Margate Commissioners and department heads gathered on Nov 7.
One of the topics covered could have been called: How to legally raise your elevation and flood-out your neighbor.
Margate Zoning Officer, Roger ‘The Dodger’ McLarnon, finds himself on the hot seat again. He sheepishly admits some embarrassing facts. Gets really defensive too. Like someone trying to hide something.
Also….. esteemed Margate Solicitor, John ‘Great Scott’ Abbott does what he does best: baffles em’ with bull-sh*t. Give a listen:
Did Margate Solicitor Abbott simply mis-speak? Maybe Abbott’s just doing what lawyers do? We report, you decide.
Abbott claims City of Margate is not responsible to fix a ‘pre-existing condition’. OK, but this is not a pre-existing condition.
Abbott not impressed that the offending homeowner caused increased water runoff by changing the grade (height, level, slope, etc.) of their property…without adequate drainage.
Upon hearing Abbott’s shrug-off, resident Carole Weaver stepped up & voiced her displeasure about city’s nonchalant, dubious position on the property water run-off issue.
Why doesn’t City of Margate have an ordinance regarding change of grade on a property? When somebody changes grade of a property… they should get a ‘grading plan review’.
Geez. You mean Margate doesn’t have a grading plan review already in place? Nope. Another #FAIL for Margate Zoning & Construction office.
Roger McLarnon says both he and partner, Jimmy Galentino, ‘try to catch it on the site.’ Not very comforting, huh?
A problem that will only get worse. Mayor Becker and Tom Collins have yet to address this issue. Questionable, lax, selective enforcement.
Margate zoning laws in need of upgrade and better oversight.
Abbott threatened that City will need to raise taxes if stuff like this needs to be fixed. Kooky, fear-mongering lawyer speak. Designed to intimidate. Befuddle. Bewilder.
Why not have offending homeowner fix the problem caused by grade being changed?
Contractors are building 6 & 7 inches above grade? This can cause flooding issues for adjacent properties. McLarnon & Galantino making their own calls on this hot-button issue. See: Fox guarding hen-house.
At the very least, Abbott should have recommended a new ordinance. To address the issue. One that will only get worse.
Margate Over-Development & Municipal Malfeasance.
Margate over-development + selective enforcement of zoning law = growing nightmare.
Selective enforcement of common sense: the Margate Zoning Department featuring Roger McLarnon. Call for details. (609) 822-5438.