Why Did Stacy Ritter Appoint Les Stracher to Powerful Planning Council?

Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, shortly after voting in favor of the controversial housing project being pushed by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait, appointed the husband of  the Chaits' chief political consultant to the Broward County Planning Council. 

In early 2007, Ritter appointed Les Stracher to the influential board, which regulates development in Broward County. Stracher was the husband of political operative Beverly Stracher, whom the Chaits claim in sworn statements they paid $100,000 cash to help them secure favor from local politicians. 

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Les Stracher
​Beverly Stracher, who has not been charged with any crimes, is now a state witness in multiple corruption cases, as are the Chaits, who have pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges. 

Les Stracher, who specializes in auto law, was also a partner of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein at the time and had done some legal work for the Chaits. It was Stracher who represented the Chaits in their attempt to silence activist Patti Lynn, an early critic of the Chaits and their firm Prestige Homes. You may remember the nasty letter he wrote Lynn at the behest of the Chaits. 

Ritter voted in favor of the Chaits' project on December 5, 2006. The following month, on January 23, 2007, county records show she appointed Stracher to the planning council, which plays an extensive role in the approval process for major county developments like the Chaits' project. County records indicate Stracher remained on the planning council through October 2010. 

It's not known if Les Stracher was involved with any planning council decisions on the Chaits' controversial project. The planning council did review and approve the development prior to Ritter's vote and the Stracher appointment. 

As we now know, the Chaits gave Stacy Ritter a golf cart on the sly prior to her vote (along with thousands in campaign contributions). Of course, she didn't disclose that to the public when she voted in favor of their project. 

Inside, read what Ritter said on the dais prior to her vote for the Chaits' project, which was opposed by many residents in Tamarac who didn't want a dense housing development stuffed in what had been two neighborhood golf courses. Ritter's statement should someday make the textbooks as an example of heinously disingenuous political discourse.
Remember while reading this that Ritter not only had accepted the gift and thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the Chaits but that three of the five members of the Tamarac commission who supported the project had allegedly taken bribes from the developers. Ritter also mentions her father, Ed Portner, who voted as Tamarac commissioner in favor of the project after first promising that he wouldn't support it. He has not been charged in that case but was later arrested and jailed for menacing his daughter with a gun. 

Here is the brunt of Stacy Ritter's statement in favor of the Chaits' housing project at a Broward County Commission meeting on December 5, 2006: 
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​This absolutely benefits Broward County as a whole, and I'm sorry that the residents of this community don't think the bottom line is important, but as someone who was elected to wisely spend the taxpayer dollars, the more that we have, the less there is a burden on those of us who currently live in Broward County. I moved here 32 years ago, and let me tell you something, if you don't think Broward County looks different than it did 32 years ago, you have your heads stuck in the sand. There is not a single one of us that lives in Broward County that has not had a dump truck in our neighborhood every now and then at 8 o'clock in the morning to 6 o'clock at night moving dirt, whether it's putting a new roof on a property that was blown away as a result of Hurricane Wilma or someone is upgrading their property and they're building something on the back end and the dump trucks come and the backhoes come and there's noise. Broward County is not a small place anymore. It's a large urban community.

The City of Tamarac supports this development. The entire City Commission is on board as supporting this particular development, and I heard somebody today, whether on this dais or in the audience, I can't recall, say that [the Chaits aren't] stepping up to the plate. They're paying off the rec leases. They're putting in traffic calming that they don't have to do, speed bumps, and you heard them say today that anything the City of Tamarac wants with respect to speed bumps, they'll put in. They're putting in new roads so that the residents of Mainlands 4's road are not impacted by this new development. They're building less units than originally proposed. They're assisting in increased water pressure in the City of Tamarac. They're putting a ten-foot barrier along the Turnpike both at the Monterey and Sabal Palm part of this development. They're finishing the sound wall in Sabal Palm. They're limiting the construction sometimes more than the City of Tamarac requires.

I don't -- I'm sort of baffled by this. I know that the impact of these residents' lives will change, but Broward County has changed, and the fact that you don't want younger families moving into your neighborhood is insulting to this mother of three teenagers. I'm sorry, if you believe that your roads are going to be congested because teenagers whip through there at all hours of the day, I would suggest to you that the parents that are raising those children are responsible, and that is not this commission's problem. That is the neighborhood's problem. Younger families, in fact, do not reduce the cost of your home. They increase the value of your home. I have never lived in a senior community. And I'm a baby boomer, and I do not intend to live in a senior community, and I'm sorry these people do not want children around. I do not want to live apart from them. I hope they live near me, and I hope we live in the same kinds of communities. I'm going to support this project. Broward County has changed significantly in the 32 years I've been here, and while I understand that some of the commissioners are concerned about the disappearance of open space, I grew up in this area, and if you don't think I travel it on a regular basis, I do and have since I received my driver's license. I know how clogged the roads are. I know that the roads have been clogged for 30 years. I drove Commercial Boulevard as a kid, and I continue to drive it today because my parents do not live far from this community.

And let me say this: I don't appreciate the personal comments about my father, who happens to be the vice mayor of the City of Tamarac. If you don't like an issue he takes, if you don't like a position he takes on an issue, you are more than welcome to come in front of this commission and express your disapproval, but I am personally insulted that you would come to this commission and speak about my father in the ways that you have. It is insulting to me; it is insulting to him. It is insulting to my family, and quite frankly it's insulting to those of you who live in this development, because it was unnecessary to make personal attacks against my father.

I hope that the commission will support this project. Broward County needs to continue to be the progressive county that it is, and believe me, in eight years in the Legislature, I have seen what it is like to live in a county that does not believe in moving forward. One of the reasons I ran for this commission was because I knew it was the progressive body that I could be proud to be a member of, recognizing that Broward has changed. Change is hard. We all know change is hard. It is human nature, but change is coming, and I would suggest that you accept it, you welcome it, and you recognize that this is a positive thing for Broward County.  

Thank you.
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She was insulted? Wow.

The commission vote in favor of the Chaits' project that day was 5-2 with John Rodstrom abstaining because he owns interest in a Fort Lauderdale golf course. Kristin Jacobs and Ken Keechl voted against the Chaits. Then-Mayor Joe Eggelletion -- who accepted some $25,000 in bribes from the Chaits and is now in prison -- voted for it, as did Ritter, Ilene Lieberman (whose husband worked for the Chaits and who solicited a $25,000 donation to her pet charity from the developers), Lois Wexler, and Diana Wasserman-Rubin (who has since been removed from the commission after her arrest on unrelated corruption charges). 

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32 comments
BrowardSteward
BrowardSteward

I remember seeing this CROOK. These type crooks should be beheaded???

Anon5000
Anon5000

Q: Why Did Stacy Ritter Appoint Les Stracher to Powerful Planning Council?

A: Because he is a hottie! Just look at that picture... what woman could resist that face?

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

The problem in Broward is twofold::1. Every one has their hand in every one else's pocket2. While the behind-the-scenes power brokers who've been making millions off the county, the school board and most cities are both the creators and puppet masters of this corrupt political mess.

City Activist Robert walsh
City Activist Robert walsh

This is getting really confusung to say the least. Lets back track. Les (is that his name) was working for rothstein. The wife is Comm.Lieberman Comm.Ast. Before that Bev was campaign chairperson(running the show) for Mayor Talabisco. So now you have Comm.Ritter and her claim toall this here. First of all I think bev Stacher is the one that threw Talabisco under the bus, along with Comm.Lieberman I think here. Stracher introduces the Chaits to talabisco. They play the game by Straher instructions to get what they want. No I think Stracher put this whole thing together. Why didn't she tell Mrs.talabisco what you are doing is wrong no she encouraged talabisco to take the donations. So now year or two later. You have her working for Lieberman(on our dime) . You have Talabisco arrested for the Chait fiasco and you have Lieberman spilling the beans so she doesn't go to jail. I think maybe Lieberman is caught in a pickle with no way out but to to squash Talabisco. Lieberman can't fire Stracher would be retialition.So I don't know for sure if Lieberman has been given Immunity like her Ast.)convient Bev). You are somewhat sketchy Bob On the Lieberman Immunity. I don't think she has goten yet, or am I missing something here? So far the only on ethat is eating her cake right now is Stracher. Don't think Lieberman won't see her way out of her mess,being her and the husband being involved in County govt. II'm sure they know what they are doing. I mean did lieberman get the Immunity or didn't she??. From what I gather she has not. Talabisco if plays her cards right could throw thi sright back to Bev if not Lieberman also. i smell a rat.

DeadNormAbromowitz
DeadNormAbromowitz

Hhhhhhhheeeeellllllllllloooooooooooo everybody, It's me, Dead Norm! Holy molly, I've said it once and I'll say it again, obviously nobody gets elected or appointed to a board based on looks! Fuck, what man names his son "Les"? Maybe his dad knew something and my god, what da fuck is up with dem ears! If his head was yellow he would look like a fuckin cab drivin' down the block with the doors open! OK, Hey look, I ain't a fuckin charmer myself, but I am Da Boss and I wear cowboy boots, nutin hotter then an old Jew with a Gene Autry getup! And speaking of Gene Autry, my sidekick, "Happy" or Crazy Ed told me his trigger finger been itching!!!!!!! Now, Pulpster, how da hell do you write a headline like you did for this piece???? Why did Stacy Ritter appoint Les Stracher to the powerful Planning Council? Geez, I dunno???? Hey, I lived and died in Broward longer then Stac, and ya think it's changed??? Geeee thanks for the fuckin update you elitist twit! Name me one fuckin Florida community that hasn't? Man to hear her speak about this, I thought it was a fuckin fat Scarlet O'hare with a fat lil' fist clenched, thrust up to the sky and spouting " While God is my witness, I will never go hungry again!" as the dirt piles and wind blowing debris from the mainlands debacle is in the background....Ya, know, Crazy Ed loved dat golf cart, that is really what the tift with Stacy was about, he really wanted the Rascal but wanted to try the golf cart first, Stacy was like a spoiled brat,wouldn't give him his "turn" he got so angry he called Lil M and told him to drop off his gat, as e needed to bust a cap in someones ass, he never told Lil M who it was, but I was there and heard it, man, was Ed, pissed. Anyway, I did some shady shit myself, ended up dead as a result, Banging Eggy in jail, Diane, doing the hippy-hippy shake, as soon in jail, Bev " I never met a dessert I didn't eat" Gallagher, jail, Beth,arrested, the list goes on and on, I'm telling you, death was my only option...anyway, I gotta go, been busy as shit lately, Ferlin Husky keeps singing the only fuckin song he knows and Richard Burton just kicked Michael Jackson's ass, again, he is really upset since Liz showed up...man you should see the size of her ass, fuckin thing looks like the Michelin man in drag!!!!!!

anonymous
anonymous

I would like to know how many of the other county commissioners voted YES on the Chaits project. And how many Tamarac City Commissioners voted YES on the project?

Christy
Christy

Generally in Baseball three strikes and your out.Let's see what 28 looks like.

K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K .

This could be a scene out of a movie...

"“There was somebody at the front door. Stacy opened the front door and her father was there,” Klenet said. “He lifted his shirt and pulled out a gun and pointed it at her.”

“He said, ‘We have to talk,’” Klenet said.

She asked her father to wait while she got a drink. The mayor then fled the house through the garage.

Ritter ran to the home of neighbor Mike Moskowitz, a well-known lawyer.

“She was frightened for her life,” Klenet said.

Sheriff Al Lamberti was advised of the situation.

Portner left Parkland and drove to his Tamarac home, where he sat down and watched TV. Sheriff’s deputies followed him to the house, waited at the scene and eventually took him into custody.

“The family is very troubled by the incident and hope that he will receive the help he needs,” Klenet said.

http://www.browardbeat.com/rit...

Anonymous, too
Anonymous, too

Just to be clear: Ritter appointed Beverly Stracher's EX husband to the Planning Council. Believe they are divorced, not sure if it is final.

Anonomyte
Anonomyte

Love to hear Dead Norm's comments on all this. Good article Pulp.

fedupwithscumbags
fedupwithscumbags

2007? Another timely scoop by the South Florida Sex Worker Community's favorite "newspaper". I also understand there is a gentleman planning to attempt a solo flight all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, maybe you should check into it.

anonamoose
anonamoose

General comment re lieberman, ritter, stracher, etc: It is so obvious Lieberman has sold her buddy (and others) down the river...See ya later, Stacie. Alu, I'm sure, has convinced Lieberman that in order to save her own hide, she needed to become a state witness. Also, why did Michelson really resign from Sunrise? Anything going on there? This is better than the Beverly Hills Housewives....

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Tip to Les Stracher.. next time you have a bowl of soup give your mouth a quick wipe before you get your picture taken. No more soup for you !

Luther
Luther

Ritter should move her fat ass on over to Israel, she sounds like a screeching banshee with her

" Change is hard. We all know change is hard. It is human nature, but change is coming, and I would suggest that you accept it, you welcome it, and you recognize that this is a positive thing "

the Palestinians would love to take a shot at her.

Christy
Christy

28 Violations, that just about says it all.

Justwondering
Justwondering

Why does the pursuit of justice take so long? As reported by Brittany Wallman in the Sun Sentinel today, more than two years has passed since the elections complaint was filed against Ritter? What's the hold up? the Florida Elections Commission found probable cause to believe Ritter committed 28 violations punishable both civally ($1000 per violation) and criminally (for a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year per violation). What is State Attorney waiting for? Ritter should be in jail for these violations and all her other shenanigans!

Steve-O
Steve-O

According to Ritter she "was elected to wisely spend the taxpayer dollars". That pretty much says it all.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Stacy should be the one chained to a pole,with all the bs she and her clan that is all falling apart quick,it looks to me that the lawyer party they been having is just about all over but the crying,how much will that pice of shit golf cart be sold by the Feds run.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Put that pig lawyer Stacy Ritter in jail already,I do think a raid Is coming her way I can't wait to see it,coming soon people.I feel it.

Guest
Guest

Thanks for the good laugh Dead Norm!

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

All of the Tamarac commissioners voted yes: Mayor Beth Talabisco, Vice Mayor Marc Sultanof, and Commissioners Atkins-Grad, Portner, and Dressler. On the County side, Diana Wasserman-Rubin was in the hospital, Ken Keechl and Sue Gunzburger voted NO. The others voted yes.

Windsome Lad
Windsome Lad

Nucky, my beloved Virgil needs to put his readers on. I can see it. My grandmother had a white toy poodle with the same problem; she'd stain the fur at the corners of her mouth trying to lick in every last morsel of food. She was not (and I am talking about grannie's poodle) a bad dog, although she was a greedy bitch.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

You're either incredibly observant, or you are viewing these photos under an electron microscope.

I may need to send you the Zabruder film, to see what you notice.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I think the stain, to which you refer, is part of something known as "mustache".

anonymous
anonymous

Probable cause. That means they are looking into the 28. It doesnt mean there ARE 28. After the investigation, you'll know how many there are.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Satzy boy has a 30 violation minimum before prosecution.....

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

What you are actually feeling is constipation , caused by lawyer-related stress. Try some citrate of magnesium , just be sure to put your running shoes on first.

anonymous
anonymous

So why dont you go after all of them?

anonymous
anonymous

I'm not the reporter. That's why I asked.

Brainman
Brainman

Did you mean the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assination?

Windsome Lad
Windsome Lad

I keep telling my fellow pedants, don't jump on another's spelling, grammar, semantics or syntax in haste. More-often-than-not, it comes back to bite you in the butt. I hope I have been entertaining at least a few of you as I walk to the gun cabinet, take out my 22 caliber Derringer, load it, return to the fish barrel to ask Brainman the following: “Zapruder? ‘Kennedy assination’? Is he related to the Zapruder who filmed the Kennedy assassination back in ’63?”

Off topic: Kodachrome died on December 30, 2010 at Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas. You can contribute to the funeral expenses by purchasing a T-shirt. http://www.dwaynesphoto.com/

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