This story about the Marlins not willing to cough up a few bits so displaced Little Havana residents can have a place to park on game day just made my blood boil:
Just last week, Miami city commissioners voted to convert four city-owned lots into parking spaces for Little Havana residents whose on-street parking was eliminated to accommodate traffic around the new Marlins Park.You expected that? Why?
The only thing missing was about $20,000 to clear the lots, install lighting and throw down some gravel, and another $20,000 or so for annual maintenance and security costs.
Speaking confidently, City Commissioner Frank Carollo stipulated that the funding would not come from city coffers. Both he and Art Noriega, executive director of the Miami Parking Authority, refused to say where they expected to get the money.
On Thursday, a dejected Carollo said he had personally appealed to the Marlins for the money, and was surprised to get a flat-out no from the team’s president, David Samson.
“Obviously I’m disappointed,” said Carollo. “We expected the Marlins were going to help.”
Like being in an abusive relationship, Miami city commissioners keep thinking the next time will be different -- and are shocked when things unfold exactly the same way, again and again.
Here's an idea -- let's put Dave Samson in the new fish tank behind home plate and see if he can feel the vibrations of drilling a ball repeatedly at the glass with a pitching machine -- I understand slimy scaly bottom-dwellers love that!
BTW, the concerns of animal rights activists are overblown here -- I can't think of a quieter, less populated area for these fish to be than in Marlins stadium on game day.