Friday, November 25, 2011

No Ties To The Strip Club

On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:30 PM, the commission will appoint an "interim" commissioner. The plan is to appoint Rey Trujillo as "interim" commissioner and then appoint him mayor. This is the only way he can be appointed mayor without an election. And Trujillo has been the direct beneficiary of the strip club developer and has championed the attempt to build the strip club in the past. He was for it before he was against it.

Scott Greenwald, the strip club developer, gave targeted donations to Trujillo and Lim, provided key help in their campaigns and the recent campaign against the sitting mayor. And he wants his payback on Tuesday November 29 at 6:30 PM at City Hall. He wants a commission controlled by people favorable to his interest.

The meeting last week and the petitions being gathered now are not enough to stop this development. The Commission has the final say and it's not clear that they will vote NO on the club. We need to make sure they do.

Trujillo is deeply entwined with Greenwald. Greenwald financed his losing mayoral campaign.

Trujillo fought for the strip club when he was on the commission.

Even as head of P&Z voting no, Trujillo did so saying only "I'm voting this way because the people say so but we are going to get sued." rather than against the plans themselves. As chair of P&Z, either through incompetence or deliberately, he failed to swear in the majority of the speakers, leaving the legitimacy of the findings in doubt. It was a major oversight.

Trujillo told me personally that he "can't be bought for $500" and I believe him. But his consistent association with Greenwald, his championing of Greenwald's status here in North Bay Village, and his questionable judgment indicate that the relationship is too close for comfort.

There are seven candidates for the "interim" seat, myself included. I'd like your support. As interim commissioner, I have two firm points -

  • Do not pass the Strip Club plans.

  • Hold an election for the mayoral seat.

As noted there are five other candidates to choose from.

We need to be at the meeting sending the clear message "No One With Ties To The Strip Club." No one.

In my last post "History of the Strip Club, I laid out the timelines of the votes and the money.

Kevin Vericker
November 25, 2011

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