Costigan Media Applauds Miami Beach Mayoral Candidate Matti Herrera Bower

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Vice Mayor Matti Bower works with Miami Beach residents to keep them informed of potentially dangerous "corridor" project and her efforts involving Miami Heart Institute

Costigan Media, a leading entertainment and news organization with offices in Miami Beach, expressed appreciation for Miami Beach Mayoral candidate and current long term commissioner, Matti Bower, and her efforts to keep city residents informed. Specifically, Ms. Bower helped ensure concerned taxpayers had a podium to speak during an all-day commissioner's meeting.

The concern: the hurricane worthiness of a planned concrete roadway on the dunes between 77th and 78th street, which was originally supposed to become a walkway with a hard packed surface. Preliminary discussions with extremely knowledgeable and qualified engineers raised questions regarding the current design of this walkway. Concerns centered on the potential for the concrete slabs to break up during a hurricane, forming jagged edges that could become missiles during a major hurricane.

While engineers working on the project appeared before the commissioners and insisted the current design poses no danger during hurricanes, representatives from the engineering firm stopped short of confirming the design would not cause a dramatic increase in building and household insurance within the immediate area of Altos Del Mar.

"The idea that there is some inherent danger to area residents was enough to prompt those in the community to show up at the Commission meeting simply requesting a delay in the project until we can get another expert opinion," commented Christopher Costigan, President and Founder of CostiganMedia.com. "The city of Miami Beach did not even bother to notify the few hundred people living in the immediate area. Matti Bower was the exception and truly demonstrated her leadership abilities."

Costigan is President of the Vilamur Association and a generous contributor to various community projects.    

Ultimately, the commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the project, much to the behest of area residents.

"A few hundred residents are being represented by their condo association board of directors," said Costigan. "Not all were able to be assembled on such short notice. One area resident and one of Miami Beach's biggest tax payers, has already declared he will be suing the city. Whether those threats come to fruition remain to be seen."

Matti Bower is known for her dedicated activism in the city of Miami Beach. Following the vote on the "Altos Del Mar Recreational Corridor", Ms. Bower became engaged with other commissioners regarding perhaps the city's most controversial proposed project, the possible sale of the Miami Heart Institute and what to do with the property.

Cruz sought a referendum on a $95 million bond to purchase the site from Mount Sinai Hospital and turn it into a park. If the bond is approved by Miami Beach voters, it will cost a primary resident with a $250,000 home roughly $53 per year for 30 years, according to City Manager Jorge Gonzalez.

Bower wants voters to decide Nov. 6 what to do with the seven-acre site at 4701 N. Meridian Avenue should Mount Sinai Medical Center sell the Miami Heart Institute, according to a Miami Sun Times report.    The Miami Sun Times has been reporting extensively on this matter. See: http://www.miamisunpost.com/0906news.htm

"Matti Bower has proven she is passionate about working with the tax payers of Miami Beach and not against them," expressed Costigan.

The North Beach section of Miami Beach where Costigan Media operates is planning a neighborhood party to thank Ms. Bower for her continued community awareness efforts.    

About Costigan Media:

Costigan Media is a leading entertainment and news organization that focuses much of its attention on the coverage of celebrity sports charity events having covered the Alonzo Mourning All Star Weekend Charity Party Night and Brunch, the Jerry Buss Youth Foundation Casino Night and billionaire Entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre's initiative to help poverty-stricken Costa Rican families and the constuction of new schools in that Central American nation. Costigan Media's news arm receives an average of 36,000 unique visitors per day and is among the top 10,000 most read websites on the Web.

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