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Friday, December 16, 2005

The Diference Between a Monkey and Manny Diaz? A Monkey Has Shame!

In the words of Kanye West, slightly over-rated poet of our time, “We Major!” Why? Because we are bringing to you in warp time, before it happens! Hope you appreciate it. Speaking of, I'm getting a couple of hundred of hits but people are not leaving comments. Wha's the deal? Anyway, here goes.

Two days ago I gave you all some of the lowdown on the mayor’s zoning codes. I also brought up the impact fees. Well looky, looky, from our blog to (Miami demi-) God’s ear!

First story, impact fees are going up! (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/13418992.htm)

Second story, park space is going down, to the first story level where it belongs! (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/13418993.htm)

Wait, wait, wait, there is a catch. Our mayor is doing developers a solid by making sure that they have a mini-moratorium. See, they can just file with the good folks at City Hall before January 15, and they will not be liable for the extra money. Whew, I was thinking that it might cost them an extra Rolex that developers normally give out at Christmas to real estate sales folks.

Oh yeah, wait, wait, wait there is also a catch with the ground level park plan. See this part of the Herald story: But approval came only after a clearly peeved Commissioner Johnny Winton complained that the amount developers will be charged for elevating required open space under the new measure -- $50 per square foot -- falls well below the $400-per-square foot land costs in his downtown district.

Coming hard on the heels of the Mayor Manny’s announcement that he was putting off “Miami 21” zoning regulations for another 6 months or so, YES I DID TELL YOU IT WOULD HAPPEN, he may have thought that the half measures would help smooth over ruffled feathers and unhappy voters. His political viability is going down like a water logged bale of coke in the Miami harbor.

But here is the kicker: MIAMIMiami mayor is given $53,000 pay raise:
BY MICHAEL VASQUEZmrvasquez@herald.com
Swiftly, with little debate, Miami city commissioners Thursday unanimously voted to boost Miami Mayor Manny Diaz's salary by more than 54 percent, from $97,000 to $150,000.

Now does he deserve it. Hmmm. Let us see what the national press thinks of our city. This little jewel below was run in Money Magazine's website and syndicated across the country. Two years in a row we are number 2! (We used to be number 1 but suicide capital Tacoma is number 1 now. Damn that Washington State weather.)

"America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities Sperling's BestPlaces ranks 331 Metro Areas with a New Stress Index Complete lists for all 331 metro areas. Check out the study's methodology.Portland, Oregon, November 9, 2005 - Between international terrorism and a struggling economy, today's Americans are faced with more stress than ever. In this new study, America's favorite research gurus at Sperling's BestPlaces have identified the most and least stressful U.S. cities.

"No. 2- Miami, FL Miami has the highest violent crime rate in our study as well as one of the highest property crime rates. Making Miami even more stressful is the long commute time, a high unemployment rate, and a high rate of divorce. Despite these factors, Miami residents manage to maintain a positive mental attitude."

I’m beginning to think Winton: Pragmatic, Stubborn but not shameless. Mayor Diaz: Just plain shameless. If Winton had played his cards right on the Home Depot Deal he would be a viable candidate for Miami-Dade Mayor and beyond. Instead he won’t even be keeping his seat in the next election. Diaz has got the financial backers but he will live on in infamy in Miami. He seemed like a smart dude. What a waste he is using his powers for evil.

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