An independent panel convened by Graciela M. Escalante recommended choosing Mr. Morabito’s firm on Sept. 13, 2019, despite the fact that his proposal was the most expensive and first elicited “sticker shock” from committee members.
A day after the resignations, board president Anette Goldstein and vice president Nancy K. Levin said they were fed up with last-minute stumbling blocks that kept delaying repairs.
Ego fights, undercutting fellow board members’ duties, the spread of gossip and falsehoods have been a recurring theme, Ms. Goldstein said in her letter to the board. “I am not painting a nice picture of how our board functions, but it describes a board that works very hard but cannot achieve the goals we intended to achieve for the reasons above.”
It had gone from being the “jewel” of Surfside to being overrun by a “political war of egos and power,” said Ms. Levin, who had lived in the building since it opened.
Because she disagreed with the other board members who wished to accept $400,000 from the developers of Eighty Seven Park to settle their complaints, Maggie A. Manrara, the treasurer, resigned six days later. It was rejected by the board of directors.
On Oct. 3, 2019, six of the seven board members resigned. Five did so in the two weeks before that date. Ms. Escalante and others voiced their concerns at a board meeting that day. New president: Bal Harbour’s building official was elected, and she had a lot to offer in that regard.