1 | Suggested Lobbying Ordinance Revisions / David Arthur Walters

Liborio Prosperi, House of Commons Lobby (1886)

August 30, 2014
Gary Held
First Assistant City Attorney
CITY OF MIAMI BEACH
Subject: Revision of Lobbying Code Sorely Needed
Dear Mr. Held:
Thank you for revising the instructions for lobbyists and others, read out at the outset of
meetings, now to include the requirement that persons representing nonprofit associations
such as condominium boards without compensation file letters with the city clerk, as per this
section of the city code:
2-481 Definitions. Lobbyist means all persons employed or retained, whether
paid or not…. "lobbyist" specifically excludes the following persons: … any person
who only appears as a representative of a any person who only appears as a
representative of a neighborhood association without compensation or
reimbursement…; and any person who only appears as a representative of not-
for-profit community based organization for the purpose of requesting a grant
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without special compensation or reimbursement for the appearance. The
persons specifically excluded above from the definition of "lobbyist" shall, prior
to communicating with subject city personnel, disclose in writing to the city
clerk, their name, address, and principal on whose behalf they are
communicating.
Now pardon me for being so bold as to suggest that the code itself be revamped from top to
bottom, as was regularly done with the Roman civil code by the ancient Roman clerks to correct
anomalies, insert new legislation, codify the legal fictions, which dissatisfaction with strict
construction had made necessary, and to render the whole more cogent.
1. The requirement that unpaid representatives for nonprofits file letters with the clerk
should be eliminated unless an efficient means for determining who they are is codified.
For example, take the case of my local activist hero, Frank Del Vecchio Esq. Ret., who has
served as a sort of shadow city attorney for some years now. I inquired into the nature of his
role, in the matter of the ad hoc legislation that spot zoned the property at 321 Ocean Drive for
the exclusive benefit of the developers and owners. He wrote the first draft of the zoning
amendment and lobbied vigorously for its passage. The city planners and lawyers greatly relied
upon his opinion as well as the opinion of the client’s lawyers at Greenberg Traurig led by High
Rise Power Lawyer Lucia Dougherty, who disclosed $700 per hour as her compensation.
First of all, I considered whether he was practicing law without a license when lobbying for the
cause. I decided in the negative, for any official who takes a lobbyist’s words for granted is a
fool deserved by his or her constituents, and, the city is presumably protected from bad legal
advice not only by its own attorneys but by the fact that most legislators are lawyers
themselves.
Secondly, I considered whether or not he should have registered as a lobbyist since he seemed
to walk and talk like a lobbyist. A confidential source close to the matter said that the venerable
city clerk now retired thought he was in fact violating the lobbying ordinance, but a
discretionary decision was made not to prosecute him for not registering.
Thirdly, I considered whether he should have filed a letter with the clerk identifying him as the
president and representative of the condominium association of the property next door to 321
Ocean Enrique Norten. After all, in his July 10, 2011, letter to the mayor and commissioners, he
represented the board of the 301 Ocean Drive Condominium Association, Inc., as its president.
I questioned Mr. Del Vecchio about his representation in general, and he identified himself as
an “advocate” for the community at large.
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Now you and I know that lawyers dominate society dominantly for the power elite mostly
concerned with its own perspective on law and order, and that their dialectical practice renders
them, whether they are retired or active, experts cavilers; therefore, the profession has a way
of exempting clients and especially itself from the assiduous application of ethical standards
except to curb competition of upstarts among themselves. However that may be, I doubt
whether anyone with jurisdiction would care to assiduously investigate this exemplary esquire
to determine if there is probable cause that he violated the lobbying ordinance, and to
prosecute him if such determination were had.
Lacking some efficient way of resolving anyone’s claim that s/he is just an individual
representing her own interest or that of the community, perhaps the requirement for
registration with the clerk be dropped, since that has been the informal practice. I see there is
no such requirement under Florida’s lobbying code:
Fla. Stat. 11.045 (8) Lobbying before the Legislature; registration and reporting;
exemptions; penalties.—
(1) (f) “Lobbying firm” means any business entity, including an individual contract
lobbyist, which receives or becomes entitled to receive any compensation for
the purpose of lobbying, where any partner, owner, officer, or employee of the
business entity is a lobbyist.
(g) “Lobbyist” means a person who is employed and receives payment, or who
contracts for economic consideration, for the purpose of lobbying, or a person
who is principally employed for governmental affairs by another person or
governmental entity to lobby on behalf of that other person or governmental
entity.
2. Any lobbyist who fails to register before lobbying should be subject to the same daily fines
imposed on lobbyists who fail to file their annual fee and expense reports.
Take for example, the April 8, 2014, appearance of Michael T. Marrero before the Historic
Preservation Board in the matter of the utter demolition of the structure at 401 Ocean Drive—
he swore there was no intention to completely destroy the building; complete demolition was
apparently the objective to begin with (accomplished by approval of the Board on July 8) as can
be seen by Luis Revuelta’s grand renderings; the demolition proceeded August 28.
Curiously, the Lobbyist Logs of Jul 23 and August 27 do not show Mr. Marrero registered for his
304 Ocean Drive advocacy until July 8, three months after his April 8 appearance before the
board. Now the clerk may find some error in my reading of the log or perhaps a clerical error in
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recording registrations on the logs, but please assume for the sake of argument that his
registration was made three months late.
Would he be assessed approximately $4,500 in fines at $50 per day for late filing, as is specified
under the city code for already registered lobbyists who fail to file their fee and expense
reports? Apparently not, if my reading of the ordinance is correct. He would be subject to the
penalties imposed by the county ethics commission, an entity that is notorious for its
prosecutorial indiscretions, erroneous opinions, violations of Sunshine Law while sitting, and
inequitable and prejudicial imposition of penalties. That is not to say that the ethics staff and
the commission member do not have good intentions, which is all that Immanuel Kant required
of anyone to do their duty.
Am I correct in saying that the law now provides only a possible wrist slap, or maybe a little
more from the county ethics commission depending on who is involved, of someone does not
register at all, yet the city imposes $50 a day find for failure to file annual reports after
someone does register? If that is true, is this absurdity intentional legislative legerdemain? If
not, let those who fail to register in time be subject to the same $50 per day fine, and make the
fines mandatory or not to be waived without defined good causes.
3. Subject anyone who fails to provide material information or provides misinformation on
their registration forms to a stiff mandatory fine.
The state provides such a penalty for lobbyists within its jurisdiction:
Fla. Stat. 11.045 (8) Lobbying before the Legislature; registration and reporting;
exemptions; penalties.—
(8) Any person required to be registered or to provide information pursuant to
this section or pursuant to rules established in conformity with this section who
knowingly fails to disclose any material fact required by this section or by rules
established in conformity with this section, or who knowingly provides false
information on any report required by this section or by rules established in
conformity with this section, commits a noncriminal infraction, punishable by a
fine not to exceed $5,000. Such penalty shall be in addition to any other penalty
assessed by a house of the Legislature pursuant to subsection (7).
I notice that Mr. Marrero did not reveal the identities of those who control and/or have a
greater than 10% stake in his principal, Sea Spray Development LLC, as required on the
registration form and by law. He has made such disclosures for other principals. I suppose he
might claim that he represents Yair Wolf, who apparently presides over Sea Spray, and not the
LLC. That might not wash with an unsympathetic lawyer.
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I have pointed out to the clerk two other failures to reveal such substantial information, on the
part of a developer and an architect both lobbying for “321 Ocean Enrique Norten”—Mr.
Norten is the unlicensed master “designer” on the 321 Ocean Drive Project, with Luis Revuelta
covering with his license.
The lobbyists for 321 promised to bring in foreign funds to develop blighted 304 across the
street, which they apparently did, but flipped it at an ostensibly handsome profit to the current
vested interests, whosoever they might be. The managing member of 321, the principal the
lobbyists represented, is a Delaware holding company unregistered in Florida. I imply nothing
illegal here such as secrecy for money laundering activities although that is something publicity
of the required information is intended to curb. Perhaps the reason for the Delaware holding
company involves Delaware law, say, that allows principals to expressly preclude fiduciary
responsibility, or some other legally evasive maneuver.
The importance of knowing who owns and controls developments in our community is
obviously material to its interests, although that knowledge may not be sufficient to curb
nefarious activities. Wherefore stiff fines should be imposed on any failure to do so.
As it is, the clerk has asked the 321 Ocean Enrique Norten developer and the architect to
amend their lobbying registration forms instead of referring the matter to the county ethics
commission as the ordinance seems to require.
4. The city lobbying ordinance should make a correct reference to penalties under the county
ethics code.
I have already taken this matter up with City of Miami Beach Attorney Raul Aguila. And I have
pointed out that a particular section of our code does not seem to require the clerk’s reference,
of failure of nonprofit lobbyists to file letters with the clerk, to the ethics commission, hence
there is no penalty where there should be one if obedience is wanted.
2-481(d) The city clerk shall notify any lobbyist (or principal) who fails to timely
file the expenditure or fee disclosure reports referenced in sections (a) and (b)
above [fee and expenditure reports]. In addition to any other penalties which
may be imposed as provided in section 2-485.1 [those penalties set forth within
subsections 2-11.1(s) and (z) of the Metropolitan Dade County Code… but (z)
does not apply – see instead (cc)], a fine of $50.00 per day shall be assessed for
reports filed after the due date. Any lobbyist who fails to file the required
expenditure report by April 30 shall be automatically suspended from lobbying
until all fines are paid, unless the fine has been appealed to the Miami Dade
County Ethics Commission.
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Again, the city code provides for penalties, other than the fines for late filings, by reference to
an apparently inapplicable clause (z) section of the county code, when it should refer to clause
(cc).
2-11.1(s) (cc) Penalty. (1) Proceeding before Ethics Commission. A finding by the
Ethics Commission that a person has violated this section shall subject said
person to an admonition or public reprimand and/or a fine of five hundred
dollars ($500.00) for the first such violation and one thousand dollars ($1,000.00)
for each subsequent violation. Where the Ethics Commission finds that a person
has intentionally violated this section and determines that a fine is appropriate,
said person shall be subject to a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for the
first such violation and two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) for each subsequent
violation. Actual costs incurred by the Ethics Commission, in an amount not to
exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) per violation, may be assessed where the
Ethics Commission has found an intentional violation of this section. The Ethics
Commission may also order the person to pay restitution when the person or a
third party has received a pecuniary benefit as a result of the person's governed
by an administrative order adopted by the County Commission and rules of
procedure promulgated by the Ethics Commission.
5. Lobbyists should be required to file withdrawals when they become inactive in any matter.
I understand from the clerk that lobbyists who do not file the annual fee and expense reports
required by the ordinance, and who have not already voluntarily filed withdrawals, are simply
dropped from the active list.
If officials are not “diligent” to ascertain whether or not someone before them is actually active,
that person may continue with representation here and there and get away with it absent
watchdogs at every turn such as the taxmen depicted in the musical, Popeye (1980). No doubt
there have been many instances of an absence of the exercise of diligence due. The
requirement to sign logs before seeing someone may be overlooked. Those logs could be made
electronic, and should be published online the next day. The lobbyists at hears should definitely
log in prior to the hearing, and their credentials should be checked.
In any event, lobbyists should be required to notify the city when they become inactive, and
their failure to do so should result in a fine of $500.
6. Code should clearly specify that a separate fee must be paid for each registration.
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That may already be the procedure. Perhaps you may point out where that is clearly specified
in the code. An anonymous inside source has told me that is often not being done, so that
favored attorneys with many cases are not overburdened by fee expenditures.
Now, then, I am sure that your law revision council would propose even more improvements in
the lobbyist ordinance. And perhaps the council would take up revising the Byzantine sidewalk
café ordinance that results in appearances of impropriety, seemingly discriminatory
enforcement that might have to be defended in federal court. Also the signage code needs to
be overhauled, something I have already commented on to high official in vain.
I apologize in advance for any misstatements I may have inadvertently made, and pray you will
correct them.
Sincerely,
David Arthur Walters

Cc. Raul Aguila, Esq.
Cc. Frank Del Vecchio, Esq.
301 Ocean Drive Condominium Association, Inc.
301 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
July 10, 2011
Mayor and Commissioners, City of Miami Beach
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
SUBJ: Agenda Item R7G, July 13,2011 City Commission Agenda: Charter Height
Referendum for Nov. 1, 2011 Election
Dear Mayor and Commissioners:
In the event you enact the ordinance placing a Charter height referendum requirement on
the November 1, 2011 ballot, we request that May 1, 2012 be the effective date.
A May 1, 2012 date will enable the zoning amendment now in process for our district to
satisfy the city's lengthy notice and public hearing requirements.
The enactment of this zoning is essential for a condominium on the 321 Ocean Drive
vacant lot to be feasible - a great asset for our neighborhood and our community.
For the immediate neighbors in particular, a condo is a much sought after alternative to a
hotel on the site, less than fifteen feet from the 325 Ocean Drive condo, and twenty feet
from our building. A condo would be wholly compatible with our historic residential
district. A hotel would not. A hotel's accessory use restaurants and facilities would have
to be serviced solely from Ocean Drive, since there is no rear alley service access. The
traffic and servicing impacts would be severe for the adjacent properties and adverse to
the entire neighborhood.
Our condo association joins with our neighbors, East Atlantic Gardens Condo at 325
Ocean Drive, and Sholom House Condominium at 260 Ocean Drive, in a request that the
city commission take the actions necessary for the pending zoning of our district to
proceed without the fatal burden of a citywide voter referendum.
VOTED: 301 Ocean Drive Condominium Association Board ofDirectors, July 10,2011
Frank Del Vecchio, President
For the Board
LUDC#19
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MIAMI BEACH
City of Miami Beach Office of the City Clerk
1700 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach FL 33139
LOBBYISTREGISTRATION FORM
Lobbyist means all persons employed or retained whether paid or not by a principal who seeks to encourage the passage defeat or
modification of any ordinance resolution action or decision of any commissioner any action decision recommendation of the City
Manager or any city board or committee or any action decision or recommendation of any city personnel during the time period of the
entire decision
making
process on such action
decision or recommendation that foreseeably will be heard or reviewed by the
city
cmmission or a
city
board or committee
The term specifically includes the principal as well as any employee engaged in
lobbying
activities The term Lobbyists has specific exclusions Please refer to Ordinance 2004 3435
Marrero Michael J
NAME OF LOBBYIST Last First MI
Bercow Radell Fernandez PA 200 South Biscayne Blvd Suite 850 Miami FL 33131
BUSINESS NAME ANDADDRESS Number and Street
City State
Zip Code
305 374 5300 305 377 6222 mmarrero brzoninolaw com
TELEPHONE NUMBER FAX NUMBER EMAIL
Please notify this office if your contact informationchanges address phone or e mail address
I LOBBYISTRETAINED BY
Yair Wolff
NAME OF PRINCIPAUCLIENT
Sea
Spray
Development LLC 3180
Stirling
Road Hollywood Florida 33021
BUSINESS NAME ANDADDRESS Number and Street
City
State
Zip Code
TELEPHONE NUMBER FAXNUMBER Optional EMAIL Optional
Fill out this section if principal is a Corporation Partnership or Trust Section 2 482 c
NAME OF CHIEF OFFICER PARTNER ORBENEFICIARY
IDENTIFYALL PERSONS HOLDING DIRECTLYORINDIRECTLY A5
ORMORE OWNERSHIPINTERESTIN SUCH CORPORATION
PARTNERSHIP ORTRUST
ii SPECIFIC LOBBYISSUE
Development Board Approvals for 304 Ocean Drive Miami Beach Florida
Issue to be lobbied Describe in detail
III CITYAGENCIESINDIVIDUALSTO BE LOBBIED
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sought to be lobbied as identified onthe lobbyist registrationform filed
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forth in Section 2 481 above
who only appears as a representative of a not for profit corporation or entity without
special compensation or reimbursement for the appearance whether direct or indirect to express support of or
opposition to any item shall register with the clerk as required by this section but shall not be required to pay any registration
fees
Yes X No Are you representing a not for profit corporationor entity without special compensationor reimbursement
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Tel 305 673 7411 Fax 305 673 7254
LOBBYIST NAME Michael J Marrero
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LOBBYISTEXPENDITURE ANDCOMPENSATION FORM
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Miami Dade County Commission on Ethics and for code violationevaluation
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lobby
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FILE: 321 OCEAN ENRIQUE NORTEN 
August 19, 2014 
To: David Arthur Walters 
Cc: "Aguila, Raul" "Prieto, Silvia" "Hatfield, Liliam" 
Thank you.  We will review and contact Lobbyist to update. 
 Regards,  
MIAMI BEACH  
Rafael E. Granado, Esq., City Clerk 
CITY CLERK'S OFFICE 
1700 Convention Center Drive,  
Miami Beach, FL 33139 
 
19 August 2014 
Rafael Granado, Clerk 
CITY OF MIAMI BEACH 
Subject: 2011 Joshua Benaim Defective Lobbyist Registration 
Mr. Granado: 
Attached please find PDF of lobbyist registration form naming Joshua Benaim as lobbyist. 
By some strange coincidence, his principal happens to be the same as Mr. Carse's, namely, the 
Delaware entity 321 Ocean Holding LLC. Although it has an address on Brickell, it apparently has 
no legal standing in Florida since it is not listed on our Secretary of State's website as of today. 
Would  you  please  ask  this  lobbyist  to  amend  his  application  to  name  the  persons  with 
controlling and ownership interests? I realize the same entity is principal for both lobbyists, but 
I  wish  to  compare  their  separate  answers  with  the  information  I  have  for  consistency  before 
publication. 
Thank you! 
David Arthur Walters
 
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August 15, 2014 
To: David Arthur Walters 
Cc: "Aguila, Raul" "Prieto, Silvia" "Hatfield, Liliam" 
Good morning Mr. Walters, 
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. 
We will request the lobbyist to amend his application to answer all questions. 
Regards, 
 
MIAMI BEACH 
Rafael E. Granado, Esq., City Clerk 
 
15 August 2014 
Rafael Granado 
CLERK 
City of Miami Beach 
Subject: PRR re 9 July 2012 James W. Carse Lobbyist Registration  
Dear Mr. Granado: 
Good Day, Sir. 
Attached  please  find  the  sworn  Lobbyist  Registration  Form  executed  by  lobbyist  James  W. 
Carse,  an  architect  employed  by  Enrique  Norten’s  New  York  firm,  Ten  Arquitectos,  and  by  an 
officer of the principal, 321 Ocean Holding LLC, a Delaware entity then unregistered in Florida, 
being  the  managing  member  of  the  owner  of  the  property  at  321  Ocean  Drive,  known  by  the 
project name of 321 Ocean Enrique Norten. The identities of both persons were verified by the 
notary by their New York drivers’ licenses. 
As you know, the Miami Beach Code of Ordinances, Sec. 2‐482(c), Registration, mandates that, 
“If  the  lobbyist  represents  a  corporation,  partnership  or  trust,  the  chief  officer,  partner  or 
beneficiary  shall  also  be  identified.  Without  limiting  the  foregoing,  the  lobbyist  shall  also 
identify  all persons  holding,  directly  or  indirectly,  a  five  percent  or  more  ownership  interest  in 
such corporation, partnership, or trust.” 
For  all  intents  of  purposes  of  this  clause,  a  limited  liability  company  is  considered  as  a 
corporation  or  partnership  since  it  is  a  sort  of  hybrid  of  the  two  types  of  business  entity,  and 
Delaware lists LLCs as a type of corporation. 
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The  Lobbyist  Registration  Form  itself  does  not  identify  the  chief  officer,  partner  or  beneficiary 
and all persons holding, directly or indirectly, a five percent or more ownership interest in such 
corporation, partnership, or trust, even though the form itself clearly demands the information, 
and  the  oath  under  penalties  of  perjury  asserts familiarity  of  the  signatories  with  the  lobbying 
code:  “I  do  solemnly  swear  that  all  of  the  foregoing  facts  are  true  and  correct  and  that  I  have 
read or am familiar with the provisions contained in Section 2 482 of the Miami Beach City Code 
and 611 reporting requirements.” 
It  appears  to  me  that  an  incomplete  form  absent  that  information  of  great  public  interest  is 
tantamount to a failure to register even though it was accepted and initialed by a city clerk. 
Wherefore this is my Chapter 119 request for any sworn Lobbyist Registration Form that has all 
the information, true at that time, as required by the ordinance and the form itself.  
In the event that you have no such form, and if I am not mistaken as to the law, I will appreciate 
your  advice  as  what  action  you  will  take  to  obtain  a  properly  filled‐out  form  post  haste,  or  to 
refer  the  matter  to  the  Miami  Dade  Commission  on  Ethics  and  Public  Trust  as  per  Sec.  2‐485 
‘List of expenditures; fee disclosure; reporting requirements,’ “(e) The city clerk shall notify the 
Miami‐Dade  County  Commission  on  Ethics  and  Public  Trust  of  the  failure  of  a  lobbyist  (or 
principal)  to  file  either  of  the  reports  referenced  above  [registration  and  expenditure]  and/or 
pay the assessed fines after notification.” 
Although  I  am  not  required  to  disclose  my  identity  or  intent  for  making  this  request,  please 
know that my interest is simply the publicity of the information. I had advocated the publication 
of that kind of information, not knowing that legislation already mandated it. 
Best Regards, 
David Arthur Walters 
 
 
MIAMIBEACH
City of Miami Beach Office of the City Clerk
1700 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach FL 33139
LOBBYIST REGISTRATION FORM
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entire decision making process on such action decision or recommendation that foreseeably will be heard or reviewed by the city
commission or a city board or committee The term specifically includes the principal as well as any employee engaged in lobbying
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modification of any ordinance resolution action or decision of any commissioner any action decision recommendation of the City
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entire decision making process on such action decision or recommendation that foreseeably will be heard or reviewed by the city
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MIANAIBEACH
City of Miami Beach 1700 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach Florida 33139 www miamibeochfl gov
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LOBBYISTNAME
I understand that no later than February 28 of each year I must file the following form
pursuant to Section 2 485 of the Miami Beach City Code with the City Clerk s Office for
all active lobbying issues
1 LOBBYISTEXPENDITUREANDCOMPENSATIONFORM
Failure to file these forms on a timely basis will result in my name being transmitted to
the Miami Dade County Commissionon Ethics and for code violationevaluation
In addition once an issue I have registered to lobby on has been resolved or I am no
longer lobbying on that issue or for that principal I am required to immediately notify
the City Clerk s Office of lobbyist withdrawal in writing
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the City Clerk shall notify any lobbyist or principal who
fails to timely file a Statement and in addition to any other penalties which may be
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23 August 2014 
Nelson Bellido, Esq., Chairman 
MIAMI DADE COUNTY COMMISSION ON ETHICS AND PUBLIC TRUST 
RE: Uncoordinated Miami Beach & Miami Dade County Lobbying codes 
Honorable Chairman: 
Preliminary  to  spot‐checking  the  records  of  the  clerk  of  the  City  of  Miami  Beach  for  violations  of  the 
city’s  lobbying  ordinance  in  respect  to  failures  to  register,  failures  to  withdraw,  and  failures  to  submit 
annual statements, I encountered what seems  to  be a failure of the city  code to refer to  a provision in 
the  county code that would provide county  penalties for ethics violations. My  August 11 inquiry to  the 
city attorney on the matter has not been acknowledged to date. 
The  Miami  Beach  Code  of  Ordinances,  besides  specifying  fines  for  failure  to  file  disclosure  and 
expenditure statements, provides for penalties as follows: 
“Sec. 2‐485.1. Penalties. (a) A finding by the Miami‐Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust 
that  a  person  has  violated  this  division  shall  subject  said  person  to  those  penalties  set  forth  within 
subsections  2‐11.1(s)  and  (z)  of  the  Metropolitan  Dade  County  Code,  said  penalties  including 
admonition, public reprimand, fines, as well as prohibitions from registering as a lobbyist or engaging in 
lobbying activities before the city….” 
Subsection  2‐11.1(s)  (Lobbying)  of  Section  2‐11.1.  (Conflict  of  Interest  and  Code  of  Ethics  Ordinance), 
provides for the following under 2‐11.1(s)(9): 
“(9)  The  Ethics  Commission  shall  investigate  any  person  engaged  in  lobbying  activities  who  may  be  in 
violation of this subsection (s). In the event that a violation is found to have been committed the Ethics 
Commission  may,  in  addition  to  the  penalties  set  forth  in  subsection  (z),  prohibit  such  person  from 
lobbying  before  the  County  Commission  or  any  committee,  board  or  personnel  of  the  County  as 
provided herein….” 
However, Subsection 2‐11.1(z) is not relevant to penalties, reading as follows: 
“(z) Prohibition on participation in settlement negotiations. Neither the Mayor, a County Commissioner 
nor any member of their staff shall participate in settlement negotiations of claims or lawsuits, including 
but  not  limited  to  contract  scope  or  compensation  adjustments  involving  the  County  without  prior 
approval of the Board of County Commissioners….” 
Since (z) as referred to in the ordinance is irrelevant to penalties in the county ordinance, it appears that 
there is in fact no consequence for violations other than the fines specified in the municipal ordinance. 
The county code, under 2‐11.1(cc)(1) reads: 
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“(cc)  Penalty.  (1)  Proceeding  before  Ethics  Commission.  A  finding  by  the  Ethics  Commission  that  a 
person has violated this section shall subject said person to an admonition or public reprimand and/or a 
fine  of  five  hundred  dollars  ($500.00)  for  the  first  such  violation  and  one  thousand  dollars  ($1,000.00) 
for  each  subsequent  violation.  Where  the  Ethics  Commission  finds  that  a  person  has  intentionally 
violated  this  section  and  determines  that  a  fine  is  appropriate,  said  person  shall  be  subject  to  a  fine  of 
one  thousand  dollars  ($1,000.00)  for  the  first  such  violation  and  two  thousand  dollars  ($2,000.00)  for 
each subsequent violation….” 
However, the city code does not refer to (cc). Again, if the city code fails to gibe with the county code, 
and  respective  codes  are  strictly  read,  there  appears  to  be  no  county  penalty  under  the  city  code 
because the latter refers to a county section that does not so provide. 
Please  advise  if  my  understanding  of  relationship  between  the  city  and  county  codes  are  correct.  If  so, 
Miami Beach complainants should be advised by the media that the Ethics Commission has no statutory 
remedy in the form of penalties. 
And  I  have  a  related  question:  The  city  ordinance  excludes  from  the  definition  of  lobbyist  unpaid 
representatives  of  neighborhood  associations,  but  they  must,  prior  to  communicating  with  subject  city 
personnel, disclose in writing to the city clerk, their name, address, and principal on whose behalf they 
are  communicating.  What  is  the  penalty  for  the  willful  failure  of  a  representative  of  a  neighborhood 
association to make such a disclosure? Would that an issue for the ethics commission consider?  
Very truly yours, 
David Arthur Walters 
Independent Journalist 

Cc:
Rhonda Victor Sibilia, Community Outreach Coordinator
 
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11 August 2014 
Raul Aguila, City Attorney 
CITY OF MIAMI BEACH 
RE: Miami Beach Lobbying Ordinance and Miami Dade County penalties for violations thereof 
Dear Mr. Aguila: 
Preliminary to spot‐checking the records of the city clerk for violations of our city’s lobbying ordinance in 
respect  to  failures  to  register,  failures  to  withdraw,  and  failures  to  submit  annual  statements,  I 
encountered what may be an anomaly or mistake in our city code. I must be mistaken, so I hope you will 
correct me. 
According to my reading, the Miami Beach Code of Ordinances, besides specifying fines for failure to file 
disclosure and expenditure statements, provides for penalties as follows: 
“Sec. 2‐485.1. Penalties. (a) A finding by the Miami‐Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust 
that  a  person  has  violated  this  division  shall  subject  said  person  to  those  penalties  set  forth  within 
subsections  2‐11.1(s)  and  (z)  of  the  Metropolitan  Dade  County  Code,  said  penalties  including 
admonition, public reprimand, fines, as well as prohibitions from registering as a lobbyist or engaging in 
lobbying activities before the city….” 
Subsection  2‐11.1(s)  (Lobbying)  of  Section  2‐11.1.  (Conflict  of  Interest  and  Code  of  Ethics  Ordinance), 
provides for the following under 2‐11.1(s)(9): 
“(9)  The  Ethics  Commission  shall  investigate  any  person  engaged  in  lobbying  activities  who  may  be  in 
violation of this subsection (s). In the event that a violation is found to have been committed the Ethics 
Commission  may,  in  addition  to  the  penalties  set  forth  in  subsection  (z),  prohibit  such  person  from 
lobbying  before  the  County  Commission  or  any  committee,  board  or  personnel  of  the  County  as 
provided herein….” 
However, Subsection 2‐11.1(z) is not relevant to penalties, reading as follows: 
“(z) Prohibition on participation in settlement negotiations. Neither the Mayor, a County Commissioner 
nor any member of their staff shall participate in settlement negotiations of claims or lawsuits, including 
but  not  limited  to  contract  scope  or  compensation  adjustments  involving  the  County  without  prior 
approval of the Board of County Commissioners….” 
Does  this  mean  that,  since  (z)  as  referred  to  in  our ordinance  is  not  relevant  to  penalties  in  the  county 
ordinance, there is in fact no consequence for violations, other than the fines specified in the municipal 
ordinance? 
I notice that the county, under 2‐11.1(cc)(1) reads: 
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“(cc)  Penalty.  (1)  Proceeding  before  Ethics  Commission.  A  finding  by  the  Ethics  Commission  that  a 
person has violated this section shall subject said person to an admonition or public reprimand and/or a 
fine  of  five  hundred  dollars  ($500.00)  for  the  first  such  violation  and  one  thousand  dollars  ($1,000.00) 
for  each  subsequent  violation.  Where  the  Ethics  Commission  finds  that  a  person  has  intentionally 
violated  this  section  and  determines  that  a  fine  is  appropriate,  said  person  shall  be  subject  to  a  fine  of 
one  thousand  dollars  ($1,000.00)  for  the  first  such  violation  and  two  thousand  dollars  ($2,000.00)  for 
each subsequent violation….” 
If there is some error in amending the city code to gibe with the county code, should the codes be read 
strictly,  so  that,  again,  there  is  no  county  penalty  under  our  code  since  our  code  refers  to  a  county 
section that does not so provide? 
One more question (thank you in advance for your patience). 
The  ordinance  excludes  from  the  definition  of  lobbyist  unpaid  representatives  of  neighborhood 
associations,  but  they  must,  prior  to  communicating  with  subject  city  personnel,  disclose  in  writing  to 
the city clerk, their name, address, and principal on whose behalf they are communicating. 
What is the penalty for the willful failure of a representative of a neighborhood association to make such 
a disclosure? Is that an issue for the ethics commission?  
Very truly yours, 
David Arthur Walters