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Here’s The Scoop…. That Red Door Has LBTS History behind It…..

February 12, 2022 by Barbara

The Women’s Club  circa 1956….

 

Dear Readers….
On Tuesday Feb. 22,2022 the Commission will have a hearing on a variance for a new dock at the Blue Moon on W. Tradewinds…. It shouldn’t be a slam dunk 5-0 commission approved vote …. in this writer’s opinion…..because when it comes to the neighborhoods and districts in our old town south- end of Lauderdale-by-the- Sea….and certain streets it really is a case of who comes first… the residents or the businesses that occupy the same area….In this case it is W. Tradewinds Ave.north of Commercial Blvd …on the east side of the intracoastal ….As you turn onto W. Tradewinds Ave….the Blue Moon sits on the intracoastal waterway and it is sandwiched between the purple medical building on the corner by the Commercial Blvd. bridge and the beginning of a residential neighborhood and the Women’s Club building with its distinct red door that sits upfront and off to their entry ….The Women’s Club is historically intertwined and revered in our town …and never to be toyed with….After all they provided the town with our Welcome Center building on A1A and Bougainvilla when they moved to W. Tradewinds Ave.  and opened the door of their new home in 1956 …  long before there was a Blue Moon to contend with…. https://womanscluboflauderdalebythesea.com/about-us/….So, it goes without saying that this commission must seriously weigh the impact and concerns of the Women’s Club and the W. Tradewinds residents before any consideration is made to merely rubber stamp this variance that increases the size of the Blue Moon dock and in the future considers bringing the water taxi stop there once the new dock is completed with the impact it too might bring forth to the Women’s Club and the W. Tradewinds neighbors…
This neighborhood is not alone ….on the south side of Commercial Blvd. is unjoined W. Tradewinds Ave. where this residential neighborhood deals with Benihana being situated on the corner of Commercial Blvd. and W. Tradewinds Ave. similarly impacting these homeowners daily….with their valet service and cars lining up …with patrons spilling over into their streets ….. The third area that will need the commission’s attention for their constituent’s quality of life is the marina property located on Basin Drive and runs behind our businesses on the south side of Commercial …. There is no doubt that the neighbors who reside around the water basin that is the entry to the marina property will be just as vocal on the impact they will face with the proposed new Marina Hotel/ Condominium development project as they were not so very long ago when the marina boat docking project tried and failed to win acceptance and approval…. The current Marina Hotel/ Condominium Hotel held an open public meeting in Jarvis Hall last year when most of the neighbors were not in town…. To his credit of the owner of the property decided not to proceed through the process until the neighbors were back ….Despite our Town Manager stating there was no need to wait….that government does not stop out of season! …What a huge disservice to our residential property owners……..if what this writer was informed of was so…..
These three distinct neighborhoods require that our residents come first and commercial properties come second… In order to make any improvements or changes to these commercial properties there must be more open and accountable dialogue between them and their residential neighbors with our town administration and staff being transparent while following the proper process from the start that results in a compromise that benefits both or a denial if our residents are still to be adversely impacted …
To followup on the specifics….
 It is now being pushed by both the applicants and the Town staff as a simple variance for the dock only despite all the hype and the hoopla surrounding the water taxi stop coming to the Blue Moon long before it was suddenly pushed out of sight for this January hearing….. while keeping letters of support for the water taxi in the backup for this variance…So which is it? ….Adding to this strange turn of events was the late in the process decision by the Town that this variance for a dock would be the first test of our new Citizen Participation Requirement Ordinance 2021-11 passed in October ….. How and why would a variance for a dock require using this new ordinance?….  The Blue Moon was told by the Town to send out notices to affected properties within 300 feet to attend which is the requirement for any variance application already!…. The meeting took place between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Jarvis Hall …. Some residents voiced their objection to both the date and limited area for notice…As a result it was suddenly televised and on the Town website! ….. This writer took another look at Ordinance 2021-11 and what I found brings forth inclusions that allow the Director of Development or designee to deter the intended purpose for this ordinance …. it must be brought back on a agenda by a commissioner to rectify this issue asap!….
On Feb. 2,2022 the Planning and Zoning Board met to vote to accept or deny the Blue Moon dock variance ….It passed 4-1 after another poorly run and poorly advised meeting took place….in this writer’s opinion…. As an advisory board the commission includes their input as they deliberate and then vote to approve, deny or send it back to P & Z…. Below are the links to that P & Z agenda with backup and the video from the Town website…. This writer hopes this commission will take the time to watch the whole meeting in order to hear from the Women’s Group and from the neighbors who came to speak to the P & Z Board and the Town staff.….and will certainly come again to speak on Feb. 22nd…. requiring this hearing to be moved up on the agenda as has been done for many other such hearings ….
All five of our commissioners need to do what all five did not do when the Seaward Hotel ….a hotel that has been  on El Mar Drive for decades asked to meet with each of them early on as they dealt with what will now be the only single family allowed to be built on El Mar Drive in our hotel district due to the Town’s epic fail in disregarding our 2012 Conditional Use Ordinance for single family homes on its first time use a decade after it was codified…It required this commission to fast track and pass 5-0 a new ordinance to prevent anymore single homes on El Mar Drive!….Do Readers see the disturbing pattern on the part of our new administration as this writer does with both first uses of ordinances passed in order to protect our property owners from adverse impacts being improperly used!….
To tie this altogether…. in LBTS we are as we always have been…a unique small town with neighborhoods and districts that require special attention from those we elect to make sure our property is protected…. our quality of life is secure…. and our elected representatives put us first!…
More to come…
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HERE’S THE SCOOP…. DO THE RIGHT THING COMMISSIONERS….

October 12, 2021 by Barbara

DOING THE RIGHT THING AS A COMMISSIONER WHEN HIRING A TOWN MANAGER…

Dear Readers…. The Lauderdale -By-The- Sea Commission will make a decision tonight that will make or break our small town as a result!

A little background…. Last January the commission fired former Town Manager Bill Vance in advance of his 2nd year in the position…. Mr. Vance was supposed to be going on a medical leave and the Director of Public Works Ken Rubach was to step up as Acting Town Manager….Mayor Chris Vincent believing the position would be temporary put forth Director of Development Linda Conners due to her length of employment….

Right from the start there were many  in town who questioned even a temporary time as Town Manager for Ms. Connors due to her tenure as Town Planner from 2011-2015 and as the Director of Development from 2015-2021…..The concerns were due to many mistakes, missteps and insufficiencies the Town had to deal with resulting from her actions in both positions …..

After the first few weeks buyer’s remorse kicked in for some over Ms. Connors and the idea was floated to have former Mayor Scot Sasser put his hat in the ring…..A Special Meeting was swiftly set in to motion …..too swiftly for those of us who value the process ….. The former mayor too realized that in an effort to assist the Town as he was urged to do the optics were not as they should be and he respectfully asked for the meeting to be canceled…..He did however state his interest to continue in the process along with others who had responded to the Town advertisement for applications…. That too was discarded when the Town invited former city manager Ken Parker who assists municipalities in searching for managers to their March 23, 2021 commission meeting  …..Mr Parker who had no familiarity with our town opined about never looking for a Town Manager during budget season….which runs counter to LBTS history ….and put forth that the pool of candidates would not be strong if they were made aware that an Interim Town Manager was installed from the town staff position assuming that person was highly qualified…… The commission with the exception of Mayor Chris Vincent who tried to appeal to his fellow commissioners that the process was still important to follow and the budget was not the sole criteria for a Town Manager took Mr. Parker’s advisement as gospel ….The commission voted 5-0 for Ms. Connors to remain Interim Town Manager until October at which time it would be put on the agenda…

The agenda for tonight has under Old Business 12.a to revisit the Town Manager position and to do the following…

  1. Negotiate a contract with Linda Connors to fill the Town Manager position.
  2. Extend the Interim Term for Linda Connors.
  3. Direct Staff to Hire FCCMA or a consultant to conduct a search and assist as necessary in the Town Manager recruitment.

Option 2 is the only option this commission should approve……The commission knows that there are only 4 meetings until the January 2022 candidate filing period for 3 seats on the new 2022 commission….It has long been the practice of outgoing  commissions to not proceed in matters of such high importance this close to a town election that would tie the hands of a new commission…

The Town Charter states the following ….  Ms. Connors and all applicants must meet what is required  in it….. There can be no wiggle room with …’the accepted competencies and practices’ portion which should never have been inserted and should be removed asap….

  • Sec. 5.3. – Town Manager—Appointment, qualifications and compensation.
    The Town Commission shall appoint a Town Manager who shall be the administrative head of the municipal government under the direction and supervision of the Town Commission. The Town Manager shall hold office at the pleasure of the Town Commission. The Town Manager shall receive such compensation as determined by the Town Commission through the adoption of an appropriate resolution. The Town Manager shall be appointed by resolution approving an employment contract between the Town and the Town Manager. The Town Manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of education and experience in the accepted competencies and practices of local public management including, a graduate degree with a concentration in public administration, public affairs, public policy, or public finance and two (2) years’ experience as an appointed city manager or county manager, or four (4) years’ experience as an assistant or deputy city manager or assistant or deputy county manager. Alternatively, the Town Manager shall be appointed on the basis of education and experience in the accepted competencies and practices of local public management that is determined by the Town Commission to be commensurate to those listed in the prior sentence.(Ord. No. 2013-13, § 2, 10-22-2013)

If for some reason a majority of the commission chooses to ignore the protocol of their predecessors and usurp the next commission by negotiating a contract with Ms. Connors their constituents should inquire if they have done their due diligence  in making the decision to go for Option 1…….

The Interim Town Manager has never submitted her resume to the town due to the cancelations of the process last winter….Have they researched her accomplishments and failures?…..Have they evaluated her performance as they would any new candidate or Town Manager by reaching out to residents and businesses for their experiences as well as town employees?….. Or…are they fearful that because they failed with the hiring of Bill Vance they prefer to avoid the process altogether?… All of the above should long be held in voter’s memories if each commissioner does not provide us with their extensive criteria for choosing to make Ms. Connors our Town Manager permanently at this time…

I want to let Readers know that I did my due diligence concerning Linda Connors and what I found along with my conclusions is based on research just as I have done since 2006 concerning past Town Managers and Town Manager Candidates…. My findings are below….. which I intend to speak about and provide to the commission tonight….and enter in to the public record…

‘Mayor, Commissioners-

I will put forth why the Interim Town Manager should not be installed permanently especially at this time.

This commission will find that I have researched previous Town Managers in- depth beginning with former Town Manager Bob Baldwin to Esther Colon to Connie Hoffman and Bud Bentley and the other candidates in 2010 as well as former Town Manager Bill Vance and other candidates for the position. I have written about them as well as coming to this podium.

Therefore, my research into Ms.Connors is a continuation of that to make sure this commission or any future commission and the residents know as much as possible before they make this all important decision for the Town Manager.

All of what is included below is factually based on Town archived records, internet searches, in- person exchanges and public records requests. All can be accessed to verify. I have included my own opinions on the conclusions I found.

I wondered why former Town Managers Hoffman and Bentley did not put forth the Director of Development in 2017 as Bud Bentley retired, especially since she was their hire and has been employed by the town since 2011 as Town Planner and Director of Development since 2015.

I believe that answer can be found from many missteps and mistakes made under her watch in the Development Services Department with the largest most impactful being eighteen ordinances she did not properly notice prior to 2018 which when found during an ongoing 2018 property development hearing culminated with the neighbors of a W. Tradewinds McMansion after nearly a year of fighting both the Town and the property owner to lose their intercostal views when the new owners were allowed to go ahead with their backyard setback increase as a result  of her actions which negated the updated non- noticed ordinance that would have prevented it.

There were 17 other ordinances requiring a re-notice and commission votes as well on March 27, 2018.

The video of that meeting shows this commission were all on the dais to witness this and to hear these outraged neighbors who had their properties forever changed due to Ms. Connors stating she should be fired.

Ms.Connors was involved with the single/ duplex conditional use requirements when it originated in order to protect and preserve our historic hotel district on El Mar Drive as an author and as the Town Planner representing its significance to the 2012 P & Z Board and again with the 2017 P & Z Board.

It was a real shock that on July 7, 2021 as the P & Z Board held the Quasi Judicial Hearing for 4112. El Mar Drive that was delayed from May 2021 were deliberately lacking in staff direction and historical documents from the Acting Director of Development Campbell and Interim Town Manager Connors showing the importance of the single family conditional use application and requirements thus tying their hands as the board members themselves stated when reluctantly approving an 8000 sq. foot contemporary home that ran counter to the 2012 intentions.

Ms.Connors continued to cast aside the significance of the conditional use when the Quasi Judicial Hearing was removed from the July 27, 2021 commission meeting stating in her Town Manager Report it was ” just another level of review.”

The hearing was delayed over the citizen outrage that arose after the July P & Z hearing debacle.

At that meeting the commission directed the Town Attorney to look into removing single family/ duplex homes on El Mar Drive due to the conditional use being cast aside.

That new ordinance came to the P & Z Board as an inclusion with another land use change on September 1, 2021. Several of the P & Z members reiterated their frustration with the July hearing and its outcome and voted against the grandfathering of 4112 El Mar to rectify their votes to approve and despite veiled assertions that the applicants have property rights and can use Bert J. Harris to sue the town.

At the September 13, 2021 commission meeting the commission passed the single- family home ordinance and the grandfathering of 4112 El Mar Drive while still in the dark concerning the facts of this property application process.

A public records request on September 14, 2021 showed that the applicants applied and received a development review on July 28, 2021. This required the Town contracted Architect to do an architectural review. Leo Hansen did 3 reports that mirrored the conditional use requirements, stating the contemporary home did not meet LBTS architectural standards in material, size and being harmonious and non- adversely impacting the adjacent neighbor and neighborhood. He ended his final reports saying the applicants showed no desire to change their home and recommended they study the Town architecture citing the Seaward Hotel as a desired example ( as shown in our Architectural Standards Manual.)

Although the applicants did not want to go back to the architect after the first report and disagreed with the report wanting instead to go ahead with the Quasi Judicial Hearing the Interim Town Manager and staff did not let them proceed as they requested.

A public records request I made for 4112 El Mar Drive showed that in January 2018 Ms. Connors in an email informed Rob Gordon about the conditional use requirement, the process and stated she could not answer the likelihood of approval by the commission. In August 2019 Town Planner Susan Leven informed Chip Falkanger, a broker for the property, that he would need to obtain a conditional use. On October 28, 2019 Linda Conners received an email from the realtor Chip Falkanger asking about conditional use requirements and side setbacks. Ms. Connors replied that the property was ‘exempt’ from conditional use and the side setbacks were 5′ ‘both incorrect responses.

On October 13,2020 the owner of the property Rob Gordon contacted Director Conners to verify the information she provided to Chip Falkanger ‘ in an abundance of caution’ as they were ready to start plans.  At that time they were going to build a duplex townhome with 5′ setbacks and he wanted to re-confirm both the side setbacks and the exemption from conditional use.  Ms.Connors one year later, responded ‘ I  have reviewed the email and the code referenced. Unfortunately, the information provided referencing Section 30-242 is incorrect. The section of the code clearly states that the regulations apply only to those properties that are west of Bougainvilla Drive. As 4112 El Mar Drive is east of Bougainvilla, the provisions would not apply.’Director of Development Connors provided the wrong code and wrong area in 2019.

The owner and attorney for 4112 El Mar Drive were the same owner and attorney that found Ms.Connors lack of notice for the property on N.Tradewinds in 2018.

Finding this information one has to wonder if this was why the Director would cast aside the single- family conditional use as this application proceeded.

The commission is to decide grandfathering 4112 on 2nd Reading on 10/12/2021 after basing their stance on conditional use and architectural review but with the trajectory and background now known to do so is to disregard the Interim Town Manager and Development staff actions to date and to unfairly offer property rights to these applicants while taking away property rights to the adjacent property.

As Interim Town Manager Ms.Connors came to the commission in 2021 to recommend that they dissolve our Historic Preservation Board ordinance to create such a board.

A look at the history shows the ordinance was passed in 2018 which was after the June 2017 meeting of the Broward County Historic Preservation Board convened to discuss the changes for requiring cities to be Certified Local Governments.

Strangely, in 2019 Ms.Connors informed the commission that the Broward County Historic Preservation Board was going to make changes and require municipalities to become certified local governments although Ms. Connors participated in the 2017 meeting and before the ordinance was passed to form a board in our town.
The commission voiced their concerns about home rule and what the new requirements which Ms.Connors was to bring forth at the Broward County meeting dealing with these changes.

Transcripts from that April 2019 meeting show that the board offered to assist the town in reaching the new criteria and that home rule would not be impacted in the process.

Director Connors never came back to the commission that I could find in the archives. There was no attempt made to reach out to our community for qualified residents to join the board as she stated she did not believe we had the caliber required in our town.

Another reason for not pursuing the board was the lack of an historical Architect. I found through my public records request for 4112 El Mar Drive that our Town contracted Architect Leo Hansen is the past president of the Broward County Preservation Board.

Interim Town Manager Connors came at the 11th hour in 2021 stating all the false assertions of our town not being able to form a Historic Preservation Board with the new requirements when she was well aware of the aid offered by Broward County along with contacts to succeed without allowing the commission to direct her from 2019.

From the commission comments made at the 2018 ordinance and the comments the commission made at the 2021 dissolution I believe the outcome would have been quite different if the commission knew the facts.

In 2021 in the Town Manager Report the Interim Town Manager informed the commission a head-shop called Grateful J’s and 2 smoke shops were approved for the west end of our downtown.

Ms.Connors as both Town Planner and Director of Development was well aware of what commissions and constituents did not want in our town. She was also aware of the 2009 ordinance stating the following

‘The Town Manager or designee shall consult with the Town Commission on any proposal to find that a use is similar, prior to authorizing such use in the B-1-A district.’

No matter the designation the Development Department decided these stores fell under the red flags right in front of them to stop these businesses from being approved!

Ms.Connors was involved with all actions put in place over the last decade to improve and redesign the west downtown corridor.

At the October 6,2021 P &Z Board meeting to discuss a new ordinance to update the previously allowed businesses the attorney for Grateful J’s stated if his client was told they were not wanted they would have passed on our town! Instead he stated they were welcomed even receiving a Welcome letter from the Town.

Ms.Connors came and stood at the podium and tried to justify this happening due to the ‘Specialty’ Store designation used for the application. This store stated its name to know what type of store it was  (they have other locations ) in their application but left out any reference to paraphernalia in describing what would be sold.

The P&Z Board as well as members of the audience did not buy the designation explanation and the commission should not either.

The new ordinance takes away the 2009 Town Manager consulting the commission before approval and inserts what Ms.Connors did with this debacle legitimizing the Interim Town Manager’s actions.

From January 2021 to June 2021 the Interim Town Manager never brought to the dais the Florida Legislatures change to Home Based Businesses.

We only found this out in September at the P&Z Board meeting when it was on their agenda for a new ordinance to accommodate the new legislative changes.

A look at the Florida League of Cities website showed that emails were sent out throughout this process urging municipalities to join as 141 others did. Our town did not! Our Interim Town Manager is budgeted to be a FLOC member so she must have received this information but chose not to bring it to the dais and the residents.

When this brought forth outrage from the neighborhoods there was no response from the Interim Town Manager for why we were not informed and participating.

Our lobbyist at the first 2021 Budget Meeting told me that emails were also sent to the town from them throughout 2021. The same lobbyist that Ms.Connors wanted to remove from our 2021-22 budget. The commission directed her to keep our lobbyist in the budget.

A Resolution was voted on after the fact at the Special Meeting on Oct.4, 2021 after our lobbyist told us no change would be coming in the upcoming year.

Ms.Connors chose to subvert the Downtown Sidewalk Expansion Round Tables on three separate occasions.

Round Table discussions have brought great success to prior town projects during her tenure as Town Planner and Director of Development and to change the formula as Interim Town Manager keeps up Ms.Connors choice to turn her back on what we have long found works well.

The October 4, 2021 Special Meeting needlessly riled residents and businesses up by Ms.Connors attempt to tie the expansion to the need for more parking by purchasing a lot being used already by Aruba for $2.5 million for 16-20 spaces on A1A and/or partnering with FDG ( old Holiday Inn) for 200 spaces at the south end of El Mar Drive.

On the 10/12/2021 agenda her insistence to tie increased parking to the expansion continued with the explanation for the Old Business item to update the 2015 parking study. The commission did not receive all relevant backup as has been the case since 2018 and the hiring of former Town Manager Vance.

The Interim Town Manager promoting the Steven Fett design renderings was akin to the El Mar Drive Streetscape Project redesign in scope of change. Mr. Fett to his credit at the meeting asked for the Jarvis Hall attendees to speak after his presentation resulting in some commissioners, restaurateurs and residents to speak out to return to a Round Table Meeting to start over with the “base” of what we have now with the expansion.

After the meeting, Mr. Fett spoke to me and he said too felt this venue was not the right way to begin this project.

A few days later the Interim Town Manager put out a town alert along with yard signs and banners throughout the town for the Oct. 27, 2021 Round Table. She included the Steven Fett presentation PDF and promoted these design plans for the downtown expansion.  Once again Ms. Connors has pushed for her vision of changing our town as she did with the El Mar Drive Streetscape Project.

The Interim Town Manager as Director of Development joined Town Engineer Jay Flynn in an all-out push to redevelop El Mar Drive. She verbally stated her view that the “old loudmouths” who did not want the Jay Flynn/EDSA designs should be disregarded.

Ms.Connors fought against the outcry from the residents until their voices could no longer be ignored. After the decision was made to walk away from it she would not remove it from future projects or the town website and only did so after several directives from the commission.

There are other troubling issues both as Director of Development and as Interim Town Manager that show that the problems in her department such as we saw in 2018 with the massive amount of ordinances that were negated continue.

The Development Department is still under her Interim Town Manager and watching the P & Z meetings since June of this year shows a board that has not been fully supported in any way. Just to watch these meetings it is undeniable and in both September and October Ms.Connors was in attendance and needed to take to the podium to instruct both the staff and the board how to proceed.

In September Ms.Connors sat down next to me after the meeting and her response to my stating the need for his board to receive staff assistance and guidance as the 2012 P & Z Board had with the conditional use ordinance was to state this board was inferior to that board and to then state it shows why we would not be able to get the quality of Historical Preservation Board members.

At the September Code Compliance Meeting Bethany Banyas negated a $200,000.00 lien on a private home due to a code error in filing. This was under Ms.Connors as both Director of Development and Interim Town Manager.

At the same Code Compliance meeting we heard from professional office building tenants that their building was deemed unsafe and they had 2 hours to vacate. The tenants stated they were not allowed back in and the impact of this drastic action to both their businesses and their clients. The building official from CAP was a disgrace and the Town offered no aid or comprehension when the building official stated the building issues were a public safety issue. The Town did not rope off the areas surrounding the building until after this meeting took place. This too falls under Ms. Connors as Interim Town Manager.

The Marina Hotel, another big project that requires residents and businesses to be in town and to be participants was being pushed by Ms.Connors to proceed because as she said “government does not stop.”  At a public meeting held by the developer he was agreeable to postponing until residents returned. The Interim Town Manager and the Development Department still put forth a public meeting with the commission prior to the return and before it went to the P & Z Board. The meeting was finally canceled after pushback but not before riling up the residents, as we have witnessed throughout Ms.Connors tenure in both positions.

Equal treatment has been an ongoing problem for Ms.Connors as both Director of Development and Interim Town Manager with businesses crossing her and staff while other businesses were privy to leeway concerning code violations and permits.

Ms.Connors told me when we walked El Mar Drive right after her appointment as Interim Town Manager that as Director of Development she was the “bad cop” to the Town Manager’s ” good cop” and she could fill the ” good cop” role. Unfortunately, she has proven she cannot.

The opportunity was there for Ms.Connors to immediately revert back to the successful leadership of former Town Managers Connie Hoffman and Bud Bentley but she chose not to.

Ms.Connors on that same walk on El Mar Drive told me she and Ken Ruback were really running the town for former Town Manager Bill Vance. If true and in hindsight she chose to continue the failed leadership of Mr. Vance time here with the same poor results.

As Interim Town Manager Ms.Connors did not get the 2021-22 Budget out until 6:30 PM on the Friday before the first budget meeting on Monday September 13, 2021.

The required Sun-Sentinel published notice for the budget was incorrect stating our proposed property taxes were increased. They were in fact lowered with a 3 to 2 commission vote to rollback the rate. No correction was published after I notified the Town of the error and no response to my email concerning the error was ever responded to.

Our residential permits were delayed resulting in an extension beyond September 30th due to it. The Town finally put the permit application online due to the number of residents inquiring per the Town Senior Office Specialist even as the date for the actual permits were hopefully before the September 30th renewal date.

As Interim Town Manager, Ms.Connors continues to be the planner of changing LBTS vs. preserving LBTS as she was as Director of Development.

I along with the majority of your constituents believe this town deserves a Town Manager who will preserve and protect our town and will honor our Mission and Vision Statements to its full extent.

Thank you,

Barbara Cole

Dear Readers…. I have not witnessed what I am seeing at this time in our town since 2006,2007,2008 and 2009 ….businesses, restauranteurs and residents are reticent to participate and make comments tonight concerning the Interim Town Manager fearing repercussions from her administration and staff in the future….I thought those days were long gone and never….ever….did I think I would encounter them again….sad to say….sad to write….sad for the future of our town….

More to come……

 

 

 

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HERE’S THE SCOOP……SAVING EL MAR DRIVE….. AGAIN….

September 16, 2021 by Barbara

THE FUTURE  OF  EL MAR DRIVE IS AT STAKE….

 

Dear Readers…. whether you have lived in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea for years or just landed as a resident or tourist it must be because you fell in love with what you found…..A Town like no other as described by Martha Munser in her book that is still referred to on the Town website.

We have been here before with urban planners, Town administrations and staff that believe change is their task to accomplish and developers who look at our town as the last beachfront frontier to conquer!

They have all been held at bay and sent packing due to the mobilization of residents old and new who prevailed!

Here we are again!

Just when we thought El Mar Drive was off the redevelopment train with the demise of the overbuilt land grabbing luxury resort that was encouraged by those same change agents on the old Holiday Inn property and the massive design change pushed upon us for the El Mar Drive Project we are now faced with a massive McMansion Conditional Use application at 4112 El Mar Drive on a 50 foot lot that was a walkway to the beach!

Something nefarious, deceptive and/or ignorant has taken place as this application has moved through the Conditional Use process for a single family home in our hotel district, in this writer’s opinion!

Our Interim Town Manager Linda Conners was our Town Planner when the Town Commission made the Conditional Use requirement for single family homes their #2 priority in 2011. She presented it to the 2012 Planning and Zoning Board on March 21, 2012 emphasizing how important it was.

In November 2017 when single family homes were discussed while the Planning and Zoning Board was in the process of bringing the north end codes in-line with the south end, the current Chair of the Planning & Zoning who has been on the board since 2012 brought up single family homes on El Mar Drive and Linda Conners, Director of Development repeated the importance of not having them in our hotel district.

Here we are in 2021 and the first Single Family Home Condition Use application had been submitted for consideration  after it was removed from the original April 2021 Planning & Zoning hearing date. Suddenly it was not being presented on July 7, 2021 to the 2021 Planning and Zoning Board as the catalyst to build a single family home on El Mar Drive, rather it was being cast aside as non-essential in the board’s decision!

The Planning and Zoning Board made it clear they needed direction and history from the Interim Director of Development and the Town Attorney. They were given none! They were not provided backup to that March 21, 2012 Planning & Zoning meeting with the original backup provided for that meeting or the minutes and the video. They were not provided or informed that this 4112 El Mar Drive application was being based on it meeting the Conditional Use requirements to approve or deny it. They stated as a board they felt their hands were tied. They were correct!

The Planning and Zoning Board had their hands tied by being kept in the dark about their role as an advisory board and by not being provided the materials and the direction required to perform their appointed duties!

The last single family home application made prior to the 2012 Conditional Use requirement went to the Planning & Zoning Board multiple times requesting changes before it went to the commission.

That single family home that was never completed had heard the board loud and clear. The attorney for that applicant stated they had reconfigured their house to not impact the small hotel next door to their south!

It was the Seaward Hotel family owner and his attorney who came to the Planning & Zoning Quasi Judicial Hearing opposing the 4112 El Mar Drive Conditional Use applicant who intends to build this McMansion next door the Seaward that did the Town’s job!

Attorney Henry Handler , Seaward Hotel owner Jim Sellitti and their architect tried mightily to inform the board as well as the Interim Director of Development and Town Attorney James White of the purpose of the Single Family Conditional Use in their deliberations but they were summarily cast aside at every turn!

The board was reticent when they passed this applicant on to the commission 4-1 to a hearing set for July 27, 2021.

Between July 7, 2021 Planning & Zoning Board meeting and the July 27, 2021 commission meeting word spread about what took place and what was coming to the commission impacting El Mar Drive !

That Quasi Judicial Hearing in front of the commission was postponed as a result, in my opinion.

At the July 27,2021 commission meeting in Public Comments, Former Mayor Scot Sasser, Former Mayor Roseann Minnet and Former Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd made strong, impactful comments to stress the importance and significance of the Single Family Home Conditional Use requirement they instituted along with our current Mayor Chris Vincent. A large number of public comments were made at the podium and sent in to the Town Clerk from very concerned town people.

The Town Architect did a required architectural review in August after the applicants made a developmental review application right after the July 27, 2021 Quasi Judicial Hearing was canceled which is required for any development in RM25 zones.

On August 10, 2021 the architect stated in his review the modern mansion did not meet the architectural standards mirroring the adverse impact shown in the Conditional Use requirements to meet for approval and concluded with recommending the applicants should redesign and resubmit to not adversely impact the adjacent property or neighborhood. In fact, he lauded the Seaward as an example the Town used in its Architectural Design Standard to follow!
On Aug. 26, 2021 (according to an email sent to the commission on Sept. 7,2021 from the Acting Director of Development per Interim Town Manager Conner’s instruction to update them and inform them the Sept. 13, 2021 hearing was not going to be happening) , the applicant’s attorney found the review ‘insufficient and not specific enough’ and wanted to go forward to the hearing set for Sept. 13, 2021 and stated they  ( applicants) ‘refused to engage further on it.’
The Town instead of proceeding with the hearing, went back to the architect and on Sept, 4, 2021 and Sept. 7, 2021 in his amended reviews he stated ‘Since it is clearly not the intent of the applicant to adhere to the Mid-Century Modern principles’ he would focus on ‘the issue of the proposed alternative”Contemporary”style. He further pointed out the drastic differences with the same adverse, impactful outcome! He ended his final review recommending the applicant ‘study the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Architectural Standard Carefully and propose changes that reflect that intention.’
On Sept.1, 2021 2021 the Planning & Zoning Board were given Ordinance 2021-09 to remove single family homes on El Mar Drive and the grandfathering option. The three Planning & Zoning Board members who voted against grandfathering the applicant did so to rectify the approval votes they said they would not have made on July 7, 2021 had they known what they learned afterward about the importance of the Conditional Use requirement.
In a most unusual move this writer has never seen prior the backup for the Sept. 13, 2021 First Reading for Ord. 2021-09  the Town staff countered the 3-2 vote against grandfathering Planning & Zoning Board vote stating Town staff ‘ deliberated’ and came up with 5 reasons to approve the grandfathering of 4112 El Mar Drive.
As the Seaward owner stated on Sept. 13, 2021 at the podium all 5 reason provided by the ‘deliberating’ Town staff were untrue to what has actually transpired with this application and the applicants as found in the minutes, documents,architectural reviews and the archived videos of the meetings.
At the Sept. 13, 2021 Lauderdale- By- The- Sea Commission meeting Ordinance 2021-09 First Reading took place to no longer allow single family homes on El Mar Drive (due to the debacle of not using the 2012 Conditional Use requirements with this application) and to decide to if they should approve this Conditional Use applicant wanting to build a modern mansion by grandfathering them in.
While the Commission voted 5-0 to approve Ord. 2021-09 to remove single family homes on El Mar Drive to protect our hotel district they greatly erred in approving the grandfathering in of 4112 El Mar Drive. It appears to this writer and many other well informed residents the Commission did not do their homework!
The applicants spoke of wanting to be a part of our town and the fairness they deserve. Thus far, those sentiments and charges made of being negatively labeled at the podium do not ring true when you look at what has actually transpired.
They stated for over the last 7 years they are familiar with our town expressing their  their desire to live here and having something to offer as residents but….
When your established and revered in Lauderdale- By- The- Sea architectural style ( per LBTS Architectural Standard and the Town Architect) next door neighbor, El Mar Drive neighbors, town residents, former elected town officials, town board members, hoteliers, restaurants,and businesses along with the Town Architect and the required Conditional Use and Architectural Review all agree your modern mansion dream home does not belong in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea on El Mar Drive it seems to this writer an applicant must decide whether to build a home that does as advised or build your modern mansion where other modern mansions are allowed!
The Commission on Sept. 28, 2021 at Second Reading must pass Ord. 2021-09 and must deny grandfathering of 4112 El Mar Drive based on actually watching both  Planning & Zoning Board meetings, the March 2012 Planning & Zoning Board meeting.
The Commission must read the 2012 Conditional Use requirements, the Town Architectural Review Standards and read all three reports from the Town Architect.
The Commission must honor their 2021 Mission/Vision pledge to preserve and protect our town!
More to come……
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AND NOW FOR A LOT OF HISTORY- NOTHING IS NEW -IT’S BEEN DISCUSSED BEFORE!

June 8, 2021 by Barbara

Dear Readers-

This writer has retained this site due to the number of daily visits Google shows of visitors looking for different items of interest that unfortunately are no longer provided to the current commission and their constituents as backup as was once the norm!

I have looked back as well on a number of agenda items put forth to the commission to refresh my memory and to provide to those making the decisions what is required in order to make them correctly- at least that’s always my hope although more often then not of late- it has not been the case!

There has been a big change in LBTS since my last post in 2016 with the commission, administration and staff.

We have lost much of what made our town special with commissioners no longer leading our discussions and decisions as they are designated to do resulting in the administration, staff and consultant led agendas based on their urban planning views for over-development that runs counter to the specialness we all saw in our town when we chose to put down stakes here!

After an outstanding Town Manager hired in 2010 by a newly elected slate-majority commission and her assistant Town Manager (who was a candidate for the position) who took over as Town Manager when she retired we started a decline!

After that Town Manager retired a Town Manager that had red-flags from the get-go was hired and quickly fired  – but not before the damage was done!

The current commission with the exception of the Mayor, seem to be lulled in to believing their roles are below those they hired thus leading to continued poor decisions and votes under the present Interim Town Manager ( moved up from Director of Development) thus continuing the damaging results with shrugs of indifference and a lack of response to their constituents when contacted!

There have been 11th hour uprisings to protect and preserve El Mar Drive which proved successful with the removal of both the grandiose -town property land grab of the Old Holiday Inn development and the demise of the Administration, Town Engineer led re-design of El Mar Drive with Plans 1,2 & 3  when the outcry was for Plan 4- fix what needs fixing !

Now, we are facing more impactful changes with stores coming in to town that are not in keeping with our long-term desire to connect west Commercial Blvd. businesses with the successful east Commercial Blvd. businesses!

A major blunder was made, in this writer’s opinion, by the current administration leading to an even larger divide of both sides of our downtown with consequences that have and will negate all that has been done to improve our downtown since 2010!

Again, in this writer’s opinion, the commission needs to lead and fix it asap!

In the past, when a Town Manager (moved up from Finance Director) made similar blunders such as the erected Pavilion that was not the design the commission voted on- she was fired when  the new majority was elected in March 2010 ( see previous posts.)

Our commission chose to listen to a gentlemen brought in for what he might offer as a search consultant for Town Manager candidates who stated his opinion of not looking for a permanent Town Manager  during budget season, which the commission accepted with exception of the Mayor. Once again, without backup, research, or follow-up questions this commission accepted it as fact!

Nothing could be further from the truth for our LBTS history of having March elections leading to the change of administrations!

That needs to happen again, a search for Town Manager needs to be brought back on the agenda now and the Interim Town Manager as well as the other candidates still waiting in the wings need to be vetted and interviewed to once again have the administration in place so vital to the success of our town!

As titled, ‘ Nothing Is New’!

We have been here before and the only way we changed the trajectory is in the numbers of concerned residents and business owners showing up to meetings, contacting their elected representatives and being proactive to assure our town is protected and preserved!

The time has come!

Read the agendas,  watch and participate in person and with comments at the commission meetings and workshops as well as the board meetings!

All are on the Town website and on your government channels on whichever provided used for TV.

lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov

Tonight there are 2 meetings – Jarvis Hall

Workshop at 5 PM on Downtown.

6:30 PM Regular Commission Meeting

Start now- get involved- It’s your Town!

More to come……

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Here’s The Scoop ….The CIC-PAC Decides To Clarify Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s “Endorsement” In The 2012 Race…. It’s Called Circling The Wagons …Covering Your Bases … Saving Face? …

January 30, 2012 by Barbara

WAIT A MINUTE!….

Dear Readers …you remember that email (see below) Candidate for Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon sent after the Jan.15, 2012 CIC-PAC meeting he and his opponent Mark Brown were invited to attend thanking them and stating “I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve.” …Malkoon went on to make some ominous remarks about fears he had in the weeks ahead concerning the BTSF newspaper etc…He concluded with this statement…” I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.” ….Well, on Sunday night that email went out from Bob Roberts to members and those who have not been for years …. (see below) …Bob Roberts stated the Board wanted the minutes to be released for members …I have been informed the minutes being sent out has not happened before this… The minutes are hardly minutes of a meeting …They are more like a need to calm those who may be uncomfortable with what appeared to be an endorsement of a Candidate who made the decision after that Jan. 15, 2012 meeting to run an ad in the BTSF and promote his party affiliation and that of his opponents in a nonpartisan election!… The brief synopsis of the Jan. 15, 2012 CIC-PAC meeting are not quite accurate either according to some in attendance …The “well attended meeting” brought out 20-25 …The CIC board itself is close to that number with spouses….Then there’s this one… “Members were pleased that both candidates pledged to preserve one of the Citizen Initiative Committee’s most important issues – maintaining the current 3-story height zoning in original Lauderdale by the Sea.” It was actually a promise that neither Candidate would introduce a referendum to change the zoning for heights… WOW!… I thought it was incredible that the CIC-PAC was endorsing (or not?-see below) ….Malkoon who is a paid-up long time member of the UOT-PAC who is being coached, mentored and supported by former UOT Pres. Bob Fleishman and Cindy Geesey …but this promise the CIC asked for tops even that!…It goes against the very ideals the CIC are based on…the ability for the people to unite in order to change or preserve the town through referendum! …Originally Bob Roberts sent out an email stating the CIC would not be endorsing either candidate this year …The word after Malkoon’s email and the signs going up in the Furth’s yard as well as other CIC Board members was an endorsement was received on Jan. 15th …Bob Roberts in these “minutes” sets the record straight 2 weeks later though… “The CIC will not officially endorse any candidates for this year’s municipal election. However, Chairman Couriel took a straw poll of the audience after the presentations as to which candidate they thought was most aligned with the CIC’s “small-town quality of life values.” The members voted their support for Edmund Malkoon.” …So it can be surmised that while the CIC did not officially endorse Malkoon they believed him that he will indeed … “endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve.” …. That CIC “straw poll” and this setting the record straight CIC email to CIC  members was certainly not what Malkoon was counting on from the group he jumped ship to for votes!….

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(email/phone #s x’d out by this writer)
From: EM
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
To: jacourielxxxxx, kevansxxxx, [email protected], ccmd1xxx, [email protected], [email protected], grade1n[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: CIC Meeting
Mr Chairman and Board Members,

Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” I will be your representative and be open to dialogue from all.

We have 2 weeks left. I am going to start pounding the pavement for the second time. I also will have a mailer going out before Weds. I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up. But hopefully the voters will see the conflict. I hope it remains neutral.

I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!

Edmund Malkoon
954-xxx-xxxx”

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Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:32:21 -0500
To: [email protected]
From: [email protected]
Subject:

Dear Fellow CIC Members:

During our January meeting attending members decided that the minutes of the meeting should be distributed to our members. The following are the minutes.

Sincerely,
The CIC Board of Directors

Lauderdale by the Sea Citizens Initiative Committee

Minutes of Membership Meeting, January 15, 2012
The meeting was called to order by CIC Chair, Joe Couriel at 7:00 pm. The CIC Board of Directors had invited the two LBTS Commission Candidates, Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon to give presentations and answer questions from our members. The meeting was well-attended and very informative.

Members were pleased that both candidates pledged to preserve one of the Citizen Initiative Committee’s most important issues – maintaining the current 3-story height zoning in original Lauderdale by the Sea.

The CIC will not officially endorse any candidates for this year’s municipal election. However, Chairman Couriel took a straw poll of the audience after the presentations as to which candidate they thought was most aligned with the CIC’s “small-town quality of life values.” The members voted their support for Edmund Malkoon.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm.
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more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop …. 48 Hours Before The January 31 2012 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Nonpartisan Municipal Election For Commission Seat 3 …

January 29, 2012 by Barbara

COUNTING DOWN THE HOURS TO A COMMISSION SEAT ….

Mayor Roseann Minnet holding a Mark Brown sign …

Dear Readers… here we are 48 hours before the 2012 nonpartisan municipal election in LBTS for seat 3 … What was supposed to be a dull election due to it becoming only one race for one seat after the seats for the Mayor and Commissioner from the south ended up unopposed has proven to be anything but!… A lack of participation by many who naively thought neutrality would be the ongoing headline for this race between Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon came to realize that could not continue to be the case when their perceived idea that there was no real difference between these two candidates quickly fell to the wayside as they observed each candidate’s campaign began providing us with so much valuable insight concerning each candidate’s qualifications, ethics and character … Mark Brown has run what everyone agrees is a concise above-board campaign showing he not only walked the walk …and talked the talk …literally…. he made it his business to reach out to voters as well as residents who cannot vote but reside in the town opening up lines of communication and accessibility that he vowed would remain in place after the election as well … He was overwhelmingly successful in discarding any possible preconceived ideas some voters might have had about who he really is to those who only knew his name from his byline and the opinions of others… Mark made sure he covered all the bases in preparation along with following the rules and regulations required by candidates on all fronts …He helped absentee voters to participate in this race with a mail in attachment on his first mailer which included his fully verifiable bio…He went door-to-door with additional information and took the time to follow-up with anyone who had more questions or concerns…He went into neighborhoods and businesses alike in order to be up-to-date with what was at the top of the list of issues for both and what they were looking for in representation on the dais …He made sure he met with Town Administration to relay any concerns he might be addressing in order not to blindside anyone thus providing additional help and dais input to aid in getting answers quickly rather than going for a “gotcha” type of grandstanding at the podium that may cause an initial stir of emotions from the audience but rarely offers any concrete answers as a result…He made and is making phone calls to voters as well as going anywhere he has been invited to speak to offer up real answers to whomever is asking and never promising anything that was not possible in order to get a vote… His supporters have grown in numbers and include four members of the current Commission as well as most of the LBTS past Commissioners along with most of the members of the 2010 Master Plan Steering Committee which was the committee his opponent Malkoon vice-chaired for less than a 2 -year term  including the MPSC Chairman… (MPSC disbanded by Comm.) …  He is endorsed by the UOT-PAC after his opponent Malkoon actively pursued and received an endorsement from the opposing CIC-PAC  essentially jumping ship on ideals in an email stating just that… (Malkoon is a longtime participant/member of UOT) …He received the endorsements for seat 3 from the 2 local papers ByTheSeaFuture and Pompano Pelican both based on his qualifications and his campaign… His second mailer continues to show the  first-rate campaign he’s run in offering up his thanks to voters as well as his 5 reasons for making sure it is Mark Brown sitting on the dais next month for 4 years… (see below) …He has withstood first time …nasty party politics being introduced into LBTS’ traditional nonpartisan election by those Malkoon cohorts/advisers bearing grudges and an opponent who clearly felt the need to knowingly cross the line in what I can honestly say is the only campaign I can recall where a candidate has tried so hard to make so much of so little …in his resume, achievements, experience and what he stands for… Malkoon on the other hand has provided voters with a hodgepodge of a campaign which shows a disturbing willingness to twist and turn on a dime …literally….depending on who has opened their arms to him at a specific moment in time throughout the past months!….. He has shown a sad lack of drive as well as maturity in handling just his own campaign … He had little to report in contributions received from supporters compared to his opponent Mark Brown…(prev. posts) …He has only one CIC-PAC Commissioner supporting him and may have one or two from the CIC-PAC as well as a result of promising to promote their ideals and doing so at the podium on Jan 24th in public comments…(prev. post Jan 16 2012 email CIC board) …. His MPSC members have largely chosen to support his opponent Mark Brown in large part we are told due to his dismal and disappointing time serving as vice-chair…(prev. posts) ….He put up yard signs with a last minute sticker on some (one side vs 2 side requirement) as well as some with no disclaimer as required …(see below) ….He violated Fl. State Statutes introducing party affiliation in an ad in the BTSF newspaper on Jan 20, 2012 (see below) …and then made excuses to the Sentinel he had not heard from the State blaming “troublemakers”…as well as offering “no comment” to the Pompano Pelican even though he has been in receipt of the Candidate Campaign Book that includes all the rules and requirements which he is required to read and to run his campaign by……(prev. posts) …. He has a few die-hard supporters who have openly attacked and made ominous warnings of “going after Brown supporters”… He has “protectors” who despite meaning well in their role further exacerbated the growing word-of-mouth concerns of Malkoon’s fragile state emotionally to serve in an elected position… His one and only mailer (see below)…again shows the same content seen in previous election materials, ads and debate info proclamations based on so little while embellishing it beyond fact!… Malkoon puts forth his “lifetime resident” moniker still…leaving out the fact he lived in Unincorporated Broward along with all his north end neighbors until annexation in 2001…Which means Malkoon became a LBTS resident the very same year his opponent Mark Brown did in 2001!… His Commission appointee and volunteer activities amount to less than a 2-year term that came from being appointed in 2010 by a sitting LBTS Commissioner who supports his opponent Mark Brown …Volunteering for numerous Town special events…is yet again padding for a weak resume…Mark Brown also volunteered in Town special events as well as being a driving force in providing transparency to voters on many political actions such as keeping the Town’s Community Center open and operating under the same longtime director in his 5 years as a volunteer Editor on the local newspaper …Malkoon has repeatedly made claims of having finance and marketing acumen as a basis for him being elected …He had to backtrack on those bold assertions first seen in election materials and ads when he was called out on lack of degrees or work experience in either… This writer further called out his Realtor claim asking for it to be clarified as a Sales Assoc. classification under his mother’s licensed agent license… Personal mortgage problems on his property arose during his first attempt at running in 2010 which further cloud using financial acumen as a real argument to elect him to make decisions involving taxpayer dollars… It was shown that attacks made against his opponent Brown concerning taxes was not only taken out of context but that Malkoon intentionally stated his stance for lower taxes were untrue in videos providing Malkoon  at the podium in full agreement with his opponent in 2010 and again in 2011!…Malkoon states he is a member of the Republican Club of LBTS  in the mailer which may skirt the statute he violated in the Jan. 20th BTSF ad but once again proves he is fanning flames for votes in what he knows is a nonpartisan race …He states he is a member of the LBTS Chamber of Commerce and again we must add he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the board …He states one endorsement from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors (he received $250.00 as a result-prev. post) …His opponent Mark Brown respectfully declined to participate in a letter (see below) in order to not compromise any future dealings on hot-button real estate issues…What is glaring in the Malkoon mailer is that he chose to leave out being a member of the UOT-PAC as well as the Jan. 16, 2012 CIC-PAC endorsement!… In the waning hours left before the ballots are counted it is important that voters make it their business to ensure the correct Candidate succeeds in representing us by voting for Mark Brown for seat 3!….

MARK BROWN 2ND MAILER…

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MALKOON LETTER….

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MALKOON SIGNS ….

no disclaimer ….

Hard to see clear sticker with disclaimer lower left corner -one side only …

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MALKOON PARTISAN BTSF JAN 20, 2012 AD….VIOLATING FL STATE STATUTE NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS …

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MARK BROWN LETTER TO GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE REALTORS…

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More to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Turns Out To Be His Own “Troublemaker” In This Election …/ The Final Candidate Treasurerer Reports Due Before the January 31st Election ….

January 27, 2012 by Barbara

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TROUBLEMAKERS…

Candidate Edmund Malkoon holding his own sign on Jan 26, 2012 …

Dear Readers … Once the election is over Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s 2012 campaign will stick around for a long, long time in LBTS voter’s minds as an example of what not to do when seeking a seat on the dais!… Malkoon as readers know by now is 36 years old and a resident of the north side of town who actually began his quest for the second time (he pulled out in 2010 after finding he had no support) believing a few self proclaimed movers and shakers had the seat sewn up and ready for his ascension to it!… Just that belief alone by the candidate should  be enough to make voter’s shake their heads at the utter lack of maturity this candidate seems to possess… That childlike wishful thinking by Malkoon turned out to be just the starting off point in this aimlessly lackluster campaign …. We heard early on that due to a need to “protect” Malkoon and his mother some voters were refraining from participating in this 2012 race out of sympathy and deference for the pair!… This writer could not believe it!… While Malkoon’s opponent Mark Brown was actively campaigning much the same as commission candidates had in 2010 he was not receiving the full support he would have enjoyed if he was opposing Commissioner Clottey or another CIC-PAC candidate due to the growing number of those joining the “staying neutral” crowd so as not to upset the Malkoons!… Edmund Malkoon showed he had a thin skin and a penchant for wining when making calls to those who stated otherwise and were showing support for his opponent …Malkoon put up yard signs after Mark Brown put up his  which violated the required disclaimer be printed on both sides…We are told he said he had permission from the State to attach stickers and he applied a very small sticker to some but not others and only on one side…we are told…Now you know damn well that had this been a different candidate and a different race those same people “protecting” Malkoon’s decisions,mishaps and mistake would be the first to require that the candidate who blew the requirement remove the signs immediately leaving that candidate to decide if he/she wanted to spring for the correct disclaimer required signs with more campaign funds!…Malkoon pulled the “sick card” 48 hours before the Meet the Candidate Forum setting off Town personnel to deal with the possibility of no forum and a change of date rather than just sucking it up and doing whatever it took to meet the obligation long publicized…He sent an email to Town and the Commission that showed not just a lack maturity and professionalism but a rather unnerving need for sympathy and a “atta boy” for effort in announcing he would rally from his sickbed after all when he was hit hard by the outrage that came from such a childish act in a political campaign… On the dais at the LOWV Meet the Candidate Forum Malkoon continued to embellish his credentials as he had done in print interviews and in his election materials while attacking his opponent using the local boy vs Washington insider tactic seen at the Presidential campaign level… It was laugh out loud funny when Malkoon claimed he was a lifelong resident of LBTS …He lives in the north which was Unincorporated Broward until 2001 when it annexed into LBTS which was the very same year his opponent Mark Brown bought his residence in the north….. Malkoon fibbed about his stance vs. his opponent on the millage rate and this writer exposed it and more with the archived  video on the Town’s website…. Malkoon has fibbed about his history of political stances which this writer also exposed from his public comments seen and written on the Town’s website in the archives as well… Malkoon promised sewers with the sewer reserves now in savings in the south part of town to the Palm Club when he went there to court their votes …He promised everything including the kitchen sink to the CIC in the middle of the month for an endorsement from them and then sent the CIC Board an email promising to promote their ideals as a result of receiving it!…The UOT-PAC Board decided that was too much and reconsidered their stance on no endorsement to endorse Mark Brown as a result of Malkoon’s new agenda …Incredibly Malkoon’s “protectors” lashed out at the UOT Board on this one as well!…  Malkoon proved his new allegiance before the election by promoting Marc Furth’s desire for a referendum on zoning at public comments at the Jan. 24, 2012 Regular Town Commission meeting… Malkoon biggest decision though was when he violated the State of Fl. rules pertaining to nonpartisan elections …Many think it was under Cindy Geesey’s tutelage that he placed that kind of an ad in the January 20, 2012 ByTheSeaFuture newspaper extolling his party affiliation vs. his opponent in this LBTS  non-partisan election …This writer was tipped off of the violation resulting from his action and posted it that day…The story was picked up by the Sentinel as well as the Pompano Pelican …Malkoon claimed in the Sentinel he was waiting to see if he would hear from the State if he did anything wrong and blamed it on “troublemakers” rather than own up to his decision to violate the rules contained in his own candidate handbook he was required to read (for the second time as a candidate) …In the Pelican he gave a terse “no comment” rather than respond…We hear his “protectors” want to overlook all of this as well… Again, another candidate …another campaign these same Malkoon Protectors” would be calling for it to be publicized and leading the charge for complaints to be filed with the State and for the candidate to pay for what he/she had done!…Hell, they would be holding the signs that would spell it out on the street corners themselves!… This writer is still hearing that this small crowd is so much into this “Malkoon Protectors” mode they are lashing out not only as if he were a child being “bullied” in school but much, much more that I cannot even go there in print….Again readers…this calls for these same “Malkoon Protectors” to look back at the past two elections at least to see candidates have long been called on their actions in a campaign on blogs and in print with no such “protection” being cited to derail the issues or the offenses made by that candidate …It makes this writer drum up Tom Hanks in a “League of Their Own”…and the line “There’s no crying in baseball”…Well….there’s no crying “bully” in politics on the local level !…. This is a race between two candidates for a seat on the dais for 4 years…In those 4 years this person will be making decisions with our taxpayer money for use in our town…It will be up to this person to do their due diligence each and every time they prepare to vote on doing so … Malkoon has shown a lack of due diligence as a candidate as well as being openly available to promote the desires of anyone willing to offer him support to attain that seat for 4 years….and even if those desires are not the ones he stood for when he decided to run or is known for historically….Mark Brown has done quite the opposite…He has shown he is accessible to all townspeople …He has done his due diligence and then some in this first-rate campaign …He has made just a few sensible generalized promises to voters no matter where he stood to make them in town including at the Candidate Forum and in his election materials with a remarkable amount of forthright candor and honesty…With a resume that is obviously no match for his opponent and a resolute statement of not being beholden to anyone Brown should win by a landslide if voters vote for the right reasons and not to “protect” someone who is clearly not cut out for politics or governing again this year…

In the Jan 26, 2012 Sentinel article Malkoon said the following…“I haven’t heard anything from the state if that’s an issue,” Malkoon said. “People are just trying to be troublemakers in the election.” Below in today’s Pelican he offered the reporter “no comment”…. We are told that due to the full intent of Malkoon’s actions to introduce party affiliation into this election a complaint will be filed after election day as a matter of principal as it should be…

Excerpt from 1/17/12 Pelican…
“Political ad appears to violate state elections law

By Judy Vik
Pelican Staff
LBTS – A town commission candidate in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea may have violated a state election law by including his political party affiliation and that of his opponent in an advertisement in a local newspaper.
Edmund Malkoon, a candidate for Seat #3, ran the ad in the Jan. 20 edition of the monthly ByTheSeaFuture newspaper. Malkoon included his Republican Party status in the ad as well as his opponent’s Democratic Party affiliation.
According to state law, “A political advertisement of a candidate running for nonpartisan office may not state the candidate’s political party affiliation. This section does not prohibit a political advertisement from stating the candidate’s partisan-related experience. A candidate for nonpartisan office is prohibited from campaigning based on party affiliation.”
For enforcement of any willful violation of this provision, a complaint must be filed with the Florida Elections Commission. The commission has exclusive jurisdiction over this matter and may impose a fine not to exceed $1,000 per count.
Asked about the ad before Tuesday’s commission meeting, Malkoon said he had “no comment.”
“If elected officials break the law, they should be held accountable for their action. The same applies to candidates,” his opponent Mark Brown said. “The laws are there for a reason, and people should comply with them.”
Brown said he would like to see Malkoon’s ad brought before the State Division of Elections for review but does not plan on taking that action himself.”

http://pompanopelican.webs.com/apps/blog/show/11936505-political-ad-appears-to-violate-state-elections-law-

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JANUARY 27, 2012 CANDIDATE TREASURER REPORTS…

In this final report …(some pages shown below) …Candidate Mark Brown received $350.00 more in contributions were a combined candidate loan/ supporters total of $19,021.74 …His expenses in this 4th report time period of Jan 7-Jan 26 were $3,480.75 with a total of $12,195.54 ….He received 4 more contributions from supporters 3 were from LBTS supporters including VM Dodd …His expenditures were for 2 BTSF newspaper ads/1 Pompano Pelican newspaper ad/ 2 were for printing costs/ 1 mailers list/ 1 was postage for his 2nd mailer which started arriving to voters today (to be posted) … Candidate Edmund Malkoon received $2,210.00 in contribution plus $100.00 “in-kind” (food from Athena By The Sea for fundraiser on Jan 7, 2012)…His total contributions to date /loan to himself combined a total of $6,150.00… His expenditures for this 4th report time period Jan 7-26 was $2,639.41 with a total of $4,856.29 … Malkoon received most of his contributions at a fundraiser at his neighbor’s house on Jan. 7th..Those included Cynthia Gaynor (Bob Fleishman’s wife …Their company contributed $200.00 in Dec.)/ Bel Air neighbors mostly those on his neighborhood board as well as Comm. Clottey/ Chuck Gress/Robert Schuyler/Linda Ritchie/ Athena By The Sea (in-kind) $100.00 for food…He received a few contributions after the 7th …Arthur Franczak/$250 from the Realtors of Florida Assoc. … Mark Brown declined to partake in endorsement citing possibility of any future decisions coming before the commission on such hot-button topics such as vacation rentals… The 2010 candidates from UOT did the same for the same reasons… Malkoon’s expenditures were for Office Depot/ByTheSeaFuture ad/ Minuteman Press/Constant Contact in MA an emailing marketer/ Fedex for $2,210.63 on Jan 25, 2012 presumed to be the 2nd mailer which Malkoon stated in his Jan 16, 2012 email to the CIC Board  “I also will have a mailer going out before Weds.” …which would have been Jan.18th…Just another fib or misstatement and lack of follow-through by Malkoon yet again ….Many were wondering if Malkoon’s one and only mailer contained or now contains the same party affiliation violation Malkoon put in his Jan. 20th BTSF ad… I guess we will see … If it does it will rack up the penalties he could face when complaints are filed… cha ching!…

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop ..Lauderdale-By-The-Sea & CIC Endorsed Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Is Taking “A Wait And See Approach” On Violating Fl. Election Rules While His Campaign Cohort Cindy Geesey Disses LBTS Democrats In Sentinel Interview !!!!…

January 26, 2012 by Barbara

LEAVE IT TO CINDY ….

Dear Readers …leave it to Cindy Geesey to sink Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s ship…She blew it up big time in her quest to go after her former colleague Brown . The result will be a major loss for Malkoon next Tuesday at the polls as well as a black mark for Malkoon with monetary damages when he faces the consequences in front of the Fl. Election Commision panel after the ballots are counted and a complaint against his actions has been filed making any future attempt for a run for office out of the question!… The Furth led CIC board once again has some explaining to do to whomever is left in their dying organization as to why they endorsed the full-fledged Republican team of Malkoon-Geesey for seat 3 in 2012!…

“Broward Politics

Is your party showing in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea?

By Larry Barszewski January 26, 2012 02:17 PM

Town commissioners in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea are elected in nonpartisan races, but one candidate in the town’s upcoming election has taken out an ad showing the two candidates’ party affiliations.

Commission candidate Edmund Malkoon ran an ad in the local ByTheSeaFuture newspaper this month listing himself as a Republican and opponent Mark Brown as a Democrat. The election takes place along with the Republican presidential preference primary, which could lead to a larger percentage of Republicans turning out to vote.

According to Mary Cooney in the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office, nonpartisan candidates are prohibited by law from campaigning along party lines. Cooney wouldn’t say the ad broke the law – that’s for the Florida Elections Commission to decide if it receives a complaint.

Malkoon is taking a wait-and-see approach.

“I haven’t heard anything from the state if that’s an issue,” Malkoon said. “People are just trying to be troublemakers in the election.”

Brown said he’d like to see the issue go to the elections commission, but he won’t be doing anything that might be seen as a last-minute gimmick before the Jan. 31 election.

“I’m a very firm believer in obeying the law. Elected officials have a responsibility to obey the laws,” Brown said. “The same holds for candidates.”

One of Malkoon’s supporters, Cindy Geesey, isn’t shy about her partisan leanings.

“I hope enough Republicans are on the ball in this city to get Edmund into office,” said Geesey, calling Brown an “unrepentant Democrat.”

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2012/01/is_your_party_showing_in_laude.html

Malkoon once again shows he is not ready for prime-time when it comes to being a seated Commissioner in LBTS… He comments “I haven’t heard anything from the state if that’s an issue,” Malkoon said. “People are just trying to be troublemakers in the election.” after telling another reporter from a local paper “no comment” last Tuesday night when questioned about the violation… Malkoon signed a form affirming he received the rules he was to follow in his candidate’s handbook upon filing to run for his seat … It contained the following ….

“A political advertisement of a candidate running for nonpartisan office may not state the candidate’s political party affiliation. This section does not prohibit a political advertisement from stating the candidate’s partisan-related experience. A candidate for nonpartisan office is prohibited from campaigning based on party affiliation.”

More Malkoon pre- election hits to come tomorrow!….

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Here’s The Scoop … The CIC-PAC Endorsed Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Doesn’t Fit The CIC Mold …

January 23, 2012 by Barbara

AN ENDORSEMENT OF WHAT FOR MALKOON FROM THE CIC-PAC IN 2012….

CIC’s Crisite Furth with ousted Interim TM John Olinzock April 26, 2010…

CIC’s Cristie Furth’s Blue Seas Motel with CIC endorsed Candidate Edmund Malkoon sign in yard January 2012…

Dear Readers…this writer gave myself 20 minutes to Goggle and look for however many differences there are between Candidate for Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon and his newest endorser the Citizens Initiative Committee PAC and it’s most important members…Below is a series of the finds found within that allotted time that definitely show something ominous must be going on for such an endorsement to come to fruition in 2012…The opposing Unite Our Town PAC Board chose after the ominous endorsement of one of their own longtime members (Malkoon) to change their previous decision to not endorse either candidate based on such a disturbing new partnership … thus endorsing Candidate Brown … 20 more minutes would have produced even more to question this new partnership of the CIC-PAC and Edmund Malkoon…

From the CIC website –History of referendums and what they endorse… prior to the 2012 endorsement of UOT member Edmund Malkoon for Seat 3-
” 2000 El Prado Referendum to protect our main beach vista from an extremely unpopular, developer- initiated land-swap (Hapimag).
A Citizens Rights Charter Amendment to reaffirm citizens’ rights to initiate, amend, or repeal ordinances by petition and referendum: in order to overcome Mayor Parker’s questionable claim that right had been nullified and extinguished by State Statutes. (An opinion from the Florida Attorney General later held that was not the case).
An Electoral Districting Ordinance to insure balance in regional representation by requiring that two Commissioners be elected from Old Town LBTS and two from the annexed area, while the Mayor could be chosen from either area.
Although individual CAC members contributed greatly to the initiatives mentioned above, the Citizens Action Committee itself was non-political and therefore could not officially endorse candidates or ballot questions at election time. Our members became convinced that the CIC needed to evolve to the next level and become an official political action committee (PC).
We therefore incorporated in March 2005 as the Citizens “Initiative” Committee and registered with the State of Florida and the LBTS Town Clerk as a political committee. That extended our committee’s range of action beyond simply informing ourselves and fellow citizens on critical developments and making appeals to the Commission. As a PC we can actually initiate referendums, campaign for and against important election issues, and lend our organizational ‘seal of approval’ to candidates for municipal office.
The March 2006 election was the first where the new CIC’s referendums and endorsed candidates came before the voters.
CIC endorsed candidates, Jim Silverstone and Jerry McIntee won landslide victories over two old-guard incumbents, Dave Wessels and Ed Kennedy. CIC members have been well-pleased with our choice of candidates and the level of integrity, honesty, and quality-of-life leadership the two brought to the dais. Unfortunately, continued hard-line opposition by the Old-Guard majority on the commission continued to bloc many CIC-supported pro-voter initiatives until the 2008 election.
The CIC Term limits referendum, on the ballot as the result of a CIC petition signed by 712 voters, was passed by 86% of voters and limited Commissioners to two 4-year terms of office. Mayoral terms were reduced from 4 years to 2 years and limited to 3 terms (a total of 6 years). Despite the absolute clarity of that amendment that it would take effect at the 2008 municipal elections, the old-guard commission members Parker, Yanni, and Clark railroaded through an ordinance that preposterously re-interpreted the amendment to mean it would NOT apply to Parker or Yanni at the 2008 elections, thus over-turning the clear will of LBTS voters.
The CIC Height Limit Charter Referendum, which lowered the maximum allowable height limit in the Northbeach coastal area from 15 stories to 3 over 1 story, won despite fierce campaigns by developers and pro-development commissioners. This charter amendment will prevent our barrier island from over development, limit further congestion along A1A, and preserve the Town’s low-rise image. A critical clause of this charter amendment was that no zoning changes involving an increase in height can now be made in any residential neighborhood without a vote of the people.
The 2008 municipal election was set in January instead of March, to match with the revised Florida Presidential Primary election date.
The CIC supported 3 candidates for election to the Town Commission, Lawrence Wick, Birute Clottey, and Stuart Dodd. Clottey and Dodd won, beating out Clark and Yanni. Wick lost the mayor’s seat by a slim margin of 21 votes to newcomer Roseann Minnet (Parker had decided not to run).
Promises Made…Promises Kept
Within a few short months of winning the majority in January 2008, the four CIC-endorsed Commissioners made sweeping changes in town policy and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was headed in a positive new direction!
Reinstatement of the Volunteer Fire Department
Return of our municipal elections back to March instead of November
Reinstatement of the CIC-sponsored term limits amendment
Repeal of the Marina, Hospitality, and Beach Village overlay districts (no more Orianas)
Opening Commission meeting public comments to all who wish to speak
Saved citizens millions of tax dollars per year with new AMR contract for EMS
Instituted life-saving VFD beach patrols
Allowed citizens to speak on 1st and 2nd readings of town ordinances
Sponsored very successful Community events including: Easter-by-the-Sea, the July 4th Blast, and a Halloween Haunted House.
Reduced taxes with a 10% LBTS tax cut
Purchased contiguous property to Town Hall for an upgraded public safety complex
Debt Reduction by $3 million
Several months after the 2008 election, however, one of the CIC-endorsed Commissioners, Stuart Dodd, a former CIC Chairman, resigned from the organization and changed allegiance to the pro-development side. The CIC therefore has retracted its endorsement of Stuart Dodd.
During the two years prior to the March 2010 municipal election the pro-development group, under the banner “Unite Our Town”, launched a campaign to discredit Commissioners McIntee, Silverstone, and Clotty and Town Manager Esther Colon with personal attacks. They arranged for a number of their supporters to show up for Public Comments at Town Commission meetings to lodge these unjustified personal attacks. The Commissioners, at an organizational meeting after the 2008 election, had agreed to not allow personal attacks at Commission meetings, but Mayor Roseann Minnet refused to enforce it. She claimed it was all the fault of the individuals being attacked; e.g., her political adversaries. These attacks became progressively more vicious as the 2010 election date approached.
The 2010 CIC endorsed candidates for LBTS Commissioners were Jim Silverstone and Marjorie Evans. For Mayor the CIC endorsed Joe Couriel. All well qualified and experienced individuals. Unfortunately, the opposition managed to convince a majority of the voters that the dissention at Town Commission meetings was being caused by the victims rather than the attackers. All three CIC endorsed candidates lost the election by substantial margins.
Since the March 2010 election the new Commission has, without cause, fired Town Manager Esther Colon, Assistant Town Manager John Olinzock, and a little later Finance/Budget Director Kaola King

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“From: EM
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
To: jacourielxxxxx, kevansxxxx, [email protected], ccmd1xxx, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: CIC Meeting
Mr Chairman and Board Members,

Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” I will be your representative and be open to dialogue from all.

We have 2 weeks left. I am going to start pounding the pavement for the second time. I also will have a mailer going out before Weds. I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up. But hopefully the voters will see the conflict. I hope it remains neutral.

I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!

Edmund Malkoon
954-xxx-xxxx”

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June 30, 2009 Special Meeting -Discussion Removal of Chief Gooding –

Pg 1- a Discussion of removal of Chief Gooding by Town Manager Mayor Minet opened the meeting for public participation Diane Boutin Patrick Pointu Christopher Vincent Laurie Sinotti Sean Spellocy nonresident Mark Cohen Barbara Cole John Yanni Cindy Geesey Marie Chiarello Edmund Malkoon Marie Eckerrt Bonnie Myers John Alton Vito Chiarello Mark Brown Bill Davis Dennis Ritchie Yann Brandt Joan Englander Shot Bob Fleishman Mrs Malkoon Chuck Clark Beverly Kennedy Richey Bonfey and Debbie Finato expressed their displeasure with the transfer of BSO Chief Scott Gooding and requested that he be reinstated with the Town Accusations were made that the Commission collaborated with the Town Manager for the dismissal of Chief Gooding to which the Commission denied.

Tom Carr Frank Herrmann Cristi Furth stood in support of the Town Manager

Adrian Roberts supported both the Town Manager and the reinstatement of Chief Gooding.
Feb 9, 2010 Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg.4- Edmund Malkoon asked why Commissioner Silverstone voted against transparency voted in favor to pay off loans and voted for a Town Manager contract without an expiration date
April 20, 2010 Special Meeting Town Manager Colon pg. 2- Commissioner Clottey stated she was on the dais a little over 2 years and at first she did not agree with the way the Town Manager handled some things She added that she learned to discuss things with the Town Manager and found she had a better understanding of the way things worked Commissioner Clottey pointed out that the Town Manager had experience with BSO and that she would rather have a knowledgeable person to help with the negotiations than just a yes person Commissioner Clottey thanked Manager Colon for always looking out for the Town taxpayers and was sorry to see her go
The motion carried 4-1 Commissioner Clottey voted no
April 26,2010 Special Meeting Removal Interim Town Manager Olinzock pg 2- Commissioner Clottey suggested the Commission only remove Interim Town Manager Olinzock from his temporary interim position and return him to his previous position of Assistant Town Manager until they find out what happened She noted that the Town was going into budget time and Interim Town Manager. Pg 5- Commissioner Clottey suggested separating the motion in to two parts the first motion regarding the termination and payout of Interim Town Manager Olinzock and the second motion regarding the investigation of former Town Manager Colon’s Olinzock had knowledge as to how the Town was run severance payout She believed that by keeping the motion as is implied criminal activity was conducted Pg. 6- severance payout She believed that by keeping the motion as is implied criminal activity was conducted.
April 27, 2010 Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg. 2- Christie Furth remarked that the new Town Commission with the exception of Commissioner Clottey terminated the former Town Manager within six weeks of being elected She stated that the Commission’s termination of Esther Colon was cold and irresponsible Ms Furth believed she spoke for many residents who appreciated all Ms Colon did for their town during her tenure as Town Manager as she was fair honest abided by the Town’s laws She said Ms Colon cared about the Town and its people winning countywide praise for her yearly budgets 11 years in a row and left the Town with one of the lowest tax rates in the County Ms Furth believed that Ms Colon became the target of a political witch hunt She said the Town Commission terminated Ms Colon’s contract on the spot prohibiting public comments Ms Furth stated that each Commissioner that voted to terminate Ms Colon should have first asked how much such an action would cost She felt the Town Commission acted negligently and were now trying to shift their fiscal irresponsibility elsewhere She believed the Commission chose to move toward a totalitarian form of government where free speech and citizen input was not allowed”
Pg 4- Edmund Malkoon reminded the Commission that they were not only given a vote of confidence they were given an overwhelming mandate for change by the voters of the Town He said there were tough decisions that had to be made and he was confident those decisions the dais made would be based on proper research without political prejudice
Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg. 3 Sept. 22, 2009- Edmund Malkoon said he took it personal when Manager Colon investigated his claim of a harassment and vandalism at his home and reported that it did not occur He stated that he decided to run for District 1 Commissioner.
June 14, 2011 Town Commission  Meeting pg. 3- Edmund Malkoon was against the referendums as the Commission never voted on whether to put in underground wiring or have a parking garage or build a new Town Hall Complex Mr Malkoon pointed out that the referendum could work in reverse and tie the hands of future Commissions. He believed that drainage and sewers were more important issues to focus on.

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One more photo … Just for fun…

Cindy Geesey (sitting next to Malkoon’s opponent Mark Brown ) at the Olinzock removal special meeting April 26, 2010…Geesey is Candiate Malkoon’s campaign writer according to Malkoon at the Jan. CIC meeting he was endorsed at…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Edmund Malkoon … Courted A CIC-PAC Conversion Of Ideals For A Sign At The BlueSeas Courtyard …

January 21, 2012 by Barbara

A REAL SIGN OF CANDIDATE MALKOON’S CIC COURTED CONVERSION…

Dear Readers … Candidate Edmund Malkoon …What a candidate he turned out to be!……He started out crying he was “promised” a seat on the dais from some former UOT-PAC board members …. He lashed out about having a challenger he did not expect in Mark Brown rather than CIC Commissioner Clottey ….He tried to get his challengers longtime friends on his side and again lashed out when they repeatedly and politely declined to do ..He put together a real hodgepodge of a miss without any hits campaign that has really been all over the place while his challenger Mark Brown put together a flawless well organized and concise campaign that followed in the footsteps of the candidates that won in 2010 …Malkoon has continually been not just one step in trying to play catch up to Mark Brown but more like a dozen!…Malkoon put out signs that lacked the required political approved requirements and covered up his mistake with a sticker to suffice after realizing he blew it!…..Malkoon chose to embellish and change his educational and professional biography in each and every interview after being questioned on so many claims that didn’t pass the smell test in his election material when the facts were checked and dates were found ….. Malkoon put the Town in a tizzy eating up staff time all because he was sick with a fever 48 hours before the LOWV Meet the Candidate Debate in a bid to change this publicized event rather than to suck it up and do whatever it took to make it happen…..Malkoon sent a surrogate to the scheduled UOT meeting the night before that meeting with a written statement rather than come head to head with his opponent…Malkoon incredibly made an offer at the Palm Club of giving money from the south end’s sewer fund reserves for their sewers which he said we don’t need we are told by a source to Palm Club residents …We are also informed Brown interrupted Malkoon to state that simply cannot be done…Malkoon repeatedly lashed out at those who chose to put his opponents signs in their yards…. Malkoon then went to the CIC and again made offers he cannot possibly keep…He did whatever he could to court an endorsement from them and received it despite the fact that his documented history at the podium shows he has historically voiced opinions that run counter to the CIC’s …Malkoon followed up on running counter to the CIC at the Jan 17, 2012 Special Meeting on the Downtown Redevelopment in supporting the design teams 3 block recommendations and a desire to expand it west on Commercial Blvd!……Malkoon made the decision to send the board of the CIC an email afterward which included the following statement…(prev. post)…
“Mr Chairman and Board Members, Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” … This sure sounded like a full out conversion to the CIC ideals to those he long stood with in UOT … So the UOT Board decided they needed to rethink their decision to not endorse either Malkoon or Brown (both UOT members)  as a result… Malkoon, POA Pres. Dennis Ritchie and Bob Fleishman’s wife sent emails to the board crying foul… Hmmmm…really?…. Let’s see Malkoon stated he would “endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve”… Now let’s look at the CIC website and a couple of excerpts  …” Commission Actions? – Why did the new Commission, in their first major decision, FIRE the Town Manager while not allowing any public comments? Her contract allowed for two ways to dismiss the TM; i.e., resignation or termination. They chose termination which cost us, the taxpayers, about $250,000 plus legal fees. All they had to do was to ask her to resign. Instead they rushed into the termination “without cause”. One wonders why?” … “I was involved in the last election helping out the candidates and I saw with my own 2 eyes some of the nastiness that went on and proud to say it was not from the CIC side. I found it unbelievable these same people, who during a prior town commissioner meeting, were stating we must have a change because the commissioner was unruly. What they said there were about and how they acted was not the same”… Remember readers….2012 Candidate Malkoon wanted to be the candidate in 2010 to run against the CIC endorsed slate in order to rid the Town of Colon…He was usurped by the UOT board and members who felt he had to much under the radar personal baggage such as his upside down financial situation and job problems which he divulged and could come in to play if he ran as well as the whole sudden Beverly Kennedy hat- in- the- ring move to make sure it was anybody but Malkoon….After that Malkoon was an  active daily participant in the UOT slate campaign to succeed in ousting Colon and the CIC majority … So any action taken by the UOT Board after Malkoon’s openly declared conversion of CIC ideals is fully warranted especially when this self proclaimed “Uniter” chose to make a conscious and calculated choice in selling his previous UOT ideals for the votes he so badly knows he needs!… Malkoon’s train wreck of a campaign did not stop with this CIC conversion though… He along with his campaign co-hort Cindy Geesey made anothe reither calculated or just plain stupid choice that topped all those that preceded it in a campaign that has been fraught with nothing but bad choices …That was to run a political ad in the ByTheSeaFuture Jan. 2, 2012 edition that violates the Fl. State Statute on running as a Republican in a nonpartisan municipal election!… This one has far more dire ramifications than losing your friend’s support and selling out for an election!….Perhaps Malkoon is expecting a slap on the wrist just as Geesey herself received when she was charged with ethics violations while serving as POA Chair and went for it?……

With days to go until the election what else can this Malkoon rag-tag-team possibly do in what has to be the worst commission campaign we have seen in recent history in LBTS?… Perhaps it is only fitting to recall whose sign was up at the Blue Seas Courtyard  in 2010… We all know how well that worked out… can you say repeat!…

more to come….

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