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$50,000
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
$200,000
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$591,898
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$123,098
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$450,000
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
$59,975
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
$82,620
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
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  Geniuses at work - where's the sign?
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 09:03:22 EST by admin

Geniuses at Work

Geniuses at work - Where's the "for sale" sign?

Mr Faried’s house - did he really try to sell it... did anyone check?

NEW - from the record - Samy's undocumented expenditure problems with Lee County

Taxpayers paid Mr Faried $8,000 to move into the city of Lake Worth over a year ago. He was supposed to have a Bonafide permanent residence here. He was given 6 months to comply. Instead, Mr Faried took the $8,000 and spent it on moving to Boynton Beach. On February 19th, Mr Faried’s contract was brought to the attention of the city staff who had neglected to enforce it.



Mr Faried decided to appeal and have the rules changed allowing him more time to "sell his house" which he held was the reason he had failed to comply with his contract obligations. He blamed a “severely depressed market” and needed "more time" to sell his house.

So the logical question is: did Mr Faried present any evidence to verify his claim? Answer: no. Did he ever try to sell his house in the first place? And if he didn’t ...should he be rewarded by giving him more time to deceive the public and the commission? Here is the information that could have been easily gathered by anyone:

Local (Alva) Remax and other realtor agents dilgently probed the MLS listings and couldn’t find a single instance where 14160 was listed anytime during the past year. Two calls to “Buy Owner” (owners pay extra for MLS listing so you have to check here) revealed 14160 had not been listed during the past year by their company. So that only leaves that maybe Mr Faried listed it himself with an ad in the paper, but he didn’t present any evidence of that; in fact, he presented no evidence of anything perhaps because it doesn’t exist.

The record shows he owns 14 condos in Fort Meyers, but none of those have been for sale during the past year. Mr Faried admitted that his official residence is still 14160 Duke Hwy in Alva. He is also homesteaded there yet claims he is "diligently" seeking to sell his house so he can move to LW.

The pictures show that there is no “for sale” sign in Mr Faried’s front yard but the house next door (to the east) 14180 Duke Hwy has one.

So why did the mayor, Vespo and Jennings defend Mr Faried when no one checked to see if Mr Faried was telling the truth? Mr Faried said in writing that he couldn’t sell his house when the record shows he never even tried. Commissioner Jennings was even willing to change the rules just for Mr Faried. And Vespo and the mayor in usual form, proceeded on impulse and with absolutely NO information, no research to verify anything… and even criticized commissioner Golden for checking out Mr Faried’s claim.

So the issue was cleverly manipulated from “this guy broke his contract, misappropriated city money and is deceiving the commission…” to “let’s change the rules and give him a break so we can keep him.” These are your geniuses at work.  [All pics are hi res and expandable]


 
 

 
 
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Re: Geniuses at work - where's the sign? (Score: 1)
by Charlie on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 13:23:05 EST
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He should have moved to LW then there would not be a problem. He should live here just to experience LW Utiltiies as all the rest of us have to. I guess he should not have accepted the money but he still should have moved to LW. People just do what they want nowadays.




 
 

 
 

Re: Geniuses at work - where's the sign? (Score: 1)
by SunnyDaze on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 21:45:25 EST
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why does the commission do these dumb things. The FMPA generators was it for me plus Faried hasn't DONE ANYTHING. His staff fixed the outages although I heard Vespo still thinks it was FMPA




 
 

 
 

Re: Geniuses at work - where's the sign? (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 18:06:26 EST
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Mr. Faried signed a contract that said he had to move to Lake Worth. He didn't move to Lake Worth. Mr Faried took 8,000 dollars to move to Lake Worth. He didn't move to Lake Worth.He has obviously NOT tried to sell his waterfront property,and really, he doesn't have to, however,Mr. Faried stated that he HAS been trying to sell his property.No realtors where he is hoesteaded,his property on the west coast of Florida, have ever heard of him.No records of him trying to sell the home exist.In Mr. Faried opinion, as long as he is in house 72 hrs befor a storm, who cares where he lives. Mayor Jeff Clemens, never one to miss an oportunity to disrespect his fellow Commissioners, called efforts to get just a tiny grain of truth to pop out of Mr. Faried's mouth a "Lynch Mob Mentality ". Mr. Faried could have pulled down his pants and mooned the audience ,and Jeff and Dave Vespo probably would have popped some champagne and toasted him . In Lake Worth , liars get rewarded and defended,and good people like Mr. Reyes get terrorized and fired..Mr. Baldwin, why don't you just get Mr. Faried a Jet Blue card. That way he doesn't even have to live in Florida.And while you're at it, pick one up for yourself.




 
 

 
 
 
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