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Here’s The Scoop….2/28-29/09 LBTS Commission Meeting #4…Field Trip…

MAY 15 & 16,2009….LBTS COMMISSION FIELD TRIP….

“DECIBEL METERS REQUIRED….

New Business item…

f.    Request for Workshop to discuss sound Ordinance before second reading of proposed new Ordinance (Commissioner Dodd)

With the knowledge that the businesses and residents do not want the proposed noise ordinance with the policing of decibel meter code enforcers to invade our town…Comm. Dodd tried once again to do the will of the people and stop this vendetta induced enforcement from moving forward as planned by the “Mc-Gang of 3″…He spoke of his findings and those found by others using decibel meters and said the only way to go was to have workshop with the businesses and residents included…Comm. Dodd also spoke of going to check out the noise levels as a Commission with a reliable meter…done with the appropriate Sunshine notice…The “Mc-Gang” sat on their hands…(getting to be an all too familiar response from them) leaving the Mayor to once again pass the gavel to the Vice Mayor so she could provide that second…We love it when she passes the gavel because it gives everybody a chance to see how inept the VM is in running the meeting …Comm. Clottey as so many have commented recently just keeps going further down a very deep hole… lacking any common sense whatsoever when she deals with her latest agenda items……She is either besotted  or truly out of her element when making assertions from the dais with no research done before she makes them…This writer has unfortunately watched along with many others who had such high hopes for her continued independence and her fiscal oversite role that promised to be the cornerstone of her term…Instead she seems a pawn spouting whatever is hand fed to her from the “Mc-Gang” with no apparent filter in place to disseminate any of it and left only to purge in full view of those that elected her and those that did not…Case in point was to carry her noise ordinance further by saying she had “quite a few people” (guess who?) say Broward County rules should take precedent over the Town…saying the Broward County decibel level was 60 and warning that “some of these people may go after us”…HUH?…The Mayor (thank goodness) asked the Town Attorney who did not hesitate to quash the Clottey statement…saying the Town has control…

Then it got really interesting ….Peggy Mohler of Aruba Beach Cafe’ came forward and was truly “Norma Rae”…not mincing any words as she challenged Comm. Clottey she said she “needed to know exactly who is  doing this after 10 o’clock”…making it clear that Aruba and other establishments close their doors and follow the rules…as they always have over the years…She went on to say there was a one- time …two- day event…that brought money to this town for everybody…and “all of us should not go down”…imploring the commission to stop going after fees and such..at the expense of the downtown ….The applause was thunderous in the hall…much to the chagrin of the temporary gavel holding VM……and BFF Comm. Silverstone …but not to clueless Comm. Clottey…

Although he seemed to know this visit to the podium was inevitable  ….Comm. Silverstone incredibly stuck by the side of the Comm. to his left… saying “like Commission Clottey, give me a number”…a method to enforce…Comm. Clottey tried to backtrack by saying it was not “aimed” at “you” Aruba’s….

Peggy was fired up, and thankfully was not going let it drop…And although the VM tried to stop her…she stood her ground… to her credit Comm. Clottey reluctantly let her stay at the podium…Peggy spoke of the experiment she did in her restaurant …stating the levels were much higher than proposed…with no music being played…..She said what has been said by all the proprietors from the moment Comm. Clottey started this mess…”Come to me” if there’s a problem……(way to simple a concept apparently)…Peggy again asked who these people are and not waiting for an answer…knowing none was coming… said she could guess …adding that the five people she could think of “do they ever spend a dime…(in town) absolutely not!”…Comm. Clottey asked for a number “you could live with”…”to try it” and then again oblivious of the “trust”being asked for from Ms. Mohler… (HMMM…the VM spoke of trust for “stipend” payments…but not for noise?) and then going further down that hole by making the ridiculous comment that to “go after one or two establishments, that’s discrimination”..saying Peggy should know that…… (That’s exactly what they should do…go after whomever is not complying…period…no roundup) …Peggy turned to walk away from the podium and said “e-mails are public record”…(A request to come, perhaps?)…The Vice Mayor said he was “gonna finish” …saying Comm. Dodd had a “legitimate” idea about the meters and the suggestion Comm. Dodd had to go around to the businesses ” to give a fair representation to all”…The VM wanted to include a reliable meter perhaps borrowed from Fort Lauderdale …The Mayor said the workshop should be the starting point …to “revisit a positive” way to deal with this issue…Comm. Clottey wanted our certified code enforcement person to join the group outing..The Town Attorney chimed in to remind the dais of the current new ordinance and the standards included …saying the equipment used may not meet those standards…After more discussion…on this and comparing their schedules…they planned this 2-day “Field Trip”…Friday May 15th & Saturday May 16th  with the Fort Lauderdale decibel meter ( if possible) and a certified code enforcement officer or BSO officer …Just when you thought Comm. Clottey was finished …she actually said the following…”Does it have to be on a weekend?” and concluding that “we better videotape it so we don’t argue”….The 2nd reading will be moved to June 9,2009…

Now on this Commission “Field Trip”…will the Town/BTSTimes- Photographer Furth be included…if so…BTSFutures better send their photog too….

BC- the excursion will take a slight detour…when they go off the “beaten path” to survey the lack of lights on El Mar Drive…

Make sure to wave to your elected officials….

more to come…

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  1. Hi Barbara,
    It was nice of you to hand us your cards on Tues 28th. We need all the help we can get with McInTee doing whatever he can to kill the kitesurfers. The Mayor, Dodd and especially Silverstone seemed like they were willing to deal with the best sport ever. If anyone of them ever felt pure wind power in the kite they would be hooked. Any person can do this sport from 8-80! Really! Every new sport is called extreme and said to be too dangerous. Why would the town reduce the number of potential lifesavers on the many rip current days in LBTS? As we know there are always a few who are out of control, every sport has them. Shouldn’t swimming in rip currents and rough seas be taught to reduce injuries and drownings rather than stopping the marine traction kite from becoming the next surf rescue method? Only the launch area will change, we ride all the way up to Deerfield and down to Haulover depending on the wind. I have lived in Cal and Hawaii before here and surfed, skateboarded and snowboarded all my life. At times each sport was threatened but never stopped. Here I go again…. Doug

    Comment by Doug Dickey — April 30, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

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