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Here’s The Scoop…Newspaper Wars……All’s Not Fair….

December 31, 2008 by Barbara

PUT THAT IN YOUR PAYBACK “TO DO” FILE!…

During the 2008 campaign…… the founding Editors of the Mc-BTSTimes…cried foul!….

They were fit to be tied…they were losing money…crying crocodile tears…over lost ad revenue…and pointing the finger at their nemesis… competition …The Futures newspaper!…

Those dastardly Old Guard Developer Publishers….(when talking of the Futures…in the Mc-Gang world…you must always preface it with “Old Guard Developer”…sort of like “Nancy Kerrigan’s mother is legally blind”…a flashback to the Olympics…..)..were “giving their ads away”…undercutting the Times..and this was hitting the MacMillans in their pocketbook…OUCH!…

“Oh my”, we exclaimed…and a few stalwart CIC members…jumped in to do their part…and make the rounds….to enlist new advertisers…

We must save the paper…from certain doom…for the campaign…the CIC and the “clean sweep- part 2″ could not  possibly survive to fight another day without the BTSTimes…

Well ..those laboring members soon realized…in a pre- ad round-up…the ad space in the Times…was about even with the Futures…but no mention was made..out loud…knowing full well many an excuse…or flimsy reasoning would be the response…don’t believe your eyes…

So we gave and we gave…to the Times…in the $$$$$…from the CIC…from the candidates…to keep it “afloat”…keep the owners…and their Mc-pal…off our case…and subdued…$$$$ happy….

Flash forward…new owners…of the Times…the Mc-BTSTimes…reaching into that “file”…offering  it is said…free ads!…

We are told they needed to “fill in” their paper…and offered in-town restaurants/ businesses…. free business card ads…which makes a great deal for the businesses…and perhaps evens the “score”…

Payback is the Mc-mantra…don’t ya know!…Check…that one off the list…

Businesses…should be Switzerland…( as two well-known local- restaurant owners informed this writer…was their stance)… in this steamy Newspaper Wars climate…and take a stand …for immunity of backlash…from the papers…and their backers….for the sake of their livlihoods…and no loss of  their patrons!

NOTE TO BUSINESSES….It’s not smart to only “allow” only one local newspaper in your establishment…especially with one of the Mc-paper’s owners being a daily “regular”..along with his Mc-Gang…. ( this writer was given plenty of overheard info…directed this way…coming regularly from a booth…where this group would be seated)…it gives rise to that unseemly “tinge” of an unwelcoming  “Soprano’s” type of joint…in a Buffalo -Chicago…political- muck sort of way…

It’s your call….

more to come…

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Places To Go…..New Year’s Eve…In The Square

December 31, 2008 by Barbara

Officials look up in wonder as the 6-ton Waterford crystal Times Square News Year's Eve ball is illuminated and raised over 1 Times Square Tuesday.

STILL CAN’T MAKE IT TO TIME SQUARE TO SEE THE BALL DROP?….

DON’T WORRY!….

STROLL ON OVER….

GUARANTEED BETTER WEATHER….


Sydney welcomes New Year with fireworks spectacular...
FRIGID NYC TONIGHT; 1-DEGREE WINDCHILL AT BALL DROP... DEVELOPING...
Millions of revelers expected...
Dubai calls off celebrations...
Egypt cancels...

LBTS PELICAN SQUARE….COMMERCIAL BLVD & EL MAR DRIVE..

THE VILLAGE GRILLE/ARUBA BEACH CAFE/101 OCEAN/ATHENA BY-THE-SEA…

MUSIC…DANCING….FUN!

5 PM-2 AM…

AND YES THERE WILL BE A DROPPING BALL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbVrexs3vT0&feature=related

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Places To Go…New Year’s Eve….

December 31, 2008 by Barbara

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Places To Go…New Year’s Day…

December 31, 2008 by Barbara

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Here’s The Scoop…Local Papers…Mc-BTSTimes….

December 30, 2008 by Barbara

BETTER LATE…THAN…NEVER…HMMM…THAT’S DEFINITELY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER…

The Mc-BTSTimes is out……and a quick overview…just proves the “FACTUAL”…truth…of the previous BC-post..”Newspaper Wars”…(scoops category)…with Truth Detector…obviously Mc-Mrs Staff writer….

Are you with em’…MC-Furth-CIC…or are you against them….not drinking the kool-aid?…

Note to the Mc-slap site …and your “Happy New Year” ad…..(knew it was coming)…..your “FACUTAL” truths…says it all… ….YIKES!…

(Thanks for the heads up…faithful reader….)

The cover….

Are you a visitor…or a  resident…will you be mortified…perhaps?….

Contributing byline writers…your inclusion in this publication…gave it its only plus…in this writer’s humble opinion….but make sure you read what you are included in…and who it is sending it “zingers” out to…are they your friends…your neighbors or your clients ….something worth pondering…before you decide whether to write again…

No lifeguards for the beach..per the Editor’s article……..but lifeguards for the Mc-Public Pool…(bathtub)…That’s getting our priorities straight!…

Commission Meeting Highlights…is like reading ” Cliff Notes”…for “Dummies”…sad to say…Commissioner Clottey…may want to ask for photo approval….in the next edition…

The Editor’s best and the worst of 2008…….is the party-line…from start to finish…with the exception of  the “2nd bite of the apple”….doggy beach …brought forth with the insistance of the”2 Hats”…  the original doggy beach supporters…wanting to fulfill their 2006 campaign promise….resulting in the Vice Mayor’s “cut to the chase” takeover…and pick  of the unpopular center of town beach location…to try it out … then “throwing” Comm. Dodd “under the bus”…when the straw poll showed the results….

For all of those who opposed the sidewalks…and then asked their Commissioners for support …. to vote to impact their property the least…when they finally knew they were stuck…the revisionist history  “role” the “2 Hats” played…is hard to swallow in the Vice Mayor’s Comments..Anyone looking for the real “deal”… just take a listen to the residents…some are CIC members who live on Sea Grape Drive…they remember what was said to them privately…and what was done to them from the dais…by the Mc-pals…long memories…remain…intact!

How about adding salt to the wound…with the Times picking Mary Ann Corley to write about the beauty of the sidewalks…It is said she was the “instigator” in pushing for them to be installed…despite her Sea Grape neighbors telling her their wishes not to have them………Well …many of those Sea Grape residents…have said…they all look forward to the day…….if the  “plan” of town-wide sidewalks comes to pass………to put the sidewalk in first…using the whole right- of -way….. in front of the Corley home…where it’s guaranteed…there will be a large crowd in attendance for that groundbreaking…..”Good for the goose…..”don’t ya know!

Editor’s note:…the project has not run over budget….HUH?…From the original estimates… this sidewalk project with its many change orders ….grew substantially from the start-up…. OOPS!……Pretty soon this publication will need to be called…The New Revisionist- BTSTimes…

The “Kindergarten Teacher” outburst (previous LBTS agenda/meeting 12/16/08 category)… was not enough…to quiet the Vice Mayor’s wife…she has used the paper…(under her own name this time)…to continue on her “Gavel” gripes…with the Mayor…but as sad as this decision is…it is really hard to get beyond her opening  sentences…..without a big “guffaw”…’Observance of decorum and order is not an option at Town Commission meetings’……. ‘that is, unless you prefer to accept the consequences according to LBTS law and Fl. state statute. Decorum suggests dignity, politeness, and a sense of appropriate behavior in our society. Hand in hand with decorum is order’ …’it is not a laughing matter.’…..Guffaw…guffaw…you gotta laugh….. at the absurdity of it all….. The Vice Mayor’s wife …giving a “wet noodle” “slap” to the Mayor on dais  decorum…dignity….politeness…and appropriate behavior…What can I say….I see a Saturday Night Live sketch!…….Anybody else?…

ATTENTION….VFD SUPPORTERS….Your VFD Booster funds went to pay for the full page ad..inside the back cover…were you aware?….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…S.Florida Regional Planning Council..’Open Air Beach Pavilion…10/9/08′

December 30, 2008 by Barbara

MEMORANDUM 12/1/08 S.Fl. Regional Planning Council

LBTS…’Open Air Beach Pavilion …..’

BCbythesea…so we now know the pavilion was “open air”…on 10/9/08…

08-1016
10/9/2008
Permit application by Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
for construction of an open air beach pavilion and
related drainage system at 2 East Commercial
Boulevard in Broward County, FL. Town of
Lauderdale-By-The Sea. Lauderdale-By-The Sea,
Broward County. BCEPD #L2008-214.
Generally consistent with
the Strategic Regional Policy
Plan for South Florida

http://www.sfrpc.com/council/AgendaDec08_4a.pdf.

http://www.sfrpc.com/icrp.htm

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Here’s The Scoop…”Nobody Wanted Bathrooms?”….Public Bathrooms…Much Discussed…

December 30, 2008 by Barbara

At the last Commission meeting…previous LBTS agenda/meetings category 12/16/08…Town Manager Colon said ” and three nobody wanted bathrooms”……really?….

Without them…we have the following…per the Sentinel….

‘DURING THE WEEK BATHERS CAN USE FACILITIES IN TOWN HALL, A FEW BLOCKS NORTH OF COMMERCIAL’….

‘Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Beach

Commercial Blvd. and North Ocean Blvd. (A1A) (Map)
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308

954-776-0576

Maintained beachfront amid low-rise hotels and shops, with small-town feel. Natural reef for snorkeling and scuba diving runs along the coast, within swimming distance. Pier information: 954-491-9403.

Facilities: Outdoor showers, no public restrooms; during the week bathers can use facilities in Town Hall at 4501 Ocean Drive, a few blocks north of Commercial Boulevard. Plenty of restaurants, beachfront cafes nearby. Hotels along the beach rent chairs, etc. Privately owned Anglin’s Fishing Pier at Commercial Boulevard is open 24 hours for fishing and sightseeing, with an admission charge. The tackle shop sells and rents tackle, rods and bait. The Pier Coffee Shop is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lifeguards: None.

Rules: No dogs or alcohol, no launching of watercraft.’

http://www.southflorida.com/attractions/19407,0,1111359.venue

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EACH SUBMISSION HAD RESTROOMS….6/07…..

Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
June 12, 2007

4.
‘PRESENTATIONS
D.Master Plan Steering Committee Beach Pavilion Design Competition
Recommendation (Walter Keller)
Sandra Booth Chairman of Master Plan Steering Committee stated that the Committee was
given several projects to choose from and they chose to work on the Beach Pavilion. She
stated that they came up with the concept of a design competition to get the most interest and
to seek variety in design. She indicated that local residents were also invited to participate. She
further noted that the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale took this on as a major project in their
environmental design class. She then stated that Master Plan Steering Committee was
impressed with the passion and creativity exhibited in various submissions, both from the local
presenters and the students of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She said it was obvious that
each entrant spent a lot of hours formulating their design and she commented that all students
should be commended for their time and design concepts. She stated that the final five
concepts would be presented in alphabetical order. She then listed the names of the
competitors: Ken Brenner, Carlos Carbajo, Eduardo Carbia and Edwin Forbes and Max
Showker. Ms. Booth then introduced the instructor of the environmental design class, Mr.
Winston Menish.
Professor Menish thanked the Commission and stated that he loved Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
He said the school is often offered competitions. He said that some want ideas, and he said
that this particular offering was the most unusual, complicated (in student thought), and
challenging. He stated that the Town was very generous in the prizes that it has offered. He
said the class members diligently approached the project as seriously as they could have.
Vice Mayor Yanni thanked him and the students.
Sandra Booth then introduced the students one by one in alphabetical order.
Ken Brenner of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea discussed his methodology for designing the pavilion.
He said that he designed it on a more timeless approach. He said the design is highly adaptable
to suit the needs of the Town now and in the future. He stated that it was also suited to meet
the climate and weather conditions of South Florida. He then stated that he designed his
concept according to the guidelines provided by the Master Plan Steering Committee. He
stated that his design was 30 x 60 on an overall plot of 40 x 80 feet. He indicated that he
believed his design would foster a sense of community. He then continued to discuss the
details of the interior and exterior design. He pointed to a stage area, seating options,
landscaping and irrigation, beach access and handicap access, trash receptacles and other
amenities, shower facilities, storage room, restrooms, and colored lighting. He concluded by
stating that the pavilion will become the most visited location and he stated that the pavilion
should set the Town apart and be unique. He said the design will achieve the Town’s goal of
maintaining its own identity today and in the future.
Carlos Cabajo from Peru stated that his design was a Key West Victorian style. He discussed
needs such as bathroom and showers. He said that the Town was a nice and cozy area and he
stated that he noted that the architecture had low buildings, brick facades on shops restaurants,
brick inlays on the roads, benches, and green palms. He said he wanted to continue with the
look of the Town in his design. He said he included a bathroom. He then discussed the size
and shape. He said it would be 40 x 80 feet. He said he added two (2) levels. He then
discussed varying height levels. He discussed seating, restrooms, showers, stage area, and
columns. He stated that his design was more like a shelter from the sun. He said the foundation
added to the Town’s theme with a brick inlay.
Eduardo Carbia from Puerto Rico stated that the Town was his first client. He stated that his
project has five sections. He said that the sectioning offers a Key West style. He indicated he
did that to provide ample seating. He said that the seating is cement and arranged in a way so
that no one’s view is blocked. He said the roof was supported by fourteen (14) beams, which
could be made of wood or cement covered in wood. He stated that he raised the floor up
eighteen (18) inches to prevent water from entering the pavilion. He said that there were two (2)
ramps for wheel chair access and three (3) steps on each side of the pavilion. He said that he
left room for amenities such as restrooms, water fountains, and showers. He said that the
ceiling gives a nice flow from Aruba down to the Pier.
Edwin Forbes from Homestead FL began by thanking everyone for the opportunity. He said he
wanted to stay with a traditional look. He said that he was inspired by North Carolinian
architecture. He said that he set the pavilion up to be wide open, and he did not want walls to
obstruct the beach view. He said it was important to place the windows on top to add light and
perhaps offer a varying wind direction. He stated that he set the seating to create separation
from the people who will be in the pavilion. He explained the side areas. He noted that he
added the trellis roof to bring in a home like feeling. He discussed other amenities such as
restrooms, display cases, and seating. He said that the flooring incorporated the pavers that
the Town had to bring the entire area together.
Max Showker from Virginia thanked the Commission and Town. He presented various boards
displaying his design. He stated that the center is raised and elevated to keep the beach from
eroding. He stated that the edges are curved for handicapped access. He then discussed the
seating, restrooms, and the symmetry of the pavilion.
Sandra Booth concluded and asked for questions or comments’
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PARKER TALKS PUBLIC BATHROOMS….7-2007…/He was against them before he was for them?….

Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
July 10, 2007 (continued to July 21, 2007
‘Mayor Parker felt that the Key West Design blocked the view of the ocean from
Commercial Boulevard and did not believe any of the portals should block the view of
the ocean, that instead, it should frame the ocean. He preferred the design that
featured all portals as consistent and compatible with each other. Mayor Parker felt that
relocating the entrance could solve the issue with the restrooms facing the restaurant.
Mayor Parker reminded the Commission that the role of the Master Plan Steering
Committee was not to make a choice but to provide choices to the Commission’

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2004 -BATHROOMS ON THE BEACH…FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE WICK….
Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
October 12, 2004
‘Larry Wicks, 2000 S. Ocean Boulevard, believed that the Pine Avenue portal should
utilize more than 25 feet of the available 50 feet. He hoped that the Town would
become friendlier, designating certain days during the year for free parking with bags
covering the meters stating “compliments of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.” Mr. Wicks also
suggested that two or three public restrooms along the beach be considered by
contracting for a month with a private company’

Just a sampling…..

BCbythesea…in today’s Mc-CIC BTSTimes…story on the pavilion with the new version..no walls..no baths…including  interviews with area businesses…who all say …the pavilion needs bathrooms…

Still waiting for the answers to who cut them out..

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…2009…It’s Not Too Late…To Get It Right…

December 30, 2008 by Barbara

IT’S NOT TOO LATE…TO GET IT RIGHT……

Ahhh…the feeling of  hope…the dawn of the new year just around the corner…within your reach…all the signs are there…the newspaper/magazine…media driven countdowns…the flashbacks…the best/worst lists…highlights…low points…..funny observations…poignant stories of meaty life altering experiences…with the obligatory vows of resolutions…both personal and commercial….where no matter what your age…as we face this year’s 12th month…..31st day… you are free to afford  yourself to give in to flights of fancy…possibilities…of better times to come…after this old year has finally  been put to bed……… It’s this kind of universal…year-end  “frame of mind”  that makes us all get out of bed in the morning….and put one foot in front of the other without benefit of Prozac…

So, now fully immersed in this “Zen” frame of mind……pre-countdown to New Years Eve…and that glittery silver ball…coming down as the clock strikes 12…. standing in a crowd…in Time Square or Pelican Square….right here in LBTS….( 5 PM- 2 AM)….there will be that glimmer hope…… the outside chance…to realize the way things ought to be…in 2009…

A town where points of view are welcomed… history is important…and consensus is the name of the game…

Where a round table is used regularly to clear the air… cut down on the Commission meeting times…opening up the communication…with dialog and respect…enacting what works for the “best” commissions around…

In which the Government is run accordingly…with Commissioners on top ….fully prepared to give direction……and the Town Manager is respectfully alongside the Town Attorney just beneath….with her top-notch personnel fully qualified…offering transparency …….accountability……public access….without question…

Where oversight is looked upon as a  positive “checks and balances” procedure…to assure the very best…in public safety…that makes referendums for lifetime contracts an unnecessary act…..

With new Master Plans…Comprehensive Plans…that are a compilation of what was done before…resulting from a room full of those residents who already put in their 2 cents…standing alongside the concerned citizens who want to put their toe in…for the very first time…coming up with a way to move forward…with the best they have to offer…for “planned” development…that does us all proud…

No more land/ building  acquisitions…done without a vote of the people…

Working with the residents…to come up with ways to find some middle ground with their property…respecting their way of life and what is “required”  in the town  code….no “gotchas”…people first….should be the motto…yep….people first…

Working with the business/ hotel & motel owners …….along with the Chamber of Commerce……welcoming open communication for what they bring to this town…for making LBTS what it is …a tourist destination…in order to keep it ever thus…

New blood….new ideas….new people getting involved…not beholden to one faction or the other…stepping forward…taking a seat in the hall…for the workshops…the meetings……all the while doing their homework and getting prepared to throw their hat in the ring…for the open Commission seats….. coming in March 2010….

A dream…perhaps….

High hopes…for sure….

Possible…you bet….

In this last year…(Jan. 30th is the BCbythesea 1 year mark)…much has been covered….and in the coming new year…..the posting will continue …

What will be the scope…what will be the feel…depends solely on……the actions/ non-actions/ reactions….of our elected officials…….our town administration…and the “players”….

Some definite improvements on this site…due to “growing pains”…which will allow me to extend coverage/points of interest…..outside of the Town limits……

So, while this writer is “at the mercy” of my “Tech Guy”…hopefully it will not be much longer…and will be well worth the wait…

A big  thanks to the faithful readers I see most everyday…. and those from far and wide….(an added bonus of the internet that’s so amazing to behold and participate in…….an unexpected “perk”)……

Happy New Year…..Faithful Readers……

In 2009….more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…A Look Back…Political High Hopes…Hit The Skids…In 2008

December 29, 2008 by Barbara

“I EARNED CAPITAL IN THE CAMPAIGN, POLITICAL CAPITAL, AND NOW I INTEND TO SPEND IT”…….

The opening of Frank Rich’s article in the New York Times…hit home with this writer…this resident…this voter…for what has transpired over the last year…with the newly elected…new majority…the “New Guard”..

As we look back over the past 12 months in LBTS……political high hopes…hit the skids…the promise of change…was squandered…manipulated…and lost due to  1 “bloviator’s” belief of “entitlement”…need for “payback”…and acting as if there was a “mandate”in the results from the January 29,2008 LBTS election…

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‘IN his first press conference after his re-election in 2004, President Bush memorably declared, “I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.” We all know how that turned out.’

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Frank Rich not only hit home with his reflection of Bush…(whether or not you voted or supported Bush…his point  on this is undeniable)…but he really got to me with his  “uh oh” feeling coming forth so soon after the win for “change”…with Obama…and that “sinking feeling” in his gut…coming right out of the gate….

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‘Barack Obama has little in common with George W. Bush, thank God, his obsessive workouts and message control notwithstanding. At a time when very few Americans feel very good about very much, Obama is generating huge hopes even before he takes office. So much so that his name and face, affixed to any product, may be the last commodity left in the marketplace that can still move Americans to shop.

I share these high hopes. But for the first time a faint tinge of Bush crept into my Obama reveries this month.’

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/opinion/28rich.html

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The last month of campaigning……last year at this time…we were at each others throats…in the waning days for changing the majority on the dais in LBTS…Behind the scenes it was like living in the house with an alcoholic…or a batterer…and keeping a deep …dark …dirty little secret…out of the light of day…

We counted down the days…til after… the campaign…no matter the outcome…we were done…no more fighting..no more threats…bullying…dealing with unstable personalities…an existence of living in highs and lows…with no middle ground……it would finally be finished…we could have our lives back….free to go our own way…

Adding to the heightened drama was the talk of who was a definite winner and who was not…who did what and who did it when…revisionist history…before it could even be called history… in the all- inclusive….strangle hold of a world this bunch lived in….One person’s achievement…would be downplayed…as we were fully separated and divided…at this point…so the Sentinel choosing Dodd…was met with…disdain and jealousy……from the faction that later on would throw him under the bus….many times…

Following the debates…candidate’s would be critiqued in a manner that belied the belief that maybe …just maybe…. the bullying Commissioner…did not want the big win after all……insecure in his  future control…..the loss of his Sainted  “David VS Goliath” role… after the election…

On election day…we worked  the polls…in the early…early morning to the close of voting….never leaving…never letting up…finally making out way to the election night results…both from the voters and from the campaign…..

What the voters giveth…and the Mc-Gang taketh away….

We should have seen the writing on the wall…that “tinge” Rich refers to in his article…as McIntee and wife…pulled the rug out from under the biggest winner of the night…Stu Dodd…when he neglected to acknowledge the “help” of the Mrs. …(we beg to differ with this self indulgent assertion…her role was more hindrance than help is the honest” broom boys” truth ….until the very end)….the Mc-Gang…of MacMillan and wife…swiftly joined in….and there and then…we should have realized…it wasn’t finished…all the crap…we had endured…it was just a precursor of what was to come…..

It did not take long…with the Vice Mayor position…and the McIntee madness of  insisting he was “owed”…any discussion…otherwise…was undermining…and it meant “war”….so we “folded” for the good of the “new majority”…after being promised …..by Mc-pal…Commissioner Silverstone…” a kinder, gentler Jerry”..would be coming ….with this “deserved” position…Yea right!…

February …Swearing in….It began…..

The rules….the hierarchy….the cop-mentality….the payback…the town according to McIntee and his Mc-gang…….

We faced the ridiculous…no names of Commission members allowed to be used…Jarvis Hall not allowed to be used by non-residents…despite the short- lived official “Town Historian” explaining the Jarvis’ words at the dedication of the hall said otherwise….(they made sure the “historian” was soon history…in the CIC …the BTSTimes…and at the Commission meetings)….

We endured the “right out of the gate”….embarrassing “perks”… health insurance…said to be for the “2 Hats” pal…( stated to anyone around…pre-election)… cell phones….and talk of increasing Commission salaries…along with a failed attempt to get the money for insurance not taken….put forth by the Mc-Manager….

We dealt with payback…and insults…to past Board members…Commissioners…Administrators…Residents….newspapers….websites…

We had a no questioning allowed “policy”………just sit back and follow the lead of the Town Manager…with her substandard hires…and hiring practices…with  a hand-picked  Town Attorney…Special Magistrate…Assistant To…becoming Assistant Town Manager…and heads of departments….code citations…independent decisions made…belying the form of government LBTS operates under…whether it was banners…flags..entries…or pavilions…

We scratched our heads as the “savings” on public safety flew out the door with a dilapidated land/ hotel purchase…and the buying of trucks…cars…and ATVs….promised with assurance of the quick sale of  the west-side warehouse making it a wash….

We actively approved the overturn of Overlay Districts…..only to find out….unfortunately we were  duped……not realizing…sinister undercurrents…were working behind the scenes…to thwart the quick repair work  required to rectify their demise….all planned and calculated…to stop the town in its tracks…and keep 33 feet…no matter what the voters …or the Charter said…

We may have felt pride and hope with the return of the “new” VFD…finding it short lived at best….. observing  on the day of their taking over…at the ceremony….all those faces of VFD members…looking more like they were at a funeral…were really mirrors into the behind the scenes…..fallout…from the departure of their Battalion Chief…and the de-facto “2 hats” Vice Mayor/Training Officer Mc-Chief actions……enabled by no accountability…and no oversight coming from within the department…or within the Town Administration….

We saw the increasing anger…the increasing disregard …on and off the dais…towards anyone who questions…or disagrees….the accusations..the half truths…regarding ethics decisions….the endless bloviating…the yells of “traitor”…”witch hunt”…the Mc- “slap” site…the threats…the bullying…..the ongoing attempts to stop the flow of public records information being requested in town or from the VFD……..constant acts of bad behavior……continue to be the status quo…

We saw the promises….pealed away… fiscal responsibility flubbed……decorum disregarded…….inclusion obliterated……transparency tossed…accountability abated…..

What we have in 2008….. is not  a new majority…it is a non- majority………made up of….

“2 Hats”McIntee and Silverstone…Mc-pals…joined in the VFD/Commission and at the hip……

“Old Guard” Mayor Minnet…who has increasing approval numbers from both “guards”……due to her fiscal votes…and her dealing with the Vice Mayor…

“Independent” Commissioner Dodd…happy to be in this position…doing his job….away from the “under the bus” crowd…..

“Sandra Day O’Connor” Commissioner Clottey…..who really has the “catbird seat”…being planted firmly in the middle…with the deciding vote….

In conclusion….in this writer’s opinion …. that initial pre-election “tinge” that crept in ….has given way to what now is  a “tidal wave” of regret…….and for the loss of what might have been….

more to come….

Tomorrow…2009…..

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Here’s The Scoop …Annexation…The Unincorporated Broward History…..Studies…Analysis…Effect….The Code…

December 29, 2008 by Barbara

THE HISTORY OF UNINCORPORATED BROWARD COUNTY….THE PLAN…TO FULLY ANNEX IT…OR SELF INCORPORATE BY 2010….

worth a read…

http://www.cuesfau.org/studentpapers/urp6545/URP6545_AnnaDelavoe_paper_UnicBroward.pdf.

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Keith and Schnars study…(excerpt)…

May, 1
Page 2 of 10
The City of Pompano Beach Zoning
The City of Pompano Beach has suggested the following three options for transitioning
to the City’s zoning ordinances within the Intracoastal Beach Area:
1.
Continue with existing Broward County zoning districts and
application of County zoning regulations for an indeterminate
amount of time.
2.
Initiate a comprehensive rezoning of the Intracoastal Beach Area
with conversion of County zoning districts to the most similar City
districts in terms of density and permitted uses.
3.
Create a master overlay district for the Intracoastal Beach Area,
which establishes density, allowable use of property, and property
development standards as contained in the current County
regulations as well as any refinements desired by particular
neighborhoods or condominium associations.
The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Zoning
The Town Administration has indicated that the Town would maintain the status quo
by adopting and administering the Broward County zoning code presently in place.

http://www.naturescapebroward.com/planningservices/cni08700.pdf.

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(excerpt….)

PAGE: 2
II. SUBSTANTIVE ANALYSIS:
A. DOES THE BILL SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:
1. Less Government
Yes []
No [X]
N/A []
2. Lower Taxes
Yes []
No []
N/A [X]
3. Individual Freedom
Yes []
No []
N/A [X]
4. Personal Responsibility
Yes []
No [X]
N/A []
5. Family Empowerment
Yes []
No []
N/A [X]
For any principle that received a “no” above, please explain:
1. This bill potentially increases government regulations. Under the bill’s provisions, the Town
of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is authorized to use its police powers and jurisdiction in an area (the
surrounding 3 miles of tidal waters) previously not authorized. The Town of Lauderdale-By-
The-Sea may pass ordinances, which were not previously allowed, which regulates personal
sea crafts, house boats, etc., within the tidal waters.
4. This bill may decrease some individuals’ freedom as it allows the Town of Lauderdale-By-
The-Sea to place certain restrictions on individuals located within 3 miles of tidal waters
adjacent to the municipality

http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2001/House/bills/analysis/pdf/2001h0829a.lgva.pdf.

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(excerpt…..)

Effect of Annexation on an Area
Upon the effective date of an annexation, the area becomes subject to all laws, ordinances and
regulations applicable to other city residents. An exception occurs pursuant to s. 171.062(2), F.S., in
that if the area annexed was subject to a county land use plan and county zoning or subdivision
regulations, these regulations remain in effect until the municipality adopts a comprehensive plan
amendment that includes the annexed area. In contractions, excluded territory is immediately subject to
laws, ordinances and regulations in effect in the county.
Affected persons who believe they will suffer material injury because of the failure of the city to comply
with annexation or contraction laws as applied to their property can appeal the annexation ordinance.
They may file a petition within 30 days following the passage of the ordinance with the circuit court for
the county in which the municipality is located seeking the court’s review by certiorari. If the appeal is
won, the petitioner is entitled to reasonable costs and attorney’s fees.
Finally, any changes in municipal boundaries require revision of the boundary section of the
municipality’s charter. Such changes must be filed as a charter revision with the Department of State
within 30 days of the annexation or contraction

http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2004/House/bills/analysis/pdf/h1411.lgv.pdf.

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THE TOWN CODE….SITED BY THE ADMINISTRATION…last updated 2003….

ARTICLE II.  PARKING, STOPPING OR STANDING


Sec. 19-21.  Parking or storage of motor vehicles and vessels.
(a)   Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
(1)   Commercial motor vehicle or commercial vehicle means any motor vehicle that has one or more of the following characteristics:
a.   Weighs in excess of 10,000 pounds. The weight of the vehicle as listed on the vehicle registration is prima facia evidence of the weight of the vehicle;
b.   Is designed to transport more than ten people;
c.   Is used in commerce;
d.   Displays lettering, signs or advertising identifying a business or other non-personal use of any kind;
e.   Possesses built-in, exterior storage compartments;
f.   Holds tools, equipment, supplies or any other material, refuse or debris that is clearly visible; or
g.   Has fixtures or attachments on the exterior of the vehicle utilized to hold tools, supplies or equipment; or
h.   Is otherwise defined by reference to F.S. ch. 320, as a truck/tractor, semi-trailer, bus, ambulance, trailer, wrecker, hearse or truck, except that pick-up trucks are not prohibited unless it otherwise falls within one of the classifications of commercial vehicle as provided herein.
i.   The definition of commercial vehicle shall not include a vehicle owned by the Town, the volunteer fire department, or any governmental agency which provides emergency services in the Town.
(2)   East zone includes all property east of the western property line of those properties abutting State Road A-1-A to the west.
(3)   For-hire vehicle means any vehicle when used for transporting persons or goods for compensation.
(4)   Motor home means a movable structure designed for use as a temporary or permanent place of dwelling.
(5)   Personal watercraft means any vessel which uses an outboard motor, or an inboard motor powering a water jet pump, as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, or being towed behind the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel. The term “personal watercraft” shall include, but is not limited to, those vessels commonly referred to as jet skis, wave runners, sea doos or surf rockets.
(6)   Recreational vehicle means any vehicle or portable structure designed primarily to provide temporary living quarters for recreation, camping or travel use either a vehicular structure mounted on wheels, self-powered or designed to be pulled by another vehicle or a structure designed to be mounted upon and carried by another vehicle. This definition includes, but is not limited to, any vehicle listed below as may be further defined by reference to Florida Statutes as a travel trailer, camping trailer, camp bus or house bus, truck camper, motor home, mobile home, motor coach, or fifth-wheel trailer.
(7)   Registered vehicle or registered vessel shall mean any vehicle or vessel that is issued a current state issued certificate of registration.
(8)   Trailer means any vehicle without motive power designed to be coupled to or drawn by a motor vehicle and constructed so that no part of its weight or that of its load rests upon the towing vehicle.
(9)   Vessel includes every description of boat, watercraft, barge and airboat used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
(10)   West zone shall be from the western property line of those properties abutting State Road A-1-A to the west extending to the western boundary of the Town.
(b)   Restrictions and prohibitions. In the east and west zones as defined in this section, vessels, commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles are prohibited and restricted as hereinafter set forth.
(1)   Commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles and vessels are prohibited from being parked overnight in a metered parking space within the Town.
(2)   Unregistered commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles or vessels are prohibited from being parked or stored within the boundaries of the Town unless wholly enclosed within a garage.
(3)   East zone.
a.   Registered commercial vehicles or recreational vehicles must comply with the following.
1.   At all times, the vehicle must fit within the single parking space within which it is parked unless it is parked in a private parking lot obscured from view from the street and neighboring properties.
2.   The vehicle cannot protrude into a side or rear setback, sidewalk or right-of-way.
3.   The vehicle must be parked on concrete, asphalt, or some other type of impervious ground cover as approved by the Town and may not be parked, stored, or maintained on the grass.
b.   Registered vessels, personal watercraft and their trailers may be parked, stored or maintained in the Town on private property with the consent of the owner, subject to the following conditions:
1.   Vessels, personal watercraft and their trailers are prohibited from protruding into a sidewalk or right-of-way.
2.   The vessel, personal watercraft and its trailer must be parked on concrete, asphalt or some other type of impervious ground cover as approved by the Town and may not be parked or stored on grass.
3.   Vessels and personal watercraft under 21 feet in length and under ten feet in height may be stored in the rear of the private property only if it is covered and cannot be seen from the street or the neighboring properties.
c.   No commercial vehicle, recreational vehicle, vessel, personal watercraft or trailer shall be parked, stored or maintained:
1.   So as to be visible from Bougainvilla Drive;
2.   On any portion of the public or private beaches;
d.   Recreational vehicles, as defined herein, are prohibited from parking in any public parking space or public parking lot in the east zone of the Town. For the purpose of this parking restriction, the east zone shall be as defined as the area of the Town east of a line which runs north and south from the southern jurisdictional boundary of the Town to the northern jurisdictional boundary of the Town along the east right of way line of Seagrape Drive, or the projected line of Seagrape Drive north and south of its terminus.
(4)   West zone.
a.   It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or maintain any commercial vehicle, recreational vehicle, vessel, personal watercraft or trailer on the streets, rights-of-way, or public or private property in any district of the Town located in the west zone between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except as provided below.
b.   Uses not prohibited. Nothing herein shall prohibit the parking of commercial vehicles in the west zone while in the process of making deliveries or service calls.
c.   Commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles, vessels, personal watercrafts or trailers must be wholly enclosed within a garage or enclosed within a carport surrounding the vehicle on three sides and the vessel or vehicle does not protrude from the carport.
d.   A for-hire vehicle utilized for the temporary moving of personal property may be parked in view overnight, with a temporary permit issued by the Town, not to exceed three nights.
e.   Registered vessels, personal watercraft and their trailers may be parked, stored or maintained in the west zone of the Town on private property with the consent of the owner, subject to the following conditions:
1.   Neither the vessel nor its trailer may protrude into a side or rear setback. The enforcement of this provision shall be deferred until January 25, 2001 for any vessel owned prior to July 1, 2000 provided said vessel is registered with the Town Police Department prior to July 1, 2000.
2.   The vessel, personal watercraft or vehicle must be wholly enclosed within a garage or enclosed within a garage or enclosed within a carport surrounding the vessel or vehicle on three sides and the vessel, personal watercraft or vehicle does not protrude from the carport. The enforcement of this provision shall be deferred until January 25, 2001 for any vessel owned prior to July 1, 2000 provided said vessel is registered with the Town Police Department prior to July 1, 2000.
3.   The vessel and its trailer must be parked on concrete, asphalt or some other type of impervious ground cover as approved by the Town and may not be parked, stored or maintained on the grass.
4.   Vessels under 21 feet in length and under ten feet in height and personal watercraft may be stored in the rear of the private property only if it is covered and cannot be seen from the street or the neighboring properties.
f.   A recreational vehicle or trailer may be parked overnight for no more than three consecutive days, twice in any calendar month, and then only when the vehicle is registered with the Town and the property owner or property occupant has notified the Town that the vehicle is being parked on the property.
g.   Overnight occupancy of a recreational vehicle parked in the Town is prohibited.
(c)   Enforcement.
(1)   Violations pertaining to the improper parking or storage of a motor vehicle shall be in conformity with the provisions of the Florida Uniform Traffic Laws as provided in Florida Statutes.
(2)   The Town may enforce the provision of this Code by supplemental Code or ordinance enforcement procedures as provided by Part 2 of Chapter 162, Florida Statutes; or
(3)   The Town may prosecute violations by issuance of notices to appear for violation of a Town ordinance, in which case, the penalty for a violation shall be as follows:
a.   First violation . . . $50.00
b.   Second violation within 12 months of adjudication of first violation . . . 100.00
c.   Third violation within 18 months of adjudication of first violation . . . 500.00
Each day on which a violation exists shall constitute a separate violation for the purpose of determining the fine.
(4)   Any violation of this section shall constitute a nuisance. The Town Attorney may bring suit on behalf of the Town, or any affected citizen may bring suit in his/her name against the person or persons causing or maintaining the violation, or against the owner/agent of the building or property on which the violation exists. Relief may be granted according to the terms and conditions of F.S. ch. 60, entitled Abatement of Nuisances.
(5)   Violations of this article shall be enforceable by arrest, provided such arrest is made pursuant to F.S. ch. 901.
(Code 1962, § 23-5; Ord. No. 359, § 1, 11-22-94; Ord. No. 429, §§ 2, 4, 1-25-00; Ord. No. 437, § 2, 5-23-00; Ord. No. 472, § 2, 5-8-01; Ord. No. 03-505, § 2, 2-11-03)
more to come….
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