We The Shelborne Owners
We, the owners at the Shelborne Hotel oppose the granting of the permits
they are asking for. This past year we have been very restricted in the use
and enjoyment of the pool area because of the parties that were thrown. We
are all owners of this common area. It does not belong exclusively to the
hotel's commercial entities. We have all paid very steep assessments and
recently had our maintenance raised to pay for the renovation of the pool
area and lobby. Yet on weekends the lounge chairs we paid for get rented
only to outsiders.
Towels run out all the time. Hotel guests and private owners cannot enjoy
the pool area. They are relegated to a separate terrace up a flight of
Access from the beach is prohibited. There are bouncers in the lobby making
it hard for guests to return to their rooms.
We believe that anyone who rents a hotel room in Miami is entitled to use of
the pool area. This is a standard amenity at all hotels. If the parties were
not charging admission and the lounge chairs were not being rented to others
this would not be so much of an issue. The music has often been extremely
loud. This prevents the rental of rooms facing the pool to people with
families or those who might be here on business. All of the noise complaints
have been deemed 'invalid' by Code Compliance. Yet many reviews cite the
noise and inability to use the pool. And many of us have been informed by
renters that the noise level was extremely high and uncomfortable. Many
rentals have been lost and a lot of money had to be returned.
We believe they should have to apply for each party permit and that all of
the owners of these areas should be informed whenever a party is scheduled.
We are also concerned about the plans for the Karaoke Club. We want to be
sure that the entrance and the spill off from the club will not affect the
lobby and pool area. The location of the original club has always been good
for us. It is able to operate late into the night without impacting the
lobby townhouses and without overcrowding the lobby. We are concerned that
the new plans might create more noise nuisance. And that the spillover from
club visitors will end up in the lobby and pool area and create more
disturbances to hotel guests.
We also as owners would like to be informed directly of all plans for
anything that might affect our units and our ability to rent them.
This applies to all owners whether they are on the Hotel rental plan or rent
We want the Shelborne to be a successful hotel where people like to spend
the night. If the permits that they request are granted it will turn the
hotel grounds into a nonstop party venue where no one will want to stay. We
have all paid dearly to have the hotel improved. We need to make sure that
we get something back from our investments. The revenue from the parties
goes exclusively to the hotel. The Condo Association receives nothing. Yet
we have bankrolled the areas that are being used by them. So we respectfully
request that they not be given blanket permission to continue to use these