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Here’s The Scoop … Let’s Get It Right This Time … CIC Reality Check Required …

WHEN THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD …

Dear Readers … last night’s Master Plan Steering Committee meeting post was quite critical of this committee now in place… and for good reason… The hope was a new group of appointed volunteers would return the committee to what this writer saw when I attended my first such meeting some years back.. I have written about it before and will just reflect briefly once again … I attended the MPSC in Jarvis Hall when Ernie Fontaine was the Chair and the discussion was on a new Town Hall… The room was packed and the discussion was not only informative …it was invigorating…It was productive and the participation was at that “higher level” Town Manager Hoffmann was trying to achieve last evening… Why was it possible then and not so afterward with the next 2 committees ?… I attended almost every meeting for both….The first committee that followed was appointed while the Old Guard was in power …..while Parker was Mayor …This is the group that were so shortsighted in their interest and responsiveness to Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk… The next MPSC was appointed after the CIC won in 2008 and this rag-tag CIC bunch did not want to move forward on anything…that inaction started from the former TM down..with the poor treatment of the members at the inception …and appointee changes that brought Mark Furth back on the committee… Now we have a new group and unfortunately the makeup of this group still has no resemblance to what I saw at the first meeting and the few I attended prior that committee being disbanded…. I truly believe we should have that type of committee…especially now… It’s really no different than seeing a need to replace a majority on the dais ….certain commissioners…and the former Town Manager for those that can do right by the Town… After last night I am convinced the revision to the Master Plan needs to be done by a different group…a smaller group that might included some of those who were present during the Fontaine led MPSC days…and then the Town Manager should put together vision workshops including another charette such as the one we saw last night to the residents and businesses …

Of Note…this writer also believes that the real decline of the downtown began with the closing of Mack’s Groves….As a resident arriving in town in  1999…I remember the people …both residents and  tourists not thinking twice about crossing A1A to get to Mack’s Groves and crossing back again to head to the beach…the pier…the ice cream shop ..Village Grille and Aruba …They went to Mack’s to see what was inside that was new and unique as well as to just sit outside on the wooden chairs lined up in front to shoot the breeze with whomever sat down next to them enjoying the ambiance of LBTS had to offer.. A new pavilion is nice…but it cannot replace what we lost when Mack’s Groves shut their doors… It made LBTS a “memorable place”!…

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CIC’S ALTERED REALITY….

How funny…the CIC is still clinging to using half-truths in order to cling to remaining relevant in 2010/2011 in LBTS… After we heard they sent out e-mails for dues to members who did not pay up last year (prev. post)…most likely those who had no intention of  paying or remaining in a group that put forth the dirtiest campaign of fear-mongering seen in LBTS …with CIC candidates losing in a landslide…Then installing a new Chair who falsely made charges of racism during and after the election….The CIC were standing firmly behind the former Town Manager who we know for a fact would still be TM if they had won… the same TM who left us with some huge problems to deal with after she was ousted…Today the CIC sent out another  e-mail for their next meeting (Sept. 24, 2010) still regularly at the private Surf and Yacht Club on Palm Ave….and to tout their updated website…Low and behold on their website’s front page..was the following…

“Commission Actions? – Why did the new Commission, in their first major decision, FIRE the Town Manager while not allowing any public comments? Her contract allowed for two ways to dismiss the TM; i.e., resignation or termination. They chose termination which cost us, the taxpayers, about $250,000 plus legal fees. All they had to do was to ask her to resign. Instead they rushed into the termination “without cause”. One wonders why?”

Give me a break!… There was plenty of opportunity for public comment on the Town Manager…and for the CIC to state “All they had to do was to ask her to resign” ….What a hoot!… Former TM Colon was not leaving without her full year severance and her myriad of benefits and perks….All anyone has to do is take another look at the fight and the lawsuit that ensued when monies were paid out to her over and beyond what she was entitled to…(prev. posts)…

At last night’s MPSC the question was asked by the Town Manager why the 2004 Master Plan was not implemented ….Simple…it was not because in the past the CIC was able to make half-truth statements …and get away with it…with no one to counter with the facts….That ship has sailed….and so has the relevance of the CIC in LBTS in 2010/2011….

Note to the CIC…you may want to check your spelling…It’s calendar not calender….OOPS!….

Also of note…we heard the UOT meeting held on Oct. 11th  had 40+ in attendance while the CIC meeting was purported to have a paltry 14 last month…OUCH!…

more to come…

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