Last week, REDBROWARD reported the ties between Team Holness and a pro-Dean Trantalis email sent to Broward voters. The email urged voters to support Dean Trantalis, Donna Guthrie, Steve Glassman and Warren Sturman. The email claimed voters, “need responsive, accessible leadership with the fortitude to make the tough choices.”
The email lacked any proper disclaimer. It simply states it was sent from a marketing company in West Palm Beach. The company, FlyerSmith, has deep ties to Dale Holness.
December campaign records show Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis’ mayoral campaign hired a consultant tied to controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. On December 13th, Trantalis paid $1,357 to SA Nelson And Associates for “marketing.” According to Florida business records, SA Nelson and Associates is owned by Sophia A. Nelson.
Florida Division Of Elections records show Sophia A. Nelson is the chairperson of the “A Better Florida For All” political committee. The address for this political committee is the same address found on the FlyerSmith email to Fort Lauderdale voters.
Division of Elections records show Omar Smith is the treasurer of the “A Better Florida For All” political committee.
Florida Business records show FlyerSmith is a fictitious name name tied to A Star For I, Inc. owned and operated by Omar M. Smith at 2930 Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach. Campaign records show FlyerSmith has done extensive work for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. For his 2016 re-election campaign, Dale Holness paid Flyer Smith $15,161 for marketing, flyers, IT services and consulting.
Dean Trantalis never responded for comment regarding his ties to Dale Holness. Several of his supporters tried to deny any real ties to Holness. When reached by the Sun-Sentinel, Omar Smith told reporter Brittany Wallman he decided to send the email after receiving candidate emails. Uh-huh.
Smith made no mention of the December Dean Trantalis fundraiser hosted by his “A Better Florida For All” political committee.
TRANTALIS FUNDRAISER HELD AT DALE HOLNESS’ OFFICE
On December 7, 2017 A Better Florida For All hosted a fundraiser for Dean Trantalis. According to an announcement posted on the group’s Facebook page, the A Better Florida For All event was being held at 4325 West Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation. This is the address for All Broward Realty, a company owned by Dale Holness.
Holness has used his office as his own campaign headquarters as well as a base of operations for many of his favored candidates.
Why is Dean Trantalis so eager to have the support of Dale Holness? Why is Dale Holness so interested in the City of Fort Lauderdale? Has Dale Holness hosted similar fundraisers for Donna Guthrie, Steve Glassman and Warren Sturman?
Fort Lauderdale voters deserve answers.