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Palm, Hibiscus, Indian Creek projects referred to Inspector General for review

Committee Chair Mark Samuelian brought the issue to the entire Commission at its final meeting in October. “The situation I would describe as pretty urgent. Our project is frozen” in an unfinished state, Samuelian said. “In my two years on the dais, this is probably one of the most concerning situations I’ve become aware of.”

“Like we had in Indian Creek, we now have unpermitted work and we are in violation,” he added. “This action needs to stop. Our project was stopped by DERM on July 9 and our residents are now suffering.”

Samuelian agreed. “When we brought in the Inspector General, it was to address waste and inefficiency. I think this is a classic example.”

He said he would continue to keep the item on the Commission agenda for discussion for the time being. “We need to act with urgency. We need to get this darned thing done.”

November 9, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | Palm, Hibiscus, Indian Creek projects referred to Inspector General for review

Videos Show Dirty Stormwater Pumped Into Biscayne Bay and Swallowed by Manatee

At the same meeting, Commissioners John Aleman and Mark Samuelian pushed back on the criticism, saying the city is doing the best it can. “We are constantly challenging what we’re doing,” Samuelian said.

“We collectively have to keep pushing the envelope, but we also have to acknowledge that the technology is not perfect,” Aleman added. “There’s no technology for that that can operate on an industrial scale. If there was, we’d be implementing it.”

February 5, 2019 | Miami New Times | Videos Show Dirty Stormwater Pumped Into Biscayne Bay and Swallowed by Manatee

Miami Beach’s Road Raising, Stormwater Climate Adaptation Plan Reviewed

Residents reportedly unhappy with the road raising policy elected Commissioner Mark Samuelian as a lead voice reviewing resiliency projects and slowing some down.

Samuelian reportedly found that he supported City Manager Jimmy Morales’ goals to include permanent generators on stormwater projects, finish projects underway, fix issues on completed projects and integrate alternative solutions like green, blue and grey infrastructure.

September 11, 2018 | EfficientGov | Miami Beach’s Road Raising, Stormwater Climate Adaptation Plan Reviewed