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Here’s The Scoop …. Welcome To The Town Of Esther Colon … She Calls For Music “Forum” # 2 …. Without A Vote Of The Commission …

“THIS IS A TOWN MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT “….Town Manager Esther Colon Jan. 21, 2010…

Jan. 21,2010 Assist. Town Manager John Olinzock, Deputy Twn Clerk Nikki Smith, and Town Manager Ester Colon

Dear Readers …On Jan. 21st Town Manager put together what she deemed an “appropriate meeting” for addressing the special events and street closures that were addressed at the Jan. 12, 2010 Commission meeting (prev. posts)… The meeting was packed (see cover photo and story 1/29/10 By The Sea Future  http://www.bytheseafuture.org/) … as reported most in attendance were overwhelmingly residents angered over even having such a “forum” and any attempts to stop the events being made by the Town Manager and her “Gang”!… One- by- one speakers came in support of the events and the music…including the gentlemen in the center of this controversy…There was  one lone voice of “praise” for “allowing individuals to come forward and inform the Town Commission of their concern”… coming from Diane Boutin Manager of the Windjammer Resort …That lone voice was all it took for the Manager to keep up with her payback and her “Town Manager form of government”…

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On January 22, 2010 The Town Manager sent a letter to Diane Boutin –

” Dear Mrs. Boutin,

Thank you for attending the January 21, 2010 public meeting and sharing your thoughts pertaining to special events & street closures. I am sure that your opinion will assist the Town Commission in making a sound policy decision and aid Town staff in making a recommendation to the Commission.

Approximately 113 concerned citizens attended the public hearing and the comments made were greatly appreciated. This public meeting was a forum to allow citizens to express their concerns and I believe that we accomplished that.

I appreciate the point you made which expressed that this forum allowed individuals to come forward and inform the Town Commission of their concerns.

Your participation was greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Esther Colon”

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Also, on Jan 21, 2010 The Town Manager sent out letters to other speakers who participated in the meeting…including this writer… The letters were all the same in content as below (with the exception of Mrs. Boutin’s above)…..

January 22, 2010

” Dear Mrs. Cole,

Thank you for attending the January 21, 2010 public meeting and sharing your thoughts pertaining to special events & street closures. I am sure that your opinion will assist the Town Commission in making a sound policy decision and aid Town staff in making a recommendation to the Commission.

Approximately 113 concerned citizens attended the public hearing and the comments made were greatly appreciated. This public meeting was a forum to allow citizens to express their concerns and I believe that we accomplished that.

As expressed by Mrs Diane Boutin, Manager of the Windjammer Resort,this forum allowed individuals to come forward and inform the Town Commission of their concerns.

Your participation was greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Esther Colon”

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On January 24, 2010 Diane Boutin sent a letter to the Mayor and Commissioners…

” Dear Madame Mayor and Commissioner:

I wish to commend you on your choice of format to discuss the above matter. Staff chaired and guided where needed, but the in-put from the general public was loud and clear. The people have spoken and love the unique ambiance of music on Friday and Saturday night. It became very apparent after numerous speakers that the issue at hand is NOT the music, but actually parking availability for Pacific Blue.

I took the time to actually walk the already this business and tried to comprehend the issue at hand. In retrospect would like to respectfully mention a few solution:

#1 Friday/ Saturday identify and restrict 5 or 6 meters solely for the business impacted on the South side of Commercial and limit parking to one half hour for shopping.

#2 Reconfigure the fence delineating the music area and the south side of Commercial so access may be given to pedestrian just east of the corner of A1A/Commercial and just West of the corner of El Mar/ Commercial.

#3 In order to allow more accessible parking, increase parking hours at Datura and Hibiscus portals from 9 PM to 11PM during 7 days per week. Would allow local residents and visitors alike to feed the meters till 11 PM. Give it a 6 month trial basis and then revisit. It is just a matter of increasing the time on the signs.

#4 Place notice of these changes on Channel 78 so that the entire Town is familiar with the up-dated polices regarding parking.

#5 Let merchants/restaurateurs discuss amongst themselves and come up with suggestions that are a win/win for everyone.

Cordially, Diane Y. Boutin”

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On January 25, 2010 the attorney for the businesses Pacific Blue and US Vintage….

Esther Colon, Town Manger Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea:

” Dear Ms Colon:

As you know we represent the owner of the Businesses. Special Events Permits were approved on January 12, 2010 by the Town Commission for Athena by the sea/101 Ocean and The Village Grille. At the January 21, 2010 Special meeting called to discuss the Special Event Permits, our client expressed its concerns regarding NOT the music at the events , but with the effect of the pedestrian closure of E. Commercial Blvd. on the readily accessible parking and the constraints on pedestrian traffic associated with the Athena /101 Ocean event.

The attraction of pedestrians to the area is highly desirable. The music associated with the events is welcomed by our client.

However, the parking constraint on one half of E. Commercial Blvd. is an issue, and the fencing corrals pedestrians onto the N. half of E. Commercial Blvd. keeps pedestrians on that half of the block.

We request the opportunity to:

1. Meet with the Athena/101 Ocean applicants in order to discuss alternatives like perhaps, closing the entire block so pedestrians may walk both sides.

2. Sit with your staff to understand the code issues that mandate the current fencing and layout.

3. Reach out to the neighboring businesses on the South side of E. Commercial Blvd. in order to help reach a consensus on their respective needs.

We welcome the opportunity to sit down with you or Mr. Olinzock to discuss the parameters of street closures and opportunities for same. As requested at the January 12, 2010 Town Commission meeting my client has researched the financial impact on its business due to both Special Events. If you require any further details regarding this matter prior to such a meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me. Look forward to working together to make these events beneficial for all businesses.

Very Truly Yours, Courtney Callahan Crush”

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On January 26, 2010 at the Town Commission meeting…Atty. Courtney Crush was in attendance and spoke at public comments. So did many of those residents who attended and spoke at the 21st meeting….all reiterated The problem is NOT the music … leave the music alone! …

The Town Manager in her Town Manager report made this statement ” I’ve had some Commissioners indicate that there are some residents that would like to participate in some kind of forum similar to what we had with the businesses and I was wondering idf the Commission would entertain a forum for residents only having to do with the street closures or the music concerns that they have. In the same fashion we had the forum last week.”

The Commission never voted or gave direction to have another on of Esther’s forums….BUT…

Esther Colon, Town Manager has put one on the schedule!…

She, alone  has posted for the exact same meeting on Feb.11, 2010 at 6 pm in Jarvis Hall!…

ESTHER COLON WANTS IT!…

And because Esther Colon wants it,  here we go again, the fliers and the phone calls are already in the works and will again call for residents and businesses to mobilize big time against Candidate-Commissioner Jim Silverstone-Commissioner Clottey and Vice Mayor McIntee as well as  Candidate Joe Couriel and Candidate Marjorie Evans, all on record for wholeheartedly supporting Town Manager Esther Colon and her self imposed, incorrect assertion that this is a  “Town Manager form of government” allowing her to initiate unilateral actions such as this repeat meeting on special events & street closures

All the Commissioners but outgoing VM McIntee attended the meeting on the 21st….It will be the same people who came the first time…mostly residents…and as stated at that meeting and in the letters printed above…it is NOT the music …it is NOT the events… it is the parking …And as such…to put this meeting on again…so close to the March 9th election when 2 candidate-commissioners and 4 candidates are in the throes of campaigning hard…again shows why this Town Manager needs to go…and until she does…she needs to be off the dais…sitting at the staff table and mute!…

In the past week we hear that Town Manager Colon again been on the warpath and has sicked her code people on the downtown businesses…Maybe that’s why so many businesses in town refuse to put up the candidates that support the Manager (Silverstone/Evans /Couriel) signs…and why outrage from patrons forced some businesses to remove them!…OUCH!

Town Manager Esther Colon, Candidate -Commissioner Jim Silverstone- Candidate Joe Couriel-Candidate Marjorie Evanns- Commissioner Birute Clottey-Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee  are no friends and supporters of downtown business!

Let your Commissioners and the Administration know…any meetings to deal with issues of parking and events…should be done after the election and if they don’t listen to you now …they will listen when you vote March 9, 2010 for Candidate Mayor Roseann Minnet-Candidate Scot Sasser- and Candidate Chris Vincent who oppose this Feb 11, 2010 repeat meeting on special events & street closures and support Friday and Saturday night music in downtown Lauderdale-By-The-Sea!

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

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

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]

This writer suggests …a parting gift for the Manager as she departs LBTS in 2010… a plaque that states…..

“ARTICLE III. ADMINISTRATION AND LEGISLATION

Sec. 3.1. Commission-manager form of government.
The form of government of the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, provided for under this Charter, shall be known as the “commission-manager” form of government.”

more to come….

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