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Here’s The Scoop…2/24/09 LBTS Commission Meeting …#4…Cockroach…The Hiss Heard Around The Town…

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Well the Mc-“Cockroach” story sure has legs….pun definitely intended…

A little background from previous posts….

At the 1/22/09 Commission meeting the Marchelos brothers were at the podium to deal with the Vice Mayor trying to cause them trouble yet again…this time to try and take away the Pier Fishing sign that stands in the median located on the east side  of A1A on Commercial Blvd….. as it has for over 40 years….in fact in better days when the VM was a mere Commissioner …without a VFD ….he was championing  the effort for rewiring the “historic” sign and that was heard in on a CD this very evening…courtesy of Louie …despite efforts made from the dais to stop the VM’s words from coming back to bite him….

Attempting to disturb them, Louie said the VM’s wife was “hissing at him…and he turned to tell her that she “hissed” just like a roach…a “Cockroach”….

from a previous post…scoops category ….after the meeting……

‘Mrs. Hisser must have clued her husband in just outside the door…….after a quick exit…from the hall that became a lightning fast  boom-a -rang back inside……pointing his finger menacingly at the “Boys”…for calling his wife a “cockroach”…the Vice Mayor then repeated it out loud for all to hear…he wanted Chief Gooding to do something…to which the Chief replied “It’s not illegal” and he hadn’t heard it….the Vice Mayor then approached the dais to address a few of the dais members still packing up…told them loudly a constituent…the “Athena Boys” were ” A SON OF A BITCH”…and  chastised Commissioner Clottey for voting to help them out!’…

Then thanks to her husband…the story went north and made its debut in the Pompano Pelican…(previous post local news category…)

Fast forward…to February 24,2009…and a heads up at Taste of the Beach…there’s a report an incident report made on the day after with the LBTS- BSO Police…I heard about it…but didn’t think it was true…it was!…The Vice Mayor went in the next day to file a report…he was told…he could not file for his wife, she would need to come herself…and she did……

The Report…

Police Information….Incident type- other: Deatail in Description….incident date 01/22/09….Thursday….1/22/09 22:30 4501 N Ocean Dr. LBTS …Offices-Gov’t Ofice Building….report date-10/23/09…13:31—arrived 13:31….cleared 13:40…person reporting McIntee Maureen …female…birthdate and age…address….mentioned person Marchelos, Elias…male…birthdate….age….employment…Athena’s Greek…address….

Duncan, Joseph 10930….(BSO Police Officer)

Maureen McIntee came to the Lauderdale By The Sea District Station and advised me of an incident that occurred at the Town Commission meeting Thursday night ( January 22,2009)- Jarvis Hall.

Maureen McIntee advised that “Louie” Elias Marchelos and brother Spiro Marchelos of Athena’s Greek had been in her opinion, disruptive during the night, making personal attacks towards her husband Vice mayor Jerome McIntee. During a time at podium, Louie Marchelos looked at Maureen McIntee and told her, “You’re a cockroach”. Maureen McIntee advised she found the comment rude but did not mention being in fear of Louie Marchelos due to the comment. I asked Maureen McIntee if she had made any comments to incite this reply and she replied ” I don’t remember”.

At public comments on Feb 24th, 2009…Louie Marchelos spoke ….

A portion of his public comments concerned the “Cockroach” remark……

” During the last meeting in Commissioner comments a Commissioner in justifying his official treatment of me and  my business said I have crossed the line in calling his wife a “cockroach”. To clear the record during that meeting when I returned to my seat after defending myself from one of the Commissioner’s continual attacks and it is on tape, the lady “hissed” at me and I told her she sounded like one of those roaches. This was improper on my part and I do apologize, Um she even though “hissing” in support campaigning against me and “hissing” is less than ladylike manner is still a lady and must be treated as such. I reacted out of frustration and real fear that these attacks by this “bully” were aimed at destroying my business. Please note that I do not have sole franchise in bad words. During that meeting, after the meeting was over while the Commissioner was cleaning up he referred to me as “a son of a B”, which would refer to my mother as a dog. Once again I think an apology is due from that person. Whether you favor dogs instead of roaches, none of us should venture into this territory. “…

When Mr. Marchelos finished…Maureen McIntee stood up from the back of the room and said, ” I have a right to defend myself from a lie!”…

The Vice Mayor made a point of order to allow his wife to come forward…and at first the Mayor was going to not recognize him…then he went on to ask wasn’t this what the dais had agreed to if someone was personally attacked…the dais was non- responsive to him…he then called for a motion to override the Chair seconded by his BFF Comm. Silverstone…The VM went on to say his wife had a right to defend herself…Comm. Clottey wanted the Town Attorney’s opinion…and the Town Attorney…said ” I think you are all doing just fine.”…resulting in the hall erupting in laughter…the T.A. apologized that his remark sounded “light”, that was not his intention…Comm. Clottey asked him again about whether the remarks made met the threshold of offensiveness…and the T.A. refreshed the Commissioner’s memory from his prior statements when dealing in freedom of speech VS recognizing a persons right to speak…and in this situation it was not a freedom of speech issue…therefor it was left to the discretion of the dais to decide…which is the process now being acted on with a vote…Comm. Dodd felt the criteria agreed to on answering personal attacks came from a Commission member and a member of the audience not 2 audience members…thus leaving the door open to more such episodes to occur down the line…The VM wasn’t having any of that and said it was for anyone attacked…Comm. Dodd mentioned that this writer was not afforded such right to reply (after derogatory comments from the VMin the past)…The VM responded that that was the “purpose” of now allowing it!”..(really?)…The VM went on to say his wife was attacked and had the right to defend herself, it was fair and reasonable…a vote was taken and it failed 3-2…with Clottey…Minnet…and Dodd voting no…

Later on a gentleman gave up his public comments time to allow Maureen McIntee to speak…a nice gesture but never has it been allowed in the past when attempted by others…this time it was…

Maureen McIntee came to the podium…” I thank the gentleman very much, Maureen McIntee. I have been accused by Louis Marchelos of making loud noises, “hissing” sounds whatever disturbing this assembly because he has said remarks which he believes do not believe in. It is an absolute lie. Marc Furth was sitting next to me. I was sitting in the front. If I had done anything like that you people on the dais would have heard me. I was sitting in the back, and I hear Mr. Marchelos making remarks right now. ( The Mayor requested respect from the hall) As a matter of fact at this same particular meeting the 2 Marchelos’ were sitting in the back making derogatory statements. I always sit in the back. I was sitting there, they were sitting near me, I absolutely got up and moved from my seat because of the nasty remarks they were saying out loud about various people on the dais. I came to the front of the room. Marc Furth was sitting next to me. When this statement came out Marc Furth said it was an absolute lie. I did not “hiss”. I did not make a sound. What happened, Louis Marchelos left the podium and he said as he walked past me “you have to live with him.” And I kept my mouth shut and I turned around and very nicely not loudly, nothing , I said “and you have to live with yourself.” I did not make a “hiss”. I did not make a sound. I did not do anything which he has the right (Freudian?)…the wrong to call any name to anyone in this assembly. Marc Furth is my witness and if it had happened all you people on the dais would have heard it, I was sitting right in front. And I thank the gentleman for giving me his time. Thank you very much.”

BC- Well which is it?…

The comments made at the podium on the Feb. 24th…1 month later…….”What happened, Louis Marchelos left the podium and he said as he walked past me “you have to live with him.” And I kept my mouth shut and I turned around and very nicely not loudly, nothing , I said “and you have to live with yourself.” I did not make a “hiss”. I did not make a sound.”

or…

The reply to the BSO on January 23rd…1 day later…..”I asked Maureen McIntee if she had made any comments to incite this reply and she replied ” I don’t remember”.

Well which is it?…

” I was sitting in the front. If I had done anything like that you people on the dais would have heard me.”…”Marc Furth is my witness and if it had happened all you people on the dais would have heard it, I was sitting right in front.”

or….

“What happened, Louis Marchelos left the podium and he said as he walked past me “you have to live with him.” And I kept my mouth shut and I turned around and very nicely not loudly, nothing , I said “and you have to live with yourself.”

Did the dais hear that?….If not …then maybe the dais did not hear the “hiss”…that Maureen McIntee said on Jan. 23,2009 to the BSO…she “did not remember”….HMMMM….

Not over yet…the next day was Commissioner comments at the continuation of the 2/24/09 Commission meeting…and Vice Mayor McIntee wasn’t going to let this one go….

VM-” Now in closing , yesterday my wife was again, was attacked. I say to all of you, you can attack me anytime you want. When my wife was attacked, I asked for an override of the Chair and it was voted down. I listened to the minutes this morning when we discussed people talking at public comments. It was decided that somebody could sign in for somebody as long as they put their  name with it as the person signing them in. It was also discussed that if somebody comes late and wants to speak we would allow it. That was clearly said. Now in that case of my wife had I felt a right to speak. This dais didn’t bu a person from the left side, the other side gave her the courtesy and privilege of his time to give her her chance to speak back. By the way what he did should not have been allowed, it should not have been allowed, but it was done to do here is the Commission sitting here should have given my wife that opportunity and I say to you Commissioner Clottey that woman worked for 15 hours on a hot summer day to get you elected ( election day was Jan 29,2008) and that was a simple courtesy and she came up as a lady and explained what happened. (a version) Personal attacks against family members are unacceptable. If somebody attacked Penny, I would fight them vigorously (fight yourself VM?) , If somebody attacked P.J. (Mayor’s son’s name is C.J.-oops!), I would fight them vigorously, If somebody attacked your daughter Commissioner Clottey , I would fight them vigorously, If somebody attacked Peggy I would fight them vigorously. But I would at least give the family member the opportunity to respond. And I am really disappointed in you Commissioner Clottey ,you hurt a woman who was one of your biggest helpers and supporters, I yield.”

The Mayor asked Comm. Clottey if she wanted to respond…Com. Clottey said ” No, I think I’ll rise above it this time.”…Comm. Dodd had his button pushed and the Mayor asked that maybe he wanted to follow Comm. Clottey’s lead…he said yes…but …wanted to set a few facts straight…including that the VM and MacMillan had in fact attacked his wife at his election night celebration in front of his family…why?…because Comm. Dodd in his acceptance speech did not acknowledge Maureen McIntee to thank her……an unintentional oversight on Comm. Dodd’s part…(previous post …the sausage series…Some things never change….)…

Now… any doubt that the sincere ladylike behavior should be in question…all this writer can reply is……slap site…topix blog…CIC …John Thompson….staff writer…and full time co-hort on the vigilante brigade…fully engaged…. riding shotgun…McIntee all the way…….

more to come…

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