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Here’s The Scoop…#9…9/12/08 Commission Meeting…Continuing The “Hits”…

BUILDING A BRIDGE….NAHHH…..FEELING THE LOVE…HARDLY…..READING THE TEA LEAVES…..YOU BET!

Remember this day September 15,2008….7 months to the day….give or take 4…..from that fated eve on which the public….lost its right to address the dais by name……the masses….dwindling as they are….in attendance at Jarvis Hall these days…..are now allowed to address the Commission by name once more…. …SIGH!….

REWIND…..(Vice Mayor McIntee reconsidered the Arker presentation)….

The Detective” looked a “gift horse” in the mouth and did some phone calling to the man behind the painting……Artist Michael Israel…… to see if Arker’s story checked out…and to take the heat off another possible ethics complaint for accepting a gift with a probable “over the acceptance $ limit” given to an elected official … very odd though ….. since the agenda stated it was a gift to the Town of LBTS and the VFD …to which it seemed the Vice Mayor and his son were included on to the list….and with LBTS-VFD Fire Chief Perkins holding the painting as Arker made the presentation…… it seemed destined for a place on the wall in the Town or the VFD …..

He stated the picture will now be signed and returned to the Artist….this writer is sure of one thing though…. this will not be the end of this story!…..

A second chance to see the man the Vice Mayor called up……..Artist Michael Israel…link below…a must see!….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZFkZiwMLZ

JUST DIDN’T SIT WELL…..(more reconsideration….for the Vice Mayor….over the variance of Comm. Silvertone’s variance)

Ahh…it wasn’t the fact that the commission made an exception…knowingly for some on the dais…..unknowingly for others seated beside them…….with the passing of the 4 foot height fence for the Commissioner’s variance….it was instead….a flashback of sorts…to the “McIntee/ Oriana alleged bribe”…giving a fellow commissioner a refund of monies spent for the variance…”opening up Pandora’s box” ….(again using this reference)…http://ask.yahoo.com/20030508.html

Nothing new came from the reconsideration…McIntee just re-stated what he had the night before…saying that giving the refund to a fellow commissioner didn’t sit well with him…and essentially Comm. Silverstone should just suck it up…

It died for lack of a second….

It was Commissioner Dodd that took the opportunity to deal with the real inequity…the difference of the required fence height given to variance applicant A…VS Comm. Silverstone…applicant B….

Unfortunately Comm. Silverstone could not see the inequity…and also unfortunately he did not take Comm. Clottey up on her suggestion to table the decision…until a change could be made in the code if the votes were there…..allowing 4 feet for the fence heights…as Broward County allows…

He ended up with everything he wanted…except that extra foot in height….not too bad….

Now that sits well ….with the idea that Comm. Silverstone …standing at the podium as…. property owner Silverstone…. was treated no better than any other property owner with the code approved fence height and no worse than any other property owner…receiving his refund…per the new rules on the books…

WHOOP…WHOOP…..WHOOPING…..

Comm. Dodd brought forth the idea of an Entertainment Overlay District….just like Fort Lauderdale’s….to provide the don’t ask don’t tell patrons in town a way to legally sit on the benches outside 101 Ocean…..or stroll over to the new Pavilion as they await a table outside Aruba’s….without the concern…that the open container law would hurt the patrons or the restaurants….all well aware of the Town Manager’s forays to check out the status of those laws being observed….

Did the further “kiss of death”…the kabbash….come from the BSO Police Chief stepping to the podium to say it was a great idea?………Could it have been…. the Vice Mayor was ready to give a “whooping” to his fellow Commissioner for the variance just passed…a way to prove he always has his pal’s back?

Whatever set him off…it was certainly a sight…oh my gosh ….the children…the ice cream shops…the drunks that would cast a pallor over the family atmosphere in town…YIKES!…

He went on….the businesses “want no part of this”…”it’s off the wall”….”a circus”….

BCbythesea…only thing missing from his litany of this leading to the downfall of out little village…ala Professor Harold Hill ….. http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/themusicman/yagottrouble.htm was “opening up Pandora’s box!”…

This one ain’t over….despite the Vice Mayor trying to run it up the chain of command to BSO Sheriff Lamberti….HUH?….

BCbythesea…this is the second time in a week that McIntee has gone after the Republican Sheriff…up for election….doesn’t he still want to pal around with Sen Atwater and Gov. Crist?….After all…..Lamberti is their guy!….HMMM….

POLLING PARKING PASSES….

On a roll Comm. Dodd finally got the passes to present to the poll workers to say…park away from the Town Hall lot!…

No excuses…just make sure BSO is there to escort them across A1A…in the early morning hours….just one of the many excuses made for taking up all the prime spots in January……..

FOLDING UNTIL FEBRUARY….

The Vice Mayor got the message …..finally….let us all see what the new VFD does….to see if the idea to make them “untouchable” should even be …..entertained…with a town wide referendum…a respite for all this fall….until a Commission Workshop in January…..GO TEAM!…..

IT’S IN THE MAIL….

Thanks to Comm.Clottey……and the Town Manager…a “recommendation” will be arriving shortly with rip current warnings for hotel and condo occupiers….tourist and residents….in an attempt to inform the uninformed…and lower the incidence of drownings…..and bad press….

TO FLAG OR NOT TO FLAG….that is the question….

To encounter liability…a potential legal threat or provide another line of defense in man VS rip tides?….

Will be addressed by the VFD at the next meeting….the ball is in their court according to the Town Manager….

An overview of the 9/12/08 meeting …not included in scoops 1-9…to come….

Tues. 9/16/08…7 pm Master Plan Steering Committee meeting…hopefully televised…hopefully substantive!….overview will follow online…..

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