October 6, 2014
George Castell, Administrator
CODE COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT
City of Miami Beach
Follow Up: 1019 5th Street Sex Shop Violation
Thank you for XC14007878 (below). You officer was also diligent in citing other violations. But the citations mean absolutely nothing to the responsible parties because no penalties are imposed. The administration's current policy, that the objective is compliance and not punishment, is foolish. All a scofflaw has to do is comply over and over when cited, and continue making a joke of the code. Attached you will find an image taken this morning of the same realtor's signs on both sides of the building, which is being handsomely restored to service.
My understanding of the temporary real estate signage code is that if the sign has no permit decal it is not permitted, period, and it is ridiculously easy to get a decal for $25 with no questions asked except name and address (the clerk refused to let me see the blank form). So-called construction signs do not have to bear the permit decals, and are approved by Planning, and that system is so opaque that it took me on one occasion 5 weeks to discover if a construction array of signs was permitted. Planning puts the blame on Code for not enforcing the Code.
The pathetic system in itself causes confusion, but it appears that city officials could care less about revising the Code or even bothering to respond to constructive suggestions for revision. The Building Official does not feel he should be responsible for unpermitted temporary real estate signs given his resources, yet it would be helpful for inspectors to familiarize themselves with construction signage code and make sure that the signs on the sites comply with codes. All construction site signage permits should be posted on Permit Manager to facilitate the process.
A realtor told me that he was cited for an unpermitted sign and had to appear before the Special Master, and that he shall never forget the experience. However, he was apparently especially or randomly selected for punishment. If other violators were subjected to the same punishment, no doubt there would be a great deal more compliance as the word got around that the city is serious about code enforcement. Imagine that.
If in fact the realtor's signs on 1019 5th Street are not permitted, that would be a good place to start giving realtors a good reason to obey the code other than their personal conscience, which a few of them have. Imagine that.
David Arthur Walters
Mayor Philip Levine
City Manager Jimmy Morales
City Attorney Raul Aguila
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Labels: George Castell, Jimmy Morales, Philip Levine, Pleasure Emporium