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Please don’t move Thee DollHouse!

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Here is what it says on the site-In what is best described as a secretive, sudden and rushed procedure, Sunny Isles Beach announced its plans to move Thee DollHouse from its current location on Sunny Isles Boulevard to a new location in our town center on Collins Avenue.

What is the city’s reason for its decision to move Thee DollHouse? Incredibly, the city claims that by moving Thee DollHouse it would have less of an impact on the city. How can moving Thee DollHouse from its discreet location behind a mini-storage facility and in the center of an eight-lane highway to Collins Avenue where it would be next to Epicure and Starbucks and a high-volume of pedestrian foottraffic, have less of an impact on the city? We cannot see the city’s logic in this. Can you? We believe that the push to move Thee DollHouse is really a land grab that is designed to benefit connected developers. The truth is that they want Thee DollHouse property for their own gain and are improperly abusing their legislative powers to force Thee DollHouse to move so that some developer can build more retail space and condominiums; and, worse, they are using your tax dollars to accomplish it.

Thee DollHouse has been in its present location for almost thirty years. During that time, Thee DollHouse has been a perfect neighbor and has watched our city flourish around it. Thee DollHouse was in the process of renovations and beautification when the city launched its surprise attack. If you own property or a business in Sunny Isles, beware because at the city’s whim they can change your zoning too and put you out of business. The city can also change the character of your town center without any basis. Help us keep the DollHouse where it is by attending the commission meeting on December 18th at 6:30 pm. The city was hoping that you would be too busy with the holidays to pay attention. Let them know you care and do not want to see the DollHouse moved closer to the shops and businesses on Collins Avenue in our town center. Let them know that they shouldn’t rush important decisions without your input. You can also make your voice heard by calling the mayor and commissioners at: (305) 792-1700 or emailing them through the city’s website: www.sibfl.net

The adult entertainment area in our town center that the city commission wants to create is shown as dark red in the magnifying glass above. The area in which Thee Doll House is presently located is shown in blue in the magnifying glass. We think that you will agree that it is not a good idea of having Thee Doll House next to Epicure and Starbucks. Clearly, our city commission can make better planning decisions and find better things to do with your tax dollars.

 

Here is an article in the local paper

From Miami New Times

A Strip Club and a Mayor Rumble in Sunny Isles
Is Norman Edelcup’s spat with Thee Dollhouse about community values or cronyism?

By Francisco Alvarado

Published on December 17, 2008 at 9:49am

On the surface, Norman Edelcup’s desire to relocate a Sunny Isles strip club seems like something any sensible small-town mayor would want. But the owners of Thee Dollhouse at 755 Sunny Isles Blvd. say Edelcup is trying to squeeze them out of business to benefit a developer friend, who just so happens to be building a three-tower condo project across the street.

Sunny Isles Beach, Norman Edelcup, Thee DollhouseOn December 18, the Sunny Isles Beach City Commission will vote on a measure that would restrict adult entertainment businesses to Collins Avenue, in effect forcing Marjorie Tobin and her husband — who purchased Thee Dollhouse two years ago as a retirement investment — to start looking for a new location.

The 2.63-square-mile island municipality is primarily made up of high-rise condos and single-family homes. The only commercial retail spaces available are inside shopping centers on the west side of Collins Avenue. Tobin says she would relocate if she were guaranteed a location. “But that’s not going to happen,” she says. “Raanan Katz, a devout Jew, owns all that property. He’s already told us he won’t lease to adult entertainment businesses.”

Katz, a minority partner in the Miami Heat and one of the most prolific real estate owners in Miami-Dade, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

In his push to drive Thee Dollhouse from the 163rd Street Causeway, Edelcup has failed to disclose a possible conflict of interest, Tobin claims.

Across the street from Thee Dollhouse, developer Jose Milton is building St. Tropez, where units are going for $725,000 to $2.5 million. Part of the project’s glossy brochure depicts renderings of a yet-to-be-built town center and green promenade on the land where Thee Dollhouse stands. The page includes a note about St. Tropez from Edelcup: “This community, including its streetside promenade, will dramatically enhance and transform the east-west entranceway into the city.”

The mayor’s support for St. Tropez is no surprise, because Milton has deposits in North Miami Beach-based Marquis Bank, where Edelcup serves on the board of directors, Tobin asserts. “That’s why the city wants us out,” she grouses. “It’s a land grab to benefit the mayor’s developer friend.” Edelcup did not return two messages left on his office voicemail.

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