Ed Portner: I Did More for Dirty Developers Than They Did for Me

Former Tamarac Commissioner Ed Portner -- best-known as Stacy Ritter's dad -- claimed in yesterday's Sun-Sentinel that he took no money from criminally convicted developers Bruce and Shawn Chait before his vote for their controversial housing project on two golf courses in his city.

This after the Chaits' political operative, Beverly Stracher, told prosecutors that the developers bragged about bribing Portner, who is currently on probation after menacing his daughter with a gun in October 2009. 

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Portner with his wife and daughter Stacy. 
 ​"[The Chaits] didn't give me a dime, and they didn't have to give me anything because I was a supporter of their project from the start," Portner told the newspaper. 

Not so fast, Ed. 

Portner was in fact dead-set against developing the Monterrey golf course a year before the Chaits brought their proposal to him. At the time, another developer, D.L. Horton, was planning to develop the golf course -- and residents were furious at the very thought. 

Portner was with the residents at that time. His quote in a Sentinel article published back on July 14, 2005, could not have been any clearer. 

"We have stated flatly to the people that the city is not going to let this happen," Portner said. "The city has no interest in changing anything. We're not going to rezone that area -- period."

The following year, Portner did a 180 -- and wound up breaking that pledge -- when the Chaits came in with a proposal of their own for the golf course. When he voted for the Chaits' project in March 2006, Tamarac City Hall was filled with protesting residents. 

"There will be change whether you like it or not," Portner said at the meeting, drawing jeers from the crowd. 

Inside, see what Portner says about that stunning reversal now -- and hear about the gifts he claims he gave to the Chaits. 
When I asked Portner about his obvious about-face yesterday, he said initially that he didn't think he'd ever said he would never change the zoning on the golf course property. When I read him his quote, he said he changed his mind because the Chaits' project was less dense than the one proposed by Horton and involved townhouses rather than condos. 

Portner also reiterated that he never took any money from the Chaits -- who allegedly paid off several Broward politicians, including three of Portner's colleagues on the Tamarac commission. 

"There are times I wish I did, because at my age, I can use every dime I can get my hands on," said Portner. "[The Chaits] knew they had me at day one, so they didn't have to do anything for me. I was grateful for what they were doing for the city." 

He said he was so grateful that he took the Chaits out dinner at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and on another occasion treated them to ice cream at Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour in Dania Beach. He said he also treated Shawn Chait to "several" lunches at the Woodlands Country Club, where he was allowed to eat without a membership because of his commissioner status at the time. On top of that, he said he bought both father and son separate bottles of liquor. 

Portner said the Chaits treated him to a few breakfasts. 

"I took them to dinner as appreciation for what they were doing for the city...," he said. "I think I did more for them than they did for me." 

There have also been questions about Portner's Jaguar, which he purchased at a time near his vote for the Chaits. He said the cash he put down on the car was his own.

No matter the truth, Portner should be in the clear as far as the state is concerned. The two-year statute of limitations has apparently run out.

Portner said he and his daughter, Stacy, have been mending their relationship ever since he was sentenced to probation for threatening her with a gun. Portner was furious at the time of the incident because Ritter (who also voted for the Chaits' project and accepted a golf cart as a gift from them) was backing his opponent, Beth Talabisco, in the mayoral race that Talabisco would win. 

Talabisco was recently removed from office after being charged criminally in the Chait case. I asked Portner if he was surprised about the Talabisco allegations.

"Not at all," he said of his former political nemesis. 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

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

Former Tamarac employee admits he took cash from developersBy Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel7:20 p.m. EDT, April 15, 2011

Tamarac's former director of community development, Chris King, admitted to state investigators that he took personal cash payments from developer Shawn Chait while recommending Chait's Prestige Homes project to the city commission in 2006, court records show.

King, 48, of Palm Beach Gardens, said in a sworn statement that Chait gave him envelopes containing cash on two occasions — over lunch — while King was overseeing and reviewing the massive proposed housing project for the city. He said he took a total of between $1,000 and $2,000 from Chait, money King told the investigators he spent on groceries and other living expenses.

King approved the project and recommended it to the commission, several city boards and at community presentations, City Manager Mike Cernech said in an interview Friday. [...]

jad
jad

So, the former commissioner of Tamarac, Ed Portner, admitted that he partook of ““several” lunches at the Woodlands Country Club, where he was allowed to eat without a membership because of his commissioner status at the time.” So -- what’s that worth? The quasi-membership wouldn’t be available to just anyone, would it? I suppose that you would have to be a commissioner to have that “membership status.” Josephus Eggelletion wanted a golf cub membership, didn’t he? How foolish was he to have a traceable membership status, when all he had to do to ingratiate himself to the golf club was to tout has commissioner status. And, Eggelletion, as a county commissioner, could have made a pitch that he would have been able to do much more for the club, than a city commissioner, you would think. Here’s a question -- if Portner treated the Chaits to lunch, under his commissioner status at the club, who would have paid? -- the commissioner (with his expense account), the Woodlands Country Club (as part of that special status), the Chaits (since paying for the meals is not the same as handing the cash-money to Portner), or poor-mouth Ed (with the piddling amount of money he had made on his commissioner’s salary or retirement moneys)?

Wouldn’t Michael Satz like to think “Portner should be in the clear as far as the state is concerned? The two-year statute of limitations has apparently run out.” What a derelict State Attorney that good ole boy is. However, he won’t be State Attorney much longer, and we may just get one that knows that we, the people, are the boss -- NOT those puppet masters that pull his strings. Maybe even Satz could get indicted for allowing such egregious criminality exist for so long in Broward County. (Of course there is always the federal RICO Act to pursue against such wicked public corruption.) But, why can’t the Florida RICO Act be used?

Any provable crime, under ch. 895, F.S., would elevate the status of the perp. The professional-politician office-holder committing the crime, accused under Florida’s RICO Act, has to look behind his or her back for several more years, than just the 2 after leaving office. Ch. 838 (identified as bribery or misuse of office) is covered under sec. 895.02(1)(a)41, F.S., and ch. 843 (identified as obstruction of justice) is covered under sec. 895.02(1)(a)42, F.S. -- although there may be other applicable sections of Florida’s RICO Act.

While sec. 775.15(12)(b), F.S., does give the authorities an extra 2-years to bring charges against any office holder (allowing that 2-year time frame after leaving office, no matter when the crime had been committed during the office holding period or possibly paying into that same pension plan), the authorities have an extended time-frame from the commission of the LAST DEED of the racketeering activity (which brings in a time-frame for a first degree felony). Sec. 775.15(2)(a), F.S., makes an allowance for 4-years if prosecuting a first-degree felony.

Sec. 895.03, F.S., (of the Florida RICO Act) is titled “Prohibited Activities and Defense,” and the entire law is:(1)It is unlawful for any person who has with criminal intent received any proceeds derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through the collection of an unlawful debt to use or invest, whether directly or indirectly, any part of such proceeds, or the proceeds derived from the investment or use thereof, in the acquisition of any title to, or any right, interest, or equity in, real property or in the establishment or operation of any enterprise.(2)It is unlawful for any person, through a pattern of racketeering activity or through the collection of an unlawful debt, to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any enterprise or real property.(3)It is unlawful for any person employed by, or associated with, any enterprise to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in such enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity or the collection of an unlawful debt.(4)It is unlawful for any person to conspire or endeavor to violate any of the provisions of subsection (1), subsection (2), or subsection (3).

Sec. 895.04, F.S., is titled “Criminal Penalties and Alternative Fine,” and subsection (1) of that law carries the provision that “Any person convicted of engaging in activity in violation of the provisions of s. 895.03 is guilty of a felony of the first degree and shall be punished as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.” The maximum sentence for conviction of just one first-degree felony is a very, very, very long time, especially for a person of Ed Portner’s (or Michael Satz’s) age. Sec. 775.082(3)(b), F.S., identifies the time as “For a felony of the first degree, by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 years or, when specifically provided by statute, by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.”

Lids r us
Lids r us

Anyone ever see that Jaguar its like 20 years old maybe worth like 5000.00 tops. People here a car name and Assume its worth tons...bet his toupee cost more! LOL

Guest
Guest

I don't believe a word of what ever Mr. Portner is sprouting. In my opinion he's a liar, cheat and crook( You can't tell me he didn't take money for his Jaguar) I'll bet he's been doing this for many years. To quote our friend pulp "They've being doing this for so long they've gone ferel and are less than human" And that's right the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...Hear that Stacy?

therealyaz
therealyaz

Big Papi says don't worry, we will be allright. It's raining. But survivor is still on!

Dr. Licky
Dr. Licky

Chad Lowe was brilliant today in Sun-Sentinel. Rick Scott needs an overdose of oxycodone. Rick, Jen, we are all waiting!!

therealyaz
therealyaz

Goodnight all, I have to try to get my team going. Plus Survivor is on. Read you tommorrow.

therealyaz
therealyaz

First of all. "any arrests today?" If not why not? Who do you think tought Stacy how to rip off the public? It wasn't her school teacher. If we had real person in the SAA, things would be happening. Unfortunatally we have a puppet. How do we as a people change this? #1 show up to vote!!!!!!

NoseBleedSeats
NoseBleedSeats

Hard to beleive the day would come when former Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber admitted to being more crooked than former Tamarac Commissioner Ed Portner. Of course they all learned this behavior at the knee of Norman Abromowitz...

Woody72
Woody72

The city is making deals with this new bunch before they even take the land. This is from our HOA meeting.

"13th Floor Investment" has purchased the bank note for the portion of Sabal Palm golf course north of Commercial Blvd. (i.e. the lands surrounding Mainlands 7). The sale is to be closed in 10 days. 13th Floor Investment is a company that specializes in completing bankrupt developments.The City of Tamarac requested that Board members from both Mainlands 6 and 7 meet with the new developers.

Charles in Ft. Lauderdale
Charles in Ft. Lauderdale

"No matter the truth, Portner should be in the clear as far as the state is concerned. The two-year statute of limitations has apparently run out."

So? They didn't think to look at him at the same time they were looking at the others? Satz's office should be looked at next. I consider him just as corrupt as the rest. And really, they can't get Portner for anything? How did he afford to buy the Jag? If the City was paying for his elaborate wining and dining of developers on his expense report why should taxpayers pay for it? Did he pay out of his own pocket...............I doubt it. Shouldn't the taxpayers be wanting an audit of how their money was spent?

Fort Lauderdale Resident
Fort Lauderdale Resident

There was absolutely no support for this project (from either the community or the politicians) which is why D.R. Horton backed off of it. As a large, publicly held homebuilding company, D.R. had neither the will or inclination to get down and dirty as the Chait's did. Not worth it....

Formervendor
Formervendor

Funny Ed is a character but TRUTH THE TOLD anytime I went to lunch or dinner with him he PAID!!!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I understand how someone his age could *use* every penny. Lots of people his age are on fixed incomes. They make choices between food and medication. How, then, can anyone his age and, by implication, somewhat cash-strapped afford (or justify) a Jaguar?

"Really!!??"

Rosa Mel Navo
Rosa Mel Navo

This guy is a piece of work! Does he really think everyone is an idiot?? Actually, there he probably is right. Nonetheless, this guy is so crooked its sad! Anywhere else but here in Broward County with the Satz led SAO, and he would be in jail by now. Not here. Crooked developers get off on probation. No one that commits substantial crimes get prosecuted. As Neil would say, "in-creible"!!. Broward County has surpassed Miami in the Banana Republic race. Actually, I think I just insulted all the Banana Republics!

Wood Shed
Wood Shed

Im sure all those dinners and treats he gave Chaits were later reimbursed back to him as his city expense account. "He wished he did..." doesnt that sum up how these pols start to think after some time in office and they see that everyone is playing the game, plus, he is aware that the other Chait players are facing jail time. WOW!

2008college
2008college

If the whole situation wasn't so sad, you got to love this character.

Christy
Christy

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Hopefully, the board members will PUBLICIZE the meeting so that other residents will turn out. A meeting with only board members limits the input of residents. Additionally, it's easier to schmooze 5 or 6 board members rather than 25 or 30 concerned citizens. We brought people out from Mainlands 8, 9, & 10 when this was going on. Six and Seven will have the greatest impact with traffic, noise, and kids in the adult neighborhoods, but the outlying communities will also be affected. There's strength in numbers...ask your neighbors to attend.

therealyaz
therealyaz

Unfortunitly it can only come from those that live there. I hate living in FLA..!

Gentile Avenger
Gentile Avenger

"Shouldn't the taxpayers be wanting an audit of how their money was spent? "

This would get any rightous persons panties tied up into a bunch, read it and weep.

We even have pineapple face wayne huezinga recieving bailout money from the the FED, like that asshole needs it with his 10 mansions!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

And then he voted to buy stuff from YOUR company??????????

Goldisux
Goldisux

Dumb post alert! Goldilocks if you do not have anything intelligent to say, then shut he fuck up.

Bubba
Bubba

Why hasn't anyone looked into Sats' operation of his office? It appears that it takes someone outside of his office to generate an investigation. Has he actually initiated any effort to clean up the cesspool in Broward?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

here come da taxes. All you dumb crackers racist gun totin teabaggers.

unowho
unowho

FIRST .........Rotten Apple!!!

Guest
Guest

Thank you therealyaz. Have a Good Night.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Only Chaz could make Sylvia Poitier look sympathetic. Her best chance at trial is if the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man shows up at trial.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Idiot (not you Alfonso--dewrag boy)

The perp walk is time honored cop 101.Attending the perp walk the cops told you about with reporters/cameras is journalism 101.

A grown fat man in a dew rag and size XXX /walmart "athletic" shorts--ridiculous 101.

At least the criminal charge of 2004 tamed this psycho enough so that he is no longer tossing containers of his own urine around. At least not on tape. Oh, wait, that happens at night.

Sun Sentinel, why dont you post your "news footage" here, where it belongs:

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com...

Guest
Guest

You're a dope. Time for you to tune out and go because we're not.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Goldisux, if you don't have anything intelligent to say, then shut the fuck up.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Ah, the Local Neighborhood Troll is back.

Bubba
Bubba

OOops, Satzs'.

Guest
Guest

To fake Virgil: Do you feel so insignificant that you have to impersonate someone else?I bet you do and you should because you are!

therealyaz
therealyaz

Now is bed time. I'll read tommorrow.

therealyaz
therealyaz

Don't let them get to you! IT'S JUST STACY AND HER CLAN.

therealyaz
therealyaz

GOLDISUX, go back to the alley you crawled out of!@#$%^

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