Dear Mr. Ihekwaba, Mr. Cejas & Ms. Rawlins,
I am following up on the course of action in regards to 3145 Ohio St. and 3186 Elizabeth St. in Coconut Grove (BD16-001879-001 and BD15-006218-001) where you placed a stop on construction do to encroachment of the building into the setback, as described below in our previous email exchanges.
The attached photo shows 3145 Ohio Street, as it looks today, proceeding with construction, while still encroaching into the setback.
The other attached photo shows 3186 Elizabeth Street, as it looks today, completed, yet still encroaching into the setback.
The other attached photo shows 3184 Elizabeth Street, as it looks today, completed, yet still encroaching into the setback.
The other attached photo shows 3182 and 3180 Elizabeth St., as they look today, proceeding with construction, and encroaching into the required 5'-0" setbacks.
Additionally, I have attached photos of 3374, 3376 and 3384 Day Avenue, as they look today, where the encroachment into the required 5'-0" setback has obviously been disregarded, yet construction is also proceeding.
Can you please let me know the course of action and outcomes for each of these cases as soon as possible?
Melissa Meyer Assoc. AIA LEED AP BD+C
3186 Elizabeth Street in the West Grove
Even though she had some success in getting the city to issue Stop Orders and code violations, nothing actually stopped the illegal construction from continuing, as evidence by this email sent to Assistant City Manager Jerry Ihekwaba on June 23, 2019.
Hi Mr. Pierre,
Thank you for coming out yesterday to confirm the setback violations at 3180, 3182, 3184, & 3186 Elizabeth Street and 3145 Ohio Street, all by the same developer, and 3374 Day Avenue, by a different developer.
I understand that our neighborhood code compliance inspector, Dennis Uriarte, is being transferred, and you have agreed to follow-up with the status of the citations and stop orders for each of these properties.
Thank you for agreeing to send me an update as soon as possible.
For your convenience, I have attached a photo of the stop order that was issued for 3145 Ohio Street on February 14th, 2018. Do you know why construction is continuing on these properties?
I see many construction workers working after hours and weekends as well.
As you are aware, the code requires that all new construction maintain a five-foot side setback from the property line so that houses are no less than ten feet apart. Anything less is illegal, devalues adjacent properties, and presents a serious fire hazard.
Thank you for measuring the distance between the new construction at 3145 Ohio Street and the house next-door owned by lifetime resident Dorothy Wilcox, who is currently in the hospital recovering from a stoke.
As you have confirmed, the setback still falls short of the requirement. Did the developer receive a variance due to some sort of hardship? If so, the adjacent neighbors did not receive a notice from the Planning and Zoning Department about the hearing.
Melissa Meyer Assoc. AIA LEED AP BD+C
Adjunct Professor Miami Dade College
School of Architecture and Interior Design
3180-3182 Elizabeth Street in the West Grove
From: Melissa Meyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Cejas, Devin <DCejas@miamigov.com>, Frost, Tamara <TFrost@miamigov.com>, Rawlins, Tracy <TPRawlins@miamigov.com>, Dooley, Rachel S. <RSDooley@miamigov.com>, Uriarte, Dennis <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As you can see from the attached pictures, the new construction located at 3145 Ohio street is well over the required setback lines on both sides of the property. Despite neighbors calling Code Enforcement last week to report this illegal construction, no citations were issued and the illegal construction continues today.
3184 Elizabeth Street in the West Grove
3374-3384 Day Avenue in the West Grove
3374-3384 Day Street in the West Grove
Following her letter to Ihekwaba, Christopher Pierre, from Code Compliance, showed up for drive around to look at the alleged violations, and Meyers followed up with this email, which she widely circulated.
3145 Ohio Street in the West Grove
ALOHA, BITCHES! THE BOY-TOY MAYOR, SNEAKERS THE BODYGUARD, AND WHO KNOWS HOW MANY OF THE OTHER USUAL SUSPECTS ARE OFF ON ANOTHER ALL EXPENSE, TAXPAYER FUNDED JUNKET TODAY
NUMBER 98 - JUNE 27, 2019
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While this saga started in December of 2017, it's clear that since February 12th, when Adele Valencia became the Director of Code Enforcement, and was sold as the woman who was so smart that she would put an end to the shenanigans in Code Enforcement lickety-split, nothing of the sort happened.
Code Enforcement, is now worse, not better than when she arrived, and as I think I have documented successfully, she's become a sock puppet who not only is protecting Joe Carollo, but is running a department that can't even deal properly with these kinds of flagrant violations.
It's Miami, Bitches!
WHEN A WHITE WOMAN WHO IS AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER COULDN'T GET THE CITY TO PAY ATTENTION TO ZONING AND CODE VIOLATIONS ON HER STREET, THEN WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS WHEN POOR WHITE, BROWN AND BLACK PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS?
For the last several days - see below - I have been writing about the special treatment from Code Enforcement that Commissioner Joe "Comemierda" Carollo has been receiving ever since Bill Fuller, a Little Havana businessman held a press conference outside of City Hall to reveal that Carollo, who had been demanding that the city shut down Fuller's businesses for alleged code violations, had his own code violations at his house at 3230 Morris Lane in what is known as the White Grove.
The way in which the Code Violations Department operates has long been the subject of accusations of favoritism, payoffs, and just shoddy enforcement and has seen a number of department directors come and go over the last 10 years since I first came on the scene with my allegations about then City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff operating an illegal law firm - not a home office, but a real law firm in a house across he street from Blanche Park where he used the limited parking spaces at the park for client parking.
When Francis Suarez, the Boy-Toy Mayor was sworn in as Mayor in November of 2017, he promised that things would be different under his administration, but the only thing that changed were the names of the people who his City Manager, Emilio "Colonel Klink" Gonzalez appointed to carry on the tradition of fucking over the residents.
On December 11, 2017, three weeks after Suarez was sworn in as mayor, local architectural designer and architecture professor and 25 year West Grove resident Melissa Meyers, sent the first, in what would become an ongoing series of emails to city officials about what was happening on Ohio Street where she lived.
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