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September 29, 2008 by Barbara

Better late than never…sorry on the delay SRC.readers…

Areas Association Executive Board Meeting…from 9/24/08…

October 16.2008…6:30 pm…Comcast will send a gentleman to demonstrate the DVR boxes and answer your questions…what building…room… will be forthcoming…

Although…the Comcast contract…still MIA….

Jonathan …Landscape Foreman…is planting…around pool B..and A tennis courts…palm tree was installed..also…

Pinto palm has disease…and Jonathan still in school at U of F in Davie contacted his professor for info…with the professor going further up the chain to get the answers….the palm…not headed for the SRC plant hospital…unfortunately as one board member joked…it went to the SRC plant morgue!.. soaker hoses are being installed…rain gages are being checked…and will be installed where needed…and a trial period of watering for 15 minutes rather than 30 to see the impact both on the greenery and the water bill….talk of in-house removal for some seagrapes that are causing some extensive problems with their roots…

Manager from building A was awaiting final word on a possible new pool employee…to take the place of Carlos…who will then move over to become Maintenance Foreman…a job sorely needed to be filled…and their is confidence that this gentleman will bring much to it…with organization…inventory…being proactive…with computerized ways to identify and keep on top of it all…a 90 day probationary period will be in place…

Chairs and umbrellas will go out for repair….a request was made for more umbrellas at C pool…and the Ocean Room shutters were to be removed…

C tennis courts were still not finished…and the bid process of getting 3 is still a long and unproductive one…with a lack of response from those giving the bids…

A full board meeting for approval of levels of spending…and insurance is required ASAP……

Also discussed were the need to computerize board meetings…….

Adjourned…

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Here’s The Scoop…NEW LEASE ON LIFE

September 29, 2008 by Barbara

HE’S BACK….WILL HE BE AT THE WED.LBTS-VFD BLESSING?….

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2007/09/23/is-mike-satz-part-of-a-whitewash

-in-the-bso-exceptional-clearance-scandal.aspx

LBTS CANDIDATE BEV KENNEDY ….HOBNOBBING WITH CHARLIE CRIST…DID CALYPSO COME UP?

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2008/09/26/the-gobernador.aspx#comment-1402013

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Public Notices / Boards

September 28, 2008 by Barbara

Public Notices 9/27/08…Sentinel…

Full text..LBTS Town Development Department…

1. LBTS Development Division

Notice Of Public Hearing…Variance Review & Approval

“Pleased be advised that Commercial A1A LLC owners of Wings beachwear and Art sign Company “…

http://www.wingsbeachwear.com/store_locator_list.php

“are seeking a a variance in the provision of the Town’s Zoning code chapter 30 to erect 2 non-conforming signs. sign 2 on the SE corner of the building proposed letter size to be 36inches (allowed 18″)…proposed sq. footage 59.79 feet (allowed 32 sq. feet max.)…sign 3 on the west side of the building proposed square feet of sign 34.41 sq. feet (not permitted …does not front a street…18′ max. allowed).”..

The Board of Adjustment will hear this on Wed. October 15, 2008 ..11am…Jarvis Hall…televised…public welcome…public may comment

The Commission will hear this on Tuesday November 10,2008…7 pm …Jarvis Hall…public may comment..

BCbythesea…Wings is asking for 2 larger non-conforming signs for their remodel of Mack’s Groves…

2. LBTS Developmental Division

Notice of Public Hearing For Appeal & Review

“Please be advised H.A. L.F. Ventures Ocean Development of Florida LLC property owners or agents of the property located at 4601 El Mar Drive”

http://www.coralkeyinn.com/

“The applicant is appealing Mr. Frank Rabinowitz letter dated July 14,2008 as it relates to the interpretation of section 30-123(g) of the Town’s code of ordinances that pertains to the effective period of site plan approval.”

The Board Of Adjustment will hear this on Wed. Oct.15, 2008 ,,,11am..Jarvis Hall…televised …public welcome…public comments allowed…

The Commission will hear this on Tues. Nov. 10,2008…7 pm…Jarvis Hall…public may comment…

BCbythesea…Michael Arker is asking to appeal former Development Director Frank Rabinowitz’s denial of a site plan extension…most likely due to it being extended before and the repeal of the Overlay Districts…

3.LBTS Developmental Division

Notice of Public Hearing for Site Plan Approval

“Please be advised that Architect Anthony Chiaravolloti of Arcom Architectural Communications Group, Inc. agent for Joann Sellitti and John and Sylvia Fazi property owners”… for RM-25 zoning district property 4128 El Mar Drive…”site plan submission for review and approval of proposed modification of elevations to the original approved site plan to include 1) a height increase 16” to replace the existing damaged roof and framing totaling 20 feet and 4 inches…2) existing covered passageway between the second floor units will be enclosed and a new staircase installed to provide a safe and secure entry to the second floor…3) the connection of the balconies reducing the number of individual balconies from four to two…4) reconstruction of the rear balcony and removal of stairs”…

http://www.fl-motels-review.com/?n=seaward+apartments&id=407383&t=hotel

The Planning and Zoning Board will hear this on Wed.October 15,2008…6:30 pm…Jarvis Hall..televised…public welcome…public comments allowed…

The Commission will hear this on Tues. Nov. 10, 2008…7pm…Jarvis Hall…public comments allowed…

BCbythesea…the Seaward Hotel on the beach….

ruling to be posted after each meeting…

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Updates….This and That…Scene Around Town…

September 28, 2008 by Barbara

APPEARANCES ARE EVERYTHING…

By all appearances the squeamish that are holding their breath awaiting the midnight hour on October 1st….when the reins of LBTS for safety are handed over to the new VFD…a few sightings over the weekend give pause…

Already posted the use of the $40 thousand dollar ATVs….running around like personal golf carts…and the white VFD-SUV with “member- at- large” Vice Mayor McIntee at the wheel….no matter if it does not break any VFD rules…it portrays the ongoing stirrings from the naysayers …the McIntee is still the “Chief- at- large”…..

Before the midnight hour …less than 72 hours from now…the VFD Chiefs need to have a Pow Wow…and start off the new LBTS-VFD showing the whole town…the proper appearance…of who is running the show…

Out and about the returning voters are coming back…and all are not happy campers…especially those that brought the New Guard to power….they will not forgive the purchase of the new hotel…no matter the litany of excuses for its purchase and its eventual…and highly unlikely “wash” in funds with the sale of the warehouse across the bridge….and the “community pool” outside the McIntee Public Safety Complex…don’t even get them started…BAD MOVE!….

Many have been around these parts for quite some time…having long memories…and see in McIntee what they saw in Parker when power went to his head…they won’t be voting for him again…don’t see how he can recover from his Chamber debacle…and wearing his constant VFD “hat”…they can’t understand what has happened to the CIC and the “boot” given to Dodd…or the actions of the board with John Thompson…feeling the new Chair and Vice Chair…are mean and nasty and in over their heads…a few attending the CIC Town Hall meeting said they did not like the forum and told the Chair so….too long…to redundant…they were preaching to the choir…this writer on that one…posted early on….

Why does the budget meeting have to be held at 5:01 PM…was brought up…make it at 7pm…and plan a lighter regular agenda to accommodate that they finish at the normal hour…doing so will bring out the Jarvis Hall audience…unless as a few commented the 5 pm hour is to make sure it is a “done deal”….

They want updates from the commission… ongoing updates…at each meeting….whether it is beach access in the north…iguanas…the over-blown and dead in the water…doggy beach fiasco…the pavilion…..no more out of sight out of mind…follow-ups are required….

They want to know what is being spent…on the consent agenda…not jus a blind item vote…

Note :…BCbythesea will supply that on the agenda ….and will give a tally of expenditures after each meeting…as done in a previous post…

Front and center …what will Governor Crist do…and what are the LBTS elected officials doing to see that the LNG gas port does not slip through?….

Note to BTSTimes…universal response…your continued ads for LNG has given those still reading your paper another reason not to….is the ad money worth the loss of readership?….

Disgust and disbelief is the also found with the state of El Mar Drive…the inability to walk safely due to lack of sidewalks…sand…dirt…water…and no lighting!…

Finally a great response of support to keep doing what I am doing…saying they check in everyday….and the few that are aware of the proposed SLAP bcbythesea site purported to be coming from the Vice Mayor..his wife…Editors MacMillan and wife and other pals…with an ad in the BTSTimes this edition….angry to be challenged…the name alone…is calling into question the sanity of an elected official and gang to “assault” a constituent…and a woman…using “SLAP”….YIKES!…sounds like they blew yet again….(shades of M & M & Fs missteps in the How The Sausage Was Made Series….tradition)….

Final Note…this writer is not concerned with healthy difference of opinion…done out in the open…but the group putting this site together…with an ad in the BTSTimes…hiding behind no names….is like continuing the TOPIX blog …bringing further shame upon themselves…the organization they are in charge of…the seat they occupy on the dais…and the paper they put out in the town…

more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop…This And That

September 27, 2008 by Barbara

“THE BEST $40 ,000.00 LBTS EVER SPENT!”…

The new…deluxe LBTS-VFD ATV’s are sure the best money we taxpayers ever spent to cart around the official town photographer…and a few VFD members…including kids…all around our town…today…as the VFD fire trucks “parade” made its way through the streets…nowhere near the ATV’s though….according to numerous sightings…

This is the stuff that is going to cause trouble for the new VFD…it shows a disregard for the expenditure and its purpose.

Heard a rescue took place again today…but since the ATV’s were otherwise engaged… who was at the beach?….

Total dollar amount approved at the 9/25/08 commission meeting…$180.856.18….(includes total cost of consent agenda item k. …if already approved…deduct $81 thousand…the additional request on this item for $$3590.00 was scratched…still leaving approx. $100k)…this meeting alone…

The 1 million in escrow…from Oriana…the Furths… want to get their hands on it ASAP for El Mar…and their pal the Vice Mayor is looking to make it happen…he asked the Town Atty. where is it…with the previous Town Atty….which he should already know…when do we get…as soon as they get their final CO…and when will that be…any bets….as long as the owners can stretch it out…they will…they have deep pockets…and as told to this writer at the time of the escrow deal…the Oriana lawyer…who was aptly referred to as “loophole Larry”….and will find a loophole that make this million dollars…. the million that got away….

One Bert J Harris participant in the INTENT to sue the town…is in the process of going through the development department…which should take their participation out of the mix….Sea Colony…who was finally allowed to proceed due to getting their paperwork in under the wire eons ago before the change in the limits…thanks to the new commission…

Boring is the response we hear about the articles in the BTSTimes…same old stuff …written by just a few…with no newbies answering the call …daring to walk through the “scorched earth” gates of selling your soul for a byline….so don’t be fooled by “staff writer” you can count them on one hand….recycling old stories including the McIntee “bribe” that was “the news that was going to shake up this town like we never saw before.”…that was the first “I’ve got a big scoop” this writer endured from then Commissioner McIntee….like all the other “earth shattering”…”big scoops”…it failed to deliver anything but face time…and grandstanding from the dais and in the BTSTimes….

The competitor…the Futures is making itself known as a far superior publication around these parts…with containing the jabs aimed at their nemesis and his gang…and providing interesting and comprehensive content throughout….although a little “tweak” on the cartoons used for the opinion pieces would go a long way… somewhat too graphic… don’t ya think…. a scan of the many letters and viewpoints included in the paper shows…this is the local outlet for reader participation…kudos…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…The Disconnect….Wrong Assumptions…

September 27, 2008 by Barbara

THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION …. THE COMMISSION…AND THE PEOPLE…LEADS TO THE WRONG ASSUMPTIONS

Faithful readers know that this writer has issues with the Town Manager and the way she conducts business…whether it is her hiring and firing…her going forward on items never brought before the dais for a final vote…previous posts…and especially her continued disconnect off and on the dais when answering questions…providing research for the items the commission requires for whatever they put on the agenda….

Who is supposed to do the research…gather the background materials….the staff or the commission?….

Most have responded when asked their opinion…it should be staff…they should have the capability within the costly Granicus program to use key words…producing files…to pull up subject matter…have previous research…minutes…and rulings…to not only save time of going through the whole process over again…but perhaps even stopping the item from going forward…such as the recent doggy beach fiasco….the actual non-votes on the flags…the entryway signage for all entryways…….swimming pool activities at the McIntee Public Safety Complex….and accurate votes on the variances….concerning the real cost for residential and commercial……the back-up on previous attempts for lifeguards…flags on the beach…beach access in the north end of town…the Chamber…the history of previous children activities held over the years in town…cost and participation…before heading down the path once more….

In the exchange on the dais between the Manager and Commissioner Dodd last Thursday night…the Manager seemed to imply…it is up to the commissioners…WHOA….

This is a part-time position…with minimal pay…so her assumption seems to make little sense…or makes this a job for a few that are no longer gainfully employed….retirees only?……

Besides the voting disconnect…the background disconnect…there is the ongoing…painful to watch…. dais disconnect…between the questions asked and answers given…with the most recent example being the Mayor’s call for cutting the ground-keeping duties at the Chamber…only to be told by the Manager that a staff reduction would be the result…either by job elimination or hours cut…..

This solitary response caused the Mayor to back away…only to find a second response after the Mayor’s about face…that the staff member could be reassigned to other town areas…HELLO?….That should have been the first response from the Manager…. this subject should be broached again…it had merit…seemed to offer a viable solution…

The Manager informed the commission that she would be putting on ordinances in the next weeks following up on those passed recently..(again they were done incorrectly according to the minutes and the actual votes….previous post)…which if nothing is done to change the status quo…more ordinances will be passed in doubt….without the accompanying resources to assure their validity…this came up after another exchange about the code workshop date after she asked to combine it with a workshop requested by Commissioner Silverstone on a referendum in January….

This writer was contacted by the Assistant to the Manager John Olinzock the day before the 9/25/08 meeting….regarding the right of way in front of my home……he told me the right of ways need to be dealt with and “if you get what I am telling you” which was the following “suggestion”………have a commissioner bring this up at commissioner comments and ask for a workshop in October or November… which I agreed to do….. and followed up on with a written request to Commissioner Dodd…

The reason…a zero scape right of way is a must for this town…with the “green” direction and water problems that will most likely continue in the future…also John Olinzock wanted to deal with an array of right of way and swale problems….throughout town…

Unfortunately this is the second time John has asked for the commission to bring up something…(the last was with Walter Keller and his change orders)…only to act as the conversation…never took place…HUH?…

At the meeting while talking of the Comcast costs for moving the box….this writer wondered why the Vice Mayor was bringing up the right of way with the box…to which the Manager did inform him one had nothing to do with the other….turns out he was going by the incorrect BTSTimes tidbit that appeared the following day…….claiming that I would not allow the Comcast box on my property costing the town $10 thousand dollars…which he now found out was false ….but the paper was already out for printing…. I surmise…and he most likely would not even attempt to correct the inaccuracy……guess it was a pre- “slap” bcbythesea…on behalf of his gang?….a little sample of what’s to come?…

The Manager went on to talk …incorrectly about not putting anyone in front of others…insinuating Commissioner Dodd was trying to do just that with asking for the right of way workshop….for this writer…WRONG!..

After the meeting I informed the Manager of the call from her assistant for the workshop and the Oct-Nov. date that John asked for……she stepped back and curtly responded “I only work with paper”…”not who said what”…WOW!……

Note to the John Olinzock…put it in writing…your calls do not cut it with your boss……YIKES!…

So what happens now…is up to the players…who takes it upon themselves to iron out the duties of staff…the duties of the elected officials……and again who is in charge….of whom…..

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…THE VFD TODAY…

September 27, 2008 by Barbara

BEFORE THE PARADE BEGINS….

The topic du jour floating around at the 9/25/08 Commission meeting…in the new edition of the Futures paper …at coffee shops…condos and in conversation between those who are leery as we face the waning few days of BSO Fire in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea…… is a VFD Oversight Committee…

A non-partisan group …which most likely cannot be found within the town limits….to make sure that the VFD is watched …not by the BSO Union as McIntee likes to espouse but by qualified people….with no agenda driving them….http://sumtercountyfl.gov/bocc/boards.htm

Unfortunately for the VFD there are many who cannot see how the Town Manager will be able to be the lone oversight authority….she has so much on her plate…and to some looks too cozy with the Vice Mayor and Commissioner Silverstone who meet with her almost daily…..it is said….

Unfortunately for the VFD there are many who cannot see the Chiefs being in command…with the Vice Mayor overshadowing them and the department…..at every turn…

Unfortunately for the VFD a case in point came at the Thursday night Commission meeting when the startling exchange between the Town Manager and Chief Perkins came after Commissioner Silverstone spoke of AMR having one qualified firefighter that can assist the VFD…in answering a call…. the VFD will have the required 4 …they “can pull off AMR” …..a point the Chief concurred with…and seemed to think was a given…to be counted on to provide aid…

Commissioner Dodd chimed in to say that “cross utilization doesn’t cut it”…he had been concerned about the contract saying the truck can leave with 3 …when 4 firefighters are required for entering a building….

The Manager quite emphatically said no…agreeing with Dodd……….and needed to repeat it…that according to the Town’s contract with AMR…no member of AMR can walk away from the ambulance to assist the VFD…ever…”AMR is not there to subsidize the VFD”…the “VFD is not allowed to use them”

This type of miscommunication…of not knowing the parameters allowed…between the VFD and AMR….might just be one reason…for such a fire review board to be in place…..

The VFD missed a real opportunity by not welcoming a committee…no matter that it adds another layer….it shows a willingness to prove the department is what it says it is….with transparency provided to all…

This could have succeeded where the New Guard has not… where the dais and the CIC have faltered under the direction of a few that have read the majority of the town…completely wrong….

Now we will watch…and hold our breath…that the chain of command is by VFD title as it should be……with the larger than life figure …the VFD lightning rod….our Vice Mayor….being able to do what seems highly unlikely…that has not happened thus far in this training period….taking a back seat…not “cutting to the chase”…not usurping power from the designated leaders……not throwing caution to the wind…so that back peddling will be required…..to bring forward such a committee or review board after the first questionable situation that casts doubt on this new VFD……

The VFD parade is coming through the streets of the town today…providing a first peek of who is sitting where…who is leading the procession….leading the members…who is the most vocal…with photo-ops galore….

It will offer the residents from north to south… either a wonderful…pleasant surprise or a nagging… growing fear….of what is about to transpire….a few days from now on October 1st at 12 AM…

more to come…..

Guess he and his white horse will be missing this parade….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbjenne0927sbsep27,0,4614241.story

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SO WHO IS STARTING THE SLAP SITE…THE CIC …That’s Who…

September 26, 2008 by Barbara

NEW SLAP SITE…AIMED AT THIS WRITER IS SET UP ON GODADDY.COM…same host as the CIC dormant website… located at the Blueseas Hotel…

Registrant:
Lauderdale by The Sea Citizens Initiative Committee

4525 El Mar Dr.
Lauderdale by The Sea, Florida 33308
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: LBTSCIC.COM
Created on: 24-Jul-07
Expires on: 24-Jul-12
Last Updated on: 24-Jul-07

Administrative Contact:
Furth, Marc [email protected]
Lauderdale by The Sea Citizens Initiative Committee
4525 El Mar Dr.
Lauderdale by The Sea, Florida 33308
United States
(954) 772-3336

Technical Contact:
Furth, Marc [email protected]
Lauderdale by The Sea Citizens Initiative Committee
4525 El Mar Dr.
Lauderdale by The Sea, Florida 33308
United States
(954) 772-3336

Domain servers in listed order:
NS51.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
NS52.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

THE NEW SITE BY PROXY…HMMMM…..too close for comfort…just too coincidental….

registrant:
Domains by Proxy, Inc.

DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: SLAPBCBYTHESEA.COM
Created on: 20-Sep-08
Expires on: 21-Sep-10
Last Updated on: 20-Sep-08

Administrative Contact:
Private, Registration [email protected]
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax — (480) 624-2598

Technical Contact:
Private, Registration [email protected]
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax — (480) 624-2598

Domain servers in listed order:
NS29.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
NS30.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

TOO BAD YOU GUYS CAN’T PUT THE TIME IN ON THE CIC WEBSITE…that the members are paying for…

Who is in charge….no hiding behind a PROXY

CIC Chair-P & Z Vice Chair…Town Events Planner…. Cristie Furth

CIC member-Town Photographer – Master Plan Steering committee member…. Marc Furth

CIC Vice Chair- BTSTimes Writer- Bel Air Board member……. Maureen McIntee…

CIC member-VFD member-Vice Mayor Mcintee

CIC members-BTSTimes Editors- MacMillan and wife…

The membership should be so proud….

was the Times ad payed for by the CIC?….

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Here’s The Scoop….How Many Paintings?…

September 26, 2008 by Barbara

HERE A PAINTING…THERE A PAINTING…EVERYWHERE….

How many Michael Israel paintings are there?…

How many signed Michael Israel paintings will Michael Israel get back?….

The Vice Mayor presented the VFD with the painting he thinks he received from Michael Arker…although Michael Arker….. according to the agenda…was presenting it to the town and the VFD….and the Vice Mayor…

Not wanting the “gift” and what the “gift” entailed….paperwork…and a price tag….the Vice Mayor called the artist…and publicly dissed Mr Arker…by saying Mr Arker did not do what the artist had requested….

So McIntee was going to set things right…take painting #2…get it signed by the VFD and return it to the artist…per the artist’s request…

In today’s Futures…Mr Arker states that he wanted to purchase the two paintings but Israel donated them instead. He states he wanted to present a copy to the town to honor McIntee…..(not to McIntee himself)….and intends to buy yet another copy…#3…to be signed by the VFD and returned to the artist for his own display…HMMM….

So will the artist have 2 signed copies…and will the town have none?….YIKES!…

And the idea from Arker for a referendum which would make September 11 a town holiday…what happened to that?….

more to come….

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RUNNING SCARED…Thanks For The Future Readers

September 26, 2008 by Barbara

Guess they are running scared….the M & M & Fs…with a Oriana style response to this site….a SLAP to this writer…or so they think…

for when they post on the Topix blog… the readers come here to see what they are talking about…so thanks… look forward to more readers coming from your new endeavor….

It will help get the word out to even more ….and let the readers decide…so welcome to the world of blogs!….

The sad part they chose to announce it the in Times right under the Welcome Back to the VFD …

For That Reason only….BAD MOVE….puts a black eye on the department’s publicity…smooth move…….

more to come…

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