New condominium laws, particularly regarding electronic voting:
|May 21, 2015.
At long last the City of Miami Beach has today approved the revisions, to our Master Permit, that include work for the Interior Design and for the 40 year re-certification for electrical and life-safety.
Our goal is to begin work on the mezzanine, first, ASAP.
I would like to express my appreciation to our engineer Mike Garcia and Julian the assistant engineer from Inspection Engineers, for successfully “running” the permiting process at the City today.
I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial holiday week-end.
Message from the president:
May 18, 2015.
The re-numbered and reprinted drawings for Building Department, as requested, were hand-delivered to the City Reviewer (inspector) this morning, Monday, May, 18, 2015 by our Engineer of Record, Inspection Engineers Inc. Mr. Robert Guzman and his assistant engineer, Julian. Our engineer, Mike, was also present to meet with the Inspector. The owner of Inspection, Mr. Mercado, our property manager, Maria and myself were also present to meet with the Building Operations Manager, Tony Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez met with the entire group and was very supportive.
The following issues were addressed:
1. The inspector withdrew the comments regarding “missing pages” from the Master related to work on the Mezzanine completed and approved by the City in the past. There was confusion on the part of the Inspector whether we were applying for a new Master. The City’s computer system clearly identified that we are applying for a revision to the Master and therefore the “missing pages” comments was dropped.
2. The new 4 pages for Revisions to the Master will be identified by perforated holes attached to the pages in the Master being replaced (these pages will be marked voided, now.)
3. The Inspector had some minor comments outstanding to the revision pages. For example, we need to add one additional step for the new stairs for the new egress from the pool deck. The font for the labeling on the drawing that the new ceiling tiles for the mezzanine are fire-rated should be larger.
Mr. Guzman estimates he has one hour of work to correct the comments. Julian and Mike have an appointment with the City Reviewer this Wednesday morning, May 20, 2015 to get approval.
The corrections to new pages may then have to be signed by Zoning, Structural, etc. Mike will walk-through the drawings to these departments, if necessary on Wednesday. Then, after every department signs off, Building will remove the voided pages from the Master and the City will archive one clean set and we will have one clean set for the work-site. Then, the work will recommence starting with the Mezzanine.
We will call a Communications Committee meeting for all the unit owners once we have the permits this week, hopefully.
Recent sales at ABC
# 1107 1 bedroom
sold for $327,000
# 1601 2 bedrooms
sold for $505,000
The service by Ocean Rescue began today. The service will be provided 7days/week from 9:30AM-6:30PM.
Peace of mind for everyone this summer to have fun in the surf!
The board is aware of the growing frustration with the construction. Members of the board feel the same frustration that you feel. We are doing all we can to advance the project but much of it is not in our hand. There have been delays in acquiring the necessary permits from the building department. We were reassured that if we correct some details in our plans, the permits will be granted immediately. The correction required by the building department will take our engineer 2 weeks to complete and after that we believe we will have the permit and proceed with the renovations.
Thank you for your patience.