A letter recently mailed by Sunny Isles Beach candidate Harvey Busch had some curious statements that should be questioned and/or clarified given that they are confusing or
outright misleading. The statements taken directly from his letter are the following (in bold):

I live in Sunny Isles Full time and understanding surfacing problems.

First, we would like to offer Mr. Harvey Busch some free advice. If he cannot construct a proper
sentence, we recommend that he consult an editor. We imagine that he meant to say “and I understand surfacing problems,” though, even with the grammatical correction, the statement, like the rest of his letter, is vague and extraordinarily uninformative.

Secondly, I am retired and unlike my opponent, I will devote full time to your needs.

Again, the sentence is grammatically daring, but that is not what is most alarming. Inherent in this statement is the assumption that being a commissioner is a full time job. It isn’t. Commissioners don’t run the City. Their job is to set policies. Mr. Harvey Busch seems to think that, as an 82-year-old retiree, he is better qualified to do the job based solely on the fact that he’ll show up every day. Right now there are three sitting Commissioners who are non-retirees, and there’s about to be a fourth sworn in (Commissioner-Elect Jennifer Levin). These four Commissioners have, collectively, decades of business experience and are currently applying their knowledge and experience to the job in order to make intelligent, informed decisions that affect the future of our City. This includes decisions ranging from engineering and building, legal decisions, quality of life decisions and, most importantly, financial decisions. At the end of the day, if you were undergoing surgery, would you want the experienced surgeon who could do it in four hours or the one who has lived a long time, has rarely performed a surgery, and thinks it should take all day?

His [Bud Scholl’s] frequent out of City and State excursions are indicative of his commitment.

Imbedded in this sentence are even more assumptions that Harvey Busch hopes the readers will accept as some kind of fact. First, let’s look at the use of the word “excursion” –which is intended to convey the idea that Commissioner Scholl is going on frequent trips for pleasure. Harvey Busch, however, offers ZERO FACTS OR DETAILS. As such, his misguided allegation is a glaring example of his effort to mislead voters as well as of his lack of understanding  of a typical business executive’s day-to-day activities.  Apparently,  Mr. Busch does not grasp that part of a businessperson’s responsibility may include conducting business beyond the City’s boundaries. Furthermore, he goes on to state that these “excursions” are frequent, but does not say how he personally knows when his opponent is or isn’t in the area.  Chances are he does not really know.  And if he does, then that’s outright disturbing.

Despite Mr. Busch’s effort to distract voters from the facts, the bottom line is that  being active in the community one serves as well as in the current business environment provides valuable perspective when making policy decisions that will affect the rest of us for years to come.

I signed an ethics oath voluntarily, which my opponent refused to sign.

There are two noteworthy points on this tricky sentence (free of grammatical errors, by the
way – well done Mr. Busch!). First of all, by sending out this letter, Harvey Busch may be in violation of this ethics oath to which he refers. Paragraph seven (7) of the voluntary statement of Fair Campaign Practices of the Miami-Dade Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, found at this link: http://www.miamidade.gov/ethics/pdf/DECLARATION.pdf, clearly states that the candidate shall “run a positive campaign emphasizing [his/her] qualifications for office
and positions on issues of public concern.” Paragraph eight (8) states that the
candidate“will limit [his/her] attacks on an opponent to legitimate challenges
to that person’s record, qualifications, and positions.” If this is indeed
the voluntary ethics oath that candidate Busch is so proud to have signed, then
his letter is evidence of his colossal failure to uphold it. He clearly is not
running a positive campaign and has not ONCE mentioned his opponent’s record,
qualifications, or positions.

Second, Mr. Harvey Busch fails to mention that there is a non-voluntary / mandatory fair campaign practices ordinance to which all candidates are bound. Therefore, signing the
voluntary oath does not make a candidate more ethical or more likely to run an
ethical campaign than his or her opponents. Case in point: Two years ago,
there were three candidates who ran for commission seat #4. Two signed the voluntary
oath and one did not. Of the two who signed, one was later convicted for an
elections-related crime and the other is awaiting trial for alleged illegal activities that he conducted in the middle of his campaigning (refer to Miami Heral article from 10/09/2012 posted on this site). In short, the voluntary oath is rendered meaningless if those who take it aim to violate it as Harvey Busch seems to already have done.

He has resorted to personal attacks and attempted to bully me to withdraw.

Has anyone received any letters or seen any advertisements personally attacking Mr. Busch? How exactly was Harvey Busch bullied? Again, he offers ZERO FACTS. Please, Mr. Busch, if there is something the community should know, you should tell us. But do not
insult our intelligence by making bald allegations hoping that voters will blindly follow.

I am proud to be endorsed by the Miami-Dade PBA

Let’s clarify a few things. The Miami-Dade PBA is the Police Benevolent Association. Upon reading Mr. Busch’s letter, this is what we found most surprising of all. A phone call to the PBA revealed the FACT, (again, Mr. Busch does not seem too concerned with presenting whole facts,) that the PBA endorsed BOTH CANDIDATES. The reasons for this will be explored further, and we will be sure to let our readers know as soon as we get more details.

The mailings of the two candidates give voters a very clear picture of what each has to offer.  Eighty-two (82) year old Harvey Busch’s mailing offers very little in substance to his Valued Voters. His ideas are vague and lackluster and quite possibly in violation of the Miami-Dade Ethical Campaign Practices Ordinance. Mr. Busch goes out of his way
to smear his opponent with distortions and unfounded arguments.  Mr. Busch’s mailing gives voters no idea of who he really is or what he has accomplished in his life. Instead, he offers extraordinarily flawed arguments that cannot stand up to the slightest scrutiny.

In contrast, Fifty-three (53) year old Commissioner Bud Scholl’s mailing [available by clicking  on the link at:   https://sibreporter.net/?attachment_id=770 ] tells much about a man who is ready and capable to handle a wide variety of projects and responsibilities. As an accomplished individual in both the private and public sector, Commissioner Scholl is the only choice in this race as he has proved to be a great friend to the community and worthy of four more years.



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Miami Herald: Federal Trial of Miami Beach Club Operators Linked to Russian Mob Gets Under Way



Miami Beach’s “B-Girls” are back.

But not as the sirens who seduced men in swank hotels like the Delano, to lure them to seedy private clubs on Washington Avenue so they could be plied with liquor and swindled.

Some of the 10 Bar Girls convicted over the past year will appear in Miami federal court as government witnesses, to testify against a handful of defendants who authorities say are linked to Russian organized crime.

On trial starting Tuesday are four reputed associates, along with a Sunny Isles Beach investor who once dabbled in local politics. They’re accused of orchestrating a fraud scheme to run up the credit card bills of South Beach tourists by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Accused of being at the helm of the alleged racket: Alec Simchuk, 46, formerly of Hallandale Beach, who was out of the country in 2011 when federal prosecutors charged him and 17 others with fleecing unwitting male patrons. Simchuk, who was arrested in July, pleaded guilty to fraud and other charges and agreed to testify against his club colleagues and investors.

The trial, before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, is expected to last six weeks. Jury selection is likely to start Tuesday with opening statements on Wednesday.

Among those standing trial: Stanislav Pavlenko, 41, Albert Takhalov, 31, Kristina Takhalov, 31, and Siavash Zargari, 48, who live in the Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach area. Longtime Sunny Isles real estate broker Isaac Feldman, 51, is the fifth defendant.

Feldman, who lost a bid for a city commission seat in 2010, invested $25,000 in one club controlled by Simchuk and Albert Takhalov. Feldman “lost everything,” said his attorney, Myles Malman.

According to charges, Simchuk and the other defendants operated the alleged ring for a year at the Caviar Bar and the Stars Lounge, both at 643 Washington Ave.; Nowhere Bar, 653 Washington Ave.; Steel Toast, 758 Washington Ave.; Tangia Club, 841 Washington Ave., and Club Moreno, 1341 Washington Ave.

According to court records, Simchuk and the others leased the private clubs, obtained credit-card merchant accounts, flew in B-Girls from Eastern Europe or the Baltic States with 90-day visas, rented apartments for them and sent them out to hotels like the Delano, Clevelander and others along Ocean Drive to seduce male visitors into coming to their private clubs.

In Simchuk’s plea agreement, he admitted that his organization ran up bogus bills for booze, wine and champagne on the credit cards of bedazzled male tourists, prosecutors said. The scam cost customers between $400,000 and $1 million, according to the plea agreement.

In total, the B-Girls, who received 20 percent commissions for bringing in customers, ripped off about 90 patrons, mostly tourists or businessmen with telltale signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or shoes, authorities say.

One victim from Philadelphia, who was approached by two B-Girls at the Delano Hotel, complained he was taken for $43,000 at Caviar Beach on Washington Avenue. His American Express bill included dozens of charges for booze.

In court papers, the victim is identified as “J.B.” According to lawyers in the case as well as published reports, the victim was John Bolaris, a former Philadelphia TV weatherman who gave an interview to Playboy magazine for an article on the case.

Bolaris is expected to testify for federal prosecutors, but they’re trying to limit cross-examination of him by defense attorneys.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/09/3040953/federal-trial-of-miami-beach-club.html?story_link=email_msg#storylink=cpy
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Miami Herald: Coast Guard Finds Body of Missing Boater

By Miami Herald Staff

The U.S. Coast Guard found Monday the body of a 22-year-old man after the capsizing of his small boat near the Haulover Inlet in Northeast Miami-Dade.

After the boat tipped, one of the two aboard swam to shore and called police to report that he lost sight of his friend.

The boat capsized a half-mile east of the inlet at 2 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard crews from Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, along with officers from Miami-Dade, Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour, are searching two miles offshore and six miles north of Haulover.

The body was found by the Miami-Dade police dive unit, the Coast Guard said. The names of the two people from the boat were not released.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/08/3040086/boater-missing-at-haulover-after.html#storylink=cpy
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For All He’s Done, This Bud’s The One

The Sunny Isles Beach Reporter proudly supports Commissioner Bud Scholl’s re-election.

SIBR supports Commissioner Scholl not just because he has served, but because he has served well.  He has helped the families of Sunny Isles through his involvement with the K-8 school addition, preserving and creating necessary green space and parks, including the rebuilidng of Newport Pier, and lowering the city’s property tax rates.  He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves in commission meetings or behind the scenes.  Most notably, though, Commissioner Scholl is known for his attention and availability to the community, and as such is a true representative of Sunny Isles Beach residents.  In his years of service to our city, Commissioner Scholl has delivered.  Therefore, we should all    MAKE IT OUR GOAL TO RE-ELECT BUD SCHOLL!

Please refer to other postings on this page to learn how to vote early!

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Sunny Isles Beach Four seasons cultural series Opens on October 17th

The City of Sunny Isles Beach is excited to begin the fourth year of this
cultural series, with the Florida International University Symphony Orchestra,
directed by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak. The group will perform at Heritage Park
(19200 Collins Avenue) at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

The City of Sunny Isles Beach is excited to begin
the fourth year of this cultural series, with the Florida International
University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak. The group
will perform at Heritage Park (19200 Collins Avenue) at 7:30 pm on Wednesday,
October 17, 2012.

Florida International University and the City of Sunny Isles Beach enjoy a
unique partnership of cultural exchange and one aspect of that is the FIU
Symphony Orchestra. The students and faculty of the university’s music
department show off their talent here on a regular basis, to the residents’
delight. This unique program will feature soloist Robert Davidovici performing
Partita for Violin and Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski, Violin Concerto No. 2,
Op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski, Paul Kletzki’s Violin Concerto and Stanislaw
Moniuszko’s Bajka (Fairy Tale).

See entire article at RWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb9938391.htm

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There are several options for casting your vote in November.  For early voting, which is where you go in person prior to election day, SIB residents can go to the Aventura Government Center, 19200 W Country Club Drive, (2nd Floor Commission Area).  Please click here for the Miami-Dade County Elections official schedule:  http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_early.asp.

If you would rather mail in your vote, you will have to request an absentee ballot.  Any registered voter eligible to vote in an election may request an absentee ballot by submitting their request online.  An absentee ballot can also be requested  by email, fax, telephone, or in writing.  For full details, please visit the Miami-Dade County Elections web page here:  http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_absentee.asp

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It has been two years since our last elections. This year,  there are two
commission seats that are open. Vice Mayor Lewis J. Thaler is terming out, and
it is presumed that real estate attorney Jennifer Levin will fill Commission
Seat #1 given that she is running unopposed. Commissioner Bud Scholl has served
our city for four years and is up for re-election for Commission Seat #3. You
can see his official profile by clicking here: http://www.sibfl.net/comm_scholl.asp. He
is being challenged by retiree Harvey Busch. You can see the SIB List of
official candidates by clicking here: http://www.sibfl.net/news_archive/news_120903/candidates-final-summary.pdf

As always, we at the SIB Reporter encourage our fellow SIB
residents to make their voices heard by casting their votes. We will do our
best to keep you informed throughout the process and welcome your feedback!

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Older voters look beyond Medicare, Social Security

WASHINGTON — Get in line, Medicare and Social Security. Seniors, like just about everyone else, have money on their minds.

Who wins the trust of seniors, a group that votes at a higher rate than any other, will be a deciding factor in the presidential election. That should be good news for Mitt Romney, because those 65 and older have backed the Republican candidate in both of the last two presidential elections.

Nowhere will the senior vote be as powerful or as prominent as in Florida, where Romney and Obama are competing fiercely.

More seniors say the economy is extremely important to their vote than Medicare, says a poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. A recent Associated Press-GfK poll shows 7 in 10 seniors say taxes and the federal deficit are important to them.

Even for those well into retirement, a feeble economy affects older Americans in ways you might not realize. Many have had to bail out adult children who have lost their jobs and turned to their aging parents for help. And those who lived through the Great Depression as children relate intimately to the perils of an over-indebted nation.

Just ask Dominic Santoro, an 81-year-old retiree from Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., who said it’s different for seniors than it is for younger Americans, who have years to make up what was lost during the recession.

“That’s very nice, but what about the poor senior citizen that’s no longer working and can’t replace that money?” said Santoro, who plans to vote for Romney.

But if seniors’ concerns extend beyond entitlements, those seeking the White House don’t seem to have caught on.

Although far from a monolithic bloc, seniors by and large have sided with Romney throughout this year’s election and favored the former Massachusetts governor 52-41 in a national AP-GfK poll in September. While Romney has lost his edge among overall voters on handling of the economy, seniors are the holdout, preferring Romney by 10 points over Obama on that issue.

But in competitive states that could determine the election’s outcome, seniors’ attitudes are on the move. Over the past month, Obama has climbed 9 points in Florida and 4 points in Ohio, giving him an edge over Romney in both states, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll. It’s the opposite in Pennsylvania, where Obama has lost his edge among seniors and now trails Romney 45-50.

to read the entire article go to:  http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/09/27/3083810/older-voters-look-beyond-medicare.html

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Celebrate Jazz in Sunny Isles Oct. 12-14


MIAMI, Sept. 27, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Florida’s Riviera is gearing up for their 5th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest presented by REGALIA Limited Edition Living from Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. Set amid the backdrop of 2 ½ miles of the Atlantic Ocean, Sunny Isles Beach will again celebrate the extraordinary sounds of jazz music throughout the weekend; produced by the City of Sunny Isles Beach and Sunny Isles Beach Tourism & Marketing Council and sponsored by Atlantic Broadband, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, BB&T, FIAT North Miami, Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Heineken, Miami Dade County and S. Pellegrino to benefit Joshua’s Heart Foundation.

“We are both excited and honored to host our fifth annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest which year on year has been attracting visitors from all over,” said Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup. “This gives us the opportunity to show that we are a destination that offers more than just sand and sun, but rich, cultural experiences too. Jazz is for everyone, just like Sunny Isles Beach.”

Expecting to bring in more than 2,000 festival goers, performances include the Grammy nominated contemporary jazz pianist and composer David Benoit; Tony Sona Trio with special guest appearance by Gail Robin; Ira Sullivan; Oriente Band; Rose Max; Ramatis Brazilian Jazz featuring Dorio Ferreira and the Frank Axtell Quartet. Saturday’s performance will be at the city’s Heritage Park. Offering ample space for families to gather, the park is an excellent venue to listen to the sweet sounds of jazz and celebrate the festivities.

The festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 12, at Acqualina Resort & Spa from 8:00 to 11:00 PM and includes an evening of Jazz ($25 plus tax, bar side; $65 plus tax, pre-fixed three course menu; $8 valet parking) featuring Tony Sona Trio with a special guest appearance by Gail Robin at the Piazzetta Marketplace & Restaurant. On Saturday, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, a Jazz BBQ b Sole on the Ocean will feature Oriente Band bringing jazz music to the city’s beachfront. The main event takes place later on Saturday evening at Heritage Park from 6:30 to 10:00 PM (tickets are $25.00 per person).   Lastly, the Solé on the Ocean will also be hosting a Jazz Brunch ($40 per person), with performances by the renowned Frank Axtell Quartet.

“Joshua’s Heart Foundation looks forward to this event each year and deeply appreciate our partnership with the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest,” said Claudia McLean, vice president of the Joshua’s Heart Foundation. “It is a wonderful opportunity to build awareness and support of our efforts to stomp out hunger. With each year that goes by, we are able to expand our following and are confident that this year will bring the same result.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/27/4860843/celebrate-jazz-in-sunny-isles.html#storylink=cpy
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WSVN 7: Officials Search for ATM Skimming Crooks

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are searching for a pair of crooks  who, they said, are placing skimming devices on ATM machines around South  Florida.

Sunny Isles Beach Police have released surveillance video of a woman wearing  a pink hat going up to an ATM and placing a skimmer on it, which also has a  camera inside of it. Police said she is installing the device to capture  customers’ credit card information from the magnetic strip on the card.

For entire article and video please go to http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21008475445944/officials-search-for-atm-skimming-crooks/

Read more: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21008475445944/officials-search-for-atm-skimming-crooks/#ixzz27ukaQSfK

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