Thursday, August 27, 2009

Out, Damn Ethics, Out I Say!

At tonight’s budget meeting Vice Mayor Poitier let slip that on the next commission meeting agenda there would be an item to remove the Deerfield Beach Ethics Code. She was positively gleeful about it. The Ethics Code removal item was requested by Mayor Peggy Noland. Can you believe it, a city mayor recinding an ethics code!!!

I guess I am only surprised that it took this commission so long. But, I never expected them to repeal the whole thing. It will be a 3 to 2 vote, with Miller, Noland and Poitier voting to remove it, and Ganz and Popelsky to retain it.

Why, you ask would they do such a thing, not sure about Miller’s reasons, he says it is cumbersome, but it has very little in it that is not in the County’s or other town’s codes, not sure why he would think we should have less open government, or why lobbyists and contractors would not have to be up front about contributions.



My guess is that if J.B.s had followed the directions in the RFP for their bid on the contract for running the pier restaurant, they would not be taking this vote. Ah, well, it probably doesn’t matter anyway, this commission is not going to adhere to its provisions anyway, witness their quick 3 to 2 vote to overlook the violation of J.B.s proposal.


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Ordinance 2009/ - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA, REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 2009/06 WHICH ESTABLISHED A CODE OF ETHICS; REPEALING THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH CODE OF ETHICS; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CITY CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (Requested by Mayor Noland)

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  1. I will be reissuing a stronger Code of Ethics complaint against Miller and Noland on the Pier restaurant to include the fact that they were not allowed to rebid JB's as per the bid package proposal which is separate from the Code of Ethics. Sadly, what this shows is that no one sitting on the dais knows what they're doing. Only Marty Popelsky and I do say how proud I am of him on this one...knew that the law was being broken. Of course, this is no concern to the Three Musketeers. The proposal reads that if proposer did not follow disclosure....he could not be considered again in a re-bid. This is in the bid proposal itself!!! He does not get a grace period for finally disclosing. Only the elected officials do as per the present City Code of Ethics.
    I find it a disgrace and sad for DB citizens that those who campaigned saying they would be full-time commissioners could not or did not read the bid proposal!

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