Homeless – Attorney, Flip – Flopper

What to do with the chronically homeless  is the big news this month in Fort Lauderdale  …..  but it was also the big news in the summer of 1994. 

And embroiled in both controversies, spanning the decade,  is infamous Fort Lauderdale Attorney William Scherer.

 

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This month, Scherer has been busy on all the TV channels, quoted in the newspapers, and filing up lawsuits  in support of his  homeless clients.

Problem is, Scherer has been on all sides of this difficult  issue –

…………. follow the timeline  ……

 

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November 2014 –  Scherer said that “freedom of religion, speech, and association” are not being treated equally (to the homeless), and that this ordinance is intended to “run ’em out of town” …. 

but in May 1994,  –(in his role as a Board Member of the DDA (Downtown Development Authority, ) Scherer said – ” the “homeless camp must leave downtown”,   and then said Board members should call their County Commissioners to” keep the pressure up”  ….. In the DDA June, 1994 meeting, Mr. Scherer added to the discussion “it is absurd that 180 people cause this kind of problem in a community of 1 million”  …

 

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………. but back to November 2014 –  the City “took a big ax and is chopping away at constitutional rights”  ….. and “my client has as much right to have people there as I did for my children’s 4th of July picnic”

 

……    but back again to 1994 – Mr. Scherer said the homeless situation was going to “cause the east side people to revolt” …..   Scherer also said at the time – we may be missing an opportunity to gain evidence that none of these people are making an effort to go back to work because they are substance abusers or alcoholics, or other misfits that cannot work” ….. Scherer then noted that the South Florida Mental Institution is currently vacant” ..

 

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…… lastly, once more – back to November 2014 –  Scherer said “we are prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court”……….

 

………….   yes, we get that Scherer, but on which side ?????

8 Replies to “Homeless – Attorney, Flip – Flopper”

  1. Look, this attorney is notorious for being nasty and a “hit man” for this or that politician or developer, so why is anyone surprised he now is a “paid hit man” for the homeless? But, and I write this from Chemnitz in Sachsen, part of the old East Germany, there is homelessness worldwide, and it is a problem, especially in cities where there are social services and, yes, tourists and kindly people to give beggars cash and food (even I do it) and cities like Miami Beach, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, where the climate is mild year round.
    But the “homeless” are the results of many causes and you have to separate them into what causes or keeps them homeless. The “infamous” Mr. Cox was both nasty personally but also appeared to have serious mental problems. That calls for, yes, institutionalization. But in Ft. Lauderdale when I had a friend how had become homeless, walked off his government job (he wasn’t fired, just walked off his job and would not go back but stayed in bed for over a week), lost his house to foreclosure, left his car that got auctioned for unpaid fines (both I and other friends kept asking where the car was and oftered to pay any tickets or to get it fixed if it was damaged or broken in an accident he didn’t want to tell us about) and then started going out with a woman who went away weekends with him to do drugs (he had cash in retirement funds he went thru with the woman – not his wife – he deserted her) in Pompano Beach, the only “institutional rehab” I could find in Broward County was 33,000 dollars a month!!!!! Neither his wife or parents or his siblings or I or his other best friend could fund that. In the end, after sleeping on a park bench or with a Salvation Army Shelter, he eventually went back home to New England. Some of his furniture and the remaining retirement money he had was picked up with a sister who told me he had been drinking too much since the 1990s when the City of Ft Lauderdale fired or forced him to leave his job over absences linked to drinking. It was easier to get him off the payroll and save 3,000 dollars or so in total to treat his problems in 1999, so then, 10 years later the alcoholism comes back and he goes on a spiral downhill for 2 years from an employed municipal employee, homeowner, living with a wife, two cars. into a homeless wreck living in his parents’ basement!
    Yes, you should take drugs or abuse alcohol, or get violent as he has, but HE LIKE OTHER HOMELESS are mentailly if not physically ill, and something, some plan, must accompany the Homeless Ordinances I SUPPORT! I agree with former Commissioner Tim Smith “public places” should not be used as homeless shelters, encampments, and bus shelters are NOT HOMES or DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS (like the benches outside of ARTSERVE!), but really, the COUNTY WHICH HAS MOST OF OUR TAX AND RESORT TAX MONEY should really BE RESPONSIBLE or EVEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT because the homeless do NOT COME FROM FLORIDA IN THE MAIN. Of course with a City Commission with a PLANTATION RESIDENT ON IT because Judge Carlos Rodriquez, Mayor Seiler, and Commissioners Bruce Roberts and Dean Tranalis and former City Commissioner (whose campaign I contributed to) NOT BELIEVING IN THE LEGAL REQUIREMENT YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN FT LAUDERDALE TO ME ON OUR CITY COMMISSION makes anything this current City Commission does ETHICALLY WORTHLESS and no County, State, or Federal Agency will now take our City’s Government serious.

  2. A police chief, a fire chief, and a city attorney were traveling together by car to a municipal management conference in a distant city. Their car broke down in a rural area, and they were forced to seek shelter for the night at a nearby farmhouse. The farmer welcomed them in, but cautioned them that there were only two spare beds, and that one of them would have to sleep in the barn with the farm animals. After a short conference, the police chief agreed to take the barn. Shortly after retiring, a knock was heard on the door of the farmhouse. The party inside answered to find the police chief standing there, complaining that he could not sleep. There were pigs in the barn, he said, and he was reminded of the days when everyone called him a pig. The fire chief then volunteered to exchange with the police chief. A short time later, another knock was heard at the door. The fire chief complained that the cows in the barn reminded him of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that started the Chicago fire, and that every time he started to go to sleep, he started to have a fireman’s worst nightmare, that of burning to death. The city attorney, in desperation for sleep, then agreed to sleep in the barn. This seemed like a good idea until a few minutes later, when another knock was heard at the door. When the occupants answered the door, there stood the very indignant cows and pigs.

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