|Ocean Front: Sunny Isles Beach -- What a Crappy Place to Live. See Any Trees?|
Now who would have allowed a city government to put up all those ocean front monstrosities on a 3 mile strip of narrow land? It was the Arlen House people (on the Bay side of Sunny Isles Beach). They were the voters as there were no voters on the ocean front, because the oceanfront was mostly low-rise hotels, until they put up all these crappy condos. Many Arlen House residents are seniors and Russians. They call Sunny Isles "Little Moscow." How did the mayor con them to vote to ruin their own views of the ocean with a wall of high rises? What the hell happened? Anyone know?
They give Norman Edelcup, the current Mayor, accolades for this unfortunate transformation of Sunny Isles Beach into a condo canyon, when the real damage was done and begun by the first Mayor David Samson who was this big fat bully. I looked everywhere for a photo of him but could not find one. Very unattractive guy. I guess I have to call this City Tacky Town. No stores to speak of; just very, very, large --waiting to flood-- highrise buildings.
|Arlen House on the bay side of Sunny Isles Beach where the voters lived.|
Sunny Isles Beach not so long ago....
Oh goody, I found a Mayor Samson photo (bad one, he is in the center) and a great article on him in New Times written in 2000. Samson is dead. Very good history on how this City lost its way.