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Here’s The Scoop..LBTS Commission Meetings…#6…Commissioner Comments…Volunteer For 4th Of July…Volunteer..Volunteer…

THE (CIC/VFD)  4TH OF JULY EVENT IS FOR EVERYONE…VOLUNTEER WITH THE “GANG”…

UNITY…GOOD FOR TOWN BUSINESS…ALL ARE WELCOME….FORGET  THE  PAST BOYCOTT OF THE PREVIOUS JULY 4TH COMMITTEE….OVERLOOK THE MAY 19TH & JULY 15TH COMMITTEE MEETINGS PURPOSEFULLY POSTED SO NO ONE WOULD KNOW….WE KNOW WE CAN’T FIRE YOU FOR NOT VOLUNTEERING ( 65 VFD members…with 4 hour required minimum might not be so lucky )…..FREE KOOL-AID….FREE BLINDERS….FREE BROOMS FOR EVERYONE…HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!….

11. Commissioner Comments…

Commissioner Silverstone- ” Um, I like to question for Chief Perkins If you don’t mind. It was based on a comment by the public um,um the hurricane meetings are coming to inform the residents of the issue how to prepare for em. Were you invited? Was the VFD invited?’

Chief Perkins- ” Yes, I was invited, I’m gonna speak.”

CS- ” Different than the information I got.”

CP- “Oh, yeah, they asked me about a month ago.”

CS-” Alright that’s good. Make sure people know about that, that is important , ah, it is hurricane season coming up and again it’s important that everybody gets together all the public service entities. Um, and the people out there really should pay attention to this cause you never know it’s, it’s really gonna, maybe another issue here but, ah, there’s a couple of udder (other) things I want to mention here about and also ride the Pelican Hopper please find a way to, to do that, get in touch wit that cause I don’t want to lose that. That’s ah, the State, the County is funding a large part of that and if we lose that it’s it’s gonna really put a lot of people aside that are using it. Um, the 4th of July’s coming up as everybody knows. It’s one of the issues, one of those moments in our town that we should put aside our differences and our, our personal attacks and really become one. And this is the opportunity they don’t come very often, but this is the opportunity to, to get involved with something that should be a town event. It should be enjoyed by everybody including the children, especially the children. But um, as Frank [Herrman] said it is our birthday and I think we should celebrate it. I, ah, ah implore people to please contact Moe McIntee and um, the people in charge of getting volunteers together for the 4th . It’s something that you give, a way of giving back to the community and um, you know we need, it’s gonna be bigger and again, I, usual amount of thanks to Marc and Cristie Furth for their efforts they’ve been putting a lot of an incredible amount of time and effort into making this workout as they do almost every year and so this is really no different. But, if you have any ah, desire to help out enjoy it it’s the best way to enjoy is to participate in it. Um, that’s all I have, I yield.”..

Commissioner Dodd-“I went to the transit workshop last night  and the information again seemed to conflict with the information provided by the town last March .  The Transit staff at the workshop said we did have a lot of control over the route. They even indicated a favorable response to a pilot scheme and I want to thank Lawrence Wick for his excellent suggestion to change the route to include a loop past the Coral ridge mall and up Federal Highway to stop at the hospital and back across commercial.  I believe we were told last March that the town has no say in the route.  I also raised the issue of negotiating with Fort Lauderdale and why should LBTS pay the full costs of running the Hopper since it ran down the length of Galt Ocean Mile.  The Transit staff’s response was that the town should legitimately take it up with Fort Lauderdale and that it should be negotiated.  I believe this is exactly what I said back in March.  Hopefully town staff will pick this up and run with it this time.
I want to thank town staff and code enforcement for dealing with the half demolished building on Imperial Lane .  The roof has been removed and several homeowners feel a lot safer for the hurricane season.  Thank you town staff for resolving this issue in a speedy professional manor.
Point of information for all members of the public – you can address commissioners by name during public comments but not in a derogatory fashion.
Finally- Apologies to all – I will not be at the next meeting”

Vice Mayor McIntee- ” Commissioner Dodd, I’ll miss you (laughing sarcastically). Ah, first of all I have absolute proof nobody can argue with it. Absolute proof and I saw it with my own eyes that everybody loves LBTS beaches. There’s just no question about it.This is the greatest bit of proof I ever saw to establish that fact. I’ve gotta tell this story to the whole town because it’s really, really is unique. (prev. posts…Dr. Love/ Lake Worth) and it was inspirational to see and it was an opportunity that very few people will ever have to see. Two nights ago ten manatees were swimming north up the ocean between ah, the Commercial pier and the north end of town. One big female cow was being followed by nine males. The nine males harassed this poor girl and she got about to 1600 North Ocean Drive and made a beeline to the beach and the nine males followed her to the beach.And that’s when the event began. It was really a learning experience for all of us. A call dispatched over the fire department that there were ten beached whales. I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE, I WAS THE FIRST PERSON ON LOCATION and when I was walking down the beach my heart went to my stomach because I thought oh my God were we gonna lose ten whales on our beach and it was really sad just the thought of that and then, considering how we get them out, if we could save them etc. And as I got closer I realized they weren’t whales, they were manatees and they were had all flocked together on the beach and they were picking on this poor girl. But we still at that stage, our, our crews began to show up and the Chief [Perkins] showed up and we,we had a consultation on what we’re gonna do to get them back and we’re in the process of making calls and at ten o’clock at night it’s next to impossible to find a manatee expert. So, we didn’t know if we were supposed to try and get these poor animals back to sea, keep them on shore or what. Fortunately about ten thirty we got a hole of a manatee expert biologist who explained what their doing is natural and nothing to worry about. The only fear they have was that if the beach, if the tides ran out they might be stranded too far from the ocean , couldn’t get back so the VFD stayed there until four O’clock in the morning to make sure that, that they went through the low tide era and eventually about four thirty five O’clock they all went back and then what’s supposed to happen is the female was so exhausted at this stage that she’s supposed to beach herself and the nine males swim away, but fortunately they all swam away together. But it was such a unique experience to see ten of the rarest animals in Florida on our beaches. Only 1000 to 3000 in the town, excuse me in the town, in the whole state and we had one one hundredth of them on our beach and they’re very unique and ah, ah beautiful animals and ah, we were all, we felt like popping champagne corks because they all got away safely and it makes us very proud. Ah, the events like that are what make us unique to live here in this town and to enjoy it. Ah, as you know the 4th of July’s coming up. We’ve got a ah, ah a great program being developed. Marc and Cristie are obviously doing the phenomenal job they always do, but this one’s gonna knock your socks off. Because it’s gonna be outstanding and there are some surprises in there that are going to really resonate through the community (VM running for Mayor?…Or moving to Tampa?) And I think it’s gonna be great, a great draw and a great event. I hope the businesses in town get a little more involved….(Athena was denied their own event at 5 pm on the 4th and on the 5th…They were the subject of untruths for the fireworks display not shooting off pier & were strong-armed by July 4th Coordinator Marc Furth/They were slighted by Comm. Clotteyon the dais……Businesses were not allowed a booth or a chance for input in the planning)…the,  I’m a bit disappointed in the Chamber of Commerce and I see Paul [Novak-Chamber Pres.] in the front row. This is a great benefit for all the businesses  in town (HOW?) and I hope that the Chamber would be more aggressive in supporting this event (HMMM…. The Chamber had to cancel Christmas By- The- Sea…VM reneged on the VFD $5000 and no town support to make up for it……We hear the Mgr. wants to cut the Chamber’s budget by the amt. given by the County….The VM wanted to move the Chamber from its longtime location…The BTSTimes Editors  badmouth the Chamber  publicly and in their paper ….) because it helps everybody especially the hotels. (motels?…Blue Seas) It will probably fill all the hotels up (Come on!). So, I hope they could maybe take an extra step or something additional to, to, to advertise and maybe to ah, e-mails out the members that ah, it’s a great family event. Some jurisdictions have ah, changed their policies but we’re gonna do everything we can to make it one of the greatest events in town and ah, we’re really looking forward to it. Ah, the question of decorum. This has been a great meeting. It’s basically under control. The only thing that DECORUM IS BEING BROKEN that I can see is PEOPLE APPLAUDING. BUT WE CAN DISCUSS THAT AT ANOTHER DATE. There’s supposed to be shown from the audience that’s one of the rules but we can work on that. We’ve taken a major step today. We seem to be communicating pretty well. Ah, I hope it keeps on going in that direction. Ah, the, the general feeling of the tow from the employees from the, the look of the town it’s looking bright, the, the lawns look bright, the trees look good, El Mar’s lookin’ really good. ( The employees did a 180 in the last 2 weeks? WOW!) Ah, we’ve got a terrible economy and we’re surviving. The fact that we’re losing 700,000 plus dollars and we aren’t and we don’t have to increase our tax, taxes that’s a phenomenal tribute to our Town manager and to the clerk, the, the financial people. Ah, we, we’ve saved oodles of money by being conservative by going back to the Volunteer Fire Department  and we’re gonna save more (BSO Police?) And I think the money we saved has been spent professionally and fairly and I think that the town nothing but a bright future, I yield.”

Mayor Minnet- The Mayor spoke of the budget workshop and informed the residents they would have times to speak on budget items…to be involved…She spoke of attending the Transit Forum the evening before…the expansion of the route and that staff would be working on it…She spoke of the two hurricane workshops…the Town’s and the Chamber of Commerce on June 17th…She talked about Congressman Klein’s visit and the Veterans Association information that would be on channel 78…She talked of July 4th and that she was to volunteer to serve hamburgers…and then the Mayor had the best line of the night!… After hearing the Vice Mayor’s comments  the Mayor said she “was glad he was on top of the manatee breeding situation” …the audience definitely broke decorum as we laughed…the VM responded he “wasn’t on top of it” OUCH!…Full text of the Mayor’s comments are on her site...http://www.roseannminnet.com/

Commissioner Clottey-” Good evening Ladies and gentlemen. I asked the Town manager some time ago why we were even having hurricane preparedness because most of us do a pretty good job. We’ve been through many hurricanes and she told me it’s really done for insurance purposes to help us and to help us get better insurance rates. Um, many people have problems putting up shutters and I was hoping the Chief [Perkins] would say something that you do go out, you do help people put up shutters. I know a lot of people in the northern part of town don’t know that. The budget workshops have started and I encourage everybody to come out and to attend them or at least listen to them and then to share their viewpoints with the commission. I believe what we’ll be able to keep our present 3.99 millage rate in spite of the 9% reduction in property taxes that will be, the town will be receiving. I’ve had a few people tell me that we’re gonna be getting rid of the BSO Police and my answer to them has been where did you hear that. (Come on!) Cause I don’t know anything about it.(Come on!) Ah, and I’m gonna say that again, I don’t know anything about it. (Again, Come on!) It will be a sad day if some of you in the audience decide that you want to get rid of the BSO Police because I surely don’t. I think they’ve done a good job. So um, I have no idea where that’s coming from. (Marc Furth and the Gang…we hear…so how Comm. Clottey’s in the dark is hard to fathom…stay tuned) This ah, suits are on everybody’s minds. I know there have been people that make certain comments tonight. Unfortunately what some people have asked for that’s the kind of information that I don’t think any of us can give you (HMMM….Comm. Silverstone-CIC meeting?) The only thing I can say tha tI really feel ah, a lot better after the shade session that we attended a little while ago (6pm before the comm. mting. the meeting 1 day AFTER a filing Motion to  Dismiss was filed by the Town  BEFORE filling in the Commissioners…Filed dismissal is public record available as public record request from the County…will post soon…) I’m not on the ah, 4th of July Committee but I want to encourage everybody to come out and volunteer. It’s a good way of meeting people in the town. People that live in another part of town. And we do send a positive message to all of our visitors. Ah, they come to , they have a good time and come back and send money at our businesses (And the businesses say?) So it’s really a promotion for our town and with that I yield.”

BC- We hear the Mc-Gang is in trouble…and it must be so with all the pleas for help…Channel 78 slowly showing a call for volunteers…repeated calls to past contributors…all falling flat…Short on donations and volunteers…Who’s to blame…the July 4th Committee…that’s who!…They have been secretive…Anything but  transparent…Thumbing their noses from day one!…Disregarding …the businesses…the residents…the County DEP and the State FWC ….even the turtles..

This small “GANG” calling themselves the July 4th “committee” orchestrated their 2009 July 4th event with a big administrative assist by skirting the rules….strong-arming those who stood in their way…accusing and badmouthing those who represent us on the dais when doing their due diligence…and then they wonder why…no one has stepped up to the plate!…WOW!…

Who asked for a “bigger” event?   Who wanted a “bigger event”?….Who wanted fireworks on the beach, for the turtles to be relocated?…Who wanted to be kept off the main part of the beach for most of the day on a holiday for fireworks?…Who wanted to spend $40,000+ dollars for a party with Classic cars…(classic cars can be seen each month in neighboring communities)…Who wanted to spend $40,000 +for tourists staying in local motels?…Who wanted a no- compete imposed upon our town businesses for events after this afternoon CIC-VFD party?….Who wanted to pay $40,000+ to kick-off the Broom Boys re-election?…WHO?…The Mc-Furth Gang.”Committee ..that’s who…

more to come…

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