By Chuck Strouse
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By Ciara LaVelle, Kat Bein, Carolina Del Busto, and Liz Tracy
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Even die-hard Dolfans say it's time for a change: I'll admit I was not thrilled to hear that people thought our Miami Dolphins logo needed an upgrade. Yet the beauty and clean lines of the new design by Steve Guaico of North Miami, displayed on last week's cover ("Draft This Dolphin!"), have opened my eyes, though I think it could use a little more orange.
They say die-hard fans identify with the team. I say let's identify with the future. I hope many Dolfans will embrace this bold new design and force team owner Wayne Huizenga to consider it.
Do us all a favor and call yourselves something else: Forget about changing the Dolphins logo. It's fine. If you want to expand your fan base, I suggest stop calling them Dolfans. Who came up with that -- a Jets fan? It sounds like the fans are doll collectors. Is everyone too lazy to say "Dolphins fans"? What's wrong with Fin Fans?
Whose stupid idea was it to hold an awards show while the city sweltered? Regarding the Bitch's "Feeder Bands" about the MTV Video Music Awards (September 1), here's what really gets me about all this: We'd been without power since Thursday late afternoon. There was no sign of an FPL truck around my neighborhood Friday or Saturday. Sunday was the first day I saw a truck come through, but it was unable to get power to us. Friday morning more than 700,000 Miami-Dade residents woke up to another day without power. Where was FPL? Probably working around the clock to get the VMAs ready to go for Sunday. By the time the VMAs aired, we still had half the city without power. Come Monday morning, schools in Miami-Dade were still closed because too many of them didn't have power.
What makes me even angrier are the problems that accompany these kinds of events, even without a hurricane or the shooting of Suge Knight factored into the equation. The priority should have been to restore power to first-responders, then businesses and schools, then private residents. Then, if time allowed, FPL could try to get the VMAs back on schedule, and if not, reschedule the event.
I was one of those people lucky enough to have a friend in the neighborhood with power. Cable was working and so we were watching the awards show. All I could think of was how shallow our city and county leaders were to have this event take place while thousands of hard-working Miamians went without power. And for what? A badly dressed, Diddy-bling fest that brought the hip-hopsters' bad behavior and feuds to Miami. I found it boring and disappointing, and I went to bed early thinking I had to write a letter to the editor just in case I wasn't the only one feeling this way.
I'm from Minnesota and I know antisocial behavior when I see it: I was not surprised to see that a shooting occurred in South Beach over VMA weekend. I don't understand why any hotelier would host an event with these hoodlums. I have made several trips to South Beach over the years, the most recent in July. Frankly my wife and I were disappointed by the changes in the environment on South Beach. During our last visit, there was a rap concert being held in the Miami area and there was also a black film festival. To put it very bluntly, many African-American men and women staying in South Beach while attending these events were creating an overall hostile, disrespectful atmosphere, whether on the beach, along the sidewalks, in the streets, restaurants, and hotel lobbies.
Upon arrival in South Beach, we were met with droves of black men on scooters cutting off drivers and riding on sidewalks. We should have seen it as an omen. The rest of the three days we were subjected to people spitting on the sidewalk; screaming mother #!*@ this, bitch that; behaving rudely in restaurants; and so on. And like it or not, 90 percent people of the people doing this were African American. Sadly I don't think many of these people even realized their actions were antisocial.
I do not see this behavior as exotic, cool, or urban chic. I consider it a social ill and I don't like to have to put up with it on vacation. (I hail from the Bronx originally, so I'm not unaware of this kind of behavior. I also happen to be married to a Latina, a morena.) Some business owners we've become friendly with over the years complained about these problems without our even broaching the subject.
We hope the South Beach community addresses this situation proactively -- and fast. You're going to lose lots of tourism dollars from decent people who realize that spitting on the sidewalk is not only gross but is against the law, from people who know how to wait in a reservation line without making threatening gestures to others around them. You'll lose people who are civilized enough never to allow a dispute to escalate to the use of firearms. Imagine that! What you will be left with is Suge Knight and his ilk prowling, scowling, and shooting up Washington Avenue and Ocean Drive. What do you prefer?