New Commission’s First Day on the Job

     The first full meeting of the new Fort Lauderdale City Commission was a doozy.

     In a marked difference from the brief, and generally short on substance meetings of former Mayor Jim Naugle’s City Commission, yesterday’s meeting of the new Mayor Seiler Commission took on most of the pressing issues of the day.

     Mayor Seiler apologized multiple times for “loading up the agenda”, but said there was a lot to do and he and his Commission were ready to get to work. And get to work they did!

      
        
              Rogers …. Dubose …. Roberts ….  not Rodstrom  ……. Seiler                  (the real Rodstrom)          

    Get an eyeful of just some of the lofty items they discussed yesterday:

   ….  considered the Property Appraiser’s plan to reduce home values
                                then….. 
     …..  stopped much of the City’s discretionary spending
     …..  curtailed City Employee travel
     …..  agreed to install cameras to catch red light runners ( revenue producer!)
    
 …..  canceled Capitol projects they felt weren’t worthy
     …..  approved Neighborhood Enhancement projects ( but reduced program by 10%)
                                          
and also …..
     …..  picked a new Vice-Mayor (former Chief/Commissioner, now Vice-Mayor Roberts
     …..  asked Advisory Boards to add “note to the Commission” on their minutes for important issues
     …..  talked of gearing up City’s Centennial celebration plans
     …..  picked firms to deal with the City’s foreclosure properties
     
     

    ………………………..   and then it was a little after midnight, and they called it a day (or a night!).

     Only time will tell if this group will keep up the pace, and deal with the problems that are facing our City…

                                                     ………………….   but yesterday was a good start!