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“IT GETS BETTER EVERY YEAR!”….

The 13th Annual LBTS CRAFT FEST…..

BC- It’s 10 am on Sunday 3/15/09 and the cars are lining the medians on both sides of El Mar Drive extending from Pine Ave. all the way to the event…same for the south end…leading to Palm Ave….The El Prado parking lot is maxed out…and there are lines waiting for breakfast in front of Country Ham and Eggs and 101 N. Ocean……as well as Village Grille…Athena has it’s seats full as well!…

The merchandise offered is some of the welcome regulars that keeps the townspeople and the visitors coming back for more…as well as some new innovative items…that stopped the strollers in their tracks!…

At the end of line on El Mar…the swinging chair…it the hit of the event…and the “greenies” among us are impressed by the Frame N’ Art “Litter Art” displayed while taken aback by the finds owners Gary and Sharon have found from walking along the LBTS beachfront….

Lots of jewelry and handmade items…hats, purses, outdoor items…artwork of blown glass and one o f a kind items made in wood…music being played by musicians with their own DVDs and food items to taste and bring back home….

The newspapers were looking for subscribers…the Lions Club was represented by Former Mayor Parker and his wife…and the Chamber that made this all possible…Well on day 2…they were low on T-shirts…a good barometer of what a success this was!…

BC-One idea to float yet again…How about having this Craft Fest event on July 4th and 5th…and taking away the costs for the taxpayers…an estimated $50 thousand plus….(could go up to twice that amount…if donations are off or the Pier is a no- go…thanks to McIntee’s vendetta against the Marchelos brothers…leaving a barge the only fireworks option)…

The parade could be moved…to A1A …..something to think about as we face a very different year…money wise…

NEWSPAPER WARS….

The winner is…according to many…BTSFuture……

The talk around the town…the Future’s headline story…the sign…the Pier sign…”HANDS OFF”…If it needs a touch- up…fix it…But just like the Chamber…let it be!…Compared to their “sparring partner” the Mc-FurthBTSTimes …the Future has taken the lead……Although the Furth photos are lovely works of art…. the “cheer leading-VFD” lovefest…is a scan and a toss at best……Noticed as the El Mar passerby’s discard the copy picked up at the owner’s motel/newspaper headquarters ….taken from their newstand right out in  front…only to be discarded in the receptacles in town…and not the recycle ones at that…

The articles on McIntee in this weeks Future show yet again the “bully” on the “pulpit” every 2 weeks does not have the last word…And no “song and dance” will take the spotlight off the VM-VFD Deputy Chief…acting as VFD purchaser…negotiator…and “thumbing his nose” at the Florida Ethics Commission…Plenty to cover on this guy’s misdeeds…the signage…the bathrooms…the “vigilante” escapades…as he makes his “messes” grow….and grow and grow…

A letter with a “wake-up” call sent to McIntee-BFF Comm. Silverstone in response to his “love letter” to his pal in the BTSTimes…sets the VM’s “record” straight…Along with a full array of community events that this paper that its  staff and contributors are fully vested in…not just “press pass” wearers…stopping in for a shot…and a story…

Once again the return of a byline picture of Doc Lawrence …was included …still quite a “get” for this paper…and a great move on Doc’s part….. a “must see” for those who missed him so…

But the “kicker”…the “Real Hoot”…”DR. COCKROACH BUG TALK”…at the Museum of Discovery  3/27-29 2009…”Monsters vs. Aliens”…with the “biting” Future’s commentary…”Oh, and be sure to ask about the hissing variety”….

BC- Readers know the one… known to reside right here in LBTS….

Final thought…take a look at the “Ad-Wars”…and see who is providing ad revenue to each publication……It provides a very “telling” story of its own!…

http://www.bytheseafuture.org/

more to come….

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