Surfside, Florida 2006-2015 Residents claim it's the Most Corrupt Community in the United States of America

"If Americans were not already so heavily involved in influencing Israeli politics, one might argue that the people of Israel should be the only ones to decide whether there is to be a State of Palestine. But this is wrong for two reasons. First, American Jews have already made a mess of Israeli politics; they’ve just done so primarily on one side, in the form of Sheldon Adelson’s pro-Netanyahu Israeli newspaper, the American funders of Netanyahu’s campaign and the campaign’s American spin doctors, not to mention the GOP’s unabashedly partisan circus on Iran. This is not virgin territory." Quote from the Jewish Daily Forward.

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Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands and Bal Harbour Florida residents think they've seen it all. PAY ATTENTION!

Bal Harbour Shops, plans to expand its footprint to the west by 250,000 square feet. Additions would include a new department store anchor, at least 20 additional specialty boutiques along a new U-shaped mall. Of course, that expansion would include the space where the parking garage is now. So, we ask, where will shoppers park? Thank you kind residents for your insight.

As the clock struck 11pm  at Surfside's last commission meeting they  rolled out the plan of expanding the business district south from 94th to 93 with shops...a 500 car garage....   etc etc including hints of taking the 2 private homes by eminent domain,,,,,(a legal discussion?).
Once the deal is sealed behind closed doors the workshops will be announced a la Bal Harbour,

3/9/2015: Congestion, traffic, over development, stampeding profits over public safety and quality of life, has resulted in many ills and now a death. A young person was killed tonight while riding a moped with the newly ramped up traffic of Surfside. At 89th Street and Harding, a crash involving two cars and moped has caused loss of life, and with Harding now closed for emergency services, thousands of cars are being diverted through the residential neighborhood. At 88th Street and Byron, two Metro buses, trying to jump the median, have gotten stuck, one eastbound and one westbound, causing another hazard at that location. The permanent negative impacts of the decisions of self serving politicians at town hall have now caused irreparable, tragic harm to individuals and to the entire community. We wonder why it was not reported in the local news. Don't you?

ONLY IN SURFSIDE, FLORIDA: Preparing for the onslaught of Major Gambling:

2012 / 13 Adjusted Budget - 2015 reality?

For a quick comparison to 2004:

Police WAS 37% of the budget vs 42% today.

P&R was 12.5 % of the budget vs 16% today

This reflects a 16% and 28% expressed as A PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL BUDGET.
Unfortunately the total budget has gone up over 60% and in terms of real dollar amounts......both have 100%
You can draw your own conclusions if that is in line with other cost increases over the period
Even your Bay Harbor Islands neighbors are concerned about traffic.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the following facts about traffic in our neighborhood:
  1. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in its latest report on the quality/ level of service of the roads in and around the Bal Harbour Shops, including 96th street, rates them as level of service “D” – the second worst possible level of service in the state of Florida.
  2. In the same report, FDOT currently rates the level of service of A1A/Collins Avenue immediately north of the Bal Harbour Shops - and leading to them - as level of service “F” – the worst possible level of service in our state.
  3. The Bal Harbour Shops are proposing to increase the number of parking spaces in their mall from 1,679 spaces to 2,576 – that’s a 54% increase in parking spaces that the Bal Harbour Shops expect to fill year-round by bringing additional vehicles to our Village.
  4. In their January 5th, 2015 report to the Village of Bal Harbour, the Shops argued that their demand for parking spaces over the past year was below their existing supply of 1,679 parking spaces today. Why then are the Shops asking for more parking spaces when, according to their own study, they have plenty of parking spaces available now?
  5. Bal Harbour residents are also incensed.

To understand what happened to Surfside, Florida {a one square mile jewel of Prime Real Estate} we ask you to read the Miami New Times reports. How did this happen?
Gambling Mecca dream of an organized underground of manipulators from 1972. Pot is next on the agenda.

The commission has had it with townsfolk behavior at the meetings.  Commissioner Marta Olchyk had the legal department research the possibility of limiting speakers on the same subject   Unfortunately that conflicts with the pesky First Amendment  so the  following warning now graces all town meeting agendas:

 Rule 7.05 Decorum. Any person making impertinent or slanderous remarks or who becomes boisterous while addressing the commission shall be barred from further appearance before the commission by the presiding officer, unless permission to continue or again address the commission is granted by the majority vote of the commission members present. No clapping, applauding, heckling or verbal outbursts in support or opposition to a speaker or his or her remarks shall be permitted. Signs or placards may be disallowed in the commission chamber by the presiding officer. Persons exiting the commission chambers shall do so quietly.

Reported to the Mayor and Town Commission on February 12, 2015:

According to experts and attorneys retained to protect the citizens of Surfside, the Town Commission has been officially and formally put on notice that the Town Commission and Town Administration has failed to protect the environment and the public beach and the ocean, and they have violated the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and have caused severe pollution to the area and all of its attendant harm and damage.  Town officials have, in catering to developers and ignoring the best interests of the community, turned "Surfside into Dirtside".

The triple threat of waste, incompetence, and corruption has strangled the Town of Surfside by throttling the head and neck of the town government and the operations of its Town Hall.  

Taxpayers funds have been employed to build water and sewer systems for developers, to sell out town zoning restrictions for the profit of developers, to turn a blind eye to serious environmental damage for the profit of developers, to create enormous new traffic congestion and overcrowding, and to enrich chosen town consultants who have enjoyed the continuous flow of money that does nothing for the quality of life of residents who pay the tab.

Mayor Daniel Dietch:  "There is still the future opportunity of building on the dunes. That's open."

Of course the most basic problem of all with Town Hall in Surfside is a complete lack of credibility, a total lack of honesty and transparency, and a blatant commitment to treating residents like fools that can easily be manipulated and controlled.  Town officials have so often and so severely sold out the community in recent years that the repeated transgressions just grow more shocking all the time.

A year-old change to Florida’s public records law requiring that private businesses contracting with public agencies must provide their records for public inspection.

Taxpayers of Surfside, who have paid in their personal portions of the millions of dollars paid by their town to CGA, can now ask CGA for all the records on that vast sum of public money.  Where did it go?  Did any of it go, at any time, to people like Howard Weinberg? Citizens can now seek the records of CGA to see where all those millions went, might be interesting.  Did any current or former town officials get payments from them? Will it voluntarily publish that information without the need for public records litigation against the town and its contractors? 

Is CGA clean and transparent, is the town of Surfside in 2015 clean and transparent, and is there a tooth fairy? Well, any resident or taxpayer of Surfside can find out.  Just make public records requests of the town and of the contractor and keep the media informed every step of the way.  Could waste be stopped? Could lights be turned on?

Since 2006, Surfside politicians have been lying to their own constituents.  Since 2006, Surfside politicians have been putting town codes, zoning, laws, and regulations up for sale so that outside profiteers can write the changes for their own use and benefit. 

Today, town officials are at the epitome of deception and basically committing treason against the community they are sworn to protect.  The lies are numerous and huge.  The zoning code has been changed to suit the developers and the results are now coming in and soon the biggest most disgustingly huge and overbearing impact are soon to be erected in what had always been a peaceful residential town but now it is becoming a paradise not for the residents but instead for the organized criminal or unethical element that is now in control of Town Hall.

Have you ever wondered where the money comes from to develop every inch of available prime real estate in the small town (1 mile square) of Surfside, Florida? Who do you suppose owns the Time Warner building in New York City? Wake up America!

New York Post, January 25, 2015 quote, edited by this blog.

A day after Preet Bharara, the Manhattan US attorney, busted Democratic Assembly Speaker ....... ......, he urged the public to get mad as hell and demand an honest government.
“Wherever corruption is on the rise, that means democracy is on the decline,” Bharara said, calling ......“a cauldron of corruption.”
The prosecutor also mocked the infamous “three men in a room” phenomenon, asking pointedly, “When did .......... ... ....... agree to be ruled like a triumvirate in Roman times?” This blog says Bharara should move to Florida and clean it up. Below is the Surfside Commission Motto:

Feds indict Szafranski, the ‘asset verifier’ for Rothstein ponzi scheme

36 yr. old Michael Szafranski of Surfside has been charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy and released on a quarter of a million dollar bond. Federal officials claim that Szafranski received millions of dollars in compensation from Scott Rothestein's alleged investment schemes by bringing in wealthy investors. He was also one of the original members that we claim, conspired to hijack the Town of Surfside, Florida.

The new town manager has discovered and reported that the last town manager Roger Carlton was full of it? That his cost of moving contaminated sand was artificially low by about 800%? Surfside is corrupt to the core and its town officials cannot be believed any more ... if their jaws are moving, they are lying. The mayor and commission are responsible for this despite their evasive tactics.

Town Meeting January, 13 2015:
Mayor Dietch says that he has been "enlightened" by Commissioner Olchek and that his "heart is warmed" by the atmosphere.  He must be delusional.  The meeting is full of town residents holding signs calling for the recall of the mayor and the prosecution of the corrupt town government that he 'leads'.  Do any of these so called "leaders" know how ultimately stupid, disingenuous, and deception they OBVIOUSLY are?  Clearly they do not, they are consumed with their egos. 

There was alot of criticism at that meeting against the censorship of comments on the town's facebook page.  So, in the next few days, there will probably be much less deletions and much less censorship.  They took hits as being like communist countries, etc.  So NOW is the time for people with facebook pages to post comments on the town facebook page Read and comment here on this blog.

Ask anyone you know who is on facebook to cut and paste these links onto the town facebook page with comments about the value of truth and free speech and how the town of surfside has been hijacked by special interests, etc but at least these url's:

2015 marks the height of hypocrisy, deception, and manipulation emanating from Surfside as being the most corrupt local government in the entire nation.

Selective code enforcement is the rule in the Town of Surfside.  Town Hall slams its political opponents with any trick in the book and uses town codes to bring false unwarranted overreaching pressure on those who do not agree with Town Hall's policy on catering to special interests and giving the bill to residents.

On the other hand the special interests who feed the greed at Town Hall get a free ride with no code enforcement and no zoning enforcement and massive buildings are fine as long as they generate cash for the chosen few who have their sly hand extended where it cannot be readily seen.  Everything about Surfside is for sale by a grossly inept and unethical town government.  Meantime water rates for residents are ridiculously high, and the next step for this robbery is for the town to jack up garbage rates on residents. And we will pay for those new big water pipes for many years to come - all for the enrichment of developers and their minions. Even the public beach, once thought sacrosanct, is being sold out, contaminated, and ruined, all for the mighty dollar.

Commercial Marina behind 1264 Biscaya Drive, where boat slips are rented, dinner cruises are embarked, bay sundown cruises depart, and commercial boats of various kinds are operated -- all without permits, all in a residential area, all without occupational licenses for use at that location, all thumbing their collective noses at town laws, county laws, and state laws

WE NOTE HERE: Construction stopped as soon as this photo was published on this blog. Why do you suppose that happened?

County DERM officials have noticed that Surfside is out of control.

They see
1. commercial activity in a residential area and 
2. commercial activity on a non-licensed commercial dock/pier
3. non-permitted installation of additional pilings
4. non-permitted dockage of commercial vessels
5. non-permitted commercial filming and and a thumb-nose attitude?

Town officials do NOTHING but are county officials awakening to the everythings-for-sale insanity of town policies.  Is it getting to the point where the ineptness, the greed, the corruption of the Town of Surfside is even too much for Miami-Dade officials to stomach?  Imagine that.

Developers are given free reign to destroy Surfside's quality of life, to destroy the safety and quality of its public beach, to force the taxpayers to pay for parking garages so they can build more units instead of parking, to force taxpayers to pay for bigger water and sewer systems to accommodate more and more and more development, to impose all burdens of overdevelopment upon the people and to convey all profits to the developers - and the politicians who are controlled and manipulated and directed - what a group of profiteers and corrupted people who are ruining the jewel community of Surfside Florida.

The Complete Story of Surfside's Corruption