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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE MAYOR TAKES OFF FOR A TRIP TO ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE HE CAN PRETEND HE'S MORE THAN JUST A PUNCHING BAG FOR COMMISSIONER JOE CAROLLO
For Francis Suarez, being the mayor of Miami is a little bit like being a contestant on the Wheel Of Fortune.
You know that the odds are pretty good that every so often the wheel will stop at a free trip, and even better than being a contestant, Francis doesn't have to solve the puzzle.
Next week he's off to Paris, for the first meeting of the Global Commission On Adaption, and he's taking along his new best pal Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla in the time honored tradition of Mayor's showing new commissioners how easy it is to become corrupted by being on the receiving end of gifts like free trips if they, as the saying goes, "To get along, you gotta go along."
I've been very busy with my Wynwood series, so in response to folks who always ask me for information on these junkets that the Mayor and Commissioners take, the best I could come up with on short notice was the agenda for the meeting.
For those in the Sneakers The Bodyguard fan club, I've not been able to confirm that he'll be going along to protect the Mayor against those pesky French people, but given that Sneakers has now been delegated to stand guard at the bathroom door when hiz honor needs to pee in private, I would suspect that he'll be going along.
How many other bodyguards will be needed to protect the Mayor and Diaz de la Portilla I don't know, but I do know that it didn't take Diaz de la Portilla long to take advantage of looking like he's super important by having a bodyguard or two with him in public, as evidenced by his arrival at a Super Bowl party.
NUMBER 48 - FEBRUARY 22, 2020
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Here's the agenda of the meeting.