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Here’s The Scoop…#2

Commission Meeting 7/22/08

DIRECTION….WHAT DIRECTION?….

HE’S BACK!……..

Gracing us with his presence last evening …. Walter Keller…former “Town Planner”…current….”Engineer of Record”…

A demotion after some 30 years of “Plans”…”Studies”…and “Change Orders”?…..

Years ago Lighthouse Point saw the “Light” when they realized most of what this Town Planner offered ….could be done…in-house….for far less….showing him the door…..

Took awhile and a new Town Manager….new commission…to finally follow suit….

One exception though….he still got his foot stuck in the door….thanks to the Seagrape Sreetscape project and the incumbents…. Silverstone and McIntee…who could have closed that door a long time ago with the old commission….and the Seagrape Workshop…..put on by former Commissioner Clark….

These two for some reason…no one can still understand….turned their backs on their CIC Silver Shore neighbors….and “suddenly” chose to believe not only in proceeding with the unwanted sidewalks… but McIntee made it a point …to say he NOW believed the Town Planner….incredible!….

This writer was at that meeting…among those neighbors….who were incensed by their actions…seeing it as a betrayal…a slap in the face of those that supported the incumbents and the CIC!…

One spoke loudly of how she could not believe it…that McIntee had come to her house the evening before…full of promises….and this is what he does!….

Some have not forgotten how this all played out….and rightly so….

It made it difficult for CIC candidates at the beginning of their campaign…those who were still “reeling” refused to participate…with anything associated with these two …..incumbents…

We on the campaign …had to do a lot of “fancy footwork” to make it known…to those angry residents….these 2 new candidates were “independent” from McIntee…. and were on the side of the neighbors…shaking their (the candidates) heads right along side the neighbors at the sidewalk workshop in disbelief…….

Many who opened their doors in those days of going door to door…..were also in need of assurances that these 2 new CIC -endorsed candidates…were still independent of Commissioner McIntee….and disagreed with him on the sidewalks and more….

BCbythesea….Commissioners Dodd and Clottey won “IN SPITE” of McIntee in this area….and many others around town…not because of McIntee……as the “revised history” theorists continually spout….these days….just ask those voters…they are not shy about their reasons or their votes….

So thanks to the incumbents….today…6 months into a new majority…the Seagrape Streetscape MESS is still front and center…and so is Walter…..

Walter came for “direction”…for the latest “snafu”….the “berms”….on Seagrape/Washingtonia….on a few properties…….to explain…. yet again…the utilities….the “berms”…the slopes VS retaining wall…whose property it is…what was …what could have been….where we are….and where we go from here….

What there was not…..

DIRECTION…..

the commission….gave no direction…..OOPS!

Thanks….to you…..

Walter is still at the door……

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