Friday, November 14, 2014

Trick Friday Question for Eye On Miami Readers … by gimleteye

When is the last time a county commissioner from Miami-Dade went on a multi day camping expedition by canoe or kayak into Everglades wilderness that is partly within county borders? (More photos from Daniella Levine Cava's recent trip to the Everglades, soon!)


34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Daniela Cava has the potential to be the best County Commissioner ever. She just needs six other votes to pass legislation and a strong desire to see the County reduce its spending.

Geniusofdespair said...

Camping...I would rather be stretched on a rack.

Anonymous said...

Commissioner Javier Souto trains in the Everglades every weekend as he sharpens his survivalist skills for the next armed invasion of Cuba!

Anonymous said...

I hear he brings his own wine and cheese to the training ground.

Anonymous said...

Camping IS stretching out on the rack. Now listening to the idiots on the BCC debate a single topic for 4 hours, that's torture.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope she comes back with a clear mind ready to tackle ethics and campaign reform. One need only to look as far as the revelations about the money made by Steve Bateman and his wife through his position as Mayor. Add to that the Rosen factor and the boat loads of money thrown to Bell by those with a vested interest in development in the fringes and getting stupidly one sided contracts from the county. She should look past the good CHI does in the community, ignore racial politics and call for an audit of CHI. Finally, she needs to do some research put some daylight between herself and Councilwoman Waldman.

Anonymous said...

Interesting question. I'm guessing you'd find someone in Polly Redford's generation. Maybe Harvey Ruvin knows the answer.

Anonymous said...

Souto is proposing a $100 million grant for the Bay-o'-Pig world to be build on the Wal-Mart site.

"Spend your weekend primitive camping in the natural Florida Pinelands, boat across the pristine waters of the lake at Larry and Penny park then surrender to waiting Dade County Park Ranger. The best part is you will then talk about nothing else for the next 50 years."

Anonymous said...

Commissioners need to educate themselves on the causes of higher Real Estate Taxes and especially the "spiraling out-of-control" increases to debt service. Inflated pay and benefits to government workers is crushing the private sector.

Anonymous said...

I believe we have a bloated payroll inside County Hall. However, the biggest problem is the County commission approving millions in debt service at each meeting without giving it a second thought on inside deals to insiders. They are both equally at fault and the insider contracts are more then then the bloated county hall waste. Both need to be reviewed and we need better over sight before approving any more debt. Enough is enough or we really will be the next Detroit.

As to the camping trip - good for her! It's nice to see a public servant actually appreciating our natural resources. Hopefully a few more commissioners will at least spend more than an hour or two around our counties most precious resources and stop approving paving over them!

Anonymous said...

Honey Boo Boo couldn't fit her fat ass and a case of Old Milwaukee in a kayak

Anonymous said...

Senator Javier Souto is by far the best commissioner on the BCC. He is responsive and committed to the residents of District 10. He is a patriotic American who deserves the respect of this community. Those of you mocking him here should be ashamed.

Geniusofdespair said...

Give me a friggin break. Javier Souto sucks. He is always baiting the non Hispanics eluding to them as the wine and cheese set that live East of U S 1. I find him quite offensive. He wouldn't like it if I called his district residents the rice and bean eaters. Let him be respectful. He is beyond retirement -- if there weren't so many potholes in his district he could never get reelected. Even the other commissioners can't stand him.

Anonymous said...

Deserves our respect? you must be kidding who are you talking about not the rambling commissioner. He deserves no respect at all. What are you his wife or granddaughter?

Anonymous said...

Ashamed? Is Souto some sort of wizard or God who cannot be mocked? In this country, everyone, including our president gets mocked in good taste. I will tell you what's shameful, the disoriented diatribes he puts us through when he takes control of the mike at the BCC. What's the matter with the residents of your district? Can you come up with a better candidate?

Anonymous said...

If you go against or try and dare bring to his attention any wrong doing, the Dishonorable Miami Dade County District 10 Commissioner Javier Souto will sick his Batista liken staff on you using Miami Dade county code enforcement and law enforcement.....

Anonymous said...

Daniella and her family have long been committed environmentalists (her daughter works for Defenders of Wildlife), and have extensive experience not only defending, but also spending gentle impact time in, and appreciating the local wilderness. Like the other issues to which Daniella is committed, this is not just part of a political platform, it is part of her life.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Genius. Camping is definitely something I can live without.

Can't help it if I like sleeping in my own bed at night and not on the ground in a sleeping bag praying I am not attacked by something foreign. Ouch!

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of you have spent one-on-one time discussing an issue with Commissioner Souto. He is very knowledgeable of all County issues and deeply caring of the quality of life of all residents.
Because we live in upside-down times, civility, decency and respect are being mocked. Souto is a gentleman with more wisdom than many others put together. Fortunately, we his constituents recognize this and keep reelecting him.
Please,
Do let me know who amongst you has held a private conversation with him. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Javier Souto voted Yes to the Marlins Scam. That vote alone will cost Miami-Dade taxpayers over $3 Billion. Bruno Barreio made the Motion and Souto and 7-8 other dopes voted Yes. (The owner of the Marlins keeps 100% of all revenues).

Anonymous said...

Daniella is the real deal on the environment. She is already attuned to projects in her soon to be District 8, such as the current restoration of a coastal wetland in Cutler Bay near sw 184 st and Old Cutler Rd. She has visited the site of this amazing project that lies in the direct footprint of the coastal component of Everglades Restoration, CERP. It's a shame that greedy developers, lawyers, and their lobbyists are presently in the process of seeking a change of zoning for 9 acres adjacent to these wetlands that if approved by the Cutler Bay Council will allow for a 3-4 story strip mall to be built looming over the wetlands. That is why we need you Daniella and others like you, to bring some sanity back and curb irresponsible and environmentally detrimental over development. May the Cutler Bay council follow her environmental lead and say no to a strip mall next door to a thriving wetland. And by the way a Roseatte spoonbill was spotted on these wetlands today, I have proof. Wonder if it will stay around if that strip mall erupts like a volcano on the horizon?

Anonymous said...

Advocating for environmental concerns is nice but the County has a $6+ Billion budget and leaders are needed to stop the out-of-control spending. Most of the 12-13 County Commissioners are too dumb or too inexperienced to effect change. Daniela is smart and she has potential.

Anonymous said...

I have spent one on one time with Senator Souto. He is a gentleman and his service to this community, our country and his country of origin cannot be denied; however, time and age catches up with all of us and sadly enough it has caught up with the senator. His role at BCC has diminished greatly in the last five years and his level of attentiveness to important issues discussed at that forum is an all time low. It is time for the senator to resign from the commission and allow the younger generation to make an impact on the future of this community. There is more to life than the BCC and I'm sure the senator's grand kids will appreciate time spent with their grandfather. Best of luck to him.

Anonymous said...

I too have spend hours with him..What you see it what you get..ironic that he's a little "slow" and set in his ways but may a few less fast talking, backroom dealing, sunburned palm commissioners would be good for the public.

and I love how his wandering rants produce nuggets like "libraries are like churches" which end up being the catchphrase for an issue..

but I've had enough already with what it was like long long ago in a land far far away.

Anonymous said...

Who paid for Daniella's trip to the Everglades? Was it a gift?

Anonymous said...

Highly doubt that the camping trip was a gift.

Once she is sworn-in to office, she will officially be the richest Commissioner - worth over $3 Million.

Anonymous said...

The picture looks more like Livingston on a trip down the Sambesy with modern outfitting.

Anonymous said...

the trip was her idea. The family camps all the time, so she's using her own camping stuff.

What exactly would the "gift" be anyway? Good weather?



Anonymous said...

Daniela Cava has an Ivy League education and a very successful husband who adores her. She does not need any gifts. She can be counted on to be impartial.

Anonymous said...

Senator Souto need never resign because his name recognition shall enable him to sit in the Commission seat until he dies. He no longer recognizes his diminishing cognitive abilities and his aides act like wolf hounds if he is questioned at any of his town hall meetings.

I'd respect him if he followed through on any of his rants. He does not. He's so Miami.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he said "Libraries are like cathedrals of the mind" AND he repeatedly said he'd get many of his rich funders involved. (It's all on video at those long BCC meetings.) He said this is an important institution dear to him.

Then, the Great Senator did absolutely nothing.

Oh, my mistake, he did less then nothing. He voted against funding the county's public library system during the most critical period in its history in 2013 and again in 2014.

With this entire system on the line, after over a hundred million dollars in investment over the last decade, he damned it. This man is a shameful liar.

outofsight said...

It would have felt a bit better to go after the first serious cold snap.... the skitters would have been slower.

What she is doing missing the races in Homestead?

Anonymous said...

thx for sharing lynda

Anonymous said...

It is easy to give away money to pet causes, especially if the money is from someone else. It is a leader who can say No to increasing taxes when that No vote will anger that leaders supporters. Government must do more with less.