The joke isn't lost on the generation of schemers who find looting the public treasury here, easy going. Now former mayor Manny Diaz has written his version of Miami's boom and bust, angling for an appointment in the Obama administration while gliding past his role as an unreliable guide for Miami's future. Who's next, Natacha Seijas?
But Carollo's re-emergence as city manager of Doral is a head-scratcher. Doesn't anyone in Doral remember or even know what happened, just a few years ago, in a city that Carollo turned upside down? The questions pile up, in Miami, like uncollected garbage.
Why is there so much turmoil in so many of our municipalities? In most of these cases -- South Miami, Miami Beach, North Bay Village -- is it the absence of watchdogs, law enforcement, or, the sense of a "shrinking economic pie" that empowers a permanent culture of insider dealing?
This is the Magic City.