Electrical Fire Downtown, People Homeless for Now

Posted on March 7, 2010

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This Electrical Fire article by Liana Kozlowski in the Miami Herald, “Electrical Fire at downtown Miami Building leaves some residents temporarily homeless” maybe should not have happened if good inspections would have taken place.  We will never know because of the lack of interest within the City, County and State officials doing their job and the safety of the public is not one of their concerns.

I have been for over two and half years trying to get places like this inspected as required by the Florida Statute 503.032 and City Charter, and County Ordinances by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Code Enforcement, and the Building Department without any help from the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, or the State of Florida or any of their employees. 

I have contacted many officials from city, county and state and they seem that they care but then do nothing to make safe apartment buildings safer.  The number one complaint to any of the representatives that I have talked to has and have been tenants complaining about bad landlords.  They seem to think that tenants do not matter because if they did then they would have done something by now to correct the problem.

There are four buildings owned by the 215 Building Corp. located at 215 NE 33rd Street, 230-232 NE 33rd Street, 246 NE 33rd Street, and 353 NE 34th Street that are all fire hazards and the City, County, and State all have refused to give them legal inspection.  The wiring in the buildings is dangerous and the State, County, and City all know it and does absolutely nothing to make the owners repair the real problem.  Not one of the buildings could ever pass a legal inspection for the past five years but they keep up and running without have to fix code violations, why?

One building has wiring hanging down across the walkway for the past two and half years and it has had over nine inspections that are listed since 2005

Apartment Building Located at 253 NE 34th Street, Miami, Florida

This building has past all inspections according to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

that I have and a letter from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation stating that this building has past all inspections.  This is a flat out lie because this building could not pass a legal inspection today.  I even took a picture and sent it to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation right after I got letter stating that this building could not past all inspections and that was the last I heard from them.  The picture was showing the wiring hanging right across the walkway leading into and out of the rear of the apartment building.

In this article about it being an electrical fire I wonder if this fire could have been prevented if it has had a legal inspection as required.  Were the inspection given the same way that the 215 Building Corp. were given?  What does it take for the City, County or State to prevent things like this from happening?  Someone will most likely have to die first with the policies that they have in place and the policies for the enforcement of the laws that are already on the books.  With all of the problems and the money the City, County and State have cost me from their lack or interest in correcting bad landlords I know that many people will have to die first for them to do anything to fix the problem.

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