OK this is a good thing. Gimenez said to the Miami Herald that "...we need to go back to the original intent" on the Economic Development Fund 124 of $75 million. He said further "These projects we have right now...they're good projects but they're not really game-changing projects."
Wayne Rosen, Carrie Meek and Leonard Abess Jr. won't get their projects funded. That is also a good thing. Wayne and Leonard could paper my walls with hundred dollar bills with all the money they have and yours too and maybe mine again (please).
|SkyRise Miami looks suspiciously like this.|
The strange part of this, Gimenez is supporting giving to SkyRise Miami (dubbed by Gimleteye as the nail clipper building, Al Crespo's photo). The dumb as dirt, lunatic people in the City of Miami approved this project so it does have public support even though it doesn't have mine.
What is going to happen today at the Committee meeting? Will the other funding idea be withdrawn, now without the Mayor's support, or fought for by the recipients? Commissioner Zapata is still against that funding. He called it "The Mother of all Slush Funds". As of yesterday Zapata was still soundly against it.
Gimenez also wants to help fund the theme park at Zoo Miami. It is a good thing as that area needs jobs. However, they have to stay away from sensitive land out there. That project might count as a "Game Changer." I don't know, I think the Mayor needs to find better game changers. Here is another idea, don't fund anything. Save us from having to pay for anything that doesn't entice NEW companies to come to Miami Dade County with many good jobs.
My guess, Gimenez is trying to do the right thing now without his advisor Josh Gelfman. The projects aren't perfect but they are better. I was under the impression we were attracting business from other places, but I am not sure. Maybe Gimenez should start making his own decisions. He would get in less trouble.
Or maybe he finally turned on that fan under his desk.