Commission Candidates meet Grove neighbors
It ended up being the Ken Russel, Grace Solares and Teresa Sarnoff show, as they were asked the bulk, if not all of the questions from the crowd. I think Rosa was asked one. No one else was asked anything.
I was not in attendance but I heard from a number of people who were there and just as I was about to file this report, I watched Al Crespo's video of the events. You can see that here.
A friend said Teresa was "self assured." People were concerned about her campaign receiving lots of money from developers. He felt that the crowd was not in Teresa's favor.
He said, "Ken Russell is charming and a great speaker, he connects well with the younger crowd."
About 80% of the room were over 35 by the looks of it, only about 20% were 35 and younger.
Ken brought up the subject of term limits. If there are term limits, then shouldn't that be it for the Sarnoffs?
Most of the candidates were against what they call "big development" taking over. But hasn't that horse left the barn long ago? I think the City sold out to developers and won't ever retreat.
Ken Russell admitted to not being a "good voter," when someone asked him about it. He did not vote for years, explaining that he was too busy with business and raising his family. Why would he think that people will go out and vote for him if he didn't feel it was important to cast his own vote for others in the past? That is the problem today, voter apathy.
Another friend present says that "Grace spoke with a leadership tone, she outlined plans to control development by putting together a task force consisting of businesses and residents which would review code change requests." He went on to say, "It looks like the race is between Grace and Ken."
One thing I noticed is that Ken's claim to fame is the Merrie Christmas Park toxic issue and Teresa's is the Home Depot. Both old news. What have you done for us lately?
Grace got a lot of applause for her anti-development stance. She will never be in their pocket, that's a great thing. People at the meeting were quite concerned with development and over-development in Coconut Grove and in the City of Miami.
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