Midtown condo president in spat with unit owners

Two Midtown
Two Midtown

A Midtown Miami condo association president is in a messy dispute with other residents, some of whom are pushing to remove him from the board.

Two Midtown resident Rafael Borges is leading a campaign to oust New York native Seth Cohen as association president following Cohen’s proposal to spend $2.4 million on lobby renovations. Last month, Cohen sent a notice to about 120 Two Midtown unit owners indicating the improvements would cost them more than $6,800 apiece. Pricey upgrades to the building’s elevators and pool furniture had just been completed.

The special assessment inspired Borges and several other owners to hold a protest in front of the building, according to the Miami New Times. During the protest, Cohen allegedly slapped a phone out of the hand of one of the Two Midtown residents, who was recording him. The resident filed a complaint with the Miami Police Department, accusing Cohen of vandalism.

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Two Midtown’s board rejected Cohen’s renovation proposal and special assessment on Thursday. Cohen told the New Times he is pursuing claims against some of the residents.

“We have a legal issue ongoing with these few owners,” Cohen said. “As a result of their violation of condo rules and regulations, as well as some illegal activities, we’ve had to take some legal actions.” [Miami New Times]Eric Kalis