|Roman Emperor Nero|
In its revisionist history, they send a press release on something Frank worked on for years, trying to get commission approval, without even acknowledging his part in it (Note Lynda Bell, who was instrumental in getting rid of Frank Nero, gets much of the credit for Frank's work):
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND THE BEACON COUNCIL LAUNCH GEOSPATIAL WEBSITE TO ATTRACT JOBS AND INVESTMENTS
www.miamidadesites.com features vacant industrial and commercial properties, demographics and business information
(MIAMI, November 19, 2013) - Miami-Dade County, in conjunction with The Beacon Council, is launching the www.miamidadesites.com website, which depicts available vacant industrial and commercial properties. The website is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information, and also enables broker registration to highlight available parcels.
"This new website will allow businesses wishing to locate or expand in Miami-Dade County a literal 'bird's eye' view on available properties, and provide The Beacon Council with yet another tool to assist those businesses with their location strategies," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "We should thank Commissioner Bell for her leadership on this matter, and continue working together to use technology as a means to further economic development for all of Miami-Dade County." (Me: barf)
The website is based on a directive from Resolution R-250-13, prime sponsored by Vice Chair Lynda Bell and approved by the Board of County Commissioners on April 2, 2013, that requested the development of a geospatial layer analysis and database of vacant industrial and commercial lands. This geospatial instrument is meant to assist The Beacon Council and other economic development organizations in their mission of attracting business development to Miami-Dade County.
"The Geospatial Website is an innovative technology which gives businesses, small and large, the feasibility to analyze the benefits of obtaining available industrial and commercial properties in Miami-Dade County. With this technology, businesses will have better knowledge on the value of establishing or expanding operations within our County," said Vice Chair Bell. "The Geospatial Website will give our community an advantage in attracting potential employers to Miami-Dade over other markets. As this website reaches its full potential, our residents, the real-estate community and businesses alike will be provided numerous benefits."
"This new site provides the information companies need to make investment decisions, and that helps us grow and attract businesses to our county," said Larry K. Williams, President and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's official economic development partnership. "We are fortunate to have public partners who understand the role technology plays in economic development."
|Frank Nero...the other Nero|
I spoke to someone with close ties to Nero and Beacon:
She said he had proposed this for years as a necessary tool to identify development areas especially in the urban core but also for areas in south Dade. This recommendation went back as far as when Penelas created "urban task force" and this was one of his recommendations. Frank repeatedly made this recommendation to the commission over the years as he needed the county to participate. It fell on deaf ears. When Bell attacked Beacon He again reiterated this proposal. He even wrote her a lengthy memo on this concept. She waited until Nero left and then introduced the resolution saying at the time that her attack on Nero/Beacon was NOT personal. It was reported in Miami today when Nero recommended to her that this GIS program be adopted. There are numerous memos from Nero over the years to the commission recommending this program. It is disingenuous for Bell to accept credit.