If you haven’t seen the excellent article about behind-the-scenes Plantation by former Sun-Sentinel political reporter Buddy Nevins, you’re missing out on the inside scoop about the biggest story in town. But there’s more to the story that Buddy only alluded to….

Since the election, our city has made great strides. Yet when the City Attorney was picked from a fair and open bidding process after 40 years of a no-bid contract, one commissioner who wanted to protect their campaign supporters had the nerve to complain about the process. Only one tried to put her thumb on the scale by having the same “gadflies” and “insiders” make noise on Facebook and at meetings.

This commissioner and the old guard insiders” are organizing behind the scenes to thwart the voters and bring us back to the bad ol’ days when the good ol’ boy system of nepotism and cronyism decided the direction of our city, not good ideas. They have decided the way to get there is by creating division and bashing and bullying the mayor via the same obvious proxies and lackies they’ve been using for years.

Plantation residents want what is good for our neighborhoods, not what is good for a small group of individuals to regain power.

They are already seeking out candidates to run in 2020 and think being loud on Facebook and at Council meetings will bring them back to power. They are wrong.

The electorate is more educated then ever and last year, voters set the City of Plantation in a new direction by overwhelmingly rejecting the candidates who wanted a continuation of the same old way of doing things. Instead, our neighbors decided to move our city forward to prevent our city and our neighborhoods from becoming stagnant and blighted.

Residents overwhelmingly rejected the stale policies of Mayor Diane Veltri-Bendekoic and her hand-picked successor Pete Tingom, who ran specifically on a “more of the same” platform. While she and her allies at the Chamber blamed conspiracies and games, Plantation voters simply wanted change. We are ready to move forward.

When this small group of insiders can pick and choose which new businesses can open in the City based on their personal tastes and dislikes, or use their office for electoral revenge, it’s bad for our residents and our neighborhoods.

Plantation residents should be proud of the new direction our city is taking and we must vow to never go back to the old way of doing business.
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  1. If you are truly a CONCERNED Plantation resident, instead of making political innuendo, accomplish something constructive for our city. Contact your state legislators to OPPOSE Florida Bill 987 that preempts municipal regulation of vacation rentals. Florida Bill 987 means our locally elected City Council and Mayor cannot enact local code to protect our city and quality of life.

    Here is where you can READ and track the Florida Bill 987 that preempts municipal regulation of vacation rentals. https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00987

    Here is a link to receive updates to track the bill (in the upper right corner of that page). Click on it and establish a free account with the State to track any legislation. https://www.flsenate.gov/Login

    Then call and email your State Representatives representatives.
    For more on this issue read the League of Cities 2019 Legislative Brief on Vacation Rentals.
    https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/docs/default-source/advocacy/issue-briefs-talking-points/2019-ib—short-term-rentals.pdf

    Also ENCOURAGE our City Council and Mayor to work with the League of Cities and pass a resolution at the next council meeting to advise state legislators to vote NO on Florida Bill 987. After all the big commercial vacation rental companies are spending millions to lobby for this PREEMPTIVE legislation rendering our local City Council and Mayor powerless.
    Good Luck, Carl Buehler

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  2. Amen. I have video of the current council members during the last election that would make all residents scratch their head. They are running out of Kool Aid. I know the Horlands are in for a long haul with assault charges against Denise Horlands husband, Bob Horland, for the “election day scuffle”. Thank God we finally got a well rounded person in the mayors seat.🙏🏼🇱🇷

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  3. Plantation’s vision for the future threatened by State preemptive legislation.

    If you are truly a CONCERNED Plantation resident, instead of making political innuendo, accomplish something CONSTUCTIVE for our city. Contact your state legislators to OPPOSE Florida Bill 987 that preempts municipal regulation of vacation rentals. Florida Bill 987 means our locally elected City Council and Mayor cannot enact local code to protect our city and quality of life.

    Here is where you can READ and track the Florida Bill 987 that preempts municipal regulation of vacation rentals. https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00987

    Here is a link to receive updates to track the bill (in the upper right corner of that page). Click on it and establish a free account with the State to track any legislation. https://www.flsenate.gov/Login

    Then call and email your State Representatives.
    For more on this issue read the League of Cities 2019 Legislative Brief on Vacation Rentals.
    https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/docs/default-source/advocacy/issue-briefs-talking-points/2019-ib—short-term-rentals.pdf

    Also ENCOURAGE our City Council and Mayor to work with the League of Cities and pass a resolution at the next council meeting to advise state legislators tyo vote NO on Florida Bill 987. After all the big commercial vacation rental companies are spending millions to lobby for this PREEMPTIVE legislation rendering our local City Council and Mayor powerless.

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