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Miami Beach strip club owner: Commissioner Michael Góngora tried to extort me

By David Smiley, [email protected]

Leroy Griffith, the owner of South Beach’s lone strip club, has furthered a history of allegations against the city of Miami Beach by filing complaints with the Florida Bar and the Florida Elections Commission against Commissioner Michael Góngora .

Griffith says Góngora, a community association attorney, left $3,000 in campaign contributions off his 2009 campaign finance reports. Griffith also alleges the commissioner later tried to force him to hire Góngora’s campaign manager as a lobbyist in exchange for the commissioner’s support to sell alcohol at Griffith’s Club Madonna.

Góngora, who at least twice last year asked commissioners if they would consider changing the city’s laws barring alcohol sales at strip clubs, said the extortion allegations are disappointing but not surprising.

“There’s no truth to any of this,” he said. “Leroy has been threatening me for quite some time.”

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