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Here’s The Scoop … The Growing “Nose” And Other Non- Fairy Tales In The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Commission Race For A Seat On The Dais In 2012 ….

SOME MUST HAVE SEEN IT GROWING DAY BY DAY ….

Dear Readers … by now many of you have seen what this writer calls the homogenized version of Cindy Geesey’s withdrawal from being a candidate for seat 4 opposing her longtime neighbor and our current Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd serving his first term in the Sentinel last Wednesday online and updated in print the following day on Thursday Dec. 1st as well as in the current issue of the Pelican published on Friday Dec. 2nd ….. I call it the homogenized version since it totally glosses over the vitriolic email she sent to her supposed “supporters” which states it was originally written to be read at the planned Wed. Nov. 30th UOT meeting decided on well before the candidate filing time began in LBTS and cancelled just a few days prior to taking place after a series of emails were sent to the UOT Chair and the board by those perceived to be Geesey supporters who no doubt thought they were following through on her wishes of asking for that cancellation in order to be fair and to accommodate her since she would still be out of town…For those who did so perhaps they will feel duped once they realize that her candidacy was already one of talking out of both sides of her mouth which ultimately led to not only the cancellation of the UOT meeting but time and money being spent by her opponent and the town as well as the county although it could have been costlier if she let it go just a little longer according to the Sentinel article according to BSOE  spokeswoman Mary Cooney  with ballots being printed and signs needed to inform voters at the polling site that the race was not being held for seat 4….(see below)…
Here’s what was going on in the days leading up to her withdrawal …
On Nov. 9th the Vice Mayor received an email from Ms. Geesey which is a public record due to the fact it was sent to him electronically… In it she wrote of Michael Arker’s intention to run against Dodd as well unloading her animosity toward both Arker and his paper the ByTheSeaFuture stating it was treatment she received from him after “I made that damn paper what it was”  … She went through the well-known litany of complaints that many people around town have heard from her since she parted ways with the paper including what she said she provided monetarily in ad revenue to her claims that the Arker tried to take credit for her USO program resulting in nasty letters she says went to the USO all the way up the chain of command in Washington D. C….. She went further into personal transactions she says took place with Arker’s former friends in order to further the “detest” she stated she has for him… Ms. Geesey claimed “he hates you and doesn’t want you to have a “pass” and go unopposed”…She stated Arker would close the paper and do whatever it took and that his doctor had given him the go ahead to run…She stated that she was told of another candidate having words with him when that candidate was against his running. She went on to quote the same quote this writer heard elsewhere and previously posted about former UOT Pres. Bob Fleishman being a “real numbers guy” and that Fleishman believed Arker could beat Dodd stating “The CIC doesn’t like him, but they hate you whom they see as a turncoat. You well know how irrational they can be. So if he gets the CIC block vote and just a couple of hundred other votes, he’ll win.” …
BC- please get real…as the former Vice-Chair of the CIC the idea that the CIC would vote for Michael Arker over VM Dodd the former Chair of the CIC shows that both Geesey and Fleishman and whomever else came up with such a tale were off their rockers…big time!… While they can disagree still with Dodd asking for a sabbatical from the CIC (see prev. posts) …and whatever revisionist history a few CIC founders continue to spread …when it come to where Dodd stands on the issues …wanting a referendum for major projects or purchases…heights….etc…He has not strayed from the CIC as it was in 2007 when he was Chair and the CIC was the PAC it was supposed to be with founding member John Thompson still involved and making sure of it … before we three individually walked away from the organization in 2008 due to a different path being followed under the new leaders with an agenda unbeknownst as well as being unacceptable to us…
Ms Geesey went on to write “I’m told that other reasons many people will not back you is because you come across as arrogant, your close association with Cole whom many view as your puppet master,your treatment of Chris when you disagree, a less than inclusive 4th of July celebration, your support of John Thompson and Franzak (sp?)” … After that way off the mark paragraph Geesey stated the following which should be quite stunning to those who cancelled the UOT meeting on the 3oth… “Don’t shoot the messenger, Stuart. I certainly don’t agree with all that is being said and I intend to support you and Edmund. In my opinion, the vast majority of your decisions were thought out and serve the citizens well. I was surprised to hear of all the negativity and feel it could be turned around. However, Michael will have the sympathy vote, hopefully counteracted by those who would like a man of sound mind and body on the dais.”… She ended the email with a request for Dodd to call her and to not forward this email or discuss it with “Cole” “until you and I can get together. The less you have to do with her going forward, the better it will be for you,  and I will explain the many reasons.”… The Vice Mayor spoke to Ms. Geesey after the email was received as she requested and did not tell me about the email until he had done so … I am told that Ms. Geesey stated that she would do whatever it took to thwart Arker in conversations they had before she filed to run one day before Arker’s editorial was published stating he was not going to run and after VM Dodd was informed of that editorial being written and Arker’s decision!… After she filed she continued to talk to Dodd while she was away and continued to tell him she did not intend to run feeling she had succeeded in her mission to stop Arker from being Dodd’s opponent …She knew of the UOT meeting on the 30th and expressed to him she did not want to be in attendance at the meeting and that a letter she was writing  would be read prior to her return to town and her withdrawal from the race… It was to be quite an eye opener she warned… (see below) … I am told she told Dodd he should not go forth with any campaign expense and although he was hoping she was being sincere with him on her plans to bow out having succeeded with her intentions to stop Arker he was still preparing for a campaign against her and had ordered the Broward County voter list disc for his mailings as well as pulling out all his previous campaign paperwork to hit the ground running in case this turned out to be a ruse…..He informed her that if she was withdrawing she needed to do so before the ballots were printed…. She indicated she would do so upon returning to town the following Sunday….
BC-This is really quite something when you compare it to what was happening with her supporters and their emails to stop the meeting for their candidate …We are told that some supposed “supporters” were in fact requested by Geesey to ask that the meeting be changed…WOW!….
As previously posted an email was sent to UOT Chair Ray Wolowicz on Nov. 24th from the former UOT Chair and “numbers guy” Bob Fleishman’s wife stating it had been brought to her attention that one of the candidates was not asked to be part of the meeting on Nov. 30th in order to ask for or possibly receive the UOT’s endorsement…She went on to point out what UOT stands for and write “Cindy Geesey has voiced her desire to meet and greet our membership to answer questions and present her platform, however,unfortunately will not be in Town on the 30th.”…She continued on to state  when Geesey filed her papers to run and to point out the rules of a PAC organization and the image it holds…She told the president “it would behoove you to change this date to Monday December 5,2011 or soon thereafter.”…She ended by saying she was sending the email only to the Chairman for the time being … On Monday Nov. 29th with no response apparently received Mrs. Fleishman sent an email to the UOT board including the email to Ray Walowicz stating it had been ignored…She went on to plead for a change of date on behalf of Geesey “Ms. Geesey has been an active supporter of Unite Our Town and has shared our views in the past. It is just unfair that a PAC group would call for a vote and hear only from Vice Mayor Dodd from the south.”.. She stated it was “politically incorrect” …”lacks the transparency we fought for” and that while she had made “no decision to date” she was “upset that Unite Our Town is taking away the freedoms of choice, I hold so dear.”…
BC- remember at the time Mrs. Fleishman is pleading for Geesey …Geesey is stating she supports Dodd to Dodd and wants to not be at the meeting on Nov. 30th!….
After the email was sent to the board a few more emails followed including one from POA President Dennis Ritchie who stated he agreed with Cynthia Fleishman and  asked “Please tell me, is there ANY reason why this meeting cannot be changed to another date between December 5 and December 7, thus giving fair access to the membership by ALL candidates?”…He added what a good slate of candidates they have from UOT and implored “Let’s not cause an unnecessary split within our organization when the situation can be rectified so easily.” and again asking for the date to be changed…
BC- ultimately that meeting was cancelled on Mon. Nov. 28th with a tentative date set for Dec. 6th said some UOT members who were at the LBTS Regular Commission meeting the following night on Tuesday Nov. 29th…At that commission meeting as previously posted there was a big divide not only on Geesey’s candidacy itself but of the cancellation of the meeting and the lack of many being aware of the cancellation one day before…. At that same meeting news was flying around of those who either encouraged or asked Geesey to run against Dodd…Names such as Louis Marchelos, Bob Fleishman and Comm. Chris Vincent … Hmmmm…..
As this writer previously posted the email sent out on Nov 30th went well beyond stating that familiar longtime political exit strategy of family obligations as a reason to take a hike from this race cited online that afternoon in the Sentinel and in the printed articles to follow… (see below)….
Cindy Geesey sent the following email out on Wednesday Nov. 30th… (address/phone#s/email was x’d out by this writer)…

“The following was respectfully prepared to be read at the now cancelled November 30 UOT meeting, with final paragraphs added November 30 after additional information was received. Town service record may be of interest.

Cindy Geesey
XXX Imperial Lane
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308-5925
954-XXX-XXXX
954-XXX-XXXXcell
954-XXX-XXXXfax
catXXXXX.

Presentation to UOT, November 30

When I ran for commissioner 8 years ago, my goal was to unite our town by welcoming our new neighbors to the north and integrating them into our wonderful small town, old town lifestyle. My slogan was “One Town, One Voice,” and it remains that today. Though I didn’t win 8 years ago, I took enough votes away from John Thompson to prevent his election – a wonderful claim to fame!

6 years ago Jerry McIntee captured this town, fractured it, broke its spirit, and set neighbor against neighbor. The only “One Voice” LBTS had was the voice of discord.

2 years ago, this organization, “Unite Our Town,” brought together individuals committed to transparency and honesty in government, to civility and camaraderie in its citizenry, and to fairness and respect for all. Those virtues were important to the membership and so became the goals of UOT leadership.

I was a very active participant in UOT 2 years ago and remain proud of the part I played in the election. However, contrary to what was stated at the last UOT meeting and at the one just after the election, it took a great group effort by everyone to achieve our tremendous win. It was not accomplished by any one person, by any one editor, by any one newspaper, and certainly not by any one blogger.

This once proud organization has misstepped, however. As President of the LBTS Property Owners Association for 8 years, I ran “Meet The Candidates Night” 4 times. We always waited until all candidates qualified before we chose a date for the event, and we certainly made sure all candidates were available. In 2004, McIntee had already booked a cruise, so we changed the tentative “Meet the Candidates” date so he would be included. We did it to be fair to all candidates, but more so to provide the best possible program for our valued members. One UOT Board Member told me, “Don’t worry if you’re not there on November 30th. UOT’s endorsement really doesn’t mean anything.” Even so, it’s a shame that the UOT leadership chose to set their date before all candidates filed and before making sure of their availability.

It’s also a shame that the once proud By The Sea Future is clearly ignoring one candidate. While I actually filed before some other candidates did, I was never contacted for comments or advertising for the last issue of the newspaper. Fair, impartial, professional, committed to serving the community completely? Obviously not.

And why would one candidate stand before this UOT group a few weeks ago, claim to have severed ties with the local newspaper to avoid “conflict of interest,” and then continue to take pictures and conduct interviews (as at two recent Terra Mar functions), process press releases (as of 11/18), and continue to maintain his newspaper email and respond to questions (as of 11/29)? If a candidate isn’t honest, how can we expect him to have integrity as a commissioner?

In the past few weeks I’ve learned, sadly, that many people don’t want to unite our town. My slogan of “One Town, One Voice” isn’t what a lot of people want. A CIC member told me the only thing that would bring the town together was if the north “seceded from the town. Let them keep the name – we have other names in the basket.” Members of UOT were upset that Commissioner Vincent spoke at the CIC meeting, when in fact that was his duty as a representative of ALL the people. He is THEIR commissioner, too, and to have turned them down would have been highly inappropriate. But neither side of this town divide seems to want to compromise to achieve lasting peace.

While it’s been my long time goal to help return LBTS to a community of neighbors who volunteer along side each other, enjoy this amazing lifestyle together, and coexist happily, I’m no longer sure it can be achieved.

Because of information we’ve just received, unfortunately, I can no longer offer to serve as a Commissioner to try to make this happen. For the last 2 years, my husband Adam has been consulting as a Nuclear Engineer at power plants around the country, and we’ve spent far too much time apart. After multiple professional meetings this week in Pennsylvania, it now appears that he probably will have opportunities out of state again or possibly abroad, and I want to be available to go with him. I must put my family first. Therefore I plan to withdraw my candidacy.

I sincerely thank all the many supporters who have encouraged me to run, who have offered contributions, who have planned neighborhood teas, and who have offered to hold a fundraiser (WHAT A PARTY WE WOULD HAVE HAD!) I know you will understand my most difficult decision.

The town is in great hands. Mayor Minnet is an amazing, strong and compassionate leader. Commissioner Vincent is truly a man of the people and is open to everyone. Commissioner Sasser has shown he’s a great negotiator and problem solver. Vice Mayor Dodd does his homework and keeps the welfare of the people first; I would only remind him that the negativity and viciousness of his out-of-town blogger friend only serve to harm him and keep the town in turmoil. This is a cancer in the community that must be removed.

Finally, I will be working to support Edmund Malkoon as our next commissioner in the north, and I hope you will, too. He has worked tirelessly for many years for this community with many different volunteer groups, he has a strong and long record of service to LBTS, and he has a wide range of knowledge of the issues. He is a gentleman of integrity, a leader without ego, and a committed long time resident. He will continue to respect all the residents and be a team player.

Again, thank you for your support.

Cindy Geesey

Cindy Geesey – A Record of Service to LBTS
• President, LBTS Property Owner’s Association, 2001-2008
• Chairman, Town Planning & Zoning Board, 2002-2006
• Member, Town Board of Adjustment, 2000-2002
• Director, LBTS Chamber of Commerce, 1998-2008
• Editor/Associate Publisher/Advertising Sales Manager, ByTheSeaFuture, 2008-2010
• Co-chair, July 4th Town Celebration, 2002-2005
• Board Member, Community Performing Arts Center, 2003-2005
• Board Member, Humane Society of Broward County, 1999-2002
• Board Member, LBTS Sister Cities, 2003-2005
• Originator and chair of…
“Rest, Relaxation & Romance” for the USO program, 2008-2011
Town Holiday Decoration Contest, 2000-2011
Sandy Paws Pack, Broward Humane Society Walk for the Animals, 2005-2011
• Founding Secretary, Lauderdale Beach Republican Club
• Member of BREC (Broward Republican Executive Comm.)
• Former member of LBTS Kiwanis Club
• MENSA member, 1995-2007′”

BC- Now remember Readers…at the same time Geesey was writing this letter to be read she was playing both ends of the stick with her continued conversations with VM Dodd claiming she supported him, was not going to run, did not want to be at the UOT meeting when her letter was read while feigning her indigence of being excluded to those who went to bat for her to cancel the meeting as well as in the letter itself…WOW!… As previously posted it was classic Cindy Geesey both in what she was doing and what she wrote …For this writer I categorically can tell you Geesey had a very small role in the 2010 campaign and as the campaign manager for the UOT slate I worked very hard to keep her at a distance as well as quite a few others who now claim large roles in that campaign who were told upfront during and after the election that all the hard work done by the candidates, this writer and the group of residents who were truly involved in the day to day campaign operations to win were not in any way, shape or form done to return the Town to the status quo of pre 2008!… Cindy Geesey and a few of her ilk didn’t get the message even when it was stated slowly and clearly to her from this writer in the parking lot on election day!… After reading this letter and reading of her actions throughout this charade of running for commissioner her support of Edmund Malkoon should give not only voters pause but the candidate himself!…

Back to the timeline of this non-fairy tale…

Upon sending her email out word was spread throughout town by “Town Crier” Bob Fleishman and the Town was notified as well…followed up by the Sentinel who put it online that afternoon with an update online that was followed by a print story in the newspaper the following day Dec.1,2011 …
Sentinel-
“Broward Politics

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea vice mayor loses challenger

By Larry Barszewski December 1, 2011 12:35 PM

Update 2:30 p.m. with new elections office information

Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea won’t have to run an election campaign after all, with his lone opponent withdrawing from the race on Wednesday.

Election officials said the withdrawal came in time to remove the race between Dodd and Cindy Geesey from the ballot.

“Fortunately, it was early enough that we had not sent the ballot proof to the printer,” Broward Supervisor of Elections spokeswoman Mary Cooney said.

However, even if it had been too late to remove the race, Cooney said any votes would not have been tabulated. Signs would have been posted at polling sites alerting voters that the race is not being held, she said.

Dodd joins Mayor Roseann Minnet with winning automatic re-election because of the lack of opposition.

Geesey is a former president of the Property Owners Association of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. She said she just found out this week that consulting opportunities may take her husband out of town for long stretches next year and she wants to be able to travel with him.

“I love Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, but my husband and being together comes first,” Geesey said. “I can’t commit to four years of serving the people by staying in town.”

Geesey’s decision means there will only be one race in town on Jan. 31, for the seat held by Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey, who is not seeking re-election. Former ByTheSeaFuture newspaper editor Mark Brown is running against Edmund Malkoon, a former president of the Bel Air Civic Association.”

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2011/12/lauderdalebythesea_vice_mayor_1.html#more

BC-Many elected officials and candidates have used this excuse when caught in lies, extramarital entanglements, questionable acts, unethical behavior, illegal transactions or realizing they have no real support or chance to either proceed in obtaining their desired goal or keeping their position… In this case the homogenized ploy was used …in my opinion… after this flurry of incomprehensible decisions made and carried out by Geesey resulted in her realization that those actions were leading to the proverbial walls caving in on her from all directions depending on who she was telling what as is the case in all such fairy and non-fairy tales…is it not?…

After receiving the email Cynthia Fleishman sent out another email “To All Concerned” stating that the previous day it had come to her attention Geesey withdrew her name from the January 31, 2011 election and that the meeting was cancelled…She went on to claim the the two actions were not the premise of why she wanted the meeting be cancelled and stated it was due to the date being set up unfairly… She said she “ruffled a few feathers and raucous things said via emails: you know who you are.” …

BC-The next part was quite something and perhaps after reading the timeline above Ms. Fleishman will want to rethink it?…

CF email cont. -” There is no way for me or anyone else to know that 24 hours later the “left out” Candidate would relinquish her position. Family dynamics have played a part in all of our lives not to mention some very visible politicians. Cindy has gone through great expense getting her Campaign off the ground to find herself having to withdraw. The slight inconvenience it caused your board and the plans (I’m very used to during my husband’s tenor of Chairperson) were minimal to what transpired for Mrs. Geesey.”…

Another email was sent by Louis Marchelos which backed up Ms. Fleishman’s adding “If the emails and requests “ruffled some feathers” of some uot members, then they should realize the members of the uot will not become the group we fought so valiantly and hard against the in the 2010 campaign. I do not wish for anyone who is a member of uot be “tarred and feathered” as the organization we defeated by  landslide margins did to a member of the commission 3 years ago. We can all respectfully disagree at times and still be united. Let’s be even-handed and continue to make this town a better place.”…

BC- Mr Marchelos of course was referring to VM Dodd and the CIC’s tarring + feathering (prev. posts) in 2008 …which is quite interesting since Marchelos was perceived to be one of those that encouraged Geesey to run against Dodd due we are told to his July 4th less than stellar claims and actions when Dodd was chairing the event…. We were also quite amused to hear the rumor that Marchelos himself is considering a run for office in 2014…My response upon hearing this…he needs to live in town first!…

This writer was told the meeting which some said was to be held tonight would not be …We are told the board would meet and perhaps no meetings would take place anytime soon …The sentiment is that no candidate will be endorsed by UOT this time around due to the fact both candidates in this single race for seat 3 from the north end of town… In my opinion if this is the final decision of the UOT board it certainly lets members and the organization as a whole off the hook in choosing sides but it will definitely leave the candidates with a heavier burden financially due to those who find themselves in quite a quandary over donating to one candidate over the other as well as offering to help or put signs in their yard… I have also heard those few leftover CIC members will be sitting this election out altogether rather than casting a vote for either candidate… They are awaiting 2014 we are told…WOW!…

The single League of Women Voters “Meet the Candidates Night” is set for January 11, 2012 at 7 pm and is open to all to attend as well as being televised if the commission decides to direct the Town to do so and perhaps replay it I believe …. Questions must be on issues only according to Ms.Smith for Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon and can be sent to LOWV Carol Smith at mailto:[email protected]

The candidates required Treasurer Reports are due on Dec 16, 2011/Dec. 30, 2011/ Jan. 13, 2012 and will be a public record that can be requested to see who their donors are and how they spend their money… This writer has always found these reports to be a good indicator of how fiscally responsible a candidate will be when elected… They are also required to produce Termination Reports …That is for ALL candidates even Geesey!… Those are financial reports and they are a public record as well…Unopposed candidates Minnet /Dodd must produce them on Feb. 20, 2012… The Town believes Geesey’s is due on Feb.20th as well but is checking with the Broward Supervisor to make sure…. Brown/Malkoon are due April 30, 2012…

Well folks, we dodged a bullet in my opinion in LBTS now that this farce is officially over!….What happens now behind the scenes between those now privy to what was what with Geesey will most likely be fodder to most on both sides of the political arena courtesy of the “Town Crier” and a few others… My preference on the dais for seat 3 is Mark Brown as I previously posted… I believe that while I do not agree with him on some items he will join Mayor Minnet, Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd in being an elected official fully capable of governing with the understanding that those who openly disagree with them can do so and can still be assured that they will always be met with an extended hand and a willingness to listen without any questionable antics, cries of foul play and/or personal attacks after doing so…I cannot say that of his opponent ….

more to come….

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