Tamarac Commissioner Causes Tense Exchange at Public Event

After Atkins-Grad calls her neighbor a “dead-beat” at a public event for not paying his association dues for 3 months over 13 years ago, Tamarac resident George Stroker, tells her what he thinks of her.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Recently reinstated Tamarac Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad stirred up terrible memories for one homeowner when she confronted him about dues that he didn’t pay to his association over 13 years ago at the recent groundbreaking of the new Mainlands Park last week.

Before the event was to be begin, Atkins-Grad saw a resident from her neighborhood recognizing him as someone who appeared before the commission asking for her to step down.  She walked off the stage and called him a “deadbeat” for not paying his homeowner’s association dues, then turned around and sat down.

The man in question, Woodlands resident, George Stroker, got up and followed her up the stage where he leaned over her and yelled at her, “How low of you to have to reach way back and defame my poor dead wife and me. You have crossed the line you fucking, lying, cheating, bitch!”

At this point the Mayor, Commissioner Bushnell and the City Manager jumped between them. Mayor Talabisco said, “George, be the better person.”

The City Manager told Stroker, ‘“We understand how you feel, this is not the place. He returned to his seat in the front row and politely listened to the ceremony where he said he was sitting there stewing.

The dues in question that Atkins-Grad brought up, were in fact owed by Stroker. However, this was back over 13 years ago.

Back in 1999, Stroker owed approximately three months of dues while his wife was dying of cancer in the hospital, and his association’s section, the same one that Atkins-Grad lives in, placed a lien on his home for over $6,000. Sun Sentinel Story

All for just $201.

But this was 13 years ago and Atkins-Grad felt like this was the time to bring it up. At a public event.  With several hundred people around.

“That was a hard, painful time in my life and for her to reach back and bring that up out of desperation was unforgivable. She crossed the line. Atkins-Grad is not a rational, competent person. I am going to treat her accordingly.”

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron 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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  • Michael

    Oh Patte you should be the last one calling anyone a “dead beat,” you should be thinking about resigning and stop further making yourself look even more rediculous. Once again anyone who has doubts about having her recalled, this is just another example of why Patte needs to step down, she is incompetent and she can’t even deny that because that is the defense she herself used in getting away with the bribes. Do yourself and your neighbors a huge favor, resign and move away and start over again somewhere else, it’s your best option at this point. I truly feel sorry for Patte’s husband who is a gentleman, and a brilliant and dignified person who doesn’t deserve all this, maybe he can talk some sense to her..