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Here’s The Scoop …. It’s A Sad Day In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …. The Dais’ Table is Full ….Sewers On Private Property…An Apartment Building Round 2….A Parking Garage And so Much More….

March 15, 2016 by Barbara

LBTS Candidate Yann Brandt and family – 2016

Dear Readers…. I guess Sea Ranch Club was not as strong as it was in 2008 and will unfortunately bear the brunt of that loss as tonight candidate for commission Yann Brandt lost his race against his opponent Buz Oldaker who was heavily promoted and lobbied by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association… an association he belongs to as a licensed realtor …This was a huge omission in his biography he purposely enacted to keep voters in the dark…in this writer’s opinion… He was the weaker candidate by far as he went head to head with Yann showing his utter lack of knowledge about the town with no homework done during the campaign to bone up on the issues he was sorely lacking insight in to…. Yann was endorsed by the Sentinel who saw those differences and recommended by the Pelican where the editorial staff was split … He tried mightily once he saw the writing on the wall at the League of Women Voter’s Candidate Forum and the underbelly of what forces were behind his opponent to let the voters know and to convey the differences and assure voters that he would not go down the road it seems we are definitely going down after March 29th… with no brakes in sight ….We will now see votes that will go down…4-1  ( Mayor Sasser who won heartily tonight might still be the 1 opposed on the apartment building purchase)……but….more often than not…. votes will be 5-0 …..It’s a return to those days this writer saw a decade ago… the Old Guard votes are back….It’s a sad day in Lauderdale-By-The -Sea….

Shortly after Yann Brandt decided to run for Stuart Dodd’s seat Mayor Scot Sasser made the upsetting and surprising decision not to run as a slate in this election or to openly endorse his former co-campaign manager (2010) making it much more difficult for Yann as this truncated election began….This about- face was made after Scot initially agreed it made sense do both and then for reasons this writer found contrary to the Scot Sasser I knew chose not to …..  Then the Supervisor of Elections messed up the ballots including Dan Darnell’s name after he had withdrawn within the allotted time to do so….and it was Yann who made the first calls…to the SOE, the Town and the Town Clerk to get it all straightened out…. when it seemed no change was forthcoming….I made the decision to inform Sea Ranch Club resident and board member Dan Darnell his name was on the ballot as he was in the dark about the snafu … but as he thanked me for doing so and knowing I supported Yann …I was informed by fellow condo owners that he sent an email to support Yann’s opponent Buz ….which was his right…but he did it admitting in his email he knew nothing about either candidate that early in the race… A disservice to those early voters ….in my opinion….especially since the issue of the Palm Club sewers  settlement and where each candidate stood was not known at that time….a bone of contention in the Sea Ranch Condominiums who have long said ( 1st in 2007) a settlement to Palm Club for sewers on private property means SRC will ask for our lift ( for sewer) on private property to be paid for as well by the taxpayers….( I expect other condos to do the same!)….  He also later was shown endorsing Buz Oldaker in his mailer/ads…. The only remaining political action committee in town the aging CIC organized a last minute meeting with the candidates to ask them questions and then have their small group of members vote to endorse one…Their Chair Ken Evans called to ask Yann to ask him to participate even though Ken Evans the Broward Democratic State Committeeman had already openly endorsed Buz Oldaker as the Chair of the CIC online and was making phone calls for him….Yann asked Ken for a fair shake and went to the CIC to get one….The CIC did not comply….they ultimately endorsed Buz even though his stances on the issues ran counter to their core principles … They said as much in their endorsement last weekend … causing many former CIC members to comment on the strange content of that endorsement ….. Then you had an onslaught of attack emails to fellow realtors and businesses from that Realtors Association….asking for funds for their guy Buz and for their own association….. Vacation rentals will increase in town big time with continuing lack of enforcement and increasing numbers in neighborhoods with large imbalances as a result ….They are shown giving him $900 in total in Buz’s Candidate Treasury Report turned in to the Town Clerk on March 11th with one more treasury report to come in June which may exceed that amount….That’s influence paid for …just like the downtown businesses who have donated monies ….and are sure to come before him  and others on the dais who accepted those funds….in my opinion….  Phony charges were trumped up at the 11th hour by the obnoxious Bob Fleishman… the former chair of the defunct north end of town PAC Unite Our Town at that CIC meeting with the help of one of his former nemesis concerning the VFD …. Yann was a member who proudly served and was the last one out when they were locked out by some of the very supporters of Buz who were and are involved with that issue as they were and are with the Palm Club sewers….being paid for by taxpayers as a “settlement” which will be sold to us a a “public safety issue” ….just as it was in the past….. The false charge made was that Yann was dismissed from the VFD in 2008….He received a form letter along with many others once the VFD was no longer the Town’s provider and they operating from a storefront on Commercial Blvd. doing training in the hopes of returning to replace the BSO…… Talk about negative campaigning…. Then there was the outlandish Buz Oldaker ads and mailer stating his opponent Yann Brandt had gone”negative” and was attacking him stating in his (Yann’s) ads/mailer he did not say what he is on the video saying …Saying he (Buz) did not say what he said at each meeting …until he took cover  and had a meltdown at the CIC meeting ….Yann Brandt was not negative he was forthright in trying to do what opponents are supposed to do…inform the voters of the facts and the where the candidates stand on the issues as candidates and when they govern……I thought those differences were heard loud and clear when that Buz  Oldaker mailer came last weekend due to where so many of those mailers ended up in Sea Ranch Club….. in the mailroom trash!….

This election continued from start to finish to be an uphill battle with so much to lose …and with a loss of 157 votes …. and the biggest coming from the 120 votes from the north …Buz Oldaker won with 54%…. certainly not a mandate…but definitely much larger and much more impactful than we’ve seen since 2006 showing …in this writer’s opinion….there is still a big divide in our town…. and districts must be kept in place… In fact…we may need to further address the way we vote by in the future by having the south end of LBTS vote for their 2 commissioners and the north end of LBTS for their  2 commissioners retaining a town-wide vote for the mayor if we see a backslide of governing in the next 2-4 years…..We are not one town when it comes to what we pay for and how we pay for it….or who we vote for and why…..The south better wake up just like they did in 2006….and keep a sharp eye on what is on the town commission agendas…what is voted on and how it’s enacted….with or without the peoples input ….and if the commission truly represents ALL of the people in LBTS….It’s a sad day in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea….

More to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop … The Only Candidate To Replace Unopposed Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Mayor-Elect Scot Sasser Is Elliot Sokolow … Vote Sokolow For Commission Seat 1 !….

March 5, 2014 by Barbara

“We endorse him believing he has no personal agenda and won’t require a learning curve to effectively serve the people of LBTS.”…Pompano Pelican Newspaper

Dear Readers- We are days away from the March 11, 2014 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Municipal Election. I am hopeful …very hopeful that readers and the majority of voters in our town have actually taken the time to see the striking differences between the three candidates running for Seat 1 the seat that holds a commission member from the north end of town yet is voted in town wide. There have been a flurry of debates over the last weeks… The first one was not televised at the what many including this writer consider to be the last gasps of a dying political action organization…the CIC  (Citizens Initiative Commission)…It was held  at the Surf and Yacht Club on Palm Road on the beachfront that houses them when these straggling die-hard members who have rarely even met since they were trounced in the 2010 election try hard to retain some sort of relevancy as the town progresses without them. I have touched on this debate before …We heard that no timely notice of the meeting was made and at least one candidate was not notified of the format and the surety of the debate itself until the morning of!… This writer was told that one member of the board promised their would be no Furth attacks which many have witnessed over the years and saw once again when Cristie Furth came to the dais at the 2nd February Town commission meeting during  public comments that were comprised of falsehoods, fear-mongering and her skewed revisionist history  before being challenged and admonished by Commissioner Scot Sasser who has enjoyed an unopposed election to become our Mayor due to the very progress and changes resulting from the 2010 election  she tried to cast a shadow over …Of course this appearance was made in order to put her co-hort/puppet  candidate in a multitude of  past CIC misdeeds former Commissioner Birute Clottey in the commission seat he now leaves!… At the CIC debate it is said former Commissioner Clottey promised those very same CIC holdovers to do whatever they wanted her to do as she has in the past…which is exactly why in 2010 she was left alone on the dais without the CIC backed slate to serve out her final 2 years alone!… Eric Yankwitt did what we have seen from this debate as well as the following two…toot his own horn- on what he has already done in what can only be described as a “Superman Complex” with a myriad of cliches and one-liners to make up for a lack of preparation and knowledge on the issues!… As this meeting ended it is said Marc Furth wanted more money …about $66,000 for the coral reef project which is his last attachment to the town outside his El Mar hotel…Former Commissioner Clottey and Eric Yankwitt were a go without the details to appease the Furths and the CIC ….Candidate Elliot Sokolow stated he could make no such promise without seeing the specifics!….

Before and in between these debates the voters received campaign literature by mail from Candidates Sokolow ( the first with an attached absentee ballot ) and Clottey with a coupon mailer containing a slip from Candidate Yankwitt (most of those never made it past the circular mail despensor aka the garbage can!)… While both mailers introduced the candidates only one…Elliot Sokolow’s offered voters factual information…all of which checked out and can be verified by those who served with him and hold him in good steed following his long service on numerous boards as well as running Sea Ranch Lakes as mayor and finance director….Clotteys’ overinflated claims were immediately countered by LBTS commissioners both past and present !… On the topic of campaign literature …voters should be made aware of former Commissioner Clottey’s very real problems with her required election financial reports…all three!… ( a final report will come after 3/11) ….While Clottey professes she is a knowledgable professional when it comes to business and finance…her reports filed say otherwise!… Clottey has walked down a eerily familiar McIntee ethics charged path…Apparently she has not declared (as required) all her expenditures in a timely manner and claimed reimbursements made to Marc Furth which are not allowed ….she is supposed to know as a candidate and the professional she professes to be!… Clottey and her team may find  themselves facing the same election board in Tallahassee  as McIntee did as soon as this election is over!…Do voters really want someone who cannot  follow the requirements to report a small campaign’s finances to be integral in running out town’s finances?…  This came right after the former commissioner had to apologize and  then replace illegal campaign signs due to not following those requirements!… Clottey has tried as her managers Furth et al have tried to spout campaign rhetoric on reserves being drained and painting a picture of a bleak future of  our town with high taxes and no money left to run it!… $15 million …is the mantra…but what that $15 million is …is…(the meaning of is..is) …depends on which speech is being made and to whom…..It could be $15 million saved by going to the VFD in 2008 to present…(hardly a solo effort made by Clottey) …$15 million in reserves used for all the new improvements made in the last few years…… All made with no hard solid facts to back them…Catchy dour mantras to reel in unaware voters and get Clottey-Furth back with a platform to continue with more pre- 2010 mantras…Really?…Is that even possible?… Say it ain’t so!… One aside about Clottey-Furth-CIC and their claims that the downtown project was not  frugal enough …The cost was $4.75 million … no loans..no debt…no increased millage…and….the kicker…The very same CIC  has the downtown project photos with positive captions plastered on its own CIC facebook page…and the Furths…used the same downtown project photos to market their hotel a few months back touting the very improvements/ finishing touches candidate  Clottey claims she would have held back on !… Too funny!… Candidate Yankwitt is all over the place with his campaign…he irritated and inflamed the town, the businesses and the residents with a blitz of campaign signs made illegally set in areas not allowed and not wanted!… For an attorney as well as being on the  Planning and Zoning board which had signs on the agenda he should have been well aware of the rules for campaign signs …or chose to purposely ignore them…which should be a red flag for voters!… Candidate Yankwitt is a member and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce and sadly it looks as if he and the Chamber have decided to be political in this election !… He is the only candidate  who chose to go the realtors association for their endorsement which aided him in an email blitz to help put up more signs and proclaimed he is the candidate that can help them in the future!…Hmmm…. will he then recuse himself when short-term/vacation rentals rears up on the dais…as it has on the campaign?…. The Chamber…businesses …hotels backing Yankwitt is beyond reason to this writer…How can you back someone who at every turn claims gambling is in our future?… That’s as mind boggling as those same entities backing Clottey who makes ongoing claims of run down hotels…drunken patrons…fights downtown…a downtown unsafe to visit …  Is that the kind of marketing …representation these businesses want?… Candidate Sokolow has a business actual business experience  and still runs a successful business…He  fully understands what has transpired with the downtown project and the commission led decisions over the last two years… He is the lone candidate who has stated he loves what was accomplished and can see the benefits that come from it now and in the future!… The other two candidates have all but discounted the present successful commission at every turn!… Remember… Mayor Minnet and Commissioner Dodd were unopposed in 2012… and as stated above Vice Mayor Scot Sasser and Commissioner Vincent were unopposed this year…That alone should tell voters what the real deal is in LBTS !…

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board embarrassed itself by endorsing Clottey (the didn’t endorse her in 2008) and basing it on her false assertions and antiquated town issues long since resolved apparently without even checking with their own LBTS assigned reporter who followed up this flawed endorsement correctly stating the wrong side Clottey was repeatedly on when she served her first term (backing fired TM Colon…her other bad acts are in previous posts…scroll down)… It is said that at a mini- debate with her opponent Elliot Sokolow …(Eric Yankwitt failed to show up!)… Clottey claimed she voted independently 99%  of the time…Ha!… This writer found her voting record for 2008-2009 etc…perhaps she needs to hit refresh on that response for the 99% was with McIntee  as well as the new 2010 majority when she was left to falter on her own as her backers slid away from sight with a landslide win kicking them to the curb in 2010!… The Pompano Pelican did what the Sentinel did not by doing their due diligence and endorsing Elliot Sokolow based on his resume… his campaign … his interview…and finding him to be consistent… factual…and more importantly qualified …They stated…”We endorse him believing he has no personal agenda and won’t require a learning curve to effectively serve the people of LBTS.”…

The final two debates were the Property Owners Meet the Candidates and the League of Women Voters Candidates Night … The first was pretty well attended with approximately 75 people in the hall…It came after some contentiousness concerning the group itself …its history…and any perceived agenda the group may or may not have due to conflicting reports of candidate Clottey being a hands raised installed member of the board …only to state she was not …with no minutes provided to show that hands raised installation was reversed!… There were a few who felt gotcha questions would be aimed at Clottey opponents and attacks might be in store… There were signs put up without identifying the POA ( as is routinely done with all their signage for meetings at Jarvis)… as well as the naming of it (Meet the Candidates) leading to voters thinking it was the LOWVoters event thus nullifying the LOWVoters taking place on March 4th …( LOWVoters had a small turnout which was blamed on both the POA event & lack of signage/advertising it)…The questions at the POA event were certainly bazaar … leaving the candidates to literally punt a good many of them!… Questions ranged from streamlining special event applications  which impact few voters at best and have been quite improved over the last two years compared to prior years… As Clottey went sideways in her responses  and Yankwitt responded in what would become his “hero” persona touting the events he has put on (which this writer is told brings forth the same small participants for each) …Sokolow spoke of online access and approval…The second question dealt with getting more to participate in elections and special events …which enacted more off the cuff general responses on the difference between participation of the two and possibilities to enhance each and proved once again to be a pedestal for Yankwitt to blow his horn on what he spearheaded….The third question about where in the budget would each make increases and decreases brought forth Yankwitt an attorney going after the budget for our contracted Town Atty. stating they are paid for board meetings etc… which is rather startling to hear from this candidate due not only to the fact he’s an atty. but that he spoke at this meeting (off the cuff ) and at the CIC debate of hiring paid help to help the commissioners out with the Town Manager etc… Huh?… Clottey piled on about the cost being “300 grand” each year without litigation services …stating the budget was tight and then veering off about highly paid staff employees doing work around town beneath their pay grade!… Clottey was around when her pal Esther Colon brought this law firm to the town without divulging until this writer caught it that she (Colon) had a prior connection to the firm … Mayor Minnet was instrumental along with other commissioners over the past 3 years in working to cut some costs and get the firm to decrease some costs…If the charges have increased substantially it would seem to me it was from the required Charter /ordinance changes which like the downtown project should not occur at such a large cost for at least another decade!… When the budget is checked it makes sense to put Town Atty. services out to bid…not only to see who else is out there but to see if the current firm wants it badly enough to negotiate more…Sokolow spoke with proficiency about the costs in government and outsourcing and what that saves long term… How to preserve and celebrate our heritage was next …Sokolow responded it was important and was being done with the mid-century modern -low-rise architecture celebrated and encouraged throughout the town as well as encouraging displays of historical photos  and maintaining buildings… Eric diverted and blanket answered this one with broad strokes of running in order to keep and protect our small town…again with I..I…I… ( he really doesn’t need a commission…just a soap box will do!)…. Clottey spoke of what she was practiced to do in response to such a question…gave a heads up in recognizing her supporter and self-proclaimed “Town Historian” Jerry Sehl and of course finding the first of many opportunities to bring up the Furth’s #1 agenda item (besides getting a foothold with Clottey getting seat 1 on the dais) the coral reef -bio rock completion…The candidates were then given a minute to summarize/rebut their opponents… Elliot Sokolow stood out as he actually did summarize each item in order like a checklist and stated there was not much to rebut as Clottey reiterated her bio-rock statements and Yankwitt again went with his “hero” complex as bounced around looking for a complete sentence…There was audience questions which had an off camera moment with a former commissioner’s wife due to her not signing her name as required …The commissioners were asked what they had done in the last 5 years in town… Candidate Sokolow responded not much since he had only lived here for three…This writer thinks the question was particularly skewed as many of the previous to “old timers” …Had it been asked slightly differently he could have easily responded to his time on the Hilsboro Inlet as well as other boards that impact LBTS…He was not idle  as others up on the dais with him were for some of those 5 years…Eric same- old self promotion we heard with each response…Clottey was inflating a good portion of her impact as she had done previously in this campaign…Next question was about their top five priorities and to wrap this one up this writer will sum it up this way…Clottey was stuck in 2007 and Yankwitt was stuck in his chest pumping one-man has done it all mode…and Sokolow spoke of the topics that we would expect offering up his proven expertise to tackle ….Again, here’s where the gambling issue arose and again what this writer cannot wrap her head around when it comes to such reckless rhetoric being used in a campaign race such as alarms of dirty business going on with new hotel buyers…ulterior motives and Clottey adding on to it with her pontificating on bad sidewalks on El Mar Drive and people falling …(harkening back to her first term claims of homeless people on the beach and her unsubstantiated claims of “the people” being adversarial when it came to dealing with BSO)…lost hotel rooms…and investors who “thought they were going to make a killing”…now compare that to Sokolow who spoke of the improvements being made…Vacation short term rentals came up with Clottey speaking of her personal impact and Yankwitt giving a few usual responses and only Sokolow providing why we are where we are currently with these rentals as he recounted what the Town Atty. stated when asked by Mayor Minnet after this came up at the previous commission meeting when the Mayor asked Town Atty. Trevarthen to explain the situation yet again.. thus showing he attended the meeting and retained the answer to the question rather than doing what his opponents offered up!… In closing Clottey again spoke of her resume and her many unsubstantiated claims ….Candidate Sokolow’s closing at the POA sponsored debate showed that he gets it…He understands what has happened in the last two years … He spoke of what he has seen and liked and why he decided to run as well as promising to continue this path we are on with civility, accountability, professionalism and fiscal responsibility… He was clearly seen in sharp contrast when compared to his opponents …so much so that many who had been leaning toward his opponents now leaned toward the man in the middle seat on the dais the evening of February 27th …Elliot Sokolow… One more debate to go …

Tuesday March 4, 2014 …one week before the election … the League of Women Voters Candidate Night was miserably attended and the questions and answers were like watching a rerun of answers although they were to different questions… That result was due to election time  responses no matter the topic!… The opening- answers and closings were one minute each … It began with Candidate Yankwitt who was again unprepared and stated he was asked to run although he did not say by whom and as seen in the prior debate his reasons for doing so were keeping the the town’s small time quality  of life and an eye on the budget …saying he is an accountant…Candidate Clottey gave the same opening as she did prior about the VFD and the 15 million  and what she continues to claim it went for before being cut off… Candidate Sokolow chose to take this debate opening as a chance to expand on his long and distinguished community service that spans 40 years and covers all the bases when it comes to picking a candidate on qualifications… He ended with his Pelican endorsement “We endorse him believing he has no personal agenda and won’t require a learning curve to effectively serve the people of LBTS.”… and asking for the opportunity to do so …The questions included what are the top two priorities each candidate hoped to accomplish and how they would do it… Elliot Sokolow responded he would like to examine in great depth and detail the budget revenues and expenditures to look for places to cut expenses and raise revenues without feeing people to death…He also offered up the desire to revisit the VFD serving Sea Ranch Lakes as it has in the past…He has the real ability to do something that can benefit LBTS …He also stated he would look at traffic and parking…Eric Yankwitt stated as he had previously…parking-parking-parking…and flood insurance (how can a town commission do anything about flood insurance rates?) …He then rambles about not finding parking when he did not live in town and finding it once he did…huh?… He then did the north/south divide number and needing to bring people together… Birute Clottey spoke once again about maintaining infrastructure and in the first of many times it seemed she was channeling others she spoke of keeping out capital improvements looking nice (Diane Boutin ) before going back to who we do and don’t want in our town and fear-mongering that boogie man mantra Fort lauderdale’s  “Beach Place” and being declared a nuisance by Fort Lauderdale…What?….She said we are in good financial shape but don’t want to spend recklessly …(we have not done so)… Tourism was up next and what each would do to aid in it… Clottey stated the town hasn’t decided who it wants to market to…(she missed the marketing presentation at the last commission meeting which more than covered how far reaching the current consultants have gone and which specific areas they have covered…oops!)…Clottey went back again to those young undesirables …and the certain types of quality people we want down in town and the money they should have…Sokolow spoke on the ongoing partnership and dialogue the hotels/restaurants/ residents need due to the fact that those businesses are the “lifeblood of this community ” and bringing in the marketing experts as well… Yankwitt did the one-man show and spoke of meeting with the Mayor of Broward County and the needed balance of tourists inside and outside (?) …from over the bridge and bad hotels ( he doesn’t want to fill those!)…but we can’t fine them to death…Seems from what this writer has heard that fining to death worked with the sale of a few!… Economic development and incentives for new and old businesses was up next… Sokolow responded that many were helped by the Commercial Blvd. project and more such improvements are coming (He was speaking of Comm. Brown’s work with the county for 4 million for El Mar)… and added that it seems time for the businesses to contribute as well… Yankwitt asked for the question to be repeated and went back to the Chamber and his position as treasurer on the Chamber ( past candidates have stepped down when running I believe to avoid conflicts and politics within the Chamber)… he spoke of repairing the relationship and spoke of Sister Cities (a debacle he was involved in a short time ago that caused quite a ruckus with charges of actions that many claimed were made without regard to the past Sister Cities participants) aiding in tourism “from across the ocean” …he then digressed to say government should stay out of business…and added the wonderful Commercial Blvd. before being cut off…Clottey said that at the last debate she said the businesses and residents should sit down and that the businesses have a pretty good idea “who’s commin in ” and “who they want to keep out”…After saying again we should listen to them she said we are a small town and how much economic development do we want?… It was time again for the parking issue and whether it should be public and/or private … for a garage that is…Yankwitt brought up his study he claims was a year and a half in the making and presented to the local chamber as well as the Broward chamber…Hmmm. would this be the study done and shown on the LBTS Chamber site and his campaign facebook site?…Why no mention of bringing to the LBTS Commission over the last year?… He stated a parking garage might change the way we interact and change the businesses…My take this guy does not work well with others…it’s that hero complex…My concern…the last LBTS Commissioner who thought he was a hero…McIntee!…Clottey said we have been “talkin” about this for many,many years and with a parking study in the works it’s premature …need to see results but prefers a public/private venture not done with taxpayer monies …She then stated the parking fund was flush with a million dollars due to the credit card machines …many of those upgrades were done after her first term…and against much of supporters wishes …(progress you know…dirty word to some stuck in time)….Sokolw responded as well that the parking study results call for us to wait and see adding he has not experienced any parking problems and sees much of the problem is due to changes of parking being 2-3 blocks away rather than the old time ability of parking right in front of the business people are patronizing …he ended by saying he was not in favor of using public money… The Chamber was yet again the topic … the question was the relationship with the town…all three candidates spoke of a need for a chamber and a resolution to whatever issues there are …Clottey spoke as she has in the past while on the commission of the chamber not speaking up for local merchants in town…Eric pompously touted his takeover of the beach clean up which up until last year was done not only by the chamber but by Mayor Minnet  with the aid of Aruba and others successfully… Next he will tell us he invented the internet…(previously posted…ego size seems much the same!)… The 2nd coral reef project … Clottey did some election time backpedaling as well as channeling her opponent Elliot Sokolow in stating she needed to see what it entails before approving it and wants the county to kick in… Elliot recalled and recounted the CIC debate and the original ask for an additional wire to the first reef and his concerns over the costs for that citing a problem he dealt with while on the Hillsboro Inlet Commission and the cost being prohibitive especially for a town our size…He spoke of a partnership with Nova the premiere entity when it comes to coral reef structures… Eric wondered off to grants and the reef being part of the solution to save the beach (ours is approximately the size of a king size bed !) …jumping to the sea oats …his serving on the League of Cities ( we were told as an associate member )…Then it was traffic congestion on A1A … where Eric Yankwitt spoke of the 4-way red light experiment and the backup traffic resulting from it and spoke then of the hole in the dike scenario before offering up an overpass…the pelican hopper and going personal about being a walker and that parking is a challenge…Elliot Sokolow said we need to sit down with DOT and county …and get rid of the all red which has nothing as jaywalkers still go across and it just adds to the traffic problems on A1A… he stated the obvious that the congestion comes from people coming to the town and we want them!… Birute Clottey said it was the 64,ooo dollar question and stated it’s high season …that removing the 4-way red would improve the traffic and went to the dark side in this writer’s opinion channeling past ideas of Las Vegas like overpasses that are also popular in european nations!… How exactly does that solution fit with our small seaside town and how is that fiscally responsible?…  naturally the next question was …music on Friday and Saturday nights and…parking and traffic during the events…Clottey said it was a tradition…( a tradition she did not always support and often thwarted just because her group wanted payback!) …She said she wasn’t going to stop them…This writer doesn’t buy that for a minute with who are her handlers )… She spoke of an old study which I believe was skewed by a former consultant of 900 people crossing west to east and said congestion is a reality of life… Yankwitt said he is a part of the congestion because he and his fiancee ( spiritual partner) enjoy the weekly events which gives the town vitality and said we should extend the Pelican Hopper …offer spread out parking and people movers… (his money saving seems to go somewhere else…assistants… people movers…overpasses…adds up the $)… Sokolow said he was also in favor of the music but due to the hotel owners and residents who are impacted by the loudness the decibel levels need to be looked at ( to adjust what is now allowed) … On traffic and street closures he once again talked of the partnership needed and alternatives to be considered such as the new plazas….Public bathrooms…we knew that one was coming… Elliot Sokolow said he is in favor of  them stating that is not fair to businesses to open up bathrooms to non patrons and that we need to look at what kind we are going to install…location depends on if the purpose is to alleviate the restaurant use then the parking lots next to EggN Ham or the newly purchased property  just south of Commercial on El Mar could work …if not El Prado… Eric Yankwitt said bathroom are tricky and took a very weird take on whether they should be provided when tourists being encouraged to use restaurants to become patrons and then residents ending with it’s gotta be El Prado…Huh?… Birute Clottey said the issue was hard to find the solution for before digressing in to where Minto security guards say beach-goers go to bathroom by them with no bathrooms available…(ugh)… She then took a page from Mark Brown in 2012 who pushed for modular units that could be moved and tested for not only location but for safety and security,…Just when you thought you heard it all…global warming!… And flooding concerns… Candidate Yankwitt spoke of Hurricane Sandy and watching it from home as well as his brother’s bad experience in New York before stating global warming /climate change is perhaps upon us…he said we needed to protect the beach …and spoke again of the coral reef …sea oats …and recycling …and all of us coming together …we can resolve anything …kumbaya comes to mind!…  Candidate Clottey said it’s not anything we as a community can prevent and that it’s an issue we as citizens of the US and the world need to participate in!… She spoke of our town being higher than Fort Lauderdale and sand loss as well as roads being washed away and that a time will come when we have to give those roads back to the ocean!… Candidate Sokolow responded after the moderated participated stating this was a difficult problem … by stating it’s a difficult problem but that he didn’t think the people in the hall are capable of solving in any short order… He brought it back to what we can do in the short term (decades…in my book)…by continuing with projects such as the sea oats (Comm Brown was in charge of a sea oats planting the week prior) which has some actual science behind it as a deterrent for high waters and winds… Thank goodness someone had the wherewithal to not be a bumper sticker candidate!….On to the next question…Town budget tax rate concerns and what changes would you make going forward?…Clottey said her priorities were not to raise taxes …stating most goes for public safety and we don’t want cuts there…She went back to her previous statements about the Town Atty. costs and her charges of overpaid staff that are in jobs that don’t offer enough work at their pay grade leaving them to do the work of employees making 1/3 of what they are paid?…  The Town Manager needs to address these consistent charges made by Candidate Clottey as to there being any validity or calling it out  as false!… Sokolow answered that he wanted voters to understand the arcane and boring tax bills and to understand the percentages and what they really mean to LBTS taxpayers…19 & 1/4 % goes to LBTS and 80.257% goes to the county, school board etc…and a 10% tax cut equals approximately a $40 dollar reduction yearly… He would look at every line item in the budget and see where cuts could be enacted and believes in outsourcing which is cost effective and efficient…Yankwitt… took a different tact… an odd departure…that was a head scratcher for sure… He said we have the hardest working town employees he has ever seen… “They’re $100,000 getting paid $7 an hour. Do the math!”… The TM needs to answer this as well…id there any town employee only making $7 an hour in our town…the rest of the remark…anyone who can figure that out… kudos!… He said they could go through the budget sure…but as an accountant as it accumulates it’s a big chunk…(huh?)…He spoke of us having the lowest tax rates in Broward but on the flip side property values are relatively high …we pay a lot per person…that means when you have a rich town hall you have a poor taxpayer !… He said that needs to be examined…..Question on short term rentals in neighborhoods was bound to be included and it was… Clottey did the same response as she offered up prior about the impact to her adding that companies are buying up homes nationwide and turning them in to hotels…asking if that’s what we want in our town…She spoke of the League of Cities initiative and the need to get on board to get rid of short term rentals… Sokolow repeated as he had prior about the Town Atty . what we have on the books and until state laws change all we can do is report any code violations or suspected use of less than 7 days  … Yankwitt who seemed to be going after Sokolow as the questions progressed …said Candidate Sokolow was correct  about the Town Atty. bit offered up a different solution of not fining people only to forgive those fines …he wants to educate our neighbors…opening our doors… saying that to call the police … on violators would lead to living in a different kind of country…we are a small town…it’s all addressed in our zoning laws and we can’t have short term rentals in residential neighborhoods!… Yikes!… Topping that was the inevitable gambling question Yankwitt used as a campaign issue… It was tied to the State Legislature and casinos in South Florida…Elliot  answered it began in the state legislature over one property in Broward and one in Dade …and we do not have a property that is large enough in LBTS… If it ever came to be allowed in every corner he would lead the opposition in our town…it’s not needed …. Eric held up the Town Topics special issue and said it was one of his campaign issues…again he spoke of the newly bought properties on El Mar surmising  reasons for their purchase from expensive condos to gambling …Birute said there would be not casinos unless some Indian Nation was going to buy up half of El Mar…can’t open one…and we shouldn’t be “talkin” about it or people will think we are seriously considering it …She ten again spoke of Indian Tribes …Hmmm…I think the politically correct term is Native American!… The soft ball question of the night was next in the form of what personal attribute do you have that is unique to you that will make a difference as a commissioner… Candidate Yankwitt was first to answer and said he has energy, enthusiasm and is passionate about this town…he said he has shown it over the last several years with his Thanksgiving dinner and theater events…He again used Vice Mayor Scot Sasser’s campaign slogan of having two ears and one mouth… “You sir are NO Scot Sasser!”…Just couldn’t resist!…He also spoke of his fiancee once again …Candidate Clottey said she was elected before and it didn’t go to her head…she wasn’t an ego head… She said she listened gave careful consideration …she said she was a leader and harkened back to her time as a member of the Barry University Senate and dealing with highly educated people …what a hard job that was!…Especially when they could walk out at any time thumbing their nose at you..She said she has the personality to do an excellent job… Please Clueless…was a major disappointment as commissioner …and an embarrassment too many times to count…and on thew wrong side of progress….as well as having it in for Mayor Minnet …In this writer’s opinion nothing is different 2 years later to put her back in!…Elliot said his personal attribute is patience acknowledging his upcoming 50 year anniversary as well as his 40 year careers in business and giving back as a “perennial  volunteer” who did it all for no pay (except health insurance on Hillsboro) …he stated he does it because it needs to be done… The last question…3 major issues facing LBTS… Clottey spoke of the town’s finished capital improvements and infrastructure and keeping it maintained (again) who we are going to market the town to (again) drainage projects and the drainage project in her area of Bel Air which she said was done by the county 15 years ago…sub standardly …Yankwitt said Parking parking parking (again) …Flood insurance and being apart of the senate bill or we will suffer (again) the challenges at the beach ..which he cleans (again)…infrastructure…sand coming in …washing away …tourist attractions…and heights…(again!)… Sokolow spoke of the long term issues…our aging infrastructure underground….run down properties at the south end entrance to town and elsewhere and traffic..not parking…

The closings… Elliot Sokolow was first with thanking the League of Women Voters and talking about public safety…the VFD and Sea Ranch Lakes …the budget and traffic and that his first  official act will be to sign the personal code of conduct …and he promised to respect and listen to all as well as to vote with his conscience  for what the people want…he said experience matters and he has the relevant experience from day 1…to keep us moving forward!… Birute  Clottey was next saying she has a vision for the future and will continue moving forward with maintenance- infrastructure (yep…again) …stopping extravagant spending (hmmm overpasses like Las Vegas and european countries?)…keeping taxes low low rise community (again)… zoning laws not made by commissioners (can’t be done now)… finishing with saying she delivered on every promise she made and offering continued progress and financial accountability… Her commission resume does not live up to her new promises and her campaign issues stated above should be a big red flag to voters!… Eric Yankwitt was last and was made the most underhanded slight seen during this campaign…He thanked all including his fellow candidates before stating there were distinctions between them …that he cares…and “nobody cares that you care until they know you care …and I’ve shown that over the last couple of years ..(compare that to his opponents and it shows he cared less in time served giving back!)…He touted his time on P & Z and the League of Cities which his opponent served on as a board member not an associate member adding his profession (s) as an atty., accountant and mediator … he said they were all successful and he is a small business owner …”They’ve been in business to a degree”… What!… Candidate Sokolow’s resumes are way beyond any resume Candidate Yankwitt  has put forth!…That speaks volumes to this writer on what is really behind the “approachable” character this candidate purports to be!…  With that the debates were over for 2014!…

As the days count down there is likely to be calls made by and for candidates …signs being held on street corners along with final mailers and ads…Then it comes down to the LBTS  voters… What do we want 2008 or 2010 and 2012?… It should be an easy decision …Who is best to continue on with what has happened since we took back our town in 2010 and progressed on and off the dais offering our residents and businesses everything they said they were missing in 2008 to 2010!… The only candidate that can assure LBTS 4 more years of civility …professionalism and fiscal responsibility is Candidate Elliot Sokolow….Make sure you fill in the second bubble on your ballot and let’s close the door once and for all on 2008 foes and stragglers knocking on our doors to see if we have forgotten the past…as well as yet another character who purports to be just a nice guy sitting on the dais… again ….in my opinion!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop ….The CIC-PAC Decides To Clarify Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s “Endorsement” In The 2012 Race…. It’s Called Circling The Wagons …Covering Your Bases … Saving Face? …

January 30, 2012 by Barbara

WAIT A MINUTE!….

Dear Readers …you remember that email (see below) Candidate for Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon sent after the Jan.15, 2012 CIC-PAC meeting he and his opponent Mark Brown were invited to attend thanking them and stating “I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve.” …Malkoon went on to make some ominous remarks about fears he had in the weeks ahead concerning the BTSF newspaper etc…He concluded with this statement…” I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.” ….Well, on Sunday night that email went out from Bob Roberts to members and those who have not been for years …. (see below) …Bob Roberts stated the Board wanted the minutes to be released for members …I have been informed the minutes being sent out has not happened before this… The minutes are hardly minutes of a meeting …They are more like a need to calm those who may be uncomfortable with what appeared to be an endorsement of a Candidate who made the decision after that Jan. 15, 2012 meeting to run an ad in the BTSF and promote his party affiliation and that of his opponents in a nonpartisan election!… The brief synopsis of the Jan. 15, 2012 CIC-PAC meeting are not quite accurate either according to some in attendance …The “well attended meeting” brought out 20-25 …The CIC board itself is close to that number with spouses….Then there’s this one… “Members were pleased that both candidates pledged to preserve one of the Citizen Initiative Committee’s most important issues – maintaining the current 3-story height zoning in original Lauderdale by the Sea.” It was actually a promise that neither Candidate would introduce a referendum to change the zoning for heights… WOW!… I thought it was incredible that the CIC-PAC was endorsing (or not?-see below) ….Malkoon who is a paid-up long time member of the UOT-PAC who is being coached, mentored and supported by former UOT Pres. Bob Fleishman and Cindy Geesey …but this promise the CIC asked for tops even that!…It goes against the very ideals the CIC are based on…the ability for the people to unite in order to change or preserve the town through referendum! …Originally Bob Roberts sent out an email stating the CIC would not be endorsing either candidate this year …The word after Malkoon’s email and the signs going up in the Furth’s yard as well as other CIC Board members was an endorsement was received on Jan. 15th …Bob Roberts in these “minutes” sets the record straight 2 weeks later though… “The CIC will not officially endorse any candidates for this year’s municipal election. However, Chairman Couriel took a straw poll of the audience after the presentations as to which candidate they thought was most aligned with the CIC’s “small-town quality of life values.” The members voted their support for Edmund Malkoon.” …So it can be surmised that while the CIC did not officially endorse Malkoon they believed him that he will indeed … “endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve.” …. That CIC “straw poll” and this setting the record straight CIC email to CIC  members was certainly not what Malkoon was counting on from the group he jumped ship to for votes!….

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(email/phone #s x’d out by this writer)
From: EM
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
To: jacourielxxxxx, kevansxxxx, [email protected], ccmd1xxx, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: CIC Meeting
Mr Chairman and Board Members,

Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” I will be your representative and be open to dialogue from all.

We have 2 weeks left. I am going to start pounding the pavement for the second time. I also will have a mailer going out before Weds. I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up. But hopefully the voters will see the conflict. I hope it remains neutral.

I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!

Edmund Malkoon
954-xxx-xxxx”

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Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:32:21 -0500
To: [email protected]
From: [email protected]
Subject:

Dear Fellow CIC Members:

During our January meeting attending members decided that the minutes of the meeting should be distributed to our members. The following are the minutes.

Sincerely,
The CIC Board of Directors

Lauderdale by the Sea Citizens Initiative Committee

Minutes of Membership Meeting, January 15, 2012
The meeting was called to order by CIC Chair, Joe Couriel at 7:00 pm. The CIC Board of Directors had invited the two LBTS Commission Candidates, Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon to give presentations and answer questions from our members. The meeting was well-attended and very informative.

Members were pleased that both candidates pledged to preserve one of the Citizen Initiative Committee’s most important issues – maintaining the current 3-story height zoning in original Lauderdale by the Sea.

The CIC will not officially endorse any candidates for this year’s municipal election. However, Chairman Couriel took a straw poll of the audience after the presentations as to which candidate they thought was most aligned with the CIC’s “small-town quality of life values.” The members voted their support for Edmund Malkoon.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm.
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more to come…….

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop …. 48 Hours Before The January 31 2012 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Nonpartisan Municipal Election For Commission Seat 3 …

January 29, 2012 by Barbara

COUNTING DOWN THE HOURS TO A COMMISSION SEAT ….

Mayor Roseann Minnet holding a Mark Brown sign …

Dear Readers… here we are 48 hours before the 2012 nonpartisan municipal election in LBTS for seat 3 … What was supposed to be a dull election due to it becoming only one race for one seat after the seats for the Mayor and Commissioner from the south ended up unopposed has proven to be anything but!… A lack of participation by many who naively thought neutrality would be the ongoing headline for this race between Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon came to realize that could not continue to be the case when their perceived idea that there was no real difference between these two candidates quickly fell to the wayside as they observed each candidate’s campaign began providing us with so much valuable insight concerning each candidate’s qualifications, ethics and character … Mark Brown has run what everyone agrees is a concise above-board campaign showing he not only walked the walk …and talked the talk …literally…. he made it his business to reach out to voters as well as residents who cannot vote but reside in the town opening up lines of communication and accessibility that he vowed would remain in place after the election as well … He was overwhelmingly successful in discarding any possible preconceived ideas some voters might have had about who he really is to those who only knew his name from his byline and the opinions of others… Mark made sure he covered all the bases in preparation along with following the rules and regulations required by candidates on all fronts …He helped absentee voters to participate in this race with a mail in attachment on his first mailer which included his fully verifiable bio…He went door-to-door with additional information and took the time to follow-up with anyone who had more questions or concerns…He went into neighborhoods and businesses alike in order to be up-to-date with what was at the top of the list of issues for both and what they were looking for in representation on the dais …He made sure he met with Town Administration to relay any concerns he might be addressing in order not to blindside anyone thus providing additional help and dais input to aid in getting answers quickly rather than going for a “gotcha” type of grandstanding at the podium that may cause an initial stir of emotions from the audience but rarely offers any concrete answers as a result…He made and is making phone calls to voters as well as going anywhere he has been invited to speak to offer up real answers to whomever is asking and never promising anything that was not possible in order to get a vote… His supporters have grown in numbers and include four members of the current Commission as well as most of the LBTS past Commissioners along with most of the members of the 2010 Master Plan Steering Committee which was the committee his opponent Malkoon vice-chaired for less than a 2 -year term  including the MPSC Chairman… (MPSC disbanded by Comm.) …  He is endorsed by the UOT-PAC after his opponent Malkoon actively pursued and received an endorsement from the opposing CIC-PAC  essentially jumping ship on ideals in an email stating just that… (Malkoon is a longtime participant/member of UOT) …He received the endorsements for seat 3 from the 2 local papers ByTheSeaFuture and Pompano Pelican both based on his qualifications and his campaign… His second mailer continues to show the  first-rate campaign he’s run in offering up his thanks to voters as well as his 5 reasons for making sure it is Mark Brown sitting on the dais next month for 4 years… (see below) …He has withstood first time …nasty party politics being introduced into LBTS’ traditional nonpartisan election by those Malkoon cohorts/advisers bearing grudges and an opponent who clearly felt the need to knowingly cross the line in what I can honestly say is the only campaign I can recall where a candidate has tried so hard to make so much of so little …in his resume, achievements, experience and what he stands for… Malkoon on the other hand has provided voters with a hodgepodge of a campaign which shows a disturbing willingness to twist and turn on a dime …literally….depending on who has opened their arms to him at a specific moment in time throughout the past months!….. He has shown a sad lack of drive as well as maturity in handling just his own campaign … He had little to report in contributions received from supporters compared to his opponent Mark Brown…(prev. posts) …He has only one CIC-PAC Commissioner supporting him and may have one or two from the CIC-PAC as well as a result of promising to promote their ideals and doing so at the podium on Jan 24th in public comments…(prev. post Jan 16 2012 email CIC board) …. His MPSC members have largely chosen to support his opponent Mark Brown in large part we are told due to his dismal and disappointing time serving as vice-chair…(prev. posts) ….He put up yard signs with a last minute sticker on some (one side vs 2 side requirement) as well as some with no disclaimer as required …(see below) ….He violated Fl. State Statutes introducing party affiliation in an ad in the BTSF newspaper on Jan 20, 2012 (see below) …and then made excuses to the Sentinel he had not heard from the State blaming “troublemakers”…as well as offering “no comment” to the Pompano Pelican even though he has been in receipt of the Candidate Campaign Book that includes all the rules and requirements which he is required to read and to run his campaign by……(prev. posts) …. He has a few die-hard supporters who have openly attacked and made ominous warnings of “going after Brown supporters”… He has “protectors” who despite meaning well in their role further exacerbated the growing word-of-mouth concerns of Malkoon’s fragile state emotionally to serve in an elected position… His one and only mailer (see below)…again shows the same content seen in previous election materials, ads and debate info proclamations based on so little while embellishing it beyond fact!… Malkoon puts forth his “lifetime resident” moniker still…leaving out the fact he lived in Unincorporated Broward along with all his north end neighbors until annexation in 2001…Which means Malkoon became a LBTS resident the very same year his opponent Mark Brown did in 2001!… His Commission appointee and volunteer activities amount to less than a 2-year term that came from being appointed in 2010 by a sitting LBTS Commissioner who supports his opponent Mark Brown …Volunteering for numerous Town special events…is yet again padding for a weak resume…Mark Brown also volunteered in Town special events as well as being a driving force in providing transparency to voters on many political actions such as keeping the Town’s Community Center open and operating under the same longtime director in his 5 years as a volunteer Editor on the local newspaper …Malkoon has repeatedly made claims of having finance and marketing acumen as a basis for him being elected …He had to backtrack on those bold assertions first seen in election materials and ads when he was called out on lack of degrees or work experience in either… This writer further called out his Realtor claim asking for it to be clarified as a Sales Assoc. classification under his mother’s licensed agent license… Personal mortgage problems on his property arose during his first attempt at running in 2010 which further cloud using financial acumen as a real argument to elect him to make decisions involving taxpayer dollars… It was shown that attacks made against his opponent Brown concerning taxes was not only taken out of context but that Malkoon intentionally stated his stance for lower taxes were untrue in videos providing Malkoon  at the podium in full agreement with his opponent in 2010 and again in 2011!…Malkoon states he is a member of the Republican Club of LBTS  in the mailer which may skirt the statute he violated in the Jan. 20th BTSF ad but once again proves he is fanning flames for votes in what he knows is a nonpartisan race …He states he is a member of the LBTS Chamber of Commerce and again we must add he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the board …He states one endorsement from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors (he received $250.00 as a result-prev. post) …His opponent Mark Brown respectfully declined to participate in a letter (see below) in order to not compromise any future dealings on hot-button real estate issues…What is glaring in the Malkoon mailer is that he chose to leave out being a member of the UOT-PAC as well as the Jan. 16, 2012 CIC-PAC endorsement!… In the waning hours left before the ballots are counted it is important that voters make it their business to ensure the correct Candidate succeeds in representing us by voting for Mark Brown for seat 3!….

MARK BROWN 2ND MAILER…

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MALKOON LETTER….

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MALKOON SIGNS ….

no disclaimer ….

Hard to see clear sticker with disclaimer lower left corner -one side only …

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MALKOON PARTISAN BTSF JAN 20, 2012 AD….VIOLATING FL STATE STATUTE NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS …

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MARK BROWN LETTER TO GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE REALTORS…

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More to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Turns Out To Be His Own “Troublemaker” In This Election …/ The Final Candidate Treasurerer Reports Due Before the January 31st Election ….

January 27, 2012 by Barbara

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TROUBLEMAKERS…

Candidate Edmund Malkoon holding his own sign on Jan 26, 2012 …

Dear Readers … Once the election is over Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s 2012 campaign will stick around for a long, long time in LBTS voter’s minds as an example of what not to do when seeking a seat on the dais!… Malkoon as readers know by now is 36 years old and a resident of the north side of town who actually began his quest for the second time (he pulled out in 2010 after finding he had no support) believing a few self proclaimed movers and shakers had the seat sewn up and ready for his ascension to it!… Just that belief alone by the candidate should  be enough to make voter’s shake their heads at the utter lack of maturity this candidate seems to possess… That childlike wishful thinking by Malkoon turned out to be just the starting off point in this aimlessly lackluster campaign …. We heard early on that due to a need to “protect” Malkoon and his mother some voters were refraining from participating in this 2012 race out of sympathy and deference for the pair!… This writer could not believe it!… While Malkoon’s opponent Mark Brown was actively campaigning much the same as commission candidates had in 2010 he was not receiving the full support he would have enjoyed if he was opposing Commissioner Clottey or another CIC-PAC candidate due to the growing number of those joining the “staying neutral” crowd so as not to upset the Malkoons!… Edmund Malkoon showed he had a thin skin and a penchant for wining when making calls to those who stated otherwise and were showing support for his opponent …Malkoon put up yard signs after Mark Brown put up his  which violated the required disclaimer be printed on both sides…We are told he said he had permission from the State to attach stickers and he applied a very small sticker to some but not others and only on one side…we are told…Now you know damn well that had this been a different candidate and a different race those same people “protecting” Malkoon’s decisions,mishaps and mistake would be the first to require that the candidate who blew the requirement remove the signs immediately leaving that candidate to decide if he/she wanted to spring for the correct disclaimer required signs with more campaign funds!…Malkoon pulled the “sick card” 48 hours before the Meet the Candidate Forum setting off Town personnel to deal with the possibility of no forum and a change of date rather than just sucking it up and doing whatever it took to meet the obligation long publicized…He sent an email to Town and the Commission that showed not just a lack maturity and professionalism but a rather unnerving need for sympathy and a “atta boy” for effort in announcing he would rally from his sickbed after all when he was hit hard by the outrage that came from such a childish act in a political campaign… On the dais at the LOWV Meet the Candidate Forum Malkoon continued to embellish his credentials as he had done in print interviews and in his election materials while attacking his opponent using the local boy vs Washington insider tactic seen at the Presidential campaign level… It was laugh out loud funny when Malkoon claimed he was a lifelong resident of LBTS …He lives in the north which was Unincorporated Broward until 2001 when it annexed into LBTS which was the very same year his opponent Mark Brown bought his residence in the north….. Malkoon fibbed about his stance vs. his opponent on the millage rate and this writer exposed it and more with the archived  video on the Town’s website…. Malkoon has fibbed about his history of political stances which this writer also exposed from his public comments seen and written on the Town’s website in the archives as well… Malkoon promised sewers with the sewer reserves now in savings in the south part of town to the Palm Club when he went there to court their votes …He promised everything including the kitchen sink to the CIC in the middle of the month for an endorsement from them and then sent the CIC Board an email promising to promote their ideals as a result of receiving it!…The UOT-PAC Board decided that was too much and reconsidered their stance on no endorsement to endorse Mark Brown as a result of Malkoon’s new agenda …Incredibly Malkoon’s “protectors” lashed out at the UOT Board on this one as well!…  Malkoon proved his new allegiance before the election by promoting Marc Furth’s desire for a referendum on zoning at public comments at the Jan. 24, 2012 Regular Town Commission meeting… Malkoon biggest decision though was when he violated the State of Fl. rules pertaining to nonpartisan elections …Many think it was under Cindy Geesey’s tutelage that he placed that kind of an ad in the January 20, 2012 ByTheSeaFuture newspaper extolling his party affiliation vs. his opponent in this LBTS  non-partisan election …This writer was tipped off of the violation resulting from his action and posted it that day…The story was picked up by the Sentinel as well as the Pompano Pelican …Malkoon claimed in the Sentinel he was waiting to see if he would hear from the State if he did anything wrong and blamed it on “troublemakers” rather than own up to his decision to violate the rules contained in his own candidate handbook he was required to read (for the second time as a candidate) …In the Pelican he gave a terse “no comment” rather than respond…We hear his “protectors” want to overlook all of this as well… Again, another candidate …another campaign these same Malkoon Protectors” would be calling for it to be publicized and leading the charge for complaints to be filed with the State and for the candidate to pay for what he/she had done!…Hell, they would be holding the signs that would spell it out on the street corners themselves!… This writer is still hearing that this small crowd is so much into this “Malkoon Protectors” mode they are lashing out not only as if he were a child being “bullied” in school but much, much more that I cannot even go there in print….Again readers…this calls for these same “Malkoon Protectors” to look back at the past two elections at least to see candidates have long been called on their actions in a campaign on blogs and in print with no such “protection” being cited to derail the issues or the offenses made by that candidate …It makes this writer drum up Tom Hanks in a “League of Their Own”…and the line “There’s no crying in baseball”…Well….there’s no crying “bully” in politics on the local level !…. This is a race between two candidates for a seat on the dais for 4 years…In those 4 years this person will be making decisions with our taxpayer money for use in our town…It will be up to this person to do their due diligence each and every time they prepare to vote on doing so … Malkoon has shown a lack of due diligence as a candidate as well as being openly available to promote the desires of anyone willing to offer him support to attain that seat for 4 years….and even if those desires are not the ones he stood for when he decided to run or is known for historically….Mark Brown has done quite the opposite…He has shown he is accessible to all townspeople …He has done his due diligence and then some in this first-rate campaign …He has made just a few sensible generalized promises to voters no matter where he stood to make them in town including at the Candidate Forum and in his election materials with a remarkable amount of forthright candor and honesty…With a resume that is obviously no match for his opponent and a resolute statement of not being beholden to anyone Brown should win by a landslide if voters vote for the right reasons and not to “protect” someone who is clearly not cut out for politics or governing again this year…

In the Jan 26, 2012 Sentinel article Malkoon said the following…“I haven’t heard anything from the state if that’s an issue,” Malkoon said. “People are just trying to be troublemakers in the election.” Below in today’s Pelican he offered the reporter “no comment”…. We are told that due to the full intent of Malkoon’s actions to introduce party affiliation into this election a complaint will be filed after election day as a matter of principal as it should be…

Excerpt from 1/17/12 Pelican…
“Political ad appears to violate state elections law

By Judy Vik
Pelican Staff
LBTS – A town commission candidate in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea may have violated a state election law by including his political party affiliation and that of his opponent in an advertisement in a local newspaper.
Edmund Malkoon, a candidate for Seat #3, ran the ad in the Jan. 20 edition of the monthly ByTheSeaFuture newspaper. Malkoon included his Republican Party status in the ad as well as his opponent’s Democratic Party affiliation.
According to state law, “A political advertisement of a candidate running for nonpartisan office may not state the candidate’s political party affiliation. This section does not prohibit a political advertisement from stating the candidate’s partisan-related experience. A candidate for nonpartisan office is prohibited from campaigning based on party affiliation.”
For enforcement of any willful violation of this provision, a complaint must be filed with the Florida Elections Commission. The commission has exclusive jurisdiction over this matter and may impose a fine not to exceed $1,000 per count.
Asked about the ad before Tuesday’s commission meeting, Malkoon said he had “no comment.”
“If elected officials break the law, they should be held accountable for their action. The same applies to candidates,” his opponent Mark Brown said. “The laws are there for a reason, and people should comply with them.”
Brown said he would like to see Malkoon’s ad brought before the State Division of Elections for review but does not plan on taking that action himself.”

http://pompanopelican.webs.com/apps/blog/show/11936505-political-ad-appears-to-violate-state-elections-law-

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JANUARY 27, 2012 CANDIDATE TREASURER REPORTS…

In this final report …(some pages shown below) …Candidate Mark Brown received $350.00 more in contributions were a combined candidate loan/ supporters total of $19,021.74 …His expenses in this 4th report time period of Jan 7-Jan 26 were $3,480.75 with a total of $12,195.54 ….He received 4 more contributions from supporters 3 were from LBTS supporters including VM Dodd …His expenditures were for 2 BTSF newspaper ads/1 Pompano Pelican newspaper ad/ 2 were for printing costs/ 1 mailers list/ 1 was postage for his 2nd mailer which started arriving to voters today (to be posted) … Candidate Edmund Malkoon received $2,210.00 in contribution plus $100.00 “in-kind” (food from Athena By The Sea for fundraiser on Jan 7, 2012)…His total contributions to date /loan to himself combined a total of $6,150.00… His expenditures for this 4th report time period Jan 7-26 was $2,639.41 with a total of $4,856.29 … Malkoon received most of his contributions at a fundraiser at his neighbor’s house on Jan. 7th..Those included Cynthia Gaynor (Bob Fleishman’s wife …Their company contributed $200.00 in Dec.)/ Bel Air neighbors mostly those on his neighborhood board as well as Comm. Clottey/ Chuck Gress/Robert Schuyler/Linda Ritchie/ Athena By The Sea (in-kind) $100.00 for food…He received a few contributions after the 7th …Arthur Franczak/$250 from the Realtors of Florida Assoc. … Mark Brown declined to partake in endorsement citing possibility of any future decisions coming before the commission on such hot-button topics such as vacation rentals… The 2010 candidates from UOT did the same for the same reasons… Malkoon’s expenditures were for Office Depot/ByTheSeaFuture ad/ Minuteman Press/Constant Contact in MA an emailing marketer/ Fedex for $2,210.63 on Jan 25, 2012 presumed to be the 2nd mailer which Malkoon stated in his Jan 16, 2012 email to the CIC Board  “I also will have a mailer going out before Weds.” …which would have been Jan.18th…Just another fib or misstatement and lack of follow-through by Malkoon yet again ….Many were wondering if Malkoon’s one and only mailer contained or now contains the same party affiliation violation Malkoon put in his Jan. 20th BTSF ad… I guess we will see … If it does it will rack up the penalties he could face when complaints are filed… cha ching!…

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop ..Lauderdale-By-The-Sea & CIC Endorsed Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Is Taking “A Wait And See Approach” On Violating Fl. Election Rules While His Campaign Cohort Cindy Geesey Disses LBTS Democrats In Sentinel Interview !!!!…

January 26, 2012 by Barbara

LEAVE IT TO CINDY ….

Dear Readers …leave it to Cindy Geesey to sink Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s ship…She blew it up big time in her quest to go after her former colleague Brown . The result will be a major loss for Malkoon next Tuesday at the polls as well as a black mark for Malkoon with monetary damages when he faces the consequences in front of the Fl. Election Commision panel after the ballots are counted and a complaint against his actions has been filed making any future attempt for a run for office out of the question!… The Furth led CIC board once again has some explaining to do to whomever is left in their dying organization as to why they endorsed the full-fledged Republican team of Malkoon-Geesey for seat 3 in 2012!…

“Broward Politics

Is your party showing in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea?

By Larry Barszewski January 26, 2012 02:17 PM

Town commissioners in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea are elected in nonpartisan races, but one candidate in the town’s upcoming election has taken out an ad showing the two candidates’ party affiliations.

Commission candidate Edmund Malkoon ran an ad in the local ByTheSeaFuture newspaper this month listing himself as a Republican and opponent Mark Brown as a Democrat. The election takes place along with the Republican presidential preference primary, which could lead to a larger percentage of Republicans turning out to vote.

According to Mary Cooney in the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office, nonpartisan candidates are prohibited by law from campaigning along party lines. Cooney wouldn’t say the ad broke the law – that’s for the Florida Elections Commission to decide if it receives a complaint.

Malkoon is taking a wait-and-see approach.

“I haven’t heard anything from the state if that’s an issue,” Malkoon said. “People are just trying to be troublemakers in the election.”

Brown said he’d like to see the issue go to the elections commission, but he won’t be doing anything that might be seen as a last-minute gimmick before the Jan. 31 election.

“I’m a very firm believer in obeying the law. Elected officials have a responsibility to obey the laws,” Brown said. “The same holds for candidates.”

One of Malkoon’s supporters, Cindy Geesey, isn’t shy about her partisan leanings.

“I hope enough Republicans are on the ball in this city to get Edmund into office,” said Geesey, calling Brown an “unrepentant Democrat.”

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2012/01/is_your_party_showing_in_laude.html

Malkoon once again shows he is not ready for prime-time when it comes to being a seated Commissioner in LBTS… He comments “I haven’t heard anything from the state if that’s an issue,” Malkoon said. “People are just trying to be troublemakers in the election.” after telling another reporter from a local paper “no comment” last Tuesday night when questioned about the violation… Malkoon signed a form affirming he received the rules he was to follow in his candidate’s handbook upon filing to run for his seat … It contained the following ….

“A political advertisement of a candidate running for nonpartisan office may not state the candidate’s political party affiliation. This section does not prohibit a political advertisement from stating the candidate’s partisan-related experience. A candidate for nonpartisan office is prohibited from campaigning based on party affiliation.”

More Malkoon pre- election hits to come tomorrow!….

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Here’s The Scoop … The CIC-PAC Endorsed Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Doesn’t Fit The CIC Mold …

January 23, 2012 by Barbara

AN ENDORSEMENT OF WHAT FOR MALKOON FROM THE CIC-PAC IN 2012….

CIC’s Crisite Furth with ousted Interim TM John Olinzock April 26, 2010…

CIC’s Cristie Furth’s Blue Seas Motel with CIC endorsed Candidate Edmund Malkoon sign in yard January 2012…

Dear Readers…this writer gave myself 20 minutes to Goggle and look for however many differences there are between Candidate for Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon and his newest endorser the Citizens Initiative Committee PAC and it’s most important members…Below is a series of the finds found within that allotted time that definitely show something ominous must be going on for such an endorsement to come to fruition in 2012…The opposing Unite Our Town PAC Board chose after the ominous endorsement of one of their own longtime members (Malkoon) to change their previous decision to not endorse either candidate based on such a disturbing new partnership … thus endorsing Candidate Brown … 20 more minutes would have produced even more to question this new partnership of the CIC-PAC and Edmund Malkoon…

From the CIC website –History of referendums and what they endorse… prior to the 2012 endorsement of UOT member Edmund Malkoon for Seat 3-
” 2000 El Prado Referendum to protect our main beach vista from an extremely unpopular, developer- initiated land-swap (Hapimag).
A Citizens Rights Charter Amendment to reaffirm citizens’ rights to initiate, amend, or repeal ordinances by petition and referendum: in order to overcome Mayor Parker’s questionable claim that right had been nullified and extinguished by State Statutes. (An opinion from the Florida Attorney General later held that was not the case).
An Electoral Districting Ordinance to insure balance in regional representation by requiring that two Commissioners be elected from Old Town LBTS and two from the annexed area, while the Mayor could be chosen from either area.
Although individual CAC members contributed greatly to the initiatives mentioned above, the Citizens Action Committee itself was non-political and therefore could not officially endorse candidates or ballot questions at election time. Our members became convinced that the CIC needed to evolve to the next level and become an official political action committee (PC).
We therefore incorporated in March 2005 as the Citizens “Initiative” Committee and registered with the State of Florida and the LBTS Town Clerk as a political committee. That extended our committee’s range of action beyond simply informing ourselves and fellow citizens on critical developments and making appeals to the Commission. As a PC we can actually initiate referendums, campaign for and against important election issues, and lend our organizational ‘seal of approval’ to candidates for municipal office.
The March 2006 election was the first where the new CIC’s referendums and endorsed candidates came before the voters.
CIC endorsed candidates, Jim Silverstone and Jerry McIntee won landslide victories over two old-guard incumbents, Dave Wessels and Ed Kennedy. CIC members have been well-pleased with our choice of candidates and the level of integrity, honesty, and quality-of-life leadership the two brought to the dais. Unfortunately, continued hard-line opposition by the Old-Guard majority on the commission continued to bloc many CIC-supported pro-voter initiatives until the 2008 election.
The CIC Term limits referendum, on the ballot as the result of a CIC petition signed by 712 voters, was passed by 86% of voters and limited Commissioners to two 4-year terms of office. Mayoral terms were reduced from 4 years to 2 years and limited to 3 terms (a total of 6 years). Despite the absolute clarity of that amendment that it would take effect at the 2008 municipal elections, the old-guard commission members Parker, Yanni, and Clark railroaded through an ordinance that preposterously re-interpreted the amendment to mean it would NOT apply to Parker or Yanni at the 2008 elections, thus over-turning the clear will of LBTS voters.
The CIC Height Limit Charter Referendum, which lowered the maximum allowable height limit in the Northbeach coastal area from 15 stories to 3 over 1 story, won despite fierce campaigns by developers and pro-development commissioners. This charter amendment will prevent our barrier island from over development, limit further congestion along A1A, and preserve the Town’s low-rise image. A critical clause of this charter amendment was that no zoning changes involving an increase in height can now be made in any residential neighborhood without a vote of the people.
The 2008 municipal election was set in January instead of March, to match with the revised Florida Presidential Primary election date.
The CIC supported 3 candidates for election to the Town Commission, Lawrence Wick, Birute Clottey, and Stuart Dodd. Clottey and Dodd won, beating out Clark and Yanni. Wick lost the mayor’s seat by a slim margin of 21 votes to newcomer Roseann Minnet (Parker had decided not to run).
Promises Made…Promises Kept
Within a few short months of winning the majority in January 2008, the four CIC-endorsed Commissioners made sweeping changes in town policy and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was headed in a positive new direction!
Reinstatement of the Volunteer Fire Department
Return of our municipal elections back to March instead of November
Reinstatement of the CIC-sponsored term limits amendment
Repeal of the Marina, Hospitality, and Beach Village overlay districts (no more Orianas)
Opening Commission meeting public comments to all who wish to speak
Saved citizens millions of tax dollars per year with new AMR contract for EMS
Instituted life-saving VFD beach patrols
Allowed citizens to speak on 1st and 2nd readings of town ordinances
Sponsored very successful Community events including: Easter-by-the-Sea, the July 4th Blast, and a Halloween Haunted House.
Reduced taxes with a 10% LBTS tax cut
Purchased contiguous property to Town Hall for an upgraded public safety complex
Debt Reduction by $3 million
Several months after the 2008 election, however, one of the CIC-endorsed Commissioners, Stuart Dodd, a former CIC Chairman, resigned from the organization and changed allegiance to the pro-development side. The CIC therefore has retracted its endorsement of Stuart Dodd.
During the two years prior to the March 2010 municipal election the pro-development group, under the banner “Unite Our Town”, launched a campaign to discredit Commissioners McIntee, Silverstone, and Clotty and Town Manager Esther Colon with personal attacks. They arranged for a number of their supporters to show up for Public Comments at Town Commission meetings to lodge these unjustified personal attacks. The Commissioners, at an organizational meeting after the 2008 election, had agreed to not allow personal attacks at Commission meetings, but Mayor Roseann Minnet refused to enforce it. She claimed it was all the fault of the individuals being attacked; e.g., her political adversaries. These attacks became progressively more vicious as the 2010 election date approached.
The 2010 CIC endorsed candidates for LBTS Commissioners were Jim Silverstone and Marjorie Evans. For Mayor the CIC endorsed Joe Couriel. All well qualified and experienced individuals. Unfortunately, the opposition managed to convince a majority of the voters that the dissention at Town Commission meetings was being caused by the victims rather than the attackers. All three CIC endorsed candidates lost the election by substantial margins.
Since the March 2010 election the new Commission has, without cause, fired Town Manager Esther Colon, Assistant Town Manager John Olinzock, and a little later Finance/Budget Director Kaola King

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“From: EM
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
To: jacourielxxxxx, kevansxxxx, [email protected], ccmd1xxx, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: CIC Meeting
Mr Chairman and Board Members,

Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” I will be your representative and be open to dialogue from all.

We have 2 weeks left. I am going to start pounding the pavement for the second time. I also will have a mailer going out before Weds. I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up. But hopefully the voters will see the conflict. I hope it remains neutral.

I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!

Edmund Malkoon
954-xxx-xxxx”

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June 30, 2009 Special Meeting -Discussion Removal of Chief Gooding –

Pg 1- a Discussion of removal of Chief Gooding by Town Manager Mayor Minet opened the meeting for public participation Diane Boutin Patrick Pointu Christopher Vincent Laurie Sinotti Sean Spellocy nonresident Mark Cohen Barbara Cole John Yanni Cindy Geesey Marie Chiarello Edmund Malkoon Marie Eckerrt Bonnie Myers John Alton Vito Chiarello Mark Brown Bill Davis Dennis Ritchie Yann Brandt Joan Englander Shot Bob Fleishman Mrs Malkoon Chuck Clark Beverly Kennedy Richey Bonfey and Debbie Finato expressed their displeasure with the transfer of BSO Chief Scott Gooding and requested that he be reinstated with the Town Accusations were made that the Commission collaborated with the Town Manager for the dismissal of Chief Gooding to which the Commission denied.

Tom Carr Frank Herrmann Cristi Furth stood in support of the Town Manager

Adrian Roberts supported both the Town Manager and the reinstatement of Chief Gooding.
Feb 9, 2010 Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg.4- Edmund Malkoon asked why Commissioner Silverstone voted against transparency voted in favor to pay off loans and voted for a Town Manager contract without an expiration date
April 20, 2010 Special Meeting Town Manager Colon pg. 2- Commissioner Clottey stated she was on the dais a little over 2 years and at first she did not agree with the way the Town Manager handled some things She added that she learned to discuss things with the Town Manager and found she had a better understanding of the way things worked Commissioner Clottey pointed out that the Town Manager had experience with BSO and that she would rather have a knowledgeable person to help with the negotiations than just a yes person Commissioner Clottey thanked Manager Colon for always looking out for the Town taxpayers and was sorry to see her go
The motion carried 4-1 Commissioner Clottey voted no
April 26,2010 Special Meeting Removal Interim Town Manager Olinzock pg 2- Commissioner Clottey suggested the Commission only remove Interim Town Manager Olinzock from his temporary interim position and return him to his previous position of Assistant Town Manager until they find out what happened She noted that the Town was going into budget time and Interim Town Manager. Pg 5- Commissioner Clottey suggested separating the motion in to two parts the first motion regarding the termination and payout of Interim Town Manager Olinzock and the second motion regarding the investigation of former Town Manager Colon’s Olinzock had knowledge as to how the Town was run severance payout She believed that by keeping the motion as is implied criminal activity was conducted Pg. 6- severance payout She believed that by keeping the motion as is implied criminal activity was conducted.
April 27, 2010 Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg. 2- Christie Furth remarked that the new Town Commission with the exception of Commissioner Clottey terminated the former Town Manager within six weeks of being elected She stated that the Commission’s termination of Esther Colon was cold and irresponsible Ms Furth believed she spoke for many residents who appreciated all Ms Colon did for their town during her tenure as Town Manager as she was fair honest abided by the Town’s laws She said Ms Colon cared about the Town and its people winning countywide praise for her yearly budgets 11 years in a row and left the Town with one of the lowest tax rates in the County Ms Furth believed that Ms Colon became the target of a political witch hunt She said the Town Commission terminated Ms Colon’s contract on the spot prohibiting public comments Ms Furth stated that each Commissioner that voted to terminate Ms Colon should have first asked how much such an action would cost She felt the Town Commission acted negligently and were now trying to shift their fiscal irresponsibility elsewhere She believed the Commission chose to move toward a totalitarian form of government where free speech and citizen input was not allowed”
Pg 4- Edmund Malkoon reminded the Commission that they were not only given a vote of confidence they were given an overwhelming mandate for change by the voters of the Town He said there were tough decisions that had to be made and he was confident those decisions the dais made would be based on proper research without political prejudice
Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg. 3 Sept. 22, 2009- Edmund Malkoon said he took it personal when Manager Colon investigated his claim of a harassment and vandalism at his home and reported that it did not occur He stated that he decided to run for District 1 Commissioner.
June 14, 2011 Town Commission  Meeting pg. 3- Edmund Malkoon was against the referendums as the Commission never voted on whether to put in underground wiring or have a parking garage or build a new Town Hall Complex Mr Malkoon pointed out that the referendum could work in reverse and tie the hands of future Commissions. He believed that drainage and sewers were more important issues to focus on.

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One more photo … Just for fun…

Cindy Geesey (sitting next to Malkoon’s opponent Mark Brown ) at the Olinzock removal special meeting April 26, 2010…Geesey is Candiate Malkoon’s campaign writer according to Malkoon at the Jan. CIC meeting he was endorsed at…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Edmund Malkoon … Courted A CIC-PAC Conversion Of Ideals For A Sign At The BlueSeas Courtyard …

January 21, 2012 by Barbara

A REAL SIGN OF CANDIDATE MALKOON’S CIC COURTED CONVERSION…

Dear Readers … Candidate Edmund Malkoon …What a candidate he turned out to be!……He started out crying he was “promised” a seat on the dais from some former UOT-PAC board members …. He lashed out about having a challenger he did not expect in Mark Brown rather than CIC Commissioner Clottey ….He tried to get his challengers longtime friends on his side and again lashed out when they repeatedly and politely declined to do ..He put together a real hodgepodge of a miss without any hits campaign that has really been all over the place while his challenger Mark Brown put together a flawless well organized and concise campaign that followed in the footsteps of the candidates that won in 2010 …Malkoon has continually been not just one step in trying to play catch up to Mark Brown but more like a dozen!…Malkoon put out signs that lacked the required political approved requirements and covered up his mistake with a sticker to suffice after realizing he blew it!…..Malkoon chose to embellish and change his educational and professional biography in each and every interview after being questioned on so many claims that didn’t pass the smell test in his election material when the facts were checked and dates were found ….. Malkoon put the Town in a tizzy eating up staff time all because he was sick with a fever 48 hours before the LOWV Meet the Candidate Debate in a bid to change this publicized event rather than to suck it up and do whatever it took to make it happen…..Malkoon sent a surrogate to the scheduled UOT meeting the night before that meeting with a written statement rather than come head to head with his opponent…Malkoon incredibly made an offer at the Palm Club of giving money from the south end’s sewer fund reserves for their sewers which he said we don’t need we are told by a source to Palm Club residents …We are also informed Brown interrupted Malkoon to state that simply cannot be done…Malkoon repeatedly lashed out at those who chose to put his opponents signs in their yards…. Malkoon then went to the CIC and again made offers he cannot possibly keep…He did whatever he could to court an endorsement from them and received it despite the fact that his documented history at the podium shows he has historically voiced opinions that run counter to the CIC’s …Malkoon followed up on running counter to the CIC at the Jan 17, 2012 Special Meeting on the Downtown Redevelopment in supporting the design teams 3 block recommendations and a desire to expand it west on Commercial Blvd!……Malkoon made the decision to send the board of the CIC an email afterward which included the following statement…(prev. post)…
“Mr Chairman and Board Members, Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” … This sure sounded like a full out conversion to the CIC ideals to those he long stood with in UOT … So the UOT Board decided they needed to rethink their decision to not endorse either Malkoon or Brown (both UOT members)  as a result… Malkoon, POA Pres. Dennis Ritchie and Bob Fleishman’s wife sent emails to the board crying foul… Hmmmm…really?…. Let’s see Malkoon stated he would “endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve”… Now let’s look at the CIC website and a couple of excerpts  …” Commission Actions? – Why did the new Commission, in their first major decision, FIRE the Town Manager while not allowing any public comments? Her contract allowed for two ways to dismiss the TM; i.e., resignation or termination. They chose termination which cost us, the taxpayers, about $250,000 plus legal fees. All they had to do was to ask her to resign. Instead they rushed into the termination “without cause”. One wonders why?” … “I was involved in the last election helping out the candidates and I saw with my own 2 eyes some of the nastiness that went on and proud to say it was not from the CIC side. I found it unbelievable these same people, who during a prior town commissioner meeting, were stating we must have a change because the commissioner was unruly. What they said there were about and how they acted was not the same”… Remember readers….2012 Candidate Malkoon wanted to be the candidate in 2010 to run against the CIC endorsed slate in order to rid the Town of Colon…He was usurped by the UOT board and members who felt he had to much under the radar personal baggage such as his upside down financial situation and job problems which he divulged and could come in to play if he ran as well as the whole sudden Beverly Kennedy hat- in- the- ring move to make sure it was anybody but Malkoon….After that Malkoon was an  active daily participant in the UOT slate campaign to succeed in ousting Colon and the CIC majority … So any action taken by the UOT Board after Malkoon’s openly declared conversion of CIC ideals is fully warranted especially when this self proclaimed “Uniter” chose to make a conscious and calculated choice in selling his previous UOT ideals for the votes he so badly knows he needs!… Malkoon’s train wreck of a campaign did not stop with this CIC conversion though… He along with his campaign co-hort Cindy Geesey made anothe reither calculated or just plain stupid choice that topped all those that preceded it in a campaign that has been fraught with nothing but bad choices …That was to run a political ad in the ByTheSeaFuture Jan. 2, 2012 edition that violates the Fl. State Statute on running as a Republican in a nonpartisan municipal election!… This one has far more dire ramifications than losing your friend’s support and selling out for an election!….Perhaps Malkoon is expecting a slap on the wrist just as Geesey herself received when she was charged with ethics violations while serving as POA Chair and went for it?……

With days to go until the election what else can this Malkoon rag-tag-team possibly do in what has to be the worst commission campaign we have seen in recent history in LBTS?… Perhaps it is only fitting to recall whose sign was up at the Blue Seas Courtyard  in 2010… We all know how well that worked out… can you say repeat!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … The 3rd Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Treasurer Reports From The Non-Beholden Mark Brown And The Pandering Newly CIC Endorsed Edmund Malkoon …

January 16, 2012 by Barbara

PROMISES AND HYPOCRITES … IN BED TOGETHER IN 2012… WHO’S BEHOLDEN TO WHOM? …

Dear Readers …the third and final Treasurer Reports were filed by Candidates for seat 3 Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon last Friday Jan. 13, 2012 …(see jpgs below) … Once again they show Malkoon has a dismal at best total of contributions from supporters both in LBTS and outside of town limits …He has a paltry total of $1,690.00 from supporters (+ $2,150.00 loaned to himself) …while Brown has a total of $10,265.00 (+ $8,406.74 loaned to himself) ….But after last night it will certainly be interesting to see their final Termination Reports due after the election on April 30, 2012 with the news that after a rather self described intense CIC “old-fashioned town hall style where citizens are invited to speak their minds” meeting … (CIC website) ….The 20 or so in attendance chose to endorse Malkoon!… We hear the candidates answered quite a barrage of questions buried under accusations and charges made mostly by Cristie Furth toward former Editor of ByTheSeaFuture Mark Brown …which was no surprise to anybody …It speaks volumes though to this writer about the kind of Commissioner Brown will be for accepting the invitation even though he must have expected such attacks would be coming his way! …. We hear that many of the charges made by Furth were on long ago actions such as the desire of their opponents for the Hapimag land swap on El Mar Drive and the annexation of the north that she and the CIC opposed which actually took place before Brown even moved to LBTS in 2003…which he informed her of …. Oops!… We hear that Mark Brown spoke to the CIC voters just as he spoke to voters at the LOWV Forum on Jan 11th and at another venue in the north end of town last week at a meeting that included his opponent on the various past, present and future topics providing answers that were fluid, comprehensive and more importantly the same answers no matter the venue or which side of town he was speaking in!…The same cannot be said about Malkoon who it is said was pandering big time to the voters he was standing in front of making promises that put him in a real tough spot when push- comes- to- shove and voters from the south start comparing those Malkoon promises with voters from the north!…

What can be said about the fact that the UOT-PAC (the PAC that Malkoon has long been a member of) did not endorse him or contribute to his campaign as an organization as well as most members taking a pass (with the exception of Bob Fleishman and Cindy Geesy’s husband Adam ) getting the endorsement of the CIC-PAC?… It shows a real act of desperation for votes from Malkoon ….in this writer’s opinion …He’s a candidate with shaky credentials at best and a disappointing short- term stint on one town board as an appointee (MPSC)…It shows he’s lacking the support he thought he would get from those he worked with in the previous election in 2010 on the UOT’s slate campaign committee (opposing the CIC slate)….It also shows a CIC-PAC that’s running on fumes to stay relevant in LBTS town politics …So much so that they are now willing to endorse Malkoon who is pro-development and for the “Whole Enchilada” of re-development throughout the town (MPSC archive posts/ LBTS town video archives) to ensure they will still have a commissioner on the dais beholden to them after losing their outgoing CIC member Comm. Clottey!…  After the endorsement Malkoon responded to the CIC board in the email below today that shows just how far this candidate will go to win a vote from anyone!… Malkoon better be ready to own up to his election time pandering after all voters get a load of it in black and white including this line to the CIC board …”I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve.” …. He also accuses the BTSFuture paper …”I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up” ….What an election this is in 2012 in LBTS for Comm. seat 3… The CIC-PAC is endorsing UOT-PAC member Edmund Malkoon alongside the former UOT-PAC Chair Bob Fleishman and Cindy Geesey!….. This is one for the books!….

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(email/phone #s x’d out by this writer)
From: EM
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
To: jacourielxxxxx, kevansxxxx, [email protected], ccmd1xxx, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: CIC Meeting
Mr Chairman and Board Members,

Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” I will be your representative and be open to dialogue from all.

We have 2 weeks left. I am going to start pounding the pavement for the second time. I also will have a mailer going out before Weds. I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up. But hopefully the voters will see the conflict. I hope it remains neutral.

I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!

Edmund Malkoon
954-xxx-xxxx”
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January 13, 2012 Treasurer Reports … Edmund Malkoon collected $450.00 from 3 people outside of town and spent $941.25 on yard signs, “Evite” for the fundraiser at his neighbor’s house as well as Pompano Pelican ads for the month of January… Mark Brown received $200 in contributions from one LBTS resident and one supporter outside town limits…Brown made no expenditures in the time period they were reporting on…

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Candidate For Seat 3 In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Edmund Malkoon Has Some Nose Growing Problems With His Resume And His Revisionist History On His Past Positions …

January 14, 2012 by Barbara

NO STRINGS? … HE’S NOT FRETTING?  ….HE SHOULD BE! …..

Dear Readers … this writer is more than a little concerned about this election between Candidate Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon for seat 3 …First I posted there was the “staying neutral” Stepford Wife mentality around town due to those voters actually believing there was no real difference between these two candidates …Then there was the incredible amount of deference to Malkoon’s mother Rosalie as the reason so many are taking a back seat and taking Malkoon signs with or without ever intending to put them up in their yard while taking a pass on Brown signs as to not upset Mrs. Malkoon leading way to the extraordinary possibility of sympathy votes for Malkoon at the polls for the same reason! … Now comes the biggest concern of all in this strange…strange LBTS race… and it’s Malkoon himself and the incredulous claims he has made in order to win the seat he feels is owed to him! …He has put forth a resume that doesn’t add up…literally!…He stated on the dais during the LOWV Meet the Candidate Forum in his opening statement “As a licensed realtor for the past 17 years I have learned the value of differences of opinions as well as negotiation”.. Malkoon is 36 years old..That would mean he became a licensed Realtor at age 19…What kind of license was it ? ….According to his election materials he graduated from Ely High School and attended Broward College (otherwise know at that time as BCC a 2 yr. community college) and FAU majoring in International Finance and Marketing…In his Sentinel interview his resume states he graduated Ely in 1993 which would have made him 18 years old at the time.. He changed his resume to leave out the misleading majors in his election materials to state “undergraduate coursework at Broward College and FAU … giving his occupation as Realtor… ( as previously posted he is listed as a “sales assoc.” in his  Fl. licensee info …’License Information License Type: Real Estate Broker or Sales Rank: Sales Associate License Number: SL627358′ /sales associate is listed one of 4 categories which is not a broker …thus “licensed Realtor” is misleading to state without stating broker or not now or at 19 years old ) …He states in that same article that he has worked in “credit card, mortgage and real estate fields and says that business background will be a plus when overseeing the management of the Town’s finances”.. (as prev. posted in 2010 he encountered problems with his own property and mortgage) …In his Pompano Pelican interview Malkoon states he is a “Realtor and Insurance agent” and that he “attended Broward College and Florida Atlantic University, majoring in business, international finance and marketing”… We are told he made claims that he was 2 credit short of completing his major but left college to come home when his father died…Hmmm….rather hard to believe considering FAU is in Boca Raton which is less than 20 minutes from the Malkoon residence in LBTS … plus why would someone who claims to have been a licensed Realtor at 19 years old not finish 2 credit short of such a prestigious career in International Finance and Marketing rather than becoming a sales associate in a family business as well as working short stints in insurance, mortgage and credit cards if we are to believe those claims are true?… It was at this same forum Malkoon claimed to remember the beach re-nourishment done in the early 80’s when he would have been between 5-8 years old!…So his fantastical claims were a two-fer for voters in a span of fifty minutes!… In the Pelican article Malkoon stated “I have a long history with the Town and volunteering on town boards and with civic organizations…”… Unless the reporter erred Malkoon has only been appointed to one town board which happened in 2010 and was disbanded by those that appointed him well before his full term was realized and over his vocal objections …Malkoon has also played the pandering role of “Uniter” or “Unifier” to enlist votes of those who have preconceived ideas concerning his opponent…As stated previously voters need only to look at the archives on this site under boards or go the the Town website to see the archived MPSC meetings ( MPSC 2010 archived videos-  http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 )..to see Malkoon was at the forefront for “the whole enchilada” mentality on and off the committee he became the first and only co-chair of!…(the real title was and should have remained vice-chair) … He was for 2-lanes on El Mar and thus usurping the CIC-Furth led change that led to the Commission in 2007 to backtrack and retain the 4 lanes …He was for a parking garage..a new Town Hall…and was right alongside 2 new members who wanted big time changes made throughout the town… To say his election-time stances are revisionist is an understatement!…

Now here’s the kicker … … Readers will remember Malkoon made quite a few attacks against his opponent stating Brown was for raising the millage in the past while he was opposed…Hmmm… not so fast!…

Below is the verbatim public comments made by both  from that Sept. 27, 2010 Town Commission Meeting … It clearly shows Malkoon’s election time pandering … Following the verbatim text is the link to that meeting as well as verbatim quotes of Candidate Malkoon supporting no change or even a raise in the millage not only at that Sept. 27, 2010 meeting which was the one and only time his opponent Mark Brown spoke on the millage but at public comments at the prior 2010 Commission Meeting on Aug. 25, 2010 with video link below it and yet again in 2011 on Sept. 26, 2011 at public comments at the Special Comm.Meeting with the link to that video as well …

The voters cannot allow a Candidate for Commission to embellish, exaggerate or rewrite his own history to get a seat on the dais…Revealing the discrepancies has stopped past candidates from succeeding to do so and this election should do the same!…

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September 27, 2010 Regular Town Commission Meeting Public Comments…

Mark Brown was called first …

Mark Brown-  “I just want to quickly commend the commission first of all as well as the Town Manager, the Assistant Town Manager and the Finance Director for as much work as you’ve been able to put into this budget and as far as you’ve been able to come this year. But I also want to offer up maybe just sort of a commonsense opinion to you. You started this year with about a seven hundred thousand dollar shortfall because property tax revenues were down. Then you were hit with about a quarter of a million dollars in the payout to the former Town Manager that gave you a million dollar shortfall and it seems like every time you get close, I understand your goal is to not raise the millage rate at all this year but it seems like every time you get close to closing that gap something else comes up that keeps pushing the goal line away. As you mentioned you just found out you’ve got an eighty thousand dollar shortfall because the former Town Manager didn’t pay out one of the payrolls in the last fiscal year. We’ve found out that we lost thousands of dollars by not having the Town’s money, millions of dollars in interest paying bank accounts. The point I want to make is, it’s not the end of the world for you guys if the 3.999 millage rate is just a little farther than you can reach and you have to end up at 4.09 in a one tenth of a one percent higher in order to balance the budget this year. I don’t think the stigma of raising taxes is that bad given the circumstances that you’re having to deal with trying to close this budget gap.You look at what other communities around Broward County are doing and they’re raising their millage rates much higher than this both percentage wise and numerically. I’m afraid that. You know you’re digging a hole and there’s just no more dirt left to get out of the hole this year. So personally if you can make the 3.999 I think it’d be great but if you’re doing it in a way that’s going to really cause serious repercussions in next year’s budget or in this year’s budget and the alternative would be got with the 4.09 instead of the 3.999 I would encourage you to go with the 4.09. Just my personal opinion. I know you’re the ones that have to live with it. You’re the ones who are trying really hard to hold the line on the millage rate but it’s not your fault there’s just too much that’s been happening and I would understand and everybody else would understand if you come just this (pinching fingers together) close but can’t quite make it. I’d rather see you do that and avoid anything really drastic. Thank you.”

Edmund Malkoon was called up next…

Edmund Malkoon- ” Hi, Edmund Malkoon. I was really gonna say kinda the same thing and I want to thank you all for working so hard, so diligently um, despite all the curve balls you’ve been given lately. I think it’s very commendable that you’re even close to achieving that. Um, second I just wanted to give a personal, I just wanted to give my opinion when maybe you’re taking about next years budget the CIP program um, as you know the A1As gonna be completed next year ah, the pads are installed for the bus stops so maybe you should include the bus stops in the future CIP plan especially if you want conformity instead of just waiting for this grant one year or another grant the next time. Maybe do so. You have to be ready for when the project’s completed. Thank you.”

Video Town Comm. Mtg. Sept. 27, 2010 (public comments)

http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=395

BC- So there you have it Candidate Malkoon who attacked Mark Brown on the dais Jan. 11th for wanting to raise the millage neglected to add it was 2010 …Mark Brown spoke of a 1/10th of 1% increase for that year only and that Malkoon himself is on video saying immediately after his opponent …”Hi, Edmund Malkoon. I was really gonna say kinda the same thing…”…WOW!…

Below are more examples to show it was Malkoon who was vocal in having no problem with an increase in the millage for future development in the town at the podium three times compared to Brown’s singular comment on Sept. 27, 2010 …

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I Googled Malkoon and my own site popped up…below is an excerpt from a post on the Aug. 25, 2010 commission meeting…

Aug 25, 2010 Reg. Comm.Mtg.

“MPSC Co-Chair Edmund Malkoon came to the podium as “resident” and commended both the Commission and Town Manager stating he purposely left off the interim from her title (she had not yet been voted on) for the Budget Workshop meeting and trying to retain the 3.999 but stated if they could not get there the 4.09 was really commendable when other communities are really increasing theirs…He again addressed the desire of having the Town purchase the Demko House due to it being a historic structure…”

Malkoon verbatim Aug 25, 2010 public comments Town Comm. Mtg….

Edmund Malkkon- ” That’s fast. I just want to take the time to commend the um, Town Manager and yes I left the interim part off on purpose for all the hard work you’re doing on the budget and this commission, you’re making some really good suggestions to try to get us where we were um, with the last millage rate and honestly even at the 4.09 from the 3.999 that’s really commendable to just be able to do that when other communities are really increasing right now.”

Video Town Comm. Mtg. Aug 25, 2010 (public comments)

http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=385

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Sept. 26,2011 Town Minutes…

“Edmund Malkoon echoed commendations for the hard work put into the budget by the Town Commission and staff noting many needs of the community were finally being addressed. He believed that lowering the millage rate was always good but the monieswere needed for Town improvements.”

Edmund Malkoon vebatim public comments Sept. 26, 2011 Spec. Mtg after Ken Kuglar, Vito Chiarello, Ken Brenner and George Hunsaker spoke either against lowering the millage rate 3.999 or encouraging an increase for Town improvements…

Edmund Malkoon-“I just wanted to also commend the hard work that went into this budget, um, this is really the first time in such a long time that so many needs of our community are finally being addressed on according to plan which is what you guys have run on in the election regarding the planning and righting the things that needed to be done um, in our town. So many things need to be done um, the infrastructure is now being addressed the drainage, ah, we’re gonna get the sewer study situations are going to be discussed as well. It’s always great to lower the millage. I think there’s a disconnect in people, most of you pay taxes up there as well and I’m sure would like to pay less as well if, if you’re able do so but you also have the responsibility to continue to move this community forward and develop it and to address these really important needs that we have. So again thank you for your hard work.”

Video Spec. Comm. Mtg. Sept. 26, 2011 (public comments)

http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=514

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more to come…

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