It looks like voters want change
|Ken meets his fans at The Grove Spot on campaign night.|
Photo courtesy Al Crespo
I don't expect the same low turnout in the runoff on November 17 as was the case yesterday, I expect it to be even lower.
6593 people voted in Tuesday's election. 76% voted against
I think the people have spoken, change is in the air. But let's wait until November 17 to see what happens, but I think people have had enough of the friends and family environment around here and everyone wants to be represented fairly, not bullied and not micromanaged. A lot of those friends will now fade into the woodwork, bullies for so long, now possibly silenced (and sentenced) for good.
I find it interesting that all of the money donated by developers is now egg all over their faces. I think that along with the political changes, developers are persona non grata in Coconut Grove and Miami Beach. On Tuesday, Miami Beach residents voted against the proposal to destroy Ocean Terrace in North Beach by having a money grubbing developer take over and knock the whole historical street down in favor of more high rise development. This was so selfish and mind numbing that you wonder how far people will go for the almighty dollar.
"We like the flavor of Miami Beach, we don't want to lose that," one voter was quoted as saying.
Let's hope that what is left of the flavor of Coconut Grove remains and big developers will be sent packing. No more chrome and glass high rises or over-development in Coconut Grove! No more spot zoning or zoning variances. And since Ken first became known by fighting for our local parks, maybe he can undo some of those deals where the city sold out the parks and waterfront to private schools and enterprises.
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