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Here’s The Scoop … The Election Time By The Sea Future Is Here ….

March 5, 2010 by Barbara

READ BEFORE YOU  VOTE   …….


“A new edition of your Future is now online and ready for reading. Or pick up a printed copy at a newspaper stand, restaurant, hotel, pharmacy, or business near you.

Look to the future as we bring a fresh new start to the community on March 9. Be sure to vote. If you need a ride to the polls on election day, call Bob or Ruby Schuyler at 954-205-9988. They will pick you up, bring you there and take you home!

Stay informed by reading our paper, and tell your neighbors about it. Together, we can make a difference on the dais and in our lives.”
In This Issue…

MINNET, SASSER, VINCENT SHINE AT FORUM

EVANS & COURIEL FAIL TO DISCLOSE

MCINTEE ESCAPES PROSECUTION

SILVERSTONE ILLEGALLY PARKED

LETTERS OF ENDORSEMENT

CHAMBER’S TASTE OF THE BEACH

GARDEN CLUB’S FLOWER SHOW

TURTLE LIGHTING IN LBTS

LIFESTYLE COLUMNS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town …

January 25, 2010 by Barbara

CROSSING OVER ….

By The Sea Future Editor Marc Brown sent the candidates a question in the mail on Jan. 12, 2010 to answer for the paper’s Friday Jan. 29, 2010 edition and asked them to respond by Jan. 25th… Candidates Roseann Minnet , Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent answered as they have done for some time now ….Today on the last day to respond the CIC-endorsed candidates  responded as well!…In the morning came a response from Marjorie Evans and in the afternoon came responses from candidates Couriel and Comm. Jim Silverstone! WOW!… At the last LBTS Commission meeting Town Manager Esther held up the BTSFuture newspaper and spoke negatively of its content…Comm. Silverstone repeatedly badmouths the BTSFuture and Editor Mark Brown …Vice Mayor McIntee has threatened to sue the paper and Editor Brown (empty threats due to them having no merit)… Marc and Cristie Furth owners-publishers- editors of the BTSTimes and campaign managers for CIC-endorsed candidates Silverstone, Evans and Couriel go after the Future newspaper every chance they can and doubled up on casting aspersions in their latest CIC- backed candidate edition…the one that still has not been fully distributed 4 days after publication….What’s up with this?…Is the “Truth Deflector” home tossing back a few extra glasses of wine to soften the blow?… Those CIC- minions who regularly hisss about there being “two  newspapers in town” while cursing those who bring the indisputable facts to residents every 3 weeks will surely be left in flux after hearing and reading their candidates have crossed over into the Future!…

While Mark Brown followed protocol and sent a letter to the candidates giving them a couple of weeks to respond, Cristie Furth called candidates Minnet, Sasser and Vincent the day before the Times came out on Jan. 22nd…Cristie left a voice mail for Scot Sasser who was away on business …She called Mayor Minnet and Chris Vincent and asked if they would answer questions for her paper, each said yes and send them over them…. Mayor Minnet,  Chris Vincent and  Scot Sasser never received any questions from Cristie Furth and the BTSTimes…despite that, Cristie Furth falsely stated the following in her paper the next day… “By The Sea Times asked each candidate to submit biographies and personal statements.”…No- Guard Candidates Minnet, Sasser and Vincent all state Ms. Furth not only never sent the e-mail questions…M.s Furth never asked for a biography or a personal statement!… Candidate Sasser called Editor Cristie Furth today to ask about the questions and Editor Marc Furth indicated that the BTSTimes would be following the BTSFuture’s and asking questions of all the candidates in their upcoming editions…OOPS!…

Perhaps, with the dismal distribution of the BTSTimes and the less than exemplary quality of the content…(The Nat. Enquirer comes in at a close second)…the CIC -candidates know they need to reach BTSFuture readers in order to have any chance at becoming an elected official in LBTS!…OUCH!….

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ADD IT TO YOUR LAWN TODAY!……

Today  CIC Chair and Editor of the BTSTimes Bob Roberts chose to perpetuate the false statements made int the Times concerning Mayor Minnet’s voting record!….

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“Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:57:51 -0500
From: Bob Roberts
Subject: LBTS Commission meeting

Dear CIC Member

The last LBTS Commission meeting for January, and the third from the
last meeting with the present Commissioners, will be held on Tuesday
evening, January 26th. It is again important that as many of us as
possible attend the meeting to show support for those Commissioners that
support policies that enhance the quality of life for Town residents.
Mayor Minnet now claims to be for the same policies that the CIC has
always endorsed, however her record shows that she voted NO on every
major action such as bringing back the VFD.

See you at the Commission meeting!

Bob Roberts, Chair”

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ALERT … MAYOR  MINNET VOTED ….

YES ….TO THE VFD TRANSITION ON MARCH 25, 2008

YES ….TO THE VFD CONTRACT  ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

YES…..TO THE BEACH SIGN POSTS …

I see a retraction coming…..

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CANDIDATES WITH PALM CARDS -SIGNS AND A MEASURING TAPE?….

After sending the code enforcement officers throughout the Town when candidates Minnet, Sasser and Vincent put out their lawn signs…..where they knocked on doors and informed residents of the rules……and after a 4 day “pass” for CIC- candidates signs boldly put in the Right- of- Ways and anywhere else Marc Furth and his Mc- pals wanted to stick em’…the Town has suddenly decided the candidates should become code enforcement and police the signs going forward!…WOW!… We hear one code enforcer told a resident they had over 400 complaints…HUH?…..Maybe the Town Manager believes this too falls under a “Town Manager form of government” (prev. Post)… OOPS!….

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“From: June White
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010
To: , , Mayor Roseann Minnet , Scot Sasser , Commissioner Jim Silverstone
Cc: John Olinzock , Jeff Bowman
Subject: Political Signs

Code Enforcement has observed violations of the sign code 30-308 (a)(5), (b)(7) and (c)(8) that was included in your Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Elections Manual, March 9, 2010. Your cooperation is being requested to observe the sign code.

Thank you.

June White, Town Clerk
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
4501 N. Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
Phone: 954-776-0576
Fax: 954-776-1857”

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Here’s The Scoop … You’ve Been Served … But How? …

December 19, 2009 by Barbara

COMMISSIONER SILVERSTONE “SERVING” THE TOWN OF LBTS IN 2007…

Dear Readers … This writer is picking up where Editor Mark Brown left off in the new edition of the By The Sea Future Newspaper that came out yesterday and is either at the end of  your driveway…in your mailroom (and if it is not…if it’s been covered..moved ..or dumped please contact your condo office /Board and the BTSF for more)…and throughout the town at various stores…In his editorial Mr. Brown described two serious incidents that involved Commissioner (He’s not a nice guy) Silverstone and his BFF Vice Mayor McIntee…This time though, there can be no doubt that Commissioner “not a nice guy” was fully complicit in the first incident and it is he along with Town Manager Colon who should be held  accountable for the second!…

The first issue Mr. Brown delves into in his editorial is the conflict of interest found in 2007 with the lawsuit brought against the Town in 2007 after the 2006 abrupt termination of the VFD by the BSO and the Town… While it is still this writer’s opinion that it was a vindictive move made at the time from the former Mayor (and new improved Mc-Furth-Clottey pal) Oliver Parker… witnessed first hand after working all day at the polls…I did not know until much later, courtesy of Marc Furth just what McIntee was doing in the background to exacerbate the situation …. That being said many have the recollection of how heated everything got…and will recall in 2007 the VFD brought a suit against both the Town and the BSO… It went into a shade session for the Town to discuss on May 14, 2009 (see archives online-  http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/spc-meetings-07.htm ) It states the following ” In accordance with the procedures set forth in Florida Statutes Section 286.011, the Town Commission and the Town Manager will meet privately with the Town Attorney to discuss the following pending litigation: Lauderdale -By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. V. Sheriff of Broward County, Florida and Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Case Number 06-021273 (12).

Sitting in that meeting was the full commission including then-Commissioner / then- Deputy Chief Jerry McIntee and Commissioner /then-VFD Chief Jim Silverstone…As Mark Brown describes at the start of his piece legal strategy was discussed concerning the Town’s response to a suit brought against the Town by the VFD… and as these two were sitting there and perhaps even adding in their own commentary or instruction to the Town Attorney…they were also fully engaged with the plaintiff, the VFD!…

In fact there is an e-mail between then-VFD Chief Jim Silverstone and the VFD Attorney one month earlier on April 11, 2007 which says the following…

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FROM: Steven S. Newburgh

Wed. 11, Apr. 2007 10:21:43

SUBJECT: AMECOM45— (as of 3-30-07).Pdf

Dear Jim:

As  we discussed, I have attached the Amended Complaint in this matter. I will keep you posted concerning the responses of the Town and the Sheriff as we proceed. Please call me with any questions or comments which you have. Thanks, Jim.

Best regards,

Steven Sloan Newburgh”

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Attached was the complaint and in that complaint were some questions for the VFD and Silverstone…on page 4 there was a question on #14 “The interlocal Agreement was amended on September 19,2000 and on December 12, 2002 [need to review these amendments-does FWB have these documents and should they be attached?]”…and also #15 ” On December 26, 2003, the County, Town and BSO entered into an Assignment Agreement which inter alia formalized the assignment from County to the BSO of County’s rights, obligations and responsibilities to Town under Interlocal Agreement to provide fire protection and services within the Town (the “Assignment Agreement”) [need to review this assignment- does FWB have this document and should it be attached?] ..This writer assumes that FWB was the Town’s Fire Administrator Frank Buchert …

What this proves is that then-VFD Chief Silverstone and no doubt then-Deputy Chief McIntee sat in that meeting and knew exactly what both sides of this case were doing prior to the meeting and afterward…( the others in that room did not) and that is clearly a conflict on every level…This was addressed recently by Commissioner Silverstone in his usual befuddled, incoherent Commissioner comments…(He started answering back the public comments last fall and has continued on due to any lack of preparation to constructively use his 3-5 minute comment time)… Silverstone lamely acted as “Coach Jim” saying this conflict didn’t count..because the VFD had to include the Town” and later dropped the Town from the suit.. ( a look at the quarterly VFD Income/Expense reports in  2008-09 include an ongoing expense for attorney fees v. BSO in the first 2 reports)… A request was made by the Mayor after that statement to see what it cost the Town. It cost us $6,000 dollars for this “exercise” that doesn’t count in Commissioner Silverstone’s opinion… That does not include staff time …

Commissioner Silverstone was also involved front and center in an e-mail exchange in July of 2007 after he received after a complaint was made …

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Dave Casey wrote:

Chief Silverstone –

The below article was sent to us with the concern that the firefighters
were engaging in live fire training in an acquired
building. I ran the
names in the article and none show the proper
certification to conduct
live fie training. Can you shed some light on this
and with your VFD’s
status on the legal challenge?. The legal protection
of the firefighters
concerns me regarding worker’s comp and other
benefits/protection. We
have been advised by BSO that you no longer provide
fire protection and
are not recognized by the county or town government,
and we need to take
the necessary steps to reflect that in the
firefighters’ records and
other records. You are in violation of FAC 69A-62
which requires you to
have a set response area that can provide service
for in order to be
recognized. Please let me know.

FAC 69A-62.006 Requirements for Recognition as a
Fire Department.

(1) To be recognized as an organized
fire department by
the division, compliance with the following must be
documented:

(a) Capability of providing fire
protection 24 hours a
day, seven days a week;

(b) Responsibility for response in an
area capable of
being depicted on a map; and

Pass on greetings to Doug for me. Let him know PFD
is gathering photos
for a book, he might want to call Marti at their HQ.

Dave Casey, Chief

Bureau of Fire Standards & Training

Florida State Fire Marshal

352 369-2833

www.floridastatefirecollege.org

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Article….

“Keeping Sharp

Always alert for more training opportunities to keep
their skills sharp, the LBTS Volunteer Fire Department recently used the
opportunity toconduct a drill at a soon-to be-demolished buildingat 3001 East Oakland
Park Blvd. with permission of the owners. The drill was conducted by Deputy Chief Jerry McIntee, Battalion Chief Joe
Padden and Training officer Patrick Pointu. About a dozen members of the force were in attendance to practice search and rescue drills and various fire attack
scenarios.”

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From: Jim Silverstone
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 4:55 PM
Subject: RE: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Department
To: Dave Casey

Chief Casey,

The politics are getting even more dirty down this
way.

The article in question described what transpired.
Specifically, our FF1 class and a number of our
regular members participated in a search and rescue
drill and went over various fire attack scenarios. At
no time did we have any live fires. We are not
permitted by the owner of the property and besides we
are fully aware of what we can and cannot do. As you
may have guessed by now we are under a microscope. We
are scheduling a live fire drill at the Coral Springs
fire academy.

It’s my opinion, this is another attempt by BSO and or
their union to do everything to keep their position in
town. BSO cannot staff a first alarm without the help
of either Ft. Lauderdale or Pompano Beach due to their
next closest station being over 9 miles away. We have
been under attack with the same type of mistaken facts
and expect to be until we have our day in court or the
next town election early next year. In the end, the
vast majority of the town residents support us.

The drill was excellent and we hope to do more before
the building is torn down.

Regarding the legal challenge, we have a court date
scheduled in a couple of weeks, in which we are
expecting a positive outcome. But as you must be aware
BSO has and is expected to drag this out for their
benefit.

As far as our insurance coverage, we have maintained
in full, all insurance coverage which is in excess of
20 million plus our worker’s comp. though VFIS. In
fact, I called them before the drill just to make
sure.

I will pass on the info to Mr. Smith who is now in N.
Carolina on vacation.

Hope all is well with you.
Thanks,
Chief Silverstone

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This is exactly why there should have been an Commission ethics ordinance…it should have been instituted from the dais…and  it should have been done long before the failed referendum voted down on December 1, 2009 as  the biggest perpetrators of conflict of interest go for what most believe will be their “2nd bit of the apple” and declare their candidacy for a 2nd term either as commissioner or mayor!… Whether the conflict is one that will ultimately only bring forth a “slap” on the hand in findings of “probable cause” (prev. posts) from the Florida Ethics Commission as these two have dealt with in their first 4 years or ignored because the Ethics Commission were “hoodwinked” (in this writer’s opinion) by false statements made on their roles within the department (VM as Dep. Chief stating no purchasing to be done by him in VFD-prev. post)…just because they can get away with it… why try?…Four more years…and the sudden change of the VFD leadership on Dec. 14, 2009 (prev. posts) will undoubtedly bring more of the same from McIntee and Silverstone who are already in the throes of retaliation …only this time it’s toward the department…not the town…OUCH!…

The second issue Editor Brown addressed was the precarious situation the VFD may have put its Booster Fund supporters in with the lack of the proper registry to allow for them to write off their donations…… While the VFD is registered as a non-profit organization …it appears they were never correctly registered to accept donations and allow it as they have long claimed (recently in their townwide Booster Fund Drive Furth-mailer last month they made the same claim)…

Who is responsible for this huge mistake?…This writer puts the blame squarely on Commissioner Jim Silverstone listed as the “Registered Agent” for the VFD
Florida Non- Profit Corporation seen online at Sunbiz…(link below)…

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LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number 702458
FEI/EIN Number 020671186
Date Filed 05/22/1961
State FL
Status ACTIVE
Principal Address
4513 OCEAN BOULEVARD
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA FL 33308 US
Changed 04/29/2009
Mailing Address
4513 OCEAN BOULEVARD
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA FL 33308
Changed 04/29/2009
Registered Agent Name & Address
SILVERSTONE, JAMES J
278 MIRAMAR AV
LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA FL 33308
Name Changed: 09/10/2003
Address Changed: 07/10/2008
Annual Reports
Report Year Filed Date
2008 07/10/2008
2009 04/29/2009
2009 12/16/2009

http://www.sunbiz.org/index.html

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The most recent annual report was done this week on Dec. 16th (link) …and Commissioner Silverstone remains the Registered Agent for the VFD non- profit corporation… despite the change in the officers last Monday… As the agent for the department for many years it is he that should have been aware of the status held by the department… Commissioner Silverstone has bored us all to tears  in the last year with ridiculous spread sheets he has stayed late in his office putting together for less than a 4%  to the Colon enacted townwide survey this last fall…He claims he does his homework…his due diligence…Really?…This seems to trump any of the “little projects” he has attempted in trying to show he does possess some accounting acumen! …

Also the Town Manager is to be held accountable in this lack of oversight…after all it was Commissioner Silverstone who spoke of then-Finance Director Esther Colon and her coming down hard on the VFD in his first encounter with her. He told the story at the last round table to finally do the Manager’s annual review…He spoke of how she admonished the VFD accounting…saying they spent every penny they got (Hmmm under McIntee last year that remained in effect)…and  that the VFD owed the Town $20,000…Commissioner Silverstone proudly (it appeared) said that Director Colon was correct!… Well, why didn’t Town Manager Colon know that the VFD was not registered to allow for supporters to write off their donations?… Add to that…(pun intended)…the annual $7000+ audit we pay for and the recent (4thQ VFD report) of an internal VFD audit as well for $1,100….

The supporters have paid for the VFD full back page color ads in the Mc-Furth BTSTimes  for each issue since 2008…The supporter paid for firetrucks, including the last one for $150,000 (per Chief Perkins in the 12/18/09 Pompano Pelican)…And the supporters paid for the lawsuit against the Town and the BSO…Now it appears that if those supporters did indeed write any of the above off… they did it based on false information  made from the VFD thanks to Commissioner Silverstone and Town Manager Colon…OUCH!…

Once again this writer reiterates…it is time for the voters of the town to continue on what we saw on Monday by the VFD…who will be making some changes with accountability within the  fire department starting with the right people in charge …(Chief Perkins, Pompano Pelican 12/18/09) ….

Next March…do not allow for anymore of what we have seen in the last 4 years…No more skirting or deflecting the “conflict of interest” issue……No more “2-Hats/ Broom Boys” on the dais…No more McIntee and Silverstone…who is definitely “not a nice guy” and who is definitely conflicted as well as complicit!… Replace them with your vote for Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent…

To see the rest of the BTSFuture ….. including coverage of all the LBTS holiday events…in articles and photos by Editor Cindy Geesey…as well as the LBTS campaign center page ( a standard from now thru March)…Mayor Minnet’s commentary…resident poems and lettersto the Editor …the always entertaining  Doc Lawrence and Editor Mark Brown’s in- depth articles …along with a plethora of the most advertisers in town…link to …(hit refresh for Dec. if necessary)…

http://www.bytheseafuture.org/

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Here’s The Scoop … Three Cheers … There Is A Clear and Positive Choice …

November 29, 2009 by Barbara

THERE IS A CLEAR CHOICE  … A POSITIVE CHOICE IN DISTRICT 1 ….

DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATE SCOT SASSER AND HIS SON JAKE ….

Snapshot 2009-11-28 16-11-45

DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATE? … VICE MAYOR/ VFD DEPUTY CHIEF / “2-HATS”/ “BROOM BOY” JERRY MCINTEE

Dear Readers… This next election is crucial…Take a look at the new edition of the By The Sea Future newspaper…It’s been delivered right outside on your driveway … in your condo mailroom, in Town Hall and at stores throughout the town…

Now listen folks, if anyone takes you aside and starts bending your ear that this is the “negative” paper in town… that it’s the”other” paper in town…don’t buy into what they are selling…

The news is the news …Positive news is reported on when there is positive news to report and in this edition of the Future it’s the choice we now have of electing new candidates Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent for the commission in 2010…

But it goes without saying if the news is negative…you’ve got to report it … and in this new edition of the BTSFuture you will find, it’s no time to put your blinders on …. Any attempt to shoot the “messenger” by calling the factual coverage … an “attack” or  “evil” does a great disservice to the voters ….

It is this writer’s opinion that the more negative newspaper impacting the town is the VFD Booster Club funded ..(do you know where your VFD Booster Funds went?) Mc-Furth By The Sea Times … For they are publishing pure Furth-fantasy…full of flashback fluff…. They’ve been doing it all along…and were increasingly deceptive in the issue put out before Halloween with their “Who Can You Trust” Goodyear Blimp cover hovering over the LBTS of the past….and in the issue one week ago…their “2010 political playbook” edition to run against the “Ghosts of the Old Guard” …… (prev. posts)…This paper has been resurrected from the MacMillans for one reason only…. MCINTEE & SILVERSTONE…”BROOM BOYS- PART 2″… and to keep voters eyes averted from the reality of their decisions and actions over the past 4 years on and off the dais and what they have planned for the future if the status quo remains the same after March 9th  in Lauderdale-By-The- Sea….

It’s time to  being fully informed…..Start now, with this BTSFuture edition…Take a careful read of Editor Brown’s rundown of the reign of McIntee/Silverstone 2006- 2009 …..and what is in the works for the for the last 6 meetings the “2-Hat-Broom Boys” have left….then look throughout all 20 informative pages …chalk full of community information and for the positive clear choice vs the negative news…of the last 4 years…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … The Future Is Here … There And Everywhere … In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea ….

November 7, 2009 by Barbara

IT’S OFFICIAL  MAYOR MINNET IS GOING FOR 2 MORE YEARS…

BIG NEWS…IN THIS BIG 16 PAGE EDITION …

Outside your front door…in your condo mail rooms…in Town Hall…. Jarvis Hall …your favorite stores …and online http://www.bytheseafuture.org/

The best way to get the truth with no deflector …LBTS local news you can count on…and that folks is a really BIG deal!…

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