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Here’s The Scoop …. Let The PAC- “Games” Begin? … The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 2012 Municpal Election …

October 23, 2011 by Barbara

HOW MANY HATS WILL BE TOSSED IN THE RING AND WHOSE WILL BE TOSSED AWAY? …

Dear Readers … it appears the CIC is getting ready to reactivate in some way….This writer believes their organization is severely diminished and still unorganized in a way that may not be salvageable …especially in the short term for the January 31st LBTS municipal election which calls for candidates to file for a run for a seat on the dais in a matter of just a few weeks from now on November  8th -22nd… They have suddenly (after this writer’s previous post) updated their long dormant CIC website to show their new Chair… That would be former 2010 Mayoral candidate Joe Couriel who lost big time after being a part of one the most disgusting campaigns to ever seen in our town …One fraught with yellow journalism…as well as trumped up charges of racism that many think put the nail in the coffin of not only his and his fellow slate of CIC supported candidates but the organization and By The Sea Times paper that supported them… Last we heard he was trying mightily to sell his house and leave town…Hmmm…. Besides the sudden updated website (although their meeting date is still for May 15, 2011) …coming right after my last post is the the Chair’s message which touts the very same need in the next commission for residential balance in the infrastructure and redevelopment just as this writer wrote about as well as several residents who spoke up at the podium throughout the past many months! … This one is a winner in the south… and anyone who doubts it will lose…in this writer’s opinion

As stated prior…. we are not sure if Vice Mayor Dodd and Mayor Roseann Minnet will have opposition this go round as they run for another term …but as previously posted we are sure that in the north end of town there will be quite a race with former editor of the By The Sea Future paper Mark Brown ( he resigned as stated on the cover of the latest BTSF paper) and former 2010 commission candidate and former MPSC Vice-Chair Edmund Malkoon ..both active in the UOT PAC …According to the new issue of the Pompano Pelican they both asked for support from that organization at the Oct. meeting ….What is shocking to this writer is that candidate Mark Brown is quoted as saying he did not want the organization to endorse only one candidate this time as they did in the 2010 election… Whoaaaa!…. What’s wrong with this picture? … First it is a major mistake to let either candidate go forward and expend time and money to enlist a treasurer then set up a bank account and file only to find out they will not be actively supported by the ever growing UOT PAC… If the organization keeps the present schedule …again according to the Pelican article not to meet until Nov. 30th and these two gentlemen go out and pound the pavement in the south end of town …even until that time (Nov. 30) or right up until January 31st the CIC endorsed candidate will win …and win big as these two will split the vote in the south and in Sea Ranch Club (3 buildings) … The UOT board may want to get on the phone and rethink their strategy sooner rather than later…It is this writer’s opinion Mark Brown is the stronger candidate to oppose Comm. Clottey … Long ago I posted that I did not think candidate Malkoon proved himself as a member of the MPSC…That opinion still stands…. He does not belong on the dais as a commissioner … Mark Brown is more suited for the position I believe …While I have often disagreed with Mark on many major issues I have always found him to be fair and honest as well as being open to hearing an opposing opinion while being meticulous in regard to ethics ….

The Pelican ends its article with Commissioner Clottey stating “no comment” when asked about running once again… While that really looks bad in print ( her campaign managers may want to get that taken care of asap ) …Many think she has rethought her original decision of serving one term only as she is the Chair of Halloween 2011…as well as being seen front and center at many town events over the past weeks as well as her car being parked in front of her former campaign managers …the Furths (owners and editors of the BTSTimes – still defunct showing their motel site rather than the paper) …One thing for sure you can be assured if she runs…the Furths will be running the show behind the scenes…or perhaps out front once more with the CIC website suddenly dormant no more …. One more clue…take a look at her comments over the past few meetings … there has been a lot of “small town” talk about town employees as well as residential improvements needed …. right in line with the new message from CIC Chair Joe Couriel! ….

I thought this was going to be a more independent type of election and posted that opinion a few times …but with the emergence of the CIC website update and the precarious state of the BTSFuture paper now that Mark is no longer at the helm as editor and writer and with the newly appointed senior writer who has only written a few articles for the last two issues and is new to town as a resident thus knowing none of the past political history…that may no longer be the case …we could see round 3 of the CIC PAC vs the UOT PAC…. Those throwing hats in the ring may need armor as well!…

More to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … A Friendly Reminder … MPSC/P & Z …IS ON Tonight / Special Meeting IS ON Tonight As Well …

February 17, 2010 by Barbara

IT WILL BE A 2 SHOVEL MEETING …. BUT, WHAT WILL THEY BE SHOVELING ….

Dear Readers…Yes, the Master Plan Steering Committee and the Planning + Zoning Board are meeting in Jarvis Hall tonight to discuss El Mar Drive…an Engineer is to be in attendance this time to assist the boards ….There was great confusion with this meeting …it was called for Thur. Feb 18, 2010…The Mayor and Comm. Dodd asked for it to be changed…The Town Manager would not budge…even though there was no P +Z meeting set for today the 17th…It took the MPSC and P+Z Chairs to change her mind…..It was then approved by the Commission on the 9th…Last night at the Meet the candidates Night …on the Jarvis Hall door was the post that the P+Z was canceled on Feb 17, 2010…and on the outside board MPSC was still posted for the 18th…Town Clerk White was made aware of it and it was to be fixed today…Just another slip up by June White…

We hear the second meeting called by Comm. Clottey is to promote Candidate Evans …for helping with stimulus funds for El Mar Drive….Many say, especially after Evans poor performance at the first candidate meeting (post to come).. Ms. Evans should have offered her “connections” for funding a long, long time ago with her declarations of love of this Town “for over 40 years” …Looks to many like she is trying to buy a seat on the dais…Perhaps with her self proclaimed “confusion” statement …what she really is saying  …and it was said last night by a resident after hearing Ms. Evans …”In other words, she’s saying Esther Colon has not done her job!”… OUCH! ……. We also hear the proposed “Gold shovel” plan… has snags in the timing..ala the proposed Palm Club one put forth by outgoing Vice Mayor McIntee…Speaking of the outgoing Vice Mayor…We hear his house is under contract and closing day is March 22nd!…

7 PM MPSC/P & Z JARVIS HALL …PUBLIC WELCOME….
“A special meeting between the Master Plan Steering Committee and the Planning
and Zoning Board is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in
Jarvis Hall. The purpose of this meeting is for discussion regarding the El Mar
Drive Streetscape Project”
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9 PM SPECIAL MEETING CALLED BY COMM. CLOTTEY …PUBLIC WELCOME ….
“A Special Town Commission Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at
9:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the El Mar Drive Streetscape Project
and Stimulus Funding.”

more to come ….

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

February 4, 2010 by Barbara

“LIEN” ON ME …..FORWARDING CERTIFIED MAIL ….

At the Jan. 26, 2010 commission meeting Vice Mayor McIntee was still on his politically motivated Greenfest bent…going after $33 …He leaned into the mike with such vigor to rant about Terry Arthur and the message it would send if we let him the hook…The Mayor again the voice of reason, said the Town Manager has been in receipt of everything she needs to reconcile this issue…But McIntee insisted on paying more hourly fees to our still not on a retainer Town law firm…A certified letter was sent out on Jan 11,2010 and came back with no response…Good reason…The recipient Mr. Arthur is in Kabu,l Afghanistan!…OOPS!.. Seems he has been there for quite some time now, well over a year….so we hear…and he is said to concur with the Mayor that all required paperwork needed to rectify the issue were turned over long ago…So how far does the Special Magistrate’s jurisdiction go?…By the way…we also hear Mr. Arthur has been working with the kids in an orphanage …and isn’t it ironic that VM McIntee who consistently used the dais to speak about anything for the “kids”would want to go after Mr. Arthur for $33 and take him away from those kids who need him so very far away…GULP!….

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IT’S ALL ABOUT SUPPORTING THE BSO POLICE …… INSIDE AND OUTSIDE TOWN LIMITS….

A situation has reached its boiling point in Pompano Beach. The City Commission and newly hired City Manager are planning on getting rid of the Broward Sheriff’s Office as the law enforcement provider and re-start the Pompano Beach Police Department.

Now, with the input from two ex BSO employee’s the City Manager will recommend on February 9th (next Tuesday) re-starting the Pompano Beach Police Department.Those in the know say there will never be the old Pompano Police, it’s only alive as a website.

The City Commission is advertising the reason for this change is money; this is only part of the story. The real reason is local control and egos. Your involvement and support for BSO is needed.  Many cannot  wrap their heads around this recommendation.Has anyone thought about public safety , or is all money? What will the NEW police department being proposed to be like?

Come to the City Commission Chambers next Tuesday at 7:00PM to support the BSO including one longtime BSO member and Pompano Beach resident who will be speaking as a resident, former LBTS- BSO Chief, Captain Scott Gooding. The meeting is being held the Pompano Beach City Commission Chambers, across from City Hall at 100 West Atlantic Blvd. (Dixie and Atlantic )

First Pompano Beach…then Lauderdale -By-The-Sea…in 2011?….

Show your support inside and outside Town limits ….

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SIGNS …..

So let’s see if you’re a business and you hang the political signs up of Silverstone-Couriel- Evans the Town and Code put their blinders on? … It certainly looks that way at Keese’s who has done just that! Out in from are benches and tables for outdoor dining..with outdoor diners observed…While at other establishments in town such as Lilacs and Lilies are prevented from putting mannequins out in front …the ice cream shop by the pier on Commercial is still on hold and prevented from putting her bench back out in front…and certain businesses with the opponents signs are continually cited for tables that are a few inches over on their own property!…Talk about special treatment…YIKES!…

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CLUELESS CLOTTEY CAN’T CATCH A BRAKE ….

Doesn’t look like 2010 is going any better 2 months in for the Commissioner who has commonly now called “Clueless”…We all heard about her brand new car being vandalized…she blamed it on politics and gave an ominous warning to candidates Sasser and Vincent…before we found out she never filed a police report!…Well now she has more trouble as the Prius is being recalled for brake problems and software problems…OUCH!….

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CLUELESS TIMES TWO ….

We hear these two have become fast friends…and both are wining about “The Chief Blogger”  not being  fair to them on this site……UGH!… We hear there’s great concern among the voters…One Clueless Commissioner is one Clueless Commissioner too many!….Looks like “Clueless” #2…didn’t rate the Clottey Furth photo-shop treatment!… OOPS!…

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HEADING TO HAITI….

Chief Perkins gave this writer the heads up last Friday…the LBTS- VFD is donating a fire truck to Haiti!… The Chief said they don’t need 5 trucks…”that was McIntee’s thing”… Question now for the VFD…which truck?…A VFD owned truck or a Town owned truck?… In any event it looks like the VFD is getting rid of some of their excess baggage…McIntee and having 5 trucks!…OUCH!…

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MESSING WITH METAL?….

Residents are hitting the roof …(pun intended) ….over the Town Manager’s unilateral decision to spent $15,000+ on a metal roof for the Chamber of Commerce building…. The only way to make it palpable at this late date if the contract is signed and the permits are in process as we hear they are … is if the roof she picked was a metal roof that imitates the tiles….Speaking of this purchase… we hear again that the Manager was informed last year of an alternative that came with a 4 year guarantee that cost about $3,000 ….Hmmm….. I’d say the Town Manager was “fiscally irresponsible”…and perhaps she needs to be “terminated”…ala Chief Scott Gooding?… GULP!….

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more to come……

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Here’s The Scoop … THE LBTS “Go Away” Center …

February 3, 2010 by Barbara

PULLING THE “MAT” OUT FROM UNDER THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ……

Dear Readers… The Town Manager does not like what she cannot control….and she cannot control the Chamber…So she retaliates…we’ve seen it before …over and over again in the last 2 years …All done with no regard  to protocol or the commission-manager form of government spelled out in the Town Charter…Why should she care…she knows the current majority on the dais Comms. Silverstone-Clottey and VM McIntee will have her back no matter what unilateral action she takes…And if at anytime the majority changes and the “party” is over …TM Colon knows she has her ace in the hole …The Silverstone-McIntee 2007 contract they kept under wraps for 2 years that gives her $250,000+ if she is terminated!….

The Manager held off in giving the Chamber their budgeted $28,000 dollars until the 20th of January and then went ahead without consulting the Commission and chose to pay out $19,081.23 to bring them back to a 0 balance according to the Chamber’s profit and loss statement…After the fact she put it on the Jan. 26, 2010 agenda under Manager’s report…Needless to say, once again her unilateral actions brought forth a flurry of upset from the Chamber, their supporters, businesses and the minority Commissioners on the dais in the days in between… UGH!…

Before we cover the meeting…let’s go back over a few important points…

On July 28, 2009 the Town Commision had a Special Hearing on the 2009-2010 budget…from the minutes… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/spc-meetings-09.htm

“Commissioner Clottey believed that if ANOTHER $20,000 donation by Broward County Vice Mayor Ken Keechl was received for the Chamber, that amount should come off the budget.”

“Mayor Minnet reviewed the items discussed”..

“10) SHOULD the Chamber receive a $20,000 donation from the County for the Visitor Center that amount should be reduced out of the budget.”

“It was the consensus of the Commission that SHOULD the Chamber receive the $20,000 donation from Vice Mayor Ken Keechl, the Chamber would only receive $8,000 from the Town”

BC- The Commission was in consensus only if the Chamber received a 2nd $20,000 from the County there would be a deduction of the $28,000 budgeted to them!…

On page 47 of the 2009-2010 LBTS Adopted Annual Budget ” Municipal Building- Chamber Of Commerce”

“Funding of contractual service for the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. Maintenance, operating, building supplies, and repairs. Funded allocation of maintenance worker for maintenance of grounds and building.”

On Page 49-”Cultural & Recreation”

” Funding of contractual services for the concert series . Funded equipment maintenance and service agreements. Provided funding for special event activities for Easter, Halloween, Christmas By The Sea, July 4th and other special events sponsored by the Town.”

On Page 64- “Municipal Building -Chamber Of Commerce”

“GOAL: To act as host to visitors while providing a wide range of information to residents and visitors.”

“DEPARTMENTAL OBJECTIVES: To assist in their transportation needs to assist visitors during their vacation to provide tour information to major attractions and restaurants in South Florida, and to provide assistance to visitors in finding accommodations.”

“ACHIEVEMENTS: The Chamber provided assistance to over 7,845 residents and visitors that walked in as of 04/30/09, made 1,440 Visitor’s guides as of 04/30/09,. The web-site has recorded 43,318 as of 04/30/09.

On page 65 General Fund -Chamber of Commerce… the adopted budget under “maintenance materials” jumped from 2,750 to 18,601.00…Hmmm….

In the justification sheets it was 33,251.00of which 30,000 was for a new roof …it was addressed prior to the special hearing by Comm. Dodd after he was informed the Chamber did not need a 30,000 new roof…somehow the amt. is now approx. half… If the Chamber is still not in need of a new roof…the $15,000 plus the 9,000 …will go into what many refer to as the Town “slush fund” that begins in June of every year…Those “unencumbered” funds are then used for all kinds of things…left to the Town Manger’s discretion…in the last 3 months of the budgeted year for items such as new vehicles for staff …. OUCH!…

We are told …The Chamber is open 7 days a week, 8 hours a day 52 weeks of the year…The employees make $11 per hour and that comes to 32,032.00…add in social security and the cost annually is 36,837.00…

To date the Chamber of Commerce has not received their new contract from the Town…

The Town Manager’s Report- The Manager said she sent the Commissioners a memo which included the Chambers profit and loss statement ending in Dec. 2009 …on the cover it stated that and  “Payment for the loss will be made accordingly.”…She went on to try and justify her unilateral actions by repeating that the Chamber is a non- profit organization.

The Mayor spoke and said that this was supposed to be an appropriation for the funding of the Chamber and questioned the Town Manager on changing that allocation to be based on the Chamber’s profit and loss. She asked about such changes being made at the discretion of the Town Manager.

The Manager shot back it was not at her discretion and then did what is now the Esther Colon M.O. of covering her actions…Readers…anytime TM Colon starts her response with “As you recall”…sit up and pay attention because it never fails to be something that never took place!… This time was no exception ” But if you recall the Chamber received $20,000 from Broward County so that would probably be my assumption of why their loss was only 18,000 dollars. But I don’t believe that this town can use private funds for private gain when they are clearly a non profit organization and that is why I remitted the funds in the amount of the loss.”

The Commission addressed the issue later in the evening when Comm. Dodd’s item came up  in New Business… Comm. Dodd added to the Mayor’s earlier comments about the Commission budgeting 28,000 for the Camber for the year and put forth the Town Manager should not have changed what was voted on for this year…He said it put the Chamber in a bind as they already budgeted for the amount the Town had advised them they would receive…

Comm. Silverstone who always has the Town Manger’s back …( a vote for Silverstone means 4 more years of having TM Colon)…answering the minority Commissioners about the money the Chamber was “shorted” by the Town Manager  Silverstone said ” Thank you, missing money? Nothing’s missing! It’s just that it’s not a profit organization. I don’t understand that! I don’t understand the logic in that! Why we, we’re in a sense giving them a profit then. We’re using taxpayers money to give them a profit. How do you justify that? “…

BC- Hmmm. The VFD is a non- profit that takes the excess funds and puts them in a fund in the bank…paid for by the taxpayers…

The Town Manger then reiterated the non profit status and held up their documents for effect…

Comm. Silverstone ” So, so if somebody can justify to me. I’ll vote for it. If you can justify to me why we should do this, why we should use taxpayers money to in effect give them a profit you got my vote.”

Commissioner “Clueless” Clottey tried to do a McIntee …wheel and deal on the dais with offering up that they already gave the Chamber $4,500 so they were actually closer to the 28,000 …Hmmm…problem is …the 5,000 was in ADDITION to the 28,000 per the budget!…Apparently Clottey forgot her statement in July 2009  when she brought up the 20,000 from the County and really crossed over into la la land with stating ” Ah, this is supposed to kinda be reimbursing the Town for what they have paid.”… HUH?…She also said “We’ve already given them way over the 20,000 this past year, we have!”…

The Town Manager or as she is now known Commissioner #6…went after Comm. Dodd saying she looked at her files from 2006 when Dodd asked about the Chamber and why they were making a profit… With zeal she wanted to do a “gotcha” …But what Comm. Dodd will tell you is he was unaware of all the Chamber did at that time, like so many of us drinking the Kool-aid of anti- Chamber of Commerce!…After he zingers she said meekly she would follow the direction of the commission… Cart before the horse…comes to mind…

Comm. Dodd again spoke of what was budgeted and that his was deja vue to the Town Manager’s actions with the Chamber’s Christmas By The Sea monies shorted by the Town Manger without consulting the commission…

The Town Manager did not back down on his past inquiry and tried mightily to use it to back up her unilateral actions…

Mayor Roseann Minnet asked about the dates of the profit and loss for the Chamber which are January to December  not coinciding with the Town’s budgeting time…She again spoke of the Town appropriating the money for projects throughout the year for the Chamber of Commerce and said ther were no stipulations attached….She said the Chamber should be funded the full amount and asked about the VFD and their non profit status…

Rudely, the Town Manager responded to the Mayor that the VFD had a different contract than the Chamber …adding “I’m sure you looked at that one!”…(insinuating the Mayor looked into the VFD contract)…

Diane Boutin Manager of the Windjammer Resort came to speak as a “loyal member” of the Chamber, not a board member…and addressed the role of the Chamber as “the sole marketing arm for the Town of Lauderdale By The Sea”…it brought LBTS to national attention 8 -9 years ago and spoke of the tax revenues …She spoke of the visiting center …being historic …for 45 years…and the A1A Scenic highway and supporting it just as supporting the Senior Center and the VFD and their new equipment…She said it was contractual work they do for the Town and it is not a donation…

The Vice Mayor (we are counting down the meetings until he’s history)… went after the Chamber spouting Furth-isms…of the Chamber being mostly outside businesses that diminishes their standing…He brought up the Green Market (that shut down thanks to his actions)…and his tirade from the past when he played his “David vs Goliath” due to a vendor being an out of town flower shop competing with local flower shops…Those shops are now gone…He tried to call for the vote on Comm. Dodd’s motion to give the Chamber the full 28,000

Comm. Clottey a tried to amend the motion to deduct the 4,500 (Christmas By The Sea budgeted funds-separate from the budgeted 28,000) Dodd accepted it but there was no 2nd…

Paul Novak President of the Chamber rose from the front row to speak and Vice Mayor McIntee (still having the gavel after taking it when Mayor Minnet 2nd Comm. Dodd’s motion) ..tried to stop him due to the late hour…Mr Novak said he wanted to respond to  McIntee… He said the Chamber cannot stand on its own “in our geographic location”…He said they Can’t make it, that’s why they go out of town and “there’s nothing wrong with it.”… He addressed McIntee’s comments about the flower shops and the farmer’s market …saying for $20 those shops could have participated…it was a success…He said they are  a welcome center and it costs a  lot of money to run it…that we are the only welcome center in Broward County …they expected 28,000 and the 20,000 was “a windfall” from Broward County …He said they look at the Town as sponsors of the Chamber …They are the only group that promotes this town “if you want to blow the Chamber away I don’t know who else is going to do what we do. It’s not that simple.”…He went on to speak of the change from 35,000 a few years back to 28,000 and said 28,000 was not “exorbitant”…Paul said 30% are out of town businesses and they have 280 members…He appealed to them for the 28,000 and asked for “some kind of clear path of knowing what is going to happen in the future”…

Comm. Silverstone (his insert foot in mouth finale)… ” Last bite of my apple here. I appreciate the Chamber Paul and appreciate what’s been done but I also know we have a contract with the Chamber (has Jimmy even seen it?) and I also understand that um, um I have politically, the smartest thing for me to do politically would be to give you money and vote for it and go that’s the thing to do but I have a higher responsibility to the citizens of this town and the people who pay taxes and unfortunately the reality is 90% of the tax money that comes in of all the money that comes in to support this town comes from residents and I’m probably being generous with that. (Shades of Oliver Parker!)… I cannot. I’m not doing my job by giving money to a non profit organization. I can’t justify it with the taxpayers money. Ah, you have a contract. If you need more that’s next year. Ah, this year you came under budget. But I, I can’t justify giving you ah, ah what in turn is a profit. It just does not make any sense to me. It’s not right to the citizens taxpayers of this town. Um I yield.”…

BC-4 more years…people..you really want 4 more years of this?…

Mayor Minnet” I look at this a whole different way. This is not looking at the whole picture of what the Chamber actually does for this community and how they offset what the residents have to do because id you took the mix of the businesses out of what they offer to this community as far as revenue is concerned taxes on the residential base would be considerably higher. These businesses and this Chamber is saving this town money by bringing revenues into this town by staying with us and continuing to service that visitors center.Even though I know it does serve quite a bit of Broward County, it’s still in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. It still is a name recognition for the Town Of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and that’s what the most important thing is. So I’m looking at the bigger picture here and the long term benefits of what it has for the residents of this town. You can look at it any other way you want, this was an appropriation fro the Chamber of Commerce and I will leave it at that.”

BC- This is who we need in the “center seat” on the dais for the next 2 years!…

Commissioner Clottey interrupted the vote to say she wanted to make a motion afterward…The vote was taken and it failed 3-2!

Commissioner Silverstone-Commissioner Clottey- Vice Mayor McIntee voted against the 28,000/ Mayor Minnet-Commissioner Dodd voted yes to honor the 2009-2010 budgeted amt. for the Chamber…

Comm. Clottey again tried for the 4,500..it died for lack of a 2nd…

The LBTS Chamber of Commerce was “shorted” by the Town Manager-Commissioner Silverstone-Commissioner Clottey- Vice Mayor McIntee $9,500 this year!…

The Commissioners receive approx. 10,ooo a year plus….perks and “pet” programs funded…

Commissioner Silverstone received in 2009-2010 from the Town  …insurance-cellphone allowance- his recreational programs 34,000/ Easter By The Sea 3,000/Halloween 4,000

Commissioner Clottey received in 2009-2010 from the Town …insurance- cell phone allowance – her concert series 7,500

VM McIntee received in 2009-2010 from the Town …. cell phone allowance- his recreational programs 34,000

Comm. Dodd received in 2009-2010 from the Town…cell phone allowance

Mayor Minnet received in 2009-20110 from the Town ……nothing…nada….zip!…

more to come……..

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Here’s The Scoop … 1/26/10 LBTS Commission Meeting …. #1 …. THE Chief Blogger …

January 27, 2010 by Barbara

IT’S MUST BE COLD OUT THERE GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN LBTS ….

Dear Readers… Thanks to Commissioner Silverstone and Commissioner Clottey…this writer is now known as “The Chief Blogger” …or as one resident put it “The Blogger in Chief”!…

Commissioner Silverstone and his “gang” must be receiving a mighty cold reception as they try to campaign on his 4 year record,with Marjorie Evans jumping in at the 11th hour with absolutely no knowledge on anything to do with the Town even thought she has lived in Bel Air for 40 years (She has been a resident of LBTS for 9 since the annexation of unincorporated Broward in Oct. 2001)… she did not make it through the entire commission meeting again, in her 2nd commission meeting ever!….She left the hall.early on ..as did Mayoral candidate Joe Couriel who has also made a name for himself by calling Mcntee “God”  losing his cool ( he ’s an equal opportunity hot-head yelling at Comm. Dodd’s wife)…and talking out of both sides of his mouth on any subject!…

The Mayor in her public comments called out the “By The Sea Times” or as she referred to it the “By The Sea Lies”…(A big OHHH…came from the back staff table…the responder-none other than  Moe McIntee, the BTSTimes”Truth Deflector”)…for inaccurately reporting her voting record ( this was followed up by a CIC e-mail stating the same false statements from BTSTimes Editor and CIC-Chair Bob Roberts)… The Mayor said the paper made these false claims and she had sent a letter in for a retraction…The Letter was sent certified mail to the Furths on earlier in the day…In it she pointed out her votes ..YES for the VFD fire suppression services on 9/12/2008…YES to the VFD transition on 3/25/2008…YES to the signposts on the beach 9/25/2008…The Times falsely stated the Mayor voted no on all three!…. The Mayor went on to speak of the false statements she has heard as she runs for reelection and set the record straight on that as well…She concluded her comments and that’s when the lunacy began to unfold…..

“Clueless” Commissioner Clottey has really lost her mind…She is way beyond Clueless”…she is now incoherent…rambling on about politicking done by the Mayor when she herself sat mute as the Vice Mayor did the very same in his declarations of false statements and threats made toward the By The Sea Futures… ( only one had any merit and it was erroneously stated to be printed in the paper,…the VM asked for legal action to be taken…over a few commission meetings ….it was only on a newsflash to a limited number of online recipients and  it was retracted…the rest of McIntee’s charges of slander…had no merit…. It was just a lot of McIntee blowing smoke!)…Comm. Clottey spoke of a local blogger, the “Chief Blogge”r and could hardly contain her disdain … The Comm. has only herself and her own words and actions such as these to blame for the “negative” posts…To go after the Mayor for calling out the Times on falsely stating her votes… To sit up there and say she did not ” stir the pot” with the Senior Center….Get real, she did!…The Senior center was going along just fine until she started down that path of no return…Her memory lapses on the MPSC and her and Commm. Silverstone’s role…perhaps come from to many late night house call to Town Hall East…And saying that sidewalks down El Mar would cost millions…come on!..Tthat was for a ful-l out plan of #1,2 and 3 including the medians….It was in fact “The whole enchilada”!..Pretty funny to be called the “Big Blogger”…kind of like the Vice Mayor calling the Attorney for Pacific Blue a “Big Girl”…and then for Clottey to disparage Comm. Dodd  on what he can accomplish on the Hillsboro Inlet being from little old LBTS and implying he is unable to speak up and be forceful enough or carry any weight on the Hillsboro board…That the board requires someone who can really read financial statements ….What a loon!…Phone calls were made from those watching from home…deeply disturbed by what they were hearing and seeing as she continued on!….She lost all credibility in offering up a plan to rent the dredging equipment from Port Everglades to save money…Who’s filling her in on this?…Frank Rysavy?…( a candidate for the positon-prev. post) ….The Hillsboro Inlet isn’t exactly chomping at the bit for his return from what this writer hears!…Comm. Clottey decided to pull her item not wanting it to be political…(Now she decides she doesn’t want it to be political!)…She did an about face yet again from her vote that she made as instructed by the Furths for the McIntee median walkways..A look back shows her flip-flops as she dutifully towed the Furth line…(Cristie put her foot down…”her people” loved the walkways”per the MPSC meeitng1/19/10…prev. post)….

Commissioner Silverstone said he was going to expand on Comm. Clottey’s comments in his…(A pre- meeting pow-wow in Town Hall East?)… He spoke of a friend from Chicago (would that be the “inner city” where according to the Times Jimmy-boy hails from ..Cabrini Green, Commissioner?)…. He said his “friend” googled Lauderdale By The Sea and found on the first page all negative info from a blogger…and his pal asked what kind of crazy place it LBTS?…He warned of such blog sites showing up on google being a “major danger” that brings down property values and effects businesses and properties”…Furth-er fearmongering….That” it’s on the internet forever”… The “negativity” ..the “attacks on the staff “or him…the spinning of issues…The he says there a lot of “smart people” doing it for negative reasons…and named the Future’s paper…HA!… Comm. Silverstone and his running mates Evans and Couriel sent in answers to questions to be published in the By The Sea Future on Friday… OOPS!…(Will he read it?)…He again tried to to bully the residents as he has been passed the”bully baton” from his BFF, one foot out the door, Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee…He again tries to challenge residents and voters in a debate…Note to Jimmy “He’s not a nice guy” Silverstone…debates are on Feb 16th and Feb 25th with your opponent!…Candidates should be listening to residents and voters one on one……as your opponent, Chris Vincent has been doing as he goes to  each and every door throughout the town…(perhaps that’s why Silverstone is running so scared…Who would want to open their door to be dared to debate him?)…Back to his old habit of “taking on” constituents who decide to speak at public comments to critique or to berate them.. PUBLIC SPEAKERS…NEXT TIME, SIGN UP AND SPEAK ON ONE TOPIC AFTER COMMISSIONER COMMENTS TO AVOID HAVING TO HEAR SILVERSTONE’S UNWANTED FEEDBACK!… Calling Al Gore ….according to Jimmy-boy it was he who started the internet!…(In LBTS)… YIKES!…

What fun it was in the aftermathof their comments……The texts and e-mails came pouring in o ..”The Chief Blogger”…Voters and residents in the hall came over grinning  and laughing, giving high-fives and thumbs -up!….A special thanks to Comms. Silverstone and Clottey!…..You always give me so much material …so many posts…in each every comment…keep it up!…

By the way…a google of Lauderdale By The Sea …produces….NO BCbythesea on the 1st page…But a google of Jim Silverstone and Birute Clottey…yep…page 1!… The best way for either commissioners to get off google page 1?….Get off the dais!… OUCH!…

more to come…from “The Chief Blogger”……

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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS Is A Town Manager Form Of Government … You Sure About That?…

January 25, 2010 by Barbara

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

Dear Readers… It started to catch on big time when BSO Chief Scott Gooding was terminated by Town Manager Colon……Commissioner Clottey sent an e-mail to a constituent stating “This is a Town Manager form of government”……and it grew at a record pace……Commissioner Silverstone would start by explaining after any actions made by Town Manager Colon were questioned by Commissioner Dodd, a resident or a vendor…”This is a Town Manager form of government”… Vice Mayor McIntee would throw it in often as well “This is a Town Manager form of government” …in order to deter questions on the pavilion …an annual manager review, questions about the debt or any unilateral decisions Esther made…The BTSTimes wrote “This is a Town Manager form of government” when doing damage control  P.R . …And what they all meant each and every time the Mc-Furth Gang  said or wrote it was… Hands- off Esther …Carte blanche Esther…Have at it Esther…No holds barred …. and eventually all the “lemmings” believed it …..It became so ingrained in the dais commentary from the majority that the people who live in town believed it was so and never questioned its validity ….Even the Town Manager perpetuated it…for she made use of it most of all ….including at the special meeting held to address the special events in Town on January 21st….At that meeting, Town Manager Colon stood and walked over to two gentlemen to ask them to stop speaking out to those speaking at the podium …She received a negative reaction from the highly charged audience in Jarvis Hall …Afterward she went to the podium and made the following statement “This is a Town Manager form of government” and then went on to say that meant she would give a warning to anyone who had an outburst and then ask them to leave the meeting…. (prev. post)…WOW!… The rules of Jarvis Hall have long been for the Mayor to give a warning first and then the person would be asked to leave ….But never did we hear these Jarvis Hall rules were due to LBTS being a “Town Manager form of government!”…

This writer was caught off guard and rather disturbed by Town Manager’s assertion made that day and I wanted to see  what else was contained under our “Town Manager form of government”….in our Charter…

I had to wait though, since the Town’s website was down….and after being down for 2+ days (the 1/26/10 agenda and backup are still M.I.A.)… I checked it out ….Imagine my surprise when I found the following….

“ARTICLE III. ADMINISTRATION AND LEGISLATION

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

Sec. 3.2. Creation of Town Commission.
There is hereby created a Town Commission consisting of five (5) Commissioners, each of whom shall be elected at-large in the manner provided in this Charter. The Mayor-Commissioner and each Town Commissioner shall take and hold office for the term(s) provided in this Town Charter.

Sec. 3.3. Qualifications of members.
Only qualified electors who have resided in the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea for at least six (6) months immediately prior to qualifying for office and who shall have attained the age of eighteen (18) years of age on or before the date the candidate files and qualifies in accordance with this Charter as a candidate for office, shall be eligible to hold the office of Commissioner.
Each Commissioner and candidate for Commissioner shall be elected from the election district in which he or she is domiciled for at least six (6) months immediately prior to qualifying for such office by the greatest number of votes of all registered electors residing within the Town. Once elected, a Commissioner from an election district shall remain a domiciliary of the election district during his or her term of office. Any Commissioner who shall cease to possess the qualifications required herein shall forthwith forfeit his or her office, except a Commissioner holding office will not have his/her term cut short by the establishment of or subsequent change of district boundary lines.

Sec. 3.4. Standards of conduct; code of ethics.
In addition to the ethical standards of conduct established by general law for elected officials, appointed officials, and employees, the Town Commission may, by ordinance, establish ethical conduct standards for elected officials, appointed officials, and employees of the Town.

Sec. 3.5. Legislative powers.
The legislative powers of the Town shall be vested in and exercised by the Town Commission, consistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution and statutes of the State of Florida, this Charter, and the laws and ordinances of the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Except as otherwise provided in Article IV or elsewhere in this Charter, or by the Constitution or statutes of the State of Florida, the Town Commission may by ordinance or resolution prescribe the manner in which any powers of the said Town shall be exercised.

Sec. 3.6. Non-interference in Town Administration.
The Town Commission or its members shall not give orders to any Town officer or employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the Town Manager, either publicly or privately. Nothing in the foregoing is to be construed to prohibit individual members of the Town Commission from examining by question and personal observation all aspects of Town government operations so as to obtain independent information to assist the members in the formulation of policies to be considered by the Commission and assure the implementation of such policies as have been adopted. It is the express intent of this provision, however, that such inquiry shall not interfere directly with the regular municipal operations of the Town and that recommendations for change or improvements in Town government operations be made to and through the Town Manager.”

http://library8.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=14431&doc_action=whatsnew

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There you have it….voters…..

LBTS IS A COMMISSION-MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT!
“The form of government of the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, provided for under this Charter, shall be known as the “commission-manager” form of government.”!…

NON- INTERFERENCE WITH THE TOWN ADMINISTRATION…

The Town Commission or its members shall not give orders to any Town officer or employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the Town Manager, either publicly or privately. NOTHING IN THE FORGOING  IS TO BE CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE TOWN COMMISSION FROM EXAMINING  BY QUESTION AND PERSONAL OBSERVATION ALL ASPECTS OF TOWN GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS SO AS TO OBTAIN  INDEPENDENT  OBSERVATIONS TO ASSIST THE MEMBERS IN THE FORMULATION OF POLICIES  TO BE CONSIDERED  BY THE COMMISSION  AND ASSURE THE IMPLEMENTATIONS  OF SUCH POLICIES  AS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. It is the express intent of this provision, however, that such inquiry shall not interfere directly with the regular municipal operations of the Town and that recommendations for change or improvements in Town government operations be made to and through the Town Manager.

For all those times over the last two years  Commissioner Dodd made inquiries to obtain “independent observations to assist ” him in “the formulation of policies to be considered by the commission”…it turns out he was doing what was expressly written into the Charter and not interfering as the Town Manager, Commissioner Silverstone, Commissioner Clottey and Vice Mayor McIntee said he was!……These Commissioners owe Commissioner Dodd an apology…. and we owe him our thanks for carrying on!…

Shame on Commissioner Silverstone, Commissioner Clottey, Vice Mayor McIntee, The Furth-BTS- TImes and Town Manager Esther Colon for purposely misleading us all on the role the Town Manager plays in our “COMMISSION-MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT”…..

Vote March 9, 2010 ……for Mayor Roseann Minnet, Candidate Scot Sasser and Candidate Chris Vincent … Commissioners we can trust!…

more to come……..

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Here’s The Scoop … The “Median” Municipal Election In LBTS ….

January 15, 2010 by Barbara

“IT’S THE MEDIANS, STUPID”…..

Dear Readers.. The March 9, 2010 LBTS Municipal Election will be about the El Mar Drive Million Dollar Medians …. and if voters want to spend a million to be “educated” in walking the medians along with our furry friends…they should vote for the Furth endorsed candidates of Joe Couriel, Marjorie Evans and Commissioner Jim Silverstone…These three agree with Marc and Cristie Furth, Commissioner Birute Clottey and Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee that walking the medians is the way to go!…People just need to be educated to do so!….

Here’s what CIC Board Member-Editor of BTSTimes and Campaign manager to the CIc-endorsed candidates said in her public comments on January 12, 2010…

“I will speak on an agenda item but not this particular agenda, a previous one. The passage of the El Mar Drive beautification project. I’m very pleased that the majority of the dais (Silvertone, Clottey, McIntee) went ahead with that project that has been a year and a half in the works. Um, decided on by the Master Plan Steering Committee and with the dais being well informed that you only have so much money, that one million dollars which was a penalty for overbuilding the Oriana was designated to make pedestrian El Mar Drive more pedestrian friendly and this plan does exactly that. Everything else was discussed in the year and a half. Everybody was aware when it came time to vote for it. I would have liked to have seen a majority vote of 5-0 up there for it because it is exactly what the Master Plan Steering Committee was charged with doing and it’s exactly what they did. I don’t understand why anybody would vote against it. It’s not money taken out of anybody’s budget and anybody’s tax dollars. It is designed exactly for this purpose and another sidewalk down the middle of a ah, park like area, shaded ah, people can walk their dogs and would be if people want to get out of the sun because it’s very hard to get out of the sun on El Mar and it’s a very popular exercise boulevard. This is an absolutely ideal plan and I’m looking forward to its implementation.”

Well, Ms. Furth is very good at revisionist history at the podium….She has conveniently forgotten that for that year and a half the MPSC on which her husband is a member was misinformed by the Town Manager that the Oriana million per the agreement was only for the south end of El Mar Drive…thus the median idea came forth, using the Art Institute students …Although the Town Manager was repeatedly asked to verify her assertions by the committee,including both Mrs Furth and her husband along with certain commissioners ….the answer from the Manager was emphatically yes…only the south end of El Mar Drive could benefit from the monies…Not until Commissioner Clottey befriended former Mayor Oliver Parker and made the request yet again…at the 11th hour (true to TM Colon’s M.O.) did the Town Attorney state that the Oriana million could be used anywhere on El Mar Drive!…On top of that the Town Attorney added she did not need to contact “Mr. Oliver” that all she needed was staff supplied information!…YIKES!…

Ms. Furth also seems to have forgotten that after that information was revealed…the MPSC was thrown for a loop and had plenty of second thoughts for implementing the median project!…Among those calling attention to being led down the wrong path by lacking full knowledge was none other than galpal Maryann Wardlaw, and even Furth’s husband Marc!…(prev. post)…

At the Dec. 7th meeting according to the minutes approved on Jan. 12, 2010 by the commission 4-0 ,(Clottey was absent ) which means that each Commissioner approves the content as correct for the official record…the official minutes state on page 2 ” It was the consensus of the Commission to give the project back to the MPSC to gain an overall concept before spending the $1 million and return to the Commission at a later date with their recommendations. With no further business before the Commission, Mayor Minnet adjourned the meeting at 6:37 p.m.”

Again, when the Commission approves the minutes, they are approving the content as accurate for the official record…After reading the Dec.7, 2009  Commission Conference minutes above …here are the Dec. 8, 2009 Commission Meeting minutes on New Business item 16a….

“Discussion and/ or action reference: El Mar Drive Project (Vice Mayor McIntee)

Vice Mayor McIntee stated that the Master Plan Steering Committee was given direction to move forward. He believed the project was money well spent.

Commissioner Dodd said the Master Plan Steering Committee wanted to re-evaluate Ocampo & Associates recommendations and come up with a complete plan. He suggested the Commission follow the recommendation of the Master Plan Steering Committee.

Commissioner Clottey asked if any of the money could be used towards drainage improvement at the Pavilion. She preferred sidewalks but understood there was not enough money to do all the sidewalks. Commissioner Clottey stated that she would support Option #1.

Commissioner Silverstone also supported Option #1. He believed the intent of the Master Plan Steering Committee was to get going on the project.

Mr. Novak stated at the end of the Roundtable meeting the Committee agreed they wanted to move forward, but the Commission wanted them to have a couple of more meetings to make to sure it was right and move forward on the first phase.

Mayor Minnet agreed that it was the consensus of the Commission to look at the whole picture and have a correct plan. She did not believe it was wise to spend $980,000 on just a cosmetic fix for El Mar Drive.

Mr Novak believed the master Plan Steering Committee would need 2 or 3 more meetings to fine tune it.

Commissioner Dodd inquired of the street lighting and stamping.

Commissioner Clottey advised that Option #1 did not include stamping. She believed it was included in Option #3 or #4.

Vice Mayor McIntee made a motion to approve the $980,000 for the El Mar Drive Project Phase 1. Option #1. Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-2 Mayor Minnet carried 3-2. Mayor Minnet voted no. Commissioner Dodd voted no.”

This writer has spoken to countless longtime walkers of El Mar Drive and as previously posted they think totally the opposite of Cristie Furth-BTSTimes- Candidates Silverstone/Evans and Couriel -Commissioner Clottey and Vice Mayor McIntee …that this is “an absolutely ideal plan” and a great use of the Oriana million!…

Sea Ranch Club resident and El Mar walker Pauline McGuiness told this writer that it is ridiculous to think anyone will walk in the medians…She went on to explain as all the walkers have,  they will continue to walk in the street for the surface that is easier on their joints, further explaining which side of the road used depends on the sun and emphatically stating that one major point that has thus far been ignored from all discussion is that of the fumes from the vehicles! She said she will not walk the medians…and so far from the comments this writer has received…neither will anyone else!…So whether the money is as Mrs. Furth stated “It’s not money taken out of anybody’s budget and anybody’s tax dollars.”…it’s still money thrown down the drain!…OOPS!… No drainage in this project!….

So to Mrs McGuiness and all the other El Mar Drive walkers …remember when you vote on March 9, 2010……. vote for Mayor Roseann Minnet who voted against the El Mar Drive Project on Dec. 8, 2009 and Candidates Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent who are on record at the podium and speaking to residents throughout the town, stating they too opposed the use of the $980,000 for putting walkways in the medians and they too are concerned that a majority on the Commission ignored not only the MPSC but the walkers of El Mar Drive!…

More to come……..

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Here’s The Scoop … Town Hall East …A Hub Of Sunshine? …

January 8, 2010 by Barbara

2 DAYS LEFT TO QUALIFY … BRINGS THE FURTH  “GANG” RUNNING TO TOWN HALL EAST ….1/8/10 ..11:15 AM…

Commissioner Clottey’s white Prius parked behind the Furth van on El Mr Drive -1/8/10

Clottey’s white Prius photo #2- 1/8/10

Comm. Silverstone’s  Silver Porche parked a few cars away  from Clottey’s in front of Town Hall East – 1/8/10

Silverstone’s silver Porche photo #2- 1/8/10

Dear Readers…Hmmm…. Is there a Sunshine problem inside Town Hall East?… An emergency strategy meeting for the 2010 municipal election with 2 days to file left?…Is a Furth going to step up and run for Mayor?…Are they talking about the “Jerry” problem they all have on their backs?… Are they commiserating  about the “Sea of Minnet, Sasser, Vincent” signs  throughout town?…. Are they concerned if any more of those signs are removed by the “Vigilante” what will be posted on this site?.. Perhaps, they are holding their noses while deciding between Jerry or Peanuts for the CIC- endorsed Mayoral candidate if neither Furth is willing to take on Mayor Minnet?….. Send in the tequila…they’re going to need more than a siesta today!…

No voters should doubt that this Furth”gang” is still tight as can be and taking their directives  from the Furth’s Town Hall East motel…especially after seeing these photos!… For now, on day 5 of qualifying for the 2010 LBTS commission… it is a given this IS Commissioner Jim (He’s not a nice guy and not a gentleman) Silverstone’s campaign headquarters!… La Cucaracha!

Thanks to the “Roving Reporters”…

more to come………

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Here’s The Scoop … Clueless Clottey Strikes again … In Print …

January 5, 2010 by Barbara

IGUANAS BIDING THEIR TIME….

Dear Readers…Looks like Commissioner Clottey is”Clueless” once more..only this time it’s in print!… In 2008 she went after the iguanas from the dais……and was met with a split in her constituency on doing so… The agenda item went the way of so many directives to the Town Manager…nowhere!.. It was brought back by Clottey a few times for updates …and last time we hear way back when…it was stagnant…in trial…No updates were presented by Comm. Clottey or the Town staff in the backup material or at the podium…But today in the Sentinel Comm. Clottey is on the record saying it worked out real well for us…..Hmmm…. Did it?… After that…. a further insertion of foot in mouth…Comm. Clottey says her neighbors will be happy with the cold weather keeping the new ones away!… Well, the cold weather is sure keeping the business away…So in the real world …most would take a few iguanas over the lack of patrons!… Argh…

Of note…after the approval of the trapper…besides no update on the program…new articles appeared in the very same Sentinel with an alternative to a trapper.. and sold at LBTS’ own Beach Hardware…

http://iguanarepellent.com/?p=162

There was no inclusion for anymore funds to continue on the eradication program… This writer has made a public records request for the information on the Clottey Iguana Eradication Program to date to see just how well it really worked out over the past 2 years!

Sentinel- 1/5/10….

“Lauderdale-by-the-Sea commissioners approved $5,000 in October 2008 for a trapper to eradicate the foliage eaters there.

“That worked out real well, but new ones came back,” said Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey. “One homeowner had 28 iguanas taken from her yard.”

Clottey said it will be nice if the cold weather saves the town some money.

“A lot of my neighbors will be happy,” Clottey said.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/fl-cold-iguanas-20100104,0,5045045.story

Thanks for the heads up…faithful reader!….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop …… Scene And Heard … 24 Hours Before ….

January 3, 2010 by Barbara

THE DOORS OPEN TO QUALIFY TOMORROW  9 AM …..

Dear Readers… It’s quiet today in Town Hall…but tomorrow it will be quite a different story…Tomorrow is the first day the candidates for the March 9, 2010 Municipal election can qualify to officially run for a seat on the LBTS Commission!… We know three declared candidates already…Mayor Roseann Minnet, Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent…You know them as well… They made their way to your neighborhood in the past weeks….and you now see their signs all over town…from the north to the south… Who they will be running against is still up in the air!…As previously posted the CIC canceled (according to their site) a meeting tonight …It was thought they would be announcing who the CIC would vote to back one day before the official qualifying begins….This is quite a change from the 2008 election….In the CIC that was Chaired at that time by then-candidate Stuart Dodd and Vice-Chaired by this writer…the candidates had already answered an extensive CIC questionnaire put together by CIC member and former Mayor Ken Wardlaw…The candidates had been to several CIC meetings to answer questions and the CIC was mailed ballots to vote for candidates…as well as a final vote done prior to this time to officially validate that the candidates were CIC endorsed…

With the fallout of Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee’s big gamble and big landslide loss for VFD Fire Chief and his all-out “war” to take the VFD down and go after Chief Perkins with an “oversight” assist from Town Manager Colon (prev. posts)…how could the CIC back him?… After all, THE major accomplishment for the CIC-PAC after getting the “Broom Boys” elected in 2006 and getting the majority on the dais in 2008, was and is the return of the VFD!.. So can the organization and the Furths still find a way to back McIntee now that he is actively trying to destroy the VFD because they did not support him for Fire Chief?… That will be some spin if they do!…Just how much Kool-aid would need to be consumed to make that appear kosher?… As for Jimmy-boy (He’s NOT a nice guy-and certainly NO gentleman) Silverstone…We are told he too is actively helping McIntee and Colon fro behind the scenes to hurt the VFd (being we are told 1 of ONLY 4 -5  members that actually voted for Mcintee to be Chief)…We  have heard from countless patrons that his Fiancee’ does not want him to run…And those he used to be friends with but threw under the bus to aid and abet his BFF McIntee and TM Colon have told him his “unfinished business” is finished and to get his priorities straight!.. “Walk away from the dais,you’re done!”… Cristie Furth, appears to have no one left to enlist..Will she usurp Silverstone’s Fiancee’ and get Jimmy-boy to do what then-candidate Dodd would not?…(Sausage series-cat.)…Ms. Furth, as longtime readers will recall was promised by then-candidate McIntee in 2006 that in the next election (2008) he would back her for commission …That did not happen when Stuart Dodd chose to run for the seat…(This writer backed him)…Stuart would not switch to run for Mayor (despite Cristie’s pushing hard for it)…and McIntee while feigning his support for Christie did “a McIntee” and threw her under the bus as she was assured of time to explore her options by enlisting Peanuts (who will always be Peanuts, not Larry) Wick…Thus ending her run in 08…We have heard for some time she would try again for a commission seat…and unless it is she who wants to run against the incumbent Mayor… In the end it will be quite interesting to see who has Jimmy-boy’s ear ..the Fiancee’ or the Furths?… As for Peanuts… We are told his longtime acquaintances have also told him, take a pass…Especially after his embarrassing “boy-messenger” time at the podium at both meetings in December…and going after the Mayor’s long- gone previous campaign manager and Greenfest …a non-starter for a “paltry $33″…that has cost the taxpayers much more in Town attorney fees…Also, he’s a goner for a run after Commissioner Clottey essentially called him a lush for his intoxicated and slanderous attacks on the Mayor in her [Clottey] presence at the Chamber’s Holiday party at Aruba in order to defend herself for not interjecting or stopping him after a resident called Clottey out on her “assist” in the diatribe at public comments!…We hear overtures have been made from the “Gang” to the Bel Air Assoc.President and Vice President…. to no avail..A look at the last  required CIC  filing with the Town proves that  the lack of attendance in Jarvis Hall since the orchestrated “CIC-Parade” of support for TM Colon…(prev.posts- TM annual performance review) is due to lack of members…In 2009…most members were from one building of  a new member’s ( Furth friend /BTSTimes staff writer) building in the south and VFD members…. One member that is new, a VFD member has told many he was being actively “courted” to run for Mayor is now as of Dec. 14th a newly elected  officer in the VFD and openly anti-McIntee …So there is a conflict ..via the still in place and again observed VFD By-laws prohibiting an officer from being an elected official…

So what can we expect in the next days of qualifying for the March 9,2010 election? … Who knows?..

The disarray in the CIC finds itself in now, was written on this site long, long ago…right after the last election…with the Sausage series…The PAC voting  Cristie Furth and Moe Mcintee  (the new Vice Mayor’s wife) in as Chair and Vice Chair…They actively changed the organization from a “watchdog” group to a Jerry McIntee “Cheerleading” group…and nothing else with the vile e-mails and verbal attacks from these two and the current Chair/ BTSTimes Editor Bob Roberts toward CAC (pre-CIC)  founder John Thompson…the “tar and feathering” of Commissioner Stuart Dodd after he requested a simple and long known “sabbatical” from the CIC ( Sausage series)…and the continued false statements of him being a “turncoat” when a look at Dodd’s 2008 campaign and his actions over the last 2 years prove he has not changed one iota …the CIC has!…

Guess the word got out loud and clear….from one end of town to the other…why in the world would anyone in their right mind want to run for the commission endorsed by the CIC, much less belong to this failing organization itself?…The CIC  in 2010 remains as it was when this writer left it in 2008….LBTS’ own “Hotel California”…”You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave!….Just ask the VFD!…

Who will be walking through the Town Hall door tomorrow?…. Mayor Roseann Minnet, Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent…three fine candidates…who are fully supported…totally organized and ready to earn your vote!

more to come….

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