Even though the prayer before the meeting was never suppose to favor any religion, the Rev. at the meeting invoked Jesus Christ twice in his prayer. He also said God about 30 times in one minute. Oh well, I knew that stupid prayer thing would never work out.
The environmentalists almost got what they wanted. They had asked for a paltry $500,000 in a $6.8 Billion Dollar budget. They got $300,000 to fund engineering and in addition a "Resiliency Officer" was funded at $75,000 (I heard there would be grants). I did hear, national search, so that was a good sign, at least Gimenez can't fill the position with one of his recycled staff. Speaking of staff the officer is to report to Jack Osterholt.
Here is a snapshot of the meeting (in snapshots). Attendees pictured were there to speak out on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise funding. I don't see the point. What are they going to do to combat the problem just pump, pump, and add more pumps to pump water into the Bay and the Everglades? Can an Engineering firm with $300,000 funding find solutions or just add pump stations? I am so pessimistic on this issue: Too little, too late.
|Laura Reynolds of Tropical Audubon, County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard.|
|The ever - lovely Sonia Succar Rodriguez (working for the Everglades Foundation). Maurice Ferre's granddaughter.|
|Rachel Silverstein-Altman of Miami Waterkeeper and Lauren Ordway of the Nature Conservancy.|
|South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard (Rachel next to him).|
|Greg Harma,LEED and Corporate Sustainability Educator, Climate Solutionist|
|A man who came prepared! Yes they told me their names but they didn't write them down for me.|
|Laura Reynolds of Tropical Audubon and Carolyn Lewis of the CLEO Institute|
Juan Zapata and Xavier Suarez voted against the budget. County Commissioner Juan Zapata wants the other Commissioners to be more diligent in their review of the budget. He said as much in an OpEd Yesterday in the Miami Herald:
The sad truth is that nothing is more important — yet less analyzed by the commission — than the budget. Since my election in 2012, I have advocated for the commission to take a more proactive approach in the development of the budget as opposed to one that merely reacts to it.
In Miami-Dade County, the budget approval process is transactional and characterized by commissioners making individual funding requests with little discussion on big-picture or structural budget issues. After all, the budget is the single most important policy the commission adopts. It should clearly identify our priorities and how the county’s resources should be allocated to meet those priorities. Establishing what matters most is the very function of what a budget process should reflect.