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Updates…Port-A-Potties…Lights Are On…COs…Alley Ways…Change Of Dates…Acquisitions….Elections….And More…

November 23, 2008 by Barbara

ON THE RADIO…

According to a report heard on the radio…for the Obama Inauguration they are expecting 4 million people…and they said it would require 80 thousand port-a-potties!…

So that is 1 port-a-potty for every 50 people…meaning…the Town of LBTS was looking towards 3500 people for the Chamber’s Christmas By The Sea event…in asking them to have 47 port-a-potties in place!…

A quick look out on El Mar this weekend …by Country Ham & Eggs…for the Art and Craft Fair…4 port-a-potties…

At the Halloween event the CIC said there were over 3000 in attendance…where were the port-a-potties…or did the indoor bathrooms equal 47 port-a-potties?…Don’t restaurant bathrooms count?…

On 4th of July…it is said an equal number of people were in town…where were the 47 port-a-potties…HMMM…smells ….political…

LIGHTS ARE ON….

A walk along El Mar shows lights are on…in units in Villas By The Sea…and the announcement was made in the Sentinel New Homes section…welcome new LBTS residents…

WHERE’S THE CO?…

At the Board Of Adjustment meeting Wed. Nov. 20th…the applicants who came before the board ..asking for a variance to build a single family home on the site of the Courtyard Hotel on El Mar…(previous post…under boards)…spoke of meeting their next door neighbors to the north…in Oriana …so did that mean the neighbors are actually inhabiting the development?…If so…did they get the Certificate of Occupation…and where is the million dollars in escrow for LBTS?…HMMM….

E-MAIL FROM A READER……

The holiday tree wrapping has been done in the past by Peggy Mohler from Aruba…and Dave Gadsby from Village Grille…and they will be extending the lights on the trees again soon…nice to know…but it really should be done by the Town…..

Also heard that the alley behind Aruba is used by Aruba/Village Grille/The hotel next door…and Waste Management…

What’s left out from the assertion though…the daily use for the Aruba valet parkers…where they make their way from A1A…down the alley next to Country Ham & Eggs…cut across El Mar…by the median…into the traffic heading north…to cut into the alley opened up to them giving them the access…. something the pier owners are prevented from using…now and when they too have a restaurant…at the pier…

MC-LBTS….

What’s up with this…the first December regular commission meeting usually held on the 2nd Tues. of the month is being put off until Dec.16th…the 3rd Tues. of the month…to accommodate the vacationing Vice Mayor!…Can anyone even imagine what the then- Commissioner McIntee and his Commissioner-pal ..would have said if any of the Old Guard had done this?…YIKES!…

BCbythesea…also hears that the Master Plan Steering Committee meeting set for Dec. 15th was canceled and moved to Thur. Dec. 18th…again to accommodate the vacationing Vice Mayor and the CIC Christmas party…which would leave the MPS Committee and the P & Z Board without a quorum…due to the lopsided number of CIC board members in each group!…DOUBLE YIKES!…MC-TENTACLES OF GOVERNMENT SCREECHING TO A HALT!…

ACQUISITION…DEJA VU….

Did you know that on Tues. Nov. 25th …New Business…item 16K…DEJA VU…from Commissioner Silverstone..( It was Comm. Silverstone who put the 1st property on the agenda for purchase)….to buy another property for the town…the property is located on Bougainvilla right behind the the new McIntee Public Safety Complex…( still not occupied)….the price $800 thousand….a walk by the property…shows…it mirrors the size of the property the town bought for the Mc-Complex…in size…which means we the taxpayers paid $1 million too much!……(the extra million to be on A1A excuse……just won’t cut it)…

Update required….for the warehouse sale…that the Manager was sure would take place by now…making the last purchase an even deal…Any showings?…..Any offers?….

This new majority caused themselves major damage with the prior land acquisition…from those who had just voted them in….and if they proceed to buy yet another piece of land…and the Manager has the audacity to say from her seat in the center of the dais… …after being asked by either McIntee or Silverstone…that we do indeed have the funds for this purchase….then the 2010 election will be a sealed…….with just who will and who will not be sitting in the seats of those up for re-election……no doubt!…

BCbythesea…hears that if Commissioner Silverstone does decide to run again…he will be facing a very formidable opponent….in the south end of town…very formidable!…

Also, finally gone ….. the BSO trailer…next to the possible land purchase property…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…Local papers…47 Port-A-Potties

November 21, 2008 by Barbara

47 PORT-A-POTTIES REQUIRED BY LBTS?….

In today’s Pelican…by Judy Vik…covering the cancellation of the Chambers Christmas- By -The- Sea…the topper…on the list of reasons for the demise of this LBTS Christmas tradition…came with a comment from Chamber Executive Director Judy Swaggerty…that the Town was requiring 47 port-a- potties …rather than the usual 3!…

While we waited for the VFD to return to this town…and dealt with trouble from the BSO Fire Marshall and the requirements thrown out for each event that seemed outrageous……. the new majority regularly touted about the day we would no long require “outside” interference…so what on earth is this…was it really the Town…making such a ridiculous requirement?….WOW!

After the holidays are over…it is time to have yet another workshop…and decide once and for all … how to make it easy for the businesses to get their events on…with no catch 22s and no Town staff “gotchas” because the applicant did not know what to ask for…and “it’s not the staffs’ job” as the Assistant Town Manager asserts…to inform them of ahead of time…HUH?…

This latest event was a mess from start to finish…doomed by the Vice Mayor making a $5000 dollar VFD offer he did not have the authority to offer…( it was unknown by the cash strapped department)…which he ultimately reneged on…lamely putting the blame elsewhere…the lack of a liquor license being authorized…and then when being added to the Nov. 10th agenda last minute…again ..it was not voted on…a point the Assistant Manager kept mum on…( not his place?)…any extra money needed to make up for the Vice Mayor’s missing moolah…were dashed… even the late offer to put up the tree by the VFD…after the Chamber President informed the Commission of a letter from the Town that the Town would not cover the cost of it…this year…( the Town did pay for it last year)…along with some unseemly behavior towards Mr Novak at the podium from the Town Manager…put the nail in the coffin…

Before the workshop …enlist a town-wide straw poll…ask how the residents want to proceed in the future with all LBTS events…the costs…the target audience…the reality….including the benefits…and the pitfalls…

Does it make sense in these hard economic times to pay upwards of $100 thousand a year for events that bring out- of- towners into town?…Does it actually benefit town businesses in the long term…with repeat business form those who attend?…….Or is it time to downsize to small town events…scaled back for residents only?…

Please join in …the tree lighting on Dec. 2,2008…7 pm Pelican Square…

Please contact your Commissioners…with your comments…

Commissioners…please have a workshop…on events…

Town Staff…please have a workshop…as Commissioner Clottey called for some time back…businesses …and Staff…to build a better working relationship…

more to come…

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