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Campaign Donors Paying The Rent For Dale Holness Real Estate Office

Dale Holness’ real estate office in Plantation

Wealthy donors to Dale Holness‘ congressional campaign are paying the rent on his real estate office in Plantation, Federal records show. Holness owns the All Broward Realty (ABR) office located at 4325 West Sunrise Boulevard. For years, Holness has used his real estate office as his political headquarters.

Dale Holness & Damara Holness inside the All Broward Realty office in Plantation

In 2018, Dale Holness, his daughter Damara Holness and his campaign guru Omar Smith used the All Broward Realty office as the defacto Andrew Gillum campaign office. Holness and his daughter filmed videos shilling for Gillum.

Omar Smith at Andrew Gillum campaign rally at Dale Holness office in 2018

In 2018, REDBROWARD interviewed Omar Smith at an Andrew Gillum campaign rally held in the parking lot in front of Dale Holness’ real estate office. A few month later, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas confronted Omar Smith outside the ABR offices after undercover video showed Smith using racial slurs to describe Florida voters.

Project Veritas interviews Omar Smith outside Dale Holness office in 2018.

In April 2021, Dale Holness announced his candidacy for US Congress District 20 at a rally at his real estate office.

Holness For Congress kickoff at Dale Holness real estate office in April 2021
Dale Holness Campaign Kickoff April 2020

Dale Holness repeatedly posts pictures of supporters attending meetings at his real estate office.

Dale Holness and Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis at his real estate office.

Now, Holness is using campaign contributions to pay his rent at the ten unit shopping mall near the Florida Turnpike. In its June 2021 campaign report to the Federal Elections Commission, the Holness For Congress committee lists a $1,700 payment to Plantation Merchandise Mart for “June rent for office space.”

Instead of using Plantation Merchandise Mart’s physical address in Plantation, the Holness For Congress campaign used the Lake Worth address of In-Rel Properties which manages commerical properties.

All ten units at the Plantation Merchandise Mart appear to be occupied. The tenants include a medical office, a beauty salon, a tax and tag office, a school, a plumbing supply company, an MRI office, a uniform store and All Broward Realty.

The Holness real estate office is festooned with campaign signs for Dale Holness and the late Alcee Hastings.

REDBROWARD contacted In-Rel Properties to ask if Dale Holness had rented additional office space at the Plantation Merchandise Mart. A company representative said someone would call us back.

But on the Holness For Congress website, the only address provided is the All Broward Realty office. This same address is used on the Federal forms Dale Holness filed to run for Congress.

Is Dale Holness really using campaign funds to pay rent on his business’ office? With the election more than two months away, Dale Holness could save six months of rent payments that would have come out of his own pocket.

This would not be the first time Dale Holness gamed the system to his financial advantage.

In 2013, REDBROWARD exposed how Dale Holness failed to pay more than $13,000 in property taxes on numerous investment properties across Broward. When asked about his failure to pay his tax bills, Holness was nonchalant about the matter.

Holness told the Sun-Sentinel his paltry $92,000 County Commission salary barely covered expenses for his seven children.”I’m paying it as I can,” Holness said. “I have different responsibilities. I have children, I don’t neglect my children. I’ve been helping them because they have had a tough time and even though some [of them] are grown … I still have the responsibility.”

Since Holness was so delinquent, his property taxes were sold in tax certificate process. The Sun-Sentinel explained at a tax certificate sale, “investors compete to pay the tax bills for the owners, bidding for an interest rate that will be owed by the delinquent taxpayer. The investor gambles on the eventual payoff from the taxpayer: If the property owner pays up, the investor pockets the interest. If the owner doesn’t pay, the investor can move forward with trying to acquire the property at auction.”

To Dale Holness, there was no shame in having tax certificates sold on his properties. He told the Sun-Sentinel, “The money still goes into the tax coffers. It does cost me more. It’s like a loan.”

In 2020, REDBROWARD again exposed how Holness failed to timely pay his property taxes. He owed nearly $19,000 in taxes to the County. Two of his properties, both Lauderhill townhomes, were so delinquent that both homes were subject to public auction proceedings.

At his campaign kickoff in April, REDBROWARD asked Dale Holness about his failure to pay his property taxes on time.

Shouldn’t Dale Holness pay his own bills?

Holness For Congress website lists Dale Holness real estate office as its address
Holness For Congress campaign paperwork lists Dale Holness real estate office as address.

Reflections In The Acres Designed To Benefit Plantation Neighborhood

A property that a South American Drug Cartel intended to use it as a compound for their top lieutenants that was seized by the Federal Government is at the center of a new development fight in Plantation Acres, and their plan to launder money into the United States is still causing headaches for our city today.
You may have seen the billboards, yard signs and mailers about a new single-family home project in Plantation Acres peddled by a group known as “Reflections in Plantation Acres.” One group which has named itself “Save Our Acres” is opposing the proposed development. Obviously, city leaders and most residents want to be smart about any new development that comes into our community. Plantation must focus on the realities of today while keeping an eye on the Plantation our children will inherit.
So, the city and our elected officials find themselves having to sort out another misinformation campaign. Let’s be clear what all the Hubbub is about.


REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA

First, we are talking about one of the most interesting parcels in all of Plantation, a unique parcel off NW 4th Street, behind the multifamily developments and churches near the corner of Broward Blvd. and Old Hiatus Road. This property has remained undeveloped and consolidated for over 40 years for various reasons.
Prior to this, the property was owned by the South American Drug Cartel and Terrorist group known as the FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, who intended to use it to launder money and as a compound for their top lieutenants. The property was seized by the Federal Government and given as compensation to the victims of torture by the cartel. The plan platted by the cartel is not a real plan that would benefit our community.
TDON, owned by 17-year Plantation Acres resident and President of the Vintage Creek HOA Rob Stiegele, purchased the property from the victims of the Cartel.


Will this “Change the Acres Way of Life?”


Many have confused this property for the old school board property that borders Hawks Landing, but that is not this development. The property is presently surrounded by the highest intensity zoning allowed within Plantation Acres including Community Facilities (two churches, one synagogue and one preschool); and PRD-10Q (two condominium developments and one single family development).
Some out there say that this development will “change their way of life,” because Reflections is not a “rural” development and will allow more than one home per acre.
But contrary to Save Our Acres social media campaign, Plantation Acres is not all 1 home per acre. In fact, any resident looking at a map can see two multi-family condo developments directly adjacent to this property. There are also 1/3 acre lots in the North and South Acres, as well as several various types of properties and developments. This is the perfect area for transitional zoning of 2.9 units per acre, which is far from the highest density in Plantation Acres.
Still, some residents have the impression that Reflections in the Acres would be a high-density development including multifamily dwellings, but this is not the case.

Quality of Life Issues


The plan for Reflections in the Acres incorporates a new lake and the widening of an existing drainage canal, as well as expanded buffering over the current minimum code. There is no question that we need additional drainage and flood protection facilities in Plantation Acres. While the Reflections in the Acres project won’t solve all the drainage issues within the Acres, the interior water features and new drainage structures on the 4th Street and neighboring church to the south will provide significantly improved drainage within the area.
Reflections in the Acres will not allow additional septic systems for each of the new, proposed homes. The developer will run a new sewer main from Broward Blvd. into Reflections so these homes will be on the city’s sanitary sewer system.
It is also apparent to me that the traffic impacts of this project will be much less than what has been alleged on social media, and really of no significant concern to anybody who was here before “New” Hiatus was built.
The best choice for Plantation’s future?
We need to embrace a forward-thinking vision for our community that matches our city’s priorities in the future land use plan, while managing growth in a way that improves life for us all. Luckily there is a new group of residents who share this vision to keep our city vibrant called the Friends of Plantation Acres. All Plantation residents with a view toward smart growth that works toward solving community problems instead of putting it on the backs of all the current homeowners can join this group at http://www.friendsofplantationacres.com
It is this vision that will maintain the character of our existing neighborhoods while providing benefits to all residents.

Stay tuned for more….

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