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April 30, 2008 by Barbara

2 ways to remedy the Friday Night Jazz on the Square…

Poll the Commissioners….for an extension on the paperwork….

A Commissioner calls for a special meeting ….only requires 6 hours notice….so no interruption this Friday night…. grant an extension….

Hear all the Commissioners and the Chamber are in agreement on this one!

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Here’s Thse Scoop

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

Whoaaa….

Come on LBTS Administration….

Time to BEND…..Time to show us all….. what it means to be a small town village ….

BCbythesea hears that a snafu has put Friday Night Jazz on the Square in jeopardy for 2 weeks…

The residents…visitors and businesses who thrive from this LBTS mainstay will be most unhappy!

Poll the Commissioners….as is the custom…in such situations… TODAY!

Bring back the music…bring back Friday Night Jazz on the Square!

Note:Was part of this problem the unnecessary omission of a second commission meeting in April?….seems so….

Update to come….

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Here’s The Scoop

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

July 4th…

BCbythesea…is second… with this scoop….out of respect for the “off the record” info …until now…..

The times just had their Newsflash…so the cat’s out of the bag…

July 4th Festivities…

10 am Parade….who will be the Grand Marshall….??????

stay tuned…

11am- 3pm Under the Tent in El Prado Park….

Music….Food…. drinks…special fun for the kids….Raffle items…

Fireworks off of the Pier…at dark…

Thanks to the Athena Restaurant…LBTS will save on the ever climbing expense of a rented barge….

It’s a 3 day weekend…full of tourists…

Townspeople…Commissioners….Civic Volunteers…. Businesses….Participants…will show them a great way to celebrate this year!

Want to join in…with donating…. to the event…. through a donation or your time…

Contact…Town Hall…954-776-0576

Comm. Dodd….954-612-1600/ Comm. Clottey…954-895-6595…. co- Chairs..

Jerry Sehl…to donate items…954-2291936

Mark Conn…To join in the parade…954-772-8978

Get out your RED…WHITE and BLUE!!!!

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Sea Ranch Club

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

4/30/08 9am meetings…Association Areas Executive Committee

This is an overview…for complete numbers …check with your Board Members,Building Managers or the Comptroller…

Approval of 4/2/08 minutes

Discussion about additional expansion joint work on Building C tennis courts…

A bid from Mastertec was put forth…

A resident did ask questions about the process…

The resident was concerned with the method used…if it was appropriate…and a need for a structural engineer to before complying with the advice from the contractor…

The Board decided the contractor and the Mastertec company were reliable…and voted approval unanimously.

The cost…$14,400…

The same resident …also inquired about the status of the surface replacement for C courts…and advice from SRC Atty. that a change from the original surface would be considered a structural improvement…requiring a vote from the the residents… with a 2/3 majority…

This resident …added that if that is so…the return to the original surfaces would be required…stating what material was used for those surfaces …for C and for A…which was apparently changed without a vote…

Many in the room were skeptical of the Atty. ruling…

He further went on to discuss the gardens and the landscape situation…with the loss of our new foreman Jerry Thompson…and the change from a company to in- house service….

Another suggestion offered by the resident was to have a landscape architect come and supply a plan for what vegetation should be where…this way any time a replacement is needed … the plan would be implemented …

another resident and a Board member…think a plan might already be in our possession from 2 years ago…

This gentleman will join a resident from Building B and Building C to work on these landscaping suggestions….

Later on we were informed by Building A Manager Jane Paoli that she had called our previous landscape contractor… Villa…formerly Tri-R ….to learn that our foreman Jerry Thompson had returned to their employ…

They said they did not actively recruit him…he came back to work for them on his own…

Jane said that if a landscape contractor is the way the Board decides to go…Villa or any other company will purchase our newly purchased equipment for the full amount we paid….

Aon Risk Insurance Company Representative Martha Roig came at the request of the Board to counter the presentation from Brown Insurance Reps…last week.

She has worked behind the scenes with our Assoc. for 28 years…

Very personable…with a few cute remarks .. she is the person behind the “suits” and SRC ..”You’re like my children.”

The Comptroller faxed her the proposal from Brown we received last week…

Her first responses…

not necessarily does cheap mean better…they did not have all the information…they had valid info…but were not given all the info…and were lacking info from the proposal given…

CNA will not provide wind coverage…

Aon has been working with SRC since 2006 to get us out of Citizens and back to QBE which will substantially lower our cost and the percentage difference in deductions…from 10% deductible of $26,877,404 per calendar year from Citizens to QBE..3% deductible ..of $8,128,916 per calendar year.

What is required to make the change?

Full Class A protection in the buildings…private/common areas…with shutters/impact windows…

Right now Building C is set to be the first to be in line to make this change with 100% compliance in the next few weeks.

Building B has 3 owners who will not comply…Building A…has 4 who are not under contract/2 refusing to comply…

Although we are one corporation…each building is separate under the coverage…

Note: It was later discussed that a Board meeting will be called to discuss a change to amend the condo documents…

It would require a 2/3 vote from each building to approve the change…which then gives the buildings the right to go into the units refusing to comply…have the shutters installed…and then place a lien on the units to recover the cost.

A short discussion took place on a possible difference of opinion on the amendment …between the SRC Atty. and a litigator …

Ms. Roig…continued on..

She proceeded with many other comparisons between the advantages …both… monetarily upfront and in a case of a catastrophic loss between Citizens and QBE…

A ballpark figure of annual savings…Buildings A/C..$150 thousand …Building B…$100 thousand…

QBE is a A+ rated International company…Headquartered in New York…

An example of previous coverage was given…Hurricane Wilma…

Building A had roof loss… an $800 thousand dollar claim was made…the roof was $600 thousand…insurance coverage…(pre-Citizens by QBE)…$135 thousand…

Questions were asked about self insuring…

the response was that the current Condo documents do not allow it…

self insurance would be spread out …current insurance covers buildings individually…

Our SRC Atty. has advised against self insurance…

Ms Roig discussed the Aon fee VS Brown commission…

The fee of $116 thousand has a cap…and comes out of the commission…

as she explained this…she informed us of a commission Aon received from the company of $250 thousand…she presented a check for the difference…(minus approx. $3 thousand…to be forthcoming)…to the Board president for $120 thousand dollars…

She also addressed the question of general liability…using the example of shopping for a dress…the price of the dress in Jan…and the price in March…discounted…

the point …insurance is a “moving target” and subject to the marketplace…

what is applicable in Jan. is not applicable today…..

If we were to accept a proposal…it would most likely be changed 90 days later upon an inspection in accordance with supposition…becoming fact…

Solicitation for new policies come 120 days prior to expiration date…..

Finally if we have another good year…with no hurricane activity Citizens will not go down…it will remain steady ….due to the belief …that the big one will come next year…QBE would change by approx. 10%….

A copy of the presentation…which was recorded will be prepared and available from the Comptroller

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Public Notice

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

www.sunsentinel.com

full public notice online…

Town of LBTS…

RFP 08-04-02

Bids for wireless surveillance system…

A repeat of a previously posted public notice…check category…

still a question what this is for….

should not be for camera surveillance at entries…due to initial presentation that those would be paid for by BSO drug money…

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More Later

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

Wednesday…means 9am…Ocean Room…SRClub…Areas Meeting….

Overview to come…

By the By …Condo owners check out the paper…www.sunsentinel.com

want the Board to put something on their agenda…new rules will give you a way…and more…

with new Condo laws that should be enacted in October…

Take a look at Bob Normans’s post on Ft. Laud …e-mail requests…www.browardpalmbeach.com

Go to www.jaablog.com for a real soap opera brewing in the Broward courthouse…including State Attorney Satz…

New Merge is now added in front of Oriana…and a bike lane of sorts…

anyone who doubts that El Mar needs to be 2 lanes each side…take a gander…and check out the rusty grates around the trees…a glaring liability… for LBTS… when a pedestrian falls right through….what’s up with that?

“new” sewer grates… on Seagrape just a rusty….where have they been?….

Lot’s of kudos for the new LBTS light pole flags…if this was the work of Assistant to the Town Manager John Olinzock…a big high five!….

Questions ongoing….why the un-inviting signs at the new park…2 keep out…1 no trespassing… on the center pole!…Many are asking….and is that ugly box going to reamain in the center ….after the light¬† pole is removed?…. residents are inquiring…

Be careful out there …if walking at night…sidewalks are being replaced….

To come…

papers…and more…

scoops…

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Timely…Bob Norman…

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

www.browardpalmbeach.com

What perfect timing…after the inquiries…scoops… and updates on e-mails and what is public record…

Bob Norman has just posted a killer of a story about a request for such e-mails in Fort Lauderdale between commissioners….

What the request entailed…who the request went to…who stalled…who responded…and the response they came up with….

What a hoot…

Want a good belly laugh…use the link!!!

Note: reminds BCbythesea of Comm. Clottey’s point about charging for employees time for variances…..

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Update

April 30, 2008 by Barbara

Still on the question of the advice from the Town Attorney…. the “do not respond” question….

opinion… from….another attorney…

Thinks the Attorney General opinion is being mis-read…. in previous update…

The use of e-mails between commissioners is limited to factual information- not opinions,¬† and e-mails MUST be a part of some public record. Private e-mails don’t satisfy those requirments.

This attorney still feels it was bad advice…because you think there is a loophole when in fact there is not.

Elected officials may not discuss, in private, matters which they will consider and vote on.

Bcbythesea…. thought it was a disconcerting piece of advice …as previously posted…and still feels it is asking for trouble.

Commissioners and Board members must decide whether to get a formal written opinion…or steer clear of this advice all together…

will update if more opinions are forthcoming….

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Web News

April 29, 2008 by Barbara

www.sunsentinel.com

New Broward Politics Blog…

Lauderdale By The Sea Talks About The Future…Brittany Wallman…

For the POA meeting with Ken keechl and Mayor Minnet…May 16…Jarvis Hall 7pm

added on…Wallman’s previous post from the LBTS war….that was!

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Update

April 29, 2008 by Barbara

A call to the ethics commission …about the advice of the new Town Attorney’s advice (in previous post) that a commissioner or Board member may e-mail or call another member …by prefacing it with “do not respond”…

that office suggested it was a matter for the Attorney General…

The Commissioner who checked this out…

thinks it is substantially correct…a report…or an opinion piece could be sent to all fellow members as long as they do not respond…

whomever goes first wins!

AGO 01-20 (a one-way email communication from one city council to another, when it does not result in the exchange of council members comments or responses on subjects requiring council action does not constitute a meeting subject to sunshine law. It is however a matter of public record….)

So it seems the advice from Mr Abbott was correct…

so that being said…the next question is….

should members of a commission or board be asked in advance of anything before them…Has any other member of this dais contacted you with their opinion?…If so did they inform you not to respond?…Did you or did you not respond?…

Even if it is allowable…seems murky….with what the possible fallout could be…

having to provide proof if required…

Remember…. Mr Abbott also advised to keep any exchanges made for record….

This is one of those laws that probably brings endless debate….

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