It is the City of Unpleasant Living

Tell me it ain’t so! The rumor floatin’ around town is that our esteemed mayor is shopping for a new city manager and is reaching out to former Cutler Bay city manager Steve Alexander. Should this unconfirmed rumor be true, Steve and any other applicant ought to wake up and smell the sewer—whoops!  Sorry.  Smell the ROSES and keep on trucking on by as this City of (un)Pleasant Living continues to display the worst City Commission its folks have seen in an awfully long time.

The bickering, the back stabbing and all the backroom deals that have taken over South Miami is unmatched in city politics. And they will continue until South Miami voters elect reasonable politicians who will appropriately represent all of its citizens.

Is the city manager, Hector Mirable going bye bye coming this Wednesday night at the commission meeting? Seems as though the egomaniacs that were elected by the voters want to lower the boom on the manager and on Police Chief Orlando Martinez De Castro.

 The city of pleasant living ought to change its name to the city of Churn and Burn. Get ‘em in and get ‘em out. Another disgrace is about be foisted upon us as well will the  bill to buy out their contracts.

BTW: the next election doesn’t come up until February 2014 – a long time to wait, but well worthwhile for all of us gritting our teeth and anyone else waiting in the wings!

One of my favorite weekend things-to-do? Get up early and meander the aisles of Whole Foods to take in the sights and smells of some really good foodstuffs. The great smell of that fresh-cookin’ and ripe produce just floats through air.  A wide range of succulent soups, varied vegetables, choice chicken cuts and magnificent meat (alliteration sometimes gets away from me) are all sure to enliven olfactory senses if not pilfer your pocketbook beyond parsimony! For a real treat, do yourself a snoop-and-sniffin’ favor on a weekend tour of Whole Foods. Your nose will rejoice, even if your pocketbook collapses!

And since you’re in that neighborhood, continue on walking on Sunset Drive and SW 57 Avenue and (oops, SW 73rd Street, too) for easy window-shopping and people watching. Loads of fun and mucho relaxing, too.

Went out of my zip code to the recently-opened Red Robin Restaurant in the Falls Shopping Center and discovered a fun atmosphere, lots of families, nicely themed decor throughout the restaurant, bright young food servers and a great menu.   The food was just fine and there was enough space between dining tables that that we found we didn’t even mind who were sitting nearby. Overall, a delightful experience in new digs, bearing any newcomer’s visit!

Just finished reading the Nativity Conspiracy, a 200-page novel that will make you think a lot about the possibility of extraterrestrials’ existence. Written by former South Miami mayor Horace Feliu, it’s a quick read that will keep you wondering about extra-planetary visitors.  A look-see at the book is available at <> and Amazon’s web site.

Is the University of Miami going to open a health care facility in South Miami? Or is another giant health care company or conglomerate seeking a cut of our lucrative local medical action?

Just happened to stroll unannounced into a party of sorts and ran into Simon Codrington, Joe and Veronica Gibson, Horace and Seida Feliu, Levi and Lauren Meyer, as well as Manny and Linda Gomez, all gathered to celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary of mutual friends.   Nice way to wind up October with smiles all around!

 So long Tony Romas. The nice folks over at their SW 67 Ave and US1 have closed their doors. Yes, after nearly 50 years plus, they’ve called it a day and according to the manager on site, they are looking for another location nearby.  Sorry to see them go but progress is on the horizon as the story is that a bank   will be built there after a bit.

Thought of the Day:

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.

— Joseph Addision

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Michael Miller
Michael co-owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at

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