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Here’s The Scoop…12/16/08…LBTS Commission Meeting #3…Ethics Charges…

DODGING THE BULLET….ONE MORE TIME…

“Can’t Touch us”….still holds true…

Last night at Commissioner Comments the “2 Hats” Commissioners… each addressed the latest …(that they are aware of)…ethics complaints made against them …declaring they were dismissed…”An early Christmas present to myself”…said Commissioner Silverstone…relieved and looking forward to making up for those sleepless nights…

In his comments…Vice Mayor McIntee spoke of the “two huge complaints “…being thrown out…He was sorry that the elected official…was not there in the hall… …declared that he was “a poor loser”…all the while incorrectly espousing that the complaint came from the former Vice Mayor…several times …. He went on to say that such charges just make him fight back harder….so expect more….much more…after his comments…we all watched his wife make her way to the front of the room …to get the attention of Nikki..Assistant to the Town Clerk…(the Clerk was at the staff table this evening)…and pass a note to correct the Vice Mayor…that it was the Mayor Pro Tem…who had sent in these charges….he cleared it up  after comments were finished…and offered the former Vice Mayor a few compliments…in addition……

Due to the mischaracterization previously asserted by these 2 concerning the last ethics charges…(previously posted)…when they each insisted …and have often repeated their “version” on the dais and in print… that there was nothing found…purposely “sidestepping” the multiple times “probable cause” was indeed found…and included in the prior report…a look online to check out the facts was required…(the Commissioners were given a “pass”  on June 6,2008….to go forth and not continue the actions that did indeed fall under conflict of interest…)

THE 1ST ETHICS PRESS RELEASE….

June 6,2008- Press Release from the State of Florida Commission on Ethics…(full letter can be found online)…

page 2 & 3….

http://www.ethics.state.fl.us/

THE NEW PRESS RELEASE…

Dec.5th,2008 – Press Release from the State of Florida Commission on Ethics….(full letter should be online soon)…

Page 5 & 6…

http://www.ethics.state.fl.us/

THE PORTION PERTAINING TO THE LBTS COMMISSIONERS….

‘The Commission dismissed the following complaints for lack of legal sufficiency:…….JEROME MCINTEE, Lauderdale- By- The- Sea Commissioner, JAMES SILVERSTONE, Lauderdale- By- The-Sea Town Commissioner’…..

‘The Commission’s reviews for legal sufficiency are limited to questions of jurisdiction and determinations as to whether the charges in the complaint are adequate to allege a violation of the Code of Ethics. As no factual investigation precedes the reviews, the Commission’s conclusions DO NOT REFLECT ON THE ACCURACY OF THE ALLEGATIONS MADE IN THESE COMPLAINTS.’

This writer will withhold judgment until seeing the letter online…will post  when available…

Now …what about the Sept. 10,2008….letter where it states …’Section 112.3143 prohibits a public officer from voting whenever the matter under consideration would work to his own special gain or loss, or to that of an employer, relative, or business associate.’

According to the November VFD Roster the Vice Mayor’s son ( relative)….is a paid Regular VFD member…previous post …VFD category…

http://www.ethics.state.fl.us/Opinions/08/CEO%2008-022.htm

more to come…

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