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July 11, 2009 by Barbara

LBTS RESIDENT YANN BRANDT….

(Photo: from left: Bruce Kershner, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association; James Rose, Network for New Energy Choices; Gwen Rose, Vote Solar; Gov. Crist; Martha Duggan, Solar Alliance; Yann Brandt, AGT electrical contractors. Photo courtesy of Office of Gov. Crist)

Dear Readers….Many of you may recognize LBTS longtime resident Yann Brandt…He has grown up in our town….He was a VFD member in our town…and he has been quite vocal and informative in offering up suggestions for the town and its residents with energy programs …and asking the commission to start a committee to move the town in the right direction…Unfortunately the only thing green that came from his offers…were that of the “green- eyed monster”…political in nature from the “Gang of 3” on the dais who have heard Yann might consider a run for a seat on the Commission next March….So shortsighted were they that they shot him down…Others have not ……Such as Governor Crist…and Congressman Klein….Hmmmm….

http://blogs.tampabay.com/energy/2009/03/crist-gets-solar-energy-award.html

BC- On the floor of Congress…Congressman Kleins speaks of  Yann  Brandt and AGT …..(youtube link below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMf5J0snAI8

Excerpt from Reuters….

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Jun 01 (MARKET WIRE) --  Advanced Green Technologies
 (AGT), one of the world's leading providers
of solar energy systems, today announced a strategic alliance with CTC Resources, Inc.
(CTC), one of industry's leading financiers.
 The alliance enables AGT clients to select, install, manage and finance complete
 photovoltaic systems that are inclusive of the
 system components, software, maintenance and installation, while realizing an
unparalleled return on investment
through their 0-0-3 Financing Program.     
"AGT is committed to assisting businesses realize significant savings on their
 purchase of solar energy systems
and services with flexible offerings, highly competitive rates and superior
 product and investment protection,"
 said Yann Brandt, VP of AGT. "AGT is pleased to offer our clients the industry's
 first 0-0-3 Program, which reflects
 $0 down payment, 0% financing with the first 3 monthly payments of $0, for qualified
borrowers. With $10 million allocated
to provide financing, AGT has now made going green easier for consumers."

Full text link below…

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS200432+01-Jun-2009+MW20090601

BC- Maybe next time Mr. Brandt offers his expert opinion ….the dais will be all ears?…

more to come………

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Here’s The Scoop…It’s A Mc-Furth Fourth Of July Brought To You By The CIC/VFD……

July 4, 2009 by Barbara

“IT’S NOT POLITICAL”….Vice Mayor McIntee/Comm. Jim Silverstone…

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Dear Readers…This front and center self promotional July 4th float says it all  ( 1 of 2 in the parade)…It was definitely political…It was narcissistic….. And it was unbelievably  tone-deaf to the Town and where we find ourselves in at the present time!…

From the opening blunder of applying for a special event permit as a Town/CIC/VFD co-sponsored event …the sole control for the event for Coordinator Marc Furth…and the secretive and suspect planning …( a far cry from the co-chaired transparent event the year prior)….the 24 hour notice limited posting of meetings…( done with the Town Manager being fully complicit)… …The Mc-Furths went against the DEP’s known recommendations by planning  the fireworks display smack-dab on 3/4 plywood on the beach in the center of town…closing down the entry…along with a  280 ft. radius  perimeter…..requiring  Nova University monitors to be assigned to watch for any disturbances in the area to the sea turtle nests…  The Mc-Furth’s told the DEP untruths for why it must be on the beach…Coordinator Marc Furth made demands per a letter to the Town Manager/Commissioners that he reprinted in his  Mc-Furth BTSTimes accusing the Mayor and Comm. Dodd when they did their due diligence in checking out the facts…The Vice Mayor made “bloated” statements from the dais…and at the July 1st volunteer meeting…throwing out “garbage numbers” of who was volunteering for the event…going so far as to say his wife “turned away volunteers”….and the response from the VFD had been tremendous…(with Chief Perkin’s having to promise Comm. Dodd that the members not participating would not be fired as a memo said they would be …per the Dep. Chief)….Mark Conn and Cristie Furth spoke of a entries in the parade and for the afternoon party that never appeared….(Pompano FD engine/NY FD Engine/Antique Fire engine/Traveling Vietnam War wall)….Mark Conn said there would be 80 entries…(was an “entrie”counted as a person, a bike, or a trailer?)… The participants were as follows…….The Furth Float (LBTS Artificial Reef Project)….The  Marines…The American Legion- Thomas P. Johnston Post 222…VFD Captain Mark Conn on VFD-ATV (with a Sal’s towing ad on the side..a permanent ad)….NYPD car….The Mayor…(CHEERS)…VM McIntee and wife…(SILENCE)….Com. Silverstone….(SILENCE)…Comm. Clottey…(SILENCE)…Comm. Dodd and wife…(CHEERS)…2 vans with veterans….Army truck with disabled veterans…Congressman Ron Klein…….State Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff….The VFD members walking in front of ATV-Jet Ski….3 VFD-Firetrucks…(Squirt 12 was called to an alarm at the Mayor’s building!)… the VFD-pickup pulling the hurricane trailer…(with the strange permanent lettered sign of Commander Mikos Angeles on the side of it…HUH?)….2 AMR ambulances…Republican David Maymon …(running for State Rep. Dist. 91)…….2  classic cars….The LBTS -Community Church Noah’s Ark float….Lord’s Realty car…Bel Air Assoc. car….Cindy Geesey- POA Hometown Hero car (see below)….By-The- Sea- Future car….Kids on bikes etc…1 classic car…1 classic truck…Choice Environmental truck…and 2 BSO Mounted Police…(which produced a large amount of shock…sadness and anger from the parade attendees for their placement in the parade…behind the garbage truck!)……Political?….OUCH!…They were also the end of the parade… (28 entries)…No Senator Jeff Atwater?…Hmmmm……The crowd on the street was down from prior years…and Publix parking lot was empty…something very unusual for a LBTS parade…Just as the paltry donations (June 24,2009 memo $5,600) …small amount of volunteers …(despite unprecedented excessive measures taken to recruit both)…and silence the “Gang of 3” received as they drove by…it continued on to the afternoon El Prado event…Residents not affiliated with the CIC/VFD stayed away…resulting in an attendance of half of the year before….and we hear that at 3 pm the total cash was also half of what was made the year before…..Those privy to the borrowed City radios used for VFD communication……heard VM/Dep. Chief McIntee yelling at his “troops” for not showing up and helping at their required 4 hour minimum assigned jobs in the park….Included at the event…Pep Boys tent with a sponsored raffle…a Johnny Depp look- a-like pirate… a single tent for selling merchandise ….Pirates of the Treasure Coast…(an out of town vendor)…VFD T-shirts for sale…($5)….Choice Environmental tent for recycling information and getting to know the residents…a Dunk Tank…(at 11 am it was CIC- Mermaid Cristie Furth)…The 2 water slides…and 1 kids ride…classic cars…a band…a beer truck…sno-cones…3 veterans tents…and finally…the Anglin Monument wasn’t the only thing moved out of the park for the Furths…the Town Manager’s gift from last year… …the “United We Stand” sign remained in front of Town Hall…OOPS!…

BC-This writer wrote repeatedly that this “Gang” was in trouble from the start….but with the upheaval reverberating throughout the town as a result of the Town Manager’s “reassignment” (WITH CAUSE!….in the press)….of BSO Police Chief Scott Gooding… on June 26th ….(a move that was and is wholeheartedly supported by them all)….one can only wonder if any one of them is having second thoughts about their future endeavors …political and otherwise…for today’s response should tell them loud and clear….”WE WILL NOT FORGET!”….

2009 POA HOMETOWN HERO….CINDY GEESEY…..Mayor Minnet…State Representative Bogdanoff…..Resident Judy Jones…..

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‘Cindy Geesey — Cindy has been part of LBTS for 55 years and has worked very hard on many projects in LBTS for over a decade. She has been a board member of the Chamber of Commerce for eight years, was President of the POA for eight years and introduced many new programs.  She has been on the boards of Sister Cities and the LBTS Performing Arts Center and served on the Board of Adjustment and as Chair of Planning and Zoning for four years.  She’s been a member of LBTS Kiwanis and the Assumption Altar Guild.  She co-chaired the 4th of July festivities for 3 years.  Cindy also does volunteer work for Broward Humane Society and organizes a group from LBTS for the annual Doggy Walk. This event raises thousands of dollars for the shelter.  Cindy is an editor for By The Sea Future newspaper and reports on town happenings to our residents and visitors. Her newest project is bringing military families to LBTS for a free weekend of fun and sun. She collects donations from all of our great merchants and puts everything together for a much needed R & R for families that protect our country.  All and all Cindy is there for LBTS and works hard for the town she loves.’

COMMISSIONER STUART DODD and wife Penny….

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More to come…..

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Places To Go…May 29, 2009…Congressman Ron Klein In LBTS…

May 28, 2009 by Barbara

THE CONGRESSMAN COMES TO TOWN….

Schedule for Friday, May 29th in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea:

-8:30 a.m. RJK to Stop by local diner Country Ham N’ Eggs Restaurant with Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee

BC- VM/Dep Chief McIntee Personal Photog Marc Furth will be following his every move….to be used in the Mc-Furth BTSTimes…

BC- Who set this up?….

4405 El-Mar Drive

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

-9:00 a.m. RJK to tour beach area with Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee and look at new Beach Safety Posts that run along the entire beach in lbts.  There is a post every 500 ft that has a number on it (to let people know where they are and to notify fire and police in case they had to make a distress call for someone on the beach) and a lifejacket since there are no lifeguards on duty on this particular beach.  He also wants to show him new seadoo rescue vessel, BSO Broward Sheriff’s Office rescue boat, etc.

BC- We hope the Congressman will be sure to ask about the VFD Sea Doo/(newly acquired from BSO ) VFD boat rescue training program..which lacks the proper certified instruction for the VFD members…….and if the voters will be able to decide on lifeguards per referendum in March 2010…

-10:00 a.m. Religious Leader Meeting at Community Presbyterian Church, 4433 Bougainvilla Dr, Lauderdale By Sea, FL

Reverend Jim Goldsmith, Community Presbyterian Church

Father Heekin from the Assumption Catholic Church, 2001 S. Ocean Blvd. LBTS , FL

-11:00 a.m. LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA Chamber of Commerce
4201 Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308
President – Paul Novak – High Noon Resort

Executive Director: Judy Swaggerty

BC- Does the Congressman know that the current Town Manager held up the County check for the Welcome  Center and  VM/Dep. Chief  McIntee tried to move the Chamber and was responsible for its canceling the 2008 Christmas-By- The-Sea…and that both will most likely try to cut funding for the Chamber/Welcome Center this budget year?…

-12:00 p.m. RJK to speak at Gray Robinson Community Leadership Event

Location: Riverside Hotel on E. Las Olas Blvd.

-1:30 p.m. Meeting with BSO Sgt. Doug Brown and Citizens on Patrol, 4501 Ocean Drive (Right next to the Town Hall – Jarvis Hall)

-2:00 p.m. RJK to stop by scheduled Town Hall Meeting re: Veterans and Passport Issues

Location: Jarvis Hall (Town Hall for LBTS)

4501 Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL   33308
Tel: 954-776-0576

BC- Welcome to LBTS Congressman ….

schedule subject to change….

more to come……..

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