Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lynda Bell Does Not Understand Public Service. By Geniusofdespair

Blast from the past:

Lynda Bell - Fan of Selective Enforcement,Chain Link Fences
and Pink Slime in Meat Products.
The problem with Lynda Bell's latest resolution that was heard March 14th is that resolutions are NOT suppose to address INDIVIDUALS. Laws and resolutions are for everyone. You don't pick and choose who is exempt. If Joe Blow or Carlos Gimenez is not allowed to dump dirty fill on wetlands, why should Pepe Diaz be exempt and be allowed to dump it? We all follow the same rules...Don't we? Well not if you are a friend of Lynda Bell. Then you get a law fashioned just for you because you made a lot of noise and sucked up to her. I bet she wishes she could do this to John Dubois to make all his wetland violations go away. (the guy that threatened to kill all the Commissioners and the Mayor at the July16th meeting -- I don't think he is not one of those effected by this resolution but he is mad at the same thing in the 8 1/2 square mile area, he was at Lynda's infamous Town Hall Meeting -- there are 9 private parties this resolution is written for).

 The people who already paid the fine are going to go berserk when they find out. This whole issue is a fundamentally UNFAIR. The County code defines what makes up clean fill and how you can use it. Vegetative debris mixed with garbage is not clean fill and does not belong in wetlands. Fill DOES NOT include garbage and it DOES require a permit. Some of this fill had arsenic in it.

Lynda's resolution  is specifically tailored for people who 1) did not get/follow a permit and 2) used garbage to fill wetlands. Many property owners accepted the garbage tainted mulch and dumped it on their property. Once discovered, DERM required corrective action. Many property owners and contractors complied. Of the nine listed in the resolution, a few are resisting (not all). If this resolution passes it will legalize illegal fill on those parcels. It will also make application of county code arbitrary - what about the people who already paid to correct the problem. I bet they don't even know this is happening. I bet some of the owners of the parcels listed in the resolution don't even know. So 9 people will be exempt. Stupid is as stupid does. Here is what Lynda Bell's law dujour, for COMMITTEE ON MARCH 14th, says (only important part is bold - hit read more to see it):

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REFRAIN FROM FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT IN THE FEW REMAINING CASES AGAINST PROPERTY OWNERS FOR MULCHED HURRICANE DEBRIS DEPOSITED DURING THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE WILMA 

WHEREAS, in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Miami-Dade County was in a state of emergency, there was a great deal of property destruction, and circumstances may have been chaotic; and (BOO HOO on that one, we all went through it we don't get laws sponsored on our behalf) WHEREAS, in this aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, some property owners in the 8.5 square mile area and in the C-9 basin accepted deposits of mulched or shredded hurricane debris onto their properties; and

WHEREAS, in 2012, the Miami-Dade County Wetlands Advisory Task Force recommended that Miami-Dade County provide a one-time resolution for property owners who accepted mulched hurricane debris associated with the 2005 Hurricane Wilma storm season; and (THIS WAS A LYNDA BELL ORCHESTRATED TASK FORCE WITHOUT REPRESENTATION FROM ANY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP). WHEREAS, much of this mulched hurricane debris contained plastics and other trash, along with vegetative debris; and WHEREAS, some of these deposits of mulched hurricane debris constituted environmental violations of Chapter 24 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, including filling wetlands without a permit and improper disposal of solid waste onto properties, and some property owners may not have known that they were violating the law; and

WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office criminally prosecuted contractors who were directly linked to these deposits of mulched hurricane debris onto private property in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, and those unscrupulous contractors were forced to pay to clean up the environmental violations linked to them; and WHEREAS, if the contractors who dumped mulched hurricane debris on particular properties could not be found, or if the property owners could not identify which contractor brought them the mulch, Miami-Dade County brought civil environmental enforcement actions in order to clean up those properties and bring them into compliance with Chapter 24 of the Code of Miami-Dade County; and

WHEREAS, now, more than seven years after Hurricane Wilma, there are less than 10 open civil enforcement cases involving property owners who accepted this mulched hurricane debris onto their properties in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma; and

WHEREAS, recognizing that these particular environmental violations arose during a unique time of emergency and crisis, and in the interest of efficiency, including limited enforcement resources, this Board may wish to direct the Mayor or Mayor’s designee to refrain from further enforcement against the property owners in the few remaining enforcement cases involving said mulched hurricane debris;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Mayor or Mayor’s designee is hereby directed to refrain from further enforcement against the property owners in the few remaining environmental enforcement actions for deposits of mulched hurricane debris that took place in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The folio numbers for those nine remaining enforcement actions are listed as follows: 30-5821-000-0153; 30-5815-000-0140; 30-5815-000-1150; 30-5815-000-1610; 30-5828-000-3831; 30-5822-000-0050; 30-5822-000-0112; 30-2911-001-0301; and 30-2913-001-0490. This resolution, however, shall not relieve those property owners from otherwise complying with the Code of Miami-Dade County, including but not limited to the provisions of Chapter 24 and storm water retention regulations.   

The Prime Sponsor of the foregoing resolution is Commissioner Lynda Bell.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

People should go to the Daniela Cava campaign page and donate. Every $50, $100 helps...

Anonymous said...

"Michael Black, who lives nearby, points disgustedly at the mess. He's furious. He knows the county put the dirt here illegally at taxpayer expense. And he's convinced it's part of a plot to evict him. "Filling in the ditches is a conspiracy to get everyone out of the neighborhood," asserts Black.....
After the meeting, a biologist from the county's Department of Environmental Resources Management concluded the area was a wetland and that the ditches should not be filled, attests Susan Markley, chief of the Natural Resource Division of DERM. Markley calls what followed "a misunderstanding."
The Miami-Dade Department of Public Works signed a $69,000 contract with H&R Paving to fill in the trenches along SW 168th Street from SW 197th to 219th avenues. The debris that Black and New Times spotted in the fill would be inappropriate, according to Modesto Nunez, assistant director of public works; only soil, not rocks or garbage, can be used for ditch-filling. Further, the Corps, which regulates wetlands and provides flood control, contends the county did not pull the proper permits for the job. On June 25 Charles Schneppel, field chief of the Corps' Miami regulatory office, stopped the work and extracted a promise from the county to remove the fill. "There are wetland plants growing in these ditches. Fish and maybe even alligators use them," he states." Life's a Ditch
Residents of the controversial 8 1/2 Square Mile Area fear a government conspiracy to flush them from their homes A A A Comments (0) By Jacob Bernstein Thursday,
Jul 16 1998
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1998-07-16/news/life-s-a-ditch/full/


Anonymous said...

“I dare you to sell my house,” Fernandez told commissioners Tuesday. “You have become tyrants. You have become a corrupted government. You have destroyed my family. And hundreds of families.

“And I said: enough. I am the people. And the time that you sell the house, my constitution gives me the right to shoot every one of you,” he concluded, pointing at the dais. “Shoot ’em.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/16/4239586/cursing-is-bad-shooting-miami.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.youtube.com/user/jfernandez3333/videos

Anonymous said...

MDC Transportation Infrastructure & Environment Cmte 9/17/2001 7A Presented
REPORT: Mr. Pete Hernandez, Assistant County Manager, noted staff was recommending that the Board direct the County Manager to negotiate with the South Florida Water Management District to develop a Willing Seller Program within the 81/2 square mile area, applicable to parcels in a buffer area with residential structures. He noted a funding source had been identified, and the purpose of the program was to restore as much of this area to a wetlands condition. Commissioner Sosa expressed concern regarding the foregoing recommendation and referred to the C-1-11 project which was designed to bring relief to this area. She requested a resolution be prepared for the Board's consideration endorsing the C-1-11 project. Chairperson Barreiro expressed concern regarding the taking away of property rights, that may occur if property owners were forced to sell their property.

Anonymous said...

More specifically, all transactions involving the sale or transfer of real property or interest in real property located within the East Everglades Area of Critical Environmental Concern include in the documents of conveyance the following statements:
“THE LAND WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS TRANSACTION IS LOCATED IN THE EAST EVERGLADES AREA OF CRITICAL CONCERN. THE LAND IS SUBJECT TO PERIODIC, NATURAL FLOODING, WHICH POSES A SERIOUS RISK TO PERSONS AND PROPERTY IN THE AREA AND MAKES THE PROPERTY UNSUITABLE FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.
METROPOLlTAN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HAVE OFFICIALLY DETERMINED THAT FLOOD PROTECTION FOR THIS AREA WILL NOT BE PROVIDED WITH PUBLIC MONIES.
METROPOLITAN DADE COUNTY HAS ALSO DETERMINED THAT IT WILL NOT CONSTRUCT ANY NEW ROADS IN THE AREA OF CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN AND WILL MAINTAIN ONLY THE FOLLOWING ROADS: SW 136 STREET FROM SW 187 AVENUE TO SW 209 AVENUE; SW 168 STREET FROM LEVEE L-31N TO SW 237 AVENUE; INGRAHAM HIGHWAY (FORMERLY SR 27).
I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOREGOING STATEMENT."
(Followed by a signature and date block that had to be completed by the party acquiring the property.)
To further assure that East Everglades flooding concerns were known to residents in the area and to emphasize that flood protection was not planned for the area, Section 4.C. of Dade County Ordinance 81-121 specifies that "No permit for use or development on any land within the East Everglades Area of Critical Environmental Concern shall be issued by any agent of Dade County government that does not contain the following statement":
"THE SUBJECT PARCEL OF LAND IS LOCATED IN THE EAST EVERGLADES AREA OF CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN AND IS SUBJECT TO SEASONAL FLOODING. NEITHER DADE COUNTY NOR THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT FLOOD PROTECTION WORKS WHICH WOULD BENEFIT THE SUBJECT PARCEL. MOREOVER, NEITHER DADE COUNTY NOR THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT WILL ALLOW THE OWNER (OR PERMITTEE) TO USE PUBLIC CANAL SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE DRAINAGE THAT IS NOT NOW AVAILABLE TO THE SUBJECT PARCEL. IN ADDITION, IT IS AGAINST COUNTY POLICY TO EITHER PROVIDE NEW ROADS OR TO MAINTAIN AND/OR IMPROVE PRIVATELY BUILT ROADS IN THE AREA.
I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOREGOING STATEMENT."
(Followed by a signature and date block that had to be completed by the party requesting the permit.)
Land Acquisition and Compensation for Acquisition
Land Acquisition: Implementation of Alternative 6D for the Modified Water Deliveries Project required the acquisition of 3,534 acres of land within the 8.5 SMA/Las Palmas Community. All lands were purchased by the USACE and will be transferred to federal, state, and local government agencies

Anonymous said...

This isn't a rehash of 8 1/2 mile issues, it is about Lynda Bell doing a resolution for 9 people.

Anonymous said...

Guv'ment by the Bells and for the Bells, y'all!

Anonymous said...

Lynda Bell Does Not Understand Public Service neither does south miami mayor philip stoddard definitely a friend of lynda bell. check his voting record for exemptions...

Studly Steve said...

I still say she would look hot if she lost 50 pounds. If Marie Osmond can do it, so can Linda Bell.