PART II (click here for Part I)
Tamarac Residents Smell the Stink
The residents of the City of Tamarac, which lies one block to the north of the proposed site, are understandably up in arms about the proposal. They do not want such a source of pollution, smell and heavy traffic on their doorstep. Interestingly, however, the area immediately surrounding the proposed site is made up entirely of industrial properties, with the exception of the parochial school next door. Since the nearest residential neighborhood is about a mile to the south, there has not been much outcry from Sunrise residents themselves, other than those whose children attend the parochial school. Tamarac residents have threatened to sue the City if the Commission approves of the proposal and are planning to attend Tuesday’s public hearing.
Tamarac City Commissioner, Diane Glasser, who also is a State Committeewoman for the Florida Democratic Party and sits on the Executive Committee of the Broward Democratic Party, has come out against the proposal. This poses significant problems for Democrats on the Sunrise City Commission who may seek reelection, as Ms. Glasser carries significant weight in the party. Should she choose to oppose the party’s backing any particular candidate, or support a challenger, the commissioners’ political futures may come to an end.
Questionable Ethical Connections
Finally, the biggest issue, which has major potential ethical and legal consequences, are the unavoidable connections between some of the City Commissioners and Green Now. As reported by BrowardBeat.com, Vice Mayor Don Rosen’s consulting company has a commercial contract with another waste company, Ace Waste. Ace Waste is headed up by James Feely, Jr., who happens to also be at the helm of Green Now. Green Now reportedly operates a facility, similar to the one they are proposing, in Davie, at the same exact address as the headquarters of Ace Waste. Although Ace Waste and Green Now are different corporations, leading to a recent finding by the State Ethics Commission that Rosen would not be violating ethics laws, it seems quite clear that Ace Waste would undoubtedly work closely with Green Now in developing this new Sunrise facility, and Rosen’s consulting company would stand to make a lot of money.
Even Mayor Wishner himself is not immune to this controversy. Having been formerly in the waste industry himself, he has been accused, including at the last commission meeting, of supporting this proposal only to benefit his friends in the industry.
The February 23rd commission meeting is likely to be an exciting one. Aside from the ethics commission, the State Attorney and U.S. Attorney who will likely be watching carefully, the residents of Tamarac as well as the families of the elementary school will likely be very vocal in expressing their outrage at this proposal.
For More Information:
Tamarac leader opposes Sunrise dump
Questions swirl over Sunrise commissioner’s ties over trash plan
More Sunrise Sleeze: Rosen works for Garbage Dump Man
Tamarac to Sunrise: Don’t put garbage on our border
Don’t Dump on Us Petition
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