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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feisty 'Change Hallandale' Reveals Hallandale Beach's $422k Man

Another un-flattering and devastating snapshot of South Florida government accountability and responsibility in the year 2009 is delivered today by Michael Butler at his fact-filled website, Change Hallandale,
Per my previous blog post and occasional emails to some of you out there, Michael connects-the-dots on one of the more outrageous aspects of ALL the many cringe-worthy, over-the-top stories that have emerged out of Hallandale Beach City Hall the past few years.
One that he and I have both spoken about before: the contract of Hallandale Beach City Manager Mike Good.
The City Manager’s total gross pay for 2008 was $422,373.91.

You'll recall me telling you that back in December, Mayor Cooper arranged to have Good's new contract brought up and voted upon without any public notice, without it appearing on the public agenda, and without any supporting documents that the commissioners or HB citizens could review or examine beforehand or online.
In the second-floor HB City Hall room that, just coincidentallydoesn't have the city's cable channel TV cameras
Result? Another in a long line of 4-1 votes.

Why?  Because that's the way Mayor Joy Cooper likes to do things.
That's the way she rolls.
And she's going to keep on doing it as long as she can get away with it, too, regardless of what Florida's state laws say.
The City Attorney, David Jove, could care less about what rights HB citizens are guaranteed under the state constitution, he wants to keep his job, so he looks the other way.

And as I've said a million times in the past here at Hallandale Beach BlogCooper practically dares anyone to stop her.
Clearly, Commissioners JulianRoss and Sanders are perfectly happy to be her dependable rubber stamps, salute her and do her bidding without raising the slightest fuss whatsoever.

Tomorrow's HB City Commission could prove pretty interesting, http://www.hallandalebeachfl.gov/files/2009-03-18/Agenda%20Outline%20for%202009-03-18.htm but maybe my time would be better spent trying to find out why Michael Satz's State Attorney's Office has been so oblivious and myopic for so long as to what's happening right on U.S.-1.

It could hardly be more self-evident.
Hallandale Beach City Hall, 400 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale BeachFL 33009

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#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 now-closed 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 atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, 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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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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