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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Not a good way to ingratiate themselves

There is a guy in the neighborhood who is building a condo. It's back on the water. But he erected a big, marble sign out front on the main road. It was illegal.

There was no legitimate permit for the sign, which was illegal.

In the end, he was made to remove the sign, which looked more like a big massive headstone placed on a front lawn. Oh yes, forgot to mention, he bought the house on the corner so he could erect the headstone sign.

Anyway, zoning was quite upset because when the permit was applied for, they were told it was a temporary 30 day sign, something you would use for elections, you know, those things you stick in the lawn.

So zoning made them remove the sign. But then the developer erected a smaller sign and I guess zoning got to them again because that was removed. Now there is a hanging sign sort of like a realty "for sale" sign, which I guess zoning likes, or perhaps they don't. We'll see.

The neighbors don't like it and feel that this guy has taken over the neighborhood. Another developer on the other side of the neighborhood has commandeered a whole street. Almost daily, for a month or more, the street has been closed to traffic for private construction work.

It's interesting that these developers pay people off. Not so much city workers, but neighbors. They pay neighbors so that they don't fight them in city hall or in court. One developer told me of people in the neighborhood demanding payments in order to allow his project to go through. He asked me to help him out by writing good stuff in the Grapevine, yet he never offered to pay me off. I don't think I'm the type to accept a payoff, but just the fact that he's paid all these schmucks off and then wants me to help him but doesn't offer me even an ad sort of makes me feel like a schmuck.

Another developer years ago, who admits to paying people and neighborhood groups off, set his lawyers after me to get me to reveal anonymous comments left in the Grapevine that were not to his liking.  They would send me threatening letters saying less than smart things like, "If you show this letter to anyone, you will regret it." I still have the letters.


These scammers, I mean developers, also offered a public official bribes and that was part of that politician's downfall. It is just so mind boggling the stuff that goes on in the name of greed. When does a person have enough money? When does quality of life come into play?

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would be great to see what the illegal sign looked like erected and once it was removed. Proof that sometimes the good guys win.

June 08, 2017 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open a Bitcoin account is becoming very useful in Miami.

June 08, 2017 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are these the same developers that installed, removed, installed again and removed again a sign on the corner of Bayshore Drive and Glenco? The very same developers that chose to add, class and credibility to their project by naming it after South Florida's famous Horticulturest and exploiting the good name and world class reputation of the Botanical Park that bears his name. What is the name of the creature that lives off another, without providing any benefit to the host?

June 08, 2017 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remora....

June 08, 2017 4:10 PM  
Blogger Mr. Reasonable said...

LOTS OF ACCUSATIONS, ZERO NAMES.

June 09, 2017 1:05 AM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

Ha. Good one coming from an ANONYMOUS COWARD. Too afraid to even sign his real name. No Balls.

June 09, 2017 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not see it as a matter of greed. It is a matter of what is legal and what is not.

June 09, 2017 8:18 AM  
Anonymous swlip said...

Any lawyer you would write something like what you quoted - "If you show this letter to anyone, you will regret it" - is a moron who deserves to be sanctioned by the Bar.

June 09, 2017 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Good Grief said...

tell me the rules, and i will tell you how to cheat.

June 09, 2017 2:27 PM  

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