1999-12-25 / Letters

On Dayton Management

Dear Editor:

(Letter in response to a column written by Howie Schwach)

Just taking issue with your reference to me as "the owner of Dayton." I'm one of the Dayton Management principals, and one of the individuals having an ownership interest in one of the individual entities that, separately, own each of the three DaytonSeaside buildings at Surfside Park.

Was very interested in your suggestion that the residents should work with us, and your description of the enemy of both of us.

On those points, you get no argument from me. But the local pols, with their allies among the residents, have been trying to persuade people, including judges, that the tenants are caught in the middle – between the landlord and the city. S.H.A.F.T’S lawyers (one of them seeking a city council seat? – never have I seen so many people involved in so bizarre a political issue seeking so many political offices) have been promoting the argument in state supreme court proceedings that 1) we won’t, or are unable to do work at the buildings and, 2) the tenants are caught in the middle.

And at the informal conference in state supreme December 15 Judge Golia remarked that something is very wrong, here, but the tenants are caught between the landlord and the city – and hearing this, S.H.A.F.T. lawyer Robert Katz shook his head in sad agreement.

Mr. Katz did not tell the judge that he has been to several meetings with elected officials seeking ways and means not to resolve the tax matter consistent with applicable law – a resolution that indeed would lead to performing required work at the buildings – but to find ways and means of putting the screws to me and the others in management and in the ownership groups. In my case, those crews will wipe me out, completely S.H.A.F.T. is simply running interference for the politicos and it doesn’t matter who the political party is. When it comes to greed, there are no party labels. Now, how come the pols are not denying the claim that they have merely manipulated the Dayton Seaside property taxes contrary to contract, statute or Constitution?

DAVID ZUKERMAN

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