Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 4:17 p.m.
This past April, I wrote
about ethics complaints filed against Myron Rosner, who was recently elected North Miami Beach mayor.
Two female NMB residents accused Rosner of abusing his official position to get away with making renovations to his house without obtaining necessary approvals from the city council. They filed complaints with the state and county ethics commissions.
Today, the Miami-Dade ethics commission found probable cause that Rosner violated the county's conflict of interest and ethics laws.
According to a press release by the ethics commission, it has evidence that Rosner, a licensed contractor and member of the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals, which disciplines builders who skirt construction rules, pressured city building and zoning officials to approve his additions that required zoning variances. Rosner, an NMB councilman at the time, was issued permits for several awnings, a swimming pool, a driveway, and renovations to a patio.
Rosner could not immediately be reached for comment. Rosner says he has documentation that will lead to the dismissal of the complaint against him. "I believe I will show there is no probable cause," he says.
During an interview for my first article, the mayor denied abusing his clout, blaming the complaints on his predecessor and campaign opponent Ray Marin. He said, "But now all of a sudden, these women, who don't even live on my block, are filing ethics complaints against me right before the election. This just shows that [Marin] doesn't know how to fight a campaign above board."
No date has been set for Rosner's hearing before the ethics commission.