News: Commissioner Jerry Libbin Opens Push for New City Post of Condominium Ombudsman


City Commissioner Jerry Libbin, president of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, will open a campaign to establish a new, full-time city position of Condominium Ombudsman Wednesday afternoon, June 4   He will address a general meeting of the Miami Beach Taxpayers Association at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave.

Libbin  says the new post will help not only condominium owners, but single family residents as well by increasing time and space at Miami Beach departments which deal with potential problems of the tens of thousands of condo owners.

He hope to obtain the approximately 4,200 signatures on  petitions to establish the position, but will ask the commission to place the subject on a citywide election if the signature drive falls short.

The time for Wednesday’s meeting is a change from the usual 8:30 a.m. session,according to taxpayers president Jare Galbut, “because so many taxpayers and citizens complained they can’t make morning meetings.”

Russell Galbut, program chairman, said interest in helping condominium owners has become one the Taxpayers Association’s major topics. Others are lowering pension costs, government inefficiency and how to respond to the statewide proposal for new gambking casinos in South Florida.

Refreshments will be served and Wednesday’s meeting is free and open to the public.

For info: 305-792-9711.


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