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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 …

MEA CULPAS SHOULD START FROM THE CENTER SEAT OF THE DAIS… FROM ONE  PAST CHAIRPERSON TO THE PRESENT ONE…

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…

more to come…

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