PRESS RELEASE – CITY OF MIAMI COMMISSIONER MARC SARNOFF ETHICS COMPLAINT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2010

ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED WITH MIAMI-DADE ETHICS COMMISSION AGAINST MIAMI CITY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN MARC DAVID SARNOFF AND MR. SERGIO GUADIX, DIRECTOR OF THE CITY OF MIAMI’S CODE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT

In response to the alleged illegal efforts of Miami City Commission Chairman to influence the imposition of a Notice of Code Violation against the Commissioner’s use of a house at 3000 Shipping Avenue in Coconut Grove as the location of his law firm, Sarnoff & Bayer in August, John El-Masry, owner of Mr. Moe’s in Coconut Grove, Stephen Murray, a young local activist in his senior year at the University of Miami and member of the Coconut Grove Village Council, and Al Crespo, an award-winning photojournalist, author and activist, jointly filed an Ethics Complaint against the Commissioner for “exploiting his official position,” in an effort to thwart the imposition of the Notice of Violation, and against Mr. Sergio Guadix, the Director of Code Enforcement for using his position to thwart the complaint from being investigated in a timely and impartial fashion leading to an unjustified voiding of the Complaint, which in turn has led to a reversal of the decision to void and described in the last paragraph of this release.

The complaint which details with great specificity, including a detailed narrative of the numerous meetings that took place between Mr. Guadix and Mr. Crespo and Mr. Murray, along with 27 Exhibits which include the Memorandum and supporting documents that Commissioner Sarnoff wrote in an attempt to ward off the Notice of Violation and inspection, along with 14 separate documents, including annual reports from the Florida Secretary of State’s office, and the Florida Bar which detail the listing of the 3000 Shipping Avenue property as the location of the law firm, by Sarnoff and his cousin and law partner Neil Bayer.

Mr. Bayer now faces his own Code Enforcement problems with the city of Coral Gables for transferring his corporate registration from 3000 Shipping Avenue to his home address in Coral Gables the day before Mr. Guadix and others from the Code Enforcement department finally conducted an inspection of the Shipping Avenue property.

An illustration of how ineptly this process was handled by the Code Enforcement Department is revealed in the issuance of a NEW Notice of Violation that was issued by the Code Enforcement department yesterday, September 14. 2010, resulting from several scathing letters written by Al Crespo, with evidence of how Commissioner Sarnoff and his cousin Neil Bayer flagrantly lied to Mr. Guadix at the time of the initial inspection.

For further information contact:

Al Crespo, 305.759.4788 al@alcrespo.net
Stephen Murray, 484.716.5052, stephen@stephenmurrayactivism.org
John El-Masry, 305.778.6153, johnmasry@yahoo.com

TO REVIEW A COPY OF THE COMPLAINT GO TO:
http://web.me.com/alcrespo1/Site_13/ETHICS_COMPLAINT.html

ATTACHMENT:
City of Miami, Code Enforcement Violation, 8.14.2010

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