On the Only In Miami Show from November 3, Grant Stern was joined by Alfred Spellman, co-producer (along with Billy Corben) of documentaries like Cocaine Cowboys, The U, and others.
Hour 1 begins with a discussion of SkyRise Miami, a proposed observation tower and event site to be located on county-owned waterfront land adjacent to Bayside Marketplace. Approval for this project was given by voters in the August primary election, and while voters were told at the time that no county funds would be used in its construction, it has since come to light that the developers have asked the county for approximately $10 million dollars in infrastructure improvements, in addition to a fairly generous lease agreement.
Grant is then joined by state representative Jose Javier Rodriguez, who discussed Florida Power and Light’s expansion of electrical generation capacity. FPL recently won approval to expand the Turkey Point nuclear power generating facility, and have been seeking approval to construct high-voltage transmission lines along the US-1 corridor through the communities of Cutler Bay, Perrine, Pinecrest, South Miami, and Coral Gables. Jose Javier Rodriguez has been pushing for FPL to bury the power lines through these residential areas, but FPL has insisted that local jurisdictions cover the majority of the costs to do so. Representative Rodriguez sponsored legislation that would require FPL to bury the lines, and in response, FPL has given large sums of money to his opponent, which is now permissible due to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Finally, Grant spent some time with Alfred Spellman. The discussion ranged from Alfred’s background and how he first met and started working with Billy Corben to the backstories behind some of their more visible projects. They also discussed the current polarization of American politics resulting in the lack of a political center, as well as some of the races in the Florida election.