Howard Tendrich sponsored a seemingly innocuous, but important, resolution at the March 12, 2012, regular meeting of the Palmetto Bay Council. This resolution expresses council support of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade (EDC) in its goal to create a long term strategic plan to provide business assistance, business training and economic development for the South Miami-Dade and its surrounding communities. There is no commitment of money sought from the Palmetto Bay council and the only result could be the improvement of the business corridor which in turn would create a healthy business environment and help businesses contribute more tax dollars to Palmetto Bay, which in turn would take a greater share of the tax burden off the backs of the residential taxpayers. (Click on the photo to view the full proposed resolution) This assumes of course, that the Mayor and Council actually pass the savings on to the residential taxpayers, that they don’t find a need to spend that new money on other projects.
The EDC is looking for partners to work on the large picture regional issue of revitalizing South Miami-Dade County. They are looking to create a strategic plan. A plan. This current Mayor and Council do not have a plan for economic development. A quality plan is sorely needed and the EDC is offering a gift horse looking the Mayor and Vice Mayor in the mouth.
I worked with the EDC while Mayor of Palmetto Bay. Palmetto Bay is not sufficient in size to open and fund a separate office of Economic Development. Outsourcing with a regional partner is important as cost effective, especially where we incur very little if any cost. But it requires a Mayor and Vice Mayor who are willing to teamwork with other entitles and share credit.
I am shocked to learn that this resolution was voted down by a 3 – 2 margin, with the current Mayor and Vice Mayor leading the denial.
To the current Mayor and Vice Mayor: In case you haven’t noticed there is an economic downturn in our communities and creation of jobs/development of resident friendly businesses should be a high priority. I am at a loss to fathom any reason not to support the EDC in its effort to revitalize the area.
The EDC was shocked and dismayed, sending out e-mail advising interested persons the result of the vote. As the EDC points out, the denial is puzzling as the Mayor Stanczyk is a nonvoting member of the board of the EDC (Advisory Council), yet she does not wish to support the efforts of the EDC.
The EDC as already obtained similar resolutions from Pinecrest and Cutler Bay (unanimously accepted). The EDC has even received a resolution of support from Dade County. The EDC also has explicit support from Commissioner Lynda Bell, Commissioner Dennis Moss, Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Senator Larcinia Bullard, Representative Dwight Bullard, Representative Michael Bileca, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and the Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoop, Barry Johnson (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce), the Beacon Council, Chamber South.and many more.
You have to ask yourself why is it that the Palmetto Bay council is the only entity in the EDC’s service area that does not support the EDC’s goal to create a long term strategic plan to provide business assistance, business training and economic development for the South Miami-Dade and its surrounding communities is the Village of Palmetto Bay.
Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser continue to self-proclaim themselves as “pro-business” yet, as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This council does not support planned economic development and that is a shame. It is a shame that will continue to cost the village taxpayer while our business district is slow in reaching its positive potential. The first Council and the County invested heavy in planning and infrastructure. It is time for this current Mayor and Council to take the next step. Timidness or refusal to act is not acceptable.
I call upon Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser to reconsider and move forward; work with the EDC and our sister cities in developing a plan. You cannot be a positive influence without having a seat at the table. It is one thing to go it alone on developing a plan, but Palmetto Bay under this Mayor and council is not doing anything positive at all. This needs to change.