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Government flip-flops on bids burn businesses, taxpayers

Government flip-flops on bids burn businesses, taxpayers

Irresponsible bid handling by Miami-Dade governments is costing businesses and taxpayers hundreds of millions. Bidders incur high costs. Every time government changes its mind and starts over, bid expenses become…

Mr. Manners’ five solutions to the Miami RSVP dilemma

Mr. Manners’ five solutions to the Miami RSVP dilemma

Our Etiquette Department has received many requests (all from one person) to explain the mysterious term “RSVP.” Our serial requester makes that plea every time we go to one of…

Malaysian giant stakes casino gambit on illegal foreign labor

Malaysian giant stakes casino gambit on illegal foreign labor

If you harbor even a sliver of doubt about how promises Genting made in seeking a Miami mega-casino would play out, its pleas in federal court last week tell you…

How tilting the playing field spilled millions in Homestead

How tilting the playing field spilled millions in Homestead

Homestead just learned a painful lesson: anti-competitive policies cost taxpayers millions. If city commissioners are wise, they’ll take that lesson to heart and undo a policy that gives local bidders…

Miami needs to make hard choice on trolley service now

Miami needs to make hard choice on trolley service now

Miami’s trolleys, like most mass transit, lose money. The more riders, routes and amenities, the more the system loses. Not a good business model. But commissioners never planned for a…

This father-son lease by county hall is too close for comfort

This father-son lease by county hall is too close for comfort

A county lease in the making sets off loud alarm bells that seem to fall on deaf commission ears. The lease for a local office for Commissioner Bruno Barreiro could…

If taxis are a public service, who exactly do they serve?

If taxis are a public service, who exactly do they serve?

Do taxicabs exist to serve passengers, or does the public ride merely to serve taxi companies? The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Everybody knows that taxis are licensed only to…

When excellence isn’t enough: Branding Miami-Dade County

When excellence isn’t enough: Branding Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County’s nine-year-old slogan drips with aspiration: “Delivering Excellence Every Day.” Would that it were so. Taxpayers know delivery falls short of the message – sometimes woefully so. Fill in…

Call for ethnic quotas in Miami Beach City Hall outmoded

Call for ethnic quotas in Miami Beach City Hall outmoded

New Miami Beach officials last week were shoveled the worst sort of advice by the daily newspaper across the county in Doral, which admonished them to appoint Hispanics to local…

County needs to get serious about making bidding equitable

County needs to get serious about making bidding equitable

Why does Miami-Dade mess up so many bid offerings? Equally vital, what should the county do when it does foul one up? These questions aren’t theoretical. They apply to real…

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