Southwest Ranches Town Attorney on ICE Jail: "The Less We Say the Better Off We Will Be"
On June 7, Southwest Ranches Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff sent an email to (now deceased) Town Administrator Charlie Lynn, town staffers, and his consulting and lobbying colleagues. The email urged town leaders to maintain a "cone of silence" about a proposed 1,800-bed immigrant detention center in Southwest Ranches to avoid growing public unrest.
From: Poliakoff, KeithSent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:00 PMTo: Charles Lynn; 'Cheryl Williams'; 'Ivy Fivey'Cc: Michele Mellgren (michele@TMPGplanning.com); jeff@TMPGplanning.com; 'Dave Tringo';elizabeth@TMPGplanning.com; 'Willie Nabong'; Franco, OmarSubject: Re: Cone of Silence for CCA FacilityAll:As you know we are in the final months to see if we can land the new Federal Immigration Facility. Florida City is flipping over all stones to try to take the lead, but their strategy with the press is actually backfiring since residents are now comming (sic) out in opposition to the Florida City proposal, which will inevitably cause Homeland Security to shy away from their site since they do not want controversy right now. Further an immigration facility in Dade will not get much fanfare.As you probably have seen we have remained incredibly quiet and have been working diligently with our legislative leaders on this matter without pushing the press angle.As such, I have been fully advised by our DC contacts that we should remain fully quiet on this one and to let our DC Leaders help without sparking a fire that will make it more difficult for them to assist.Accordingly, if you get any calls on this, which you certainly will since the sharks are beginning to circle, I would appreciate it if you could direct anyone to speak to Charlie Lynn. If he gets a ton of calls we will issue a carefully crafted press release, but until then, the less we say the better off we will be.I know Mayor Nelson fielded a few basic questions from the Sentinel, which should release a small story later today.Regards: Keith
Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer .
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