Florida Marlins and NASCAR Own Our New Mayor Carlos Gimenez

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke, who lost in a bid to become Miami-Dade mayor, says new top man Carlos Gimenez bent over for the Florida Marlins and the Homestead -Miami Speedway.

Carlos Gimenez has been mayor for barely two weeks and already he's flip-flopping. On the campaign trail, he was the tough-talking candidate who bragged about consistently fighting the Florida Marlins on their $515 million sweetheart stadium deal. But now that he's on top, he slid through the team's last $42 million during the county commission meeting this past July 7.

"There is nothing that makes me gag more than this item," Gimenez told commissioners, adding that the "Marlins have complied with every single thing. There is no way for me to get around it."

That's bullshit. Gimenez -- who made his buddy Genaro "Chip" Iglesias deputy mayor at a $225,000 annual salary while asking county employees to take deep cuts and threatening to close 13 libraries -- consistently said the team lied to him about its finances. That's enough reason to tell owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson that it's time to renegotiate. Gimenez should have said, "Listen up. Go find your $42 million somewhere else" or "Sue me, sucker."

The new mayor should have put up some sort of fight. Instead, the Marlins threw a 99-mph fastball straight at Gimenez's head during his first week on the job and he ducked.

He also bent over for another major sports organization, the Homestead-Miami Speedway. In front of voters, Gimenez proudly proclaimed he would carefully review any application to allow construction beyond the county's development boundary, which straddles the Everglades. Yet at the same county commission meeting, he didn't raise a peep about approving the speedway's request to build on restricted swampland so NASCAR can add more seats for its multimillion-dollar Sprint Cup Series, which ends at Homestead-Miami every year.

Maybe Homestead real estate developer Wayne Rosen (who raised $30,000 for Gimenez's soft-money political action committee) plans to build those stands, which is why the mayor didn't raise a fuss. He should have. By allowing the speedway to cross the urban development boundary, the county is making it easier for other builders with projects beyond the UDB to make their case.

If he keeps this up, Gimenez is gonna be getting a ton of high colonic treatments from special interests.

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CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

You are either a complete and total fool, or just lying like you did to protect HIALEAH WARLORD ROBAINA...  YOU lost your credibility as soon as you endorsed that you know what... I hate the stadium as much as anyone... It is a horrible deal... But, the Marlins have complied with every single one of their obligations. If the County did not take that action in approving the bond sale, the Marlins could have sued the County for Millions of more dollars, and they would have received the bond proceeds to boot, costing the taxpayers even more money. As to his new deputy, he is taking the roles of two people, one Dennis Morales (who made over $250K as Alvarez Cheif of Staff) and George Burgerss (who made over $450k)... So one person at $225, instead of two people at $700K, that is a bargain.. So, your wrong on that one too.. Lets see now...Oh yeah, the Speedway deal. All that happened there was that they swapped more valuable WETLANDS (term of art, don't say swamp, shows that you really have no idea what you are talking about), that was inside the UDB, and moving it outside the UDB in exchange for other wetlands that are less valuable do to its proximity to the Speedway that has been there for decades. You really need to think before you speak..

kirkslade
kirkslade

Why should he think before he speaks? He never has. He consistently shows the world that he's an idiot. Luke likes being a moron!!!!!!!!!

Valeri
Valeri

This makes no sense. I can't comment on the Marlins but NASCAR races don't sell out anymore. They can't sell tickets for the seats they have, what benefit could be derived from building more? The race is certainly an attraction, drawing people nationwide that contribute to our economy. The Marlins can't even attract locals. Yet there's no proof that the NASCAR series championships will continue to be run here. There is a huge movement to move the series finale to Las Vegas. Extra empty seats wouldn't do anything to stop it.

Thomas Galicia
Thomas Galicia

Actually as per NASCAR, I'll admit I don't know much about it, but, they wouldn't end Nascar in homestead, rather they'd switch it to the weekend after Daytona, which is actually a good thing since that race will be more competitive since the winner of the Sprint Cup won't be such a bygone conclusion by then (ie, higher attendance, better TV ratings.) As for the Marlins...they'll fill that stadium year one, its years 2, 3 and 4 when we'll really feel stung by how much we're paying for the park and how full the park will be, and I think in those years after the novelty wears off, the stadium will be as full as the stomach of an Ethiopian kid during a famine.

nevernot
nevernot

Mmmmmmm, love those sour grapes dont you Uncle Luke.... Why don't you slink away into obscurity like your credibility did a few weeks ago.

Guest
Guest

You really are clueless, fLuke.

blahblah29
blahblah29

U couldnt be more wrong UNCLE "SELL OUT LUKE" if anyone sold out was you!!!!  How is your friend Pierre doing? 

Brotha Markie
Brotha Markie

Tell us how Whiz Khalifia broke the rapper code again?!

kirkslade
kirkslade

Classic post! How can anyone take Luke seriously?

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