Letter to City Manager Re: CRA Director Harassment
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OMNI/PARK WEST REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION 697 N. Miami Avenue, Loft #2 Miami, FL 33136 (T) 305 527 7332 (F) 305 402-0311 June 18, 2009 City of Miami Attn: Pedro Hernandez 49 NW 5th Street Miami, FL 33128 REGISTERED MAIL RE: Unprofessional and unethical behavior by City Employee Dear Mr. Hernandez, I am writing you you to inform you of the unprofessional and unethical behavior of Mr. Jim Villacorta, Executive Director of the City of Miami. Specifically: 1) During a meeting with yourself and Commissioner Sarnoff regarding the FEC Corridor project on 6/16/2009, Mr. Villacorta brought out photos of my building alleging code violations for newspaper in the windows because of an event that was held last weekend. Not only was this irrelevant to the discussion at hand but a shallow attempt to sow doubts about my credibility. Unfortunately this claim is patently false and misleading. As of 6/17/2009, no code violations were issued on 697 N. Miami Avenue (please see attached exhibit A) 2) On XXX 2009, Mr Villacorta sent the entire City Commission an e-mail in which he claimed the Railroad had been complaining for two months about our dumping along the tracks. A follow up conversation with Mr. Fletcher of FEC Railways revealed that this is patently false – the debris in question was left by a private contractor engaged by the railway and had aboslutely nothing to do with the pilot project (please see attached exhibit B) 3) Due to the level of support for our project, we were surprised at the numerous complaints made to code enforcement about the cleanup of the tracks. An FOI request made to your office revealed that the CRA was the complainant. I am a Taxpayer, property owner and Given that our objective is to improve the neighborhood in Miami CRA will be named as an additional insured and indemnified for the project. This completes all requested paperwork at this time. Thus we would request that the Miami Urban Greenway be placed on the agenda as a resolution at the April 26th, 2009 meeting I am available at any time at the above number should you wish to discuss the matter further. Thank you for all of your assistance. Brad Knoefler President NMA Inestments, Inc.
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