Florida led the U.S. in federal public corruption convictions from 2000 – 2010, according to U.S.Department of Justice data. Corruption was a top ten factor Forbes magazine pointed to in 2012 when it named three Florida cities to its list of America’s Most Miserable Cities: #1 Miami, #4 West Palm Beach and #7 Fort Lauderdale. Florida also received a failing grade for ethics enforcement agencies on the Florida Corruption Risk Report Card released in 2012 by State Integrity Investigation.Florida faces a corruption crisis that threatens the state’s reputation, its economy and its ability to attract new jobs and capital. While implementing the ethics reform solutions presented in this report may not decrease the number of corruption convictions in Florida, it would certainly help the state move towards an A grade on the Corruption Risk Report Card and begin to improve the state’s reputation at a time when there is significant competition for jobs.
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Miami and Hialeah ranked in the top five in the list, compiled by 24/7 Wall St. and reported in the South Florida Business Journal. The list looks at the local economies, fiscal management and quality of life measures for the 100 largest cities in the U.S.
Miami ranked the second-worst-run city in America. The city has one of the lowest median household incomes at under $29,000 and experienced a 43.5 percent plunge in median home value between 2007 and 2011, according to 24/7 Wall St.
At No. 5 was Hialeah, having also experienced a 44 percent decline in home prices. In addition, the city has the third-lowest median household income at $27,208 and about 40 percent of residents have no health insurance, 24/7 Wall St. reported.
By: Conservative Woman
Port Charlotte authorities charge $500 fine for painting a house
Investors Beware: In a depressed housing market, city officials are hell bent on making money on your dime.
“I bought a house for investment purposes in Port Charlotte, Florida about two months ago, in early October,” said real estate investor, Randy Kluge.
The house needed a new roof, so I proceeded to get a permit, he said. “The two city inspections of the roof passed and no structural changes were needed.”
I decided to complete minor drywall updates and paint the house, he said. “That is when all hell broke loose.”
“I received a call from city official Lorraine Lundblad, a certified contractor licensing investigator who is employed by the city of Port Charlotte,” he said.
She advised that I needed to be a licensed painter in order to paint my own house that I purchased with my own money, Kluge said. “It is outrageous that I am not permitted to paint my own house.”
This is my money, my investment, but it is not up to me, it is up to the government what I can and cannot do, he said.
This smacks of an authoritative dictatorship, not a constitutional Republic, he said.
Before going into her office I inquired over the phone whether this is real, because I was shocked at the claim that I was not permitted to paint my own property, he said. “She intimated that we could work out a deal.”
As soon as I walked into her office to discuss the specifics of the law, and whether a fine is appropriate, she served me a fine issuance in the amount of $500, Kluge said.
“I was told I needed a permit to paint my own property,” he said.
My advice to investors all across the state of Florida is this: Do not invest in Port Charlotte. The city government are thieves and play loose with the truth, he said.
“If the city government can produce laws that fine investors for painting their own house, then the city should not get our business,” he said.