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January 2018

bigstock_Mail_Button_1727945Flood Reality Is Hard to Accept

Erik Bojnansky’s article “The High Cost of Water” (November 2017) is leaving me fuming. Why are residents in low-lying areas like Biscayne Shores willing to invest $200,000 to repair their flooded houses when those houses will probably be hit just as badly next year?

Why are they saying they’re being “forced” to rebuild when they also say (a) they don’t want to move anyway, and (b) Miami rents are too high (higher than their expenses now)?

Do they think their insurance costs are going to stay the same? That their insurance coverage won’t change? Maybe they can’t accept the fact that their land is becoming increasingly worthless. As the article states, those low-lying areas are better suited as sloughs.

Maybe they’re hoping that they’ll be reimbursed eventually by the city or some other agency at “market” prices. But that’s not how condemnation pricing works.

It’s sad to read that we are so slow to accept reality even though we’re going to see worsening king tides, storm surges, and flooding.

Robert Hernandez
Highland Lakes


History by the Book

While I certainly enjoyed Jack King’s article about the Coconut Grove Playhouse and the proposed garage for that site (“I’ll Take the Garage, Please,” December 2017), there were, in the third-from-last and next-to-last paragraphs several errors of historical fact.

First, people began arriving in what was originally “Cocoanut Grove” as early as 1870. Second, the village did not become an incorporated municipality until 1919. I’m not certain where Mr. King got the 1887 date, but that is incorrect.

Third, the takeover by the City of Miami (incorporated July 28, 1896, the oldest incorporated municipality in what is now Miami-Dade County, with Homestead following in 1913, Miami Beach in 1915, Coconut Grove, whose “a” was dropped with the incorporation in 1919) occurred not as described by King, but quite differently.

A then-in-existence state law allowed any city to force a vote on incorporation of any adjoining and/or contiguous municipality. It was not simply a vote of the Grove-ites in 1925 that allowed the much larger Miami to subsume the much smaller Coconut Grove, but rather a vote of both Miamians and those living in the Grove. Simply put, far more numerous residents in Miami hugely outvoted the Grove’s residents; and in 1925, as noted, Coconut Grove ceased to exist, becoming, against its will and protestations, a part of Miami.

That, as the beloved radio commentator Paul Harvey used to say, is “the rest of the story.”

Seth H. Bramson
Miami Shores

If You Tried, You Failed

I was surprised to see in the December edition of Biscayne Times at least three letters condemning Jack King’s article “Trump Keeps Making It Local” (November 2017), with only one partially offsetting contrary view. I was especially surprised, given the poor quality of these letters (but then again, what can you expect from Trump supporters?). How do you choose what letters to publish?

Kat Tesauro from North Miami Beach says she will let her dog “piss and crap” on the paper. Very interesting and mature. I wish her a lot of fun.

Kevin Bogusky from Biscayne Park claims we have to thank Trump for the lowest jobless rate and best consumer confidence in years. As if, almost magically, the economy spectacularly turned around on that night of November 8, 2016, and hasn’t stopped booming every day since then. He’s oblivious to the fact that the economy is where it is thanks to the previous administration.

Sara Kelly from North Miami (my favorite), seems to be utterly shocked by Jack’s disrespectful writing, while giving our pussy-grabbing president the benefit of the doubt for everything he says. I would like to ask Sara what she thinks her beloved president’s intention was when he mocked a disabled person, or when he calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.”

What about his profusion of insults (clown, dummy, low-IQ, low-class slug) to anyone who challenges him or whom he dislikes? Is that acceptable? What about the constant lies and shows of sheer idiocy and incompetence? Are you not offended by the fact that your president is a speckless, clueless, ignorant despot?

Biscayne Times, if your aim was to reprimand Jack King by publishing this junk, you have failed. On the contrary, if you just publish every letter you receive, then I trust you’ll do the same with this one.

Freddy Garcia


Let the Rants Continue!

The editor certainly gave a lot of December “Letters” space to those three Trump supporters. Too bad they have such a problem with a “free” newspaper, which they can dispose of, and can turn on Fox to get their fake news.

I enjoy Jack King’s columns and hope he continues to rant against the deplorable president we unfortunately elected.

Roberta Leonard
North Miami


Don’t Like? Don’t Read...

It has been a long time since I felt compelled to write, but I remain an avid admirer of Biscayne Times. This letter is inspired by responses to Mr. Jack King’s November column, “Trump Keeps Making It Local.”

We live in such a great country that protects negative opinion, and perhaps even falsehoods can be published freely, without consequence.

That same freedom applies to contributors like Jack King, who offers up his opinions with a touch of humor, years of experience, and an abundance of knowledge. Don’t like his columns? Don’t read them.

I admire his abilities and may not always agree with him, but I appreciate his forthrightness, and respect the freedom allowing him to express himself.

Joan L. Dunn
Miami Shores


Where Is the Decency?

In response to the attacks by Kat Tesauro, Kevin Bogusky, and Sara Kelly on Jack King for his column “Trump Keeps Making I Local”: I would like to understand “the progress already happening,” and our esteemed president’s disgusting behavior toward everything big and small, alive and deceased, rich and poor, female gender, etc., etc.

Who are you three to call the kettle black? You need to be educating Mr. Trump on diplomacy and decency.

Good luck on that.

Pat Burke
Bonsall, California


That Man Is Trouble

Jack King is a man who doesn’t mind using very disrespectful language to attack all persons who don’t share his extreme left way of thinking. With friends like Fidel Castro, he can’t be a saint, but he is making himself look like a resentful idiot and extremely evil.

He is damaging Biscayne Times to a maximum, and it seems the owner and editor are permissive of that situation, or maybe they are brethren in that behavior and helpers of his demeaning chores, but not the public who receive it or their announcers. It is a shame because once an informative magazine, it has become a carrier of hate.

I personally hope they fire that trouble-maker and return to their business of informing the public with impartiality and respect.

Albert Diaz


Recipes from Our Archives

I’m writing about a gardening column that Jeff Shimonski wrote some years back (“A Tasty and Zesty Foe,” April 2011).

I enjoyed his article so much that I felt inclined to write with my thanks. I live off of Biscayne Avenue in Port Charlotte. It is a kind of jungle, and my home we’ve named Junglehouse. Ours is the only house on the block and was built in the early 1980s.

I once was a Northern gardener and had the most beautiful flowerbeds and cultivars. Upon moving to Florida in 2006, I had to relearn every bit of my growing expertise. Now, years later, I can grow subtropical trees and flowering plants from seed, grafting, clippings, etc.

All these years I’ve been fascinated with the Brazilian pepper that encompasses my home. We’ve had angry battles, with me cutting it back to tame the wild beast, and I’ve often wondered about its beneficial properties.

One year my husband and I were walking around the block and were surprised to find a Mexican family harvesting pepper tree berries. I realized then that the berries had a use, either medicinally or in cooking, but I never tried them in the many recipes I’ve created while living the Floridian life.

Thanks to Mr. Shimonski’s wonderful article, that’s about to change and I’m excited now to make the Brazilian pepper my ally, instead of an enemy.

Gina Marie Emenheiser
Port Charlotte


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