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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

3300 NW 27th AVENUE


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:


3300 NORTHWEST 27th AVENUE VS. 501 NORTHWEST 16th AVENUE .....

Longtime practitioners would immediately recognize the first address. Very few would recognize the second. Put the two addresses side by side, then assign the names of the buildings to those addresses, and one can easily deduce what is more important to the leaders in our community - our children or the wealthiest among us.

The first address is the location of the Dade County Juvenile Center Courthouse, and anyone that has ever set foot on the property knows the sad fact that that building is the outhouse of government edifices in our community. The courthouse is undersized, dilapidated, and an eyesore to our justice system.

The second address is the location of Marlins Park, the $650,000,000 retractable roofed ballpark built for owner, Jeffrey Loria, who is estimated to be worth more than a half billion dollars.

At the Juvenile Courthouse, walk into any courtroom and Judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Guardian ad Litems, and social service providers are hashing out issues of child abuse and child neglect. Some parents are quarreling while others are weeping. Armed guards flank a shackled father with a violent history. The discussion encompasses parents’ drug tests, depression and mental illness.

That’s what happens when children are harmed and the state has to intervene.

Eight judges hear 20,000 delinquency and dependency cases a year in the nine courtrooms of the two-story Juvenile Justice Center Courthouse.

Finally, though, after years of talking about building a new courthouse to replace the Juvenile Justice Center, sometime in 2014, the County will open a new building called the "Children's Courthouse". That building is a 14-story, 375,000-square-foot courthouse that will be located in downtown Miami at 155 NW Third St.

According to County officials, the modern design of the new courthouse is meant to inspire reverence and awe, demand respect and instill pride while sustaining the multicultural values surrounding children in Miami-Dade County’s justice system. The lower floors are open and airy, with secure areas on the upper floors for offices.

"We wanted it to be child-friendly and functional and have all the necessary agencies for parents and children to get the services that they need," said Circuit Court Judge and project planner Lester Langer.

Five established artists are creating monumental works for the building through the county’s Art in Public Places program.

Massachusetts-based artist Mike Mandel is designing mosaic tile murals of diverse Miami families. The imagery in his murals aims to minimize the stressful nature of the legal proceedings within the building.

And now that building has a name.

THE JUDGE SEYMOUR GELBER & JUDGE WILLIAM E. GLADSTONE MIAMI-DADE CHILDREN’S COURTHOUSE.

Yesterday, the Miami Herald ran a story that you can read about here.

Judge Gelber, who is 94 years old, was appointed to the bench in 1974. Although he retired from the bench in 1990 at age 70, he still sits as a Senior Judge in the Family and Child Support Divisions.   Gelber fought in WW II, served as a prosecutor, was Mayor of Miami Beach, and dedicated most of his judicial career in the Juvenile Division.

Judge Gladstone, himself 83 years old, began his service as a Circuit Court Judge in 1972.   He served 32 years in the Juvenile Division.

Congratulations to two well deserving leaders in our community and in our justice system who gave so much of their time during their careers on the bench to care for the children that live among us.

And let's hope that this symbol of justice is just the first step to our elected officials paying more attention to the future of our community, our children, and a little less time concentrating on our millionaire baseball players and billionaire owners.

CAPTAIN OUT .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com




 

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Judge Gelber was the first class of public defender in miami. He has a great story about how Gideon was decided and the boss at the SAO said half of you are going to have to be defenders.
No one volunteered. Boss then said defenders will make 2k more a year. And thus the first class of pds was born.

Anonymous said...

When did juvenile move to 36th Street?? It was still at 3300 NW 27th Avenue last week.

Secret Judge said...

This wonderful honor is well-deserved in the case of Judge/Mayor Sy Gelber who was always a one of a kind character.

Anonymous said...

They tore down the orange bowl. That's the real tragedy here. but clearly the public get more from a baseball park then a new court house for juveniles.

CAPTAIN said...


11:22 PM. Thank you for the correction. No clue where I got that from.

Cap Out

Anonymous said...

Additionally, both of those guys are really good people to know.

You couldn't pick two nicer people.

Anonymous said...


if you google Miami dade juvenile courthouse it does come up:

Dade County Juvenile Court
2700 NW 36TH ST, MIAMI, FL
County Government Courts

no idea what building that is

great job by the commission, they finally got something right.

Anonymous said...

Funny that jay weaver trashes um and embraced scum Shapiro and now that nothing happened , weaver crawled back under his rock. Weaver is the heralds carl rove - always on the wrong side of the issue. Big on allegations. But doesn't seem to care about reporting real news .

Anonymous said...

It has to have a nickname, like the GG, or the Gladbag, or The Sy, or I suppose simply Juvie. Can we start a contest for the best nickname?

Anonymous said...

FREE MARK GOLD!

Anonymous said...

Somebody really has an issue with Jay Weaver. I've never had any problems with him--just a journalist trying to do his job in an environment that is not favorable to traditional journalism.

facdl board member said...



PROCLAMATION OF FACDL

By unanimous vote of the Board Of Directors, FACDL hereby congratulates Judge Gelber and Judge Gladstone on the naming rights to the Children's Courthouse.

By the power invested in the Board, we hereby direct that here-to-forth, the building shall be nicknamed:

The Double G Double C
or
GGCC for short.

All legal secretaries are instructed to post in Outlook and other software calendar programs with the abbreviated nickname, for example:

9:00 AM, State v. EP, Judge Prescott, GGCC-12-1, when the attorney has a hearing at the new juvenile courthouse in courtroom 12-1.

Passed Unanimously this 24th day of October, in the year of our Lord, 2013.

Anonymous said...

There are 4 delinquency judges;5 dependency judges and 2 Magistrates in 11 courtrooms. Where is Cindy Lederman's courthouse?

Anonymous said...

3:25 That somebody's initials are Paul Cali who hates him from his coverage of the miccosukki Tein/Lewis case.

Anonymous said...

@ 325 sounds like weaver defending himself !

Weavers done in this town.

-fake pizzi, fake shohat, fake Kuehne

Anonymous said...

WHO CARES about juvenile --- Let's get to FOOTBALL already Rumpole!

Anonymous said...

Why would Cali hate weaver ? Weaver published that Cali won the Dresnick case and got the federal case dismissed.

Anonymous said...

I think that address was the pink pussycat

Anonymous said...

I used to like weaver . But something snapped and now he is really a slanted writer. He seems to want to convict and is not fair. Clearly he burned Ben and Ed . And then he has to have his colleague Fred Grimm defend him and his article. Jay doesn't write journalism. His pieces are tabloid trash . He preys on other people's misfortunes. And when we win acquittals he minimizes or doesn't report . His writing is biased . My two cents.

Anonymous said...

Someone should ask jay if its true he visited Shapiro in prison and if he relied on Maria Elena Perez as a " source ." If he did, that's not traditional journalism It's criminal.

Anonymous said...

GO CANES !!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Too funny ! See attached ! I gues the comments about weaver are spot on !

Weaver is obsessive - and 99 percent of time wrong. Wonder if hell slink away on this issue

Traditional journalism. What a joke

Dude is a recycler and fiction writer


http://m.miamiherald.com/mh/db_42928/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=huOKl72u