….. Former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson fell about as far from grace as is possible, now she has left town.
…… Hutchinson served on the Commission as the District IV Commissioner from 2000 until 2009, when she started a run for Mayor, but bowed out after encountering a charge of public corruption for accepting home improvement gifts worth $14,000 from a developer.
Hutchinson was convicted and served 2 months and 20 days in jail…
….. Hutchinson never returned to public life after serving her sentence. She is on probation until 2018.
Now she has left Fort Lauderdale for Hollywood.
…… Hutchinson did a lot of good work as a neighborhood activist and City Commissioner, but lost sight of the rules somewhere along the line ….. Now that is history, and Cindi can have a fresh start in a new town… Good luck !
….. Sometimes it’s nice to share good news.
Judge Fred Shippey
…. The one-hundred year- old Judge Fred Shippey House has passed another milestone, and looks to be finally be headed toward success/saving ! ( Here is a picture of the rough house right after it was originally saved and moved to a city owned lot in the historic district about six years ago, right near the New River….)
…. The ownership of the house was transferred this past week to the Riverwalk Trust, the group that manages the Riverwalk and who pays estate taxes too…… That is very good news….. Along with the transfer of the house from the Friends of Shippey House came $92,000 to restore the outside…..
Here is how the house looks now, and here it was it should look like soon –
….It took a lot of good citizens to save this important historic house, here is just a partial list with their donation amounts – some donations are in-kind, most are cold cash ! … (sorry if I forgot someone)
City of Fort Lauderdale – $30,000
Cooper Properties – $12,500
Advanced Roofing – $8000
Broward County – $8000
Doug Snyder – $8000
Genia Ellis – $5000
Jim Brady – $3500
Romney Rogers – $2500
Katherine Barry – $2000
Bradley Decklbaum – $2000
Broward Trust for Historic Preservation – $1000
Tim Smith- $1000
Cal Deal – $1000
Ron Centamore – $1000
Jackie Scott – $500
Jack Seiler – $250
………… good citizens, the all of them !