Maria C. Cruz
Longtime Coral Gables resident and activist. She has served as the Chair of the Anti-Crime Committee
Coral Gables is a beautiful city who prides itself of being an example of civility and good manners. City Fathers, and Mothers, avoid any possibility of a public scandal involving our City Beautiful. Most of our City employees are magnificent.
All our employees are not, we do have some that should have never been hired, or should have been let go some time along the line! They are disrespectful to the residents, and even to the elected officials whom they disregard and ignore when they do not agree with them. They do not abide by City policies and have personal relationships within the “employee pool.” They try to intimidate the residents who object to their personal agendas. They walk away from residents and other employees when they don’t agree with what is been discussed. It has been said that they abused the City’s very generous COVID work at home policy to travel to visit out of town relatives! Some residents have called them bullies.
The worst part is that past and present Administrations have been keenly aware, or should have been, of everything that has been, and continues to be, going on. The pattern has been very clear. Even though Florida is an “at -will” employment state, when an employee should have been fired, the City offered, and still offers a separation package. Usually financial settlements are also agreed upon. Why does our City Administration, and perhaps our elected officials, allow all this to happen? Some people say that it is done to avoid having to litigate potential issues in the future. Many of our residents believe that this is a way to keep the issues out of public view. Of course, we, the people, are the ones that pay the price, figuratively and literally. We are the ones that will have to continue putting up with them while they mock us, or PAY them to go away!!!!!