City commission changes its mind on trash disposal
May 1, 2013
At a special meeting held on May 1, the city commission rescinded an earlier decision to put the solid waste disposal contract out to bid, but left intact the invitation to bid already underway for recyclables processing.
The city manager will present alternative processes to procure solid waste services at a future meeting. The city commission will most likely "piggyback" this contract on deals already negotiated with Miramar and Broward County.
City commission may rescind trash disposal IFB previously authorized
Apr. 30, 2013
A special city commission meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m., May 1, 2013, "to discuss Solid Waste Disposal and Recyclables Processing Procurement and a discussion and possible decision to consider action to reconsider and/or rescind the action taken on April 25, 2013, or action to otherwise terminate the bidding process for said services authorized by the Commission at the April 25, 2013 meeting; and, if action is taken to terminate the bidding process to consider alternative processes to procure said services."
In plain English, the city commission might change its mind about how to contract with somebody to take our trash after it is collected by the city. Instead of going out to bid for the lowest price, it could, for example, "piggyback" our contract on a contract already negotiated by the City of Miramar with Sun Bergeron. Currently, our trash is taken by Wheelabrator, a subsidiary of Waste Management. Both Sun Bergeron and Wheelabrator are likely bidders if the commission decides to stick with the Invitation for Bid (IFB).
This contract has nothing to do with trash collection by city workers in Deerfield Beach.
Mayor Robb wants a charter review committee
Apr. 16, 2013
Mayor Jean M. Robb urged commissioners at the Apr. 2 meeting of the commission to create a charter review committee. She suggested several provisions of the city charter are ripe for change, including the date of city elections. In the past, Robb called for city elections to be held in November, when national and state elections are held.
Nothing was decided. Some commissioners asked for more specifics. The city attorney indicated there are several provisions which could be looked at.
The matter is not on the public agenda for Apr. 16. The commission meets at 7:00 p.m. and will discuss the operating hours of the pier restaurant (Item #25) at the mayor's request. The commission recently approved a contract for the restaurant which would allow 24-hour operation, subject to later review.
The pier restaurant is expected to re-open in late April or May.
It's official: Robb wins election
Mar. 16, 2013
After a recount on Mar. 15, 2013, Jean Robb was confirmed as winner of the mayoral election. A total of 27 votes out of 5,521 cast secured her victory against incumbent mayor Peggy Noland.
She, along with Richard Rosenzweig as Dist. 3 commissioner, will take office at the city commission meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Dist. 1 commissioner Joe Miller will also be sworn in as vice mayor.
Robb apparent winner in mayor's race; Rosenzweig wins Dist. 3 seat
Mar. 12, 2013
Jean Robb has narrowly won back the mayor's post she lost 20 years ago, ousting incumbent mayor Peggy Noland. The vote tally, as of 11:00 p.m., Mar. 12, is Robb, 2,773 votes to Noland's 2.746, according to the Election Supervisor's website.
A recount is expected, but as of now, Robb is the winner in the hotly contested race. Robb won most of her support in Dist. 2, but also took two precincts in Dist. 1.
In Dist. 3, Richard Rosenzweig defeated Donna Capobianco 45 to 40 percent. Caryl Berner, the third candidate, won 15 percent of the vote.
The vote total in the city-wide election was the lowest since 1993, 5,519 votes.
Robb and Rosenzweig will take office on Mar. 19, assuming a recount does not change the results of the election.
In Deerfield Beach, Noland and Rosenzweig
Source: Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board
Mar. 1, 2013
On the surface, things appear calm in Broward County's northeast coastal community. The most recent federal probe into the city's housing authority turned up nothing substantial. Improvements along the city's main access to the beach Hillsboro Boulevard continue smoothly. And the 30-foot sperm whale that washed up on the city's beaches is long gone.
Still, controversy lingers, primarily around the city's decisions to reinstate a utility tax voters repealed 31 years ago and to turn its fire department over to the county. Add the new requirement of having a Florida driver's license to obtain a beach parking permit, which many tax-paying snowbirds lack, and you have the gist of Deerfield Beach politics.
On March 12, voters will determine the city's course in choosing a mayor and a new commissioner for District 3. Among the five candidates, the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board urges voters to re-elect Mayor Peggy Noland and choose Richard Rosenzweig for the District 3 seat.
Re-elect Peggy Noland for Mayor
In what is essentially a leadership battle between two mayors current Mayor Peggy Noland and former Mayor Jean M. Robb the better choice is Noland.
The 61-year-old incumbent has forged a decent track record, having spent time as a commissioner before becoming mayor in 2009. During her tenure, she watched another former mayor, two commissioners and a city manager leave the dais due to unrelated corruption charges.
As mayor, Noland oversaw major infrastructure projects, including work along the eastern end of Hillsboro Boulevard and the completion of a new city pier that has helped the city's beachfront. She also wrestled with tough budget decisions, including the reinstatement of a 10-percent utility tax. She defended the tax as a more palatable alternative to raising property taxes or laying off employees, something the city has done before. If re-elected, she would work with city commissioners and the city manager to find alternative ways of funding key programs without raising taxes.
Jean Robb, 81, is the other candidate. She was mayor between 1980 and 1993. She is known for her no-nonsense manner and a string of accomplishments, including building a county courthouse in the city.
She has made the utility tax and the decision to shift city firefighters to the county the cornerstone of her campaign, criticizing her opponent and the commission for not holding referendums on both issues. It's a fair argument, but not compelling enough to make the case that her ideas or temperament are any better than Noland's.
Vote Rosenzweig for District 3
The three candidates vying for this open seat to replace outgoing Commissioner Martin "Marty" Popelsky have one thing in common. They all live in Century Village, one of Broward County's prominent retirement communities and a major voting bloc in this Deerfield Beach district.
Of the three, Richard Rosenzweig, 74, has the temperament and best grasp on the issues facing the district and the city. A one-time snowbird who moved permanently to Century Village seven years ago, he believes his longtime business and civic experience will help him help the city.
The city's budget and public safety would be his top priorities. If elected, Rosenzweig would revisit the utility tax decision to determine if the city could generate enough revenue by lowering the tax. He'd also work to develop a longer-term budget plan to help the city avoid the annual choice of either cutting services or raising taxes.
Caryl Berner, 64, is also running for the seat. She is a retired substitute teacher who once served on the housing authority. The other candidate is Donna Capobianco, 62, a retired business turnaround consultant, who is making her second bid for public office. She is energetic and knowledgeable, but the edge in this race goes to Rosenzweig.
In Deerfield Beach, Noland should be reelected mayor
Source: The Pelican
Mar. 1, 2013
mayor Peggy Noland and former
mayor Jean Robb, two women who
have demonstrated their dedication to
Deerfield Beach, are seeking to wield
the gavel here for the next four years.
The Pelican however supports Noland
in her bid to serve out her second term
at the helm.
Noland appears to have a clear
understanding of the issues facing
the city redevelopment, employee
wages, a balanced budget and has
always shown an interest in making
Deerfield Beach a good place to raise
Her sense of community is rare:
before she was an elected official she
lobbied to get the DB Aquatic Center
at the middle school and she stepped
in to save Founders Days.
Noland has been very
visible and accessible. She
has taken leadership positions
at the League of Cities
and on the Metropolitan
Planning Organization, and
has educated herself on the
issues that face all Broward
She is often credited with
being "the hardest working
mayor around" and is not
shy about taking city issues
to Washington DC or
Tallahassee to seek solutions.
When she was elected
mayor four years ago, she
vowed to end the friction that
at times was apparent between
commissioners and she has
achieved this. Commission
meetings run smoothly amid
an air of civility not seen in
Deerfield Beach for some
We also like her belief
that young people should
be appointed to advisory
boards and her practice of
bringing students forward
at commission meetings
to be recognized for their
achievements. Her 12 years
on the commission have given
her experience which should
not be wasted.
For these reasons, we
recommend Noland be elected
mayor on March 12.
Ed. note The Pelican also endorsed Donna Capobianco for Dist. 3 commissioner citing her background in finance and business management and her no-nonsense approach to problems.
Jean Robb tries for comeback
Jan. 27, 2013
Jean Robb hopes to reclaim her seat on the city commission, which she lost to Al Capellini 20 years ago. Robb served as mayor from 1980 to 1993. Peggy Noland, mayor since 2009, is seeking reelection. She was Dist. 1 commissioner from 1993 to 2005.
Caryl Berner, Donna Capobianco, and Richard Rosenzweig all want to be Dist. 3 commissioner. The incumbent, Marty Popelsky, is term limited.
All three Dist. 3 candidates are CVE residents. Both Berner and Capobianco have run for the seat before. In 2005, Berner got nearly 40 percent of the vote and in 2009, Capobianco garnered 631 votes (31 percent).
Berner, an outspoken activist, served as a commissioner for the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority until removed by the city commission last year. This will be her third try for public office. She ran for mayor in 2009, but received only 112 votes.
Rosenzweig, a retired businessman and Navy veteran, is a newcomer to Deerfield politics. He has resided in Deerfield Beach, part time and full time, for seven years. This is the first time he has run for office.
Dist. 4 commissioner, Vice Mayor Bill Ganz, who is serving his first term in office, was automatically reelected for a second term, without opposition.
Report: Sudler resigns under pressure from new BSO regime
Dec. 19, 2012
Pete Sudler, the BSO's chief of police for Deerfield Beach, has resigned.
According to reliable sources, Sudler was informed in an email from Ron Gunzburger, operative of incoming sheriff Scott Israel, that if he was still at the department, he would be fired on Jan. 8, 2013, when Israel takes office.
Sudler submitted his resignation, according to the sources, effective immediately.
New pier buildings dedicated; now the city commission faces a new pier restaurant bid protest
Dec. 16, 2012 (Updated: Dec. 19, 2012)
The pier reopened on Dec. 7, but the operator of the pier restaurant is still an open question in view of a protest filed by Two Together, one of the three top-ranked bidders for the restaurant contract. Two Together LLC, which operates a chain of restaurants called BurgerFi, was the staff's choice for the operation. However, the commission overrode the recommendation in favor of second-ranked Class Act.
The lawmakers initially rejected all bids for the 10-year contract, then reissued the RFP with further clarification of what it wanted for the restaurant operation. Seven bidders responded; three were disqualified, and three, including BurgerFi and Class Act, were invited to make presentations to the evaluation committee made up primarily of city staff members.
The evaluation committee recommended BurgerFi, but Mayor Peggy Noland and Dist. 2 Commissioner Ben Preston were dissatisfied with the choice. The commission agreed to evaluate the proposals on their own, as is their right, and ultimately selected Class Act, whose Deerfield Beach Cafι proposal was deemed the best fit for the new pier.
The commission has scheduled a special meeting to consider BurgerFi's protest for Dec. 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., following a CRA meeting at 6:30.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously rejected BurgerFi's protest. Commissioners replied to the protest, stating that the RFP was clear as to the requirements for the pier restaurant (traditional menu and decor reflective of the beach environment). The commission stated it reevaluated the staff's recommendations in the public interest because the staff's evaluation did not follow the RFP.
Here are some photos of the new pier entrance building taken on Dec. 11:
The pier itself as seen from the new deck: