Better uses for the public funds that the Heat wants

 

Re the June 16 story Amid Heat mania and mounting costs, team shoots for extended arena lease: How could Micky Arison (with a personal net worth of close to $6 billion, have the audacity to try to renegotiate the lease on the AmericanAirlines Arena with more public subsidies?

The story says that the Heat organization has yet to deliver the first penny to our county. And now they want more. Hey, they’re great partners!

I am a ardent fan of the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. I support the Hurricanes and the other local school sports programs, too. As a certified public accountant, I recognize that the revenue generated from professional sports has a trickle-down effect on the economy.

If the Heat want to renovate, fine — let the team do it on its own dime. Since Miami-Dade County has not received penny one in partnering with the Heat, let’s take that subsidy and give it where its needed.

Here are a few ideas:

•  Call Rev. Ronald Brummitt, president of the Miami Rescue Mission. Ask him what he could do with a few extra million.

•  Have Arison and team tour some inner-city schools. I bet they could easily see some items that could be renovated, replaced or rebuilt.

•  If the county wants to upgrade something, how about bike paths, how about parks?

•  I have coached Little League baseball for more than 20 years. Why can’t the county subsidize entrance fees or equipment for kids whose parents or guardians cannot afford them? Putting a kid on the ball field or basketball court, having them become a cheerleader, keeps them off the street and, potentially, out of trouble.

•  The city of Miami built a great splash park, Grapeland Water Park. I have taken my grandchildren there many times and always have a delightful time. Build one in Homestead, Perrine, Overtown, Little Havana, Miami Gardens or any community in the county that doesn’t have one. It’s great family entertainment and doesn’t cost a family a tenth of the cost of admission to a Heat game, parking, hot dogs and a T-shirt.

Those are just five ideas. Writing them took about the same amount of time for the Tums to settle my stomach after reading that story.

Jack Dresner, Miami

Read more Speak Up stories from the Miami Herald

  • Public Insight Network

    Gun-free zones can be defenseless targets

    It is about time that society recognizes that gun-free zones mean that, besides law enforcement, the only person with a gun is a criminal who has a multitude of targets unable to fight back. There is great truth to the NRA slogan, “Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.”

  • Public Insight Network

    Educators meant to teach, not shoot

    It’s highly unlikely that an armed teacher would be in the right place at the right time to intervene with an armed assailant. And teachers are hired to educate, not shoot people. Many schools have armed resource officers (Miami-Dade has the school police), and having armed teachers is no guarantee that students could be protected from an Adam Lanza or Dylan Klebold.

  • MIA soars as an economic engine

    Miami International Airport has long been Miami-Dade County’s No. 1 economic engine. As a public enterprise fund, MIA generates nearly $33 billion in positive economic impact for our community, supports one out of every four local jobs and drives commerce and trade at no cost to local taxpayers.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category