We don’t need no stinkin’ sunshine Part Deux
(Stephanie Kienzle) As much as I complain about North Miami Beach, at least we don’t cater to “special interest groups” like North Miami does. Not anymore anyway. When Myron Rosner was still the mayor, every person who came before the council with his hand out walked away with a “donation” of some sort.
For example, during the two fiscal years ending September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2010, the city gave in excess of $37,000.00 each year to Panzou Project, Inc., an organization dedicated to stopping Haitian gangs. As I reported in La Maison de Pierre, two “non-profit” organizations, Center for Family Empowerment, Inc. and Social Harmony Foundation, Inc., both registered at the same address, received $10,000.00 and $4,000.00, respectively, from the North Miami Beach Police Department’s forfeiture fund known as LETF. Both organizations are run by minorities with “special,” i.e., Haitian, interests. Let’s also not forget the six digit price of several “multi” cultural festivals held during Myron’s tenure that were, for all intents and purposes, targeted for one specific culture.
Even though Haitians represent less than 20% of North Miami Beach’s population, they make up a large enough voting block for politicians to consider them an important “special interest.” Myron knew that and pandered away. He took advantage of this pandering during campaign time when he expected pay back in the form of campaign assistance, donations and, of course, votes. Especially “absentee” ballots, of which Myron managed to get his hands on by any means necessary.
Once Myron was booted out of office, that vote buying scheme came to a screeching halt. Much to the dismay of organizations such as Actions for Better Future, I might add. Oh, darn.