True to his word, Mayor Tomas Regalado made only minor comments before the City Commission today related to future amendments to the code after implementation. Later, while waiting for the City Manager to make a presentation regarding the budget, the commissioners went around griping about how there was not enough public process, or that the code was still not ‘complete’.
Commissioner Carollo described the lack of public process and lack of time (is he for real??) Commissioner Gort went on to propose a special meeting (after the May 20th implementation date) to bring all stakeholders together to further discuss changes to the code, which he said would be many considering “things that were not well thought out.” Others, like Commissioner Suarez brought up good points related to affordable housing and the impact of downzoning on the city budget. While he made some good points, he also is not sold on the value of walkability or the principles behind the code, going so far as to suggest it was fatally flawed. Commissioner Dunn was very positive, echoing some of what Commissioner Suarez said about affordable housing, but clearly saying that he agreed with the code in principle. Commissioners Suarez and Carollo should take their cue from Commissioner Dun – you can seek changes to the code, but are you really against creating a pedestrian friendly Miami? I hope not.
Mayor Regalado held the commission back saying that is was not “practical” to delay the implementation date. He rightly recognized that any extension would result in the same last minute blitz by attorney’s and told the commission as much. I hope that as time goes on, Gort, Suarez and Carollo take the time to truly understand what this code aspires to, and how it will change our city for the better.
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