|Will Rebeca Sosa be Miami Dade County's Next Mayor?|
I asked a bunch of people who watched it on TV what they thought. Most said the hero of the meeting was County Commission Chair Rebeca Sosa. She showed leadership for not cancelling the meeting due to the funeral of Lincoln Diaz-Balart's son (some Commissioners were absent because of it, like Barreiro). Chair Sosa said that the County Commission's first duty was to the residents of Miami Dade County.
My friends were impressed with the questions Sosa asked and overall had great things to say about Rebeca. Also mentioned favorably was Juan Zapata. Some liked his questions.
The consensus was that the worst one on the County Commission during this meeting was Pepe Diaz. That doesn't surprise me at all. Forget about that miraculous transformation I was hoping for when he was faced with a brain tumor. No epiphany for Pepe. He was more concerned with the property owners than with the county as a whole.
The County Commission advanced the Staff recommendations, ignoring the changes recommended by the PAB that I did not like (that added in Lennar's Parkland). Thank you County Commissioners.
Commissioner Dennis Moss, voted against transmission, afraid that this transmittal will create another "camel's nose under the tent" situation. In other words, that the transmittal will create a lobbyist feeding frenzy while the EAR is in Tallahassee for review. I agree this will probably happen. I would suppose that if anyone had an epiphany after adversity and can see things more clearly, it is Dennis Moss.
Am I surprised by this vote? You bet I am. What do I attribute it to? I don't know but I am left with two options that I will pose as questions: Is Rebeca Sosa's leadership helping to create a climate for better voting on global issues, such as growth management, by County Commissioners? Is Sosa helping her colleagues see the bigger picture to sustain the health of the County's natural resources?
One last thing, my condolences go to Lincoln Diaz-Balart's family for their loss.