Atkins-Grad Seeks Temporary Injuction to Halt Petition Process

Atkins-Grad Seeks Temporary Injuction to Halt Petition Process

By: Patti Lynn A hearing was held today, at 2:00 PM before Broward County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gates. The hearing was a request for a Temporary Injunction, filed by Stuart Michelson, representing embattled Tamarac Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad. Michelson alleged that his client, Atkins-Grad, would be irreparably harmed if the recall petition was permitted to […]

New HOA Laws Will Affect You

New HOA Laws Will Affect You

If you live in a Homeowners Association in Tamarac, or anywhere else in Broward County, new laws have been enacted which will affect you, your association, your financial records, and your property manager. The bills have not been sent to the Governor yet, so there is time for you to act.

Tamarac Corruption Trial: Fifty Shades of Green

Tamarac Corruption Trial: Fifty Shades of Green

Today, while sitting in court, I reminisced about the 2nd day of jury selection. That’s when a couple of jurors were excused, because they believed that they couldn’t be fair when dealing with elderly people.

Patte Atkins-Grad is no longer the redhead that she was when she was a Tamarac city commissioner. She stopped coloring her hair, and now her hair is mostly gray with some dark colors underneath.

Tamarac Commissioner Diane Glasser Testifies in Corruption Trial

Tamarac Commissioner Diane Glasser Testifies in Corruption Trial

Today’s first witness was Tamarac City Commissioner Diane Glasser. To excuse some of her, “I don’t remember,” or “It was a long time ago,” Glasser advised the court that she was 84 years old and had had some medical problems. The problems included a small stroke which seems to have affected her long term memory. She said, when she is reminded, she sometimes remembers. She was asked about serving as a City of Tamarac Commissioner with her medical and memory loss problems.

Atkins-Grad Defense Says She was Naive and Manipulated

Atkins-Grad Defense Says She was Naive and Manipulated

The opening motions, prior to the jury being brought in, seemed innocuous. The now deceased Norman Abramowitz, former Mayor of Tamarac played a part. It appears that he met with Bruce Chait and Patte Atkins-Grad, in order to assure that a majority of three commissioners in the City of Tamarac, would approve the project.

Jury Selection Begins for Atkins-Grad Trial

Jury Selection Begins for Atkins-Grad Trial

The final day of jury selection in the case of Florida vs Patricia Atkins-Grad was delayed by more than 30 minutes today as the morning court schedule ran late. The remaining 25 jurors were not brought into the courtroom until after 2:00 PM.

Defendant Atkins-Grad had more support today. In addition to her husband David, her brother in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Sharon Grad, also attended. Once again, I was the only member of the public in attendance. Substituting for Sun Sentinel reporter Paula McMahon was another Sun Sentinel reporter, Lisa Huriash. Huriash regularly covers the City of Tamarac.

Former Tamarac Commissioner Rejects Plea Deal

Former Tamarac Commissioner Rejects Plea Deal

This begins the first in a series of reports from Patti Lynn who is covering the trial of Patte Atkins Grad, the suspended Tamarac City Commissioner who is charged with eight felony charges for allegedly taking cash or gifts from father and son developers Bruce and Shawn Chait.

Atkins-Grad was arrested as a Commissioner back in 2010 because she failed to disclose payments for a $2,300 BMW lease and $4,000 for her victory party back in 2006 for her election as state law requires.

Stop Code Compliance Costs From Being Taxed by Tamarac

Stop Code Compliance Costs From Being Taxed by Tamarac

The City of Tamarac will be holding it’s first reading of a new “Nuisance Abatement Assessment Ordinance” this Wednesday morning. On the outside, it appears fairly innocuous, however it’s the unspoken, unwritten consequences of it that really needs to be scrutinized.