Special interest groups and their lobbyists have always been fixtures in City Hall. But even for Miami, it has come to resemble pigs feeding at the trough. The lobbyists seek and receive enormous up-zonings, sweetheart no-bid public open space, and excessive special event permits that disrupt our lives. Sadly, it happens all the time. That’s why we need Jim Fried and his skill set as a businessperson and communicator who will work to change that by protecting our quality of life above that of any special interest.