Skyscrapers and Unicorns

skyscrapers and unicornsAfter I published my column, Hippies on the Grass, a good friend of mine, with whom I usually agree on most political issues, sent me an email stating, “What is your point?  Read the 1st amendment of the US Constitution.  Even if it were only 4 or 40000, all are protected by the Bill of Rights.”

I responded by writing, “Read the last paragraph. I agreed they have a right to protest. I also have a right to think they’re morons.”

I will add here for anyone who reads any of my blogs, “You have the right to disagree with anything and everything I say.  What you think of me is none of my business.”

That being said, the entire Greynolds Park brouhaha reminds me of an old childhood game called Continue reading

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Letter from an NMB Oldtimer

Oldtimer Chevrolet Impala 1959I promised a reader that I would publish his letter on my website, so here it is:

Dear Stephanie,

I’m nearly getting a bald spot from continuously scratching my head after I occasionally choose to read a monthly letter that I receive from a property owners association in NMB. I will not say the name of this group because I truly believe they lack credibility. In fact I believe they belong in a loony house. While I think it is valuable to have a group that watches over its government, this one watches, and then distorts the facts, and then spews it in a letter to who knows how many residents of our city.  Thank goodness for your informative website which form what I can tell, captures the truths of real life issues concerning our government and than cleverly tells the tales of both the good the bad and the ugly Continue reading

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Hippies on the Grass

Hippies on the Grass4A couple of days ago, the Miami Herald published an article entitled, North Miami Beach protesters rally against hotel by Greynolds Park.  According to the article, “on Sunday, nearly forty protestors showed up at the proposed construction site to show their disapproval of a rezoning that the council approved last year to allow a development.”

I wonder how many of those “nearly forty protestors” are among the forty thousand residents who live in the City of North Miami Beach.

Two of the protestors interviewed for the article are Letty Dykes of BISCAYNE GARDENS and Kim Lumpkin of NORTH MIAMI.  Not interviewed, but most likely in attendance was Good Old Charlie Brown, er, I mean, Baron, Flora and Fauna Expert/Tree Lawyer, of UNINCORPORATED DADE.

I couldn’t tell you how many actual North Miami Beach residents attended the rally Continue reading

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NMB’s Insane Clown (of Code Compliance) Posse

Insane Clown PosseAs I mentioned in my column Welcome to My Ghetto!, with all the crappy looking properties in North Miami Beach you’d think Code Enforcement would be busy nailing people for things like junk in the yard, rooftop tarps, cars on cinder blocks, commercial vehicles in driveways and the like, right?  In NMB, Code Enforcement has its work cut out for it.

And, yet, instead of enforcing the already arbitrary and confusing building code we have, Code Compliance Officer Eric Wardle seems to be targeting residents at random Continue reading

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Third Annual Legacy Gala was a success

MonasteryOn Saturday night I had the privilege of attending the Third Annual Legacy Gala at the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.  For those of you who have never visited this historic site in our community, what are you waiting for?  The rich history of the Spanish Monastery dates back to 1133 AD when it was built in Spain, and then brought to New York in 1925 by William Randolph Hearst in 11,000 wooden crates.  The pieces were then purchased 26 years later and brought to North Miami Beach for reassembling, and then was purchased again and given to the Bishop of Florida.  The Monastery is an active church in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

 

The Annual Gala is hosted by the Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation, the purpose of which is Continue reading

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North Miami Beach Candidate Forums

Candidate Forum

Two candidate forums are scheduled for next week.  Please come out and meet the candidates who are running for Groups 2 and 6 in North Miami Beach.

Monday, April 22, 2013, 7:00 PM, Eden Isles Condominium Community Clubhouse, 16975 NE 35 Avenue

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:00 PM, Washington Park Community Center, 15290 NE 15 Court

Don’t forget to get out and VOTE on May 7, 2013!

If you need a ride to the polls please contact me by clicking on the “Contact Us” button over there on the right, and I’ll arrange a ride for you.

Stephanie Kienzle

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North Miami CTR Update

UpdateIt’s easy to tell who the serious contenders are in an election just by taking a look at their Campaign Treasurer’s Reports.

Shockingly, some candidates are willing to throw in tens of thousands of dollars of their own money for a chair on the dais.  This totally blows my mind.  The way I look at it, the best way of judging how much support a candidate has in the community, in this case the City of North Miami, is by the number of residents who live in that community are willing to pull out of their own wallets to get that person elected.  It makes no sense to me whatsoever that you would spend your entire savings, or even a good portion of it, if you don’t have any substantial support by the community you hope to represent.  The way I see it, financing your own campaign is a lot like masturbating.  Sure, it gets the job done, but are you feelin’ the love?  It’s a whole lot more satisfying when someone else is in the picture.  Just saying.

If most of a candidate’s donations come from sources outside the city, I’m always suspect of the motives Continue reading

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The Liars of Miramar

MiramarWhat’s with all these people running for office in North Miami and North Miami Beach when they live outside the respective city limits?  And especially outside the county?

In addition to the Carpetbagger of NMB, North Miami Beach council candidate Yvenoline Dargenson, who hails from the fair city of Miramar in Broward County, there’s also the North Miami mayoral candidate Anna L. Pierre who shlepped from Miramar to stake her claim in our neck of the woods.

It’s ironically fitting that the west Broward city of Miramar was named for a word derived from Spanish Continue reading

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Felony Update

Myron Rosner MugshotTwo years ago this month, North Miami Beach EX-mayor Myron Rosner was running for re-election, desperately hoping to keep his seat on the dais.  This year, he’s running scared, desperately hoping to keep out of jail.

On April 12, 2011, I published my blog Priceless!, in which I busted him for committing campaign finance fraud by not claiming the cost of those freaking bus bench ads.  Within two hours of my column going up, those benches started going down.  It took another year and five months for the law to catch up with Myron, but on September 19, 2012 he was finally arrested.

The long awaited trial of the Dishonorable Myron Joel Rosner is scheduled to start on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. before the Honorable Nushin G. Sayfie.  Judge Sayfie, a 2007 Charlie Crist appointee, who ran unopposed for re-election in 2010, has ties to Broward County, according to a Sun Sentinel article dated October 9, 2007.  We can only hope that this judge has no ties to Myron’s wife, CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL.

Word on the Circuit Court circuit, is that no Miami-Dade County judge wants anything to do with this case because of the Zabel connection.  That’s exactly the connection that Myron and his legal eagle Benedict Keuhne are most likely counting on Continue reading

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