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FIU Cancels Meeting With North Miami Councilman So Lawyers Can Attend

What’s News In This Story?

-A meeting between a North Miami City Councilman and a high ranking FIU official was canceled after the university requested that lawyers be present to prevent “misunderstandings” between the two sides. 

-Councilman Scott Galvin and FIU Vice President for Government Affairs Michelle Palacio planned to meet at Galvin’s work office in Overtown to discuss the Arch Creek East Environment Preserve situation. 

-Palacio canceled the meeting in a email to Galvin on late Tuesday night.

From Palacio’s email to Galvin:

“…you have stated publicly that you are exploring legal options against FIU. To avoid any further misunderstandings, I would like to postpone tomorrow’s meeting and ask that it be rescheduled to a future date, in City Hall, and that the City Manager, the City Attorney and an FIU attorney attend as well.  As always, we’ll be glad to meet with you and your fellow City officials.”

-Galvin said during a protest last Saturday that North Miami was actively at looking at legal remedies to stop FIU from building a road through the preserve.

North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin speaks to gathered protestors during an anti-FIU event on Saturday. Photo: RISE NEWS

-Galvin told RISE NEWS that he thought the meeting was going to be an informal way to air out differences between the city and FIU. Now, he doesn’t think the meeting will happen. 

Galvin also told RISE NEWS:

“…having attorneys present turns it into a deposition and ruins much chance for progress. Putting a caveat like that on a meeting probably means it won’t happen. Even our respective attorneys would likely advise we not attend it.”

-Galvin has been the most vocal city leader in opposition to FIU’s plan to reopen a road through the preserve. 

-FIU claims that the road, which will open a second entrance to their North Campus via 135th St, is needed for student safety. 

The city of North Miami has opposed the plan for years because they say it would damage the preserve.

FIU spokesperson Maydel Santana said that the university intends to meet with the appropriate North Miami city officials and “will reach out to the residents at the appropriate time.”


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“We… Will Rise Again”: Florida Politician Gives Incredible Speech After Orlando Massacre

North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin has been featured on our site before.

But this time, it is for something really amazing.

On Tuesday, Galvin gave a spellbinding speech about the resiliency of the LGBT community after the devastating massacre in Orlando that claimed 49 lives.


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This Politician Dressed Up Like Donald Trump At An AIDS Walk To Make An Important Point

North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin is known for his unique approach to serving his constituents.

An early adopter of email newsletters and blogging to keep people that live in his city informed, Galvin has recently started producing web videos for the same purpose.

But none of that quite compares to what Galvin did to support the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival.


Galvin is not afraid to take a stand on issues that are a bit bigger than North Miami, a diverse northern Miami suburb with nearly 60,000 residents.

So he decided to make fun of Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump to raise money for the AIDS walk.

Galvin dressed as “The Donald” and walked around the event carrying fake money with Trump’s face on it.

“I’ve been wearing silly costumes in the Walk since 2009, when I was a leprechaun,” Galvin said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “I always try to do something unique, as it’s a big point in my fundraising efforts. This year, I truly didn’t have an original idea. And then I saw a recent Republican debate. My costume immediately became clear.”

Galvin has been involved with AIDS walks for years and has been walking in them since 2007.

While most people at the walk understand that Galvin was making fun of Trump and his arrogant manor (he was also saying one-lines as he walked around like “I’m building a wall around YOUR house”), some people didn’t get the joke.

“A few were unsure, however, and wondered if I was supporting Trump,” Galvin said. “A few wouldn’t even take my fake money and just gave me disgusted looks.”


While it was all in good fun, Galvin said that he really does believe that Trump poses a threat to the LGBT community.

“An affront to any minority community is an affront to us all,” Galvin said. “If we sit silently as Trump insults Mexicans and Muslims, who will be around to defend us when it is our turn?”

Galvin’s efforts seemed to have paid off as he was able to raise around $8,000 for the walk.

“Trump’s campaign is as much a hot mess as I was walking in the sun wearing a clown wig and orange make up,” Galvin said. “At least I was able to turn his idiocy into a few laughs for a good cause.”

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