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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town …. Kickin’ Up Their Heels … And Dancing In The Streets …

RESIDENTS OF LBTS FELT LIKE JOINING IN TODAY ….

Dear Readers …. Christmas came early in Lauderdale-By – The Sea …with the new elections last night in the VFD!…

Today the men and women of the department were greeted with universal support…countless thumbs up…enthusiastic high-fives…and sincere gratitude for the new leadership overwhelmingly voted in last night at their annual election… Here are the new VFD leaders for the new year…effective immediately after the vote …

Fire Chief: Robert Perkins
Deputy Fire Chief: Joseph Padden
Battalion Chief: Kevin Padden
Captain: Juan Sanchez
Lieutenants: Brad Fabian & Danilio Goyochea

As previously posted there was the complaint to contend with before the vote. It was made by a firefighter over an incident, an altercation with Dep. Chief McIntee in Mexico while wearing his VFD shirt….It was read aloud to the members…and we are told today by the VFD  that it has been put in McIntee’s file where it will remain along with (it is said) at least 5 other complaints made against him… …with no further action taken at this time…

We also heard that behind the scenes in the days prior to this vote there was full out dissension between McIntee and some close longtime political handler-supporters over his sudden decision to run for Chief… It was something he promised he would not do… We hear he was told by the VFD he would have to resign from the commission and that the resignation was to be submitted prior to the vote…But, then the “backpedaling” began…and in the end…true of form…McIntee (it is said) came to the meeting and “offered” to resign “in the near future”…(surprise…surprise)…

There was also a lot happening in the days leading up to the vote with those members voting in the new leadership…We now know that they really did mean what they said when they spoke up at the podium in Jarvis Hall, at some holiday parties and throughout the Town emphatically stating Jerry McIntee is not the VFD…and they were tired of hearing negative feedback and there was going to be a change….

Last night when it was all finally over, the former Deputy Chief tore out of the station, jumped into his coveted red command car, hit the gas, and ran the stop sign as he headed home to empty it out in his driveway at approximately 10 pm… Tonight though, it had a new home… We saw that cleaned out command car sitting in front of the fire house…and seated inside was newly elected Deputy Chief Joe Padden!… Nice!…

Some say McIntee is going to do “scorched earth” on Chief Perkins and the department… and he and his BFF ( He’s not a nice guy!) Silverstone may have already begun the process …If it’s true…it will be yet another in a long line of bad moves…another big gamble…that he will lose….. For how can he justify it? …He would have to eat his words of past praise … and look like what he is today…diminished, irrelevant and defeated….. with no one to blame but himself!…

Commissioner Dodd went in bright and early to congratulate Chief Perkins and the new officers….In the afternoon Mayor Minnet did the same…Both candidates Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent sent e-mails to congratulate the Chief asking him to pass on their congratulations and support to the other fine gentlemen elected in alongside him …

In the local restaurants…the neighborhood stores…and on the streets of our little town from one end to the other there is something we have not seen around here in a very long time…We saw smiles…big…big… big smiles on the faces of our friends and our neighbors as well as those we have been at odds with……They’re kickin’ up their heels and feeling almost giddy at the very real possibility that this feeling could become the norm for all of us……

On March 9, 2010…we can do for the Town what these brave firefighters did for the VFD… we too can vote to do the right thing for Lauderdale-By- The Sea…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMLlNJskJos&feature=related

more to come…

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