BY BUDDY NEVINS
You wouldn’t know that County Commissioner Chip LaMarca voted against a countywide 911 plan last month from his Facebook page.
A LaMarca opponent pointed out that he has put a large picture of the numbers 911 on his page.
You can decide after reading below.
When asked why he posted the 911 picture by one of his Facebook “friends,” LaMarca replied:
LaMarca explained his 911 vote like this:
“I voted against the countywide paying for it,” he said. “The good old folks in Fort Lauderdale are earning $5.3 million (now). Where is that money going (under the newly-approved system paid for the county)? ”
There is a fairness question in the 911 system, which LaMarca point out.
I’m upset by one situation he mentioned. Where I live in — Plantation — will be paying for the countywide system and the city system because city hall refuses to join the newly-approved countywide system.
Here is Chip’s new Facebook photo:
A Lot To Explain
Hallandale Beach Commissioner Alex Lewy has launched his campaign for state House.
One question: What about Hallandale Beach?
Hallandale Beach is one of the most mismanaged cities in Broward County.
That’s not my opinion. Its also the opinion of the Broward Inspector General’s Office.
The city grossly misused Community Redevelopment Agency money, according to an inspector general report released last month.
Between 2007 and 2012, the CRA made more than $2.1 million in questionable purchases, including $125,000 in inappropriate loans and about $416,000 in improper use of bonds.
Lewy was elected in 2010.
I’m sure his opponents in the Democratic primary for South Broward and Northeast Miami-Dade’s House District 100, Joe Geller and John Paul Alvarez, will demand that voters know Lewy’s role in this mess.
I’ll be awaiting Lewy’s explanation.
Court Trashes Trash Station
The City of Sunrise had the right to block a trash recycling center three years ago, the Fourth District Court of Appeal decided this week.
Green Now and its owners Jim Feeley Jr. and Tom Baker Jr. sued the city after commissioners, reacting to protests from the public, rejected construction of the waste transfer station in early 2010.
Circuit Judge John Bowman ruled for the city in the case last year.
The appeals court agreed with Bowman that the city was within its rights when it voted down the trash station.
The two acres at the center of the controversy was in the Sunrise Industrial Park near Commercial Boulevard and the Sawgrass Expressway.
A Sunrise civic activist and a leader of the protests against the project was Mike Ryan. That role helped propel him into the mayor’s office in August 2010.
Here is an original story about the waste station in Browardbeat.com.
The city argued that a waste transfer station was not permitted under its code. The owners contended it was allowed.
Since the Green Now controversy, the law in Sunrise has been tightened. Waste transfer stations are only allowed if approved by voters in a referendum.