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‘Crappy’ remark gets member booted from Hollywood board

 

cteproff@MiamiHerald.com

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all — at least if you want to stay on a Hollywood city board.

On Wednesday, the city commission unanimously agreed to boot Bruce Epperson from the Planning and Development Board over comments he made at a recent meeting.

Epperson, who said he wasn’t torn up about his removal, spoke out against a proposed Publix project on Federal Highway.

“Just because it’s a development and just because it’s an empty lot doesn’t mean we’ve gotta go for it,” he said at the Jan. 10 meeting. “Are you happy with crappy?”

Commissioner Peter Hernandez, who made the motion, wasn’t amused. He said board members can disagree without being disrespectful.

Epperson, a three-year board member, said his removal is more about his vote against development than his attitude. “They’re big boys and girls, and this is a rough game,” he said of the developers. “If their feelings are hurt, then tough.”

Not so, said the commission, which has the power to remove him.

“It has nothing to do with how he votes or how he thinks,” Mayor Peter Bober said. “No one can be on a board in the city of Hollywood that is rude and nasty to members of the staff — that’s it — or members of the public or people who come before the board.”

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