The City of Sunny Isles Beach is holding an election for two of its commission seats. As incredible as it seems, this one square mile of a sandbar populated by 20,832 souls, is divided by four voting districts, each of which is represented by a seat on the dais. The contenders for Seat 03 (Southern Area) are incumbent Commissioner Dana Goldman and her challenger, Greg Capra.
In terms of outright crazy, Capra surely gives Daphne a run for her money.
Commissioner Goldman is supported and endorsed by The Sunny Isles Beach Reporter based on its “four point criteria – civic involvement, educational/professional qualifications, work/professional history and personal character. According to the SIB Reporter:
Commissioner Dana Goldman [Seat 3] has proven herself to be an outstanding member of the Commission. She has performed her duties as Commissioner with integrity and has worked tirelessly to support those issues that improve our quality of life.
Whether the debate is over responsible development of our City and preventing high rise building on the west side of Collins Avenue; traffic and safety concerns [she encouraged a traffic reduction survey]; taking on serious condominium issues like fraud; overcrowding and pressing to reduce the number of illegal out-of-district students in our Norman S. Edelcup K-8 School where her own daughter is a student; or meeting the needs of our senior residents; Commissioner Dana Goldman will always go that extra mile to do what she believes is right.
Dana Goldman’s gracious and caring demeanor combined with her impeccable law credentials [she is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University and graduate of George Washington School of Law], her multifaceted work experience and her ability to interact so well with people has made her an invaluable asset to our City. She is one of the finest elected officials to ever serve and we believe she is most worthy of your vote.
Goldman’s opponent, however, is another story.
According to Sunny Isles Beach lore, Greg Capra is every resident’s worst nightmare. He and his wife are constantly embroiled in vicious battles with all of their neighbors.
Capra has no history of civic involvement in the local government.
Or the 26 times the police were called to his house, especially in response to his wife’s out of control behavior.
Or the time she had an altercation with a neighbor’s son and threatened, “you motherf*cker, I’m going to get you.”
Or the time she was verbally abusive to the police after they were called by several of her neighbors for playing “extremely loud” music at 11:52 PM on a Sunday night, and then retaliated by throwing eggs at her neighbor’s house.
And then there was the time the police were called because she was drunk and disorderly, and had to be transported to the hospital by fire rescue.
And then there’s this:
Yeah, she’s a real gem.
Then again, the previous Mrs. Capra would probably say that her ex-husband got exactly what he deserved.
She had to file two restraining orders against him during their contested ten-year divorce proceedings in Rockland County, New York.
By all accounts, Greg Capra is a vindictive bully, who threatens to sue anyone at the drop of a hat. His wife, Nikolina Capra, filed lawsuits against two of their neighbors in 2010, and together they have been sued, both individually and as officers of their condominium association, six times since 2010.
One of those lawsuits filed in 2013 by their neighbors, Joel and Patricia Aresty, is still open. The original complaint filed on April 27, 2013 alleged that the Capras engaged in “public intimidation and retribution” against the plaintiffs and others in the community. The plaintiffs also allege that Mrs. Capra has continuously been “disrespectful and antagonistic” toward Mrs. Aresty, and has subjected her to “verbal derision and disdain” in public.
The original complaint also noted, “Greg Capra owns a company that sells publications and courses in stock day-trading. He reportedly met his wife, Nikolina, or Nikki, working at Solid Gold as a waitress.”
Interestingly, the amended complaint filed June 19, 2013 deleted the reference to Nikki’s job at the North Miami Beach
strip gentleman’s club, but did add that the complaint was amended to correct scrivenor errors, to add exhibits, and “to allege the concealment of the Capras to avoid service of process.”
The complaint includes allegations of libel, defamation, “inebriated verbal assaults,” vandalism, stalking, threats of arrest and incarceration, among other things. The plaintiffs also accused the Arestys of causing them “emotional distress and medical problems.” They also claimed that the Capras copied all of the unit owners in the development with every single communication, written on the association’s official letterhead in the form of a “Newsletter,” for the purpose of publicly humiliating them. They even accused the Arestys of not being legally married!
The complaint states that the publication of the one of the letters “was clearly a culmination of the ill will, hostility, and evil intention to defame and injure” the Arestys, thereby creating “an open invitation to the community to hate” them. Requests by the plaintiffs for a retraction of the libelous letters went unanswered.
In any event, if nothing else, the complaint is an entertaining read.
Local government, however, should never be about entertainment.
Nor should it be about bullying or damaging reputations, which Greg Capra apparently excels at doing.
Every election season tends to bring out the crazies, especially in South Florida. This year, the insanity seems to be especially prominent.
Then again, this is 2016. Nothing should surprise.
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