Election time and everyone who didn’t have an opinion suddenly has one. Most recently is the passing of the Miami Forever Bond, which allows the City to borrow $400 million dollars to fund issues concerning sea-level rise, affordable housing, parks and recreation, streets and public safety.
Coincidentally, we attended a real estate conference just 2weeks ago where a candidate for the mayoral race, and newly acting mayor, was part of a panel discussing sea-level rise mainly comprised of officials and professionals working in the City of Miami Beach. The interesting part is while the candidate plugged in his support for the bond as part of his campaign, there wasn’t any mention that these monies were going to anything but sea-level and climate change issues. Was that convenient or just an oversight given this was at a real estate conference sponsored by a large and popular real estate periodical? We may never know, but politicians are too scripted and shrewd to have mere oversights. Personally, I didn’t vote for the bond since there’s no plan in place on how to spend all that money, and Miami has a notorious reputation for spending.