Dean Trantalis Mural Story Ending

OK  …..  Just to finish the story  ……

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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 –

 

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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  …

 

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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,

 

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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)

Dean’s Dead Ducks

Who let the dogs out ???

…. Beats me, but I do know who killed off  Mother Duck and her cute little ducklings mural !

 

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The City had asked that this mural get painted on this little storage shed, that is next to a wonderful Kaboom playground that the City is building over in Middle River Terrace Park on Dixie….. They had done a similar thing on the last playground that they built in Poinciana Park ….

The city’s art group Art Serve was asked to find an accomplished muralist and they found this artist who sketched up this rough draft of this mural with a wonderful message for the park … . The muralist said she spent time in the park, and the one constant was mothers with children …. and ducks!

The plan was progressing wonderfully, until this man, pictured below, halted progress, stopped the mural, and the ducks seem to be  as good as dead …. ducks

 

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Yes, that is none other than Commissioner Dean Trantalis, the duck killer !

Trantalis got a complaint from a neighborhood woman about the mural   …. The lady had said on a conference call about the Kaboom Playground that she opposed the mural, that it was “not that kind of neighborhood” …. that the neighborhood was now “elegant’….. “huh?, I replied !

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I called Trantalis, but to my dismay, he said he was siding with Ms. Elegant and stopping the mural from being painted during the playground build   …… He said he would “start a process for a mural,,,, start a committee ….. have a meeting someday  ….YaDA  …yADA….yADA!

 

I tried to change his mind    ….

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Sent over a formal duck to try  ….. no luck

 

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Had squads of ducks ( and constituents) gang up on him   ….No luck

 

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Even went the political route that I was sure would work!   …

 

….Hell no,  Trantalis still said  ……  consider the ducks dead ( or something in that vein  …)

 

……. But let’s give it one last try   …..  what do you say?  …… email Trantalis at DTrantalis@fortlauderdale .gov with this short little message

 

………………………………  # SAVE MOTHER DUCK ………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Feldman Leaving ?

Will Lee Feldman be leaving as City Mananger of Fort Lauderdale ?

 

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A provocative question for sure…….   Let me explain ……

 

Lee has been the City Manager in Fort Lauderdale for 6 years …. That’s about the average length for City Managers in our City, but Lee is exceptionally talented, has survived a tough economy that has now turned healthy,  and is generally well liked……   But here’s the rub….there’s an election next year, and a lot of the political players will be changing, due to the term limit law that was enacted by former  Commissioner Tim Smith 🙂  ….

 

deanmouth ……. This fellow, photographed in a jovial moment, is not at all  happy with Feldman ….And he will most probably be remaining in office after election 2018.

This is Commissioner Dean Trantalis, and he has already called for Lee to resign, votes against Lee’s pay raises, and points to all the time Feldman spends out of the City due to his position as President of the International City County Managers Association.

 

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Trantalis has a point on that, and Feldman will have to find a way to mitigate the time out of town somehow, if he does stay. Here is Feldman in China, about to meet with the Vice Premier of China  !! ….WOW !

So here is what I’m thinking….. Feldman is sharp, very sharp indeed. Commissioner Romney Rogers, who heartily supports Feldman, says Lee is “the sharpest tool in the shed”. But Rogers will be term limited out in March, as is Mayor Jack Seiler, who is Feldman’s most vocal supporter.

 

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……………… Jack and Lee – all smiles !

 

So Lee, being the sharp tool that he is, and knowing that at least two of his best supporters are leaving, but his most vociferous critic is staying, and having the big name recognition as such a well known, accomplished City Manager, just might be thinking about checking out his options,,,,

 

…….. I’m hoping I’m wrong, hoping that Trantalis can soften his opinion, and that we get a few more sharp years out of the sharp Feldman tool !

……………………. Tim

 

Historic Church Plucked !

 

…….The First Lutheran Church on Ne 3rd Avenue is very historic for Fort Lauderdale.

No one disputes this, though the City Commission deferred giving the 100 plus year old church historic designation at a hearing last month . They are awaiting their May 2 meeting to see what the buyer ( developer) wants to do on the site until they act. …….

…..In the meantime, some activists for historic designation for the church say untoward things are happening at the church. They point to a ruling by the CC last month where the owners of the property were told NOT to touch the church until May 2, but the activists say things are happening at the church, not good things……

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They held this vigil last night, and pointed out damage occurring there….

 

churchnocorner   …….  this is an empty spot on the wall where …..

 

churchcorner   …..  this brass corner stone plaque was last month  …..  They say the air conditioners have been ripped out of the wall, the stain glass windows are all gone, and copper piping is disappearing….

 

….. Come on May 2 !

Humor me ….. more information on the past !

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…thanks to Cal Deal, who kept this copy of the actual 3 by 5 foot message board that I took to Publix headquarters in Lakeland so many years ago ( that effort didn’t pan out, but at least got Winn Dixie to open a new grocery store there)  …..At the time,  Publix actually said that part of Fort Lauderdale was to scary for a grocery store (short sighted ?)   ……. ……

….  And many of you spotted others in the photo  … Do you see Pat Mayers (deceased), Dean Trantalis, Mark Ketchum, Butch Neideritter, Mike Ferber, Floyd Johnson ( former City Manager), Gus Osterle ( deceased). Roger McKee ( deceased). Bob Pignataro, Bob Notti ( deceased), Steve Jacobson, Mark Warner, Hans, Alva White (deceased), Jim Kevern and Bob Oelke?

 

………… I’ll be back soon with my opinion of current City Manager Lee Feldman   …….

 

……………  Tim

Do You Remember ?

…………………… The Year is 1998 …… Fort Lauderdale …….. Victoria Park, Federal Highway ……

 

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……………. That’s about 100 Fort Lauderdalians, staging a protest in the 600 block of N.Federal Hwy. We were pissed that there was no grocery store anywhere near Victoria Park/downtown …..

 

…………… We are holding up Publix grocery bags. We took a big 3 by 5 poster of the picture to Publix headquarters in Lakeland …. The effort kind of worked – today there is a Winn-Dixie plaza !

……… See if you can find me, Cal Deal, son Timmy, Bob Oelke, Ted Fling and others in the photo !

 

 

 

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February 17 Friday Night Fun !

OK  …..  So you are looking for a little something different to do this Friday Night!  …. I have just the ticket!!  …..

 

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……So here’s the skinny  …. Mosey on over to that new section of Fort Lauderdale that has turned around and is becoming the new, may I say, trending area of Fort Lauderdale    ….. NE 13th Street

…..Businesses are opening late (until 10 pm),  and offering all kind of specials, as you sit on the cycle party and move up and down the road  to experience all the fun   ..

……………………….  SHOP

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…….      Oddballs Nifty Thrift

Have you been in the number one rated thrift store in Fort Lauderdale?  Did you know they serve beer and wine ( 2 for 1 Friday night) …..   and,

 

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…….. Warsaw Coffee Company

You know you can have special coffee, but did you know you can get your beard trimmed?    and…

 

…………………………………. special deals on oil changes, free cupcakes, free lemonade and popcorn, free hot dogs,  and live rock and roll !!!!!!!… the list just goes on and on

………….   come on over Friday, call me for more info at 954-822-4727

 

%#!@* Parking !

….. All of us have been bitten by the nasty parking monster, in one way or another!

 

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…. And once you’ve gotten a few of those painful $33 parking tickets, and if you’re like me, you learn to follow the rules!

…… So when I was downtown for a ribbon cutting for a preserved historic house a few months back, I looked for one of those safe city multi space parking meters nearby the event.

 

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There it was, so being in a rush as usual, I hurried into a spot and cozied up to the gulping money machine. I threw 3 singles in and pushed the little green button as I had done so many times before.

Nothing happened …. I looked closer   ….  A little message said something like this ” well we know you just put in $3 dollars, but we’re requiring you pay $15 at this meter, and we won’t give you back your $3 if you decide to cancel and not feed me another $12, so  nanny nanny boo boo !

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Yup, that’s how I felt alright! ….. and I wasn’t giving this lousy beast another red cent   ….. I drove another block away and found a more friendly meter ….  I gave this one another $3 ( of my hard earned money) and hustled to the event …

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….. I mentioned to Mayor Jack Seiler how I had just been had, and by our own City none the less!   …..  But as it turned out, the lot was an imposter!  … Though it looked just like other City lots, it was a private concern….

….. It took a couple of months, but after a chat with the parking company ( and their subsequent chat with the City Manager), and the Mayor weighing in,  the parking company agreed that their parking upcharges weren’t very clear, not quite right   …

 

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…… So not only did ASTA Parking do the right thing and put up a new clearer sign  ….. but they also dug deep and donated $250 to historic preservation  ….

smiley  …..  a good ending

 

 

 

Toy Give Away Fills The Heart !

….It was the fifth year that the Central City Alliance,  (yours truly – humble President 🙂 threw a jumbo Christmas Party for the most deserving little elementary students !  ….. The deserving kids were picked from local elementary schools by the principals using two criteria – 1.) they were getting super duper grades, and 2.) they came from really tough conditions  –

 

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As usual, they were the cutest little bunch of tots imaginable, and after lots of food, live music, and fun and games around the park, the Big Event happened –

 

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….. that’s right, Santa Claus arrived !   … And as there is no snow here in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Santa used his good ole Ford Model T ( special thanks to Bruce Bunker and Commissioner Robert Mckinzie)

 

……  Most of the rest of the City Commission ( yes, Santa was really Commissioner Mckinzie, but don’t read this to the little tots), and as always, Mayor Seiler,  were there to help Santa hand out the 100’s of toys, donated by lots of members of the community  ..

 

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………………….    and a great time was had by all !!