In Case You Couldn’t Make It !

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…………..   the renewal of this long ignored business district (13th Street- NE 4th Avenue) has begun   …. Soon you will be wishing you had invested near there !

……   The groundbreaking event was amazing   ….. One account has the attendance at nearly 300 people ……  The standard (some say boring) groundbreaking ceremony was had, but here are two pictures proving the event was anything but boring !

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Transportation/Mobility Czar Diana Alarcon really was all wet at the event !

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And here is yours truly proving that nothing is left on the table when it comes to getting things right ! …. Here I am getting properly dressed for my turn in the dunk tank !

 

 

Some things seem to take – FOREVER !!!

Here’s three things that are happening in the City now , but seemed to take forever to accomplish – do you agree?

1 ……… icontoday

 

…………..    the ICON is the big Condo being built on Las Olas in front of the oldest house in the City, the Stranahan House  ….. It was first proposed in 1999, but was fought by the City’s politicians for years, then couldn’t be built after the economy collapsed…. The developers finally won the lawsuit, the economy rebounded, and it looks to be about 10 stories now and climbing ( I think to about 40 floors) ….

 

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…….   the Shippey House is that early 1900’s  historic house, owned by infamous Broward Judge Fred Shippey, the Judge who married Tarzan (in this house!) …… The house  was saved from the wrecking ball by activists many years back, but the renovation was stalled in what has seemed like forever, but it is finally going strong ….here it is with front porch going on ….. Expect a ribbon cutting soon – I Think 🙂

 

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………..   My favorite …..  My pet project ( that I should have accomplished a long time ago)  is finally happening !!!! …..  the road that is 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale is about to experience a $1.5 million dollar upgrade in it’s business district …..

……  The neighborhood groups are celebrating by hosting a Yee Ha  party and construction kickoff  shindig on Sept 14th at 6pm …..   Come to the intersection of 13th and Dixie for the fun  ….   Free food catered by Southport, live music by that cool local band Sunday’s at Five, ….   and because it took me so long ….

………….  I will be in the dunk tank   …. (joining me in the tank will be City traffic CZAR Diana Alarcon, because she took too long also 🙂   ….see you all there

 

Mayoral Hopeful Charlotte’s Kick-off

The invitation arrived in the mail.

 

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…. Pretty snazzy  …… A kick-off event ( billed as a friendraiser, not a fundraiser) at the wonderful, historic Bonnett House on the beach ……  I couldn’t stay away !

 

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…. The Bonnett House is as cool as ever, and as I walked up the entrance, Charlotte’s sign guided me in to her soiree ! …

….. The event was a pleasant one, though not all that well attended. I’m guessing there were 30 or 40 people there, I expected more ….But I will say that those 30 or 40 seemed like pretty strong Charlotte supporters – people like –

 

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…former Victoria Park President Thornie Jarrett (seen here chatting with Charlotte’s son and Charlotte’s new granddaughter!)… – and

 

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Miranda Lopez (on the right), a big slow growth/open space advocate) …. and

 

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Rob Larsen, Flagler Village President  ….

 

… …………………..  Main gadfly Charlie King was there, trashing Mayor Seiler, Commissioner Roberts etc.,  as was District I malcontent Mary Graham …. picture below with Charlotte’s husband John Rodstrom – 

 

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Charlotte was introduced to speak by John   …..

 

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….and she took to the microphone to give a short talk about why she was running for Mayor, how she intended to walk door to door and meet all the voters, and how she was disappointed with the City budget and overdevelopment  …..

 

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……all in all a nice event…

 

First Candidate Event for 2018- Fort Lauderdale

…… Yes, it’s hard to fathom, but the Fort Lauderdale City Commission 2018 election season is off and running  …..

…….. This past Sunday, the Central City Alliance (formerly known as the 13th Street Alliance), hosted  a pleasant outdoor picnic at the lovely historic Annie Beck House, and invited the 5 filed candidates (so far) for the CC election that is about 22 months away , to come and talk with about 100 citizens about the issues of the City …… Most of the attendees were from the area, but a good handful were from all areas of the City…

 

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…..   We started out by feeding the crowd with a tremendous Spanish buffet, and once we had everyone filled up, we got their juices flowing for the “thoughtful discussion” ahead  ..

 

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….nothing like a few glasses of Sangria to get the juices flowing !

 

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….Mayor Jack stared the event off, then sent it back to me to start what turned out to be a substantial discussion about many of the issues facing the City   …

 

…..  Mayoral candidate ( and current District I City Commissioner ) Bruce Roberts was first to speak, and said he looked forward to a robust and meaningful campaign   …

… Then it was former Commissioner and current mayoral candidate Charlotte Rodstroms’ turn at the microphone –

 

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…. She surprised the attendees by saying she would not be participating in the discussion, as she didn’t intend on “sharing her vision (campaign strategy) with her competitors”… She added that she was “blond, but not stupid”!

…. Then, mayoral candidate Jim Lewis spoke, seemed very relaxed and appeared to be having a good time  …

 

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….. The City was thoroughly represented, by Manager Feldman,  the Police,  and Feldman’s new assistant (pictured above with historic activist Steve Glassman)    ….

…… Next were the District 4 candidates  …. here are the two that have filed so far –

 

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….. 56 year old Walter Duke, and 28 year old Hunter Altschul  … 

 

…….  I asked probing questions of some in the crowd, including this exchange with the developer of the empty lot across from Home Depot  … So, have you decided on what you are going to build?

 

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……   his answer ? …… uh, well, hmm, uh ( well, you get the picture )  …

 

….anyhow, the afternoon ended with everyone feeling good about spending their Sunday afternoon with their fellow citizens  ….who was especially happy ?

 

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…… my Board members !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump for Mayor ?

…In a totally unexpected move, the Donald has filed papers to run for Mayor of Fort Lauderdale!

……….  The election for Mayor is not until February 2018, a few months after the Presidential election, and apparently Trump wants to hedge his bets and be really important at least  somewhere !

 

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…. Trump was uncharacteristically stoic when asked about his motivation for the filing for the Mayor job- “Excuse me, Excuse me”, he said, “only I can do this, can you imagine some of these other losers running Fort Lauderdale?”

…… I tried to reach all three of the current candidates for the Mayor job, but only lawyer Jim Lewis took the bait –

 

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…….. “I think this reefer initiative will really be needed now”, he quipped     …..

 

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” I’ll crush this Lewis and all the other low energy fools”, Trump responded  …… “and if I am President then, I’ll change the law so I can do both jobs at the same time”  …… then added, “and I’ll make the damn Cubans pay for it” ….

 

April Fools !

And Then There Were Three !

…….  Another entry into the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Mayoral race  …….

………….   He is well known to the political watching class, as he has run for office (including Fort Lauderdale Mayor) on many occasions   ….. he is also an infamous attorney, represented many well known cases, including little Lionel Tate, who killed a little girl that his mother was babysitting ……

 

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Mayoral candidate Jim Lewis

…..   Now if this pace keeps up, by election day 2018, we will have a field of 743 mayoral candidates to choose from !  ….

 ( remember, you can see all the  candidates in action this Sunday   …. 3pm until 6 pm ….. Annie Beck House 1329 N.Dixie Hwy)

 

More News !! … and an Invitation for Sunday, April 3

…… So I got it right !   ….  we already have two Mayoral candidates running for the prodigious post of Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, 2018 …… the biggest City in Broward County, the 7th largest City in Florida , and the inventor of the wet – t-shirt contest , …… and we also already have  two gents running for Commissioner of District IV ( current Commissioner Romney Rogers is term limited out, and rumors say he will not run for Mayor) .

 

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………. Current Commissioner Bruce Roberts, and former Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom and Wet T-Shirt contest  (are all pictured above, you figure it out !) ,  are running for Mayor …..   …..  And, the two gents running for District IV Commissioner are

 

    duke1 ………..  Walter Duke, who once served as Mayor of Dania Beach and now lives in Rio Vista, and

 

….  hunter   …………….  Hunter Altschul   ……. this is his Linked In profile   …..    I think he is twelve or so, but I look forward to meeting him and finding out why he is running !   …….. ……

…………  So here is your invitation  ….. You can come and hear these candidates, ( I still need confirmation from Duke and Altschul, but I think they will be there ),  along with current Mayor Jack Seiler, and Commissioner Dean Trantalis who will make a few comments    

  ….. this fun event is next Sunday, April 3rd, at the historic Annie Beck House – 1329 N. Dixie Highway  ….  from 3 pm until 6 pm  …. ……. ….    The event is the yearly Spring meeting of the Central City Alliance (formerly the 13th Street Alliance), and you will be fed !

spain1   ………… Spanish themed –  you will be drinking Spanish drinks and eating empanadas ( or some such things)   …………………………

 

           ………………..  You coming?  ….. for more info , call me at  954-822-4727

Updates from Tim !

Hi all  ……

… thanks for continuing to read me here !  …..   Some of your comments took awhile to post  on the last post, but they should all be up now … let me know …  keep commenting !

…….. Now, how about some updates !!

 

…..  First, we just told you last week that former Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom has opened a campaign account to run for Mayor….   The election is way out in  Feb/Mar 2018 !  ….  Ok, so here is my guess….I’m thinking that before you know it, Commissioner Bruce Roberts  will also file, just to make sure Charlotte doesn’t get out there alone !

 

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…… And speaking of running for Mayor,     ….      today is Super Duper Tuesday, and look who I ran into at my polling place this morning    ….

 

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…. that’s right…. and he tells me he is NOT running for Mayor in 2018 …….

 

……..   the Bahia Mar issue is churning about….word has it that the developer has been meeting with the Central Beach Alliance trying to find a way forward …..  I heard that the developer has come way off his original 39 story request  …we’ll see what happens, but the issue is certainly  not dead   …

 

….. Lastly , seen just north of Sunrise Boulevard, at someone’s house  this week …

 

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…. funny place we live in !

……………………………………. thanks, Tim

Guess Who is Running for Mayor of Fort Lauderdale ?

…… Rumor has it that the first candidate to replace Mayor Jack Seiler when his term expires in 2018 has just filed to run for the position …..

 

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……  I reached Jack, and he just  said  “it was a surprise”    …. Seiler, who had no other comment as he was running off to an official mayoral event , said he would talk to me later !

 

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……Commissioner Dean Trantalis said he wished the new candidate well ….. seemed he couldn’t really internalize the whole thought..

 

………    So who is the candidate for Mayor of Fort Lauderdale to replace Mayor Seiler ? …Are you guessing ? … do you want me to just get on with it and just tell you?  well ……. first off it wasn’t …..

 

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….And it wasn’t perennial candidate Earl Rynerson ….or gadfly Charlie King ….  , not even the expected front runner Commissioner Bruce Roberts … nope … it is …. ready for the drum roll ?

 

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……. No, I’m not kidding  ….it’s former City Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom  …. seriously !

……………..   can you comment?

 

 

 

 

Racist Cop Has No Chance of Rehire

…… The hearing for the former Fort Lauderdale Police Officer trying to get his job back after being fired for racist texts ended today …..

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….. fired by Police Chief Frank Adderley

…….The hearing lasted 3 days, and after the Judge/Arbitrator heard what we spectators heard, I think the former Cop better be  enjoying his new job as an electrician!   …… Read on !

.. … The former Cop’s name is Wells ….

 

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        ………………..Wells

…… Wells and four other fellow Officers were linked  together in a secret texting club, with racist and  homophobic texts, and homemade movies deriding blacks, gays and the like  …. downright despicable behavior by anyone   ……. especially  Cops !!

….   Here is an example of the texts that they spread between them as they rode the streets of Fort Lauderdale, hired  to protect and serve !

 

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…… Wells explained this text by saying that in his response to Officer Alvarez, he didn’t mean “physically” hurt them, said he just meant he might write them a ticket ( seriously, he said that !)

 

……. This afternoon was the highlight of the  three day case – Wells’ testimony…. About 60 people were in the room ( third floor City Hall), comprised of mostly black citizens, some Cops, and a few white guys like me   …. Notably in the room was Ted Galatis, (you might remember the former Wilton Manors Commissioner was caught yelling racist taunts to a car of blacks a few years back)…. . Also in the room was former building official Greg Brewton, builder Bob Young, and NAACP officials …..

 

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…… Here is another text that was on display for all of us to see just behind Well’s head….

 

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….   Wells explained that the term s/5 meant “kill him” ( the suspect), but that he didn’t think his fellow Cop Alvarez “really” meant he would kill him, or he said he would have “done something” !

 

…………  The 5 foot by 5 foot display of Wells and his secret frat’s texts, plus the relentless tough questioning by the City’s attorney ( not Cynthia Everett) seems to have sealed his fate…

 

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….. The Judge has 30 days to rule whether the Cop gets his job back   ….. but I can’t imagine it  ….. and certainly hope not !!