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Hewre’s The Scoop … From “Bombshell” To “Bomb” To “Bombastic” …

January 11, 2010 by Barbara

THE CIC ENDORSED CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR JOE COURIEL …

Dear Readers …This afternoon shortly after 3 pm this writer went to Town Hall to pick up some public records requests… as I awaited them I asked the Asst. Town Clerk Nikki Smith for a list of who qualified..Ms. Smith gave me a public records request…I said “Really, a public records request?”…Ms. Smith answered they needed to put it together…I said what there were only 3 positions…She lamely explained she needed to get more qualifiers than that…”I said “Really?”…Town Clerk White stuck her head out of her office and said they would call me by the end of the day..I said “Really?”…I asked if the P.I.O. (Steve D’Oliveira ) had notified the Sun-Sentinel?…The answer was they did not know….I said “Really?”…Then as I looked over my PRRs Town Clerk White came from her office and said “we’re going to just post them”…. (the candidates)… I said “Works for me!”…Then Town Clerk White put up the qualifying candidates…just as previously posted last night the list showed the following…. Mayor- Mayor Roseann Minnet vs Joe Couriel/ Dist 2 Comm. Jim Silverstone vs Chris Vincent/ Dist 1 Marjorie Evans vs Scot Sasser …

If you were looking for decorum and civility to return to the dais after McIntee was off…Forget about it!…The CIC is in bigger trouble than this writer ever imagined with it’s shrinking membership as a result of the McIntee- Furth disembowelment of this once proud organization… They chose their own Vice Chair of the last year Joe “McIntee is god!” Couriel for Mayor …A non- participating non- involved member who happens to be the wife of one of their former board secretary’s, Marjorie Evans, who we hear did not inform her boards and might have some explaining to do…Although her husband might be the only one that had a heads up since he sits on the board as well….She has, as far as we can find, never attended a Jarvis Hall meeting…And Jim (He’s not a nice guy and not a gentleman) Silverstone who cannot push aside his complicit bad acts over the last 4 years while joined at the hip with BFF McIntee!… While McIntee is saying he was not running due to his wife’s health problems..it sure looks like he ended up his only term as a commissioner to follow his old nemesis and new-found buddy former Mayor Oliver Parker in not being supported or encouraged to run by his own group!…As for Joe Couriel, today’s last official qualified candidate for the 2010 March 9th Municipal Election (as of this morning.)…readers are already sending in some of his “noteworthy” public comments from some prior meetings ….

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E-MAIL FROM A FAITHFUL READER…..

“Joe Couriel on 2-24-09 at 1 hour 55 minutes- A. reason why I moved to town was to get reserved spot at the beach/
B. need to reclaim swales

Joe Couriel on 3-10-09 @ 2:04 – Congratulate Esther on fine job. ” stand behind anything that comes up”
Silverstone is shown on video clapping at this statement

Joe Couriel on 3-24 @ 2:04 -Beach Parking blah blah blah don’t care about town wide parking…………………..just beach parking

Joe Couriel on 4-28 @- 1:15 – Special events for village and Athena permits should be for 3-4 months maximum. need to look at their violations they should pay a substantial fee paid by the users.
Couriel states ” he is a party guy” ” I like to party hard” parties so hard that he doesn’t remember what happened. He then states the businesses should not get a free ride on the permits and should pay a substantial fee for usage of the street. Also states, there should not be a workshop for noise ordinance and the city should give violations for the noise immediately.”

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On the very first day of qualifying….Candidate for Mayor Joe Couriel is 100% behind Town Manager Esther Colon…..100% for premier beach parking at $20 annually….100% against the Downtown businesses….and don’t forget the CIC endorsed candidate was 100% behind the McIntee-Silverstone-Clottey vote of $56,000+ to repave his own street of N. Tradewinds after the Seagrape Drive beautification despite it not being worse than other streets in Silver Shores!…OUCH!…

In the weeks to come there will be years and years of classic- bombastic Joe Couriel…the CIC endorsed Mayoral Candidate with the short fuse!…POW!…

CIC  endorsed Marjorie Evans…the candidate for District 1 is so unknown that we hear those listed on her Broward Children’s Center Board and all the various boards connected to it do not know her very well at all…And they did not know she was running for LBTS Commission…We also hear that all around town there is a new game going on…Any woman with a short blond “bob”…slightly soft around the edges is assumed to be Candidate Marjorie Evans…Not even her neighbors can pick her out of a crowd and as far as her Bel Air Homeowners Assoc…she has been M.I.A. according some regulars…. So when we see her tomorrow night …Will the real Marjorie Evans Candidate for Dist. 2 step up to the podium or….will we really know?…OOPS!…

CIC endorsed Commissioner Jim (You all know what goes here by now!) Silverstone for District 2 has “unfinished business”…Well for once this writer can say his BFF McIntee, if we are to believe one of his excuses for not running,  did something right by putting his wife first…Jimmy-boy cannot say the same!…His Fiancee’ was very vocal over the last few months in voicing her strong opinion and desire that she did not want him to run again…..We hear their wedding was postponed due to his possible run for re-election…and we hear that on the very day he went in and filled out his qualifying paperwork for re-election as Commissioner, she was not aware he did!…So what does that say about the man’s character and priorities in life?…. That on top of his dismal 4 year record and his 100% support for Town Manager Colon…His voting with Vice Mayor McIntee and Former Mayor Parker for her $250,000 contract if terminated….(He is on record this year wanting to give her a raise!)…His conflict of interest votes… both as VFD and as a Pension Consultant … His findings of probable cause by both the Fl. Ethics Commission and the Fl. Elections Commission…His backing McIntee for VFD Dep. Chief and VFD Fire Chief…His vote for the $2 million dollar motel…His vote for using the Oriana Million for a few medians..His votes to go after Greenfest for a paltry $33 …His vote for allowing “anonymous letters”…His going into a Shade session while being fully engaged with the litigates as Chief of the VFD…His being the Registered Agent for the VFD and not properly filing for the correct tax deductible status leaving VFD supporters to date unknowingly in violation of the law if they took their donations as such…all the way up to the last VFD Booster Fund Drive a few months ago…(aside from the 501c3)….and so much more to come…Jimmy-boy should have chosen love over a big time loss!…OOPS!…

So the qualifying is over and the race is officially on…Now it is up to the voters to decide…to stick with the status quo from the CIC-endorsed bunch above……or change for some much needed decorum on the dais , individual accountability in voting while abiding by the rules ….with transparency due to no personal agendas being in play…and elected officials that are seated on the dais to serve all the people …. all of the time…no ifs …ands…or buts!….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Time To Put A “Lid” On It …

November 6, 2009 by Barbara

THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN TOWN HALL….

Dear Readers … I made a trip into Town Hall today to take a look at the back-up materials for the November 10th Regular Commission meeting… I received an e-mail prior to my arrival from PIO D’Olivera that one of my public records requests was ready for pick-up…Upon arriving I asked for it, and found a few others were ready as well… One was the request shown below for the “Cone of Silence” (prev. post)… I made it after the Town Manager accused the commission of not following the “Cone of Silence” she said they were presented with in documents received in January… She was quite forceful in her admonishment toward them for their total disregard of following this rule…In fact Jimmy-boy Silverstone followed suit like a good puppy dog.. … I was told the next day that no “Cone of Silence” was included in this Parking Citation Processing RFP… and found it did not…I then went on to see it did not exist in the Town purchasing manual and we had no ordinance on the books as other municipalities did for enacting it into their bid process…Thus the e-mail below…

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PRR
Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:11 PM
From:
“Barbara Cole”

To:
[email protected]
Steve, I am making a public records request for the “cone of silence” the Town Manager spoke about at the 10/27/09 commission meeting.
She said it was given to the commission in documents on ethics in Jan. 2009.
I can find no such item in the minutes for either Jan. meeting.
I can find no Town Ordinance online at the Town website.
I can find no “cone of silence” provision in our RFP bid packages.
I can find no “cone of silence” in the Town Purchasing Manual definitions or RFP procedures.
Please acknowledge this request.
Please let me know if the cost will be more than $20.
Thank you, Barbara Cole

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Asst. Town Clerk Nikki Smith gave me the “Cone of Silence” request …and after I paid for it I looked at before going through the back-up notebook…Imagine my surprise when what I received was a Feb. 24, 2009 agenda item backup 16f. from Comm. Dodd “Discussion and /or action concerning the Miami-Dade code of ethics ordinance”… Well, it was the same ethics ordinance denounced by the “Gang”…and as it states in the minutes “There was no more discussion. No action was taken.”…In the Miami -Dade ethics ordinance is contained the “Cone of Silence”… (pgs 13-15) …BUT… we never adopted it, we never discussed the “Cone of Silence” and it had no bearing on the ethics item at hand!… What a joke!… The Town Manager chastised the commission on Oct. 27th for something buried within another town’s backup!… I asked Nikki Smith, employee of the town, why she would give me this?..She answered I wanted something on the “Cone of Silence” and that was all she had. I replied that I was looking for the Town’s “Cone of Silence” I said I know what the “Cone of Silence” is…. I said to Nikki Smith, Town employee, but we [town] have no such “Cone of Silence” in our purchasing manual. She said no. I said WOW!… I then said I guess I’ll just keep writing about this stuff….And Nikki Smith, Town employee said as she walked away “I guess you will, you’ve go nothing better to do.” I replied that her response was unacceptable. [for a town employee to a taxpaying resident]….I’ll just chalk it up to trickle down from the Manager!…

Will the Town Manager be called on yet another “dressing down” of the commission on the dais?…

Why does Jimmy-boy Silverstone follow her so blindly…and why does he say he does his homework when it’s so obvious he does not!…

Will Comm. Clottey still say she does her job very well despite all the “constrictions”?…

Still rating her a 5 Vice Mayor?….

Watching  the “Gang” justify this latest action of the Town Manager …. Outstanding!…

It’s clearly time to put a lid on it…

more to come

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