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March 2009

Don't you just love Miami traffic in the morning?

I am so not trying to make this a traffic blog but I guess I do spend a lot of time in local traffic.

Here is a photo of the inconsiderate female driver of a black Hummer who pulled in front of me near 81st street and northwest 6th avenue this morning. Had I been driving just a tad faster, that would have caused an accident for sure.

This is the best photo of the culprit's vehicle I could get while my vehicle was stopped.

I understand that many people may consider the ordeal of traffic very challenging. Miami has a reputation as the area with the worst drivers and some folks validate that opinionM I'd like to just get from point A to point B safely.

How was your drive to work today?



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Erykah Badu @ Jazz in the Gardens

The City of Miami Gardens is definitely making a name for itself with its JAZZ IN THE GARDENS festival.

The artists have been awesome and here's a photo of the awesomely talented Ms. Erykah Badu with some of my friends: Chief Nathaniel Styles, his sister, Donna and Kamili.

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Friday morning traffic

What's up with traffic this morning? Since this is a planning day for public school teachers, there are no kids in school and that 15 MPH speed limit through school zones is not in effect.

Two left lanes of southbound I-95 were closed so there was pandemonium until the 112 exit. Here's a photo at a stoplight in Miami Springs. The folks on I-95 are probably still stuck in traffic.


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Artist arrested

Brazilian artist, Romero Britto, was arrested for drunk driving on Miami Beach. It's reported that his Bentley swerved as he was driving along Washington Avenue.

Britto seemed genuinely sorry when interviewed on television. We love his colorful pop art and wish him the best but the real lesson is don't drink and drive.

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TGIF

Happy Friday, everyone! Are you ready for the weekend? I know am. Much of my posting to this blog will be via my trusted CrackBerry. There's just too much going on of which I'd like to partake this weekend. I'll post photos as much as possible but I'm still working on mastering that capability.

Anyhoo, with the Marlins Stadium off the front pages and headlines of local media, let's chill out at one of the most highly anticipated events --- Jazz in the Gardens on Saturday and Sunday at Dolphins Stadium in Miami Gardens. Some of my favorite artists are scheduled to perform but I'll deal with that in detail in another post.

A real world class event, the Sony-Ericcson tennis championships, is also in full swing (that was corny) on Key Biscayne. I'd love to see the Williams sisters and Fernando Nadal to name a few of the players.

Gotta go but I'll be back soon with another post. Peace and Blessings.


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Before building the Stadium, let’s look at the Bigger Picture

By Harlan E. Woodard, RA


It's a given that most in this community want the Marlins to stay in Miami-Dade County. And most believe that the Marlins should have a dedicated, state of the art baseball stadium from which to operate. But more than the political jousting rooted in fiscal and even ethnic concerns getting most of our attention, the real concern that will have greater impact on our community at large is stadium location. To put it plainly, Miami-Dade should have its state of the art baseball stadium – just not at the Orange Bowl site.

This site is too isolated for the currently challenged popularity of baseball. And the high cost for needed infrastructure and even more ancillary development for success make this site even riskier and more suspect.

With substantial infrastructure already in place in downtown Miami, why are we not more vehemently attempting get a greater return on existing investments?

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Listening to the Special County Commission Meeting: Is this the Twilight Zone or what?

Watching this commission meeting, much like last week's city commission meeting is tantamount to watching a bad movie or perhaps being in the Twilight Zone.

The "passion," defensiveness and references to personal integrity do little to justify positions already taken. Since I know that folks read this blog and forward it own to the powers that be, let me bring a few things to light.

I saw a small portion of the public comment but there were a couple of comments made that are very interesting.

Mayor Alvarez mentioned marching orders given to County Manager Burgess when Alvarez was elected. One of the mayor's priorities was building a baseball stadium.

Burgess blew off the Miami Arena site as a possibility for the stadium but failed to give specifics regarding any previous study. He also made the comment that the area where the stadium is to be built is "tomorrow's downtown." That makes me very uncomfortable; I don't know about you.

I'll be back with more observations later.


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Miami-Dade residents will have the opportunity to be heard during the “Miami Marlins” Stadium discussion


Monday, March 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.

 


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Last month, Miami-Dade County Chairman Dennis C. Moss offered residents a chance to have a voice during the Board of County Commission discussions for a new "Miami Marlins" stadium.  This never took place due to the City of Miami's postponement of their meeting.  Yesterday, the city voted 3-2 in favor of the stadium agreement.  The County will have a special meeting on March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Stephen P. Clark building, 2nd floor, Commission Chambers. 

"While all items to be considered are not public hearing items, after weighing the significance of the decisions that the Commission will be making, I decided to open the entire stadium discussion to the public," said Chairman Moss.  "This is an effort to promote greater transparency by giving the community the opportunity to provide input."

To participate, anyone wishing to speak needs to register with the office of the agenda coordinator, at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the hearing.  Directional signs will be set up on the first floor pointing to a registration table where people can sign up to speak.


 
Who:  Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

What: “Miami Marlins” stadium public hearing

When: March 23, 2009, 1:00 p.m.

Where:

111 NW 1 Street, Commission Chamber (2nd Floor) at the Stephen P. Clark Center
111 N.W. First Street, Miami, FL., 33128