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 …..

 

timsmith     me ….

 

….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 !!

Racists Cops Rehired ?

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…. ….. Have you forgotten that the City suspended four Police Officers a few years back for posting terrible  anti-gay and anti-black messages on the internet?

 

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…… well guess what ?   …   On Wednesday, (Feb. 17th)  at 9 am …. on the third floor of City Hall, those same Officers might get rehired! … really !

 

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… there will be an arbitration hearing where those Cops will ask for their jobs back, probably saying they are reformed racists and homophobes …

….  And what’s even worse  … I heard that at first, the City Attorney suggested not opening the  hearing to the citizens  …. really !

 

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….but that decision was reversed, thank God, and you can attend the meeting….I’m going, because nothing could be worse than rehiring those Cops  …… we are not the kind of City that should allow this type of behavior  ….  Can you come and join me?   …see you Wednesday morning….9 am  ….3rd floor ….City Hall

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The Christmas Party

So this is your official invitation !

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…. This is the one I’ve been obsessing over ….. We invited the most accomplished little elementary kids that are excelling in our local schools, despite being very disadvantaged   ….

……   We asked YOU to take toys to the Christmas Palace,  and at first the effort was looking meek, but then  ….

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……..you filled up the tree  ….  but we needed more so  …

 

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…. you brought MORE !!!  ….filled up another tree !  …. Now we can still use some more great toys, but what we really need now is YOU !!   ….Can you come?

 

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….   ……  … The party is Sunday, in the Middle River Terrace Park ( 1329 N, Dixie) from 2 until 5    …. There will be food, games, fun, the big shots, ….  and the giving of the toys !!!!  ….

….I hope you’ll come ….everyone is invited, I’d even invite   ….

 

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………..   anybody got his number ???

 

 

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Toys/Kids/YOU !

…… So I was getting a little nervous wasn’t I, the Central City Alliance’s Christmas shindig for the best kids in our area was getting close , (it’s this Sunday from 2pm until 5 pm in the Middle River Terrace Park )…. and you were supposed to take a toy to the Christmas Palace on 13th Street, and only 6 toys had been collected !  ….yikes!  .

 

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….. You’ll also remember that we decided that again this year, we would let our three local elementary schools pick 75 kids that were gettings A’s in class, despite growing up in abject poverty…. And we would give them one hell of a Christmas party for their tremendous efforts . …  !

 

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….So I drove over to the Christmas Palace this morning, hoping that you had come through for the kids, that we would have enough toys stacked on stacks !   …….

 

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…….  David from the Christmas Palace and this little elf started putting box after box in the van for the trip to the park…

 

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…. Just then I got a call from Caldwell Cooper, who said to get over to his office and collect the dozens of toys his wife had picked up for the kids !

 

….. I started feeling better   …. We got to the historic Annie Beck House (where we are storing the toys until Sunday) and started counting to see if you had brought in enough goodies to do the job…

 

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….Santa’s little helper started stacking up the toys and giving them a count   …. And a broad smile broke out on the elf’s face!

…… We need a few more, but things are looking up!  …If you still have a toy, just bring it to the park on Sunday ( at 2 pm if possible)  …. Santa will be arriving about then (in a Model T Ford) ……   and then it’s party’s on !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Citywide Mailer – But By Whom ?

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…… The mailer arrived today ….  Came in the regular mail to the Smith Family ( or Current Resident)  …..

It demands …….

……………    ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF FORT LAUDERDALE:

 

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It tells us it’s

……………   NOT TOO LATE !  

The return address is

……………  Make My Voice Heard –  PO Box   …#350641 …

 

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….When you turn the mailer over, it tells you that  WE MUST ACT NOW   …BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE    ….

……Wow, got my attention again ! ….. So I read on  ….It tells of  “drastic changes” to our beaches  ….. they say it will “change the character of our community forever”   …..   It continues on about the coming development proposals for the Bahia Mar Hotel , the mega-project at the Galleria, the beach Fire station swap ……

…. Nobody seems to know who is behind the mailer (or maybe they’re just not telling me!)   ….But it is evident that it is prepared by beach residents that feel the big projects coming to the beach will very bad for the city, very bad for the beach   …

 

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…… . Then they ask you to sign up to the discussion by sending an e-mail to fortlauderdalesfuture@gmail.com    

……………. I love when citizens speak up, even if you don’t know who they are !

………….  hmmmmmmm ….what do you think?

 

Do Good This Christmas !

……. This is another attempt to try and get you to buy a toy for a kid,( for their Christmas cheer), who are getting A’s in our local elementary schools, despite growing up in poverty ! We are holding those kids a party, and that takes presents !

 

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…… We started getting the venue for the gift giving party ready yesterday …..  The shindig  for the kids will be in the Middle River Terrace Park, at the historic, 100 year-old Annie Beck House ……..on Sunday, December 20, from 2 until 5…

 

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…. Rob was busy yesterday boarding up the lattice work that had been kicked out of the skirt of the historic house, by homeless camping underneath,( gotta make the house presentable for the party) !

….. Now your job is to buy a toy, leave it unwrapped and deliver it to the Christmas Store this week, this week !  …. would you, would you please !!

 

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… Look at it this way, buying the toy and delivering it to the Christmas Store this week is far easier than Cindy’s job at the historic house yesterday……..

……   The house will be decorated sweetly for the festivities, the kids (and you) will be fed generously, there will be live Christmas music, and the Mayor, and some Commissioners will be there singing the Christmas  carols ( oh boy!)   …

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….After you deliver that toy, this week ( for a boy or girl, doesn’t matter), send me an e-mail to tim@timsmith.com, so I’ll know that we’ll have enough toys   ….We are honoring 75 kids, and to date, have ….  6 toys – Yikes !

…..   If you need to find me, try looking for me at the historic house ! (see above) …

……….     Tim

 

 

 

Christmas Toys/Grade A Kids/Need Help !

…. As we have done in the past, the Central City Alliance (formerly known as the 13th Street Alliance), is giving great gifts to elementary school kids in the area that are getting A’s, despite living in real poverty – dirt poor !

 

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…These kids deserve recognition!  … It’s hard enough to do great in school, but when you live in abject poverty  ….well. you get it!

………..  So, please take an unwrapped gift for an elementary-aged boy or girl to the Christmas Store on 13th Street before December 20th  ….. Then join the community at Middle River Terrace Park on December 20th – 2 pm until 5 pm, where we will give out the toys, sing Christmas carols with a live band, Eat…eat…eat…. and be merry, ….. all while doing a great thing  !!!

……..For more info, call me at 954-822-4727

 

 

 

Prominent Businessmans’ Kid Robbed and Shot

… A parents’ worse nightmare  ….. the phonecall, your kid has been shot in an armed robbery !!

 

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…… The parents are Caldwell and Susan Cooper, and they are the owner/ operators of

 

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 ….. Cooper Properties, the largest rental property company ( and biggest residential tax payer) in Fort Lauderdale …  

 

… They got the call last night about 8pm – “Dad, I just got robbed and they shot me” , a sentence that make the biggest brute weak at the knees….. “But I’m OK”, 15 year old- tenth grader Joseph Cooper added…..

….. Joseph, on Thanksgiving break from Cardinal Gibbons, was hanging out in Rio Vista with his buddies Nick and Michael  …. They were walking the dog down to the Ponce De Leon park when a “old Chevy Trailblazer” pulled up next to them  …. “They had on hoodies and bandanas with a red skull cap, and at first we thought they were some friends just screwing around”, said Joseph …. They said “give us your stuff, and just seconds later he shot me!” ….

 

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….Having been trained with guns from a younger age, Joseph knew the gun was a pellet gun the driver had shot him with, but he saw a long gun in the lap of the passenger  …”I was gushing blood” , Joseph said …. They took off and the three friends ran for home  ….. They called home  …”Mom was flippin out”, Joseph said  ….

….   The parents were there in minutes and rushed Joseph to Broward General to take out the pellets and stitch up the wound …..  Joseph, a typical 15 year old, took a “snapchat” of the wound and sent it to friends  ….  “It hurt more this morning than yesterday”, he quipped ….

… The robbers, one white, one black, were from Plantation, ( a 17 year old and an 18 year old) and had attempted other robberies in Rio Vista that night and were caught later that night by FLPD ….

 

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…. Joseph says the robbers are being charged with armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, the 18 year old as an adult   ….  “the world is flat out crazy”, Joseph finished …..

………………   no kidding, I thought !

 

 

Problems Solved !

… On our last post, we pointed out 2 problems that needed immediate attention in our City, and I’m happy to report that within a week, both problems were solved !

…..  It took a village, so to speak, but that’s a good thing  …

….. The biggest group effort was the pile of garbage that made up a homeless encampment near that really cool “little red caboose” on Sunrise Boulevard behind Home Depot. The problem had been brewing for nearly 6 months, and made the city look like a dump!

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…. The City was worried about the new homeless rulings, the Cemex plant thought it was a Police responsibility, the neighborhood just complained  .

…but then   … ACTION !

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…A tough group of volunteers ( including Cooper Properties pictured above) showed up at 9 this morning to dismantle the encampment   …. A really great Policeman, Sgt. Jamie Costas, had visited the camp the night before and told the inhabitants (including murderer “Jack” – who served 20 years for murdering his wife). that the camp would be going away in the morning …. ( Costas says “Jack” was understanding, and his personal things were gone this morning along with Jack).

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… Commissioner Dean Trantalis (pictured above leaning on rake), and City Manager Feldman worked quickly to arrange for Republic Industries to volunteer pick-up of the refuse …

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…Let’s just say that Republic has their work cut out for them…

…..   Thank you to the dozen volunteers that made it happen, because in the end –

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…..   no garbage, and nowhere left to hide !

……… ( oh yea, the defaced People pictures on the County building has also been removed)  …