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Here’s The Scoop…Yellow Journalism?….

June 20, 2009 by Barbara

MC-FURTH BTSTIMES……”LOCAL NEWS YOU CAN BUST”….

WIDE OPEN WITH THE FACTS!…

Dear Readers……

The Definition of “yellow Journalism”…

‘Yellow journalism is a type of journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists. Campbell (2001) defines Yellow Press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion. The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers about 1900 as they battled for circulation. By extension the term is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion, such as systematic political bias. Yellow Journalism can also be the practice of over-dramatizing events.

Frank Luther Mott (1941) defines Yellow Journalism in terms of five characteristics:[1]

1. scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
2. lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
3. use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudo-science, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
4. emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips (which is now normal in the U.S.)
5. dramatic sympathy with the “underdog” against the system.’

HMMMM….. Particularly like the last line….

A look at the June 19,2009 Edition…shows if the definition fits…and in this writer’s opinion …it does big time!…..

A flashy front page….buries the fact that the event is being put on as a Town of LBTS/CIC/VFD event on the special permit…(doing so laid down the gauntlet for the Town event to be problematic from the get-go )…Who approved a joint Town event with a PAC organization (CIC)  and a Town contracted private corporation (VFD) that is being paid for by the taxpayers?…(In the 6/23/09 backup material…link below)… ….In the Town Manager’s report for the 23rd…they are asking for an extension for the event setup …to begin on July 1st…( not enough help?)….instead of the morning of July 3rd….Particularly funny after the Editor Cristie Furth came to the podium at the last commission meeting to question the time listed on the special event permit for Athena’s  July 4th event which began at 8 am  (but Mc-Gang voted it down)  …(prev. post)…OOPS!…

The Editors Furth (CIC members) have a grand way of revising history…and unfortunately along with their BFFs McIntee a way to find yearly a new flock of unsuspecting followers…who get pulled in…put on the blinders and fall for the “little guy” charade…Believe me this writer knows of what she speaks….It’s much easier to feel included and get sucked in rather than do your own research of the facts…It is simpler to look the other way…that is until you can just no longer.stomach it……thus joining the long line that jumped ship ahead of you…and there is quite a line!…CONGA!….

The Editors are well aware …that both Vice Mayor McIntee (CIC member)and Comm. Silverstone  (CIC member)were found by both the Florida Ethics Commission and the Florida Elections Commission to have multiple counts of Probable Cause.. they did indeed do wrong!…The facts are available in prev.posts…GOOGLE online and by request to either commission….HMMM….Is there a “Journalism Commission” on Editorial Ethics?…..PROBABLE CAUSE FOUND!…

The Commission meeting highlights…are pure CIC- Administrative Mc-Furth spin…to see the real content …see previous posts or go online and see the video…( link below)…paints a very different picture…YEA FOR GRANICUS!…

The fireworks…….the Marc Furth version written by his wife…and a very different version than the FWC and DEP letters …(prev. posted)…Quite disturbing for the proponent of the Coral Reef project…( you know the LBTS reef project…the one that caused the major  riff between former Mayor Wardlaw…the originator of the plan and Furth when Furth no longer wanted Wardlaw’s input, according to my many Wardlaw e-mails )….Now, Cristie Furth writes  the July 4th Committee had a backup plan ready just in case of receiving a denial…HMMM….It was never discussed in the sunshine ..or with the commission…chalk it up to another case of mysterious telepathic planning by the Co-Chairs…( Will they headline the act on the 4th?)…No matter how you try, 3/4 plywood on the beach is still 3/4 plywood on the beach!…..By the way the 5 minute marathon on channel 78 says the donations (slim as they are…unless “boosted” (pun intended)  by a mysterious benefactor…… go towards the fireworks.. $15,000…so what happens to the rest…if they make it?…This  brings up the other non-transparent issue looming over this CIC/VFD co- production…Just how do these 2 organizations profitas a result?…..What about the food sales…The food was purchased for the town through Aruba…(prev. post)……So who gets the money collected?……We hear they ( CIC/VFD) will…and also from T-Shirts for sale (certainly not the one pictured above!)…$$$$$$….

The volunteers…we hear…. are the volunteer fire dept. members…(prev. posts)…who we are also told despite the Chief’s assurances of “no repercussions”when asked point blank by Comm. Dodd  are in receipt of a memo declaring 4 mandatory hours of “July 4th volunteer duty”…or kiss your job goodbye!…AND THE DEFINITION OF VOLUNTEER IS?….

Main Entry:
1vol·un·teer Listen to the pronunciation of 1volunteer
Pronunciation:
\ˌvä-lən-ˈtir\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
obsolete French voluntaire (now volontaire), from voluntaire, adjective, voluntary, from Old French, from Latin voluntarius
Date:

circa 1600

1: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: as a: one who enters into military service

Commissioner comments are the “Gang of 3″(all 3 CIC members)…… more of the same …Although it is amusing that Comm. Silverstone call those who question and oppose his “gang”…”Un-American”…Note to Jimmy-boy…This isn’t Chicago and it isn’t 1968!…Beside those you accuse of lies… are writing your jibberish verbatim!…YIKES…Comm. Clottey continues to blindly follow …. losing her constituent’s support……She’s become too painful to watchand listen to……And the VM/Dep. Chief….we all know his tired old song and dance…point the finger elsewhere …blame others for your own over reaching actions……For the many who  say the VM/Dep Chief is made of Teflon…another word for Teflon…Silvertone!..TOO FUNNY!…

‘Teflon is the plastic with the lowest coefficient of friction Teflon is very unreactive, and so is often used in containers and pipework for reactive chemicals. Its melting point is 327 °C.

Teflon has been supplemented with another DuPont product, Silverstone, a three-coat fluoropolymer system that produces a more durable finish than Teflon. ‘

The CIC member-Truth Detector…( Chair of July 4th volunteers) Moe McIntee…”slapps “out her ire over the Times local news competition……..But this writer did so enjoy the adjoining photo of a man strapped up to a lie-detector…It brought back the recollection of the police report she filed on her BSO Roach complaint..which proved to be much different than the remarks she made at the podium …(prev. post)…Perhaps the podium could have a lie-detector installed?……RFP?….

Political Decorum written by CIC-member/BFF Maryann Wardlaw…is truly disingenuous…Mrs. Wardlaw knows very well of the past CIC-VFD lack of decorum………Interesting she would include the fire assessment in her article…we hear…a double standard of practices may have been in play by the “2-Hats”…(more on that to come)….Also a look at the MPSC 6/16/09 meeting with member Wardlaw asking for businesses to be involved with beautification…which seems to conflict with her written accusations of a “few crude business owners” that own much of the property in town!…OOPS!…

The center “spread” is a birdseye view to the event that many  residents wish were anything but “bigger” than last year… ..wanting it more in- tune with the economic times…and more low key for the taxpayers who pay for  it all!…Surely the Times “Heritage Society” contributor (CIC member) could remind them how it was done!…LOOKING FOR THE POLAROIDS!…

Letters to the Editor…again Editor R.W. (BOB) Roberts …(Chair of the CIC)…purposely neglects to mention these “titles” as he writes to himself (the Editor) once more concerning the Hillsboro Inlet.and Comm. Dodd…..with further questions and accusations……Comm. Dodd was assured by the Hillsboro Inlet Chair and Atty. he acted properly and appropriately to the letters from Editor Roberts…and  Atty. Tolces from Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol has responded to Bob Roberts with a letter dated June 18,2009 stating that at the June 15, 2009 Hillsboro Inlet meeting they directed counsel to forward a c document prepared in response to Robert’s May 20th correspondence to the Town of LBTS Mayor and Town Commissioners, as well as Robert’s June 8,2009 correspondence to Comm. Stuart Dodd….The 6 page correspondence includes the background of the Hillsboro Inlet operations from 1957…It consists of budgets, plans, equipment and the improvements made…Also the federal funds and the outside entities that partnered in the implementations of the projects throughout the years…Taxes with the millage are shown from 200-2008…Dredge replacement was addressed with explanations on the equipment…the “harsh environmental conditions” the “extensive repairs”…and the decision that it was time to replace the dredge with a new one with further explanation on the cost…the expected life of the dredge and its features…The new dredge started pumping the sand in May 2008…Also the document provided the same type of information and background on the workboats replacement…the Yard crane…the Sea Wall replacement….and Dredging volumes… As Editor Roberts was aware all the information he desired was public record and could have been asked for at anytime from the Hillsboro Inlet Commission..without the “theatrics” displayed in the “phony” “letters to the Editor” …DECEPTIVELY SHAMEFUL!…By the way all the Editors and the Mc-Gang are well aware that Comm. Dodd only receives his health insurance from the Hilsboro Inlet Commission…and not the Town…the Town health insurance “PERK”…that was for BFF Jimmy-Boy…(previous post)…Sorry Peggy but that was how it was “sold” by the then-Comm. McIntee…

Once again this writer is throwing a LIFE PRESERVER …(and it’s not from the infamous LBTS lifepole #7)…to byline contributors…Rev.George  Hunsaker….Judy Jones…and Shevaun Steward-Kuhn…to save yourselves from the content that surrounds your printed words…..it’s not going to change anytime soon…

Any doubt how far this publication will go?….Take a good  look at the Times ad placement of the Village Grille “AD”…only (we have heard) it is NOT a paid ad by the Grille……who have chosen not to advertise in either local paper anymore per Dave Gadsby (prev.post)…It seems the BTSTimes purposefully placed it to “appear” that the restaurant had continued on with them and not their competitor!…A look at the other advertisers shows this paper is basically being supported by the CIC and the VFD Booster club…( are their donators aware?)…along with two other contractors to the town……We hear new trash vendor Choice Environmental, who placed a full page ad will be placing a similar one in the other local paper…not wanting to fall victim to being seen as politically aligned…It is the opinion of this writer and many town residents who pay for the services of AMR and soon will pay for Choice…that advertising in the local papers …is as frustrating as seeing ads for FPL in the Sentinel…and the Herald!……BAD P.R.

YOU’LL BE SEEING ….YELLOW , YELLOW EVERYWHERE………..as BFF VM/Dep. Chief McIntee attempts to “paper” the town with newstands to expand the Mc-Furth propaganda!…New Business item 16 J….(link below)……It’s a go…with the “Gang of 3″….SHADES OF CHAVEZ…SHADES OF YELLOW!…ARGHHH!

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…CIC Citizen Of The Year…

June 3, 2009 by Barbara

AFTER LAST YEARS “SET UP” FOR THE CIC CITIZEN OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT….WHO WILL BE THE CHOSEN ONE?

‘Dear CIC Member

There will be a CIC meeting on Wednesday evening June 10th at the Surf Club, 2 Palm Ave (Palm and El Mar), at 7:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

We will be continuing with the �CIC Citizen of the Year Award� program.  This award is to honor one of our own CIC members who has made important contributions to our LBTS quality of life over the years.   Please note the following guidelines for nomination.

The nominee must be available to ride in the 4th of July Beach Blast parade.  To avoid any conflicts of interest the CIC Officers (Bob Roberts, Joe Couriel, Tom Carr, Carol Dickman), and sitting Commissioners are not eligible for nominations.

Please submit a brief statement (not to exceed 200 words) in support of your nominee, and either mail it to Secretary Tom Carr, e-mail it to Treasurer Carol Dickman at xxxxxx or bring it to the meeting on Wednesday June 10th.

The nominees will then be voted on at the next CIC meeting later in June � prior to the July 4th Beach Blast.

Sincerely,

Your CIC Board of Directors’

BC- Looks like the call for candidates is as confusing as the CIC itself…with their e-mail (Did your computer get the little boxes…or the upside down question marks?)……OOPS!…OUCH!…

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Here’s The Scoop…Behind The Scenes For 4th of July…

April 23, 2009 by Barbara

HMMMM……..

Looks like Fort Lauderale got the fireworks on the barge…..and made a deal …but we didn’t “piggyback”…because the LBTS El Prado Fireworks was a “done deal” done under the radar…(Comm. Co-Chairs protestations of no Sunshine being violated)…with one company  brought in by Marc Furth and an “orchestrated” ruse of an “RFP” produced by the Town Administration to seemingly cover- up the non-bid choice of this “1 man (Furth) show”in bringing the 4th of July to the Town this year…(previous post)…

BC-Many  residents/businesses would have preferred a barge /pier fireworks show…and to forgo the afternoon “tourist” event..that does not bring anything to the Town…Actually Comm. Clottey was correct in her recent Freudian slip on the dais (4/20/09)…when she said the 4th event “put money into the COFFINS”…of the businesses…they concur!…

Excerpts from the Sentinel today….

‘Pyrotecnico of New Castle, Pa., will shoot off fireworks for a half hour, just like last year, according to the deal approved by commissioners.

Commissioners originally thought the show would cost $124,500, and feared that was unaffordable. But the city misunderstood Pyrotecnico’s bid, city officials explained Wednesday.

The fireworks will cost $53,500, and the barge used as a launch site is $31,500. In negotiations, the company agreed to slice the total by $5,000.’

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/slf-042209-fireworks-lauderdale,0,2971266.story

http://www.pyrotecnico.com/

While the fireworks bidding process is problematic for lack of bids…..the backup for the tents …again showed only 1 company…Tents n’ Events…(same for food…previous post)…A quick call to the provider for the recent Chamber Taste of the Beach Event…to compare prices does show that Marc Furth did extremely well in the cost of the tents/tables/chairs/fans/delivery/permit….the total price was $3732.50 …vs a 50×75 white top frame tent from Panache in a phone quote being $3750.00 alone…

In comparison to Tents n’Events….Panache Events prices on the 20×20 tent was -$20/banquet tables-$1 per / chairs +$0.40 per /fans +$10 per / Deliv. +$20/ permit not quoted…

The CIC will be having their general meeting on Mon. 4/27/09…and in keeping with  Mc-Furth CIC of the last year they have changed the rules…by forgoing mailings to allow for a more democratic open to the entire membership (dwindling as it is, we hear many still included on their member list have not sent in their dues and have no inclination to do so, while a large contingency of re-ups were made to keep abreast of the inside plans, the rest are VFD/and newbies from newbies)…and chose 9 members…some seemed to be reluctant in serving on their “new” board…Those remaining assure more of the same sad direction …with many board members having had enough…and one founderbeing tossed aside…long ago for wanting bylaws and democracy to be observed…no matter who is at the helm…

Excerpts….

‘Since those nominated and willing to serve were just enough to fill the nine (9) Director seats, there is no need for a mail in ballot.  The LBTS Citizens Initiative Committee Board of Directors for the 2009-2010 year, subject to approval by the membership at the April 27th meeting, is as follows:

For Chair:           Bob Roberts
For Vice Chair:     Joe Couriel
For Treasurer:    Tom Carr (willing to serve if no one else would)
Carol Dickman (not present at meeting, later agreed to serve)
For Secretary:     None of those present at the meeting and nominated were willing to serve.  Later, Tom Carr said he would serve as Secretary.
For Director:        George Crossman
Cristie Furth
Maureen McIntee
Mary Ann Wardlaw
Renée O’Neal
Larry Wick was nominated, but later decided to withdraw.

Chair:               Bob Roberts   …… Board: George Crossman
Vice Chair:       Joe Couriel                       Cristie Furth
Treasurer:        Carol Dickman                 Maureen McIntee
Secretary:         Tom Carr                            Renée O’Neal
Asst. Secretary: Gail Albhon*                Mary Ann Wardlaw
* Gail was nominated for Secretary at the March 9th meeting, but declined to serve.  She later agreed to serve as Assistant Secretary -a non-voting Board position.

Please attend the meeting to participate in finalizing the election results and welcoming the new Board.  There will be planning for the CIC’s participation in the Town’s 4th of July celebration. ‘….

BC-A meeting about 4th of July with both Co-Chairs…and Comm. Clottey…in attendance?…They may leave the room…but before a posted meeting for all residents of the town…the CIC will be planning their co- participation per the 4/14/09  as stated in backup….YIKES!…

more to come….

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Update….Ms. Mohler’s Clarification….

March 27, 2009 by Barbara

SOME CLARIFICATION…..


— On Fri, 3/27/09

From: Peggy
Subject: (no subject)
To: Barbarafcole, stu4 boats
Cc: BubbleFan, Roseannminnet
Date: Friday, March 27, 2009, 9:17 PM

Mrs. Cole,
Please print this on your web site. I have been neutral to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea for along time and will remain this way. As a professional business woman, I’ve choosen not to join any political group in this town and for you to print otherwise on your site is incorrect.  It would be in your best interest not to include me with whatever your issues are with certain individuals. You should pre warn all and identify yourself as a writer so the public knows you will write anything that is said to you.
The CIC and the POA understand I have always been neutral in this town and will remain this way. And if you care to take time to research your writing material, please call Cindy and she will also tell you I have always remained neutral.

THank you

Peggy Mohler

MY RESPONSE…

Dear Peggy,
I will be happy to print your e-mail. As you know from our past correspondence I have always honored your requests to print and to not print whatever you send. The same went for our many conversations.
When you spoke to me on St. Patty’s Day at Village Grille you said exactly what I wrote down with no preface as you had used diligently in the past.
By all means if you wanted to clarify your words, I am happy to comply.
Barbara

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Here’s The Scoop…An Old Fashioned CIC Town Hall Meeting ….Or As Vice Mayor McIntee Said Throughout The Meeting…”The Cookies Were In!”…

March 16, 2009 by Barbara

“THE COOKIES WERE IN”…..AT THE CIC OLD FASHIONED TOWN HALL MEETING-3/15/09

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The 2nd CIC Old fashioned Town Hall Meeting…produced a dismal turnout…26 CIC members…7 CIC board members…and 4 non-members…that included the previous Chair-Comm. Dodd and wife and the previous Vice-Chair this writer and husband….the only other non -CIC member was the Mayor…who was not allowed to join last year….

They could have saved themselves a lot of time…had the meeting at the Surf and Yacht Club…and called it a “regular CIC meeting”…the Q and A …could have been phoned in!…

Deja Vue- Not televised but recorded for posterity by the CIC…with photos (wide angle to make the room look full,yet again for the next edition of the CIC-paper) by CIC member/ Editor Marc Furth…for the Mc-Furth BTSTimes…proudly displayed on the table as you entered…

After the pledge was said and CIC member/BOA Board member George Crossman acknowledged the recent death of Barber Debbie Wirth, relating his warm memories of her and playing “Amazing Grace” on the harmonica…

Chair Crisite Furth said she wished she had a teleprompter…(An Obama reference …perhaps?)…and welcomed her “fold” to the meeting…extolling the virtues of their organization and what this informal setting had to offer them…She introduced the Moderators CIC board secretary Bob Roberts and his wife Adrienne…the introduced the Vice Chair-Maureen McIntee…Treasurer Tom Carr…board members…Renee’ O’Neal…Mary Ann Wardlaw  and Karen Hunsaker…referencing 2 board members were not in attendance…She went on to say that Commissioners often only hear from a small section of their constituents…and spoke of the CIC’s history of being the “most active group”…asking the “fold” to raise their hands if they have ever written to a Commissioner…spoken at a Commission meeting…(orchestrated to appear as recent as the last one-3/10/09)…or yelled at the TV…all raised their hands…no surprise here….

Ya da Ya da Ya da…CIC is a “grass roots” organization…”the largest civic organization”…46 new members signed up …not mentioning the amount of members that did not re-up far outnumbered the clueless “newbies”….

After welcoming the Marc Furth…former Commissioner Chair Furth turned it over to the Roberts…

Bob gave a brief summary of the rules…to keep it to 2 hours…asking them to keep their answers brief…

Adrienne said “Just so I get my 2 cents in”…the Commissioners and the audience should maintain courtesy and decorum at all times…that fell on deaf ears…courtesy of the Vice Chair Maureen McIntee…causing a few members to walk out!…(Will cover this one later)…

The Commissioners took numbers out of a St. Patty’s Day hat…before the meeting opened…

1st up- VM McIntee…

He said hello …pleasure to be here blamed the “light crowd” on “grid lock”…talked off a VFD “rescue” a kid locked in a car”…added his thoughts about the Barber that passed away…telling all she was big supporter of the VFD…spoke about being on the Commission for 3 years…and having to have “skin like a turtle’s back”…because of our  “vicious partisan town”…”people lying and not telling the truth”…again going into the ethics complaints made by the Future’s paper and Mark Brown…”75 pages”…”2& 1/2 years”…he and Jimmy couldn’t discuss it…but it showed up in “their paper”…all were “dismissed…were groundless”…”What makes it all worthwhile…Oriana and the VFD” “The streets are cleaner” “Thanks very much.”

BC- Commissioner Dodd had a handout he prepared due to the time limits…and knowing what the CIC response was the last time he stood up in front of the organization..As he prepared to do his opening statement…he had his wife hand it out…below the opening statement…he wrote it up prior to the meeting and the handout…

2nd -Commissioner Dodd-

Good evening  ladies and gentleman , fellow commissioners – I’m going to read 95% of my original 2 minute intro when I ran for election.
I am Stuart Dodd  – running for district 2 commissioner  on a ticket of “Time for change” – More of the same just is NOT good enough for this town.    You have made a “Good” choice to let three experienced business people with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm replace an old guard who consistently failed to listen to your voice and your will.  You already know we are all well qualified, independent people ready and willing- to take on the responsibility and try to change the direction this town has been heading.  Oversized buildings, overlay districts, 13.8 million in debt, sewers on private roads, term limits overturned,  back door deals, a town with over 200 members in a broad based grass roots group are  fighting for democracy and the rights of residents to place referenda on a ballot.  Why did it happen?  – because our opponents – two incumbent  commissioners led by  Mayor  Parker  had closed their ears and stopped listening to the people.
Ladies and gentlemen – I know this town needs new leadership and I intend to be part of that team – one independent vote among five – that once again can sit on this Dias and do what you voters want. Free to follow our own agenda that is not motivated by past loyalties or conflicting job interests.  I will listen for all four years of my term of office and not just the last few weeks before an election in an attempt to get re-elected.    I will be honored to serve with honesty, integrity and the drive to do what is best for our town.

Verbatim that was what I said – I still believe it and I haven’t changed.  I’m not against the VFD as all of you can read in my handout.  I am doing my best to serve this community and solve many of the problems facing the dais.  I believe in round tables as the way forward so we can all have open discussion regarding many issues rather than run 8 hour marathons up there where Roberts Rules preclude open interchange.  I want true round table discussion and not pre agenda conferences.   To list some of the items I want to discuss are, this year’s July 4th celebration, Video surveillance signs at town entryways,  Board(s) Honoring Past officials  in the new pavilion,  RFP’s over $15,000 and the need citizen input,  Valet parking, the Attorney’s contract,,  Mitigation of liens, Parking at town hall,  Relaxing Parking requirements to stimulate  new businesses in town.  Ethics ordinance.

These are some of the items I would like us as an elected body to consider since they are more important in my opinion that continuing with the Pier sign, greenfest, Orianna alley,
Many thanks
THE HANDOUT….

Volunteer Fire Department – Commissioner Dodd’s position

March 15th

Finally I get a chance to address the organization that I represented as president and fought the battles to get two commissioners elected.  The very same organization that currently feels I’m a traitor, turncoat and should be driven out of town.  How many of you believe I’m against the VFD?    I wonder

Well let me first state I am 100 % behind the men who make up the VFD.  Let me also state I haven’t changed one inch on one single election promise I made to this organization or the voters since I was elected.  I had my own agenda and I have steadfastly stuck to it.

My current difference of opinion is with the leadership of the VFD since I’m on record as wanting the most professional Volunteer Fire Department in the whole of South Florida and I’m prepared to give them the tools to do it.

I’m elected to represent all of you to the best of my ability – which means making sure public money is not waste and I am held accountable for public safety.

Three years ago I knew nothing about fire departments, AMR, BSO, ambulance etc., etc.,
BSO had to run this town with one fire engine with cross trained paramedics and one ambulance with qualified medical staff in order to meet the requirement of treating and transporting any patient to hospital.  The same model is used by many neighboring municipalities, Ft.Lauderdale, Pompano and others – one engine and one ambulance – 5 men in total .
Now lets look at LBTS – We have a contract for all medical calls to be treated with two ambulances – one from Holy Cross and one from town.  There are your 5 trained personnel at every ambulance call.  They get to just about any medical emergency in this town in less than 4 minutes.
I have repeatedly asked when are the VFD going to stop going on ALL medical calls –Certain categories such as cardiac arrest, traffic accidents I believe it is essential they are dispatched and it’s up to the leadership to discuss those categories with the 911 dispatch centre.  Stop going to  ALL non essential medical calls – that is Jelly fish stings, people in public places feeling faint , tripped up and possibly bleeding.  Currently the VFD go on ALL medical calls and that’s wrong in my book.  That means if 31 members turn up at the station once the pager goes off the VFD pay $310.00.  It’s $10.00 per man even if the engine is canceled before it leaves the station.  I would support raising it to $15.00 if they stopped going on unnecessary calls.   This would actually achieve a saving since the call volume would drop by more than 50%.

We have VFD members rushing to get to the station quickly, taking the large fire truck around our small streets, sirens going following AMR to non essential medical call. Very few calls get canceled before the truck leaves the station but the men still get paid for turning up.

You are paying for this service – if the VFD underbid the contract they will run out of money.  The commission will then be approached for more money and if they can afford to continue with the present scheme then the contract bid was too high but  we are all paying for this – make no mistakes – It is coming out of our taxes.  The decision to go on every medical call has been made by the chief, deputy and the membership for reasons now held confidential since outsiders are no longer welcome at their meetings.  Does it make any sense – no it doesn’t.  Until there is an accident I’m afraid the status quo will continue since I have very little faith that the leadership of the VFD will consider stopping going on all medical calls and paying some of the money saved to the members who patrol our beaches. I supported the VFD because I believed that the men who form it do a superb job every bit as good as the professionals at a more economic figure – I still do given the right leadership.
Now, how many of you want the two ambulances, a fire truck and command vehicle to go to every medical call irrespective of the cost?  We, the citizens are paying for it through our taxes; it’s coming out of yours and my pocket.   In my opinion – the VFD should only go on those categories of calls where they might conceivably be needed to assist but they should stop going to ALL medical calls.

Am I a lone voice of reason?  Am I against the VFD – ABSOLUTELY NOT just their current policy?

Stuart Dodd

3rd Commissioner Silverstone-

He gave his reasons yet again why he ran for Commissioner…He believes in the promises he made…has some other goals…and the majority is happy…He is happy the CIC put his on…spoke about public comments…again went into repeats of numerous Comm. Comments over the past months on “reading something that is not true”…”challenging them”…”a lot of problems in this town”…”frustration”…but he said he “wants to hear the ones that are tough”…”democracy was represented in this town”…”one voice can make a difference” …”the other side…They’re unhappy”…and we need to be “progressive going forward”…

4th- Commissioner Clottey-

She thanked the CIC and looked back over the past year…despite global ..”our town is in the black… 1 of 2 towns in the black”…(How are we in the black when we have debt?)…She related a story of going to the Craft Fair…speaking to a couple from Lighthouse Point who asked “why we are spending money on the pavilion” due to the economic times…she explained “proper planning”…and the “money couldn’t be diverted”…She went on to say we should “look around the town at the capital improvements”…El Prado Park…(Minto paid for it)…sewers in Bel Air…Sea Grape Drive …El Mar Parking Lot…(Minto paid for it)…”In spite of all the fighting”…ending with “I am sorry differences of opinion has broken some friendships.”…

5th- Mayor Minnet-

The Mayor thanked the CIC ..told the audience she “gets out there and hears from the people.”…..”will listen to you”…”and you will hear the facts from me”…”3 sides to every story”…That it’s “important to meet and greet the community”…”we are committed to a strong government, staff and all of you as well”…she is “proud to represent us as an advocate a lobbyist”…”will continue to contribute and ask the hard questions…that’s why I was elected.”…

Questions…

CIC member/BOA member/Newly elected CIC Vice -Chair Joe Couriel (Yep the guy who thinks McIntee is GOD)…made a statement of saying he is proud to live here …spoke of countries where those that disagreed were taken out ans shot…that all have the “right to disagree with me or anyone else”…His question to all of the Commissioners was to move public comments up on the agenda…to right after the invocation…so that young families in town could participate…

BC-The Commissioners all fell over each other to accommodate this one…

Comm. Silverstone reflected on public comments being way far back on the agenda when he and “Jerry” came on board and they ” moved it up higher”…and compromised …he related the “2 hats” were for public speaking…and he “highly promoted moving it up”…Comm. Clottey said she had no problem…she and “Stu” ran on “letting people talk”…but after presentations…The Mayor said we could discuss moving it up…Comm. Dodd said a resident approached him and after presentations before reports …”however long it takes”…and also related a resident wanting to have comments taken in the order they sign in instead of out a hat…Vice Mayor- said they needed a “safety valve” that you could get a 100 people on a “serious issue’…a “major crisis”…needed a “caveat to move the agenda around”..

CIC member/P & Z Chair L. Peanuts Wick- spoke of the Chamber not helping to save the Pelican Hopper with cards put in the hotels…about youth groups to come and say the pledge at meetings…and how “you all get criticized….all get told”…but why not tell the people to “come to us with ideas…ways to improve”…Then pointedly aimed a Comm. Dodd …he asked about “the biggest problem of all”…”giving direction to the Town Manager and staff…micro- managing AMR/BSO and the VFD”…about “blowing apart machinery…not our business…more direction less micro-managing”…

Comm Silverstone-said the Chamber should be asked themselves…and “micro-managing ” he spoke of the 5 Commissioners each has the “opportunity to do that”…”manage the Manager who then micro- manages”…The Mayor- spoke of the Pelican Hopper…putting fliers into condos…that the Chamber “should be part of that”…working on something with staff about a youth program…spoke of “constructive criticism…sitting with the Town Manager” and that “unfortunately up on the dais”  is “how you judge us”…going on to relate her time spent with the Town Manager and staff and the reality of each Commissioner’s personalities with staff behind the scenes…saying she “enjoys” her time with the Town Manager and staff…Comm. Clottey- spoke of the County school system precluding kids from getting together …that there are 3-4 grade schools and 2 high schools and the manager is working on getting 1 high school for LBTS kids…on “micro-managing” she said it is her job to point out complaints she gets…Comm. Dodd- spoke of the Chamber getting $27,000 from the town…only to have to pay $1000 in permit fees for Taste of the Beach…he doesn’t mind the criticism and may be slightly more guilty …as he only has 3 meetings a month ….he does his “micro-managing” publicly…going on to speak of Waste Management and the RFP …The VM…using his favorite term of the night…”The cookies were in”…spoke of Waste Management being “a con”…saying when he and “Jimmy” were in Orlando  they learned no one was bidding….they (Waste Management) were “expensive”…and they “got it by cheating”…

BC- Wow!…This is the same VM who spoke so highly of Waste Management when they came to the podium at the meeting for the extension…the same VM & BFF who went to Waste Management’s $500,000 dollar parties…2 years in a row…lamely saying it was a good way to make connections…YIKES!…

VM continued on about “micro-managing”…saying they all had the option to see the Manager he goes in 2-3 times a week…( 2-3 x a day!)

CIC Treasurer/ BOA Chair Tom Carr- asked why the garbage bill was not billed on our assessments…making it a tax deduction…as it was in the past…before the billing went to Waste Management…

The Commissioners again all fell over themselves…VM- said years ago it was paid through your taxes…it should be incorporated in your taxes again…and it would cut the bill down to $14…”The cookies were in”…Comm. Clottey- said t should be part of our tax bill…previous commissions wanted the taxes to look like they went down so they moved it…Comm. Dodd- said this was why he wanted a workshop before the RFPs went out for this type of input from the residents…saying if that is called “micro-managing” he will continue to do so…Comm Silverstone- spoke of keeping the millage at 4.2…the fire assessment…and the garbage out of the tax deductions…and how it should be put back in along with the fire assessment for the VFD…

CIC member/BOA member George Crossman like the Waste Management “guys” and would pay the extra to keep the…CIC board member Renee’ O’ Neal agreed…

CIC member Bill Henessey- asked about the how the “general population deals with trash…recycling”…that we are “solvent” despite so many dark condos…and how Oriana is paying its taxes…

Comm Dodd- spoke of the N.Y. recycling rules…citing those who do not do so…Comm. Clottey said the cost to recycle in our town is $30,000 with many not using the containers…VM- said that “Tony” from Waste Management said recycling was a “feel good thing”…they’re not really into it…Oriana had “4 people living there”…relating a VFD story…a month ago the alarm went off an intoxicated guy pulled the fire alarm to get the elevator…”their cold…not taken off…bailed out…rumors…taxes still get paid …they’re assessed”….Comm. Silverstone- recycling is a “good cause”…”not paying lip service to the Mayor”…About Oriana…”abatements…current owners responsible..the flippers are responsible.”….Mayor- we do pay a lot for recycling…on Oriana “you bought that unit you pay your taxes.”…

CIC member/ P & Z board member / Town Rev, Hunsaker- spoke of the fact that if the garbage tax  returned the condos would be paying twice…as they do now for recycling…and bulk pickup…

The Mayor said she did discuss bulk pickups for condos with the Town Manager for the RFP…but did not know if it was included in the RFPs…Comm. Clottey- said what is done for single family homes should be done for condos….Comm. Silverstone and the VM…said the same…Comm. Dodd again said this is why he wanted a workshop…the VM jumped up to say “in all fairness” if Comm. Dodd had wanted a workshop they would have had a workshop..

BC- previously posted Comm. Dodd did not realize the RFPs were going out and the time for a workshop had passed…and for the VM who “balks” at round tables…oblong tables…square tables to say he would be at a workshop…..without some micro-managing remarks…what a load of crap!

Chair Crisite Furth- did a “number” pretty much like what she did at the MPSC afternoon meeting with the Art Institute students…she was talking heights…she was talking Crisitie Furth heights…33 feet…talking referendums…and delegating the heights to the boards…she wanted answers on Crisite Furth’s heights…33 feet…and added she preferred the March election for referendums in 2010…

Comm Silverstone- “that’s the question….not what I think …based on your input”…relaying visualizing what you want …again speaking of greedy developers who some say can’t build…saying we were “snookered” with 4 stories…when he thought it only meant east of El Mar and it meant everywhere…(it did not)…The VM- blamed Walter Keller…who “wheeled and dealed”…”The cookies were in”…”anybody who brings him back should be hung”…33 feet…and go down…( the Cristie Furth plan…garages underground)…..

BC-Funny alert…after the VM used Bob White’s beachfront hotel restoration as an example…he used the new single family home recently approved by the Commission…which with “grade” will be well over 33 feet!…about 50 ft. some say…

The VM- spoke with disdain about some wanting 5 stories on Commercial…Comm. Dodd- said Walter Keller was instructed what to do…reiterated his stance on 44 feet…the charter…the zoning …the 3 times the voters voted…and the grade…the 3 choices of “grade” getting rid of “grade” and counting from the dirt up…44 feet maximum…The Mayor spoke of the charter…the definitions…and density…giving incentives to existing structures and businesses to maintain them … Comm. Clottey said Walter Keller had a good business head…made money from change orders…( so does Chen and Assoc./ O’Campo)….that he made $400 to come to P & Z meetings…( The Comm. just approved $5000 for Chen to come to P & Z /MPSC…who are in need of professional input)…she spoke of the heights being higher on one side vs the other…and agreed with Comm. Dodd on counting the height from the ground…

Chair Cristie Furth again spoke a speech of 44 feet and Oriana and Minto dwarfing her motel…and keeping the ocean from being seen…

A woman stood…asked to remain anonymous…no name tag…complained about the LBTS permitting department being like Walter Keller…taking forever…wanting more “cha ching…cha ching…cha ching”…also saying she had a street light out called town for 6 weeks no response…then they told it was FPL …she called and they came the next day…

Comm. Clottey described that some lights don’t belong to the town…The woman was not “buying it”…saying again she told the town the location and it took 6 weeks…Comm. Clottey spoke again of a “pay as you go building dept”…this was agreed to and heartily supported by Comm Silverstone and VM McIntee…

BC- Pretty amusing when you will recall the Town Manager was against it saying it was a big money loser…and anyone that reads the papers will see other municipalities are closing down and laying off their staff in their  building departments…

Comm. Dodd said this was not the right time and responded to Chair Crisite Furth’s assertions that he had changed his pre-elected stance…saying again he was always for 44 feet…The Mayor said complaints like this…please contact them…that Broward County works for us…and our own building department we would have to look at the costs…

HERE WE GO…LET THE “HISSING” BEGIN….

Vice Chair Maureen McIntee stood up…and you could tell she was ready to ” hiss’…dressed for St. Patrick’s Day in a suit the color of her Lady Liberty makeup….with  green “flashing” earrings…she was red…with anger…at Commissioner Dodd…She said she “believed she was fair and honest”…that when the bell went off on opening statements all the other Commissioners stopped…(Comm. Dodd was a few seconds over…maybe a minute YIKES!)…and he Comm. Dodd had a handout!…”He was looking for trouble”…”This should not be allowed”…It was about the VFD…”It was propaganda that was going home” with those who were in the hall……that the “VFD was running out of money”…”Not fair”…”HISSSSSS”…

The “2-Hats” said nobody “told” them they could have a handout!….

Comm. Dodd- said he found it interesting that he was criticized for giving out a handout…Comm Silverstone- said these were “personal attacks”…

VM ALERT…PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE VFD WAY OF BUDGETING….

The VM-“I’m not gonna get mad”…”rumors”…The fire department gets $70,000 a month” …”not in the hole”…”We have Christian Chief, a re-born again Chief” …he is supposed to make $76,000 a year…but the Chief gave back “$60,000″…”allowed to cover all those (medical) calls”….HUH?…

BC- Let’s get this straight …the VM is saying don’t worry the extra calls…they are covered by the Chief not taking all his pay…Is that called “creative accounting?”

VM- went on to play the “attacking” card…on the great people…the fire fighters…Comm. Clottey spoke about the contract…”they are going to cover it readjust their budget…and the calls are for some training…the VFD must be getting advice from somebody”…The Mayor- said that was a budget to support them……the contracted amount…

CIC member- from the Palm Club asked about the stimulus package being listed with the towns…but LBTS was not shown among them…

The VM- said he spoke to Congressman Klein and Sen. Atwater and they are behind it…they’re gonna “push it”…that the Mayor hooped on board after him….

BC- this writer heard Klein said no way…to others…Did the Town ever send it in?….

Comm. Dodd- said he could not support it for a private property and was concerned about the fallout for future civic projects if the government was not told up front that the palm club is private property…The VM countered it was not up to him (VM) to tell the federal government…

THROW THE BSO UNDER THE BUS….

CIC board member/MPSC member Mary Ann Wardlaw said she was “shocked” to hear Chief Gooding say he did not know about the car burglaries in her neighborhood…that a BSO Deputy had been going to each home on 3 blocks to deal with it…and how could the Chief not know?…

VM- said nobody was more “shocked” than him…he “sensed there is a problem with BSO”…spoke about the “slingers” he (VM) wanted to go out in neighborhoods… …”Don’t know if BSO doesn’t want it known”…the crimes…that BSO…”not telling the truth”…”BSO hiding a bad thing” “BSO” stopping people that shouldn’t be stopped …letting bad people go”…

BC- WOW!…

Comm. Clottey told a story of being outside her house late….seeing unusual traffic…reporting it to BSO…and being told it might be something that involves police that are not local…

CIC member/BOA member- Carol Dickman complained of no police protection on the beach…with people sleeping there…and not responding to calls…Her husband said his calls went to a message to call a cell phone…(non- emergency number…calls to the VFD are handled the same)…

The Mayor said to call the chief…ask questions …demand answers…

CIC member- Happy Vasil-asked about the BSO increasing their budget…saying it was not fair…

Comm. Clottey said they will charge more…per a judges order …she read it in the papers…increases for “factual costs”…Comm. Silverstone said it was “creative accounting”..(HMMM…Pot calling the kettle)…The VM- said the volunteers created the “biggest bang for the buck”…we have never been so protected…spoke about the “hit” we’re going to take for pensions for the police..(HMMM…police pensions…like his from N.Y?)…Comm. Clottey…said some of the police we see in BSO were BSO firefighters…same bodies…(HUH?)….

The Closing Statements……done the with the last one to open going 1st…

1st- The Mayor-

Spoke of her campaign…one town..the code differences being handled…the referendums…May 13th…for a Nov. or March election..spoke of the pavilion grand opening April 6th …7 pm…that is will be a positive project as Seagrape Drive was despite those who had concerns…thanked all for coming and asked all to support out businesses…implored respect…civility and common sense…

2nd- Comm. Clottey-

Thanked all for coming…went off on a weird comment..saying people are “afraid” to call the police department…”afraid there will be a record they complained”…”afraid they’ll come after them”…and asked the VM to help “convince Scott (Chief Gooding) this is something serious”…HUH?…She went on to take aim at Comm. Dodd..saying she was “disappointed in the last round table…some came to listen…some came to talk”…”will be sunshine, talk to each other”…if there was “a bunch of prepared statements” then they should just put them on a website for people to read….that she was gong to have the staff bring the round table from the conference room into the hall so they could talk to each other…

3rd- Comm. Silverstone-

Thanked the CIC….spoke again about his “frustration level”…said we have a great town..in great shape…great place…spoke of the recently deceased Barber…who never said anything negative…”we work for you…we listen” ..more about promises that change after getting elected…aiming at Comm. Dodd…the”course they have to go through…keep getting “jabs”…being proactive…and speaking of Susan Beatty…John Thompson and someone new …”self appointed oversight committee”……HMMM….GUESS WHO?…

4th- Comm. Dodd-

In closing I would like to thank all of you for coming here tonight to ask important questions of your elected officials.

I have kept all my commission speeches, public comments speeches, written articles, answers to CIC and Sun sentinel questions  and have remained true to all my statements.  I have not deviated from any election promise, flip flopped on any issues while doing my best to represent the voters who put me up here to do the business of the town.  I like to come prepared to meetings in order to have an open but well informed mind and be prepared to discuss passionately – sometimes too passionately my own points of view.  I am disappointed in the contention up on the dais and that certain fellow commissioners feel that issues such as the Ethics ordinance is aimed at them personally. It is not, nor was it ever personal but has been found by other municipalities to be necessary to eliminate any conflicts with wearing many hats.  All praise to my fellow commissioners for wearing those hats but one’s first duty is to the town as an elected official above all others.
It is your right to disagree but I will ask you to contact me before believing all the printed matter in either of the town’s newspapers.  My phone is always open and I would much prefer to discuss anything personally to straighten out any inaccuracies before you believe anyone else’s version of my position on any issues.
I’m here to serve you

Thank you for coming and listening tonight

5th Vice Mayor McIntee-

He spoke of the Palm Club saying he told them he would find another source for the sewers…not the taxpayers (although he wanted the taxpayers to foot the bill in the last campaign…and changed his tune when Candidate Clottey/Dodd would not go along…and he saw the number of votes from the condos against it that outweighed the Palm Club’s 90 votes)…..He spoke of the $11,000 new fire truck parked out in back…how he got “abused for that”…and now he said…”a bunch of guys took it out of their pockets” to pay for it…not the taxpayers…( at the last Comm. meeting he said it was from the Booster Club funds)…He spoke of “stones being thrown at the VFD…and “if the department screws up”…”BSO making mistakes”….”VFD hasn’t made any mistakes”…”don’t be negative…these guys will give you their lives”…”CIC’s growing every week”

Chair Cristie Furth…”proud to have you here”..

2 hours after it began…it was over…at 9 pm….

Question now…Will there be a 3rd…”CIC Old Fashioned” Town Hall Meeting?….

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Here’s The Scoop….Blacktop Your Road….Join The CIC…/Town Manager Protection…McIntee Style…

March 10, 2009 by Barbara

First You Get Your Road Fixed….Then You Join The CIC?….

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Looks like that’s the case for residents living at the newly paved end of N. Seagrape Drive……seen walking across Palm Ave. last night to attend the CIC meeting at the Surf and Yacht Club…

Did they go to check it out as guests…or full fledged members?….

Funny thing according to old time CIC members…who no longer buy the CIC’s slanted views…these residents were against the CIC……refusing to sign past petitions time after time after time!…

TICK….TICK…..TICK…..It’s only a matter of time…. which will crack first the blacktop or the new members?…Any bets?….

Word is out…the parking lot was about half full….showing once again the signs…of reaping what you sow….

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But slow on the receiving end…old habits don’t ya know…….the Hissing Mrs-Mc…is on another knee-jerk reaction crusade…….guaranteed to further the fallout for this once proud organization….More nails in the CIC coffin….

Word is that CIC Vice Chair McIntee is calling on the downsized “troops” to show up at the Commission meeting to support the Town Manager…saying she is being “picked on”…WHOAHHH……….

Let’s see….

How demeaning is this?…

How sexist is this?….

What does it say about “being in the McIntee pocket”?….

Town Manager Colon should be mortified!…Highly Insulted by the Mc-mission!…

The CIC should do a quick review of why they have suffered such a massive loss of members……The McIntee-Furth -MacMillan “Scorched Earth” on Commissioner Dodd…John Thompson…Patrick Pointu …..this writer….etc….

Come on…

If the Town Manager was a man…would such a term be used…”Being picked on?”…No way!….

The Town Manager is required according to her contract to have a Performance Review…annually…Is that being “picked on?”….If she feels that it is …It’s time for a change in positions…time to pack it in….

Madam Manager should have been reviewing her staff annually as well…If that too has gone by the wayside…shame on her….for being so remiss…

Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach residents are asking the same requirements be addressed for their own Town Managers…Are they being “picked on”?….Oh that’s right they are men!…

Requests for information….critiques of Administrative actions…go hand- in- hand with the job….just read the local news…in any municipality…

Surely the Town Manager needs no such interference…for anyone who has seen her on the dais knows Town Manager Esther Colon can take care of herself…It’s really hard to imagine she would be “picked on” by anyone….

The Manager should say “NO THANKS”…..

more to come ….after the meeting…..

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Here’s The Scoop… Time To Cut The Strings………

March 8, 2009 by Barbara

THE NUMBERS ARE DWINDLING….

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THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED….THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWING….THEY ARE NOT RE-UPPING THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CIC….

We hear the members…including many that are longtime members are saying “no thanks”…and the membership for CIC is down by almost half!…

We hear letters have been written explaining their reasons…but they were not released beyond the closed doors of the Mc-Furth Executive Board…No matter that a letter against one of their own board members and founders……John Thompson was read in his absence a while back from their 1st handpicked CIC-Citizen of the Year 2008….It was done without a chance for Mr. Thompson to see it or respond as should have been required….(previous post scoops/ civic organizations categories)….

We hear that the Board has quite a few that will not be returning…John Thompson was treated so shabbily by the Executive Board that he will not return……a huge loss as they face  the upcoming referendums….

We hear many who sent in the $10 dollars to renew did it  just to get the info…limited as it is…on what the organization is up to….with no intention of participation…and fully aware of the propaganda being espoused…revisionist history on where some former members stand… The motto of this Civic group today…..”watchdog to lapdog”….

We hear calls are being made to come to a meeting tomorrow night…and the real possibility of not having 9 members to run for the 9 board seats…alternatives are being discussed….

We hear they are “filling the empty seats”…with  the membership with “newbies”…getting “newbie” friends and “orders” for  VFD members to join also… …. All unaware of the CIC’s rapid descent occurring over the past year courtesy of the Mc-Furth leadership…and their scorched earth policies carried out on their own former members…….such as Commissioner Dodd…this writer…and a  list….that extends beyond the CIC including former members of the VFD who were also CIC members in good standing…

The non- re-uppers do not care to be a party to it any longer…….or end up joining us on the receiving end of the trash anonymous CIC- written blog….. if they speak out of turn ….and disagree with  Mc-Furth hierarchy…

The Town Hall meeting is coming up  next weekend….and is  said to be more of the same with one small change… the Commissioners will not have to leave this time…..after realizing what a mistake that was…..CIC members will likely be their audience as was the case at Town Hall meeting #1….. No wide angled Marc Furth camera lens could alter who they were…….

The  pattern is the same…the parallels are the same……..the CIC…the VFD…the Commission…the Administration….all in a free fall….

Time to cut the strings…..

more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop…No Change Was Needed After All…Those Pesky Height Limit Ordinances……El Mar And The Oriana Million

December 2, 2008 by Barbara

NO CHANGE IN SCHEDULE WAS REQUIRED….AFTER ALL…

Previously posted ….the ridiculous over compensation of this town to accommodate the Vice Mayor’s cruise…with the Dec. Commission meeting on the 16th…the 3rd Tues. of the month…instead of the 2nd…and the said to be inner CIC circle tug- of- war to put off the CIC-members Caribbean Christmas at the CIC headquarters the Palm Ave. private member -owned, Surf and Yacht Club…..thus requiring the moving of the Dec. Master Plan Steering Committee meeting…that includes Planning and Zoning…set to discuss the Overlay/height situation…the one the Vice Mayor…said should not be dealt with…anyhow…due to a referendum required for the people to vote…

BCbythesea…OOPS…. the people did vote…LBTS Nov. 2006 …

NO to 1…Establishing Maximum Building Heights

NO to 2…Maximum Building Heights And Non- conforming Building

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Sec. 30-201. R-5 district–Motel zoning district.

(e) Height. No building or structure, or part thereof, shall be erected or altered to a height exceeding three stories or 44 feet.
(f) Plot coverage. The combined area occupied by all main and accessory buildings and structures shall not exceed the percent given in the following table for various heights of buildings:
(1) HeightPercent
One-story . . . 55
Two-story . . . 55
Three-story . . . 50
Building height: No building shall be erected or altered to exceed three stories above grade or 33 feet above grade level, except when provided for in this ordinance. In these cases, no building shall be erected or altered to exceed four stories above grade or 44 feet above grade level. Any building that has more than three stories above grade shall comply with the requirements and limitations of section 7.1 of the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Charter. Rooftop parapet walls, safety railings and chimneys not exceeding four feet in height above the roof, and elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical equipment and their enclosures, not exceeding ten percent of the horizontal roof area, shall not be subject to this height limit.
Nope…the Vice Mayor wants the MPSC to “forget about it” on the heights…and move on with his “revisionist history” of the MPSC’s …intent…the Furth introduced…El Mar -Oriana Million dollar escrow redevelopment plan…as previously posted under the Boards category…this came about when Marc Furth returned to the MPSC after a few rounds of the ongoing MPSC appointments made from the dais..precisely with this agenda in mind…problem is…the Furth’s were quite transparent …with wife Cristie …sitting in on the MPSC meeting…pecking on her computer …writing for their newly acquired paper..BTSTimes…to add to her…..CIC Chair/P & Z Vice Chair…roles…They are also El Mar Residents owning the Blue Seas Courtyard Hotel …thus a direct conflict of interest on so many levels…but this ram-rodded MPSC goal was not widely accepted…just reluctantly agreed to include…due to the board being CIC stacked…thus the reason that required rescheduling of the Dec. meeting …due to the CIC party…and no MPSC/P & Z Board quorum…
Problem is…the Oriana escrow million is not a done deal…as Comm. Clottey said at the 11/25/08 Commission meeting…and there very likely could be litigation…as a well informed neighbor predicted to this writer would likely be the case upon the million dollar Town-Oriana agreement…made with the past commission…
Add to that…how in the world do you spend…or rather ….waste the time of the board on sidewalks…and such…when there will be ongoing construction from one end of El Mar to the other over the next few years…requiring the developments to put the utilities underground…along with sidewalks…and possible upgrades of sewers…it does not make sense…unless… you want to “appease” your Mc-buddies …
As for the tug- of- war …it ended with a Sunday Dec. 14th…event…leaving the change of Town appointed Boards…changed for no reason…after all!…The MPSC/P & Z will still be on the Thur. Dec. 18th …unless it changes back…
more to come…
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