News: Watchdog Report

By Daniel A. Ricker
Special to the SunPost

Dolphins CEO Dee Makes Pitch for Stadium Expansion
Mike Dee, the president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins was the featured speaker at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Wednesday at Jungle Island and he laid out his reasons for renovating Sun Life stadium in Miami Gardens, but acknowledged that the roughly 38 percent expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center had to occur first, and felt the two issues were synergistic when it came to bringing tourists to South Florida. To achieve this stadium expansion, Dee wants a bump in the tourist bed tax by a cent and for it to include Broward County, since he believes that county’s residents will benefit from stadium events like the Super Bowl. But officials in Broward after the story broke in the press were chilly in their comments about giving up any of their tourist tax dollars for such a planned stadium expansion costing about $225 million, and would include another 3,000 seats close to the field.

Clock is ticking to enroll your kids in Florida Prepaid College Plan, enrollment ends Jan. 31, education bargain for Florida kids.

Now is the time to sign up your new born and young children for the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program allowing them to lock in their College or University costs in Florida for when the time comes for their advanced education the program is a real education bargain for many families. The program to date has over 1 million children enrolled, has a number of plans to chose from, and it is the largest of its kind in the nation, the open enrollment ends Jan. 31 and for more information go to www.myfloridaprepaid.com  or call 877-205-9266.

Outraged Grovite couple upset because some horse poop on sidewalk

An outraged around 30-year old Grovite couple came to Miami City Hall last week to register a complaint against a mounted patrol police officer in one of the tony communities parks, because he shoveled some horse poop on some landscaping, but a small amount went onto the grove sidewalk, and she thought that was an act of  police and possible horse “corruption,” the woman insisted. The couple was directed to Commissioner Marc Sarnoff’s office to make their complaint, but given all that was going on with the city, and the police shooting of six people. Commissioner Richard Dunn said later that he would love to have something like that be his only problem in District 5 that includes Overtown and Liberty City.

Board member Bendross-Mindingall, Commissioners Monestime and Dunn looking for budding artists for MLK poster contest
Do you think you can draw and paint? Do you want to get rewarded for your artistic creativity?  School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall has joined with Commissioners Richard P. Dunn II and Jean Monestime to sponsor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Poster Contest. It is open to students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, School Board District 2.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.  Winning posters will be displayed at the School Board Administration Building.  Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2011.  Contact the art instructor at your District 2 school for more information.

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