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County Declines Lawmaker’s Request For Ethics Review On Steel Deal With Mayor’s Son

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DOUGLAS HANKS
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MIAMI HERALD
Partners in Miami-Dade Steel, a planned micro steel mill powered by electricity near Homestead: Gustavo Lopez, left, Julio Gimenez, center, and Leroy Jones, right. They want to build an electric steel mill near the Homestead air base.

Miami-Dade won’t be reviewing the ethics of a nearly $5 million county subsidy for a steel mill proposed by the mayor’s son, denying an inquiry request from one of the mayor’s top foes in Tallahassee.

Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Miami Springs, earlier this month asked the county to review the ethical rules governing the County Commission’s Oct. 3 approval of one of the largest business subsidies of its kind to a proposed steel mill partially owned by Julio Gimenez. Recently, both the commission chairwoman and the director of the county’s ethics board said Avila’s request wouldn’t be granted.

Audrey Edmonson, the commission’s chairwoman, wrote to Avila, saying the county code doesn’t allow the board to request an opinion from the ethics board on “past conduct” from someone.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.