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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town …. JAN. 14, 2010 …. VFD Passing The Boot … RFQs For A Scenic A1A … Election Time Logic ….

AIDING HAITI …..

LBTS-VFD Doing their part by filling the boot! …

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“REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS — RFQ 09-12-01
Pursuant to Florida Statutes, Section 287.055 (Consultants Competitive Negotiations Act), the
Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida, invites qualified engineering firms or individuals to
submit Letters of Interest, Statements of Qualification and Experience, and Standard Forms 254
& 255 for consideration to provide professional general civil engineering and landscaping services
for the design of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Local Agency Program (LAP)
Landscaping, Enhancement Project FM – 418022-1, on SR A1A from Pine Avenue To Terra Mar
Drive.”

The RFQ was opened today, with name of company and town read aloud only… at Town Hall at 2 pm…in attendance this writer… Erez Bar-Nur from Landscape Design Workshop, Fort Lauderdale (who designed El Prado Park and the Minto properties) …opening up the Requests For Qualifications …Town Clerk June White, Asst. Town Manager John Olinzock and Finance Director Kaola King.. fourteen submissions from large and small companies…including some familiar names…

1. Landscape Design Workshop-Ft. Lauderdale

2. Ocampo & Assoc.- Stuart Fl.

3. Keith + Schnars – Ft. Lauderdale

4. IBI Group- Coral Springs

5. Miller Legg- Pembroke Pines

6. Botech Thurow Eng. Inc.- Ft. Lauderdale

7. Caufield & Wheeler Inc.- Port St. Lucie

8. Curtis & Rogers- Coconut Grove

9. Bermello Ajamil & Partmers Inc.- Ft. Lauderdale

10. Calvin Giordano & Assoc.- Ft. Lauderdale

11. Walter H. Keller Inc.- Coral Springs

12. A.E. Com Design & Planning -Orlando

13. PBS & J Ft. Lauderdale

14. Tylin International- Ft. Lauderdale

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TAKE 2 RENTERS …1 INSULTED ATTORNEY … AND 8 WEEKS TO AN ELECTION …..AND WHAT DO WE GET?…

A SPECIAL MEETING IN JARVIS HALL ON JAN.21, 2010  at 6 pm!….

Taped onto the counter in front of the receptionist in Town Hall today a memo for a special meeting to discuss “recurring special events which close town streets and its effect on adjacent businesses”…WOW!….

Readers may recall at the commission meeting on the 12th the exchange that went on with an attorney who was insulted by the Vice Mayor when he called her “A big girl”…And that was after the poor woman came to realize that her clients who rent 2 stores in town neglected to tell her their objection to the re-up of the 3 month special event permit for the Village Grille’s Friday night Jazz on the Square was extending an established Friday night event that has been going on for the last 7 years…(not counting the weeks it went dark due to the Town Manager unilaterally shutting  it down after finding a snafu ….Hmmm..reminiscent of her recent actions with the Senior Center )…Athena has also been a Saturday night standard for some years now…

Commissioner Silverstone and Vice Mayor McIntee looked pretty glib as they found another way to stick it to the Athena owners when the attorney said her client’s businesses were facing a loss of revenue on nights these events take place…..Suddenly here we are less than 2 weeks later with a special meeting called …You can tell it’s election season!…

There was no special meeting called for the pavilion!…There was no meeting called for the pavilion and street floods!…There was no special meeting called for the termination of BSO Chief Scott Gooding this fast!… But for two businesses that according to the Town never contacted them prior to this podium visit by their attorney…. Two businesses never contacted Village Grille or Athena according to statements at the podium …And two businesses who  did not show up to accompany the attorney in Jarvis Hall to speak…a special meeting was put together at record speed…YIKES!…

This could be the noise ordinance all over again…Do residents want music in the square on Fridays and Saturday nights?…  Then come and show your support… Send an e-mail…or call your commissioners …This meeting on top of the ridiculous requirement put in place by Commissioners Silverstone and Clottey and Vice Mayor McIntee for Dave Gadsby and the Marchelos brothers to re-apply for these permits every 2 months followed by a night of coming to Jarvis Hall the following month to receive the commission’s consent to continue the events for another 3 months is enough to make anybody throw up their arms and throw in the towel…and that would truly be a shame!…

Dave Gadsby reminded us all the other evening what it was like in town when the music was gone…It’s time for residents to say enough before that happens again…. and time for voters to say enough to elected officials making it so hard for those businesses to do something good for the town!
CONTACT INFO-

Mayor Roseann Minnet
Tel: 954-326-0594
[email protected]

Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee
Tel: 954-943-8539
No e-mail is available.

Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey
Tel: 954-895-6595
[email protected]

Commissioner Stuard Dodd
Tel: 954-772-4121
[email protected]

Commissioner Jim Silvertone
Tel: 954-771-0355
[email protected]

TOWN HALL

ADMINISTRATION
954-776-0576
[email protected]

more to come……….

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