After Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez was arrested, Florida Gov. DeSantis said that there is going to be new commissioner
Miami, Florida – Following the arrest of Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez on allegations of corruption a week ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that he will soon make a decision regarding whether or not to replace Martinez.
DeSantis made these remarks while speaking at a news conference on Wednesday in Miami. Martinez was detained on allegations of unlawful remuneration and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation. DeSantis hinted that a suspension would be issued for Martinez in the near future.
DeSantis was quoted as saying, “Obviously when you have the scenario like that, there is going to be a new commissioner, and we realize that.”
Martinez might be removed from office and replaced by someone else at DeSantis’s discretion.
The fate of Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez, who is now being charged with two felonies for financial crimes, is currently in the hands of Governor Ron DeSantis. All eyes are on him to find out what will happen next. According to Phil Prazan of NBC 6,
“So a lot of people have recommended new candidates for that, and I have not had the time to be kind of briefed on all the potential candidates for that,” DeSantis said to the media. “I have not had the chance to be kind of briefed on all the potential candidates for that.” “There’s a debate going on over whether or not the individual in question needs to be a resident of that district; while I personally believe that they do, some argue that it’s not a requirement; however, as a matter of good governance, it’s probably best if that’s the case.”
DeSantis continued by saying, “We’re going to go through all of those concerns, and I’m going to get briefed on it this week. After that, we’ll probably have a decision in the not too distant future.”
According to a warrant for Martinez’s arrest, the allegations against him arise from monetary compensation that he reportedly accepted in exchange for assisting the proprietors of a grocery store and a piece of property who were involved in a dispute around cargo storage containers.
The warrant stated that the owners had been fined tens of thousands of dollars for breaching a county rule that prohibited properties with less than ten acres from having cargo storage containers. The ordinance stated that it was illegal to have cargo storage containers on those properties.
According to the warrant, Martinez accepted three payments totaling $5,000 from the owner of the supermarket in exchange for his assistance with the fees and fines, as well as his assistance in drafting legislation amending the ordinance to allow one storage container on properties with less than 10 acres.
Martinez’s legal representation claims that the allegations are politically motivated because they came at a time when Martinez was considering a bid for the position of sheriff in Miami-Dade County.
According to a statement released by his counsel, “For the time being, Commissioner Martinez makes clear that he is innocent of any misconduct and intends to vigorously strive to vindicate his name.” [Citation needed]
Martinez, who is 64 years old, has previously held the position of chairman of the commission. In 2000, he became the representative for the 11th Congressional District, but he decided against seeking reelection in 2012, therefore he had to win the seat all over again in 2016.
Martinez ran as a Republican candidate for Congress in 2014, despite the fact that the commission seat he holds in Miami-Dade County is non-partisan.