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Here’s The Scoop….Muzzle Motions…….From Our Neighbor To The North…Certainly “Trumped” Us…

MUZZLE FREEDOM OF SPEECH…….

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With an eye on the 6:30 PM LBTS Regular Commission Meeting Tonight…dealing with Freedom of Speech…(previous post…LBTS agenda/meetings category..2/10/09 agenda)…who would have thought our neighbor to the north would have surpassed the ongoing attempts to suppress those freedoms seen right here in our little “seaside village”?……WOW!….

Readers will recall the J.P. Bender “Wizard Of Pompano Beach” series…from the Sentry…..(still available online below this story )….often linked to as it was posted due to the myriad of parallels seen with their Manager and ours…….Now the parallels can be made with their Commissioners and ours…”closing rank”….but at what cost?……

In response to concerned Pompano Beach citizens  now in receipt of the facts  and speaking up…….the following has occurred…….

Excerpts…….

‘Mayor demands law to block public complaints’

‘Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher said Tuesday night that recent complaints from citizens about the qualifications of the City Manager, Keith Chadwell, had ended his support for the “Free Speech” of the public during Commission meetings.’

‘At Fisher’s demand, Linn promised to begin researching ways to silence public input at Commission meetings “before getting out of my pajamas tomorrow morning.”
Four other Commissioners joined Fisher in demanding an end to public criticism of the Commission and the way it does its job.’

‘Fisher dismissed complaints that First Amendment rights override the city commissions desire to avoid criticism.’

‘Among other quirky behaviors in the past, the city was forced to open its records to the public only following court action. The Florida Public Records law requires public access to public records but city officials long attempted to block access by charging exhorbitant “fees” for the documents when requests were made. At other times the city said they didn’t “have the time” to provide records or the city officials would require citizens to fill out lengthy paperwork requesting public documents including the reason for seeking the documents. That ended before a judge when the city was ordered to stop all delaying tactics and allow citizens to view public documents without charge and without delay.’

read the whole story…..…full text…use link…...http://flsentry.com/…..

BC- all this writer can say…it’s a certainty that the “2-Hats”  and the LBTS Manager will be zoning in on this one…….with “baited breath”……

Besides the “freedom of speech” issues arising in our town…their town and others across this nation…there are many who are now rethinking their previous stance on term limits…including this writer…(previously posted…not long after the last election in town)….precisely because of this type of behavior…….

In an opinion article written in the Sentinel recently, former Sen. Bob Graham spoke of all the newly elected who lack the knowledge of basic Civics…and of the job they have been elected to do…….It was a glaring reminder of what we here in LBTS have seen over the last year….leading to much commentary and disbelief…with a growing number of voters feeling “buyers remorse”……..big time…..

Our town is now mired in secrecy…unanswered public records requests…Administrators acting independently on decision making……”going after” certain Commissioners…Public safety providers…”cutting to the chase”…..(pun intended)…..and looking for ways to “muzzle” the citizenry….calling anything negative  “personal attacks….”witch hunts”…and “dangerous”….

That is now that they themselves are not the ones speaking out!….HMMMM……..

This latest over the top example from Pompano Beach just won’t fly…….NO WAY…. NO HOW…what were they thinking?………….

We hear their Pompano Beach- Citizen Group….still a WATCH DOG organization…has sent a letter to their Commissioners…including the Commissioner they backed…who spoke in favor of this action…letting it be known how wrong this action is….

Clearly not the LAP DOG organization seen in the current LBTS- CIC group seen in our town!…..

updates to come….


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