Sunday, July 20, 2008
Field of Dream Busters
From the mangled ruins, Miami history is being re-written...
Come rain or shine, when I was a kid my grandpa would take me to the Orange Bowl to watch the Dolphins play. I thought the whole thing was booooooring except for the time spent with gramps who loved sports. Today the place is an empty leveled field of nightmares and there is a power play in the works.
From the AP:
"Norman Braman talks about the lawsuit he is filing aimed at stopping a massive $3 billion public works plan in Miami which includes a long-sought downtown stadium for baseball's Florida Marlins during an interview in Miami on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. The multimillionaire car dealer contends the financing is illegal because it takes money from accounts intended to cure urban blight."
photo Lynne Sladky
Drivin' Norman is no spectator, his art is the voice of reason. Our needed tax dollars should not be used to build a private stadium. He is not the lone opponent but certainly a champion for public interest and a giant pain in the seat for small men who we entrust with the business of the people. These little thirsty men, drunk on power and corrupted by OPM (other people's money), want us to spend millions on one loosing proposition after another, to benefit their buds. But when pressed on the hard facts , local polititan's devious plans crash like a house of cash.
Read below how mayor Alvarez is looking out for his constituents.
From the SunPost this week, our "strong mayor" is all about "I dunno":
"... Martinez asked the mayor why the Marlins couldn’t build their own stadium. “My understanding is they can’t afford it,” Alvarez said. He went on to paint a shocking picture showing a lack of due diligence by the county and city in stadium negotiations. Here are a few of the questions Martinez asked Alvarez:
“Have you seen financial statements from the Florida Marlins?”
“No, I have not.”
“Have you ever seen from the Florida Marlins any evidence of their ability to obtain the line of credit that is required of them to obtain in the baseball stadium agreement?”
“No, I have not.”
“Do you know whether they have any long-term debt?
“No, I do not.”
“Do you know if the Marlins have operated at a profit or loss during the last three years?”
“No, I don’t.”
Martinez then asked, “Have you considered taking a referendum, asking the citizens themselves if that is something that they want?”
“No, I have not,” the mayor answered.
Why should our precious tax dollars go to building this giant tin can of sardines just so a few fanatics can relish in the spectacle of watching knuckle-headed over-grown boys beat each other stupid with bats and small balls. why? because our elected officials say so.
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