Miama Dade’s GovPreneur Initiatve After Irma
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Miami Dade, Miami Dade County, Hurricane Irma, Irma, Code Enforcement, Code Violations, Celso Perez, Howard Finkelstein, New 7 Miami
News 7 Miami is reporting on an act of government abuse in the wake of Hurricane Irma that is difficult to believe. According to the report, Miami Dade County decided the best way to help their citizens after Hurricane Irma was to send out a code enforcer to give citations to people while they are trying to clean up.
Surely this was a revenue generation scheme that someone in the County offices thought would be a great way to fill the county coffers. Talk about disconnect from reality, these govpreneurs (using the power of the state to make that money) showed a lot of innovation and imagination and self-initiative when they came up with this brilliant plan.
The incident happened on Monday, September 12th, just two days after Irma first struck Florida. According to the News 7 report, Celso Perez was busy working on rebuilding, repairing and cleaning up after Irma when the local county code enforcer arrived to offer a helping hand.
That helping hand came in the form of a threat to Perez that he better get that fence prepared, the fence that had been downed by Irma, else he was gonna have to pay a fine.
Howard Finkelstein, the News 7 Miami legal expert, said of this incident, “This is outrageous. After Irma, people were stressed, they were worried and for a government official to slap a warning notice on them to add to their misery is insulting. Incredibly, it is legal but should Miami-Dade County be doing it? No. The timing was awful.”
The use of the term legal is amusing, at best. And it reflects a certain level of conditioning Howard has probably not even realized he is suffering under, the rule of law myth conditioning that gets you to believe that legal equals moral or right. Howard’s problem is with the timing, not with the laws themselves that allow for this type of code enforcement to take place.
Still, Howard decided to do some investigating and found out that what Celso reported was hardly unique. From the News 7 article we learn this:
After Irma, the county handed out 680 pool barrier safety notices and 177 electrical hazard safety notices to homeowners suffering damage from Irma.
The county stood by their decision to hand out these notices right after Irma.
A building official wrote, “The safety notice is neither a notice of violation warning nor a citation. It is important that we reach residents in the immediate aftermath of the storm, because that is when conditions are most dangerous, and taking steps to protect life is a critical part of the recovery process.”
They can say what they want in the Miami Dade office. In point of fact, Perez was threatened with fines by the code enforcer. This was no courtesy call, this was no effort to help keep anyone safe.
The frank version of that response from a building official should really read like this, after you translate it from the BS govpreneur-speak to cold hard reality speak:
“The safety notice is simply a way for us to catch as many people as we can in a difficult situation so we can increase the likelihood that a little later on when we come back around we will catch a significant enough people still in violation that we might be able to raise some revenues for our coercive enterprise, the Miami Dade County government. Sure, we realize almost everyone who has damages that create unsafe conditions will naturally want to fix those damages, and will. But we cannot let a crisis go to waste. There’s money to be made and we mean to make it. Now, get out of my face because I have to take second nap.”
Local media outlets like News 7 Miami walk a fine line between serving their audience, the citizens of Miami Dade County, and serving the source for most of their news that drives that audience to their platform, governments like Miami Dade County government. You can see that effort to walk that balance in the closing paragraph of the article:
Should the county have been handing out notices right after the storm? The county thinks absolutely; they are helping to save lives. Celso says by hitting him with that after the storm, all they are doing is creating more stress and headaches for homeowners trying to clean up and rebuild. Whose side do you take?
Of course, anyone with a modicum of common sense realizes this is not a question that anyone needs to ask. What the County Coercive Enterprise is doing is transparent and plain to see, it’s out there hustling for that govpreneur dollar. News 7 Miami knows it as well, but they know they can’t outright say it. In this case, they don’t even hint at the reality. They can’t, because if they do they will be cut off from getting the inside scoop on the stories that drive traffic to their platform.
But here at iState, we have no such dependence on governments for our information, so we can freely tell you plainly, frankly, what they’re really up to when they send a code enforcer to harass a man just days after his home was walloped by Hurricane Irma.
Without government, who would assure that we would be fined as much as possible while we were busy struggling to repair the damage wrought by a natural disaster? You survived a natural disaster, now you just have to survive the govpreneurs.