Miami Redevelopment Official Tells Grant Recipient To Kiss Commissioners' Asses

Al Crespo continues to unearth some pretty galling shady shit going on at the city of Miami. Today, Crespo reports on Bert Gonzalez, the $102,000 a year assistant director for the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, coaching a restaurant owner on how to win approval on a $150,000 grant. "Remember I told you to schmooze the commissioners," Gonzalez wrote in an April 19 email to Steve Haas that Crespo obtained.

Haas is opening a new restaurant at 2004 Biscayne Boulevard called City Hall. He wants to use the $150,000 grant to help his private venture. Gonzalez, a former aide to Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, also agreed to meet with Haas to give him tips on how to win the grant. Sounds like the Miami-Dade ethics commission or the state attorney's office should set up shop inside Gonzalez's office if this is how he conducts the public's business.

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