Michael Lewis of Miami Today has it right in his editorial on getting rid of UMSA in Miami Dade county (the Unincorporated Municipal Service Areas) and letting the whole county incorporate like in Broward. Lewis says:
"The commission is diverted because most residents live in the nation of Umsa, the Unincorporated Municipal Services Area that taxes them while everyone else pays Miami, Coral Gables, Aventura, Palmetto Bay or the other municipalities. The county commission is the unofficial city council of Umsa. Every commissioner whose district has unincorporated land is that area's de facto mayor."
"Size doesn't determine government honesty and efficiency. But waste is easier and quicker to spot in smaller units. More important, smaller governments are more likely to do what voters need. That, not cost or honesty, is their allure. And that division of local needs from area-wide action is what our charter team should zero in on.
If we can't get rid of him, at least let's get Javier Souto out of the pothole business -- where he is stuck. He is the most parochial of the lot of them, Pepe "le pew" Diaz is a distant second.