This morning I woke up and checked the blogosphere and what did I see, but Chaz Stevens wants a "Root Beer Social" with Allen West to discuss the DBHA and other possibly criminal issues here in Deerfield Beach. I read about this in the New Times with Matt Hendley (I never thought I would long for the days of Bob Norman's reporting), which you can read here.
Now, if you've been keeping up with my blog then you know about this 2011 Homeland Security OIG FEMA Audit and the fact the City is trying to keep it under wraps. Bill Ganz, even went so far as to say
"When you go back, when people try and draw lines and compare this (2011 OIG FEMA Audit and investigation) with the HUD investigation (2010 OIG HUD Audit), which the City had to pay money back. When that first started (about May 2010) and that came forward there was not alot of, ummmm, information out there on it because it was too preliminary (We knew when it started, when it concluded, and what the recommendation was, unlike the OIG FEMA Audit). When it was very clear where it was going (Sept 29, 2010 with the publication of the OIG Audit report with it's recommendations to HUD), when we got the final ruling (Feb 2011) That's when the information became public and then at that point we had to pay the money back theeeee, ummm, 300,000.00 plus that we had to pay back. Ummm, I don't think this (the lack of information released to the public about the FEMA audit) is a way to try and hide anything, considering it was done the same, to several different cities instead of it just being selecting us (the City of Deerfield Beach) for malfeasance. To me it was not a matter of trying to sweep this under the rug. I agree that the more information that you get out there, you can "KILL" alot of this speculation early, so I appreciate you guys (Hugh Dunkley and Sophie Henderson) doing the work and coming in and talking about this now. It sounds to me that this is very preliminary, there's a long way to go before we have final answers and from what I understand the majority of the price tag of things that are being questioned have been dismissed and approved..."
(The Above was quoted from Deerfield Beach City Commission Meeting October 4, 2011 starting at 54:42-56:06)
M, wheDo you agree with the City Commissioners and City Staff that this should not be available for public inspection and open to the public for discussion?
The Homeland Security OIG have completed their audit and made their final recommendation to FEMA on April 12, 2011; however, the final determination by FEMA as to whether the City of Deerfield Beach will have to payback the entire amount indicated in the OIG's final recommendation report from April 12, 2011 has not been made, as of yet.
So, if the final report by the OIG has been issued and we are just waiting for the determination by FEMA then how could Bill Ganz state that this is preliminary and we have a long way to go. Looks to me that we are in the same place we were back in Sept 2010-Feb 2011, so why is the City insisting on keeping this report and it's findings under wraps.
Maybe at this "Root Beer Social" Chaz will ask Good Ol' Allen to investigate and ask for an audit of the entire City of Deerfield Beach and hold all those responsible for wasting taxpayer's dollars accountable and responsible, but hey then that might turn it into a "Tea Party".