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Baker says downtown Miami businesses have suffered during Castaneda’s time as mayor

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 18th, 2013

Dear Editor:

I was amused when I read in R. William Sanchez’s Letter to the Editor crediting Mayor Rosemary Sanchez for bringing downtown Miami back to life.

I wasn’t aware that the Mayor was solely responsible for the business health of the town, but if that is truly the case, she deserves blame rather than credit. During Mayor Castaneda’s tenure, at least eight Miami businesses have closed and others have reduced their hours of operation.

One new business opened a year ago. Two others opened within the last few weeks and hopefully they will succeed. That still results in a significant net loss of businesses.

When I opened my business in downtown Miami at the end of 2000, Miami Council members, the Town Manager and several town employees would regularly come by my store to ask how my business was doing and whether the Town could do anything to help. Employees in the Public Works Department were especially helpful. It has been years since a Miami Council member has visited my store, and my neighbors report the same. The current Council seem interested in Miami businesses only if it is their own.

Dick Baker

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