Gary Rogers no longer the Garden Gnome?

Chaz StevensPolitics

Tell me it is not true — Lauderdale Lakes CRA Hack Gary Rogers dethroned as the Garden Meister. Seems like Miramar trumped Rogers and were first to the trough. Rogers is earning awards through the CRA State group that he controls for his gardens but who else cares. Certainly not the Feds. And guess what folks? Miramar did it the legit way. That is through the City and the General Fund and not using the CRA like Rogers and L Lakes and exploiting the CRA at every opportunity. And if you want to see how L Lakes is exploiting the CRA there, look at the many MAOS posts on Rogers, City Manager Jon Allen and past CRA Chair Eric Haynes. The old saying — thick as thieves? *** What is Gary Rogers to do now other than chase after the women folk like he did in Cocoa? *** Miramar awarded $40,000 gardening grant By Heather Carney, Sun Sentinel 3:38 p.m. EST, February 4, 2014 MIRAMAR — A new $40,000 grant will grow the city’s fruit and vegetable garden. The city was awarded a Gardens and Green Spaces Grant on Jan. 24 from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Scotts Miracle-Gro … Read More

Apparently people in Brevard County have balls —

Chaz StevensPolitics

Unlike Broward County, and in many other counties in Florida like Brevard County, the Clerk of Courts is both the Clerk and Comptroller for the County (handles all finance and accounting functions). As we see from this article, the Clerk of Courts, Scott Ellis, being ballsy completed an audit of the Satellite Beach CRA citing the “City spent more than $5 million in CRA funds from 2003-11.” Apparently Ellis did not involve or consult the city in this audit (sounds smart from the MAOS perspective). In the audit Ellis states that “$3.8 million in CRA funds were transferred  to fund police and firefighters salaries and other municipal functions.” And finally the Brevard County Commission (with Ellis help) required the city to pay the County back $1.2 million in CRA TIF the county paid. Where does this sound familiar?  Several cities in Broward County but none more than good old Lauderdale Lakes. Pinched $2.5 million from the CRA to pay for police and firefighter salaries, had the CRA pay for over $8 million in city projects, did several questionable projects that also had questionable ties to the CRA Chair Eric Haynes, wined and dined themselves on the CRA dollar, did many … Read More

The new Lakes website. All colors, no information. #FAIL.

Chaz StevensPolitics

Editor’s Note: We give the new Lauderdale Lakes website a grade of “average at best.”  And yes, we know all about website design. Don’t believe us?  Ask our clients — IBM, Microsoft, Disney, Blockbuster, etc. We took a peek at the new Lauderdale Lakes website and it ain’t pretty folks. Colorful mind you but not pretty. First off we could not find agendas and public records. Would that surprise you in any way with City Manager Jon Allen at the helm? Mr. “Pay to see me Play”…. We wanted to look at the Commission agendas. There is a September 24 agenda, an October 8 agenda and a November 12 agenda. Where is the October 22 agenda? And there was not a November 12 meeting — all of the Commissioners stayed away after the previous day’s retreat where is was “love American style” from what the Sun Sentinel reported. Now that would sick you out. so why is that agenda posted there? And MAOS dove deeper. There are no records for commission meetings, financial reports, budgets, etc. prior to 2013 anywhere we could find. We would say this is a work in progress but come on now — this is pure … Read More