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Here’s The Scoop … Background Leaks & Background Lost ….

April 9, 2010 by Barbara

LBTS  STAFF AND WEBSITE “LOST”. ….

Dear Readers … It’s been a wacky week inside and outside of Town Hall in Lauderdale-By-The Sea… We had gas leaks at the old Damons… with behind the scenes info that says some P.R. just doesn’t pass the smell test…(pun intended)… The VFD  either shut the place down on Tues…or didn’t quite finish the job?…  MIA was the Town PIO who was supposed to be in charge of giving media info on Day 2 for the VFD….(Anyone inform the PIO?)….And a Town Manager that didn’t think it this was important enough to alert out elected Town officials…Hmmm……Hazmat was called in..The press descended on the town..Helicopters were flying overhead and a neighboring Fort Lauderdale Fire Dept. came to offer mutual aid… but Town Manager Colon didn’t think it was a big deal?….WOW!…

The next day an 8 question e-mail was sent to the Town’s PIO with copies sent to the Commissioners to answer the conflicting information swirling around the town…..The reply came that the PIO was off that day (Wed. 4/7/10)…..Later on came forth a substandard highly questionable (per some in- the- know ) “Media Release”on the 2 day “Incident”….
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APRIL 8TH, 2010
MEDIA RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
STEVE d’OLIVEIRA AT EITHER
954-275-2801 [C] OR 954-776-3611 [O].

LBTS FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS
TO PROPANE GAS INCIDENT AT HOTEL

The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Fire Department evacuated the Lauderdale Beachside Hotel on Wednesday after someone reported smelling propane gas in the building.

There were no reported injuries.

The Fire Department responded to the incident at 12:25 PM on Wednesday (4-7-10). The Beachside Hotel is at 4660 N. Ocean Drive.

Hazardous material teams from the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department and Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue also responded to assist. The Broward Sheriff’s Office, which provides police protection to the Town, diverted traffic at the scene for safety reasons.

An investigation revealed that a ventilation fan in the hotel’s first floor restaurant had been turned off, causing an odor of gas to build up. The utilities to the restaurant were shut off.

Once the building was deemed safe, hotel guests were allowed to return to their rooms.

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Steve d’Oliveira
Public Information Officer
Town of Lauderale-By-The-Sea

Tel: 954-776-3611
Cell: 954-275-2801

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This writer has heard the following ……”The report says the utilities were shut off.  Propane is not used in utilities.  This incident occurred over a two day time period.  There is something missing from the narrative. The PIO has sanitized the report to protect the town. “… Others in-the-know agreed with this assessment…

It ties in with other such background “noise” that is making the rounds…. Yesterday, the chained front door of the restaurant was covered with a piece of cardboard that came off in the afternoon to reveal someone had smashed and shattered it …It was reported it was the VFD that did the deed when trying to get into the building…Why?…Isn’t there another way into the restaurant from inside the hotel?… Doesn’t sound like a little incident to me…. Why leave exposed shattered glass only covered by a flimsy piece of cardboard?…Also on the shattered and chained doors were “red tags” of multiple violations …signed by the Town Fire Marshal… And the Town Manager did not feel this was important enough even for one of her antiquated memos?… We know she was done with her letter to the Fl.Attorney General on the 7th (prev. post)…so what else kept her sidelined?…

Late in the afternoon yesterday we found that there was no backup online for the Tues April 13, 2910 Regular Commission meeting…At this late hour it still is nowhere to be found… What’s up with that?…

A look under Town Meetings …produced the following myriad of weird and ‘wobbly” items… first below the header is the schedule for the board meetings for P&Z and BOA…(April 21, 2010 meeting for both are canceled)…next is the April 13, 2010 agenda for the Reg. Comm.Meeting…after that is backup for the Apr. 12th Rd. Table (the backup is the same that was on for backup on 3/23/10 & 3/29/10…next the Workshop Backup Documents for Nov.9, 2009!…the archived agendas & minutes ….the special meetings agenda & minutes …Master plan Steering Committee Agenda for April 7, 2009…”Purpose of meeting is to present the designs of 5 finalists regarding El Mar Drive Project”!…Planning & Zoning Agendas for Sept/Oct 2008!…Board of Adjustment Agendas 2008!… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

It all makes sense when you realize this Town Staff …places memos in Commissioner boxes in Town Hall……instead of sending them e-mails….Does surveys …instead of Google…and we heard today…..is still operating the Town on Windows 2000!….

more to come? …

From this site for sure!….

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