$131,000,000. One hundred thirty-one million dollars!
That’s the amount of money Miami city officials have cost taxpayers in lost rent, fees and taxes by allowing more than a decade of delay, ignoring the requirement that the private developer pay fair market rent while turning a blind eye on other illegal activity.
The ultimate protection against governmental abuse in a democracy is the public’s ability to challenge the government up to and through elections.
But sometimes citizens can’t do it alone.
That’s why the Founding Fathers, in the US Constitution, established the system checks and balances through three competing branches of government. Executive. Legislative. Judicial.