It's Bergeron's Century, Davie Just Lives In It (Photos)

The Town of Davie is considering an idea to restrict the deed on the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds for the next 99 years.

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Bergeron with the former governor
​One CRA member and former councilwoman told the Sun-Sentinel the idea is "insane." The town's CRA director is opposed to it, saying it could get in the way of the town's redevelopment efforts.

Don't get me wrong. The roots of Davie do need to be preserved and the rodeo grounds and certainly Ron Bergeron himself are big parts of that. But there are ways to do that other than locking the town into a century-long freeze-out.

I'm going to wager it passes. Why? The man himself, Bergeron, wants it to happen. And what Alligator Ron wants, Alligator Ron generally gets. Hell, he got his name put on the rodeo grounds after giving a mere $150,000 to the city for parking. That there's a deal.

You can't fault Bergeron for that, he's a good businessman. It's on the city. If Davie had tried to sell eternal naming rights to the rodeo grounds, I'm pretty sure they could have gotten more than 150 grand for it.

You'll note that the people who voice opposition to the deed restriction aren't elected officials. The electeds don'thave the gonads to cross Bergeron, who showers them with campaign contributions. The only council member quoted in the story, Susan Starkey, voiced support for the idea. Bergeron and his lobbyist-girlfriend Ali Waldman have been huge supporters of Starkey for years and she's not about to bite the hand that feeds her.

Inside, a peek inside Bergeron's world, a place where horses run, alligators lurk, and politicians pander.

The place is Alligator Ron's Saloon, which is located out at Bergeron's giant Everglades spread, Green Glades. Here's what the saloon looks like:

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This is where Bergeron throws fundraisers for the politicians he favors. Here's a shot from one of those fundraisers:

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That photo was taken at a fundraiser for Weston commission candidate Jim Norton, who won office with Bergeron's help. Also photographed, from left to right, are Sheriff Lamberti, Weston Mayor Eric Hersh, Weston Commissioner Angel Gomez, and Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo.

Below we have an example of a saloon invite for one of Bergeron's fundraisers.

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That of course is state Rep. Franklin Sands. He won too.

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That's Davie Mayor Judy Paul, an old friend of Bergeron's, chilling at the saloon last July during a screening for the documentary Florida Crackers: The Cattlemen and Cowboys of Florida.  

In the mood for a blast from the past:

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Blacktie South Florida
That's Ted Morse, Patti Morse, and cigar man Moe Sohail (with date) at Alligator Ron's. That photo, incidentally, was taken post-Rothstein meltdown at Bergeron's Ranch Roam for charity on March 20, 2010. 

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RTV
RTV

Let's focus here: Moe's date has some nice boobs....

Phil Busey
Phil Busey

The Town of Davie Local Planning Agency (LPA) considered the application as "ZB(TXT) 11-1-10, Town of Davie Thematic Historic District" on December 8, 2010 and again on January 12, 2011. Minutes of these meetings will be here if this page is updated: http://www.davie-fl.gov/Pages/... and the agendas are here: http://www.davie-fl.gov/Pages/...

The agenda from January 12, 2011 indicates that the LPA first voted down (denied) the proposal for a Thematic Historical District and Historical Preservation Committee on December 8, 2010, but the 2-to-1 vote was a minimal quorum so it was tabled until January 12, 2011.

The LPA is an advisory committee consisting of the same persons appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board, and the two bodies review different kinds of development applications and land use amendments before they are transmitted to the Davie Town Council. The Council is not under any obligation to follow the advice of the LPA. I am one of the five members appointed by the Council to the LPA and P&Z. I was appointed by Councilmember Caletka.

In the meeting(s) I expressed the concern that the proposed Historical Preservation Committee would comprise the Davie Council and not be an independent body. I said that it seemed redundant for the Council to appoint themselves to another body to do whatever actions they already had the authority to do. In the motion which was ultimately passed unanimously 5-0 on January 12, 2011, to approve the Historical Preservation Commission, the LPA modified the proposal to ask the Council to consider making the Historical Commission an independent committee with expertise in the relevant area (e.g., architecture and history). As is evidenced by their vote on the first reading on February 2, 2011, the Davie Council did not vote to have an independent committee but voted to have themselves be the Historical Preservation Committee.

At one of the meetings, testimony by a CRA representative was limited, as I recall, to concern over access by existing easement to the back of shops on the west side of Davie Road, otherwise there was no objection from the CRA representative. There was no representation or influence that I was aware of by Mr. Bergeron or anyone representing him. No on else talked to me about the proposal either before or after the meeting. I do not recall the LPA focusing on the 99-year "freeze-out," nor do I recall any mention of a 99 year anything. But I indicated that an Historical Commission may be a good idea if it was an independent Historical Commission.

Bob, you have raised interesting background information that I cannot confirm and that was not available to us when the LPA considered the Historical Preservation District. At the LPA I expressed support for the idea of an historical district but I preferred an independent committee with teeth.

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

Here's my definition of classic Broward Nouveau Riche:"White Trash with Cash!"So it doesn't matter if you got it from your daddy (Austin Forman) or hustled used cars on late night TV back in Chicago (Jim Moran).

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Trivia Question:

Which of the two cowboys in the photo at the top rides bareback?

Davie??
Davie??

Who cares. Davie is a toilet full of shit that needs to be flushed.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Ronnie:Now we all know you let your brother do time for you when were heavy into trafficking & dealing "weed"(and all other kinds of "stuff" years ago. Only thing is Ronnie-You aren't going to be able to have your brother take the fall for you and go to jail again for you, when the FEDS & State of FL have he documents proving you took State Grant money to build the Spur Rd. in Davie, BUT YOU NEVER BUILT IT!

They're coming soon, very soon, Ronnie...And, your "boy" Austin...he's next right after you.

"The Jig Is Up".

therealyaz
therealyaz

Just more corruption. When will the sheep wake up? B.C just settled with B.C.S.

Christy
Christy

Some arrests going down today.

"On Wednesday afternoon, federal and local authorities in South Florida are scheduled to announce law enforcement actions against organized crime suspects from Eastern European countries.

According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer, arrests have been taking place in South Florida and elsewhereIn South Florida, the U.S. Attorney, FBI, IRS, ICE Homeland Investigations and the police chief of Sunny Isles Beach are scheduled to attend an afternoon press conference."

Sun sentinnel

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

Must not forget Preston Henn as a Broward icon of Newly Rich Bad Taste -- bringing the Hall of Fame list to 13!

Christy
Christy

Political Brokeback Mountain.

TK421
TK421

That's some really crappy graphic design on that invite. I'd be embarrassed to send that out.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Looks like Ted Morse brought a spare tire with him in case his Bentley had a puncture.

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

My error:The Bad Taste Hall of Fame should be limited to those best representing the horrific values of Broward's Nouveau Riche leadership.Randi

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

Speaking of Aliligator Ron, here are my Top 12 nominees for Broward's Bad Taste Hall of Fame for the Nouveau - in alphabetical order:Ron BergeronRon BookRick CaseJim CummingsRay FerreroAustin FormanJess GaddisWayne HuizengaKeith KoenigRob KornahrensAlan LevanBill Scherr:

Anonymous
Anonymous

Any arrests of Broward County Commissioners yet?

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

I KNEW AN ALLIGATOR RON WHEW HE WAS UGLY!!!!!

Gator
Gator

"But there are ways to do that other than locking the town into a century-long freeze-out."

And what might they be?

therealyaz
therealyaz

brenda ch -broward county sheriffs

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Preston Henn is part of Old Broward in the likes of Jim Moran, and Carl Mayhew.

Autin Forman in Old Broward too. The rest of the list I agree with.

SimpleMan
SimpleMan

These people are incapable of embarassment and have no shame. It is genetic.

A Cracker
A Cracker

Lil' Ron is a fake, is now and always has been.  Shame his dirty money is so freely snatched; sure wish Davie was not in bed with him.  He would not understand the Cracker handshake and ways of doing business.

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