Lynda Bell at the 3/5/2013 County Commission Meeting, Feverishly Defending Her Shrink Wrap Vote. (Her campaign manager was a lobbyist for the company she is arguing in favor of.)
Nothing says dysfunctional Miami Dade County like the shrink wrap contract award. The Miami Dade County Commission awarded the contract March 5th, against staff recommendation, the Mayor quickly vetoed the award. Today is the meeting to over-turn the veto...or not. It should be good theater once again, or else they might just shut-up (God willing) and just vote.
It is early on the agenda, maybe about 10:30 am?
2A1 Mayoral Veto
RESOLUTION APPROVING AWARD OF A LEASE AND CONCESSION AGREEMENT FOR THE LUGGAGE WRAPPING SERVICES AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BETWEEN TRUESTAR USA A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN SINAPSIS TRADING USA, LLC AND TRUESTAR GROUP SPA AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, WITH A MINIMUM ANNUAL GUARANTEE OF $9,600,000 AND FOR A TERM OF EIGHT YEARS, WITH A TWO-YEAR OPTION TO RENEW; AUTHORIZING COUNTY MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO EXECUTE SAME, AND TO EXERCISE RENEWAL AND TERMINATION PROVISIONS THEREOF(Aviation Department)
3/5/2013 Recommendation rejected by BCC Passed 9 - 2
3/19/2013 Vetoed by Mayor
2A2 Mayoral Veto
RESOLUTION APPROVING LEASE AND CONCESSION AGREEMENT WITH SAFE WRAP OF FLORIDA JV, LLC FOR A TERM OF EIGHT YEARS, EXCLUSIVE OF OPTIONS TO RENEW, WITH A MINIMUM ANNUAL GUARANTEE OF $9,600,000.00, AND FOR A PERCENTAGE OF GROSS REVENUES TO THE COUNTY OF 52%; AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO EXERCISE AND ENFORCE ALL PROVISIONS THEREOF, INCLUDING EXTENSIONS AND TERMINATION
|This is what all the fighting is about: Which company gets the lucrative award to cellophane your luggage.|
FORMER MIAMI STATE REP. MIGUEL DE GRANDY REBUKED FOR ETHICS BREACH-- The Miami Herald, Jan. 8, 2010.You might think wrapping luggage is quite stupid, but apparently a lot of people do it. I have never done it, but I once had our Scarab Sport shrink wrapped in New York for the winter, mostly to protect the boat's teak. If they are offering to give the county about $10 million dollars, and hiring a gaggle of lobbyists, think about what they are making on wrapping luggage. The thing I hate most is all the lobbyists hired by these shrink wrap companies. If I had more energy I would go down to County Hall and shoot pictures of the lobbyists, a photo op surely awaits. However, they run away now when they see me coming and as I said, I don't have the energy to chase them. If anyone one is there, send me a couple of lobbyist photos.
The Florida Supreme Court has reprimanded former Miami state Rep. Miguel De Grandy, now a special counsel for the Florida House. The justices Thursday [Jan. 7] accepted De Grandy's plea of guilty with conditions that included the reprimand for violating legal ethics due to a conflict of interest in his private practice. The Coral Gables lawyer at one point represented a luggage-wrapping company and later a competitor for the same contract with Miami International Airport. De Grandy served in the House from 1989 through 1994. A Florida Bar report said De Grandy cooperated with investigators and withdrew from representing the second company.
I am getting a free lunch out of the deal from the president of the one of the companies, so I have a coal in this fire. Let the games begin...again!