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Nat Wilcox on bad behavior; and growing radio verde?

 Nat Wilcox is the nemesis of gay Miami. He's shown up regularly at public meetings in recent weeks to badger officials into overturning the county's gay-rights amendment. And he is the mouthpiece for a homophobic bunch called Families Strengthening Communities for the Good Life. But that's not all. Wilcox also is executive director of People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (PULSE), the area's most consistent African-American advocacy group.His shrill and degrading words stereotyping homosexual lifestyles have been used by SAVE Dade, a gay-rights lobbying group, to incite its members to action. One example: "Blacks have never asked for the right to sodomize each other, and we've never asked for the right to urinate on each other or defecate on each other...." Wilcox contends he has nothing against gay people personally. It's just their behavior that bothers him. Part of his motivation for taking up the cause: Two of his brothers, Isaac and Paul Wilcox, died of AIDS about five years ago. One was gay, he says. The other was a drug user.


Spanish-language radio has always been the place to hear about the evils of nefarious dictator Fidel Castro. But these days if you tune into Radio Mambí (WAQI-AM 710), La Poderosa (WWFE-AM 670), or WQBA-AM (1140), you might get an earful about environmental politics -- saving the Everglades, maybe, or slowing population growth. The Sierra Club has hired political washout Gus Garcia, who recently staged failed campaigns to reach the state Senate and the Miami City Commission, as its radio voice. So far Garcia has done five spots, some lasting as long as a half-hour. Meanwhile antigreen guys including Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez, and Latin Builders Association executive vice president William Delgado have launched their own radio campaigns advocating a new airport just a few miles from two national parks in South Miami-Dade.


If you think the Herald's coverage of hungry developers eyeing City of Miami waterfront land has been a little anemic lately, you're not alone. A team of the area's top historic-preservation and environmental activists visited 1 Herald Plaza recently for a gripe session. Among the kvetchers were Greg Bush, Bob Weinreb, Nancy Lee, Sallye Jude, Mark Walters, and Becky Matkov. Some of them want more ink for the proposed bulldozing of parts of Virginia Key and the accursed ballpark John Henry aims to build in Bicentennial Park. A site next door to the Barnacle, Ralph Munroe's 1891 landmark home in Coconut Grove, has already been lost to townhouses, at least partially because the Herald and other media virtually ignored it, they complained. "[The Herald] just doesn't have enough people to write about these things," says one of those present. Next stop: the editorial board.


What's the newest excuse for foot-dragging by the Immigration and Naturalization Service? An attorney who recently asked a special assistant to INS district director Robert Wallace to speed up a case says she received the following response: "We really don't have time for this. We're too busy with Elian Gonzalez."

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