Friday, February 14, 2014

MDX Board Member Robert Holland Flouts his Disobedience And Should Be Removed from the MDX Board. By Geniusofdespair

Miami Lawyer Robert Holland: Worst in the State on financial disclosures!!

According to the Miami Herald
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, wants a Miami-Dade road official thrown out of office for repeatedly ignoring the financial disclosure law. But it will take an act of the Legislature to allow it.

In two recent speeches, Gaetz has called for the removal from office of people who willfully ignore the ethics laws, and both times he has referred to a specific scofflaw without identifying him.

The Herald/Times found him: He’s Robert W. Holland, a Miami lawyer who has served on the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority since 2005.

“We actually have at least one public official in the state of Florida who’s decided he’s not going to file financial disclosure, he’s not going to pay the fine, and he’s going to thumb his nose at the law,” Gaetz told business leaders Tuesday at the Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days. “As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t reveal your assets and liabilities as required by the law and if you don’t pay your fines, I want you kicked out of office. The ethics commission has pursued Holland for six years for repeatedly refusing to file an annual Form 6 financial disclosure form. Commission records show he has been assessed fines totaling $7,500, or $1,500 in each of the past five years.
Did he pay any of these fines?  Come on. Lets collect these fine and throw this guy out. How did the County Commission react? They renewed his term until 2019.


Anonymous said...

These people on an unelected board have taxing authority and are not accountable to the people. They also have Bond power which should not be at their leisure to have. That's where the legislation should really start. MDX has made an absolute mess of our highway system. They do not take in to account any public transit. They raise tolls, have a great new building near the airport and are solely to blame for having too big of a budget without much oversight.

Anonymous said...

It's "Flouts" not "Flaunts."

Geniusofdespair said...

I took your advice but why couldn't it be flaunts:

: to show a lack of respect for (something, such as a rule) ...

Anonymous said...

Why does this dude get away with evading the law?

Anonymous said...

As for the fines, they are minuscule. This is an insult. I can understand if someone makes a mistake and files late, but by the time year 2 comes around, the fine should have several 0's behind it ALONG with immediate dismissal.

Anonymous said...

Did the Ethics Commission put the BCC on notice of their concerns?

If the BCC knew, would they have renewed his position?

Who the hell is vetting these appointments?

Will the BCC ask him to step down immediately?

We shouldn't have to lean on Tallahassee to run a better county.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if you saw, but Nunez and Garcia have filed bills in their respective chambers basically cutting the balls off of all the expressway authorities in the state. The big provision is that the are revoking the ability of the authorities to take out new bonds. They will only be allowed to take out refunding bonds. Granted, there is also a bill that would create the massive Central Florida Expressway Authority, whose jurisdiction would be Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the dude resign?

Anonymous said...

What is he hiding? Must be something big. Could his votes over the past 6 years be compromised? If he had a single atom of personal or professional integrity he should resign. If he stays it make MDX look even worse than they do now. And the BCC? The whole thing stinks like the back stage at a circus.