Saturday, December 19, 2009

Deerfield Beach Holiday Party a Flop?

I heard that the employees' holiday party cost the city $11,000 and asked around about it. This year’s Deerfield Beach employee holiday party was the most poorly attended ever, I was told by an employee. The employee said they, and many others didn't attend because workers don’t feel valued by the city or their supervisors.

A holiday party is a very good opportunity for the city to show its appreciation of its staff and it is a shame so many declined to attend, and a shame employees don’t feel respected.

Of the about 760 (including BSO) city employees, only 235 attended and of those, 59 were part-timers. I also heard that Mayor Noland was upset with the quality of the food. THIS EVENT COST THE CITY $11,000. What’s that, about $45 for each person? If a full dinner is really necessary for the employee party, it could be done for less. A quick Google search came up with a catered hot and cold buffet from Boca Joes, with servers included, for $15.95 (see menu below) less than $5,000, add a grand for entertainment and we can pull this off for $6,000.

I am sure most company holiday parties this year were done on more of a shoe string than the city one, some hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks and the high school glee club singing for their supper sounds about right.

Add this $11,000 to the $15,000 that the city spent for the retreat at the Embassy Suites which resulted in the commissioners discovering that they didn’t communicate well and we have $26,000 which could have been better spent on needed audits, and ethics investigations.

Boca Joes Full Service Catered Buffet $15.95 ea
30 persons min.

l Salad ( choose 1 ) Caesar , Tossed , Tricolor Chopped , Greek ( All salads come with dressing of choice )
l Pasta Entree ( choose 1 )
m Penne Vodka
m Rigatoni Marinara
m Penne with Rosemary Alfredo
m Baked Ziti
m Tortelline ALA Audry
m Orzo with Spinach and Mushrooms
m Baked Stuffed Shells
m Bow Ties with Broccoli , Sun Dried Tomatoes , Roasted Garlic
l Meat Entree ( choose 1 )
m Chicken Marsala
m Shrimp Scampi
m Crabmeat Stuffed Tilapia
m Chicken Francaise
m Salmon Livornese
m Chicken Parmesan
m Rosemary Grilled Chicken
m Chicken Rustica ( sun dried tomatoes , spinach and mushrooms )
All Buffets Include :
l Garlic or Dinner Rolls with Butter
l Complete Plastiware
l Chafers and Sternos
l Serving Utensils
This Buffet Includes 1 Staff Member For 2 Hours . They Will Set Up , Serve , Clean , Breakdown The Buffet.
( 15% Gratuity and Tax NOT INCLUDED )
Free Delivery Within 10 Miles Of Store

1 comment:

  1. An echo of those sentiments ---

    Albert Einstein also said, "Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men and women, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving."

    Regardless of long standing practice, guardians of the city and its taxpayers' assets should not accept, let alone solicit or seize perquisites at taxpayers' expense.

    Perhaps rather than entertain themselves at city expense, our guardians might be able to set up a year end MERIT bonus for rank and file employees --- that would enhance morale in a more practical way.

    Volunteers should volunteer for the sake of being of service or forsake volunteering. A simple "thank you" for courtesy should surely be adequate.

    Plaques, certificates, luncheons, shirts, keychains, pens or diminish the value of charitable acts rather than enhance them.