ARE TERRORISTS INFILTRATING THE PLAZA EAST CONDOMINIUM?
Opinion By Jan Bergemann
Published April 28, 2012
What else could have been the reason for a HAZMAT team in full gear storming into the Plaza East condominium building in Ft. Lauderdale on April 1, 2009? And no, it wasn't an April Fool's joke -- these guys meant business. When Captain Patrick Gillis from the Fire Marshal's Department was making a regular annual fire inspection at the condo, he was shown pictures of big amounts of household cleaning supplies stored in Unit 12L. Security Chief Lombardi never mentioned to Gillis that these pictures may have been enhanced or that they are six years old. But according to the deposition, Lombardi was anyway only used as a scapegoat to do the bidding of board president Tim Smith and community association manager David Beswick, who both steered clear of the building on that day.
After taking a look at the pictures handed to him, Gillis called Chief Finley, the hazardous materials chief and notified him about the issues and the pictures that were shown to him.
And the event took its course! A lot of good taxpayers' money plainly wasted!
these pictures looked pretty scary -- and there were more than just the
that were handed to Captain Gillis. (Pictures
shown here on the web page.) But
calling in a HAZMAT
team in full gear based upon six-year-old
is a transcript of the deposition of Fire Captain Patrick Gillis:
Attorney Blane Carneal: "Okay. So, to the best of your reaction to the circumstances, you believed it to be a current situation, ownership unknown, whereabouts of owner and/or tenant unknown, and what seemed to be to you a circumstance which would call for the appropriate fire
department response; is that correct?"
Fire Captain Patrick Gillis: "That's correct."
Or was it just supposed to be an April Fool's joke?
This is in my opinion just another example for how far The Powers That Be will go in order to discredit unwanted candidates for an upcoming board election. Power corrupts, and more power corrupts even more.
The LETTER from Harold Wechsler's attorney Blane Carneal with the settlement checks attached, shows clearly what the insurance companies thought about the methods used by Smith and Beswick to deter Harold Wechsler from running as a candidate for the board of directors.
It is very obvious that CAM David Beswick played along with Smith -- for whatever reasons. It's bad enough if a CAM is willing to do the president's bidding to subdue unit owners that oppose board members that sign his paycheck.
David Beswick is more than just a regular CAM -- he is a member of RCCAM (Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers).
This Council was created to supervise CAM policies -- watching out for
proper licensing of CAMs -- a licensed profession here in Florida. But
putting members on this Council that clearly lack integrity is like
letting the fox guard the hen house. But in reality it shows why
the profession of community association managers is held in such low
esteem. What can you expect from a profession that is regulated by members
like David Beswick?
David Beswick's excuses used in his DEPOSITION speak for themselves. Are they the statements of somebody who should be in charge of the ethics of members of his profession?