Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade Kills Corrupt Deal

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Miami Libertarians teamed up with the Coalition Against Causeway Chaos, to urge the Miami City Commission to cancel a $1 billion deal that would have built hotels and shopping complexes on Watson Island. Wednesday, the commission unanimously voted to end the deal

Passed in 2001, the deal has gone through many lawsuits, delays and deadline extensions with no progress made on the construction. “After 16 years, the financial markets has not stepped up to support this project. There has been a boom in development during the last 16 years, yet this project needs the city to finance it. The project has gone through delinquencies and payments, and yet has been granted five extensions in the last seven years,” stated Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party, Martha Bueno.

The Vice-Chair also informed the commission of the obvious displays of cronyism within this deal, claiming “It has allowed a private company to benefit, while the residents of Miami are being cheated out of additional benefits. This city is only charging the developer $2 million in rent, while the current appraisals put it at over $7 million.”

Venetian Island residents also felt that the Miami government was “bend[ing] over backward to accommodate a developer” who had missed their May 1 deadline to being construction. “I understand they moved some dirt around a few days before [their deadline] to try to convince us that construction had begun,” stated Miami Commissioner Ken Russell.

Congratulations to the Libertarians in Miami-Dade for fighting corrupt government deals and coming out successfully. Keep up the good work.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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