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MIAMI SHORES MASTER

2017

February 14th - IT'S BAD PUBLIC POLICY TO CONSISTENTLY PLACE PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES ON THE VILLAGE COUNCIL'S CONSENT AGENDA, AND THEN DOUBLING DOWN BY DENYING THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK ON THESE ITEMS UNLESS THEY INFORM THE CITY CLERK PRIOR TO THE MEETING

March 1st - WHAT THE LEASE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE VILLAGE AND PROFESSIONAL COURSE MANAGEMENT SAYS ABOUT HOW THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS OVER THE YEARS, AND WHY THE RESIDENTS NEED TO START DEMANDING THAT THE PEOPLE THEY ELECT TO THE COUNCIL NEED TO REPLACE THE VILLAGE MANAGER AND VILLAGE ATTORNEY

March 1st - ON APRIL 16, 2016, THE VILLAGE MANAGER PURCHASED THE FORMER CATHOLIC CHARITIES BUILDING FOR $1.1 MILLION DOLLARS. HOW THIS HAPPENED RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT PROCESS AND ABOUT HOW THE MANAGER AND THE VILLAGE ATTORNEY TREAT THE MEMBERS OF THE VILLAGE COUNCIL AS MUSHROOMS, WHO UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE RESIDENTS, ARE ALL TOO WILLING TO GO ALONG IN BEING KEPT IN THE DARK AND FED CRAP

March 6th - THE VILLAGE OF MIAMI SHORES IS MANAGED MUCH LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT GOVERNMENT ONLY WITHOUT A LOT OF ATTENTION TO TRANSPARENCY AND LEGAL ACCOUNTABLITY, AND AT A STAGERING COST CONSIDERING WHAT WE'RE GETTING FOR OUR TAX DOLLARS - HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES

March 6th - A RESIDENT WRITES THE VILLAGE COUNCIL ABOUT THE SHORES MOTEL AND THE $20 MILLION BOND REFERENDUM FOR A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER  

March 16th - HE FAILURE OF THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATION TO BE FORTHCOMING AND TRUTHFUL ABOUT THE COSTS OF THE NEW COMMUNITY CENTER STARTED WITH THE QUESTIONNAIRE CIRCULATED BY THE CONSULTING FIRM HIRED TO JUSTIFY THE PROJECT AND CONTINUED RIGHT UP TO TODAY'S RELEASE OF A NEW FLIER THEY'VE PREPARED TO "EXPLAIN" THE FINANCES OF THE NEW COMMUNITY CENTER

March 20th - ABUSE OF OFFICIAL POSITION: VICE MAYOR STEVEN ZELKOWITZ'S TANGLED WEB OF LEGAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS RESULTED IN A FLAGRANT CONFLICT OF INTEREST VOTE FOR THE COMPANY THAT THE VILLAGE HIRED TO DO THE FINANCIAL PROPOSAL TO REDEVELOP  DOWNTOWN MIAMI SHORES

March 21th - MANAGEMENT OF MIAMI SHORES POLICE DEPARTMENT CHALLENGED

March 26th - AS IMPORTANT AS SOME MIGHT HAVE YOU BELIEVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER IS TO THE FUTURE OF THE VILLAGE, THE SIMULTANEOUS EFFORT TO REDEVELOP DOWNTOWN MIAMI SHORES COULD CHANGE THE IMAGE AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE VILLAGE IN WAYS AS YET NOT EVEN IMAGINED.  THE PASSAGE OF THE $20 MILLION BOND ISSUE FOR THE COMMUNITY CENTER COULD TURN OUT TO BITE RESIDENTS WHEN THEY FIND OUT THAT THE REAL COSTS TO BUILD A NEW VILLAGE HALL  MIGHT INCLUDE 5 STORY BUILDINGS, AND A GIVEAWAY OF VILLAGE LAND

March 28th - DAN KERR RESPONDS TO MAYOR ALICE BURCH REBUTTAL OF KERR'S PREVIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT OF MIAMI SHORES POLICE DEPARTMENT

March 29th - VIDEO OF THE CANDIDATE FORUM HOSTED BY THE MIAMI SHORE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION ON MARCH 28, 2017

March 29th - IF GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH LOOKED AT THE VILLAGE BUDGET, WOULD HE CALL IT AN EXAMPE OF VOODOO ECONOMICS? ONE WAY TO FIND OUT IS TO GO TO TOMORROW'S VILLAGE BUDGET WORKSHOP

April 11th - CANDIDATES FOR COUNCIL RACES IN THE VILLAGE HAVE RAISED $48,775.20 SO FAR, AND MAC GLINN IS LEADING THE PACK  WITH $21,840.00, AND A WEEK TO GO

April 17th - LACK OF  ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS RAISES QUESTIONS AS TO HOW DO FOLKS WHO WORK FOR THE VILLAGE GET MERIT RAISES OR FIRED WITHOUT THERE BEING AT LEAST AN IMPLICATION OF SUBJECTIVE DECISION MAKING, AND ALSO EXPLAINS HOW THE VILLAGE COMPTROLLER MANAGED TO STEAL AT LEAST $493,879.51 FROM THE VILLAGE OVER A PERIOD OF AT LEAST 5 YEARS

April 17th - WHILE FOLKS LIKE TO THINK OF THE VILLAGE OF MIAMI SHORES AS A MAYBERRY RFD KIND OF BEDROOM COMMUNITY THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY ATTACHED TO GREATER MIAMI, THE VILLAGE IS ACTUALLY A HOT BED OF SELF-ENTITLED, POLITICALLY VICIOUS, ANONYMOUS BACKSTABBERS

April 24th - THE THING ABOUT GUYS WITH AGENDAS - ESPECIALLY ONES THEY THINK ARE SECRET - IS THAT THEY ALWAYS THINK THAT NOT ONLY ARE THEY THE SMARTEST GUY IN THE ROOM, BUT THAT NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY'RE REALLY UP TO UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP THEM - THAT'S WHY MAC GLINN IS SMILING, BECAUSE HE THINKS HE'S ONE OF THOSE GUYS

April 26th - LIKE ANY GOOD MYSTERY STORY, WE KNOW THAT SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED IN MIAMI SHORES, WE'VE IDENTIFIED STEVEN ZELKOWITZ AND RICHARD SARAFAN AS THE SUSPECTS, AND NOW WE JUST HAVE TO FIGURE OUT IN THREE ACTS WHAT THEY DID THAT WAS SO BAD

May 2nd - VIDEO OF THE CEREMONY OF NEW VILLAGE COUNCIL MEMBERS BEING SWORN IN

May 4th - THE GREATER MIAMI SHORES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS NOT VERY COMPETENT, AND CONTRARY TO ANYONE'S MISGUIDED BELIEF, NOT NECESSARILY THE FOLKS YOU WOULD RELY ON TO LEAD THE EFFORT TO REDEVELOP THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

May 11th - THE TIME HAS COME TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE CLAIMS ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY BY THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE  VILLAGE COUNCIL REPRESENT MORE THAN YOUR NORMAL, EMPTY CAMPAIGN RHETORIC

May 15th - THE DALTON HOUSE - A PROPERTY THAT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CODE ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES IN THE VILLAGE

May 24th - AT THE LAST COUNCIL MEETING, COUNCILMAN STEVEN ZELKOWITZ WAS ASKED WHERE HE LIVES.  THE MINUTES OF THE  MEETING FAIL TO REVEAL THAT HE WAS ASKED THAT QUESTION, AND REFUSED TO ANSWER, WHICH IN TURN REPRESENTS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH THE WAY THAT THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CONDUCTS BUSINESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

May 25th - THERE ARE SLEAZY POLITICANS, AND THEN THERE ARE EXCEPTIONALLY SLEAZY POLITICANS LIKE DAPHNE CAMPBELL, WHICH CAUSED SOME FOLKS IN THE SHORES TO QUESTION ALICE BURCH'S DONATION TO DAPHNE CAMPBELL  

June 1st - ALICE BURCH'S CONVINCED HERSELF AND HER CRONIES THAT SHE KNEW WHAT WAS BEST FOR DOCTOR'S CHARTER SCHOOL, AND AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF SUNSHINE LAW VIOLATIONS, THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED PROBLEMS AND COSTS FOR THE VILLAGE THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT

June 15th - THE VILLAGE COUNCIL HAS SHOWN LITTLE INTEREST IN  LOOKING OUT FOR THE FINANCIAL BEST INTERESTS OF THE RESIDENTS

June 27th - ZELKOWITZ STILL REFUSES TO SAY WHERE HE LIVES, INSTEAD, HE ACCUSED ME OF TRAMATIZING HIS 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER BECAUSE I'D WRITTEN HE WAS A LIAR.  WHAT KIND OF A SLEAZE WOULD USE HIS DAUGHTER AS A SHIELD TO EVADE REVEALING WHETHER HE'S VIOLATING THE LAW

September 27th - IF YOU LIVE IN MIAMI SHORES AND ARE UPSET ABOUT LOSING ELECTRICITY, SOME OF YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR.  FOR EVERYONE ELSE, INCLUDING THE VILLAGE COUNCIL,  THE PRINCIPAL BLAME IS NOT WITH FP&L, BUT WITH VILLAGE MANAGER TOM BENTON, WHO FAILED TO IMPLEMENT THE 2005 ORDINANCE THAT SPELLED OUT HIS, AND THE VILLAGE'S RESPONSIBILITIES IN PREPARING FOR HURRICANES.

September 29th - IN MIAMI SHORES, THE VILLAGE COUNCIL, THE VILLAGE MANAGER,  AND NUMEROUS RESIDENTS WANTED TO DEFLECT BLAME FROM THE DECISIONS THEY MADE, OR FAILED TO MAKE THAT CAUSED MUCH OF THE LOSS OF ELECTRICITY.  TO DO THAT, SOME RESIDENTS CLAIMED THAT THE FP&L FRANCHISE AGREEMENT MADE THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR TRIMMING THE VILLAGE TREES BEFORE AND AFTER THE STORM, WHILE THE COUNCIL BLAMED FP&L FOR"NEGLIENCE AND MISCONDUCT"  FOR NOT GETTING ELECTRICITY BACK FASTER.  LIKE SO MANY OTHER STAEMENTS,  THESE CLAIMS DO NOT STAND UP TO THE  LANGUAGE OF THE AGREEMENT, OR TO THE FACTS AS THEY OCCURRED

October 2nd - MONEY FOR NOTHING, AND OUR STREETS FOR FREE:  ALICE BURCH AND TOM BENTON WERE BUSY OVER THE SUMMER WORKING TO GIVE THIS START-UP BIKE SHARING COMPANY A REALLY SWEET DEAL.  IT'S LIKE THEY THINK MIAMI SHORES IS THEIR PRIVATE FIEFDOM TO DO WITH AS THEY PLEASE

October 4th - IF DONALD TRUMP WERE TO SEE STEVEN ZELKOWITZ'S VOTER REGISTRATION CARD, HE'D START FLAPPING THOSE LITTLE HANDS OF HIS AND CALL HIM A FAKE VOTER.  WHY? THE ETHICS COMPLAINT THAT I'VE FILED AGAINST MY PAL STEVIE EXPLAINS IT ALL

October 10th - FAUSTO GOMEZ IS THE UNETHICAL LOBBYIST THE VILLAGE HIRED TO REPRESENT US IN TALLAHASSEE.  THIS YEAR WE GOT ZERO DOLLARS FROM TALLAHASSEE, BUT WE DID GET A VISIT FROM BATSHIT CRAZY STATE SENATOR DAPHNE CAMPBELL, TELLING US WHAT A GREAT JOB HIS FIRM DID AND WHY WE SHOULD KEEP HIRING HIM AND HIS PARTNER MANUEL REYES

October 2nd - POLICE VOTE "NO CONFIDENCE"

October 17th - TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE VILLAGE MANAGER AND THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF MIAMI SHORES CONTINUING TO BEHAVE LIKE A BAD CONDO BOARD INTENT OF KEEPING INFORMATION AWAY FROM THE RESIDENTS

November 2nd - I FILED A NEW ETHICS COMPLAINT INVOLVING THE VILLAGE ADMINSTRATION

November 9th - WHEN SELF-ENTITLED, DO-GOODER PRIVATE CITIZENS COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR CIVIC IMPROVEMENT, THE FIRST THING THAT IS OFTEN IGNORED IS PROCESS, BECAUSE WHO, AFTER ALL WOULD BE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO OPPOSE CIVIC IMPROVEMENTS BY DO-GOODERS?

November 14th - VILLAGE ATTORNEY RICHARD SARAFAN TELLS ME TO QUIT SENDING HIM EMAIL LINKS TO MY STORIES ABOUT THE VILLAGE

December 4th - REMEMBER WHEN STEVIE TOLD  ME HIS HOME ADDRESS WAS "NONE OF MY BUSINESS"

December 4th - FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO PAY $5,000, $10,000 AND EVEN $20,000 OR MORE IN PROPERTY TAXES, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT MONEY ALLOWS YOU TO AVOID PAYING ATTENTION TO THE MISMANAGEMENT OF VILLAGE GOVERNMENT, BUT ODDS ARE ONE DAY IT WILL BITE YOU IN THE ASS

December 15th - IT WAS MIAMI SHORES DAY AT THE ETHICS COMMISSION

2018

March 4th - PART I - WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU NOW WANT TO PUT A RESTAURANT ON A PIECE OF PROPERTY YOU CLAIMED YOU WANTED TO MAKE A PART OF OPTIMIST PARK?

March 5th - PART II - HOW POLITICIANS HOODWINK YOU INTO BELIEVING THAT IN USING YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO UNDERWRITE THE SETUP COSTS FOR PRIVATE BUSINESSES THEY ARE SPENDING YOUR MONEY WISELY

2019

March 16th -  CHRISTIAN ULVERT SHOULD NOT BE ELECTED TO THE VILLAGE COUNCIL  

March 18th -  THE 1ST CAMPAIGN CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS ARE POSTED, AND CHRISTIAN ULVERT LEADS THE

March 19th -  LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, CHRISTIAN ULVERT LIES ABOUT ACCEPTING PAC MONEY

March 20th -  CHRISTIAN ULVERT HAS PISSED OFF A LOT OF PEOPLE

April 1st  -  MIAMI SHORES CAMPAIGN REPORTS

April 2nd  - CHRISTIAN ULVERT'S ALWAYS QUICK WITH A DEFLECTING DENIAL

April 8th - THE LAST CAMPAIGN REPORTS

April 15th - MIAMI SHORES POLICE CHIEF KEVIN LYSTAD RETIRED ON MARCH 31ST, AND WAS REHIRED ON APRIL 1ST. HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PART-TIME POLICE CHIEF, WITH OTHER DUTIES AS DETERMINED BY THE VILLAGE MANAGER, AS SPELLED OUT IN THE CONTRACT