In a totally unrelated Blog, March 10th, I wrote in a comment that I thought Homestead was "a Snake Pit." Reader, PTSO mom, took issue with me. In answer she gushed on about her hometown. I called her a lunatic. "Was I being too hard on Homestead?" I later thought. Apparently not. In a rare, generous use of ink for a local story, the Miami Herald compiled the separate stories I have been reporting into one neatly stitched saga. One criticism, they left out the SUV and Mayor Bateman story that was in Homestead in Home Blog. Here is a sample from the Herald:
In the four months since a new mayor and council were swept into office, Miami-Dade's second oldest city has been consumed by a series of outlandish ethical and financial scandals involving the past and present administrations.
They have ranged from the mild (fights over alleged favoritism) to the wild (a department head sending sexually explicit texts to a subordinate; his boss, the city manager, frequenting an S&M website on his city laptop).
I also reported on the CRA Audit and steamy emails from the City Manager to his assistant, where I called Homestead "Peyton Place."