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Friday, February 20, 2009

2009 Transportation Summit in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday

Just a reminder!

Hopefully, there'll be a good number of South Florida citizens who take full advantage of this opportunity so that it's not just government employees and industry types talking to each other, but real taxpayer input, suggestions and criticism.

See my last transit-related post from January 12th, detailing some longstanding South Florida problems that I will bring up on Saturday since they speak volumes and continue to this day.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor-elect Jack Seiler, that's your cue!

SFRTA Sponsors Transportation Summit Saturday, February 21 

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will host the 2009 Transportation Summit on Saturday, February 21 at the Broward County Convention Center. The event, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is open to the public and free-of-charge. Registration and a complimentary continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Reservations should be made by calling 954-788-7958 or by logging onto www.sfrta.fl.gov/summit. 

The summit will focus on discussions about public transportation’s role in creating jobs, battling climate change, improving the region’s global competitiveness and enhancing our quality of life. Elected officials, transportation industry professionals, local government administrators, community activists and members of the general public, who are concerned about sustainability and mobility within the region, are encouraged to attend. 

Speakers will include Yvette Taylor, regional administrator of the Federal Transit Administration Region IV; Mortimer L. Downey, chair of President Obama’s Transportation Transition Team and Gordon Price, former city councilor of Vancouver, British Columbia. James F. Murley, director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, will be the moderator. 

The SFRTA is adding four Tri-Rail trains to serve people attending the summit. A special southbound train will depart the Mangonia Park Station at 6:30 a.m. and a special northbound train will depart the Miami Airport Station at 7 a.m. Both trains will arrive at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach at approximately 7:30 a.m. 

Northbound and southbound trains will then depart the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach, following the summit, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will operate between the station and the Broward County Convention Center from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All persons attending the summit must possess valid government-issued photo identification to gain access into the Broward County Convention Center. 

The 2009 Transportation Summit is being sponsored by Bitner Goodman, Bombardier Transportation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Gannett Fleming Inc., Greenberg & Traurig, P.A., HDR Engineering, Jacobs, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., LTK Engineering Services, Parsons Transportation Group, PB America Inc., Hyundai Rotem USA Corporation, The Corradino Group, Inc., Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Veolia Transportation and The Wackenhut Corporation. 

The SFRTA is co-hosting the summit in partnership with the South East Florida Transportation Council, South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. 

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!