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July 2020

Make Sense Miami Trying to Make Sense of Keon

bigstock_Mail_Button_1727945In response to Erik Bojnansky’s “Money and Family” (June 2020), Keon Hardemon is all about money from developers. And when it comes to his Miami family, he just points in the other direction.

Over the past weeks, Make Sense Miami has implored Miami District 5 Commissioner Hardemon to help with the issues at 5700 Biscayne Blvd., where developers are closing the Boulevard at their leisure to move trucks. We were pointed to FDOT, meaning Commissioner Hardemon is powerless to help.

Over the past weeks, Make Sense Miami has implored Commissioner Hardemon to help with the apartment complex development at 6445 NE 7th St., which is taking over the entrance to Legion Park and using the park during a COVID-19 shutdown. We were directed elsewhere, to the NET office and city code enforcement. Again, powerless to help.

Over the past weeks, Make Sense Miami has asked Commissioner Hardemon why the city ordered “all dog parks open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.” but left out Legion Park’s dog park because, we were told, this would require opening Legion Park! What?

This is one of the few dog parks in the area you can open without opening the park! Margaret Pace has to be open to get to the dog park. So basically, our commissioner doesn’t even know the layout of his own parks.

Over the past weeks, Make Sense Miami has asked Commissioner Hardemon why Legion Park and Eaton Park remain closed (they even removed the basketball hoops in Eaton), while parks in more affluent neighborhoods are open. Again, he’s powerless to help.

This candidate’s stance is powerlessness and saying, “It’s not my department.”

Matt Person, president
Make Sense Miami


Hit Pieces Fail

I found Mark Sell’s articles “System Fail” (May & June 2020) to be a political hit piece with barely a shred of truth. Biscayne Times, putting them on the front page two months in a row gave them much more importance than they deserved. I don’t think there is a governor in America who has done a better job than Ron DeSantis in managing the China virus.

In the early days of our country’s attack by the China virus, the MSM was predicting that Florida would be hit even worse than New York, with its massive elderly population and huge number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Fortunately, that hasn’t happened.

Governor DeSantis wisely protected the most vulnerable, the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, using the National Guard to help test the residents and workers taking care of them. New York had seven times more cases and fourteen times more deaths. The system fail was in New York.

The major complaint that Mr. Sell has is that the ancient online system to process unemployment information failed, delaying the processing of badly needed checks, as well as a plan to restart Florida’s economy. Governor DeSantis has just begun reopening the state, as have many governors, and so it is way too early to praise or be critical. I wonder if he complained about the website for Obamacare that cost more than Trump’s wall, took so long to get up and running, and continually broke down.

I think we Floridians are very lucky that Andrew Gillum wasn’t elected. It’s hard to respond to an emergency when you’re on meth or in rehab. I think that Mr. Sell, like the MSM, has ignored the governor’s success for political reasons, continually criticizing him yet praising Mario Cuomo of New York.

Howard Robinson


It’s What’s Inside That Counts

The photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis on the front page of your May issue (“System Fail”) was so negative, especially in these trying times, that I almost threw the paper away without looking at it further.

At the last minute, I decided to keep it and read it. I found the article “The Privileged Class,” on private schools, very interesting. I’m glad I did not throw away the paper.

Bill Tenney
Miami Shores


It’s What’s Inside That Counts, Part 2

I live in Edgewater and I found a copy of Biscayne Times in the mailbox of my building. It was the issue about the pandemic, with Ron DeSantis on the cover.

Gotta be honest: I got it because I needed it to use on a project, and afterward it would be used for my dog to pee on it, since we are not going outside for him to do it, due to the lockdown.

However, going through the pages, I was so positively surprised by the content. It was the perfect measure between the necessary commercial BS and the political grit that comes with true journalism and honest opinion. In the times we live in, that’s so important.

Eduardo Albuquerque


The Shores Got It Totally Right

While Mark Sell’s two stories on Florida’s failed response to the employment crisis were eye-opening, something else of note was going on in Miami Shores.

On June 7, Miami Shores had a surprising march and vigil in honor of George Floyd, the Black man killed by a policeman in Minneapolis on May 25. I say “surprising” because Miami Shores is a quiet, tree-lined, non-political suburb, yet 200 to 300 people attended the march.

At the final destination, Constitution Park, a few tables offered information about local organizations and some T-shirts saying, “I can’t breathe.” The only negative aspect was the hot, muggy weather.

When we went down NE 2nd Avenue, many of the proprietors of businesses came out to greet us. One person said, “Miami Shores got this totally right.”

Rev. Dr. Carol Hoffman-Guzman
Miami Shores


Dezer and the Intersection: At a Crossroads

Though Erik Bojnansky’s article “Intracoastal on the Rise?” (June 2020) was well written and seemingly accurate, it failed to mention that the proposed 36th Avenue intersection on SR 826, the linchpin of this proposed development, fails to comply with the city’s requirements for egress and ingress to that parcel as redeveloped.

That requirement was promulgated in 2015, when the property was rezoned to allow the density and heights.

As I understand it, the current proposal from Dezer Development is asking the city to change the zoning yet again to shift the placement of the larger buildings proposed for the parcel. Also the applicant is seeking to bind the city into allowing the new proposals, despite the non-conformity, with a contract. Such a contract would prohibit city staff, a subsequently elected commission, or the residents from a future tightening of the reins, regardless of any changed conditions.

I’ve been in touch with a couple of dozen neighbors on these issues. Even those, like me, who favor the development of that parcel oppose the new proposals and object to the city approving and permitting them. These residents are particularly annoyed that the applicant, and the city, are pursuing this without an in-person public hearing.

David Templer
North Miami Beach


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