- Faith & Family
Miami Beach officials are lauding the fact that fewer calls  were made this year for police assistance during last weekend’s Urban Beach Weekend and that there were no fatalities. That’s great news. But the elephant that still seems to be hiding in the room is the issue of too many Black hip-hop heads hanging out on South Florida’s pristine shores. Perhaps Beach officials need to revisit the possibility of creating an ad hoc group like the Miami Beach Black Host Committee that was initiated during the tenure of former Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer. After all, this should be about Blacks having the same opportunity to enjoy themselves as whites without being made to feel like they’re criminals because of the color of their skin or the music they prefer.
None of the candidates that are part of Miami billionaire Norman Braman’s slate have said much since it was first announced that challengers will take on incumbents that include County Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Dennis Moss and Audrey Edmonson. But one thing is for certain — we are witnessing a significant change in the dynamics of county elections. It remains to be seen whether the challengers, including Shirley Gibson and Allison Austin, will find themselves beholden to Mr. Braman somewhere down the line. We’re hoping that this will not be the case. Having more candidates from which to chose is a plus — but not if they are serving as puppets to a powerful master.