CRESPOGRAM REPORT
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
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JUNE  17, 2016

IN THE CITY OF MIAMI, WHEN WATERFRONT PROPERTY GETS

PUT OUT FOR BID

Don’t ask me why I failed to take the steps to comb through the website of Tate Capital when I first started digging into the relationship between Daniel Rotenberg, the City’s Director of Real Estate and Asset Management and James Tate, but I didn’t, and consequently, had I done so then, I would have found this.

If you click on Rotenberg’s name, you’ll find this.

The fact that as of 4:56 PM on June 16th, these pages featuring Daniel Rotenberg still appear on the Tate Capital website, even though he has been the Director of the CIty of Miami’s Real Estate and Asset Department going on two years, is perhaps the single most brazen example of Conflict Of Interest that I have discovered during the last six years of combing through the swamp of corruption that passes for city government in Miami.


Whether or not Rotenberg got one of those largely bogus waivers from the City Manager that allowed him to continue to operate a business and/or engage in development deals “outside of Miami,” is immaterial when you realize that in his position as the director of a city department responsible for overseeing a major BILLION DOLLAR RFP proposal he was in fact dealing with a bidder that is a partner with the company that he continues to be associated with in a leadership position in another marina deal in Broward County is truly a mind boggling revelation.

A CRESPOGRAM EXCLUSIVE

This photograph, and what it implies was more than enough to have insured that Daniel Rotenberg should have never been allowed to sit, much less chair the Selection Committee, nor should he have been allowed anywhere near the the decision making that involved either the preparation of the RFP, or in dealing with the protests generated by the Selection Committee’s findings.


The big question now - and in fact, it should be more than a question, it should be an FBI investigation with people being put under oath - is how exactly did Daniel Rotenberg become the Director of the Real Estate and Asset Department at the City of Miami? 


If he is, as the Tate Capital website clearly says he is, a member of the Leadership Team of that company, then why would he be moonlighting as the director of a city agency? The assumption that he is moonlighting at the city is supported by the fact that he was with Tate Capital before he became a city employee, he’s remained a member of Tate Capital since he’s been a city employee, and that after he leaves the city, a dollar to a donut says he’ll still be a member of Tate Capital.


It’s not unreasonable to assume, given all that has already happened around this bid proposal, that Daniel Rotenberg’s appearance as an employee of the City of Miami just as efforts were getting underway to prepare the RFP for this massive project might well have been a part of an elaborate orchestrated scheme to get him on the inside as a way to control this deal, and forget about the fact that he gave another bidder a higher score than he gave the Christoph’s group.


Misdirection is the first and easiest ruse to pull off when engaged in a possible game of bid rigging, whether it be the votes, the emails or the expressions of friendship exhibited in providing what is presumed to be insider information to one of the loosing bidders. The only thing that matters in the end is the result.  Nothing else!


As the famous swindler Billy Sol Estes once told me while we rode across country on a prison transport bus on our way to the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, “The easiest way to swindle somebody is to treat them as a friend.”


While nothing so far provides hard and fast evidence that a bid rigging swindle is what happened here, when you factor in this new information about Rotenberg’s continued involvement with Tate Capital, along with the involvement and back room activities of the fraudster Stephen Kneapler, and include the obvious withholding of the information related to the raw sewage spills that occurred at the Miami Beach Marina operated by the Christoph’s along with all the other loose threads that I’ve largely ignored because of the complexity of trying to explain them all, then the possibility that this is just a case of funny coincidences ceases to be funny.


Don’t think that’s as far fetched as it sounds. The one thing I’ve learned, and keep telling people all the time is never underestimate the deviousness of some of these people, or the time, effort, energy and money that they’re willing to devote to getting their schemes and scams through the maze at City Hall, especially when it comes to a deal like this where the payoff is a 75 YEAR CONTRACT to control the property, and the payoff will be worth more than ONE BILLION DOLLARS to the winning bidder!


For ONE BILLION DOLLARS, there are people in this community who would crawl over each other to sell their mothers and their sisters, and never worry about selling their morals or their ethics, because they willingly gave those away a long time ago.


It’s Miami, Bitches!

NEW EVIDENCE POINTING TO DANIEL ROTENBERG’S CONTINUING ROLE AS MEMBER OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM AT TATE CAPITAL RAISES A TROUBLING QUESTION OF HOW HE BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF A CITY DEPARTMENT OVERSEEING AN RFP BID INVOLVING A PARTNER IN ANOTHER TATE CAPITAL DEAL, AND THAT RAISES THE QUESTION AGAIN, WHERE IS THE FBI? 

PART V