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Here’s The Scoop…..Re-Up..Time For The CIC….Are Sure You Want To Do That?….Future Candidates…In 2010…

January 16, 2009 by Barbara

LETTER’S IN THE MAIL…RE-UP TIME FOR THE CIC….

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Question is ….will the  self -proclaimed “largest grass-roots” LBTS organization remain just that?….

We hear some of the newest members were “recruited” from the VFD…with a little arm twisting…to boot…

The election for new officers will be in April…with the current President…. BTSTimes owner-Editor Cristie Furth stepping down…due to the 1 year only term allowed in the bylaws..(if they are still following those “pesky ” bylaws ) and  those overwhelming monthly publication deadlines…

Who’s lying in wait to ascend …could be …the Vice Mayor’s wife…..Moe McIntee…the current  CIC Vice-Chair ….she of “slap”site..”staff writer”…podium admonishing of her husband’s fellow commission members?….

Recently one observer of the drastic decline that has come about in this LBTS  political committee…said…upon hearing rumblings that there might be no more Property Owners Association in this coming year…”Well maybe the CIC can take it over…after all ….it is now a social/event group!”….

A few highlights from the letter to members….sent Jan. 12,2009…quite amusing …in a “watching the sunrise…epiphany” sort of way…..flourishing with familiar hyperbole….that can only come from those so entrenched …with a false sense of  their own reality….living in the ever-shrinking Mc-bubble…

The opening “salvo” ….proves just that…

‘2008 was quite a year for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and the Citizen’s Initiative Committee!’….Ya da ya da ya da…’We can all be proud of the voice the CIC has become in helping decide the future direction of our Town’…..

‘For the most part, 2008 was a well-deserved period of rest and renewal for the CIC, a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor’….ya da ya da ya da…’helping with spectacular events’….

To those who remember correctly…….

It was a time to sit “mum” as the Vice Mayor came to power armed with……with full-blown payback…and an agenda of his own making.. ….

It was a time to throw those who did not follow the Mc-gang lock stock and both barrels…….under the bus…

The candidate they heartily endorsed…Commissioner Stu Dodd…after he followed through with his well-known desire to ask for a “sabbatical”…only to be CIC “tarred and feathered”….(previous post)……led by both McIntees……and ever thus….. called “traitor”…..when daring to represent all of his constituents……equally….no matter their affiliation…

Their trusted friend and former “broom boys” 2006 campaign treasurer, a longtime ardent VFD  supporter….who was briefly named LBTS  Town Historian….and welcomed back to speak at the podium…(until McIntee and group did not want “those” historical facts… after all)……Today…John Thompson…. is finishing out his board duties for the  very last time……..thanks to this new McFurth-executive  members of the CIC board…who through their despicable rants and raves…..courtesy of the current Vice-Chair and Chair of the CIC…have repeatedly tried to usurp the votes of those very CIC members’ they are now  asking to re-up……those who voted for John to have a seat at the board table to represent them…Last years BTSTimes “Person of the Year”…. was by far the most responsible  founding member for helping the organization hold true the core values… open, democratic transparency…..for all CIC members…and not the “chosen” few….

‘We acknowledged the contributions of our members with the first annual CIC Citizen of the Year award’….

To many …”the fix was in “on this 1st recipient…none other than MacMillan and Wife…who “enjoyed” a “special” dispensation rule allowing for those CIC members who “owned” a business in town….but not those who merely contributed to the paper….(leaving Thompson out)…HMMMM…

Their 1st CIC award recipient……in a matter of days…stood in the back of the CIC “Get Stu Dodd” meeting right alongside his pal the Vice Mayor…yelling… taunting in full-blown  “mob mentality”fashion towards the Town’s elected official…Who can the CIC find for this award  in year 2…to follow such a class act?…

They will have a general meeting on Feb. 2nd,2009…to discuss ‘the very important issues of height limits and overlay districts’….

HUH?…These are the very same people that have thwarted Commissioner Dodd…the Master Plan Steering Committee…and the Planning and Zoning Board at every turn over the last year…Stalling the release of information they require and have repeatedly requested to rectify this ” knee-jerk” CIC implored blunder that resulted in the removal of the overlay districts……and now …they will have it on their agenda…WOW!

‘It is hard to believe, but the next municipal election is just over a year away, and once again, the CIC will be hard at work’….

When it was a “cohesive” group…….with all of us “minions” sufficiently “drinking the Kool-aid”……no candidates could be found…( a history of the last campaign…in the How The Sausage Was Made” series category)…

So  just who will step up ….this time around…after knowing what will surely strike again…Sausage series part deux!….

If the incumbent “Broom Boys” are in for a 2nd term….there will be no other CIC member to even attempt to throw their hat in…it will be a done deal!…

Although he is  looking very chummy these days with the CIC…..former CIC endorsed Mayoral candidate L.Peanuts Wick… this go- round…still remembering how very close he was…(16 votes)…to that brass ring may find himself “pining’ for another shot at the coveted Mayoral spot… Not an option if  McIntee decides to make it his……leaving Peanuts in the lurch..or to  be ….dare we ponder the possibility. ….. the CIC-independent “competition”….HMMM….Peanuts VS McIntee?….VS Minnet..

McIntee …if he’s still drinking his own special batch…knows the north end won’t give him another 4 years…(just check out how often throughout his 1st term…the north  received the “under the bus” Mc-treatment)….leaving open only one slim option to return… with a leap to the center seat!….

A major obstacle in that ascent though…….those SRC voters….. who made all the difference in the last election due to the Palm Club sewers  …have jumped ship…With the hotel purchase…cell phone perk …insurance perk….and the  Manager assist-attempt to get reimbursed for not taking that insurance…..coming right out of the gate ….They feel  “hoodwinked”…..after counting on fiscal responsibility…believing all the promises that were made….and all that has happened since…Well count on this…CIC… that “gravy train”…that “treasure trove” of votes… is gone…

Who runs  from the north…what CIC member this time……McIntee came up “cold” the last time around…and while he was said to have induced Commissioner Clottey…he played games when she showed her “independence”…he was ready to jump ship…until that “candidate” proved to be non-compliant with his M&M marching orders….and threw in the towel….

One idea “floated” in the last election……. it is said former Mayor Parker wanted Peanuts to run from the north end…since he owns property there….but no one can honestly believe…if he is not really living back in the north…the voters will get on board …..with  such a “deception”…nope…….think Congressman Robert Wexler…and the recent questions raised on other elected official in the Sentinel…

A while back back dear readers…this writer warned the many…to think before they took that “leap of faith” and took a chance on writing for the previous BTSTimes…again referring to the Sausage series…and most recently a word of warning to those who write in the Mc-Furth BTSTimes…and all that a byline implies in political alliance…throughout the town…

This time around..members….think long and hard before you re-up with the current “Incarnation” of the the CIC…are you sure you want to do that…after seeing what those “in charge” have wrought …making  this once honored organization….a mere shadow of what it once was…just one short year ago….

more to come….

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