Broward Days revamping itself; no Tallahassee trip in 2014

Sun Sentinel

Original post | 8:37 p.m. Oct. 21

Updated | 9:57 a.m. Oct. 22

It was only hinted at during public remarks Monday night at a Broward Days event, but the organization is making a big change.

The bipartisan group that brings business and government leaders together to advocate for the county in Tallahassee, is known mainly for its signature event, the annual trek to Tallahassee by people from Broward County.

But that won’t happen next year. Instead, the organization’s chairman, Mike Colodny, referred several times to 2015.

That was no mistake, Colodny said later, explaining the group is changing its approach. It will focus more energy on bringing state political leaders to the county and in the committee hearings that will prepare for the 2015 session.

The group will resume its Tallahassee effort in 2015.

The speaker on Monday, House Speaker Will Weatherford, apparently didn’t know that, because he talked about how important it was for Broward to have its presence in Tallahassee.

And just before wrapping up for the evening, he repeated the old legislative adage that if you’re not at the table during negotiations, you’re more likely to be on the menu.

Colodny said he’s not worried about losing influence by forgoing the 2014 Tallahassee group visit.

Colodny, a lawyer-lobbyist, is founder and managing partner of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. He became Broward Days chairman over the summer.

Separately, Jerome Majzlin, who has been the executive director of the Broward Days organization, recently resigned. He'd held that job since 2004.

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