Plantation Unconfidential

Plantation Chamber of Commerce President Siobhan Edwards focuses on the positive these days.

She focuses on her four grandchildren, not the terrible situation that ended her marriage in what was then a hush-hush scandal that rocked Plantation City Hall six years ago.

It all happened so fast. Siobhan's husband, then-Councilman Bruce Edwards, filed for divorce against her in April 2005. Edwards' colleague on the council, Sharon Uria, had filed for divorce from her husband three months before that.

Then in June came Bruce Edwards' abrupt resignation from public office, just a few months after he'd been reelected to the position. That kind of an announcement doesn't happen often in politics.

We now know that Edwards and Uria had struck up a very close relationship. Uria won't say if they had become romantic before the resignation, but she says their feelings for each other put them in an untenable political situation.

"Both of us at that point wanted to progress in our relationship, and we both knew we couldn't do that with both of us on council," said Uria. "That was the right thing to do, even though people don't believe that. They don't want to know the truth."

Well, it wasn't like anybody was rushing to tell them at that point either. Edwards, who owns the pest control company Dead Bug Edwards, said only that he'd done it for undisclosed personal reasons. He now concedes that one of those reasons was his feelings for Uria, but he says there was more to it than that.

"One of the few regrets I have in life was

running for a third term," he told me. "I had already grown disinterested in the way that government was run. My dad was at the time beginning a battle with cancer. I wish I never ran for a third term. I wish I had never gotten involved in City Council, period. If I could do a takeback in life, I would never have run in the first place." 

Uria spoke publicly about Edwards' decision in the media on the day it was announced.

"He was someone that was very fair in his decisions, he was there for the right reasons, and he was there for the people," Uria told the Sun-Sentinel.

Edwards and Uria then were free to date, but that was just the beginning of the troubles. Siobhan Edwards -- who actually ran that year to fill her husband's seat -- didn't take the split-up well. One night in September, three months after Edwards' resignation, she followed Edwards and Uria on the road and confronted Uria in her driveway. Police were called. The Sun-Sentinel reported briefly on the altercation at the time:

[Siobhan] Edwards "began swinging at [Uria] wildly, open-handed," and Uria struck Edwards in the face, the report states. Edwards struck Uria "with both hands in the chest area."

Former City Councilman Bruce Edwards, who is going through a divorce with Siobhan Edwards, was with Uria when Siobhan Edwards followed them into Uria's driveway, the report said. Bruce Edwards injured his arm while separating the two of them.

Siobhan "Edwards fell to the ground, losing her glasses and cell phone" when they were separated, the report said. Siobhan Edwards told police Bruce Edwards "pushed her with a sweeping motion."

Uria filed a restraining order against Siobhan Edwards after the incident that was later dropped by the court. "It was poor judgment on my part," says Siobhan Edwards today. "And I take full responsibility for that."

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Edwards and Uria today
Today Uria and Bruce Edwards are still together. And Siobhan Edwards says she is at peace with what happened, though she still isn't on speaking terms with Uria and wonders if her ex-husband went through a "midlife crisis" at the time they broke up.  

"Bruce is a great guy, and we don't have any issues," she said. "He is still very supportive, and I don't want to say anything bad about the guy. We have four beautiful grandchildren, and that is what is important. Not this stuff. This is politics. What can you do? The heart wants what the heart wants."

Because Edwards is the chamber president and Uria is councilwoman, they do see each other professionally, and both say they are intent on keeping it just that -- professional.

And Bruce Edwards? He's still happy he's out of politics. 

"I'm much more a spiritual than I was then," he said, adding that he's an avid trap shooter. "People make mistakes in life. In order to be forgiven, you can't be judgmental of others."

Now that Uria is in a reelection battle with Jeff Holness -- cousin of Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness -- people are once again whispering about the incident that occurred six years ago.

I heard political scuttlebutt about it recently because of the election, prompting this blog post.

"I didn't make him leave, just like I can't make him do anything he doesn't want to do," said Uria. "Nor can you manufacture feelings of love. You either love someone or you don't. I didn't make him leave his life. It probably always will be talked about. I wish it had happened differently. I'm sorry that it happened, because that's really not me. No matter how many times I apologize -- and I'll tell you I apologized to Siobhan -- people will probably think whatever they think about it." 


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33 comments
Gjd7223
Gjd7223

What's wrong with Urias husband moving on?

The Truth
The Truth

Bob:

First of all, Uria's husband at that time, had started living with a woman just three months after their separation....but no one talks about that, do they?

Nor, do they want to know that this incident happened after Bruce Edwards had not lived with his wife for almost 2 years and papers had been filed for divorce.

Get your facts straight Bob, and stop listening to people that don't have a life, or are just jealous and want to see people hurt!!!!

The Truth
The Truth

Bob...You need to get your facts correct!!!

Guest
Guest

Is this the same councilwoman that named a non resident of plantation to the p&z board of plantation?? Wonder what the deal is there???

Linda
Linda

this is for therealyazAny arrests today?This is for Patti Lynnand why not?

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

I have read this article 3 times this evening, and I kept thinking to myself , "where is the news?" Then it hit me! SHE'S in local politics and HE'S not a lobbyist! In Browardtown, THAT is news!

Kingmeerkat
Kingmeerkat

Get out the vasaline and prepare to be reamed.......From a Sunday Sun opinion by a Michael Carlson that sinkhole claims are going to bankrupt the state unless regs are changed. Welcome Michael and his merry band Allstate, State Farm, and Progressive as the new Ins. lobby known as PIFF ( Personal Insurance Federation Of Florida ). Guess what Michaels last job was......Deputy chief of staff under our dear financial wizz kid Alex Sink. Their sole purpose.....to bribe I mean LOBBY all those republicans up north in the Capitol. We don't stand a chance.

Guest
Guest

Good Evening All!Thanks Pulp for filling us in on this story. This is the first I've heard about it. It's unfortunate that a marriage with 4 children broke up. I can definitely feel for the wife, but he did file for divorce and obvious wasn't happy in the relationship. Is he married to Uria? He did the right ting by removing himself from politics and after all this time the ex wife and Uria seem to handling theselves in a mature civil manner. This is life....

Christy
Christy

Abolish the School BoardGrand Jury 2011

"Broward County leads the state in the number of students needlessly referred to the criminal justice system for misbehaving in school, according to a report due to be issued Tuesday by three civil rights groups."

SS

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ne...

Pulp
Pulp

She's gone, folks.

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

VOLUNTEER dats a good thing to do!!!!

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

IT EOULD TAKE A GOOD MAN TO HURT MY FEELINGS WITH A HOT BODY NOT OLD MAN LIKE YOU:))

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

SEE IF U BLOCK ME U CAN HAVE HAPPI DAY!

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

your point went down with frankies aarrow!

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

thr only one that is polluted is you and your fake blog!!!

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

Hey pulp you r more than welcome to delete me cuz i can get news on tv sometimes when i can pay the bill! You wont hurt my feelings the guest bs doesnt work with me duped!!

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

bob i know a kevin hes short fat no ass a crook evil murderer hope its not same kevin!!!!!

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

OH its more violatin den sunshine laws sweetie hang on to your chairs!!!!!

Kevin Hill
Kevin Hill

C'mon, Bob! This is not news. This sort of thing happens more than most people think.... at least these two are honest about it and did the right thing to keep from violating Sunshine Laws.

Pulp
Pulp

I had to delete the previous message because it went way too far. I know politics is a contact sport but some things go beyond the pale.

Anonymous
Anonymous

For Siobahn, its a long way from being a waitress. She got pregnant to trap Bruce into marrying her in the first place. His family doesn't like her. She was fresh out of the trailer park before Bruce.

Around the time of the fight was slutting it up with former Miami Dolphins and whoever else would throw her some.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Hey Linda...I have out of town guests...I'm being lax....Thanks for keeping everyone alert. Any arrests today??? Well, WHY NOT ??????

Linda
Linda

Good! She was pure polution and a turn off.

Pulp
Pulp

Nobody is trying to hurt your feelings, you just need to slow down a lot. It's polluting the blog at this point.

Pulp
Pulp

This story is about when real life hits politics -- it's not a judgment. Maybe it's a cautionary tale, too, but I agree that they did the right thing.

Holierthanthoubetyouain't
Holierthanthoubetyouain't

OMG dude what's in YOUR wallet? ya feel me? gee, spew vitriol much? why don't you go volunteer somewhere....

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