Miami Redevelopment Official Tells Grant Recipient To Kiss Commissioners' Asses

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courtesy The Crespogram Report
Bert Gonzalez wants to help you win a CRA grant!
Al Crespo continues to unearth some pretty galling shady shit going on at the city of Miami. Today, Crespo reports on Bert Gonzalez, the $102,000 a year assistant director for the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, coaching a restaurant owner on how to win approval on a $150,000 grant. "Remember I told you to schmooze the commissioners," Gonzalez wrote in an April 19 email to Steve Haas that Crespo obtained.

Haas is opening a new restaurant at 2004 Biscayne Boulevard called City Hall. He wants to use the $150,000 grant to help his private venture. Gonzalez, a former aide to Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, also agreed to meet with Haas to give him tips on how to win the grant. Sounds like the Miami-Dade ethics commission or the state attorney's office should set up shop inside Gonzalez's office if this is how he conducts the public's business.

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Corrupt political hire
Corrupt political hire

You all make fun of Bertie Gonzalez but he's the one driving the new BMW X6 with all expenses paid by taxpayers AND he gets $105,000 per year salary and benefits.

Who needs college?

Political hire
Political hire

Bert Gonzalez is really just an unemployed guy in a political patronage job.

A face...
A face...

A face only a blind mother could love.

Clowns
Clowns

These clowns don't know how to gentrify anything. They don't cure slum and blight. They just give away money to rich people.

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Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

What a bunch of clowns you guys got down there in Miami. And gentrification sucks.

What a clown
What a clown

This clown gets $102,000 per year plus benefits?

Fugly
Fugly

Guy was hit with the fugly stick.

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Fake Chanel

Anyone notice the fake Chanel sunglasses?

CRA Sleaze
CRA Sleaze

As usual the City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency gets used as a "slush fund" for the politically connected. Instead of curing slum and blight in Overtown and Park West the CRA political appointees drive their BMW X6's to Porsche to upgrade their "rides"."Money to the connected not the deserving."

Corrupt Miami CRA
Corrupt Miami CRA

Bert Gonzalez and his $105,000 per year salary is Ground Zero for corruption and why legitimate businessmen stay out of Miami.

Waste the taxpayers money
Waste the taxpayers money

Bert Gonzalez is a bag man for Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. Bert collects checks to deliver to his boss Sarnoff. Too bad both are ethically challenged.

Seriously, the taxpayers are forced to pay him $105,000 per year! His last job was unemployed.

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