News Briefs Redux

More trouble for Opa-locka?

The Miami Herald reported on Monday that Merritt Stierheim, who was appointed by the state to fix Opa-locka’s financial woes, has given up his advisory position, citing a “deeply rooted culture of dysfunction among the city’s leaders” who are “unwilling to deal with millions of dollars in debts and bring on seasoned managers to overcome Opa-locka’s intractable financial emergency.”

Stierheim apparently “has made no secret of his lack of faith in Opa-locka’s mayor, Myra Taylor, and its city manager, Yvette Harrell,” both of whom have deliberately stymied all efforts to stop the city from plunging into bankruptcy. Continue reading

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NMBPD Farm Share, Friday, March 24, 2017

FARM SHARE Free Food Distribution

Farm Share in partnership with North Miami Beach Police and NMB PAL are joining forces to distribute FREE food and grocery items to the public on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Allen Park/DeLeonardis Youth Center, 1770 NW 162 Street, North Miami Beach, FL.  Quantities are limited!  First come, first serve.  For more information contact 305-949-5500, ext. 2532.

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What price “justice?” Russell Galbut strikes again! (And again, and again, and again…)

It took only $10,000 in campaign donations for Miami Beach developer Russell Galbut to persuade the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals to rule in his favor.

How much did it cost him to buy convince a Miami-Dade County judge to do the exact same thing?

An August 4, 2016 article in the Florida Bulldog, Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure, reported on a Miami-Dade civil court case alleging that Russell Galbut, along with relatives and business associates, broke Florida condominium association laws after stacking the board to push out all the “non-Galbut” unit owners of the condominium hotel through forced sales and foreclosures.

Five years ago on April 18, 2012, forty two unit owners fought back by filing a lawsuit against the Shelborne Ocean Beach Condominium Association, Inc. and fifteen other defendants including the association’s president Martin Wasserman, Shelborne Property Associates, LLC, of which Russell Galbut is a Manager, and “four shell companies Galbut controls,” as well as his cousins Keith Menin and Joan Brent.  (Huber, et al, vs. Shelborne Ocean Beach Hotel Condominium Association, Inc., et al; Case No. 2012-015281-CA-01.)

At the time the lawsuit was filed in 2012, Galbut-owned companies owned 100 rooms and 57 commercial spaces, or “less than one sixth of the units,” according to defense attorney Ronald M. Rosengarten of Greenberg Traurig.  Since then, the Galbut group obtained 120 more units, which enabled them to achieve a majority on the board.
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Frantz Pierre to NMB: “You chilled my firmness!”

We had every intention of writing a serious update on Frantz Pierre’s lawsuit.

We tried.

We really did.

But when we got to paragraph 61 of plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint, we gave up.

It’s impossible to take L’il Frantzie P seriously.

As we first reported in January, North Miami Beach Faux Commissioner Frantz Pierre filed a frivolous discrimination lawsuit against the city, Deputy City Manager Mac Serda and City Attorney Jose Smith.

As we subsequently reported, because his lawyer, Gregory D. Curtis, Esquire, cited the wrong statute in the original lawsuit, five days later he was forced to file an amended complaint.

The defendants then hired the firm of Lydecker | Diaz  to represent them.  On February 21, 2017, Super Lawyer partners, Stephen Hunter Johnson and Stephanie Pidermann, joined by the firm’s rising superstar associate (and Florida Gator!) Laselve Harrison, filed three Motions to Dismiss on behalf of each of the defendants, based on the plaintiff’s failure to provide any proof of his allegations whatsoever.

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Shades of Frantzie! Opa-locka Code Enforcement Officer under fire for doing his job!

Another South Florida public employee has incurred the wrath of an elected official for daring to issue a code violation citation.

Two years ago, North Miami Beach Commissionweasel Frantz Pierre went postal on a code enforcement officer when she attempted to serve him with a Notice of Violation.

In a déjà vu moment, an Opa-locka code enforcement officer has filed a lawsuit against the city and its manager, individually, under the Florida Whistle-blower’s Act, alleging “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Duress.”

As reported by the Miami Herald, after Rudolph Aikens issued code citations on a property owned by the mayor, he was ordered to void the tickets by City Manager Yvette Harrell (who just happens to be the subject of an SEC investigation for illegally tapping into a restricted account to cover payroll checks).

Not only did Aikens refuse to do so, but he also testified at a code hearing about the condition of the unsafe structure.  Two months later, the 38-year veteran employee was suspended for 30 days. Continue reading

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NMPD Officer Niel Johnson honored by Attorney General Pam Bondi

In a ceremony held yesterday in Tallahassee, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from a list of ten nominees from around the state, including North Miami Police Officer Niel Johnson.

Officer Johnson was nominated by the Florida Police Chiefs Association for successfully ending an April 14, 2015 wild chase that began in the City of Miami when a cab driver stole a police car while shooting at officers and innocent bystanders.  After a chaotic chase through the streets of Miami-Dade County, the suspect was finally confronted and stopped by Officer Johnson in the North Miami neighborhood of San Souci.  The suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Frantzy Armand, fired several rounds at Officer Johnson, who fired back and “neutralized the threat.”

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Frantzie Watch: Frivolous Lawsuit Update

Just when we think North Miami Beach Commissioncritter Frantz Pierre couldn’t possibly be a bigger ass clown, he kicks it up another notch.

Just five days after Frantzie filed his “civil rights” lawsuit against the City of North Miami Beach, Deputy Manager Mac Serda and City Attorney Jose Smith, his lawyer amended the complaint.

In the original complaint, his grammatically challenged lawyer, Gregory D. Curtis, Esquire, initially claimed that Frantzie was deprived of his rights due to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Florida Civil Rights act of 1992, Florida Statue [sic] 760.

Not only did the lawyer spell “statute” wrong, he also cited the wrong law upon which to base his lawsuit.  As such, the amended complaint alleges that the defendants violated his client’s civil rights per “42 U.S.C. 1983, which provide [sic] for relief against discrimination and harassment in employment on the basis of race related thereto.”

Oh, yeah.  That’s some fine legal work there.  I hope he’s not charging Frantzie by the hour.

Then again, if the Sporkweasel of NMB could afford a good lawyer, he wouldn’t be stealing money from churches or filing frivolous lawsuits.

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North Miami: The organized persecution of prominent Haitian officials continues

The plot to hang a North Miami Police Commander for a “crime” he didn’t commit continues to get even more insidious.

Last July, when a SWAT team member, who was hired by and “trained” under former Police Chief Leonard Burgess, shot an unarmed black man with his hands up, all hell broke loose.  The Police Department and the the entire city received international attention, and not in a good way.  Despite the shooter’s sketchy background check, Officer Jonathan Aledda was issued a badge and a gun, and eventually became the department’s biggest headache.

Instead of accepting responsibility for the real problem, North Miami city officials went into spin control mode and conjured up a scapegoat to blame for the fiasco.  Newly appointed Commander Emile Hollant became the convenient fall guy when certain members of the department’s command staff saw the perfect opportunity to not only cover up their own incompetency, but also to bring down the brand new Chief of Police, Gary Eugene, both of whom happen to be Haitian. Continue reading

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Frantzie Watch: You won’t believe what he’s done now!

Just when you think the Sporkweasel of NMB couldn’t get any more buffoonish, he beclowns himself.

Again.

On January 25, 2017, North Miami Beach Faux Commissioncritter Frantz Pierre, who was “re-elected” by absentee ballot voter fraud, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of North Miami Beach, Deputy City Manager Mac Serda and City Attorney Jose Smith.

His claim?

That his civil rights were violated.

Did you recover from your gut-busting fit of laughter yet?

Well, put down that coffee cup, ‘cuz it gets even funnier. Continue reading

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