Occupy Miami's Overtown Safehouse Now Owned By Non-Profit, But Neighbor Complains Conditions are "Worse Than Ever"
Earlier this month she sent a letter to Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, city commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, and chief of police Manuel Orosa complaining about the eyesore. She says cops with the local Neighborhood Enhancement Team called her back a couple of days later.
Jacob Katel Rodrigo Duque, AKA "Senor Paz," signed the building over to Peace City Inc.
But when police, building, and code enforcement officials showed up to 540 NW 7th Street last Wednesday, Matias says they did nothing at all.
"They showed up in the shiny truck and held their flashy little make believe meeting," she says. But they haven't responded to her since.
"It's a disgrace for the city," she says. "The building was deemed unsafe a year and a half ago. So why is the city still permitting people to live there?"
"The conditions are getting worse because the city has ignored this particular building," Matias continues. She says she couldn't care less who owns the place, as long as it's imperiling the neighborhood.
Jacob Katel Occupy Miami members at 540 NW 7th Street
"The new ownership has nothing to do with it," she says. "If the building is unsafe, it's unsafe. Close it up, get some plans, but until you do something [to fix it up] you can't have people living there."
After complaining for 18 months, Matias says she only has one more recourse: "to just embarrass the shit out of the city bureaucrats."
"I don't want them to think that that little meeting, that little performance was good enough," she says. "I'm not going to let it go. They have to close that building down."
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