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Here’s The Scoop… The $19.95 Lobster Dinner…..”Deal Or No Deal?”….

VFD- BFFS ARE LIKE GOING FOR THE $19.95 LOBSTER DINNER….WITH THE  DEPUTY CHIEF…

Anybody who has ever been in the “inner circle” of  Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee has been invited along to The Porterhouse Bar and Grill in Fort Lauderdale  for the $19.95 Lobster dinner…It’s pretty lousy, but those “drinking the Kool-aid”” feel obligated to partake in this ritual…Think of it like a “hazing” requirement to “belong”…to the fraternity…(The VM recently made reference to the “Lobster Dinner” on the dais)…

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Now comes reports that there is some major grumbling coming from within the ranks of the LBTS-VFD …That the McIntee hierarchy ( Lobster anyone?) within the department  is becoming more and more intolerable… Some say being BFFs with LBTS-Deputy Chief / Vice Mayor McIntee …….gives benefits withheld from those who dare to question him…or are not “hand picked”  Officers…that the “perks” of being a BFF are growing…..with BFFs and Officers only allowed to view the 70 inch Booster Club donated T.V. in the  McIntee Public Safety Complex…..

Also, we hear  some items of furniture may have disappeared from the department in the transition from storefront to complex…and these may have found their way to certain “in-group” residences…

Have new members been enticed by new bunker gear while others ahead of them in time served in the department are left still using the old stuff?….

Are these BFFs  the ones “playing” on the new Sea Doos as well?…

Who is watching over such acts…. if this is true?…

Did the taxpayers pay $2 million dollars for McIntee to have a private “club”?…

We have personalized ATV signs for $1000 saying who is on duty…..What’s the point except to “campaign?…

We have full page color ads in  the Mc-Furth Times local paper……in each edition…..which is like FPL advertising …what for?…

We have a fire truck purchased…by the Booster Club/and or the Firefighters themselves…depending which “story” is told..A squirt truck that was unnecessary for their ISO rating as stated by the ISO at their poorly attended community outreach program…(previous VFD post)…

We have a Sea Doo and trailer purchased…for water beach safety in the “ever expanding VFD Beach Patrol”…although the VFD are not certified as lifeguards or in Personal Watercraft rescue….( training being done “in-house” by non-certified non-USLA instructors…. previously posted VFD category)….

All have been with Booster club funds…But when was the last time the Booster Club had a donation drive?…

We have certain firefighters making pay equal to any job in retail if you use the numbers thrown out by the VM/Deputy Chief from the dais at the last Commission meeting …($200 a week/$800 a month beach patrol/ added to pay for station call arrivals on approx. 100 calls a month)….Are they the BFFs?…

You can’t have it both ways…Asking the taxpayers to pay $13 thousand + for a special election in November for a referendum to guarantee that the VFD cannot be replaced without a vote of the people…( to be brought back for a vote 5/14/09) while standing idly by with no oversight committee to see how the department is running at the present time………..Declaring with a big “assist” from the Town Manager (who initially declared SHE was the oversight for the VFD ) and that they (VFD)  are a private corporation and as an independent contractor… are exempt from such inquiry…does not hold water to many who have increasing concerns over the daily acts witnessed …..along with  the major programs being initiated and large purchases seen coming from the LBTS-VFD….at record speed in year one…

The above allegations are all hearsay…..due to many who at the present time are still afraid to speak out…and rightfully so…fearing  the “scorched earth” tactics they have witnessed first hand time after time………

So be advised future BFF ….be wary of that invite for the  $19.95 Lobster Dinner…For this is one “deal” that comes with a very big price to pay long after the butter has melted…..

more to come…

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