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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
That quote by Albert Einstein pretty much sums up the choice Miami Beach voters face when they go to the polls on Nov. 1.
They can give Matti Bower a third two year term as mayor, cross their fingers and hope things on Miami Beach don't get any more insane.
Or they can usher in some change.
Steve Berke says he's the guy who can do that.
There are stark differences between Berke and Bower.
In the video below, Steve Berke says he plans to deal with the problems that face Miami Beach. He ticks off his points clearly and intelligently.
Bower starts off by thanking voters for "giving me the best years of my life working for you in Miami Beach. It's hard to believe it has been 12 years since you chose me as the first Hispanic woman on the city commission."
That's really all you need to hear from Bower. She's had 12 years years to deal some serious problems and she's done nothing.
For the past 10 years Bower has had a chance to do something about the disaster called Urban Beach Weekend. She's done nothing.
She insists her hands are tied and she can't stop people from coming to the Beach.
Back in June Bower wrote in a Miami Herald op-ed, "We can and will find ways to keep wrong-doers from returning to our city and to send a message that such behavior is not tolerated." Yeah, when you going to start Matti?
The much larger city of Atlanta figured out how to take their city back. Why can't Miami Beach?
You've had 10 years Matti. It's too late.
Bower's been a Miami Beach official for 12 years - the past 4 as mayor - but she's apparently been in the dark about the frat house atmosphere that's thoroughly entrenched in the Miami Beach police department.
Matti Bower's had her chance.
On Nov. 1 Miami Beach residents can vote for change.
They can give Steve Berke a chance to put the brakes on the insanity.
Or they can put on their crash helmets and join Bower for another wild, two-year ride in Matti's Crazy Clown Car.