Miami-Dade County has a very odd political affiliation record. Its Republican Hispanics out-register its Democrat Hispanics, while its Republican Whites are the minority to the Democrat Whites.
Strange…definitely. Yet, this gives us a bit of new insight into the story you’re about to read. It took place at the home of Celso Perez, a Hispanic resident of Miami-Dade County.
Perez’s home was, unfortunately, located in the path of the very destructive Hurricane Irma. The nearly 200 mph winds that blew through the area devastated the residence blocks to untold millions of dollars of damage. The morning after the storm finally and mercifully relented and traveled northward enough to spare them of any more of its toothy snarling, Perez and his family returned to their damaged home. They began the arduous task of clearing the streets of the downed trees and debris. It was tough work, considering that the neighborhood was working without power, food, shelter or water. And the temperature, early morning, had begun to climb.
Shortly thereafter, a county SUV approached the area and the residents were relieved. They were surely here to either provide information about what sort of assistance would soon be arriving, or they were there to lend a helping hand, perhaps to help move the trees and debris, or to bring meals on wheels food and ice.
The county worker was not there for any of these reasons. With a pad of notices in hand and a pen in the other, the worker strode up to Perez’s half-standing fence and slapped a notice of violation upon its face and made to walk off to another residence!
At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices.
Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the storm passed through at nine in the morning on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, Perez got a visit from the county.
“And we thought he was here to help us or offer some type of assistance with the trees, maybe he was going to bring us ice or something,” Perez told WSVN. Instead, the official slapped a safety notice on the only part of Perez’s fence still standing.
“I laughed,” he said. “I thought he was kidding. ‘You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago.’ ‘No, I’m not kidding. I have to cite you for this.’ I just laughed. OK, whatever; knock yourself out!”
But Perez stopped laughing when the official told him he would be writing up a report and would be back to check on the property. Perez told WSVN that the man said he’d “have to write me a fine” if the fence wasn’t up to code by then.
“At the time this officer was out here, we didn’t have power, we didn’t have food, we didn’t have ice. He is crazy, ridiculous,” Perez said, adding that “it’s not like I can go to Home Depot” because all the stores were closed.
Understand that this county pencil pusher was out there to “warn people about consequences” IF they didn’t comply with the “suggestions.”
HOW SINCERELY UNCARING DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO PUTTER AROUND IN A COUNTY VEHICLE (FULLY PAID FOR BY THE GENEROSITY OF THE TAXPAYERS) AND THEN START HANDING OUT WARNINGS TO THOSE SAME TAXPAYERS THAT THEY’D BEST TOE THE LINE OR ELSE!?
This has got to be one of the vilest things that I’ve read in a long time. Screw the fact that this geek from the county was following orders, or protocol, or Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)! This is a disgusting use of government power and authority.
They should be utterly shamed for this type of behavior and those that received these notices should rise up in a social media campaign to expose each and every instance of this abusive use of county funds. Leave it to the Jackass Party to set out from their undamaged government offices to begin telling residents that their lives will be hell if they don’t begin implementing government mandates!
It’s sickening and needs to be noticed by the major networks.
Even if they are all Democrats in the county seats.
FUN FACT: The county holds 135 elected positions and 124 of them are Democrats…