#SoFL #ethics - Proving that the past is prologue, yet again, here comes ethically-challenged Commissioner Bill Julian to once again personally make Hallandale Beach a laughingstock. But this time, a NATIONAL laughingstock. Surprise! It involves votes on real estate development and favors in return. Here's the latest on the matter, along with a stark reminder of Bill Julian's previous unethical actions
Watch the recent Local10 News story done by chief investigative reporter Bob Norman that has made everyone in the Hallandale Beach area angry and embarrassed about Bill Julian in a way that no other previous Julian ethical debacles could, as cringe worthy as they were. Just when you thought Bill Julian could not be more embarrassing or harmful to this community's future, it's a case of seeing is believing! He's exactly what he appears to be.
I've been very busy over the weekend getting my thoughts together for this particular blog post, and the reason is clear. More than just about any other story I've written about here at Hallandale Beach Blog since I started it in 2007, especially one that's dealt specifically with what was taking place in this part of South Florida, in southeast Broward County, the level of public discussion, rancor and outright revulsion about the egregious stupidity and unethical behavior of Hallandale Beach's very own Simpleton, City Commissioner William "Bill" Julian, has reached a point of "no return."
A point of no return that was never reached by Julian's MANY unethical and foolish words and actions in office of the past ten years, however stupid, sordid and self-serving as they usually were, all of which have been chronicled here with great specificity on the blog, often with self-evident photos to hammer home the facts that Julian, his apologists and Mayor Joy Cooper didn't want to face and deal with in an upfront manner.
Even longtime apologists for this bumbling idiot of a small-town pol, a man who even his small circle of friends have long acknowledged, lacks even the most basic short-term AND long-term vision for this growing ocean-side community that nearly everyone here believes ought to be -and managed- SO MUCH BETTER than it has been and is now, have reached their personal breaking point: a line in the sand!
That's something that I know about for a fact because so many friends and acquaintances of mine, as well as more than a few people who by no definition of the word could ever be described as "friendly" towards me in the past -ever- have decided to contact me over the past few days to express their own personal sense of betrayal, anger and befuddlement.
This includes people who have long tolerated Bill Julian's longtime record of foolishness, critically poor and faulty judgment on issues and votes, and his MANY YEARS of being of clearly being largely unprepared to participate effectively and competently at public city meetings in a way that would even come close to what Hallandale Beach's residents and Small Business owners expect, especially for someone who has been in office for so long.
They have all told me -and you today via me on this blog- that they have had "ENOUGH!"
Enough is enough - "Julian needs to go!"
Below are some self-evident facts and well-chosen thoughts of mine about Bill Julian's latest ethics and legal scandal that has ensnared the city.
The least we should be able to expect from a public official.
Handicapped Parking space located at the previous incarnation of the city's North Beach park, near the iconic Hallandale Beach Water Tower.
Above, the "Disabled Persons Parking ID Permit" that my father has to use in order to use the designated reserved space.
Unlike Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Bill Julian, my father obeys the law.
Why would you even consider voting for such a despicable person as Bill Julian for the Hallandale Beach City Commission? Besides Julian's creepy habit while an elected official of illegally parking in Handicapped Parking spaces for YEARS, when you add his truly terrible judgment and penchant for saying and doing the wrong thing, why would you even consider giving him a voice in deciding this city's future?; @SandersHB
You see, Julian was, if nothing else, remarkably consistent about parking his car in a Handicapped or Handicapped Access parking spot, despite NOT being handicapped himself, and not either dropping off or picking up anyone who was handicapped or eligible to use that spot themself.
Among the many people who were witnesses to this creepy behavior were the teenage and Twenty-something Jeff Ellis lifeguards who used to work for the city on the public beach until they were eventually replaced a few years ago by city employees.
So, as you read the articles below and watch the tell-tale video, keep this in mind.
Blowup comes after vice mayor admits to accepting favors from developer
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Hallandale Beach Commissioner Keith London said the public deserved to hear about what is now a criminal investigation into his city's vice mayor, Bill Julian, after Julian admitted to Local 10 that he agreed to accept secret favors from a developer prior to a vote on a $450 million development in his city.
But when London began reading a prepared statement about it at a city budget meeting Thursday, Mayor Joy Cooper, a political ally of Julian, shut down the meeting.
By Marc Caputo
08/26/16 05:33 AM EDT
The story concerning Julian’s alleged bribe-taking was first reported by WPLG-10, where investigative reporter Bob Norman obtained a voice message that the commissioner mistakenly left after he failed to properly hang up a phone. Julian discussed voting favorably for the $450 million Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club and linked it to alleged pledges from the developer’s attorneys who allegedly promised campaign contributions and campaign volunteers as well as a new van for his favorite city charity.
August 26, 2016 6:36 PM
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Longtime Commissioner Bill Julian is under investigation after an audiotape surfaced that implied he may have been offered favors from a developer in exchange for a "yes" vote on a project.
Susannah Bryan, Reporter Sun Sentinel
August 30, 2016 7:57 AM
Political turmoil continues to rock the city following allegations that a veteran commissioner may have been offered gifts by a developer seeking approval for a controversial project.
City Commissioner Bill Julian, who is under investigation by the Broward State Attorney's Office, is not talking but others are taking action.
Joe Gibbons, a former city commissioner and state representative, was hired to handle community outreach for the Diplomat developers. He said he had no discussions with Julian before, during or after the vote."Personally I don't think anyone did anything wrong," he said. "Bill's a good guy. I think he means well."
That fact was that former Hallandale Beach City Commissioner and state Representative Joe Gibbons, who, while NOT an attorney himself, worked at the time for one of the most prominent and powerful lobbying and law firms in the state of Florida, was hired by the Board of Directors of a very large and powerful Hallandale Beach condominium complex on the beach, Parker Plaza, to represent them.
(So, were you wondering who the attorney was that represented that particular developer over on the beach?
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So, where are the records of this? Exactly.
For those of you who want to be better informed, here are a few links to some of my previous Julian posts that get into much detail about his many ethical, moral and public policy failings: