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Here’s The Scoop…Working Backwards…After The Continuation 11/25/08 LBTS Commission Meeting…12/1/08…

December 2, 2008 by Barbara

A CONVERSATION WITH THE TOWN ATTORNEY SITTING IN FOR THE NIGHT…

After the waste of time…12/1/08 continuation of the 11/25/08 Commission meeting…the night’s stand- in Town Attorney was in the parking lot…

He spent some time time talking to Comm. Dodd, his wife and this writer…and inquired if I was the one that wrote the blog….he knew I had written about the Town Attorney Mr Abbott…I said I had …and I spoke about posting links to stories in the paper with Mr Abbott and Hollywood…that I post many stories that involve LBTS…and give my opinion…

He has obviously heard a few choice opinions…as he himself had not been on this site…( I gave him my card)…and spoke of the difference between liking the attorney or crossing the line with calling an attorney “unethical”…I assured him…that I had never posted any such statement….if he was inaccurately informed that I had…

He asked my view of Mr Abbott…and we spoke honestly about where I had concerns…starting with the lack of a 2nd RFP for the Town Attorney position…upon which he reiterated his assertion made at that time…that there are few firms that do what they do…and this spoke of this Town’s reputation…( laughingstock…perhaps?)

We spoke honestly…about the advice I found troubling…from Mr Abbott…the Sunshine rules…that one Commissioner could call or state their position…prefacing for the other not to respond…he agreed with Mr Abbott …saying anyone in their firm would give the same advice…still skeptical…I did ask if he would advise against a Commissioner doing it…he said he would…this caveat…if I remember correctly…. was not part of Mr Abbott’s advice…

He went on to disagree with the recent non- advice from Mr Abbott on the dais in regards to the Coral Key appeal on 11/25/08…to a question of what a “building permit” includes…and told Comm. Dodd he should call Mr Abbott …Comm. Dodd answered he could not…and we informed him of the Vice Mayor’s dais diatribe about Commissioners not calling the Town Attorney individually…The Atty. said it must be “those trust issues”…and referenced the incidents brought forward with the Town Manager …on the dais just this evening…

The Atty. was most informative about other towns…the good…I believe he said…Plantation…the bad…Bal Harbor…and the worst Cooper City…for dais behavior…when the commission gets personal…attacking each other…wasting a lot of valuable time…

Comm. Dodd …once again brought forth his desire to streamline the commission meetings…and have “round table” discussions …open to the public …where the Commissioners could air their grievances in a more appropriate manner…the Atty. said that was done elsewhere…and seemed to concur…it would help…

We explained at the end of the discussion as we did at the beginning…what he observed this night…was “nothing” compared to the usual…after he brought up the personal attacks…the time it took….and wished us well…

more to come…

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