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Do you have what it takes to embark on a new career in the highly skilled field of zoning administration? You might possess the special aptitude required to decipher zoning codes and blueprints, to distinguish a C-1 from an R-1 at a glance, to rule on whether a project requires a Class I permit or a Class II...and not even know it!
Do you have what it takes to embark on a new career in the highly skilled field of zoning administration? You might possess the special aptitude required to decipher zoning codes and blueprints, to distinguish a CG-1 from an RS-1 at a glance, to rule on whether a project requires a Class I permit or a Class II...and not even know it!
Now, thanks to the expertise and generosity of Joe Genuardi, renowned and respected veteran City of Miami zoning administrator, you can receive an education in zoning administration without ever having to set foot inside a classroom! Yes, you too can learn to read plans and codes and discover the professional secrets of city zoning, with the amazing new Genuardi Short Course in Zoning Administration. As a zoning administrator you will be on the go. You will do something different almost every day, meet different people, work on different types of cases. The life of a zoning administrator is never dull or routine.
GET ACQUAINTED WITH JOE GENUARDI
A civil engineer who has sixteen years of City of Miami experience under his belt, 58-year-old Joe Genuardi knows the ins and outs of this complex, rewarding career. First charged with overseeing records, plans processing, and permitting, for the past eight years Joe Genuardi has been responsible for administering and enforcing the city zoning ordinance, a Planning, Building, and Zoning Department position in which he is called upon to make thousands of complex interpretations, clarifications, and decisions relating to the city code. If a question arises that pertains to the zoning code, Genuardi, who was appointed by the Miami city manager, is the man who must come up with the answer.
JOE GENUARDI WAS DARING ENOUGH TO TRY IT - ARE YOU?
Just as any worthwhile career involves both highs and lows, Joe Genuardi's $71,572.80-per-year job can sometimes seem like a thankless task. As a high-profile government official, Genuardi has encountered his share of critics. Those who might disagree with a Genuardi decision have fifteen days to file an appeal with the city Zoning Board, and pesky community activists occasionally avail themselves of this right. If the malcontents are unhappy with the board's ruling, they can appeal that decision to the City Commission, and ultimately to the circuit court. In the politically charged atmosphere of city hall, such complaints and appeals are a frequent and challenging part of a zoning administrator's job.
Some of his critics say Genuardi is a master of interpreting the code in a way that allows developers to bypass public hearings before the Zoning Board, a ten-member panel that votes on variances and special exceptions to the zoning code. They're not implying any semblance of corruption; it's merely an issue of greasing the wheels for high-powered developers and their consultants, several of whom are former city employees. "There is this real attitude at city hall that the developer is the client, not the one being regulated," says Tucker Gibbs, vice president of the Coconut Grove Civic Club, a neighborhood organization that's often at odds with Genuardi. "What follows is that their interests are often placed above the public's."
Poppycock, replies Genuardi - he's just doing his job. "I only make decisions that can be justified by the code. That's my job," he says. "I don't make decisions just to make people happy. I've never been political. Some of my decisions the [developer] doesn't like, some of my decisions the public doesn't like. But I'm just concerned with making sure it meets the code. If it's right, I say it's right. If it's wrong, I say it's wrong."
If you possess this same winning combination of qualities, your spirit of adventure, danger, and your self-reliance can lead you to an exciting career opportunity, which will allow you to work in challenging situations, withstanding hardships and making on-the-spot decisions that affect people's lives.
HOW CAN I BE LIKE JOE GENUARDI?
It's simple! This FREE self-test will start you on your way. Just answer the questions below. After you complete the sample quiz, follow the instructions to add up your score and compare it to the scale printed at the end of the test. If your score indicates that you have the potential, you may be on your way to deciding the future of Miami or your own hometown. Armed with a newfound understanding of the mindset of a City of Miami zoning administrator, send for your free information packet, "All About the Genuardi Short Course in Zoning Administration" (soon to be available in videocassette and computer versions), simply by filling out the attached coupon. No investment required; absolutely no obligation. No salesman will call - ever!
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