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Here’s The Scoop … Silverstone … Evans … Couriel’s Less Than Candid Condo Visit …

February 23, 2010 by Barbara

CANDIDATE JIM SILVERSTONE ….

No one can forget that even though Jerry McIntee is busy filling the “pod” in front of his house to make a move …Jimmy-boy is the heir apparent who has voted along with McIntee without fail…Jimmy was instrumental in following Jerry’s lead in every bad act…on and off the dais… And though he now stands by mute as his fellow running mate for Mayor “trashes” for a vote…no one should give Jim Silverstone a pass for his inept and insufficient 4 years on the dais…aiding and abetting McIntee….Colon….and Furth…

CANDIDATE MARJORIE EVANS …

Candidate Marjorie Evans reminds of that person who comes to the check-out counter and sees the long lines of people standing waiting their turn… Marjorie Evans suddenly spots an empty check -out counter and smugly walks toward it to claim it as hers…So proud that she, Marjorie Evans of her “find”… She has found the answer to those long lines!…Aha!…

Of course those standing in line shoot Marjorie Evans “that look”…because we all know that the counter is empty for a very good reason…. There is no one to checker!…

Now what do you say to a person who waltzes in and thinks she has “spotted” something no one else can see?…

Imagine, voters…we’re not talking about an empty check-out counter…we’re talking about a Commission seat and all those who have stood in line long before Marjorie Evans came to the front of the store!….

CANDIDATE JOE COURIEL …

Mayoral Candidate Joe Couriel is making lots of promises…a “chicken in every pot”… He’s no longer talking “McIntee is God” as he did when his opponent Mayor Minnet had him removed from the hall last year…Nope he’s a quick study…Joe is…McIntee doesn’t play well in front of the condo crowd…so Joe…is trashin’ McIntee…McIntee was good until he wasn’t…

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The candidates came to SRClub to speak to the residents…without the candidates…and their tag team ( CIC Chair Bob Roberts, CIC Board member Renee’ O’Neal, CIC Secretary Carol Dickman and her husband Bob, CIC asst. Secretary Gail Albohn, CIC member Peanuts Wick) the turnout was approximately 20… The candidates brought catered food and bottles of wine (will they ever show up on their election reports?) ..They had the By The Sea Times…and handouts…Renee O’neal went to each person giving them the handout and saying to take a look at Marjorie Evans accomplishments (none within Town limits despite being a resident as the north annexed in)…Jim Silverstone went to a couple and told them his dais assertion that the administration has cut down its staff and cost…(not letting on…but knowing Jim perhaps he doesn’t even know the “staff” was moved from Administration to Community Standards in 07-08…and the Asst. TM is listed under that!… OOPS!…

A member of the audience said  “These politicians know ho to wine and dine”…

Peanuts introduced Commissioner Jim Silverstone…he said Jim had been a basketball as long as he was a little kid, as long as he could remember……then spoke of Jim being Dracula and Jim responded he gave him away (pshaw)… Jim thanked the Dickmans and said he looked forward to all the questions… He gave his VFD  resume.. did his commissioner comment spiel about giving back in a positive way…his tired old line of learning more from the kids…He spoke of what he brought in his 4 years…VFD, AMR and saving 2 million dollars (leaving out it was spent on the crappy hotel next door)…He spoke of the 15.5 million dollar budget and how it had  been cut down (leaving out it came from no sewers in the Palm Club and the non- negotiated $300,000 pre-penalty loan repayment)… He told the audience to read the brochures and said they (the commission) were the “followers”…that his “record is good”… (He left out the $160,000 severance to the Town Manager in her contract if terminated that he either knew about and lied about for 2 years or he did not know and voted without reading… He left out the warehouse not being sold and his “it will be a wash in the cost of the crappy hotel…that is now a “washout” and sits idle at 50% less in market value to sell…. He leaves out his identical vote record to McIntee…His vote for McIntee to be Dep. Fire Chief…and Fire Chief despite it breaking VFD By-laws…He leaves out his probable cause found for Ethics violation from Fl. Ethics Commission….He leaves out his vote to allow anonymous letters in Town Hall…to name a few)…

He further stated the following …as he talked about Marjorie Evans who has been involved with “the worst of the worst kid”…OOPS!… when talking of her non-profit organization…He spoke of her grants and her budget being the same as the Town’s…(a point being “driven” home much like the Olympics of the past when each and every time the announcer would point out Nancy Kerrigan the figure skater they would just have to add “who’s mother is legally blind”.)..

Mayoral Candidate Joe Couriel was next and stated he never expected to be standing there…after he gave his bio…CIC founding member…BOA vice Chair (no mention of his horrible participation when dealing with the single family owner who was getting a variance for the Courtyard Hotel…when Joe actually asked the applicant why he needed  such a large chandelier …why he needed wider stairs outside…whey he needed large rooms…prev. post and he conveniently left out the FACT that is is still the Vice Chair of the CIC which is a conflict according to the FL. Election laws.)… He speaks of his involvement in founding the CIC (CAC) …and gathering petitions for referendums…(He leaves out he was fully engaged in the fear-mongering of that time…and he was among the most vocal in the hall yelling crooks and thieves and being removed from the hall…At the Feb. 9, 2010 meeting he said he was proud to have done so!)… He called his activism and the height limits his “contribution to the town”… He said the town was divisive and he was going to change that and contribute (by not getting thrown out?)…

Candidate Marjorie Evans said she runs an organization that is totally funded by public funds (the government)…but unless I missed it a look on google shows $100,000 from Bank of America..Walmart…and other such private companies… Mrs. Evans gets a salary from these public funds of over $150,000 a year…She was false in her first statement coming right out of the box …She stated “Commissioner Clottey was able to get 1 million dollars and turn it into 2 million dollars”…in referring to the 2/17/10 Special Meeting (prev. post)…No one knows if this will happen it is part of the “Jobs Bill”… She spoke of the neighborhood stabilization plan she wants to bring  in…She spoke of getting $150,000 to redo a kitchen (free money in Marjorie Evans eyes)…She said she never went to the condos before this campaign and has had a good experience…so good in fact she knows how to run them all better and it only took a single visit (able to leap tall buildings in a single bound)…She said the condos don’t get the issues…but never fear she’s gonna bring Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff and the the Broward Legislation to Jarvis Hall to tell the condos about how to deal with foreclosures…and she wants all the condos to have their presidents form an association… (She must not think much of the condo crowd to think they are not up to snuff on legislation…that is certainly not the crowds that I remember seeing at previous condo visits 2 years ago and especially not at SRC)…. She spoke of people in condos not having access to the Town Hall and are “tearing their hair out”..(Who?)… She spoke of a building in the north who was impacted when a building was built beside them and that new building made a “deal with Tallahassee” and took away their sun…(She left out or perhaps she did not know that it happened BEFORE annexation)…She spoke of a condo not allowing access to another and asking them to pay…(What she doesn’t say is 2 law firms in town said it is not a town issue it is between the properties)…She again spoke of a library a historical society …and she will get the zip code changed (She does not say that Congressman Klein, Ellyn Bogdanoff, Ken Keechl and others have all been well aware…as well as former Commissioner with just as many if not more “connections as Mrs. Evans) … She threw a few slanted vies of citizens caught in the middle and “preventing people from undermining people on the dais (was she looking at me?)… She did her Furth fear-mongering…

As previously posted the Furth-CIC endorsed candidates did not follow the rules…they put fliers in every door…The SRC board was livid and received phone calls of complaints…One board member told this writer she wanted to cancel the meeting…She rose to ask “What was the parameter of his meeting?”…She stated they were told 1 sign…Peanuts Wick stood and took the blame (he took the bullet was more like it…because this former CIC member clearly remembers how “proud” we were at the election 2 years ago when “Marvelous Marvin” and the Dickmans went and did the very same thing…look for it again with the Furth-CIC election paper right before the election…SRC Board …a heads-up)… She was booed and not treated too nicely from Mrs. Evans who said that was between Peanuts and the board and had nothing to do with the candidates…A resident asked a “substantive question” …and Couriel took to the floor to talk down McIntee that he did some good and he did ” a lot of bad”…McIntee was “out of line!”… A member of the audience said Couriel was known to have be “explosive”…Couriel never responded to it… A gentleman who sits on the board asked about the kites…

This writer was totally blown away when Comm. Jim Silverstone told the man he passed an Ordinance… (They did not!)… Silverstone even said they needed a license…a tag on the kite and  included many of the recommendations that never came to fruition…Couriel brought up that the experienced kite surfers brought it up (not so)…and they were for policing themselves (partly so)… He put them in the same category as the Tennis court members saying they “offered solutions” (Hmmm)… Silverstone after hearing this writer from the back inform him he was wrong said it was “tabled” (wrong again)…and he “will bring it back”…

Bob Dickman (a nasty piece of work…and Jerry McIntee pal) tuned around and told me to shut up…then said “It’s a good thing we have you” ..nastier still… until his wife made him move…

A resident did not let the Commissioner off  the hook …he asked the first resident when he brought the issue up…the resident responded it was last March…and the second resident said almost a year later… Marjorie Evans said “In my opinion it’s dangerous”…”no compromise in this issue”…She also insisted she herself has almost been hit by kite surfer (She seems to have a lot of things happen to her too…haven’t we seen this before in a commissioner?)…Comm. Silverstone woke up (he had the least to say of all 3 throughout) ..and “What I’m hearing here it, If elected I’ll take care of it!”…”Now I’m hearing it.”…Couriel said “this is why it’s important that people can talk” … Silverstone was totally disingenuous once again by saying “First time I’ve heard about it since last April.”… (Come on… It was removed by VM McIntee after a second day marathon meeting…and no one was there from the kite surfers to the residents…not tabled just dropped…

A resident asked about the fire engines coming with the ambulance…Couriel said that it’s “standard operating procedure”…(false)…and Silverstone said “the cost to the fire dept. is minimal”…”there’s no a lot for the guys to do” and said “they can’t ell from the call”…(Not true…the pager tells them…and the Fire Dept. only gets the page because they have asked to be included in the dispatch)…Couriel said they get $25 a call and Silverstone said it was $10…Couriel repeated the “if they need to knock the door down” ploy…Rare it would be called for and AMR would get them there in minutes (Neither one exposed the prior to returning the VFD to action statements of no need for this to happen with so many paramedics and ambulances available from AMR)… El Mar Drive was addressed and Silverstone talked up the free money in matching funds again as if it were a done deal… He id a John Kerry “First he was against the medians…before he was for the medians”… and now just like the kite surfing he hears it now…and the people didn’t want it…He also said the sidewalks will be dug up for new drainage… Couriel grabbed the “gold ring” of free money for the project as well saying with a million they’ll do the south and with 2 they’ll do the north as well (HUH?)… Paul Novak asked about Marjorie’s assertions for the funding asking if if was realistic… and she was very emphatic…then she went off on a disturbing junket off explaining it as if it correlated to LBTS being “specifically mentioned on a google for the “tidal surge” and that the Oriana build the 1st floor parking for this reason… She started to talk about New Orleans…when I shook my head …she asked to respond I stood and Peanuts Wick went wild…I said she asked …she said she asked and I sat back down…(Oriana info was off and I wondered if that meant she was for 3 over 1 on El Mar?…OOPS!)… Paul spoke about matching 1.5 and then Marjorie let it slip she was in “conference” with the Town Manger to get the low-down…she said the TM told her it was a million needed in cash to match the million …for leverage…(Fancy that…the TM could not come to the MPSC meeting or the Special Meeting…The TM could provide no backup for the Commission for that meeting …but the TM could be “Political” and inform 1 candidate over her Commission and the taxpayers…OUCH!”)… The west warehouse was asked about and Jim Silverstone again said the hotel was purchased to have room…(no more trailer illegal excuse as was used from the get- go) …He said he didn’t know why they bought the warehouse (off-site away from town for records in a hurricane)…He said we move the development trailer when we have to evacuate…(since when..never happened)… Tried the complex excuse as well (not true)… A resident asked if the candidates belonged to a party …Marjorie said the “only way to run is supported by the UOT or the CIC”…you “can’t run independently” and “I don’t think it’s a great idea.”…. Again with the library…and astonishment we have no “bookmobile”…when  a resident pointed out 2 libraries close by…Mrs. Evans showed she does not handle being taken to task all that well …”You think it’s a bad idea?”..”Here’s what I’m trying to say. I’m 67, do you think I never made a mistake.”… Couriel took off and said they will expand the Senior Center add a  library after school activities and save the “equivalent” of  $400 per child by not having to take them to activities over the bridge (HUH?)…An audience member leaned over to say The others [Sasser, Vincent, Minnet] were much more professional”…. A question of empty real estate and Marjorie’s got a way to get “free money” for that as well…the neighborhood stabilization …allows getting people to move into them…More “government money”… She again poke of Ellyn Bogdanoff…to give relief…(Do the Wardlaws know their candidate is talking up the Republican Rep….after all they boycotted her speaking at the CIC a few years back)… Couriel piped in “you’re the troops”…talking of a letter writing campaign they can all do together to Tallahassee  and Washington…and stating Jeff Atwater knows Ellyn Bogdanoff (YIKES!)… Marjorie spoke of the confusion with having 2 newspapers and saying her “Idea is to present people with analysis of both sides”…”Not from both papers!”…(Do the Furths know of their demise?)…..Back to the volunteers where a speaker incorrectly stated that the Mayor voted against the VFD…Mayor Minnet voted FOR the VFD contract in a 5-0 vote!… The candidates did not straighten out the mistake (that would have taken some sense of right and wrong)… Marjorie (she spoke the most)…said “half the people did not want the VFD “the VFD won “…”We got them and now everybody likes them”…Couriel added that folks liked the BSO and the south did not know the they liked them (HUH?)… He said “people thought our police were very good. BSO is now good. People are happy with the VFD.”…He wants to do a special mail in election to decide the vendor for supplying police protection… Waste management and Choice came up with Jim saying he was the 1st to want to bid out for Waste Management but was lied to and told no one would compete (Actually what happened is LHP did just that could not find any bidders and Waste ended up raising the fees)…He told the McIntee in Orlando story (without the $500,000 gala they attended put on by Waste which wowed them both!) …He again misrepresented the Waste and Choice contracts ..(Has ever read them?)… He incorrectly stated the TM words of saying some residents have been paying for others (nope)… He went on to add a “Marjorie-ism” by saying she will keep them out of jail…by seeing no gray area (HUH?)… Couriel tried to tie the problem into the codes (HUH?)…And Marjorie …again looking for free money said “I think I can assist”…she said she could “get them to give something”…Choice already has that in their contract (Did she read the contract?)…more discussion of the higher costs to the condos SRC included…Asked about the demographics Condos vs the houses…no one knew right away then took a guessed 50/50 …with Marjorie “lifting” from this writer that SRC has enough to sway the election…Silverstone talked districts…saying they are over in 2012…(Not so fast read the Charter)… Couriel agreed… Beautification came up and talk about the stores with Couriel calling the “Tacky stores”…”Seedy stores”…Silverstone did his turn of the “vision over the bridge when you enter LBTS”…(Must be an after Siesta lesson at Town Hall East)… He said they did not have the power to change the shops and talked parking…and also talked of Marjorie’s idea for sidewalk cafes and Bed & Breakfasts…she want s new ordinances…and said they are not allowed…(The Little Inn is listed as a B & B…and sidewalk cafes…when she met with the TM did she not learn that it was TM Colon who took everything off the sidewalks …such as the longtime bench in front of the ice cream shop? with a big assist from galpal Comm. Clottey?)…… Paul Novak countered on the validity and the taxes for land …and Paul addressed the parking requirement hindrances that keep these very businesses away … Never fear Marjorie had a “story”…(I’m getting McIntee vibes from this candidate and her “stories”)… She said on Super Bowl weekend she stayed at a hotel for $144 and it was “dier cheap” (Taco Bell Inn?)… she wants to upgrade the clientele… Couriel again talked old codes…outdated codes and spoke of bringing them into the 21st century (HUH?)…and this one’s for Sandra Booth…Couriel said he wants to bring that “New Urbanism, the latest fad in town”… (He must have missed the meeting when Sandra brought Elizabeth Plater- Zyberk here a few years back)… Couriel had his “Over the bridge” moment…wanting a brand like Boca Raton ( Up is down and down is up in the Furth-CIC campaign)… The Boardwalk was brought up and Jim could not recall it’s over and done… but to get a vote he said the resident had his “commitment” he would not support it…Marjorie has yet more up her sleeve..with talking of a new Master plan…she has an idea to have citizen input…(Now remember folks…this is the candidate that never attended a MPSC until last month when she cam after announcing and proceeded to insult the entire committee)…Joe had more up his sleeve as well on this “free money” train campaign… he spoke of “any money that doesn’t come out o our pockets”…(Federal money does not come from our pockets…HUH?)…said he heard from someone we should go for federal money for lifeguards…get or foot in the door…Paul Novak asked about borrowing money if the Town is “debt free”…..rates are low…. Marjorie (again)…said she was going to do things “exactly as Esther Cole is doing with her budget”(OOPS!) …(Piecemeal and in secrecy?) …She then mis- represented her opponent on his stance with the Senior Center funds..and decided for good measure to do the same and misrepresent Silverstone’s opponent as well…The question turned to Bert J. Harris and Marjorie told a story (see a pattern here?)..She said at her business she employed a Haitian and she fired him…he said it was because he was Haitian…She went to an attorney…She says the attorney told her t pay the Haitian…she said she did not fire him because he was a Haitian…but because he did a bad job…She said she found another attorney…then she said she wrote a letter herself…then she said she ended up not paying anything…She feels the Town will win in the long run…Joe Couriel agreed … Asked about port a potties…Silverstone decided to chime in…he spoke of restaurants in the original plans but it was a NIMBY for most…(leaving out it was his Fiancee’ restaurant.)… . He was for them ….somewhere…sometime…Music was next…and Silverstone told the “Athena Brothers story about coming to McIntee saying it wasn’t “fair for Dave Gadsby” and “we allowed it”…He spoke of the noise ordinance and his being “trashed lately”…He said “I probably spend more money than anyone else”…downtown on the weekend nights…He went on to his “balance spiel” ..Couriel want s more music…Sundays…he wants to make LBTS a “”entertainment mecca”…Destination”…(Isn’t it already…Quick somebody give Joe the Chamber Tourist Guide!)…Paul Novak spoke of the Chamber and the Commission not helping support it…Marjorie (yep, again…who knew she could out talk Couriel?)… She said she belongs the the Pompano Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Chambers…she had asked for the Chamber books for she was going to find a way for them to balance their budget…and was disturbed by who belongs and who does not in and outside of town…Paul took the opportunity to tell all of Taste of the Beach a way for the Chamber to get some revenue…and ever the hypocrite Jim said it was a great time…thanking Paul…(Jim voted down the full budgeted funds and backed the TM as she shorted them -prev. post)…Next up was a theater group and …you guessed it Marjorie has that too…(Just keep saying McIntee…McIntee…McIntee)…

I could take it no more…I stood and said what I have written…I told her where has she been for the last 9 years?…She is going to tell the Chamber what to do after a few weeks after saying she belongs to the Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale Chambers but not the one in her own town…She walked into Jarvis Hall for the very 1st time when she announced her candidacy…Why start as Commissioner?..

She responded that her husband was very ill and she survived cancer…she had a business to run and she was picking up the gauntlet..

I responded I knew her husband…He was the secretary on the CIC…when I was the Vice Chair…he was not a Commissioner…nor was he active to this extent…I meant no disrespect for her husband, but her reason was, in this writer’s opinion just another “story” (McIntee)…

She asked me (again, she does not take being called out well)…why didn’t I run…I said I would answer and explained…My daughter is expecting my 1st grandchild and is getting her PHD and I am going to go to help out and would not be able to serve…(cannot miss 3 meetings in a row)…A few of their pals in the audience were quite verbal saying that my reason was not valid (HUH?)…

We went on to parking…and the loss of the  non-metered spaces …Joe Couriel had a plan a $75 dollar sticker to fix it once and for all!…It was Peanuts who said we already have one for $21!..(Guess Joe forgot it was he who came to speak for the $21 beach parking)…Talk ensued about where to get one…and it was Joe who got perturbed when he spoke of non-metered parking “all over the place”…asked where he said Commercial and Bougainvilla…when countered he tersely replied “You don’t see them, I do”… (those spots are special permit spaces)… Paul Novak asked Marjorie about the Historical Society and the Chamber being considered…she sad “Perfect”… (does she have free government money for this as well?)….He added that the Town wants to put an aluminum roof on it (TM denies it although 2 roofers and Director Prince told the Chamber it was so)…….Marjorie said she already had a “Guy” who has all the stuff… (That can only be CIC-Furth Pal and advertiser Jerry Sehl)…

It ended…and a  couple sat down beside me and asked me to answer some questions …I did…I explained the 2 million dollar hotel…the warehouse that is sitting idle…the $160,000 termination severance to the Town Manger…and the problem I have with all three of these candidates… I gave them the info on my site and told them to check out the facts… and I do believe that anyone who checks them here and then checks the Town videos will see they are the same…

Not happy with the outcome?….

After the meeting Bob Dickman approached me…I asked him not to speak to me…I always wondered (as did many others in SRC) how he ended up a close pal to McIntee after I departed the CIC ..and tonight I found out…When it comes to being looney…telling outrageous stories of things that NEVER happened … Bob Dickman sure showed this writer…he can sure give Jerry McIntee a run for his money… Nasty…big mouthed and telling total fabrications…It was truly sad…truly, truly sad…But his guests… Comm. Silverstone, and Renee O’Neal drank it up…like Kool aid!… YUCK!…

more to come….

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