Thursday, July 22, 2010

Port LaBelle's Margaret Pass Tries Again For Elected Seat

Fired Former Coral Gables Building Chief Runs Again For Hendry/Glades Office

LABELLE, FL. -- Margaret Rose Pass is running a second time for an elected seat on the Port LaBelle Development Board which governs home and lot owners in Port LaBelle in both Hendry and Glades county.

The $100 a month position mainly calls for attendance at monthly meetings, deciding on the yearly budget, and decisions on what turns out to be rules for Glades County's Port LaBelle Ranchettes, where most of the board members live.

In November 2006, Pass lost her bid for an elected board seat to Scott Wegscheid.

Pass was the long-time Director of Building and Zoning and 22-year employee of the city of Coral Gables, Florida until a scandal broke in mid-September of 2006. She was suspended from her duties after the arrest of her administrative assistant on charges of corruption and fraud in the wealthy exclusive city-suburb of Miami.

Her assistant, Jorge Reyes was arrested in connection with allegations of time-sheet scams, bogus employee scam, fraud, and drug related charges. The suspension of Pass followed an anonymous letter that accused both Pass and Reyes of a list of possible felony charges and alleged nepotism from both in the 80-person Coral Gables building and zoning department.

Claims were made that Pass had city employees working at her property in Port LaBelle while on the city payroll, and inappropriate use of 'comp time' by her office.

The state later withheld adjudication against her assistant Reyes, but an investigation into Pass and her prior office continues. Pass appealed her dismissal by the City, but in September 2009, called off the appeal. 

2010 Political Cortadito Story On Pass:
2006 Sunday Morning News Story On Pass -

Port LaBelle Development District Candidates For Seat #5:
Shannon L. Craft, P O Box 2895, LaBelle, FL 33975 Phone: 863-675-3993
Margaret R. Pass, 2140 Birchwood Pkwy., LaBelle, FL 33935 Phone: 863-612-0806 email:


  1. Anonymous11:52 PM

    I find it funny how people trip all over each other to be elected to $25-$100 dollar jobs in hendry county. It does not take a rocket scientist to think of a good reason why...$100 buys about 2.5 tanks of gas. This is the reason I came up with. No other reason is said or implied in any way whatsoever.

  2. Anonymous11:45 AM

    It's not the money. It's the power and influence she will have with homeowners, developers, and contractors. It has nothing to do with the $100, and Mrs. Pass knows it well!

  3. Anonymous11:45 AM

    I've done some research on Margaret Pass and I haven't read anything flattering about her during the time she was Director of Coral Gables Zoning Department. In fact, she's still under a criminal probe.

  4. Anonymous9:14 PM

    If you haven't read anything good about Ms. Pass is because there is nothing good to say. She works by bullying people and making them shut up. She sounds like a barking dog most of the time. People are naturally afraid of her.

    1. Anonymous3:09 PM

      SHe knows how to bully, just like her son who is in prison, a convicted felon just like her. i suppose its in the genes..

  5. Anonymous12:11 AM

    You are all right. And a zebra never changes their stripes..NEVER.

  6. Anonymous12:12 AM

    She is and always has been no good.

  7. Anonymous11:48 PM

    I think it should be known that her son was arrested in 2006 for raping a 12-year-old girl.