Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT North Miami Beach, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in North Miami Beach, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – An investigative report released about the alleged misuse of taxpayer funds by the former administration of North Miami Beach cited massive misspending of funds, some as high as personal spending on Amazon to the tune of almost $300,000, and even a child support payment for $300.The North Miami Beach City Commission appointed Michael A. Pizzi, Jr., as special counsel in May of 2023 to investigate the misspending and misuse of city funds during the past several years.The report wa...
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – An investigative report released about the alleged misuse of taxpayer funds by the former administration of North Miami Beach cited massive misspending of funds, some as high as personal spending on Amazon to the tune of almost $300,000, and even a child support payment for $300.
The North Miami Beach City Commission appointed Michael A. Pizzi, Jr., as special counsel in May of 2023 to investigate the misspending and misuse of city funds during the past several years.
The report was released on July 18, 2023 with Pizzi stating in his executive summary that he found that it was not a case of “isolated errors or an occasional rogue employee or negligent oversight and incompetence. This is a case of intentional ignoring well-known rules governing expenditure of public funds.”
Pizzi’s report also states that interviews with staffers may show evidence city resources and funds were used to assist political candidates.
North Miami Beach has had its share of upheaval including city employees arrested for stealing Publix gift cards meant for a resident giveaway and some of the gift cards just missing, the arrest of the city’s mayor, and absentee commissioners who failed to show up at city meetings and stalling business.
But this investigation focused squarely on the abuse of the city’s P-card program which, the report identifies as $1,382,062.27 in spending that violated the policy.
On March 22, 2023, commissioners voted to fire City Manager Arthur “Duke” Sorey III, who was hired for a four-year term on April 20, 2021. He is cited numerous times in the investigative report for his involvement in the alleged P-card spending spree.
The city of North Miami Beach P-card, or procurement card, was instituted, according to a policies and procedures document, was instituted to streamline “small-dollar” purchases.
• To provide an efficient method of purchasing and paying for goods and services not exceeding $1000 per purchase unless otherwise approved.
• To reduce the use of petty cash and blanket purchase orders.
• To reduce the time spent by the Accounts Payable clerk processing low dollar transactions
In the report, Pizzi lists what he refers to as the “most egregious expenditures so far.”
Some smaller abuses include but are not limited to:
The findings also revealed that a database received from the city of North Miami Beach showed less than the actual number of purchases on the P cards issued. For example, it stated, according to the database, that Sorey used his P card a total of 73 times, but prior spreadsheets showed that the card was used a total of 218 times.
Pizzi refers to Sorey in the investigation documents by saying:
“After the Former City Manager was hired, there was an explosion of P Card assignment and expenditures. Also problematic was the increased and sometimes excessive usage of City issued Cards by the City Manager, Senior Staff and City Commissioners, including but not limited to making donations, paying Bar association memberships and using food trucks for quasi political events.”
(See the spreadsheet of spending below)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended North Miami Beach Mayor Anthony DeFillipo less than a week after DeFillipo's arrest on illegal voting charges.DeSantis on Monday signed an executive order immediately sus...
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended North Miami Beach Mayor Anthony DeFillipo less than a week after DeFillipo's arrest on illegal voting charges.
DeSantis on Monday signed an executive order immediately suspending DeFillipo, who was arrested Wednesday in Miami-Dade on three counts of an unqualified elector willfully voting, a third-degree felony.
“It is in the best interests of the residents of the City of North Miami Beach, and the citizens of the State of Florida, that Anthony F. DeFillipo II be immediately suspended from the public office which he now holds,” DeSantis wrote in the executive order.
Under the Florida constitution, the governor has the authority to suspend local elected officials from office for malfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony. The Florida Senate will later judge whether DeFillipo will be reinstated or removed from office.
“The Mayor expects to be fully exonerated from these politically motivated false charges and is anxious to get his day in court. The Mayor has always fought corruption in his City and has never been charged with abusing his office. The sole allegation that he voted in the wrong district is misguided and it is shameful that the State attorney is using her office to intercede in politics,” the Mayor’s attorney Mike Pizzi wrote NBC 6.
In the meantime, DeFillipo is banned from performing any official act, duty, or function of public office, or getting paid from the city.
The mayor, in an exclusive interview with NBC6 earlier this year, admitted to using an old address within city limits to vote, calling it an honest mistake.
“It was an oversight and I had it fixed immediately when I noticed,” DeFillipo told NBC6.
"We are aware of how concerning this may be to the many residents, stakeholders, and employees of the City of North Miami Beach. The circumstances surrounding the former Mayor is not a reflection of the City staff or the rest of the City Commission who work tirelessly, day in and day out to make NMB a wonderful place to live, work, and play," the city said in a statement Monday. "Our community is resilient, the business of the city will continue, and with your patience, we will get through this chapter of the city together and prevail."
A complaint filed six months ago with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust accused DeFillipo of living in Davie. The North Miami Beach city charter requires elected officials to reside in the city.
Prosecutors in Miami-Dade County began to investigate. DeFillipo admitted during a March deposition to purchasing a home in Davie, but he said it was for his family to live in while dealing with marital issues.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon that DeFillipo was living primarily at his Davie home when he voted in August, October and November 2022 for a district he was no longer legally qualified to vote in.
Location data tracking DeFillipo’s cellphone showed how he woke up on election day at his Davie property, traveled to vote in North Miami Beach, and then returned at night to his Davie property. The cellphone data showed DeFillipo slept most nights since in Davie after selling his longtime family home in North Miami Beach in 2021.
DeFillipo maintains he’s lived in the city since taking office.
County documents show DeFillipo continued to use his old address while voting in the primary, general, and runoff election the following year despite no longer owning that home.
This is the latest act in an intense and long political battle over the small city of North Miami Beach. After the November 2022 election, a campaign worker filed an ethics complaint with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, accusing the Mayor of no longer living in the city as required by the charter.
Over the residency accusation, the former city attorney advised three city commissioners to boycott commission meetings over the issue, arguing the mayor did not have the authority to preside over the city. Commissioner Daniela Jean, Commissioner McKenzie Fleurimond, and Vice Mayor Michael Joseph boycotted meetings until a Miami-Dade judge ordered all commissioners to attend.
After the court order, the new governing majority voted to fire the city manager. The former city attorney resigned a few days earlier. The commission then voted to remove Commissioner Joseph, accusing him of violating the city charter as well by missing 120 days of commission meetings. Joseph and his attorneys argued in court he still had time left. A lawsuit over Joseph’s attendance is still pending.
"It's a sad day in North Miami Beach!" Commissioner Jay Chernoff said in a brief statement.
NBC6 contacted all other city commissioners for comment. We have not received a response.
DeFillipo, 51, was first elected mayor in 2018. Before that, he served as a city commissioner since 2013.
If convicted on all three charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
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TRP, a key player in the cannabis retail sector with operations spanning 14 states and two nations, has inaugurated its newest Florida retail store, Cookies North Miami Beach. This marks the fourth cannabis retail store under TRP's purview in Florida via its MMTC-licensed entity, Cookies Florida, Inc. The Cookies brand was originally created by famed rapper Berner.
The Cookies North Miami Beach dispensary, located at 17150 Biscayne Boulevard, now welcomes medical patients who have legitimate MMUR ID cards. This opening comes on the heels of a significant 40,000-square-foot expansion of TRP's cultivation facility in DeLand, accompanied by a newly devised nursery area meant to accommodate an augmented genetics offering and foster novel breeding initiatives.
“Our state-of-the-art expansion not only quadruples our indoor cultivation capacity but also underscores our commitment to providing top-tier products to Florida’s growing number of registered patients," TRP's co-founder and CEO Brandon Johnson said. "Through this investment, we are poised to introduce 25 new strains to the market along with introductions to new brand partners and a fresh range of genetics. This strategic expansion enables us to scale our store count and broaden our home-delivery territories, ensuring increased product accessibility for Florida’s cannabis patients.”
Emphasizing the diverse and quality-driven product range, Cookies North Miami Beach showcases a comprehensive line-up of high-grade medical cannabis products. The store's catalog flaunts collaborations with renowned brands and cultivators such as Gumbo Brands, GasHouse, Shauncron, Pure Blanco, SMKRS, Lemonnade, B-Real’s Dr. Greenthumb’s and Grandiflora Genetics.
Additionally, the product menu at the North Miami Beach dispensary encompasses rosin C-Bite edibles, concentrates, 510 and disposable live rosin vapes and RSO syringes, a feat achieved in collaboration with Nature’s Lab Extracts.
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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Inspectors were at Bubby’s Fish N Chips last week for a routine unannounced state inspection.Records show 30 violations were found. Among the violations were rodent issues throughout the establishment.Bubby’s inspection history is far from stellar.Take a look at the link below:https://www.myfloridalicense.com/inspectionDates.asp?licid=7543219...
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Inspectors were at Bubby’s Fish N Chips last week for a routine unannounced state inspection.
Records show 30 violations were found. Among the violations were rodent issues throughout the establishment.
Bubby’s inspection history is far from stellar.
Take a look at the link below:
Bubby’s was allowed to re-open following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.
**BUBBY’S FISH N CHIPS
1129 NE 163RD STREET
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
ORDERED SHUT 9/13/23
30 VIOLATIONS FOUND
“Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Observed in the dry storage area: 120+ rodent droppings on the top of table by 2 bags of rice with gnawed corners.”
“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed in the dry storage area: 120+ rodent droppings on the top of table by 2 bags of rice, cases of sweet potatoes, cooking oil, and bags of onions, on the same table: 20+ rodent droppings on the bottom shelf nearby cases of cooking oil, paper storage shelf: 30+ rodent droppings on paper bags, 50+ rodent droppings on the floor underneath the paper storage shelf, 20+ rodent droppings underneath the mop sink nearby the cook line, and in the dry storage area: 30+ rodent droppings alongside the walls and behind 2 stand up reach in coolers.”
“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach by the hand washing sink by the front counter. Observed 1 dead roach by the drain in between the kitchen and the back prep area, 1 dead roach on the floor by the hand washing sink by the front counter, and 1 dead roach by the mop sink in the kitchen.”
“Stop Sale issued on time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse. Observed raw fish (53F - Cooling); cod fish (56F - Cold Holding); salmon (60F - Cold Holding); silver reach in cooler: butter (63F - Cold Holding); front counter reach in cooler: cream cheese (52F - Cold Holding); milk (46F - Cooling); butter (52F - Cold Holding) Observed tuna prepped on 8/29 (62F - Cold Holding) in the silver reach in cooler in the back and salmon prepared on 8/28 (43F - Cold Holding) in the 2 door reach in cooler by the kitchen. Advised operator to discard items. As per operator, all food stored inside the reach in coolers overnight.”
“Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed raw fish (53F - Cooling); cod fish (56F - Cold Holding); salmon (60F - Cold Holding); silver reach in cooler: butter (63F - Cold Holding); 2 door reach in cooler in the kitchen: prepped salmon on 9/5 (42F - Cold Holding); front counter reach in cooler: cream cheese (52F - Cold Holding); milk (46F - Cooling); butter (52F - Cold Holding). As per operator, all food stored inside the reach in coolers overnight.”
“Ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Observed tuna prepped on 8/29 in the silver reach in cooler in the back and salmon prepared on 8/28 in the 2 door reach in cooler by the kitchen. Advised operator to discard items.”
“Heavily soiled paper used to line food-contact shelves by the mixer and bottom shelf with the food storage containers.”
“Food-contact surface soiled with food debris, mold-like substance or slime. Observed 2 fries cutter with old food debris. As per operator, cut fries 2 days ago. All food storage containers soiled. Repeat Violation.”
“Nonfood-contact surface soiled with grease, food debris, dirt, slime or dust. Observed interior of the reach in cooler and reach in freezer with accumulated old food.”
“Single-service articles improperly stored. Front counter: cases of plastic spoons and forks pastured on the floor. Back storage area and front counter: pizza boxes stored on the floor. Also observed single service bags stored improperly. Advised operator to discard. Repeat Violation.”
“Required employee training expired for some employees.”
“Ceiling/ceiling tile shows damage or is in disrepair. Water damage and broken ceiling tiles.”
“Food not stored at least 6 inches off of the floor. Observed bags of onions stored on the floor in the back storage area. Repeat Violation.”
Michael Joseph, recently ousted from the North Miami Beach commission by his peers for repeated absences, is now looking to the court for help.Just two days after the 3-1 commission decision to remove him from office on May 16 for missing three consecutive meetings, Joseph’s attorneys filed a motion for injunctive relief that would have him reinstated and prohibit a special election to fill his seat.A hearing for that motion took place last Friday, where Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Lopez heard testimony from either sid...
Michael Joseph, recently ousted from the North Miami Beach commission by his peers for repeated absences, is now looking to the court for help.
Just two days after the 3-1 commission decision to remove him from office on May 16 for missing three consecutive meetings, Joseph’s attorneys filed a motion for injunctive relief that would have him reinstated and prohibit a special election to fill his seat.
A hearing for that motion took place last Friday, where Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Lopez heard testimony from either side representing Joseph and the encompassing lawsuit’s plaintiff, Vice Mayor Jay Chernoff.
Dominating the May 26 hearing was again the section of the city charter which states that the seat of any commissioner who has failed to attend a meeting for 120 days will automatically be deemed vacant. Arguments showed differing interpretations of when the charter intends for that 120-day clock to begin. Joseph’s attorneys also raised concern about whether the commission failed to fulfill quorum requirements by voting to remove Joseph with just four members present.
The North Miami Beach city charter states that a quorum shall consist of five members. City attorney John Herin, however, said that the city did not break quorum requirements because Chernoff and Commissioner McKenzie Fleurimond were present at the May 16 meeting, although they had to recuse themselves from the hearing and the vote due to their involvement in the lawsuit.
Fleurimond, who was absent for the January and February commission meetings, has since been dropped as a defendant from that lawsuit.
Joseph and Fleurimond, as well as Hans Ottinot, former city attorney for North Miami Beach, testified on the matter last week for the first time since Chernoff initially sought litigation against the two commissioners in February. Joseph had not shown up at this month’s commission hearing due to a reported heart attack but was present for Friday’s hearing.
Both commissioners have stated that they did not attend commission meetings due to legal concerns that Mayor Anthony DeFillipo’s seat was illegitimate amid a questionable residency status. Just as the charter states that commissioners in violation of the 120-day rule will automatically vacate their seat, so it states that any mayor found to live outside the city shall automatically vacate their seat.
“[My absences weren’t] for whatever reason, no. It was because of the advice of counsel. No,” said Joseph to Chernoff’s attorney, Michael Pizzi, who asked Joseph to confirm his absences regardless of the reasoning behind them. “When you say that, you’re making it seem like it was an arbitrary thing, like I just decided not to go.”
Ottinot, who had advised commissioners of DeFillipo’s potential malfeasance, denied any accusations that he had ulterior motives.
“You told commissioners or suggested that they not go to meetings in order to continue getting paid as city attorney, right?” Pizzi asked Ottinot, who was at risk of being fired by the commission before he ultimately resigned in March.
“That’s absolutely false,” Ottinot replied.
Motives aside, Lopez also has another North Miami Beach precedent to consider – that of former Commissioner Frantz Pierre, whose seat was deemed vacant in 2018 after he failed to attend meetings for several months. In that case, Jean Olin, a board-certified attorney in government law who helped write the existing charter, and Jose Smith, the city attorney at the time, both concurred on the legal opinion that began counting Pierre’s absences after his first missed meeting.
The judge has yet to make a ruling on Joseph’s request for injunction but is expected to issue a written order in coming days. If he denies the injunctive relief, the city charter states that there must be a special election held within 35-90 days after Joseph’s seat became vacated. Herin, however, revealed last week that the Miami-Dade County Elections Department is unable to accommodate that election with such short notice.