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Here’s The Scoop … Behind The Snapshots Are Always The “Negatives ” … Part One …

December 28, 2009 by Barbara

2009 IN LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA …

Dear Readers …2009 in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea amounted to 2008 in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea on steroids!… “Ramped up” is the only way to describe what we saw and endured from the current Town administration and the majority sitting on the commission….We watched the “Gang” go negative with fearmongering …..from the dais…and in their BTSTimes newspaper …..one part payback…1 part clean-up crew…1 part Furth campaign playbook…with a big dash of  desperation coming from the rapid decline of supporters …who now have a chance to change things in 10 weeks time!…

Let’s look back … and show the “negatives” behind the Mc-FurthBTSTimes “snapshots”…

“A BTSTimes Retrospective” …..

Besides the fact that a 2009 retrospective begins in January …the Editors needed to add in the previous 3 months of 2008 to give themselves a pat on the back…

Sept. 11, 2008 “The Spirit Continues”…The VFD Beach Patrol in September…not quite what we signed onto…We were introduced to a beach patrol headed up by Ft. Lauderdale Lifeguard/ VFD member Scot Fowler…who left abruptly shortly after when he came head-to-head with training officer Jerry McIntee…who wanted to run the show…The funding of the patrol was also incorrect and a “sudden” account was opened  by the Town Manager almost 9 months later to remedy it after it was addressed by Comm. Dodd at the fire assessment special meeting…The amount of money poured into the purchasing of Seadoos…and upgrades was excessive and done at Vice Mayor/Dep. Chief  McIntee’s whim…Next up the Minto developers and the sidewalks “They said it couldn’t be done”…a snapshot of the 8′ sidewalks…problem is when will it be “done”…due to a vote by the commission in late July that lowered the bond and made it so the sidewalks will not be done anytime soon…Minto is now in a “holding pattern”…with no more construction…a change in plans for the next oceanfront project …and we are left with a doublewide “sales office”  and construction trailers  (no trailers allowed in LBTS- per TM Colon reasoning to buy the Public Safety building…and  no change of the “Furth” medians to keep the trucks from turning in front of Town Hall East (fast-tracked and approved by the administration/commission and Minto)…”LBTS A Diamond In The Rough”…rough times for photo updates at the Times? …A dated photo of former Mayor Wardlaw..circa-1960’s?…He writes that many “new arrivals” do not know the “basic history of our town”…going onto write of “grandiose plans of a few money hungry developers supported by a few politicians”…What the former mayor does not include in the Times…is the pitfalls he wrote this writer about extensively when it comes to bailing on “plans” in his dealing with the Times Editors in the past……and the “ego” of the Vice Mayor…as well as his disenchantment with the CIC- backed choice in 2008 for Mayor…

Sept. 24, 2008…a 2-fer… of “hypo-Crissie”…”Moe” than likely the writer did not realize it as such…”Justice is Served”…”When you allow your political views to trump the vast majority of the town and refuse to do the will of the people, the results can only be catastrophic for the politicians who take this road”…. and so it will be in 10 weeks…and “Town of LBTS Mission Statement”…written by Comm. Silverstone …It was actually written prior to 2008…and again for Jim Silverstone to be in the same sentence as “transparency” …while being fully “complicit” in all things McIntee…it’s the height of you know her name.. much higher than 33’…

Oct. 24, 2008 “A Whistle Sounds”…The VFD came back alright and the writing was on the wall from the start… it was startling to watch …the ceremony to bless their return looked like a funeral…the turnout was CIC backers …and the VFD personnel was somber…Little did we know that behind the scenes Battalion Chief Patrick Pointu resigned and wrote a letter of his reasons why…The letter was published and McIntee-Silverstone-Furth payback ensued with the 1st anonymous letter being distributed to the commission …an “attack” letter put on the commissioners boxes by Vice Mayor McIntee without the ok from the Town Manager (in Dec. we will see that she would have done it for him)…We found from this letter that the Town Manager’s assertions of VFD oversight were empty promises… and to this day there is none…

December 5th,2008 “Surveillance Cameras” …left out was the work done by former BSO Chief Scott Gooding..little did he know his days were numbered…when he stood up for his troops…

December 30, 2008 “Seagrape sidewalks, Finally.The Dirt Settles”…That depends on what kind of “dirt” you are talking about!…..this is one of the McIntee “mantras” he uses when speaking of his accomplishments …conveniently left out was the “pulling the rug out” from under the CIC members who lived on the street and were promised that he and BFF Silverstone would help them…the “majority of the people” who lived on the street…did not want it…and when the vote came down on the dais…former Vice Mayor Yanni commented on the flip-flop made by McIntee and Silverstone…who voted with former Mayor Parker…Also left out was the “appearance” of a few up for re-election commission members buying some new votes with voting to extend the the blacktop on N. Tradewinds at a cost to the taxpayers of over $5o,000!…

Jan. 3, 2009 “Editorial”……It’s always a new year that starts with the heights…33′ or die!…”Slogan contest off and Running”…Yep, the slogan contest started in the Times…unsolicited…not presented to the dais…no input from the Chamber…just full throttle ahead (the Furths did the same with their own Christmas Decorating contest in this issue…POA be damned) …Just as we saw from the VM and his “dream to move the Chamber”…Besotted “Clueless” Comm. Clottey initiated a slogan contest at the end of the year…

February 13, 2009 “Decorum:The New Order of the Day”…The opening salvo to take down the dissipating supportive attendees and Mayor Minnet”… Decorum was shown…whenever McIntee was M.I. A. on the dais…”Happy Valentines Day in LBTS” from a woman who got what she wanted…over $50,000 big ones to blacktop her road…”The new LBTS Public Safety Complex”…an albatross for the Town…and what might take down the current administration and majority on the dais…just as it “did in ” former BSO Chief Scott Gooding …especially now that we know the facts…the BSO and the VFD did not see it as viable ..The Town has not sold the warehouse…and we had the money to build a Town Hall Complex..on the property we already owned…

March 6, 2009 “Town Atty. Bids Adiue “…While his goodbyes may have been heartfelt ..Atty. Abbott is hardly “former”…he is lead atty. for the Bert J. Harris lawsuit…you know the lawsuit that McIntee-Silverstone-Clottey and Furth said would never come!… “Interview with Ken Keechl”…While his responses made the “Cheerleader” perk up…would he have been so responsive if he knew the money he presented to the Chamber was initially held hostage…and held over the Chamber’s head by TM Colon and Comm. Clottey (who never makes a move without her mentor Marc Furth?)….”Art Institute Students Introduced To El Mar”…The Town was ready to spend the Oriana million in the south (McIntee now says in his comments HE secured the million solo…not so!)…The A.I. students were treated so poorly with numerous delays in the commission award ceremony…after their fast-paced( done in a matter of weeks) class project…that Vice Chair Sandra Booth said any the school would be reticent to do it again…We were operating under faulty assertions from TM Colon on the use of the Oriana millions (obtained in a “Backdoor deal with Parker” claimed VM McIntee until his latest pre-election rendition where it was he who made it happen)….”Editorial ” Today’s active minority is very vocal at commission meetings…that “minority” increased 10-fold throughout the year…and the CIC “majority” left in droves after the “tar and feathering of Comm. Dodd and the trashing of John Thompson and anyone who did not tow the line…

March 27, 2009 “Editorial” George Carlin …perfect for the Furths and to follow up the previous Editorial…”one TOKE over the line”… epiphanies at sunrise…

April 17, 2009 “Grand Opening of Commercial Blvd. Beach Pavilion”…While the retrospective showed a photo of Edwin Forbes..the pavilion was the fraught with problems and unilateral TM decisions from before a shovel ever hit the ground…First the pavilion was not THE “Edwin Forbes” design…something we did not find out until the work began…The renderings kept from the commission along with any updates or requests for direction…The A.I. had no sign of recognition…literally…and did not receive one until they made it themselves…The permits were not in place before the project began…The job was done on a shoestring…in the customary Colon “piecemeal” manner…leaving us with a substandard pavilion with massive flooding problems that the contractor is on record informing the Manager about at the beginning…… The TM sat on the dais and insulted not once but twice MPSC Vice Chair Sandra Booth and put Comm. (Clueless) Clottey in charge of the ribbon-cutting event…even though she had absolutely nothing to do with the project..except to initiate the Lynn University Chamber Music a few weeks prior….The pavillion was shut down immediately afterward due to having improper siding installed…and went without lights for months…and is still missing the Silverstone-Furth build $1000 clock…..”Swat Team to the Rescue in LBTS”…The BSO did the job …but the Mc-Furths in their quest to get the LBTS Police Dept. back…(do not believe attempts now made otherwise)…. Editor Furth was in the way and reported a story…and Newsflash in direct contradiction with the BSO- CAD report…and officers on scene…

May 8, 2009″Pocketbook Concerns Oust LBTS Mayor from Condo Board”…The Furths -Clottey- McIntee and “Not a Gentleman” Silverstone lobbed onto the “precursor” to the Dec. 8th anonymous letter that was the lowest of the low points on the dais in 2009…..The “Gang”  got into the business of a private condo and their residents for an unfounded  personal attack against the Mayor…They were reprimanded at the podium by condo unit owners…and of course the charges were bogus… “Heartbreak at the Hyperbaric Chamber”…a terrible situation made worse in the ego-driven P.R. perpetrated by the vacationing and not on scene Vice Mayor/Deputy Chief McIntee…that tried to downgrade the actions of the BSO “Hero” and whose own VFD incident reports were not in sync with the CAD-BSO and Fire Inspector reports of this devastating incident…

May 29, 2009″LBTS Retains High Fire Protection”…a look at the real ISO criteria shows we have the water and the the “kindler, gentler” ISO provided the rest…We had a terrible rating for training under none other than VFD Trainer McIntee… “Tragedy averted in Riptide Rescues”…Another big McIntee VFD-P.R.campaign…when the VM used a power point to show their quick response actions…Instead it showed the Seadoo was useless…and it was really one VFD officer doing most of the rescues while others in distress were helped by beachgoers…

June 1, 2009 “A Moonlight Rendezvous”…we became the laughingstock of the internet with the unseemly comments made by the Vice Mayor…He was ready to jump right in and assist.the manatees….but the wildlife officials instructed “stand down”…That didn’t stop McIntee from using it on the dais…with his usual lack of style and grace…”Editorial This can’t be LBTS ‘s Finest Hour”…seeing their time in control…short as it has been slipping away…the Furth campaign is to fearmonger..The leadership of the Town was theirs to lose…and they did…with bad acts …and bad actions…

July 31, 2009 “Editorial”…”The Real Us”…the real “Old Guard”?…The latest incarnation?…Still reacting to going down for the count …lashing out at those who call it like it is…

September 22, 2009 “Editorial” .. talk of preserving the town…which in Furthspeak means…do nothing to move forward….”LBTS Still affordable”… Talk about propaganda …the longtime unilaterally re-hired auditor stood before the dais and gave high marks …but the double -digit Sun-Trust bank accounts…and the pre-payment penalty loans…were never ever mentioned…”LBTS to host the Nations first Biorock Coral & Fish Habitat Project”…This was questioned for the lack of validity in the press…and the response from the man in charge…no time for that…it will speak for itself…Let’s hope so…

Oct. 2, 2009.”Editorial Mayberry Fl.” even Mayberry evolved from black and white…”Happy One  Year Anniversary VFD” The VFD was one year old…complete with 3 new McIntee assisted purchased firetrucks including the $150,000 102’ ladder truck …(offered to the Town at a discount) …a new Command Car for the Deputy Chief…along with upgrades and toys for all…no oversight for McIntee’s VFD…

Oct. 23, 2009 “What Was Written Was Not What Happened-Wife of Suicide Victim Sets the Record Straight”…The Sept. 25th edition of the BTSFutures along with this site used the BSO  reports and the statements made by McIntee and the widow…The 2nd investigation is still active…and yet to be released…The Vice Mayor/ Dep. Chief admitted he broke VFD bylaws by entering the scene and broke first responder rules by not assisting the victim… Until the 2nd report is released…this writer will go with the initial reports…because not to…implies a massive conspiracy on the part of the BSO vs McIntee’s revisionist history…”Editorial Who Do You Trust”… (My personal favorite) …the “Good Year Blimp”…flying above the old Villas By The Sea…and then to go on and disparage those LBTS family men who have chosen to get involved…Who do we trust…we’ll find out in 10 weeks time… “New Marine Park!”…This one was a feel good vote done way too quickly on the dais…with the Furth pals…and no RFP…putting  lights on the back burner yet again…

Dec. 11, 2009 “A Trojan Horse for Christmas”…All negative…all reactionary.. all in a last ditch attempt to lick their wounds…after a major loss on Dec. 1st……No platforms to run on thanks to their pal McIntee and mighty Moe who cruised off leaving them high and dry …with a 2010 election without the heights referendum….. only to return to shore with more bad news to come…for them anyhow…..

Interesting and very telling for the Furths to leave it off their 2009 By The Sea Times Retrospective…along with so much more…they would prefer to forget…but no such luck….

MORE TO COME…next post…

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