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FUNNY THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU ASK TOO MANY QUESTIONS….

Believe you me…ask too many questions…and the Vice Mayor will call you an “agitator”….as he said twice at the recent CIC Town Hall meeting….no matter that the questions being asked are the very same questions he and his co-horts asked about the previous administration…the previous consultants…and especially the previous elected officials…asking for transparency…promising it would change….when they took over….cleaned house….

The writing on the wall came quickly……” that was then”…and “this is now”……even before the votes were counted…as posted in the “How The Sausage Was Made Series”….and the hierarchal actions that have come down simultaneously on all fronts since.. on the dais…in Town Hall….from the CIC Board…in the BTSTimes…and the VFD…from the Vice Mayor…trickling down…(unless it came 1st from his Boss…Editor JMM)…….

“Cut to the chase”…you bet….rules made that touched off the era we embarked on…..perks to cover his pal who was having a hard time getting insurance coverage…. (UPDATE: apparently the “reason” for pushing the insurance was not so…according to his pal….he had insurance…which begs the question why would the new Vice Mayor repeat this story to so many to get this on and get it passed at such an inopportune time?)…… getting cell phones…and showing off the new Ipod phone he procured…getting the new public safety complex…the Buffalo used firetruck….ATV’s….always seeming to be the one on the dais who gets “we have the money for that” answer from the Manager…trying to put the cart before the horse with a referendum to make sure he could not “blow it again” with the VFD’s demise…as his Pal Furth said he did the last time around……throwing his protoge’ under the bus…first in front of the ethics committee…and again when Commissioner Dodd asked for a sabbatical from the CIC……making questionable “assurances”…in private meetings…the latest being ….offering up big bucks to the Chamber from the VFD…….that astounded all those who were “supposed” to have already known…in the background…circling the wagons and making it known not to question the Manager…”she’s a star”……warning some not to ask too much of her…as “she has much on her plate”…being the voice of the VFD …on the dais and off…in the papers….and even at the CIC Town Hall meeting Sunday night……providing no introduction on being the Vice Mayor…just another story to regale in his” heroics” in the VFD…this was after all a meeting for residents to speak to the commissioners not the VFD……with “talking points” supplied in the invitation from the CIC Board…(8 out of the 9)… suggesting the commissioners put forth their accomplishments on the dais thus far…(maybe he was at a loss to come up with any?)….the departure of the Beach Patrol Division Head Scot Fowler…..aiding in the orchestrated removal of CIC Board member John Thompson…the “they can’t touch us”…whether it was in the news early on (the Sentinel)…..or directed to the Florida Ethics Board recently…as stated from the dais…..due to no money coming his way from the VFD…it’s become a one man town…just a different man….(occasionally directed by the “boss”)….

Transparency…as promised…as declared….NO WAY…

Between what he and his group are doing behind the scenes …with the CIC dominated Town Boards…… the CIC Executive Board new secrecy rules… coinciding …by all appearances……with the Administration…..and the Manager’s own ” held close to the vest” actions…on hiring…firing…micro-managing….questionable heads of departments….special funds…summarily relying on the previous Town Attorney’s rulings on some requested items …but not on others….insisting that votes were taken…that do not show up in the minutes….projects moving forth…without the commission knowing if they really made those decisions…it just all looks the same….just less qualified….but the same……just less researched….but the same…

Now …I guess the only thing that has changed….the questioners…the “agitators” who ask the same questions no matter who is in charge……

but according to Bender….we are not alone….

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