Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mayor Bribed

Former Tamarac Mayor Says Developer Offered Him $200,000 Cash Payoff Wednesday, Jul. 8 2009 @ 6:13PM By Bob Norman

This should put to rest any doubts you ever had that developers and their lackeys would go to any lengths to get their way.

No wonder developers are in a panic and residents are in favor of the Home Town Democracy’s Amendment 4 which provides that land use changes go before the voters.

How many Tamarac voters do you think would have voted yes to change a golf course recreational land use designation to residential for another massive development? Would the developers have had to bribe all of them? I’m thinking that would cost a lot more than 200 grand.

Check out Deerfield Commissioners’ campaign donations, how much from developers? Lots you say? Yup, name after name on the donation list are developers, even, this time, cement companies. They use a lot of cement in road projects. And they have the nerve to say they represent US!!! Read on and see how well representatives represent voters. Sound familiar, remind you of Deerfield Beach?

Norman reports: “Former Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber told the Pulp today that Prestige Homes…offered him $200,000 cash if he would agree to remove his wife, Mae Schreiber, from the mayor's race and throw his support over to Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco, who is the current mayor.”

… "Prestige contacted me and made an offer of $200,000 to get my wife out of the race and start supporting the current mayor, Talabisco," Schreiber said. "They said they would bring it in a cardboard box, cash”.

… It's the second recent bombshell allegation regarding Prestige. The Chaits threw big money into Tamarac political campaigns at that time as they sought approval to convert two Tamarac golf courses -- Monterrey and Sabal Palm -- into housing developments. The projects were highly controversial and faced major opposition from residents, but the Chaits won the support of the Tamarac commission, including Flansbaum-Talabisco. Prestige also managed to get the support of the county commission, which also voted to approve the plan.

…Prestige is currently being investigated by the State Attorney's Office for allegedly providing more than $10,000 in cash to pay the membership dues at the Parkland Golf and Country Club for County Commissioner Eggelletion, who supported the Prestige project and voted for it enthusiastically.” Read the entire article here:

“Won the support” Is that another way of saying dumped beaucoup bucks into campaign chests and perhaps brought cash in used unmarked 20 dollar bills in a cardboard box?

“Major opposition from residents” The very people whom these officials promised to represent. I guess the residents only showed up at commission meetings with rational reasons why these developments are a bad idea and no cash. Oops, wrong method.

As British historian Sir John Dalberg-Acton (born 1834) said:
“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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