Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Deerfield Beach Election Rumors

(Don't miss Jeff Sayles' post on the election:  www.deerfieldbeachusa.com )

I heard a rumor that the Original Save Our Beach PAC was supporting Robb.  NOT TRUE! 

The OSOBs are an issues PAC and by charter are not permitted to endorse candidates.  So to say as a group that they support a candidate is false. 

It might be said that a particular OSOB member is supporting a candidate.  A member, not acting as a spokesperson for the group can, of course, voice their opinion.  I may have been heard to say, "In my opinion, of the two running for Mayor,  the better for the city (as hard as that might be to believe) would be Peggy Noland."  But that in no way means all OSOBs think that way, or that we have consensus, or endorse either candidate for Mayor. 

How do these rumors get started?  My guess is that at the commission meeting last Tuesday someone saw Jean Robb talk to me and inferred an endorsement.  What a riot, Jean was asking me about an email from the Woman's Club.  Small minded people love to spread gossip so this wholly fabricated impossible rumor went viral.

Many OSOB members worked to get Ben Preston elected in the last election, but they did that as individuals, not as a committee.  Some may work for a candidate in this upcoming election and, as hard as it is to see the people who are so strongly identified with the OSOB group working for a candidate and NOT surmise that the committee has made an endorsement, that is the reality. 

So, let's get this perfectly clear, if you hear that Bett Willett, (co-president of the OSOBs) supports someone, ask me if it is true and I might tell you, but that DOES NOT mean the OSOBs support  that candidate. 

Believe me, you will know when the OSOBs have an issue and a cause they support, we shout it from the rooftops, you may have noticed that the OSOBs don't hide their opinions on issues.

Monday, January 14, 2013

At Last!!! Clothing Bin Ordinance to be Voted On.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 This should not have taken this long, but it is finally here.

I think it was October, 2011 When Jim Moyer of the Salvation Army asked the Deerfield Beach Commission for permission to place Salvation Army Clothing Donation Bins around the city. 
 
He had noticed many collection bins around the city and I guess he assumed it was a permitted use.  But, he was told no, it was against code, the ones he saw were not legally placed. 
 
I was amazed, as everyone in the city has seen the white and blue FOR PROFIT bins all over and, as far as I could tell, none of them had been cited for violations or removed.  Many residents were outraged about this and urged the commission to permit the Salvation Army to place the bins.
 
Look back in my past postings to review the work that went into getting this ordinance this far. This Tuesday's meeting will have the item on the agenda but not as a public input item.  That will be on February 12, and if it passes both times, it will go into effect. 
 
To read the entire proposed ordinance click here:
 
Agenda item 15:  Ordinance 2013/ - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, CREATING A NEW SECTION 46-31, REGULATING DONATION BINS AND PROVIDING FOR CERTAIN CLOTHING DONATION BINS TO BE PERMITTED UPON CERTAIN CONDITIONS; PROVIDING FOR REGULATIONS, A PERMITTING PROCESS AND IMPLEMENTATION; CONTAINING A PROVISION FOR INCLUSION IN THE CITY CODE; CONTAINING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; CONTAINING AN EFFECTIVE DATE

ACTION: Commission to vote on Ordinance and set public hearing for February 12, 2013


 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Favor for a Friend.

Bob Norman asked me to do him a favor and do some Channel 10 Promos, and as I love what Bob does and stands for I agreed. 







Friday, January 4, 2013

New Job for Sudler?

From the backpedaling by some commissioners and lukewarm reception from the overflow crowd at Wednesday’s special Deerfield Commission meeting about the creation of a Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management it is my guess that it will die a quick death. 

I don’t expect to see the proposed public input workshop on the calendar at any time.  If the idea was as good as the PowerPoint made it out to be I would expect the commissioners to have the courage of their convictions and be vigorous in their support of it, that didn’t happen. 

When he takes office, Sheriff Israel will have to present three candidates to City Manager Hanson for approval, one of them will be chosen and we will then see how many of the programs improved and initiated by former Chief Pete Sudler will continue. Perhaps they will - seamlessly - perhaps not.  I hear Israel is touted as being a hard line law and order person, and he may not think touchy feely programs such as neighborhood outreach and college scholarships are the role of the BSO.

The audience at Wednesday’s meeting was unhappy on many levels, that they were not allowed to address the commission and voice their concerns, that, as they were led to expect by emails from many neighborhood sources, the meeting was not about a way to get Sudler back as chief, After they got there they realized the meeting seemed to be about how to create a non-chief, city based job for Sudler.  Not that that was said in so many words.

 Joe Miller’s off the cuff reference to Sudler and the input he got from community organizations made the Mayor’s assertion that the discussion was not about Sudler somewhat spurious. Bill Ganz tried to bring some “sunshine” into the meeting and questioned the motive behind the proposal.  He is right in that most of the things on the many paged job description list are city needs.  Ben Preston clearly was not convinced this was the way to go, and brought up concerns from his district.   Commissioner Popelsky was concerned this was putting the cart before the horse; that it may turn out that the new regime would turn out to do the job needed.  

I was leaning toward this being a good idea, but needed to be convinced; this meeting surely didn’t do it.