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Here’s The Scoop … My Procrastination Leads To Find The Same Old -Same Old When It Comes To Politics & Politicians …. Updated …


Dear Readers … Procrastination set in when it came to sitting down in front of the computer in order to listen to the rest of the LBTS Commission meeting from May 24, 2011… I am looking  for any and all reasons not to… Why?.. It’s redundant…(see below)… it’s too long and too drawn out and it will only lead to being in even more of a funk at this juncture dealing with the politics in Lauderdale-By-The- Sea for this writer… I’m beginning to think it does not matter who gets elected … It inevitably turns out the same old items on the agenda…the same old “visioning” meetings by government …and the same old election time promises made every 2 years… Due to procrastination this writer decided to do some Googling to extend it and found those feelings were justified…As far as the rest of that May 24, 2011 meeting coming on this site any time soon…the odds are against it…


25 YEARS AGO …..

‘Lauderdale-by-the-sea To Weigh $20 Million Redevelopment Plan
June 04, 1986|By Calvin Carter, Staff Writer

Progress is coming to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

That is, if the Town Commission and residents approve a proposed $20 million redevelopment project in the town.

The project, which is still in the planning stages, would bring Mediterranean-style hotel suites, retail shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and a public plaza to the area, said Roy D. Smith, of Roy D. Smith and Associates Architects and Planners. The Fort Lauderdale firm is retained by developer Glenn H. Friedt Jr.

“The overall concept is a vibrant, people-oriented place that would add to the charm of the existing community,“ Smith said. “The Friedt group are the motivators of this plan. It`s their decision to remain in the community and provide the impetus for redevelopment and change,“ he said.

According to preliminary plans, the project would involve renovating a 1.5- acre site occupied by Villa Serena and Sandy Shoes Resort Apartment Motel, 4500 N. Ocean Drive; a half-acre site occupied by Sea Lure Motel, 4444 N. Ocean Drive; and a 1-acre vacant lot across from Town Hall currently used for free beach parking.

The changes also would include adding tennis and basketball courts to existing Friedt Park on Bougainvilla Drive. A park on the beach and a parking garage would be tied into one central court area by low-rise Mediterranean- style hotel suites and a “street-scape“ of benches, lighting and sidewalks to attract pedestrian traffic, Smith said.

The greatest benefit of the proposal, Smith added, is to set an architectural theme for the town.

“We`re attempting to create an architectural style that hopefully will encourage redevelopment of the entire ocean front community,“ he said.

The idea was presented to the Town Commission last week in a series of drawings. Town Attorney Ken Mikos has been directed by town officials to meet with Smith and outline the town`s role in the project, said Mayor Wally Kilday.

But, he added, the most important factor would be residents` opinions on the proposal.

Town Manager John Forrest said the initial proposal presented to residents and town commissioners last week was greeted with cautious enthusiasm.

“At this point it`s just a concept,“ he said. “The majority of the people at the meeting thought it was a step forward.“

According to town ordinances, no buildings may be built over three stories.’


“UM students invited to assess redevelopment plans
June 03, 2011|SEAN D’OLIVEIRA Forum Publishing Group

As Lauderdale-by-the-Sea continues its redevelopment efforts, students from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture recently gave a presentation on how the town could help improve its business district.

The presentation was one of a variety of seminars the town has hosted over the past three months intended to gauge potential ideas and revive the town’s master plan.

“We’re trying to capture a business friendly attitude in respect to ‘we want them to know that Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is open for business,'” said Town Commissioner Chris Vincent. “We want to get people in town and make it easy for businesses to get started and for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to be known as a destination town for locals, and people out of the state and country.”

Before the presentation, students took tours of the town and had been working at Jarvis Hall for nearly a week to also gather input from residents, business owners and town officials.

With a goal of creating a new, vibrant look for A1A, Commercial Boulevard, and the Town Hall and El Prado corridors, students from the University of Miami’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, Master of Real Estate Redevelopment and Urbanism departments recently presented their findings to the town.

“You have to be careful that you don’t suffocate the community by not allowing anything to happen,” said Charles Bohl, an associate professor for the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. “You have to create a balance for a sustainable community and business base that is consistent with what the community wants.”

Students broke the town into sections to try and formulate a plan to help revitalize business, improve parking and streetscape, while also making the town more welcoming and pedestrian friendly.

A variety of scenarios were presented for the Town Hall and El Prado corridors including relocating elements of the facilities or adding onto them to improve civic services in the area.

Improvements the students suggested to the Commercial Boulevard corridor from the beach to the Intracoastal Waterway were to create a unified brand for shopping areas, add about 51 additional parking spaces, widen sidewalks, implement crosswalks to connect opposite sides of the street, add more shade trees to encourage walking and improve signage to inform visitors how to access various businesses.

The A1A corridor was found to lack enough pedestrian friendly walkways and had high traffic congestion and exposed utilities. Recommendations included building a parking garage, introduce turtle-friendly solar lighting, creating a shade pathway that leads to the beach portals and more welcoming signage at the town’s southern entrance.

With the various recommendations, Mayor Roseann Minnet said the town will gauge all ideas from the private, public and business sectors over the next few months and move forward with a more extensive master plan and how to best implement the plan.

“If we are to move forward with this, we need residents’ input,” Minnet said. “We do have a great town and I look forward to working with everyone and making this town a better place.”


10 YEARS AGO …BROWARD COUNTY’S VISION FOR TREE CANOPY ….(shade trees recommended by UM students -see above)… ANOTHER “VISION” THAT WENT UP ON A SHELF …

Of note-take not of the last commenter on last page…


Outside work puts CRA team in question
May 26, 2011|REBECCA DELLAGLORIA Forum Publishing Group

The two-person team that leads Redevelopment Management Associates, which heads up Pompano Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, is doing contract work for the town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. This has raised questions by at least one member of the Pompano City Commission.

Kim Breisemeister and Chris Brown, who make up the RMA team, were contracted to review Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s master plan, as well as a financial plan to implement it, said LBTS Town Manager Connie Hoffmann.

Hoffmann said they are also looking for RMA to do a marketing study for the town. RMA is being paid $35,000 for the master plan review and financial plan, Hoffmann said.

“They are a highly experienced team that has done work for multiple cities and they have a track record of success, which is why we went to them,” Hoffmann said.

But Pompano Beach Vice Mayor George Brummer said he was concerned that Breisemeister and Brown were stretching themselves too thin.

“I didn’t buy RMA. I bought Breisemeister and Brown,” Brummer said during a recent CRA board meeting. “If you two people start to stretch yourselves out, then I’m not sure the city of Pompano Beach will get what it deserves.”

Breisemeister reiterated RMA’s commitment to the city of Pompano Beach, saying, “Under no circumstances are we going to shortchange [the city]. I think we’ve demonstrated a very, very strong commitment. We work many, many hours.”

The management agreement between RMA and Pompano Beach’s CRA is not exclusive, Pompano Beach City Manager Dennis Beach said.

“Based on the description of what they’re doing, I would not perceive it as a conflict at this point,” Beach said. “I think the vice mayor’s comments were appropriate. They put everybody on notice that we wouldn’t want RMA doing something for a community close to us that would compete with us, and I think RMA is aware of that.”

Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher agreed.

“I saw no issue with it. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has no CRA,” Fisher said. “RMA is a private firm and they are going to have other clients. But I did not see any conflict of interest or issue with what they are doing with Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.”

BC- we were told RMA would present there 5 -year plan in early June- as of this date it is not on the Jarvis Hall June calendar on the Town Website- while the first budget meeting is set for June 21, 2011 at 5 pm…





Pick 4 In Lauderdale-by-the-sea
March 04, 1992

Voters in Lauderdale-by-the Sea will choose a new mayor and three city commissioners in Tuesday`s municipal election. The Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board makes these recommendations:


Incumbent Mayor Joseph Barbara is stepping down as mayor to be a commissioner, and voters have two candidates to choose from to fill the vacancy: Commissioner Ken Wardlaw and Commissioner Anna Mae French. Wardlaw is the better choice.

Wardlaw, 62, is the only incumbent who listened to the residents when many showed up at a commission meeting to ask officials to replace antiquated recreational equipment for children in a city park.

His primary concerns are deterioration of the business district, inadequate attention paid to beach cleanliness and safety and inadequate parking and lack of follow-up on proposed programs for a parking survey. He also suggests establishing a code enforcement board to address code violations.

A 22-year city resident, he is a retired businessman.

French, 63, who has been a commissioner for two years, would not be a bad choice if elected mayor, but not the best choice. A 20-year resident, she is co-owner and co-manager with her husband of an apartment complex.


Six candidates are running for three at-large seats for Town Commissioner. Voters should choose Margaret McKane, Oliver Parker and Donald Shawver.

McKane, Parker and Shawver, if elected, are three new faces who will bring good ideas and a responsiveness to residents` concerns. All three, although not running as a block ticket, express the same frustration with the Town Commission for not paying enough attention to voters, and all offer a determination to turn that around, though in different ways.

McKane, 36, is a family day care provider. She is an executive board member of the Broward County Family Day Care Association, a board member of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Park Redevelopment Committee, and vice-president of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Property Owners Association.

A 17-year resident, she says the three most important issues facing the town are preservation of the volunteer fire department, the need for a closer relationship between the government and the business community, and the need for a town beautification program.

Parker, 41, an attorney and resident since 1974, would serve as an excellent watchdog over how the town operates. He has a good working knowledge of the town and most of its important issues, and he offers some interesting ideas, such as installing cellular phones and videocameras in police cars.

He also believes the budget should be broken down and better itemized so people can get a better idea of how the town is spending its money.

Shawver, 27, is a town native who owns a pharmacy. His top issues are the status of the town`s fire protection services, the protection of bathers and divers, and renovation and beautification of the town. He says more attention should be paid to the needs of younger residents.

Shawver is also especially concerned that the commission needs someone to voice the needs of the town`s business community, which he feels have been somewhat neglected by the current members.

Other candidates are incumbent Wally Kilday, David Wessels and William Weyhmueller.

Kilday, 61, is a part-time investment adviser. He has served on the commission for 12 years, including five years as mayor. In November, he was charged with driving while intoxicated. The case has not yet come to trial.

Wessels, 48, is a nice enough person but doesn`t seem to be very familiar with many of the town`s important issues. On some of those issues he is familiar with, he prefers to waffle rather than offer a strong position. Wessels is a pharmacist and has been a resident for 10 years.

Weyhmueller, 66, wouldn`t be a bad commissioner if elected, but he wouldn`t bring any real new perspectives to the commission to help it represent a diversity of opinion and ideas. He is a retired school principal from Hammond, Ind., and a town resident since 1986.’

Wednesday`s editorial recommending election of Margaret McKane as a Town Commissioner in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea contained an error. She is a past, not current, vice president of the Property Owners Association.
The Sun-Sentinel regrets the errors.


Scot Sasser

City: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Office: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Commissioner District 1

Age: 43

Email: [email protected]


Marital Status/Family: Married with two children

Education: Attended Columbus State University

Profession: Bank Card Executive

Previous elective office/campaign experience: This is my first time seeking elected office. We thought long and hard as a family before making this decision. I wanted to make sure I was capable of bringing the town the time and effort the people deserved. In the end we knew it was time for fresh ideas and a change.

Civic activities/municipal board experience: I am currently Vice President of the Westminster Academy Booster Club and served as football coach for the 5th and 6th grade boys. I am an Adult Small Group Leader at my church where I have served as Chairman of Deacons and on the Administrative Leadership Team.

What previous actions by you demonstrate you have the honesty, ethics and personal character to be an elected official? Teresa and I have been married for 19 years. I currently lead an Adult Small Group at my Church where I have also served as Chairman of Deacons and served on the Administrative Leadership Team, which handles the finances, budget and strategic direction of the church. I also coach football at Westminster Academy. As a father of two children I realize the importance of setting the example by living honestly, ethically and having the discipline of strong personal character. It’s time to set the same example from the dais.

What are your priorities if elected, including your long-term vision for the city or town? Do you have any ordinances, policies, regulations or charter amendments to suggest? I would like to see a Code of Ethics passed in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. We have had difficulties in the past with elected officials who should have, in good conscience, recused themselves from votes on important public safety issues because they had a conflict of interest no matter if they received compensation or not as a town vendor. I am also in favor of a personal Code of Conduct that must be signed by any elected official to prohibit personal attacks or embarrassing conduct on the dais. My long-term vision for the town starts with an overall plan. We have shelved our Master Plan and in 2010 we need to revise it or start over. We can no longer piecemeal our projects. The new Master Plan should be adhered to in guiding us through an overall plan and prioritization for needs town wide.

Where in the municipal budget would you like to decrease and increase spending, and why? How would you balance the need for services with the desire by residents to reduce taxes? I would like to bring a structured approach to town business overall. We currently work off agenda items with no detailed follow-up and no database to assist Commissioners with decisions that have been made in the past. Without that structure, things tend to get lost or lost in translation. This includes town projects, budgetary spending, and special project allocation. We must be more diligent in how we spend money and the decisions we make especially on big ticket items such as buildings, equipment and capital improvements. I was for paying off loans but to find out later that there was a $300,000 early termination penalty that was not negotiated down was quite shocking. If we are more organized in our approach we could save money to decrease taxes. We waste too much money.



Chris Vincent

City: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Office: Commissioner District 2

Age: 51

Email: [email protected]


Party affiliation: N/A

Marital Status/Family: Married with one daughter

Education: High School, 1 1/2 years Community College

Profession: Contractor/Property Management

Previous elective office/campaign experience: As an eight year resident of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, town issues have always been important to me. It has become apparent that we need new fresh input and ideas. My ability to work well with others will benefit the town and the residents.

Civic activities/municipal board experience: Our Family has been involved for the last 9 years with the Facing It Together Foundation. A non-profit organization dear to our hearts. Founded in 2000, FIT helps people regardless of age, race, creed or religion with the treatment, prevention of craniofacial disorders.

What previous actions by you demonstrate you have the honesty, ethics and personal character to be an elected official? I have run a successful business in South Florida for the past 22 years and established myself as a respected leader within my field. I have demonstrated my honesty and ethical standards by maintaining longstanding relationships with my customers, vendors and employees. I have an exceptional record of follow-through with meeting contractual obligations and the expectations of my clients. As a father, I lead by example every day to be a positive role model for my young daughter.

What are your priorities if elected, including your long-term vision for the city or town? Do you have any ordinances, policies, regulations or charter amendments to suggest? When elected I will show respect and decorum on the dais for my fellow commissioners and the citizens of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Continue to provide the best possible public safety for the town. Support our business community and find ways to generate new tax revenues to keep property taxes low. Listen and include the voice of all taxpayers when making policy decisions. Enact an ethics code for our elected officials to prevent conflicts of interest. Support the existing height limits within the town charter. The town charter should only be changed in the most serious of circumstances and only when such changes are initiated and approved by the people, not the commission. Review current ordinances to make sure they are being enforced and determine if we need to adjust them to fit our town better.

Where in the municipal budget would you like to decrease and increase spending, and why? How would you balance the need for services with the desire by residents to reduce taxes? Town vendor service contracts are always a large portion of a town’s budget. I would make sure that town contracts are put out to bid, properly advertised and reviewed to make sure we receive the best service at the best possible price. We should be prudent in our decisions when spending money on acquisitions of real estate, equipment and improvements. The town wasted too much money on the purchase of an old motel. Ensure proper maintenance of community assets, identify the most important needs first and secure funding sources before we commit to such projects. These should be funded on a priority basis, not at the whim of a Commissioner. The town’s master plan is dated and should be brought current, particularly when it comes to drainage projects, sidewalk repairs and other capital improvements

FLASHBACK ….. 2010

Roseann Minnet

City: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Office: Mayor

Age: 50

Email: [email protected]

Party affiliation: N/A

Marital Status/Family: Single

Education: B.S.Degree in Accounting-Florida Atlantic University

Profession: Lighting Design and Consulting

Previous elective office/campaign experience: 2008-Present: Mayor of the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Civic activities/municipal board experience: Broward League of Cities Sustainability Committee, Florida League of Cities Taxation & Finance Committee, Broward County Climate Change Task Force, Broward County Water Resource Task Force, Broward League of Cities Alternate.

What previous actions by you demonstrate you have the honesty, ethics and personal character to be an elected official? I voted to prohibit candidates seeking office in LBTS from accepting donations from vendors who do business with the town. I helped lead the effort to create a town ethics code which would prohibit conflicts of interest on the dais & take politics out of public safety issues. I will continue to pursue an ethics ordinance for LBTS. Town residents deserve the highest level of integrity and independence from their elected officials. I have and will always treat town residents with honesty and respect.

What are your priorities if elected, including your long-term vision for the city or town? Do you have any ordinances, policies, regulations or charter amendments to suggest? My long-term vision for the town is to maintain its traditions & preserve our quaint seaside village environment. I will continue to support the existing height limits in our town charter, to protect our beautiful ocean views & skyscape. I will work with residents & businesses to revitalize the hospitality district & increase business in LBTS. We must remain proactive in getting people to come to our town. I will continue my efforts to create community task forces to advise the commission on budget & public safety issues & to provide increased transparency in government.

Where in the municipal budget would you like to decrease and increase spending, and why? How would you balance the need for services with the desire by residents to reduce taxes? I voted against giving commissioners free med insurance & cell phone subsidies, and will continue my efforts to cut these expenses. The town attorney should be hired on an annual contract instead of an hourly rate. All buildings should be inspected for ways to reduce energy costs such as lighting & A/C. All outsourced contracts must be sent out for competitive bids & pricing. The town needs to update its electronic communications & reduce its paperwork. We must develop a master plan to address the town’s aging infrastructure, including drainage, lighting & sidewalks I will continue to support beautification projects and seek out grant opportunities.I would like to decrease the fire assessment & help our business community grow so they can generate new revenues and lessen the burden on our taxpayers




Personal: 64, divorced, one child

Education: Doctorate in business administration, Oklahoma State University

Professional: Marketing professor, Barry University

Political: First run for office

Civic: Former board member of Rotary Club; local chairwoman of American Marketing Association; member, board of directors of Lithuanian American Club in Miami; board of Bel Air Civic Association

How long have you lived in South Florida? Since 1989

How do you differ from your opponent? I listen to people. I don’t have pre-conceived ideas. I believe it’s the people a politician needs to answer to. I will listen.

How much money have your raised? About $3,000

How much of that did you lend/give to your campaign? $500

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements: Citizens Initiative Committee

How to contact: or 954-895-6595

What are your top priorities?

To restore trust as an elected official … [To] bring forth all my business acumen to ensure fiscal responsibility with budgetary restraint. … [To] preserve the charm and character.

What were the best and worst decisions of the Town Commission recently?

Best: Hiring of town manager. Worst: Support of [former Broward] Sheriff Ken Jenne, resulting in demise of volunteer fire department. Increase in density, reduced building setback requirements, lack of green space, reinterpretation of people’s term limits amendment and ignoring ordinances the majority on the dais did not agree with.

Where in the town budget would you like to decrease and increase spending?

Reduce public safety cost by implementing a cost-effective partnership with reinstatement of volunteer fire department and go out for RFP bids for paid professional firefighters to save citizens approximately $1 million a year.




Personal: 59, married, four stepchildren, 10 grandchildren

Education: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Manchester University

Professional: Marine engineer with Global Marine Service and Repair Inc.

Political: First run for office. Led effort to recall Mayor Oliver Parker in 2007.

Civic: Chairman of Citizens Initiative Committee

How long have you lived in South Florida? Since 1996

How do you differ from your opponent? It’s time for a change. I bring fresh thinking, new ideas and a new perspective to the dais, with integrity and honesty and an open mind.

How much money have you raised? $3,000

How much of that did you lend/give to your campaign? $500

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements: Citizens Initiative Committee

How to contact: or 954-612-1600

What are your top priorities?

To restore confidence in the Town Commission, bring back our volunteer fire department in an active role and shape citizen-friendly development. I [also] support removing the Overlay District from the books because it has led to developer abuse.

What were the best and worst decisions of the Town Commission recently?
Best: Mayor Parker’s decision to step down. Worst: A myriad of blunders such as removal (after 45 years of service) of the volunteer fire department, implementation of an Overlay District that is out of character with the community, allowing the Oriana developers to get away with a slap on the wrist for ‘overbuilding’ their original site plan, approving plans to give away one lane of our premier beach boulevard for developers to use as their front yards, and reinterpreting a term limits charter change, passed by 74 percent of the voters, to not apply to themselves.

Where in the town budget would you like to decrease and increase spending?

Return cost-effective volunteer fire department alongside a paid professional fire department … to save over $1 million tax dollars per year. Contract less from outside sources. Have someone in town administration with grant-writing skills.



Personal: 48, divorced, one son

Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Florida Atlantic University

Professional: Owner, operator of Lightseeker Inc., a lighting design company

Political: Chairwoman of Planning and Zoning Board, former member of Charter Review Board, former member of Board of Adjustment

Civic: Chamber of Commerce member; Leadership Broward Foundation lifetime member; corporate partner chairwoman of National Association of Women Business Owners, 1993-98

How long have you lived in South Florida? Lifelong, born and raised in Plantation; 18 years in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

How do you differ from your opponent? I really feel that I bring common sense to the town. Common sense and respect and integrity are going to be the foundation of my campaign.

How much money have you raised? About $6,000

How much of that did you lend/give to your campaign? $500

Top 3 non-newspaper endorsements: Firefighters Local 4321 Political Action Committee; Realtors Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale

How to contact: or 954-351-7282

What are your top priorities?

Maintaining a professional EMS, fire and police for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Secondly, respect must be brought back to [the town].

What were the best and worst decisions of the Town Commission recently?

Worst decision has been the vacillation of the Commercial Boulevard pavilion. We are in jeopardy of losing a grant from Fort Lauderdale which will expire in December 2008 if the project is not completed. Best decision was moving forward with the Overlay Districts in 2004-05.

Where in the town budget would you like to decrease and increase spending?

I will continue to reduce taxes, increase revenues and cut variable costs wherever possible without sacrificing our quality of life. Specifics: Review all projects for effectiveness [and] evaluate outsourcing of public works.


more to come when the procrastination dissipates ….

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