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Here’s The Scoop…Time Marches On ….. On March 11, 2014 “Do Not” Vote For Birute Ann Clottey!

February 3, 2014 by Barbara

2010 Swearing In Ceremony LBTS Jarvis Hall – when the real progress began!

Dear Readers, it’s been a while and much has changed in LBTS !

I returned for the holidays once again this year to see the great changes to our little town! Wow!

Yep, we missed the 6 months of construction which I am sure impacted daily, weekly or intermittently  residents and businesses but still compared to Pompano and other major town projects it’s really a testament to this current commission and administration to pull it off in half a year while fending off any and all impediments that surely came in their way as they proceeded!

I heard a few personal preferences voiced by both owners of businesses and residents on whether the waves brick motif should have extended further east toward the newly painted pavilion or the colors used and size of the new area in front of the pavilion but even those remarks were followed by positive nods of approve meant for both the project and those committed to it on the dais!

There has been such a turn around over the last 4 years and especially the last 2 with the exit of former Commissioner Birute Clottey, the last holdover of the ” The How The Sausage Was Made” (see categories to refresh your memory of the past in LBTS) and the seat being filled by Mark Brown.  Everything voters/residents asked for has come to fruition- a cohesive, cordial atmosphere in Town and Jarvis Hall both on and off the dais. Shorter meetings which lead to items being addressed and problems and projects being completed instead of continuance after continuance with no movement forward as had been the status quo! There were some hiccups along the way to get where we are today but we made it! The town has not looked or felt this good in years- so quaint, welcoming – so Lauderdale-By- The- Sea! It was a long time in coming …. and definitely a return to the town we fell in love with in 1999!

So how are we going to continue on this path?

By not forgetting the path we were on and being lulled into voting for a woman to make sure we have a woman on the dais! By not forgetting Candidate Birute Clottey was called “Clueless” for a reason! By not forgetting Birute Clottey is a mouthpiece for a couple that fought any improved development as evil and projected fear-mongering at every turn to thwart it! By not forgetting Birute Clottey was downright classless on the dais toward her fellow woman (Mayor Minnet) serving on the dais in the center seat at every turn from the start of her term til the end! By not forgetting Birute Clottey helped through her third vote to seal the deal on ousting former Police Chief Scott Gooding! By not forgetting Birute Clottey was right alongside former Town Manager Esther Colon in trying to oust the Senior Center Director and make unnecessary changes that almost closed it down! By not forgetting Birute Clottey was a staunch supporter of former Town Manager Esther Colon and Asst. Town Manager- Interim TM John Olinzock and fought to keep them at the helm! By not forgetting the ridiculous claims made against the BSO’s service to our town with erroneous claims that made absolutely no sense! By not forgetting that Birute Clottey was not part of the solutions on the dais she was last holdout part of the problem!

Birute Ann Clottey for some reason that is beyond comprehension to this writer and countless others has decided to run again for seat 1 in the north after Vice Mayor Scot Sasser chose to run for Mayor. She is being run by the same couple that ran her the last time and all the way through her first term. (As well as a man now shunned by those opposed to Clottey and her handlers as he did.) She and they seem to be honing in on a popular tact for campaigns this year- voting for a woman!

So far we have seen she/they are using her photo from 2007 and her first run for her campaign. Her signs were illegal using “re-elect” even though she has been out of office since 2012! They may still be questionable showing no seat as is required. On top of that she sent out a mailer after coming to public comments insinuating she was a big part of the great strides made in town! She/they have the audacity to put in her fliers ” Perhaps the best way to predict any commissioner’s future decisions is to review their past decision.”

Dear Readers- I implore you -do that please!

Look at her past decisions!

Look at her past actions!

Scroll down through this site at all of her past decisions and actions or just Google Birute Ann Clottey. It’s all there! Look at her and who she brings with her on the dais and then make sure you and your friends, neighbors and fellow LBTS voters do not get lulled into a very false political narrative that will bring detrimental consequences if she gets elected!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she is a woman!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she is running against two men!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she is first on the ballot!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she has a familiar name recalled from the past!

Birute Ann Clottey’s first mailer says she has a “vision for the future!” – Don’t be fooled because that “vision” is nothing but a return to the past we worked so hard to get rid ourselves of!

I have been asked who I support and to that I replied that I intend to vote for candidate Elliot Sokolow for seat 1 because he has a proven track record serving on the council in Sea Ranch Lakes as President and Finance Director as well as serving on other boards including the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, the Broward League of Cities Board of Directors and the Hillsboro Inlet Commission and the Broward County Planning Council. All were held long-term and on all he was highly regarded by those who served with him! He has run and started up successful companies. He lived in the closest community to LBTS for years well aware of the plight of our town as well the recent resurgence now as a resident. He understands and adheres to the desire to keep our low- rise heights. He has chosen to run for seat 1 in order to aid in continuing the  progress made by this current commission and for that I am thrilled! I believe he will fit right in with Mark Brown, Chris Vincent, Stuart Dodd and Scot Sasser!

I will not be voting for candidate Eric Yankwitt for seat 1 for the same reason I could not vote for Edmund Malkoon in 2012 . I was not impressed with him as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board and do not think he will do any better as a commissioner.

I was also asked by quite a few former full-time readers to post about this race after being on hiatus for such a long time and was hesitant to stir the pot- especially so early in this race for seat 1 but after seeing the Clottey mailer I could not remain quiet or leave this site dormant if there is any chance she could indeed deceive and lull anybody into voting her into another 4 years on the commission in my town!

Next year will again be different for this writer as I return home full-time.  I intend to be front and center at all Town Hall commission meetings that I hope are still short, concise, congenial and on track to make LBTS move forward with Mayor Scot Sasser, Chris Vincent, Mark Brown , Stuart Dodd and Elliot Sokolow on the dais!

Please do your homework -read up on the candidates, watch the debates, open your doors to meet these candidates, put signs in your yard and and make sure that you and your friends vote absentee or on March 11, 2014 at Jarvis Hall (Assumption Church is not being used this time- all voters go to Jarvis Hall) – This is no time to be lulled or complacent and let your guard down or to think your one vote or that of your neighbor’s won’t make a difference! In this all important election for seat 1 ( everyone votes for seat 1 from both sides of town!) it definitely will!

And on the referendums right the wrong of not allowing the Mayor to run for commissioner without interruption as the commissioners are allowed to do to run for mayor!

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…..”HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE”…

August 16, 2008 by Barbara

TIT FOR TAT….

BCbythesea…hears that some of the M & Ms & Fs…and their beloved cadre of secret bloggers are….spouting their “perspective” hiding behind their “Topix Monikers”….

No problem….here….

As stated at the end of the Sausage Series and the E-Mail ” history”…under categories….

It is up to the readers to decide what passes the “smell test”….

Response so far….

There are so many that came before this writer…so many have seen similar actions…retaliations… tactics…” scorched earth”….by the M & Ms & Fs….that they feel they could have written much of the series themselves….

Facts are facts….and easy to repeat.. because they remain the same…..

It’s the lies….and the revisionist history…..ie…”cover-up”…. that always bring them down…..in the end..

To all who have contacted this writer…..

Sit tight…..it’s just a matter of time to watch ……those making up the lies……and trying to revise the history … implode….

Seems it is happening already…….

In the CIC….thanks to the Executive Board….being led down a path….by the Chair Cristie Furth/Vice Chair Maureen McIntee….Vice Mayor McIntee…Marc Furth….and Board member #10 John MacMillan….

This writer is not going anywhere….and neither are the facts….or those who were there along side me….who concur…

For the faithful reader ….who told me of the blog series….thanks for the info….but it would have come to light in record time….as those who read it….immediately….LINK TO THIS SITE…….and read the facts….increasing the scope of those who are aware and informed ten-fold…….leading to more e-mails….of the many who know of what I speak….firsthand!….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE…Part 8

August 13, 2008 by Barbara

HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE and BEYOND

PROLOGUE….

There you have it faithful readers…..

Pretty much covered it all…. the good…the bad and the ugly stuff that goes into making an election….the players…the problems…the personalities….the pitfalls…the imperfections…the plots….the pettiness…the pain…the pride…the power….the powerless….the audacity…the incomprehensible….the highs…the lows…the ins …the outs….the ups …the downs…the excitement…the terror…the torture…the sleep deprivation…the adrenalin rush……the obstacles…the program…the camaraderie…the fractured friendships…the enemies… …the threats….the warnings….the praise….the rage….the backstabbing…the honor…the disappointment….the failure….the success…the losers….and the winners….

HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE…..FINIS…..

FINAL THOUGHTS…..

The notes that were kept by this writer were compiled for pure self preservation….as stated prior…who would believe it?…… How in the world ….did we all get through it?…..

The inner workings of this campaign….would most likely have never seen the light of day….or would have been written with the names being changed…….eventually….. as something to reflect on in the future….somewhere down the road….after the “players” were out of office….and out of the public eye….

If only….

The M & Ms & Fs and their “Messengers”…would not have doggedly tried to shut down my right to free speech….and the right to express my opinions on this site….practicing “scorched earth”….payback….

Vice Mayor McIntee…really did become a “nicer…gentler Jerry” as his Pal Commissioner Jim Silverstone promised he would….

The M & Ms & Fs…ascended to their new majority leadership role….with inclusion…fairness…and a respect for those …from both political factions….from both sides of town……..

The BTSTimes….became the “mainstream” publication…the MacMillan’s said it would return to following the election….

The CIC Executive Board…. followed common decency…..common sense…. and the CIC by-laws….that worked for all the previous CIC boards….

And if only…..

Everyone returning to their previous lives….or onto new adventures….were acknowledged for what was successfully accomplished in this election….for what brought all the “players” together in the first place……..acknowledging that all things must change and that most who come and give of their time freely…..eventually do move on……..

“How The Sausage Was Made” and Beyond…..parts 1-8…under the “How The Sausage Was Made” Category….

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Here’s The Scoop…HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE…Part 7

August 12, 2008 by Barbara

HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE and BEYOND….

GOING OFF MESSAGE

You name it….the VFD …..the fire assessment…..and fire protection…….the BTSTimes political moves….even if it “undermined” the CIC candidates…and their campaign ….a different day…a different “angle”….from the M & Ms and eventually the Fs….and their “Messengers”….

When dealing with the fire assessment…the question arose of a “sliding scale” being addressed at the meetings with Burton and Associates … or so it appeared …to a resident of Sea Ranch Club…who called McIntee and Silvertone to discuss it….unhappy with what he was heard…. the resident collected over 500 petition signatures…and then endured the “insulting” assertion by McIntee from the dais…that the resident was “duped” and “scared” by the Future’s paper…..taking no responsibility….for the role he and Silverstone played prior to the petition….

The resident sat forward in his chair….informing this writer…McIntee was “full of it”…he had done his homework…heard the Commissioners and moved forward due to their responses…not the Futures…. he was not “duped” or a victim of “scare tactics”….he was hopping mad….at them…and warned them of the consequences if a set assessment was not instituted….

An in-house uproar over the differing views on fire protection…represented in the candidate’s ads ….their answers to the press….and in campaign materials…with Dodd …. Clottey…and Wick… declaring that the VFD…. could be ….”in partnership with”….. “in conjunction with”….professional fire services… (appearing in the Sentinel and other press….all done without MacMillan’s sanctioning)…… threats of pulling the VFD backing for at least two of the candidates … came back from McIntee…..as he proceeded to top it off with trying to mount an 11th hour “hair brained scheme”…for fire protection….that brought the candidates to the brink…. to finally say…. “enough!”……..Seeing how “crazy” it would appear to the voters that the candidates “suddenly came up with this plan…at this late date”….

The BTSTimes article claiming the “deal” made for Mayor Parker to become Town Attorney with the Old Guard…. sucked the oxygen out of the room for the candidates…….no matter that MacMillan insisted it would “seal the deal” to win this election….Dodd and Clottey knew it could hurt them big time…..what a “blunder” it was to publish it….using information provided it was said from a former politician…digging so far back to find the “proof” of this “BIG SCOOP”………that looked like an act of desperation!…

It turned the voters off…and gave Parker the “stage” to demand a retraction….to explain himself… how long ago it was written…..to allow the OG candidates the floor to dispute it…leaving the CIC candidates with a “black eye” to boot….

At least it wasn’t followed up by the notorious BTSTimes Palm Club Entry on the front cover of the final candidate’s edition….(previous post)…proposed by the same bunch and stopped by all three candidates themselves……..who were paying for the entire publication…… that would have definitely changed the outcome of this election!

BCbythesea…next election…

The OG only has to hope that the M & Ms & Fs…and their “Messengers”…continue on this path they are on… do more of the same…with no one to stop them…remain politically “tone deaf”…… to safely be installed as the OG majority once more….in 2010!

more to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop….HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE …Part 6

August 10, 2008 by Barbara

HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE and BEYOND…

THE INVESTIGATIONS…

The campaign committee would hear about independent investigations being done behind the scenes….causing us even more concern than the alleged deals… the hair brained ideas on the topic of the day….or going off message….from the campaign….

One such investigation brought this writer huge amount of trepidation…….it came from an inquiry made by Commissioner Silverstone who was sure that Sea Ranch Club had received an unfair monetary benefit from LBTS with their sewer bills…He thought the Town was paying the bills for a number of years….from the SRC annexation with LBTS… made prior to the north end annexation…….making the Palm Club situation look like “small potatoes”…….at the time he was behind the sewers for Palm Club…as were McIntee and MacMillan…. and looking for a way to justify giving them their sewers….He asked me for a copy of my SRC budget…to check it out…I agreed……but took it upon myself to call a former owner and inquire about the Commissioner’s suspicions …..worried that Jimmy would jump ahead and make these accusations from the dais….during the campaign…

The gentleman who was living at Sea Ranch Club at the time of the annexation immediately disputed the allegations…. did some checking…. taking information from this writer’s LBTS house sewer bills…and the numbers from the SRC budget covering my condo…also asking another LBTS resident for the same sewer bills to compare…. he went further ….looking at his own paperwork from the time of the agreement…he even took it upon himself to call Silverstone…explain what transpired ….how it was nothing at all like the Palm Club…that what was asked for and was accepted by LBTS ….for SRC during the annexation was for the billing rates to be equal….. ensuring SRC residents would be paying the same amount as LBTS residents in the amount being charged…….to the residents…

Unfortunately this did not stop the behind the scenes…”investigating”…brought to this writer’s attention once again much later at a CIC board meeting by McIntee…who thought I did not know…thinking he was throwing me yet another one of his “threats”… but I countered that I knew…that in fact …I was the person that supplied the information to Jim….informing him he was wrong…and worried these two would go to the dais…open up a “can of worms”…unsubstantiated …once again….and cause a major loss of SRC votes…for our candidates in this election….

Fortunately…they held off only to find out that indeed the Town was just paying what it had agreed to…as the learned gentleman had stated…repeatedly…during this unwarranted investigation…WHEW!

Investigations by Maureen McIntee….were always a great cause for concern…. we all knew how this was her M. O. having been well aware of all the prior “investigations” she had done….

It was Maureen McIntee who was investigating the alleged flipping LBTS properties…by Commissioner Clark….certain it would cast a cloak of “deceptive practices” upon the Mayor Pro Tem….this one unfortunately did make its way to the dais…. presented as the “big gotcha” from her husband….Commissioner McIntee……. only to be met with Clark’s immediate explanation….the McIntee “Big Scoop” investigation….the “big gotcha”… turned out to be a “big dud”….

That was nothing compared to the 24/7 “investigation”…ongoing…that “consumed” her…. all around her would say….

We heard she was on to a more extensive internet investigation …..

She was sure a certain Commissioner had a secret that would destroy him….and although it was well known by all….the incessant hours spent….consumed with digging up this dirt…it went beyond the pale….of “acceptable political tactics”……this writer was told….all around her were hoping it would stop…or not be found out by the other side….for it was so unscrupulous it would destroy our candidates …our organization…and rock it to its core….

It was a no-win….situation….either way….

If true…it would not produce the response she thought it would…

If false and found out…a disaster….

Bottom line….it was was incomprehensible….to all around her….talking to the candidates and the campaign committee……that this wife and mother….would even want to do such a thing…especially to the wife …and to the family….

We held our breath…knowing that many had tried to stop her….many still within her inner circle… she would not….

Luckily…..either she did not find what she was looking for…or again…there was nothing there…whichever….it was over….

and so was the election…..PHEW!…..

It’s no wonder…that many of us……who have walked away…who have each dealt with “Scorched Earth”…..the compiling of papers…rantings and ravings to those still friendly with both “camps”…. have no doubt …….that these investigations are ongoing… only the “subjects”……of the “investigations”….have changed…….

Any Guesses?…..

YIKES!….

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Here’s The Scoop…”HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE”…Part 5

August 7, 2008 by Barbara

“HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE” and BEYOND…

THE M & Ms….THE “DEALS”….

Behind the scenes in a campaign…you are never quite sure just who is doing what….and how it will affect the bigger picture…for this campaign committee….everyday…was “waiting for the other shoe to drop”…..

Early on …about this time last year….at a pizza night…(a lot happened at these gatherings)….we were stunned by the rather bold statement coming from the Editor of the BTSTimes…who was sitting to my left with his wife….as he stated rather pompously…in this writer’s humble opinion….that he had made a “deal” with a certain well known “big wig” who lived in a gated community….to keep the “big wig” out of the BTSTimes…in order to make a house sale….he laughed at the shocked response by those seated all around….assuring all the alleged “deal” was really just a dupe for the “big wig” who did not realize that there would be no paper coming out while the alleged”deal” was fresh…due to the paper’s summer publication hiatus……

Behind the scenes …the others at the table….. were visibly shaken….. not able to wrap their head around this perceived breech of conscience….along with knowing there was “history” between the “big wig’ and the CIC….especially with the BTSTimes number one reporter….their future BTSTimes “Person of the Year”….

Later on they “piled on” to this cruel blow…the “big wig” received a “fond farewell” …”glossing” over the previously printed negatives….again bringing startled responses …….from those who questioned the MacMillans priorities…including one comment that summed it up quite nicely….from Cristie Furth….. about MacMillans “editorial homage”….”What’s he doing, is he trying to kill us?”…….CHA CHING!

“We saw this again in the BTSTimes……..with the suspicious “backing off” on coverage……of another previous “target”…that “coincidentlly”…coincided with some commissioner’s dais behavior….it “mirrored” the M & Ms “complete 180″……and we sadly laughed at one point when an outgoing elected official…remarked from the dais…about the appearance of a “back door deal” going on!…….

Around this same time….we were also questioning another alleged… “Huge deal.”……the “jockeying” for a coveted position in the upcoming election?….Were “promises” being offered….for real or in a calculated plan to “lead “the “deal maker ” on?…..

Depends on who you asked….at that time…….in the present “scorched earth” climate…a well prepared “look” of feigned ignorance will be…. the predictable response……from those same few who insisted it was so….back then….perhaps frightened…by the inevitability…of being the latest “subject” of yet another Maureen McIntee…”investigation”…to be “obsessively” picked apart word for word looking for “payback”……for any perceived betrayal…

Hearing it all secondhand at that time……..this writer is not willing to go into the specifics….not out of any fear of a Moe McIntee “investigation” which I hear is most likely in the works….for it is said….she has stacks of BCbythesea posts….while she continues to proclaim…to all around her…. not read it……HMMM…..

NO…….no specifics….will be printed….for the fact it all could have been just another McIntee “mind game”…as were so many other such claims of “deals”….in the works…

but ….

at the time…it was …all “cloak and dagger”….with a tinge of the surreal…like a Gene Hackman movie……with those on the sidelines…holding their breath…hoping…. it was just another “big scoop”…AKA…just “blowing smoke”….pun intended….

Resulting from this “scuttlebutt”….were additional alleged “talks” between the parties….to extend the “drama”….with “plants” of “private communications”…just to see who would “leak the info”….ever the “detective”….

Feeling “emboldened” by perpetuating this alleged “deal”…..McIntee went further…by making up a “humdinger” of a story…… saying this writer entered Commissioner Silverstone’s office.. accusing McIntee and Silverstone of “doing a back room deal”…the story….continued …..reaching a “crescendo”….by making the ridiculous assertion that Jimmy took me by the collar and threw me out of his office………..

Problem is …it never happened…never mind that though…it made the rounds…the “big scoop” for days…with calls to this writer…who responded to all ….with the same answer……it never happened!…..

Did McIntee stop..NO!…

Candidate Dodd finally stepped in…troubled by a myriad of undermining the campaign problems…(just another campaign day)…he took the” bull by the horns”….confronted McIntee at McIntee’s home…where McIntee repeated the story again……but this time….Stuart called him on it…and called Jim Silverstone…. right there in front of him……with Jim’s response…”It never happened”…….the end…….right……WRONG!…

McIntee tried to pull a “McIntee special”……turn the office visit into a phone call!…YIKES!…

That phone call….it didn’t happen either!…

McIntee was always making these alleged “deals”….like meeting with the Palm Club….offering “assurances”…so he said….without checking with the candidates….”cutting the the chase”…. we were told….a familiar McIntee line on the dais and off….to this day….

We were told…he told a representative/resident of Palm Club…drop the Bert J Harris suit ….and you’ll get your sewers….was it true…or just another “big scoop”…would have to ask that resident…

We were told he “promised” an ad deal to MacMillan from the CIC….with a delivery time ASAP….for the next issue….despite not checking with the Chair Stuart Dodd or the CIC board…just doing it on his own….we were aware of setting up ads for the campaign to be in the Times……it was discussed at a pizza night….(pizza nights were often “pre-decision time” before the CIC board)……….but we…Stu and this writer…. were waiting to properly present it to the board…….decide on a starting date…to make the most impact for the buck…. for the campaign with the number of ads and the cost….

McIntee…was incensed…after ranting and raving for it be done….or else….late one night… he was met with a collective “on the outs” group…”NO”….furious with us…and stuck with his “promise” to MacMillan…….he went ahead and had his wife put an ad in on her own…paid for by Moe McIntee…..to fulfill his independent “deal”…….

With the “deals” for ads in the BTSTimes….the amount of money for ads from the CIC….the candidates…and a certain member of the CIC board whose contribution was “earmarked” …..to be used only for ads in the BTSTimes….the BTSTimes…made out big time in revenue from this CIC campaign…. even as the MacMillans repeatedly cried financial hardship due to lack of advertising…which they insisted came from the Future’s “undercutting” them by discounting the Future’s ad charges to their advertisers….

The countless other “deals”….have been previously posted…. behind the scenes…the choice of candidates… to get one out and another in…the choice of who would be Vice Mayor….the installation of the VFD……. purchases….chastising Commissioners and CIC members…. it all came from from …

“Ground Zero”…BTSTimes….The M & Ms….

IT STILL DOES…..

The continuation of this powerful alliance…. …and their alleged “deals”…. just keep on coming….

The full page ads from those corporations coming before the dais……

The Editor appearing to be the 10th member of the CIC board…..

The “scorched earth” edition of the BTSTimes….

The “appearance” recently ….of only 2 on the dais “knowing” the millage rate could be 3.99…and acting as it was a “done deal” from the moment  Silverstone brought it up…….while the other 3 commission members looked totally perplexed….

The McIntee Public Safety Complex…where every time McIntee turns to the Manager and asks …”Do we have the money for this?’…the answer is just what he “expects”……from those daily Jarvis Hall visits….

The McIntee- VFD connection…what he is involved in behind the scenes…in negotiating…with the Town….with Sea Ranch lakes… Ethics complaints to come?………

THE M & Ms…. alleged… “NEW DEAL”….A WHOLE NEW M & Ms….AGENDA….FOR LBTS….

“THEIRS”…..

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop….”How The Sausage Was Made”…Part 4

August 4, 2008 by Barbara

“HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE”….and BEYOND….

CAMPAIGN CHAOS

I had always heard stories of how chaotic a campaign can be….from lack of sleep…brainstorming…..the daily obstacles to counter or preempt your opponents… and such….utter intrigue and adrenaline …24/7….

What I encountered instead was time spent dealing with the chaos from within the campaign itself….becoming increasingly…dysfunctional….demoralizing… ….ultimately becoming a campaign of diminished returns…resulting in differing factions…with different goals….and different outcomes….

It was really like starting out “on tour” with a rock band…going on a road trip….where half way through you realize you’re not cut out for this lifestyle…and just want off the bus!….

This “bus” was Campaign Central…the home of Co-Campaign Manager…Cristie Furth…and her husband Marc…and a world that many of us 50-60ish…Boomers left behind long ago….

The world of the Furth’s ….is one that takes some getting used to…. just to get your bearings….with 4 -7 p.m. “siesta” time daily….where the work starts late going into the wee hours….with coffee…cigarettes….writing…re-writing…late night take-out dinner breaks…and more of the same ….until you realize…that without the “siesta.”…you cannot survive for very long…..

Like two college kids….their life is one….that…. although even relatively enviable…at first…quickly becomes all consuming…even detrimental…to the rest of your life …your obligations…your well being…outside of this off- kilter way of living….burn-out happens rapidly….SPLAT!….

For the candidates…Dodd and Clottey….it was especially hard…for these two were still gainfully employed full time…with obligations that could not be tossed aside….despite the repeated calls for just that…from Ms Furth….who seemingly was unable or unwilling to grasp…the concept….of their lives….outside the campaign….insisting she (Cristie) was doing more than the candidates….

Both these candidates were upfront with what they could and could not do as campaigners…whether it was door to door…or being confronted with minutia from the campaign while trying to meet their other obligations…during business hours….they went over and beyond the “call of duty”….

We all tried our hardest to get her to delegate….but Cristie does not like to delegate….on events…campaign writing……you name it….to the detriment of herself and those around her….

Work was done over and over again…thus the diminishing returns….which eventually caused one of the candidates and this writer to walk away…to throw up our hands…for self preservation…for some sanity….for this cycle could be vicious…

Too bad though…because at the beginning…Cristie was brilliant….her work first rate…her ideas were contagious… awe inspiring really….

BCbythesea…a little history….

This writer really had nothing to do with Ms Furth…due to badmouthing and stories that regularly came from McIntee …summing up her history” of never finishing anything…leaving others to pick up the slack….

When repeated “warnings” are so prevalent…presented with such fervor …it makes you look at that person with preconceived notions….”enabling” the “messenger”…and giving credence to his assertions….it worked….for quite a long time…

It turned out most of what I was told was not the truth…. so many “McIntee mind games” … found out after a group of us…the campaign committee started comparing notes…to realize each of us was getting “warnings”…leading to the same preconceived ideas we had about one another….what a game McIntee played… “detective games”…..

Unfortunately… as we moved forward…the signs of distress emerged…the “busy work”…the “emotional”…”highs and lows”…with no “middle ground”….the wasted time on “personalities”… “fragile soul”….who was doing more …who was not doing enough…who was in charge…….

It lead to resignations… reconsideration… reconciliations…… appeasement…….circling the wagons….backstabbing…and separations…….the unpredictable….becoming predictable….

One week I was Campaign Chair of Dodd….the next of Clottey…and back again….depending on her “mood” and who was not doing what Ms Furth wanted…..the way she wanted it….and when she wanted it done……..

For me it came to a head…..after three specific incidences….months into the campaign….

The first was in the living room ….surrounded by the candidates and certain campaign committee members….all accomplished… highly educated people…and Cristie…stating as a matter of fact…..she was the “writer”….. she would make the final decisions…

What was wrong with this picture?….I had to step away to control my astonishment to the sad absurdity of it all….unable to “play along”…..

The second …when yet again…Stuart Dodd’s words were changed…his style was changed…with Cristie putting his words….his points…. in her distinctive writing style….. with her personalized “flourish”….leading to hours being wasted…and the growing negative effect it had on him and his family….

A “mediator” was called ……. it turned out to be a “set up” with more hours wasted……

All for a way to keep Cristie from her own despair….as had been the M. O. so many times before….

The final split….I knew was final…and stated it would be so……. I sent an e-mail…telling her she needed some “healing” to find some middle ground….out of concern….for her and for all those around her….I had finally exited the “bus”……..

Stuart stepped off …shortly afterwards….meeting “halfway” from time to time….always trying to “deal” as best he could….

Birute Clottey…remained…and dealt with the “status quo” like a trooper…and a friend…..a conduit….between two “camps”….

Now no one disagrees….when it was good…as it was at the inception…it was great….but when it went into “free-fall”…from stress…mostly self- inflicted…along with those “enabling” the her condition….. to keep her “home life” happy…it was debilitating….

After the election…….the highs… the lows…. the chaos…. from Ms Furth…..continued on….

Joining the M&Ms…trying to shut down this site…. …insisting it was affecting the BTSTimes…. the MacMillans and their relationship with the CIC…..

The push to make a special designation…for CIC Citizen of the Year…benefiting the MacMillans….to the exclusion of another board member …who also lives out of town…

Joining her Vice Chair to disparage a long time founding member and board member in e-mails to other CIC members….

The “knee-jerk reaction to Commissioner Dodd’s…asking for a sabbatical…not responding “in kind” to her own situation…during the campaign…when she did more than ask for a “leave”..she resigned…

The inaction of not calling for a full board meeting…instead going “scorched earth”….right after receiving the e-mail….

The “threat” of Commissioner Dodd’s first letter being read by her……at the 7/13/08 CIC meeting….

Not taking control of the meeting…. joining in…along with the M & Ms….

The first e-mail going out…with only Commissioner Dodd’s first letter…. without full input from the board….

The second CIC alert e-mail containing many unsubstantiated untruths…sent out to CIC members…again

The second e-mail instructing CIC members to “ignore” e-mails not coming from Cristie Furth or Bob Roberts….

The letter to the Editor of the BTSTimes…knowing full well the truth as she was was front and center….

The apparent instigation…of pitting old friends against each other…to perpetuate the untruth….ending a long term friendship….

The combination of Chair and Vice Chair of the CIC……..call for a vote of “no confidence” and “no competence”…….when the board meets again….

Today…BCbythesea….no longer a Topix Blog reader…well aware as most…who writes behind the “secret” monikers…..M & Ms & Fs…..have hit a new low…that will only come back to bite them again….

a reader has informed …… a list of those who should not be e-mailed…among them…CIC board members and commissioners….

why?….. Because it might end up on this site…..

For the M & Ms & Fs….

CHAOS….Still…….

more to come…..

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop “How The Sausage Was Made” part 3

August 3, 2008 by Barbara

“HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE”…..and BEYOND…

A CAMPAIGN HELD HOSTAGE

Early on in the campaign for Commissioners and Mayor of LBTS…we were informed by the BTSTimes Editor MacMillan and wife that they would not be interested in being included in any campaign committee… just as they were not members of the CIC… at that time….in order to maintain their “independence”…

Of course it was merely to continue the “perception” of independence …due to the couple’s long time involvement and the expectation to be more than involved… to be in control of everything…whether it was the campaign… the choice of candidates…the candidates themselves or the CIC organization…….

The MacMillans were regular members of the “pizza night” group … the group itself originated in the BTSTimes office… when ….it was decided …along with this writer that ….since the Old Guard had “poker night”…we should do the same…

It was Eva MacMillan who insisted we tell all it was just “pizza night”…… a night for friends to get together and socialize…as not to raise any antennae ….or have anyone not included…. feel excluded…..or ask too many questions….

We had quite a few meetings…in the offices of the BTSTimes…structuring a way to move forth going up against the Mayor and the Old Guard……before…during…and after pizza night became routine….

Stuart Dodd and this writer along with the few Stu asked to participate in his campaign committee…thought we should honor the MacMillan’s decision…stupidly thinking they meant what they said…. quite the opposite……..was true….

They wanted to be “ground zero” running the campaign from their BTSTimes office…deciding what the candidates would say…how they would look…what they would call themselves…who would run for what position… getting rid of one candidate for another of their choosing…….who they could and could not speak to in the press……what their political positions should and should not be……..who would be chair of the CIC during the campaign…… whether the paper would continue to carry CIC ads……candidate’s ads and opinion pieces….or endorse the candidates at all….unless the CIC site was shut down……

This desire to control….. the CIC and the newly elected commissioners….continues to this day…

The CIC Website….

The CIC website was brought to the table at a pizza night…

The decision to initiate a CIC website..was due to the lack of the BTSTimes going out …..with the pending August vacation period….. multiple occasions the paper was not delivered throughout the town………and BTSTimes “News Flashes”……experiencing extended months of no news alerts going out on the internet……..while watching the opposition …the OG candidates benefit on both fronts……from the Futures….

Cristie and Marc Furth worked day and night to get the official site up….working with this writer…and others…to have a forum to offer the candidates a way to get their CIC platforms out to the public….to compete….

At the launching……hours before the site would be open to the public… a final look was offered for comments …..additions…or deletions…. at yet another pizza night…resulting in the only negative comments coming from Maureen McIntee and Eva MacMillan…the inclusion of the OG commissioners and the Mayor with their contact information being on a CIC site….

That was it….

The site proved an asset…with the numbers growing daily…..enjoying quite a following….. producing only joyous …positive feedback…from CIC members and others….

New additions were added….some were ideas that came from this writer…and had previously been offered up the the Editor and wife…when this writer voluntarily wrote…proofed and helped out at their paper…

No longer writing for the BTSTimes…I turned my attention to the CIC site….as was my right…as a private citizen…that never signed any contract for the Times… writing only as a volunteer….

The “green-eyed” “competitor paper” monster …was rearing its ugly head at the BTSTimes paper…and suddenly the CIC site….was in MacMillan’s eyes…..”a news site”…. “competition” ……and needed to be terminated at all costs….

Thus an e-mail…( the first of many)….came from the MacMillans….remove the BTSTimes name…get rid of the “scoops”…and cut the site down to nothing….purely a historical site of the CIC…and CIC mundane updates…such as meeting times….or else…..

There would be NO ads would be in the BTSTimes paper….NO candidates would be in the BTSTimes paper….NO endorsements would come from the BTSTimes paper!….

Eva MacMillan…even went so far as to hold the new CIC slogan…. hostage….

At a pizza night we all came with ideas for a new slogan….we chose Eva’s…although it was “tweaked” a little from other members…. “Working toward progress while respecting tradition”….

We were told …if we did not shut down the site…we could not use “Eva’s slogan”…for the CIC….including a new banner with the new CIC slogan printed on it….NICE!

Marc and Cristie Furth…along with this writer… Dodd and Clottey….and a few others…already on the outs with McIntees and MacMillans…previous post….stood our ground….for a relatively short time….becoming increasingly shaky…. due to continued “warnings’ of the “consequences”….from a former Mayor and his wife/ a technical advising adjunct-CIC board member/McIntee and others who feared without the BTSTimes…the CIC would lose….

We ( the campaign committee) seriously thought we could win without the paper…if push came to shove….looking at mobilizing volunteers to get the information out door to door….believing in “freedom of the speech”….for a while…

The decision came down….from Cristie Furth….”HOLD YOUR NOSE!”… the CIC site was essentially killed………..the MacMillans….. had won…..

The CIC site down…the Furths went back to writing and contributing to the BTS Times….a look online to this day…shows the same “dormant site”….that went down the drain…due to the MacMillan’s control….SAD!..

Note….www.lbtscic.com

shows just how much everything has changed….

The Candidates…

Stuart Dodd was set to run for commission from the south end of town….MacMillan tried to pressure Dodd to take the mayoral spot….to no avail……..even after the name of L. Peanuts Wick was introduced…as more than an independent candidate…being pushed to be the CIC endorsed candidate by McIntee……previous post…

MacMillan was never “sold” on Birute Clottey…he thought she would never stand up to win against Clark…and undermined her repeatedly…

MacMillan would call for meetings at the BTSTimes…and not invite Birute…although it was known …she was to be the candidate from the north….who was fully involved in the campaign committee…just waiting for the right time to announce…

He was looking elsewhere…he felt she would “weigh the other candidates down”….

After two such meetings with her exclusion…Stuart Dodd informed MacMillan…he would not attend another one without Dr Clottey being included……..

Right before Stuart was to officially announce at a CIC meeting…MacMillan went even further in an attempt to control the CIC candidates….by finding a replacement for Clottey….

Depending on who you talk to…an agent for MacMillan’s real estate company was now going to run from the north end…..he was either enlisted to run by both MacMillan and McIntee or MacMillan alone early on…. and did not have any desire….at that time…changing his mind…or implored once again..due to MacMillan’s not wanting Dr. Clottey to be the CIC candidate…

What proceeded after this was quite a mess…with MacMillan wanting Clottey to step aside….asking Dodd to do the “deed”….Dodd refused…..

The fallout….frightening for a while…. we…the campaign committee…thought due to MacMillan’s…actions…both CIC candidates would walk….leaving us with no one…..for no one else…despite the massive efforts of the M & Ms on quite a few occasions…were willing to run…..

Thankfully….. Stuart went ahead and announced….with the newly “on board” MacMillan candidate in the crowd at the meeting that night……. Birute came also…her head held high….now willing to be “pushed aside” in such a manner……..

This CIC member chosen by MacMillan…ultimately had a short-lived pre-candidacy…after he made the decision to go to a meeting put on by the “competitor” Future’s editors…with a new organization….”Unite Our Town”….his attendance lead to a “fall-out” afterwards……. from those not allowed into the event…….. he chose to walk away….

This writer called the gentleman……to offer that he had already answered the required CIC questionnaire….and if he was having any second thoughts…he should come to the CIC meeting for a possible CIC endorsement… Birute Clottey was informed of the call…and the reason behind it….as the CIC vice chair…it was my “duty” to make such a democratic offer…she fully understood….

Dr. Clottey…went forward…and despite repeated “attempts” to rewrite history….knew the part the MacMillans had played….in trying to “thwart” her candidacy….

Not done with her yet….MacMillan on numerous occasions….in this writer’s opinion…. “crossed the line” …in his mission to control……..

MacMillan wanted Dr Clottey to call herself “Betty” …to “Americanize” her name….

MacMillan wanted her to be “a grandmother”…play down her academic achievements…not refer to her as “Dr.”…

Stuart Dodd faced much the same….even having to “fight off” MacMillan who wanted him to step aside as chair of the CIC…while running….no matter what “revised history” after the” probable cause” found in June 2008…by the Florida Ethics Committee….for McIntee….the motive for the directive to step down from MacMillan and McIntee…at the time….was to take full control…in yet another attempt…of both the CIC and the campaign…”divide and conquer”….Dodd and his campaign committee…who continued to differ from the M & Ms….

The candidates were told early on…by MacMillan….NO answering the questions from other local papers….or face the consequences of…….NO more coverage in the BTSTimes….previous post…

The candidates were called…e-mailed…or “dressed down” repeatedly in person…over what they were doing….who they were listening to…and what their political positions were ….if they disagreed with MacMillans’…on the Palm Club….. fire assessments….fire protection….and more…….

The MacMillans exclaimed that it was Eva MacMillan who “won” the election for these candidates….by changing the minds of voters at Assumption Church on election day…despite the election number stats showing otherwise…and of course the new commissioners “owed” their success to the BTSTimes…all else was discounted from their point of view….

Election night…was more of the same….previously posted….

After the election….still….the attempts to control…continued…previously posted….

Stuart Dodd …. called “traitor by” the BTSTimes Editor/CIC Citizen of the Year….culminating in the 7/25 /08 BTSTimes paper….”Scorched Earth” edition…. walked away….

His fate….may just be as the MacMillans had promised…..

No more will he be in the BTSTimes….

No more can he be held….. hostage…..

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop….”How The Sausage Was Made” Part 2

July 30, 2008 by Barbara

“HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE” and BEYOND….

WHO WOULD BE THE MAYOR?….

Early on …just who… WOULD…. be the mayor…the CIC -endorsed mayor was a huge problem….that caused many sleepless nights….

And this was only during the Recall of Oliver Parker!….

The Recall….

We… in the CIC really did believe the Mayor…Mayor Parker had lost his “bearings”…to put it nicely…he was “vindictive”…”overbearing”….and “ruling this town like a king”….. HMMMM……

The organization chose from a few options …that seemed to “fit the bill” to prove Malfeasance or Misfeasance…as required for a Recall to proceed….settling on the illegal fire assessment’s inclusion of EMS……..although many were not convinced it was the best choice to “run” with….

A vote of the members was made…….a member to spear-head the action…to be a name of record came forward voluntarily…….Stuart Dodd…

Our attorney walked us through the procedure…the expectations…and the pitfalls…and we were off…confident of two out three…of the major building blocks to succeed…in our mission….

Still not completely “sold” on the choice of the “grounds” for the Recall…we were “sold” on the the “givens”…if we lost round one…in court…a follow-up…”appeal”…”guaranteed” a positive outcome…a “safety net” understood…by all….and Marc Furth would be our CIC candidate for mayor….the real ” lynch-pin” of the whole undertaking….all agreed!…

Not long after our initial “euphoria” wore off…. in the “thick of it”….petitions being signed…..and getting all the “i’s dotted and t’s crossed”…the first “shoe dropped”…

Marc Furth would NOT be running for mayor….had no desire ….and made it clear….to whom we did not know… he would not go “there again”…meaning sit on the LBTS dais…..having endured years of “bad treatment” in his term on the commission…

So who would be mayor….the number one topic….the number one concern….many were wracking their brains….coming up empty!…

All of the sudden …it seemed to this writer….a name kept “popping up”….everywhere….Michael Deem…

Who was Michael Deem?….

Still a little “sketchy”…to this day….depending on who you ask….the “story” goes something like this….

Michael Deem was a retired Federal Government employee…who recently retired from the IRS sector as an investigator….

He was a frequent source of “help” for the BTSTimes… investigating stories….and made it his “habit” to make the LBTS morning coffee gatherings at the Swiss Bakery….and maybe other such coffee klatches….around town….

At that time he and his wife were renting at the L’Hermitage….looking for a residence…perhaps in LBTS…with MacMillan and wife as his real estate agents…

Michael Deem we were told…was “up to date” through both his association at BTSTimes…and the talk at those morning gatherings over their coffee….of the Parker situation…the Old Guard….and he shared the views of those around him….that something needed to be done….

Like “Music Man”…and Harold Hill….Michael Deem was becoming quite well known in LBTS….

Not only for his name….but there was “talk”…Michael Deem could run for mayor!….

Quite surreal….from hearing a name….here and there and everywhere…to meeting the man who could be mayor……

All were not happy with this growing “movement” though….

Commissioner McIntee and wife….had a “jaded” view….a penchant for negative comments…and proceeded to “circle the wagons”….to halt the process…ASAP!….

They proceeded to “investigate” this Michael Deem…for the Commissioner and wife said….he (Michael Deem) …could not possibly have done all he and others said he had done in his career…….that he (Michael Deem) could not be who he says he is!….

This writer….”deep in the mix of things” at this point in time…”helped out” online…with “Google”….what was found…he was EXACTLY” who he said he was….no doubt….

NO GOOD….to the McIntees…who were “convinced” there was something “there”….relaying that the Commissioner had checked a bit further….through his “connections”…that the “claims” made by Michael Deem didn’t pass the “test”….

Others at the time were ” miffed”….the Editor MacMillan and wife….were fully behind Michael Deem….for what he had done for them and their paper….and perhaps…. because he was now also their client…

John Thompson…himself involved in government before he retired…found Michael Deem to be more than credible….he found him informative…knowledgeable….and helpful …a good guy….

Many in the CIC were also enamored with Michael Deem….

Enter Michael Deem….the “enlisted” candidate to run for mayor….an invited guest to the CIC monthly meeting….

Hushed voices all around …asking who the unfamiliar face was in the back of the room….the response…”That’s Michael Deem.”…..resulting in a “knowing” response….a “nod’….”he’s the one that’s going to run for mayor”….

In this writer’s opinion……that was it…the nail in Michael Deem’s coffin….McIntee and wife would have none of it….time to get rid of Michael Deem…for good!….

The badmouthing intensified…the insinuations grew….on a “warpath”…to make this guy go away….

There could not be two “CHIEFS”….not in this organization…not in this Commissioner’s future…no way!…

McIntee met resistance on this one…from the Editor and his wife…CIC Board members…and those “movers and shakers” from the coffee klatches….

The lack of backing just seemed to enrage the couple more…the main topic of conversation…to stop this guy….

culminating a low point for the CIC…and making it clear to all on the board…and all who were members….who the CIC was…and a choice that had to be made….

McIntee…put his foot down…

He came to the next CIC meeting…took a board member outside…and laid down the law…..giving the final ultimatum….

Michael Deem goes…or McIntee walks…for good….decide….NOW!….

And so it was….a long time board member…walked over to invited guest Michael Deem…sitting next to his wife….and told him he had to leave!…

No one stepped forward to stop it…including this writer….

McIntee won!….

BCbythesea…this was a major regret…standing in silence…knowing full well…it was wrong…on every level….

Afterwards…with the end of Michael Deem…. below the McIntee radar…..most were “seething” from the actions…of Commissioner McIntee and wife….

Michael Deem……this writer was told….was rightfully confused….for it was those around him…that brought him into this situation….persuaded him….built his expectations…….resulting in this unconscionable act at the CIC….that evening….

He decided to move on….

The Recall lost in round one…in the Broward County Courthouse….the choice of the fire assessment charge did not meet the “threshold” required….

The “blow” was not readily realized after receiving this decision….by the judge…for we all thought…the appeal was a “given”…. WRONG!….

Our attorney said…it would not lead to the results we all thought it would…the odds we thought were a “forgone conclusion”….were not to be….GAME OVER!…

The result…the CIC walked away with a big loss…”egg on our face”….and a large bill that the Town paid for the Mayor’s high priced attorney…

Most in the CIC….outside of the “group” will tell you…if we knew all the “facts”…about the appeal and Marc Furth….this Recall might have never taken place….

The public “line”…given to the press and those outside the membership……we were weighing our options…for an appeal….and the inside word throughout the organization….with court time and monies needed…the only real choice…to run someone against Mayor Parker in the next election….

Deem was gone….and the “search” was still on…..

McIntee had his own plan….Marc Furth….. he was “working on him”…was the constant reply….some days…he thought he had him…it was only a matter of time…with the “bait” being …altered depending on McIntee’s idea at the time….retirement benefits….only doing it for 2 years….you name it….

Two major “crimps” in his plan though…we were told…also depending on the day….Marc and Cristie Furth!…

They apparently had some “personal” reasons…confided in McIntee…..and the Commissioner told this writer…as if it were a fact…that Cristie would not be supportive…of Marc….for it was she….who wanted to be the one on the dais this time….

At these times…McIntee would tell us…he had a back-up…someone we all would never figure out…to step in…if Marc’s “resolve” could not be broken…. (after finding out the back-up….it is said he too had no interest)….

A complete non- starter…….having Commissioner Silverstone step down and run for mayor…or even McIntee… way too risky… the “new Guard” could end up off the dais completely…..with “fickle” voters…

John Thompson…was mentioned ….moving into town….if need be…

NOTE: this was prior to the election date being moved up to January…making the time of required residency impossible to meet….

There was talk that the Editor and his wife were trying to sell their Pompano Beach condo…to move back to LBTS….

NOTE:…there was a time…some thought it could be a Palm Club address…they had their sights on….HMMMM….

And then there was that fateful day….when this writer brought up Cristie Furth……for mayor at pizza night….(although it came up previously from others before in smaller settings.)……previous post….

Many played the “shell game”….before the date to declare official entry into the race…thinking It should be Stuart Dodd for mayor…Cristie as commissioner…

Attempts to persuade Dodd of such a winning ticket….went by the wayside….he wouldn’t bite….

Stuart felt it was not….. in his opinion…. right to run for mayor without having commissioner experience… those in the group….”were not happy”….

As posted previously…..it was put out there on pizza night…by this writer….for Cristie or Marc Furth…to run against Parker…

The results for this “perceived” act of “betrayal” are also posted previously…..

Now the rest of that story…..

McIntee was not about to let Cristie Furth have the middle seat on the dais….to be in charge on the dais……and proceeded to find a replacement…ASAP….and he did….

From pieces of this confusing puzzle…at the time….McIntee enlisted and threw his support to L. Peanuts Wick….

Peanuts Wick …this writer was told….had come to the Furths prior….and made it known…if either of them were going to run….he would not….for he had made it known to many his desire to run….independent of the CIC or the OG….

The “promise” made …varies…depending on who recalls it….was the offer was made to both husband…and wife…or husband only?….

Whichever is correct….if it indeed transpired….somewhere not long afterwards….the offer disappeared …..

At another pizza night…Ms Furth asked for time to make her decision…for time to announce in front of of the CIC…at the CIC monthly meeting coming up….

McIntee intervened….and “pushed” Stuart Dodd into adding L. Peanuts Wick on the next CIC agenda…never mind…the time asked for from Ms Furth…

Again depending on who is recalling…Peanuts was told to come by McIntee…thinking he was going to announce and perhaps “debate” others running for mayor…

Cristie Furth…the object of McIntee’s “manipulations”….folded …and walked away…..

That was it….L. Peanuts Wick…was the CIC candidate for mayor…..

The formalities…were just that….. formalities….whether it was IF Peanuts would run as a CIC member…or just CIC-endorsed- independent candidate……whether it was…. if and how…. L. Peanuts Wick answered the CIC questionnaire….the “deal” was “sealed”……..

NOTE: it is said that L. Peanuts Wick made it known he wanted only one term as mayor…….and was immediately told to keep quiet…..this writer told …at the time…it was the “kiss of death” to the voters to hear one term only….from a candidate….

Recently though a new “twist” came forth….Peanuts would run for one term….making room for McIntee….HEARSAY!….but if true…WOW!….

On the other side…. the Old Guard…. seemed to be facing confusion of their own…………

We…the CIC…were sure it would be Parker….then we were sure it would be Clark….some thought a “possibility” of Yanni….but no one ever…thought…… Minnet!….

Readers…voters…….. here for the January 2008 election……are well versed on the election itself….the ups and downs…attacks and counter attacks….BTSTimes and The Futures….CIC and the OG….

With the “too close to call”….extension of days…. for the results….. of …..who would be mayor….

in the end….

LBTS had a new mayor….and her name was Minnet….

BCbythesea…..could it have been…Michael Deem?…..

Final Note:………after walking away from the M & Ms & Fs….in a self- healing process….of getting “clean”…I asked a close friend…still in contact with Mr Deem…to extend my regret…my embarrassment….my sincere apologies….for standing silent….

Word received back….he said thank you……..

more to come

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop……”How The Sausage Was Made”… Part 1

July 28, 2008 by Barbara

FROM …”HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE”…AND BEYOND….

For those unaware…….of the above reference….

a friend and confidant…told this writer…in the height of the ongoing insanity….leading up to the LBTS election in January 2008…….

“Elections are like sausage ….nobody wants to how they’re made!”….

STUART DODD…..

The “problem” with Stuart Dodd…in this writer’s opinion came from his stubborn…independence …front and center ….from the get-go…

When he became the name of record for the Oliver Parker Recall….and again when he put his name on the ethics complaint …of then-Vice Mayor Yanni….because he thought it was the right thing to do….

Stuart was elected to the Board of the CIC…and then appointed Chair by the directors…(the procedure in 2007) which still included then- Commissioner/Chair Jerry McIntee

BCbythesea…a little history….

in the previous year as Chair of the CIC…then -Commissioner McIntee…loved to “run the show”…regale in his trials and tribulations…his going to “bat” for the CIC…taking on the “bad guys”…the “evil Old Guard”….the “dastardly developers”…the supposed “briber”…and his “nemesis”…the Mayor…Oliver Parker…

We… who were fully immersed in all things McIntee…”oohed and ahhed”…at the “Great Protector “…of the “little guy”…as he so often reminded us!….

It was McIntee who decided that a President/Chair..should serve for 1 year…with the “caveat”… that they could come back after sitting it out …serve 1 more and so and so on…and so on….

BCbythesea…of course it was not a correct call…..which he should have known…for he was charged with a conflict of interest…ethics complaint…for being the Chair…and being the Commissioner….(most of us were unaware of this at the time…but McIntee was….)

DESPITE..recent CIC e-mails…and “selective memory” declarations on the dais or in BTSTimes….McIntee was indeed in a “conflict of Interest” situation….and “Probable Cause” WAS FOUND…on June 6,2008….lucky for him …they “threw him a bone”…”gave him a one time only free pass”…due to not benefiting financially…and being INSTRUCTED by the Ethics Commission…to NOT do it again!….

Back to Stuart….he was now the new Chair…and this writer…the new Vice Chair….after some maneuvering from McIntee…to push aside…the present CIC Chair …then Board member Cristie Furth…who was voted in as Vice-Chair …by the board…including this writer…(it was “decided” before the actual vote…that I would be Vice Chair….although a board member forgot…this writer did not care…and stated so….as long as Cristie would fulfill the role.)……but…McIntee and a former Mayor…pushed for it…and Cristie stepped down….

We..the New Chair and Vice- Chair had the “audacity” to believe that this organization would work like all others…newly in charge….we were now “allowed” to run it in a manner that suited our style…VS McIntee’s…WRONG!…

What transpired…in this writer’s opinion…we were a “RUSE”… a “FRONT”….we were to continue on as if McIntee were still Chair…and he would continue to “run” the meetings…to continue to “regale” the CIC in all things McIntee!…..

Well…Stu stood up…and so did this writer…and some others on the new board…to “tell” McIntee otherwise…

It caused the expected …”The WRATH of McIntee”….due to being “challenged”…. responding with his customary….”Don’t be telling me what to do!”…..retort…..

Pizza Night…. the get together ….took place while a group of us were “on the outs” with McIntee……due to a series of confrontations over “control”…and “pitting” us against each other with “stories”…a little “mind game” he liked to play…as he proudly told one of us later on….whether it was the upcoming campaign…or CIC…..issues…some previously posted …

Stu and this writer stood our ground…and McIntee fought back…most assembled at this pizza night..agreed with the rights of the newly acquired position…including .. one very vocal….John MacMillan…who seemed at that time to be “above” McIntee in a position of “authority”…resulting in McIntee’s backing off…..surprisingly so….

BCbythesea…in fact this “on the outs with McIntee” group were so impressed with MacMillan…and his “authority” we each “prevailed” upon him to further implement this action…and get McIntee “in line”…MacMillan…spent a significant amount of time with each of us…assuring us of his “stature” and “ability” to do just that….

We waited….feeling all was good…only to be totally “blindsided”….when MacMillan….not only did not do as he promised….but joined McIntee…to become….a team….that caused double the trouble…going forth!…

We went ahead with what was the primary cause for the pizza night “showdown”……going ahead with the invitation to the monthly CIC meeting of former candidate for the Florida House.of Representatives…..Chris Chiari….

Chris Chiari came…producing a “welcome change” according to the responses received afterward from those CIC members in attendance….

The meeting itself…was “boycotted” by McIntee and wife along with their “pal”…MacMillan and wife…..as he “proudly” stated some time later!…

BCbythesea…a sitting LBTS Commissioner and CIC Board member… and the Editor of a LBTS newspaper…..”boycotted”…a past and possible future candidate and potential elected official….. who could likely be representing our town…NICE MOVE!….

Stuart Dodd ultimately decided to run for Commissioner from the south end of town…after a few “episodes” of dissent were put to rest……and being the candidate …decided he would put together a small “campaign committee”…and get a handle on who along side him would advise him…and put together a plan…seems the “appropriate” move …right?……..WRONG!…

BCbythesea…McIntee had a “fit”….the candidates…were “expected” to “re-enact” the “BROOM BOYS CAMPAIGN!”….

An aside…..watch for …the Ms & Ms & Fs…to take another shot at “BROOM BOYS… PART 2″…..at their re-election for McMayor…..kicking off July 4th…2009!…..

The “DEMAND” for absolutely…. no deviation… what-so-ever…from the prior VFD/ Commission campaign…..was later brought to the Dodd campaign committee meeting…via “MESSENGER” Maureen McIntee…followed by a “barage” of phone “attacks” coming from McIntee himself…not long after the conclusion of the meeting…and after he was “filled in” on the campaign strategy from his wife…

BCbythesea….This is why…Stuart and this writer as members of the CIC Board…pushed for no spouses or significant others to be allowed on the CIC Board…when deciding new By-Laws for the April 2008 CIC election….previous post….

Palm Club sewers….was the next big problem….Stuart was against them…and said so from the start…..due to it being private property…and therefor it could not be the recipient of taxpayers monies….

McIntee and MacMillan…were FOR it!….

They both were on the “rampage” again ……with a “set-up” meeting at the BTSTimes office…between the Palm Club and their CIC candidates…

Prior to the meeting…….MacMillan attempted to “guide” the candidates to change their position….to be FOR the sewers…to be prepared to tell the Palm Club so….in short order …upon the arrival of the Palm Club representative….

Dodd and Clottey declined…Wick…appeared to “flip-flop” over the sewers about this time….saying as much at the next public comments…at the next regular commission meeting….

BCbythesea…it was told to this writer by MacMillan at the time…”his wife was the largest real estate agent in the Palm Club.”….HMMM….sounds…like a Cooney “promise”…..

Also…..McIntee said to get those 90+ votes…”Give them the sewers”…..

Stuart did not change his stance…and informed the Palm Club representative of just that….

BCbythesea…. later…with the political climate …showing it was NOT the right decision to be FOR the sewers…with the majority of the voters…especially in the condos…the M&Ms…did an about face….

As is his “M.O.” McIntee…spoke at a debate prep meeting…at the VFD office on Commercial Blvd. ….as if…he was always AGAINST the sewers!…

Many in attendance…just knowingly “smirked”…at the “revisionist history”… well known …. by now….

Further trouble arose………with the last BTSTimes newspaper…the Election Edition…including a real “over-the-top”…reversal for the Ms & Ms & Fs…. the 1st “mock-up” …cover…of the paper….

A photo of the front of the Palm Club…with $ signs all over it…to put it in the face of the voters…the candidates were AGAINST the Palm Club!…

This writer ….upon hearing the plan from Stuart…was appalled….and outraged….as was he!….

This candidates …all three……were never against the Palm Club….for they were unfortunately caught between “promises” of the outgoing Old Guard Mayor…and what was allowed under the law….

So to put a “BULLS-EYE” of their gated entry …on the cover….. YIKES!…GREAT WAY TO BLOW AN ELECTION!

Stuart..called on the other candidates……who were paying for this whole BTSTimes candidate issue…and the three of them put the “Kabosh” on it….resulting….. in yet again….. hours of verbal rebuke from the Ms& Ms & Fs!….

In the end…after a multitude of CIC Board exchanges….a pleasant photo of the three candidates…became the final cover….. that came out…. PHEW!…..

Both candidates Dodd and Clottey had to stand up against numerous…”hair-brained” ideas..throughout the campaign……”zigging…and zagging”…with no continuity…arising from the Ms & Ms & Fs….on fire safety protection….and such…incredible…. unpredictable ….. increasingly disturbing… ideas….

Each time Stuart and Birute…said…”NO”…you guessed it…”It’s Barbara’s fault!’..

Thus the “joke”…previously posted…anything not Ms & Ms & Fs…was “Barbara’s fault!”….still is……

Stuart Dodd was the Sun-Sentinel choice for commissioner….big deal…right?…..WRONG!…

That “green-eyed monster”…came decidedly quick in the responses from McIntee and MacMillan…

To anyone who heard these two….it meant nothing!…HUH?….

Election….biggest winner…Stuart Dodd….

A night for this newly elected Commissioner to savor….right?….WRONG!….

In his victory speech this evening… winning candidate Dodd….was kind enough to single this writer out…to mention some others…and apologize if anyone was left out…a normal addition…for any victory or acceptance speech…all well and good…right?…WRONG!…

A “BOOMING” voice came from the sidelines….McIntee….”YOU FORGOT MOE!”….”YOU BETTER DO SOMETHING!”…

Shocking!….

Maureen McIntee…ran from the room…and proceeded to “require” a group of good hearted people … to “console” the absence of recognition …the “perceived betrayal”….”done to her”….

BCbythesea….a grudge some say…she has never gotten over….. carried over to the reaction and subsequent actions towards Stuart’s July 11th e-mail…perhaps?….

Commissioner- elect…Dodd’s wife’s….election night evening was also “torpedoed” ….she was “ambushed” by the MacMillans…and “raked over the coals”…pun intended…for what they said happened …to Moe….

On this night…that should have been “HIS” night…the McIntees…and the MacMillans….”pulled the rug out from under him”…….NICE!…

Commissioner Dodd…as previously posted…asked to step away from the CIC periodically… starting from the time he he decided to run for office……..but remained…… due to many events……such as electing the new CIC Board…and the 4th of July ……he waited…to fulfill his personal decision…well known to those who are so angry now…

BCbythesea…” Methinks they Doth protest too much”…comes to mind…from the Ms & Ms & Fs….(they knew!)

Not known for a good 6 weeks though…… by Commissioner Dodd…. was that Vice Mayor McIntee…”threw him under the bus”…at the June 6th Ethics hearings in Talahhassee…..previous post….

Well known to Commissioner Dodd …. increasingly well aware … in recent months….McIntee on the dais…taking over …Commissioner Dodd’s agenda items….and making them his own…”cutting to the chase”….says McIntee….

BCbythesea….perhaps this is due…to the BCbythesea…previous post…on how the Commissioners were doing …in the first months on dais…extolling….the campaign promised agenda items…swiftly being enacted by Commissioners Dodd and Clottey…along with the glaring…lack of agenda items…non-VFD…that is…. from Silverstone and McIntee….this writer was immediately “informed”…McIntee was “angry”….and had “planned” it this way……..

At the 6/24/08….1st “pre-commission” meeting…….put together by Commissioner Dodd….the increasingly overbearing …Vice Mayor…suddenly sat forward ….( in his customary dais behavior…lean back in the chair…rub your head….and sit forward….and pounce)….to declare….. to Commissioner Dodd…. that he was “trying to upstage me….and I don’t need that.”…..

A REAL HONEST COMMENT…HOW RARE!….

Coming up to the present now….

July 4th…..a day of happiness…unity…success….after months of meetings…endless re-dos…of the event site plans….and pulling it all together….amongst friends….CIC members…and Commissioners….

July 9th…a meeting to that was “supposed” to be to discuss the above…iron out what went wrong…and what can be done to fix it …next year….

With “talk” in the audience…of Stuart coming back…to do it once again….(no “figurehead” was he!)

Unfortunately…in what could have been a sign of what was to come…in the following days….

as previously posted…it quickly…in this writer’s opinion…took a “wrong turn”…into discussion for next year….treating the Chair of Donations…amazingly bad…by talking of his replacement….as he sat there….. discarding any voice of reason…from Commissioner Clottey….for the correct “protocol” required for a final event meeting of the present committee…

July 10th….Stuart Dodd….decided…it was now finally the right time…to act on his desire to step away from the CIC UNTIL his time as Commissioner was over…..writing up a letter making his intentions known….

July 11th….early in the morning…Stuart showed the e-mail to his wife….and sent it…to the Chair…Cristie Furth…as was the correct action to take….

See scoops…..The Train Wreck series…..for what transpired…next….

July 13th…The CIC PARTY.. the July 4th celebration…and…..the “Tar and Feathering…of Stuart Dodd”….

see previous scoop posts…

July 24th….The BTSTimes…the…..”SCORCHED EARTH EDITION OF STUART DODD”….

see previous scoop posts…..

more to come…..

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