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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

It looks like voters want change

Ken meets his fans at The Grove Spot on campaign night.
Photo courtesy Al Crespo
I think it's safe to say that Ken Russell will be our next District 2 Commissioner. That is to say, if people vote in the runoff election.

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 Marc Teresa Sarnoff; of that, 41% voted for Ken; if Ken receives all or most of the votes from the other candidates, then there will be a similar outcome and Ken will be the winner. 

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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your article. This election speaks volumes. No m ore Spot zoning or variances. Uphold Miami 21. Sarnoff will do a noble thing by avoiding a run-off. Just concede to Ken. Not worth spending all this money on a new election. Can the money that has not been spent in campaigns be used for charitable work or beautification projects?
I would like to see all other candidates publicly pledge their support for Ken. BTW, Grace's last mailer with the Halloween theme was as low as I have ever seen. Stick to activism Grace, you are not a good politician.

November 04, 2015 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 04, 2015 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was sad to see Ron pulling for the Sarnoffs at City Hall. And some others, Pathetic, Anyway.


November 04, 2015 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the votes that went for the other candidates, especially those that supported Grace will go for Ken. Plenty of Grovites are fed up with the Sarnoff’s. Eight years is more than enough. I predict that Ken will win by at least 60% in the run off. Not at all pleased to read that Carollo, Wynton and Gordon are supporting Ken. In fact its a bit scary! I think that Miami and the Grove are the big looser for not having elected Grace. The good news is that Grace will continue to fight for our rights, quality of live and our future.

November 04, 2015 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully in 10 years will have something better than Solares, the Sarnoffs or Ken and his little family too. It's just pathetic.

November 04, 2015 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Charles Corda said...

Whether Ken was your candidate or not, last night Coconut Grove won and the Citizens of Miami won. Ken's victory was a resounding triumph against the all that has been wrong with our City Government...Sarnoff is toast..
Now it is time to put the final nail in Sarnoff's career by actively supporting Ken to make sure we never see or hear the name Sarnoff again.
Lets send Sarnoff packing once and for all. I urge ALL the other candidates and every voter in this City to get behind Ken Russell in this run-off. Time to end Sarnoff's reign of terror for good.
Charles Corda

November 04, 2015 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarnoff really did create a dark age in Miami

November 04, 2015 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not over. For Ken to be successful and beat the Sarnoff's the people who voted for Ken, (and those who voted for Grace and the other candidates), have to come out on November 17th and vote again. Apathy will spell disaster because the Sarnoff's have the money and team to deliver a lot of votes. Also, unfortunately, I don't see Mark going away any time soon. His PAC and Foundation are still flush with cash. My guess is that he will be back for the next City of Miami mayoral race.

November 04, 2015 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the people who voted for Sarnoff or did not vote: don't ever complain about a thing related to Coconut Grove. Have coffee with Ron or Teresa and enjoy the weather at City Hall, bizne$$ as usual. You know who you are. Shame on you, period.

November 04, 2015 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celebrate for sure but get back to the task at hand and get out and vote again or the Sarnoffs will take it back . This is no time for complacency. We must keep our " eye on the doughnut and not on the hole". I don't expect that the Sarnoffs will take the high road and pack it up. Too much money on the table. Maybe Grace Solares will do the right thing and put her energy behind Ken . That would be a responsible move. Do not fall asleep at the switch. The Sarnoff machine will pull out all stops. All stops except us. All we have to do is show up at the polls.

November 04, 2015 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celebrate now but don't become complacent. The Sarnoff machine will pull out all stops. All stops except us. All we have to do is show up at the polls. Teresa should do the right thing and concede. Grace should get behind Ken now. We must show up and vote. It is not over.

November 04, 2015 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Ron Nelson will have to get a real job. So sad to see Ron, a long time advocate for the Grove Civic Club, stoop to work for the obvious self serving low caliber character in Mark Sarnoff. Wasn't the Rockefeller Sarnoff story Ron a tipoff of what the creep Sarnoff was and always will be. A Mea Culpa is in order.

November 04, 2015 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many people agree that they should be judged by the actions of their spouse?

On this blog, the commenters are assuming that "Since we don't like Marc, then we won't like Teresa".

They are overcome with hate. Sad.

November 05, 2015 11:45 AM  

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