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Vultures Attack South Beach Construction Site

Vultures Attack South Beach Construction Site

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Published by Ryan Webster
Read this EXCLUSIVE progress report about the shocking attack at the Galbutian 800 FIRST STREET project.
Read this EXCLUSIVE progress report about the shocking attack at the Galbutian 800 FIRST STREET project.

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Published by: Ryan Webster on Jan 29, 2014
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MIAMI MIRROR
–    
 TRUE REFLECTIONS 
 
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VULTURES ATTACK SOUTH BEACH CONSTRUCTION SITE!
Parking Vultures Swoop Down on Hapless Workers
29 January 2014 By David Arthur Walters MIAMI MIRROR MIAMI BEACH
Suddenly and without warning, construction workers
’ vehicles parked in front
of
Keith Menin and Jared Galbut’s
 
800 First Street
 development were attacked by parking code vultures last week. Workers managed to scramble down from the rising structure to their cars quickly enough to escape two competing tow trucks hovering behind the code officer, but others were not so lucky. It was the general contractor, G.T. McDonald Enterprises, who picked up the tab for the assault. Project superintendent
T.J
.’
 Cook said the company paid for a dozen $18 parking tickets before renting parking
spaces in Joe’s Stone Crab
 lot behind the project at $160 per day.
 
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“Thanks a lot, sweetheart,” was all Mr. Cook
 had to publicly say about the parking maid who had handed out tickets like candy. He had pleaded with her for a break, and even managed to shelter a few fleeing cars behind the temporary construction fence as other workers hurried to their vehicles. Mr. Cook had approached me after he saw me taking pictures of site. I chatted with him about my experiences with an unlicensed general contractor named Jihad who had done millions of dollars of construction inside condominium buildings, some of it without permits.
“After
 Jihad was tagged at the Continuum without consequences
,” I said, “he built out a unit at
the Icon without a permit. He liked to go into units with a flooring contractor then do all sorts of unpermitted work
“Yeah,” said Mr. Cook, “there are those guys around, bu
t we
are careful to abide by the law.”
 
 
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“Well, what about the signs on the fence? Are they permitted?”
 
“The owner takes
 
care of that.”
 
“I doubt it. Hardly any contractor gets Planning to
review and permit temporary construction signage, and nobody cares unless someone complains
.”
 I asked about the signs on the fence in front of the project. Construction fences are permitted by the Building Department along with other permits. So-called wrap-around advertising must be reviewed by the Planning Department. Signs standing independently or hung on fences must be separately permitted, and, if they are real estate advertisements, they must bear permit decals.
“We can have construction signs,” pronounced Mr. Cook.
 
“They must be permitted. Actually, state law requires your No Trespassing sign to have your
contractor license number on it since it is a form of advertising. Your general sign in the back
has the number on it but not your No Trespassing sign here in front.”
 
My comment drew a look from Mr. Cook that said, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”
Yet he was cool as a cucumber as he took calls and people came at him from all sides, until, at that very moment, the parking vultures swooped onto the scene, giving him cause to panic for his comrades. Workers on top of the project were whistling the alarm like mad.

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