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LILLY AT 12 WEEKS …

Can you blame this writer for not posting yesterday when it’s playtime with Lilly?………..

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CHAMBER SURVEY ….

Government budgeting for Chambers …. LBTS participated in this survey …


September 4, 2008

TO: Local Chambers

FROM: Frank Ryll

SUBJECT: Revenue Survey Results

Thank you to the 53 chambers that participated in the revenue survey.

The following are the results of the survey.

1. Please indicate the size of your chamber by number of members.
0-249 5.6%
250-499 32%
500-999 28.3%
1000-1499 18.8%
1500-2499 9.4%
2500 + 5.6%

2. Is your community heavily dependent on tourism?
Yes 50.9%
No 47.1%
No Response 1.8%

3. Is your new membership revenue
Above Budget 15%
On Budget 35.8%
Below Budget 49%

Variance: Those indicating they were above budget ranged from 2% – 20%. Those stating they were below budget were below by an average of 11.3%

4. Are your membership renewals?
Above Budget 5.6%
On Budget 28.3%
Below Budget 64.1%
No Response 1.8%

Variance: Responding chambers stated they were under budget on renewals by 13.2%.

5. Is your sponsorship/advertising revenue?
Above Budget 9.4%
On Budget 43.3%
Below Budget 45.2%
No Response 1.8%

Variance: Chambers stating they were under budget were below by an average of 19.6%

6. Do you receive government money or resources?
Yes 47.1%
No 45.2%
No Response 7.5%

If yes, has the amount of money been reduced over the past year?
Yes 16.9%
No 32%
No Response 50.9%

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“FLUSH WITH POSSIBILITIES “…

Dear Readers … Since bathrooms on the beach has become more than a pipe dream… pun intended… ideas have come this writer’s way from Readers… They include alternative styles…free and pay- as- you- go …again pun intended…..as well as locations… Below is an example of a self cleaning variety that can be either…A link to the video is worth a little fun look-see…No I am not seriously thinking it would fly in the Town but it was quite amusing…. It reminded me of a story my Aunt told me years ago when I lived in the Northshore …Neiman Marcus had a new type of toilet seat cover in their ladies lounge …it was a plastic cover that circled the seat with a push of the button before you sat down…My Aunt was skeptical and one day realizing she had an old lipstick in her purse she had been meaning to dump she decided to see if the cover was the real deal or a ruse…She marked the sea with a dot and then proceeded to push the button multiple times to see if the lipstick dot reappeared…I am happy to report it did not…BUT….like my Aunt I was not satisfied…because in the long run it was still up to the maintenance people to see that once the plastic cover reached the end of that package it was required to be replaced… Hmmm….

http://exelooeast.com/

http://exelooeast.com/video/

Location…location…location….

One Avid Reader’s suggestion on a viable location … Take the El Mar Parking lot to the north of Ham N’Eggs…use it for the valet service parking …(let them pay for the meter loss of revenue)…and install the bathrooms in that parcel as well…

Let’s see what the MPSC comes up with next Tuesday night at 7 pm ….

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MARC V. MARCHELOS …

Looks like it comes down to a “He said…He said” on the pier powering the coral reef project … This writer was told by Louie Marchelos that discussions over cost never transpired due to bad relations that grew in 2007 between the former Comms. McIntee and Furth and  the lessees of the pier… When Mr. Marchelos inquired about any use of the pier for power in a follow-up exchange Marc Furth stated they had an alternative already in place…

At Wed. night’s Comm. Roundtable (prev post) the Mayor could not stop Comm. Clottey for telling what could only have been Marc Furth’s rendition of what took place…A $50,000 price tag for the use of pier for power to the reef project….Besides this apparent “fish tale”…we hear from those inside hall .. the Comm. seemed to be reading off her Blackberry!… WOW!… Is that even allowed ?… We also hear she made a beeline to call to see if it came off alright!… Any white Prius sightings at the Blue Seas after the meeting?….

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CLARIFICATION …..

This writer had been told that the UOT was behind former Mayor Parker for Broward Judge and that signs were going up due to my slamming Comm. Vincent on putting one in his yard… The new Chair of the UOT contacted me yesterday to say…not so!… The UOT is not backing anyone for Broward Judge …The UOT only backs candidates in LBTS…. Glad to hear it…But…I still think the new Comm. should refrain from political signs in his yard ….and that Parker should not be a Broward Judge….

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OPENING SALVO ….

The case #10-26301 has been filed 0n June 23, 2010 in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court …General Jurisdiction …Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Plaintiff v. Esther Colon Defendant…  A PRR was made for the filing…will post it … This writer was unable to get it online as of today…

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AND THEY SAID WE WERE TOUGH ON OUR MANAGER DEPARTING …

We hear and can now see the countdown has begun for the outgoing City Manager in Fort Lauderdale..We also hear the Asst. City Manager may be just a stop-gap to an Int. City Manager as the Commission begins the process…. Question for LBTS will that be either one of our new Interim Administration?… Word on the street…we sure hope not….Behind the scenes it is said a full clean-up is being done after years of neglect and antiquated business practices… It will lead to a streamline..cost effective form of government…The desire of most…is that one or both new Int. Managers stay…. Any negative comments coming from the few Colon-istas left over in Town…are falling on deaf ears…. YEAH!….

http://www.fortlauderdaleobserver.com/countdown/Fort_Lauderdale.html

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more to come….

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