I did it!

Today, I  went for it ! …. I did it! …..

…. I  filed papers with the City to run for the Fort Lauderdale (District II)  City Commission  ! …. again !

I told you all in my last post that I was looking for something really productive to do, in my ripe old age of 61, and I decided that this is it !


OK, sure …. that’s my first yard sign from my very first campaign in 1997, but after all, I’m a fiscal conservative ! …

All joking aside, it’s an especially challenging time for all of us in Fort Lauderdale. We have major infrastructure issues, the future growth of our  city needs to be planned, now, ….  public safety is, as always –  priority #1, …. and I hope you will find me the candidate best able to help get these important issues settled  … ….

More to follow  …..   call me anytime at  954-822-4727

……………  humbly, …. Tim





Tim Smith’s New Adventure ?

Dear friends ( and even the rest of you 🙂 …….

Cindy and I had a very nice thing happen to us last week …….


…. Right at the time that Cindy and I  were celebrating our nearly 40 years together, we sold our  Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins- the cabins we have bought and built and developed in the Georgia mountains over the last 15 years  …..

We started Bear Creek after I served for two terms ( 6 years) on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, self term limited myself to run for Mayor ( against Jim Naugle), and lost   ……


(This was me smiling before the loss ……)

Since leaving public office in 2003,  Cindy and I have been traveling back and forth to Georgia to tend to the cabins, then back to Fort Lauderdale to continue our decades long mission to work with our team to finally fix the 13th Street part of Fort Lauderdale ….


Grand Opening 13 Street Festival Flyer

….. So next Saturday, we are kind of declaring victory for 13th Street, with this super fun event above, (you should come) …. So not only will I not be traveling back and forth to Georgia, but I can consider the 13th Street/4th ave area of Fort Lauderdale nearly  trending !!

So, at the ripe young age of 61, I am thinking of a new adventure   ,,,, I feel great, have time ( and some money but don’t tell Cindy I said so 🙂  …..

I want to continue to make a difference in our adopted great City – Fort Lauderdale !

Hope to see you all next Saturday, maybe you will give me some ideas !



Grand Reopening of 13th Street !


OK, here it  is   …….  time to forget about hurricanes and lack of electricity and cable ….. it’s

….Time to PARTY !

… We are reopening the brand new NE 13th street on Saturday Oct 21 with a big, big shindig   …. starting at 3 pm, walk or run the length of the street with us in the Funky Fun Run (go to funkyfunrun.org to register). then we cut the “official” ribbon, then the party is on …..nationally recognized blues band  – Blues Riders, lots of food and booze choices, a pet parade and doggie contests, vendor booths, art,  pony rides for the kids, so much fun it should be illegal !

………… See you there  …… Tim  ….. ( if you know a vendor that wants in, call me at 954-822-4727)


Main Library a Stinky Mess !



The City has done a great job cleaning up the people’s property that they control near the Main Library, but the County has not done squat on their property – the Library!

I jogged through the area this morning and was really shocked at the deplorable condition of the Main Library grounds…. I can’t imagine that people  use that facility, with the way it is kept…



There was tons of trash and junk scattered about, and the whole area smelt like urine  …. This is in the center of our downtown and should be fixed, now! …. come on County !



What was once a lovely pool with fountain, is now just an empty pool, with assorted garbage and pigeons feeding on watermelon rinds and old sandwiches! OMG !



There was a missionary preaching to the homeless encampment, (that appears to be corralled in this lot),  but the crowd was all standing amidst  un-Christian like garbage!


….. OK, go check it out for yourself if you dare, and then send this to your County Commissioner, or to the City Commissioner that is supposed to handle this area – Commissioner Trantalis …


Another Candidate !

It’s election season in Fort Lauderdale, as the election for the Mayor and  Commissioners happens early next year ….

…….. I’ll soon give you a thorough accounting of all the candidates so far, where they stand, what their chances are etc., but for now,  here’s a new tidbit…

Another District four Commissioner entry is about to happen. And amazingly, this one will be the third candidate  who also lives in the neighborhood of Rio Vista as the other two do !



He is Dr. Warren Sturman, a cardiologist, who was designated on the “top Doctors of South Florida” list  in 2012…..

Sturman has been the President of Rio Vista for many years, and I expect him to be a contender…..

……………..  more soon ! …Tim


Commissioner Trantalis asks for big payraise !


Commissioner Trantalis pictured above

Commissioner Dean Trantalis, on Tuesday,  asked his colleagues on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission to vote in a pay raise for the Mayor and the Commissioners, to take effect next March, at the next election ( Trantalis is expected to run for reelection )…. The pay hike request was enormous, fifty percent pay raise for the Mayor spot, and 40 percent for Commissioners… This would make their salary far greater then all the salaries of all the Commissioners in Broward County ..

In the  election next  March, and only Trantalis and Commissioner Mckinzie can run for office then, as the rest of the Commissioners are term limited in their seats  …

Trantalis clearly wants more money. He is a very successful attorney in Wilton Manors, but wants the taxpayers to dig in deeper for him if he decides to stay in elected office… Trantalis complained at the Commission hearing that he has to go to night meetings, talk to developers, spend a lot of hours as Commissioner.


Mayor Seiler disagreed with Trantalis on the pay raise… Seiler said he couldn’t support the pay raise…. Commissioner Rogers and Commissioner Roberts also voted no…. Dean was upset  …

Word on the street says Trantalis was considering a run for Mayor, but now, after he couldn’t get the big pay raise, maybe not !!!







Roundabout Beauty !

Have you seen it?

…..Perhaps the world’s most attractive roundabout, and I’m not kidding   …… It is on NE 13th Street, a road with a troubled past, but one that  looks like the troubled past is on it’s way out just as this lovely roundabout is coming in   …


Ready ?? …………



Wow  …..   that is really something….It’s the giant Unity Beacon, a $100,000, 14 foot tall art piece that’s tucked safely into the middle of the roundabout…..

It was crafted by artists, Todd and Gils, and the individual panels were sketched by different members in the community over the last few months   …… Here is one panel as it was being done…




That’s Tim Smith, the younger, preparing his piece last month   ….


……. So come over to 13th, check out the Unity Beacon, shop at the cool thrift store Oddballs, have a coffee at Warsaw, check out some of the art in the area  …… I’ll keep an eye out for you!


Dean Trantalis Mural Story Ending

OK  …..  Just to finish the story  ……


So, Commissioner Trantalis killed the painting of a cute little duck mural on a storage shed in a City Park, next to a newly built Playground  ……  This was what the mural was going to look like –



Trantalis was pandering to two naysayers, who thought that the ducks weren’t “elegant” enough ….  Trantalis said he would evoke a “process”, find an acceptable “elegant” mural,  and then a mural would be painted …  tout suite! …..

Well, I guess Trantalis had his “process”, cause here is a picture of  how the storage shed looks now, a month later  …



thanks a lot Trantalis  …….


Ducked ! ……… Dean’s Dead Ducks Update !

After the last post on Trantalis killing off the poor little Mother Duck and her Ducklings mural,




I received a lot of feedback, all aghast that Trantalis would pull such a bonehead move, all to satisfy a known malcontent  …..

……. But the best comment I received came with a picture attached……  A well know activist wrote to me that she was “angry” that Dean pulled the plug on such a good endeavor, and said she just saw a site that reminded her how  she was feeling  …..


ducked1  ………. DUCKED !!!!  (yes, that is what you think you’re seeing)