BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sheila Alu, who resigned the Sunrise City Commission late last year and then has had a much-publicized fight with colon cancer, is back.
And she is as outspoken as ever.
Alu told Browardbeat.com that she is back living in Sunrise and continues to be interested in what happens in City Hall.
“I’m watching what’s going on!” she wrote in e-mail.
Browardbeat.com had written Alu asking her to comment on the e-mail the website received:
“The word is Shelia Alu is gearing up for a comeback in Sunrise. Her sights are set on Larry Sofield’s seat. I thought she moved from the city but I was told she moved back already. I also heard that Rosen may step down sooner than later… I know you’ll be able to sort through the rumors.”
She didn’t address the possibility that she would run for office again.
Alu instead gave the public an update on her condition and how she feels on one of her pet issues: development west of the Sawgrass Expressway.
Alu blocked such development while on the commission.
A prosecutor and also a Sunrise commissioner for a decade, Alu resigned from office in late 2012 to spend more time with her daughter and granddaughter.
On April 23, Alu stunned a Sunrise city commission meeting when she announced during a period for public speaking that she had colon cancer. She used the opportunity to urge people to get regular colonoscopies starting in their 40s. That story is here.
Here is her e-mail, unedited:
“Oh I just saw the attached email. Funny!! Someone must have seen me sitting with the city manager last week who met with me to discuss his plans to develop the west side of the sawgrass. Not a good idea!! Until meeting with Cohen I would have said i am 100 percent retired. However, if they make any attempt to develop that property, I will protect that land at all cost. I may be a bit sick now and going through chemo but I’m not dead! I am back in Sunrise and plan on staying.
Doctor says he removed both tumors and surgery very successful. chemo is be 100 percent sure. I’m just hoping the commission will do the right thing. Time will tell. In the meantime I’m following doctors orders and doing my best to just focus on my health, but I’m watching what’s going on!”
Good luck, Sheila. You are in the prayers of many.