Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bend over time

The Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
AKA, the Commission
is meeting next Tuesday, the 21st at 6:00, be there to watch your tax money at work.

First on the agenda: FPL is upping the price for the underground electric service along Hillsboro. Underground wires are fine for esthetics but hard to service if anything goes wrong, and with only a small portion of the wires underground won’t do much to prevent outages, I never could see the sense of this economically, and especially now. But, the job is already underway and FPL knows a sucker when it sees one.

Next is the item for the sidewalks in the Cove Shopping center. Half the width of the walks is owned by the city and half by the stores. It would look ludicrous to only use pavers on the city half, and would create a step up or down which would be a safety hazard, so let’s plan on doing them all.

NOW WE HAVE THE down and dirty. A public-private parking garage RFP!!!!!
(A request for proposal (referred to as RFP) is an invitation for suppliers, often through a bidding process, to submit a proposal on a specific commodity or service.)

I’m going to take a giant leap (OK, a short baby step) and guess that this is for the O’Leary property in the Cove Shopping Center.

O’Leary is smart enough to know that a garage will not be profitable there; it will only be used when ALL of the ground spots are taken, and that is only on a few weekend evenings in the season and on holidays like Founder’s Day, but he wants it for those weekends for his new restaurant.

This is a shake hands, count your fingers afterwards proposal. Guess who will get stuck with the bill. Yup, right, the beleaguered Deerfield Beach Tax payers.

If you want to know who is buddies with O’Leary, wait for the vote and count One, Two, and yes Three (why Three, follow the money?)

OUCH!! Did any of the commissioners ask the residents (representative government, the will of the people, we elected you to do what WE want, not to line you and your friends' pockets) if they want to pay $15,000,000, yes that is 15 very large millions, to help a new restaurant make more money?

Nope, I didn’t think so. FIFTEEN MILLION, before the cost overruns and the FPL extras.

This is outrage time people, phone your commissioner, phone the mayor, email city hall, tell them you don't have a spare 15M, so let O'leary build it himself, or skip it.

I don't have the new emails yet but you can send one to web.clerk@deerfield-beach.com and ask that the commissioners and the mayor receive a copy.

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