Store owner at the Aventura Mall: Rents have doubled. Donny is trying to make the Mall more upscale. Lots of stores being forced out.
Firing Assistant County Manager
Roger Carlton, assistant County Manager is let go. I liked Roger. The curious thing, according to the Herald, Vile Natacha Seijas said something nice about him:
``To me, he's done a good job.''
City of Miami Waterfront Board Meeting
A decision was made to defer voting on the Sasaki Plan for the Coconut Grove Waterfront. The Sailing Club members, about 40 in attendance at the meeting, did not want to move to another building and this created an impasse. Are they intent on throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
City of Opa Locka
Commissioner Dorrin Rolle’s former Chief of Staff Dante Starks — Opa Locka Lobbyist now -- is arrested with Vice Mayor of Opa Locka, Terence Pinder (accused of getting kickbacks from Starks). Good. Pinder is already gone from the Opa Locka website but thanks to CACHE, I found this on Opa Locka's website cache:
Terence K. Pinder
"Having received the highest number of votes in the 2004 November municipal elections, long time. Opa-locka advocate Terence K. Pinder was overwhelmingly elected to serve as the City of Opalocka's Vice-Mayor. He has diligently served the people of Opa-locka for over 10 years dedicating his time and energy to improve the quality of life for all residents.
Not yet a day in office, Commisioner Pinder immediately began to work for his City. With the support of his colleagues Commisioner Pinder spearheaded an initiative to beautify and irrigate the 22nd Avenue Corridor spanning from NW 151st and 22nd avenue to NW 135th street and 22nd Avenue Hundreds of tropical plants and flowers adorn the median strips providing residents, pedestrians, motorist, and visitors with a sense serenity as they embark on their daily destinations. Within the median strips were placed two beautiful modem (?) welcome signs, shinning and glowing daily welcoming on-comers to the "Great City of Opa-locka".
His dedication to beauty and green space continued with successfully having the Florida Department of Transportation to cut and hedge overgrown vegetation along the City's CSX railings. Commisioner Pinder's passion for his community reaches from road improvements right into the homes of the City's senior citizens and children."
Enough of this, and yes there is more drivel I cut!! In a community with so many problems they are talking about medians and flowers???
Back to Opa Locka
And wasn’t the former mayor of Opa Locka charged with an income tax crime in 2005?
The population of Opa Locka is 14,951 as of 2004. In 2005 it had 352 violent crimes and 1,529 non violent crimes. According to Wikipeida it has one of the highest crime rates in the US.
As far as taxes go, according to the St. Pete Times (April 28th):
The city already is charging residents 9.8 mills, or $9.80 for every $1,000 of taxable value, and the state cap is 10. This year, half of the city's $14-million budget will come from property taxes, with the rest from franchise and telecommunication fees and federal and state grants. The police department costs $4.45-million to run, as Opa-locka struggles with high crime.
This City should not have become a city, too small, too many problems. What were they thinking? With such a small budget, you would think it would be next to impossible to hide corrpution for more than a few weeks.