Doctors Hospital: No Green Barrier in 2008

These 2008 images show the Coral Gables-owned municipal parking lot #24 that was leased to Doctors Hospital since the late 1980’s. The lease contract requires that the hospital maintain the landscaping, which should hide the view of the building and sustain a green buffer in the neighborhood. Here in 2008 there was neither.

This is suggestive of what the valet parking lot may look like in the future if not carefully managed and overseen by the City of Coral Gables.

Doctors Hospital 2008

HOW THE RICH BUY ELECTIONS and POLITICIANS

The super PAC supporting Democrat Andrew Yang’s mayoral campaign in New York City has been funded almost exclusively by finance industry executives who have donated tens of millions of dollars to super PACs that supported President Trump and other national Republicans, according to records from the New York Board of Elections. 

While nearly all of the leading Democratic mayoral candidates are participating in the New York City public campaign financing program, including Yang, super PACs are still allowed to spend independently in support of their campaigns. Ahead of the June 22 primary, the pro-Yang Comeback PAC released its first ad today.

GOP Megadonors Fund Andrew Yang Super PAC – Sludge

This is a marvelous demonstration on how dark money and the super-wealthy can strongly influence the outcome of an election, affect the campaign issues and work against voters by their power over the candidates.

This is why there can be a popular mass wanting to support an issue overwhelmed by private and corporate money.

Mike Mena’s Coral Gables land deal looks shady; residents ask for his head – Political Cortadito

Coral Gables Vice Mayor Mike Mena is under fire for his vote last week to sell a city-owned parcel used as a surface parking lot near the Village of Merrick Park to his bosses in a no-bid secret deal that nobody knew was coming. Some residents are asking for his resignation.

“Mena knew he was doing something wrong and tried to cover his tracks,” Coral Gables resident and former U.S. District Attorney Leon Kellner wrote in an op-ed piece published in Community Newspapers and Gables Insider.

“At the commission meeting he blurted out that his vote would not make a difference because he said he knew there were four ‘yes’ votes from the mayor and three other commissioners. That’s uncanny,” Kellner wrote, “given Florida’s strict Sunshine Laws which prohibit commissioners from speaking to each other in private about city business.

“So, how did he know the other commissioners would vote in favor of the sale?”

Mike Mena’s Coral Gables land deal looks shady; residents ask for his head – Political Cortadito

OPINION (Thomas Kennedy): Ron DeSantis Is an Authoritarian

Ron DeSantis increasingly acts like an authoritarian rather than a governor elected by a razor-thin margin of about 30,000 votes. We are seeing the end of a legislative session that can only be described as a direct assault on Floridians.

Republicans in the state legislature passed bills that bully trans kids that want to play sports, criminalize protesting, suppress the right to vote, raised sales taxes for consumers, and blocked raising unemployment benefits for those who are still struggling through the pandemic.

While doing nothing to better the lives of Floridians, DeSantis and his acolytes were busy trying to distract the public by passing a silly and likely unconstitutional bill going after social media companies for “deplatforming” candidates running statewide in the state.

OPINION: Ron DeSantis Is an Authoritarian

Mask rules at Dadeland, Dolphin and other Miami malls | Miami Herald

Now that the CDC says it’s OK for fully vaccinated people to not wear a mask in most places, some South Florida businesses are ending their mandates while others are keeping it for now. But what about malls, filled with stores and restaurants that have different policies? Here’s a guide:

Mask rules at Dadeland, Dolphin and other Miami malls | Miami Herald

CDC MASK REC’D

The CDC mask recommendation is an invitation to anti-vaxers, anti-maskers to continue as is.

Now we can’t trust people without masks unless vaccination can be proven.

Keep wearing a mask.

Now Starbucks, Walmart, others are giving free reign to anti-masking.

OVERDEVELOPMENT PROMOTED BY THE COMMISSION OF CORAL GABLES

This clearly demonstrates that the city selling its land to a developer, just ADDS TO THE OVERDEVELOPMENT, OVERBUILDING TREND IN CORAL GABLES. The solution–stop selling public land to developers.

The Coral Gables City Commission voted Tuesday to move forward with a plan to sell a public parking lot for $3.5 million to a developer that would join the property with two adjacent lots for a new project.

But a wrinkle came up during the meeting: The partners behind the listed buyer — Delaware-registered JRFQ Holdings, LLC. — also own the MSP Recovery Law Firm where Vice Mayor Michael Mena has been employed since July 2019.

Gables commissioner voted to sell city property to his bosses | Miami Herald