CRESPOGRAM REPORT
JUNE 1, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
THESE PEOPLE COST THE TAXPAYERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MILLIONS 
OF DOLLARS
LAST WEEK THE 3RD DCA AFFIRMED A LOWER COURT DECISION THAT THE CITY OF MIAMI, AND NOT SCOTTY’S LANDING, WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES ON THAT PROPERTY

Over the last 5 years I’ve fortunately only made several major blunders, and among the worst was the whole series of stories that I wrote about Scotty’s Landing, and the issues surrounding the failure of anyone paying ad valorem property taxes on that property.


That failure robbed the County, the School Board and the City of millions in tax dollars, and the stories I wrote - largely based on a series of documents that I was provided anonymously, although I’ve now come to know who provided them to me and that person’s relationship to the folks whose photos are above - put the blame for this failure to pay the taxes on Scott Wessel, the owner of Scotty’s.


It took a court hearing in July of 2013, and a handful of documents that provided evidence that both the County and the City were aware that the City was responsible for these payments as far back as 1998 to convince me that I was wrong, and that the real villains in this story included Tomas Regalado and former Miami City Attorney Julie Bru.


It was one of Regalado’s henchmen who provided me with the misleading documents - in part because he had his own agenda when it came to the Scotty’s Landing property - and it was Julie Bru, whose bogus legal opinion back in 1996 put the obligation to pay the property taxes squarely on the lessee that fueled my stories at the time, and then it was Bru during her time as City Attorney who continued to rely on that opinion as the vehicle to reject the claim that it was the City who owed that money.


The 3rd DCA opinion, which somehow managed to be ignored by all of the local news media - gee, why is that not a surprise - spells out in very clear language that it is the City whose been responsible for paying the taxes all these years.


Because there is a statute of limitations piys limits on how far back the City can be forced to pay for this screwup, the citizens of Miami-Dade are once again victims of the chicanery and backroom scheming that passes for governance in the City of Miami, this time to the tune of millions of dollars that are now unrecoverable as a result of the years this dispute dragged on.


Here is the 3rd DCA Opinion.


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