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In December, Smart grew so frustrated that she started a petition on Change. Her concerns are echoed in letters written by two former parks superintendents, the third-most powerful position in the department. In all, New Times spoke with seven current and former parks and recreation employees and reviewed complaints from a half-dozen others.
Others were passed up for overtime opportunities. Skilled black workers have been reassigned to pick up trash in the parks.
And the current director and assistant director have been accused of referring to black employees as "animals" and "criminals" and sending "troublemakers" — almost all of whom were black — to North Shore Open Space Park as punishment.
After publication, Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales issued a lengthy letter to commissioners alleging that one of those who complained about discrimination resigned after malfeasance was discovered, and that others made false representations.
One of the most shocking allegations comes from Tripodo, a white parks superintendent who worked for the city three and a half months before he was fired December In a three-page letter, Tripodo described being tasked with reorganizing workers. When he suggested they all meet in the maintenance yard each morning to get new daily assignments, he says, Del Risco bristled at the idea.
They tried to have me fired. After 13 years, she left the department in mid-January. These issues within the department not only led myself and Doug down a road of failure, it leads all the employees in the entire department to be scared to speak up," wrote Muia, who is white.
But he said when he first came onboard, Rebar and Del Risco told him they purposely split up workers in the maintenance yard for racial reasons. Both noted that of about a dozen program supervisors in the department, only one is black. Smart, who started the Change.
Since then, Smart has been transferred to multiple rec centers and her schedule was switched almost monthly, which she believes is retaliation for speaking up.
Inher supervisors also forced her to undergo a "fitness for duty" exam, where a doctor determined her mental status was, in fact, normal. After becoming suspicious about overtime equality last year, Smart requested pay sheets and time logs.
She discovered one of her Hispanic peers had received nearly five times the amount of overtime pay as she had earned in a month period despite her seniority.
Smart filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Rights, but in early January, her case was denied for "no reasonable cause. Holmes says police did not cite him, but after the accident, he was sent to North Shore Open Space Park.
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