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Here’s The Scoop….. Reality Sucks…But It Doesn’t Have to….

Dear Readers…

It is a reality that the VFD is not being run according to their own VFD Constitution- By-Laws…with the all too familiar smoke and mirror actions coming from the Vice Mayor and his Mc-Gang …to attack those that dare to question…to continue to ignore requests for public information…and to once more enlist the Mc-tactics of divide and conquer by feeding the newest VFD members with fear that the “attackers” are attacking them…and not the man that is most definitely …..not “behind the curtain.”…in his de-facto Chief role…McIntee …

The VFD must be held up to the same standards of operation required by its predecessor the BSO and its peers…the BSO and AMR…along with neighboring union and non-union departments in the public safety arena….

They must operate with transparency…no matter who is asking for the answers…those they like …and those they do not….They must be able to provide documentation that the proper avenues are and were observed with purchasing ….the moving around of VFD funds….actual voting on new rules and regulations…and voting as a membership and as a Board on members…and positions…not skipping steps with improper solitary decisions and appointments……

For the Town Manager not to investigate that proper procedures have been followed…is a dereliction of her duties…not knowing herself what are the proper procedures by not having the VFD documents in her possession …is incomprehensible…(previous post)…

Those rules…those procedures….those votes should be documented in the VFD Board and General Membership meeting minutes…(previous post)…which she should have obtained….and compared with the documents……in order to make a full report to the residents of this town…rather than a “I have no comment at this time” response …she lamely made…

No one is against the members of the VFD…repeatedly posted here.. as long as the VFD is doing what they required to do……and as of today…they are not!…

This writer has once again asked for the VFD Chief, The Town Manager and the Town Attorney to address this ongoing disturbing situation…Stonewalling is the word that comes to mind….plausible deniability…is what is most often thrown out by readers…

The reality is that this writer only writes on this site…and does not control or participate in the anonymous blog sites….put out by others….on the web…

That being said …almost daily someone will come up and insist on “filling me in”…on the dirt…which is usually an offshoot …or a purposeful mis-characterization of what was posted here….with the latest being the post on the conflict of interest for the Vice Mayor to vote on anything that has to do with the VFD now that his son is employed and benefiting from the department…included in the Florida Ethics Commission letter to him on Sept. 10th…

Never did I mention anything derogatory about the Vice Mayor’s son… his qualifications…or having a position in the department……In fact this writer is thrilled if the Vice Mayor’s son becomes a permanent member of the VFD, thus precluding his father from voting on the VFD permanently…that would be a big move in the right direction for the Commission…and the town…

As I have posted before … children are off limits…but saying they are employed by the Town or a vendor of the Town…..and what that employment means…as it relates to the Commission …or the Town…is certainly not out of bounds…it is a matter of public record….

Please readers…no more well-meaning “heads-up”…it’s a waste of time….really….

The reality is that we are not the “prettiest little town”…..we have a town in flux…. really messed up…and not just from construction debris…..

We need to get a plan in place…to develop properly …throughout the town….not just along the beach…. for it has become much more noticeable….that there are seedy pockets…around town…where it is uncomfortable to walk ….and where it looks like police and code enforcement…are just driving by…and ignoring these areas……In the BSO backup material….not read by many on the dais…and not brought forth until it was written up here on this site..in the last Commission Agenda post…….is the rise in burglaries…cars and homes…and today’s newspaper report of actual police reports being withheld from our neighbors in Pompano Beach...http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/pompano_

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The reality is…we go around and around..on the same topics…ad nauseum on the monthly agendas…and at the monthly meetings…whether it’s 2000 or 2008…parking…heights…drownings…VFD….parking…heights…drownings…VFD…

We need to move on items…no more tabling…get rid of free parking…get the 44 foot height limit along the beach returned…be creative and flexible with old properties and new construction…put out a multiple question referendum …on million dollar and above Town acquisitions…financing alternatives for a Town Complex…..who can serve on the commission and who cannot…getting rid of “2 Hats” conflicts on the dais…….. and whatever other major concerns are in need of town wide input….so that in 2010…we can finally say…the progress we made …this time…. really was “The will of the people!”….

more to come…

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