This community is blessed to have such a reputable nursing home operator building up the therapy options.
Greg Vital can run for mayor, but after his losing campaign for state senate, on which he spent $500,000 of his own money, who cares?
After all, "I’ve got more money than God". (Greg Vital to Todd Gardenhire quoted in Greg Vital’s vile tactics disgust, Editorial, Chattanooga Times Free Press, August 1, 2012)
Money which he got from gullible senior citizens at his Greenbriar Cove project:
“Local officials are launching a campaign to try to lure retirees to the Chattanooga area.”(Chattanooga Going After Retirees, The Chattanoogan, January 31, 2007, http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_100802.asp)
“Lure” is defined as “entice: provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion” (http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=lure)
WHAT HOOKS DOES THIS LURE HAVE?
Why would an independent journalistic outlet like The Chattanoogan warn people, in particular senior citizens, about the website choosechattanooga.com? Is there really something to watch out for here? Maybe a computer virus?
The reason for the campaign is simple: money.
“Retirees buy houses“. (Claude Ramsey quoted in Chattanooga Going After Retirees, The Chattanoogan, January 31, 2007, http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_100802.asp)
And who’s targeting senior citizens from out of town? “Greg Vital of Independent Healthcare Properties/Morning Pointe Assisted Living” put up the money to pay for the “www.ChooseChattanooga.com web site”. (Chattanooga Going After Retirees, The Chattanoogan, January 31, 2007, http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_100802.asp)
And what did Greg get for his money?
SPECIAL DEAL: WETLANDS FOR VULNERABLE SENIOR CITIZENS
You see, Greg has some slow-moving inventory on hand. He laid out a bunch of small lots on a wetlands site, and promoted the concept of luxury homes.
Some people bought these houses, and found out (after they bought) that spring water flooded up out of the ground into the crawlspaces under the houses. (Yes, its that wet)
No one told them up front about the wetlands situation, and billionaire developer Greg Vital didn’t want do anything to remedy the problems. So these elderly people, on fixed incomes, had to shoulder the costs of waterproofing, drainage, sump pumps, etc. (Of course, the spring water still bubbles up.)
Now word has gotten out in the Chattanooga area, and sales at Greenbriar Cove have basically stalled.
Of course, there are plenty of retirees up in New York State, Michigan, etc., who haven’t yet heard about how Greg Vital does business.
So now you know why The Chattanoogan used the word “lure”.
Face it. The issue was Vital's character. He tried to deny lying on his resume. But Gardenhire forced the point:
Mr. Greg Vital is running for a place in the Tennessee state senate.
"Chris Carroll covers politics for the Times Free Press.
A Chattanooga native, he graduated from Red Bank High School in 2005 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from East Tennessee State University in 2009.
Chris has investigated violent crime,
AND, MORE RECENTLY, CRIMES OF DECEPTION
hospitals, Red Bank politics and East Ridge politics since joining the newspaper in January 2010." http://timesfreepress.com/staff/chris-carroll/
Candidate Vital was claiming to have experience. Chris Carroll decided to investigate this claim. Since Greg was running as a Republican, Chris Carroll started out with party officials.
REPUBLICAN PARTY: GREG IS AN IMPOSTOR
Like Marti Rutherford, of the Hamilton County Republican Women's Club.
She had this to say about Greg: "Now when all this came up about Greg lying about his education". (http://timesfreepress.com/videos/2012...)
Well, what kind of lies was this politico pushing on the public?
CRUSADING JOURNALIST EXPOSES CORRUPT IMPOSTOR
"State Senate Republican candidate Greg Vital said he's not a college graduate despite saying the opposite in a public forum." (Chris Carroll, Tennessee State Senate candidate Greg Vital says claim about education 'a Freudian slip', Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11 July 2012)
NO DISPUTE ABOUT IT - CANDIDATE VITAL ADMITS HE WAS LYING TO THE PUBLIC
"State Senate Republican candidate Greg Vital apologized Wednesday for "misleading" people into thinking he's a college graduate". (Chris Carroll, Greg Vital's credibility questioned after college slip-up, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 12 July 2012)
So now you know what Greg means when he claims to have experience in "leadership" (see at left). He's talking MISleading.
Hamilton County Republican leader Todd Gardenhire describes this MISleadership as "gutter politics that denigrate the political process". (Todd Gardenhire quoted in Chris Carroll, Greg Vital denies sending mailer about foe, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 20 July 2012)
The impostor is clearly unfit to represent the people of Tennessee in Nashville.
To evaluate this development, you need to understand why Vital is so fond of senior citizens:
Chattanooga billionaire Greg Vital made a fortune off selling real estate without a license.
THIS WAS ILLEGAL
“It is unlawful for any person, directly or indirectly, to engage in or conduct, to advertise or claim to be engaging in or conducting the business, or acting in the capacity of a real estate broker, affiliate broker, time-share salesperson or acquisition agent, as defined in § 62-13-102, within this state, without first obtaining a license as broker, affiliate broker” T.C.A., § 62-13-301
BUT EXTREMELY PROFITABLE
Greg Vital sells to the “memory care” community.
His approach is simple: he tells them what they want to hear, and then they forget the sales pitch by the time they’re stuck with the house.
For example, Mr. Vital tells people that his Greenbriar Cove lots contain “absolutely” no water — the ground is parched. (see at right)
HE’S SO SMOOTH
The victims of his illegal sales pitch like the sound of this. And Greg Vital is such a cool-looking man, with his poncho and western hat.
So many elderly people believed this line, and by the time they figured out how wet the ground is, they couldn’t remember exactly what the unlicensed salesman had to say in the first place.
And that’s why this man caters to the 55+ crowd. Probably at some point in their careers, they heard that real estate salesmen had to have licenses.
But now they’ve forgotten.
Or say they remember that a license is legally required. By the time Mr. Vital is done with his sales pitch, they’ve forgotten to ask to see the license, which this unlicensed salesman just doesn’t have.
BUT ITS STILL CRIMINAL
T.C.A., § 62-13-110. Penalties. — (a) (1) Any person acting as a broker, affiliate broker, time-share salesperson or acquisition agent without first obtaining a license commits a Class B misdemeanor.
Mr. Vital’s business philosophy is simple: “Get in”. “Get out”. “Get even”.
With his “master-planned community” at Greenbriar Cove, he’s been in for 8 long years.
He’d really like to get out of that job, but still owes a bundle to Regions Bank.
“HE’S GOT THE PLAN”
Word about the scandal at Greenbriar Cove has gotten around town, so now Mr. Vital’s great (and last) hope is the “out of town” traffic.
Hence, his special new marketing website.
Vital has a habit making these "Freudian slips".
Like he did at Greenbriar Cove.
Before Mr. Vital picked up the property (for a song), it was an important way station for migratory birds. The habitat was characterized by an abundance of wetlands vegetation. (pictures at http://kanjen.wordpress.com/)
But then billionaire developer Vital moved in to do “an excellent job” of grading and filling this nature area.
Which is legal. If you get the required permit. (Tenn. Code Ann. § 69-3-108)
These are administered by the Department of Environment & Conservation, Division of Water Pollution Control located at:
6th Floor, L & C Annex
401 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37243
“Activities such as stream channel modifications, wetland alterations or gravel dredging are regulated by this Division. ” (http://www.tn.gov/environment/wpc/) Activities like sending in bulldozers to push dirt into wetlands.
We’re talking about: “Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP)/Section 401 Certification – Physically altering waters (streams and wetlands) of the state, including water withdrawals that have the potential to signficantly degrade the water quality in the stream.” (http://www.tn.gov/environment/permits/#water)
Now you’re probably thinking that the aspiring state senator complied with the law and got his ARAP/ Section 401 Certification prior to starting work.
Well, that isn’t how it worked.
While Mr. Vital claims that “he can bring a fresh business perspective to the Legislature” (Chattanooga developer Greg Vital to run for state Senate, Chattanooga Times Free Press, March 2, 2012), this fresh perspective will result in untold suffering for vulnerable senior citizens. Not to mention the migratory birds who will be losing their habitats.
"Lack of candor"? How about deliberate deception.
At his Greenbriar Cove master-planned community, he removed most of the vegetation from a wetlands reserve, then dressed things up and sold some luxury homes -- which just happened to have flooded crawlspaces.
“U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Ed Perry explains: “Build your house in a wetland, and you’ve got a hobby for the rest of your life. You will be fighting that water forever.” (Michael Lipske, Caution: Building in a Wetland Can Be Hazardous to Your House – Developers are nibbling away at the nation’s small wetlands, creating big problems in the process for many homeowners, National Wildlife Federation, June 1, 1998)
GREED VS. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
You see, there are some developers who will do anything to make a buck. “Ed Perry has prepared numerous reports studded with photos of seasonal wetlands—some of them “sites you need hip boots to get into,” he says—where unscrupulous builders have tried to peddle housing lots during dry months.” (Michael Lipske, Caution: Building in a Wetland Can Be Hazardous to Your House – Developers are nibbling away at the nation’s small wetlands, creating big problems in the process for many homeowners, National Wildlife Federation, June 1, 1998) Like those seasonal wetlands underneath so many of the houses on Leyland Drive in Greenbriar Cove.
THE GROUNDWATER DOESN’T REALLY GO AWAY
“When wetlands are filled, the water that made them wet has to go somewhere. If it isn’t seeping back into the basement of the house built on the former wetland, the water likely is leaking into formerly dry homes of downstream property owners.” (Michael Lipske, Caution: Building in a Wetland Can Be Hazardous to Your House – Developers are nibbling away at the nation’s small wetlands, creating big problems in the process for many homeowners, National Wildlife Federation, June 1, 1998)
The Greg Vital Group focuses their marketing efforts for the Cove on “active seniors”. People who have a stack of money, and aren’t ready to pack it in just yet.
So maybe your grandmother is looking for a hobby that will keep her busy — for the rest of her life. (per Michael Lipske, Caution: Building in a Wetland Can Be Hazardous to Your House – Developers are nibbling away at the nation’s small wetlands, creating big problems in the process for many homeowners, National Wildlife Federation, June 1, 1998)
If so, there are PLENTY of these “hobby houses” available.
If you don't care about legalities, Mr. Vital would make a fine candidate:
So many elderly people believed this line, and by the time they figured out how wet the ground is (http://kanjen.wordpress.com/), they couldn’t remember exactly what the unlicensed salesman had to say in the first place.
In the course of his long and illustrious business career, Mr. Vital has built up a billion dollar fortune.
THE BILLIONS ARE THERE
Mr. Vital has been selling houses like hotcakes. Primarily to senior citizens. “Greenbriar Cove is a master planned retirement community specially designed for active adults ages 55 and older.” (http://www.seegreenbriarcove.com/)
And stacking the profits sky high.
16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ Luke 12 NKJV
BILLIONAIRE DEVELOPER TAKES HIS EASE
Mr. Vital bought many houses. Like the luxurious mansion once owned by Dixie Carter. (John Shearer, Dixie Carter Owned House On Lake Chickamauga, The Chattanoogan, April 17, 2010) And so he made merry.
You’ll be thinking that’s all well and good. But how does this fit in with Mr. Vital’s philanthropic thrust?
TENNESSEE LAW FACILITATES MR. VITAL’S PHILANTHROPY
T.C.A., § 62-13-110. Penalties. —
(a) (1) Any person acting as a broker, affiliate broker, time-share salesperson or acquisition agent without first obtaining a license commits a Class B misdemeanor.
(2) A corporation that violates subdivision (a)(1) is ineligible to obtain a license for a period of one (1) year from the date of conviction of the offense.
(b) Any person acting as a broker, affiliate broker, time-share salesperson or acquisition agent without first obtaining a license who has received any money or the equivalent of money as a fee, commission, compensation or profit by or in consequence of a violation of this chapter, is, in addition, liable for a penalty of no less than the amount of the sum of money so received and no more than three (3) times the sum so received, as may be determined by the court, which penalty may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction by any person aggrieved.
You see, Mr. Vital doesn’t have a real estate license. But sells houses anyway
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY (WITH A LITTLE HELP)
And now anyone who bought a house in, for example, Greenbriar Cove, after, for example, seeing Mr. Vital’s promotional signs at the subdivision, or reading his marketing materials at www.seegreenbriarcove.com or www.choosechattanooga.com, is now eligible for philanthropy in the amount of 3 times the profit Mr. Vital made on the deal.
And everyone wins. Mr. Vital enjoys the satisfaction of philanthropy, as he gives away a small sliver of his billion-dollar fortune. The senior citizens who bought his wetlands houses should recover more than enough to pay for sump pumps, waterproofing, fans, replacing rotten wood, and drainage.
Some readers have been asking, "Where are the real resources to back up their accusations?"
This proof is located just to the north of Chattanooga, in the suburb of Collegedale: "Greenbriar Cove is a master planned retirement community specially designed for active adults ages 55 and older." (http://www.seegreenbriarcove.com)
Prior to 2003, these "100 picturesque acres in a valley at the base of White Oak Mountain in the Collegedale-Ooltewah area" (http://www.seegreenbriarcove.com) served as a nature reserve. The abundant spring-fed wetlands were very popular with waterfowl, and especially migratory birds.
But then billionaire real estate developer Greg Vital got to thinking: “Why should birds be living there, when I can’t make any money off them?”
MAXIMIZING PROFITS WHILE MINIMIZING LOT SIZES
So he picked up the parcel (for a song), and laid out luxury homesites.
Back in 2003. In the meantime, Greg Vital has sold quite a few houses to senior citizens — the 55+ crowd.
He told them the place was so beautiful, so luxurious, and so convenient to it all.
Greg just forgot to mention the wetlands.
HE WAS OH SO SLICK
Which didn’t mean that these vulnerable senior citizens didn’t found about them. Just too late.
They bought their wetlands houses, and in short order discovered that water was seeping up into the crawlspaces — lots of water.
And so they complained to Greg Vital. Who told them that the ground at Greenbriar Cove contains absolutely no water. A falsehood, as you can see from the pictures at http://kanjen.wordpress.com
Nobody believed him, but seeing as the billionaire developer wasn’t about to provide compensation to the victims of his scheme, they had to shoulder the costs of waterproofing, drainage, sump pumps, etc., out of their social security payments.
HE MADE OUT LIKE A BANDIT
Business was so good for Vital, and so bad for the senior citizens, that in 2012, Vital boasted that he “more money than God”.
Who knows how many senior citizens got ripped off to make this huge fortune possible?
SET HIS SITES ON AN ELECTED OFFICE
Greg started to worry about legal action, so he decided to run for the State Senate — to get parliamentary immunity.
He spent $500,000 of his own money on the Republican primary for State Senate — and lost anyway.
HIS REPUTATION DID HIM IN
Because word of what he’d done to senior citizens at Greenbriar Cove had gotten around, the voters weren’t about to let Mr. Vital do them too.