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Here’s The Scoop …. Commissioner Mark Brown Seat 3 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea … Updated … Final Tally … Brown Wins Every Precinct! ..

January 31, 2012 by Barbara


Dear Readers … at 8:18 pm here are the results…

Sentinel online – before the ballots in town were tallied…
0 of 4 precincts reporting – Percent/ Votes

Mark Brown 66.05%/ 321

Edmund Fred Malkoon 33.95% /165

Town Hall posted…

Precinct Q30

Mark Brown 166

Edmund Fred Malkoon 178

Precinct Q33

Mark Brown 85

Edmund Fred Malkoon  71

Assumption Church posted….

Precinct Q31

Mark Brown 120

Edmund Fred Malkoon 141

Precinct Q 32

Mark Brown 166

Edmund Fred Malkoon 54

Mark Brown total 858

Edmund Fred Malkoon total 609



Feb 1, 2012 … after all the absentee/early votes were included in precincts…. Brown carries them all…

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Precinct Mark Brown Edmund Fred/ Malkoon/ Total
Q030 273/ 262/ 535
Q031 194/ 183 /377
Q032 238/ 76 /314

Q033 173/ 100 /273
Total: 878/ 621/ 1,499


Mark Brown with the election numbers tallied up!

Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon were pretty even in the south with Brown winning those two precincts by just 2 votes…In the north Brown lost by 21 votes in Bel Air and Terra Mar…Mark Brown won big time in the north condos 166 to Malkoon’s 54 …Mark Brown also won big in the absentee votes with 321 votes to Malkoon’s 165…Mark Brown wins with 58.49% of the vote… I was hoping for a bigger percentage win and feel it would have happened if Edmund Malkoon had not played the reprehensible and statute violating party affiliation card in this nonpartisan race ….I am counting on a complaint being filed still to hold him responsible for his actions… We now know there is no need for a recount to deal with in this 2012 LBTS election …whew!…But, the percentage means this was no mandate win either and that tells Mark Brown, our new Commissioner sitting on the dais in Seat 3 that he will need to make sure he keeps true to his word and governs under the “5 reasons” he gave for voting for him as he faces his first 4 year term and the many important issues he will now face with the pending downtown redevelopment…sewers …taxes…and legislation that will be imposed on our municipality by the County and the State!

For this writer I feel I have now completed my personal mission to rectify the last of the mistakes I made in the 2008 LBTS election by co-managing Commissioner Clottey into the seat Mark Brown will now take over and not his opponent …I believe Mark will be fair and forthright in his decision making as well as being accessible to those who voted for him and those who did not… My hope is for a long hiatus as I become just another member of the viewing audience once more counting on this Commission to do right by the taxpayers, residents, businesses and tourists because for the first time in a very long time they are all beholden to no one person and no one group!…

Congratulations Mark and Congratulations LBTS ….,0,7470813.story

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Here’s The Scoop … Mea Culpas Are In Order…When The Chair’s July 4th 2010 “Synopsis” Is Compared To This Year’s Chair’s July 4th “Summation” In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …

June 9, 2011 by Barbara


Dear Readers…this writer is still fuming over the uncalled for actions and inaction as well as the insane and inane statements made by the dais members on June 2, 2011 (prev. post) in response to the Vice Mayor’s summation concerning the timeline of negotiations and changes due to those negotiations with the pier owners concerning the July 4, 2011 event he is chairing … So, I took the time to look back at previous events over the last two years…and especially last year’s event chaired by none other than Mayor Minnet …who was both the most long-winded and the most off- her- rocker in the statements she made … The comparisons are quite something in not only what she and VM Dodd offered up for their July 4th events (his were just the highlights made during Comm. Comments in March-prev. post  and in the backup for May 24, 2011)…but more in the responses to each other after they each made their “synopsis” or “summation” nearly one year apart in 2010 and 2011…

Below is the Chamber’s June/July 2010 Sea Breeze cover page …

You can see for yourselves that local businesses were involved in 2010 as they are for 2011… You can see that live music was planned for by more than one business on the same night ….. You can see that the regular weekend special event music was in place for the event in 2010 as it will now be for 2011 … You will see that the VFD provided the cookout and the rides after the July 4th parade that was run by the Chamber of Commerce in 2010…This year the parade will once again be run by the VFD …The VFD has asked that the parade be shortened this year citing its length last year …This year the VFD will not be cooking the burgers which in past years have caused some snafus in getting up and going due to the parade (problems were evident last year as well) ……Instead businesses will offer up a July 4th burger with coupons for 10% off …The VFD chose this year to tighten their belts and instead of paying for food, pony rides and water slides (last year’s event was cut short due to bad weather) …The 2010 backup states the cost to VFD members would be $4,800 …. This year the VFD offered to provide photo-ops along with allowing youngsters on their equipment right after the parade in the El Prado Parking lot as well as doing demonstrations later in the afternoon at the beach with their water equipment… The Chamber held their Beach cleanup which should happen this year as well on Sat. morning…and breakfasts at local restaurants listed on July 4th we assume that will be the same as well this year …. The fireworks will take place on the pier on the 4th as they did last year for $10,000 ($2,000 less than last year’s $12, 000 and well below the prior years 2007 $15,000 and 2008 $17,000) …. The pier holds once again a one day event in their lot vs. the 3-day event they wanted tied into a 3-year pier agreement for that lower price that would be pre-approved  done administratively with no Commission vote tying the hands of future Commissions that is now kaput and is back to what they held last year no strings attached…Last year it was approved from 4-11 pm and according to the backup this year will be from noon to midnight …as a separate special event as it was last year …Not much difference in the plans when compared as I stated …with one big exception…VM Dodd took into account the returning of the parade to the VFD which was a long -held tradition from all accounts and definitely appropriate due to this being the VFD’s 50th year of service …He also took into account the desires of the VFD and many, many volunteers who really wanted the day to be with their family and friends …and he decided to put the events downtown leaving the parks open for people to use throughout the day which will also save in time and costs for the event …He stated from the dais in March he wanted the sea to be the prime area for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea July 4th in 2011 and that meant the beachfront where most who celebrate the 4th prefer to congregate if outside during the long , hot day…tourists and locals alike… The Vice Mayor has been working with the VFD, BSO, Town Staff and many of the same businesses that have long been involved in the July 4th events and that are mentioned in the Mayor’s “synopsis” below in 2010… He also asked for anyone interested in volunteering to contact the Town or himself…

On June 8, 2010 under New Business item15a was the Special Event Permit for the Independence Day Extravaganza …(This year it was placed by the same Administration as a Consent Agenda item on May 24, 2011) …A look at the backup as well as the minutes and the video again showed the similarities in the event while showing a stark difference in the response received from those sitting on the dais especially the response Chair Mayor Roseann Minnet received from Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd …He did not cut her off…He actually listened to her “synopsis” …and he lauded and congratulated her …A scroll down to the previous post on the June 2, 2011 special meeting shows that Mayor Roseann Minnet did not reciprocate in any way, shape or form… Also Readers need to bear in mind that VM Dodd was not allowed to make his rundown of the event he had planned in such a glowing way (he did highlight his plan in his Comm. comments in March) as the Mayor was afforded one year ago due to the ongoing actions of the pier owners and their lobbying of members of the dais right up to the June 2, 2011 meeting….

Mayor Roseann Minnet June 8, 2010-

“Well, really quickly if you’d like to hear a short synopsis of the events, I mean I have to say our businesses have been incredible. It just so happens that 4th of July falls on a Sunday this year. So it’s exciting that we can have events with our businesses. Mr Gatsby’s here and we’re gonna kick-off that program with his event that he does and, and we’re gonna work with that so we have the Village Grille and Pump that starts with their jazz on the square. Aruba does have their live music and happy hour and during that day on Friday our businesses um, also are participating in a scavenger hunt which I encourage everyone to go to our businesses that are participating. You’ll start to see signs around town very soon about that. On Saturday the scavenger hunt continues, but most importantly at 9 am is our beach cleanup. The beach cleanup falls on the first Saturday of July and that’s July 3rd. So it starts with our 9 am beach cleanup for around a half an hour. We’ve got again the scavenger hunt going and then in the evening we have our tradition Athena-101 event which again is bringing our community together and then Sunday morning we’re starting the parade at 11:15 because it is Sunday morning. We want to take into consideration the Community Church. Thank you for the volunteers that are working on. We have some commitments from quite a few people at the work site and if anyone wants to be a part of the parade please contact Mr. Bill Davis or the Chamber of Commerce because there’s still opportunities to be a part of the parade. That parade route will take us all the way down El Mar. It’s a two and quarter mile parade and so it’s long so keep that in mind. After the parade there will be a cookout and I have to say Chief Perkins thank you. The Volunteer Fire Department has stepped up to the plate on all of this. They’ve provided free games for the kids, water slides, a pony rides, all the food and everything we make comes back to the Town. So I’m very grateful and very thankful for all the work that you have done with your staff on that cookout and then at 9 o’clock is the extravaganza of the fireworks and I want to thank the pier owners for allowing us to use the pier this year for that. So that gives us a little synopsis. I know that all the Commissioners will be invited to participate on the parade. Um, Vice Mayor, you may not be in attendance and we will miss you, but I hope our other Commissioners will be available as well. (VM Dodd was out of town) So, again I want to thank everyone for the raffle items. We have two round-trip tickets to any United States, in the contiguous United States and then a variety of other raffle items through our local businesses . And again, it’s just very exciting. Paul is here with the Chamber. They’ve been very helpful in pulling this together and I’m just excited to bring back an old time cookout-barbeque to the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. It’s something I’ve heard everyoner wanted just to bring it back home. We’re gonna have a band. We’re gonna have music and it’s just gonna be be, it’s gonna be a great event. Again, I thank you for everyone’s support and so with that I see Commissioner Clottey and then the Vice Mayor.”

Commissioner Clottey asked to read a letter that was from Jerry Sehl offering up 300 historical posters that would be at the Village Grille and other places of business for $10 each and the profits from the 300 sole would go to the Town. The Mayor thanked him and then recognized Vice Mayor Dodd.

VM Dodd- ” I wanted to make a motion to approve and also a vote of thanks to Mayor Minnet for her efforts. Commissioner Clottey and I co-chaired the event two years ago and are fully aware of the huge responsibility and continual pressure to meet deadlines and seemingly impossible catch -22 situations. Last year’s event was run by Mark Furth who had many years experience and a big support base of the Volunteer Fire Department and the CIC. The politics changed and I want to say hats off to you Mayor Minnet for stepping up to the plate and chairing this year’s event on short notice. Congratulations, terrific!”

The Mayor – “Thank you, and before we approve it I do have one thing I want to ask everyone. So if there’s, I just, Vice Mayor you did bring up a very good point, um, in the past we had quite a few people who volunteered and I hope that they will ask to volunteer again and to be part of this celebration as well. Ah, it’s a great town and we need to move forward in a positive way and I’m looking forward to working with everyone on this event.”…(This writer was told by those who were at the parade etc…the opposing CIC was not in attendance and the divide continued on with the 4th event as it has for other events such as Easter and Halloween …attendance depends on the political faction majority on the dais)…

The Mayor also added the desire for the PA system to be used town wide for the pledge of allegiance /national anthem prior to the fireworks which was not on the application before them and had never been done…In previous years many opposed a town wide use of the PA system…It was again VM Dodd who voiced his approval after the Mayor asked him …

VM Dodd- “No, I think it’s an excellent idea.”..The Mayor thanked him and asked for any other comments..seeing none she said “or just leave it to me, our committee, ok. I think since silence is looked to be a form of consensus. With that Vice Mayor you had a motion to approve the special event for 4th of July.”..The VM said “motion to approve.”..It was seconded by Comm. Vincent. It passed 5-0…

On June 22, 2008 Consent Agenda item 9a was the Special Event application for Athena to hold their July 4, 2010 pier parking lot event. After the Mayor asked about adding recycling to the permit and the Asst. TM informed the Commission that this was the first special event which would address litter outside of the area they were holding the event in there was no discussion. The motion was made by Comm. Sasser and seconded by Comm. Vincent. It passed 5-0…

There was no discussion on the port-a-potties etc…and the costs to a private vendor vs the Town’s event as there was this year…There was no discussion at this meeting by the Commissioners on this item just as there was no discussion by the Commissioners at the June 8, 2010 meeting on when this became an event that forgot the residents …No discussion at this meeting by the Commissioners just as there was no discussion at the June 8, 2010 meeting by the Commissioners on the desire to overlook and/or participate in the contracts or being involved in any other aspect of the Commission-Chair’s event as there was at the June 2, 2011 meeting…

To quote the Mayor on June 8, 2008 “I think since silence is looked to be a form of consensus.”…It is this writer’s opinion that will indeed be true if these same dais members remain silent on their responses to the Vice Mayor’s summation at the June 2, 2011 Special Meeting… Mea Culpas are in order…

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Here’s The Scoop … Time To Digest It All …

March 23, 2011 by Barbara


Dear Readers … unlike the days when this writer dashed home and began an all-nighter in order to post what took place at the Town Commission meeting in order to have it online asap  …I need some time to digest the one I attended last night for the first time in a year before making any such attempt to write about what took place on and off the dais …

I will definitely “noodle it” all as I make my way through a myriad of appointments and obligations … while enjoying both my fast paced and leisurely walks around town checking out the old and new local restaurants and shops….. as I attend the final two Town sponsored resident input meetings tomorrow night and Saturday morning in Jarvis Hall …. adding my 2-cents with verbal comments and stickers with comments on the wall of comments made from the first resident input meeting . ….as well as catching  up with friends and of course crossing off the ever-growing to-do list sitting on my kitchen counter over the next week of my short stay home this time back…

More to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … The December Issue Of ByTheSeaFuture Is Now Available Throughout Town & Online …

December 17, 2010 by Barbara


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Here’s The Scoop … Day 2 Back Home ….Thanksgiving In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …Much To Give Thanks For This Year …

November 25, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers …Day 2 of awaking to sunshine…temperatures that don’t require a coat and ocean breezes…I could get use to this ….again!… Nice also to awake to many messages of welcome back as well…NICE!…And the ability for the BCbythesea hubby to go for a long bike ride that’s something he is truly savoring and very thankful for!…

We have much to give thanks for this year in our town…starting with 65% of LBTS voters in March …who led the way for a new Commission…made up of a group that gets along…and who are respectful of each other having the best interest of the town squarely in first place … as it should be…but not so for far too long … We have a new Town Manager who thankfully was ready to go back into government at the opportune time for us…She has shown us all what we were missing in just a matter of months…Customer service came to the forefront inside and outside of Town Hall…by not only opening up the long shut doors…but taking away the glass barrier between staff and customers ie…residents…and visitors alike…Next step…to take down those same barriers for businesses who want to set up shop downtown…and then present and future hoteliers and specialty shops as well…TM Connie Hoffmann brought right on board with her another candidate for Interim TM….Assistant TM Bud Bentley who quickly made all those who dreaded dealing with his predecessor thankful for the big …big change they encountered from the get-go… Acting Finance Director Doug Haag  came to town much the same way…enlisted ASAP by Ms. Hoffmann to comply with the direction given by the new Commission to get to the bottom of the payout of the former Town Manager and what was going on behind those closed doors with the finances of the town… He too proved to be such an asset …pun intended …We were most fortunate once again  when he too was able to jump right in full- time and take over as Acting Finance Director providing a transparency of the accounts that showed us the pluses…lots of money in our coffers…and the minuses…of where and how our money was being kept and used/not used … Mr. Haag’s expertise will be an important component as we address the future vision of this town as well as the present aging infrastructure… We  are told the atmosphere inside the ranks those who worked under the previous two administrations have shown they too are thankful ….in the aftermath…Hmmmm… We have seen our underutilized longtime PIO Steve D’Oliveira finally recognized by this TM … At the Roundtable last Monday night not only did the Commission set its sights on jumpstarting the downtown with the exemption process for restaurants…they also agreed #21 of the the top priorities should jump to #1…Government efficiency…which means Ms. Hoffmann can continue with her smart choices of what she and we need to provide just that!… That is indeed something this writer is thankful for… Commission Ethics are in place as well as a personal code of conduct…signed in good faith by all 5 Commissioners …A new way of doing the Town’s business …one Commission meeting /one Roundtable meeting per month has been enacted and seems to be conducive to our town ….. Annual permits are back…to ensure those weekly events we all enjoy so much do not fall way to politics as usual…Public Comments at the monthly Commission meetings have dwindled down and those who step up come with something to add …rather than to something to detract…albeit one lonely soul who heads up a dried-up old PAC who despite a continued “call to arms”…found no takers to comply…That too is something to be thankful for!…A change in special events taking place after the March Election showed all those with any trepidation …no one is irreplaceable and change can and did prove to be a good thing!… Changes in Town Hall led to changes in other services to our town as well…A big shakeup in the VFD leadership…We are watching closely in the hopes that it will mirror in its success that of the Commission and Administration….The BSO has proven once again something special and unique to our town…As the new TM stated early on in her stint as Interim TM…The LBTS-BSO is more like a Town Police Department…Chief Llerena and Lt. Cedeno are hands on in our town…They are in every neighborhood and on the beach…They have been on top of a clean -up in this town that we all should count our blessings for …especially when you read what goes on on either side of us in our neighboring communities… AMR is also now well established as an integral part of our public service providers ….People who sat on the sidelines are slowly coming back as they are witnessing that with the change has come a need and a desire for their knowledge and their input …We have one local in-town newspaper ByTheSeaFuture that gets out the coverage of all the news and events monthly due to the dedication of the publishers and editors knowing its importance to continue on…The Chamber of Commerce is now a partner once more with the Town…and with perhaps new members to come on their board as well as three Chamber members put their hat into the ring….. ….New members joined a few making a return to the Town’s advisory committees and boards …and while this writer may disagree from time to time…what we all agree on is they too want what is best for the town …. The Senior Center is now the Community Center and thankfully Armilio Bien-Aime can look ahead at continuing on with what he started without looking over his shoulder and his ardent and loyal attendees and volunteer teachers can do the same…Those who were thrown under the bus when changes came for garbage service under the former administration…now will for the most part see some relief…… The Pier Alleyway should be open soon… Valet Parking was done as a trial…and will continue we are told…adding to the growing options offered to those who will be coming to town…The west warehouse long ignored by the past administration and not brought to the prior Commission for direction is to be partially leased out and used as an asset …Business uses have been expanded …and signs are going in to direct parkers to the Bougainvilla-A1A parking lot…after being told it could not be done…Drainage problems are now being addressed …after being budgeted and put in order of importance …Town Topics is being delivered at home and is on shiny paper with no political leanings as well as being more timely and informative…with great photos to boot!…We now contract out with our recreation instructors and offer those who reside here as well as visit here to participate …More extensive changes may come with the January workshop on beachfront usage for recreation as well as commercial use offering concessions at the beach …and condos/hotels/Kite- surfers will be given advance notice on that meeting as well as a promise for a decision to come this time around.from the present Comm…..The Comm. kept the millage rate the same without reducing any services to Town…The VFD agreed to forgo annual increase as well as negotiate a better contract with the Town…We reduced the TAtty. budget as well as having the firm reduce its scheduled hourly rate increases FY 2011/12…something most of us taxpayer as well as Comms. did not know was put into the contract by the former TM…The TM and TAtty. will also work to control the costs and agreed to alert this Comm. in the event we are accelerating our usage or nearing the budgeted amount…The firm has also done away with some other costs that were passed on as well…The issue of a retainer/RFP will come back before the next budget…We now enjoy an Audit firm at a huge decrease in the annual cost…thanks to an audit committee appointed by the Comm….A look into expenditures made without Comm. approval in the prior year as well as any red flags that came from going over the previous books are also being addressed concerning the previous longtime hand-picked firm pushed for and unilaterally re-hired by former TM Colon… Employee Insurance and other insurances have started to be addressed and streamlined both in coverage and provider…The public safety swimming pool long a joke in its perceived community pool designation will be filled in…The Coral Reef Project is still a work in progress contractually…but at least the contract is known and this Comm. /Admin. know who is actually behind the “pet” project… Signs are back as well with the carved LBTS logo at the Comm.Blvd. entry in the median and on Town Hall…Add to that the MIA fish bike rack relegated to the west warehouse…being spruced up and brought back to enjoy…LETF funds are back where they belong…not all…but a good portion after a faulty use of them…in this writer’s opinion…As stated above banking service will undergo more changes than just getting interest on multiple accounts as this administration go out for RFP and healthy competition to provide that service to our town…Recycling is being “accelerated”…and the refuse contract with the county we were told we had no choice but to participate in…is not so…and alternatives to produce the best deal for us in the long run are being investigated…The “ruse” of the sewer rates dealt with for years by a chosen few …is now being progressing to make it fair and equitable to all…and to ensure no such act will happen again to impact us in the manner this one will…in the pocketbook!….The Town Manager not only left the annual TM Performance Review in her very amicable and fair contract…but was proactive in providing the goals to assess her on at a special meeting and monthly Rtable this month…She has also moved forward personally to get the year overdue revisions of the Town’s Master Plan on a path to accomplish what is required including an upcoming “series” of speakers and community meetings open to all…The performing arts came back and the first play went off without a hitch…and enjoyed a positive response from all those who attended and made it happen…Parking issues were addressed and streamlined as well with combining residential/beach parking as well as changing special spaces that will benefit all instead of a few political cronies…The issue of parking is a work in progress and being addressed by the P &Z  Board/Commission and Administration….as well as the business community and Chamber of Commerce ….It too will be something to thanks for when we can enjoy the “fruits” of an expanding downtown hospitality district… sure to come with all the changes…

Yep…much has been accomplished over the last year……So there is much to be grateful for and give thanks for as a Town this Thanksgiving…and it’s a given in this writer’s opinion…with the “thinking outside the box” creativity that aided in the accomplishments thus far……. continuing on at a record pace ….as we face even larger tasks ……. that next year we will be able to give many thanks once more…

Happy Thanksgiving from this writer happily residing in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea…

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Here’s The Scoop … It’s A Boy! ….

July 14, 2010 by Barbara


Longtime Lauderdale-By-The-Sea resident/Planning and Zoning Board member/Chamber of Commerce Board member Yann Brandt and his wife Christina welcomed their son into the world last night July 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm …Ethan weighed in at 7 pounds 12 ounces and measured 21.1 inches …According to his proud dad he has lots of hair and is lanky!…

All three are doing well….

I must extend Congratulations also to the two new proud grandmothers…Let the fawning and gushing begin…We’ll compare notes!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … First Things First …

June 28, 2010 by Barbara

Lilly 2 months…

Mom’s giving a lecture in England and Nana is on full time Lilly duty this next week posts depend on sleep time…for both of us!…

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Here’s The Scoop .. MPSC MEETING … Tonight 6:30 pm

May 5, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers ….Sorry for the short notice …just got the heads up… they will discuss the walk they took and where to go from here as far as recommending to the Commission any plans …ideas…or don’t pass go…and let this $220,000+ of the taxpayers dollars be saved…

Ch. 78 Comcast/ online

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Here’s The Scoop … M & Ms & Fs … Part 2 …

February 6, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers…What were they thinking?… We hear that at the Women’s Club Silver Tea in Jarvis Hall today, Campaign Managers Furth had their Candidates Jim “He’s not a nice guy” Silverstone -Joe Couriel – Marjorie Evans politicking from table to table!……Jimmy and Joe ended up busing the tables… and then they were brought up to say a few words… We were told that some in attendance were so offended that they insisted Mayor Minnet and the wives of Candidates Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent be introduced and given equal time….The Mayor and the Candidate’s wives were there to partake in the event  only and had no way of knowing such out of place antics were to be orchestrated by the Furths and their “new gang”… But the Mayor, Mrs. Sasser and Mrs Vincent  not wanting to disappoint the supporters, gamely came to the front of the hall to speak, showing how classy they are!….

We are told that Candidate Marjorie Evans was making some odd and “clueless” statements …by saying they were all there to politic, why else?…Taken aback, we hear Teresa Sasser and Christine Vincent replied they certainly were not!…

What an odd election it is turning out to be…Seems the Furths are totally tone-deaf in this campaign…Their Candidates are left with nothing but negative campaign claims…fearmongering….false assertions made at condo meetings and door- to- door …questionable statements in print….and now using venues inappropriately to trying muster up some much needed votes!…UGH!…

Where is Miss Manners when you need her?….

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Here’s The Scoop … A Big Red Flag … On The Day Of Qualifying For LBTS Commission Seat …

January 9, 2010 by Barbara


Dear Readers …since  late yesterday afternoon my phone has been ringing  non-stop…my Blackberry is on overload and my e-mails are growing at an alarming rate …All because a new candidate has thrown her hat in the ring for the LBTS commission seat on District 1… Marjorie Evans as previously posted is a real unknown within town…BUT, not so in Broward County…She is the Broward Children’s Center chief executive officer receiving government funding to the tune of about 8 + million a year and she receives a salary over $140,000 …. I have been sent the links and looked it over…While her resume looks impressive …I received another link to a devastating story that occurred on her watch. ….And while we can all debate the two- sides of the story…. it is her responses that caused a “big red flag” …… for this writer…

Readers may recall as I did upon receiving the link, this sad story that happened in the mid- ninety’s in Lighthouse Point … A little girl playing on the local playing field and was suddenly struck by lightning…I recall it because my own children were in school in Lighthouse Point and we parents all felt this family’s pain….Over the next years we would hear little updates…and then of course over time we all went on with our lives… So it was quite something to see that the link I received was involving that same little girl along with another and the new commission candidate from District 1 ….

Before you scroll down to the excerpts and the link…remember this…The story is written by Bob Norman in the New Times, the same Bob Norman who wrote the “Cuckoo For Coconuts” story about then Commissioner Jerry McIntee , Commissioner Silverstone and former Mayor Oliver Parker…….so  McIntee/ Silverstone/Furth cannot have it both ways and shoot the author down after revering him so highly in the past…And Commissioner Clottey should see a red flag in the lack of training under the new candidate for commission from her side of town…She cannot have it both ways when she is on record from the dais calling attention to her observations of the dispatch training for 911 calls soon after she was elected……. For me though, long disgusted with the lack of correct responses coming from the dais from the Town Manager, Commissioner Silverstone, Commissioner Clottey and Vice Mayor McIntee…it is the responses shown in the deposition by the new candidate for commission in District 1 to the grieving mother, her lack of knowledge to answer questions about the child’s abilities, that she herself did not possess any medical training whatsoever, and especially the all to familiar stubborn behavior that showed no capacity of concern or regret … in this writer’s opinion…..It raises a “big red flag” of what we may see up on the dais over the next 4 years!… The very behavior that needs to be replaced!…

Why in the world would candidate Marjorie Evans jump into the LBTS Municipal election just 8 weeks prior? She will have to explain her decision to the voters ….How and when she explains it will tell us all if more “big red flags” are going to wave a warning…


EXCERPTS….. of the 1st little girl….

“Inhospitable and in Denial
The parents of two little girls placed them in the Broward Children’s Center hoping their daughters would be cured. Something went wrong.
By Bob Norman
Published on December 03, 1998”
“Cristal was one of the most promising kids in the main facility. According to records kept by Broward Children’s Center, Cristal could sit up on her own, pull herself up to a stand, and crawl. She liked to play with toys and watch people go by her crib. When she got agitated, center staffers knew what to get her: “She loved her chocolate milk,” said Broward Children’s Center staffer Robin Sargent in a deposition.

According to a reputable pediatric doctor from San Diego who was hired as an expert witness by Cristal’s attorney, she had a good chance at a relatively normal, happy life, free from life-support machines. By June, in fact, she was being weaned off the ventilator. She breathed on her own through a tracheostomy tube in her neck during the day but still needed a ventilator at night to ensure that she wouldn’t stop breathing while sleeping in the center’s nursery, where 14 other babies connected to life-support machines slept, too.

On the morning of June 19, 1994, something tragic happened in the nursery that stripped Cristal of all of her hard-won physical advancements.

According to civil court depositions, the nursery was being supervised that morning by a respiratory therapist and a licensed practical nurse. Also on duty was a “floating” respiratory therapist, Chackocan Vadakkel, who helped in the nursery as well as in other wings.

Vadakkel, an Indian immigrant with limited English and a heavy accent, in a sworn deposition told Gary Cohen, a medical malpractice attorney hired by Cristal’s family, that employees were concerned that staffing levels were too low:

Cohen: Were you ever concerned that there wasn’t enough help in the nursery? Fifteen babies is a lot of babies.

Vadakkel: Lot of babies.
C: For two people to handle.
V: So, that is why floating therapist — for helping them.

C: Was there ever any talk at the center that you know of about getting more help?

V: They were asking for more help. Everybody asking for more help.
C: Everybody thought they were in need of more help?
V: Yes.

Shortly after 5 a.m. on June 19, Cristal remained connected to the ventilator, which literally breathed for her, though she was also able to take spontaneous breaths on her own. The ventilator was set on 12 compressions — or breaths — a minute. The oxygen went through a ventilator tube, which connected directly to her tracheostomy tube.

Dawn Jackson, the nurse in charge of the babies, instructed Vadakkel to take Cristal off her ventilator. That was the first mistake.

To become a respiratory therapist, Vadakkel had to complete a 15-month course and pass a state test, which he did six months prior to the incident. When he was hired by the center in March 1995, however, he had had no training or experience working with children. More important, he’d never before in his life unhooked a ventilator from a patient when Jackson asked him to unhook Cristal’s.”


EXCERPTS from the candidate for LBTS commission from Dist. 1

When it began an investigation into Cristal’s death, the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (now the Department of Children and Families), forbade Vadakkel from dealing directly with patients, Broward Children’s Center chief executive officer Marjorie Evans said in a deposition. Vadakkel’s boss at the time, Robin Sargent, said in a deposition that it was the center’s decision to bar Vadakkel from looking after patients.

The center also took other action: Robbie Harris was demoted, and a new procedure was instituted to deal with cardiac arrests. The results of the state investigation are confidential, said Lynnette Beal, the spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families.

After learning that her daughter was suddenly brain-damaged and in critical condition, Tanganicka Edwards, Cristal’s mother, drove from her Miramar home to the center, where she met with Evans. The meeting was a volatile one, with a mother furious about her daughter’s sudden and unexpected turn for the worse and an administrator who didn’t have a good explanation for it:

Cohen: That is not an inappropriate response is it, [for the mother] to be angry under these circumstances?

Evans: I think what was done for Cristal was appropriate.
C: Was she given an answer as to what happened?
E: Yes… by me she was. I explained what happened as I understood it…. I told her that Cristal was on a ventilator, and that her trache came out, and CPR was initiated. And I also said to her that, “You do understand that Cristal is a very sick child?” and she became absolutely outraged…. She wouldn’t hear anything. We were getting nowhere. I said to her, “I told you everything I know, what do you want?”

Evans went on to say that Edwards was so furious that she refused to leave until Pompano Beach police came to the center and took a report.

Evans, who testified that she has no medical training, seemed unable to accept the fact that Cristal had been well on her way to a near-normal life. For instance, she insisted that Cristal was “respirator-dependent” rather than “respirator-assisted,” apparently unaware that her own nurse, Jackson, had already testified to the fact that Cristal was technically “respirator-assisted.”

Cohen, who sued for Tanganicka Edwards on the grounds of negligence by center staff, also questioned Evans about things the center’s own social worker had noted in reports about Cristal — before June 19.

Back to her deposition:

Evans: Everything Cristal was doing she was doing with assistance. She was not, you know, doing anything without physical assistance.

Cohen: OK. Were you aware that she was able to pull herself up?
E: No.
C: … able to hold objects in her hand?
E: No.
C: … able to play with toys?
E: No.
C: Were you aware that she was able to sit up?
E: I know she was not —
C: Unassisted?
E: — able to sit up.

The day after the incident, the Miami Herald ran a news brief — which didn’t include Cristal’s name and was marred by factual errors — about the incident. The last line reads: “Center administrator Marjorie Evans said her staff was not to blame.” The brief was the only article ever published about the case.”

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