A Bribery Probe at The Coral House Miami Beach. Having to bribe building officials of Miami Beach… No way! It’s so easy to get permits and work completed in Miami (isn’t it?)
Coral Rock House owner Michael Stern
If you’ve experienced the process, you’ll know it’s a big problem with Miami Beach real estate. A recent story from the Miami Herald told of The Coral House owner bribing three building officials, having paid over $110,000 to expedite his projects. Over the last year, the Coral Rock House owner Michael Stern wore a wire to assist law officers in this public corruption case. The Coral Rock House owner had also paid bribes of a Rolex watch and a Ford Crown Victoria in exchange for advice on demolishing the Miami Beach landmark at 900 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Authorities charged the three officials with bribery and racketeering while Stern was not charged, having received immunity from prosecution for the great cooperation.
You Had to Pay Them
Stern declined to comment Wednesday. His attorney, Michael R. Band, said his client had paid the three men because “his dealings with inspectors were nightmarish. Basically, if you needed to get your site inspected, you had to pay them,” he said. –MiamiHerald.com
Last year Stern met with a building official to discuss ”the demolition of the Coral Rock House.” When Stern expressed concern about getting city approval, the official told him that ”everything is approvable” but urged Stern not to tell anyone he was making suggestions on tearing down the house. As of January, Stern and co-owner Ivor Rose agreed with preservationists to substantially preserve this historic home in Miami Beach.
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