Gimenez said he was unhappy to see his face on the mailer, which he did not approve.
“I hope that, in the future, when this contract is up for bid again, the commission who sits here doesn’t have to live what we have been living the past three weeks,” Sosa said, holding up what she said was a recording of the robocall, which she said confused people.
“I have never seen a discussion being brought to the residents, the seniors, of this county to concern them about an issue that has to do with a contract,” she added. “This is the first time in my political life that I have seen that happen.”
Her office received hundreds of calls from residents, Sosa said, before switching to Spanish to repeat her comments.
TrueStar had sued the county, seeking an injunction to prohibit Gimenez’s administration from entering into a contract with Safe Wrap. TrueStar argued that the commission’s award violated the county’s procurement process. The court dismissed the complaint two weeks ago, saying it was premature in light of Gimenez’s veto and the commission’s pending action.
Pablo Acosta, a TrueStar lobbyist and lawyer, said in an email to The Miami Herald Tuesday that the company was “disappointed but not surprised” at the vote.
“We are undeterred in prosecuting our rights in court and before the appropriate legal authorities,” he wrote.
In other business at the meeting, commissioners signed off on requiring the board’s auditor to complete a background check on any “person, organization, place or thing” under consideration for a naming — say, for a public street.
The action came on the heels of bad publicity surrounding Banah Sugar, a sugar processing company brought into Hialeah with great fanfare last July, promising to hire up to 300 workers. City and county leaders christened a stretch of Southeast 10th Avenue “Banah Sweet Way” in its honor.
Commissioners later found out that the firm’s owner had served prison time for cocaine trafficking. Banah filed for bankruptcy in February.
The board also approved a resolution from Commissioner Diaz creating a 17-member task force to recommend improvements to Citizens Property Insurance, the state’s insurer of last resort. Gimenez announced the creation of a similar advisory group at his “state of the county” address in February.
Florida lawmakers regulate Citizens, which has been increasing homeowners’ insurance rates and scaling back coverage.