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WELL, WELCOME, EVERYBODY.

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THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING TODAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020.

CITY CLERK, WILL YOU PLEASE CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

GOOD MORNING, MADAM MAYOR.

IF EVERYONE WOULD, PLEASE JOIN US IN STANDING FOR THE PRESENTATION OF COLORS BY THE TAMARAC FIRE DEPARTMENT HONOR GUARD AND REMAIN STANDING FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND NATIONAL ANTHEM. OUR GUEST VOCALIST TODAY IS LAURIE CONTI.

OF ALLEGIANCE] GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

ANTHEM] THANK YOU. PLEASE BE SEATED.

THANK YOU, EVERYBODY, FOR BEING HERE TODAY, AND I'D LIKE TO ANNOUNCE SOME OF OUR DISTINGUISHED GUESTS.

FROM CITY OF NORTH LAUDERDALE, COMMISSIONER, WE HAVE SAMSON B.

AND WIFE DOROTHY. WE HAVE OUR BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSIONER, MICHAEL WE HAVE OUR BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSIONER, MARK B..

WE HAVE OUR BROWARD COUNTY MAYOR, DALE H..

ON BEHALF OF REPRESENTATIVE DAN DALEY, WE HAVE SARA P..

ON BEHALF OF CONGRESSMAN ALCEE HASTINGS, WE HAVE DANIEL M..

ON BEHALF OF SENATOR MARCO RUBIO, WE HAVE DARIUS REDDING.

IF THERE'S ANYBODY IN THE ELECTIVE OFFICE THAT I HAVE NOT MENTIONED, WILL YOU PLEASE STAND AND LET ME KNOW?

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EXCELLENT. THANK YOU.

VERY HAPPY AND HONORED TO RECOGNIZE OUR DISTINGUISHED FAMILIES, IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS OF OUR TWO ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE HAVE WIFE OF VICE MAYOR BOLTON CARLA AND SON MATTHEW.

AND WE HAVE THE WIFE, JACQUELINE VILLALOBOS.

HOW ARE YOU? AND DAUGHTERS ISABELLA AND LAYLA? THANK YOU FOR COMING. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE MOM AND DAD AS WELL.

GOOD TO SEE YOU. ON THAT NOTE, I AM GOING TO MOVE THIS OVER TO OUR CITY ATTORNEY TO

[1. TR13512 - Declaring the Results of the November 3, 2020, General Election]

PLEASE READ THE TITLE INTO THE RECORD OF TR ONE THREE FIVE ONE TWO DECLARING THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COMMISSION. GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO MONDAY.

TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER ONE THREE FIVE ONE TWO.

WITH GREAT RESPECT AND HONOR IS A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING THE CERTIFIED RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER THREE, 2020 MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOR ONE CITY COMMISSIONER IN DISTRICT ONE AND ONE CITY COMMISSIONER IN DISTRICT THREE, PROVIDING FOR A CONFLICT, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AND COMMISSION ON THE FLOOR.

RESOLUTION ONE THREE FIVE ONE TWO.

EXCELLENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I NOW NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND, PLEASE.

SO MOVED. SECOND.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSION, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, CITY CLERK, PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

THE RESOLUTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY FOUR TO ZERO.

EXCELLENT. MOVING TO NUMBER TWO OATH OF OFFICE CITY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT ONE.

[2. Oath of Office - City Commissioner District 1]

THE OATH OF OFFICE WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARK B.

TO COMMISSIONER MARLON D.

BOLTON COMMISSIONER OF DISTRICT ONE AND PRESENTATION OF YOUR ELECTION CERTIFICATE.

OK, HERE WE GO.

REPEAT AFTER ME, I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

AND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA THAT I AM DULY QUALIFIED TO HOLD.

OFFICE UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE.

AND THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY PERFORM THE DUTIES OF CITY OF TAMARAC COMMISSIONER.

ON WHICH I AM NOW ABOUT TO ENTER, SO HELP ME GOD.

I WOULD SHAKE YOUR HAND, BUT

[3. Oath of Office - City Commissioner District 3]

AND NOW WE WILL GO TO THE OATH OF OFFICE FOR COMMISSIONER OF DISTRICT THREE, THE OATH OF OFFICE WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY DAVID M.

TO ALVIN VILLALOBOS, CITY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT THREE AND A PRESENTATION OF THE CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION. PLEASE COME FORWARD.

I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.

GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

AND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA THAT I AM DULY QUALIFIED TO HOLD.

OFFICE UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE.

THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC COMMISSIONER ON WHICH I AM NOW ABOUT TO ENTER, SO HELP ME GOD.

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COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US ON THE DAIS? WELCOME.

AT THIS TIME.

[4. Public Participation]

AT THIS TIME, I WILL NOW WELCOME COMMENTS FROM MY COLLEAGUES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. GOOD MORNING.

THERE IS A FAMOUS SAYING.

THERE ARE BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE.

I DIDN'T KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE UNTIL THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 3RD.

THAT A BLESSING IN DISGUISE WAS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED.

LET ME EXPLAIN. IN JANUARY 2019.

MY OPPONENT ANNOUNCED HER CANDIDACY.

SHE WAS NOT JUST AN OPPONENT, SHE WAS SOMEBODY I KNEW SHE WAS A FRIEND.

SO I IMMEDIATELY LAMENTED.

I PRAYED MANY NIGHTS, FATHER, TAKE THIS CHALLENGE AWAY FROM ME.

I ASKED, WHY ME? BUT I WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TWO YEARS OF MY LIFE.

LITTLE DID I KNOW IT WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.

I HAD TO CONTEND WITH A NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME.

MY FAITH, MY FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS.

I SOUGHT AS MUCH COUNSEL THAT I COULD GET.

AND ONE WISE COUNCILOR TOLD ME, MARLON, GET OVER IT.

YOU DO NOT OWN THE SEAT.

THE DISTRICT ONE SEAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE AND THEY WILL DECIDE RUN A POSITIVE RACE, ONE THAT IS FOCUSED ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THE PEOPLE.

SO I DID THAT DOOR AFTER DOOR.

I WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE LOVE THAT THE PEOPLE HAD FOR ME, THE JOY MY LEADERSHIP BROUGHT TO THEIR LIVES. IT WAS THEN THAT I TRULY REALIZED I AM THE PEOPLE'S COMMISSIONER.

AND ON NOVEMBER 3RD, THE LORD PREPARED A TABLE IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES AND GAVE ME A VICTORY THAT I DID NOT IMAGINE COULD HAPPEN.

A RESOUNDING 75 PERCENT OF THE VOTES WINNING EVERY PRECINCT AND EVERY COMMUNITY.

SO DON'T TELL ME THAT MY GOD IS DEAD.

I CREDIT MY FIRST WIN TO MAYOR DALE HOLNESS AND COMMISSIONER GELIN AND I WILL SPEAK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT LATER ON, BUT I CREDIT THIS SECOND WIN TO PRAYER AND FASTING.

MY WIFE AND SON, WHO CONSTANTLY TOLD ME THAT I COULD DO IT.

TO MY CHURCH FAMILY, WHO ENCOURAGED ME AND STOOD BY ME THROUGH THE NEGATIVE ATTACKS.

TO MY VOLUNTEERS WHO WORKED DAY AND NIGHT PHONE BANKING, KNOCKING ON DOORS.

AND WORKING AT THE POLLS.

TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY WHO DONATED TO MY CAMPAIGN.

GIVING ME THE MOST MONEY EVER RAISED IN THIS CITY IN A DISTRICT RAISED EIGHTY FIVE

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THOUSAND DOLLARS.

MOSTLY COMING FROM RESIDENTS THAT ARE SITTING HERE TODAY.

SANDY. JOSH.

MARK. STEPHEN, I COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU.

TO YOU GUYS ARE GENIUSES.

TO PATRICIA, CARMELITA.

ANNA. WHO PHONE BANKED LIKE YOU WERE SOLDIERS.

MORNING AND NIGHT.

THANK YOU GUYS, SO VERY MUCH, TO COMMISSIONER MARK B.

WHO ENDORSED MY CAMPAIGN EARLY ON THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IN 2014.

I MET MIKE GELIN.

WHO WHILE RUNNING FOR MAYOR HELPED ME WIN IN 2016.

HE WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.

2012, WHEN I MET MAYOR DALE HOLNESS, WHO HELPED ME TO WIN IN 2016, HE WAS BLESSING IN DISGUISE.

IN 2016, I MET ELVAN VILLALOBOS.

WHO SELFLESSLY HELPED ME TO KNOCK ON MORE THAN 6000 DOORS.

HE WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.

WHEN I GOT ELECTED TO COMMISSIONER DEBORAH P..

WHO THOUGHT TO BE MY ONLY FRIEND.

SHE WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.

2018, I REPAID THAT DEBT TO MIKE GELIN.

AND IN 2020, I REPAID THAT DEBT TO COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

SO, COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

WELCOME TO TAMARAC.

BEING A COMMISSIONER HERE IS NOT EASY.

ESPECIALLY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES TO YOUR RIGHT.

BUT WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

TO COMMISSIONER ELECT REGINA MARTIN.

WHO JOINED ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SUCCESS, HER SWEARING IN IS ON THURSDAY.

TO THE MANY PEOPLE WHO TAUGHT ME HOW TO RUN CAMPAIGNS.

THOSE IN THE CAMP OF MAYOR DALE HOENESS AND ANDREW GILLHAM AND BILL NELSON.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO.

AND MY SPEECH TODAY.

IT'S A VERY FAMOUS SONG.

THAT RANG THROUGH.

MY MIND GAVE ME STRENGTH.

AS I RAN THIS LAST CAMPAIGN.

MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS THAN JESUS, BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS.

I DARE NOT TRUST THE SWEETEST FRAME.

WITH IS SINKING SAND WHEN DARKNESS SEEMS TO HIDE ITS FACE ARREST ON HIS UNCHANGING GRACE.

IN EVERY HIGH AND STORMY GALE, MY ANCHOR HOLES WITHIN THE VEIL, I LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FOUR YEARS HERE IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

WORKING WITH A RENEWED HOPE WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, AND I WELCOME AGAIN COMMISSIONER ELVAN VILLALOBOS, WHO WILL, I BELIEVE WILL MAKE A GREAT IMPACT ON OUR CITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE LEADERS AND THE STAFF OF THIS GREAT CITY.

YOU ARE BAR NONE, THE MOST AMAZING MEMBERS OF STAFF I'VE WORKED WITH, TRULY.

AND. TO MR. S.. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION YOU.

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THANK YOU FOR NOT ALLOWING ME TO RESIGN.

AND THAT FIRST MONTH.

WHEN I TOLD MYSELF THAT BEING A CITY COMMISSIONER WAS NOT FOR ME.

WHEN I CRIED IN YOUR OFFICE.

YOU LOOKED ME STRAIGHT IN THE EYE WITHOUT CRYING WITH ME.

AND SAYING, OH, STOP IT, YOU'LL BE FINE.

TO ATTORNEY SAM GOREN.

THERE SEEMS TO BE THE WISEST MAN ON EARTH, LITERALLY.

WHO GIVES SOUND LEGAL ADVICE ALL THE TIME THANK YOU FOR NOT LETTING ME FALL BY THE WAYSIDE. IT'S NOT THE END OF THE JOURNEY, ANOTHER FOUR YEARS HAS STARTED, AND I APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE PERSON.

THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO MY JOURNEY.

THE WORK NOW BEGINS, AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE.

THANK YOU, VICE MAYOR. COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS.

I GOT TO GET USED TO THIS.

IT'S HARD TO ECHO WORDS AFTER A GIANT ON THE DAIS HERE, SO I DIDN'T PREPARE A TEN MINUTE SPEECH. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO SAY SOME WORDS.

PROVERBS THREE BEGINS WITH LET LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS NEVER LEAVE YOU, BIND THEM AROUND YOUR NECK, WRITE THEM ON THE TABLET OF YOUR HEART.

THEN YOU WILL WIN FAVOR AND A GOOD NAME IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND PEOPLE TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.

WITH THESE WORDS IN MIND, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO SERVES OUR RESIDENTS, OUR MAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS, OUR CITY MANAGER AND OUR CITY ATTORNEY, OUR GROUND KEEPERS, OUR STAFF TO CONTINUE SERVING THE CITY WITH EXCELLENCE AS THEY HAVE.

I LIKE TO ASK THEIR GUIDANCE AND THEIR ADVICE SO THAT TOGETHER, ALONG WITH OUR MAYOR AND OUR COMMISSIONERS, WE CAN MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR THOSE WHO SERVE, WE SERVE.

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO VOTED FOR ME, ALL OF THE TAMARAC RESIDENTS IN DISTRICT THREE, FOR ENCOURAGING ME, FOR ENTRUSTING ME WITH THIS ROLE.

FOR THE RESIDENTS WHO VOTED FOR ANOTHER CANDIDATE.

I PROMISE TO REPRESENT YOU IN THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES AND TO CONTINUE TO BE CHEERED ON BY YOU. FOR MY NEIGHBORS, WHO SUPPORTED AND CHEERED ME ON BUT COULDN'T VOTE FOR ME, THOSE IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T IN MY DISTRICT.

THANK YOU. YOUR FAITH IN ME AND ME MEANS EVERYTHING.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT TO THANK MY FAMILY, MY WIFE JACQUELINE, MY DAUGHTERS ISABELLA AND LAYLA, FOR EVERY FOR BEING THERE AND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

I LIKE TO SAY A HUGE THING TO MY CAMPAIGN MANAGER AND ALL THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED DURING THE CAMPAIGN FOR BEING THERE 24/7 BECAUSE IT WAS NOT AN EASY RACE.

FOR THOSE THAT VOLUNTEERED FOR ME.

FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORTED ME FINANCIALLY.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK COMMISSIONER BOLTON FOR HIS CONTINUOUS SUPPORT IN MY CAMPAIGN AND MAKING SURE THAT TAMARA KEEPS MOVING FORWARD FOR ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS.

TO MY OFFICE PERSONNEL AT REMAX, MY BROKER, VANESSA, MY SALES MANAGER, DAVID M., WHO SWORE ME IN. AND ALL OF OUR AGENTS, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SENT ME EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES AND MESSAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THOUGHTS, PRAYERS AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

THANK YOU. IT MEANS THE WORLD.

LASTLY, I WANT TO GIVE A HEARTFELT THANKS TO JULIA FISHMAN FOR HER EIGHT YEARS IN THE SERVICE FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS.

I WISH YOU THE BEST IN ALL THAT YOU DO.

AND TO MY MOTHER, MY BROTHER FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE, MY BEST FRIEND RICKY, HIS WIFE ANNETTE, FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR ME.

I WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT THEM AND WITH THAT, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE IN HERE.

I PRAY FOR OUR CITY OR COUNTY, OUR STATE.

OUR NATION AND OUR WORLD DURING THESE HARD TIMES, AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ACCEPTING ME.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU AND THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. VICE MAYOR BOLTON, MARLON CONGRATULATIONS.

YOU WORKED TIRELESSLY.

YOU DID NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.

AND IT SHOWED. YOUR CONSTITUENTS SAW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THEM FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, YOU FOUGHT HARD FOR FOUR YEARS AND THEY RECOGNIZE THAT AND THEY ACKNOWLEDGED IT.

AND I COMMEND YOU FOR THAT.

YOUR WIN SHOWS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT FOUR YEARS OF WORKING WITH YOU.

WE CAN DO SOME WONDERFUL THINGS FOR OUR CITY.

SO CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK.

COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, ELVAN, I HAVE KNOWN YOU OVER THREE YEARS, THE PAST TWO YEARS, I HAVE WATCHED YOU GROW AND PROSPER AND TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN IT JUST BECAUSE I KNEW YOU WHEN YOU WERE BABYFACE.

SO I COMMEND YOU, YOU HAVE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR CONTINUED GROWTH HERE WITH US.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND WELCOME TO THE FAMILY.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

THANK YOU. MAYOR GOMEZ.

SO FIRST, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OR GIVE MY BEST WISHES TO COMMISSIONER FISHMAN FOR HER TIME IN OFFICE AND FOR HER TIME PRIOR TO BEING IN OFFICE, WHERE SHE WAS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

AND I KNOW SHE'LL CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER.

I WANT TO CONGRATULATE BOTH COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS AND VICE MAYOR MARLON BOLTON.

WHEN I RAN FOR MAYOR IN 2014, I KNEW IT WAS A LONG SHOT AND I KNEW IT WAS MORE LIKELY THAT I WAS GOING TO LOSE THAN WIN.

BUT I KNEW I WAS GOING TO LEARN SOME LESSONS.

I HAD NO IDEA I WOULD MEET MARLON BOLTON.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT MARLON IS DIFFERENT ON THE ON THE DAIS THAN HE IS OUT ON THE STREETS. BUT WHEN I APPROACHED MARLON AND HIS FAMILY, I REMEMBER HIS WIFE.

I THINK YOU'RE PREGNANT AT THE TIME, MARLON.

I SAID, YOU KNOW, I NEED YOU TO VOTE FOR ME.

AND HE ASKED ME WHY I SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM.

AND HE MADE ME JUSTIFY SECURING HIS VOTE.

AND THEN WHEN HE CAME OUT, HE SAID, HEY, YOU KNOW, I'M THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR COMMISSIONER. YOU KNOW, WILL YOU HELP ME? I SAID, OF COURSE, AND TOOK MAYBE A MONTH AFTER THE ELECTION WAS OVER BEFORE I CALLED HIM. AND WE HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS AT STARBUCKS.

AND, YOU KNOW, HE WENT BACK AND FORTH ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT HE THOUGHT HE SHOULD RUN.

AND I SAID, LOOK, IF YOU RUN, I GUARANTEE YOU'RE GOING TO WIN.

AND SURE ENOUGH, HE WON BECAUSE HE WORKED REALLY HARD.

HE WAS HE LEARNED AS MUCH AS HE COULD.

HE MET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE IN THE POLITICAL CIRCLE, INCLUDING MAYOR DALE HOLNESS AND OTHER PEOPLE.

BUT MOSTLY HE JUST WORKED REALLY HARD.

HE HAD A STRONG CAMPAIGN TEAM.

AND THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I WENT WALKING AND THEY SAID, DIDN'T YOU COME HERE BEFORE? I SAID, NO, THAT WAS MARLON.

SO HE HAD WALKED SO MANY TIMES OVER THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY TIRED OF SEEING HIM AND THEY THOUGHT THAT I WAS HIM. BUT COMMISSIONER BOLTON ALSO, SINCE HE'S BEEN ON THE DAIS, HE'S DONE A LOT TO FIGHT FOR HIS RESIDENCE, WHICH IS WHY HE WON BY SUCH A LARGE MARGIN.

HE DEMANDED THAT THE CITY HAVE A CELEBRATION OF THE HOLIDAYS ON THE EAST SIDE OF TAMARAC, WHICH HE FELT WAS A NEGLECTED PORTION ON THE RESIDENCE.

IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF MY MOST, BEST CELEBRATIONS, BUT HE'S BEEN REALLY CREATIVE, HARD WORKING, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HIM, YOU KNOW, DOING MORE AND ACCOMPLISHING MORE IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THAN HE HAS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

AND HE TALKED ABOUT PAYING IT FORWARD.

YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE HE PAID FORWARD BY BRINGING COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS ON BOARD.

AND VILLALOBOS WAS VERY CLOSE IN WINNING THE MAYOR'S SEAT TWO YEARS AGO.

AND HE DIDN'T GIVE UP.

HE STAYED CONSISTENT.

HE STAYED VISIBLE. HE STAYED ACTIVE, CONTINUE TO VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY, AND HE WAS REWARDED DURING THIS LAST ELECTION, THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD, BEING OUTDOORS 14 DAYS FROM SEVEN A.M. TO SEVEN P.M.

IS HARD WORK. IT'S LABORIOUS, IT'S TIRING.

YOUR FEET HURT EVERY DAY.

BUT BOTH VICE MAYOR BOLTON AND COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS WERE OUT THERE WORKING HARD,

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TRYING TO GET EVERY SINGLE VOTE, CONTINUING TO KNOCK ON DOORS.

THE DAY AFTER EARLY VOTING, THEY WERE OUT ALL DAY KNOCKING ON DOORS, TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO HAD NOT YET VOTED.

SO THEY REALLY MADE SURE THEY WORKED HARD TO EARN EVERY VOTE.

AND I'M SURE COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO CONTINUE TO EARN THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE WHILE HE'S ON THE DAIS, BECAUSE WHILE CAMPAIGN SEASON IS OVER, YOU STILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BE ENGAGED WITH THE RESIDENTS SO THEY DON'T LOOK AT YOU AS A MYSTERY FOUR YEARS LATER WHEN IT'S TIME TO RUN FOR REELECTION.

SO CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH ELVAN VILLALOBOS NOW COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS AND VICE MAYOR BOLTON, WHO, UNLIKE MYSELF AND MR. VILLALOBOS, HE HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED A LOSS IN AN ELECTION.

SO CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING WITH BOTH OF YOU.

AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I RESERVE MY COMMENTS FOR THE END, SO AT THIS TIME IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO OPEN THIS UP TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

SO IF THERE'S ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO SPEAK, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE COME OVER TO THIS MICROPHONE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO GIVE US YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD, BUT PLEASE JOIN US. AND WE HAVE COMING TO THE PODIUM OUR BROWARD COUNTY MAYOR, DALE HOLNESS.

GOOD MORNING AND CONGRATULATIONS, MY FRIENDS, YOU DESERVE TO BE IN OFFICE, YOU'VE SERVED WELL, YOU'VE BEEN DEDICATED OVER THE YEARS THAT I'VE KNOWN YOU, VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YOU'VE BEEN SOMEONE WHO'S ALWAYS BEEN ENGAGED IN THE COMMUNITY TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO CONGRATULATIONS.

LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING, WHICH YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO CONTINUE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE CREATED OVER THESE PAST FEW YEARS.

AND THEN AND AGAIN, I KNOW YOU'LL BE SUCCESSFUL AND GREAT AND TO NEWLY ELECTED COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, CONGRATULATIONS.

I THINK WHAT YOU SAID IN YOUR ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF YOUR WIN, ACKNOWLEDGING THE OTHER CANDIDATE AND HER SERVICE IS TELLING AS TO THE ROAD THAT YOU WILL WALK AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, SERVING ALL THE PEOPLE AND BEING GRACIOUS ABOUT THOSE WHO YOU MIGHT NOT AGREE WITH. IT'S A POWERFUL THING TO HAVE AS A PART OF YOUR CHARACTER, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ALWAYS GOING TO AGREE ON EVERYTHING.

BUT SO LONG AS WE FIND A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD, MAYBE COMPROMISE SOMETIMES IS IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY OUR JOB IS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE THAT WE REPRESENT.

THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

IN COVID-19 WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF IT.

WE OPERATE DIFFERENT NOW.

BUT ONE THING HAS TAUGHT US IS THAT AS HUMAN BEINGS, NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE, WE'RE CONNECTED AND WE'RE ON THIS PLANET TOGETHER.

AND THE MORE WE DO TO HELP EACH OTHER AND TO SERVE EACH OTHER, THE BETTER WORLD WE'RE GOING TO CREATE FOR EVERYONE.

THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

COMMISSIONER THEY WERE COVID-IZING--.

YES, TRYING TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS SAFE.

I JUST WANT TO EXTEND MY HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE CITY OF TAMARAC BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE WHEN I GET TO WORK WITH YOU GUYS, YOU HAVE SUCH AN ENGAGED, OUTGOING CITY COMMISSION.

I SEE YOU ALL THE TIME AT EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

I MEAN, IT'S LIKE 24/7.

YOU'RE ALL FIVE OF YOU ARE LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNIES.

AND I INCLUDE COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS IN THAT, TOO, AFTER HE HAD RAN MANY TIMES A CANDIDATE AND THEN THEY KIND OF STOPPED.

HE WAS AT EVERY EVENT WORKING HARD, GETTING TO KNOW THE TEMPERATURE AND THE DISTRICT AND THE LIKES, THE DISLIKES AND REALLY GETTING WITH THE PEOPLE TO SEE HOW HE CAN MOST EFFECTIVELY SERVE THEM.

AND I COMMEND YOU ON HOW HARD YOU WORKED.

AND I'VE SAID FOR YEARS, IF YOU DIDN'T WIN AS A CITY COMMISSIONER, THEY WERE GOING TO ADOPT YOU IN KINGS POINT.

SO THAT'S ONE OF THE TWO THINGS.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON, YOUR ENERGY AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR SERVICE IS CONTAGIOUS.

IT MAKES ALL OF US BETTER ELECTED OFFICIALS WATCHING HOW HARD YOU WORK AND HOW MUCH YOU ENJOY BEING MAYOR, BEING FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND I KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR SECRET WEAPON, MATTHEW, BECAUSE I'VE SEEN HIM AT THE VETERANS

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DAY EVENTS RUNNING BACK AND FORTH, AND THAT HAD TO BE MOST OF THE VOTES FROM RIGHT THERE.

SO IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH A GREAT CITY COMMISSION, AN AMAZING CITY STAFF WHO I'VE KNOWN A LARGE PART OF MY LIFE, YOUR CITY ATTORNEY AND YOUR CITY MANAGER FOR YEARS, AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE CITY CLERKS EVER, BECAUSE SHE WAS MY CITY CLERK BACK WHEN I WAS MAYOR AND THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, YOU ARE IN VERY GOOD HANDS.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO VICE MAYOR MARLON BOLTON AND NEWLY ELECTED COMMISSIONER ELVAN VILLALOBOS.

IT WAS A PLEASURE FOR ME AND THE STAFF ASSISTING YOU, COMMISSIONER ELVAN, AND FOR THE VICE MAYOR. IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR SUPPORT AND WORKING WITH YOU AGAIN.

AND I HOPE WHEN IT'S MY TIME TO RUN FOR SOMETHING, YOU GUYS WILL BE THERE TO ASSIST.

BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARK B.

. REAL QUICKLY, BROWARD COUNTY HAS NINE COMMISSIONERS AND YOU HAVE THREE GREAT COMMISSIONERS THAT ARE ELECTED FROM TAMARAC, BUT I'M HONORED TO BE HERE.

I DON'T GET IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU KNOW, NORMALLY BECAUSE I SERVE FIVE OTHER CITIES, BUT REALLY WE SERVE ALL OF BROWARD COUNTY.

AND SO I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WE'RE ALL HERE FOR ANYTHING YOU NEED.

I'M HONORED TO BE HERE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU.

AND IF THERE'S ANYTHING I COULD EVER DO, PLEASE CALL ON ME.

TAKE CARE. THANK YOU.

MS., IF YOU'D HOLD ONE SECOND, THERE'S A GENTLEMAN WHO'S BEEN TRYING TO COME FROM THE BACK. THANK YOU.

AND YOU'LL BE NEXT, PLEASE. SO, SHORT AND SWEET, IT'S VERY HARD TO COME AFTER ALL THESE VERY ELOQUENT SPEAKERS, BUT CONGRATULATIONS, ELVAN, COMMISSIONER ELVAN NOW AND VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

AS A HOMEOWNER HERE IN TAMARAC FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD TO BE IN THE HANDS OF YOU GREAT PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE THE GREAT WISDOM OF OUR CITY AND OUR TOWN HERE.

ELVAN, I KNOW YOU VERY WELL AS MY NEIGHBOR.

HE SITS ON THE BOARD OF MY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION AND HE'S A GOOD FRIEND.

IF I EVER NEED ANY ANY ASSISTANCE, HE'S THERE FOR ME DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN AWESOME FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

PASSING OUT MASKS, MARLON PASSED OUR MASKS; ELVAN HELPED HIM AS HIS LITTLE ELF.

BUT THERE'S NOTHING MORE THAT THIS CITY COULD ASK FOR AS THESE TWO GREAT PEOPLE HERE PROTECTING OUR TOWN.

AND MARLON'S NOT IN MY DISTRICT, BUT IF HE WAS IN MY DISTRICT, I'D VOTE FOR HIM 10 TIMES OVER IF I COULD. AND I DID POUND HIS NAME EVERYWHERE.

AND EVERY TIME I GO TO THE EAST SIDE OF TAMARAC BY THE KRISPY KREME AREA, I SEE HIS FACE PLASTERED EVERYWHERE.

AND ELVAN, I CANNOT LEAVE MY HOUSE WITHOUT SEEING 15000 FACES OF ELVAN.

I SEE HIM MORE THAN I SEE MY WIFE.

BUT HE LOOKS GOOD AND HE LOOKS GOOD IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC, AND I LOVE YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE FAMILY.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

IT'S NICE SEEING YOU ALL HERE.

OK, I'M HERE JUST TO SAY, I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE COMMISSIONER MARLON BOLTON, VICE MAYOR FOR THE CITY.

HE HAS DONE TREMENDOUSLY WELL.

HE WORKS RELENTLESSLY.

SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE COME UP TO ME AND SAID, WHY DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM? I SAY, IF YOU CHECK HIS TRACK RECORD, HIS HISTORY IS GOOD.

HE DUG THAT PLOW, AND PLANNED HIS WAY THROUGH.

HE DID THAT GROUND WORK AND DESERVED TO WIN.

AND I EXPOUND ON THAT, WHICH I WOULDN'T HOLD UP YOUR TIME RIGHT HERE FOR THAT.

AND I TRY TO EXPLAIN AS TO WHY HE DESERVED TO WIN.

AND THEY SAID THAT MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.

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SO CONTINUE DOING THE HARD WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE.

YOU EVEN DONE JUST THE SAME IN CHURCH.

HE STANDS UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES.

SOMETIMES I GO CUCKOO, BUT HE UNDERSTANDS AND I RESPECT HIM FOR . AGE, IT DOESN'T AGE DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

JUST STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

IF YOU ARE SERVING AUTHENTICALLY, GOD WILL PULL YOU THROUGH.

AND THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR HIM AND CONTINUE DOING GOOD WORK.

AS TO MY FRIEND, MR. VILLALOBOS, I THINK I PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING A CITY COMMISSIONER OF TAMRAC DISTRICT TREE.

RIGHT. MR. ELVAN VILLALOBOS.

I WORK FOR HIM AND MR. GELIN IN TWENTY EIGHTEEN AND I SEE THEM AS TWO GOOD POTENTIAL CANDIDATES AND I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE THEY ARE ALL HERE TODAY AND I GIVE THEM ALL THE SUPPORT AND THE LOVE.

I JUST CONTINUE DOING THE HARD WORK.

MR. BOLTON, YOU GOT ME.

I'M NOT EASY TO GET WHAT YOU GOT ME.

GOOD MORNING. FIRST, I WOULD LOVE TO CONGRATULATE MAYOR BOLTON, MAYOR VILLALOBOS.

AND. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THESE FOUR INDIVIDUALS UP HERE.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO, MAYOR GOMEZ, COMMISSIONER GELIN AND NOW NEW COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS, THANK YOU FOR HAVING RENEWED MY FAITH IN POLITICS.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING RENEWED, MY FAITH IN WHAT A PUBLIC SERVANT LOOKS LIKE AND FEELS LIKE AND THE PURPOSE THAT THEY SERVE AND I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR GREAT CITY MANAGER, MICHAEL CERNECH, BECAUSE I WAS DEALING WITH A SITUATION LAST YEAR AND THEY KIND OF GUIDING ME, YOUR OFFICE GUIDED ME THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS.

AND I CAME IN FRONT OF THE COMMISSIONERS AND WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF A SITUATION THAT WAS LINGERING AROUND THREE OR FOUR YEARS.

SO MAJORITY OF THE TIME, PEOPLE ARE VERY, VERY RELUCTANT TO PARTAKE IN POLITICS AND NOT WANTING TO DEAL WITH POLITICIANS BECAUSE THERE ARE CERTAIN,, I DON'T KNOW, THERE'S A CERTAIN MINDSET THAT PEOPLE HAVE IN REFERENCE TO POLITICS, IN DEALING WITH POLITICIANS, THAT NOTHING IS THE SAME IS THE WHOLE IS THE SAME OLD THING.

NOTHING'S GOING TO CHANGE REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU DO.

BUT I BEG TO DIFFER.

BECAUSE THE CITY OF TAMRAC HAS SHOWN ME THAT ONCE THE PEOPLE.

CHOOSE SOMEONE TO REPRESENT THEM, THEY ACTUALLY COME TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AND THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE. AND ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO EACH ONE OF YOU HERE TODAY, THIS IS THE FACE OF AMERICA.

THIS IS AMERICA.

THOSE PEOPLE SITTING UP THERE, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE.

I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO TELL YOU ANY DIFFERENT.

AND I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC WILL SHOW THE ENTIRE WORLD THAT THIS IS THE FACE OF AMERICA WHERE YOU HAVE WOMEN, MINORITIES, AND THE VERY FIRST HISPANIC COMMISSIONER IN THE GREAT CITY OF TAMARAC.

I WANT TO TELL YOU, I'M GOING TO DO MY PART IN ENSURING THAT THE CITY CONTINUES TO BE GREAT. AND PLEASE, THE ONLY THING THAT I'M ASKING YOU, AS I HAVE TEXTED YOU, I HAVE TEXTED NEW COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE COME HERE AND DO YOUR JOB, WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AND RENEW THE PEOPLE'S FAITH IN POLITICS.

JUST THE SAME YOU GUYS HAVE DONE FOR ME.

AGAIN, CONGRATS TO ALL OF YOU GUYS.

AND PLEASE, I'M GOING TO HOLD YOU, EACH ONE OF YOU, ACCOUNTABLE.

I WILL CALL YOU. I WILL TEXT YOU.

I WILL EMAIL YOU WHEN YOU'RE NOT DOING YOUR JOB.

BUT ALSO, I'M GOING TO CONGRATULATE YOU ONCE YOU DO YOUR JOB.

THANK YOU.

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I SAID THANK YOU. AND ACTUALLY, I THINK THIS GOES FOR ALL OF US.

WE HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY.

OUR PHONES RING, OUR EMAILS.

WE'RE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU.

AND I'M PRETTY SURE THAT COMMISSIONER VILLALOBOS WILL HAVE THE SAME POLICY.

SO ANYONE ELSE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO SPEAK? OK, SEEING THAT NOBODY ELSE IN THE AUDIENCE WISHES TO SPEAK.

CITY CLERK, IS THERE ANYBODY ONLINE WHO WISHES TO MAKE A COMMENT? I DO NOT HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS THIS MORNING.

WE DON'T. ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THEN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GUESS IT'S MY TURN.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO IS HERE AND TO THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING TODAY'S SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING. I WANT TO THANK STAFF WHO HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO ORGANIZE.

TODAY'S SWEARING IN IS HARD ENOUGH TO DO DURING NORMAL TIMES.

BUT WHILE WE'RE STILL UNDER PANDEMIC GUIDELINES, IT IS EVEN HARDER.

WE ALL KNOW THAT 2020 HAS BEEN A REMARKABLY CHALLENGING YEAR, BUT WE HAVE SURVIVED.

THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC ARE FELT EVERYWHERE WE TURN THROUGH OUR LOVED ONES, OUR COWORKERS, OUR RESIDENTS AND OUR BUSINESS OWNERS.

BUT WE ARE SURVIVING.

A PORTION OF OUR LONG TERM GOALS FOR OUR CITY HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY DERAILED BY THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF COVID-19, BUT THEY WILL RESUME IN THE FUTURE.

THAT BEING SAID, OUR RESILIENCE IS APPARENT, THE CITY CONTINUES TO COMPLETE CIVIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY PLANNED AND BUDGETED ACCORDINGLY, NEW RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND CALL US HOME.

THE CITY CONTINUES TO GROW AND EVOLVE, THE IDENTITY OF TAMARAC IS NO LONGER ONE OF AN ELDERLY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY, BUT OF A UNIFIED COMMUNITY, OF PEOPLE, OF ALL CULTURES AND FULL OF VITALITY, OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

AND I'M PROUD TO SHARE THAT WE HAVE A ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE YEAR YOUNG, VIBRANT RESIDENT IN DISTRICT 2. THE IDENTITY OF OUR CITY IS ALSO REFLECTED ON THIS COMMISSION.

WHEN I JOINED THE COMMISSION, I WAS THE YOUNGEST PERSON EVER TO SERVE THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO WORK FULL TIME WHILE SERVING.

NOW JOINING THE COMMISSION TODAY IS ELVAN VILLALOBOS, THE YOUNGEST COMMISSIONER ELECTED TO DISTRICT THREE. COMMISSIONER, CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO PUBLIC SERVICE, AND AS I SAID TO YOU BEFORE, I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING WITH YOU ANYTHING THAT I'M ALLOWABLE, ALLOWED TO SHARE AND OFFER YOU ADVICE, ESPECIALLY HOW TO BALANCE A VERY BUSY WORK LIFE WITH A VERY BUSY CITY WORK LIFE.

YOU WILL DO GREAT THINGS.

CONGRATULATIONS TO COMMISSIONER BOLTON ON YOUR REELECTION, NOT ONLY HAVE YOU RETAINED YOUR OFFICIAL TITLE AS DISTRICT ONE COMMISSIONER, YOU HAVE ALSO RETAINED THE UNOFFICIAL TITLE OF THE YOUNGEST PERSON STILL SERVING THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR REELECTION.

SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT TO YOU YOUR TAMARAC CITY COMMISSION, INDIVIDUALLY, WE POSSESS UNIQUE QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS, BUT TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER AND WE ARE DEDICATED TO SERVING THE NEEDS OF THIS FANTASTIC CITY.

WE WILL STAY THE COURSE FOR OUR PLANNED GROWTH AND WE WILL SEEK POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR FUTURE.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SHARING THE SPECIAL DAY WITH US.

THIS MEETING IS OFFICIALLY ADJOURNED.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.