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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS 1/27/09 Commission Meeting…Snookered?……

SNOOKERED?….

Main Entry:
2snooker
Function:
transitive verb
Date:
1925
: to make a dupe of : hoodwink

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Wow…what is the deal with the pavilion…now taken off the table…through a brilliant game…played masterfully…I’ll give you that…putting the past administration…the past majority so often  accused of  playing games… to shame…game and point…(excuse the tennis inference thrown in for good measure)…

Here’s the low-down on “Pavilion-gate”….

This writer walked in to the hall to see 2 boards up with renderings…and Steve d’Oliveira…back for round 2 on the computer…gearing up to show a  video…for Sept. 11th he said…following instructions  from  the Town Manager ….

A close look at the renderings showed…a rendering from 1993…open air with a clock…( meaning nothing)…and a large Ocampo black and white rendering of the pavilion without walls……( not the rendering shown onscreen on March 25,2008 video…in the power point presentation……on the 1st date used by the Manager to say it proved the Commission saw it…it did not…previous post…)…

Well I approached John Olinzock Assistant Town Manager…who was quite “prickly” to say the least…he told me the Ocampo rendering was on the table at the bidding and that I had seen it…I responded I had not…it may have been there …but I did not see it…he cut me off saying he’d save it for the meeting….

A resident came up to a Commissioner’s wife before the meeting…after looking at the renderings and said that there had been 2 drawings for the pavilion…made…(first I had ever heard that)….

I waited to see what was coming…and it came in the Town Manager’s report…one lame excuse after another…pointing fingers…about the hours spent…looking at videos…back up materials…that she could do no more…the  lack of bathrooms…. she followed the desire of the Commissioners for an open air pavilion and the student Edwin Forbes wanting it open…

All nice …and may be so…but…not what the Commission approved…the drawing shown on March 25th…had walls…the drawing shown in the Town Topics…Aug/Sept…walls…..and if it was wrong…why not a correction in the next Topic’s edition?…The wall version was in both LBTS papers and the Pelican….in color placed prominently in Town Hall…with walls…on the site…and in the hands of the contractor as late as December…with walls……

The Manager went on…saying if Commissioner Dodd was unhappy with the pavilion…. it could be stopped…but she did not know what else to do…she had a video she was ready to show…if he wanted to continue…Ahhhh…the performance…all backed down…no Steve..no video……she played her cards for sure…

Commissioner Clottey  spoke …saying all want the pavilion to go up…but there was confusion about the bathrooms…it will be an asset to the town….the goal is to get it up…

Commissioner Silverstone asked Commissioner Dodd….”why is it so important”… he wanted to know…”If we found out we didn’t vote for it but you’re still in favor for it there’s no issue here.”…YIKES!

Quite surprising to me…since it was the Commissioner’s fiancee’ that first gave this writer the heads up about the pavilion being too big…and thinking the Commissioners had not seen it….when the businesses were given time to voice concerns….previous post…

The “Green-Gate” Investigator…(the Vice Mayor)…said it is time to build the pavilion…spend no more time on it…if we didn’t get the walls in the right place…we can’t change it now……don’t waste the Manager’s time…(mark this guy with a big D for Duperman…and an H on the back for Hypocrite)

ORIANA….ORIANA….ORIANA….( wasn’t that Oriana’s answer keeping their extra footage?)….WOW!….

I came to the podium at public comments going through the litany of a time line…and the intention of finding out still ….when was the final decision made…and by whom…my right…to ask…and to write without being excoriated from the dais….although it probably fell on deaf ears…

Something still smelled rotten…and boy had times changed…for as this writer previously posted…can you imagine…Dear Readers…if it had been the old majority up there..with the old administration…and all this had occurred…who would be leading the charge…”to get to the bottom of this”…”protecting us all”…you all know……Duperman…..would save the day……..

All the Manager had to do…from day 1 of Commissioner Dodd’s request was supply him with the July 8,2008 Florida Department of Environmental Protection plans that were submitted and approved…along with the architects drawings…and a copy of the required pre-construction report…it would have answered all…it still it has not been provided….Why?…

Once home…since the video had been passed by…I made a beeline for the computer…to see what I might have missed on September 11th…2007…and low and behold on the town site…videos only go to December 2007…no videos of September 2007 are able to be accessed…Is it my Mac….or was it a ruse?……Pardon my heightened suspicions…but if it is not on their computer … as it is not on mine…the earliest video being 12/07….how were they going to show it….. if we had called their bluff?…

A look at the minutes…was the only choice…providing a review of what I had seen before……

It was presentations…item e…starting out with a problem with the power point presentation ….. page 5…

On page 6 the presentation occurred…this was the meeting with  Ocampo….. No architect had  yet been selected…it was the very meeting where Commissioner Silverstone changed his views (pun intended)…on the Brenner design…after using the “excuse” of no side views to appease the CIC members angry he  had strayed….the Brenner design…the arch  was shown…with changes made including restrooms for the handicapped…Ocampo was concerned about the bathrooms being too close to the restaurants…He went to the Forbes design…and indicated a problem with the roof …and birds…the third offering was the Ocampo version…cost effective …providing more shade…that bathrooms had been added  on the south side and the north side could be used for storage…

Discussion ensued from the Commissioners…about shade…and codes…from Vice Mayor Yanni…cost and views from Commissioner Silverstone…Ocampo told Silverstone the Brenner design would give the best view when compared to the Forbes design…Commissioner McIntee questioned the amount of people that would fit in Brenner’s…..Ocampo said 30…McIntee talked of shade…100% Forbes vs 75% Brenner…McIntee pointed out Brenner design limited east-west view…and Forbes allowed more seating…Commissioner Mcintee felt the Forbes design was a better design…Mayor Pro Tem Clark believed all plans lacked north south view and recommended the Brenner design for better ocean views…Mayor Parker wanted to know about concerts…Ocampo answered either….Mayor Parker preferred the floor in Forbes design and asked if it could be incorporated in the Brenner design…Ocampo said it could…

Mayor Parker made a motion to use the Brenner design with the inclusion of Forbes floor design…Mayor Pro Tem 2nd it…Commissioner Silverstone wanted to see more ocean and preferred the public vote on the designs before the Commission…the Commission did not think there was time…Commissioner McIntee said to go with the majority of the people…allowed the residents to express their preference…between the 3 conceptual drawings…there were 4 in favor of Forbes…16 in favor of Brenner…and 3 in favor of Ocampo…a vote came with 3-2 with another vote of 3-2…..the Forbes design winning…next up Sept. 25th and the Architect decision…(previously posted…scoops category)…

These designs were included in the materials sent to the commissioners last month…the Forbes design had walls…the Ocampo  design had walls…

This 3rd “attempt” to provide the answer …like the previous two  ( March 25,2008 & July 8th,2008)…falls short…

NEXT…oh I forgot…there will be no next….this one was swept under the rug…as they pulled the wool over our eyes…snookered…hoodwinked and duped?…

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