BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter has taken aim at Broward’s chief anti-airport activist Brenda Chalifour, charging Chalifour misleads the public and the county commission by not registering as a lobbyist.
Chalifour has been paid by Dania Beach to campaign against the expansion of the runway, but tells commissioners when she speaks at the meetings she represents herself.
Ritter believes that violates the county law which require lobbyists to register.
The mayor made that charge at Tuesday’s county commission meeting based on a document I obtained at the county Government Center.
At one point, Ritter ordered Chalifour’s microphone turned off at today’s meeting as the two women clashed. This happened right after Chalifour attacked Ritter’s reputation: “If there is a God, you will look fabulous in pinstripes, according to writer Scott Wyman at Sun-Sentinel.com.
The internal document is entitled “Is Ms. Brenda Chalifour a Broward County Lobbyist.
No author is cited in the document and I have no idea who prepared them. I obtained it from the county commission office, where it was being circulated.
Chalifour has been a thorn in the side of county commissioners for years.
A lawyer, Chalifour calls herself as “an environmental consultant for Dania Beach. The document questions whether that title is “misleading.
Chalifour has been appearing at the county commission for years to oppose any expansion of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
“Despite considerable compensation from the City of Dania Beach, Ms. Califour always claims that she is speaking for herself, states the document.
The document questions whether Califour “misrepresented her role to the Board of County Commissions and to the public?
It cites two invoices dated July 27 and 31, 2007 on file at the City of Dania Beach. In the invoices, Mrs. Charlifour stated that her activities include “consulting with government agencies and others associated with these issues (e.g., Broward County Aviation and Port Everglades).
The document also notes that Chalifour was quoted in the Daily Business Review on June 22, 2007 that “her $3,500 retainer from the City of Dania Beach is for the airport expansion fight.
Violations of the county lobbyist registration law could cause Chalifour to be banned from speaking at the county commission. Commissioners could also impose a fee of $50-a-day for every day they believe Chalifour didn’t register.