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Pig-roast party thrown by suspended Miami Lakes mayor results in fine for property owner


There ain’t no party like a Michael Pizzi party — even if it costs the landowner a $250 fine for holding it without a permit.

The embattled suspended mayor of Miami Lakes who’s out on bond and awaiting a federal trial for bribery charges decided he’d host about 300 people at a barbecue Feb. 1 to commemorate the opening of NW 87th Avenue between 154th and 162nd Streets and celebrate his accomplishments as mayor.

The pachanga was held near the new road on land owned by the Dunn family, prominent developers in Miami-Dade County.

But nobody pulled a permit for a special event, and the Dunns got a $250 citation on Feb. 3.

The day of the party, Pizzi told TV reporters he wasn’t going to let the charges keep him from roasting some lechón in a caja china with his neighbors.

It was not a town-sponsored event, despite a thank-you email sent out by Pizzi to attendees that identified the sender as the town’s elected officials and staff.

He later corrected himself in a follow-up email.