The June 12 editorial, Miami’s Silicon Beach, concerning efforts to bring high-tech companies to South Florida is a pipe dream. This place is afflicted by the so-called “Sunshine Tax” and until that is dispelled nothing high tech will take root here. High-tech enterprises require leaders who can look beyond their own interests and cater to the needs and desires of young people who drive these sorts of enterprises.
I’ve lived in South Florida for 41 years and have seen very few of those sorts of leaders; those that I have seen have moved on, if they could, as soon as they realized what this place was like.
Prior to my coming here, I had worked at five of the nation’s largest and most productive organizations.
I was treated better there as a junior resident than I’ve been here as a senior (and productive) faculty member. This is pandemic in this community and it was pointed out to me many years ago by a friend who temporarily worked here and was recognized as one of the most prominent international bankers in the world, but who just couldn’t countenance attitudes in South Florida and, therefore, left.
Norman L. Block, M.D., Miami