This American Life, the NPR show that airs Saturday and again Sunday mornings on WLRN, this week featured a segment on the Julia Tuttle Causeway and the sex offender camp that festered in its bowels for more than two years.
Most Miamian’s are, by now, aware of the contradictions and the ironies and the policies-gone-amok that created that mess. But the NPR show, reported by former New Times writer Isaiah Thompson, offers a stunning performance of the self-styled super lobbyist Ron Book. It is a study in unapologetic megalomania as Book both defends the dodge logic behind the sex offender residency laws he invented and the Napoleon-like power the unelected campaign money bag man wields in this community. It makes for stunning listening.