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Here’s The Scoop …OMG! … It’s The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Second Year “Bubble” Curse … UPDATED …

IT’S OMG TIME IN LBTS!  …

Dear Readers… what is that happens in the 2nd year of a LBTS Commission’s term?… I call it the 2nd year “bubble”…It’s when the majority and the administration are so insulated from commonsense and the divisiveness that is never gone in our town or anywhere else when it comes to politics …They take on the bull in a china shop mentality and go full-force with their one-sided views with all the bravado of the bull…as those opposed call it bull****…. The comeuppance as we all know comes at the polls as the opposition comes to power and the process starts all over again… Will that happen in 2012?…With the major Master Plan re-do…and the Town Manager’s less than 6-degrees of separation hired consultant contingency which looks to surpass the Colon-contract payout … on top of waiting for the big rains to come and remind all those voters of the “Lake Colon” and “Lake Bougainvilla” and “Lake Poinciana” … the only question will really be will opposition be some independent candidate as it was in 2000 or will the CIC get riled up over the above… and the below posts including the parking dept. being outsourced?…(We hear Rosa the Tomato Lady and Joan the Parking Supervisor ..longtime CIC members both are finding support in the south part of town to keep the status quo)…Once again if the majority takes a 360 turn those Commissioners /PAC/ Administration and their avid supporters  have no one to blame but themselves and the 2nd year “bubble” ….OMG!….

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HOW MANY NEVs CAN THE TOWN PURCHASE UNDER THE TOWN MANAGER ACQUISITION LIMIT IN 2011-12? …

‘Village Grille owner Dave Gadsby sits in his new method of getting around Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. ‘

Below is the Sentinel article about the Commission’s decision to have special parking spaces made available for those that can afford a NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) …At the same time that the TM and Asst. TM have put forth to the Comm. it’s time to outsource the parking dept. to be more cost effective as well as cut down duties for Asst. TM Bentley (the TM stated it now takes up 1/3 of this time- how so with a longtime parking supervisor at the helm? )… The Asst. TM is quoted in this article stating  the following…”The vehicles can only be driven on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less, which covers the whole town. Officials are considering buying NEVs, which cost roughly $6,000 each, for code and parking enforcement operations, Assistant City Manager Bud Bentley said.”They’re cheaper to run and they give you a lot more interaction with pedestrians,” Bentley said. “People relate to our employees better when they’re in that type of vehicle.”…OMG!… At the roundtable meeting on the 14th of June …there was discussion concerning the TM’s desire to raise her $15,000 limit to purchase without Comm. approval (it had been higher and lowered in the past 4 years) …Comm. Vincent and Clottey were amenable to do so…Comm. Sasser, VM Dodd and Mayor Minnet were not…After Comm. Sasser asked how important it was it to TM Hoffmann she said she could live with it to get the rest of the purchasing manual moving forward…So it stayed at $15,000 …No doubt in this writer’s mind that an increase would only have left the taxpayers with even more consultants and studies …as well as perhaps 3 NEVs vs 2?… A sudden purchase of NEVs for Town staff may not produce the interaction the Asst. TM thinks it will…OMG!…

Sentinel article…

‘The town is taking a liking to Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, which are compact and environmentally friendly, and sees them as a good fit for locals to get around.

The town’s planning to make it easier for people driving NEVs to park in its crowded commercial area by designating some parking spaces for the street-legal golf carts only. One regular space can be converted into four NEV spaces.

“It just seems to make a lot of sense,” said business owner David Gadsby, who hasn’t taken his Mercedes convertible out of the garage since his NEV arrived a month ago. He hopes as demand increases the town will consider adding charging stations for the vehicles.
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The vehicles can only be driven on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less, which covers the whole town. Officials are considering buying NEVs, which cost roughly $6,000 each, for code and parking enforcement operations, Assistant City Manager Bud Bentley said.

“They’re cheaper to run and they give you a lot more interaction with pedestrians,” Bentley said. “People relate to our employees better when they’re in that type of vehicle.”‘

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/fl-lbts-neighborhood-electric-vehicle20110619,0,3636973.story

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THE LBTS-POA – STILL POLITICALLY TONE DEAF WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOMETOWN HERO NOMINATIONS …. OMG …

The LBTS-POA is supposed to be “non-political”…The problem of their past boards not being able to remember that point has come to the forefront yet again with the POA letter to their still-dying membership to re-up their annual $10 dues sent out on June 7, 2011 which contained a page for the POA Hometown Hero Nominations… I was faxed that page by a Reader…after receiving 2 of the same membership letters but no nomination sheet….Hmmm……The choice of the POA “Hero” was to be sent back by June 14th to have the person(s) ready to go in the July 4th parade…The list on nominees… OMG!… The 1st nominee is Louis Marchelos from Athena/ The Pier…I have no problem with Louis being the Hometown Hero …but not for this year’s event…Not after his way off-base accusations at the podium last month against this year’s chair of the event VM Stuart Dodd as well as the Town of holding secretive meetings and the time and costs due to his wrong unconscionable assertions… Marie Chiarello, I have no problem with someone nominating her …That goes for Ken Brenner and Wayne Dillistin of Interior Digs as well …Where I do have a problem is despite my opposition to former Commissioner Jim Silverstone on political matters …was there really no one on the POA Board who could see how wrong it was to send out this list and just have his name with (No reason given)…Was there no one who thought they should take the time to add his contributions to the town?… OMG!…Maybe if the nominator had done the same for Silverstone a two-fer as they did for Ken and Wayne and added Jim’s wife Peggy… a paragraph of their volunteerism would have been forthcoming?… In any event…below the jpg of the POA letter are the reasons for former Comm. Silverstone…OMG!…

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Jim Silverstone- What the  “non-political” POA Board should have added to the Hometown Hero Nominations…

Former Commissioner Jim Silverstone became involved with the Town as head basketball coach for the Optimist Club’s Youth Team, where he also served as President in the past. He is a longtime member of the LBTS Volunteer Fire Department.  He was vice president of the organization, then the chief financial officer, served as president of the VFD and is currently the VFD’s Fire Chief. Commissioner Silverstone also served as chairman of the firefighter’s pension board. As a member of the VFD he has been Santa on their annual Christmas firetruck delivery as well as in the Christmas-by-the-Sea events and for photo ops at events during the holiday season.He has been Count Dracula and served a C0-Chair and Chair of past Halloween events as well as Co-Chair of 4th of July. Commissioner Silverstone was also selected to serve on the Town’s Charter Review Board as vice chair and is proud of its accomplishments. He became a Town Commissioner in 2006, serving one 4 yr. term after being involved in prior elections over the past 15 years. Commissioner  Silverstone was responsible for the Town’s Mission Statement.His hobbies include skin diving and scuba diving, road biking, basketball and chess.He is married to Peggy Moehler who has contributed by volunteering throughout the years in all the Town’s events with her time both through personally and through Aruba Beach Cafe which will once again play an significant role in this year’s July 4th festivities. (just take a look at the July 4, 2011 flyer below )…

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LBTS TOWN TOPICS ….PR  IN 2005…PR IN 2011 … SAME PLAYERS … SAME ENCHILADA …OMG! …

The July/Aug/Sept 2011 Town Topics is online and it is total PR for the money spent thus far to redo the Town’s Master Plan..including comments like these … ‘Edmund Malkoon, a resident who dropped by Jarvis Hall several times during the week UM was in Town, liked many of UM’s final
design proposals. “I really think we can do the majority of them,” he said. “We have a chance of getting things done this time. We have the money.
We’re not broke.” …Readers know Malkoon was the C0-Chair of the defunct MPSC and as of now we are told is former UOT Pres. Fleishman’s choice to be the UOT candidate for Commissioner from the north in 2012… ‘Resident Ron Piersante, who also visited Jarvis Hall numerous times during the workshop, said the Town cannot afford to put UM’s designs and ideas on a shelf, as it did with previous economic reports. “The Town’s got to do something,” he said’…..and photos of those same gung-ho supporters rallying to do the “whole enchilada” when it comes to Town’s redevelopment.. The question again is of course do these photos and comments from that side of the LBTS political divide make for a lash-back in 2012 as there was in 2006?…OMG!..

April 2005 Town Topics …pgs. 1 + 4


July/Aug./Sept 2011 Town Topics …

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HOW MANY WET NOODLES DOES IT TAKE TO STOP A SINKING SHIP? …OMG!…

The Town Manager Report is online in the backup for the Tues. June 28, 2011 Commission Meeting …Here are some of the highlights …OMG!…

Page one was putting out the fires of what has or has not been accomplished while this administration has been all-hands on deck …total immersion into the Master Plan re-development … It includes the 1st draft of the 5 yr finance plan for the Master Plan…The very late to the table ranking of engineers for the sewer system evaluation … evaluating 25 submittals of professional services that tie in with redevelopment of the Town… The proposed changes in building permits …for which she hire ousted former TM of Davie Gary Shimun (prev. posts) …and fire plans review & inspection fees that were reduced… The months old undergrounding of El Mar that proved after all those months delaying “Lake Colon” with yet another paid consultant to be just as we knew when it began …cost prohibitive and an area not conducive to place transformers… Next on the hit parade was the time spent with Planner Cecelia Ward and the TAtty. to become more efficient… Asst. TM Bently, Ms. Hoffmann said was busy with Code enforcement working on the many hotels that are not in compliance in a big way… She added he dealt with the July 4th back and forth…(yep…that would be Louis Marchelos candidate for POA Hometown Hero) …as well as the A1A LAP program that always seems a thread away from going south….The latest issue has to do with the Town selected contractor coming in too high in cost and the negotiating going on in the 11th hour that might leave the Town to move over to the second place contender… TM Hoffmann states next she has been so busy she has not had a chance to change the proposed contract language in the new BSO contract…and will get into that in July… The OMGs keep on coming with the Global Coral Reef Project that was to be up and running by the end of May…(anybody left to buy into that one at this juncture?) …They did nothing in June despite a few weeks of calm seas…and an annual buoy permit that they let expire…Now we have a new set of buoys and the TM states that makes for a renewal that is not simple and new photos  and specs were sent to the Coast Guard last week… Under the contract Dr. Goreau is to keep those permits current and  to make sure the Town is informed of delays…Hmmm…another contract…another breach…and any guesses of repercussions for their inaction…Nada…OMG!… Please someone throw in the towel…high-tail to John Birch Park and see what’s what with Fort Lauderdale’s coral reef project… Again the TM states the hotels hit with violations are suddenly able to make updates without public monies…OMG!…There will be a cost reduction for telecommunications of $2,000…No details on whether that savings was eaten up by consultant costs though…. The TM mentions the changes made to the Town’s website…While it looks nice many archived reports/agendas/minutes for certain years as well as Town Topics etc…are not available as of yet … Also since there is no “Professional Services” …consultant update included in this month’s report there is nothing to say how much the former “webmistress” was paid for her services…According to the 2010-11 budget there was a budget of $15,000 for the job…No RFP was sent out for the job as far as we are aware of… Then there’s this in her report…
‘Workload
I think it should be apparent that the workload we are managing borders on being
unmanageable for a staff of our size. One only has to look at the project list to see that
I respectfully request that the Commission add no more assignments between now and
the end of the fiscal year and understand that the current list of assignments cannot
possibly be completed this fiscal year believe my focus should be the budget and the
priorities you set for me last fall.
If it is the Commission’s desire that also focus on moving forward with design contracts
for certain capital projects it will be necessary that you revisit the priority list and agree
to remove some items to free up time. You would then need to advise me which capital
project you deem most important to move forward.’

OMG!… Talk about a set-up before the TM’s 1st Town Manager annual Evaluation in September…. After that is the priority list with the same pink highlighted portions that reflect what is due to be done this month and next…drainage…sewers etc… same priorities as last year this time…

Of note…One of the years this writer wanted to look at was 2008…not available last week…but checking now it is on…I will now look to see if my recollection is correct ….. I believe in 2008 or 2009 there was an item on the agenda for the Commission to make it possible for the TM to remove or add positions without Commission input…I am not positive it was approved as presented …or approved for just for the removal of positions….I would not be surprised if it was both …If so it makes it so that this TM needs no Commission/public approval to add a Marketing Director/Project Manager/Economic Development Director or remove any staff positions such as Code Supervisor …Parking Supervisor ….as she see fit…OMG!….

Looking at other items of interest in the backup online for Tuesday night’s Commission meeting…Item 13c will be the resolution for the revised purchasing manual which includes the $15,000 limit for the TM to spend without the Commission’s approval…The audit committee is looking further into the portion of real estate acquisitions …Just a reminder all those on the audit committee are pro-whole enchilada…13b is changing the Commission meetings from one meeting/1 roundtable back to 2 Comm. meetings… 11c and 11d are the new $60,000+ sweeper for Don Prince and his “guys” to keep up with the big guys down the A1A road…Ft. Laud + Pompano as well as the agreement for the services for a sweeping company for A1A…The Commission needs to take another look at the backup because the numbers compared are not apples to apples in this writer’s opinion…Talk about taking the detour from our priorities …Bel Air’s Civic Assoc. Board (including Edmund Malkoon UOT candidate 2012?) asked in a letter on June 13th that the Town to get involved to stop Port Royale located across the intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale to prevent them from building a 15-story building!… The Asst. TM already did some looking into the project and found it passed the Ft. Laud. P + Z (9-0) and will go in front of the Ft. Laud . Comm. in mid- July….Now it is on the agenda to get direction from the Comm. to pay planning consultant Cecelia Ward $1,500 to go and plead for the Bel Air LBTS residents who say it will impact their property values …OMG!… We have absolutely no jurisdiction …it’s Fort Lauderdale…and there are other tall buildings to the west …..To have even gone this far in staff time… and then to put it on the agenda ….OMG!…

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JULY 4, 2011 ….LOOKS TO BE IMPRESSIVE…NO 2ND YEAR “BUBBLE” FOR VM DODD’S 2ND CHAIRING OF THE 4TH ….OMG!….

Link to LBTS Town Website… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

more to come….OMG!…

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