Dear Mayor Glinn and Council Members:
On May 11th, I wrote to all of you regarding the failure of the Village Administration to conduct an independent audit of the financial records of Professional Course Management (PCM),who has the lease to manage Village's Country Club/Golf Course since 1990.
In order to assist you in making that happen, I provided you with a draft Resolution that would authorize the expenditure our money collected from the rent that the Village receives from PCM to finance that audit.
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND VILLAGE COUNCIL OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, INSTRUCTING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO ISSUE AN RFP FOR A CERTIFIED CPA TO CONDUCT AN AUDIT OF THE FINANCIAL RECORDS OF PROFESSIONAL COURSE MANAGEMENT (PCM), CONFORMING TO GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO PAY FOR THAT AUDIT FROM MONIES RECEIVED BY THE VILLAGE FROM THE REVENUE THAT PCM PAYS TO THE VILLAGE AS PART OF THEIR RENTAL FEE, AND THAT FROM 2017 FORWARD, THAT SUCH AN AUDIT BE DONE EVERY OTHER YEAR; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
This is now June 15th, and 3 Council meetings have passed without so much as a peep from any of your regarding the failure of the Village administration to look out for the best interests of the resident of the Village by undertaking an independent audit related to finances of this lease agreement.
On June 20th, you will be discussing a number of financial items in advance of the discussion and approval of next year's budget.
I would urge one or more of you to seriously rethink your decision to date of ignoring this problem, and making a motion to have the contract with PCM audited.
I would further suggest to all of you, because you are woefully lacking in an understanding of Florida's Public Records Law, as well as the failure of the Village Attorney to competently and with diligence protect the interests of the residents through his repeated failures to prepare and execute contracts that include language required by law intended to protect the interests of the residents, that irregardless of this failure, Florida Statute 119.0701 - which I have included for your perusal - provides access the financial records that constitute the basis for the un-audited financial reports the Village is provided, and if you continue to ignore and/or reject my reasonable request that you undertake the steps required to audit those financial records, I will retain legal counsel to exercise my rights under FS 119.0701 to make you provide me with those records, and it will cost you a lot more than the money you would spend to hire an independent audit.
It is time that you, as members of the Village Council start exercising the financial responsibility on behalf of ALL the residents of the Village by demanding a full accounting from this company that has made millions from our Country Club/Golf Course, while at the same time failing to provide the Village and the residents with a true accounting of just how much money they have made, and whether they have provided us with a fair share of those monies.
I trust one of you will introduce this item at you first meeting next week, and that the rest of you will support such an effort.
THE VILLAGE BY THE BAY
THE VILLAGE COUNCIL HAS SHOWN LITTLE INTEREST IN LOOKING OUT FOR THE FINANCIAL BEST INTERESTS OF THE RESIDENTS
JUNE 15, 2017
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