No argument here, on Miami's 10 worst environmental scandals of 2016. I'm still shocked, living in Coral Gables, how few birds and insects there are after aerial bombardment for Zika.
When I ventured that observation to a Miami Beach native, I got a story back; on a recent morning when Miami Beach was being sprayed, the story-teller was in a TSA pre-approved line at MIA. Suddenly there was a flurry of activity and everyone made to aside by beefy security guards for a VIP.
Who was it? The Sheik of Abu Dhabi? Jay Z and Beyonce? No. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was leaving town.
On the same day I heard that story, I saw Mayor Levine at the opening of Art Basel in the main fair. He was surrounded by a retinue fit for a prince; two burly bodyguards, earpieces, plus attendant staff who looked dazed or bored.
Why does a mayor of Miami Beach need a security and staff team at Art Basel? His physical safety hardly seemed at risk. Still, the image of a local Medici popped into mind, or at least, a Manny Diaz.