Rapper and Waterfall Designer - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Rapper and Waterfall Designer

Posted: Updated:
Designer Mark Phelan worked on two waterfalls for rapper Flo Rida's studio. Designer Mark Phelan worked on two waterfalls for rapper Flo Rida's studio.
WSVN -- -

One man is a rapper, Tramar Dillard -- better known as Flo Rida -- a very famous, very successful entertainer.

The other man is Mark Phelan, also successful, owning a smaller business that builds custom-designed waterfalls for a house, condo or business.

Mark Phelan, Vertical River Design: "And they would give an idea of what they are looking for, and once we have an idea we will do an artist's rendering. Everybody signs off, and we can do exactly what they are expecting."

Walk through the door of The Green Diamond on Miami Beach, a 12-foot-tall example of one of Mark's waterfalls catches your eye.

Mark Phelan: "It's phenomenal. It's really nice to be in a business were everybody loves your product."

And the word about Mark's waterfalls are why Mark and Flo Rida crossed paths. The rapper never met Mark, but one of the representatives from his company hired him. .

Mark Phelan: "And we were contacted to fix a large waterfall that he has at the front reception desk."

Mark was told a contractor had tried to build this waterfall at Flo Rida's studio. It didn't work. Mark was hired to redesign it and get it running.

Mark Phelan: "And they also had a second one that they wanted to build for the back near the recording studios."

That waterfall would flow over a waterproof TV after a contractor moved the wall back. Mark was given half his fee up front, $3,250.

Mark then fixed this waterfall and created and installed the second one. It couldn't be turned on because Flo Rida's contractor hadn't moved the wall yet, but Mark's work was done.

Mark Phelan: "And the bottom line is, we did everything that we were contracted do, and we would like to be paid for our work."

Since April, Mark tried to collect his other $3,250 over and over.

Mark Phelan: "I have been calling like a crazy person, and I dropped off several invoices."

By the time we met with Mark, he was ready to write it off, and was actually joking about what he needed from Flo Rida's staff.

Mark Phelan: "I need a check writer."

A check writer for the little businessman Mark, from the big businessman Flo Rida.

Mark Phelan: "No, [Flo Rida] is always on tour, and I am hoping that's all the problem is and maybe they are just very busy."

Well, Howard, Mark did his job, but the second waterfall can't be turned on till the contractor does his job. Does Mark have to wait to get his money?

Howard Finkelstein: "No. Mark is entitled to get paid when he completes the job he was hired to do. If a separate contractor has not done their job, that's not Mark's problem, so he should be paid immediately."

I called Flo Rida's studio and spoke to his attorney. Reggie Mathis told me they would never rip anyone off, and they pay all their bills, that they were waiting for their contractor to pull permits to move the wall before paying for both waterfalls.

When I explained Mark wanted his money now, they did send him a $950 check to finish paying for the waterfall that he redesigned and has running.

A couple more weeks passed. When I called Reggie again, he said it was a massive reconstruction, that we aren't there yet, and if Mark wanted to come get the waterfall that can't be turned on till construction is finished, to just come get it. The next day, Mark dismantled it and took it away.

Mark Phelan: "For now I have everything that I need, and I am glad we were able to resolve it."

Mark got his his money, and got the waterfall that wasn't fully paid for back. "I was getting nowhere. I was really stuck and so glad I got a hold of you."

Technically, Mark has a waterfall that has been half paid for. When I asked Flo Rida's attorney if they wanted Mark to return the down payment for that waterfall or come install it when the construction is finished, he said we will see.

Troubles pouring down on you? Wanna design a soothing plan?

Contact us. We can't rap out a tune, but we can unwrap a solution.

With this Help Me Howard, I'm Patrick Fraser, 7News.

CONTACT HELP ME HOWARD:
E-mail: helpmehoward@wsvn.com (please include your contact phone number when e-mailing)
Reporter: Patrick Fraser at pfraser@wsvn.com
Miami-Dade: 305-953-WSVN
Broward: 954-761-WSVN

  • Out for JusticeMore>>

  • Qualecia James

    Qualecia James

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-07-12 03:30:24 GMT
    Qualecia James (right) and her daughterQualecia James (right) and her daughter
    Last March, an afternoon out with friends ended in a barrage of bullets for a pregnant Miami Gardens mother. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, detectives made an arrest in the case last week, but their work is far from over, and they need your help to bring in the rest of the killers.
    Last March, an afternoon out with friends ended in a barrage of bullets for a pregnant Miami Gardens mother. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, detectives made an arrest in the case last week, but their work is far from over, and they need your help to bring in the rest of the killers.
  • Benoit Lessard

    Benoit Lessard

    Monday, June 16 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-06-16 15:13:54 GMT
    He bought his little spot in the sun. Retired Canadian Benoit Lessard loved to spend winters in South Florida, but as Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, a man with a gun turned his retirement heaven into hell. Fifteen years later, police are still trying to solve this cold case.
    He bought his little spot in the sun. Retired Canadian Benoit Lessard loved to spend winters in South Florida, but as Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, a man with a gun turned his retirement heaven into hell. Fifteen years later, police are still trying to solve this cold case.
  • Annette Anderson/TJ Walker

    Annette Anderson/TJ Walker

    Friday, May 16 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-05-17 03:29:52 GMT
    Annette Anderson, TJ WalkerAnnette Anderson, TJ Walker
    Annette Anderson was a 69-year-old minister. TJ Walker was her 20-year-old grandson who had come to live with her while he went to school. And then, evil came through their door. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, one arrest has been made, and with your help, there could be more to come.
    Annette Anderson was a 69-year-old minister. TJ Walker was her 20-year-old grandson who had come to live with her while he went to school. And then, evil came through their door. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, one arrest has been made, and with your help, there could be more to come.
  • 7News InvestigationMore>>

  • Captain of Controversy

    Captain of Controversy

    Capt. Francesco SchettinoCapt. Francesco Schettino
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
  • Till Death Do Us Part

    Till Death Do Us Part

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-11-08 04:54:26 GMT
    Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up. Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up.
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
  • Blackwater Fever

    Blackwater Fever

    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As...
    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As Patrick...
  • Help Me HowardMore>>

  • Finding a Burglar

    Finding a Burglar

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:48 GMT
    Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
  • Still Paying Debt 15 Years Later

    Still Paying Debt 15 Years Later

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:04:13 GMT
    In 1999, she was a teenager who had a car accident. A judge hit her with a judgment to pay for the other drivers medical bills. For 15 years off and on she has paid that judgment and today found out she owes more than the original debt, even though she has paid nearly the amount owed. Is that legal? It's why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    In 1999, she was a teenager who had a car accident. A judge hit her with a judgment to pay for the other drivers medical bills. For 15 years off and on she has paid that judgment and today found out she owes more than the original debt, even though she has paid nearly the amount owed. Is that legal? It's why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

  • Not Square

    Not Square

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-15 03:26:20 GMT
    The Square cell phone device allows small business owners to swipe customers' credit cards.The Square cell phone device allows small business owners to swipe customers' credit cards.
    If you are self-employed or run a small business, you may be a person who uses the small device that attaches to your phone so your customers can pay with their credit card. It's incredibly convenient, but did you know they can hold your money for months and not tell you why? Is it legal? It's why one person called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    If you are self-employed or run a small business, you may be a person who uses the small device that attaches to your phone so your customers can pay with their credit card. It's incredibly convenient, but did you know they can hold your money for months and not tell you why? Is it legal? It's why one person called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.