Bal Harbour election about empowering citizens

By Alexf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alexf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bal Harbour voters will cast ballots for two Council seats on Election Day 2016, with a pair of incumbent candidates – Martin Packer and Jaime Sanz – facing challenges from two newcomers, Jeffrey Freimark and David Albaum. In recent weeks, several things have been written about whether these two challengers are being overly influenced by Bal Harbour Shops. The contention of the incumbents is that these newcomers will readily vote to approve the Shops’ long-planned expansion if they are elected to office.

 

 

8 comments

  1. JOE KREPS · · Reply

    “Let them eat cake.”

  2. Fritzie Gaccione · · Reply

    This is not true. The Bal Harbour Shops are suing a Village Council member who voted against their expansion. The Shops are suing the Village of Bal Harbour in an attempt at intimidation to ram their plan through. The Shops are funding the campaigns of the upstart candidates challenging the sitting Council members. The traffic in Bal Harbour is already impassable and the season has not yet begun. The Shops operate as they wish, expanding and changing space around without permits or oversight. There is a restaurant called the Grille where once existed only a canvass awning, no permits no public plans just ‘here it is, we are the Whitmans and we own this town get out of our way.’

    1. You – have consistently been talking non-sense. What do you not understand when your Mayor does not allow you to vote on issues?

  3. This article is not true. The Shops are operating in Bal Harbour Village like masters of our universe. They have sued the Village of Bal Harbour, they are suing members of the sitting Village Council who oppose them. They are funding the campaigns of the two challengers to the Council. The traffic in Bal Harbour is impassable already and the season has not yet arrived. There is no need for the Shops to expand. Traffic in the mall is dead, except for the restaurants, some of which are busy. Retail is dying everywhere. Collins Avenue is a state highway, and it is heavily trafficked without more construction without three thousand more cars going to park at the Shops. They demolished two properties – the church and Fairchild Gardens – already but won’t stop there, they want more. They need zoning changes and are trying to ram them against the opposition of the elected sitting officials and the Villge itself. They operate as they wish, no respect for the Village or its residents. The Whitman family is subsidizing the campaigns of the two candidates challenging Martin Packer and Jaime Senz, not for any reason but to approve their expansion demands.

    1. What do you not understand when your Mayor does not allow you to vote on issues?
      Freimark and Albaum look far more honest to me.

  4. Great article. Jeffrey Freimark and David Albaum are the best choice for us residents to have a real say in our own community.

  5. We should be able to vote. Packer is out!

  6. Who is bankrolling Packer? Mayor Packer is not a good person. I think that he is finally out of the picture and us residents can finally have a say in Bal Harbour future.
    I vote Freimark tomorrow! As all my friends will.

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