More Hallandale Beach dirt! It just keeps getting better and better!

lobbyingCommissioner Michelle Lazarow had some chutzpah when she bragged to the Sun Sentinel on the night of her re-election, “Tonight, we turned the page to a new chapter for Hallandale Beach.”

Unless the title of her new chapter is “Hallandale Beach:  Pay for Play!”

During the contentious election, Lazarow and her slate-mate Anabelle Taub slammed Taub’s opponent, then-incumbent Commissioner Bill Julian, for allegedly accepting political favors from a developer and then voting for the project.  Taub even told the Sentinel after her win against Julian, “The residents of Hallandale Beach struck corruption with a fatal blow tonight.”

Um, not even close. Continue reading

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BUSTED! Shady Boy-Lobbyist Evan Ross at the heart of Hallandale Beach’s dirtiest ever election!

Photo: MyActsOfSedition.com

Like almost every city in South Florida, Hallandale Beach is not immune to corruption and political drama.  Lately, though, the city has had more than its fair share of scandal.  The recent commission election, which was one of the nastiest in Broward County’s history, only served to publicly air the city’s dirty laundry.

At the center of the storm was none other than North Miami’s perennial parasite, Shady Boy-Lobbyist Evan Ross.

Wow, who saw that  coming?

Just kidding.  Who didn’t?

Apparently no city is safe from Evan’s smarmy, opportunist ways.

Here’s how it all went down. Continue reading

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News Briefs

FEC to Carline Paul: “Guilty as charged!”

too-bad-so-sadOn November 16, 2016, the Florida Elections Commission issued its Final Order on the complaint filed against Carline M. Paul.  At the Commission’s informal hearing held last month, it found that the former North Miami City Council candidate violated all twelve counts of campaign finance violations with which it found probable cause.

As I reported in a previous blog, Carline hired a lawyer to defend her, using the excuse that she was “new to the political arena.”  Sabine Millien-Felix, Esquire, also responded to the complaint with, “she had no prior experience in preparation of the reports, never ran for elected office nor had she ever run or managed anyone else’s campaign.”

That’s so adorable! Continue reading

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A Carnival by any other name

mardi-gras-maskThe City of North Miami has a rare opportunity to be culturally relevant for the large Caribbean population in South Florida.  The internationally celebrated Mardi Gras festival is typically celebrated any time during the period following the Twelfth Night of Christmas (January 5) and the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the penitential season of Lent.  Countries all over the world celebrate Mardi Gras with their own unique traditions.  In Caribbean countries, Mardi Gras is famously known as Carnival.  Places like Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and others, these festivals attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world each year.
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¡Pobrecita! Fake Teacher Carline’s tale of woe is so sad.

sad-violin-musicGet out your hankies, folks!  Here’s the sob story of the year!

The Florida Elections Commission held its regular quarterly meeting on November 16 and 17, 2016.  One of the items listed on the Public Agenda was the probable cause hearing on a complaint filed by me against Carline M. Paul, a former candidate for North Miami City Council.

Based on a July 6, 2016 Staff Recommendation Following Investigation (see page 45 of the attached public agenda item), at its  August 17, 2016 meeting, the Commission charged the respondent with twelve counts of campaign finance violations.

Carline Paul hired attorney Sabine Millien-Felix to represent her.  In a cover letter (page 53) and Response to Staff Recommendation (page 26), and amended Response (page 7), Ms. Millian stated one excuse after another for her client’s violations.

And, of course, Carline Paul is responsible for none of them! Continue reading

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The Dirtiest Little County in Florida, starring Tallahassee lawyer Mark Herron (Part 2)

flagler-countyHistoric Flagler County is located on the east coast of Florida about 100 miles south of the Georgia state line.  It encompasses 571 square miles of real estate and is home to approximately 105,000 residents.  A total of 13,000 students attend Flagler County’s five elementary schools, two middle schools and two public high schools.

To put into perspective how provincial Flagler County is, the City of Miami Gardens is home to about the same number of residents and public schools, yet its land mass is only 20 square miles, or 1/30 the size.

The Flagler County seat is the City of Bunnell, which has a population of 2,676.

Flagler would be the Mayberry R.F.D. of Florida … if it weren’t for the insidious corruption going on at County Hall. Continue reading

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Miami Gardens mayoral race still undecided … thanks to an Opa-locka reject.

Election is overWhoa, hold up.  Don’t unpack those kittens just yet.  Election 2016 is still not over.

The wild and crazy Miami Gardens mayoral race won’t be decided until December 6, 2016 … unless there’s a runoff, in which case there won’t be a decision until December 20, 2016.

Although an election was originally held on August 30, 2016, the results were overturned by the Florida Supreme Court due to a lawsuit filed by disqualified candidate, James Wright.  Incumbent Mayor Oliver Gilbert, who received 69% of the vote, now has to face three challengers in a do-over election. Continue reading

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Is this the end of North Miami’s CRA?

r-i-pFormer North Miami Councilman Jean Monestime made history by becoming the first Haitian American Miami-Dade County Commissioner in 2010.  He did it again when his colleagues on the Commission elected him as Chairman in 2014.  Members of the Haitian community, especially those in North Miami, were rightly proud of his accomplishments.

And yet, Jean Monestime appears to be hell-bent on destroying the very city that launched his political career.

The future of North Miami’s economy, which relies heavily on its CRA, all depends on Chairman Jean Monestime’s next move. Continue reading

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