Jack Seiler has been good for Fort Lauderdale, let me tell you why I think so.
First ….. let me assure you that I am not a Seiler lackey, and am ready to criticize him when I think he does wrong, but I think Seiler has done far more right than wrong over the last 5 years as Mayor…… ( I’m sure you’ll let me know if you disagree!)
And I’ll add that I don’t think I have any particular right to give Seiler a score card either way, but I’m going to do it anyway.
We’ve had only 6 mayors in the last 40 years, but thankfully we instituted term limits in 2000, (thanks to some successful brilliant legislation from an aggressive cub Commissioner :-), so we should have a lot more turn over in the future.
Two of the five former Mayors left us this past year – Clay Shaw, ( second from left). and Bob Cox, (middle).
Jack Seiler has taken his job of Mayor of Fort Lauderdale very seriously.
The rap on Jack is that he is taking aim at higher office, and I’m sure that is true, but by taking his current job so seriously, he just might have that chance.
Seiler has had some difficult times as Mayor, and has taken some difficult votes that not everyone agreed with, (including me), but that goes with the territory.
But Seiler’s predecessor, (Jim Naugle), at the end of his very long Mayoral career, was no longer serious, and was making our City a laughing stock. (If you have lived here a while, you know what I mean.)
Seiler seems to have turned the City’s reputation around.
For the last five years, Jack has been the City’s top cheerleader. He works long hours, (besides working as a lawyer in the daytime), and will cut a ribbon, throw a first pitch, or join a neighborhood in a trash pick-up, any time asked.
So I give Jack Seiler a solid …. B – Grade …… and if he can get the downtown back on track, push the burglary rate back to tolerable, and continue to make Fort Lauderdale a serious, respectable town ……..
…. he can count me in as a strong supp