As many of you may have read in the Palm Beach Post, one Issac Feder may have established a "House of Worship" in a Golf's Edge apartment. This issue will be the subject of a Code Enforcement hearing before a Special Magistrate; scheduled as follows:
ACCORDING TO COOKEY CURRIER, AN OFFICER OF GOLF'S EDGE, THE FEDER CASE WILL BE HEARD AT 1:00 PM.
For those interested in a brief description of the Special Magistrate hearing process and authority, the following will prove instructive:
Kurt Eismann - Director
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Process
AUTHORITY: Chapter 162, F. S., Ordinance No. 87-15 adopted on August 25, 1987, effective October 1, 1987; as amended. Unified Land Development Code, Section 4.14.
APPOINTING AUTHORITY: Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
In October, 1997, Palm Beach County changed from a multi-member Code Enforcement Board to a Special Magistrate process. Eight attorneys were appointed by the County Administrator to sit as Code Enforcement Special Magistrate.
Hearings are typically held the first Wednesday of each month at the Planning, Zoning and Building offices at 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach.
Functions of the Special Magistrate include making findings of fact and conclusions of law as are necessary to enforce the various building and zoning related codes and ordinances applicable in the unincorporated area of Palm Beach County; issuance of subpoenas; taking of testimony under oath; to issue orders having the force of law commanding whatever steps are necessary to achieve compliance of the violation of the County's codes; to levy fines not to exceed $1,000.00 for a first violation, or $5,000.00 for a repeat violation for each day a violation continues past the first day; and to lien property in cases where the violation is not corrected within the timeframe provided by the Special Magistrate Order.
In response to Barbara's comment as to time, here is the Agenda item, it is Agenda item 37:
Respondent: Feder, Issac
CEO: Agenda No.: 037 Status: Active
11 Sasev Ct, 105, Monroe, NY 10950-5939
Situs Address: 17 Golfs Edge, Unit 2 Bldg E, West Palm Beach, FL Case No: C-2011-01100001
PCN: 00-42-43-23-08-005-0172 Zoned: RH
ePZB / CE_Merge_Agenda.rpt-739 Page: 10 of 29 Print Date: 2/9/2011 03:07 PM
SPECIAL MAGISTRATE HEARING AGENDA
MARCH 02, 2011 9:00 am
Violations: 1 No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification
of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the building official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy.
PREVIOUS NOTICE OF VIOLATION C-2010-01250015
Code: PBC Amendments to the FBC 2007 Edition - 110.1
Issued: 01/13/2011 Status: CEH
cc: Feder, Issac
Now, what time will agenda item 37 actually be heard; given that every item is different and the time duration for each item is unknown, who knows, I suggest attendees be ready for a long wait, unless many items between 1 and 36 are Non-contested!
The entire agenda is divided into Contested and Non-contested categories; the Non-contested are handled in a separate room and go very quickly; the Contested items, as I suspect the Feder case will be can take much longer.