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Miami Beach Code Compliance Criticized

Miami Beach Code Compliance Criticized

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Letter to City Manager Jimmy Morales demands citywide audit based on a sample of violations raising issues of maladministration, negligence, favoritism, moral and criminal corruption, retaliation for complaining, Etc.
Letter to City Manager Jimmy Morales demands citywide audit based on a sample of violations raising issues of maladministration, negligence, favoritism, moral and criminal corruption, retaliation for complaining, Etc.

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MIAMI MIRROR – TRUE REFLECTIONS 
 
Page
 
1
 
of 
 
2
 
March
 
29.
 
2014
 
Jimmy
 
Morales
 
City
 
Manager
 
CITY
 
OF
 
MIAMI
 
BEACH
 
Proposed:
 
Audit
 
of 
 
Compliance
 
Division
 
Sidewalk
 
Café
 
Code
 
Enforcement
 
Mr.
 
Morales:
 
My
 
cursory
 
examination
 
of 
 
a
 
representative
 
sample
 
of 
 
the
 
code
 
compliance
 
division’s
 
sidewalk
 
café
 
code
 
enforcement
 
reports
 
dated
 
from
 
January
 
1,
 
2013,
 
through
 
March
 
27,
 
2014,
 
raises
 
probabilities
 
worthy
 
of 
 
a
 
professional,
 
citywide
 
audit
 
of 
 
the
 
division’s
 
activities
 
in
 
respect
 
to
 
that
 
enforcement
 
over
 
the
 
last
 
five
 
years.
 
As
 
you
 
may
 
see
 
for
 
yourself 
 
by
 
examining
 
the
 
attached
 
spreadsheet,
 
a
 
pattern
 
appears,
 
indicative
 
of 
 
current
 
maladministration
 
and
 
misprision
 
on
 
the
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
city
 
manager
 
and
 
staff,
 
the
 
city
 
manager’s
 
building
 
official
 
responsible
 
for
 
the
 
code
 
compliance
 
division,
 
and
 
the
 
directors
 
and
 
supervisors
 
of 
 
that
 
division.
 
Other
 
than
 
poor
 
training
 
and
 
gross
 
negligence,
 
moral
 
and
 
criminal
 
corruption
 
at
 
all
 
levels
 
is
 
suspected.
 
Mind
 
you
 
that
 
my
 
suspicions
 
are
 
intuited
 
or
 
induced
 
from
 
the
 
limited,
 
superficial
 
information
 
made
 
available
 
to
 
the
 
general
 
public
 
online
 
via
 
the
 
Accela
 
Citizen
 
Access
 
Permit
 
Manager
 
facility,
 
which
 
I
 
understand
 
may
 
be
 
tampered
 
with.
 
Furthermore,
 
my
 
conclusions
 
may
 
be
 
subconsciously
 
deduced
 
from
 
the
 
very
 
bad
 
opinion
 
I
 
have
 
formed
 
of 
 
the
 
code
 
compliance
 
division
 
over
 
the
 
past
 
several
 
years,
 
based
 
on
 
my
 
anecdotal
 
experience
 
in
 
South
 
Beach
 
alone.
 
So
 
a
 
study
 
of 
 
the
 
underlying
 
records
 
could
 
prove
 
my
 
tentative
 
inductions
 
fallacious
 
in
 
part.
 
Nonetheless,
 
that
 
proof 
 
should
 
be
 
forthcoming
 
from
 
a
 
broad,
 
current
 
citywide
 
audit.
 
If 
 
that
 
audit
 
has
 
already
 
been
 
made,
 
you
 
may
 
consider
 
this
 
as
 
my
 
Chapter
 
119
 
request
 
for
 
a
 
copy
 
of 
 
same.
 
Most
 
disturbing
 
of 
 
all,
 
in
 
this
 
particular
 
sample,
 
is
 
the
 
probability
 
of 
 
official
 
favoritism
 
afforded
 
to
 
the
 
Vida
 
&
 
Estilo
 
Group
 
(VE
 
RESTAURANT
 
GROUP,
 
LLC)
 
on
 
Espanola
 
Way.
 
That
 
group
 
apparently
 
includes
 
and
 
protects
 
several
 
partners
 
on
 
Espanola
 
Way:
 
Oh
 
Mexico,
 
Café
 
Nuvo,
 
Mojitos
 
Lounge,
 
La
 
Cantina,
 
and
 
Havana
 
1957.
 
Perhaps
 
the
 
arrangement
 
involves
 
a
 
device
 
to
 
spread
 
a
 
liquor
 
license
 
among
 
several
 
virtual
 
owners,
 
an
 
aspect
 
the
 
auditors
 
should
 
inquire
 
into,
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
political
 
contributions.
 
That
 
powerful
 
combine
 
has
 
a
 
habit
 
of 
 
setting
 
out
 
scores
 
of 
 
illegal
 
chairs
 
and
 
tables
 
to
 
capture
 
the
 
tourist
 
trade
 
before
 
it
 
reaches
 
to
 
the
 
restaurants
 
beyond,
 
and
 
some
 
of 
 
them,
 
in
 
turn,
 
following
 
that
 
lead
 
when
 
there
 
is
 
still
 
an
 
overflow,
 
set
 
out
 
illegal
 
chairs
 
and
 
tables
 
to
 
catch
 
what
 
trickles
 
down
 
from
 
V&E
 
Group.
 
That
 
is,
 
except
 
for
 
the
 
Flame
 
Caffe
 
&
 
Grill,
 
whose
 
owner,
 
Antonio
 
Halabi,
 
happens
 
to
 
be
 
punctilious,
 
or
 
as
 
you
 
might
 
say,
 
“obsessed,”
 
with
 
obeying
 
the
 
code
 
in
 
that
 
respect.
 
It
 
appears
 
that
 
the
 
V&E
 
Group
 
gets
 
off 
 
with
 
wrist
 
slaps
 
while
 
the
 
little
 
pigs
 
that
 
belong
 
to
 
no
 
group
 
are
 
punished
 
for
 
the
 
sins
 
of 
 
hog.
 
I
 
personally
 
counted
 
the
 
excess
 
chairs
 
and
 
tables
 
on
 
my
 
first
 
few
 
visits.
 
On
 
one
 
occasion,
 
I
 
watched
 
the
 
 
MIAMI MIRROR – TRUE REFLECTIONS 
 
Page
 
2
 
of 
 
2
 
compliance
 
officer
 
ignore
 
V&E
 
Group’s
 
scores
 
of 
 
illegal
 
chairs
 
and
 
cite
 
a
 
small
 
fry
 
for
 
its
 
wee
 
extra
 
accommodation.
 
Since
 
Antonio
 
Halabi
 
tried
 
to
 
protect
 
his
 
business
 
from
 
this
 
illegal
 
behavior
 
by
 
reporting
 
it,
 
he
 
was
 
identified
 
by
 
code
 
compliance
 
officers,
 
even
 
when
 
making
 
an
 
anonymous
 
complaint,
 
with
 
the
 
result
 
that
 
he
 
is
 
scapegoated
 
for
 
every
 
bit
 
of 
 
enforcement
 
on
 
Espanola
 
Way.
 
He
 
and
 
his
 
wife
 
have
 
been
 
rendered
 
miserable
 
by
 
the
 
harassment
 
of 
 
his
 
neighbors
 
and
 
his
 
landlord,
 
who
 
accuse
 
him
 
of 
 
their
 
own
 
wrongs.
 
He
 
begged
 
you
 
for
 
your
 
assistance,
 
but
 
you
 
said
 
it
 
was
 
a
 
police
 
matter.
 
Indeed,
 
it
 
is
 
becoming
 
a
 
police
 
matter,
 
one
 
that
 
has
 
been
 
created
 
by
 
city
 
officials,
 
including,
 
lately,
 
your
 
highly
 
esteemed
 
self.
 
So
 
accustomed
 
are
 
sidewalk
 
café
 
owners
 
to
 
doing
 
wrong,
 
that
 
wrong
 
seems
 
right,
 
and
 
now,
 
when
 
officials
 
do
 
their
 
duty,
 
the
 
miscreants
 
believe
 
the
 
duty
 
to
 
be
 
the
 
crime,
 
and
 
believe
 
the
 
law
abiding
 
man
 
is
 
the
 
thief.
 
Espanola
 
Way
 
is
 
logistically
 
odd
 
in
 
terms
 
of 
 
pedestrian
 
flow,
 
but
 
the
 
economic
 
and
 
emotional
 
harm
 
done
 
there
 
as
 
a
 
result
 
of 
 
the
 
random
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
selective
 
and
 
discriminatory
 
enforcement
 
is
 
by
 
no
 
means
 
peculiar.
 
Small
 
businesses
 
old
 
and
 
new
 
complain,
 
off 
 
the
 
record
 
to
 
protect
 
themselves
 
from
 
customary
 
retaliation,
 
that
 
the
 
compliance
 
division
 
is
 
running
 
an
 
extortion
 
racket.
 
The
 
new
 
kids
 
on
 
the
 
block
 
suffer
 
the
 
most.
 
One
 
Italian
 
owner
 
compares
 
it
 
unfavorably
 
to
 
the
 
Mafioso
 
back
 
home.
 
Surely
 
it
 
cannot
 
be
 
that
 
bad,
 
but
 
it
 
is
 
still
 
bad,
 
and
 
 just
 
how
 
bad
 
will
 
not
 
be
 
known
 
short
 
of 
 
an
 
exhaustive,
 
impartial
 
audit.
 
At
 
least
 
that
 
is
 
the
 
opinion
 
of 
 
someone
 
who
 
is
 
“obsessed,”
 
as
 
you
 
say,
 
with
 
good
 
government.
 
I
 
understand
 
that
 
city
 
officials
 
do
 
not
 
think
 
much
 
of 
 
my
 
opinions,
 
so
 
I
 
will
 
close
 
with
 
an
 
old
 
adage
 
portending
 
the
 
future:
 
“Pigs
 
get
 
fat,
 
hogs
 
get
 
slaughtered.”
 
Sincerely,
 
David
 
Arthur
 
Walters
 
Cc.
 
Mayor
 
Philip
 
Levine
 
Attached:
 
Espanola
 
Violations
 
Spreadsheet
 
 
Address
 
Group
 
Name
 
Date
 
Tag
 
Chairs
 
Other
 
(see
 
Note
 
L)
 
Fine
 
Note
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
3/29/13
 
XC13002016
 
Loading
 
Zone
 
0
 
Invalid
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
4/4/13
 
CE13006595
 
5
 
Feet
 
100
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
4/5/13
 
CE13005708
 
5
 
Feet
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
4/22/13
 
CE13007582
 
Fans,
 
Planters,
 
Station
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
5/16/13
 
XC13002521
 
Garbage
 
0
 
Invalid
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
5/30/13
 
CE13004271
 
5
 
Feet,
 
Furniture
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
5/30/13
 
CE13009052
 
5
 
Feet
 
(fixtures),
 
Planters
 
0
 
(C)
 
Disputed
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
7/16/13
 
CE13011163
 
Fans,
 
Tarp
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
8/2/13
 
CE13011426
 
Stacking
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
10/6/13
 
CE14000128
 
Planters
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
10/9/13
 
XC14000210
 
Stacking
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
11/18/13
 
CE14000292
 
Stacking
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
12/29/13
 
XC14002130
 
Loading
 
Zone
 
0
 
Assigned
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
1/5/14
 
CE14003149
 
Noise
 
0
 
Invalid
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
1/22/14
 
CE13011177
 
Elec
 
Cord
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
2/26/14
 
CE14004999
 
Planters,
 
Rug
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
2/27/14
 
CE14000195
 
Fans
 ‐
Indoor
 
Type
 
0
 
447
 
Galileo
 
Flame
 
3/7/14
 
CE13012549
 
Storage
 ‐
Fans
 
250
 
(I)
 
False
 
Charge
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
4/24/13
 
XC13002334
 
Extra
 
Stand
 
0
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
5/5/13
 
XC13002482
 
Extra
 
0
 
(B)
 
Invalid
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
5/8/13
 
XC13002566
 
Hard
 
Liquor
 
(K)
 
Invalid
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
5/28/13
 
CE13008816
 
Soliciting
 
0
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
5/30/13
 
CE13004272
 
Extra
 
Stand
 
0
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
5/30/13
 
CE13008686
 
Liquor
 
Expired
 
0
 
(K)
 
Disposition?
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
6/4/13
 
XC13003005
 
Hard
 
Liquor
 
0
 
(K(
 
Invalid
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
7/15/13
 
CE13010838
 
5
 
feet,
 
Stand
 
0
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
8/20/13
 
CE13008324
 
Extra
 
22
44
 
Seats
 
100
 
437
 
Manugio
 
Boteco
 
10/1/13
 
XC13005257
 
Hard
 
Liquor
 
0
 
(K)
 
Invalid
 

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