I'm not a fan of developers
This is interesting to me because at the time, they also threatened me many times. Their lawyer at the time would send me letters which started with the threat, "If you show this to anyone else you will regret it," or something to that affect. I still have the letters, I'll show them to you some time. I found that quite a stupid way to start a letter from an attorney. He would also call and harass me. I'm not saying that the Related Group knew about it, it could have just been how this moron ran his law firm; by threatening people.
According to the attorney, the Related Group wanted me to divulge the anonymous commenters. They claimed that Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was leaving the comments, something about then Commissioner Michelle Spence Jones accepting bribes. The lawyer allegedly said that they wanted those comments removed and the commenter outed as allegedly being either Sarnoff or his staff. I wouldn't budge, but luckily in the middle of this mess, Michelle Spence Jones was shown to be accepting bribes and it all stopped just as fast as it started. There was an article in the Miami Herald one day, claiming that the bribery story was true, and I never heard from the Related Group again, I think all their paid crooks and lawyers (same thing) must have crawled back under their rocks then.
I have a meeting with a local developer next week. I don't trust developers after the Related Group experience and after reading the stuff that is documented here, in the Fred Grimm column. It tells about Vizcaya suing Related and how Related paid off people and paid off neighborhood groups and hired lobbyists. etc. They never offered to pay me off. I guess I should be proud of the fact that they knew I couldn't be bought off.
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