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Here’s The Scoop … It’s Yours For $299,000 …

THE 3RD WISH! ….

Dear Readers …This writer heard yesterday that 1612 SE 21st Ave.in Bel Air is up for sale…It’s a familiar address that we saw it recently on a Citizen Contact Center Form when the homeowner of the house requesting a sewer drainage fix for $25,000 turned out to be the Vice Mayor…

McIntee’s words at the Jan. 12, 2010 Commission meeting during his Commissioner Comments  were the tip-off……

“Well ah, it’s been a great four years I’ve enjoyed it. The last years been a little tough but ah, all good things must come to an end and ah, I’m gonna leave with a smile on my face because in the last, I went to a doctor’s appointment two days ago and my blood pressure was down 20 points (laughing). So it definitely is positive for me. And my wife is feeling better too.

Ah, I’m proud of what we’ve done for the town. Ah, I’m proud of ah, what we’ve asked ah, what we were asked to do and ah, I’m proud of, we kept our word. I’m very proud of the fact that the Volunteer Fire Department is strong and viable and professional. Ah, their up to a great body of equipment. Their up to ah, a position where their gaining respect. It’s a situation where it was necessary to fight and go to war to bring em back and we did and we won the war. Now we have to keep up the battle. Ah, I, I look at the youth of the Volunteer Fire Department. I look at me and I’m old and they’re young and let’s hope the youth can carry the way.

So, In all fairness to everybody even on that side or that side, I sort of enjoyed it up here and ah, it was time to end and I’m sorta happy it’s over. But ah, I, I won’t forget Lauderdale By The Sea as being a great place to live. There’s great memories and there’s been tremendous volunteers. The volunteer that I think of continually works harder than anybody is Marc Furth and his wife Christie. Nobody compares to the energy and woork they do and they’ve done it for nothing.

I look at them to my right and see ah, the Town Manager. She’s the best and she doesn’t deserve the attacks that are coming. Unfortunately now the attacks will fly off of me because there’s no need to attack anymore and they’ll probably be more agressive towards Esther which is unfair. She’s done a great job. Ah, the records the proof of it. The taxes are down. Not many people can say that. We’re financially strong. We have no debt. I mean ah, you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. But she’s done a great job and ah, on the whole we made a change. We made a positive change and I’m very proud of it and thank you for allowing me serve. That’s all”…

A small group applauded along with one member of the dais, BFF Comm. Jim Silverstone…

This is not the time to revise history…or forget who is at fault for McIntee only having one term….McIntee!…

This man could have been walking around town a hero with an easy re-election in his future rather than a hasty exit…from his commission seat, his beloved fire department , his house and his town!… He wreaked havoc from the moment he entered the town full time.pre- candidate for commission …

His downfall was twofold… Due first to his M.O. which was to manipulate, intimidate, slander  and threaten groups of supporters…non-supporters and those who never supported him…He ran out of the first group…after too many times of trying to divide and conquer …Second was when he threw out the chance to unite the town and show real leadership, and transparency to all constituents upon getting a majority on the dais in 2008…Instead he, his BFF Commissioner Silverstone, Marc and Christie Furth, Town Manager Colon and eventually Commissioner Clottey chose to govern in a way that was far worse than those they said they needed to replace… All the promises were thrown out the window for personal vendettas and personal agendas that led to McIntee taking one last roll of the dice…and losing big time in his run for VFD Fire Chief!…Losing that meant he had no support in his department and with no support from the VFD he knew he had no support to run for commissioner or mayor ….

As for his parting words…The VFD would never have been dismantled in the first place if not for McIntee’s underhanded behind the scenes actions… according to his pal, “volunteer-extraordinaire ”  Marc Furth…McIntee says the “battle will go on”…He is correct…It will with those [Silverstone, Colon, Clottey, Furths] that were and are fully complicit in the last 2 years of lack of transparency, terminations, strong-arm tactics against businesses, residents and employees…and by those candidates they brought aboard, to replace McIntee Joe Couriel and Marjorie Evans…

The Vice Mayor on the dais as his time runs out, still does not get it., when he speaks of “attacks”……His constituents are holding their elected officials and their Town Administrators accountable…as they should!

The Vice Mayor said the past year has been tough …I bet, it must have been when the jig was up and we found  that he and Commissioner Silverstone either lied or did not do their due diligence when they signed the Town Manager’s contract in 2007 and it was revealed in 2009….When probable cause was found by the Florida Ethics and the Fl. Election Commissions for both he and Comm. Silverstone…When he broke his promise not to be an officer in the VFD  and Comm. Silverstone voted him in as Deputy Chief……When he broke the purchasing rules he told the Fl. Ethics Commission he had nothing to do with in buying an abundance of new VFD equipment……When he deleted 3 +1/2 years of public records …When he brought the decorum on the dais to a new low at the end of the year and read a not so “anonymous” letter to falsely accuse the Mayor…

As he departs the dais and the Town…he still  backs a Town Manager who wrote her own contract …who fought against a required by contract annual review…who has cost the town over $300,000  in paying back a pre-payment penalty loan…who unilaterally messed up the biggest Town project she was in charge of …who caused chaos in the Town with the termination of Chief Scott Gooding….and with  the Senior Center as she aims to terminate the Director …He stands with a Town Manager with a myriad questionable bank accounts ….A Town Manager who never did receive the full audit that McIntee and Silvserstone promised 2 years ago….Vice Mayor McIntee exits LBTS before we hear the results of the second BSO Suicide investigation…Before the taxpayers take a hit if we want to replace the Town Manager…and before we find out what a full comprehensive audit shows us has been going on over the past 10 years!…

Three wishes…that came true….No VFD Fire Chief…No Commission Re-election…Moving out of LBTS….

more to come….

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