Key excerpts from her column:
(Norman) Braman is not arguing that the tourist-tax money going to the stadium could be used instead on our drowning school system. No one should be confused about that.Perhaps you're not confused, Linda, but many people are mixing apples and oranges in order to make their case against public funding for the ballpark, as many recent comments and polls suggest. Also, how in the world can you say the public money to pay off the Arsht Center's debt "has merit", while tourist-tax money for a ballpark is "bad for the city"? That's a huge contradiction and smacks of elitism (ironically coming from a sports columnist).
The Bicentennial Park remake, Overtown redevelopment, port tunnel, trolley and Arsht Center debt payoff have merit. The stadium sticks out like a sore thumb.
Times are hard, yet baseball is awash in cash. People are losing their homes, yet the Marlins want the people's money to build a new one.
Repeat the mantra (ed: No public funding of homes for privately owned sports franchises).
My "counter-mantra": What's good for the arts can also be good for professional sports franchises which also represent our community.
- Miami-Dade County commissioners are ready to ask voters once again to give them a raise.
For the record, I am actually in favor of giving commissioners a raise from the $6,000 or $7,000 salary they currently make. I'm also in favor of term limits. Still, when you consider that many, if not most, of these commissioners are against the Miami Megaplan, they sure have tons of nerve to ask for voters to give them a raise. You just can't make this stuff up!
- The state puts the kibosh on development outside Miami-Dade's Urban Development Boundary.