Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cove Shopping Center Dedication Spoiled by a Snub

The Cove Shopping Center renovation was dedicated Saturday.  This is the renovation that Mayor Noland called putting lipstick on a pig.  Except on Saturday when she was congratulating the commission for getting it done.  What a hypocrite.  She did everything she could to stop it.  Only when she saw voters, who had taken part in the design of the center by attending the workshops then Commissioner Pam Militello planned, were overwhelming in favor of the fix-up did she reluctantly agree to it.  Also, she can count, 3 of the 5 commissioners wanted Pam’s project.

So, because of pressure from the public and dogged determination by Pam, the Shopping Center is now the gem Pam and the neighborhood envisioned.  The opening dedication was beautifully done, a fun event run by the CRA staff.  The parking lot looks beautiful, so the city is planning a number of events there.

What is happening?  New businesses are coming in, the stores already there are sprucing up their fa├žades and people are spending time there walking around, and shopping.  Just as was predicted.  The nay-sayers said that wouldn’t happen.  Well I am happy to say to them, “I told you so!” 

One great disappointment on Saturday was that while the Mayor was taking credit for the renovation she completely ignored Pam.  Pam wasn’t invited to attend the dedication and she wasn’t asked to come up on the stage to say anything.  This was childish and petty.  There is no love lost between Peggy and Pam, but right is right.  Pam should have been an honored guest at the event.  Someone told me that Peggy asked for Pam at the ribbon cutting; a little too late and a lot too little Peggy.  You didn’t even ask Pam to come over to the ribbon cutting; if you wanted her there and didn’t want to speak to her personally a simple “Would any of the past commissioners please join us” would have sufficed.

I remember when the swimming pool was dedicated, at that time Peggy was not on the commission and Pam was.  Pam, recognizing the work Peggy had done to get the pool invited her to come up on stage.  I guess we know who has class in this city. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

No Probable Cause, They Got it Right!!!!

From The Florida Commission on Ethics report

"The Commission found no probable cause to believe that PAM MILITELLO, former Deerfield Beach City Commissioner, failed to report a gift on a quarterly Form 9 to a City-sponsored festival that was valued in excess of $100. No probable cause was also found to believe that she solicited tickets and passes to the festival from a lobbyist of the City or that she accepted tickets and passes to the festival from a lobbyist of the City. Deerfield Beach Commissioner SYLVIA POITIER and former Deerfield Beach Commissioner STEVE GONOT were also cleared of the same allegations with a finding of no probable cause.

The Commission found no probable cause to believe that AL CAPELLINI, former Deerfield Beach Mayor, failed to report a gift of festival passes on a Form 9. No probable cause was also found to believe that he accepted passes to the City-sponsored festival from a lobbyist of the City.

The Commission found no probable cause to believe that Deerfield Beach Commissioner MARTY POPELSKY accepted tickets or passes to a City-sponsored festival from a lobbyist of the City. No probable cause was also found to believe that he failed to report a gift valued at more than $100 on a Form 9."