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Here’s The Scoop … Reminder For Lauderdale-By-The- Sea Voters … Meet Chip La Marca …At Mugs Bar & Grill …./ Link To Places To Go ….In Oct. & Nov. ….

October 21, 2010 by Barbara

Dear Readers … a reminder for LBTS voters……Candidate Chip La Marca has a very good chance of becoming our next Broward County Commissioner according to recent polls and word on the street on Nov. 2, 2010 … Take the time to meet him at Mugs tomorrow night .. He just may be the go-to guy for the Welcome Center funding from the County and so much more as we decide the new vision for LBTS….

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Want S’more Places To Go? ….

Link to Places To Go…In Oct/Nov…… http://heresthescooponline.com/

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …August 24, 2010 Primaries/Election … LBTS Candidates Parker And Kennedy … Will This Be Their Last Run For Office? …

August 17, 2010 by Barbara

TIME TO SEND EM PACKING …. OUT OF POLITICS … ONCE AND FOR ALL …


Dear Readers …below are excerpts from the Sentry online…(link for full text below)… It includes a list of those they endorse for the primary and the judge races ….This writer wholeheartedly agrees with their stance on local “perennial” LBTS politicians former Mayor Oliver Parker and Beverly Kennedy…and has some differences of choice on the others …

Former Mayor  Parker  http://www.oliverparker.com/ has repeatedly stated he researched his opponent Judge Ken Gillespi http://www.retainjudgegillespie.com/ and did not know he was black…either it shows his competency in doing his homework or he is being less than honest in his claims… In any event of late his role in many deals made while he was on the dais have come back to haunt us here in town…in this writer’s opinion…Those include the SRC sewer subsidy…the SR Lakes property on A1A…the Wings parking lot…the Esther Colon contract…and of course the Palm Club sewers…

On the subject of the Palm club sewers…this writer came upon the minutes from 2005 conference meeting and the Reg. Comm.meeting as I was doing research on another subject…Long before his claims in 2007 of not knowing the property was private behind the Palm Club gates…and claiming he found out when he looked at a property to purchase…the minutes provide a very different picture…Palm Club is addressed under Old Business after the sewers for Sunset Lane which was also a private street… After that is the 2007 minutes…which lead up to the January 2008 municipal election and the vote held shortly after the new CIC majority won the dais and proceeded to stop the sewers from being installed …. (the Palm Club is currently in litigation with the Town and amended their complaint along with their 3 other properties for height and sewers …the Town answered and made a motion for dismissal )….We wonder how many Palm Club voters will vote for Parker’s challenger Judge Gillespi next week….Once again, we also hope the signs in the LBTS yards for Parker are there out of deference to his wife and once inside the voting booth those same “friends” will vote their conscience…We have seen so many times in LBTS the signs in the yard and the outcome are not always the same!….

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PALM CLUB SEWERS ….2005 ….2007

TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA

“Town Commission Agenda Conference Minutes April 26, 2005

• Old Business

13D. Sanitary sewers on Sunset Lane

Town Engineer Kevin Hart explained a fee proposal had been presented for review to include Sunset Lane into the first phase of the sewer project.

Town Attorney Cherof affirmed it had not yet been reviewed.

Commissioner Wessels discussed utility easements on private property and questioned whether the Town would do the same for condo units.

Mayor Parker responded in agreement with Town Engineer Hart adding that a condo was a single building normally, and the line would run up to their property and they would be responsible to put in the system and connect. He further explained that the single family homeowner was now responsible to abandon their septic tanks and make their connection. The trunk line will only run up to those properties within the limits of the utility easement.

13E. Palm Club as a third phase in the sanitary sewer project
Town Commission Agenda Conference Minutes
April 26, 2005

Town Manager Baldwin stated the cost would be no more to do at this time; only the cost of the project itself would be raised.
Commissioner Wessels inquired of the cost associated with Palm Club to which Town Engineer Hart responded $1.1 million to do 119 houses.
Commissioner Wessels asked if there were a lift station involved, and Town Engineer Hart replied affirmatively and added it will be located within a public easement.
Vice Mayor Kennedy stated we are committed to do the work and indicated that it made sense to include as many parts of the project as possible, rather than return to do them later.
Town Manager Baldwin added that the Commission had not really budgeted money for the project, but when the funds were drawn down, there was enough.
Mayor Parker added that the streets of Sunset Lane and Palm Club were private property and the good citizens of those areas were willing to repair and maintain the roads at their own expense. He further explained that per the pre-annexation agreement, the Town agreed to sewer the entire Town at no expense to the taxpayers.
Commissioner Wessels stated that in most instances, in these kinds of situations, private property was assessed for the improvement. He believed that there had been an opinion that those properties were considered as donor properties. If we were going to go on these kinds of properties then we need to do this for everyone that has private property. Mayor Parker disagreed stating that right now those residents had septic tanks which are a threat to our public water system. He explained why the federal government wants septic tanks eliminated.
Commissioner Wessels agreed that the elimination of septic tanks was a priority and reiterated his concern was regarding the costs involved.
The were no objections regarding items 13A and 13B, with Commissioner Wessels holding his decision until the final vote at the regular meeting.

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Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
April 26, 2005
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13. OLD BUSINESS

D. Discussion and/or action concerning sanitary sewers on Sunset Lane (Manager Baldwin) (continued from April 12, 2005)
Uli Brandt provided some history on the annexation of the North Beach area and indicated that although he had no objections to the actual improvements, the Commission should also consider the improvements that were needed in the south part of Town. He felt that the needed improvements in the south side should be addressed before the improvements to Sunset Lane.
In response to Mayor Parker’s inquiry, Attorney Cherof advised that Mr. Hart had agreed to the following amendments to the agreement:

• Delete the hourly rate for expert testimony and court appearance on page 5. Services will be billed at regular hourly rate.
• Delete the clause regarding hourly charges which provides for an increase in charges beyond the firms normal business hours 8:00 to 5:00.
• Delete the clause regarding a lump sum fee increase of 1% per month after initial term of six (6) months or until the completion of the work.
• Delete the clause regarding a separate payment of $150.00 fee for affidavits.
Vice Mayor Kennedy made a motion, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Clark, authorizing the installation of sewers in Sunset Lane as part of Phase One at no cost, and directing Attorney Cherof to prepare a resolution to that effect. In a roll call vote, all voted in favor. The motion carried 4-0.

Commissioner Wessels felt guidelines for improvements on private property should be set, adding it is compelling as a public service to rid the Town of septic tanks. He also suggested looking at several areas; must factor costs into budget; tax increases; where improvements will put other capital improvements; will it be economically feasible to divide sewer improvements; timetables.
Vice Mayor Kennedy stated that the priorities of the Town, regardless of their location, were infrastructures that had to do with environmental concerns. He indicated that the Town’s demographics are changing radically and issues such as this had to be addressed immediately. Vice Mayor Kennedy emphasized the importance of eliminating the division between north and south as the Town had to be viewed as one.
Mayor Parker stated that part of the annexation agreement was that the Town would provide sewer improvements in that area. He also explained that it should be a Town requirement for all properties hook up to the Town’s sewer system.
Mayor Parker requested another motion authorizing the Town Manager to sign the contract on behalf of the Town by Craven Thompson inclusive of the following amendments:
• Deleting the expert witness testimony charge
• Deleting the court appearance charge
• Deleting the paragraph title “Hourly Charges”
• Deleting the paragraph title “Lump Sum Fees”
• Deleting the first sentence of the paragraph title “Affidavits”
Vice Mayor Kennedy made a motion, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Clark, authorizing the Town Manager to execute the contract as amended by the Town Attorney. In a roll call vote, all voted in favor. The motion carried 4-0.

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Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
July 24, 2007
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11. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Approval of Palm Club Sanitary Sewer Project Design Budget and
Preliminary Construction Budget (John Olinzock, Assistant to the Town
Manager)

Item 11A – Approval of Palm Club Sanitary Sewer Project Design Budget and
Preliminary Construction Budget (John Olinzock, Assistant to the Town Manager)
Mayor Parker agreed there was a public health purpose to put in sewers but had a
problem with spending money on repaving private roads. He asked whether there was
an alternative to repaving the roads with Town funds. Attorney Cherof advised a special
assessment could be created under statute for everyone to pay their proportioned
share. He said another option would be to allow the residents the opportunity to repave
their own roads, within the same standards, at their own expense.

Commissioner McIntee made a motion to approve the sewer project design budget and
preliminary construction budget cost. Mayor Pro Tem Clark seconded the motion. Brief
discussion followed regarding the re-pavement of roads on Sunset Lane and in Palm
Club and whether the Town could do a special assessment in arrears. Attorney Cherof
agreed to research that option.
In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0.

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Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
October 9, 2007
12 f. Special Assessment for Palm Club or in the alternative deed the road to
the Town (Mayor Parker)
Mayor Parker said the agreement was to supply sewers and redo the road. He pointed
out that the Palm Club roads were private roads. He believed that if the roads were
upgraded at the public’s expense then the roads should be made available for public
use.
Mayor Parker made a motion to propose a choice be given to Palm Club to pay for the
improvements or deed the roads to the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and open
them to the public. Mayor Pro Tem Clark seconded the motion for discussion.
Mayor Pro Tem Clark suggested to tabling this item to November 27, 2007 as the
people with the decision making authority for Palm Club was not available for
discussion.
Commissioner McIntee said he spoke with the Vice President of Palm Club and pointed
out that Sunset Lane was also a private roadway. Commissioner McIntee asked Mr.
Thompson to search his memory as to whether discussion was made on the Palm Club
sewers when the North Beach Civic Association Agreement was made. Mr. Thompson
said his recollection of the agreement was signed August of 2000, and in October 2003
the Town Engineer talked about the Palm Club and Sunset Lane, and also two lift
stations on the other side of A1A. He said the Mayor had indicated at that time that it
was coming off the agenda. Mr. Thompson indicated he had minutes that contained a
report by Vice Mayor Kennedy that said Palm Club would get their sewers but would
have to pay for the roadways.
Mayor Parker said the understanding during the annexation was to bring sewers to the
front of the road of every property owner in North Beach. He said Sunset Lane was 10
or 12 lots in a row and the only way to bring the sewers in was to tear up the road in
front and put them in. Mayor Parker added that even though Sunset Lane was a
privately owned road, it was not a private road and was open to the public.
Mayor Parker admitted that when he understood the agreement he understood it wrong.
He said he was led to believe that Palm Club was divided into 100 different lots and that
the sewers could be put in the utility easement, which was publicly owned. Mayor
Parker said when he noticed the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was resurfacing their
road at a cost of one million dollars, he talked to Town Engineer Kevin Hart who
explained they had to put the sewers in the roadway because they could not be put in
the utility easement.
Commissioner Silverstone thought Mayor Parker was too smart not to know the facts
regarding Palm club. He believed Palm Club should be made responsible for their
roads.
Commissioner McIntee made a motion to table to November 27, 2007. Mayor Pro Tem
Clark seconded to second the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0

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Town Commission Regular Meeting Agenda
November 27 2007

13 OLD BUSINESS
a Discussion aonrd action Mayor Pro Tem ClarkMayor Parker Tabled from
the October 9, 2007 meeting
Picot Cassada represented Palm Club and distributed copies of Resolution 2000-1458
He referred to the agreement with the South Beach Annexation page 3 marked as
page 1 which spelled out the details of the agreement Mr Cassada wanted those
commitments kept.
Mayor Parker summarized that the Town was obligated to put sewers to the point of
connection at the property line and not on private property Lengthy discussion
followed as to the agreement made with Palm Club and who was responsible to pay for
the installation.
Mr Cassada said the Palm Club wanted to be treated the same way the rest of the
Town was treated
Commissioner Mclntee motioned to table this item until after the January 29, 2008
election Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion Mayor Parker requested
discussion from the public.

Mr Cassada said they paid for their own garbage collection their own street lights and
if the Town were to replace their roads the Palm Club would maintain them as they
always did.
Mayor Parker opened public discussion.
Roland Reiche said they take care of their own roads pay for their lights their schools
and pay top dollar on property taxes.
Mark Brown encouraged the Commission to keep in mind that septic tanks were the
biggest environmental threat to the Town of Lauderdale By The Sea  and was an issue
that affected everyone in the Town.
Tom Warden said the Palm Club was the same as Bel Air and thought the Town was
making a lot of money on them
Unidentified resident remembered Mayor Parker promised Palm Club would get the
sewers.
Henry Overton wondered what the difference was between Sunset and Palm Club
Mayor Parker explained that Palm Club had private roads and private access He said
if the roads were made public then the Town would have to put the sewers in Mr
Overton said the Palm Club was private property since the 5os and did not believe that
the Mayor did not know Palm Club was private at the time the deal was made
Vice Mayor Yanni said he was keeping the promise made to Palm Club and was not
happy with the negative remarks in regards to the Old Guard not keeping their
promises.
Roseann Minnet said the future did not endorse any Mayoral Candidate for the
upcoming election She said she wanted to read the Annexation agreement before
making any comments.
Anthony Antonicello thought the sewers should be brought to their house also
Ted Freed was there when the Palm Club was wooed into the sewer deal.
Larry Gipeta President of the Palm Club said all they wanted was what was agreed to
Unidentified resident that was not a resident of the Palm Club stated that she had to
pay the cost of connecting the sewer lines to her home and would be very upset if the
Town paid to connect the lines at the Palm Club.
Barbara Cole heard that Sea Ranch Lakes decided to keep their septics She believed
the cost should come from the excess revenues Ms. Cole thought the Town Manager
should look into what those revenues were before proceeding.

L Peanuts Wick asked about ad valorem monies that were collected and wanted to
know where the money went that was $1.75 million out of $3.4 million He wanted to
know why the Town did not contact Broward County for funds Mr Wick did not like the
fact that the Burt J Harris Act would come into play.
John Thompson was a member of the annexation advisory committee and Vice
President of the Citizens Initiative Committee at the time the agreement was made with
the Palm Club He remembered asking the Commission to keep him advised of the
Palm Club Sewer Project.
John McMillan said he always looked up to a man who kept his word and said lived by
that He thought the Commission should keep their promises.
With no one else wishing to speak Mayor Parker began Commission discussion
Mayor Pro Tem Clark said when the agreement was made the intent was to give
sewers to everyone He said Municipalities were not allowed to spend tax dollars on
private property unless it was determined that it was for the common good
Commissioner Mclntee said he could not give the Palm Club his word that everything
was going to be alright He indicated that he would prefer to table this item until after
the January 29, 2008 election.
Otis Herb addressed the issue of keeping the roads private so that outsiders could not
get in He stated that when the sewer went down in Sunset Lane the Palm Club broke
their fence to allow everyone on Sunset Lane to use the road.
Mayor Parker supported putting sewers in Palm Club at the Towns expense until he
discovered it would cost 1 million do repave Palm Clubs roads He said that at the
time of the agreement he was under the impression that the Palm Club was like most
Home Owners Association and not individually owned Mayor Parker said the Town
had kept their promise as the sewer lines were brought to the property line He said it
would cost $35,000 per household and the property taxes paid from each household
would not cover the costs Mayor Parker believed an Ordinance was passed that
required Palm Club to pay for the hook up to their properties He asked Attorney
Cherof to check on that.
Vice Mayor Yanni said no one should be on septic tanks in 2008 Vice Mayor Yanni
stated that everyone paid taxes and the Town should give the Palm Club the same as
give everyone else.
Commissioner Silverstone looked at the contractual agreement with Pompano Beach
that included Palm Club Terra Mar Island and Bel Air He said the contract mentioned
that 118 individual units had to have separate sewers He believed the entire
annexation agreement was a disaster and should not have been done Commissioner
Silverstone requested Attorney Cherof to look into Palm Clubs bylaws and perhaps

divide the land to become public roadways and become a part of the Town He
believed this item should be tabled until this idea could be looked into
Mayor Pro Tem Clark said Palm Club was part of the Town He said when the South
Beach Civic Association voted to annex with Lauderdale By The Sea the options were
to go to Ft Lauderdale Pompano Beach Lauderdale By The Sea or become their
own municipality He stated that the majority chose Lauderdale by the Sea partly
because of lifestyle Mayor Pro Tem Clark said had they chosen to be annexed with
Pompano Beach the sewers would have been done with no cost to the north part of
Town He wanted the project to go forward as intended.
Commissioner Mclntee wanted to put this on the December 11 2007 agenda to
negotiate with the Palm Club to designate a path to the beach and use of the parking
lot for beach access.
Mayor Parker suggested another solution would be to give the roads to the Town
Mayor Parker said there was a reason for not doing the sewers at at one time He said
that the project at Pelican Square was not properly supervised and not done well and
the only way to make sure the sewer project was properly supervised with quality
control the Town had to do the sewer projects individually
Commissioner Mclntee made a motion to table to the December 11, 2007 meeting
Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion.
Mayor Parker asked if the motion to table passed without taking the item off the table
how would the Commission bring up the item negotiating for the sewers Attorney
Cherof inquired as to the nature of the negotiation Commissioner Mclntee said it
would refer to the future of the Palm Club and how it could be made a safer
environment Attoney Cherof advised that the item on the agenda was regarding a
special assessment for Palm Club or in the alternative deed the roads to the Town He
said if that item was tabled then the negotiation of the Palm Club could not include
those two items.
Commissioner Mclntee withdrew his motion
In a roll call vote the motion to table to February 12 2008 carried 3- 2 with Vice Mayor
Yanni Mayor Pro Tem Clark dissenting.

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

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BC- On to Beverly Kennedy … http://www.beverlykennedy.com/ the Sentry repeated some of what has been written in the Sentinel concerning all the races she has entered and lost…For this one she has entered as a Democrat while her husband, former LBTS VM Ed Kennedy is a former Broward County commissioner and is currently Broward’s state Republican Party committeeman…. This writer’s last encounter with Mrs. Kennedy was in Jarvis Hall on the night she went up to the podium to announce her run for the Town Commission despite the rules not allowing it… She made it clear to me that she was running because she did not want candidate Edmund Malkoon to run from the north…I told her point blank she would lose and the Town in my opinion did not want to do a repeat of the past elections with old familiar names …She was angered…which was not surprising and eventually dropped out after candidate Scot Sasser came forward to run …He was more to her liking and it was clear UOT was going to endorse him… For this writer after having that exchange with Mrs. Kennedy …and her opponent in this race being BC Mayor Ken Keechl http://keechl2010.com/ it sure makes me wonder if one of her reasons for opposing him is the same as it was prior for Malkoon… she feels he is “too weak”….. We have not heard of much support within our town for Mrs. Kennedy…perhaps that is because if she were to win her opponent would be Lighthouse Point Commissioner Republican candidate Chip La Marca!…. http://electchip.com/

I do have some tugging back and forth on the candidates for Ellyn Bogdanoff’s seat in the House… and think it will be a tight race for George Moraitis  http://www.electgeorge2010.com/ and David Maymon http://www.davidmaymon.com/ … as well as for Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff  http://www.ellynbogdanoff.com/ and Carl Domino http://votecarldomino.com/ …. Of course I am backing Judge Rebollo  http://retainjudgerebollo.com/index.html after looking into his record upon hearing from those I trust within law enforcement of their strong support for him on and off the bench ….  The reasons given in the Sentry for backing Rep. Ron Klein’s  http://klein.house.gov/index.html opponent Paul Renneisen http://www.renneisenforcongress.com/ are the same I have heard for quite a while and must be taken into account…although he and his Democratic opponent will have a hard race against Republican Col. Alan West  http://allenwestforcongress.com/ … Included in the Sentry endorsements was the following  …”Incumbent Congressman Ron Klein has been a serious disappointment, blindly supporting ObamaCare and wasting taxpayer money in the so-called stimulus and other unsustainable spending. Klein has been representing the Democratic Party – not his constituents, and seems to be avoiding voters during the August recess.”….

In full disclosure though, I am unable to vote in the August 24th primary or this election for judges due to being in Chicago and being remiss in getting my absentee ballot in time…I cannot recall when I last missed an opportunity to cast my vote… and I am saddened I let the opportunity slip away…to make my “smart” vote count…..

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THE SENTRY ENDORSEMENTS ….

“US Senate:
Democrat – Kendrick Meek
Republican – Marco Rubio

US Representative:
Democrat – Paul Renneisen
Republican – Allen West

Governor:
Democrat – Alex Sink
Republican – Rick Scott

Attorney General:
Democrat – Dan Gelber

State Senator
District 25:
Republican – Ellyn Bogdanoff

State House – District 91
Republican – George Moraitis

County Commission – District 4
Democrat – Ken Keechl

Circuit Judges:
Group 2 – Kenneth Gillespie
Group 4 – Elijah Williams
Group 6 – Carlos Rodriguez
Group 9 – Susan Lebow
Group 15 – Matthew Destry
Group 22 – Carlos Rebollo
Group 23 – Barbara Anne McCarthy
Group 24 – John (Jack) Luzzo
Group 47 – Lisa Porter
Group 51 – Sandra Perlman
Group 53 – Eileen O’Connor

County Judges:
Group 1 – John Robert Howes
Group 3 – Peter Skolnik
Group 4 – Edward Merrigan, Jr.
Group 12 – John (Jay) Hurley
Group 13 – Linda Pratt
Group 14 – Mary Rudd Robinson
Group 15 – Mindy Solomon
Group 20 – Kenneth Gottlieb
Group 26 – Nathaniel Klitsberg

School Board
District 2 – Kevin Tynan
District 4 – Dave Thomas
District 7 – Nora Rupert
District 8 – Nicholas Sakhnovsky
Primary Election more important than ever
Tuesday, August 24th is Primary Election Day, and this year’s primaries are more important than usual. Why? Because we will be electing 20 judges under rather unusual conditions. There are also some other primary races to be considered, but the judicial races make this election crucial.
Judicial races
Judges are very powerful people, who can ruin or salvage business and lives. It is critical to our way of life that judges are unbiased and incorruptible, as well as knowledgeable and experienced. An electorate which is ignorant or uncaring about judge’s qualifications is in jeopardy of creating corruption.
It is unprecedented in Broward County that so many incumbent judges are being challenged, especially when these incumbent judges are qualified, unbiased, and are serving the legal community with integrity. And why? Because a group of lawyers are annoyed that they cannot influence our sitting judges. And that’s a travesty.


Circuit Group 2
Probably the worst example is the Circuit Judge race in Group 2, where former Lauderdale-By-The-Sea mayor Oliver Parker is challenging incumbent Judge Kenneth L. Gillespie. Gillespie is a black judge who was thoroughly screened after serving as a General Magistrate, as a senior trial attorney for a federal government agency, and as an assistant state attorney (prosecutor). Gillespie has a strong reputation among trial lawyers.
By contrast, Parker has been primarily a transactional attorney (as opposed to a trial attorney), and who served as mayor in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, before being ousted by voters after a scandal. The scandal involved the City Clerk altering commission meeting records, changing what Parker had publicly stated.
At a commission meeting, Parker said his recollection of what he had said was what was in the altered minutes, leading citizens to believe the attempted alterations were instigated by Parker. LBTS citizens initiated a recall.
Parker sued to block his recall, and avoided removal when the City Clerk refused to implicate Parker, “taking the 5th Amendment” 14 times in Parker’s lawsuit.
As for Parker’s justification in challenging a sitting judge: “I thought he was vulnerable.” Hopefully not. In a poll of trial attorneys, 78% favored Gillespie, the widest spread in all the judicial races. We would love to see the votes break the same way.
Circuit Group 24
The reasons for challenging incumbents in other judicial races do not have significantly greater justification. For example, Judge John Luzzo has served with distinction since 1981, serving in both the civil and criminal divisions. Challenger Olga Levine’s experience has been defending criminals (like most of the judicial challengers) and mentally ill youth. Her claim to fame? She speaks Spanish fluently, and a number of criminal defense lawyers want judges who have been criminal defense lawyers – which Luzzo is not.
Luzzo has presided over 500 or more jury trials, while Levine has had . . . well, we don’t know. But we do know that she’s not happy with losing cases for her criminal clients. Endorsements for Luzzo include the Miami Herald (the Sun-Sentinel made no endorsements), the Broward Police Benevolent Assoc., the Fraternal Order of Police, the TJ Reddick Bar Assoc (black lawyers), the Broward AFL-CIO, and a number of prominent people in both major parties.
Circuit Group 6
Carlos Rodriguez, another well-respected judge, is being challenged by Frieda Goldstein, a semi-mystery candidate who has managed to avoid candidate debates and appearances. Many believe she is trying to use her ethnicity to sneak onto the bench, hoping that Jewishness will trump Latinicity (not to mention Rodriguez surviving the scrutiny of the Judicial Nominating Committee).
County Group 4
Ed Merrigan, Jr. has 20 years of experience as a trial attorney, and was appointed to County Judge a bit over a year ago. Like Rodriguez, Merrigan succeeded in passing the sometimes over-strict scrutiny of the Judicial Nominating Committee, and screening by the Governor’s staff. He is also a war hero, earning the Bronze Star for service in Iraq as an Army reservist. He is being challenged by Lloyd Harris Golburgh, who is a criminal defense lawyer.
Intimidation
The interesting thing about nearly all of the challengers is that they are members of the criminal defense bar, which has decided to intimidate sitting judges by putting up opposition when sitting judges are up for election. Many mainstream attorneys think that is despicable.
And the stories go on and on.
We at The Sentry believe that sitting judges who are NOT doing a good job SHOULD be challenged. But a massive challenge to nearly every judge by an organized group is politics at its worst, especially because an independent and unbiased judiciary is a critical component of our freedom. It’s even worse when the sitting judges are competent and serving with integrity.We note that Oliver Parker is an exception to this intimidation effort, because he is not a criminal defense lawyer. If elected, he will have to learn his way to the Courthouse, and we view him as nothing more than an unqualified opportunist with lots of political connections.
The Sentry therefore joins with the South Pompano Civic Association in endorsing all incumbent judges for re-election.
County Group 26
For another husband-wife fiasco, County Judge Dale Cohen’s wife tried to unseat incumbent Pedro Dijols in 2008. Mardi Anne Levey Cohen, or is it Mardi Anne Levey, has a penchant for running against Hispanic judges and successfully edged him out, but just enough to get herself into a runoff with Marina Garcia-Wood. Wood won.
Actually Mardi’s official name with the Florida Bar is Mardi Cohen, and lawyers are supposed to get permission from the Supreme Court to change their name. Most lawyers felt she was not an especially good lawyer, and she drew a 29% approval rating in the Bar poll.
Add an ethics penalty for displaying her judge husband’s picture on her law firm website, and a “minor misconduct” penalty against her husband for “stopping by” in the 2008 election recount (she had edged Dijols by 72 votes – getting her into a runoff against Wood).
I think we can do without Levey or Cohen or whatever Mardi’s official name is.
Of the three candidates for open seat 26, Mardi should be the last choice. Of the two other candidates, Nathanial Klitsberg appears to be the better qualified.
Circuit Group 51
That said, we note there is one race for Circuit Judge that is technically an open seat. The two candidates are Lee Jay Seidman, a sitting County Judge, and Sandra Perlman, a public defender.
Perlman, who outpolled Seidman by 2 to 1, has an impressive array of endorsements, most of whom are prominent attorneys. We make an exception and endorse this assistant public defender, because she has also served as a prosecutor. She understands both sides, and has also practiced civil law. We need this kind of experience. Add her service as a law clerk to a prominent appeals judge, and you have superb credentials.
Both Lee Jay Seidman and his wife, Laura, are running for circuit judge (different seats). We are not opposed to a married couple serving as judges. The most recent couple were Herbert and Estella Moriarty, both of whom were well-respected judges. However, in the case of the Seidmans, we think the County will be better off with their respective opponents.
County Groups 1, 15, 20
There are three other open seats for county judge. We have reviewed their qualifications with our legal expert, and have recommended the better qualified candidate in each race.
We urge you to review our list of recommended judges, and join us in striving for a qualified, unbiased, and apolitical judiciary in Broward County.
Non-Judicial races


We’re not fond of Democrat Ken Keechl for County Commission, but the alternative is Beverly Kennedy, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008 for Clerk of Court on a platform of raising salaries and cutting fees. That was an interesting concept in the face of Howard Forman’s austerity measures when the County Commission was not willing to increase funding to the Clerk’s office, while the County was receiving all the income from public recordings (recording in other counties is handled by the Clerk of Courts, which then receives the fees from recording).
Kennedy accused Forman of concealing a cash flow of over a billion dollars with a budget surplus of $10 million, over three years, and delivering that surplus to a public corporation “chaired by Forman.” That was false or misleading (or both). Clerks’ budgets are public records, maintained by the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corp. (FCCOC), a creature of the Florida Legislature. Forman’s office had a deficit the year reporting began, and over the next three years reported a budgeted surplus of $3.35 million. Clerks of Court were mandated by the Legislature in 2003, to pay funds to the FCCOC, and a portion was also required to be remitted to the General Fund. The only demonstrably true statement was that Forman served as chair of the Corporation’s committee. FCCOC is managed by a paid employee, and Clerks of Court sit as a board of directors.
Kennedy seems to be a perennial candidate for something, and is now running for county commission as a Democrat. Kennedy is the wife of Ed Kennedy, a Republican insider and former county and LBTS commissioner, and both were political allies of Oliver Parker (the LBTS mayor involved in the records-changing scandal).
State House
The Republican contest for State House, between George Moraitis, Jr. and David Maymon, looks like it could be a close one.
We think Moraitis’ military background and legal training gives him experience and a perspective that is better for residents than Maymon’s activities with some civic organizations and charities.
Moraitis is not to be confused with his father, a well-known, highly respected, and prominent attorney.
Early voting and absentee ballots
On election day, August 24th, you must go to the polls in your assigned precinct. But you have the option of requesting an absentee ballot, or going to an early voting location.

Early Voting
Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, is opening only 11 early voting locations, because of budget constraints. Pompano does not have one of those. She says she gave careful consideration to availability of parking and costs, in choosing the 11.
The nearest early voting location for voters in Northeast Broward is the North Regional Library at Broward College, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Two other not-so-near alternatives are the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive; and the Main Library at 100 South Andrews Avenue.
Any voter may vote at an Early Voting Site from 10 am to 6 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, Aug. 9th through August 21st. You’ll need both a photo ID, and an ID with your signature. A driver license works well.

Absentee Ballots
You can still get an absentee ballot, but its risky that you’ll get it in time unless you act immediately. You can get a form on-line at the Supervisor of Elections website (BrowardSOE.org – look for ‘Absentee Ballot Voting’ in the left margin under ‘Voting Methods’; or call (954) 357-7050.”

Full Text.. http://flsentry.com/

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Here’s The Scoop … Scene & Heard Around Town …

August 11, 2010 by Barbara

HIT & RUN … RAN INTO WHAT?…

Dear Readers …at first it appeared to be a repeat from the prior week with BSO and VFD/AMR on scene yesterday on Poinciana Street and Washingtonia Ave at the same house (prev. post) … Then we heard it was a “Hit & Run”… but the final response came from BSO Chief Llerena that the call was for a hit and run of …a curb…with the driver driving erratically on a flat tire … he claimed he didn’t know what he hit although the car had heavy front end damage but they could not find what it was although the guy appeared to have hit and no calls came in of damaged property….. He was charged for possession of a non-schedule drug without a prescription…No update on one of the occupants inside the house last “visited” by this trio of public safety providers last week …We heard he was on life support… That incident was followed up last week with a power pole on Commercial and Poinciana when a Publix truck clipped the line and broke the pole…

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VFD CHIEF PAINE HAS ONE MORE ELECTION TO LEAD THE NEXT PARADE …

The vote Monday night for VFD Chief was a temporary one to finish out term for ousted Chief Perkins…New VFD Chief Paine will need to be voted in once again next month at the annual election that was already planned prior to this vote of no confidence….according to those in the know…

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YEP, IT’S STILL ON DRY LAND ….

A Reader sent this in today… No end in sight for the taxpayer’s buoy sitting outside the Blue Seas Motel….

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CANDIDATE MAKES “HOUSE” CALLS….

LBTS Chamber of Commerce Beach Clean-up …(prev. post).. Candidate Maymon (3rd from the right) with LBTS Comm. Vincent …LBTS Comm. Sasser and Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff and her son Matthew …

Candidate Davie Maymon is making calls to voters …the BCbythesea Hubby received his today…. That’s what the winning slate of candidates for the LBTS Commission did ….and they won by 65% last March!…Smart move!…

http://www.davidmaymon.com/

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Here’s The Scoop … Parker’s Political “Play” … Brings Back Parker’s Political Past … In Lauderdale- By- The- Sea …

July 12, 2010 by Barbara

IT’S NOT 2007 ANYMORE ……….

Dear Readers …… Another look back in time at 2007 came about after reading today former Mayor Parker…now a candidate for Broward Judge is making some serious charges of ethics against his opponent, Judge Gillespie and his opponent’s campaign treasurer …none other than Sea Ranch Lake resident and powerhouse attorney David Bogenschutz…the same David Bogenschutz who represented former Town Clerk Alina Medina in 2007 when she took the 5th fifteen times!… Many still believe it was Parker who connected the Town Clerk to Bogenschutz and it is still a burning question to us all is who paid Bogenschutz?… We heard Parker was “shopping” these charges around … As this writer posted yesterday concerning Comm. Chris Vincent putting a Parker sign in his yard…it is my opinion Parker does not have what it takes to be a judge…and now going after Bogenschutz…as has done…I would think he’s toast!…
2007 BARING FALSE WITNESS ….EXCERPT -
“It’s pulling apart the already-torn town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The political career of Mayor Oliver Parker hangs in the balance, as does the livelihood — and possible health — of the town clerk. The Broward State Attorney’s Office has already begun an investigation. And at last week’s town hall meeting, it led to infighting and an emergency trip to the hospital.
It could be a serious crime. Or just a very embarrassing mistake.
Call it The Mystery of the Minutes.
The allegation, in its simplest form, is that Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s official meeting minutes were illegally altered to assist the mayor in his lawsuit to stop the townspeople from recalling him from office. The evidence so far doesn’t look good for Parker or the town clerk, Alina Medina, who is in charge of producing the minutes.”

full story link below…..

http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2007-01-18/news/baring-false-witness/

DBR:” Judge Gillespie/Bogenschutz accused of conflict of interest by Oliver Parker

Jeff Marcus, chief of the felony trial unit handling Lennon’s case, said none of his attorneys was worried about Bogenschutz’s (campaign treasurer/fundraiser) role in Gillespie’s campaign.

“Each said they didn’t give it more than two seconds’ consideration. It’s a no-brainer,” he said. “Judge Gillespie’s a very good judge, and you don’t try and recuse good judges.”

He also noted what he called Bogenschutz’s “reputation of the highest integrity.”

“The people involved here are well-known to the prosecutors,” he said. “When you look at this particular instance, there are no flags going off in anyone’s mind.”

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/

DBR EXCERPT…
“Oliver Parker, a Fort Lauderdale solo practitioner challenging Gillespie in the August primary, is crying foul over the judge’s decision last year to use Bogenschutz on his campaign without withdrawing from cases involving Bogenschutz’s clients. Bogenschutz has appeared in several cases before the judge, and some have had favorable results.

Gillespie, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Charlie Crist last year, is a former state prosecutor and senior trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Parker is a Republican who made a failed bid for a state House seat in 2004. His decade as mayor of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea ended in 2008, and he now hopes to become a judge.

Parker’s decision to run against Gillespie, one of five black judges in a county with 90 on the bench, put him at risk of being accused of racial targeting. But Parker, who has countered those criticisms by saying he seeks to push out a judge he calls inexperienced, is now questioning the judge’s ethics.

The judge denies any impropriety, noting he always discloses his relationship with Bogenschutz and gives prosecutors an opportunity to ask him to recuse himself.

“It is strictly a professional relationship, and he happens to be my treasurer,” Gillespie said.

Bogenschutz said there’s “nothing illegal, immoral or in any way improper” about the judge’s actions.

“For Mr. Parker to have to begin to discuss specific isolated matters that he obviously knows not a lot about, and to cast rocks at a sitting circuit judge, seems like a pretty desperate move for someone who isn’t getting traction in his own campaign. That’s what politics has degenerated to in this county,” he said. ”

full story link below….

http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/Web_Blog_Stories/2010/July/Gillespie.html

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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town …

July 6, 2010 by Barbara

FURTH-ER NEWS ….

If you look in the midst of the rained out July 4, 2010 afternoon event in this “Avid Reader’s” photo you will see the Furths… Hmmm…comparing this year’s event to theirs the year prior?… In the days after the event we are hearing the factions have stayed squarely in their jaded corners on where this year’s celebration landed in the annals of LBTS festivities…The rain did a number on the food sales and beer sales compared to last years…which was down from the Dodd/Clottey event that preceded it… The VFD were not ready to go with food as soon as the parade was finished…We heard today from quite a few “old timers” in town…they did not recognize any of the volunteers giving credence to the warning of a huge shift in VFD personnel … We heard Sea Ranch Lakes had their own parade this year ….The “disjointed” fireworks we were informed did not only come from the limited funds allotted ($15,000) but because VFD Chief Perkins made a call to begin earlier than scheduled and many not right on the beach thought the fireworks were from beachgoers and not the Town… Add to that as this writer posted yesterday…some that did not detonate… Next year once again… is up to the taxpayers… For this taxpayer…it’s the same as it was in every prior year…Town parade… Town fireworks on the barge … and if the VFD is still in flux…skip the afternoon rides and food….

The rumors are true…We hear the Interim Town Manager did stay at the the Furth’s Blue Seas Motel over the 4th…We also heard there was no room elsewhere…It will sure provide fodder for the factions… Also, a heads-up today the Coral Reef “contraption” was back in front of the Blue Seas this morning….What’s up with that?… Stay tuned for the Roundtable next Wed.?….

Big City /Little Town …Doesn’t seem to matter when you have “rogue” City/Town Managers… Tomorrow night Fort Lauderdale will address their budget with their outgoing City Manager Gretsas…. They face a $611million dollar budget …keeping their millage the same..overages in their reserves…5% increases for a bloated staff and no cutbacks … Hmmm….Sounds pretty much like what our Int. TM presented us with at the last Roundtable only on a smaller scale ….left over from the former Town Manager’s way of doing business…. Our budget for 2010-11  is coming a week from now at 6 pm and the backup should be online Friday afternoon as promised per PIO D’Oliveira with the justification sheets….

Speaking once more of Interim Town Manager Hoffmann…this writer always wondered why she would not want to go back to Fort Lauderdale for a second time as City Manager…When she put her name in for Int. TM …I posted some online bloggers had her as a shoo-in for the spot… After a few months with the mess we hear was left behind closed doors …literally…I ask that question once again… Does she want to go put out the fires in the big tent rather than in the small one…as in trade one “circus” for another?….The online posters over the previous few weeks have stated the outgoing City Manager is finally out on July 31st…and that he is one of 3 candidates for the Manager job in Reno, Nevada…with Reno making the trek to Ft. Lauderdale to check him out!… Another blogger had the City Auditor lined up to be Interim City Manager stating the Commission has not put out an ad or an RFP for a search firm … The Auditor seemed to want the position… (see below)…So, if out Int. TM and/or the Asst. Int. TM Bentley want the Fort Lauderdale job…how’s that gonna work and when will they clue the Commission in?…Stay tuned…. Fort Lauderdale should be addressing it tomorrow night as well as their budget…

“Tuesday, June 15, 2010
New City Manager?

“Hit the road”, says Jack.

In the nicest possible way, but the net effect was the same when the City Commission voted three to two not to renew the George Gretsas contract a few months back.

Meanwhile the City Commission appear not to have made any move to hire a replacement.

No executive search firms have been briefed, no ads placed. And there’s only four weeks left to fill the post.

Maybe the Commissioners already have someone in mind for the interim.

He’s well liked. He’s well prepared. And he’s ready to serve.

City Auditor, John Herbst.

Well not exactly. First the City Attorney, Harry Stewart must rule on whether a City Auditor can resume his role once he has spent time overseeing the function, without creating a conflict.

John Herbst admitted to this blog, the challenge of the job may be rewarding but it can bring with it unpopular decisions. Even sound decisions have shortened many a career in city government.

Who ever said good judgment and politics were compatible?

Nonetheless Mr. Herbst has indicated his willingness to serve as interim City Manager if asked. Opportunities like this don’t come often and it’ll do wonders for his professional résumé.”"

http://myfortlauderdale.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-city-manager.html

.http://abetterftlauderdale.com/?p=1087

Meanwhile…LBTS has started the process for that ICMA online ad which was to go out in July…

LBTS- RFP online …

http://www.fccma.org/services/services_jobs.asp

It’s also on the Town website and….. but MIA on Florida League of Cities classified…and as for the printed papers…nothing cam up online for the Sentinel….Commissioners should be getting an update from the PIO on placement…and responses thus far…

Is it all in the name….or is it in the record of service?…Still the ongoing “hot potato” in the Broward Judge elections… One person being in the group of “last name matters”…former Mayor Oliver Parker… who has made it clear to anyone he meets..this time around he is not putting his own money in to win (as he did against Ellyn Bogdanoff)… Want a trip down memory lane… http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/keyword/oliver-parker … just to keep showing …nothing changes much in LBTS….
“PARKER v. GILLESPIE
Posted by JAABLOG at 4/27/2010 10:44 AM
Categories: uncategorized
Attorney Oliver Parker has filed against Circuit Judge Ken Gillespie.

The filing is here.

Parker is a veteran Broward Republican politician and experienced campaigner.

Time to rally for Gillespie, if you believe in good judges, and diversity on the Bench.”

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2010/04/27/parker-v-gillespie.aspx

Next up on the Judge names v. records…the race between Judge Carlos Rebollo and Robert Nichols…

excerpts…
“In its third round of independent endorsements, The Miami Herald has picked three more incumbent judges — Matthew Destry, Carlos Rebollo and Barbara McCarthy.

The Herald says voters should vote for Rebollo, who prosecuted more than 200 felony cases while at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.

“Word around the courthouse has Mr. Nichols openly bragging that he’ll win this race based on his name.  That’s disappointing,” said The Herald.”

http://www.browardbeat.com/the-herald-endorses-judges-rodriguez-lebow/

http://retainjudgerebollo.com/index.html

We hear plans are in the works for an August fundraiser for Judge Reollo in LBTS …more details to come…..

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … July 4, 2010 In Lauderdale- By-The-Sea … #1 …

July 5, 2010 by Barbara

SATURDAY MORNING BEACH CLEANUP … Sent w/ names & quips by an Avid Reader …

Cindy Geesey and Chris Vincent

Scot Sasser with State Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff and her husband Steven


the Bogdanoffs with David Maymon, candidate for State Representative


Chris Vincent, Cara Poplak, Scot Sasser, Steven Bogdanoff, David Maymon, Ellyn Bogdanoff, Matthew Bogdanoff


“group shot of everyone standing around and not picking up trash”…

Ellyn Bogdanoff and Roseann Minnet

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THE PARADE …. from the 1st Avid Reader …

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Here’s The Scoop….We Made The News…Congress….And Youtube…

July 11, 2009 by Barbara

LBTS RESIDENT YANN BRANDT….

(Photo: from left: Bruce Kershner, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association; James Rose, Network for New Energy Choices; Gwen Rose, Vote Solar; Gov. Crist; Martha Duggan, Solar Alliance; Yann Brandt, AGT electrical contractors. Photo courtesy of Office of Gov. Crist)

Dear Readers….Many of you may recognize LBTS longtime resident Yann Brandt…He has grown up in our town….He was a VFD member in our town…and he has been quite vocal and informative in offering up suggestions for the town and its residents with energy programs …and asking the commission to start a committee to move the town in the right direction…Unfortunately the only thing green that came from his offers…were that of the “green- eyed monster”…political in nature from the “Gang of 3″ on the dais who have heard Yann might consider a run for a seat on the Commission next March….So shortsighted were they that they shot him down…Others have not ……Such as Governor Crist…and Congressman Klein….Hmmmm….

http://blogs.tampabay.com/energy/2009/03/crist-gets-solar-energy-award.html

BC- On the floor of Congress…Congressman Kleins speaks of  Yann  Brandt and AGT …..(youtube link below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMf5J0snAI8

Excerpt from Reuters….

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Jun 01 (MARKET WIRE) --  Advanced Green Technologies
 (AGT), one of the world's leading providers
of solar energy systems, today announced a strategic alliance with CTC Resources, Inc.
(CTC), one of industry's leading financiers.
 The alliance enables AGT clients to select, install, manage and finance complete
 photovoltaic systems that are inclusive of the
 system components, software, maintenance and installation, while realizing an
unparalleled return on investment
through their 0-0-3 Financing Program.     
"AGT is committed to assisting businesses realize significant savings on their
 purchase of solar energy systems
and services with flexible offerings, highly competitive rates and superior
 product and investment protection,"
 said Yann Brandt, VP of AGT. "AGT is pleased to offer our clients the industry's
 first 0-0-3 Program, which reflects
 $0 down payment, 0% financing with the first 3 monthly payments of $0, for qualified
borrowers. With $10 million allocated
to provide financing, AGT has now made going green easier for consumers."

Full text link below…

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS200432+01-Jun-2009+MW20090601

BC- Maybe next time Mr. Brandt offers his expert opinion ….the dais will be all ears?…

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Here’s The Scoop…It’s A Mc-Furth Fourth Of July Brought To You By The CIC/VFD……

July 4, 2009 by Barbara

“IT’S NOT POLITICAL”….Vice Mayor McIntee/Comm. Jim Silverstone…

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Dear Readers…This front and center self promotional July 4th float says it all  ( 1 of 2 in the parade)…It was definitely political…It was narcissistic….. And it was unbelievably  tone-deaf to the Town and where we find ourselves in at the present time!…

From the opening blunder of applying for a special event permit as a Town/CIC/VFD co-sponsored event …the sole control for the event for Coordinator Marc Furth…and the secretive and suspect planning …( a far cry from the co-chaired transparent event the year prior)….the 24 hour notice limited posting of meetings…( done with the Town Manager being fully complicit)… …The Mc-Furths went against the DEP’s known recommendations by planning  the fireworks display smack-dab on 3/4 plywood on the beach in the center of town…closing down the entry…along with a  280 ft. radius  perimeter…..requiring  Nova University monitors to be assigned to watch for any disturbances in the area to the sea turtle nests…  The Mc-Furth’s told the DEP untruths for why it must be on the beach…Coordinator Marc Furth made demands per a letter to the Town Manager/Commissioners that he reprinted in his  Mc-Furth BTSTimes accusing the Mayor and Comm. Dodd when they did their due diligence in checking out the facts…The Vice Mayor made “bloated” statements from the dais…and at the July 1st volunteer meeting…throwing out “garbage numbers” of who was volunteering for the event…going so far as to say his wife “turned away volunteers”….and the response from the VFD had been tremendous…(with Chief Perkin’s having to promise Comm. Dodd that the members not participating would not be fired as a memo said they would be …per the Dep. Chief)….Mark Conn and Cristie Furth spoke of a entries in the parade and for the afternoon party that never appeared….(Pompano FD engine/NY FD Engine/Antique Fire engine/Traveling Vietnam War wall)….Mark Conn said there would be 80 entries…(was an “entrie”counted as a person, a bike, or a trailer?)… The participants were as follows…….The Furth Float (LBTS Artificial Reef Project)….The  Marines…The American Legion- Thomas P. Johnston Post 222…VFD Captain Mark Conn on VFD-ATV (with a Sal’s towing ad on the side..a permanent ad)….NYPD car….The Mayor…(CHEERS)…VM McIntee and wife…(SILENCE)….Com. Silverstone….(SILENCE)…Comm. Clottey…(SILENCE)…Comm. Dodd and wife…(CHEERS)…2 vans with veterans….Army truck with disabled veterans…Congressman Ron Klein…….State Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff….The VFD members walking in front of ATV-Jet Ski….3 VFD-Firetrucks…(Squirt 12 was called to an alarm at the Mayor’s building!)… the VFD-pickup pulling the hurricane trailer…(with the strange permanent lettered sign of Commander Mikos Angeles on the side of it…HUH?)….2 AMR ambulances…Republican David Maymon …(running for State Rep. Dist. 91)…….2  classic cars….The LBTS -Community Church Noah’s Ark float….Lord’s Realty car…Bel Air Assoc. car….Cindy Geesey- POA Hometown Hero car (see below)….By-The- Sea- Future car….Kids on bikes etc…1 classic car…1 classic truck…Choice Environmental truck…and 2 BSO Mounted Police…(which produced a large amount of shock…sadness and anger from the parade attendees for their placement in the parade…behind the garbage truck!)……Political?….OUCH!…They were also the end of the parade… (28 entries)…No Senator Jeff Atwater?…Hmmmm……The crowd on the street was down from prior years…and Publix parking lot was empty…something very unusual for a LBTS parade…Just as the paltry donations (June 24,2009 memo $5,600) …small amount of volunteers …(despite unprecedented excessive measures taken to recruit both)…and silence the “Gang of 3″ received as they drove by…it continued on to the afternoon El Prado event…Residents not affiliated with the CIC/VFD stayed away…resulting in an attendance of half of the year before….and we hear that at 3 pm the total cash was also half of what was made the year before…..Those privy to the borrowed City radios used for VFD communication……heard VM/Dep. Chief McIntee yelling at his “troops” for not showing up and helping at their required 4 hour minimum assigned jobs in the park….Included at the event…Pep Boys tent with a sponsored raffle…a Johnny Depp look- a-like pirate… a single tent for selling merchandise ….Pirates of the Treasure Coast…(an out of town vendor)…VFD T-shirts for sale…($5)….Choice Environmental tent for recycling information and getting to know the residents…a Dunk Tank…(at 11 am it was CIC- Mermaid Cristie Furth)…The 2 water slides…and 1 kids ride…classic cars…a band…a beer truck…sno-cones…3 veterans tents…and finally…the Anglin Monument wasn’t the only thing moved out of the park for the Furths…the Town Manager’s gift from last year… …the “United We Stand” sign remained in front of Town Hall…OOPS!…

BC-This writer wrote repeatedly that this “Gang” was in trouble from the start….but with the upheaval reverberating throughout the town as a result of the Town Manager’s “reassignment” (WITH CAUSE!….in the press)….of BSO Police Chief Scott Gooding… on June 26th ….(a move that was and is wholeheartedly supported by them all)….one can only wonder if any one of them is having second thoughts about their future endeavors …political and otherwise…for today’s response should tell them loud and clear….”WE WILL NOT FORGET!”….

2009 POA HOMETOWN HERO….CINDY GEESEY…..Mayor Minnet…State Representative Bogdanoff…..Resident Judy Jones…..

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‘Cindy Geesey — Cindy has been part of LBTS for 55 years and has worked very hard on many projects in LBTS for over a decade. She has been a board member of the Chamber of Commerce for eight years, was President of the POA for eight years and introduced many new programs.  She has been on the boards of Sister Cities and the LBTS Performing Arts Center and served on the Board of Adjustment and as Chair of Planning and Zoning for four years.  She’s been a member of LBTS Kiwanis and the Assumption Altar Guild.  She co-chaired the 4th of July festivities for 3 years.  Cindy also does volunteer work for Broward Humane Society and organizes a group from LBTS for the annual Doggy Walk. This event raises thousands of dollars for the shelter.  Cindy is an editor for By The Sea Future newspaper and reports on town happenings to our residents and visitors. Her newest project is bringing military families to LBTS for a free weekend of fun and sun. She collects donations from all of our great merchants and puts everything together for a much needed R & R for families that protect our country.  All and all Cindy is there for LBTS and works hard for the town she loves.’

COMMISSIONER STUART DODD and wife Penny….

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Update…BSO POLICE REPORT IS FILED…Easter in June?….

June 22, 2009 by Barbara

BSO…”IT’S EASTER EGG DYE”….

An update…(previous post…scoops…targeted)…A call was made to the BSO who arrived within minutes…The Deputy took a look at the blue substance and the sample and declared it blue Easter egg dye!…HMMMM… And who we said was in charge of Easter in LBTS?….HMMMM….And the Deputy explained it looked as if the perpetrators drove up at an angle and tossed it from their vehicle as to not hit the Town’s property…HMMM….I made it known that after the egg incident some months back……this one could not go unreported!…Too, too coincidental!…

Guess there was no leftover YELLOW DYE?….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop….What Do General MacArthur and Vice Mayor/ VFD Dep. Chief McIntee Have In Common?…

May 20, 2009 by Barbara

NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER…

A look at the LBTS Commission “Field Trip” on Noise…( 5/15/09)….currently being shown on Comcast ch. 78…(available on the Town website later today…http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/) shows that McIntee like MacArthur makes sure to have his personal photographer ( Marc Furth) following behind him to photograph his every move!….

By the way what was the decibel meter reading on the wind?….

This is one outing you don’t want to miss seeing!…

more to come on the content later…

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