CRESPOGRAM REPORT
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JUNE 6, 2016

THERE’S ALWAYS THE POSSIBILITY OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST? IN THIS CASE, DANIEL ROTENBERG, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CITY’S REAL ESTATE AND ASSET MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT HAD - AND PERHAPS STILL HAS - TIES TO ROBERT CHRISTOPH JR.’S CURRENT BUSINESS PARTNER IN THE BAHIA MAR MARINA PROJECT

PART III

IN THE CITY OF MIAMI, WHEN WATERFRONT PROPERTY GETS

PUT OUT FOR BID

A CRESPOGRAM EXCLUSIVE

The story of this Rickenbacker Marina RFP is beginning to look like a classic Banana Republic insider business deal.


When I ended Part II of this series, Daniel Rotenberg, the Director of the Department of Real Estate & Asset Management (DREAM), it was how Rotenberg hoped to have the opportunity to speak at the last Commission meeting because, as he had written me:


        “I won’t put in writing what has been going on here

        internally, but it has not been peaceful. I hope I get

        the chance to voice myself tomorrow.”


Well, in fact he never got that chance - in no small part because the City Manager waved him away from the podium - and there’s some question now as to whether he’ll get a chance at the next meeting if he still wants to, or whether he’ll be ordered not to show up at City Hall.


While the answer to that question will have to wait until next Thursday’s commission meeting,  several other questions have arisen since my last email exchange with Rotenberg, caused in part by my own failure to pay careful attention to one of the claims Rotenberg had made to me regarding his continued activities as a real estate developer while serving as the city’s Director of the Department of Real Estate & Asset Management Department.


I had originally written to Rotenberg because of his failure to provide me with copies of emails that he had written that revealed that he had first considered allowing the protest against the Christoph proposal to move forward until he was persuaded to change his mind - emails which I have yet to receive - and in the course of our email exchange Rotenberg had owned up to  continuing to operate his private real estate development company, thanks to a waiver that he had received from the City Manager - and that he claimed that there was nothing wrong in his doing so because he no longer did business in Florida.


In rereading Rotenberg’s emails a couple days after I posted my story, I realized that I had made a serious mistake. I had written that he claimed that he no longer did business in Florida. In fact, what he wrote was that he no longer did business in “Miami.”


I was able to confirm that when I went to the Secretary of State’s sunbiz website and found that Rotenberg and his partner Gavriel Naim have 3 separate corporate registrations that are active. They are: Beach Hill Capital 301, LLC; Beach Hill Capital Investors, LLC, and Beach Hill Capital Partners Dania Beach, LLC..


That mistake prompted me to go back and look a lot closer at the Beach Hill Website to see what else I might have missed and to do searches for all the companies that he claimed to have been associated with, and that in turn revealed that one of the companies that Rotenberg claimed to have been a founding partner was a company named Tate Capital.

While I couldn’t find any corporate records that linked Rotenberg to Tate Capital, I discovered that Tate Capital was owned by the brothers James and Kenneth Tate, the sone of the legendary builder Stanley Tate who founded Florida’s pre-paid college program.


Of more interest to me is that with two more mouse clicks I was able to discover that James -Jimmy - Tate was partners with Robert Christoph Jr. in the Bahia Mar Marina project in Fort Lauderdale.

So, do you see a pattern forming? 


According to his website, Daniel Rotenberg claims to have been a “founding partner” with James Tate in the original formation of Tate Capital.


Now, that must have been some time ago, because no public records exist of that relationship, but it’s none the less interesting and revealing that Rotenberg would end up years later as the Director of the Department of Real Estate & Asset Management (DREAM) just in time to take part in the writing of the RFP for the Rickenbacker Marina project, where he then assumes the role of the Chairman of the Selection Committee that chooses the winning bidder, and then when protests are filed challenging that decision, he becomes the individual responsible for determining whether or not to support those protests, and all the while, it turns out that one of his former business partners just currently happens to be the business partner of the guy, who with his father won the bid.


HOW AMAZINGLY COINCIDENTAL IS THAT????????????


There are enough coincidences and craziness in that entire sequence of events to make even Donald Trump say, “Naw, that’s too crazy for me.  I’ll stick with Crooked Hillary and her emails.”


And here’s the best part, If I hadn’t screwed up and made the mistake of stating that Rotenberg had stated that he no longer did business in Florida instead of Miami, I never would have gone back to recheck everything, and it’s only because of that that you are now reading this information, because NO ONE ELSE, starting with the Miami Herald, or Miami Today, which in their original story written the day before the last meeting didn’t even include the issue of the raw sewage protest letter as part of their story has bothered to cover any of this story in the detail it deserved.


You would think that maybe Rotenberg. or the City Manager, or the City Attorney or all of them together - if Rotenberg bothered to share this information with them - might, as a measure of fairness, transparency and/or due diligence considered it prudent to reveal the fact that Rotenberg used to be partners with Jimmy Tate, whose now partners with Robert Christoph Jr., sometime in the last month?


Once again, it’s Miami, Bitches!