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Here’s The Scoop…In The Nosebleed Section…For Fireworks This 4th Of July…2009…

NO FRONT ROW SEATS FOR THIS ONE…..

So the RFPs for the July 4,2009 Fireworks drew to a close at the end of “business” yesterday in LBTS…

That’s right…. an RFP that Assist. Town Manager Olinzock told this writer was not an RFP, but merely complying with our purchasing code was online with only a 2 day window of “opportunity”  for the required 3 bids on such an RFP…(It was up in Town Hall on the “board” on 4/9…and made a brief appearance outside on 4/14/09  on the Jarvis Hall board…. the same time it appeared online)…

At the Landscape bid openings (to be posted)…Olnzock and this writer had a brief exchange…..with his statements that this was not really an RFP but following the Town’s purchasing code as required…along with the expected DEP permits…

This writer said “you lost me, John”…”It says it’s an RFP, it requires bids, but it’s not an RFP?”…I received the same “rhetoric” about the purchasing code…I asked if that was online…he said he believed so…(It was not under the Muni-codes…and a public request has been made for it and any RFPs received from the RFP and any bids or contracts in possession of the Town before the RFP went on the board/website)…

When I said the size of the uninhabitable area required to do it on the beach…a prime beach area used in Town… …especially on a holiday…Mr. Olinzock asked me “What are the alternatives?”…HUH?

I responded …”The Pier, piggybacking with another town for a barge”…going on to say, I was not aware if this was addressed as there have been no posted 4th of July meetings …to this day…

Mr Olinzock responded that it is “up to the committee to decide if they need meetings or not.”…HUH?…

I responded that there should not even be a committee without a meeting..(a posted meeting)…and went onto again say what was required last year to observe Sunshine with 2 C0-Chairs that are sitting Commissioners…

Mr Olinzock got hot under the collar and said “excuse me”…put his pen down and was about to leave…I put my hand up as if to say..I’ll stop…and we waited for the Town Clerk and the Town Senior Office Specialist to come in with the bids…in silence…

I have a real problem with the “pass” allowed this year to the process…after all …this was the same Town staff that made it imperative… no discussion, meetings or any decisions were made without posted meetings in 2008 with Co-Chairs  Comms. Clottey and Dodd.!…

Last year it was the Town Manager that “piggybacked” the fireworks  contract…with Fort Lauderdale…

A walk on the beachfront at El Prado shows that if the winds are calm and the minimum required 280 ft. circumference is observed (more sq. footage for wind could be required as in past years)…will mean the area  with no fireworks watchers will include all the way to the sidewalks on the east side of El Mar Drive…and that same “football field” size distance to the north and the south on the beach to watch our Town fireworks this year if they even get this approved.

How about bleacher seats at the Pier?…..

It will likely also require paying the tent company on a holiday $$$$ to come and remove the tent that was put up for the daytime Mc-Furth extravaganza…and hoping there are no snags in their arrival or the timing to take it down…..plus clearing the entire area…and keeping it clear…WOW!…

In conclusion…the constant “bending of the rules”…”looking the other way”….and “skirting “of the issues…when it comes to this Town Administration and this new Commission 3-2 majority….is where the real fireworks should be directed…in this writer’s opinion…

more to come….

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