That much was insisted on by Frank Del Vecchio Esq., allegedly retired, the self-declared
“advocate” for the community’s best interest
who penned the first draft of the zoning amendment. After all, he had been disturbed by noise from the Marriot Hotel a block away clean across the park to his south. He easily aroused his mature neighbors to arms, for they lived in a popular tourist destination hence at one time or another had all been disturbed by restaurants and clubs, not all of them in hotels, when they were not patronizing them.
We shall address Enrique Norten’s Hotel Nois
e Scare later, in our argument that it was a paper tiger, that the real problem with noise is legislation and enforcement. Suffice it to say here that, if noise from accessory services was the real issue, the zoning amendment did not have to discriminate against hotels in favor of tall residential condominiums. It could have been written to curb or eliminate undesirable noise in any further development whatsoever. At the very least, bars and restaurants in new developments could be confined within the walls of the structure or baffled in such a way as to minimize noise. W
as Frank Del Vecchio’s advocacy of 321 Ocean Enrique Norten foolish? If he were a fool, he
was a wise one. He is a resident of and the president of the association of the adjacent condo building on the south side of the development, the Ocean Park Condominium at 301 Ocean Drive, and has been described in blogs
as “the sage of South Beach.” The octogenarian ‘retired’
lawyer regularly attends board and commission meetings, and has inserted himself into numerous public affairs, taking unpredictable positions, yet he has consistently and justifiably complained about noise, trash, vagrants, and disorderly conduct on the beach. His main activity, however, has been in real estate development. Although Del Vecchio is respected for his integrity, although he claims that his constituency is the poor and disadvantaged, a rarity in his neighborhood except for the vagrants he has complained about, a small minority of old timers on the beach suspect that he serves wealthy real estate interests as a sort of Machiavelli behind the scenes. However that may be, he is considered to be an expert on zoning, far more astute on the subject that the city attorneys. He managed to gain considerable influence with the faux opposition, led by Commissioners Jonah Wolfson, Esq. and Ed Tobin, Esq. that ousted the
unelected administrative regime of former city manager Jorge “Boss” Gonzalez, and then
overthrew former mayor Matti Mayor Bower and her ilk in the latest elections. Incidentally or coincidentally, Mssrs. Wolfson and Tobin appear to have sponsored the spot zoning of 321 Ocean Enrique Norten.
Majority control of the commission was purchased by mayoral candidate Philip “King” Levine,
who made his fortune in the cruise line business.
He was dubbed “King” because he does not tolerate criticism, allegedly “talks down” to labor, preferring to fire disagreeable employees in