I read with interest the Feb. 21 letter from Stuart Newman on the Miami Beach hotel referendum. I was surprised that a resident who lives as far as possible from the Convention Center in Miami Beach would be concerned about it.
Then I remembered that Newman runs a public relations company and gets paid to write letters professionally for businesses. On his website, he lists companies connected to Mayor Philip Levine’s media business as his PR clients.
In addition, in 2014, Newman wrote in the Herald’s Miami Stories feature in Neighbors that, in the past, he introduced clients to the Miami Herald.
These professional connections should have been disclosed in his letter to the editor. These types of actions are why residents have to do their own research before voting on issues.
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The city hasn’t fully addressed the traffic issues connected with an 800-room hotel. I’m voting No on the Convention Center Hotel and I urge all other residents to do the same.