BY BUDDY NEVINS
Former Commissioner Ed Portner of TamaracÃ¢â‚¬â€that’s Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter’s father — will have to find a new place to eat lunch.
Portner has been kicked out of his old haunt Woodlands Country Club.
He had been lunching at the club under an informal agreement that commissioners could eat there without buying a membership. Memberships cost thousands.
The problem is that the informal agreement which was designed so commissioners could treat CEOs thinking of moving their businesses to Tamarac has been abolished.
And Portner is no longer on the commission! He was term limited out last year.
But after leaving office, Portner continued to show up at the club. He even showed up after being warned that he was no longer eligible to eat there. He was invited to pay for a membership.
Finally, the City Attorney Sam Goren wrote Portner a letter earlier this month. Portner calls it a “threatening letter which “accused me of misusing my position as a commissioner.
A copy of the letter went to the police chief and every Tamarac commissioner.
“My wife was very upset. She couldn’t sleep because it went to the police chief, Portner says.
Portner, who says he is running for mayor against incumbent Beth Talabisco, sees the mayor’s manicured hand in these threats. Talabisco had no comment.
“It’s gotten personal, Portner says. “It’s going to get very nasty.
Personally, I don’t think Portner will get much sympathy, especially from those who have to pay for membership to eat at Woodlands.
I also don’t believe Talabisco is so concerned about Portner’s candidacy that she conspired to rob him of a place to eat lunch.
Why should Talabasco be concerened?
After all, she even has the signed endorsement of Portner’s daughter Mayor Ritter.
If you can’t get your daughter’s support, whose support can you get?
The dining room and bar at Woodlands