|Dividing up Beacon Council Funds by 13 is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.|
Today in the Miami Herald, Frank Nero, the CEO of the Beacon Council, said:
"Efforts to divert the Beacon Council’s resources to be divided equally between the 13 commission districts to other programs is clearly in violation of the law that created funding for the council. It will have a net effect, if approved, to severely restrict the organization’s ability to carry out its work."The Beacon Council's funds are for a "comprehensive countywide strategic plan" to attract businesses to the County. Don't really care about the violation (read the article people) Frank Nero, but I do care that dividing up the funds by 13 is a SUPER BAD IDEA. Whenever you see the number 13 and funds in the same sentence, it is SUPER BAD. It puts the Commissioner in power of where the funds go. Even if they only get to 'recommend' it is bad. They have to keep their greedy hands off of money.
To elaborate (must I?), to divide up the funds between the 13 County Commission Districts would be a disaster. We have enough cronyism going on in each County Commission District. We don't need County Commissioners to take charge of one penny more to give to their campaign supporters, favorite charity and their BFF (they have plenty of those). Having a semi-independent group like the Beacon Council is far and away a better thing for the County. Maybe the Beacon Council needs a new leader, if Nero is getting on people's nerves, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Change the use of the money if you want but do a BIG FAT NO to 13.
Mayor Gimenez, I implore you, don't let any of the 13 be in charge of doling out any more funds. That is how we get stuck with Commissioners for life. They use public funds to curry favor in their district for their reelection campaigns. Most of the the County Commissioners -- I am sorry to say -- have reelection as their number 1 goal, not the good of the people of the County. You can't build businesses one district at a time. I only took one economics course in college and even I know that (Remember Stackhouse's $1,000,000 Liberty City fraud as just one example). As Frank Nero said:
"We promote the entire county. We do not direct companies to locate in specific areas, although we do advocate for areas in need of investment. Companies make their final location or expansion decision based on where the facilities, infrastructure, access to market, labor force and their clients are located."