Mayor Calls For Abolishing Miami-Dade County Following Commission Vote To Condemn County CARES Act Plan

The City of Coral Gables Commission held a special sunshine meeting July 30th to discuss Miami-Dade County’s proposal to reduce the financial distribution to municipalities from a projected sum of $135 million to $30 million.

The proposal, as laid out, would represent a distribution of approximately $400,000 to the City of Coral Gables.

During the meeting, Commissioner Jorge L. Fors, Jr. asked the City Attorney, Miriam Ramos, if the CARES Act, as written, requires that the County distribute funds to municipalities, to which she explained that it does not.

Commissioner Michael Mena voiced his concern over condemning. He explained that there is a better way forward to accomplish the goal that does not require condemning and actually asks for what the City needs. He said we should “work together to come up with a number that makes sense.”

According to City Manager, Peter Iglesias, the City has had $464,000 in FEMA eligible expenses and a total of approximately $1.49 million in COVID-19 related expenses. However, the City is seeking over $4 million of CARES Act funding.

Municipalities have until Monday, August 3rd, to submit a spreadsheet with the City’s COVID-19 related expenditures. The City must include what programs and uses they will have for the money prior to requesting the funds.

The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the resolution, which Mayor Valdes-Fauli insisted needed to remain unchanged, so that he could attend a Miami-Dade League of Cities meeting following this special commission meeting.

Following the League of Cities meeting, Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli participated in a press conference with other municipal mayors and he stated that “maybe we should amend the Florida constitution to abolish the county.”

Valdes-Fauli also proceeded to launch a personal attack on Mayor Gimenez’s son, Carlos Gimenez, Jr., stating “maybe we should hire the mayor’s son to be our lobbyist to distribute the money,” as quoted by a Miami Herald reporter.

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8 thoughts on “Mayor Calls For Abolishing Miami-Dade County Following Commission Vote To Condemn County CARES Act Plan

  1. These are the facts: The county received nearly a billion dollars from the federal government through the CARES Act for the response to the virus in all of the county. The county was originally going to distribute $135 million to the municipalities to help cover their expenses. Now the county is talking about distributing only $30 million to them. The money needs to be spent by December 31 so they are now trying to find ways of spending this money while denying the municipalities their fair share. I am not a fan of the mayor, but we should all be as upset.

  2. Every week I read something from the CG Gov and in particular Mayor Valdes-Fauli that shows a city government that does nothing but to continue to ignore what is right.

    If the County Gov has made a decision on the money from the CARE’s act, the question should be asked, why? Did the county lose funds from the Feds or State? Is the Country running a deficit due to the current situation?

    Lastly, being fiscally responsible is a must for any type of Govt. Perhaps the city should take some measures such as, 1) have city employees (not Fire or Police) take a reduction in pay, 2) furlough non-essential employees, 3) look at blotted city dept and reduce staff, 4) think out of the box.

    I’ve had to take a reduction in pay, so why are State, County and City governments not do the same.

    It is not a popular idea, but come up with a solution instead of coming out shooting from the hip.

  3. Commissioner Mena is the only sane voice. This should not be a money grab. It should be about gettin CARE funds based on individual city needs and expenses. AND what isn’t needed at the county level should go back where it came from at the Federal level. Folks it’s all OUR money … and I might add our our debt as a nation. Let’s be fair and as fiscally responsible as possible or behalf of future generations and God forbid future pandemics or unforeseen emergencies.

  4. This article does not clearly explain the issues involved. Perhaps a re-write could do a better job of offering more precise information and a timeline that makes sense.

  5. Calling someone ugly or short is a personal attack. What Mayor Valdes-Fauli said wasn’t a personal attack but suggested the City would have better results if it had the help of Gimenez Jr., whose involvement in matters before his father have been questioned in the past.

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