Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Miami Beach Lobbyists 2012: What Are They Making? By Geniusofdespair

Lobbyist Du Jour: Take your pick, Lucia Dougherty or Jeffrey Bercow

Randomly Selected Lobbyists:

Name, Top Fee Charged (Flat Fee or Hourly), Number of Clients/Issues

Amster, Matthew; $325 hourly, 18 clients/issues
Andrade, Rafael; $500 hourly/$25,000 flat & $25,000 per month, 8 clients/issues
Bercow, Jeffrey; $575 hourly, 1 client
Bierman, Mitchell; $500 hourly, 3 clients/issues
Canesi, Nicoletta; $50,000 flat, 1 client
Dougherty, Lucia; $700 hourly, 15 clients/issues
Fine, Robert; $565 hourly, 9 clients/issues
Gonzalez, Alfredo; $500 hourly, 26 clients/issues
Goodman, Robert; $84,000 year, $3,000 a month, 3 clients/issues
Hilliard, Randall; $2,500 monthly, 1 client
Karp, Kobi; $450 hourly, 5 clients/issues
Kasdin, Neisen; $615 hourly, 19 clients/issues
Larkin, Michael; $445 hourly, 58 clients/issues
Lissoni, Piero; $50,000 flat, 1 client
Llorente, Marcelo; $500 hourly & $4,000 per month, 3 clients/issues
McDowell, Carter; $626 hourly, 13 clients/issues
Robbins, Kent; $475 hourly & $7,500 flat, 13 clients/issues
Schulman, Cifford; $550 hourly, 4 clients/issues
Tachmes, Alexander; $525 hourly & $4,250 flat, 27 clients/issues
Washburn, Donald; $6,000 flat, 17 clients/issues

Compared to my 2011 research, fees in Miami Beach are going up. Miami Beach, to my knowledge, is the only place that discloses lobbyist fees. Lobbyist compensation disclosure would be a good thing to institute in the County, Commission Chair Rebeca Sosa.

Remember, Miami Beach isn't their only gig. For example, Bercow has about 28 open clients in Miami Dade County, here are most of them:

SW 112 INVESTMENTS, LLC 12/7/2012
PLATTING Open

RG PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC 10/17/2012
PUBLIC HEARING Open

WEITZER AVENTURA, LLC 9/18/2012
DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS FOR PARCEL AT NE 213 STREET AND NE 26 AVENUE Open

FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY 9/5/2012
MICELLANEOUS PERMITTING & ZONING MATTERS - TURKEY POINT UNITS 6 & 7 Open

DADELAND NORTH, LTD. 7/31/2012
ZONING HEARING NO Z12-021 & ASSOCIATED CROSS-PARKING EASEMENT AGREEMENT Open

BERKOWITZ DEVELOPMENT GROUP 6/14/2012
ZONING APPROVALS FOR KENDALL VILLAGE CENTER Open

NAVAL, LLC 6/12/2012
PUBLIC HEARING NO. Z10-180 Open

EZPAWN FLORIDA INC 4/18/2012
DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS FOR 18494 SOUTH DIXIE HIGHWAY Open

CORAL LAKES PLAZA LLC 2/1/2012
ZONING APPLICATION Open

ROSAL WESTVIEW, LLC 12/28/2011
CDMP APPLICATION FOR WESTVIEW COUNTRY CLUB Open

PRINCETON LAND INVESTMENTS, LLC 12/12/2011
ZONING APPLICATION 09-006 Open

RELATED DEVELOPMENT LLC 9/19/2011
LAND USE AND ZONING RELATED TO FOUNTAINEBLEAU DEVELOPMENT Open

WMD LONDON SQUARE LLC 7/18/2011
PH 11-027 Open

IMPERIAL MANAGEMENT LLC 7/11/2011
NCUAD ORDINANCE Open

THE SAMUEL SCHECK HILLEL DAY SCHOOL 6/27/2011
CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION, INCLUDING PLATTING AND ROAD CLOSURE Open

LENNAR HOMES, INC 3/23/2011
NONE Open

SUN TRUST BANK 3/9/2011
CDMP AMENDMENT FOR 8300 BIRD ROAD Open

RANCHO GASPAR 3/7/2011
PROPERTY LOCATED AT 16480 NW 117 AVENUE, MIAMI, FLORIDA Open

TAP HOUSE DADELAND 1/27/2011
ZONING APPLICATION PH 10-194 AND RELATED ISSUES Open

IMPERIAL MANAGEMENT LLC 5/3/2010
CDMP AMENDMENT APPLICATION Open

ELLEN GARDNER 79TH ST LLP 3/17/2010
OCT 2009-10 CDMP AMENDMENT PROPERTY ON N. SIDE OF NW 79 ST BTN NW 21 AVE & 22 AVE Open

HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY LLC 1/19/2010
LAND USE ZONING & ENVIRONMENTAL Open

11 comments:

Al Crespo said...

Thanks for he info. Some of these folks have clients in the City of Miami as well.

Anonymous said...

Great list, we can just calculate those fees with what they charge in regard to the other issues they've filed with the County as lobbyists.

I'm just jealous that I cannot make that much being on the other side of most of the issues these lobbyists represent, which is never for the good of the citizens, but obviously line their pockets nicely.

Anonymous said...

Which lobbyist in Miami makes the most money?

Geniusofdespair said...

Purely a guess, I would think Ron Book. He lobbies the County and Statewide. Jeffrey Bercow does alright with the County lobbying, Lucia Dougherty in the City of Miami seems quite successful.

Anonymous said...

NOT ME! But I'm working on it ;)

M

Anonymous said...

Get while the getting is good! It will be under water soon.

Anonymous said...

Many lobbyists do not report every client they represent. Lots of monkey business...

Peeper said...

most of those "lobbyists" are really land-use lawyers. they don't "lobby" in the way, say, traditional lobbyists do. but yes, they must and should register as "lobbyists."

keep in mind miami beach has incredibly complicated land use regulations. a lot of quasi-judicial boards to go thru.

very, very expensive to build there -- even for the most pedestrian projects. just ask anyone, homeowners included.

which is why in 10 years there won't be many "middle class" people still living there. they will all have to move to UMSA -- maybe even beyond the UDL!

Anonymous said...

New commissioner gonna kick their asses out of city hall next year. New Mayor hopefully also.


Grovite

Anonymous said...

Donald Washburn is an acoustical engineer who own his own company, Audio Bug. He represented the Morgans Group at one time (1100 West Ave). The property in question was receiving calls about noise from neighbors. Conditional use permits can be revoked if properties make problems. As we all know the majority of noise complaints can be voided out easily. Not hard to imagine why.

The real problem in Miami Beach is that almost all the floor permits in Miami Beach have been improperly approved for years. Most the Miami Beach condo associations would be mired in lawsuits for years if this was ever discovered. Remember in order to meet code you must know what you are installing. I would recommend that people do not purchase condominiums in Miami Beach. You are up against some heavy hitters. Remember that the Miami Beach special master owns a nightclub with noise complaints also. Here is a refresher course for those who don't know what I'm talking about.
http://www.bobvila.com/sections/tv-shows/projects/9-miami-beach-condo/episodes/105-cork-floors-and-custom-countertops/videos/1080797810001-installing-cork-floors

Anonymous said...

Neisen Kasdin is at it again.


Posted on Thu, Nov. 14, 2013
Soapbox: Earplugs 24/7? ‘Deal with it,’ says the Hilton


The Miami Herald
Nobody likes neighbors who dump garbage in their bedrooms. The Hilton Cabana —and the legal team headed up by former Miami Beach mayor Neisen Kasdin — contend their air conditioners, which are blasting residents at twice the federal EPA standards for noise in their homes, are legal. To us, it’s noise garbage and illegal.

Imagine a bedroom where the sound of a working factory (80 decibels) NEVER stops. Folks can't sleep, and our hearing is being damaged. Who is protecting our 'right to a tranquil home' in the American Constitution?

"Residents shouldn't be fooled we are going to change these units — they need to deal with the noise," said Kasdin at the Oct. 16, Miami Beach commission meeting. Residents went to beg for mercy and gave the city proof that the noise is excessive, forced at our own expense to call in noise-pollution experts. There is a fix, it's just too expensive, claim the developers: “We got permitted, we don't need to fix anything.”

Sound waves travel up the two buildings next to the Hilton and are amplified the higher they go. Metal and glass vibrates. 'Wraps,' a sort of blanket meant to fix this problem, have failed.

Don't the city, the developer and Hilton have to follow the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Constitution, which has policy and provisions made by law for the abatement of air and water pollution and excessive and unnecessary noise? (Florida Constitution, Article II, Section 7)

How can the Hilton knowingly turn our homes hazardous, depriving our children and adult workers of sleep or the use of our balconies with the excessive noise? City attorney Jose Smith contends that they allowed permitting, which exposes them to liability if they force a shutdown. The city sits on its hands while we will go deaf, crazy and broke to fight for 'due process of law.' Why is the city forcing residents to shell out legal fees to match the Hilton and Whitkoff Group to get justice?

Shame on the city. Shame on the Hilton.

Zoë A. Lewis, M.D., FACP,

Miami Beach