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Here’s The Scoop … Shore Court … SB 360 Decared “Unconstitutional” … “Expunged” And “Invalidated” ….Will This Be The Return Of The LBTS Cul-De-Sac? ….

September 2, 2010 by Barbara

IS THE RETURN OF THE SHORE COURT CUL-DE-SAC IN THE BAG? ….

Dear Readers …Senate Bill 360 discussed by the LBTS Commission in Oct. & Nov. last year (see below) concerning  property in Town asking for extensions to build was declared “unconstitutional” and “expunged” according to our Town law firm (see below)  or “invalidated” according to a post on boardroombrief.com (see below) … The result is yet to be seen as it relates to the property in question in LBTS… We joined late in the case due to the property on Shore Ct. and the desire of the last Commission to get the project finished and the area cleaned up or to tear the structure down and get one or more of former VM McIntee’s beloved cul-de-sacs returned to the Town …He spent alot time on the dais espousing what a loss they were to the Town …His analogy and opining of the lost cul-de-sacs and their importance to the Town was inaccurat at best…A look at the Public Notices section of the newspaper often shows cities turning over cul-de-sacs to development…It’s  a common practice in development resulting in no negative impact to the municipalities … (prev. posts)…

What still needs to happen?… To see if there will be an appeal …per the Town Atty….(see below) …which may be due to the belief stated below that the final summary judgment is internally inconsistent. …

Also, there’s this …from those that are not happy with the ruling…(see below)….”The 2010 Florida Legislature adopted, and Governor Crist signed into law, Senate Bill 1752, which essentially restated and recodified the provisions of SB 360 regarding the two-year extension of certain development orders or permits. Standing alone SB 1752 does not appear to be vulnerable to the same analysis or argument that was applied by the court in its rulings on SB 360, even if the court subsequently determines (we would suggest incorrectly) that the unconstitutional provisions of SB 360 cannot be severed from the remaining provisions and that the statute, as a whole, is unconstitutional; or if the state allows the ruling to stand.” ….

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Oct 27, 2009 Reg. Comm. Mtg. minutes … excerpt….Consent Agenda 12b…..

“Mayor Minnet asked whether Senate Bill 360 was mandated Attorney

Trevarthen stated that the Bill was still under review.

Mayor Minnet believed the owners invested in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and

unfortunately the market fell She added that the bottom line was that the property

owners had to take care of the property.

Vice Mayor Mclntee believed extenuating circumstances would indicate a shortage in

supplies and or workers. He stated that they bought the property got their permits and

walked away Vice Mayor Mclntee pointed out that the Code specifically states that

enforcement for violations shall be 50 for each day of violation for 1 to 30 days $100

per day for 31- 60 days and $500 for over 61 days. He did not feel the Commission

was obligated to grant the extension because there were no extenuating

circumstances .Vice Mayor Mclntee believed the fines should be enforced

Attorney Grant Smith stated that the best people are having credit problems. He added

that the reality of the situation was that they requested an extension under Senate Bill

360 which states the only requirement was to tell the Town they were extending under

the Bill.

Commissioner Silverstone was concerned that the request was for 2 years. He did not

believe it would take 2 years to finish the building.

Attorney Trevarthen said the Statute said that permit holders notify the local

government. She explained that the reason it was under review was because Statute

did not say that anyone can notify it had a series of qualifiers. Attorney Trevarthen

stated that the purpose of the review was to make sure that they properly evoked the

Statute.

Commissioner Clottey said the Commission was told that they ran out of money and the

banks would not give them credit. She added that now they wanted to use their own

money and asked how the lack of money could be an extenuating circumstance.

Attorney Trevarthen explained that would be in the judgment of the Commission. She

added that the decision needed to be made independent of the Statute.

Mayor Minnet asked whether the owners were ready to start immediately if they

received their request Attorney Smith said there was a surface water management

issue regarding impact fees to the County. He said they would not pay the fees if the

Town did not grant the extension and therefore would not be able to sell quickly.

BC- This was deferred to the Nov.10, 2009 meeting…

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Town Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

November 10 2009 … 15. Old Business

“c. Commission to approve a two 2 year time extension for the completion of the

development at 231 Shore Court per the applicant’s request and per Ordinance 6-12

(c ) Backup attached (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock) Deferred at the

October 27, 2009 Commission meeting by Commissioner Clottey

Commissioner Silverstone made a motion to grant the extension for 1 year and if it did

not get built within 1 year put a condition in there that it must either be torn down or

something had to be done to clean up the area Commissioner Silverstone only wanted

to extend for 1 year with those conditions.

Attorney Trevarthen stated that there were 2 issues before the Commission Manager

Colon stated that the Commission could revise the code.

David Hyatt said he was located between Garden Court and Shore Court and had

complained numerous times He said his property value went down and felt like he

currently lived in the slums.

Alan Crimsman suggested the Commission take another look at the development order

as there were specific agreements that were entered into in relation to what the party

was supposed to give back with the granting of the land Crimsman believed they were

given 2 years to complete the project and not 2 years to begin building.

Attorney Trevarthen stated that they had until July 2010 to complete the project before

the return of the property She said the condition was completion within 3 years.

Attorney Grant Smith stated that the document was not recorded that way. Attorney

Trevarthen indicated that the minutes where all parties were in agreement showed the

intent. Attorney Smith was concerned with Commissioner Silverstone’s motion for a 1

year extension. He wanted clarification that in the alternative if the lawsuit succeeded

then it would be 1 year. Commissioner Silverstone indicated he would go along with the

original intent as pointed out by Attorney Trevarthen. He said if the building was not

completed by the expiration date the he would follow the agreement and return the Cul

de Sac back to the Town.

Attorney Trevarthen stated that her understanding of the motion was that it was based

on the separate request that had been brought under Town Code and not whether the

challenge failed. She explained that the Commission had an application that they

needed to do something with and Commissioner Silverstone placed an option on the

table.

Vice Mayor Mclntee stated that the reason they were at this stage was because the

applicant created a monster and was not being a good neighbor.

Commissioner Dodd asked when the applicant intended to start construction.

Mayor Minnet reviewed the motion to grant a 1 year extension for Shore Court and 226

Garden Court. Commissioner Silverstone added 2 conditions 1) that if not completed

within 1 year that it get torn down and 2) that in the interim whatever vacant land is out

there be maintained no mounds of dirt grass to be planted and maintained for the

duration of the project.

Attorney James White added to the condition “that if not completed would be torn down”

that if in fact the property were deemed to be an unsafe structure under the Florida

Building Code or that the permit had expired, the Building Official had the ability to

require that the structure be demolished or removed from the site as could the Broward

County Building official.

Commissioner Silverstone made a motion to extend the meeting to 11: 301pm .All voted

in favor.

Commissioner Dodd did not believe they could bring in a 1 year extension when the

agreement allowed 3 years. Commissioner Silverstone stated this was an alternative

Commissioner Clottey was also concerned as she did want to give them 3 years

Mayor Minnet clarified that the previous motion was strictly to move our Town forward to

join the lawsuit with the City of Weston and be a member of the 14 cities already against

the Senate Bill 360 and now Commissioner Silverstone wanted to give 231 Shore

Court and 226 Garden Court a 1 year extension. Attorney White asked for clarification

that that would be pursuant to Town Code Section 6.12 (c). Commissioner Silverstone

agreed Commissioner Clottey asked if she could add a friendly amendment that

construction start within 60 days Attorney Trevarthen stated that construction had

already started.

Attorney Trevarthen summed up the motion as a 1 year extension for agenda items 15c,

231 Shore Court and 15d 226 Garden Court with the requirements for proper

maintenance and grassing the area and tearing down the structure if not complete.

Vice Mayor Mclntee seconded the motion for discussion. He asked for clarification that

the motion was to enact a 1 year extension with conditions if the Senate Bill 360 was

overturned. Commissioner Silverstone said that was correct Commissioner Clottey

wanted an expiration date placed on the permit so they would not have to go through

this again. Attorney Trevarthen suggested the expiration date be whatever the

expiration date was for each permit.

Attorney White suggested the condition to tear down the structure could be modified to

read that pursuant to the Florida Building Code and any other applicable Code

provisions would direct the Building Official to investigate and pursue the pre-existing

procedure.

The motion carried 3-1. Commissioner Clottey voted no. Mayor Minnet recused herself.

She explained she was sub-contractor for sub-contractor of the general contractor

who did work for the law firm that represented his client.”

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/arc-meetings-2009.htm

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BC- phone #’s, names other than LBTS TM & TAtty. and e-mails addresses have been deleted or altered for privacy..on post below…

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“From: Jamie Alan Cole
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:01 PM
To: westonfl.org; keybiscayne.fl.gov; cutlerbay-fl.gov; leegov.com;deerfield-beach.com; miamigardens-fl.gov; fruitlandpark.org; cityofparkland.org; palmettobay-fl.gov; copbfl.com;cityofhomestead.com; CooperCityFL.org; northmiamifl.gov; coralgables.com; ppines.com; townofmalabar.org; broward.org; stlucieco.org; circuit8.org; islamorada.fl.us; lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov; cityofhomestead.com; ; Susan L. Trevarthen
Subject: SB 360 Lawsuit

WE WON!!!!
Attached is a Final Summary Judgment that was entered by the Honorable Judge Charles A. Francis today. Judge Francis granted our motion for summary judgment on the unfunded mandate challenge, ruling that “SB 360 (Ch. 2009-96) is declared unconstitutional as a violation of Article VII, Section 18(a), Florida Constitution, and The Secretary of State is ordered to expunge said law from the official records of this State.” As to the single subject rule, he found that it is moot as a result of the statutory codification that was passed earlier this year.
This is a major decision that will have implications throughout the State. We do not know at this time whether the defendants will appeal (and whether, if they do, we would cross-appeal on the single subject issue).

Jamie Alan Cole, Esq.
Managing Director

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.”
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“From: Connie Hoffmann
Sent: Fri 8/27/2010 10:58 AM
To: Jeff Bowman; Bud Bentley; Birute Ann Clottey; Chris Vincent; Roseann Minnet; Scot Sasser; Stuart Dodd
Subject: FW: SB 360 declared unconstitutional and ordered expunged from state law
FYI, if you hadn’t received this info directly. Connie

From: Rebecca OHara
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 4:39 PM
To: Rebecca OHara
Subject: SB 360 declared unconstitutional and ordered expunged from state law Good Afternoon,

Today, a Leon County circuit court declared unconstitutional Ch. 2009-096, Laws of Florida, otherwise known as SB 360. SB 360 was passed in 2009 and imposed sweeping changes for 246 cities and counties defined in the bill as “Dense Urban Land Areas”. In short, the bill designated such areas as automatically exempt from transportation concurrency requirements. The bill imposed certain obligations upon such cities and counties.

After the bill became law a coalition of cities and counties filed suit to have SB 360 declared unconstitutional for two reasons: 1) that the bill violated the “single subject” requirement; and 2) that it violated Article VII, Section 18(a), the unfunded mandates provision. The local governments alleged that SB 360 required them to “spend funds or take an action requiring the expenditure of funds” in violation of Article VII, Section 18(a).

The court found the local governments’ single subject claim was rendered moot by operation of the subsequent 2010 legislative session. The court rejected all of the local governments arguments on the mandates count (finding they were inappropriate for disposition on a summary judgment motion because they involved disputed issues of fact) except for one.

The court found the provision in SB 360 which mandates local governments to adopt comprehensive plan amendments and strategies to “support and fund mobility” could require “minimum mandated expenditures statewide by 246 local governments” ranging from “$10,150,944 to $25,625,820.” The court found these amounts to be in excess of the Legislature’s standard for determining whether a mandate is “fiscally insignificant” for purposes of Article VII, Section 18(a). The court concluded the Legislature did not meet any other requirements or exemptions set forth in Article VII, Section 18(a).

SB 360 was declared unconstitutional in its entirety.

There is no word yet on whether anyone plans to appeal.

Rebecca

Rebecca O’Hara
Legislative Director
Florida League of Cities, Inc.

No trees were harmed in the sending of this message, however a large number of electrons were inconvenienced.”
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“From: Susan L. Trevarthen
Sent: Mon 8/30/2010 11:26 AM
To: Roseann Minnet; Stuart Dodd; Birute Ann Clottey; Scot Sasser; Chris Vincent
Cc: Connie Hoffmann; Bud Bentley; Jeff Bowman
Subject: Senate Bill 360 challenge
The Town participated as a plaintiff in the challenge to Senate Bill 360 against the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Governor and the Secretary of State. As noted in greater detail in the emails below, the circuit court judge granted our motion for summary judgment, on the basis that the law was an improper unfunded mandate under the Florida Constitution, and ordered the law to be expunged or removed from the Laws of Florida. The decision is attached.

It remains to be seen if the defendants will seek appeal, reconsideration, or a stay of the effectiveness of the order. There have been news reports that the senator who sponsored this bill would prefer to just address it in the next legislative session, but the defendants will need to make that decision.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about or wish to discuss this decision. Thanks.

Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., AICP
Member

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.”
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Online today…. Another opinion … Disagreeing with the findings….
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“Impact Property Values: SB 360 Invalidated
By William Hyde & Brian Seymour | August 31, 2010
In 2009, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 360 (“SB 360”), “The Community Renewal Act.” Shortly thereafter, several municipalities and counties, primarily in south Florida, filed suit challenging that law. In a somewhat confusing final summary judgment rendered August 26, 2010, the trial court in Tallahassee, declared SB 360 unconstitutional as a violation of Article VII, § 18(a) of the Florida Constitution, also known as the “unfunded mandate” provision. The court also declared that the “single subject” challenge pursuant to Article III, § 6, of the Florida Constitution was moot by virtue of the enactment of SB 1762 (Ch. 2010-3), and dismissed that claim.
SB 360 exempted developments located in specifically designated areas from transportation concurrency and from the development-of-regional-impact (“DRI”) program. It extended the expiration date of certain development orders and permits for a period of two years, and it contained provisions relating to impact fees, security camera regulation, mediation of intergovernmental disputes, and the elimination of the DRI process..
The final summary judgment appears to be internally inconsistent. The court ordered and adjudged that SB 360 is unconstitutional as a violation of the “unfunded mandate” provisions, even though the court’s reasoning only found that SB 360’s mandated adoption of comprehensive plan amendments and transportation strategies “to support and fund mobility” were impermissible unfunded mandates. The court concluded that the remaining portions of SB 360, including the above-referenced two-year permit extensions, involve genuine issues of material fact which would preclude the granting of summary judgment as to those items. The conclusion that one section of SB 360 is an impermissible “unfunded mandate” is inconsistent with the declaration that the entire statute is unconstitutional on this basis. This appears to violate the well-established principle that a statute will be declared unconstitutional only to the extent necessary, and since the court has not yet determined that the other sections of SB 360 constitute themselves “unfunded mandates,” it would appear that the final summary judgment is only “final” as to the provisions relating to mandated adoption of comprehensive plan amendments and transportation strategies “to support and fund mobility,” and not final as to the other sections. Hopefully, this inconsistency will be raised and addressed in a motion for rehearing and/or clarification of the court’s final summary judgment.
Even if SB 360 is declared unconstitutional as a whole, there still may be hope for those struggling with keeping their projects alive. The 2010 Florida Legislature adopted, and Governor Crist signed into law, Senate Bill 1752, which essentially restated and recodified the provisions of SB 360 regarding the two-year extension of certain development orders or permits. Standing alone SB 1752 does not appear to be vulnerable to the same analysis or argument that was applied by the court in its rulings on SB 360, even if the court subsequently determines (we would suggest incorrectly) that the unconstitutional provisions of SB 360 cannot be severed from the remaining provisions and that the statute, as a whole, is unconstitutional; or if the state allows the ruling to stand.”

http://boardroombrief.com/theblog/2010/08/31/court-ruling-could-impact-property-values-sb-360-invalidated/

more to come….

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop …. Red Lights … Make “Green” For Government ….

August 21, 2010 by Barbara

COMING SOON TO LBTS? …

Dear Readers …As your  local elected officials attend the last day of the 3 day FLOC conference in Hollywood today…some will attend a program on red light cameras…. A few months ago this writer posted the Roundtable discussion and consensus by the Commission to go ahead with red light cameras…starting at Commercial Blvd. and A1A … Below are 2 online articles about the cameras…The first is from neighboring Ft. Lauderdale… who began their red light camera program this month …A few days after instituting it they needed to address  rolling turns…The second is from the FLOCities site concerning the July 1, 2010 citing the “split” of revenue with each municipality and the state…Cha-Ching!…. This writer is again on the record for not wanting this source of revenue in town…

Sentinel…
Lauderdale giving rolling right-turn drivers at red lights a break
August 12, 2010

Fort Lauderdale has begun using its red-light cameras, but police won’t be issuing “gotcha” tickets to people turning right on red.

Drivers elsewhere in the region have found themselves unwittingly receiving tickets based on the cameras by making a rolling right turn on red. Sgt. Frank Sousa, spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, said that won’t be the case in the city.

Sousa said state law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a red light before making a right turn, but he said the department will not issue a ticket based on a red-light camera if the driver slows to a near stop and appears to be acting carefully.

“We will review violations, and if the driver acted in a careful and prudent manner, then they will not receive a violation,” he said.

The city has begun using cameras to catch red-light runners. Violators will receive courtesy warnings for the remainder of this month. Starting in September, they will be fined $158 for each offense.”

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-08-12/news/fl-lauderdale-red-light-rolling-stops20100812_1_red-light-camera-camera-network-intersection

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FLOCities ….

“Notice to All Cities with Red Light Camera Ordinances
Effective July 1, 2010, the “Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Program” authorizes the use of traffic infraction detectors, commonly known as red-light running cameras, on Florida’s roads, streets and highways. Based on photographs taken by these cameras, local traffic-infraction enforcement officers may issue a citation and impose a $158 penalty on the registered owner of the vehicle for failure to stop at a red light.

The penalty is paid to the municipality or county issuing the citation. Section 316.0083(1)(b)3.b., Florida Statutes, authorizes municipalities and counties to retain $75 of each penalty and requires them to electronically remit the remaining $83 to the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) on a weekly basis for distribution to the following funds:
• $70 – General Revenue Fund
• $10 – Health Administrative Trust Fund
• $3 – Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund
DOR has developed a new electronic system for reporting and paying the penalties collected. Before you can file and pay the penalties electronically, you must enroll with DOR’s e-Services program by completing Form DR-600A, Enrollment and Authorization for e-Services Program. This form can also be downloaded at http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/forms/2010/dr600a.pdf starting July 7, 2010.

Even if you are currently filing and paying taxes to DOR electronically, you must enroll using Form DR-600A to report and pay this new penalty. Once you have received your user identification number and password, you can report and pay the new penalties. The new file and pay system “Red Light Camera Remittances” is located at http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/info_localgovt.html. You will be prompted to log into the system. Once you have logged in, you will be able to report the penalties designated for each state fund and pay the total reported to DOR.

Call (850) 487-1150 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.”

http://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/News.aspx?CNID=3232

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … Looking For Your Local Government Official Today?…

August 19, 2010 by Barbara

THEY’RE IN  HOLLYWOOD … AUGUST 19-21…..

THE WESTIN DIPLOMAT RESORT AND SPA …. FOR THIS YEAR’S THEME …”Creating Community in Tough Times”…

“Overview

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The Westin Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath® will make it difficult to leave the breathtaking water views from each room – however, the glorious full-service Spa, 18-hole golf course and 10-clay court Tennis Center will make it worth your while. Relax by the outdoor bridged pool with infinity edge, see-through bottom and waterfalls flowing into the 240-ft. lagoon pool below, while pool side servers cater to your every whim. The Westin Executive Club feature upgraded amenities and access to the spectacular views from the 10,000-sq. ft. lounge offering complimentary continental breakfast, evening cocktail service and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.”

http://www.diplomatresort.com/

FROM THE FLOCITIES WEBSITE…WHAT THEY WILL PARTAKE IN …

“President’s Invitation to the
Florida League of Cities 84th Annual Conference
Dear Friends:
I hope you are making plans to attend the Florida League of Cities 84th annual conference. I
cannot think of a theme and focus more appropriate than the one we have this year: Creating
Community in Tough Times!
Our country, our cities and our citizens are in the midst of some tough economic times. This
conference aims to bring you value-added ideas and innovations that can be incorporated into
your city’s programs at low-to-no cost. We will focus on the elements within our cities that bring
our citizens together and keep them together – that sense of place, belonging and pride that
cause a citizen to say, “I’m proud that I live here, work here, play here, and raise my family here.”
This year’s theme is perfect to showcase the memorable conference event that is designed to both educate you and
provide cost-cutting ideas that will make a difference in the lives of those you serve. Designed for the new or veteran
official, this conference will give you the tools you need to solve today’s municipal problems, especially during these
tough economic times.
It is a conference that will offer a wide variety of information-packed workshops; general sessions with powerful
keynote speakers; timely information on Florida; and technical assistance and resource materials from national, state,
regional and non-governmental entities. And, in this all-important year of elections, we will feature not-to-be missed
political forums with candidates running for statewide office. Hear from the candidates on issues that matter to you
and your citizens!
Our lineup of nationally celebrated speakers will provide insightful information to leadership and governance so that
you can offer the best for your city. William (Bill) Hudnut is a former four-term Indianapolis mayor and congressman,
author, public speaker, TV commentator, think tank fellow and clergyman. Hudnut is currently managing partner and
senior fellow emeritus for the Urban Land Institute. Back by popular demand: John Avlon, author and senior political
columnist of the Daily Beast. Avlon is also the author of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America and is
often seen on the major news and political television shows offering his opinion on today’s political scene. Ronald O.
Loveridge, mayor of Riverside, Calif., and president of the National League of Cities, will give us a compelling report on
the state of America’s cities. You’ll also hear from the ever-popular Dr. Scott Paine, former city councilman, professor,
noted author and League blogger during one of two “city class” sessions that will kick-off the annual conference by
providing you with an intensive, interactive educational experience. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in
2005, a new definition of natural disaster evolved. Moreover, the impact of the storm revealed how ill-prepared the
country was to deal with this type of devastation. Join us as we hear first hand from Lt. General Russel Honoré,
the commanding general of Joint Task Force Katrina. Co-sponsored by the Florida League of Mayors, this special
presentation with General Honoré, titled “See First, Understand First, Act First: Leadership and Preparedness in the
21st Century,” will offer cities key strategies on preparedness and disaster response. This session is not to be missed!
I look forward to seeing each of you in Hollywood as we all learn from insightful speakers and innovative workshops,
and benefit from networking and information-sharing that will address your unique municipal challenge.
Sincerely,
John Marks III, FLC President
Mayor, City of Tallahassee

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Tentative Program
Workshop Topics Under Development
The League is working to bring you the most timely information possible. The list of topics will be
announced in the Datagram in June and will also be posted on our Web site …(BC-see link below)…

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
7:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit
Tallahassee: A Community that Reads
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
City Class Sessions
The League has developed two concurrent, three-hour
“city class” sessions to kick-off the annual conference.
These workshops will provide you with an intensive,
interactive educational experience. While there is no
charge to attend either session, pre-registration is
required to ensure there will be enough seating and
handout materials. Be sure to indicate which session
you will attend on the enclosed registration form.
City Session 1 – What Do I Do Now?
Presented by Scott Paine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Communication/Government, University of Tampa
Winning an election or re-election makes us leaders
by position. But leading is so much more than a
title and an office… and nobody prepared us for the
challenges with which events, and our constituents,
confront us every day. What are the leadership
principles and practical tools that make us more
effective leaders in these particularly challenging
times?
Using a combination of discussions, role-play and
presentations, Dr. Scott Paine, communication and
government professor, former city councilman,
Florida League of Cities columnist and blogger, and
author of Rethinking Public Leadership for the 21st
Century, will help you enhance your effectiveness as
a public leader. Paine will bring real-world, and real-

Florida, experiences to life, and challenge you to

find a leadership path through them… where your

political career won’t be on the line!

City Session 2 – Creating Community in Your
City: Partners for Livable Communities
Presented by Partners for Livable Communities
Join representatives from Partners for Livable
Communities for an engaging session on maximizing
your cultural assets as partners in economic
and social development agendas. In tough economic
times, these partnerships and the programs
that develop through them will help cities foster
and maintain their unique quality of life, often with
little or no cost to the city government.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technology Center Open
Need to check the local news? Are you looking for that
important e-mail? Just want to browse the Internet or
catch up on some work? The Florida League of Cities
Technology Center provides you the perfect place to do
all that with eight PCs and staff to assist you. Please note
that children must be supervised while in this area.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Luncheon and
Business Meeting
For more information, contact Jenny Anderson at
(850) 222-9684.
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Municipal Marketplace Open
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“Cities 101” Workshop
If you are newly elected or newly appointed, this “crash
course” is designed for you. Details about Florida municipalities,
services and governing challenges will be
discussed. This is a prequel to the popular Institute for
Elected Municipal Officials, but is not a substitute for the
three-day IEMO class.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
7:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit
Tallahassee: A Community that Reads
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
City Class Sessions
The League has developed two concurrent, three-hour
“city class” sessions to kick-off the annual conference.
These workshops will provide you with an intensive,
interactive educational experience. While there is no
charge to attend either session, pre-registration is
required to ensure there will be enough seating and
handout materials. Be sure to indicate which session
you will attend on the enclosed registration form.
City Session 1 – What Do I Do Now?
Presented by Scott Paine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Communication/Government, University of Tampa
Winning an election or re-election makes us leaders
by position. But leading is so much more than a
title and an office… and nobody prepared us for the
challenges with which events, and our constituents,
confront us every day. What are the leadership
principles and practical tools that make us more
effective leaders in these particularly challenging
times?
Using a combination of discussions, role-play and
presentations, Dr. Scott Paine, communication and
government professor, former city councilman,
Florida League of Cities columnist and blogger, and
author of Rethinking Public Leadership for the 21st
Century, will help you enhance your effectiveness as
a public leader. Paine will bring real-world, and real-
Florida, experiences to life, and challenge you to
find a leadership path through them… where your
political career won’t be on the line!
Thursday, August 19, 2010, continued
William H. Hudnut III
Senior Fellow Emeritus, Urban
Land Institute and Managing Partner,
Bill Hudnut Consultants, LLC
Former four-term Indianapolis
mayor and congressman,
author, public speaker, TV
commentator, think tank fellow
and clergyman, Bill Hudnut is
a senior fellow emeritus at the
Urban Land Institute (ULI) in
Washington, D.C.; managing
partner in his own consulting
firm Bill Hudnut Consultants, LLC;
a faculty member at Georgetown
University teaching graduatelevel
real estate development
courses; and an associate with
SGBlocks LLC. Hudnut is probably
best known for his 16-year tenure
as mayor of Indianapolis from
1976 to 1991. A past president
of the National League of Cities
and the Indiana Association of
Cities and Towns, Hudnut helped
Indianapolis record spectacular
growth during his years in
office. His goal was to build a
“cooperative, compassionate and
competitive” city. After leaving
the mayor’s office, Hudnut held
posts at the Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard, the
Hudson Institute in Indianapolis
and the Civic Federation in
Chicago before assuming his
position with ULI in 1996.
He is the author of Minister
Mayor; The Hudnut Years in
Indianapolis, 1976-1991; Cities
on the Rebound; Halfway to
Everywhere; and Changing
Metropolitan America: Planning
for a More Sustainable Future.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee Meetings
Energy and Environmental Quality
Finance and Taxation
Growth Management and Transportation
Intergovernmental Relations
Urban Administration
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
International Relations Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Resolutions Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendees’ Orientation
If this is your first FLC Conference – Welcome!
This workshop will acquaint you with the League, the
conference program (with tips for the best use of your
time), how to get involved in your local or regional
league, FLC legislative policy committees and other
municipal services.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors Meeting
For more information, contact Jenny Anderson at
(850) 222-9684.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception in
Municipal Marketplace
Friday, August 20, 2010
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Breakfast
For more information, contact Leo Longworth at
(863) 533-3136 or visit www.fbcleo.com.
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast in Municipal Marketplace
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Municipal Marketplace Open
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Early Bird Workshops
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technology Center Open
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Opening General Session
Featuring the presentation
of the E. Harris Drew Award
and the Years of Service
Awards and a keynote
presentation by William H.
Hudnut III.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions
Come sit with your colleagues
and discuss fiscal
best practices, “go green”
solutions, small city issues,
financial innovations and
other topics.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Women Elected to
Municipal Government
Luncheon
Luncheon by invitation only.
If you do not receive your
invitation, please contact
WEMG at (904) 571-4925 or
[email protected] See
letter on page 19 for details.
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grants and Technical
Assistance Resource
Center
This unique and valuable
session will provide you
with grants information,
technical assistance and
other resources that are
available to your city. The
Resource Center is specifically
designed so that you
may drop by at your convenience
to meet with representatives
from various
state, federal and nonprofit
organizations that provide
grants and other services.
Preview the 2010 version of FLC’s much sought after
grants exchange guide, Financial and Technical Assistance
for Florida Municipalities, which will be sent to your city.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sidewalk Café in Municipal Marketplace (Cash Sales)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Florida Association of City Clerks Workshop –
“Public Integrity and Transparency in Government”
Join your peers for an enlightening session with
members of the Winter Springs City Commission and
its city manager. Learn how they have taken their
focus on transparency in government and opened the
floodgates so it is truly for the citizens. The elected
officials, management and all city staff of Winter Springs
are incredibly focused on keeping the actions of the
government’s leaders open to the public. It goes beyond
Florida statutes and what municipalities are mandated
to do. It is a new mindset, a real emphasis on true
accountability and better communications. Attend this
informative session full of innovative ideas and consider
new ways to let your community know more about
their government, including what you are doing for
them, and how you and your citizens can form a more
understanding partnership.
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Candidates’ Forum
The League has invited all candidates running for governor,
Cabinet positions and U.S. Senate to participate in
one of two forums during the conference. The final forum
schedules will be determined closer to conference.
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Special Presentation – “See First, Understand First,
Act First: Leadership and Preparedness in the
21st Century”
Co-sponsored by the Florida
League of Mayors
When Hurricane Katrina struck
New Orleans in 2005, the
devastation was more than
anyone could have imagined.
Images of the city drowning in
the waters of the Mississippi and
Lake Pontchartrain, and of the
dire conditions at the Louisiana
Superdome and Convention Center, showed the world
that the United States was ill-equipped and unprepared
to deal with a natural disaster of such epic proportions.
In spite of questionable leadership on many levels, one
leader undeniably changed the course of the disaster:
Lt. General Russel Honoré, the commanding general of
Joint Task Force Katrina. A native of Lakeland, La., Honoré,
the “Category 5 General,” swept into New Orleans,
surveyed the destruction and took charge, bringing the
city back under control and starting the long process of
putting it back together. Honoré is a no-nonsense career
soldier who always speaks his mind. While in charge
of the entire Army east of the Mississippi, he brought
leadership to New Orleans, reminding soldiers to lower
their weapons and help those in need, creating a more
positive atmosphere as rebuilding began. Honoré is now
bringing the lessons on Katrina to organizations around
the country. An expert on preparedness and responding
to catastrophe, he offers insights into protecting people
and organizations, outlining the principles necessary
to lead through unexpected and uncontrollable crises.
In May 2009, he published his first book, Survival: How
a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family
From Disasters. The man that New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin called a “John Wayne dude,” Honoré has
proven that by taking charge and creating a culture of
preparedness, whether as an individual, group, city or
entire country, unexpected crises can be managed and
their impacts can be minimized.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon Ticket Exchange Open
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Municipal Achievements Event
All delegates are invited to meet and recognize the winners
of this year’s Florida Municipal Achievement Awards
program. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Evening Open
Saturday, August 21, 2010
7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon Ticket Exchange Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Various Local/Regional League Breakfast Meetings
Contact your local league for more information.
©Sigrid Estrada
Saturday, August 21, 2010, continued
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technology Center Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Voting Delegate Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Youth Council Program
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Second General Session
Featuring keynote presentations by National
League of Cities President Ronald O. Loveridge
and John Avlon.
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon and Installation
of New President
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Workshops
3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Candidates’ Forum
6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Childcare Provided
Pre-registration required. See enclosed form
to register.
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
“FLC Arts Festival” Closing Night Event
Join your colleagues from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
for samples of culinary delights from throughout
the state, while exploring the works of local artists
and community activities within our own festival!
After 8:00 p.m., enjoy dancing and singing along
with a rock n’ roll band.
Schedule and speakers subject to change.
Ronald O. Loveridge
Mayor, Riverside, Calif.,
and President, National
League of Cities
Ronald O. Loveridge,
mayor of Riverside,
Calif., was elected
president of the National
League of Cities by its
membership in 2009.
He has long been active
in NLC, serving as a
member of the Board of Directors and vice chair of
the Equity and Opportunity Panel. He also served on
NLC’s International Council and chaired the American-
Canadian Cities in 2004-2005. He is a past president of
the League of California Cities and served on numerous
task forces and leadership positions. Loveridge was
first elected mayor of Riverside (pop. 300,000) in
1994. He served on the City Council from 1979 to 1993
and the Environmental Protection Commission from
1970 to 1979. He is also a member of the California
Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Air
Management District and the Southern California
Association of Governments.
John Avlon
Author and Senior
Political Columnist,
The Daily Beast
John Avlon is senior
political columnist for
The Daily Beast and the
author of Wingnuts: How
the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking
America, as well
as Independent
Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics.
Avlon was the youngest and longest-serving speechwriter
in New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s City Hall.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he and his
team were responsible for writing the eulogies for all
firefighters and police officers murdered in the destruction
of the World Trade Center. Avlon’s essay on the
attacks, “The Resilient City,” concluded the anthology
Empire City: New York Through the Centuries and won
acclaim as “the best single essay written in the wake
of 9/11.” In a profile, author Stephen Marshall wrote
“Avlon talks about politics the way ESPN anchors wrap
up sports highlights.” Columnist Kathleen Parker wrote
“Americans who are fed up with the Ann Coulter/
Michael Moore school of debate and are looking for
someone to articulate a common sense, middle path,
may have found their voice in John Avlon.”
Additional Activities
Off-Site Activities
The Westin Diplomat provides a professional concierge
desk to answer all questions regarding what to do, where
to dine and how to get there, as well as brochures on
area attractions, shopping and restaurants. For complete
information, please contact the Westin at (954) 602-6000
or visit their Web site at www.diplomatresort.com.
Charity Golf Tournament
A charity golf tournament will be held on Thursday
morning, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to
benefit Tallahassee: A Community that Reads. Enjoy a
round of golf on the Diplomat’s course while helping this
organization promote literacy and foster and develop
a love of reading in citizens of all ages. The entry fee is
$100 per person. See the registration form on page 15
for more information.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon
Ticket Exchange
The installation of the new president will take place
during Saturday’s Past Presidents’ Luncheon. When you
pick up your packet at registration, you will receive a
coupon to exchange for a luncheon ticket. The ticket
exchange booth will be open twice: Friday, August 19
from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. (during the Municipal
Achievements Event) and Saturday, August 21 from
7:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This procedure will give you
the opportunity to pick the table at which you want to
sit. You must exchange this coupon for a ticket.
Saturday Night Childcare
Childcare services will be available on Saturday, August
21, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. during the “FLC Arts
Festival.” This service, provided by the League through
Sitter Solutions, will be offered at no charge, but preregistration
is required.
The League will provide pizza, popcorn and drinks. Sitter
Solutions will provide quality childcare with loads of
activities and games. Toys will be provided for children
1-3 years old, as well as videos for quiet time. Pillows and
blankets will also be available.
Agenda
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Activities
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Quiet Time and Videos
10:30 p.m. Closes
Please be sure to pick up your child by 10:30 p.m.
In order for us to provide this service, you will need to fill
out the Childcare Registration Form on page 17 so we
can determine how many sitters will be needed. Please
return childcare forms to Barbara Solis, P.O. Box 1757,
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1757 or fax to (850) 222-3806.
This service is licensed, bonded, insured and CPR trained

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more to come….

Post Division

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/

more to come…

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard ….

July 9, 2010 by Barbara

SERVICE PROVIDER?….

We previously posted an e-mail sent over a month ago from former VFD Battalion Chief Patrick Pointu voicing concerns and asking for answers from the VFD …As of today, he has not received a response or seen action taken by the VFD or the Town…Pointu sent a follow-up e-mail to the Town and Commissioners this week…

“I would like to express my concerns to you regarding the fact that I still have not received any answer from the VFD on questions I asked them more than a month ago. Danny Chavez told me four weeks ago (after trying to call me at 2 am!), that he will personally make sure that I will receive an answer in a timely manner. But it seems that like his boss there is a lot more talk than actions. Their silence and indifference is unfortunately confirming my concerns.

I would like to remind you of three of the points that appear critical to me:

-the possible lack of insurance coverage for some of their members that they discovered six months ago but is still unresolved.

-the fire chief not meeting the legal requirements for his employment per State Statutes and the lack of action by the VFD to correct it.

-the lack of proper supervision that is leading to repeated unsafe childish behavior by some members.

On this last point, I can add that it was reported to me that during the parade, the two VFD ATVs were racing each other and almost hit a child. I did not witness this incident myself but heard it from two different sources.

Regards, Patrick Pointu”

BC- We have heard complaints were filed on the July 4th ATV incident and therefore it must be addressed …We also hear the Int. TM sent an independent auditor (prev. post Comm. mtg. last mo.) to the VFD to check out all of the apparatus and perhaps look into some of inquiries that have arisen over the past months… The VFD has repeatedly asked to be treated like any other Town vendor since returning to service the Town…No doubt that should happen now…This is not a small town VFD anymore …Not a purely volunteer department anymore… As previously posted the majority of the members has changed radically ….This department will receive in the 2010-11 budget their 4% increase … $912,894.00 (this amt. excludes the pension/retirement contribution from the Town/Pension consultants)… They need to provide service and answers…

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2ND BITE OF THE APPLE? ….

We hear the Town Atty. has informed the Commission that the Supreme Court of Florida has made a decision on reviewing M & H Profit v. City of Panama City on the basis that it conflicted with another appellate court decision. The Supreme Court declined to accept jurisdiction over M & H Profit thus that case becomes final law and remains a valid basis for the judges decision in the Town’s case in the Bert J. Harris suits…. We also hear the plaintiffs in the 4 cases (prev. posts) have indicated they will amend their complaints in response to the judges order. Now the Town needs to wait and see if they follow through….

IT ISN’T AVIS WHEN IT COMES TO SOME ASST. TOWN MANAGERS IN SOUTH FLORIDA THESE DAYS …

“Gretsas’ tenure to end July 31; commission appoints interim manager

George Gretsas’ tenure as Fort Lauderdale’s city manager will come to an end as planned on July 31.

At 3:18 a.m., city commissioners decided that they would let his contract end as scheduled. They chose Assistant City Manager Allyson Love to serve as a caretaker manager from July 31 until they meet next on Aug. 17.

A divided commission decided in November not to renew Gretsas’ contract. He has since been searching for work, most recently applying for the city manager post in Reno, Nevada.

In November, Mayor Jack Seiler joined commissioners Bruce Roberts and Charlotte Rodstrom in not renewing Gretsas’ deal, while Romney Rogers and Bobby DuBose supported him. Thursday morning, that split continued.

“We made this decision back in November, and now it’s time to move on,” Roberts said. DuBose, though, said: “I don’t think we are logically making a good decision. It makes no sense when we have someone who is doing a good job.”

Seiler cut that debate short, saying the commission needed to look to the future. “We made a decision last fall, and I’m not going to debate it again,” Seiler said.

Commissioners threw out three names for an interim appointment: Love, City Attorney Harry Stewart and City Auditor John Herbst. Herbst withdrew from consideration, saying he would be barred from then returning to his current job based on national auditing standards.

Love had been the city’s budget director before becoming an assistant city manager.

Seiler said that at the Aug. 17 meeting, the commission would choose someone to serve a longer term as interim manager while a national search is conducted.

Rodstrom and Roberts opposed Love’s choice, while Seiler, DuBose and Rogers supported it.”
http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2010/07/gretsas_tenure_to_end_july_31.htm

DEJA VU … Excerpt…

“This, to select someone who is authorized to write checks for millions, who is responsible for proper allocation of our tax dollars, who must effectively manage an organization of 2,600 employees, and who needs to be intelligently working now on a new fiscally-responsible budget for 2010/2011. This interim City Manager was selected with all the care and planning that one would take in selecting a potted plant.

Worse, the person selected is a Gretsas’ lackey. This lady is the one who (last year), stood up as Budget Director in the Commission meeting and publicly declared that last year’s budget was “zero-based”. That was a complete fabrication and she knows it. She was doing Gretsas’ bidding and we ended up with a budget that was tens of millions of dollars more than it should have been ($605M). For her lying to the Commission she was promoted to Assistant City Manager.

So guess who will be pulling the strings behind the scenes now? (HINT: Gretsas!) Does anyone believe that either she or our Commission will have an epiphany over the next two months and finally develop a fiscally responsible budget?”

BC-GULP!…

http://abetterftlauderdale.com/?p=1107

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CANDIDATES LOOKING FOR A GREEK LUCKY CHARM ?….

2010 Greek Lucky charm Red New Year Pomegranate

As previously posted …word is out on the campaign trail…especially after the 65% landslide win in the LBTS municipal election… Candidates are lining up to have their fundraisers at LBTS Athena By The Sea… Candidate for State Representative David Maymon had his a few weeks ago (prev. post)… and upcoming is Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff on July 15th…along with Judge Carlos Rebollo on August 4th…  want s’more info?  …http://heresthescooponline.com/

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NO, “IT” DIDN’T FREEZE OVER …. JUST A CHANGE IN TOWN MANAGER PROVIDED THE THAW….

Finally, the Town of LBTS and the LBTS Chamber of Commerce will join together for the 2010 Annual Hurricane Preparedness Seminar in Jarvis Hall …. KUDOS!….

SAVE THE DATE!
EVERYONE IS INVITED
HURRICANE SEMINAR
Wednesday, August 18 | 9:00 – 11:00am
Jarvis Hall, 4501 Ocean, LBTS

Special Guest Speakers
Jeff Beraradelli
WFOR/CBS4 Meteorologist

Chief Oscar Llerena
Broward Sherrif’s Office

Chief Robert Perkins
LBTS Volunteer Fire Department

Seminar Brought To You By
The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Chamber of Commerce
and
The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Complimentary refreshments courtesy of
Aruba Beach Café,Sandra K. Booth
and the LBTS Chamber
Call 954-776-1000 for more information.

http://heresthescooponline.com/

more to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop … Learning About The Judges…Brings It Back “Home” …

June 1, 2010 by Barbara

IT ALWAYS COMES BACK HOME, SOMEHOW…..

Dear Readers… an Avid Reader spoke to this writer last week about the judges up for re-election…I was a little embarrassed that I like most voters actually know very little about the candidates or the races … The name at the top of the list to find out about was Carlos S. Rebollo … I promised I would look into it…

With a little downtime this morning I did a little looking online …and found that this judge is highly regarded and well respected from all the comments found on various sites …Judge Rebollo has listed on his site .(see below)….as a reference The Honorable James I. Cohn, United States District Court Judge, Southern District of Florida … That struck me because I had just finished reading an article about Judge Cohn (see below) …finding he too is highly regarded and respected …One of those lawyers interviewed was the Atty. for Kenneth Wilk …. In August 2004, Kenneth Wilk shot and killed Deputy Todd Fatta while he was trying to serve a search warrant at Wilk’s house in Fort Lauderdale. A high-powered round from a Winchester hunting rifle penetrated Fatta’s bulletproof vest and hit him in the heart.The bullet passed through Fatta’s body and then hit Sgt. Angelo Cedeno in the hand and shoulder. Cedeno lost a finger from the incident. That’s right, the very same BSO-LBTS Lt. Angelo Cedeno …(see below)…It always seems to come back home…somehow….

What also came to light for me from various websites and articles is the issue of how the politicos think we vote when having so little knowledge of who the person is on the ballot before us…These articles being posted bring forth that perhaps we will vote the surname rather than the record…

If true, it appears that Judge Rebollo could be voted out because of his surname … and he’s not alone…opponents are coming forward in many such races in hopes that this assumption will hold true…

In the meantime I believe it would be a great service to the the voters of the Town to invite the candidates to come to Jarvis Hall and speak to the voters to make sure that when our residents vote, they vote for the person and their record just as they did in March…

Our Commissioners should assist in this endeavor and I ask Readers to do some homework as well before they are faced with a name on the ballot before them that might make them have to question whether they will give validity to the claims of how we vote…..

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“Retain Judge Carlos S. Rebello website”….

“CARLOS S. REBOLLO

About Judge Rebollo

I have been a Broward County Circuit Court Judge for over two years, assigned to the Juvenile Dependency division handling cases where children have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Prior to becoming a judge I was a prosecutor for twenty one years, two in New Jersey and nineteen here in Broward County.

In those twenty one years I was a homicide, career criminal, organized crime and gang prosecutor.
I look forward to continue serving the people of Broward County. I bring integrity and fairness to the bench. Everyone in my courtroom is treated with respect.

Professional

* Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, August 2007
* Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, December 1987
* Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida April 2006
* Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 11 th Circuit, August 2007
* Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey , May 1985
* Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, May 1985

Legal Experience

* Appointed November 22, 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist Circuit Court Judge for the 17 th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County; Started December 17, 2007 in the Juvenile Dependency division.
* Solo General Practitioner, The Law Offices of Carlos S. Rebollo, P.A., August 2007 to December 2007.
* Assistant State Attorney, 17 th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

September 1988 to August 2007. Prosecuted over 200 felony jury trials to verdict, charges included murder, robbery, burglary, other violent offenses, possession, delivery and trafficking in controlled substances and all other felonies.

* Homicide Unit October 2006 to August 2007
* Organized Crime and Gang Unit May 2001 to September 2006
* Career Criminal Unit November 1994 to April 2001
* Senior Supervisor & Supervisor in the Felony Trial Unit July 1992 to December 1994
* Felony Trial Unit December 1988 to June 1992
* Misdemeanor Trial Unit September 1988 to December 1988
* Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark , New Jersey ,
* June 1986 to August 1988. Prosecuted 20 felony jury trials to verdict.
* Law Clerk to the Honorable John J. Dios, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County, Criminal Division, September 1985 to June 1986.
* Associate and Law Clerk to the law firm of Summerville, Radding & Campbell, Jersey City, New Jersey. September 1984 to August 1985. General practice of law.

Education

* Juris Doctorate, The Drake University Law School , Des Moines , Iowa May 1984
* Dean’s List, The Drake University Law School, Des Moines , Iowa 1983 Fall semester
* Biography in Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 4 th Edition 1984
* Prosecutor’s Internship Polk County State Attorney’s Office Des Moines, Iowa 1984 Spring semester
* Student Attorney, Boone County Legal Aid, Boone, Iowa 1982 Fall semester
* Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey May 1980
* Major in Political Science; Minor in History

Professional Affiliations Current and Previous Years

* Florida Bar
* Broward County Bar Association
* Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
* Broward County Crime Commission
* Florida Gang Investigators Association
* Friends of Florida Assistant State Attorneys
* Federal Bar Association Broward Chapter
* New Jersey State Bar Association
* American Bar Association
* Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Committee Membership

* Florida Bar – Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee
* Appointed July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007; Reappointed July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010;
* Appointed Subcommittee I Chairman July 1, 2008; Reappointed July 1, 2009.

Awards and Commendations

* 2006 Commendation presented by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Strategic Investigation Division, Organized Criminal Activities Section, for tremendous contribution in the fight against Organized Crime in South Florida.

* • 2003 Commendation presented by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Strategic Investigation Division, Organized Criminal Activities Section, for leadership and dedication to Operation Goodfellas and Operation Crossover.
* April 2001 Commendation presented by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, Career Criminal Unit for dedication, effort and accomplishments while in the Career Criminal Unit.
* October 1991 recognized as Prosecutor of the Month in the Felony Trial Unit and commended for dedicated and outstanding service to the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.

Special Skills:
* Speak Spanish fluently.

References:

* The Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas, United States District Court Judge, Southern
* District of Florida.
* The Honorable James I. Cohn, United States District Court Judge, Southern District
* of Florida .

http://retainjudgerebollo.com/about.html

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Excerpts …Judge James I. Cohn

“When three of Broward County’s once powerful residents are sentenced to federal prison in the next few weeks, their fates will lie in the hands of one man — U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn.

BC-Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher, now-disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein, former Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman

“Cohn wields great authority and power as a lifetime appointee to the federal bench in Fort Lauderdale but outside court, he’ll introduce himself as “Jimmy Cohn” in his soft Alabama drawl or gently inquire about some personal detail you’ll have assumed he’s too busy to remember.

“A true Southern gentleman” and “tough but fair” were the most common descriptions offered by dozens of attorneys who have handled cases in his courtroom and were interviewed by the Sun Sentinel.

And yes, many of them said that he doles out tough sentences to convicted criminals.

For his part, Cohn said in a rare interview that he would like to be known as “somebody that was fair and reasonable and someone who treated people with courtesy and respect and somebody who followed the law.”

“He’s a judge who’s prepared, he’s decisive and he plays it down the middle. The rulings cut both ways,” said Bill Matthewman, a defense attorney who represented convicted cop killer Kenneth Wilk in Cohn’s courtroom in 2007.

Cohn, 61, is a lifelong Democrat nominated to the federal judiciary in 2003 by Republican President George W. Bush and confirmed 96-0 by a Republican-dominated Senate during a bitterly partisan era. His confirmation hearing was described by the Sun Sentinel as “a striking display of harmony in a contentious arena” but Cohn said that, as a Democrat selected by a Republican president, he was unlikely to face opposition.

The position of U.S. district judge is for life and appointees are not subject to voter approval. The job pays $174,000 a year.

Before Cohn’s current job, he was a Broward Circuit judge, appointed in 1995 by Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat. He scored high in attorney reviews and never attracted a challenger at election time.

In his eight years on the state bench, Cohn tried 770 felony jury trials, including 144 in one year, a local record only exceeded by his friend, U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas when he was a state judge. Cohn believes that his work ethic helped to get him the federal appointment.

The judge sets the tone and he insists on punctuality, courtesy and respect in his courtroom. He seems bewildered by attorneys who run late or are less than totally organized.

Benjamin said he thinks the world of Cohn: “He’s the picture of what you want in a judge.” But Benjamin said he was really frustrated by the judge’s rigidity. “It’s puzzling to see that court scheduling can ever be more important than preparing a case,” the attorney said.

Cohn said he hopes he’s evolved with experience but that “lawyers are inherent procrastinators and you’ve got to set deadlines.”

Some defendants in state court, where Cohn handled career criminals who were mandated by law to receive lengthy sentences, called him “the Rocket Man” because they said “he could send you to the moon.” That reputation has stuck and some attorneys quietly call Cohn’s courtroom “the launching pad” for similar reasons.

Cautiously choosing his words, Cohn said he judges each case on its merits, considering the advisory sentencing guidelines, the nature and circumstances of the crime and the defendant’s history and character.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-judge-cohn-profile-20100529,0,3680538,full.story

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Excerpts…Conviction of Kenneth Wilk….
“BSO deputy murderer sentenced to three life terms
MIAMI – A man convicted of murdering a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy was sentenced earlier today to three concurrent terms of life imprisonment, an additional thirty years’ imprisonment to run consecutive to the life terms, a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $25,000 fine.
Kenneth Paul Wilk was also ordered to pay $300,000 to the court’s CJA fund to defer the costs of his appointed defense counsel. The court also ordered the forfeiture of Wilk’s interest in his residence, located at 1950 NE 57th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as directed by the jury in a separate forfeiture proceeding on June 13, 2007. A separate hearing is set for Nov. 2, 2007 to determine the amount of restitution that Wilk will owe to the Fatta family and Angelo Cedeno.
The sentencing announcement was made by R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jonathan I. Solomon, special agent in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Sheriff Ken Jenne, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO).
Wilk was convicted on June 5, 2007 of murder in the first degree for the murder of BSO Sheriff’s Deputy Todd M. Fatta, the attempted murder of Sergeant Angelo Cedeno, use of a firearm in the commission of crimes of violence, that is, the murder of Deputy Fatta and the attempted murder of Sergeant Cedeno, obstruction of justice in connection with the prosecution of Kelly Ray Jones in a prior federal case, possession of child pornography; and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The defendant has been in custody since Aug. 19, 2004, the date of the Fatta murder.
U.S. Attorney Acosta stated, “Although today’s sentence brings some measure of comfort to the Fatta and BSO families, no amount of punishment can undo or even alleviate the pain and suffering caused by this senseless murder. The loss of human life is always tragic, but it is particularly poignant when the victim is someone who so selflessly devoted his life to helping others.”

http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/070822miami1.htm

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Excerpt….

“Here We Go Again: Two Hispanic Judges File For Re-Election

Have Broward County voters matured enough to elect a Hispanic judge?
We’ll find out next year now that two incumbent Hispanic judges have opened re-election campaigns.
Broward Circuit Judges Carlos Rebollo and Carlos Rodriguez filed re-election papers in Tallahassee within the last week.
Both were appointed to the bench by Gov. Charlie Crist. They will be facing voters for the first time in 2010.
That may be the problem.
When three appointed Hispanic judges — Catalina Avalos, Pedro Dijols and Julio Gonzalez — ran last year for the first time, they lost.
Sad, but true: The loss was widely attributed to them having Hispanic names.
Having Hispanic names hasn’t deterred Rebollo and Rodriguez from running.
Rebollo and Rodriguez deserve to be easily re-elected. They would be, unless biased voters reject them because of their Hispanic names.
Rebollo and Rodriguez are two of three remaining Broward judges with an identifiably Hispanic name. The third is Judge Robert Diaz.
Judge Ana Gardiner is Hispanic, but her name isn’t.
Judge Mily Rodriguez-Powell could run as Mily R. Powell. That’s similar to what Judge Marina Garcia Wood did when she ran as Marina G. Wood.
I wish that we reached the point where a Hispanic name is not a detriment for a candidate.
But I wouldn’t count on it.”

http://www.browardbeat.com/here-we-go-again-two-hispanic-judges-file-for-re-election/

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more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town … Smoke And Tar Balls ….

May 20, 2010 by Barbara

Dear Readers … We hear the VFD has been busy with 2 fires in the last 2 days …”smoke showing” …at 4900 N. Ocean (Sea Ranch Club C) yesterday on the 7th floor and in the 1900 block of  S. Ocean  today…… No word on the extent of the damage… We hear all trucks were on scene at the 4900 call …

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TAR BALLS  COMING TO  LBTS?…..

Yesterday Congressman Klein had a conference call on the oil spill potential impact with Commissioners … after  sending  e-mails the day before on May 18th….

“Subject: Call With Congressman Klein

Dear Friends,

Many of you have contacted our office with questions and concerns about the oil spill in the Gulf. In order to provide you with the latest information and to discuss how we can be prepared for the potential impact on our shorelines, I’d like to invite you to participate in a conference call with Congressman Klein tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm. The phone number and access codes required to dial in are below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you tomorrow.

Thanks!

Rebecca”

Also …
Int. Asst. TM Bud Bentley will also be attending a meeting on Thursday, May 20th sponsored by Hollywood Fire Dept. regarding – preparation and planning for the oil spill to which EOC Reps and City Managers have been invited and Mayor Minnet will be attending a Coastal Cities Mayors meeting sponsored by Ken Keechl on Friday, May 21st…..
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And more on the oil spill front…

PRESS RELEASE FROM GOV. CRIST …

(BC- No direct links…sorry need to paste and click to get there….)
“CHARLIE CRIST SECRETARY ……….. MICHAEL W. SOLE DAVID HALSTEAD
Governor Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Coordinating Officer
MEDIA ADVISORY: TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
CONTACT: PUBLIC INFORMATION (ESF 14): (850) 921-0217
FLORIDA DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE MAY 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE – Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
The following is a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre- and post-landfall.
Landfall Predictions: The State Emergency Operations Center is aware of and has been fully briefed on the report of tar balls being found in the Keys. The Coast Guard has sent the tar balls for analysis to determine if they are related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
It should be noted that in 2008 and 2009 there were 667 and 681 reports respectively of oil and petroleum incidents along Florida’s waterways and beaches so these types of occurrences are not as unusual as one might think.
It is important that residents, visitors and especially the media await confirmation of the testing on these tar balls before assuming where they came from. Deepwater Horizon continues to discharge an estimated 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day. BP continues to evaluate numerous options to contain the oil discharge and is continuing efforts to drill a relief well. Winds/currents continue to keep the plume away from the Florida coast for at least the next 72 hours. Florida continues to monitor the location of the loop current and make preparations to safeguard the state’s shoreline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the lead monitoring agency and at this time has not confirmed whether the oil has entered the loop current. Floridians and visitors are reminded that the state’s beaches and other attractions remain open for public enjoyment. Impacts to Florida’s coastline could include tar balls, oil sheen or tar mats. Should individuals observe oil on Florida’s coastline, report the incident to BP’s hotline 1-866-448-5816, or the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from any wireless device. BP has opened six claims offices in Florida and expects to open an additional office later this week.
Walk-ins are welcomed. BP asks that calls be made to the claims hotline in advance at 1-800-440-0858 to expedite the process. After the initial call, a claims adjuster is estimated to call back in 48 to 72 hours.
State Actions: The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at a Level 2 or Partial activation.
On May 17, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that BP will provide Florida an additional $25 million for a national tourism advertising campaign. These funds are in addition to the $25 million Florida has already received for preparation efforts. On May 14, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved disaster loan funds for businesses along Florida’s Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident. (Press Release) Learn more at: http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/. Businesses and individuals can now submit Innovative Technology Ideas, suggestions, or products by completing the following information: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/inno_tech_evaluation.pdf.
Send the completed form and any other supporting documentation to [email protected] On May 12, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist directed DEP to issue an Emergency Final Order to accelerate preparedness and restoration in the 19 coastal counties under the Governor’s state-of-emergency Executive Orders.
Government entities, BP and its contractors making emergency permit application requests pursuant to the Emergency Final Order can obtain DEP’s emergency application form at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/publications/pdf/emergency/DEP73-303EmPerApp-w-insts.pdf
The following link provides additional information about activities that may take place seaward of Coastal Construction Control Line: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/default.htm#DEEPWATER_HORIZON_-_Gulf_Oil_Spill. On May 11, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist issued (Executive Order 10-101) creating an Economic Recovery Task Force to facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries in recovering from the loss of business and revenues due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. On May 10, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum called on former Attorneys General Bob Butterworth and Jim Smith to chair a Legal Advisory Council to explore options relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Press Release As of May 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. the Florida Oil Spill Information Line, 1-888-337-3569, was activated to provide Floridians with response information and resources about the Deepwater Horizon oil incident from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Additional phone numbers have also been established for persons with disabilities: (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice). DEP conducted water and sediment sampling to use as a baseline and is monitoring air quality data. Statewide air quality monitoring is conducted in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Learn more at http://www.airnow.gov/ or http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.
Air quality reports for Monday, May 17, revealed that air quality throughout the panhandle area was considered good based on the ozone and fine
On May 17, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that BP will provide Florida an additional $25 million for a national tourism advertising campaign. These funds are in addition to the $25 million Florida has already received for preparation efforts. On May 14, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved disaster loan funds for businesses along Florida’s Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident. (Press Release) Learn more at: http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/. Businesses and individuals can now submit Innovative Technology Ideas, suggestions, or products by completing the following information: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/inno_tech_evaluation.pdf.
Send the completed form and any other supporting documentation to [email protected] On May 12, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist directed DEP to issue an Emergency Final Order to accelerate preparedness and restoration in the 19 coastal counties under the Governor’s state-of-emergency Executive Orders.
Government entities, BP and its contractors making emergency permit application requests pursuant to the Emergency Final Order can obtain DEP’s emergency application form at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/publications/pdf/emergency/DEP73-303EmPerApp-w-insts.pdf
The following link provides additional information about activities that may take place seaward of Coastal Construction Control Line: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/default.htm#DEEPWATER_HORIZON_-_Gulf_Oil_Spill. On May 11, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist issued (Executive Order 10-101) creating an Economic Recovery Task Force to facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries in recovering from the loss of business and revenues due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. On May 10, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum called on former Attorneys General Bob Butterworth and Jim Smith to chair a Legal Advisory Council to explore options relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Press Release As of May 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. the Florida Oil Spill Information Line, 1-888-337-3569, was activated to provide Floridians with response information and resources about the Deepwater Horizon oil incident from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Additional phone numbers have also been established for persons with disabilities: (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice). DEP conducted water and sediment sampling to use as a baseline and is monitoring air quality data. Statewide air quality monitoring is conducted in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Learn more at http://www.airnow.gov/ or http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.
Air quality reports for Monday, May 17, revealed that air quality throughout the panhandle area was considered good based on the ozone and fine
Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call 1-800-440-0858. FWC urges citizens to report oiled wildlife to the Wildlife Distress Hotline at 1-866-557-1401. For the safety of the public as well as the safety of animals, rescues should be conducted by trained responders. Untrained rescuers may cause more harm than good. Learn more at: http://www.myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/statewide/News_10_X_OilSpill2.htm
Closures: Currently there are no Florida State Park or beach closures. Learn more about Florida State Parks at: www.floridastateparks.org.
Tourism: Florida’s pristine beaches and famed fishing grounds remain open to residents and visitors. Currently, there are no impacts to Florida’s more than 1260 miles of coastline and 825 miles of sandy beaches. Florida’s shores are clear and open for business. If planning a trip to the Sunshine State, VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, encourages visitors to check with local destinations in order to get the most up-to-date information. Through www.VISITFLORIDA.com, vacationers are able to view live Twitter feeds and read up-to-the-minute information on the status of any city or region in Florida, allowing them to see first-hand whether or not an area is currently affected. The following link also provides helpful local links to check on the status of your Florida destination: http://www.visitflorida.com/florida_travel_advisory/. The Florida State Park website will be updated daily and will list any parks that may be impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Incident: http://www.floridastateparks.org/. Visitors with camping or cabin reservations will be notified if their stay will be impacted. If you have any questions, please call 1-850-245-2157.
Tips for Homeowners While the state appreciates the concern expressed by Floridians and the ingenuity of those seeking alternative measures to help protect the state’s shoreline, the following tips are offered to ensure that these measures are helpful and not harmful to Florida’s coasts, wildlife and water resources: Tips for homeowners.
Tips for Businesses and Consumers: Florida residents are discouraged from signing any documents provided to them in return for money from BP or anyone else until they know the extent of their loss, which may be significantly higher than the money being paid. These may be fraudulent or premature. The Attorney General’s fraud hotline is open to receive any reports of fraud or price gouging. The hotline is 1-866-966-7226.
The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner gas price-gouging hotline is also operational. The toll-free hotline number is 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352). Florida’s coastal businesses should be prepared to make loss of earnings claims for damages incurred as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In all circumstances, affected businesses should file a claim with BP via the hotline number – 1-800-440-0858 or claims office. Learn more at http://www.myfloridacfo.com/ or by calling 1-850-413-3089 or toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
Volunteer Opportunities: The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is encouraging Floridians and visitors to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a Coast Watch volunteer. Learn more at www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org. Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline: 1-866-557-1401. Report oiled shoreline to: 1-866-448-5816. Report a change in Air Quality to: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/. For information on scheduled beach cleanups and other volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/. BP has established a volunteer program and set up a toll-free number for those interested in volunteering. Learn more by calling BP’s community information line at 1-866-448-5816.
Learn More About Florida’s Response: DEP launched a Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert, dedicated to providing updates on Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. DEP in coordination with the state Emergency Operations Center established an email sign-up for information alerts on its website as well as a resources page containing fact sheets and tips. Learn more at: www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon. For a list of Unified Command, BP and Florida phone numbers, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm#numbers
For additional information regarding Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon, or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert.”

FACT SHEET  FROM GOV. CRIST …
“CHARLIE CRIST SECRETARY ………. MICHAEL W. SOLE DAVID HALSTEAD
Governor Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Coordinating Officer
WHAT FLORIDIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REPORTING OIL
Report evidence of oil by calling the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL
(1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from a cell phone.
 Impacts reported to the State Warning Point will be investigated by reconnaissance teams of
trained individuals for verification. When verified, a Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique
(SCAT) team will be deployed.
 Oil on Florida’s coastline will most likely be in the form of tar balls, oil sheen, tar patches or mats.

Tar Balls: Pliable, globules of weathered oil, ranging
from mostly oil to highly emulsified with varying amount
of debris and/or sediment. Tar balls may vary in size
from millimeters to 20-30 centimeters across.
Tar Patches: An oil configuration or “structure” that
reflects a broad range of shapes and dimensions.
Numerous tar balls could combine to form a patch; oil
of various colors and consistency could form a patch or
single layer 10s of cm to 10s (or even 100s) of meters
in diameter. Patches of oily debris, barely able to float
with sediment/plants in them, might be called “tar
mats.”
Oil Sheen: When fresh oil spreads out on the water
surface, it eventually becomes sheen, a very thin layer
of oil floating on the water surface. Sheens can vary
greatly in color. In regards to the Deepwater Horizon
incident, the thinnest sheens are nearly transparent,
and the thickest are dull brown in color.”

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …. GOT YOUR HEAD BURIED IN THE SAND ?

September 21, 2009 by Barbara

THEN YOU’RE VICE MAYOR MCINTEE’S KIND OF MARCH 2010 VOTER… NO “HATS” REQUIRED!….

Dear Readers…Vice Mayor McIntee and the Town Administration are just like the energizer bunny…they keep going and going and going…First they make resident Yann Brandt wait well beyond the state statute regarding “a reasonable amount of time” for producing requested materials from June to September for his Public Records Request (PRR) for the Vice Mayor’s e-mails…Then the Vice Mayor makes a PRR as Vice Mayor via the Town Manager via the Town Clerk  for 3 months of emails from his “opposing” Commissioners (Mayor Minnet/Comm Dodd) for their personal computer “town business related e-mails” to retaliate and be vindictive all the while knowing that he deleted his own “Town business related” e-mails from his own personal computer …all 3 1/2 years worth!……And then in his Commissioner Comments he does his “my AOL ate my e-mail” tale showing absolutely no remorse for his actions…NAH, not him!…He’s chomping at the bit and rubbing his hands together in anticipation for HIS coveted PRR e-mails……Arrogantly  contacting the Florida State’s Atty. to ensure he gets what he, himself did not turn over!….And when you think there is nothing more he can do…..he does!..Vice Mayor McIntee and this Colon- led Town administration are indeed continuing to act badly……Last week, the Town Clerk advised Mr Brandt that she, the Town Clerk will no longer take his PRR for e-mails from the Vice Mayor, informing him the requests are to go to the Vice Mayor directly, contrary to the Florida state public records laws…And now they have changed the Town website contact category…….stating  “Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee  No e-mail is available”!!!!…(personal or Town!)….The ONLY Town official or employee to not have an e-mail address!!!!!…. WOW!…….

We hear the deletions of his e-mails constitute a “WILLFUL FAILURE”…. punishable with up to 1 year in jail and up to $1000 per the LBTS Town Attorneys. The State Attorney and other top officials are now in receipt of the PRRs from Yann Brandt…including the Vice Mayor’s admission that he deleted 3 1/2 years of “Town business related” e-mails….

For the overwhelming voters in town who have their heads in the upright position….we will be watching and waiting to see if the State of Florida will follow through on the Vice Mayor’s bad deeds or once again choose to slap him on the hand as we witnessed with the Florida Elections Commission and Florida Ethics Commission over the past 3 1/2 years when they found a number of “probable cause” charges…and gave him and his BFF Commissioner Silverstone a pass…This time there simply can be no 3rd “slap of the wrist” and  no 3rd “go forth and don’t do it again! …This time elected LBTS official Jerry McIntee must be held accountable for “willful failure” in HIS mass deletion of HIS  public records!….

FROM THE TOWN WEBSITE…………

“TOWN E-MAIL CONTACTS FOR
ELECTED OFFICIALS & TOWN STAFF

E-MAILS ARE PUBLIC RECORDS

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses and e-mail correspondence sent to Town officials or Town staff are considered public records and will be released in response to a public records request. Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your
e-mail address and correspondence released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the Town. Thank you.

Mayor Roseann Minnet
Tel: 954-326-0594
[email protected]

ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee
Tel: 954-943-8539
No e-mail is available.

“UPRIGHT” RESIDENTS…..MAKE THIS GUY GO AWAY IN MARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey
Tel: 954-895-6595
[email protected]

Commissioner Stuard Dodd
Tel: 954-772-4121
[email protected]

Commissioner Jim Silvertone
Tel: 954-771-0355
[email protected]

TOWN HALL

ADMINISTRATION
954-776-0576
[email protected]

FRONT DESK
954-776-0576

[email protected]

FINANCE
954-776-0576
[email protected]

HUMAN RESOURCES
954-776-0576
[email protected]

PARKING ENFORCEMENT
954-553-2764
[email protected]

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
954-776-3611
[email protected]

TOWN CLERK / PUBLIC RECORDS
954-776-0576
[email protected]

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

BUILDING PERMITS
954-492-1830
[email protected]
[email protected]

OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES
954-776-3611
[email protected]

CODE COMPLIANCE
954-776-3611
[email protected]

ZONING
954-776-3611
[email protected]

MUNICIPAL SERVICES

PUBLIC WORKS
954-776-5119
[email protected]

COMMUNITY STANDARDS
954-776-5119
[email protected]

RECREATION & BEACH
954-776-5119
[email protected]

SEWER / STORMWATER
954-776-5119
[email protected]

PUBLIC SAFETY

POLICE
954-491-3920 / NON-EMERGENCY
[email protected]

FIRE
954-772-8978 / NON-EMERGENCY
[email protected]

EMS
954-776-3300 / NON-EMERGENCY
[email protected]

FIRE INSPECTOR
954-732-9846 / NON-EMERGENCY
[email protected]

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

more to come……….

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Here’s The Scoop…We Made The Papers…Beach and Banks……

April 27, 2009 by Barbara

SHOVELS ON THE BEACH….

BC- Looks like that “Golden Shovel” from the Stimulus…will be beach- bound…..but please don’t take too much…LBTS has the widest, healthiest beach around…

‘Facing similar concerns, Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports — with help from state and local communities — spent roughly $45 million to restore a 6.8-mile stretch from John Lloyd State Park south to the county line in 2006. The county is still collecting the federal share, about $25 million. It has received about $6 million of reimbursement and seeks another $6 million in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Excerpts…
Broward is preparing for the next phase of work on about 4.5 miles of beaches in northern Fort Lauderdale ,Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Pompano Beach. That too will lead to a request for federal funds.

The costs are justified, local officials say, because beaches draw tourists and local residents who shop and dine and generate tax revenue. The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, an advocacy group based in Fort Myers, says every federal dollar spent on beach “nourishment” brings back $320 in tax revenue.

“These days, with the economy in the tank, going to the beach is becoming more popular because it’s cheap,” said Steve Higgins, Broward’s beach erosion administrator.’

Full text below….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-beach-pork-a042509sbapr25,0,6382401.story

UPSIDE DOWN PROPERTIES….

BC- “Persuading the lenders”….to pay the maintenance on neglected properties….Nice going!…

Excerpt…

‘Across the state, local governments are grappling with a flood of such distressed properties. While many in Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports bill banks for tidying neglected properties, a few cities such as Coconut Creek and Lighthouse Point absorb some costs. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has persuaded lenders to maintain about a dozen homes.’

BC-This writer sent an inquiry along with congrats to Director of Development Bowman…for more specifics on how we managed to do what other towns have not ….any response will be posted in an update…

full text link below….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-abandoned-home-b042709sbapr27,0,3157416.story

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…..Public Notices To Be Less Public….

March 4, 2009 by Barbara

GET YOUR COMPUTERS READY….WHILE WATCHING  YOUR PAPER GET THINNER…

http://www.pittsburghlegaljournal.org/images/plj-r-publicnotice.jpg

S2292    GENERAL BILL by Storms
Advertisements & Notices by Governmental Entities; Provides
circumstances under which a governmental entity may use its website for  legally required advertisements and public notices. Requires that   legally required advertisements and notices be conspicuously placed on  publicly accessible websites. Provides requirements for publication in newspapers and on the Internet for certain required notices and advertisements by governmental entities, etc.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon
becoming law.
02/26/09 SENATE Filed

HB 1477 – Legally Required Advertisements and Public Notices by Governmental Entities

GENERAL BILL   by Zapata
Legally Required Advertisements and Public Notices by Governmental Entities: Authorizes various governmental entities to publish or advertise legally required public notices & advertisements on publicly accessible website; defines “publicly accessible website”; provides conditions for utilization of publicly accessible website for such purposes; provides for optional receipt of legally required public notices & advertisements via first class mail; provides requirements for legally required advertisements & public notices published on publicly accessible website; provides that specified notice, advertisement, or publication on publicly accessible website constitutes legal notice; provides that advertisements directed by law or order or decree of court to be made in county in which no newspaper is published may be made by publication on publicly accessible website; provides clarifying & conforming language; reenacts various provisions of law to incorporate amendments to various statutes in act in references thereto.
Effective Date: Not Specified

Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 7:55 AM

Buddy Nevin’s Blog gives the grim new for the Sentinel…and non- computer users who like to read the Government Public Notices each …..that the Legislature will go for free announcements on annexation,  budget meetings, ordinances and such…only online…

http://www.browardbeat.com/another-bummer-for-newspapers-from-the-state-senate/#more-462

Faithful readers will continue to see them here….

more to come…….

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