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Here’s The Scoop … There’s No Lull Behind The Scenes ….

July 30, 2010 by Barbara

KEEPING UP ….

Dear Readers… as you all know by now… Lilly time is all encompassing…but behind the lull on my site….are contacts that still continue with an uptick from some I have not heard from for quite some time … a most welcome surprise….due in most part to the recent Colon settlement/ release …the 2010/11 budget….the Master Plan revision/bathrooms on the beach and the Broward Judge races ….

Looks like this writer has a lot of behind the scenes agreement about nothing ever changing when it comes to the “hot topics” in LBTS and also the “teeter-totter” that is also called the dais…It has become more and more apparent sans the Int. TM seat at the far end of the south end of it…the middle seat (Mayor) and those to her left seem to be carrying the load when it comes to doing their homework and providing clear and decisive commentary… Could we call it the “curse” of the Silverstone side of the dais with some of the “Silverstone” type statements coming from Comm. Vincent …Case in point his comment about the bathrooms which he promised to bring forth and had second (3rd and 4th thoughts on)..he stated it was “My pet -peeved project”!… That stuff cannot be swept away without being a hypocrite and sweeping it under the rug…for a good laugh or two…As far as Clottey…”Clueless” and perhaps violating some rules on “Blackberry” use on the dais and at the Roundtable…Hmmm…. Perhaps,Town Hall East is not quite as “moot” or “Mute”  as many think it is?….

The Broward County judge races are in full force and former Mayor Oliver Parker running against Judge Gillespi is in the Sun Sentinel and online…We are hearing the concerns this writer had about his signs being up around Town may actually be a repeat of what we saw in the last 2 Town elections of 2008 and 2010….out there to appease but not what will happen in the voting booth!…Parker has stated he did not know his opponent was black…but follows it up with the comment he researched who was the weakest judge to run again…Hmmm…either he is lying or it shows how poor a researcher he is! …His name has been front in center in Jarvis Hall and Town Hall as well these days …attached to behind the scenes “deals” to the SRC sewer subsidy where he owns not one but 2 units we are told and may have benefited… the SRL land in front of their gate house deal…the Wings parking lot deal and the annexation…Palm Club deal…Michael Mayo printed the other day Parker’s comment that some years he makes money and some he does not and he does alright…He printed he made $156,000 in GM bonds…He did not print that Parker supposedly lost $5 million and a Google of Oliver Parker GM Bond Hearing New York produces 2 articles of his lawyering skills that should give all voters pause, in this writer’s opinion… BSO backs his opponent…

We hear the Chamber liaisons are putting together a presentation for the Commission…It does seem to this writer the Welcome Center needs to get a politically correct “green” person to speak about the environment to get a pass on specifics for funding …such as the Artificial Reef Project and the Marine Park…After all no problem from ponying up the bucks for these to pet “peeved” projects…but wall keep going up for the real tourist connection to out Town!…Perhaps resident Yann Brandt at the podium and on the Chamber’s Board will fit the bill….pun intended…..More on this one to come…

So Colon walked away from Town after we hear she might have received the “whoopin” so many wanted the former TM to receive in court…in mediation…Put in her place by the Mediator ….and don’t forget she’s still on the hook to pay her attorneys … Some who called this writer in the last few days have stated …the clause of no comment for any recommendation if called by her next employer won’t matter word has been spreading for quite some time about her with what she left in her wake with former employees …vendors …and of course the aftermath with the overpayment…and of course there is always Google!…

What about Olinzock and O’Brien…we have heard they might have been planning a discrimination suit against the Town …but can that even fly after the Colon settlement/release even if their was a shred of validity to any such charges…which there is not..in this writer’s opinion…The real question is in the “merry-g0-round” world of municipal government managers and department heads…will someone like Miami Lakes put theri heads in the sand and hire Colon?…And will she bring her loyal “crew” along…if they are still loyal?…Keeping up on this one for sure…

The bathrooms now off  CIP in 2010 …producing some very grateful NIMBY -ists and the Master Plan revision now pushed up in its place have brought forth the reminder of the Colon-McIntee- Furth “torpedoed” CRA in 2007 which was headed by resident David Nixon and killed because people such as this writer were bamboozled by fears spread from that contingency of bulldozers due to misinterpretations of the CRA process and the “blight” representations the CRA committee stated in LBTS as we also watched the many bad acts coming out of Town Hall from former Mayor Parker and the former Town Clerk…  Time to take another look?….

This weekend will be a time to catch up for this writer on the multi-meetings of last Tues/Wed. … There’s alot to “noodle” as Comm. Sasser likes to say…

More to come….

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

July 5, 2010 by Barbara

BSO BRINGING OUT THE BOMB SQUAD IN LBTS – 7/5/10 …

We heard today that the LBTS-BSO was notified that mortars had been found by swimmers in the ocean and they brought them ashore… Turned out to be commercial grade fireworks that did not detonate last night…most likely from a boat…The thought is they were tossed overboard to sink and to be of no harm once waterlogged…WRONG!… They are still dangerous and those swimmers are lucky they were not harmed…These were not tar ball folks!…. By The Sea Future Editor Mark Brown also got the heads up and went to observe the BSO Bomb Squad detonate them…but due to the severe rain….the robot removed them to be detonated elsewhere…

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JULY 4, 2010 LBTS …..A “LITTLE MERMAID” SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM …. KATY RABY with MAYOR MINNET

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zygWOzlGTHo&feature=youtube_gdata

http://mermaidmusicschool.com/default.aspx

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THE FEEDBACK …..

The word thus far……This post- March municipal election event had the most participants and the biggest crowds watching that many can remember in LBTS! ….Quite a difference from last years pre-March municipal election (prev. posts) that had to have the fewest of both that many could remember ….

All eyes and ears were on the events…as well as on the rains with lightning headed their way… Here in Chicago we heard about the lightning striking a boater in Lighthouse Point…as well as many communities canceling their afternoon events and not knowing if their fireworks would be a go or not…LBTS was lucky until 1:30 pm with the afternoon picnic- rides/slides (prev. posts)…and again on the fireworks from the Pier…(prev. post)…

The few complaints came from the normal snafus found in years past …the VFD was late on the food being ready….(you’d think they would have that down pat by now)…and the fireworks had some lag time between the big shoots… We heard that in the prior 2 years…whether it was the pier or on the beach… The only way to get around it…cough up the big buck$…Want em’ next year non-stop…let your Comms. know ASAP before the  June 13th Tues. night 6 pm Budget Meeting prior to the Reg. 7 pm Comm. Meeting so they can have it lined up to put out the RFP like Ft. Laud. and Pompano Beach did in January ….not in April or May…

So who is the LBTS Hibiscus Portal Volunteer Lifeguard Brigade?… Are they an asset or a liability?…

Now that’s thinking ahead…. The BSO putting the “horses before the cart!”…. (The Town’s “cart” that is!)….

We heard  the Turtle people were much happier this year with no fireworks being shot off on the beach…and we hear local and tourist beachgoers were happy once again to be able to park at El Prado and go directly to the beach instead of being sopped by orange fencing (used for the Furth-entrusted Coral Reef buoy this year on Town property?-prev. post) …and faced with walking to Washingtonia or Commercial for entry…But the happiest group by far ….next to those 65% of the voters in the March municipal election who proudly watched their new Commissioners drive by ….were the LBTS-VFD …We hear they did not miss the yelling and the screaming they received last year from their forme Dep. Chief  Mcintee…now departed from LBTS!…(prev. posts)…

One funny moment to add…here in Chicago this writer took 11 week old Lilly to see her 1st July 4th parade….and I had a little deja vu  of my own…when low and behold…Lady Liberty came walking down the parade route…walking next to Lincoln…. Same costume..sans the green makeup …as Mrs. Moe McIntee …(prev. post-BTSFuture last edition)…and yes, I did more than a double take…I laughed out loud…at what a difference a year makes!….

Kudos to Mayor Minnet, the LBTS Chamber of Commerce…LBTS Town Businesses and Restaurants  ….VFD…. BSO …Anglin’s Pier ….Town Administration /Staff …Town Commission and citizen volunteers …You came together to pull July 4, 2010 together in a limited amount of time and successfully provided enjoyment and cherished memories for all those who came for the holiday weekend in LBTS!…

more to come…..

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

October 6, 2009 by Barbara

TOWN HALL …

We hear in Town Hall ….Public Record Requests come “hot” off the presses when “pressed” by the Town Atty!…

We hear there’s a lot of “borrowing” going on in Town Hall…Surveys…Bids… “staff, did it”…Hmmmm…… One person’s borrowing is another persons “Plagiarism”… OOPS!..

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New banners up for “Hospitality” District…But those businesses who want a bench or a chair …Town Manager directed Code Enforcement is not so “hospitable”…It’s a “process” to see if the Commission will “grant” you that “right”…..OUCH!…

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Guess this VFD-McIntee “Loyalist” will be sticking around for a quite some time….We hear the Professional Fire Dept….have a NO SMOKING rule … before applying for the position…

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Nope, it’s not a Seward Johnson sculpture….

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Patrolling our beaches?…The VFD Beach Patrol…a “tremendous success”…. We hear we’re down to one… 1 ATV out of commission?…pun intended…

more to come….

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