Miami Beach quiere mandar “clientes misteriosos” para atajar el abuso de precios

El plan se debe a “algunas manzanas podridas que se aprovechan” de los clientes que acuden a las terrazas de arterias como la icónica Ocean Drive, según dijo a Efe este miércoles el comisionado Mark Samuelian, autor de la propuesta que ya ha salido adelante en la comisión financiera de la ciudad.

“Tenemos que estar seguros de que están haciendo caso y mantienen buenos estándares”, advierte el comisionado Samuelian sobre los propietarios de estos comercios, muchos de ellos con camareros que anuncian las ofertas a los transeúntes.

“La meta es que los clientes tengan la mejor experiencia posible, eso incluye tanto residentes como turistas internacionales”, afirma Samuelian, quien cree que el plan a base de “clientes misteriosos” permitirá identificar con precisión los problemas a los que se enfrentan.

July 7, 2019 | Hoy | Miami Beach quiere mandar “clientes misteriosos” para atajar el abuso de precios

That tourist sipping a $55 mojito on Ocean Drive? He may actually be a secret shopper

“Our goal is to make sure that all Miami Beach customers are having the best experience possible and unfortunately we have had some problems with bad apples with these deceptive business practices,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who sponsored the proposal.

Although commissioners have only allocated funding for undercover shoppers to patrol the entertainment district, they said they would consider additional funding to expand the pilot to Lincoln Road and Española Way. If the secret shoppers are successful, Samuelian said, the program could eventually be implemented citywide. Miami Beach already has six part-time employees who pose as customers to secretly evaluate trolleys, parking garages and other city services.

July 1, 2019 | Miami Herald | That tourist sipping a $55 mojito on Ocean Drive? He may actually be a secret shopper

Balancing Historic Preservation with Adaptation for Sea Level Rise

“What’s the problem we’re solving?” Commissioner Mark Samuelian asked. “I’m not aware that we’ve had issues so I’m very reticent, for either of these parts, to do anything that would weaken our Board.”

“I’m also concerned about the talent pool,” he added. By requiring that someone be a current resident in a historic district, “What does that do to the number of applicants you get? We’re looking for very specialized skills here so I’m not yet convinced – though I’ll remain open minded here – but I’m not yet convinced what the problem is and the couple solutions, both parts, give me significant pause and I’m not comfortable with them.”

April 13, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | Balancing Historic Preservation with Adaptation for Sea Level Rise

Lobbyist for Miami Beach Tow Companies Tries to Stop Audit Allegedly Showing Misbehavior

Commissioner Mark Samuelian was also skeptical about the idea of punting the audit. “It’s sort of like the game is in the third quarter, maybe, and now someone is saying, ‘We’re not sure we like the results,’ but we can’t really see what the results are, so I don’t know how to judge whether that’s a fair complaint or not, and now we’re trying to make a policy decision.’ That doesn’t sound right to me,” Samuelian said.

April 26, 2019 | Miami New Times | Lobbyist for Miami Beach Tow Companies Tries to Stop Audit Allegedly Showing Misbehavior

Here Are Some Oddly Satisfying Videos of an Old Miami Beach Hospital Imploding

Here’s a slow-motion video of the implosion from Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian…

April 16, 2019 | Miami New Times | Here Are Some Oddly Satisfying Videos of an Old Miami Beach Hospital Imploding

Miami Beach passes new rules to make spring break ‘a lot less fun.’ Will they work?

“We don’t want a circus out there,” said Commissioner Mark Samuelian, who sponsored the item.

Miami Beach commissioners discuss proposals on how to handle crowds during spring break

Meanwhile, Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian hopes to crack down on individuals selling things without a permit, like people who peddle fruit.

Miami Beach Police currently do not have authority in such situations because these are civil infractions.

However, Samuelian wants to make it a criminal offense.

“Some folks got the impression that everything goes in Miami Beach,” said Samuelian. “That is absolutely wrong, and we have got to correct that.”

April 10, 2019 | WSVN 7 | Miami Beach commissioners discuss proposals on how to handle crowds during spring break

Getting across the Venetian Causeway during rush hour could soon get a lot easier

This isn’t the first time Miami Beach has petitioned to lock down a bridge during peak traffic periods. In 2015, Commissioner Micky Steinberg — who sponsored the Venetian Causeway resolution with Commissioners Mark Samuelian and Michael Góngora — started the process of changing the operating schedule for the 63rd Street Bridge that spans Indian Creek. The effort took more than a year, but the bridge now stays closed during rush hour.

April 10, 2019 | The Miami Herald | Getting across the Venetian Causeway during rush hour could soon get a lot easier

Cruzar el Venetian Causeway en las horas pico pronto pudiera ser más fácil

Esta no es la primera vez que Miami Beach ha pedido que no se levanten los puentes durante las horas de más tráfico. En el 2015, el comisionado Micky Steinberg, quien patrocinó la resolución sobre el Venetian Causeway con el comisionado Mark Samuelian, inició el proceso de cambiar el horario de operación del puente de la 63 Street, que pasa por encima de Indian Creek. El esfuerzo demoró más de un año, pero ahora ese puente permanece cerrado durante las horas pico.

10 de Abril de 2019 | El Nuevo Herald | Cruzar el Venetian Causeway en las horas pico pronto pudiera ser más fácil

After Rowdy Spring Break, Miami Beach May Restrict Party Promoters, Underage Bars

…And Gelber is not the only commission member looking to add more post-spring break regulations — Commissioner Mark Samuelian wants to make it a misdemeanor crime to sell things on public property without authorization. That means police would be able to arrest the coconut and mango peddlers who roam the beach, as well as the amateur python handlers who try to get tourists to pay for photos.

April 9, 2019 | Miami New Times | After Rowdy Spring Break, Miami Beach May Restrict Party Promoters, Underage Bars