags on Miami ... by gimleteye
Funny, the tempest in a teapot over David Samson's condescending comments to a Beacon Council breakfast, focusing ire on that radical voice of the left: Miami Today publisher Michael Lewis. According to reports, Samson didn't have much good to say about Miami politicians (we don't, either) or Miami voters or Norman Braman (whose response in the Herald was to flick off Samson's comments like a fingernail expressed against a mosquito). Michael Lewis tried to wage a battle of the facts of the awful, horrendous deal that Miami politicians permitted, saddling taxpayers with the largest share of a privatized professional sports stadium in the United States. Who cares? There is a simple way for Miami residents to respond: don't go to the stadium. It is how I feel about the performing arts center, unfortunately. Although I've tried to enjoy the place this year, the sordid facts of mis-spending, mis-allocation of resources, and such rise like the little bit of vomit that gets stuck in your throat (cf. Jim Defede). The PAC has the charm of a Marriott Hotel Conference Center. So there you have it. I'll buy a ticket to the Miami Heat when the owner and the county fork over the public park promised when that deal was done. And I'll go to Marlin's Stadium when Eyeonmiami is assigned private parking and suite like the county commission.