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Here’s The Scoop…Post It Where?…. Pavilion Pushed Aside…Pitifully Produced Response..

OUT OF SIGHT…OUT OF MIND…DOING HER DUE DILIGENCE?….

One of the many eye-openers  this writer has seen with this current LBTS Administration has been the inadequate and highly suspect hiring practices…along with lack of Sentinel public notices for meetings etc.to provide broad access to residents………as other neighboring towns provide in regularly publishing such meetings……

Feeling that the she has done her “due diligence”…and followed the “rules”…which she says do not state they must be newspaper published…thereby allowing her to save costs…by using the “boards”…in Town Hall and outside Jarvis Hall…instead…

There can be no comparison in getting the word out to the residents…for you would have to come in regularly into the Town’s building …to look at the board…and as for the “board” outside Jarvis…it shows no one has updated in eons!….

The result…the flow of information… for both positions…and for residents…about government is severely curtained…..perhaps done  purposely…..for this result….

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One interesting item posted…inside the “board”… in Town Hall…

Permit #…BO-615/ Expires July 8,2011

Robert Halbert, Permit Manager……………………………July 10,2008…

You are hereby granted final authorization to proceed with construction or acitvities authorized by this notice.

Authorize work must conform to the project description, approved plans, all conditions of Chapter 62-B-33, Florida Administrative Code, or any pre-construction requirements.

Project Description: Construction of open pavilion with seaward trellis, other structures, activities, excavation with fill placement.

Project Location: Between approx. 426 ft. &526 ft. south of Department of Environmental reference R50 in Broward County. Project address, Commercial Blvd. Town Park, Commercial Blvd. LBTS

Special Instruction: A pre-construction conference is required. The permitee shall comply with all permit condition

(here’s the kicker….at the bottom of the permit ….. inside Town Hall on the board…)

“POST CONSPICUOUSLY ON THE SITE”…….

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PAVILION….PASSED OVER?….PITIFUL!…

Here we are more than a month after we all saw the “open air” pavilion…in a color rendition for the very first time…and we still have no substantive answers to who made the decision to alter the project voted on by the Commission……when the decision was made … why it was not brought back to the Commission to approve, alter or  deny……why this was done after Broward County gave us an extension to Oct.2009…and this posted permit showed it was permitted until July 2011….thus having the money and time available to proceed as voted on…and perhaps proceed after season….

What has been provided is highly suspect…bordering on …in this writers opinion…. a major cover-up…within the Administration…

Questions were put forth by Commissioner Dodd asking for answers have been seriously flawed in their response…Hanging their “hats” on the March 25,2008 special meeting…previously posted…scoops category…shows just the opposite…the administration dug a deeper hole for themselves to get out of….that is…. if any Commissioner(s) pursues this…or  it is “swept under the rug”…a very real scenario… for the pal to pal “…”tit for tat”…going on with the Manager and the Vice Mayor…after the Manager doing many such “sweeps”  for him in his VFD/ “code enforcer”  questionable acts….

Also included …and done for the 2nd time…in providing “backup” materials…the administration “pads” the  report with garbage…

The first time this writer saw this was in the materials for the laundromat and the fire lane…included were pages of years of this ongoing problem by the owners….to prove the staff’s point…Not so fast..with 1 minor exception …. the backup provided had nothing to do with the fire lane…it was  pages of previous inspections…citations for inside problems with Walgreens…

This time..the materials provided to “explain” the de-walled…de-bathroomed Pavilion…began with a  page with….the Manager making note of the following…including …. the March 25th meeting…(again, no mention of the change at the meeting)…the permits and when they were obtained…( excluding the previously posted 12/08 permits obtained by  Coastal Construction)…an assertion that also turned out to be wrong…that no construction is allowed during Mar1-Oct. 31st…(previously posted…and asserted at the bid meeting by the architects…the only requirement would be turtle permits and monitoring…makes sense since other projects on the beach extending much further into the beach were not precluded from work in those months)……

Next is a page from the Manager where she states “Bathrooms were eliminated and the design was kept open as directed”….(BY WHOM?)…still no answers….

After this….attached were various design options……

The new design was first…next a copy of the plan drawings without walls shown briefly at the March 25,2008 special meeting…(no comment from the Manager …speaking at the time it is shown about it…as she was addressing grants)…next a survey…

next the Forbes design as we all thought we were getting…dated…. SEPTEMBER 11,2008…..titled “design with bathrooms”….

followed by a cover page…September  2007….a copy of the present at the time views of the site by Ocampo & Associates…next 4 pages…an architectural site plan by Ocampo of the Brenner Pavilion…and 4 pages of the Forbes Pavilion…( the previous Commission asked Ocampo to also combine the 2 to include the best of both…the next 4 pages are the Ocampo version…round roof…with walls “fanning” off on both sides…next cover page June 2007…

What follows is  the Brenner submission…the students submissions…Forbes…and 3 others… drawings that include two surprises…a submission by student Carlos Carbajo…a pavilion without walls…a roof…same from student Eduardo Corbia…roof with poles…no walls……(interesting…but their open air pavilion designs did not win…)

So once again..the administration  has provided……lots of “padding” in a report…..with nothing to do with the problem….

What happens now?…….

Will the Commission get to the bottom of this…or will the Vice Mayor…have something to hold over the Administration’s heads…to keep him “sitting” pretty …left not to worry about all his bad deeds?….HMMMM…….

more to come….

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