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In government as in tennis, play by rules on Key Biscayne

In government as in tennis, play by rules on Key Biscayne

Two decades ago this newspaper backed a permanent Crandon Park tennis stadium for what is now the Sony Open. Global TV and upscale visitors, we said, outweighed loss of park…

When fines don’t do the job, let the punishment fit the crime

When fines don’t do the job, let the punishment fit the crime

Lyrics from “A More Humane Mikado” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Mikado” suggest a serious solution to last week’s Miami Today report of a zoning quandary. Miami-Dade County has…

County rejects putting in writing true costs of bond issues

County rejects putting in writing true costs of bond issues

In the name of disclosure, commissioners last week ripped the heart out of a plan to tell voters before a bond issue goes on the county ballot how much it…

New Beacon Council CEO faces challenges on many fronts

New Beacon Council CEO faces challenges on many fronts

A warm welcome – and free advice – for Larry Williams, new this week as CEO of Miami-Dade’s economic development organization, the Beacon Council. Fresh from Atlanta as the fourth…

Fire up convention center negotiations fast and play straight

Fire up convention center negotiations fast and play straight

“I think it’s just a bump in the road,” Commissioner Jerry Libbin said after an appeals court last week threw out a vote on a Miami Beach Convention Center rebirth.…

Best-seller to officials: ‘How to Kick a Can Down the Road’

Best-seller to officials: ‘How to Kick a Can Down the Road’

Congratulations, Miami-Dade, your county hall has preserved our library system via its tried-and-true fiscal policy: kick the can down the road. If we can’t pay now, let someone else pay…

County can score vital gain as commissioners reverse field

County can score vital gain as commissioners reverse field

In tackling a single unremarkable item, Miami-Dade commissioners last week faced up to lingering challenges that could reinvent county government. Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa promised them broad scope soon at a…

To raise playhouse curtain anew, solve backstage problems

To raise playhouse curtain anew, solve backstage problems

Most people who give it thought agree it would be very nice – good for everyone – to save the crumbling and vacant Coconut Grove Playhouse. Headlines indicate that restoration…

How independent an appraiser? Probably less than he wants

How independent an appraiser? Probably less than he wants

Energetic Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera has done a lot since he started in January. He rebuilt offices to be friendlier, issued assessed values three months earlier, created an informal assessment…

More, better taxi service would benefit visitors, residents

More, better taxi service would benefit visitors, residents

A vital concern for Miami-Dade’s economy is whether fixes to taxi service can defeat industry pushback. It’s a stretch to call it “service.” Taxis answer calls sporadically. Many are old…

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