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Here’s The Scoop … Get The Straitjacket …

ONE SIZE FITS ALL ….

Dear Readers … Hot off her senseless browbeating of Mr. Hood from IyeTek …(red light tickets, red light tickets, red light tickets)…and her sudden interest in rotating the appointment on the Hillsboro Inlet, Clueless Commissioner Clottey has truly gone awry in her items placed on the November 10, 2009 Regular Commission meeting…

First up under the Consent Agenda …12a. is the award of the newly named Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Recreational and Senior Center Services…which went out for RFP due to Comm. Clottey (prev. post)… We are left after this colossal waste of time and money with the same well liked and appreciated Director we have had in charge of the Senior Center Service being the only respondent…The Director thanks to Clottey-Colon was treated very badly…He was put in the position of  putting together the RFP, after he was asked by the Town for a “job description” ..basically, the Town “lifted” it to look for his potential replacement!… Also the Director is now  left with running the  additional recreational program with no extra pay!…. Not only was the Director put through this stressful and demeaning situation for no reason (excuses made of RFPs required  for everything are just a  “payback to Comm. Dodd”  ploy)… …The last time Commissioner Clottey spoke about this she said the center was supposed to be for those 65 and older, with a certain percentage to be in need, economically  and there is supposed to be field trips…One resident in the hall was astonished at her declarations and said…”She’s going to kill the Senior Center!”… The Director has a Broward County audit each year and is following the guidelines…The dual funding allows for 62 and younger and there is no wrongdoing of any sort…except …what he has endured!…

Next comes Consent Agenda item 12c.  “Place an announcement on the website and channel 78 requesting residents who are interested in serving on the Hillsboro Inlet Commission to submit their application by December 1, 2009 (Commissioner Clottey)”…A look at her opening  comments on Oct. 27th show Comm. Clottey saying she has heard from a couple of people who are interested in the position!… She  said this position should be “rotated” …..comparing it to the AMR/ Broward County League  of Cities positions……something that has not been done with the Hillsboro appointment in the past!… It looks like Clottey is having more of those loony BSO -like calls when she said people were afraid to call the police!… We hear even her supporters have called her on this action of “payback” on behalf of  the Mc-Furths… OUCH!… Comm. Clottey chose to use this embarrassing item to further embarrass herself with a new business item….

New Business item 16h. “Discussion and or action regarding: At the last Commission meeting when I was speaking on the last item, Mrs Barbara Cole called me “inappropriate words”. This goes way beyond a person’s freedom of speech rights. People acting like this should be removed from the meeting immediately and asked not to return to the next meeting”. (Commissioner Clottey).. OY VEY!…I suppose she is speaking of the Hillsboro Inlet Appointee…. I never said anything “inappropriate”…No profanity …NOPE!.. I shook my head in disbelief… I did say  “shameful”…and “despicable”…but in light of Comm. Clottey’s treatment of  Mr. Hood, Mr Smith and Mr. Dodd…in this writer’s opinion, I would say the responses were well within my “freedom of speech” and 100% “appropriate”!… Hmmm…..I feel like Fox News to the Obama Administration….. I must be doing something right!… And the Commissioner must be getting some of that Colon thin skin!…In 2007 former Town Atty. Cherof advised Commissioners are to put on agenda items that are dealing with Town business…Why no such advice from the present Town Atty.?…

Old Business items brought back by Commissioner Clottey …encroachments on public property…Comm. Clottey, last go round thought it was ok for the planter in front of the news stand business but the table and chair in the breezeway on Commercial…nah, they should have to pay!… Now thanks to the business code sweeps it will be a pick and choose for who is allowed the “privilege” of “encroaching” on town property… “Shades” of who you gonna vote for in 2010 comes to mind as a criteria…YIKES!…Up  in front of the Commission again is Garden Court and Shore Court ( a look at the archives shows these developments  have  been going in front of the town commission since 2007)….Also making a return Atty. Grant Smith…who as many noticed in the Sentinel was front and center in the Rothstein case sitting with Rothstein’s Partner in the Broward County courtroom… One can only imagine the tone to come from Clottey  and Vice Mayor McIntee… Ear plugs may be required…and for this writer I’ll bring my neck brace to keep from “inappropriately” having whiplash!…

New Business item 16g…”Discussion and/ or action regarding homeless people in our beach access areas, especially in Washintonia Beach Park. LBTS should have posted signs indicating how long and when people can linger a each of the portals and Pavilion. No sleeping should be allowed on the benches (commissioner Clottey)”… WOW!… Someone should contact the advocates for the Broward’s homeless… It was only last month when discussing the fishing on the beach ordinance that Comm. Clottey said she had nearly “tripped over one of THOSE people” when speaking of the homeless…and now she says they’re sleeping in our town!… Great P.R. Comm. that’s gotta help our tourism!… Wait a minute though, Hmmm…. At the last commission meeting Town Manager Colon told us all of the new 10 hour shifts for the BSO Police and how the town was successfully being covered…Hmmm… Perhaps Comm. Clottey is going for another round of LBTS-BSO bashing.. WHACK-O!…. One reader had a great idea… I shall pass on…How about putting parking meters in the parks and in the portals…timed and ticketed!…LOVE IT!…

New Business item 16 i “Discussion and/or action regarding a contest for a new slogan (Commisioner Clottey)… Yet another Furth -induced item on this agenda……This past year the BTSTimes tried to get this “LBTS Slogan contest” off the ground in their “Flashback” newspaper… those who are not so easily besotted…in the wee hours of the night at Town Hall East…were not amused!… The Town has a slogan…But  listen folks…perhaps Comm. Clottey inadvertently came up with perfect new slogan without even knowing it from her NB item g…..new LBTS slogan for LBTS in 2010….”LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, WHERE PEOPLE COME TO LINGER”!…or….”LINGER -BY-THE-SEA”!…

Boy, do I wish I could go back in time…I ‘m wishing for a do-over….We could have changed history..Yep, we could have… If only… we (Candidate Stuart Dodd and I ) had listened to MacMillan  et al….and followed through with their directives to tell Birute Clottey, she needed to step aside for Bob Eckblad… If we had and she had walked away… after Mr. Eckblad had his change of heart…and the reality of not having a CIC member in sight to run from the north end of town….It would have been an uncontested win for former Commissioner Clark… If only I knew then what I knew now….it could have been so different……

2 more years of this Commissioner…without a new majority on the dais…Somebody get the straitjackets, one size fits all!…

LBTS Nov. 10, 2009 back-up agenda… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm

more to come…

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