SHOOT THE MESSENGER! HOA Pays Attorney To Tell News Site To “Consider Information.” Read The Letter From Sachs Sax Caplan.
NO MENTION OF NAKED WOMAN ON THE LOOSE…
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Shoot the messenger. That’s apparently the tact that the Seven Bridges Board of Directors is taking after BocaNewsNow.com reported on multiple car thefts in the gated community over the past few weeks. We also reported on a “gel gun” attack on kids that led to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office “Battery” investigation. Gel gun attacks in Florida are so serious that prosecutors have pursued felony charges against teens who have fired them at other teens.
BocaNewsNow.com reported on these events in our general scope of covering crime. Unhappy with public information being released to the public about events in the gated community, The Seven Bridges Board of Directors paid an attorney to tell us to be nice.
NAKED WOMAN. DISCRIMINATION. WHERE’S THE FOB?
While transparently acknowledging for years that our parent company owns property in the community, our crime reporting has never been limited to Seven Bridges, or based on inside information. We read lots of police reports. The number of federal felony indictments, car thefts, and other incidents in a high-profile community just a handful of years old is newsworthy. We believe there is no other master planned community built in the past seven years in South Palm Beach County that has sent as many homeowners to federal prison, or been the subject of as many police responses. Among other notable incidents: Seven Bridges remains the subject of a federal lawsuit over housing and religious discrimination … a restaurant operator left the community after a homeowner allegedly assaulted an employee after chasing her through the clubhouse restaurant … and multiple cars have been stolen after homeowners left keyfobs in their vehicles with doors unlocked.
We notably, however, did not report on the naked woman running through Seven Bridges a few weeks ago that led police to respond with guns drawn. That’s another story for another time.
Our focus of most of the crime reporting is this simple fact: Seven Bridges, and many of the new communities built by G.L. Homes on Lyons Road, do not have “Traffic Enforcement Agreements” with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. In Palm Beach county, PBSO must be “invited in” to a gated community to issue speeding and traffic tickets. Why does that matter? Because deputies tend to spend time in places where they can issue citations. Criminals tend to spend time where there are no police. In Seven Bridges, in neighboring Boca Bridges, and in nearby Lotus, there are no traffic enforcement agreements. There is, however, growing crime.
The letter from Sachs Sax Caplan makes two points which are incorrect. The first is that the request for a traffic enforcement agreement has been in process and takes time. BocaNewsNow.com has documentation that dates TEA discussions back to 2017. It doesn’t take five years for Palm Beach County to sign off on a traffic enforcement agreement. That suggests slow rolling by a Board. The second is that Sachs Sax Caplan claims our police sources are wrong. They’re not. BocaNewsNow.com gets called out on lots of things. Facts are never on the list.
We have redacted the name of the attorney on the letter, as we have reason to believe that he was told what to say and sent this letter to satisfy the Seven Bridges Board of Directors which used HOA funds to pay the attorney. We are astonished that the Board of Directors would pay for a “lawyer letter” to be sent to the media instead of publicly addressing the safety concerns of professional law enforcement. History always teaches the same lesson: It’s the coverup. Not the crime. Unless you’re using community funds to cover up crime. Then it’s both.
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