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NUMBER 130 - AUGUST 27, 2019
HERE IS A STORY THAT EXEMPLIFIES SO MANY OF THE BAD THINGS GOING ON IN MIAMI TODAY, FROM THE SELF-ENTITLED BEHAVIOR OF RICH FOLKS, TO THE INCOMPETENCE AND FAILURE OF CITY DEPARTMENTS TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS
Last week, this new for-profit pre-school - a school which I've been told costs $25,000 a year to attend - held a Grand Opening, and made a very big to-do about it on social media.
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The only problem is, as the letter from attorney David Winker to the City Attorney and the Building Director reveals is that the school held this ceremony without having acquired either a Temporary, or Official Certificate of Occupancy.
Furthermore, the Buena Vista Homeowners Association which is comprised of folks who live around the building is appealing the granting of a zoning exemption, which prompted the owners of the school to have a lawyer from Connecticut to send them a threatening text message, which raises an even more interesting question of what kind of ambulance chaser who isn't even licensed to practice in Florida goes around texting threatening legal messages to homeowners in Miami legally exercising their rights?
What's even more interesting is that the owners of this pre-school hired the law firm of Greenspoon Marder to represent them before the city, and depending on how the homeowners appeal before the City Commission goes, the Mayor, who is "of counsel" to Greenspoon Marder could find himself weighing the question of whether he should approve or veto a decision made by the city commission on a client of his law firm, which is really a thorny problem, since as the Mayor he is the only one entitled to VETO decisions made by the commission, yet as an attorney, is clearly conflicted by being on the payroll of this law firm as they continue to do business with the city.
Centner Academy was asked for a response on the allegations in this story and did not respond by the deadline.
Meanwhile, I know there are business owners in Miami, who having gone through the often laborious, time consuming, and always expensive process to open a business legally, and still can't open their doors and who are probably now saying to themselves, "What the fuck?"
It's Miami, Bitches!