|Lie in the Beacon Council Newsletter: This gives me the trots and makes me want to barf.|
I spoke to someone with close ties to Nero and Beacon:
The woman told me, he (FRANK NERO) 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. He sent reams of proposals to the commission on how to revitalize urban areas even, even drafting legislation to revise enterprise zones.I think:
The Beacon council had become a tool of the commission and the mayor .. The new CEO is weak and will not open his mouth. The seminars are a joke, they are commission promotion events, not part of The Beacon mission.
Bell and the Mayor wanted Nero out on gambling primarily but also they wanted credit for what he was doing. The Mayor once told a source of mine, "I'm the mayor not Nero."
In his last year according to the Miami Herald:
In the last year, he presided over a year-long study called One Community One Goal, which ended with a lengthy report that seeks to map a blueprint for the county’s economic growth. And in the group’s annual report, the Beacon Council touted a year in which the group said it assisted businesses in adding 2,000 jobs in Miami-Dade, including an incentive package for Univision’s new cable network with ABC in Doral.