The Mayor of Surfside launches a police investigation into spoof emails sent to town residents

SURFACE, Fla. – A spoof email circulating around Surfside has become the talk of the town.

The spoof email was sent to Surfside Mayor Shlomo Danzinger’s email list.

Residents receive the email that begins with the words:

“Dear loyal subjects,

This new year is really glorious. After months of silencing both outspoken residents and staff, while pushing my divisive, tasteless, and polluting personal agenda, I have finally rid City Hall of any professional resistance that might hinder my personal political ambitions.

It turns out that the “rules” and “laws” of local government require a level of transparency and collaboration that can’t keep up with my insatiable ego and my re-election campaign. It seems Florida’s sunshine laws are way too light for my delicate complexion. Real collaboration and open dialogue on the podium are far too messy; Luckily, a helpful cadre of fixers have volunteered to help. Being a ceremonial mayor with only 20% input in a “strong manager” form of government became a real burden.

Thanks to my leadership, the Surfside “Coup of ’22” was a tremendous success. While you were distracted making vacation plans, I was able to oust our exceptional and professional city manager, deputy city manager and chief of police, all in a record-breaking 24 hours.

Of my many despicable achievements, this is perhaps my finest moment. And thankfully, I’m finally getting the spotlight I deserve.”

Excerpt from a spoof email sent to Surfside residents

At the end of the email it says that it is a satire and parody.

Eliana Salzhauer is a former commissioner and vocal critic of Danzinger.

She says it’s clear the email is a parody and protected under the First Amendment.

“It’s a public record so any resident can say, ‘I want to see Shlomo’s email list,'” Salzhauer said.

Danzinger eventually emailed residents stating, in part:

“Please note that my email account has not been hacked. Your email address was obtained via a public records request submitted to the city. I apologize for the invasion of privacy you experienced. Our police are currently investigating the matter and will take appropriate action as more information becomes available.”

“I think Park Day and Satire are well protected and have a long history in America,” Salzhauer said.

Surfside Police said Tuesday they were investigating, but after speaking with prosecutors, it was determined there were no criminal violations at the time.

“When he starts a police investigation, he takes it to a whole different level of insanity,” Salzhauer said. “From the outside, you might have people looking at this and saying what’s going on. I think every city has something like that under the hood.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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