Days Are Numbered For Tamarac City Commissioner Atkins-Grad


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By: Sharon Aron Baron

The walls of desperation must have been surrounding Tamarac City Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad in her final two days convincing residents to sign petitions  to recall her from office.

But it was too late for her.  Atkins-Grad burned so many bridges with friends and neighbors, that once staunch allies who tried reasoning with her to resign with some measure of dignity, had lost all hope when their words fell on deaf ears.

Petitions were turned into Interim City Clerk Pat Teufel at Tamarac City Hall Late Wednesday afternoon by recall organizers including Attorney Alvin Entin who submitted the packet with 1,468 signatures, almost 20 percent more than needed and two days earlier than the 30 required days.

The disgraced Commissioner who failed to disclose or report the fact that developers Bruce and Shawn Chait not only paid for her election victory party but provided her with over $6,000 to lease a BMW never disclosed any of this before or after voting in favor of the Chaits on zoning matters before the City Commission. Her vote was worth millions of dollars to the Chaits and was bitterly opposed by many citizens in Tamarac.

She not only failed to disclose this to her constituants, but to her fellow commissioners, and still continues to lie by omission to the very few that do not read the news about what really happened, instead choosing to tell them that those that are behind the petition to recall her are just harassing her.

Another lie Atkins-Grad is telling her constituants is that a new election will cost taxpayers $200,000 according to her new website as well as fliers that were distributed at the Woodlands Country Club Annual Association meeting on Wednesday.At the City Commission meeting last night, she was corrected when based on prior special district elections, the cost was more in line with $60,000. Nevertheless, Atkins-Grad stuck with her $200,000 figure, and read the following written statement:

I’m insulted by those by those of you that said I should step down after I’ve been acquitted….What I don’t respect are the bullying, harassment, lies and distortions about me being spread by some of my colleagues and by some of the members of the recall committee as well as the unequal treatment by the city’s police department at the annual meetings at the Woodlands Homeowner’s Association which was an obvious attempt to intimidate me into stepping down.

It’s obvious that those seeking the recall election believe I’d resign at the risk of their not being successful in their efforts. Let me be very clear now: I will not resign and I will defend myself to the fullest extent of the law. 

It appears that my attempt to defend myself yesterday at the annual meeting of the Woodlands Homeowners Association Meeting caused quite a stir. Why?  Is it because those that pursued the recall effort finally admit that this recall election could easily cost up to $200,00 of taxpayers dollars to cover the cost of an election……” Patte Atkins-Grad

After the signatures are approved at the Supervisor of Elections Office, volunteers will then need more  signatures, this time having to get 15 percent of district two’s voters.  Residents that signed the first time around can sign the second time.   Organizers say they will set up more neutral areas for residents to sign the petitions at all the condos and developments to make it more convenient  to sign the petition again.

About Sharon Aron Baron

avatar Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • OutofMaterial

    Thank you to all of your hard working volunteers that are doing this for our city and making it a better place. I hope you can get a more competent person in office soon and we can get the many things we need around here. I’m talking about better police coverage and making Tamarac look better….our streets, sidewalks and landscaping is just a dump compared to Lauderhill and Coral Springs so let’s get rid of her and get some things done around here.

  • Mitch P.

    Hold your horses, throwing out a commissioner and replacing with a new one does little to “better police coverage and make Tamarac look better” Your city will need constant citizen involvement for that. Signing a petition is easy. And Grad isn’t out of office yet.

    Can petitioners make it to City Hall meetings or is signing on the dotted line as far as civic responsibility takes them?

    Don’t take offense, just get in your car and show up for city meetings.