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A ‘How To’ Guide For Understanding City of South Miami Politics!

South Miami's charming 'hometown' government center. To understand what goes on behind the doors of that charming, ‘hometown’ government center on Sunset Drive in the heart of South Miami you simply need to watch 2nd grade playground activity. You know: “Nani nani boo boo”, “You can’t play with us anymore”, “I quit”.  But in South Miami you don’t quit, you get fired “without cause”, a.k.a. “just because”.

South Miami's Annual Art Festival. Today’s news flash:  South Miami commissioners passed a resolution to send a message to the interim city manager (the last 4 city managers were fired; the last one, fired November, 2012, says it was easier being under daily attack as a lieutenant colonel in Ramadi, Iraq, where he was stationed in 2009) that if they could fire the police chief they would, but since they can’t (against the rules) they’ll just pass this resolution to send the message.  Now, how long do you think it took them to put this together?

Why fire Police Chief Orlando Martinez de Castro?  Too much finger pointing there to get to the truth, and coincidentally one of the reasons is about finger pointing.  The mayor says the cops wrongly arrested his friend while on a bike ride home from work, and the question is did the friend shake his index finger at a policeman for making an illegal turn, or did he give him the finger?  You decide. Then the next question is did the police chief wrongly spend forfeiture money on dinner and vitamins for the police dog or is the police chief being picked on because of the friend with the loose finger?

The Shops at Sunset PlaceYou could look back a year or 10 years in South Miami’s whacky political epicenter and it’s about the same story.  In this Petticoat Junction of a government they don’t like each other personally and have a hard time getting past that, but they all care and love The City of Pleasant Living,  I’ll give them that.

South Miami is a wonderful place to live, and that’s because of the wonderful residents, first-class merchants, beautiful parks and recreation facilities (thank you City of South Miami government), excellent schools, a fine police department, and a building and zoning group that cares.  I’ve been a resident, business owner, and selling South Miami real estate for over 20 years and I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Mack Cycle & Fitness, a landmark in South Miami.

Mack Cycle & Fitness, a landmark in South Miami.

Dante Fascell Park

Dante Fascell Park

Best breakfast in town at Casa Larios.

Best breakfast in town at Casa Larios.

To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

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To learn more about Coral Gables or any other community – including South Miami, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Easy Living for Baby Boomers and Beyond!

 

North Pinecrest's Swan Lake, over looks beautiful waterfall and lake.

North Pinecrest’s Swan Lake, over looks beautiful waterfall and lake.

I closed more transactions in 2012 with near-retirement and post-retirement folks than I ever have in my twenty years of selling real estate. These “Baby Boomers” and beyond (one adorably spry couple was 88 and 94-years old) called me to help them find  homes in South Miami or the immediate surrounding areas (Pinecrest, High Pines, South Gables) with less maintenance, less space (but not too small), and easier on the knees!  Why those areas? Close to day-to-day shopping needs, medical care is nearby, and the ability to walk or take a very short drive to all of them a must (my youthful 88 and 94-year old clients needed to be near Dadeland so they could walk the mall every morning for exercise!).

Pine Manor is High-Pines unique Dutch-Caribbean community.

Pine Manor’s “D” model has an elevator.

FYI, when you are looking to size down to what might be your last residence there are some MUSTS – no matter what your age! You MUST carefully think about condo vs. townhouse because they are very different and appeal to very different lifestyles; you must include the monthly or quarterly maintenance fees into your budget and know what they do and do not include; you MUST choose a

property with the master bedroom downstairs (or at entry level) or

Award-winning Bermuda Village in Coral Gables, Fl designed by world-famous Arquitectonica.

Award-winning Bermuda Village in Coral Gables, Fl designed by world-famous Arquitectonica.

have an elevator or the ability to install an elevator or chair lift ‘someday’; you must consider the walking distance from car to front door–those groceries and golf clubs do get heavy!

I find Swan Lake in Pinecrest and the Deering Bay community in Coral Gables beautiful and very accommodating;  Pine Manor and Oak Lane in High Pines, and the Bermuda Village in Coral Gables have very nice entry level master bedroom models and models with elevators;  Bridgepoint in South Miami and Dadeland Walk in the Dadeland area also have very spacious models with downstairs master bedrooms. There is a community for everyone and every need.  Educate yourself and make sure you are working with an educated realtor who knows the area – like me!

Oak Lane is High Pines' newest townhome community.

Oak Lane is High Pines’ newest townhome community.

Dadeland Walk, with 24-hour security, walking distance to Downtown Dadeland.

Dadeland Walk, with 24-hour security, walking distance to Downtown Dadeland.

 

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club world-class deep water marina and golf course.

Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club world-class deep water marina and golf course.

Bridgepoint Townhomes in South Miami with 24-hour security, lovely lake, and amenities.

Bridgepoint Townhomes in South Miami with 24-hour security, lovely lake, and amenities.

To learn more about South Miami or any other community – including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International on www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com or email at val@valbyrnerealtor.com or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!