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We Made The Papers..Deja Vu…But I Beg To Differ….

‘Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s VFD top-notch’

‘Lauderdale-by-the-Sea volunteers are well-trained, dedicated and very well-qualified. The large majority of citizens are very confident in the fire department and would be comfortable with how any emergency is handled.

Some seem to be pushing for the return of Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire-Rescue. Some people are apparently using scare tactics to foster insecurity regarding the VFD. Anyone with concerns need only contact the volunteers to be given complete information regarding the training and qualifications they have achieved. ‘

Adrienne Roberts, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-brmail133pnnov14,0,7114909.story

DEJA VU….ALL OVER AGAIN……

When deep in the CIC Trenches..with the McIntees…MacMillans…Furths…Dodds…and Roberts…we would always use the “Adrienne card”…meaning …to ask Adrienne Roberts to come to the podium to admonish those we were fighting against…or write a letter in the BTSTimes…

Mrs. Roberts …a longtime LBTS resident…longtime member of the CIC….is a lovely …low-key…no-nonsense type of lady…who speaks softly, decisively and authoritatively…great for taking the eyes of the public off the “usual suspects” …US. She proved to be a great momentary diversion…adding a little step up from the rough and tumble characters who were usually leading the charge….and believe me…we were rough and tumble…fully at war…all riled up….

It is sad to see that that same “card” is being used at this time…against those who use to stand beside her…were welcomed in her home…were longtime friends…and neighbors…because in this case…. this go-round …she is totally missing the point….it is not the same….”scare-tactics”….

No one wants too replace the VFD…just the de-facto Chief…..Vice Mayor McIntee….

The questions being asked are legitimate…with the Pointu resignation letter…the disturbing VFD meeting minutes…the many resignations…firings of VFD members…reflecting the common thread….McIntee factor…the lack of compliance to respond to the public with phone responses…public information requests…as required by state law and within their own VFD Constitution and By-laws…a total disregard…under McIntee’s direction…

It is said that Chief Perkins was fully ready to answer any questions asked of him at the Commission Meeting Mon Oct. 10th…but he never stood up…never took charge and never made it clear…that in fact ….he was the Chief…instead…he let the de-facto Chief McIntee…talk of 1 weeks notice…with written questions required…bloviating about not “blindsiding ” the Chief…fully agreed to by his pal on the dais Comm. Silverstone…

What the “2 hats” did was hurt the VFD even more …by diminishing their Chief…and making it look as if the Chief needed to run his responses by them first…which he obviously does… after this display…

The required responses from the NEW VFD…must be just as what was required of the old provider…the BSO…full disclosures….full reports and accountability…just what we stood up and fought for…what we insisted on from them…with McIntee leading the way…which makes his recent calls …with the New-VFD all the more hypocritical …

Now we hear that there is more turnover…and a return of the Vice Mayor’s son…in a FF Training Instructor role….

Questions arise from this also… is it a paid role…that could cause a conflict of interest for the Vice Mayor to vote on anything that might benefit his son financially?…It’s a legitimate concern..and would be legitimate to question this situation of any member of the dais..in the same situation…although if true to form…we can expect…the questions will be responded to with “scorched earth” tactics…to avoid the answers…big time…

In the next post…on the VFD ….some interesting info from the VFD By-laws…which …sadly are also being dismissed…either purposely and/or…due to ignorance….being never read…….

So in conclusion…Mrs Roberts….although your intentions may be well intended…respectfully….this time …they just don’t fly….

more to come…

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