One thing some Miami Dade County Commissioners are good at is punishment. The Beacon Council, like DERM before it, found itself in the cross hairs of County Commissioner Lynda Bell's whim to seek and destroy. DERM, we remember, angered Lynda by enforcing wetland regulations for pal John Dubois' waterfront mansion and the 8 1/2 square people. Lynda held a town hall meeting and that was it. DERM was wacked hard and a compliant Mayor helped her. I remember Commissioner Moss saying to Lynda "I don't want to throw DERM under the bus" and that is exactly what happened with DERM. Bell held a workshop and let the community attack County Staff and she sat on the sidelines and let it happen. The DERM director quit soon after. She also got other commissioners to form a task force to rewrite wetland regulation. Total blitz.
I suppose the Beacon Council folks were not big on ring kissing because Bell accused them of treating her rudely and now they are her new target. They too are being cut down in a blitz of reforms but they don't appear to even have one Commissioner to speak up for them. Ask pool company owners what she did to them. The list is growing, one entity after another gets a stab in the back. How does Bell control her fellow Commissioners so easily that they blindly follow her? I don't get it. She appears to get everything she wants in spite of how she lectures them. They even made her their vice chair. If anything happens to Rebeca Sosa we will really be in trouble.
The Beacon Council, in a 10 to 0 vote, has been
I thought the Beacon Council was there to bring companies and business into the County. These little business grants are nice but do they really create jobs? Maybe for the mom and pop but not on any big scale. Don't half these businesses fail anyway? Bell mentioned her husband's small business. I don't see the reason to unfund a group in a vindictive fashion. If they are not doing a good job, address it directly with them first, don't squeeze and humiliate them. It looks to me it is the wrath of Lynda Bell striking again. Same script, different actors. Come on the rest of you Commissioners, get some balls already! Pepe Diaz, Bell treats you like shit, I heard her fight you on the military/airport issue trying to muscle in on your turf, what is wrong with you? Say what you will about Barbara Jordan, at least she is not a suck up to Bell.
A message to all you Commissioners: You might want to revisit this video where Bell insults you with her phony lobbyist resolution. I know you are all secretly happy Natacha Seijas is gone so she can't bully any of you anymore. So why are you creating a new bully Commissioner? Stand up to Bell, she is on her way to becoming Natacha II if you placate her!
Let's see where the hatchet strikes next. Bell said in Miami Today:
"I have more work to do with the Beacon Council."
That sounds like trouble. She said she will be bringing her Beacon Council legislation back (creates an advisory board, requires commission input in Beacon Council strategy and goals, ends automatic renewal of their contract, etc.). Here is hoping that legislation will not pass as it would destroy the Beacon Council, that claims they brought in 3,000 jobs last month. I don't want it to pass because it is an outright power grab.
Practice bending over Frank Nero, and do a little ring kissing too. Invite her to dinner at Arby's and you pick up the check. Make sure you also write a check to her husband's "pop" business.
Some of Lynda Bell's strange ordinances/proposals:
The Chain Link Fence Ordinance
Banning overnight Camping on County Property (directed at Occupy movement)
The Beacon Council
Regulation of Boat Storage
The Pool Contractors
Derm Taskforce Creation