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The Futures 8/8/08

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES….

Looks like The Future’s found a the right fit…with their recent return…after the election….when many including this writer thought they closed shop for good ….to come back with a decision to print and deliver their paper on a 3 week cycle…rather than 2…making a dramatic difference in their articles…layout and content…..and around here…a difference in who will be taking their paper to read….

Previous posts alerted both local LBTS papers of the long term “hit” their papers were taking in Sea Ranch Club…being left in the mail room…but the noticeable change in this paper…should change that …

Whether you agree with their point of view or not the front page Brown article on the LNG Calypso/Suez gas port….is definitely worth the read…

It ties in with page 4 of the paper and a workshop on 8/11/08….5 p.m…..at the Beach community Center….3351 NE 33Ave. Ft Lauderdale…Galt Ocean Mile ...www.galtmile.com

The Mayor has made her comments on the project…against…stating her previously known views on the dangers…it not being an American corporation…asking for constituents to contact Gov. Crist….

BCbythesea….is not against the gas port for the safety reasons…as previously posted…this writer’s concerns…the not often revealed facts that far too often…the gas is diverted to other countries offering a higher “buy”…leaving some of these gas ports dormant….

The report on the ficus whiteflies…have heard Town Hall is being inundated with complaints …for those dealing with the problem…a number to call…Broward County Extension Service….954-370-3725…..

The ON THE RECORD…score sheet…always the first page to check…keeps those apprised on just how the commissioners voted ….also previously posted on this site….on the commission meeting reviews…

KUDOS…for getting the doggy beach trial scenario right…after it has been misreported so often in print elsewhere…..and who stands where on the Chamber location….covered with more background…on pages 2 and 3……

BCbythesea…..the content on page 2 and 3 might have answered some “history” of why the “vendetta” against the Chamber by MacMillan….

In the past this writer was often told that when MacMillan asked to see the financial records he was told to come in …they would be made available…but he was unwilling…making it clear …”NO”…. all must come to “ground zero” the BTSTimes…office…

At the time I always wondered why not go…but figured both sides were entrenched in a “pissing contest” ……If Ms Geesey is correct…then just as we saw with the recent BTSTimes articles and “News Flash” …lacking the full content of the Ethics Commission findings on McIntee and Silverstone…… John MacMillan was not “coming clean” to those around him…although he well aware…….that the reply to his requests would always the same…for he was involved at the time these by-laws were enacted….making his request impossible… surely he also knew…this “exercise” in “calling” for the Chamber finance reports…..to come to the BTSTimes…was pure “PROPAGANDA”….and was just riling up the “troops”…for some underlying reason…YIKES!….

Also if Ms Geesey is correct with a drop off of 53% of the directors…due to “his problems in working with people”…. the MacMillan…overbearing….riding roughshod ….persona …witnessed during the campaign..the CIC website demise…the “Tar and Feathering”…..of Comm. Dodd at the CIC meeting….the “Scorched Earth” of this writer….the “Scorched Earth” edition of the BTSTimes… being CIC board member #10…enacting at the present time…the “Scorched Earth” of his #1 reporter….is more of the same…wish we knew this info long ago!….Those still involved…BEWARE!…..

THE MESSENGERS….

In Ms Geesey’s article she includes a “visit” by Marc Furth…AKA the “Messenger”….well known to all…he and Jim Silverstone are the M & Ms Messengers…for they have “likable…personalities”…..being more” low- key” than those they are “working for”….

Marc Furth is a “nice guy”…but even with his easier to swallow manner…he is in the thick of things…under the M & Ms thumb…….often as told to this writer in the past…due to being “threatened” or “intimidated”…if he dares to walk away….as he did ….for a while…

He came back into the fold…because he said…he owns a business in town…and could not take the McIntee…”warnings”….even telling me…often to “watch out for Jerry”….SAD!…

His disdain for MacMillan…was well known…especially having to endure the nasty…remarks over the CIC website…the demise of the website…and the constant taking “ownership” of Furth photos that appeared in the BTSTimes…without MacMillan properly giving credit that the photos were Furth’s….

This writer was told that one item might be wrong in Ms Geesey’s article…who sent Marc Furth to speak to the Chamber….unless he made more than one “visit”….it was not M & Ms…that sent him….

Comm. Dodd had spoken to Marc to ask what was the best way to deal with the Chamber…after having a few situations arise during the campaign…….when a resident of the Caribe Condominium informed the Candidate Dodd …word was going around their condo…that a vote for Dodd was a vote to get rid of the Chamber….and also some “political blurring” of the lines..at Christmas by the Sea with Chamber volunteers wearing campaign stickers while working…at the event…

BCbythesea…Chamber President Paul Novak and Dave Gadsby were informed upon the sighting…and to their credit took action right away….

According to Comm. Dodd …Marc Furth…OFFERED to be the “Messenger”….to go in and speak to the Chamber…what Marc said…if it was different than what Comm. Dodd was seeking in his quest……..only Marc and those involved know for sure…

Commissioner Dodd ….spoke to Paul Novak… Chamber Board members..and Chamber employees…on his own after this visit by Furth…he was working quite well with them…finding the information he asked for was freely given to him…and developed a working…civil relationship…to plan for the future of the Chamber and the Town…

BCbythesea…has heard that MacMillan was unhappy with the Dodd approach…and Dodd not following the MacMillan required “tactics”…therefor…enlisting his “pal” McIntee…to do the “deed”….first McIntee tried to insinuate that Dodd had done something underhanded by getting the Chamber Disc and not giving to the rest of the commission…when both the M & Ms knew …Comm. Dodd and Chamber President Novak were unaware of such protocol…then still unhappy with Dodd not coming to MacMillan as he proceeded in his Chamber dealings…he got his “pal” to take it over….which all witnessed from McIntee on the dais…disgustingly so….

The removal of the Chamber board members…may have come from the “Messenger” Marc Furth’s spouse Cristie…unhappy she was not elected……and wanting Geesey off…due to Ms Furth’s contention that during the Chamber Board election…Ms Geesey was given an unfair advantage over the other candidates with a separate announcement…sent out….

McIntee coming in and insisting on the BTSTimes being in the Welcome Center….is just the latest for such “visits”……just a matter of time for the BTSTimes agenda item…town wide newspaper boxes for the “official” BTStimes LBTS paper…which after the “Scorched Earth” behavior…is a shoe -in to lose!……

Ms Geesey is correct….as previously posted…the M & Ms are sure that the “competitor” Futures must have benefited from monies from the Chamber…and this is the “prize” they are looking for… along with bringing the Chamber to its knees..

The guest article from Bob Terrien…added more insight to the “history”…unknown to many…due to “revisionist history” from the M & Ms & Fs…

BCbythesea…what a lost opportunity …still in limbo….all that came before…needs to be brought out…in Jarvis hall…to see exactly was done before and where we go from here…..

Nice picture of Commissioner and Penny Dodd…….at the SPCA event at 101 Ocean….

ONE CLARIFICATION….

The Master Plan Steering Committee …now meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month…at 7 p.m…….

Next meeting….Tues. 8/19/08….7 p. m…..televised!…..

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