Quality of Life Operations
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The Department of Code Enforcement began the Quality of Life Task Force, a multi-agency effort aimed at making the City of Miami streets safer, and our parks and neighborhoods cleaner. Below are several quality of life programs that the Department of Code Enforcement has implemented in an effort to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods:

Illegal Cafeterias
Abandoned and Inoperable Vehicles
Illegal Mechanical Repairs
Facades,Junk in yards,Vacant & Unsecures properties
Chicken Busters
Illegal Dumping and other Solid waste Issues
Tax Revenue Task Force


Illegal Cafeterias:

The Department of Code Enforcement, along with Police, Fire, Law and GSA Departments, has been conducting an operation to crack down on illegal activity taking place in cafeterias throughout the City. In addition to administering a substantial amount of code enforcement violations, the task force has also made several arrests for crimes including prostitution, possession or sale of narcotics (including cocaine), and underage drinking. Eight-hundred grams of cocaine was seized in just one of these cafeterias and at another establishment, a subject with an $800,000 out-of-state warrant for trafficking in dangerous drugs was arrested.

As part of this effort, the task force conducted an operation targeting illegal gambling machines at these cafeterias. The team collected 318 illegal gambling machines and police distributed a total of 79 arrest citations. In addition, some of the gambling machines seized through the operation belonged to corporations owned and operated by individuals suspected to be involved in an organized crime racketeering group operating in multiple states. As part of this case, a federal indictment was issued on 25 individuals that were part of a $1 billion criminal organization including one who is suspected of being responsible for dozens of deaths and organizing a 2,500-person bookmaking and gambling operation.

• Total # of businesses inspected: 1083
• Total # of police arrests: 1148
• Total # of code enforcement citations: 21,008
• Total amount in fines from code enforcement violations: $551,000
• Total # of Fire Department Violations: 1736
• Total # of Building Department violations: 576
• Total # of Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco cases: 44 (10 warning letters)

Abandoned and Inoperable Vehicles:

The goal of this initiative is to cite and collect abandoned, inoperable, and untagged vehicles throughout the City of Miami. The project seeks to improve the appearance of the City’s neighborhoods as well as decrease the crimes that occur inside and around deserted vehicles, such as drug use and prostitution. It was launched in July 2003, and is  a coordinated effort between Code Enforcement and police officers. The Department of Code Enforcement has been administering the project since December 03.

• Total # of abandoned car cases since July,2003: 4,312
Amount of abandoned car cases handled by the Department of Code Enforcement : 997

Illegal Mechanical Repairs:

There are a number of City residents who repair vehicles from their homes, without a license. Code Enforcement has been working to crack down on this type of activity as it is a violation of City regulations and has serious environmental and visual consequences for surrounding neighborhoods.

• Total # of illegal mechanical repair cases since December, 2003: 134

Illegal Units:

There are residential properties throughout the City with multiple, illegal additions. These properties are not only in violation of City code, but those residences with three or more illegal units create an eye sore in the middle of neighborhoods as property owners often create mini-parking lots in front and tenants overflow trash bins. For these very reasons, Code Enforcement has made a concerted effort to cite property owners with illegal units.

• Total # of Illegal Units violations since December, 2003: 698

Chicken Busters:

In certain areas of the City, there is a concentration of chickens wandering along neighborhood streets. Since April 2003, a joint team of Firefighters, Code Enforcement Officers, and NET personnel has dedicated time (once a month) to ridding neighborhoods of these chickens. Because of this operation, it has become evident that loose chickens are much more of a problem than anticipated, with captured chickens numbering in the thousands. Captured chickens are sold to farms in Homestead and the proceeds go to charities in the City (including the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration). The newly-formed Department of Code Enforcement continues this coordinated effort.

• Total # of chickens caught, since April, 2003: 6427
• Total amount of revenue from sold chickens since April, 2003: $10,650


Illegal Dumping and other Solid Waste Issues:

Enforcement of the City’s code as it relates to illegal dumping is an essential element in the City’s efforts to clean up Miami. Code Enforcement has been working with the Police Department to penalize those who vagrantly dump trash on empty lots throughout the City. Much of this trash comes from businesses or individuals who do not even reside within the City.

Code Enforcement has also put effort into enforcing violations of other solid waste related regulations such as the placement of dumpsters.

• Total # of solid waste citations since December, 2003: 653,541

Facades, Junk in yards, Vacant & Unsecured properties

Code Enforcement continues to enforce regulations that aim at keeping the City looking pristine. As such, code enforcement officers have also targeted:

• Junk in yards: Total # of cases since December, 2003: 495
• Façade violations: Total # of cases since December, 2003: 403
• Vacant and Unsecured properties: Total # of cases since December, 2003: 234

Tax Revenue Task Force

In  February 2004, the Department of Code Enforcement launched the Tax Revenue Task Force with the goal of locating and citing unlicensed businesses throughout the City. As part of this operation, Code Enforcement Officers visit businesses with the license applications in hand. If a business does not have proper licensing, the owner is asked to fill out the application and pay the fee on the spot. In just the first 10 weeks of this operation, Code Enforcement has collected over a quarter of a million dollars.

• Total amount collected from unlicensed businesses: $1,827,693

Last Revision: September 2005

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