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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.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Many Fleeing Michigan En Masse Have Maps of Florida -HB Wants Dibs on the Smart & Skilled Ones!

Late last month, March 24th to be exact, I had a post here
about what seemed clear to me after reading what veteran
ace reporter Fred Dicker had written in the NY Post about
the disastrous economic plans of New York governor
David Patterson.

I noted in passing how the Patterson plans seemed almost
designed to drive every productive person out of New York
State due to his proposed tax increases of every conceivable
size and shape, surely the wrong kind of diversity.

His plans also seem designed to drive him from office, to boot,
if people actually turn out to vote.

In a similar negative economic story, over the past two days,
the Detroit News has run some terrific stories about the mass
flight out of Michigan of the educated and skilled, with many
folks, not surprisingly, moving to Florida, perhaps hoping
that their Midwestern education and can-do abilities will count
for something in an area where that attitude is always in short

Per those two stories, Hallandale Beach hereby calls dibs
on the smart and skilled Michigan emigres coming to South
Florida, since we clearly need them more desperately than
anyone else.

Sadly, for reasons that I mention constantly here, the City of
Hallandale Beach and the sclerotic business establishment
here that's tied at the hip to HB City Hall, has the exact
opposite of a can-do spirit.

If anything, the lackadaisical spirit permeating this area
actually recalls nothing so much as the autocratic
heavy-handed Soviet-style of government planning,
with an un-healthy helping of toxic crony capitalism
tossed in just for spite.
Just because they can get away with it.

(I'll have a post over the weekend here about a vote cast
in spite at Wednesday's HB City Commission that you
haven't read or heard about elsewhere.
One that robs residents of something they are entitled to:
access to elected officials on City hall property.
And who's behind it and who let it happen?
Joy Cooper, Mike Good and David Jove.)

What else explains how people with no tangible ties to
this city, and who've brought in some cronies with strong
ties to City Hall in exchange for stock in order to get the
deal done, can get a loan from CRA funds of over $100k,
without actually owning property in the city as the city's
own rules insist, and don't even have their credit checked
by HB City Hall.

Yes, we definitely need many more people with Midwestern
sensibilities and can-do spirit around here to right the sinking
Ship of Fools under the the disastrous reign of Mayor Joy
Cooper and the $422k Man himself, City Manager Mike

They aren't The Fast and the Furious, rather they are
the autocratic, apathetic and incompetent tag-team that
leads the Rubber Stamp crew of Julian, Ross and
Sanders that make Hallandale Beach's citizen taxpayers
Irate and Furious.

Detroit News
April 2, 2009

Leaving Michigan Behind: Eight-year population exodus staggers state

Outflow of skilled, educated workers crimps Michigan's recovery

Ron French and Mike Wilkinson / The Detroit News

Joe LaCross drives American cars. Always has. Born and raised in the blue-collar suburbs of Detroit, this son of a welder wouldn't dream of rolling past his autoworker neighbors in a Toyota. But not long ago the 38-year-old pulled into the driveway of his Sterling Heights home in a vehicle wreaking even more havoc in his home state.

A moving van.

"I grew up here," said LaCross, as he packed to move to Florida in search of a job. "My family is here. My wife's family is here. I love everything about Michigan.

Rest of story at:

Detroit News
April 3, 2009

Leaving Michigan Behind: Second of a two-day series

Half of university grads flee Michigan

State tries to bolster grad rates, but growing number move away

Ron French / The Detroit News

Chicago -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm must see Emily Zuker in her nightmares.

Young, bright and college-educated, the Michigan Stae University grad got her degree in 2006 and immediately moved to Chicago -- now home to the largest concentration of recent MSU grads in the nation.

"It's just like being back at Michigan State," said Zuker, 25.

Except that it's not in the state of Michigan.

At a time when Granholm is pushing to double the number of college grads, the number of grads leaving the state has doubled instead.

Half of Michigan's college grads now leave the state within a year of graduation, taking with them their diplomas and the talent needed to help rebuild Michigan's economy.

Rest of story at:

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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 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 looks like, up close, here's yet another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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