Miami-Dade commissioners lay blame fo...

Miami-Dade commissioners lay blame for disrepair of bridge to Key Biscayne

There are 2 comments on the The Miami Herald story from Jan 20, 2013, titled Miami-Dade commissioners lay blame for disrepair of bridge to Key Biscayne. In it, The Miami Herald reports that:

A photo of the Bear Cut Bridge on Jan. 3, 2013. A 69-year-old portion of the bridge that connects Virginia Key to Key Biscayne fell into heavy disrepair; Traffic is now being squeezed into makeshift lanes during its renovation.

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Hollywood, FL

#1 Jan 21, 2013
EVERY Miami commissioner should have been voted out but ESP the Cuban king self serving vulture himself Jose 'Pepe' Diaz.

A commissioner who has probably cost this city over the last years ,hundreds of millions of dollars.

This is simply one incident of countless.

"Miami commissioner’s private sector employer gets millions of dollars of contracts from airport- commissioner says “no conflict”"

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz doesn’t seem to be too concerned over the appearance of insider dealings when it comes to work done by U.S. Construction- an outfit that he joined three years ago as a director, after his previous employer was shut down on fraud charges and two of his bosses were sent off to prison.

Over the last three years since Diaz was hired by U.S. Construction, the company has become the top general contractor at the Miami International Airport, according to an investigation by The Miami Herald. During the same period, Diaz has served as chairman or vice-chairman supervising the County Commission’s committee overseeing airport operations.

U.S. Construction has pulled over 36 permits since Diaz’s arrival, handling everything from Duty Free stores to the sprawling La Carreta restaurant. In fact, the company has secured three times the work of the next-largest contractor. Prior to hiring Diaz, the contractor was a minor player at the airport.

United States

#2 Jan 21, 2013
Jose 'Pepe' Diaz a great American!

Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz serves as the representative of District 12, which includes the communities of Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens, and a large portion of unincorporated Miami-Dade County. He was first elected as commissioner in September 2002 and re-elected for a third term in 2010. From 2008-2010, he served as the County Commission's Vice Chair.

Commissioner Diaz has served in various capacities on different committees of the County Commission. Currently, he is the Chair of the Public Safety and Healthcare Administration Committee and sits on the Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility, and Infrastructure and Land Use Committees. Additionally, Commissioner Diaz, who proudly served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, was appointed as Miami-Dade County's Military Liaison.

Before joining the Commission, Commissioner Diaz worked to resolve the ongoing flooding issues throughout Miami-Dade County as Mayor of Sweetwater. He spent countless hours lobbying in Tallahassee and Washington, DC, and acquired the funds necessary for a Comprehensive Street Drainage Project.  Commissioner Diaz continues to work with local and state emergency management teams to avoid future flooding.  Former Governor Jeb Bush appointed Diaz to the Everglades Restoration and Eco-System Task Force, where he advises on suggested regulations that could adversely affect West Miami-Dade's water levels.

On an international level, Commissioner Diaz has remained an advocate for trade and forging partnerships with other nations. In March 2010, Commissioner Diaz was appointed by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to serve a four-year term on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC). In this capacity, Commissioner Diaz is one of several committee members chosen to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the U.S. Trade Representative and Obama Administration from the perspective of localities. He was also appointed to represent the County as Chairman of the Jay Malina International Trade Consortium (ITC), a position he held until January 2006. During his tenure, he was instrumental in making profitable connections for businesses between Miami-Dade County and the Caribbean and Latin America. The commissioner toured several Asian cities in 2005 - Tianjin, Hong Kong and Shanghai - and met with government officials and business organizations to promote trade partnerships and participated in a ceremony to mark a joint venture between Florida International University and Tianjin University of Commerce. The commissioner and the Asian delegation also secured a cooperative agreement for the County with Tianjin's Municipal People's Government.

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