"the" Mrs. Astor

Thursday, March 12, 2009

There are some things you don't mess with on South Beach and one is a dog owner. Sit out on Lincoln Rd. late on a Sunday afternoon and you will witness a parade of dogs and their owners like no other. Owners think of their dogs as their children, not unusual in an edgy, resort town of one-nighters and gross insincerity. So, if you are a politician and want to keep that job, don't promise a dog owner a park of their own and then try to go back on that promise.

The City Commission got just a little taste of dog-owner wrath yesterday, when a meeting was held to discuss reneging on the promise of a dog park on South Pointe, a park promised years ago when The Commission was dancing a profitable jig with wealthy developers and trying to attract even wealthier residents. God only knows what The Commission was thinking when it tried to back out of the deal. Well-heeled condo owners blasted the members with threats and denunciation. "I pay $50,000 a year in taxes, and I still don't have that park," shouted one woman. Others threatened to sell and leave and--of course--someone even came up with the original blueprints agreed to by The City; funny how written documents can raise their head and bite. Members of R.D.O. demanded justice. The Commission--true to their kind--did the best they could: Back down and postpone a decision until another meeting is held on April 15. That one should be even better theater, and it sounds like a mission.


At 8:44 PM, Blogger Countess Bedelia said...

The picture of Rosemary's dog is so sweet. Never get between a pet owner and a promise!

I hear you are under house arrest. You and Mamie can smuggle messages to each other.

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mamie was sent off to Palm Beach for the weekend. (they hid the booze)


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