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HERE’S THE SCOOP…. A FEW GOOD MEN…..

October 27, 2021 by Barbara

Dear Readers-

Remember the movie A Few Good Men and the famous court scene with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson when Nicholson throws out excuses waffling until Cruise boxes him in and Nicholson loses it telling him he can’t handle the truth?…..
Well, last night at the LBTS commission’s October 26 meeting we got the excuses… we got the waffling…… but we never even got close to the truth….
Part 2 of Leaving LBTS in the lurch in hiring a new town manager took place at the end of the 2nd commission meeting of the month after it was included as a late addition to the agenda 24 hours before….  in keeping with the down-low process this hiring of Linda Connors has become…
I really thought that Jarvis Hall would be overflowing with those supposed town supporters of her permanent position as Town Manager, especially the 5 men who spoke out to hire her on the 12th with cake and toasts to celebrate since that did not transpire with the 3-2 vote ….But, alas there was no full room….no favorable supporters….including these 5 men…no cake…no toasts….and again….  no speech from Ms. Connors….
In the end….it was only this writer who applauded after the 5-0 vote lit up in green on the voting board ….sealing the deal for a 3-year contract with all the bells and whistles…. Starting with a salary equal to the outgoing former experienced Town Manager in his 2nd year!….Well done Town Manager Connors….she won the LBTS lottery!….
I do not blame Ms. Connors for new position without comment…….nope…..I blame those commissioners up on the dais who once again chose to ignore her record as both Director of Development and Interim Town Manager…. doing twists and turns…and thumbing their noses at even attempting to address …ALL….of the red flags….that were right in front of them the whole time!….
Here is a woman who should have been fired in 2018 when all five of these commissioners were on the dais and present for a massive fail in the noticing of 18 ordinances with one of them that forever impacted the neighbors who live on Tradewinds ….and instead of that…and all the other issues presented in previous posts…3 of the 5 made her our new Town Manager….with all 5 giving her the top range of salary to boot!… if that’s not winning the lottery….it should be….
At the podium during public comments….despite my pleas for discussion …after pointing out to them they had spent more time with more questions and concerns over the restoration of the west Commercial sculptures than Ms. Connors employment …and telling them that with a public records request I made I received in error an email from Ms. Connors ( by way of her Assistant to the Town Manager) to the Town Clerk on October 5, 2021 asking them to ‘ please start working on a summary of accomplishments since I have been Interim?’… This was done with a pdf of agenda minutes ……Why was this not used at the October 12, 2021 meeting?….In doing so it might have led to honest, open dialogue and discussion by the commission…. requiring responses from Ms. Connors on all of the insufficiencies …. and there were many…. contained in those agendas……and…that must be why it too was cast aside….
Commissioner Strauss about to run for his 2nd term was in charge of negotiating the contract for Ms. Connors…as a result of  Commissioner Malkoon insinuating and insulting Mayor Vincent on the 12th ….stating he should not in good faith carry out the role as he and previous mayors have long done…..because he did not vote for Ms. Connors …. Rather than let the Vice Mayor who made the swift motion and did vote for her….Mayor Vincent passed the gavel and made a motion for Commissioner Strauss…who had also voted no….Perhaps…. thinking much as Commissioner Malkoon thought about him not acting in good faith…the Vice Mayor would not do so in the role of negotiator due to his actions that night ….It passed 5-0….
Unfortunately….passing the gavel….made absolutely no difference ….in this writer’s opinion…..Commissioner Strauss essentially did exactly what the Vice Mayor would have done….using the previous contract for Town Manager and conferring with the Town Attorney…. He came up with an amount certainly not commensurate with her experience…and again…. equal to the previous Town Manager who had come to our town with years of administrative experience in his 2nd year of employment…. …When he explained his reasons for doing so…. he actually negated his previous no vote for her hiring on the 12th…. Commissioner Strauss used reasons such as cost of living…and saving money by not going out for a Town Manager search…. The very “process” Commissioner Strauss touted as the reason he voted no….  Furthermore he praised Ms. Connors on her time as a Director of Development and Interim Town Manager…. joining those who did not look at her record….
In his response the Vice Mayor included that he had pre-written comments approving the contract …thanking Commissioner Strauss…. No surprise here for Vice Mayor Oldaker… in fact he could have lauded Commissioner Strauss …for best contract ever…just as he did with his best budget ever comments to Ms. Connors two weeks prior…. Both were merely changing the numbers on the supplied outlines sheets….
The Vice Mayor falsely claimed that Ms. Connors was interim far longer than former Town Manager Bud Bentley …trying to compare a lack of vetting….and was quickly schooled by Mayor Vincent when he made his comments at the end ….
Commissioner Sokolow spoke of his air conditioning company and hiring management from within….as with all of his second term comments.in his final two years …we can only count down to March….enough said…..
Commissioner Malkoon thanked Commissioner Strauss for all the time he spent on the contract…. Again, the outline was there…and it was a last minute addition to the agenda…2 weeks after the hiring on the 12th….How much time could it have taken?…He just gave some awkward comments to justify the higher salary that he would never have made or justified with past town managers….both on and off the dais….as seen in previous years…
Mayor Vincent spoke last…he spent this last bite at the apple to not only correct Vice Mayor Oldaker’s horrible slight on vetting  former Town Manager Bud Bentley …He stated the fact Bentley was #2 in the vote for Town Manager in 2010….He was hired as Assistant Town Manager by Connie Hoffman….and then became our Town Manager when she retired…. The Mayor countered Commissioner Strauss for his cost of living and not going out for the search cost savings reasons for the high salary amount he proposed for Ms. Connors…..
A handing over of the gavel for commission discussion and a motion on the salary amount…. even though it would certainly not have received a second….and of course a no vote…. would have been this writer’s preference…. but…

in the end he voted along with the other 4 to approve the contract for Ms. Connors and to move on…..
So Dear Readers… how do we move on?…. There are two more meetings …One in November and one in December before the time comes for candidates in January to file papers to run for three seats on the dais in March…. The Mayor- at- large….A Commissioner in the south….A Commissioner in the north…..
I, as an actively participating voter am looking at candidates and commissioners who will do better …. commissioners that will return us to the Town Commission- Town Manager form of government our Charter states we are….but have not been for quite a while….. It can only be attained and returned by having a majority who want to do the hard work…request and receive all of the historical backup…..and be actively involved rather than leaving it all to staff agenda items and recommendations…with rubber-stamping votes…….holding the administration and the staff accountable for their actions and to the highest standards we deserve….
I am looking for commissioners that put constituents first….and never…ever ….turn their backs on their needs and plights….no matter their personal feelings of like or dislike….then insisting on the same from their administration and staff….
I am looking for commissioners who are forward thinking….not antiquated….thinking outside the box…. while protecting and preserving our Old Town  south- end rather than imposing urban planning redevelopment thinking they know better…. requiring us to always watch out for the next impactful project we need to fight off… Public Safety Complexes…..Overbuilt hotels….and ….. surface parking lots….redesigned cookie-cutter streetscapes….
I am looking for commissioners who are fiscally responsible with our taxpayer monies….who value our small town ways and values as a priority …..who avoid at all costs… (pun intended)…. constant ordinance revisions……bloated requests for studies and consultants…. any unnecessary resume builders….
I am looking for commissioners who will to the original requirements for Town Manager…. ASAP….
I am looking for a few good men….and now more than ever……a few good women!……
More to come…..
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HERE’S THE SCOOP….DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE 2 LAPDOGS AND THE LAME DUCK THAT LEFT LBTS IN THE LURCH?….

October 13, 2021 by Barbara

lap·dog
/ˈlapˌdôɡ/
noun
  1. a small dog kept as a pet.
    • a person or organization which is influenced or controlled by another.
      “too many boards have become executive lapdogs”
Dear Readers…. Sad to say lauderdale-by-the-Sea was left in the lurch last night …..
Vice Mayor Buz Oldaker, Commissioner Edmund Malkoon and Commissioner Elliot Sokolow made Interim Town Manager Linda Connors the Town Manager while no one was watching!……
In the south- end of town these 3 commissioners have been crowned with their own titles as well … Linda’s lapdogs and the lame duck!….
While their monikers are well deserved Ms. Connors is certainly not!….. ( see previous posts )….
Walking in to Jarvis Hall for the 1st Regular Commission meeting of October was quite something to behold…..
It was like the party where the invitations got lost in the mail…. On purpose!……
The Interim Town Manager was dressed up in a little black dress and prominent pearls ala Breakfast at Tiffanys topped with a cheshire cat smile ….the perfect little combo reeking that the fix was in!……And boy was it!….Finely orchestrated from behind the scenes ……..and in the back room…..no doubt…
Lindas lap dogs and the lame duck ignored their constituents, their due diligence and their oaths  … turning the facts upside down and casting them aside….just like the Conditional Uses requirements, Downtown desired businesses, and a plethora of other well known cast-asides we have witnessed from Ms. Connors in her time as Interim Town Manager…… It was a lie- in-wait plan to slip Linda Connors into her  $200,000 + Town Manager position ….letting her be the Urban Planner she is ……who no longer needs even try to hide her bad cop persona ……now emboldened and armed with a long to- do list to finally pounce and change the south side of town….. settle some scores and carry on with her blunders secure in the knowledge that she has 3 on the dais and an army in the north end to just buy more rugs to sweep them under!……
We haven’t seen this kind of commission maneuver since Oliver Parker locked the VFD out and shucked them aside for the BSO !…….That was vindictive payback and so is this…..We have seen it all firsthand……
Buz Oldaker and Edmund Malkoon finally made it to the inner sanctum of the Town Manager’s office in Town Hall and they like it!……covet it….. like a drug…
Buz Oldaker …..who has always been self- serving from the start with one of the dirtiest campaigns seen in his first term run ….and a mindset that makes him a north- ender at heart who sees this as the first step on the road to being Mayor in 2024 with Linda and a mishmash of north- end army city dwellers who like him favor the town becoming Pompano 2.o with lots if tax increases,  redevelopment projects and an increase in town employees and commissioner perks….. and of course more shirts with the town logo below ‘ Mayor Oldaker’!  …..That’s a bubble worth bursting……with a reality check!…
Edmund Malkoon…. oh, poor Edmund Malkoon…. he found a lap to sit on …and lost his independence, integrity, and his credibility ……all for a brief moment …..as he has a brief 2 years left in his brief 2 terms … (6 years not 8)… with no chance sit in the center seat as a result…. South- side voters have long memories when they’ve been duped and disregarded….  He will have a lot of years to wonder was it worth it?!…..
Elliot Sokolow…..the lame duck….. after burning his bridges in both in the north and the south…since he won a second term and lost his supporters including former commissioners… who regularly text SMH ( shaking my head)… whenever he feebly takes to the microphone to disparage and lecture us all….He leaves termed out most likely the same way he left Sea Ranch Lakes as Mayor … the last Mayoral job he will ever lay claim too…  Finally he will be correct when he says…….”Change is coming”….. Bye, bye….Lame Duck!….
Now what?….….
Will the south wake up today to hear the news …. read the Pompano Pelican and mobilize once more?…..
Will the Cristie Furth and her Green Team put their T-shirts back on to protect and preserve LBTS from the new Town Manager , her 3-2  L/L majority on the dais and Linda’s co-captain for change Town Engineer Jay Flynn?…..
Will newcomers join us “ old loudmouths” as the Connors- Flynn- Sokolow- Oldaker- Malkoon- North-enders who never understood the south call us for wanting to save our south- side from those who smugly say change is coming, change is inevitable and we are here to make those changes?!….
It is time once again to put away any fear of repercussions, code enforcement paybacks, bitching in the background  and 11th hour rescuing from the jaws of those who will never give up their roadmap to build up their resumes at our expense and make yourselves known….This Town is worth it!…..
It starts with calling out the lap dogs and the lame duck… letting them know what they have done!…..
It starts with calling out any and all bad acts are instigated and directed at you by the Town Manager!….
It starts with looking for a new commissioner who takes over Sokolows north seat promising they would never pull what he has and that they will save the south…
It starts with going to the meetings and roundtables and participating… in large numbers that cannot be ignored….
It starts with reminding commissioners and candidates our town is a Commission- Town Manager form of government…and the commission directs the Town Manager not the other way around….
It starts by thanking Mayor Chris Vincent and Commissioner Randy Strauss for doing the right thing….pushing for the process…the Charter….the search….. remembering their duty…. promises…and those they represent!…..
It starts …. Now!!!!…..
Save the south….. Save Our Town!…….
More to come…..
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Here’s The Scoop …. Well Played ….Time To Move On …. To Other Things…. Barbara Cole Writes….

March 30, 2016 by Barbara

The 2016 LBTS Final Election Results – Broward Supervisor Of Elections

Dear Readers …. Last night the new 2016 Lauderdale- By- The- Sea Commission was sworn in after a celebratory 6:30 pm farewell to outgoing two- term Commissioner Stuart Dodd and retiring Town Manager Connie Hoffman … I believe the election results were read from the dais and congratulations were made ….This writer chose to take a pass on watching the proceedings …. I did look at the official election results sent by the Town Clerk prior to the meeting and saw some disturbing issues that will be swept under the rug as so much was during this incredibly strange 2016 LBTS municipal election….The Broward County SOE left in 16 votes for “Candidate Withdrawn” aka Candidate Dan Darnell who dropped out asap after the final day of declaring to run for the commission and the resulting mess that ensued when his name was included on the absentee ballots …( see prev. posts)…..The Broward County SOE had stated no ballots with Darnell’s name would be counted and that first batch of absentee ballots received would either be put aside or destroyed …depending on which week the answer was given by the Broward County SOE ….Besides the 16 “Candidate Withdrawn” shown on the final election results there is a “Total Votes” number discrepancy between the mayoral race and the one commission race for Commissioner Dodd’s seat representing the south end of town……The mayoral race shows a ‘Total Votes’ of 2063 votes and the commission race shows a ‘Total Votes’ of 1998 with the inclusion of 16 “Candidate Withdrawn” -Darnell votes…That’s a short of 65 votes in this race …add back in the 16 “Candidate Withdrawn”-Darnell votes that were not to be counted or shown in the results and the total difference between these two races is 81 votes that are unaccounted for! ….Can it really be that 81 voters either voted for “Candidate Withdrawn”-Darnell and the Broward County SOE chose to show only 16 of them in the final official results …. tossing aside the 65 other votes….or…. did 65 voters really decide not to vote in the commission race at all?…. Neither makes any sense and in any other year that I’ve been involved over the last 10 years …..this would have been a “Red Hot Issue” ….one that would beg for immediate answers from the Broward County SOE before the swearing in to assure this was a clean election result for the commission seat in the south….. with real verified numbers to assure those results….in my opinion….But alas….this is not any of those past years….and we will never know what happened  and why….

That being the case…the sad case…. and for all the reasons written in the last 2 previous posts on this election ….this writer…. like my friend Stu Dodd … is term limiting out…. self- term limiting out …. The voters/residents became happily complacent in the last 6 years and in the 2012 /2014 municipal elections with uncontested races for incumbents and small turnout for single commission races …. and in my opinion…… the “Old Guard” mainly left in the north end of town ….so many thought were long gone….bided their time and waited for that complacency and for all the major opposing players to be gone or termed out to pick up where they left off in 2007…. Well played!…… Time will tell just how far this “Old Guard” agendas ( sewers in Palm Club etc…prev. posts) will be back on track and come to fruition with the newly seated commission now so beholden to them….. ( look at the backers of the newly elected and where they reside contained  in the candidate treasury reports)….and time will also tell if the demographics of the town…especially in the south end of town will come forward to decry those old tactics once again or will simply accept it all ….lock, stock and barrel …..as was the case for many years in the past….until it became to blatant to sit back and do nothing…

And no…. Dear Readers ….there will NOT be an outgoing “How The Sausage Was Made…2010- 2016″….as many have requested or asked about ….

For this writer……. I am going to go back to blogging on other topics as I did in the beginning of BCbythesea in 2008 ….Those old non -LBTS posts are still making their way around the world- wide web sphere producing comments years later from far and wide… bringing forth much pleasure of how vast this world really is ….and how much world there is outside of LBTS politics and those political “bubbles” that remain the same….

Under BCWrites….. more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …. It’s A Sad Day In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …. The Dais’ Table is Full ….Sewers On Private Property…An Apartment Building Round 2….A Parking Garage And so Much More….

March 15, 2016 by Barbara

LBTS Candidate Yann Brandt and family – 2016

Dear Readers…. I guess Sea Ranch Club was not as strong as it was in 2008 and will unfortunately bear the brunt of that loss as tonight candidate for commission Yann Brandt lost his race against his opponent Buz Oldaker who was heavily promoted and lobbied by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association… an association he belongs to as a licensed realtor …This was a huge omission in his biography he purposely enacted to keep voters in the dark…in this writer’s opinion… He was the weaker candidate by far as he went head to head with Yann showing his utter lack of knowledge about the town with no homework done during the campaign to bone up on the issues he was sorely lacking insight in to…. Yann was endorsed by the Sentinel who saw those differences and recommended by the Pelican where the editorial staff was split … He tried mightily once he saw the writing on the wall at the League of Women Voter’s Candidate Forum and the underbelly of what forces were behind his opponent to let the voters know and to convey the differences and assure voters that he would not go down the road it seems we are definitely going down after March 29th… with no brakes in sight ….We will now see votes that will go down…4-1  ( Mayor Sasser who won heartily tonight might still be the 1 opposed on the apartment building purchase)……but….more often than not…. votes will be 5-0 …..It’s a return to those days this writer saw a decade ago… the Old Guard votes are back….It’s a sad day in Lauderdale-By-The -Sea….

Shortly after Yann Brandt decided to run for Stuart Dodd’s seat Mayor Scot Sasser made the upsetting and surprising decision not to run as a slate in this election or to openly endorse his former co-campaign manager (2010) making it much more difficult for Yann as this truncated election began….This about- face was made after Scot initially agreed it made sense do both and then for reasons this writer found contrary to the Scot Sasser I knew chose not to …..  Then the Supervisor of Elections messed up the ballots including Dan Darnell’s name after he had withdrawn within the allotted time to do so….and it was Yann who made the first calls…to the SOE, the Town and the Town Clerk to get it all straightened out…. when it seemed no change was forthcoming….I made the decision to inform Sea Ranch Club resident and board member Dan Darnell his name was on the ballot as he was in the dark about the snafu … but as he thanked me for doing so and knowing I supported Yann …I was informed by fellow condo owners that he sent an email to support Yann’s opponent Buz ….which was his right…but he did it admitting in his email he knew nothing about either candidate that early in the race… A disservice to those early voters ….in my opinion….especially since the issue of the Palm Club sewers  settlement and where each candidate stood was not known at that time….a bone of contention in the Sea Ranch Condominiums who have long said ( 1st in 2007) a settlement to Palm Club for sewers on private property means SRC will ask for our lift ( for sewer) on private property to be paid for as well by the taxpayers….( I expect other condos to do the same!)….  He also later was shown endorsing Buz Oldaker in his mailer/ads…. The only remaining political action committee in town the aging CIC organized a last minute meeting with the candidates to ask them questions and then have their small group of members vote to endorse one…Their Chair Ken Evans called to ask Yann to ask him to participate even though Ken Evans the Broward Democratic State Committeeman had already openly endorsed Buz Oldaker as the Chair of the CIC online and was making phone calls for him….Yann asked Ken for a fair shake and went to the CIC to get one….The CIC did not comply….they ultimately endorsed Buz even though his stances on the issues ran counter to their core principles … They said as much in their endorsement last weekend … causing many former CIC members to comment on the strange content of that endorsement ….. Then you had an onslaught of attack emails to fellow realtors and businesses from that Realtors Association….asking for funds for their guy Buz and for their own association….. Vacation rentals will increase in town big time with continuing lack of enforcement and increasing numbers in neighborhoods with large imbalances as a result ….They are shown giving him $900 in total in Buz’s Candidate Treasury Report turned in to the Town Clerk on March 11th with one more treasury report to come in June which may exceed that amount….That’s influence paid for …just like the downtown businesses who have donated monies ….and are sure to come before him  and others on the dais who accepted those funds….in my opinion….  Phony charges were trumped up at the 11th hour by the obnoxious Bob Fleishman… the former chair of the defunct north end of town PAC Unite Our Town at that CIC meeting with the help of one of his former nemesis concerning the VFD …. Yann was a member who proudly served and was the last one out when they were locked out by some of the very supporters of Buz who were and are involved with that issue as they were and are with the Palm Club sewers….being paid for by taxpayers as a “settlement” which will be sold to us a a “public safety issue” ….just as it was in the past….. The false charge made was that Yann was dismissed from the VFD in 2008….He received a form letter along with many others once the VFD was no longer the Town’s provider and they operating from a storefront on Commercial Blvd. doing training in the hopes of returning to replace the BSO…… Talk about negative campaigning…. Then there was the outlandish Buz Oldaker ads and mailer stating his opponent Yann Brandt had gone”negative” and was attacking him stating in his (Yann’s) ads/mailer he did not say what he is on the video saying …Saying he (Buz) did not say what he said at each meeting …until he took cover  and had a meltdown at the CIC meeting ….Yann Brandt was not negative he was forthright in trying to do what opponents are supposed to do…inform the voters of the facts and the where the candidates stand on the issues as candidates and when they govern……I thought those differences were heard loud and clear when that Buz  Oldaker mailer came last weekend due to where so many of those mailers ended up in Sea Ranch Club….. in the mailroom trash!….

This election continued from start to finish to be an uphill battle with so much to lose …and with a loss of 157 votes …. and the biggest coming from the 120 votes from the north …Buz Oldaker won with 54%…. certainly not a mandate…but definitely much larger and much more impactful than we’ve seen since 2006 showing …in this writer’s opinion….there is still a big divide in our town…. and districts must be kept in place… In fact…we may need to further address the way we vote by in the future by having the south end of LBTS vote for their 2 commissioners and the north end of LBTS for their  2 commissioners retaining a town-wide vote for the mayor if we see a backslide of governing in the next 2-4 years…..We are not one town when it comes to what we pay for and how we pay for it….or who we vote for and why…..The south better wake up just like they did in 2006….and keep a sharp eye on what is on the town commission agendas…what is voted on and how it’s enacted….with or without the peoples input ….and if the commission truly represents ALL of the people in LBTS….It’s a sad day in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea….

More to come…..

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Here’s The Scoop …. Mayor- Elect Scot Sasser and Commissioner -Elect Chris Vincent Enjoy Their Unopposed Win To Serve Second Terms!…

March 11, 2014 by Barbara

Mayor-Elect Scot Sasser and Commissioner -Elect Chris Vincent election night 2014

Dear Readers….. These two commissioners Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent enjoyed something this writer and many others thought was not possible … They followed in the footsteps of their fellow commissioner Stuart Dodd and Mayor Roseann Minnet  to serve again on the dais unopposed!… That is really something!… It is part and parcel …in my opinion ….as to why candidate Elliot Sokolow won his seat to replace Commissioner  Sasser in seat 1 !… As previously posted…. Elliot was the only candidate that gave these commissioners along with their fellow commissioners, Mayor Minnet and the current administration their due for all they have accomplished …especially over the past two years!… He spoke positively and often of what great strides had been made…what positive changes had come in both those serving on the dais, in town hall and throughout the town under their watch!… That is why these two joined those who endorsed their newly elected dais member!… Scot, Chris and Elliot will be sworn in next Tuesday March 18, 2014 ….We can all breathe a little easier now knowing that we will be well represented and we are  able continue to move forward  without any sideshows on or off the dais!… Congratulations to all the winners and especially to the residents and businesses of LBTS …who are winners as well tonight !…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …. Elliot Sokolow Wins Commission Seat 1 In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea! …. On March 11, 2014 …..

March 11, 2014 by Barbara

Commissioner Mark Brown, Commissioner Stuart Dodd, Mayor Roseann Minnet & Newly elected Commissioner Elliot Sokolow Election night March 11, 2014

Dear Readers… The voters of LBTS got it right once again!… Candidate Elliot Sokolow won  the election for Commission Seat 1 tonight in a very close race due to candidate Eric Yankwitt not dropping out …in my opinion… Candidate Sokolow did everything right in this election and deserved this win!… He was prepared and organized from the start…He sent out the first mailer with the absentee ballot attached and he won the absentee ballot vote with 202 votes…former Commissioner Clottey who sent out an absentee ballot weeks later won 173 votes and Candidate  Yankwitt who did not won 50 votes … Elliot walked door- to- door … He sent out a second personal post card from his wife  … as well as taking out informative ads and attended meet and greets …He answered every question he was asked by newspapers ( by email and in person) and voters and businesses as well as organizations and in debates without ever changing his answers no matter the audience…He received the Pompano Pelican endorsement after the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board blew their endorsement by not knowing the current facts of our town…Elliot sent out a final mailer which contained the endorsement of the full LBTS Commission as well as the Mayors of Sea Ranch Lakes and Pompano Beach and the Chair of the Hillsboro Inlet Commission!… He made a large number  personal calls and availed himself to all those who called him or stopped him throughout his run for seat 1 whether he was walking into town, to commission meetings, to attend special events, to meet the business owners or even while holding his sign in the last days leading up to election day!… On election day he was at the Town’s  Jarvis election hall from 7 am until 7 pm to hand out palm cards and meet all those voters who made their way to cast their ballot…. All in all Elliot Sokolow did just as those who commissioners that endorsed him  had done…his due diligence …thus earning his seat just as they all did!… Perhaps Commissioner Sokolow will also do what so many of the present commission have  done if he chooses to go for a second term…be unopposed!… Congratulations to Commissioner- Elect Sokolow and all those who supported him, aided him in his campaign, endorsed him and voted for him!… LBTS will now move forward much as it has over the last two years with a commission comprised of those who want the best for our town and will continue the civility we have all enjoyed on the dais and in the town for the most part!….

For those who tried unsuccessfully to define this fine man negatively …tried to revise our town’s history …put forth false claims and fear-mongering of the town’s finances and future … as well as ignoring the election rules  and regulations…their political days are definitely over …as their consequences for actions this election of not adhering to those requirements may not be!….

The referendum items results are as follows- #1 yes/ #2 yes/#3 no/ #4 yes/#5 no/ #6 yes ….#3 …the Mayor -Commissioner without a 2 year gap should have passed and should come back on the ballot in 2016 ..to make it fair ….and most likely will!….

More to come…..

COMMISSIONER SEAT 1 DISTRICT 1 LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA (VOTE FOR 1)

2 of 2 Precincts Reporting

Choice Votes Percent
Birute Ann Clottey 445 39.24%
Elliot Sokolow 486 42.86%
Eric Yankwitt 203 17.90%
Total 1,134

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Here’s The Scoop … The Only Candidate To Replace Unopposed Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Mayor-Elect Scot Sasser Is Elliot Sokolow … Vote Sokolow For Commission Seat 1 !….

March 5, 2014 by Barbara

“We endorse him believing he has no personal agenda and won’t require a learning curve to effectively serve the people of LBTS.”…Pompano Pelican Newspaper

Dear Readers- We are days away from the March 11, 2014 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Municipal Election. I am hopeful …very hopeful that readers and the majority of voters in our town have actually taken the time to see the striking differences between the three candidates running for Seat 1 the seat that holds a commission member from the north end of town yet is voted in town wide. There have been a flurry of debates over the last weeks… The first one was not televised at the what many including this writer consider to be the last gasps of a dying political action organization…the CIC  (Citizens Initiative Commission)…It was held  at the Surf and Yacht Club on Palm Road on the beachfront that houses them when these straggling die-hard members who have rarely even met since they were trounced in the 2010 election try hard to retain some sort of relevancy as the town progresses without them. I have touched on this debate before …We heard that no timely notice of the meeting was made and at least one candidate was not notified of the format and the surety of the debate itself until the morning of!… This writer was told that one member of the board promised their would be no Furth attacks which many have witnessed over the years and saw once again when Cristie Furth came to the dais at the 2nd February Town commission meeting during  public comments that were comprised of falsehoods, fear-mongering and her skewed revisionist history  before being challenged and admonished by Commissioner Scot Sasser who has enjoyed an unopposed election to become our Mayor due to the very progress and changes resulting from the 2010 election  she tried to cast a shadow over …Of course this appearance was made in order to put her co-hort/puppet  candidate in a multitude of  past CIC misdeeds former Commissioner Birute Clottey in the commission seat he now leaves!… At the CIC debate it is said former Commissioner Clottey promised those very same CIC holdovers to do whatever they wanted her to do as she has in the past…which is exactly why in 2010 she was left alone on the dais without the CIC backed slate to serve out her final 2 years alone!… Eric Yankwitt did what we have seen from this debate as well as the following two…toot his own horn- on what he has already done in what can only be described as a “Superman Complex” with a myriad of cliches and one-liners to make up for a lack of preparation and knowledge on the issues!… As this meeting ended it is said Marc Furth wanted more money …about $66,000 for the coral reef project which is his last attachment to the town outside his El Mar hotel…Former Commissioner Clottey and Eric Yankwitt were a go without the details to appease the Furths and the CIC ….Candidate Elliot Sokolow stated he could make no such promise without seeing the specifics!….

Before and in between these debates the voters received campaign literature by mail from Candidates Sokolow ( the first with an attached absentee ballot ) and Clottey with a coupon mailer containing a slip from Candidate Yankwitt (most of those never made it past the circular mail despensor aka the garbage can!)… While both mailers introduced the candidates only one…Elliot Sokolow’s offered voters factual information…all of which checked out and can be verified by those who served with him and hold him in good steed following his long service on numerous boards as well as running Sea Ranch Lakes as mayor and finance director….Clotteys’ overinflated claims were immediately countered by LBTS commissioners both past and present !… On the topic of campaign literature …voters should be made aware of former Commissioner Clottey’s very real problems with her required election financial reports…all three!… ( a final report will come after 3/11) ….While Clottey professes she is a knowledgable professional when it comes to business and finance…her reports filed say otherwise!… Clottey has walked down a eerily familiar McIntee ethics charged path…Apparently she has not declared (as required) all her expenditures in a timely manner and claimed reimbursements made to Marc Furth which are not allowed ….she is supposed to know as a candidate and the professional she professes to be!… Clottey and her team may find  themselves facing the same election board in Tallahassee  as McIntee did as soon as this election is over!…Do voters really want someone who cannot  follow the requirements to report a small campaign’s finances to be integral in running out town’s finances?…  This came right after the former commissioner had to apologize and  then replace illegal campaign signs due to not following those requirements!… Clottey has tried as her managers Furth et al have tried to spout campaign rhetoric on reserves being drained and painting a picture of a bleak future of  our town with high taxes and no money left to run it!… $15 million …is the mantra…but what that $15 million is …is…(the meaning of is..is) …depends on which speech is being made and to whom…..It could be $15 million saved by going to the VFD in 2008 to present…(hardly a solo effort made by Clottey) …$15 million in reserves used for all the new improvements made in the last few years…… All made with no hard solid facts to back them…Catchy dour mantras to reel in unaware voters and get Clottey-Furth back with a platform to continue with more pre- 2010 mantras…Really?…Is that even possible?… Say it ain’t so!… One aside about Clottey-Furth-CIC and their claims that the downtown project was not  frugal enough …The cost was $4.75 million … no loans..no debt…no increased millage…and….the kicker…The very same CIC  has the downtown project photos with positive captions plastered on its own CIC facebook page…and the Furths…used the same downtown project photos to market their hotel a few months back touting the very improvements/ finishing touches candidate  Clottey claims she would have held back on !… Too funny!… Candidate Yankwitt is all over the place with his campaign…he irritated and inflamed the town, the businesses and the residents with a blitz of campaign signs made illegally set in areas not allowed and not wanted!… For an attorney as well as being on the  Planning and Zoning board which had signs on the agenda he should have been well aware of the rules for campaign signs …or chose to purposely ignore them…which should be a red flag for voters!… Candidate Yankwitt is a member and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce and sadly it looks as if he and the Chamber have decided to be political in this election !… He is the only candidate  who chose to go the realtors association for their endorsement which aided him in an email blitz to help put up more signs and proclaimed he is the candidate that can help them in the future!…Hmmm…. will he then recuse himself when short-term/vacation rentals rears up on the dais…as it has on the campaign?…. The Chamber…businesses …hotels backing Yankwitt is beyond reason to this writer…How can you back someone who at every turn claims gambling is in our future?… That’s as mind boggling as those same entities backing Clottey who makes ongoing claims of run down hotels…drunken patrons…fights downtown…a downtown unsafe to visit …  Is that the kind of marketing …representation these businesses want?… Candidate Sokolow has a business actual business experience  and still runs a successful business…He  fully understands what has transpired with the downtown project and the commission led decisions over the last two years… He is the lone candidate who has stated he loves what was accomplished and can see the benefits that come from it now and in the future!… The other two candidates have all but discounted the present successful commission at every turn!… Remember… Mayor Minnet and Commissioner Dodd were unopposed in 2012… and as stated above Vice Mayor Scot Sasser and Commissioner Vincent were unopposed this year…That alone should tell voters what the real deal is in LBTS !…

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board embarrassed itself by endorsing Clottey (the didn’t endorse her in 2008) and basing it on her false assertions and antiquated town issues long since resolved apparently without even checking with their own LBTS assigned reporter who followed up this flawed endorsement correctly stating the wrong side Clottey was repeatedly on when she served her first term (backing fired TM Colon…her other bad acts are in previous posts…scroll down)… It is said that at a mini- debate with her opponent Elliot Sokolow …(Eric Yankwitt failed to show up!)… Clottey claimed she voted independently 99%  of the time…Ha!… This writer found her voting record for 2008-2009 etc…perhaps she needs to hit refresh on that response for the 99% was with McIntee  as well as the new 2010 majority when she was left to falter on her own as her backers slid away from sight with a landslide win kicking them to the curb in 2010!… The Pompano Pelican did what the Sentinel did not by doing their due diligence and endorsing Elliot Sokolow based on his resume… his campaign … his interview…and finding him to be consistent… factual…and more importantly qualified …They stated…”We endorse him believing he has no personal agenda and won’t require a learning curve to effectively serve the people of LBTS.”…

The final two debates were the Property Owners Meet the Candidates and the League of Women Voters Candidates Night … The first was pretty well attended with approximately 75 people in the hall…It came after some contentiousness concerning the group itself …its history…and any perceived agenda the group may or may not have due to conflicting reports of candidate Clottey being a hands raised installed member of the board …only to state she was not …with no minutes provided to show that hands raised installation was reversed!… There were a few who felt gotcha questions would be aimed at Clottey opponents and attacks might be in store… There were signs put up without identifying the POA ( as is routinely done with all their signage for meetings at Jarvis)… as well as the naming of it (Meet the Candidates) leading to voters thinking it was the LOWVoters event thus nullifying the LOWVoters taking place on March 4th …( LOWVoters had a small turnout which was blamed on both the POA event & lack of signage/advertising it)…The questions at the POA event were certainly bazaar … leaving the candidates to literally punt a good many of them!… Questions ranged from streamlining special event applications  which impact few voters at best and have been quite improved over the last two years compared to prior years… As Clottey went sideways in her responses  and Yankwitt responded in what would become his “hero” persona touting the events he has put on (which this writer is told brings forth the same small participants for each) …Sokolow spoke of online access and approval…The second question dealt with getting more to participate in elections and special events …which enacted more off the cuff general responses on the difference between participation of the two and possibilities to enhance each and proved once again to be a pedestal for Yankwitt to blow his horn on what he spearheaded….The third question about where in the budget would each make increases and decreases brought forth Yankwitt an attorney going after the budget for our contracted Town Atty. stating they are paid for board meetings etc… which is rather startling to hear from this candidate due not only to the fact he’s an atty. but that he spoke at this meeting (off the cuff ) and at the CIC debate of hiring paid help to help the commissioners out with the Town Manager etc… Huh?… Clottey piled on about the cost being “300 grand” each year without litigation services …stating the budget was tight and then veering off about highly paid staff employees doing work around town beneath their pay grade!… Clottey was around when her pal Esther Colon brought this law firm to the town without divulging until this writer caught it that she (Colon) had a prior connection to the firm … Mayor Minnet was instrumental along with other commissioners over the past 3 years in working to cut some costs and get the firm to decrease some costs…If the charges have increased substantially it would seem to me it was from the required Charter /ordinance changes which like the downtown project should not occur at such a large cost for at least another decade!… When the budget is checked it makes sense to put Town Atty. services out to bid…not only to see who else is out there but to see if the current firm wants it badly enough to negotiate more…Sokolow spoke with proficiency about the costs in government and outsourcing and what that saves long term… How to preserve and celebrate our heritage was next …Sokolow responded it was important and was being done with the mid-century modern -low-rise architecture celebrated and encouraged throughout the town as well as encouraging displays of historical photos  and maintaining buildings… Eric diverted and blanket answered this one with broad strokes of running in order to keep and protect our small town…again with I..I…I… ( he really doesn’t need a commission…just a soap box will do!)…. Clottey spoke of what she was practiced to do in response to such a question…gave a heads up in recognizing her supporter and self-proclaimed “Town Historian” Jerry Sehl and of course finding the first of many opportunities to bring up the Furth’s #1 agenda item (besides getting a foothold with Clottey getting seat 1 on the dais) the coral reef -bio rock completion…The candidates were then given a minute to summarize/rebut their opponents… Elliot Sokolow stood out as he actually did summarize each item in order like a checklist and stated there was not much to rebut as Clottey reiterated her bio-rock statements and Yankwitt again went with his “hero” complex as bounced around looking for a complete sentence…There was audience questions which had an off camera moment with a former commissioner’s wife due to her not signing her name as required …The commissioners were asked what they had done in the last 5 years in town… Candidate Sokolow responded not much since he had only lived here for three…This writer thinks the question was particularly skewed as many of the previous to “old timers” …Had it been asked slightly differently he could have easily responded to his time on the Hilsboro Inlet as well as other boards that impact LBTS…He was not idle  as others up on the dais with him were for some of those 5 years…Eric same- old self promotion we heard with each response…Clottey was inflating a good portion of her impact as she had done previously in this campaign…Next question was about their top five priorities and to wrap this one up this writer will sum it up this way…Clottey was stuck in 2007 and Yankwitt was stuck in his chest pumping one-man has done it all mode…and Sokolow spoke of the topics that we would expect offering up his proven expertise to tackle ….Again, here’s where the gambling issue arose and again what this writer cannot wrap her head around when it comes to such reckless rhetoric being used in a campaign race such as alarms of dirty business going on with new hotel buyers…ulterior motives and Clottey adding on to it with her pontificating on bad sidewalks on El Mar Drive and people falling …(harkening back to her first term claims of homeless people on the beach and her unsubstantiated claims of “the people” being adversarial when it came to dealing with BSO)…lost hotel rooms…and investors who “thought they were going to make a killing”…now compare that to Sokolow who spoke of the improvements being made…Vacation short term rentals came up with Clottey speaking of her personal impact and Yankwitt giving a few usual responses and only Sokolow providing why we are where we are currently with these rentals as he recounted what the Town Atty. stated when asked by Mayor Minnet after this came up at the previous commission meeting when the Mayor asked Town Atty. Trevarthen to explain the situation yet again.. thus showing he attended the meeting and retained the answer to the question rather than doing what his opponents offered up!… In closing Clottey again spoke of her resume and her many unsubstantiated claims ….Candidate Sokolow’s closing at the POA sponsored debate showed that he gets it…He understands what has happened in the last two years … He spoke of what he has seen and liked and why he decided to run as well as promising to continue this path we are on with civility, accountability, professionalism and fiscal responsibility… He was clearly seen in sharp contrast when compared to his opponents …so much so that many who had been leaning toward his opponents now leaned toward the man in the middle seat on the dais the evening of February 27th …Elliot Sokolow… One more debate to go …

Tuesday March 4, 2014 …one week before the election … the League of Women Voters Candidate Night was miserably attended and the questions and answers were like watching a rerun of answers although they were to different questions… That result was due to election time  responses no matter the topic!… The opening- answers and closings were one minute each … It began with Candidate Yankwitt who was again unprepared and stated he was asked to run although he did not say by whom and as seen in the prior debate his reasons for doing so were keeping the the town’s small time quality  of life and an eye on the budget …saying he is an accountant…Candidate Clottey gave the same opening as she did prior about the VFD and the 15 million  and what she continues to claim it went for before being cut off… Candidate Sokolow chose to take this debate opening as a chance to expand on his long and distinguished community service that spans 40 years and covers all the bases when it comes to picking a candidate on qualifications… He ended with his Pelican endorsement “We endorse him believing he has no personal agenda and won’t require a learning curve to effectively serve the people of LBTS.”… and asking for the opportunity to do so …The questions included what are the top two priorities each candidate hoped to accomplish and how they would do it… Elliot Sokolow responded he would like to examine in great depth and detail the budget revenues and expenditures to look for places to cut expenses and raise revenues without feeing people to death…He also offered up the desire to revisit the VFD serving Sea Ranch Lakes as it has in the past…He has the real ability to do something that can benefit LBTS …He also stated he would look at traffic and parking…Eric Yankwitt stated as he had previously…parking-parking-parking…and flood insurance (how can a town commission do anything about flood insurance rates?) …He then rambles about not finding parking when he did not live in town and finding it once he did…huh?… He then did the north/south divide number and needing to bring people together… Birute Clottey spoke once again about maintaining infrastructure and in the first of many times it seemed she was channeling others she spoke of keeping out capital improvements looking nice (Diane Boutin ) before going back to who we do and don’t want in our town and fear-mongering that boogie man mantra Fort lauderdale’s  “Beach Place” and being declared a nuisance by Fort Lauderdale…What?….She said we are in good financial shape but don’t want to spend recklessly …(we have not done so)… Tourism was up next and what each would do to aid in it… Clottey stated the town hasn’t decided who it wants to market to…(she missed the marketing presentation at the last commission meeting which more than covered how far reaching the current consultants have gone and which specific areas they have covered…oops!)…Clottey went back again to those young undesirables …and the certain types of quality people we want down in town and the money they should have…Sokolow spoke on the ongoing partnership and dialogue the hotels/restaurants/ residents need due to the fact that those businesses are the “lifeblood of this community ” and bringing in the marketing experts as well… Yankwitt did the one-man show and spoke of meeting with the Mayor of Broward County and the needed balance of tourists inside and outside (?) …from over the bridge and bad hotels ( he doesn’t want to fill those!)…but we can’t fine them to death…Seems from what this writer has heard that fining to death worked with the sale of a few!… Economic development and incentives for new and old businesses was up next… Sokolow responded that many were helped by the Commercial Blvd. project and more such improvements are coming (He was speaking of Comm. Brown’s work with the county for 4 million for El Mar)… and added that it seems time for the businesses to contribute as well… Yankwitt asked for the question to be repeated and went back to the Chamber and his position as treasurer on the Chamber ( past candidates have stepped down when running I believe to avoid conflicts and politics within the Chamber)… he spoke of repairing the relationship and spoke of Sister Cities (a debacle he was involved in a short time ago that caused quite a ruckus with charges of actions that many claimed were made without regard to the past Sister Cities participants) aiding in tourism “from across the ocean” …he then digressed to say government should stay out of business…and added the wonderful Commercial Blvd. before being cut off…Clottey said that at the last debate she said the businesses and residents should sit down and that the businesses have a pretty good idea “who’s commin in ” and “who they want to keep out”…After saying again we should listen to them she said we are a small town and how much economic development do we want?… It was time again for the parking issue and whether it should be public and/or private … for a garage that is…Yankwitt brought up his study he claims was a year and a half in the making and presented to the local chamber as well as the Broward chamber…Hmmm. would this be the study done and shown on the LBTS Chamber site and his campaign facebook site?…Why no mention of bringing to the LBTS Commission over the last year?… He stated a parking garage might change the way we interact and change the businesses…My take this guy does not work well with others…it’s that hero complex…My concern…the last LBTS Commissioner who thought he was a hero…McIntee!…Clottey said we have been “talkin” about this for many,many years and with a parking study in the works it’s premature …need to see results but prefers a public/private venture not done with taxpayer monies …She then stated the parking fund was flush with a million dollars due to the credit card machines …many of those upgrades were done after her first term…and against much of supporters wishes …(progress you know…dirty word to some stuck in time)….Sokolw responded as well that the parking study results call for us to wait and see adding he has not experienced any parking problems and sees much of the problem is due to changes of parking being 2-3 blocks away rather than the old time ability of parking right in front of the business people are patronizing …he ended by saying he was not in favor of using public money… The Chamber was yet again the topic … the question was the relationship with the town…all three candidates spoke of a need for a chamber and a resolution to whatever issues there are …Clottey spoke as she has in the past while on the commission of the chamber not speaking up for local merchants in town…Eric pompously touted his takeover of the beach clean up which up until last year was done not only by the chamber but by Mayor Minnet  with the aid of Aruba and others successfully… Next he will tell us he invented the internet…(previously posted…ego size seems much the same!)… The 2nd coral reef project … Clottey did some election time backpedaling as well as channeling her opponent Elliot Sokolow in stating she needed to see what it entails before approving it and wants the county to kick in… Elliot recalled and recounted the CIC debate and the original ask for an additional wire to the first reef and his concerns over the costs for that citing a problem he dealt with while on the Hillsboro Inlet Commission and the cost being prohibitive especially for a town our size…He spoke of a partnership with Nova the premiere entity when it comes to coral reef structures… Eric wondered off to grants and the reef being part of the solution to save the beach (ours is approximately the size of a king size bed !) …jumping to the sea oats …his serving on the League of Cities ( we were told as an associate member )…Then it was traffic congestion on A1A … where Eric Yankwitt spoke of the 4-way red light experiment and the backup traffic resulting from it and spoke then of the hole in the dike scenario before offering up an overpass…the pelican hopper and going personal about being a walker and that parking is a challenge…Elliot Sokolow said we need to sit down with DOT and county …and get rid of the all red which has nothing as jaywalkers still go across and it just adds to the traffic problems on A1A… he stated the obvious that the congestion comes from people coming to the town and we want them!… Birute Clottey said it was the 64,ooo dollar question and stated it’s high season …that removing the 4-way red would improve the traffic and went to the dark side in this writer’s opinion channeling past ideas of Las Vegas like overpasses that are also popular in european nations!… How exactly does that solution fit with our small seaside town and how is that fiscally responsible?…  naturally the next question was …music on Friday and Saturday nights and…parking and traffic during the events…Clottey said it was a tradition…( a tradition she did not always support and often thwarted just because her group wanted payback!) …She said she wasn’t going to stop them…This writer doesn’t buy that for a minute with who are her handlers )… She spoke of an old study which I believe was skewed by a former consultant of 900 people crossing west to east and said congestion is a reality of life… Yankwitt said he is a part of the congestion because he and his fiancee ( spiritual partner) enjoy the weekly events which gives the town vitality and said we should extend the Pelican Hopper …offer spread out parking and people movers… (his money saving seems to go somewhere else…assistants… people movers…overpasses…adds up the $)… Sokolow said he was also in favor of the music but due to the hotel owners and residents who are impacted by the loudness the decibel levels need to be looked at ( to adjust what is now allowed) … On traffic and street closures he once again talked of the partnership needed and alternatives to be considered such as the new plazas….Public bathrooms…we knew that one was coming… Elliot Sokolow said he is in favor of  them stating that is not fair to businesses to open up bathrooms to non patrons and that we need to look at what kind we are going to install…location depends on if the purpose is to alleviate the restaurant use then the parking lots next to EggN Ham or the newly purchased property  just south of Commercial on El Mar could work …if not El Prado… Eric Yankwitt said bathroom are tricky and took a very weird take on whether they should be provided when tourists being encouraged to use restaurants to become patrons and then residents ending with it’s gotta be El Prado…Huh?… Birute Clottey said the issue was hard to find the solution for before digressing in to where Minto security guards say beach-goers go to bathroom by them with no bathrooms available…(ugh)… She then took a page from Mark Brown in 2012 who pushed for modular units that could be moved and tested for not only location but for safety and security,…Just when you thought you heard it all…global warming!… And flooding concerns… Candidate Yankwitt spoke of Hurricane Sandy and watching it from home as well as his brother’s bad experience in New York before stating global warming /climate change is perhaps upon us…he said we needed to protect the beach …and spoke again of the coral reef …sea oats …and recycling …and all of us coming together …we can resolve anything …kumbaya comes to mind!…  Candidate Clottey said it’s not anything we as a community can prevent and that it’s an issue we as citizens of the US and the world need to participate in!… She spoke of our town being higher than Fort Lauderdale and sand loss as well as roads being washed away and that a time will come when we have to give those roads back to the ocean!… Candidate Sokolow responded after the moderated participated stating this was a difficult problem … by stating it’s a difficult problem but that he didn’t think the people in the hall are capable of solving in any short order… He brought it back to what we can do in the short term (decades…in my book)…by continuing with projects such as the sea oats (Comm Brown was in charge of a sea oats planting the week prior) which has some actual science behind it as a deterrent for high waters and winds… Thank goodness someone had the wherewithal to not be a bumper sticker candidate!….On to the next question…Town budget tax rate concerns and what changes would you make going forward?…Clottey said her priorities were not to raise taxes …stating most goes for public safety and we don’t want cuts there…She went back to her previous statements about the Town Atty. costs and her charges of overpaid staff that are in jobs that don’t offer enough work at their pay grade leaving them to do the work of employees making 1/3 of what they are paid?…  The Town Manager needs to address these consistent charges made by Candidate Clottey as to there being any validity or calling it out  as false!… Sokolow answered that he wanted voters to understand the arcane and boring tax bills and to understand the percentages and what they really mean to LBTS taxpayers…19 & 1/4 % goes to LBTS and 80.257% goes to the county, school board etc…and a 10% tax cut equals approximately a $40 dollar reduction yearly… He would look at every line item in the budget and see where cuts could be enacted and believes in outsourcing which is cost effective and efficient…Yankwitt… took a different tact… an odd departure…that was a head scratcher for sure… He said we have the hardest working town employees he has ever seen… “They’re $100,000 getting paid $7 an hour. Do the math!”… The TM needs to answer this as well…id there any town employee only making $7 an hour in our town…the rest of the remark…anyone who can figure that out… kudos!… He said they could go through the budget sure…but as an accountant as it accumulates it’s a big chunk…(huh?)…He spoke of us having the lowest tax rates in Broward but on the flip side property values are relatively high …we pay a lot per person…that means when you have a rich town hall you have a poor taxpayer !… He said that needs to be examined…..Question on short term rentals in neighborhoods was bound to be included and it was… Clottey did the same response as she offered up prior about the impact to her adding that companies are buying up homes nationwide and turning them in to hotels…asking if that’s what we want in our town…She spoke of the League of Cities initiative and the need to get on board to get rid of short term rentals… Sokolow repeated as he had prior about the Town Atty . what we have on the books and until state laws change all we can do is report any code violations or suspected use of less than 7 days  … Yankwitt who seemed to be going after Sokolow as the questions progressed …said Candidate Sokolow was correct  about the Town Atty. bit offered up a different solution of not fining people only to forgive those fines …he wants to educate our neighbors…opening our doors… saying that to call the police … on violators would lead to living in a different kind of country…we are a small town…it’s all addressed in our zoning laws and we can’t have short term rentals in residential neighborhoods!… Yikes!… Topping that was the inevitable gambling question Yankwitt used as a campaign issue… It was tied to the State Legislature and casinos in South Florida…Elliot  answered it began in the state legislature over one property in Broward and one in Dade …and we do not have a property that is large enough in LBTS… If it ever came to be allowed in every corner he would lead the opposition in our town…it’s not needed …. Eric held up the Town Topics special issue and said it was one of his campaign issues…again he spoke of the newly bought properties on El Mar surmising  reasons for their purchase from expensive condos to gambling …Birute said there would be not casinos unless some Indian Nation was going to buy up half of El Mar…can’t open one…and we shouldn’t be “talkin” about it or people will think we are seriously considering it …She ten again spoke of Indian Tribes …Hmmm…I think the politically correct term is Native American!… The soft ball question of the night was next in the form of what personal attribute do you have that is unique to you that will make a difference as a commissioner… Candidate Yankwitt was first to answer and said he has energy, enthusiasm and is passionate about this town…he said he has shown it over the last several years with his Thanksgiving dinner and theater events…He again used Vice Mayor Scot Sasser’s campaign slogan of having two ears and one mouth… “You sir are NO Scot Sasser!”…Just couldn’t resist!…He also spoke of his fiancee once again …Candidate Clottey said she was elected before and it didn’t go to her head…she wasn’t an ego head… She said she listened gave careful consideration …she said she was a leader and harkened back to her time as a member of the Barry University Senate and dealing with highly educated people …what a hard job that was!…Especially when they could walk out at any time thumbing their nose at you..She said she has the personality to do an excellent job… Please Clueless…was a major disappointment as commissioner …and an embarrassment too many times to count…and on thew wrong side of progress….as well as having it in for Mayor Minnet …In this writer’s opinion nothing is different 2 years later to put her back in!…Elliot said his personal attribute is patience acknowledging his upcoming 50 year anniversary as well as his 40 year careers in business and giving back as a “perennial  volunteer” who did it all for no pay (except health insurance on Hillsboro) …he stated he does it because it needs to be done… The last question…3 major issues facing LBTS… Clottey spoke of the town’s finished capital improvements and infrastructure and keeping it maintained (again) who we are going to market the town to (again) drainage projects and the drainage project in her area of Bel Air which she said was done by the county 15 years ago…sub standardly …Yankwitt said Parking parking parking (again) …Flood insurance and being apart of the senate bill or we will suffer (again) the challenges at the beach ..which he cleans (again)…infrastructure…sand coming in …washing away …tourist attractions…and heights…(again!)… Sokolow spoke of the long term issues…our aging infrastructure underground….run down properties at the south end entrance to town and elsewhere and traffic..not parking…

The closings… Elliot Sokolow was first with thanking the League of Women Voters and talking about public safety…the VFD and Sea Ranch Lakes …the budget and traffic and that his first  official act will be to sign the personal code of conduct …and he promised to respect and listen to all as well as to vote with his conscience  for what the people want…he said experience matters and he has the relevant experience from day 1…to keep us moving forward!… Birute  Clottey was next saying she has a vision for the future and will continue moving forward with maintenance- infrastructure (yep…again) …stopping extravagant spending (hmmm overpasses like Las Vegas and european countries?)…keeping taxes low low rise community (again)… zoning laws not made by commissioners (can’t be done now)… finishing with saying she delivered on every promise she made and offering continued progress and financial accountability… Her commission resume does not live up to her new promises and her campaign issues stated above should be a big red flag to voters!… Eric Yankwitt was last and was made the most underhanded slight seen during this campaign…He thanked all including his fellow candidates before stating there were distinctions between them …that he cares…and “nobody cares that you care until they know you care …and I’ve shown that over the last couple of years ..(compare that to his opponents and it shows he cared less in time served giving back!)…He touted his time on P & Z and the League of Cities which his opponent served on as a board member not an associate member adding his profession (s) as an atty., accountant and mediator … he said they were all successful and he is a small business owner …”They’ve been in business to a degree”… What!… Candidate Sokolow’s resumes are way beyond any resume Candidate Yankwitt  has put forth!…That speaks volumes to this writer on what is really behind the “approachable” character this candidate purports to be!…  With that the debates were over for 2014!…

As the days count down there is likely to be calls made by and for candidates …signs being held on street corners along with final mailers and ads…Then it comes down to the LBTS  voters… What do we want 2008 or 2010 and 2012?… It should be an easy decision …Who is best to continue on with what has happened since we took back our town in 2010 and progressed on and off the dais offering our residents and businesses everything they said they were missing in 2008 to 2010!… The only candidate that can assure LBTS 4 more years of civility …professionalism and fiscal responsibility is Candidate Elliot Sokolow….Make sure you fill in the second bubble on your ballot and let’s close the door once and for all on 2008 foes and stragglers knocking on our doors to see if we have forgotten the past…as well as yet another character who purports to be just a nice guy sitting on the dais… again ….in my opinion!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…Time Marches On ….. On March 11, 2014 “Do Not” Vote For Birute Ann Clottey!

February 3, 2014 by Barbara

2010 Swearing In Ceremony LBTS Jarvis Hall – when the real progress began!

Dear Readers, it’s been a while and much has changed in LBTS !

I returned for the holidays once again this year to see the great changes to our little town! Wow!

Yep, we missed the 6 months of construction which I am sure impacted daily, weekly or intermittently  residents and businesses but still compared to Pompano and other major town projects it’s really a testament to this current commission and administration to pull it off in half a year while fending off any and all impediments that surely came in their way as they proceeded!

I heard a few personal preferences voiced by both owners of businesses and residents on whether the waves brick motif should have extended further east toward the newly painted pavilion or the colors used and size of the new area in front of the pavilion but even those remarks were followed by positive nods of approve meant for both the project and those committed to it on the dais!

There has been such a turn around over the last 4 years and especially the last 2 with the exit of former Commissioner Birute Clottey, the last holdover of the ” The How The Sausage Was Made” (see categories to refresh your memory of the past in LBTS) and the seat being filled by Mark Brown.  Everything voters/residents asked for has come to fruition- a cohesive, cordial atmosphere in Town and Jarvis Hall both on and off the dais. Shorter meetings which lead to items being addressed and problems and projects being completed instead of continuance after continuance with no movement forward as had been the status quo! There were some hiccups along the way to get where we are today but we made it! The town has not looked or felt this good in years- so quaint, welcoming – so Lauderdale-By- The- Sea! It was a long time in coming …. and definitely a return to the town we fell in love with in 1999!

So how are we going to continue on this path?

By not forgetting the path we were on and being lulled into voting for a woman to make sure we have a woman on the dais! By not forgetting Candidate Birute Clottey was called “Clueless” for a reason! By not forgetting Birute Clottey is a mouthpiece for a couple that fought any improved development as evil and projected fear-mongering at every turn to thwart it! By not forgetting Birute Clottey was downright classless on the dais toward her fellow woman (Mayor Minnet) serving on the dais in the center seat at every turn from the start of her term til the end! By not forgetting Birute Clottey helped through her third vote to seal the deal on ousting former Police Chief Scott Gooding! By not forgetting Birute Clottey was right alongside former Town Manager Esther Colon in trying to oust the Senior Center Director and make unnecessary changes that almost closed it down! By not forgetting Birute Clottey was a staunch supporter of former Town Manager Esther Colon and Asst. Town Manager- Interim TM John Olinzock and fought to keep them at the helm! By not forgetting the ridiculous claims made against the BSO’s service to our town with erroneous claims that made absolutely no sense! By not forgetting that Birute Clottey was not part of the solutions on the dais she was last holdout part of the problem!

Birute Ann Clottey for some reason that is beyond comprehension to this writer and countless others has decided to run again for seat 1 in the north after Vice Mayor Scot Sasser chose to run for Mayor. She is being run by the same couple that ran her the last time and all the way through her first term. (As well as a man now shunned by those opposed to Clottey and her handlers as he did.) She and they seem to be honing in on a popular tact for campaigns this year- voting for a woman!

So far we have seen she/they are using her photo from 2007 and her first run for her campaign. Her signs were illegal using “re-elect” even though she has been out of office since 2012! They may still be questionable showing no seat as is required. On top of that she sent out a mailer after coming to public comments insinuating she was a big part of the great strides made in town! She/they have the audacity to put in her fliers ” Perhaps the best way to predict any commissioner’s future decisions is to review their past decision.”

Dear Readers- I implore you -do that please!

Look at her past decisions!

Look at her past actions!

Scroll down through this site at all of her past decisions and actions or just Google Birute Ann Clottey. It’s all there! Look at her and who she brings with her on the dais and then make sure you and your friends, neighbors and fellow LBTS voters do not get lulled into a very false political narrative that will bring detrimental consequences if she gets elected!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she is a woman!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she is running against two men!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she is first on the ballot!

Do not vote for Birute Ann Clottey just because she has a familiar name recalled from the past!

Birute Ann Clottey’s first mailer says she has a “vision for the future!” – Don’t be fooled because that “vision” is nothing but a return to the past we worked so hard to get rid ourselves of!

I have been asked who I support and to that I replied that I intend to vote for candidate Elliot Sokolow for seat 1 because he has a proven track record serving on the council in Sea Ranch Lakes as President and Finance Director as well as serving on other boards including the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, the Broward League of Cities Board of Directors and the Hillsboro Inlet Commission and the Broward County Planning Council. All were held long-term and on all he was highly regarded by those who served with him! He has run and started up successful companies. He lived in the closest community to LBTS for years well aware of the plight of our town as well the recent resurgence now as a resident. He understands and adheres to the desire to keep our low- rise heights. He has chosen to run for seat 1 in order to aid in continuing the  progress made by this current commission and for that I am thrilled! I believe he will fit right in with Mark Brown, Chris Vincent, Stuart Dodd and Scot Sasser!

I will not be voting for candidate Eric Yankwitt for seat 1 for the same reason I could not vote for Edmund Malkoon in 2012 . I was not impressed with him as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board and do not think he will do any better as a commissioner.

I was also asked by quite a few former full-time readers to post about this race after being on hiatus for such a long time and was hesitant to stir the pot- especially so early in this race for seat 1 but after seeing the Clottey mailer I could not remain quiet or leave this site dormant if there is any chance she could indeed deceive and lull anybody into voting her into another 4 years on the commission in my town!

Next year will again be different for this writer as I return home full-time.  I intend to be front and center at all Town Hall commission meetings that I hope are still short, concise, congenial and on track to make LBTS move forward with Mayor Scot Sasser, Chris Vincent, Mark Brown , Stuart Dodd and Elliot Sokolow on the dais!

Please do your homework -read up on the candidates, watch the debates, open your doors to meet these candidates, put signs in your yard and and make sure that you and your friends vote absentee or on March 11, 2014 at Jarvis Hall (Assumption Church is not being used this time- all voters go to Jarvis Hall) – This is no time to be lulled or complacent and let your guard down or to think your one vote or that of your neighbor’s won’t make a difference! In this all important election for seat 1 ( everyone votes for seat 1 from both sides of town!) it definitely will!

And on the referendums right the wrong of not allowing the Mayor to run for commissioner without interruption as the commissioners are allowed to do to run for mayor!

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Next Stop Ann Arbor Michigan … Goodbye….

February 3, 2012 by Barbara

THE TRAVELING CONTINUES ON…

Ann Arbor Michigan in 2012 ….

University of Michigan….

Dear Readers…as I previously posted I feel I have now completed the mission I started in January 2008 after the CIC-PAC  majority win for dais went south …no pun intended… even before they were sworn in!…(see” How The Sausage Was Made” under categories) ..I made it my business to reverse the mistakes I took responsibility for having played such a large role in creating with managing the next majority win of seats on the dais for the opposition PAC’s slate of candidates from UOT in 2010 … I took some time away from posting as much if at all after making the decision in 2010 to divide my time between Chicago and LBTS in order to help out my daughter and her husband with our first grandchild so that my daughter could finish up her Ph.D at the University of Chicago and only came back when I saw some issues I did not feel were in line with what was planned to be accomplished over the first two years …I called out some of those sitting on the dais and in the administration for some of those decisions I as a voter/taxpayer disagreed with making some none-to-pleased in the process …..While it was my intention to sit out the 2012 race I ultimately found I could not ….I really came back full- force one more time after I became increasingly appalled and dismayed at the neutrality and complacency resulting from so many past UOT-PAC and non- UOT-PAC supporters /voters who wrongly thought there was no real difference between the two candidates running for seat 3…In my opinion… It was quite an eye-opener though how fast this somber non-participatory commission race ramped up and then some once I started posting in a manner I submit was no different than the 2010 race I posted about and that of the 2008 race I was co-manager of …..Those who took issue with my posting as “mean” and “cyber-bullying” in 2011-12 …..were the very same people that provided me with kudos in the past for going full-force against those candidates they themselves opposed … I previously posted and still stand by the opinion that their use of being “mean” and/or “cyber-bullying” when describing my posts really demeans their candidate as one of being a child in need of “protection” and a far more serious connotation I do not feel it is right to put in print …Neither one was or is correct … I absolutely do believe the best candidate Mark Brown won seat 3 and I absolutely do believe his opponent Edmund Malkoon needs to face the Fl. Election Commission for actions taken that I believe took many, many votes away from Brown as result of breaking the nonpartisan election statute the candidates and their protectionist “handlers” were well aware of from past elections ….. As for those who have given me a heads- up on after campaign “warpath” antics started by a small group of Malkoon supporters …Thanks, but no need for me to go there … Been there …done that after the 2008 fallout with others who were on the “warpath” for similar reasons … Let the readers and voters decide what they want to read and believe… As for this writer, I will only pass on that information provided to me to the correct attorneys I have in place for protection of copyright and intellectual property and they will monitor things and let me know if there is any need to proceed in any legal manner only based on those two issues…but not opinions or a need to lash out after their loss in the 2012 election…I hope that the whomever decides to start a blog does so with this in mind ….You better have a thick skin and be ready for spending a huge amount of time checking facts from more than one source as well as tracking down and researching historical information in order to make it …They also need an enormous amount of time to invest in keeping it up long term and they really need to know it takes on a life of its own when it is carried forward not only online but especially off by word of mouth which again requires a great deal of changing your priorities in your everyday life and dealing with whatever comes your way in a town that changes alliances as often as we change commissioners on the dais… Good luck to those who take on this endeavor…. Sometimes it is worth making the sacrifice as I feel it was with finishing my mission as stated above and often in the thick of an onslaught from those angry with you it is not!…

Below is the campaign palm card Malkoon supporter (s?) Cindy Geesey was handing out on the day of the election before the BSOE shut her down along with imposing rules this Town has never had imposed before… At the time I was informed it was enforced I was most surprised because the ability to talk to voters and hand out literature as well as the all important palm card coveted a good many votes to help win the race!… Keep in mind those cards we gave out were always positive and offered the voters a sample of the ballot to aid in filling in the bubble for the candidate we supported… Any outside literature and discussion we supplied were on Town issues not party affiliation…So, in retrospect it is a godsend the BSOE clamped down before anymore damage was done in our traditional nonpartisan municipal election to Mark Brown…One only has to see the number of votes Brown received in absentee votes 321-165 (prev. post ) to see that violating the Fl.Statute in the BTSF ad by Malkoon as well as handing out this outrageous palm card surely cost Mark Brown a larger percentage of votes!… To say Malkoon was close in this race is a misnomer at best due to the dirty tricks employed to garner him votes that were not so much for him as they were votes against Brown for playing the party affiliation card!… Mark Brown will file his complaints as he stated in the Sentinel based on the BTSF ad/yard signs with no disclaimer/palm cards with no disclaimer and if Malkoon is even lucky enough to only receive a slap on the wrist for his actions his future opponents will be able to bring the complaints and the decision made by the Fl, Elections Commission if he chooses to run for office again!..

MALKOON PALM CARD…

The next chapter begins for LBTS on February 14th with Mark Brown taking his seat on the dais after being sworn in …He will be in the position of making those who voted for him proud they did so and for those who did not for whatever reason decide they should have …In my opinion….

The next chapter for this writer will begin next fall …as we continue on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor…Our daughter was chosen from approximately one thousand highly qualified applicants for a 3-year fellowship /Asst. Professor position to continue on with her research and publishing (2 important discoveries already published with 3 in the works and more after that to come ) as an Evolutionary Biologist… So that means our time of dividing where we live will be extended  …happily so!…Our granddaughter Lilly will be 2 years old in April and has become an extremely independent toddler who makes each and every day an adventure for her grandmother with her sense of wonder in experiencing the world with so many firsts …. What could be better or more important?… Nothing that I can think of!… I will from time to time catch up on the issues and what’s what from friends and our younger daughter who continues to reside there full time and of course in the off-granddaughter duty weeks/months we have to come back home and enjoy the best of what LBTS offers …

I have been asked to keep the site up for those who go to it for historical content and I will do so…. As far as any further posting on LBTS… I cannot think of any reason to do so with the promise I made to myself and others now a done deal….

So once again readers…no more to come…. Goodbye

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Here’s The Scoop … Today’s The Day …Election Day 2012 For Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Seat 3 …

January 31, 2012 by Barbara

NEW POLL SITE RULES …NO SIGNS  + NO TENTS IN THE DRIVEWAY …NO PALM CARDS…NO ARM TWISTING … NO LIES SPREAD … NO PARTY POLITICS IN A NONPARTISAN RACE ….

Mark Brown and supporters ……

Malkoon supporters…

Malkoon supporters….

Dear Readers …we hear last night there was a mini-showdown at Assumption Church as tents were going up for Brown …It is said a call was made to Malkoon to assure there was plenty of room for his by a Brown supporter…As it was put to this writer from one observer…”Mama Bear” came flying over in her car and was throwing her weight around …Malkoon showed up after being brought by Shanna Koss and let “Mama” handle it..In the end peace was found after the BSO were called to see where the Brown tents were placed in order to cover any hanky panky overnight …At midnight Brown and supporters put up their two tents at Town Hall…We hear there was some jostling and taunting etc…there as well… BSO was put on alert to watch Malkoon’s “protectors” especially regarding one Malkoon supporter who has repeatedly made threats against Brown supporters in the days to come…There have been four of them so far….We hear this morning Cindy Geesey was practically accosting voters arriving in small numbers …But this year that was quickly remedied as the BSOE made new rules usurping LBTS traditions and laid them down asap!…No signs or tents in the driveway area…No talking to voters on the way in…No palm cards…Neutralizing this race in the waning hours!… We hear Malkoon’s rabid “protectors” were made mute and were met with complaints being made to election officials and BSO if they dared to pounce or make loud empty threats toward the Brown campaigners… Each one hightailed it outta there!… The BSOE did what so many wanted to do from the get- go in this 2012 election to Malkoon-Geesey -Fleishman et al in their fight to stop votes for Brown…They made it a nonpartisan race once again!…

more to come…

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