PB: More Quick Bites
SDM feels a little overwhelmed by all the material thrown at it over the past week or so, especially the nuggets that continue to bestowed by Mayor Stanczyk. So, in violation of the strict rules customarily followed here at SDM :), another serving of quick bites follows:
What did she know and when did she know it?
Mayor Shelley Stanczyk attempted to cool rising tempers in Palmetto Bay in a letter to the Miami Herald. The letter is filled with the usual misleading statements like “[t]he council has discussed the moratorium and zoning ordinance seven times.” As SDM’s educated readers know from quick bites like The Lindsay Two-Step that the council has NEVER made public the Neighborhood Preservation and Compatibility Ordinance or its provisions.
Palmetto Bay residents are getting used to the constant drumbeat of falsehoods emanating from the Franjo Triangle (where village hall is located). (Maybe SDM will call it the Devil’s Triangle – a place where common sense disappeared without a trace.)
What’s unusual about Mayor Stanczyk’s letter is her frank admission that she knows what’s in what she calls the NPO:
The ordinance under preparation relates to non-residential uses in residential areas, such as libraries, hospitals, clinics, fire stations, utilities and government buildings — as well as schools and churches.
This ordinance will create a level playing field for applicants and the community during the zoning application process. Its goal is fairness and equity while removing uncertainty for all in a zoning outcome. It will address residential issues such as light, noise, dust and landscaping, which are not addressed in our current code. It will not limit any church or school as to how many members it may have.
Funny, SDM’s been paying pretty close attention and can’t recall a single time Councilwoman Lindsay stated that her ordinance would address hospitals, clinics, utilities and government buildings. SDM knows Lindsay discussed verbally that the ordinance would address light, noise and dust but neither can SDM recall a discussion on the dais about landscaping.
How does the Mayor know all this? Hmmm…
One of SDM’s criticisms of Councilwoman Lindsay’s ordinance is that she has no business – under the code provisions related to moratoriums – in drafting it. She is neither permitted by the code to do so, nor does she have any training related to such a task. There’s also the little problem that by retaining control over the drafts, she is essentially preventing her colleagues from having input into the legislation.
But, then again, maybe she’s only keeping her draft from some members of council. Mayor Stanczyk sure seems to be fully versed in its contents.
Something is rotten in Denmark.
Funny quote from Howard Cohen’s article in the Herald titled Voters to have say on charter amendments:
“I disagreed with the attorney, the word ‘shall’ means we should pass everything they said to the ballot,” [Councilwoman Joan] Lindsay said.
What a renaissance woman! Lindsay’s already known as an amateur traffic engineer. At the now notorious Palmer hearing last year, Lindsay tried to take apart a professional traffic study despite the fact that she had ZERO professional training in the area. The appeals court said that hearing showed the village to be “intransigent.”
Just when Palmetto Bay thought it knew everything about her, Lindsay surprises by revealing her legal training! She’s so vastly knowledgeable that she can overrule a village attorney with a couple decades of experience.
Move over Brian; there’s a new sheriff…er, lawyer in town.
Where the sheeple meet
Charter Revision Commission member Warren Lovely offered an amusing anecdote from his grandson. SDM paraphrases:
My six year old grandson asked me if I was going to do something and I said I needed to talk to grandma nana first. He looked at me and asked, are you going to be like a sheep and do what you’re told or be like a people and make up your own mind? I said, I’m going to be a sheeple until I talk to your nana.
Mr. Lovely didn’t catch the irony. Just before offering the cute story, Lovely and the usual suspects urged – demanded, really – the council place every one of the revision commissions “suggestions” directly on the ballot without any pesky interference from elected officials. (As noted above, the firm of Lindsay & Gerald agreed with the legal neutering of the village council.)
In the end, of course, the three amigos – in full sheeple mode – bowed to their nanas. Out of the mouths of babes!
Rude behavior does not help the cause
Normally, SDM doesn’t like to criticize – directly anyway – individual speakers at village council meetings, but at 3:12:40 a resident took his criticism too far.
Here’s the thing SDM wishes: That Palmetto Bay residents and voters keep the shenanigans going on in the Devil’s Triangle in perspective. What irks Palmetto Bay residents would make folks in other cities yawn.
To be clear: SDM does not condone rudeness. Strong criticism – fair game. Rude confrontational behavior – out of bounds.