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On Being Fazed by Phased Permitting

On Being Fazed by Phased Permitting

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Published by Ryan Webster
The City of Miami Beach recently introduced Phased Permitting. This Prologue to a series on the subject recites how the author was fazed by it when he visited the Building Department.
The City of Miami Beach recently introduced Phased Permitting. This Prologue to a series on the subject recites how the author was fazed by it when he visited the Building Department.

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MIAMI MIROR – TRUE REFLECTIONS 
 
Page
 
1
 
of 
 
11
 
SERIES:
 
PHAZED
 
PERMITTING
 
Martin
 
Heidegger
 
was
 
fazed
 
by
 
“Being”
 
ON BEING FAZED
PRELUDE 
 
TO
 
PHAZED
 
PERMITTING
 
 
MIAMI MIROR – TRUE REFLECTIONS 
 
Page
 
2
 
of 
 
11
 
March
 
2,
 
2014
 
By
 
David
 
Arthur
 
Walters
 
MIAMI
 
MIRROR
 
MIAMI
 
BEACH—Formerly
 
disgruntled
 
denizens
 
of 
 
Miami
 
Beach
 
were
 
gushing
 
about
 
the
 
new
 
atmosphere
 
and
 
level
 
of 
 
service
 
at
 
city
 
hall
 
under
 
new
 
city
 
manager
 
Jimmy
 
Morales,
 
a
 
political
 
insider
 
whom
 
the
 
city
 
commission,
 
disregarding
 
the
 
recommendations
 
of 
 
its
 
highly
 
paid
 
professional
 
recruiting
 
company,
 
shooed
 
into
 
the
 
 job
 
to
 
replace
 
Jorge
 
Gonzalez,
 
who
 
was
 
involuntarily
 
retired
 
in
 
the
 
wake
 
of 
 
another
 
series
 
of 
 
FBI
 
arrests
 
of 
 
corrupt
 
code
 
enforcement
 
officers
 
after
 
purportedly
 
“reigning”
 
over
 
our
 
strong
 
city
 
manager,
 
weak
 
mayor
 
system
 
of 
 
government
 
for
 
more
 
than
 
a
 
dozen
 
years.
 
“Jimmy
 
is
 
a
 
wonderful
 
manager,”
 
effused
 
a
 
lifeguard
 
I
 
encountered
 
on
 
the
 
beach.
 
“He
 
actually
 
came
 
down
 
to
 
the
 
beach
 
and
 
talked
 
to
 
me.
 
I
 
gave
 
him
 
a
 
tour
 
of 
 
the
 
beach,
 
and
 
he
 
said
 
he
 
really
 
cares
 
about
 
the
 
beach,
 
that
 
it
 
is
 
important
 
to
 
him.”
 
“It
 
had
 
better
 
be
 
important
 
to
 
him,”
 
I
 
said.
 
“After
 
all,
 
this
 
is
 
Miami
 
Beach
.
 
Lots
 
of 
 
people
 
would
 
not
 
give
 
a
 
damn
 
for
 
Miami
 
without
 
the
 
Beach.”
 
“Wow,
 
people
 
are
 
so
 
nice
 
at
 
city
 
hall
 
now.”
 
said
 
an
 
activist.
 
“Jimmy
 
is
 
wonderful!
 
He
 
talked
 
with
 
me
 
for
 
ten
 
minutes
 
at
 
least,
 
and
 
I
 
told
 
him
 
all
 
about
 
the
 
horrible
 
Parking
 
Department.”
 
“What
 
did
 
he
 
do?”
 
“I
 
don’t
 
know
 
yet.
 
Parking
 
must
 
have
 
heard
 
about
 
my
 
complaints.
 
I
 
got
 
two
 
tickets
 
right
 
away.
 
I’m
 
afraid
 
they
 
are
 
going
 
to
 
tow
 
my
 
car.”
 
“Did
 
you
 
tell
 
him
 
that
 
code
 
compliance
 
revealed
 
the
 
identity
 
of 
 
a
 
complainant
 
you
 
know,
 
that
 
a
 
lawyer
 
accosted
 
her
 
and
 
threatened
 
her
 
the
 
next
 
day?”
 
“There
 
wasn’t
 
time,
 
and
 
I
 
don’t
 
want
 
to
 
say
 
anything
 
about
 
that
 
because
 
she
 
may
 
be
 
retaliated
 
against.”
 
Even
 
David
 
Weston,
 
who
 
believes
 
he
 
was
 
fired
 
as
 
fire
 
inspector
 
for
 
complaining
 
that
 
the
 
building
 
department
 
was
 
not
 
collecting
 
millions
 
in
 
permit
 
fees,
 
was
 
enthusiastic
 
about
 
Morales.
 
That
 
is,
 
until
 
Morales
 
did
 
exactly
 
what
 
he
 
promised
 
he
 
would
 
not
 
do:
 
brush
 
Weston’s
 
concerns
 
under
 
the
 
rug
 
via
 
reference
 
to
 
the
 
HR
 
director,
 
who
 
summarily
 
dismissed
 
the
 
matter.
 
People
 
may
 
have
 
good
 
reasons
 
for
 
breaking
 
their
 
promises,
 
but
 
Morales
 
has
 
not
 
said
 
why
 
he
 
broke
 
his.
 
Perhaps
 
he
 
believes
 
he
 
can
 
overcome
 
past
 
history,
 
as
 
if 
 
the
 
corruption
 
has
 
washed
 
away,
 
forgetting
 
that
 
both
 
ends
 
of 
 
the
 
sewer
 
are
 
connected
 
by
 
the
 
same
 
pipe.
 
 
MIAMI MIROR – TRUE REFLECTIONS 
 
Page
 
3
 
of 
 
11
 
“OMG
d,”
 
a
 
correspondent
 
emailed
 
me,
 
“Jimmy
 
loves
 
this
 
city
 
so
 
much
 
he
 
cried
 
when
 
he
 
was
 
appointed,
 
and
 
he
 
is
 
showing
 
his
 
love
 
as
 
city
 
manager.
 
Not
 
only
 
did
 
Jimmy
 
answer
 
my
 
email,
 
he
 
met
 
with
 
me
 
to
 
hear
 
my
 
concerns
 
including
 
lousy
 
code
 
compliance
 
administration.”
 
“People
 
who
 
love
 
things
 
please
 
themselves,”
 
I
 
lectured,
 
recalling
 
that
 
my
 
friend
 
is
 
an
 
Orthodox
 
Jew.
 
“There
 
is
 
nothing
 
evil
 
in
 
that,
 
but
 
I
 
hope
 
he
 
loves
 
the
 
Lord
 
more
 
than
 
the
 
city
 
as
 
he
 
finds
 
it.
 
Anyway,
 
what
 
did
 
he
 
do
 
about
 
your
 
concerns?”
 
“He
 
said
 
he
 
would
 
look
 
into
 
them,
 
and
 
referred
 
them
 
to
 
his
 
staff.”
 
“Has
 
his
 
staff 
 
actually
 
done
 
anything
 
about
 
them?”
 
“They
 
are
 
looking
 
into
 
them.”
 
“How
 
long
 
have
 
they
 
been
 
looking
 
into
 
them?”
 
“Well,
 
it’s
 
been
 
awhile,
 
a
 
few
 
months.”
 
“Has
 
anything
 
really
 
changed?”
 
“Give
 
him
 
a
 
chance.
 
He
 
is
 
really
 
busy.
 
Things
 
will
 
change.
 
He
 
is
 
a
 
great
 
guy.
 
He
 
will
 
do
 
the
 
right
 
thing.”
 
I
 
am
 
a
 
skeptic
 
therefore
 
I
 
am
 
skeptical
 
about
 
Morales.
 
He
 
is
 
a
 
Harvard
 
lawyer
 
and
 
politician,
 
not
 
the
 
professional,
 
apolitical
 
business
 
manager
 
that
 
a
 
city
 
manager
 
under
 
our
 
system
 
is
 
supposed
 
to
 
be.
 
As
 
such
 
he
 
was
 
naturally
 
shifty
 
as
 
a
 
Miami
Dade
 
County
 
commissioner.
 
I
 
said
 
“naturally.”
 
Politicians
 
swear
 
to
 
do
 
the
 
Will
 
of 
 
the
 
People
 
when
 
there
 
is
 
no
 
such
 
thing,
 
instead
 
of 
 
the
 
dictates
 
of 
 
their
 
personal
 
conscience,
 
a
 
policy
 
that
 
is
 
sure
 
to
 
make
 
hypocrites
 
of 
 
them
 
all
 
as
 
they
 
curry
 
favor
 
with
 
the
 
vested
 
interests
 
who
 
worship
 
themselves.
 
No
 
less
 
than
 
the
 
great
 
doctor
 
of 
 
 jurisprudence
 
Carl
 
Schmitt
 
observed
 
that
 
in
 
a
 
democracy
 
politicians
 
must
 
lie
 
to
 
get
 
anything
 
done.
 
The
 
question
 
is
 
whom
 
they
 
lie
 
for.
 
Modern
 
 jurisprudence
 
also
 
informs
 
us
 
that
 
whatever
 
is
 
legal
 
is
 
not
 
necessarily
 
moral,
 
wherefore
 
we
 
may
 
assume
 
that
 
Morales
 
is
 
not
 
necessarily
 
moral
 
in
 
his
 
official
 
capacity.
 
And
 
the
 
fact
 
that
 
he
 
was
 
the
 
chief 
 
magistrate
 
or
 
special
 
master
 
charged
 
with
 
 judging
 
code
 
violations
 
at
 
the
 
behest
 
of 
 
code
 
enforcement
 
officers
 
for
 
the
 
City
 
of 
 
Miami
 
Beach
 
from
 
2005
2007
 
is
 
problematic
 
as
 
far
 
as
 
I
 
am
 
concerned,
 
since
 
that
 
quasi
 judicial
 
body
 
is
 
virtually
 
a
 
political
 
arm
 
of 
 
the
 
city’s
 
building
 
department,
 
which
 
is
 
a
 
RICO
 
operation
 
if 
 
we
 
are
 
to
 
believe
 
press
 
reports,
 
arrest
 
affidavits,
 
indictments,
 
and
 
whistleblower
 
David
 
Weston.
 
Well,
 
influential
 
locals
 
may
 
like
 
the
 
fact
 
that
 
Morales
 
is
 
a
 
local
 
boy,
 
a
 
Miami
 
Beach
 
High
 
School
 
graduate,
 
but
 
those
 
who
 
are
 
wise
 
to
 
the
 
way
 
the
 
world
 
works,
 
how
 
familiars
 
are
 
kept
 
in
 
line
 

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