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Here’s The Scoop … The 2nd Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Treasurer Report For Seat 3 In The 2012 Commission Race …

December 30, 2011 by Barbara

IS THIS LBTS’ VERY FIRST “STAYING NEUTRAL” ELECTION? …

Dear Readers …The 2nd Candidate Treasurer Report was due today …Mark Brown handed his in one day early with his opponent Edmund Malkoon turning his in today … This writer made a Public Records Request for them and received them this afternoon… Mark Brown’s report was 5 pages with 2 full pages and 1 half page of contributions…Edmund Malkoon’s was 3 pages with 1 half page of contributions ..The 2nd reports covered contributions and expenditures between Dec. 10th to Dec. 23rd 2011… Below are a few jpgs from the two reports … What is most interesting and disturbing in this commission race is the rampant remarks from so many of wanting to “remain neutral” in this election by way of not openly supporting a candidate by either donating to them or  putting  a sign in their yard … How sad and how unfair to these candidates if this is as widespread as this writer is hearing it is!… The right to support a candidate is a gift in this country that other countries fight to emulate…Unless those standing on the sidelines really do believe there is no difference between Brown and Malkoon it makes no sense and is just so wrong… I have also been informed that some of those that are supporting one candidate over the other are doing it not because they support that candidate and what he stands for but are really doing it as a vote against his opponent … What is interesting from the 2nd reports is once again Edmund Malkoon is really seeing the most dismal contribution responses I have ever seen in this town and he still has no donations from any member of the MPSC he sat on!… Those votes I am told are going to Mark Brown…That has to give a voter pause and stick a pin in any thought that there is no difference between the two!…

This report shows Mark Brown received $2,195.00 in contributions in this 2nd reporting period for a total of $18,471.74 …His 2nd round of contributions came from 19 supporters which includes 8 living in LBTS … Edmund Malkoon received $450.00 in contributions in this 2nd reporting period for a total of $3,390.00 His 2nd round of contributions came from 4 supporters which includes 2 from LBTS …..Among those are Comm. Chris Vincent who gave $150 to Mark as well as Edmund (see 1st Treasurers Report post)…Chuck Curtis who is the Fiancee’ of Mayor Minnet gave Mark $100.00 as well as giving $100.00 to Edmund …Mark received a contribution from former UOT President Regis Brady for $100.00 while Edmund received a $200.00 contribution from Dryco Inc. which has an address attached showing it is former UOT  President  (after Brady) Bob Fleishman …Edmund’s 2nd LBTS contribution came from Cindy Geesey’s husband Adam for $50.00 …As far as expenditures Mark Brown reported $300.00 in this 2nd reporting  period with a total expenditures of $8,714.79 …The $300 was for an ad in the ByTheSeaFuture …Edmund Malkoon reported he spent $325.00 in this 2nd reporting period with a total expenditures of $1,275.00 …The expenditures Edmund listed for this 2nd reporting period were $300.00 for an ad in ByTheSeaFuture/ $15.00 to Constant Contact in Massachusetts for marketing/ $10.25 to BSOE for the voter’s list…

The next report is due on Jan. 13th two days after the Meet The Candidate Forum in Jarvis Hall on January 11th at 7pm… That debate will be open to the public and will be televised and replayed on channel 78 as well as being available on the Town website … We are told UOT will meet on Jan. 9th at 7pm having invited not only these two candidates but the unopposed candidates (Mayor Minnet/VM Dodd) as well …We have also been informed UOT will not endorse either candidate remaining neutral as well… Edmund Malkoon has continued his green/ bird election theme with emails to voters to vote for him on absentee ballots because he has been a volunteer of town events as well as a “uniter”…He has lawn signs up with the same green but without the bird background seen today in Terra Mar and BelAir … (An expenditure for the signs does not appear on the 2nd report so it must have been after the 12/23 deadline) …. A fundraising e-invitation was sent out by BelAir residents the Koss’ for next weekend … They do not show up as contributors on either the 1st or 2nd report … Is there a fundraiser lined up at Athena?… Mark Brown has signs out as well that we are told have been distributed with many inside until after the holidays …. Both candidates were interviewed by the Sentinel this week but it is not known when the article will  be online or in print…  They will also answer another question in the Jan. issue of ByTheSeaFuture and should also be in the Pompano Pelican…I do not know if either paper will endorse as well…The absentee ballots came to voters already and it will be interesting to see what kind of response will come from those who vote this way…If you are a registered Democrat or Independent the ballot has just one vote for seat 3 listing in alphabetical order Mark Brown first and Edmund Fred Malkoon second…If you are a registered Republican you have one additional vote for the Republican candidate for president…The cost to return the ballot is $1.08 in postage up until Jan 22nd with an addition 2 cents making the postage $1.10 …Hmmm…Will some voters decide to take a pass seeing the cost for one or 2 votes remaining neutral?… The Sentinel ran an article this week telling Republican voters to hold off due to the possibility of some candidates bowing out thus making an absentee’s vote null and void…How many voters will follow that advice and then forget until it’s too late?… All in all this is really turning out to be a continuing string of strange new occurrences for a municipal race in LBTS… Once again, it is important who is sitting up on the dais for the next 4 years …It is important that voters make it their business to support their choice of candidate in their quest for that seat as well as doing whatever you can to ensure the right person is advocating for you and the future of this town…

The 2nd Treasurer Reports …

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Merry Christmas Everybody …

December 24, 2011 by Barbara

Dear Readers … Time to step away from the politics and enjoy time with family and friends… Look next week for the second Candidate Treasurer’s Reports from LBTS Candidates for Seat 3 Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon are due on Dec. 30th …The Public Records Request has been sent in and they will be posted … They are an important component in making the decision of who should occupy that seat on the dais! ….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … The LBTS Ad Hoc Marketing “Group” … The Members & The Minutes … No Sunshine Required = An Appearance Of ? …

December 22, 2011 by Barbara

CALLING IT A “GROUP” KEEPS THE SHADES DOWN….

Dear Readers – After listening to the new Asst. TO the Town Manager Pat Himelberger on Dec. 13th at the Regular Commission meeting present Consent Agenda item 11a. to the Commission and the Commission voting 3 (Clottey/Vincent/Minnet)  -2 (Sasser/Dodd ) I posted my objections and concerns… Fortunately the Feb. 23rd Caribbean themed event was scratched a day later and I posted that as well as posting what I found on the Fl. Atty. General’s Sunshine laws online concerning who falls under the laws and who does not … The Vice Mayor also inquired about the “group” being subject to Sunshine Law and another resident sent in a public record request to the Town asking for the name of the members and whose liquor license would be used at the event as stated by TM Hoffmann… I then sent in a public record request received by the Town on Mon. for the minutes of all these meetings after I was informed the Town Manager stated that the Town Attorney informed her the “group” was not subject to Sunshine … The Town Manager decided to distribute the public record requests response information to the Commission …Too little ..too late for this writer…  I have posted it below… Here’s what is still disconcerting after seeing the email sent by the Town Manager  (below)..”I did receive a question as to whether these meetings are subject to the Sunshine Law. I have operated under the understanding they are not, but confirmed that with the Town Attorney this week. She has provided me with guidelines so that we can make sure we stay in compliance with state statutes. I do not think it is practical to set up an advisory board for these matters as the Sunshine Law could greatly hinder businesses from working together to do promotions, hold events, etc.” … This is counter to what I as a taxpayer and as someone who sat through years of Town Managers (Baldwin and Colon) making decisions with a few behind the scenes want from a Town Manager in LBTS wants to hear … I do not want to hear she is staying “in compliance with state statutes” in order to avoid being under Sunshine Law in my opinion……I certainly do not buy her reasoning of …”I do not think it is practical to set up an advisory board for these matters as the Sunshine Law could greatly hinder businesses from working together to do promotions, hold events, etc.”…especially after reading the minutes she supplied (see below) … We the taxpayers will be footing the bill for some businesses to perhaps profit big time as a result and the way the “group”  is operating now allows for that business to be out of the sunshine while being a strong proponent of putting on the event making it a benefit to themselves which is not allowing for us taxpayers to know about or possibly object to that outcome taking place … As far as hindering them from working together that doesn’t pass the smell test either as they could work together when the meeting are made known and posted … Some of the names of those who are listed in the Marketing “group” are unknown to many …I have a problem with a description of a member being  “Town resident with a marketing background” with no further specifics attached as well as seeing meetings where decisions are made that involve only one or two business people and the Town Manager and her Asst. TO…. hardly a “group” … I also see from the minutes that the need for hiring yet another consultant for the west side retail specialist came from the Town Manager…Why is it at times we have enough staff for things like the Caribbean event or these “groups”…but at other times we do not ?….Let’s call this Marketing “group” what it really is…an “advisory committee” and let’s put it under the Sunshine Laws before the next meeting and the next vote to spend taxpayer monies on events etc… based on meetings we and the Commission is in the dark about… VM Dodd brought up another important point having to do with the new ethic rules and the status quo of the “group” being an unknown leaving Commissioner vulnerable ….

One last point to make once again… I have a real problem with many on this Commission who are reenacting the bad actions of their predecessors under Town Managers Baldwin and Colon by either skirting their research to go with whatever Town Manager  Hoffmann puts forth such as this item as well as many on this Commission making decisions on new code due based on who the Town Manager is now rather than to the Town Manager position itself …An example of this is new codes being looked at right now  that give the Town Manager the unilateral right to approve something for a business such as outdoor cafes with only the Commission’s input if the applicant decides to appeal that decision….. I don’t want to hear members of the Commission saying they trust “Connie” yada..yada..yada…so no problem… Because as everyone knows nothing lasts forever …especially in the “Merry-Go-Round” world of municipal managers (see prev. posts) ….It’s a waste of time and taxpayer dollars and a big disservice to constituents if she leaves and we find ourselves once again with another Town Manager that is not so trustworthy but the Commissions hands are tied due to the code they approved based on Hoffmann… Remember the Town Manager and the Commission are equal on the Town “pyramid’ and both are below the people they both serve …the taxpayers…

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‘From: Connie Hoffmann [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 4:22 PM
To: Birute Ann Clottey; Chris Vincent; Roseann Minnet; Scot Sasser; stuart dodd; Stuart Dodd
Subject: FW: Ad Hoc Marketing Group Participants and Meeting Minutes

We have been getting inquiries on who has attended the meetings of the Ad Hoc Marketing Group. Listed below are the names and business affiliation of those individuals who have attended one or more meetings or participated in the subgroup that is looking at ways to market the Town as a dive destination:

John Boutin, Windjammer Resort

Danny Carter, Dance Moves Ballroom

Brian Gagas, Gold Coast Scuba

Steve Gagas, Gold Coast Scuba

Dave Gadsby, Village Grille and Beachside Village Resort

Dorothy Hacker, Away Inn

Ben Howard, Town resident with a marketing background

Jennifer Kovacs, Opt 2-Web

Corey Mahoney, Alley Oop

Louis Marchelos, Athena Restaurant

Spiro Marchelos, Anglin’s Fishing Pier and Beach Cafe

Robert Milionies, Country Ham n’ Eggs

Peggy Mohler, Aruba Beach Café

Paul Novak, High Noon Resort

Pam Rossi, P.J. Rossi Jewelers

Lenore Nolan-Ryan, Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School & Catering

Mark Silver, Argenti Jewelers

Jason Wilson, Alley Oop

Ellen Zavell, Driftwood Inn

All businesses are located in LBTS and, as you know, several of the business owners/reps are also Town residents.

Many more people than those listed above have been invited to participate and we held the meetings on different days of the week, and at different times of the day to try and get participation. Throughout the two months we’ve been meeting, we have expanded our distribution list both for notification of the meeting times and to send out the minutes so that those who cannot or choose not to attend can know what has been discussed. We have recently gathered emails from more businesses so that they, too, can be invited to participate.

I did receive a question as to whether these meetings are subject to the Sunshine Law. I have operated under the understanding they are not, but confirmed that with the Town Attorney this week. She has provided me with guidelines so that we can make sure we stay in compliance with state statutes. I do not think it is practical to set up an advisory board for these matters as the Sunshine Law could greatly hinder businesses from working together to do promotions, hold events, etc.

Connie’
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‘Marketing Brainstorming Session October 13, 2011 Jarvis Hall

Present: Peggy Mohler, Aruba’s; Pamela Rossi, PJ Rossi Jewelers; Lenore Nolan Ryan, Lenore Nolan Ryan Cooking School & Catering; John Boutin, Windjammer Resort; Jason Wilson, Alley Oop; David Gadsby, Village Grill; Ellen Zavell, Driftwood Beach Club; Connie Hoffmann, Town Manager; Pat Himelberger, Assistant to the Town Manager; Steve d’Oliveira, Public Information Officer

The meeting was held to receive input from the Town businesses, hotels and restaurants as to the direction they would like to see the Town invest its marketing dollars.

The following ideas were prioritized and grouped according to the preference of those in attendance.

High Priority
1. Stop issuing non-stop parking tickets.
2. Market Town as a package (hotels, restaurants and stores) more.
3. Poor hotels, restaurants and shops affect our reputation – clean up before we market big time.
4. Offer cooperative packages between Town businesses, e.g. grocery deliveries, cooking classes.
5. Move the Chamber’s Welcome Center to a more central location or maybe add a tourist kiosk(s) around Town.

Medium Priority
1. Analyze common positives and negatives: what is the LBTS experience?
2. Use marketing funds to do something Ft. Lauderdale doesn’t do, e.g. a shuttle service from the airport.
3. Make the Pelican Hopper more of a tourist service, maybe wrap & use as LBTS advertisement.

Other ideas:
1. What are we – We’re an Oasis
a. The Town Center is alive
b. Lots of beach access points
2. We need a common message – define brand
3. Improve signage
a. More flexible sign regulations needed to market West Commercial Blvd. businesses.
b. Need Way Finding Signs
4. Need to provide customer service training at all venues. We are a tourist town, we need to be nice to our visitors as well as being able to provide information about our Town.
5. Develop a cute LBTS map which locates our businesses.
6. Utilize El Prado Park as a back ground for more events.
7. Advertise out of Town.
8. Develop a Hotel and Restaurant Association.

It was agreed that the ideas captured would be reported and shared with both those in attendance and those who couldn’t make it. Another meeting will be scheduled in a couple of weeks to further define the marketing direction of the Town.

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Marketing Brainstorming Session November 7, 2011 Jarvis Hall, 5:30 pm

Present: Pamela Rossi, PJ Rossi Jewelers; John Boutin, Windjammer Resort; Jason Wilson & Corey Mahoney, Alley Oop; Paul Novak, High Noon Resort; Brian Gagas, Gold Coast Scuba; Spiro Marchelos, Anglins Beach Café; Mark Silver, Argenti Designer Jewelers; Robert Minlionica, Country Ham N Eggs; Connie Hoffmann, Town Manager; Pat Himelberger, Assistant to the Town Manager; Steve d’Oliveira, Public Information Officer

The meeting was held to :
a. discuss marketing opportunities for the upcoming world record scuba attempt by Allan Sherod and
b. further defining marketing priorities

John Boutin of the Windjammer asked for support to market the record breaking attempt by the diver in order to bring the Town itself publicity. After much discussion about various marketing ideas for the event, the group asked that the Town utilize $3000 of the marketing funds set aside this year to create posters, radio spots, etc. The Town Manager said she would take the request to the Commission meeting scheduled for the following night.

The following priorities for promoting the Town were identified by those present for at least one of the last two meetings:
• Stop issuing non-stop parking tickets.
• Market Town as a package (hotels, restaurants and stores) more.
• Poor hotels, restaurants and shops affect our reputation – clean up before we market big time.
• Offer cooperative packages between Town businesses, e.g. grocery deliveries, cooking classes.
• Move the Chamber’s Welcome Center to a more central location or maybe add a tourist kiosk(s) around Town.
• Advertise in the strongest markets – Northern States, Canada and Europe
• Create a place in Town for families with children – kids need something to do, e.g. interactive fountain
• Work with the CVB (sunny.org) to promote the Town’s businesses and events
• Advertise in Great Locations – LBTS section
• Distribute Visitor’s Guide in locales outside of LBTS (airport, cruise lines, local tourist spots)
• Advertise LBTS on a billboard at 1-95 and Commercial Blvd.
• Create a place for businesses on the Town website
• Fund a marketing staff position at the Town- to coordinate marketing efforts & advertising, represent the Town at the CVB and trade events; work with the businesses on promotions, assure consistency in our messages, etc. Possibly have a marketing staff person work via the Chamber of Commerce.

It was decided to schedule these meetings at different times and days to allow the attendance of various people depending on their own schedule. The next meeting will be at 2:30 pm at Jarvis Hall on November 15th.
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Marketing Ad Hoc Group Minutes November 15, 2011

Present: John Boutin, Windjammer Resort; Connie Hoffmann, Town Manager; Pat Himelberger, Assistant to the Town Manager; Steve D’Oliveira, Public Information Officer

The meeting focused on identifying possible events that could fill hotel rooms and help cement LBTS’s identity as a seaside destination that was attractive to families.

John Boutin had passed on information to Town staff about a Fort Lauderdale based festival that was being planned for April that would focus on scuba diving and outdoor sports opportunities. PIO Steve D’Oliveira reported he had done a bit of research and found the festival was planned for April 2013, not 2012, and that the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was involved and would be hosting an exhibition at the Convention Center. All agreed the Town should try to tie into this opportunity. John Boutin indicated he would talk to a contact at the CVB to learn more about this event.

Pat Himelberger suggested another opportunity to fill LBTS hotel rooms – and thereby benefit LBTS restaurants and retailers – was the return of the Fort Lauderdale air show in the spring of 2012. She will follow up on the dates of the Air Show and discuss with the Chamber communicating this opportunity to the hotels.

Steve D’Oliveira suggested the Town should market itself to divers throughout Florida who simply may not be aware of the shore diving opportunities here.

There was also discussion about the opportunity to take advantage of the tent the Chamber rents & erects for the annual Taste of the Beach event. Connie Hoffmann thought it made a lot of sense to hold another event in the day or days following the Taste of the Beach, since the Chamber had already absorbed the cost of the tent. She had discussed this with several Chamber volunteers at last year’s event and was told the volunteers would be too tired to do a two night event, but the Town could sponsor something if they wanted to use the tent. The group discussed the fact that this event occurs during high season, so the purpose would be to give tourists already in Town something additional to do and remember so that they returned to LBTS. It was agreed this opportunity should be discussed with a larger group. Connie will, in the meantime, talk to the Chamber Executive Director about the possible use of the tent for another event.

Pat Himelberger asked whether anyone had ever given consideration to holding a “Trop Rock” weekend for “Parrotheads”. Parrothead clubs have formed across the country, are 501c3 organizations who share a love of Jimmy Buffet type music and also give back to the community. This may be a perfect fit for the sort of casual beach environment LBTS has. Trop Rock is music similar to the likes of Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys, etc. She indicated these weekends are successful elsewhere, attract out-of-towners. Those present agreed this was something we should present for consideration to the larger group.

Discussion then centered on the possibility of creating a multi-day event in the shoulder season, oriented to drawing families and that would focus on our seaside environment. Those present developed the ideas on the following page to present to a larger group at the next Marketing Ad Hoc group.

A meeting will be scheduled to specifically discuss these ideas and get input from the larger group.

POSSIBLE EARLY SUMMER MULTI-DAY EVENT
Goals: To fill hotel rooms.
To help establish the reputation of LBTS as a seaside tourist destination for families.

Right after school is out; 3rd or 4th week in June??
5 days of events; give a family
Possible aspects of the event:
1. Diving & watersport equipment rentals at a central location (priority given to LBTS businesses)
2. Several Kids’ sea camp type activities with goal of developing a true Sea Camp experience in 2013. Possible activities:
a. Kid’s fishing lessons
b. Kid’s fishing tournament on the Pier
c. Treasure hunt for the kids
d. Sea Turtle nesting education
e. Skim boarding lessons presented by Alley Oop
f. Some event with parent/child participation
g. Kids art & craft activities using sea themes or material
3. Reef-oriented activities
a. Guided snorkeling tours of the reef and bio-reef project presented by LBTS dive shops
b. Glass bottom kayak rentals
c. Presentation on Bio-reef project progress
d. Reef cleanup for divers
4. Adult volleyball on the beach
5. Yoga Class on the beach
6. En plein air painting class for beginners
7. Paddle boarding lessons
8. Night time movies with a sea orientation (Pirates of the Caribbean, Old Man & the Sea, etc.) shown at El Prado Park on 2 nights preceded by a sea storyteller. Local restaurants can set up food booths.
9. Talks by renowned scientists (??) at Jarvis Hall
10. Lenore Nolan Ryan – seafood cooking lessons discounted to hotel guests
11. Beach music concert at El Prado Park
12. Kayak races
13. Discount coupons provided to hotel guests for local retailers
14. Hotel special packages for the event including discounted drinks or meal coupons at local restaurants and discount coupons for local retail stores provided to hotel guests
Start the event this year, then build on it each year. Can’t do all of the ideas above in the first year. Need to select what can be done in the time we have available to plan & market.
Will need a planning/implementation committee.
Market the event outside of Broward County.
Rentals and programs with an entry fee are significantly discounted to visitors staying in a LBTS hotel

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Ad Hoc Marketing Group Minutes November 21, 2011

Present: Mark Silver, Argenti Designer Jewelers; Jennifer Kovacs, Opt2web, Inc.; Connie Hoffmann, Town Manager; Pat Himelberger, Assistant to the Town Manager

The group discussed the merits of the Town putting on the following events:
• An event in February on the day(s) after Taste of the Beach to take advantage of the availability of the tent
• A multi-day event in June designed to draw family hotel stays
• A Parrothead Trop Rock Weekend
For an event in February, utilizing the Taste of the Beach tent on subsequent day(s) a variety of suggestions were discussed (a country hoe down complete with costumes and hay rides; a 1950s theme event; a dance event , outdoor movie). It was suggested that in order to tie into a Taste of the Beach, it may be more appropriate to have a seaside theme and those present agreed. There was consensus that a Caribbean /Carnivale Nights theme would be fun, interesting to tourists and residents, and could be pulled off in the short time available. There was talk of steel drums , reggae and calypso music, a limbo contest, Bahamian Junkanoo dancers, beach drinks, a salsa exhibition or lessons and perhaps a salsa contest. It was suggested getting Danny Carter from the Dance Studio in LBTS involved with the event. LBTS-based businesses appropriate for the event might sell jewelry, sarongs , other carnival or beach type accessories at the event. Jennifer Kovacs said it wouldn’t be a difficult event to market and suggested keeping it simple with posters in hotels and business’ windows and using social media to create a buzz.

Connie reported that Chamber Executive Director had advised the Chamber would want the Town to pick up half the cost of the tent and pay for any additional days it was needed. The Taste of the Beach is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd and Mark subsequently advised that date was fixed. The new event would preferably be held on a Friday or Saturday night.

With that in mind, the group moved on to the second idea, a multi-day event in June designed specifically for family hotel stays. Mark and Jennifer reviewed the list of possible activities developed at the last meeting and agreed many of the ideas were good ones. They suggested the Treasure Hunt be changed to a scavenger hunt which would introduce parents and their children to various LBTS businesses. Jennifer suggested that we ask the hotels if they’re interested in creating package deals which could include the cost of various activities e.g. skim boarding lessons, cooking classes, snorkeling tours, kayak rentals, yoga classes on the beach, kids art & craft activities, sea turtle nesting education, etc. Jennifer & Mark liked the idea of an outdoor movie shown in El Prado park with local restaurants offered the chance to sell food & snacks, feeling it would provide families with an enjoyable activity. The overall package might include hotel rooms with restaurant , retailer and activity coupons. The end goal of this event is to develop a three to five day LBTS package deal to market to families during the down time in the summer. Connie said a marketing/advertising firm could assist us in targeting the right markets for the event.

Pat explained the idea behind a Parrothead Trop Rock weekend event which could draw Parrotheads from across the state to the beach for Jimmy Buffet type music, thus filling the hotels and restaurants as well as bringing business to the retailers.

Although all events had merit, limited resources required the group selecting one or two events to initiate this year. It was agreed that a Caribbean/ Carnivale Night and the multi-day family event were the best events to begin with. With the first event, a Caribbean Carnivale only a couple of months away, the group agreed that more people were needed to provide manpower to put it all together. Additionally, we would need to begin planning for the multi-family event so as to be able to timely market it.

The group also discussed ways to get people to come to the businesses on Commercial, west of Ocean Drive. Jennifer said that the Pompano Beach CRA has monthly events whereby a band is arranged, retailers stay open, invite people to visit by providing wine, and people get a card stamped as they visit various businesses. The police assist visitors to cross Atlantic Boulevard. Something similar may be possible, however funding for police would be an issue. Connie asked whether scheduling food trucks as a draw initially would be easier -perhaps on the south side of Commercial one month and the north side another month. How the restaurants would react to that idea is an issue. While these are great ideas, it was decided that we needed to focus on the two events discussed earlier and how to include the retailers in them.

So, with two events on the horizon, we’re looking for people to volunteer to assist with making them a success. If you know of someone who you think might be interested in serving on an event committee for either of these events, please forward these marketing minutes. If you know of someone who might be interested in the marketing group, forward them the minutes. The more involvement, the better ideas and the more easily we can implement them. They can always email [email protected] or call her at 954-640-4205 to be added to list.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 30th at 5:15 PM at Jarvis Hall. Pass the word, we need your help!

To be discussed:

1. LBTS Caribbean Carnivale
a. Date, time
b. Music- Calypso, Steel Drums, Reggae, Junkanoo
c. Food – following the Taste, will any restaurants want to participate? They can charge for the food – not a freebie.
d. Beach Drinks – need a restaurant with a catering liquor license
e. Vendors – which LBTS businesses would be interested in selling beach themed items?
f. Marketing
g. Dance activities – limbo, salsa, etc.
2. Multi day family event
a. Dates
b. Committee members
c. Contact list – need to begin with hotels to gauge interest and suggestions

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Ad Hoc Marketing Minutes November 30, 2011
Present: Dorothy Hacker, Away Inn; John Boutin, Windjammer; Jennifer Kovacs, Opt2web.com; Jason Wilson, Alley Oop; Ben Howard, Town resident w/ marketing background; Connie Hoffmann, Steve d’Oliveira & Pat Himelberger, LBTS staff.

Connie advised the group that Town staff had followed through on many of their suggestions and the Town’s website now had a stronger tourism emphasis than in the past. Steve advised he the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau “defrost your swimsuit” commercial and added a Tourism icon on the front page which links directly to the LBTS Chamber site. He also added a prominent Town Events link. Steve & Connie said we can have a section for videos of events in Town on the website too.

With regard to the suggestion to make the Pelican Hopper more visible & less institutional looking, Steve has gotten two quotes to have the Pelican Hopper painted or wrapped with a design which will make the bus easily recognizable. Connie said she would like some input from the group on the art design when we’re ready to move forward.

The concept for a Caribbean Carnival Night to occur on the night after the Taste of the Beach event in February was discussed to ascertain whether there was support for it and who would be willing to work on it. As Connie explained, the idea was to split the cost of the tent used for the Taste with the Chamber and create an event which would keep the beach theme and provide tourists with something else to do during peak season without leaving the Town. Jason Wilson of Alley Oop relayed that the following Saturday would be Alley Oop’s Second Annual Skim Boarding and Dance Contest which would provide another event to market. The group supported marketing a four day event filled calendar outlined as follows:
February 23rd – Taste of the Beach
February 24th – LBTS Caribbean Carnival from dusk til 11 pm
February 25th – Village Grill’s /101Ocean – Jazz on the Square in the evening
February 26th – Alley Oop’s Skim Boarding Competition during the day (beach location)
Alley Oop’s Dance Contest (an evening event in front of their store)
Athena’s Saturday night Music & Dance on Commercial

Jennifer Kovacs said we need to begin marketing the event asap and agreed to take the lead. Jason Wilson said he would assist her and Ben Howard said he’d be happy to help. She also said she has contacts with the type of bands we need and said that it might be better if we were to get a band which already has a following. It was agreed that the time might be from 5-5:30 pm to 11 pm with dance and musical entertainment. Connie said this event would be taken to the Commission for approval as a Town sponsored event.

The restaurants need to be contacted to see if there’s interest in providing food for sale at the event. If not, we’ll need to get vendors, perhaps food trucks. We’ll also need a restaurant with a catering liquor license. LBTS vendors need to be contacted to see who might be interested in selling beach themed items. Danny Carter of Dance Moves will be contacted to see if he’s interested in providing dance lessons or related dance activities. We have a short time frame to put this event together, so we’ll have to move quickly.
Ben Howard joined the group, bringing both marketing expertise and his experience of living in LBTS for a number of years. He and John Boutin spoke about capitalizing on LBTS’s spectacular shore diving by marketing LBTS as a diving destination. Connie asked that a separate group meet to explore marketing year round diving, including the dive shops in that discussion.
In response to comments made at earlier meetings that the Town needed more things for tourists to do and to market the Town as a family destination, the group then discussed how to implement the Multi-Day Family event in June concept that had been developed at the last meeting. The purpose of the event would be to fill hotel rooms in the shoulder season by providing families with an event-filled vacation opportunity. The idea is to have several daily events to choose from such as skim boarding lessons, cooking lessons, arts and craft activities, snorkeling tours, retail scavenger hunt, movies in El Prado Park, kayak rentals, yoga classes on the beach, and sea turtle nesting education. Dorothy and John both agreed that June is a really slow month and it would be a great idea to create an event to bring families to LBTS. It was discussed that hoteliers could create packages which would include a choice of activities within the price and concerns about the logistics of how do the retailers/restaurants get paid, etc. It would seem that would be something that could be worked out.
This event will take a lot of organization and commitment from the hoteliers, retailers and restaurants. The first step would be to gauge the interest and commitment from the hoteliers, as this would primarily be for their benefit. John Boutin and Dorothy Hacker agreed to contact hotels including but not limited to: Driftwood, Beachside Inn, Native Sun, High Noon, Florida’s Best Resort, Sea Lord, Tropic Best, Casa del Sol and Coral Key. They’ll report back at the next meeting which will be held on Thursday, December 8th at 9:00 AM at Jarvis Hall.
To be discussed:
LBTS Caribbean Carnival – Event Name?
Firm up the hours
Entertainment Estimate
Food – Restaurant Interest
Vendor Interest
Marketing

Summer Multi-Day Family Event
Hotelier Interest/Commitment
Date
Event Name
Committee Member Commitment
Activity Chair
Marketing Timeline
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Ad Hoc Marketing Minutes December 8, 2011
Present: Dorothy Hacker, Away Inn; John Boutin, Windjammer; Jennifer Kovacs, Opt2web.com; Ben Howard, Town resident w marketing background; Michael Lajoie, Driftwood Beach Club; Steve d’Oliveira & Pat Himelberger, LBTS staff.

The interest about marketing the Town as a dive destination was briefly discussed and Steve offered to arrange for a separate group to meet and come back with ideas. He’ll include John, Ben, dive shops, etc. Steve relayed that the Town is exploring have a 3 minute video made of the reef and shipwreck to assist promoting us as the Shore Diving Capital of South Florida.

Pat reported that the Commission would be asked on the following Tuesday for approval of the Town to sponsor the Caribbean Carnival Night and promote four nights of entertainment. We’ve asked the Commission to approve a budget of up to $6000.
The group discussed an overall name for the 4 days of events and it was agreed to call it “Festival By The Sea.” The four days are comprised of:
February 22nd – Taste of the Beach
February 23rd – Caribbean Carnival from 4:30 pm til 11 pm
February 24th – Jazz on the Square – Village Grille /101 Ocean
February 25th – Alley Oop’s Skim Boarding Competition during the day (beach location)
Alley Oop’s Dance Contest (an evening event in front of their store)
Music by the Sea – Athena
Pending Commission approval, Jennifer will create a web banner for all websites to start advertising “Festival by the Sea.”

We talked about the entertainment with a tentative schedule agreed, depending upon costs and also getting confirmation from Danny Carter about a dance exhibition, contest or lessons.
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Steel Drum
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – DJ
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dance Exhibition, Contest, etc.
9:30 – 10:30/11:00 pm – Main Band
Mark Silver of Argenti Jewelers relayed that he has received a tiara which he would be willing to donate to have a contest for Carnival Queen or Miss LBTS. It was also discussed having a Carnival Queen or Princess for best costume or for best dancer & just making it a simple addition to the event. Jennifer said she would contact a radio station to see what kind of publicity we could get to generate interest if we made it a contest. We put the idea to the side until the next meeting.

In order to move along, Jennifer will come back with entertainment quotes, John will check out the cost of the dance floor and Dorothy will check with the chamber and Guy Contrada from Aruba about decoration costs. It was suggested that we get a quote about purchasing a tent that we could use for other events – Ben said he would check on that. Pat will check with Connie about the cost of sharing the tent with the Chamber. Pat will contact restaurants about participation for food and alcohol sales. We talked about marketing, the Chamber budgets for 10,000 cards and posters for the Taste – we need to work with them to market the “Festival by the Sea.”

We moved on to the Summer Multi-Day Family Event and discussed a possible name for it – John threw out Family Frenzy Week which was accepted as a beginning. The group agreed to think about it until the next meeting – there was discussion about including in the name something which could relate to the types of activities we would be offering, e.g. a beachy or eco theme which might interest families who like to plan vacations with outdoor activities. Dorothy suggested that Lauderdale by the Sea be attached to all events in some way to get our name out.

Dorothy reported that the hotels were leery of including retail offerings in the price with the hotels not having done so before. The concern was that if a guest wasn’t happy with the experience, it would reflect on the hotel, not the retailer. So, it was agreed that the retailers would be asked if they would provide a special rate (up to 50%) off for something specific for one particular week in June for guests who booked at a hotel for “family frenzy week.” Only those guests who were staying in the participating hotels would be eligible for the discount. Jennifer agreed to work up a “mock” week of activities for John and Dorothy to take to the hotels to get a commitment to participate. The hotels would be asked to discount their prices up to 30-40% too. Pat said the Town will contact the retailers for interest. Thus, vacationing families might receive multiple incentives to book in Lauderdale by the Sea for one week in June. There was some discussion about tying the family frenzy week in with the 4th of July, but after much debate due to rooms already being booked around the 4th, it was decided to have the event from June 23rd – 30th. The logistics of presenting the activity discounts was left for future meetings.

John said there seemed to be misconceptions about the direction of the ad hoc group. By definition, ad hoc means coming together for a specific purpose. This group’s purpose has been two fold: to help define the marketing priorities of the Town and to create events which will give tourists already here something to do as well as create events to bring people to Town to stay, eat and shop in LBTS during shoulder times. Town staff is working on the implementation of many items which have come forth as a result of the committee.

It was agreed that the next meeting would be held next Thursday, December 15th at 9:00 AM, Jarvis Hall. To be discussed:
I. Festival by the Sea
a. Entertainment
b. Tent
c. Dance Floor
d. Decorations
e. Marketing
f. Food, restaurant participation, catering liquor license

II. “Family Frenzy Week, aka ???”
a. Hotel Commitment
b. Retail Commitment
c. Restaurant Commitment

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Dive Subcommittee Marketing Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 13th 4 – 6PM / Jarvis Hall

Attending: Andrew Cohen & Steve and Brian Gagas from Gold Coast Scuba; John Boutin from the Windjammer; Town resident Ben Howard & myself (LBTS PIO Steve d’Oliveira).
The committee met to brainstorm ideas about how to better market the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea to scuba divers in Florida and nationwide. Here were the ideas suggested. The following is from my notes and notes John Boutin took and sent to me earlier today (12-14-11).

– Sponsor a booth at a DEMA’s national convention to promote LBTS. DEMA is the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association, a worldwide diving trade group (equipment and travel) that promotes all things diving. Its annual conventions are held every November.

– Look at Dive Training Magazine and ScubaBoard as possible ad venues to place ads promoting Town diving events. Dive Training is available free at dive shops and through subscriptions.

– Support the efforts of Andrew Cohen, a Gold Coast scuba instructor who – inspired by Allen Sherrod – wants to set a world record at the end of the month for the longest scuba dive (70 miles) from Key Largo to LBTS. Cohen, who grew up in LBTS, and another diver plan to attempt this together. The previous unofficial record is 66 miles. They plan to swim with the Gulfstream and come ashore at the Datura Avenue portal.

– Use Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Under-The-Sea (first suggested at the UM charrette in May) as a possible marketing or advertising slogan.

– Plan an event to attract divers who normally flock to the Keys for lobster mini-season (held in late July on a Wednesday and a Thursday). Divers can catch twice as many lobster off Broward County’s shores. “Twice the lobsters at half the price” (slogan idea)

– Plan a Reef Sweep event in LBTS where divers can pick up trash and debris, followed by a party and awards/recognition ceremony that night. Promote it to divers locally and around the state to encourage them to stay in our hotels. Involve Project Aware, PADI’s non-profit environmental group. In its heyday, the non-profit Ocean Watch’s Reef Sweep event attracted 600 divers. This event could also be promoted through area dive clubs.

– Hold beach certification diving clinics. Gold Coast mentioned (and will double check for us) that Fort Lauderdale certifies more scuba divers than anywhere else in the country.

– Identify LBTS hotels on the beach and along El Mar that would be dive-friendly.

– Make an effort to put together a service so that divers would not need a car once they got to the Town. Air tanks could be picked up at night, refilled and dropped off in the morning. Brian said he thought this would not be difficult to implement.

– Raise awareness of ours reefs and Biorock via the Internet. Have a specific site for info
on the reef; possible BiorockUSA.com. Put info, pictures, links, upcoming events,etc.

– Explore current efforts by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative, which is supposedly in the process of trying to create a marine preserve off Broward County.

– Find out what the CVB-DEMA event in April 2013 is in Fort Lauderdale and how LBTS businesses can participate.

– Get a promotional video for us as a diving destination. Put video on web sites.

– Get famous divers to get involved. Might have easier time going Biorock route.

– Work with Nova University’s marine biology department.

– Design a tee shirt specifically for LBTS diving and the Biorock reef.

– Get restaurants to agree to let divers bring in their lobster catch (the restaurant would cook them).

The committee agreed to meet again sometime in January.
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Ad Hoc Marketing Minutes December 15, 2011
Present: Dorothy Hacker, Away Inn; Jennifer Kovacs, Opt2web.com; Louis Marchelos, Athena & The Pier; Jason Wilson, Alley Oop; Danny Carter, Dance Moves; Connie Hoffmann, Steve d’Oliveira & Pat Himelberger, LBTS staff.

The meeting opened with discussion about the Commission support for the Festival by the Sea marketing and the proposed new event, Caribbean Carnival. The Town Commission approved the funding of up to $6,000 for a Thursday night event following Taste of the Beach and marketing of the fours days of events in the Festival by the Sea. However, there was not agreement about the theme of the event and there was concern about the ability of the group to put together a successful event in such a short time. Therefore, the marketing group agreed that it might be better to postpone a Thursday night event in Festival by the Sea and focus on the June Family Frenzy Week while conceiving another type of event for the Festival by the Sea for 2013.

There was discussion about how to market Festival by the Sea which included creating a web landing page which could house all LBTS events. Jennifer said she would begin by looking into domain names which would be both suitable and recognizable for LBTS events. She was asked to present a creative event marketing package for Festival by the Sea to the Town for review. There was also discussion about utilizing facebook, social media and email blasts as reminders of not only advertising the upcoming events in the near future, but continuing by promoting those events which are further away.

Jennifer agreed to put together a mock schedule of available events for the Family Frenzy Week to enable the hoteliers to visualize what the week might look like to invite participation by them. We agreed we need to get the retailers involved in order to make the week a success. Lenore Nolan Ryan offered to support the week by offering discounted cooking demonstrations/lessons for kids and families; Danny offered to provide dancing lessons. Jason will provide discounted skim boarding lessons. The purpose of this week is to draw people to LBTS, showcase what there is to do here and gain repeat visitors who go back home and invite their neighbors to visit us.

This discussion led into one concerning the lack of foot traffic west of Ocean Drive which hurts those retailers. Jason suggested a monthly “Hospitality Walk” whereby all the retailers stayed open late once a month, offered wine and food bites to entice people to their stores. Danny suggested using spot lights just east of the bridge to draw people to the area. Danny emphasized the importance of Town business owners supporting one another. Dorothy said hoteliers such as herself could offer 2 day stays as a door prize for those who visit all the shops. We talked about what day of the week to hold it, and there was a lot of discussion about not competing with successful events in the downtown but possibly looking at a Wednesday night as a monthly event. Afterwards Connie said we need to contract with a retail specialist to assist the Town in its efforts with the retailers.

Jason said that Aruba’s had contacted him about Alley Oop participating in a Memorial Day event to include beach lacrosse and skim boarding.

Steve said the diving sub committee came up with two events which could be done this summer on the shoulder season to bring people to Town. They’re also working on ad placement ideas to attract divers year round.
a. June – Reef Clean Up- with a party afterwards. Steve said divers from around the area and statewide would be invited to assist us with a reef clean up. Louis suggested that the Pier parking lot might be a great place to put up a tent for a party. Hoteliers could also offer special rates to attract the divers.
b. Mini lobster season – Last Wed. & Thurs. of July – promote beach diving for lobsters, if you come to LBTS, the daily limit is 12 lobsters per person vs. 6 lobsters in the Keys. Once again, the hoteliers could put together packages which would entice divers to try LBTS.

The next meeting will be after January 1st and everyone will be notified.’
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more to come….

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop … “Snickers” …

December 18, 2011 by Barbara

A WHOLE PACK OF THEM ….

Dear Readers … Snickers abound in LBTS we are told … and this writer agrees … that one after another those in the know are snickering…bar none!…

SNICKERS #1….

Let’s begin with the ByTheSea Future editorial in this week’s Dec. issue written by Publisher Michael Arker… Surely his three paragraph ode to the former UOT Chair, self promoter Bob Fleishman whose inflated claims of the role he played in the last election met with fodder out of earshot and had to be a “snicker” in print above the fold ….. This writer received the same such big headed claims via an email from Fleishman’s wife and “snickers” were the result of that one as well…….(see e-mail exchange below)…

Excerpt of the Arker BTSF editorial 12/16/11…. link to online BTSFuture below…

“With these realities in mind, I would like to take a moment to reflect on all that
was done to make our town a better, more peaceful and loving community. This
is now our reality, thanks in large part to the strong actions, tireless campaigning
and diligent work behind the scenes of Mr. Bob Fleishman.
As leader of the Unite Our Town movement in 2009-2010, Bob took a real hands on
approach to making the dream of a peaceful LBTS a reality. Yes, it was Bob who
led the way toward bringing us where we are today.
Fleishman’s supreme power of persuasion, gift of oratory, unique command of the
English language, passionate zeal and charismatic personality made it possible for
us all to live in this harmonious new realm, free from the strife and discord we
once knew.’

http://www.bytheseafuture.org/

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Below is the e-mail exchange between the Mrs. of the holder of “supreme power of persuasion, gift of oratory,unique command of the English language, passionate zeal and charismatic personality and this writer after my behind the scenes account of the Cindy Geesey candidacy fiasco previously posted…. (email address has been x’d out by this writer)
“Thank goodness you finally got a bone to chew on

“FROM:

cyng143xxx

TO:

[email protected]
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 8:21 PM
Barbara:

The only part of that “ole bone” is that it has caused me to endure “snickers” in this town and become the supposed “butt end of a joke”. As you know Bob and I sometimes have differences of opinion and definitely express them differently. I choose to go to the “Horses mouth”. I did. Although you would like to portray my letters an indication of endorsement for Ms. Geesey, it wasn’t. Old Guard, New Guard, Old Guard. You are very aware that when UOT first came into being, that there was no Bob Fleishman. Bob became active when the Town needed and got a New Guard and was instrumental in aiding and leading, as Chairperson of Unite Our Town, the fight to remove the Old “Dais” Guard.

What Bob inherited in UOT from its Old Guard was improper filings that led into a Hearing by the State of Florida. Thank goodness he and UOT were “cut a break” and the Committee in Tallahassee voted to drop the case against the PAC committee UOT. My one intention and only intension was to avoid a similar occurrence this year, if the PAC organization was found guilty in actions, that would promote another such insident. I didn’t know for sure; however, it is better to be safe than sorry. Since Cindy was making such accusations of an unfair vote occurring against protocol at a UOT meeting, I felt that I should forewarn Ray and then sent out the second E Mail to the Board and a few active UOT members, along with the other Candidates, when I was ignored. It is very interesting how well-meaning guidance to past experience, became a possible endorsement (not) and blackened my thirty-nine year residency here. Even if Cindy were playing “both ends in the middle” as you insinuate, there was still protocol being tested for the UOT PAC. You can imagine just how upset I was to learn, less than 24 hours later, that all of this could of been avoided, if your time line is right and mine wrong. Nonetheless my concern was with UOT, not the Candidates. After all, the UOT Old Guard after Bob’s New Guard, that was instrumental in the last election, financially and fervantly, is now the Old Guard back in charge, offering up their same ‘ole apathetic attitude.

I agree with you, their has been no UOT fundraiser, no phone committee’s that raised just under $10,000.00 for you Barbara, yes, you to direct the payment of the mailings that went out for our three endeared seats. So who was Bob’s Puppet Master – spending the bucks. Guess it was you, huh? So many loose words. I’m a bottom line type person, myself, once you cut through the “petty gossip”, our three Candidates were elected.

Now for my “Town Crier” and Numbers Man”, as you call him – Bob. I hardly think you would of attached those empty words to yourself, would you? After all aren’t you, “The Blogger”, more of a town crier, than Bob Fleishman? Weren’t you part of the back door “Kitchen Cabinet” that worked the numbers for votes (Numbers Gal)?!?!?!?! Sounds like the “pot calling the kettle black” to me. But I, being a little older than you, would rather simply call it POLITICS, as usual.

You seem to feel that unless someone is drinking your flavor of the Kool-aid today, after all you have been for all sides (McIntee, Silverstone, Dodd & Clottey running as the old Dais Guard) (and then against that bunch in the next election), as it fancies you; we are subject to your BLOG. You have the “power of the pen” or computer key pad, as it is, but have a very subjective view.

Just try to stay away from the rumors and ask the “horse” before you go to print.

Your friend,
Cynthia ”
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“Re: Thank goodness you finally got a bone to chew on

FROM:

Barbara Cole

TO:

cyng143xxx
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:22 PM
Cynthia, I am fully aware of the past and why Bob became the UOT Chair.It is not quite the version you put forth but so be it. I am also aware of the PAC problem with the state because if you will recall Bob called me to walk him through the answers on the phone a few times and forwarded the information to me which was risky to do at the time. I think you were privy to those conversations even joining in the discussion. I agree he helped get the candidates elected in a certain capacity and at the same time caused the need for multiple “clean-ups” throughout the election from actions he took. There was a core campaign group that met throughout the campaign and were involved in the day- to- day strategy with the candidates. It was the candidates and their hard work who were the most responsible for their big win followed by that core group with the various other extended groups such as the Future paper/ UOT/ Louis and Athena and others who made it what it was. This is the norm in campaigns. We won due to that, multiple strategised preemptive strikes from mailings and signage to debate prep as well as oft needed quick responses to charges made by the CIC et al and finally due to the incredible luck of timing that put Ray Walowicz and Scot Sasser in Anne Siren’s Pompano Pelican office at the exact time of the yellow journalism BTSTimes paper put out door- to- door by the Furths et al. Due to that meeting we were able to get the Pelican front stuffer page that tipped the scales one last time and countered what could have really cost us big time on election night. On the subject of this election and Cindy’s actions I found the timeline and those actions incredulous as they caused weeks of painful uncertainty for some people that was totally uncalled for. I do believe you were duped. That being said I have seen in the past that you sometimes acts in haste whether or not it is done with the best of intentions sending out emails. I remember the first one I was involved with was the one about Rev Hunsaker while we were at Athena’s with Bob early on in the campaign and the fallout afterward. As far as switching sides or drinking the Kool-aid as you stated I have consistently been upfront about why I worked to get the CIC majority out of office after they made the decision in 2008 to act just as badly if not worse than those they replaced on the dais and in the administration. I have also repeatedly made it clear that once a candidate is elected and begins to govern only then do you see what they will really do. Sometimes it works and other times it does not. If they do not govern as this voter or this supporter feels they should then they should be called on their action or inaction and replaced when their term is up. Isn’t that what is happening right now on the Federal level as you yourself pointed out in your email? Lastly two final points, I often offer those who email me the option of printing their emails on my site. If your would like me to post your response I will do so and you can always choose not to read what I write. Barbara”

BC- I did not hear back from Cynthia but after hearing that further attempts are still being made to revise who was responsible for the big win of the 2010 slate of UOT candidates by Fleishman and wife and I was also informed Cynthia blindcopied her email to me to others …I decided to print the email and my response to set the record straight… “snickers” will continue to come the Fleishman’s way if they continue down this path… perhaps not to their faces but not too long after they are done spewing …in my opinion…

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SNICKERS #2….

The 1st LBTS Candidate Treasurers Reports are in …They were due December 16th …Mark Brown delivered his first with his opponent Edmund Malkoon turning his in in the afternoon… First I was told the cost I was told for my public request for Brown’s would be $2.10 …When I responded I would wait for both and heard back after Malkoon’s arrived I was told the cost would be $2.70 so I immediately knew there was a vast difference in the reports these candidates filed!…

Below are the front pages of each candidates report with content below…

Candidate Mark Brown’s page 1…

Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s page 1…

Brown had a 14 page report done by his treasurer James Corgee… Mark reports he received $7,870.00 ….His donor list contains 67 names …. It included 26 donors from LBTS including many of his condo neighbors which speaks highly of him due to his time on the condo board as president and as a member and what he’s accomplished on the board…He’s received donations from former Commissioners Clark and Wessels which certainly has weight attached their decision to do so …The former president of the Chamber of Commerce /former Chair of the Master Plan Steering Committee Paul Novak per his High Noon motels also chose to support Brown with a donation which is interesting when you take into consideration that Mark’s opponent Edmund Malkoon was Novak’s  Co-Chair for a while before the committee was disbanded …Hmmm……He received donations from some UOT members while his opponent also a UOT member shows no such donations made to him…. This report also shows that I too made a donation ….My support can be summed up in the answer Mark wrote in the current BTSF question posed to both candidates…as well as the time I spent with him during the last election finding him to be a fair and honest man who is always open to listening to all sides of an issue even going so far as to offer those who oppose his the space in the paper to get their position out…I believe he will do the same on the dais…

The BTSFuture Election question… Excerpt …(llink to current online edition is above)…

“Which do you feel are the most important issues facing the town?” …..
Brown excerpt-
“If I have the honor of being elected to the LBTS
town commission, my first official act will be
to sign the code of personal conduct which the
commission enacted last year. To me, ethics
and personal conduct are the single most important
issues in town. The town government
cannot function properly unless residents have
confidence in the honesty and integrity of their
elected officials, and know that they will always
be treated with respect.
I was appalled by the conduct of the town commission
just a few years ago. That is why I
worked so hard as editor of the town’s newspaper
to support passage of both a strong ethics
law to prevent conflicts of interest by commissioners,
and the code of personal conduct to
prohibit personal attacks on town residents. It
is also the main reason why I am running for office
now. If I am elected, I can assure everyone that there will be no going back to
the dark days when commissioners abused their power, wasted our money, argued
for hours over nothing and treated people with disrespect.
As far as other issues are concerned, I strongly support the effort which the current
town commission has undertaken to fix up the town’s infrastructure. I have
knocked on a lot of doors and spoken to many residents in recent weeks. One
message I have heard over and over from residents is fix the drainage problems
on our streets. That will certainly be one of my top priorities, along with road
resurfacing and better lighting in neighborhoods which need it.
I also support the ongoing effort to spruce up the main traffic corridors in town,
especially Commercial Boulevard and A1A. If the town looks better, property
values will increase and people will feel better about living or working here. I
will work diligently to assure that the projects we approve are necessary and
cost-effective, that they truly reflect the highest priorities in town, that they have
public support, and that we don’t do anything which is inconsistent with the basic
look and feel of the town.
After all, we are not Delray Beach or Ft. Lauderdale or Key West. This is Lauderdale-
By-The-Sea. We have our own look and image which has evolved over the
years. We need to fix up the town, but we have to do so in a manner which does
not undermine our basic character or compromise the uniqueness of our community.”
BC- Mark stated as well he will push forth public bathrooms as a priority… While I am not for them at the current time I do know that he offered up some viable alternatives as a sort of test as to their success at the time this heated subject was headlined in 2010 having to do with the structures themselves and the location which struck me as something that might be worth looking in to… I can assure readers that Mark did wholeheartedly support Comm. Sasser’s Code of Personal Conduct plan and in its final form when it was signed by all 5 commissioners …Mark’s answer to the question shows his time out on the campaign trail provided him with the oversight many see of not including their neighborhoods in any future capital improvements and was pleased on his take of the need to keep LBTS distinctively different from other municipalities as we refresh our community …

Mark shows in his first report as well his expenditures which include his website/mailing lists/postage/printer/registration to run/advertisements/yard signs…He hit the ground running in his campaign by sending out an introductory mailer containing not only his introduction bio but supplying a portion of it that could be used to obtain an absentee ballot …He was the first candidate to go door-to door with handouts, stickers and chip clips that we hear are a hit with those voters who received them… He was the first to have signs which are already up at many properties including those whose doors he knocked on and met for the first time …He has put in two ads in the BTSF paper …Nov. was his bio and Dec. was a holiday greeting…and we hear his keeping the customary election time red/white/blue motif is also being noticed and commented on positively over his opponents green- bird rendition for mailers/flyers and T-shirt(s)…

Edmund Malkoon’s first Treasurer’s Report was 4 pages in total done by his treasurer…his mother Rosalee Malkoon …He collected donations in the amount of $790.00 ….Malkoon has 6 names of those that donated to him… 3 are from LBTS … they include former CIC Commission candidate in 2010 Marjorie Evans as well as current Commissioner Chris Vincent and one other resident … Malkoon shows expenditures for a portrait at of himself Sears/registration to run/newspaper advertisement/printing/t-shirt(s) for $21.20 at LBTS T-shirt shop Beach King…We heard some UOT members said they were going to donate to both candidates but that has not shown up thus far according to their absence in Malkoon’s report…Mr Malkoon’s ad in the Dec. issue of the BTSFuture was an election ad which stuck out and seemed very odd considering his opponent as well as Mayor Minnet and Vice Mayor Dodd all put in the customary holiday greeting ads as did the candidates in 2010… In his election ad Malkoon put forth he majored in International Finance and Marketing but does not say if he received a degree …He puts forth he was Co-Chair of the Master Plan Steering Committee .. In fact that was the first time such a title was used and it was most likely not supposed to be …. I have previously posted my change of any support for Edmund came from watching him on this committee and seeing he did not have what it takes to serve on the committee much less the dais… He puts forth he is a member of the LBTS Chamber of Commerce …In fact he ran for the Chamber’s board and did not receive enough votes to get on it… He also puts forth his Bel-Air Civic Assoc. roles as a past president and current vice-president …We heard that many neighbors in Bel-Air had problems with him and the group for some actions taken on behalf of all and presented as such to the commission only to find out they were none too pleased with those declarations made at the podium and in letters  … Malkoon shows only two donations from his neighbors and none from the Chamber of Commerce or his Bel-Air Civic Assoc. fellow members in this report…that doesn’t bode well for a candidate in this writer’s opinion… Malkoon chose to use Facebook for his campaign site …I have regularly looked at it …It is also very telling with photos of events Edmund has attended showing him with  Mayor Minnet and Broward County Comm. Chip LaMarca which could be construed as receiving their support… Were they asked beforehand?…After all this is Malkoon’s campaign site vs. his personal Facebook page…Hmmm… Other than that he has a few updates and comments that seem to be from his young nieces?… As previously posted we have been informed that Edmund was looking for support from the Furths and the Carrs who are a few of the active members of the CIC board representing a PAC that has no candidates to run for office in the 2012 election …After seeing his donation from their former candidate Marjorie Evans perhaps those reports have some validity …Any chance he will attend the CIC holiday party tonight?… Many have commented and this writer tends to agree that Edmund Malkoon is running the race he was going to run in 2010 when the UOT cast him aside and Beverly Kennedy jumped in briefly before Scot Sasser was persuaded to run because she and others did not want Malkoon… His answers to the BTSF question seem to concur with this take on his candidacy… (see link above)….”Snickers” will surely come from those in the north if Malkoon is seen pandering in the south as some claim he is doing to get the votes and perhaps the donations he has not received according to his report…

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SNICKERS #3….

Comm. Sasser excerpt from Dec. 16, 2011 Pompano Pelican article by Judy Vic (link below)…

“In my opinion, all this centers around pineapples vs. pelicans. It’s childish,” Sasser said vehemently. “In the future, anything we do with Sea Ranch Lakes should come before this commission before we do it.”

http://pompanopelican.webs.com/

The Pompano Pelican reported the “snickers” made on the dais by some LBTS Commissioners such as Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd  played hardball with Sea Ranch Lakes on the A1A FDOT project last month concerning a laundry list of changes SRLakes wanted at the 11th hour of this project including changing the benches from pelican motifs to pineapples… Getting no love from the dais our neighbors decided to send via their Town Atty. a cease and desist letter implying legal action if LBTS proceeded with their plans… They got what they wanted and we the taxpayers of LBTS will be left with paying the price…of change orders etc… leaving us with a  bad taste for some time to come for many as a result of sour pineapples …

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SNICKERS #4 …

DID THE MONARCH OF MUNICIPAL FIRMS NOT SERVE US PROPERLY?….

Some time ago when this writer first began this blog I posted often about our Town Attorney and his law firm…I posted that they were called the Monarch of Municipal firms in Florida for the many towns and cities they served as counsel … At the Dec. 13, 2011 Regular Commission Meeting Commissioner Clottey stated that the referendum on districts which was placed on the ballot in 2003 and to be entered into our Town Charter was improperly done and the statute of limitations on any fixing it had passed as of this year… I previously posted Comm. Clottey heard this from Marc Furth who had contacted John Thompson on the subject … I also posted that John did not find such  dire straits as Clottey claimed…I have since been informed that our current Town Atty. was the one to disclose the statute of limitations portion of this latest faulty charter inclusion which will be added on to a long list given some months back at the podium by consultant Cecelia Ward… This is the second one that was a referendum issue improperly done by the counsel at the time which was our former Town Atty. Cherof and firm… I have not seen the details of anything the Town Atty. provided in her assertion as passed on to me but that being stated I am quite confused and hope that when this is on the agenda in January at the first Reg. Comm. Mtg. as Clottey said it would be that not only is it presented with plenty of backup but also some input from the former Town Atty. on how this could be so!… If a referendum vote by the people can be subject to a statute of limitations of seven years leaving whatever was either put in its place to be legal or no way to remedy an act done purposefully or due to an inept act is beyond comprehension …If either scenario is fact then would not some municipalities enact such actions as these in order to essentially over turn the will of the people until the people have no choice but to follow the charter alternative as is being suggested from what info I have thus far?… With this districts referendum coming on top of some serious questions concerning  the referendum on heights and how that too was placed in the Town’s charter shouldn’t the Town put our former law firm on the hot seat?… After all just as we will be stuck paying for the mess SRLakes has left us…we will definitely being paying for the changes we can make for the mess our former Town Atty. may have left us with so many years later …This bar comes with a note on the wrapper…fool us once shame on you…fool us twice …shame on us… fool us more than that… “snickers”….

more to come….

Excerpt from Sentinel in 1998 …link below…
“Some firms rarely give to political campaigns, yet snag government business anyway. They bank on their strong reputations or relationships with local officials.

Among them is the monarch of municipal firms: Josias, Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol.

Tight with a campaign buck, Josias, Goren and its attorneys have contributed about $1,400 to the Broward County Commission and School Board races since 1993. The firm also bars its attorneys from contributing money to candidates in cities it represents.

“We think it’s a conflict,” said Jim Cherof, one of the firm’s partners. “That’s not our role.”
“Cash And Connections
A Group Of Lawyers With Political Ties Appears To Enjoy A Monopoly On Local Governments’ Legal Work.
January 12, 1998|By JENNI BERGAL and JAY WEAVER Staff Writers

Still, Josias, Goren has been successful by combining decades of municipal experience with political clout. Josias, Goren, which earned $1.56 million last year from local government contracts, is is city attorney in eight cities.

The small, nine-lawyer Fort Lauderdale firm was founded by Steven Josias, a Citadel graduate who was chairman of the North Broward Hospital District in the 1980s.
Josias is closely aligned with U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. He first served as Graham’s campaign chairman in Broward County and later became the senator’s legal adviser in Washington.

“He is a very political person,” said Scott Frank, a former associate at Josias, Goren who now works for a Tampa firm. “He’s got power and is a very engaging person in that arena.”

Josias also has close ties to Pembroke Pines, where he is city attorney. His relationship with the city dates back 22 years, when he linked up with former mayor Ron Villella, another Citadel graduate. And it was Villella who brought Graham and Josias together.

The firm’s other founding partner, Sam Goren, has fewer political ties but also delivers business.

Goren joined the firm in 1977 after serving a brief stint as an assistant attorney for Broward County. He has been able to transcend the firm’s Democratic profile, serving as general counsel to the Republican supervisor of elections for about 20 years.

These days, Goren appears to be more directly involved with his government clients than Josias, who lately has been spending much of his time traveling aboard his 58-foot yacht.”

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1998-01-12/news/9801090407_1_city-attorney-firm-lauderhill-city-commission/2

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Here’s The Scoop … The February Caribbean Party Is Off … For Now … Is It Time To Let The Sunshine In? …

December 15, 2011 by Barbara

SHOULD THERE BE SUNSHINE ON THE SEVERAL MONTHS OLD ELUSIVE LBTS AD HOC MARKETING “GROUP”?…

Dear Readers …apparently the $6,000 Feb. 23rd Caribbean party is off …for now …. The Town Manager contacted the commission today to report the following (a public record due to being sent electronically) … The question this writer had upon hearing once again of this Ad Hoc “Group” that is made up of those unknown to the taxpayers footing the bill as well as the commission was don’t they fall under the Florida Sunshine Laws?… I looked it up and found the following information posted below the TM’s email… It appears to me that they could fall under it from what we’ve heard about them thus far …If you look at b. – the fact-finding committees the fine line is if they only gather information but are not involved in the decision making but there is this portion of a decision made … “the team was authorized to do more than mere fact-finding in that it would be “participating in the decision-making process by accepting some options while rejecting others for presentment of the final negotiations to the city commission.” … Was this the case in the Caribbean party planned by the group and will they do even more in the process in the future?… I believe this Ad Hoc Group should be made known to the public with their meetings posted and their minutes a public record…especially if it’s my money they are spending…. Please take note that while the TM and her Asst. to the TM state the following concerning the future plans this Ad Hoc Group wants …”Town staff will be working with a LBTS marketing firm to develop the marketing plan for that.” and to deal with retailers west of A1A …”We are going to need some professional assistance to help us with the retailers as that will be time-intensive and we just don’t have the staff time to handle it. We will work on finding a company that can assist us with # 4.” (the west Comm. businesses) … More companies and more consultants… How come we don’t have enough staff?… We have an abundance of staff with very prestigious titles for a town this size and besides on Tuesday night there seemed to be enough staff to do the Feb. 23rd Caribbean party!… The next Commission meeting should include the names of those in the Ad Hoc Marketing “group” as well as their minutes to date with all future meetings distributed to the Commission in their monthly backup as well as giving ample notice of this group’s upcoming meetings to them and the public…

“From: Connie Hoffmann [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:55 PM
To: Birute Ann Clottey; Chris Vincent; Roseann Minnet; Scot Sasser; stuart dodd; Stuart Dodd
Cc: [email protected] ; Pat Himelberger
Subject: February Special Event & Other Marketing Activities

Commissioners,

We met with the Marketing Ad Hoc Group this morning and, with the short time frame ahead of us and the Commission’s suggestion that we come up with a different theme for the new February event, it was agreed that there wasn’t sufficient time to re-theme the event and pull off a quality event. Instead, the group suggested we:

1) Promote the events that are already planned for that week (Taste of the Beach, Friday night’s Aruba pig roast and Village Grille’s Jazz on the Square, Saturday’s Alley Oop Skim boarding and Dance Contest and Athena’s Music event) under the umbrella title of “Festival by the Sea”. Town staff will be working with a LBTS marketing firm to develop the marketing plan for that.

2) Concentrate on planning the June program to fill hotel rooms and marketing LBTS as a shore diving destination.

3) Hold a new event in February of 2013, which will give us plenty of time to assure it’s a great event.

4) Start working with the retailers on the western part of Commercial Boulevard on a program to stimulate business activity there.

I think that is a great plan and one that is in keeping with the Town Commission’s goals, so we will proceed unless the Commission directs me to the contrary. I will include this information in my Town Manager’s report in January so it is known to the general public.

We are going to need some professional assistance to help us with the retailers as that will be time-intensive and we just don’t have the staff time to handle it. We will work on finding a company that can assist us with # 4.

I am copying Judy Swaggerty on this email so she knows the Town will not be using their tent this year and so that she can convey to the Chamber’s Board of Directors what we are planning.

Pat, please advise the people on our business mailing list who were not able to attend today’s meeting of this plan, too.”

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Excerpts from the Office of the Attorney General of Florida -Pam Biondi

“Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual
Chapter updated: 01/14/2011
What agencies are covered by the Sunshine Law?

2. Are advisory boards which make recommendations or committees established only for fact-finding subject to the Sunshine Law?

a. Publicly created advisory boards which make recommendations

Advisory boards created pursuant to law or ordinance or otherwise established by public agencies are subject to the Sunshine Law, even though their recommendations are not binding upon the entities that create them. See Town of Palm Beach v. Gradison, 296 So. 2d 473 (Fla. 1974) (citizen planning committee appointed by city council to assist in revision of zoning ordinances subject to Sunshine Law). The Gradison court, concluding that the committee served as the alter ego of the council in making tentative decisions, stated that “any committee established by the Town Council to act in any type of advisory capacity would be subject to the provisions of the government in the sunshine law.” Id. at 476. Accord Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc. v. Centrust Savings Bank, 535 So. 2d 694, 695 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988) (committee which compiled a report that was perfunctorily accepted by the board made a significant ruling affecting decision-making process and was subject to s. 286.011; “ad hoc advisory board, even if its power is limited to making recommendations to a public agency and even if it possesses no authority to bind the agency in any way, is subject to the Sunshine Law”); Monroe County v. Pigeon Key Historical Park, Inc., 647 So. 2d 857, 869 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994) (committee established by county commission to negotiate lease agreement subject to s. 286.011: “the Sunshine Law equally binds all members of governmental bodies, be they advisory committee members or elected officials”); and Lyon v. Lake County, 765 So. 2d 785 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000) (Sunshine Law applies to site plan review committee created by county ordinance to serve in an advisory capacity to the county manager).

The Attorney General’s Office has issued numerous opinions discussing the application of the Sunshine Law to advisory committees. The following are some of the advisory committees which have been found to be subject to the Sunshine Law:

community issues advisory bodies–AGOs 98-13 (citizen advisory committee appointed by city council to make recommendations to the council regarding city government and city services), 93-41 (criminal justice commission established by county ordinance to develop and make recommendations on criminal justice issues in the county), and 85-55 (community certification committee organized by city to act on its behalf in seeking designation of city as a blue chip community under a Department of Commerce program);

employee or personnel advisory bodies–AGOs 96-32 (employee advisory committee established pursuant to special law), 92-26 (committee responsible for making recommendations to city council on personnel matters), and 84-70 (grievance committees established pursuant to county personnel manual and responsible for bringing about “a fair and equitable settlement of the complaint”);

education advisory bodies–AGOs 03-28 (business assistance center advisory council created by community college board of trustees), 01-84 (school advisory councils created pursuant to former s. 229.58 [now s. 1001.452], F.S.), and 74-­267 (Council of Deans appointed by state university president);

legislation implementation advisory bodies–AGOs 92-79 (advisory committee authorized by statute to assist state agency with the implementation of legislation), and 85-76 (ad hoc committee appointed by mayor for purpose of making recommendations concerning legislation);

planning or property acquisition advisory bodies–AGOs 05-07 (lake restoration council legislatively created to advise water management district board), 02-24 (vegetation committee created by city code to make recommendations to city council and planning department regarding vegetation and proposed development), and 86-51 (land selection committee appointed by water management district to create proposed land acquisition list).

The Sunshine Law applies to advisory committees appointed by a single public official as well as those appointed by a collegial board. See, e.g., Wood v. Marston, 442 So. 2d 934 (Fla. 1983) (Sunshine Law applies to ad hoc advisory committee appointed by university president to screen applications and make recommendations for position of law school dean as committee, in deciding which applicants to reject from further consideration, performed a policy-based, decision-making function); Silver Express Company v. District Board of Lower Tribunal Trustees, 691 So. 2d 1099 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997) (committee established by community college purchasing director to consider and rank various contract proposals must meet in the Sunshine); and Krause v. Reno, 366 So. 2d 1244 (Fla. 3d DCA 1979) (Sunshine Law governs advisory group created by city manager to assist in screening applications and to recommend several applicants for the position of chief of police). Accord AGOs 05-05 (fact that advisory group was created by chief of police and not city commission and its recommendations were made to police chief would not remove group from ambit of the Sunshine Law), 87-42 (ad hoc committee appointed by mayor to meet with Chamber of Commerce and draft proposal for transfer of city property); and Inf. Op. to Lamar, August 2, 1993 (transition team made up of citizens appointed by mayor to make recommendations on city government’s reorganization).

b. Fact-finding committees

A limited exception to the applicability of the Sunshine Law to advisory committees has been recognized for advisory committees established for fact-finding only. When a committee has been established strictly for, and conducts only, fact-finding activities, i.e., strictly information gathering and reporting, the activities of that committee are not subject to s. 286.011, F.S. Cape Publications, Inc. v. City of Palm Bay, 473 So. 2d 222 (Fla. 5th DCA 1985). Accord AGO 95-­06 (when a group, on behalf of a public entity, functions solely as a fact-finder or information gatherer with no decision-making authority, no “board or commission” subject to the Sunshine Law is created). “In determining whether a committee is subject to the Sunshine Law, the actual function of the committee must be scrutinized to determine whether It is exercising part of the decision-making function by sorting through options and making recommendations to the governmental body.” Inf. Op. to Randolph, June 10, 2010.

For example, the court in Bennett v. Warden, 333 So. 2d 97 (Fla. 2d DCA 1976), held that a fact-finding committee appointed by a community college president to report to him on employee working conditions was not subject to the Sunshine Law. And see Wood v. Marston, 442 So. 2d 934 (Fla. 1983); and Lyon v. Lake County, 765 So. 2d 785 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000) (Sunshine Law did not apply to informal meetings of staff where the discussions were “merely informational,” where none of the individuals attending the meetings had any decision-making authority during the meetings, and where no formal action was taken or could have been taken at the meetings).

This ‘fact-finding’ exception, however, applies only to advisory committees and not to boards that have “ultimate decisionmaking authority.” See Finch v. Seminole County School Board, 995 So. 2d 1068 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008), holding that the fact-finding exception did not apply to a school board as the ultimate decision-making authority; thus the board could not take a fact-finding tour without complying with the Sunshine Law even though school board members were separated from each other by several rows of seats, did not discuss their preferences or opinions, and no vote was taken during the trip.

When a committee has a decision-making function in addition to fact-finding, the Sunshine Law is applicable. See Wood v. Marston, supra at 938, recognizing that while a “search and screen” committee appointed by a university president had a fact-gathering role in soliciting and compiling applications, the committee also “had an equally undisputed decision-making function in screening the applicants” by deciding which of the applicants to reject from further consideration, and thus was subject to the Sunshine Law. And see Roscow v. Abreu, No. 03-CA-1833 (Fla. 2d Cir. Ct. August 6, 2004) (committee created by the state department of transportation and composed of officials from state, local and federal agencies was subject to the Sunshine Law because the committee was responsible for screening and evaluating potential corridors and alignments for a possible expansion of the Suncoast Parkway).

Similarly, in AGO 94-21, the Attorney General’s Office advised that the Sunshine Law governed the meetings of a negotiating team that was created by a city commission to negotiate with a sports organization on behalf of the city. Even though the resolution creating the team provided that the negotiations were subject to ratification and approval by the city commission, the team was authorized to do more than mere fact-finding in that it would be “participating in the decision-making process by accepting some options while rejecting others for presentment of the final negotiations to the city commission.” Id.”

http://www.myflsunshine.com/sun.nsf/manual/A342F688127D5AFD852566F30055F8C8

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Here’s The Scoop … We Interrupt This Holiday Haitus … Updated

December 14, 2011 by Barbara

WITH AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ….

Dear Readers …perhaps I posted my Holiday Hiatus a tad too soon… especially after I had time to digest the Dec. 13, 2011 LBTS Reg. Commission meeting held last night… It was truly a meeting I wish I could let go by the wayside…but I cannot…If this is a sign of what is in store for us voters and taxpayers for the next two years we are headed for a rude awakening as a result…Judging from the public comments made by the candidates for seat 3 Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon that seat is much more important than many realize… especially after they spoke up and after what transpired from the sitting commission on the agenda items that followed … Brown spoke about the $6,000 taxpayer dollars the town wants to put on a Caribbean party the night after the Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the Beach event and gave his opinion that it was not the right move or use of taxpayer funds as well as asking the commission to hold back a little longer on setting a date for the east side of A1A downtown redevelopment project after reporting he’s heard some businesses are not all on board as well as residents are still not informed  and this project should be done by getting it right the first time ….. Malkoon ‘s time at the microphone was “Team Edmund” in my opinion with what amounted to brown-nosing with faulty accolades to Comm. Vincent concerning Vincent’s role with two items on the agenda about permit fees being lowered and the FDOT singling Vincent out as the leader on these issues… HUH?… Revisionist history has a shortened time span these days more often than not…and that must be the case for Malkoon or he is just oblivious to the facts that the past 2 commissions in addition to other members on the present commission were involved in lowering permit fees…changing the building department …and in the A1A project… much ahead of Com. Vincent …. His recollection of Flamingo drainage is faulty as well …I do not believe the flooding was a Meet the Candidate Night issue in 2010 …Recent rumors abound that he is openly courting the CIC Furths and Carrs in a “Uniter” move of looking for votes…in other words he’s pandering for votes which is quite disturbing to say the least to this writer if these rumors are indeed true …If he is seated besides Vincent in 2012 we will have a two-fer in uninformed dais members making decisions … Also if it’s true he’s befriended Clottey’s pals who mysteriously stayed away from helping her for Halloween and a 2nd term…it’s a head scratcher that’s for sure!… Malkoon who is a longtime member of UOT and on record as a MPSC member for wanting two lanes on El Mar as well as a parking garage etc…etc… backed by the Furths and Carrs…that’s a hoot!… It went further off kilter with the vote of 3-2 to allow staff to put on this Caribbean party in Feb. that was presented by the new Asst. To The Town Manager…This was voted in the affirmative by Vincent/Clottey and Minnet… This party did not have to meet the same criteria as any other applicant would need as far time-frame and details for these three to hop on board..Never mind that they along with all seated on the dais were in the dark on the touted use of an “Ad-Hoc Marketing Group” that the Asst. To and the Town Manager said were used over several months and responsible for this idea…Never mind that the TM and the Asst. To The TM never said who those group members were and specifics were never asked by anyone on the commission…Never mind they have no idea who will be involved but state they will use Town staff for this party and using a local businesses liquor license without stating who that would be… Comm. Vincent who has become Jerry McIntee to Hoffmann as McIntee was to Colon…backing anything she does without regard to details …said he’s getting alot of “atta boys for events” and we need more!… No names of those giving him pats on the back just like no names from Clottey of whose making all the phone calls to her…Comm. Clottey was all the way out there on a multitude of subjects and it wasn’t a pretty sight …Comm. Clottey who has long been on the record for no extension of events beyond two days is suddenly on board with this alongside Comm.Vincent so she said…Ha!… Minnet was vote 3 …How sad …these 3 will vote to use $6 thousand taxpayer dollars to fill the hotels for a party planned in season when no data was asked for from any of them to show how many hotel patrons come to the Chamber’s Taste of the Beach event each year…and none of the three asked the Chamber’s stance on the party the night after theirs… Then to add insult to injury these same commissioners along with the rest of the dais chose to set meetings for the sewers and the impact to the hotels/condos and multi-unit properties in the south (there has been much going on behind the scenes with new pertinent information being brought forth that should change their new rate structure etc…) ….as well as the downtown review and decision in January rather than showing the candidates who are up for seat 3 the same courtesy they all enjoyed in 2008 and 2010 from the outgoing commissions of tabling these two very important issues until after the election!… Instead they are doubled up in Jan. along with the last month of campaigning for these two candidates which is crunch time as all these commissioners well remember … Bad move!…

Then there was the diatribe by Comm. Clottey that the Mayor allowed to go on far too long during her Commissioner comments… Clueless lives!… Clottey’s Comm. comment slams were straight from Marc Furth…No surprise who all those phone calls she says she receives arrive from ….. This writer got a heads up from John Thompson last month on Marc’s interest and concern over the districts and the charter and what was not carried out as a result of the referendum vote in 2004…. John did some looking through his extensive records and answered Marc…But John not forgetting the slights he was subjected to by many in town made it clear that his research was not for distribution to the Town or to be put in print without some agreed upon consultant fee received… It was quite the same dire straights as Clottey spouted so authoritatively in her allotted time …The details of John’s research, recall and his analysis are something I believe the Town should avail itself of as part of the process we need to follow.paying him as a consultant …..In a nutshell ….Yes, the vote in 2004 was for districts…Yes, the vote was for districts to end in 2018 and to back to candidates- at- large on the ballot and yes, there was once again something big lost in the translation by the time the Town codified it which puts a 2012 requirement of a needed extension by FAU in order to continue the districts to be unnecessary …Yes, we as a town would need to fix this district charter problem as we need to do with other such charter items not correctly codified and found by Cecelia Ward this next year in order to have it correctly reflect the voters will…and yes we will need a referendum before 2018 if we are to continue with districts again to be decided by the voters…But we have 2 more elections to do so…No doomsday scenario indeed!…Was Clottey in receipt of Thompson’s research which is certainly not in keeping with John’s stern warning of what Furth was allowed to do with his research? Did she share it or passed it on to the Town Manager?…Or did she just take Furth’s take on it and run with it on the dais?… As far as the zoning errors she spoke about and the referendum required for changes.to B-1 and B-1-A districts ..That too came from Furth …We hear he is all up in arms over the changes in conditional use parking allowed for Aruba Beach Cafe …Hmmm. … Why didn’t he come to the Nov. Quasi-Judicial hearing to voice any concerns?…We wonder if his buddy Jim was aware of the behind the scenes maneuvers that are surely meant to cause Jim’s wife’s business some upheaval if he were correct… We understand the Town was alerted and does not think there were any zoning infractions caused by the move to allow for the Conditional Use Application for Paid Private Parking in the B-1 and B-1-A Zoning Districts that was approved for Aruba last month… But…we also hear P + Z  is going to be discussing B-1  and B-1-A  this month so we’ll see if there is something to the charge after all?… Maybe Clottey who chose not to seek a second term needs to do everyone a favor and follow in Jerry McIntee’s footsteps and be MIA for the last few meetings of her term! … The two-prong contract/agreement VM Dodd had on the agenda deferred from Nov. 9, 2011 was not discussed in the right manner and ended up on pretty familiar scary Colon ground for this writer with a majority on the dais poo-pooing its need due to who the Town Manager is at the present time and again acting like they were in a stupor as to any future contract that would not be brought to them before it was finalized …I wholeheartedly disagree!… Policy should be policy no matter who the TM is and not based on the need depending on who the TM is… Look just a few months back all were spouting disgust over the sale of the water to Ft. Laud. and never seeing the final agreement… Look at other such agreements that resulted from direction given to a TM by the Commission but then never seen or heard about again until we found out the fallout we were stuck with as a result!… I believe the liaison program this commission has used over the past 2 years will either be severely curtailed or no longer allowed from the new ethics regulations not allowing commissioners to be a part of procurement decisions and this 2-prong plan would have given the commission that follow through they do get when it comes to 2nd readings but definitely not on all contracts or sales …This too was a bad move… I turned the computer off in disgust before the A1A debacle with Sea Ranch Lakes that carried over from the last commission meeting concerning the improvements on Sea Ranch Lakes village property … I was texted and called afterward that I had to see it… I did so online today and watched as Comm. Vincent went out of his way to be a “good neighbor” to SRLakes and their 11th hour decision to squash all A1A improvements including the bus shelter and I believe 5 sitting walls etc…Hmmm…..perhaps his bending over backwards  was due to his wife’s growing up there?… I tend to side with Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd who were polar opposite on their take of the situation as they relayed the SRLakes Town Atty. cease and desist letter to the Town if any further improvements were carried out… They put SRLakes and what actually occurred in a proper timeline with the facts that made our “good neighbor” look not so neighborly but like the neighbor who wanted their cup of sugar back along with a new bag as well…. After much discussion and getting the story straight that SRLakes were well informed of what improvement were slated to be done and chose to pass on participating in them and showing no adverse reaction up until this point the commission decided to bag the improvements and put in a change order on the project as well as moving the bus shelter elsewhere in out town… My question is who pays for our staff and atty. time..Who pays for the change order etc…I think SRLakes should be the recipient of any of those bills at this point in time… Remember this is SRLakes and the Mayor who owns the bank property that was fast-tracked for paid parking some months ago…So again, who’s the “good neighbor” to whom?….

It’s my hope that some commissioner will realize what took place and what will remedy the actions taken at this meeting thus tabling the Jan. meetings until after the election and that voters will continue to watch carefully the two candidates running for seat 3 … We need commissioners who ask follow up questions…We need commissioners who ask for specifics…..We need commissioners who do their due diligence and do not just skim the backup happy to blindly follow the administration just because its easier on them and they happen to trust the present TM they hired…

I will break my self imposed holiday hiatus when I receive the 1st Treasurers Report to be turned in to Town on Friday Dec. 16th…and follow that up with the next one on Dec. 30th…

In my last post on the election I asked if there was any difference between these two candidates… I believe there is… and those differences are going to be more and more apparent in the weeks to come…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Holiday Hiatus …

December 13, 2011 by Barbara

WARM WEATHER WISHES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON ….

Dear Readers … Wishing you happy holiday and a wonderful new year ….

more to come ….. in 2012….

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Here’s The Scoop … With Only Two Candidates Left In The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 2012 Municipal Election Vying For Seat 3 The Question Front And Center … Is There Any Difference Between Them? ..

December 11, 2011 by Barbara

BROWN OR MALKOON IN SEAT 3 FOR 4 YEARS….

Dear Readers … this writer is concerned with this upcoming election and the outcome of it that thus far seems to make no difference to a good many LBTS voters we are told who are preparing to skip the whole process as a result … We hear the UOT PAC has decided not to meet until 2 days before the League of Women Voters “Meet the Candidate Night” on January 11, 2012… So in essence they will have a pre-debate debate if they even choose to ask questions of the tow candidates, Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon! … We hear that UOT will not choose to endorse either one which leaves these candidates even more so on their own beyond a lack of many donations coming in from those so generous in 2010  … A few that are donating are donating to both in order to avoid making a decision … The impact will most likely be seen in manpower help as well in the weeks to come right up to just who will be inside the tents set up at the polling places on Jan. 31st…This writer has been told by someone at the top of the “food chain” in this town that either candidate “will want to move forward” which implied the 5-year re-development plan was solidified either way for the next 2 years…and then some… Hmmm…. Is that a good thing or not? …

I’ve sent an email to one Commissioner as well as to the Town PIO to forward to the Town Manager concerning the Jan. 11, 2012 Meet the Candidate Night being televised and replayed before the Jan. 31st election date…

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“Televising Jan 11, 2012 Meet the Candidate Night

FROM:

Barbara Cole

TO:

[email protected]

Sunday, December 11, 2011 11:18 AM
Steve, could you pass this on to the Town Manager before the meeting on Tues. night- Thank you.
Town Manager,
I am requesting that an addition be made at the Dec. 13, 2011 Reg. Comm. Mtg. for the upcoming Jan. 11, 2012 Meet the Candidate Night to be televised and to be replayed as some meetings have been in the past. I believe it must be voted on by the Commission to do so. I think it is important for voters to have an opportunity to see where these two candidates vying for seat 3 stand on important issues. Thank you, Barbara Cole”

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I’ve also sent LOWVoters moderator Carol Smith 35 hard-hitting questions for the two candidates covering a myriad of questions that should define these candidates to voters and give an insight to how they would govern once they are positioned on the dais in Comm. Clottey’s seat for their first term as a result of how they answer them. I have not shared these with either candidate and will not do so. At the last two such events in 2008 and 2010 a great many of my questions were used. I hope that will be the result once again in 2012. Residents can do the same right now up until the day of by emailing questions on issues to Carol Smith at … [email protected] ….

I’ve sent in a Public Records Request for the candidate’s required  Treasurer Reports. The first one is due on Dec. 16th and upon receipt of them from the Town I will post them…This should show some differences between them as well as has been the case in prior years …

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“From: Barbara Cole [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 10:41 AM
To: Steve D’Oliveira
Subject: Public Records Requests

Hi Steve, I would like to request copies of all of the LBTS Candidate’s Treasurer Reports for Dec. 16, 2011. Please respond when they can be picked up.

I will be asking for the reports as well on Dec.30, 2011 and Jan 13, 2012 as well as the Termination in Feb. Is it necessary to make individual requests? If so please let me know that as well. Thank you, Barbara Cole”
………..
This writer heard the candidates have been out going door-to-door with Mark Brown starting off a few weeks back in the southern end of town while Edmund Malkoon began in the north end … Last week it appeared that Malkoon was trailing after Brown in sections of the south wearing his campaign Hanes green t-shirt with the bird on it which match his door hangers while Brown was dressed more appropriately to meet voters the first time according to those who met both …. Brown decided to forgo the campaign t-shirts and opted for stickers along with leaving campaign chip clips along with other pertinent information for those he met as well as for those he missed in his first round of knocking on doors… Thus far the word is that Mark has a better grasp on the topics voters are most interested in and is more readily able to respond to questions dealing with issues from past years in depth…Their signs will most likely be going up in yards soon and those too should provide voters a visual on the willingness of residents to do so for the candidate of their choice…Question is of course will UOT members put up both? ……

We should be able to see if they provide some insight to voters in any public comments they choose to make at the upcoming town meetings including the one this week on Tuesday Dec. 13th using up to three minutes to make known where they stand on hot topics contained in the agenda such as Consent Agenda item 11a. and the $6,000 dollars being requested by the Town under the new marketing budget for what amounts to be a Caribbean themed party under a tent to take place the night after the Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the Beach event next year…The backup states that after a few months of discussions with hoteliers/restauranteurs/businesses one marketing idea was a 4-day event schedule that would include these two events on a Wed. night and a Thur. night along with the Fri. night Jazz on the Square downtown and  Sat. daytime Alley Oops skim-boarding event followed by the regular Athena Sat. night event which they say would fill the hotels… This writer as a taxpayer never thought a marketing budget would even entertain such a use for that amount of money to fill hotels which in my opinion it will not…It will only bring out people from other Broward municipalities as is the case for all of our town events … On the subject of marketing this rises to the level of the last marketing idea I was glad went by the wayside ….. putting up funds to have a congratulatory meal for the diver trying to break the record for staying underwater by the Bio-Rock coral reef project ….and then when the first attempt failed and that agreed upon Commission vote for $1000 went by the wayside a second attempt for funds to promote the diver’s return on Dec. 1st for even more money…Fortunately that too never moved forward… Perhaps I am in the minority but after reading the Sentinel on what the diver actually did to break this record which included being tied to the Bio-Rock structure in order to sleep…I thought more than ever it was not something I would want to spend money on as a taxpayer…I also found humor in the tied to the Bio-Rock scenario after hearing for so long that certain Bio-Rock proponents were concerned about anyone or anything anywhere near the structure!…Perhaps it will be agenda item 16a. under Old Business concerning the sewer rates in hotels they will want to weigh in on?….This item contains some eye-opening numbers showing the impact of the rate increases to south end customers who are still under the LBTS Master Sewer Agreement with Pompano Beach in the aftermath of the present commission trying to rectify and resolve the long standing “subsidy” (or whatever word one wants to use for the Town making up the difference in what we were billed and what the condos paid the Town)  being paid to the 3 Sea Ranch Club buildings and Sea Ranch North due to actions taken by a few behind the scenes in Town Hall and the perceived imminent infrastructure “hit” the south was going to face with our aging sewers… According to the backup on this item some have been hit alright…hit with increases of  117%-200+% over the rates they were previously charged …To add to the “hit” they received is this statement written by the TM … “Next month we will receive the engineering firm’s analysis of the repairs needed to our sewer infrastructure. From staff’s recent discussions with them, it appears that the Sewer Fund reserve is more than ample to cover the cost of the needed capital repairs. Having that report will be important in any rate restructuring considerations.” (the TM offers up some ways to reconsider the rate increase to these properties prior to this statement) It is in the last few lines of the report made by TM Hoffmann…. WOW!… No wonder Arthur Franczak has not walked away from this situation…This writer only wishes he could  have been more succinct in providing his situation in dollars and cents as the TM has in this report….We were all talking infrastructure …infrastructure…infrastructure …..because we were sure we were going to face millions of dollars of sewer replacement costs placed on the town as soon as the sewer report was finished and released…… If the staff is correct that we already have those funds available for whatever repairs are required it absolutely makes it hard to swallow the practice of continuing to impacting these south end properties at the percentage agreed upon by the commission before this information was supplied!…. This issue along with the parking dept. will be issues the winning candidate will be faced with as soon as they are sworn in ….That being said we absolutely need to know where they stand on sewers before we cast our votes … after all it’s four years of decisions made by them that impacts us all whether it’s the sewers in the south or the sewers in the north which could rise up again with the Palm Club suit still in play and an issue that changed the majority on the dais in 2008…

No one should be anointed to the position of Commissioner I am told by a valued friend…I wholeheartedly believe that to be true especially for this 2012 LBTS election …. It is therefore up to all of us to make these two candidates work hard for the votes we give them on Jan. 31, 2012….and no one should give up their right to cast their vote by taking a pass in any election…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … The Growing “Nose” And Other Non- Fairy Tales In The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Commission Race For A Seat On The Dais In 2012 ….

December 6, 2011 by Barbara

SOME MUST HAVE SEEN IT GROWING DAY BY DAY ….

Dear Readers … by now many of you have seen what this writer calls the homogenized version of Cindy Geesey’s withdrawal from being a candidate for seat 4 opposing her longtime neighbor and our current Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd serving his first term in the Sentinel last Wednesday online and updated in print the following day on Thursday Dec. 1st as well as in the current issue of the Pelican published on Friday Dec. 2nd ….. I call it the homogenized version since it totally glosses over the vitriolic email she sent to her supposed “supporters” which states it was originally written to be read at the planned Wed. Nov. 30th UOT meeting decided on well before the candidate filing time began in LBTS and cancelled just a few days prior to taking place after a series of emails were sent to the UOT Chair and the board by those perceived to be Geesey supporters who no doubt thought they were following through on her wishes of asking for that cancellation in order to be fair and to accommodate her since she would still be out of town…For those who did so perhaps they will feel duped once they realize that her candidacy was already one of talking out of both sides of her mouth which ultimately led to not only the cancellation of the UOT meeting but time and money being spent by her opponent and the town as well as the county although it could have been costlier if she let it go just a little longer according to the Sentinel article according to BSOE  spokeswoman Mary Cooney  with ballots being printed and signs needed to inform voters at the polling site that the race was not being held for seat 4….(see below)…
Here’s what was going on in the days leading up to her withdrawal …
On Nov. 9th the Vice Mayor received an email from Ms. Geesey which is a public record due to the fact it was sent to him electronically… In it she wrote of Michael Arker’s intention to run against Dodd as well unloading her animosity toward both Arker and his paper the ByTheSeaFuture stating it was treatment she received from him after “I made that damn paper what it was”  … She went through the well-known litany of complaints that many people around town have heard from her since she parted ways with the paper including what she said she provided monetarily in ad revenue to her claims that the Arker tried to take credit for her USO program resulting in nasty letters she says went to the USO all the way up the chain of command in Washington D. C….. She went further into personal transactions she says took place with Arker’s former friends in order to further the “detest” she stated she has for him… Ms. Geesey claimed “he hates you and doesn’t want you to have a “pass” and go unopposed”…She stated Arker would close the paper and do whatever it took and that his doctor had given him the go ahead to run…She stated that she was told of another candidate having words with him when that candidate was against his running. She went on to quote the same quote this writer heard elsewhere and previously posted about former UOT Pres. Bob Fleishman being a “real numbers guy” and that Fleishman believed Arker could beat Dodd stating “The CIC doesn’t like him, but they hate you whom they see as a turncoat. You well know how irrational they can be. So if he gets the CIC block vote and just a couple of hundred other votes, he’ll win.” …
BC- please get real…as the former Vice-Chair of the CIC the idea that the CIC would vote for Michael Arker over VM Dodd the former Chair of the CIC shows that both Geesey and Fleishman and whomever else came up with such a tale were off their rockers…big time!… While they can disagree still with Dodd asking for a sabbatical from the CIC (see prev. posts) …and whatever revisionist history a few CIC founders continue to spread …when it come to where Dodd stands on the issues …wanting a referendum for major projects or purchases…heights….etc…He has not strayed from the CIC as it was in 2007 when he was Chair and the CIC was the PAC it was supposed to be with founding member John Thompson still involved and making sure of it … before we three individually walked away from the organization in 2008 due to a different path being followed under the new leaders with an agenda unbeknownst as well as being unacceptable to us…
Ms Geesey went on to write “I’m told that other reasons many people will not back you is because you come across as arrogant, your close association with Cole whom many view as your puppet master,your treatment of Chris when you disagree, a less than inclusive 4th of July celebration, your support of John Thompson and Franzak (sp?)” … After that way off the mark paragraph Geesey stated the following which should be quite stunning to those who cancelled the UOT meeting on the 3oth… “Don’t shoot the messenger, Stuart. I certainly don’t agree with all that is being said and I intend to support you and Edmund. In my opinion, the vast majority of your decisions were thought out and serve the citizens well. I was surprised to hear of all the negativity and feel it could be turned around. However, Michael will have the sympathy vote, hopefully counteracted by those who would like a man of sound mind and body on the dais.”… She ended the email with a request for Dodd to call her and to not forward this email or discuss it with “Cole” “until you and I can get together. The less you have to do with her going forward, the better it will be for you,  and I will explain the many reasons.”… The Vice Mayor spoke to Ms. Geesey after the email was received as she requested and did not tell me about the email until he had done so … I am told that Ms. Geesey stated that she would do whatever it took to thwart Arker in conversations they had before she filed to run one day before Arker’s editorial was published stating he was not going to run and after VM Dodd was informed of that editorial being written and Arker’s decision!… After she filed she continued to talk to Dodd while she was away and continued to tell him she did not intend to run feeling she had succeeded in her mission to stop Arker from being Dodd’s opponent …She knew of the UOT meeting on the 30th and expressed to him she did not want to be in attendance at the meeting and that a letter she was writing  would be read prior to her return to town and her withdrawal from the race… It was to be quite an eye opener she warned… (see below) … I am told she told Dodd he should not go forth with any campaign expense and although he was hoping she was being sincere with him on her plans to bow out having succeeded with her intentions to stop Arker he was still preparing for a campaign against her and had ordered the Broward County voter list disc for his mailings as well as pulling out all his previous campaign paperwork to hit the ground running in case this turned out to be a ruse…..He informed her that if she was withdrawing she needed to do so before the ballots were printed…. She indicated she would do so upon returning to town the following Sunday….
BC-This is really quite something when you compare it to what was happening with her supporters and their emails to stop the meeting for their candidate …We are told that some supposed “supporters” were in fact requested by Geesey to ask that the meeting be changed…WOW!….
As previously posted an email was sent to UOT Chair Ray Wolowicz on Nov. 24th from the former UOT Chair and “numbers guy” Bob Fleishman’s wife stating it had been brought to her attention that one of the candidates was not asked to be part of the meeting on Nov. 30th in order to ask for or possibly receive the UOT’s endorsement…She went on to point out what UOT stands for and write “Cindy Geesey has voiced her desire to meet and greet our membership to answer questions and present her platform, however,unfortunately will not be in Town on the 30th.”…She continued on to state  when Geesey filed her papers to run and to point out the rules of a PAC organization and the image it holds…She told the president “it would behoove you to change this date to Monday December 5,2011 or soon thereafter.”…She ended by saying she was sending the email only to the Chairman for the time being … On Monday Nov. 29th with no response apparently received Mrs. Fleishman sent an email to the UOT board including the email to Ray Walowicz stating it had been ignored…She went on to plead for a change of date on behalf of Geesey “Ms. Geesey has been an active supporter of Unite Our Town and has shared our views in the past. It is just unfair that a PAC group would call for a vote and hear only from Vice Mayor Dodd from the south.”.. She stated it was “politically incorrect” …”lacks the transparency we fought for” and that while she had made “no decision to date” she was “upset that Unite Our Town is taking away the freedoms of choice, I hold so dear.”…
BC- remember at the time Mrs. Fleishman is pleading for Geesey …Geesey is stating she supports Dodd to Dodd and wants to not be at the meeting on Nov. 30th!….
After the email was sent to the board a few more emails followed including one from POA President Dennis Ritchie who stated he agreed with Cynthia Fleishman and  asked “Please tell me, is there ANY reason why this meeting cannot be changed to another date between December 5 and December 7, thus giving fair access to the membership by ALL candidates?”…He added what a good slate of candidates they have from UOT and implored “Let’s not cause an unnecessary split within our organization when the situation can be rectified so easily.” and again asking for the date to be changed…
BC- ultimately that meeting was cancelled on Mon. Nov. 28th with a tentative date set for Dec. 6th said some UOT members who were at the LBTS Regular Commission meeting the following night on Tuesday Nov. 29th…At that commission meeting as previously posted there was a big divide not only on Geesey’s candidacy itself but of the cancellation of the meeting and the lack of many being aware of the cancellation one day before…. At that same meeting news was flying around of those who either encouraged or asked Geesey to run against Dodd…Names such as Louis Marchelos, Bob Fleishman and Comm. Chris Vincent … Hmmmm…..
As this writer previously posted the email sent out on Nov 30th went well beyond stating that familiar longtime political exit strategy of family obligations as a reason to take a hike from this race cited online that afternoon in the Sentinel and in the printed articles to follow… (see below)….
Cindy Geesey sent the following email out on Wednesday Nov. 30th… (address/phone#s/email was x’d out by this writer)…

“The following was respectfully prepared to be read at the now cancelled November 30 UOT meeting, with final paragraphs added November 30 after additional information was received. Town service record may be of interest.

Cindy Geesey
XXX Imperial Lane
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308-5925
954-XXX-XXXX
954-XXX-XXXXcell
954-XXX-XXXXfax
catXXXXX.

Presentation to UOT, November 30

When I ran for commissioner 8 years ago, my goal was to unite our town by welcoming our new neighbors to the north and integrating them into our wonderful small town, old town lifestyle. My slogan was “One Town, One Voice,” and it remains that today. Though I didn’t win 8 years ago, I took enough votes away from John Thompson to prevent his election – a wonderful claim to fame!

6 years ago Jerry McIntee captured this town, fractured it, broke its spirit, and set neighbor against neighbor. The only “One Voice” LBTS had was the voice of discord.

2 years ago, this organization, “Unite Our Town,” brought together individuals committed to transparency and honesty in government, to civility and camaraderie in its citizenry, and to fairness and respect for all. Those virtues were important to the membership and so became the goals of UOT leadership.

I was a very active participant in UOT 2 years ago and remain proud of the part I played in the election. However, contrary to what was stated at the last UOT meeting and at the one just after the election, it took a great group effort by everyone to achieve our tremendous win. It was not accomplished by any one person, by any one editor, by any one newspaper, and certainly not by any one blogger.

This once proud organization has misstepped, however. As President of the LBTS Property Owners Association for 8 years, I ran “Meet The Candidates Night” 4 times. We always waited until all candidates qualified before we chose a date for the event, and we certainly made sure all candidates were available. In 2004, McIntee had already booked a cruise, so we changed the tentative “Meet the Candidates” date so he would be included. We did it to be fair to all candidates, but more so to provide the best possible program for our valued members. One UOT Board Member told me, “Don’t worry if you’re not there on November 30th. UOT’s endorsement really doesn’t mean anything.” Even so, it’s a shame that the UOT leadership chose to set their date before all candidates filed and before making sure of their availability.

It’s also a shame that the once proud By The Sea Future is clearly ignoring one candidate. While I actually filed before some other candidates did, I was never contacted for comments or advertising for the last issue of the newspaper. Fair, impartial, professional, committed to serving the community completely? Obviously not.

And why would one candidate stand before this UOT group a few weeks ago, claim to have severed ties with the local newspaper to avoid “conflict of interest,” and then continue to take pictures and conduct interviews (as at two recent Terra Mar functions), process press releases (as of 11/18), and continue to maintain his newspaper email and respond to questions (as of 11/29)? If a candidate isn’t honest, how can we expect him to have integrity as a commissioner?

In the past few weeks I’ve learned, sadly, that many people don’t want to unite our town. My slogan of “One Town, One Voice” isn’t what a lot of people want. A CIC member told me the only thing that would bring the town together was if the north “seceded from the town. Let them keep the name – we have other names in the basket.” Members of UOT were upset that Commissioner Vincent spoke at the CIC meeting, when in fact that was his duty as a representative of ALL the people. He is THEIR commissioner, too, and to have turned them down would have been highly inappropriate. But neither side of this town divide seems to want to compromise to achieve lasting peace.

While it’s been my long time goal to help return LBTS to a community of neighbors who volunteer along side each other, enjoy this amazing lifestyle together, and coexist happily, I’m no longer sure it can be achieved.

Because of information we’ve just received, unfortunately, I can no longer offer to serve as a Commissioner to try to make this happen. For the last 2 years, my husband Adam has been consulting as a Nuclear Engineer at power plants around the country, and we’ve spent far too much time apart. After multiple professional meetings this week in Pennsylvania, it now appears that he probably will have opportunities out of state again or possibly abroad, and I want to be available to go with him. I must put my family first. Therefore I plan to withdraw my candidacy.

I sincerely thank all the many supporters who have encouraged me to run, who have offered contributions, who have planned neighborhood teas, and who have offered to hold a fundraiser (WHAT A PARTY WE WOULD HAVE HAD!) I know you will understand my most difficult decision.

The town is in great hands. Mayor Minnet is an amazing, strong and compassionate leader. Commissioner Vincent is truly a man of the people and is open to everyone. Commissioner Sasser has shown he’s a great negotiator and problem solver. Vice Mayor Dodd does his homework and keeps the welfare of the people first; I would only remind him that the negativity and viciousness of his out-of-town blogger friend only serve to harm him and keep the town in turmoil. This is a cancer in the community that must be removed.

Finally, I will be working to support Edmund Malkoon as our next commissioner in the north, and I hope you will, too. He has worked tirelessly for many years for this community with many different volunteer groups, he has a strong and long record of service to LBTS, and he has a wide range of knowledge of the issues. He is a gentleman of integrity, a leader without ego, and a committed long time resident. He will continue to respect all the residents and be a team player.

Again, thank you for your support.

Cindy Geesey

Cindy Geesey – A Record of Service to LBTS
• President, LBTS Property Owner’s Association, 2001-2008
• Chairman, Town Planning & Zoning Board, 2002-2006
• Member, Town Board of Adjustment, 2000-2002
• Director, LBTS Chamber of Commerce, 1998-2008
• Editor/Associate Publisher/Advertising Sales Manager, ByTheSeaFuture, 2008-2010
• Co-chair, July 4th Town Celebration, 2002-2005
• Board Member, Community Performing Arts Center, 2003-2005
• Board Member, Humane Society of Broward County, 1999-2002
• Board Member, LBTS Sister Cities, 2003-2005
• Originator and chair of…
“Rest, Relaxation & Romance” for the USO program, 2008-2011
Town Holiday Decoration Contest, 2000-2011
Sandy Paws Pack, Broward Humane Society Walk for the Animals, 2005-2011
• Founding Secretary, Lauderdale Beach Republican Club
• Member of BREC (Broward Republican Executive Comm.)
• Former member of LBTS Kiwanis Club
• MENSA member, 1995-2007′”

BC- Now remember Readers…at the same time Geesey was writing this letter to be read she was playing both ends of the stick with her continued conversations with VM Dodd claiming she supported him, was not going to run, did not want to be at the UOT meeting when her letter was read while feigning her indigence of being excluded to those who went to bat for her to cancel the meeting as well as in the letter itself…WOW!… As previously posted it was classic Cindy Geesey both in what she was doing and what she wrote …For this writer I categorically can tell you Geesey had a very small role in the 2010 campaign and as the campaign manager for the UOT slate I worked very hard to keep her at a distance as well as quite a few others who now claim large roles in that campaign who were told upfront during and after the election that all the hard work done by the candidates, this writer and the group of residents who were truly involved in the day to day campaign operations to win were not in any way, shape or form done to return the Town to the status quo of pre 2008!… Cindy Geesey and a few of her ilk didn’t get the message even when it was stated slowly and clearly to her from this writer in the parking lot on election day!… After reading this letter and reading of her actions throughout this charade of running for commissioner her support of Edmund Malkoon should give not only voters pause but the candidate himself!…

Back to the timeline of this non-fairy tale…

Upon sending her email out word was spread throughout town by “Town Crier” Bob Fleishman and the Town was notified as well…followed up by the Sentinel who put it online that afternoon with an update online that was followed by a print story in the newspaper the following day Dec.1,2011 …
Sentinel-
“Broward Politics

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea vice mayor loses challenger

By Larry Barszewski December 1, 2011 12:35 PM

Update 2:30 p.m. with new elections office information

Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea won’t have to run an election campaign after all, with his lone opponent withdrawing from the race on Wednesday.

Election officials said the withdrawal came in time to remove the race between Dodd and Cindy Geesey from the ballot.

“Fortunately, it was early enough that we had not sent the ballot proof to the printer,” Broward Supervisor of Elections spokeswoman Mary Cooney said.

However, even if it had been too late to remove the race, Cooney said any votes would not have been tabulated. Signs would have been posted at polling sites alerting voters that the race is not being held, she said.

Dodd joins Mayor Roseann Minnet with winning automatic re-election because of the lack of opposition.

Geesey is a former president of the Property Owners Association of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. She said she just found out this week that consulting opportunities may take her husband out of town for long stretches next year and she wants to be able to travel with him.

“I love Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, but my husband and being together comes first,” Geesey said. “I can’t commit to four years of serving the people by staying in town.”

Geesey’s decision means there will only be one race in town on Jan. 31, for the seat held by Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey, who is not seeking re-election. Former ByTheSeaFuture newspaper editor Mark Brown is running against Edmund Malkoon, a former president of the Bel Air Civic Association.”

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2011/12/lauderdalebythesea_vice_mayor_1.html#more

BC-Many elected officials and candidates have used this excuse when caught in lies, extramarital entanglements, questionable acts, unethical behavior, illegal transactions or realizing they have no real support or chance to either proceed in obtaining their desired goal or keeping their position… In this case the homogenized ploy was used …in my opinion… after this flurry of incomprehensible decisions made and carried out by Geesey resulted in her realization that those actions were leading to the proverbial walls caving in on her from all directions depending on who she was telling what as is the case in all such fairy and non-fairy tales…is it not?…

After receiving the email Cynthia Fleishman sent out another email “To All Concerned” stating that the previous day it had come to her attention Geesey withdrew her name from the January 31, 2011 election and that the meeting was cancelled…She went on to claim the the two actions were not the premise of why she wanted the meeting be cancelled and stated it was due to the date being set up unfairly… She said she “ruffled a few feathers and raucous things said via emails: you know who you are.” …

BC-The next part was quite something and perhaps after reading the timeline above Ms. Fleishman will want to rethink it?…

CF email cont. -” There is no way for me or anyone else to know that 24 hours later the “left out” Candidate would relinquish her position. Family dynamics have played a part in all of our lives not to mention some very visible politicians. Cindy has gone through great expense getting her Campaign off the ground to find herself having to withdraw. The slight inconvenience it caused your board and the plans (I’m very used to during my husband’s tenor of Chairperson) were minimal to what transpired for Mrs. Geesey.”…

Another email was sent by Louis Marchelos which backed up Ms. Fleishman’s adding “If the emails and requests “ruffled some feathers” of some uot members, then they should realize the members of the uot will not become the group we fought so valiantly and hard against the in the 2010 campaign. I do not wish for anyone who is a member of uot be “tarred and feathered” as the organization we defeated by  landslide margins did to a member of the commission 3 years ago. We can all respectfully disagree at times and still be united. Let’s be even-handed and continue to make this town a better place.”…

BC- Mr Marchelos of course was referring to VM Dodd and the CIC’s tarring + feathering (prev. posts) in 2008 …which is quite interesting since Marchelos was perceived to be one of those that encouraged Geesey to run against Dodd due we are told to his July 4th less than stellar claims and actions when Dodd was chairing the event…. We were also quite amused to hear the rumor that Marchelos himself is considering a run for office in 2014…My response upon hearing this…he needs to live in town first!…

This writer was told the meeting which some said was to be held tonight would not be …We are told the board would meet and perhaps no meetings would take place anytime soon …The sentiment is that no candidate will be endorsed by UOT this time around due to the fact both candidates in this single race for seat 3 from the north end of town… In my opinion if this is the final decision of the UOT board it certainly lets members and the organization as a whole off the hook in choosing sides but it will definitely leave the candidates with a heavier burden financially due to those who find themselves in quite a quandary over donating to one candidate over the other as well as offering to help or put signs in their yard… I have also heard those few leftover CIC members will be sitting this election out altogether rather than casting a vote for either candidate… They are awaiting 2014 we are told…WOW!…

The single League of Women Voters “Meet the Candidates Night” is set for January 11, 2012 at 7 pm and is open to all to attend as well as being televised if the commission decides to direct the Town to do so and perhaps replay it I believe …. Questions must be on issues only according to Ms.Smith for Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon and can be sent to LOWV Carol Smith at mailto:[email protected]net …

The candidates required Treasurer Reports are due on Dec 16, 2011/Dec. 30, 2011/ Jan. 13, 2012 and will be a public record that can be requested to see who their donors are and how they spend their money… This writer has always found these reports to be a good indicator of how fiscally responsible a candidate will be when elected… They are also required to produce Termination Reports …That is for ALL candidates even Geesey!… Those are financial reports and they are a public record as well…Unopposed candidates Minnet /Dodd must produce them on Feb. 20, 2012… The Town believes Geesey’s is due on Feb.20th as well but is checking with the Broward Supervisor to make sure…. Brown/Malkoon are due April 30, 2012…

Well folks, we dodged a bullet in my opinion in LBTS now that this farce is officially over!….What happens now behind the scenes between those now privy to what was what with Geesey will most likely be fodder to most on both sides of the political arena courtesy of the “Town Crier” and a few others… My preference on the dais for seat 3 is Mark Brown as I previously posted… I believe that while I do not agree with him on some items he will join Mayor Minnet, Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd in being an elected official fully capable of governing with the understanding that those who openly disagree with them can do so and can still be assured that they will always be met with an extended hand and a willingness to listen without any questionable antics, cries of foul play and/or personal attacks after doing so…I cannot say that of his opponent ….

more to come….

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