Miami Herald by Theo Karantsalis
July 11, 2020
Miami Springs Mayor Billy Bain wants local keyboard commandos to tone down social media criticism of the city’s police and employees after recent Black Lives Matter protests.
“Because of the situation with Black Lives Matter, and the police, people seem to be very, very hostile on that site,” Bain said at a recent council meeting broadcast via YouTube.
Bain took aim at miamisprings.com, a social media website owned by Nestor Suarez, a former council candidate, where people anonymously post.
“He [Suarez] needs to use better judgment on the site as to what’s posted there,” said Bain, who was offended that people were being “ramrodded” and “belittled.” He also wanted to make it clear that the city has no “role” in Suarez’s site.
But Suarez, a lifelong Miami Springs resident and former electronics executive, says he is playing by the rules.
“People have different opinions,” Suarez said. “We want them to express themselves.”