Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish's office made a bold statement in a recent newsletter about a development project Parrish is fighting.
Parrish has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the proposed Davie Commons, a 150-acre retail, office and hotel development slated to be built near her home.
A recent newsletter sent to about 400,000 Broward homesteaded taxpayers from her office has a coded message about the project. In an article on the front page of the newsletter about aerial photography, some letters are in bold. Put them together and they spell "Stop Davie Commons.''
Parrish said she didn't notice the encoded message when she proofed the newsletter and has disciplined the staffer who did it.
"It was a childish prank that was well intentionned,'' she said. "It was supposed to be an inside joke by staff in the office. I accept full responsibility because I approved the final draft of the newsletter. ... It will never happen again.''
The developers are ticked off.
"I'm very very disappointed to see something like this come out of her office,'' said Jodie Siegel, an attorney for Turnberry Associates. "I think that Turnberry will evaluate its options.''