|Hint: You get a good picture on this blog when you do a good thing.|
Okay, maybe he is pandering but I don't care. His downfall was Lynda Bell. He knows how I feel about that. Maybe without her evil karma, he can make a comeback and be human again. Gimenez will have to dump Broward Loving Osterholt too to regain some creds.
I am all for redemption. If you don't believe in redemption, then you are part of the problem. I did write the Mayor a PRIVATE email telling him what I thought of his policies. He can change. He is human. He can make mistakes and be abrasive, but hey, I am abrasive too.
I don't care why he is doing it, but he is talking about protecting our endangered pine rockland. In a Miami Herald article today (that you all should read):
Miami-Dade County will suspend building and other permits for a controversial Walmart shopping center in an endangered forest if the developer fails to strike a deal with federal wildlife officials to protect the rare butterflies, bats and plants that live there.
In a letter to commissioners on Thursday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that the county made the decision because in September, a year after a county planning board approved the 250,000-square-foot shopping center, parking lots and 408 apartments near Zoo Miami, federal wildlife officials expanded the number of rare species that inhabit the pine rockland, requiring more careful development. And if the project violates federal law, the county could be on the hook, said spokesman Luis Espinoza.
“In light of the recent federal action and in an abundance of caution,” the letter said, the county will shelve any existing permits without an agreement between Ram Realty Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The decision comes as opposition to the project continues to mount. Residents and environmentalists argue that the big-box store, LA Fitness, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s and other restaurants should not be built on the largest remaining fragment of disappearing forest outside Everglades National Park.
And MORE IMPORTANT:
In his letter Thursday, Gimenez added another warning:
the butterfly protections will likely impact county plans for the sprawling Miami Wilds amusement park also near the zoo. The county land may face even tougher scrutiny because some of the project involves federal land, where officials have more power to enforce protections. The much larger project also has the potential to further erode land that for years has remained largely undeveloped.
I am all for saving butterflies, not so hot on saving the bonneted bats. I wouldn't recognize a pine rockland forest if I were in the middle of it but I know we have to save it especially from a stupid theme park and even worse a Walmart and a Chick-a-Republican Crazy Owner fast food joint.
Now Mr. Mayor on your 'game-changers' (look at the jobs generated):
These projects completely miss the original intent. Your "game changing" projects will generate "Hundreds and thousands of jobs." Really for these projects?
The nail clipper tower ?? Other than construction how many jobs will pay over county median wage (original requirements for money ). What is the ROI? These projects were supposed to create new incremental taxes that would have a ROI in excess of the incentives paid while creating high wage jobs (above county median wage. Which is probably in the high $40,000 range or low $50's)
These GOB funds were supposed to be used solely to induce high wage. high tax generating companies to locate or expand in Miami Dade county. These funds were not used for a decade because of the recession. Not many game changing projects being developed. And also lack of economic development leadership. How active and successful have you or Osterholt been in attracting game changing projects to the county? They seem to be going to Jacksonville .. Palm beach .. Broward .. Tampa.. Orlando ..
The last big project was Univision's fusion network and you had nothing to do with it.
So absent of any real economic development job/tax generating projects you dump money into these phony politically connected projects to subsidize developer/ construction /lobbyist contributors. Commission fed their pet projects at expense of mayors pet projects. Remember: We don't have to use this money. We don't pay for these bonds if we don't use the money. So there is no time frame or rush. Hold onto it until a game changer comes along. Your hub for innovation is promising compared to these other stupid ideas everyone is pushing like theme parks and nail clippers, and money to multi-millionaire Leonard Abess:
In 2012, Miami-Dade County made an investment in a technology start-up called Venture Hive. Located in downtown Miami, Venture Hive has helped relocate more than 20 start-ups from all over the globe to our community, and it is helping to position Miami-Dade as the next great tech hub.
Our investment in Venture Hive has paid off in another way. Earlier this year, Microsoft opened the first Microsoft Innovation Center in the United States at Venture Hive. This center brings together innovators, along with students and others, to accelerate technological advances, creating the tech jobs of tomorrow. - Mayor Gimenez
WHY NOT PURSUE THIS?