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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

JANUARY 25, 2012

HAS DAVID COLLINS FINALLY WORN HIS WELCOME OUT?
IS THE END NIGH

One of my fun moments last year was playing a hunch and tailing Ron Nelson, Commissioner “Ethics” Sarnoff’s Chief of Staff, to the Grove Isle Club where Commissioner “Ethics,” the Chairman of the BID had switched the meeting of the Coconut Grove BID Executive Committee Meeting at the last minute as a way to try and thwart my attendance.


The reason for the switch, besides Sarnoff’s general dickish behavior in trying to keep me from attrending the meeting, was that this was a meeting where there was supposedly going to be a discussion about getting rid of David Collins, the BID’s Executive Director, who had recently been the subject of 2 harrassment complaints by former employees of the BID.


Here is the one from Kristi McCarthy that started the ball rolling.

Needless to say, none of those present that day were happy to see me walk through the door with my handy little video camera, and Sarnoff at one point went so far as to warn everyone to be careful of what they said because I was present.


The upshot of it all, after a bunch of hemming and hawing, was that Art Noreiga, Executive Director of the Miami Parking Authorty, and long-time Collins confidant and enabler, as revealed in the video portion of the meeting that I recorded, agreed to lead in conducting a personnel evalation of Collins and report back to the executive Committee.


You have to understand that this meeting took place on March 15th, 2011, the ides of March for you Shakespeare fans.

Noriega never got around to holding a meeting to deal with Collins and the personnel issue until December 16, 2011, a full 9 months later.  Below is a copy of the minutes of that meeting.

David Collins has long had a reputation for having a nasty attitude, and the portions of the minutes above that I highlighted reveal only some of the incidents that have prompted so much dissatisifaction with his tenure as the Executive Director of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District BID).


The next meeting of this group took place on January 4th, and unfortunately, I couldn’t make it.


I stopped by the MPA office a few days later and made a public records request for the minutes of that meeting and was told they’d call me when they were ready.


On January 19th, not having heard anything, I sent Art Noreiga a short note.

Noreiga’s response was the basis for a public records lawsuit, had I wished to file one, because the custodian of record can never claims an inability to provide a public record because it is not in their possession, supported by both AGO 86-69, and Warden v. Bennett, 340 So. 2nd 977,979 (Fla 2nd DCA1976.

Instead, I sent Noreiga a snarky response.

Noreiga’s response was to all of a sudden start quoting Chapter 119 himself, in the process making the meetings to discuss Collin’s future with the BID into a hearing over the complaints of Kristi McCarthy.

You got to love the rank hyprociacy that Noreiga displays in this email.


All of a sudden, after stalling and jerking around for 9  months - or until Commissioner “Ethics” Sarnoff’s reelection campaign was safely over so that whatever damaging stories Collins might have been eager to share would not upset the apple cart - Noreiga now claims that the focus should be on poor David Collins.


He’s the one that Noreiga clearly implies deserves the sympathy and concern of all involved, and not Kristi McCarthy and all the other people that David Collins has either shit on, screamed at, harrassed or just generally pissed of by his boorish and nasty attitude.


Yes, it’s another example of how the real business of covering your ass, and screwing the taxpayers goes on in the wonderful world of It’s Miami, Bitches!


And the business owners who’ve been hosed by this BID scheme foisted on them by Sarnoff, Noreiga and Collins has resulted in a Coconut Grove Business District shriviling up in front of their eyes, while the tree huggers run around with their little petition and bemoan all the trees that David Collins has supported being cut down, as the executive Director of the BID.


THE FUCKING THAT THE FOLKS IN COCONUT GROVE HAVE GOTTEN, AND CONTINUE TO GET BECAUSE OF ALL OF THIS IS RICHLY DESERVED, AND IS THE KARMA PAYBACK FOR ALL THE YEARS YOU’VE STOOD AROUND WITH YOU THUMBS UP YOUR ASSES PRETENDING YOU WERE POPICLE STICKS!


YOU CAN BET, THEN WHEN THEY GET RID OF COLLINS, THE NEXT CHOICE WILL BE JUST AS BAD!

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