March 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier
Four months since a car accident took place there, there's still plenty of broken window glass and bits of automobile plastic and molding there on the ground for all to see.
Seeing something like this day after day, week after week, month after month, it's hard to shake the notion that the City of Hallandale Beach is perfectly intent on ignoring this scene, because the alternative is to admit that they really can't run the city competently, efficiently and with a modicum of class.
Just over one month ago, following a very impressive and fact-filled overview of the current South Florida water situation, and its effect on Hallandale Beach, during the day-long City Commission forum at the Cultural Center, I took a microphone in hand and publicly congratulated new DPW Director William M. Brant in his first public appearance.
I gave him a head's-up of 3-4 very specific issues/sites he needed to look into right away, and then handed him my business card, complete with website info, emails and phone numbers.
A few hours later, in the afternoon portion of the proceedings, after I took the microphone at the forum and spoke with some specificity about some other issues in the city, including some that touched on DPW's consistently poor performance, City Manager Mike Good got up on the other side of the room and grabbed the other microphone, which he, Mayor Cooper, and the four Commissioners had used to ask questions of staff or presenters, or respond to resident questions.
Later, as I was starting to leave the room -having put in my eight hours!- the city manager approached me before I got to the door.
A month later, nothing's happened.
Much like the car accident scene above, which, ignominiously for the city, featured a large piece of a car fender or bumper right on a busy Hallandale Beach sidewalk for four months -and which was only removed last week- nothing has happened.