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Update…..5 Months and counting…

It’s 5 months today….BCbythesea ….the site…….is going strong….

The numbers have climbed…the daily readers…..are so loyal…and spreading the word….the site reached way beyond the LBTS borders…county…state ….and country….

That part is so amazing to see…. posts that gets picked up in other parts of the world…WOW!….

This is the fun part…the feedback…the enthusiasm….for doing what I’ve been doing for so long…for different venues…. in print or online….

The not so fun part…..the attempts to still silence…the newly appointed “messengers”….and the personal attacks…that sadly this last week reached a crescendo with a confrontation in Jarvis Hall…

I just chalk it up to coming with the territory…..so be it…I’m in for the long haul….

A week never goes by without the curious…asking the question…”What happened?”…”Tell me how the sausage was made?”….Referring to the beginning of this site…and notes I kept on the “Anatomy of an Election”…in the “Beginning” post…..5 months ago ….

“Not yet”…is my reply….

But faithful readers ….you do not need the specifics from that time….you have seen much of it for yourselves…the actions that caused….my walking away…first from the “inner circle”…of the “New Guard”…then from the CIC Board….and finally from the CIC membership after the new leadership was in place…….. observing their desired change from a “watchdog group to cheerleader group”…in this writer’s humble opinion….

The rest is on the dais….what I fought for…worked for……. and what has been the reality…..again…in my opinion….

I expected a return of the VFD….with new leadership in charge of it as a separate entity….

I bought into…the VFD …a small group of dedicated men and women…coming back to an unlocked VFD headquarters….just happy to be home….

I did not envision….a new public safety building….for $1.7 million…as a starting point….for if you listened to the Vice Mayor….as he threw out the numbers….speaking in the millions….like they were nothing….

Fire trucks….ATVs….. and such….finding myself in a real quandary by agreeing with the “other side”….but the “other side” is speaking for those in-between…who made this dais majority possible….

The VFD leadership is new…but virtually mute….at the podium ….they are “coached”…”upstaged”…..and “diminished” by the Vice Mayor/VFD “Trainer”….(he is also the instructor training the volunteer newbies)….plus overseeing the purchase of new trucks…from his neighboring hometown….and envisioning a public safety building…fire dept….that curiously seems like BSO….expensive!….

What happened to the constant drumbeat….”We only have 5 fires a year in LBTS?”…

In the process of my parting ways…….arose the discussion of who would be the Vice Mayor….word going around…the one who now holds that title……the promise at the time….from his fellow incumbent….his closest buddy…… to those that asked…….giving him this “deserved” position….would produce a “kindler, gentler Jerry.”….

What happened?….

I really believed “we” would get on the dais…the new majority…undo the mess of the Old Guard……the inflated budget….the Overlay Districts…the public safety BSO issues….and the change to the voter’s Term Limit vote…and March election tradition (although as previously posted…changed my mind on this one…)…to stop the taxpayers from paying for the Palm Club sewers…get the information on the Annexation Agreement…and beach access in the north…..and “they” did….for the most part….

But…”they” did not finish the job…..

No forthcoming updates…to get to the finish line….

What is the status…on the Overlay Districts?….Repealed…but no longer 3 over 1….

What is the status of the beach access?…..Have the plats been investigated?…..

What are the final numbers for the Annexation Agreement?…. Where do we go from here?…..

Follow-ups need to be a requirement….

What I never saw coming….the spending….the “perks”….the lack of questioning the Town Manager….the disconnect …between her “direction”…and the Commission’s “direction”….

The “blind loyalty” that emanates…the anger that is directed to those …..if any questioning comes…whether it be towards the Town Manager…Town Attorney..or especially the Vice mayor …and the VFD!….

That was the real shocker….because that is precisely what made this writer start this “journey” into LBTS politics in the first place…..

I did not like when the former Mayor was overbearing….always having the last word…. “running” the dais….

I did not like when it seemed the previous Town Manager was working “too close for comfort” with the former Mayor….

I did not like it when it seemed everything on the agenda…their agenda …had a forgone conclusion….

What’s changed?….

June 24th…..the 2 new Commissioners….and the Mayor …..at the pre- and regular Commission meeting….

They seem to be improving ……..being independent…….questioning…..much to the Vice Mayor’s displeasure…as openly displayed……. online at www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov

It gives this writer hope….

more to come……

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