Despite tons of bad press, it appears Lighthouse Point mayoral candidate Maria Corvaia O’Donnell is still using the police to setlle political scores with opposing voices. On Monday evening, Lighthouse Point Police responded to a local residence after O’Donnell had a heated debate on the “Nextdoor” app. According to its website, “Nextdoor is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, learning about an upcoming block party, or hearing about a rash of car break-ins.” In the case of Lighthouse Point, Maria O’Donnell has used the app to debate fellow resident Matthew Bodell.
On February 12th, Maria O’Donnell’s official Facebook campaign page posted screenshots of Matthew Bodell’s Nextdoor posts. Bodell lives in home O’Donnell targeted as an undesirable sober home. Bodell posted, “We are the most [quiet] and polite neighbors and I get the police sent to my house for no reason.” Bodell stated his home was not a problem even though Maria O’Donnell tried to use the sober home as a campaign issue. “We all have jobs…and we all have 401k’s,” Bodell said. “Before you go judging us because of what you heard or may have experienced in the past…please come get to know us.”
On Monday, March 6th Bodell made another Nextdoor post. He wrote, “[Maria O’Donnell] managed to get the owners attention and our house is getting shut down. It was nice living here while it last[ed].”
One resident expressed her sympathy. She wrote, “I’m very sorry to hear that. I wish you all continued strength and success with your recovery.”
But not Maria O’Donnell. She shifted the blame to her opponent.
O’Donnell wrote, “Matthew I simply wanted LHP police and Mayor Troast to be candid with LHP residents. I never was out to hurt anyone, that’s never my intention, but the residents have a right to the truth.”
On her Facebook page, Maria Corvaia O’Donnell played the victim.
It appears the Sober Home is being closed on 46th Street in LHP and the Sober Home residents blame me for that. One Sober Home resident wrote messages on “Nextdoor” and is now cursing at me on private message about it. Did I not state I wanted to regulate Sober Homes for the benefit of everyone? Residents included? LHP safety is first, and with eleven arrests in Deerfield in the last six months we must pay attention.
O’Donnell included screenshots of Matthew Bodell’s private message.
You know you don’t know what you’re talking about right and you just keep repeating yourself right? You sound like a fucking idiot, just quit now because youre not going to win Mayor.
Maria O’Donnell would later remove the Facebook page.
Sometime between 9pm and 10:15pm last night, Lighthouse Point Police received a call about Bodell’s “threatening” Nextdoor posts. Police responded to his residence. Since he was not at home, a roommate called Bodell at work.
REDBROWARD spoke to Bodell about the incident.
Bodell stated he had numerous “back and forths” with O’Donnell on the Nextdoor. He said O’Donnell always initiated the contact. “Maria O’Donnell is the only person that ever caused us problems,” Bodell said.
Bodell said O’Donnell kept stating he was “threatening my family.” O’Donnell has used similar phrases in her recorded conversations with police dispatchers and with REDBROWARD.
Bodell said he explained the situation to the police officer over the phone. He said he’s working seven days a week to pay for the unexpected change in his housing. Bodell said he’s heard from many residents who stated they have no problem with him or his roommates.
Nothing in Bodell’s message seems to threaten O’ Donnell or her family. Is this just another case of O’Donnell using police to fix her political problems? On President’s Day, O’Donnell called the police to report a mom and her kids delivering Glenn Troast signs in a golf cart. Maria O’Donnell made repeated calls to the police about her missing signs, but a police investigation revealed her husband, Brendan O’Donnell was removing Troast signs.