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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

JANUARY 21, 2013

MAKE NO MISTAKE
THIS TIME THE RFP IS RIGGED

The first time that Assistant City Manager Alice Bravo and Henry Torre, the Director of the Facilities Management Department cobbled together the RFP for Grove Key Marina/Scotty’s Landing, they did it the normal way that documents like this get put together in the City of Miami, and very little attention was paid to manipulating the language in any specific way to insure that Scott Wessel, the current lease holder of these properties would be assured a favored position.


They just assumed that Wessel, with Steve Marin as his lobbyist would make it into the top three - if not the top spot - and that with Marin and his sock puppets on the City Commission, Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff, would do what was required to deliver the final vote of approval for Wessel.


Of course, all of that blew up when I revealed that Wessel owed $2.9 million in unpaid property taxes, and then went on to uncover and publish all of the documents that eventually led to the County Tax Collector demanding that those taxes be paid.


In an aside regarding the Tax Collector’s involvement, on January 24th, there will be a court hearing on the Tax Collector’s third party lawsuit against the City of Miami and Grove Key Marina for their acknowledgment that the property taxes are owed, but that neither of the parties is responsible for paying them.


The City filed a Motion To Dismiss this lawsuit, because after all the years that they failed in their fiduciary responsibility to do whatever it took to insure that these taxes were paid so that the City could receive its share - now about $1 million - City Attorney Julie Bru decided that after refusing to spend so much as a dime to go after Wessel,or to even inform the Tax Collector of Wessel’s refusal to pay these taxes, she’s now ready to spend all the taxpayer’s money required to challenge the Tax Collector’s efforts to collect the money, even if it has to come from the City for being a passive partner in this scheme.


THE FIRST FIREWALL


In the wake of the first RFP process blowing up in their face, the original fallback position - which I’ve previously written about - was that Scott Wessel would, with the help of Marin’s puppets on the City Commission, continue to control the marina and restaurant through a “Revocable License” agreement until the next RFP process had run it’s course.


At the November 13, 2012 Commission meeting, Commissioner “Ethics,’” with Steve Marin’s hand firmly up his tight, little ass,  responded to Chairman Suarez’s request for a motion to pass the “Revocable License” agreement by replying, “You know, I’d love to send a message on this one, but I agreed in my briefing I’d support it.  I’ll make the motion.”


Yes, Commissioner “Ethics” wanted to send a message in response to Wessel’s refusal to pay his taxes, but his conscious refused to let him because he had promised some city employees that he would support the deadbeat’s efforts to continue to rake in the money by voting to give him a “Revocable License.”  And he actually said this with a straight face.


Even Sister/Commissioner Spence-Jones, went along with the gag, because after praying on it likes she does on all issues of importance to the taxpayers, she obviously decided that letting a guy who owed $2.9 million in unpaid taxes get a 2 year “Revocable License,” was something that Jesus would agree with.


The only Commissioner who voted “No,” was Frank Carollo.


RIGGING THE SECOND RFP


While all of this was going on, like Keebler Elves creating a new and tasty cookie, Alice Bravo, Henry Torre, folks in the City Attorney’s Office, as well as a couple lower level city employees in Facilities Management all labored to craft a new RFP.


This time they were under orders to create an RFP that would allow Scott Wessel’s tax problems not to be an impediment that would exclude him from being a part of a team submitting a bid.


Although this collection of ass wipes who can’t protect the public’s money or manage its property without screwing things up labored under orders to come up with language in the new RFP that would let Wessel slip through the RFP process easier than the proverbial rich man wold be able to slip through the eye of a needle.


SWAPPING OUT LANGUAGE AT THE LAST MINUTE


Because they knew that there were folks who would be watching, they released a “Draft” version of the PDF that appeared to be legit. I even wrote a story about it on January 7th.


They figured that if they could get everyone lulled by the language in the “Draft” version, then hopefully no one would bother to read too closely the final version that they posted on the City’s website.


But then, they are moron’s, so that’s what they would think.


Here’s what they did. First here is the language that appeared in the “Draft” version and was deleted in the final version. The deleted parts are highlighted in RED.

Below is the final version published on the City’s website.  You can readily see the highlighted portions above are now missing, and the portions highlighted in yellow are actually critical to the effort to eliminate any remaining restrictions against Wessel applying this time around.

First, the unpaid $2.9 million in property taxes that Scott Wessel owes, is actually a debt owed to Miami-Dade County, and not the City of Miami.


It’s true that the City has lost approximately $1 million as it’s share of those monies, but this is not a direct debt or obligation that Wessel owes the City.  That money only becomes an issue after the County collects the property taxes.


Secondly, the obligation to “disclose information” is only limited to revealing information related to City owed debts, obligations, etc..  There is no mention in the RFP about any monies owed to any other governmental body or agency like Miami-Dade County.


Lastly, Wessel is suing the County to stop them from seizing the marina’s property and it is the County Tax Collector who is suing Wessel and the City of Miami for the property tax money, therefore Wessel has “no on-going litigation with the City. 


That boys and girls is how legal language is used to evade the law and rig an RFP to benefit a single individual.


All of this was done with the full knowledge and consent of a handful of conniving, unprincipled City employees taking taxpayer dollars to look out for the people’s interests.


So, having done all of this, do you really think that Alice Bravo, Henry Torre, the Assistant City Attorney who read through it and made sure that the right words were removed and the other important words were let in place, did this if someone higher in the food chain - like one or more City Commissioners and the Mayor - hadn’t ordered them to do it?


Secondly do you really think that having done what they’ve done that the process as it goes forward will be fair?


You don’t rig the language in an RFP to benefit a single individual, and then let everything else fall to chance.


But, it gets even better.


THE SECOND FIREWALL


Last time another group operating under the name of David I managed to get the top vote in the RFP bidding process.  This time those selected to be a part of the Selection Committee cannot not be expected to show that kind of independence.


But, just in case, Scott Wessel has a fall back position because no matter who wins the RFP Bid, the final decision is up to the citizens who will have to vote to approval this decision in November through a Referendum.


If Wessel and his group do not win the Bid, I’ve been told that a serious effort will be made to mount a campaign to oppose the passage of the Referendum.


If successful - and it’s always easier to mount a campaign against a Referendum than in favor of one - the end result would be Wessel continuing to operate Grove Key Marina and Scotty’s Landing as long as the Hand Puppets on the City Commission continued to extend the “Revocable License.


Of course, that might not be good news for the other folks who are currently preparing their bid proposals, but  they’re all big boys and girls, and when they get screwed, it won’t be because nobody told them that they were going to get screwed.


So, if you happen to know someone who’s involved in preparing a bid, you might send them a link to this story so that he/she and his/her partners don’t go all crazy in thinking they got a shot at winning this thing.


Maybe they might even get indignant enough to go to the FBI, because the removal of that language in the Draft copy of the RFP is a pretty good starting point to open an investigation on Bid Rigging.


It’s Miami, Bitches! 

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SCOTT WESSEL OWES OVER $3 MILLION

IN MY STORY BELOW, I RELIED ON LAST YEAR’S TAX NUMBERS FOR HOW MUCH PROPERTY TAX MONEY SCOTT WESSEL OWES FOR GROVE KEY MARINA AND SCOTTY’S LANDING. HERE IS THE LATEST AMOUNT.