Shadow Dwellers

Is Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver a lying little weasel? Absolutely, absolutely.

But don't expect a fair fight. In anticipation of next year's battle, Penelas and HABDI are working to pass a measure through Congress that would exempt facilities like Homestead from falling under the terms of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).

If the tactics employed by Penelas and HABDI seem kind of sleazy and backhanded, it's because they are. Which is precisely why they don't want anyone to know what they are doing.


Think of Shiver as Penelas's major-domo on the Homestead issue
Photos by Steve Satterwhite
Think of Shiver as Penelas's major-domo on the Homestead issue
Think of Shiver as Penelas's major-domo on the Homestead issue
Photos by Steve Satterwhite
Think of Shiver as Penelas's major-domo on the Homestead issue

Steve Shiver promised during the commission meeting to tell Sorenson, on the very next day, the date of the e-mail he sent to David Struhs. He failed to do so. More than a week later, Sorenson is still waiting.

Shiver also agreed to provide her weekly reports on his activities regarding Homestead. "You have that right," he declared, as he "apologized deeply" for not providing some of the information sooner. By Friday, however, Shiver dropped the pretense of his heartfelt apology, angrily calling Sorenson's chief of staff and telling her he did not believe he was obligated to provide the commissioner with that information.

The county manager keeps forgetting he is merely an employee, and that as a commissioner, Sorenson does indeed have the right to require that Shiver keep her informed. And thank God, because it is the only chance we'll have at knowing what is really going on.

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