The much anticipated and (until last Wednesday’s mayoral debate) very boring Special Election to replace the suspended Mayor Lucie Tondreau, will wrap up on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. In the event there is a runoff, Election Day won’t take place until November 4, 2014, which will give the two finalists more than two months to reload their war chests and continue to hold the City of North Miami hostage with ugly campaign signs.
I was unable to attend the debate, but fortunately, I got my hands on an audio recording of the event.
In terms of comic relief, by far the best part of the debate was when Jean Marcellus attempted to answer the moderator’s question, “If elected mayor what steps would you take to promote honesty, integrity and transparency?”
Marcellus kept repeating a phrase that clearly sounded like he was saying “hot shit.” I couldn’t understand a freaking word he said, but I kept hearing the words “hot shit” over and over again. He even said he had “hot shit” in his own household. He closed by saying that it was up to the City Manager to deal with “hot shit.”
I’m told the audience was as perplexed as I was listening to the audio, and the crowd kept giggling every time Jean uttered “hot shit.”
As it turns out, Jean Marcellus was trying to say “hardship.”
One can only imagine what other English words the man will mangle to death if elected Mayor of North Miami.
But, when Jean Marcellus spit out the clearly understandable words “sweetheart deal with Bel House”…
According to the Agenda for the January 23, 2007 meeting of the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, the Board was to vote on the CRA Executive Director’s recommendation “regarding the potential acquisition and rehabilitation of the Bel House.”
On April 24, 2007, the Board approved terms of the agreement, according to the minutes of the meeting.
According to the Agenda for the June 23, 2007 meeting, the Board was asked to approve “the proposed terms” they voted for on April 24, 2007.
The minutes for the June 23, 2007 meeting reflect a 3-2 Board vote, with Councilmembers Despinosse and Steril denying approval.
And finally, the minutes of the meeting held on November 27, 2007 reflect that the Board moved forward with the project.
Bel House Apartments was purchased on May 20, 1981 by a Warranty Deed from Royalmount Investments, Inc. to Daniel and Roberta Segal. On January 24, 2003, Roberta Segal formed Bel House Apartments, LLP. Roberta Segal sold the property to her General Partnership, Bel House Apartments, LLP, by Warranty Deed dated June 23, 2006, which then sold Bel House by Warranty Deed dated December 20, 2010 to RUDG-LHHA Bel House, LLC.
Here’s the thing.
During the debate, Kevin Burns emphatically stated, TWICE, that he didn’t even know the individuals involved with the Bel House.
However, when Kevin first ran for Mayor in 2005, according to his Campaign Treasurer’s Report, on March 30, 2005 he received a $500.00 contribution from Roberta Segal and a $500.00 contribution from her company, Sans Souci Properties, Inc., both located at 1065 NE 125th Street.
But he didn’t know her?
When Kevin Burns ran for re-election in 2007, according to his Campaign Treasurer’s Report, on March 22, 2007 he received $3,000.00 in total contributions, by way of six $500.00 individual donations from: (1) Roberta Segal of 1065 NE 125th Street, (2) Segal Family Partners, LTD., located 1065 NE 125th Street, (3) Dawn Steinberg Trust (whose corporations Professional Office Specialists, LLC and Premium Sales Management, Inc. were both located at 1065 NE 125th Street), (4) San Souci Properties, Inc., (5) 1065 LLP (both located at 1065 NE 125th Street), and (6) Scott D. Segal (whose corporation Joshua Tree Real Estate Investments Uno, LLC is also located at 1065 NE 125th Street).
Kevin said he didn’t even know the people who owned Bel House when the CRA considered the terms of the “sweetheart deal” on April 24, 2007 and for which it was approved on June 23, 2007.
Even though they contributed a total of $4,000.00 toward his previous campaigns.
I don’t know about you, folks. But I’d sure remember the people who handed me FOUR THOUSAND BUCKS toward my campaigns!
I’d also remember them if they brought a project before me to approve after they donated.
I could go on and on about all the crap involved in this “Bel House” deal if I felt like going into the Miami Way Theater deal, Kevin Burns’ foreclosure problem, and former City Attorney John C. Dellagloria’s role in all of the above. But those details are infinitely more complicated than even I want to try to wrap my mind around, much less explain. Suffice it to say, the “Bel House” deal was shady enough for us to digest.
In his closing remarks, Kevin Burns disparaged Dr. Smith Joseph for spending “half a million dollars in personal money” to run for Mayor, claiming “I’ve been there before. It is not worth spending $400,000 of personal money to run for office. I would never do it. It’s not worth it, but why would somebody do such a thing?”
Maybe if Kevin had “personal money” of his own, he’d spend it in a heartbeat to get elected. As it stands, he’s in way more debt than he’ll probably ever hope to get out of, let along own any “personal money.”
Maybe Kevin should have also considered that Dr. Joseph spent $400K of his own money because he feels it’s worth every penny to make sure that North Miami’s government finally gets out of the corruption business.
In closing, Dr. Joseph stated that, unlike Burns, he has never taken any money from his friends and refused to pay them back. He has never had seven judgments against him, nor has he had any property in foreclosure.
“This city is sick. It needs a Doctor. I am that Doctor.”
If you are still undecided about your choice for North Miami Mayor, I hope you are seriously considering the Doctor!
All together now…
“Spreading the Wealth”