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MAY 8, 2014
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ANOTHER BAD DEAL FOR MIAMI

The City of Miami Commission is poised today to vote to give developer jeffery Berkowitz permission to start construction on his 1000 foot tower even before the voters have an opportunity to vote on it.  In fact, the vote today sets allows Berkowitz to start digging up the parking lot on City property even before the City Commission votes on whether to put this issue before the voters in a referendum required by the Carollo Amendment.


The only problem with this - in fact there are a whole lot of problems, but I’ve only got time to deal with this specific problem this morning - is that it looks like the City of Miami has gone out of their way to cook the books in order to allow this vote to take place today.


You see, in February, the lawyers representing Bayside Marketplace in the renegotiation of the lease discovered that there was a Notice Of Unsafe Structure Violation filed against the property.


This information was conveyed to the headquarters of General Growth Properties (GGP), who in turn conveyed the information to Pamela Weller the General manager of Bayside, who then wrote Henry Torre. the Director of Facilities Management for the City.

Torre in turn sent emails to the City Attorney’s Office, and they in turn sent emails to other folks, and while I haven’t had an opportunity to find any specific emails that explained how the Notice of Violation was removed, it had to have been removed in order for Berkowitz to get his Title Insurance.


This however, is Miami, and as we all learned only last week in my expos e on Seasalt and Pepper, when it comes to the City of Miami and their ability to make pesky problems like permits and licenses disappear, making a Notice Of Violation having to do with an Unsafe Structure would be child’s play for these folks.


And, it’s obvious that the kids did play, because while the Notice Of Violation disappeared, the actual violations did not.


This morning I went to Bayside Marketplace and took the photographs below in th area around the Hard Rock Cafe.

The reason why the building is in such disrepair is that GGP has refused to invest the kind of money that was required to keep the building up.  This has been one of the concerns and complaints expressed by some folks in the City in response to the negotiating tactics used by GGP in their efforts to get a renegotiated lease with the City on their terms.


I should point out, and I would be remiss if I did not that it was not that long ago when Mayor Tomas Regalado and the members of the City Commission were whining about the provision of the contract with the Miami marlins for the parking garages that the City, due to ignorance on the part of those who did the contract, and the Commissioners themselves, that led to the revelation that the City was on the hook for the taxes and upkeep of those garages.


Here you have a situation where the Miami City Commission is ready to do a deal with Jeffrey Berkowitz and with Bayside Marketplace, and at the very beginning of the process a backroom deal has taken place that allowed a legitimate Notice of Violation that was issued in June of 2013,and was never corrected, has now been removed to let this deal go through.

As Mayor Tomas Regalado once famously said, “Any deal in Miami is a bad deal.”


THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THOSE BAD DEALS!

WHO PULLED THE NOTICE OF UNSAFE STRUCTURE VIOLATION FROM BAYSIDE SO THAT SKYRISE MIAMI COULD GET TITLE INSURANCE?
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UODATE: I WAS TOLD THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE FOLKS AT BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE RESPONDED TO MY STORY BY HAVING A CREW START REPAIRING ALL THE DAMAGE THAT I FEATURED IN THE PHOTOS THAT ARE PART OF THE STORY BELOW. 


ALSO, I WAS TOLD THE NOTICE OF VIOLATION THAT IS THE BASIS FOR THIS STORY THAT IS THE BASIS FOR THIS STORY WAS WRONGLY ISSUED BECAUSE IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY ISSUED AS PART OF A 40 YEAR REVIEW AND THE BUILDING IS ONLY 25 YEARS OLD.


I FIND THAT REASON IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE, BECAUSE THE CLAIM THAT WAS MADE TO ME THAT CHAPTER 10, ARTICLE VI, SECTION 10-101 CITED IN THE VIOLATION NOTICE DEALS WITH 40 YEAR INSPECTIONS, IS NOT TRUE. THAT PORTION OF THE CITY CHARTER DEALS DIRECTLY AND SPECIFICALLY ONLY WITH UNSAFE BUILDINGS.


GIVEN THE  HISTORY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION WHEN IT COMES TO TREATING PUBLIC RECORDS AND OPERATIONAL DOCUMENTS AS LITTLE MORE THAN TOILET PAPER - AND BY THIS I MEAN THAT THEY MAKE DOCUMENTS DISAPPEAR OR APPEAR WHEN NEEDED, AND THEN WIPE THEIR ASS WITH THOSE DOCUMENTS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES TO GO ON - I THINK THAT MY PHOTOS OF THE DAMAGE TO THE HARD ROCK CAFE BUILDING POSTED BELOW MORE THAN JUSTIFY AND SUPPORT ANY NOTICE OF UNSAFE STRUCTURE VIOLATION SERVED ON BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE.


IN ADDITION, BEYOND THE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF DAMAGE EXHIBITED IN MY PHOTOS, I SAW STRUCTURAL DAMAGE THAT CAN NOT BE MADE TO DISAPPEAR WITH A PAINT BRUSH OR A PATCH JOB, AND IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE CITY OF MIAMI DEALS WITH THOSE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS IN ANY FUTURE INSPECTIONS.


IN THE MEANTIME I’VE GOT A BUNCH MORE STORIES COMING RELATED TO SKYRISE AND BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE, SO KEEP CHECKING IN.  THE REST OF MAY IS GOING TO BE A FUN MONTH.


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