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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tomas Boiton is on the case!; South Florida Transit apathy



Palm Beach County civic activist and
Friend of HBB 
Tomas Boiton, the founder, head and heart of Citizens For Improved Transit, writes with news about a forthcoming effort of his scheduled for Monday, which ought to be of interest to all people interested in
making transportation smarter and more efficient in actually reaching the people who need it: taxpayers.

I've also copied the letter he sent along as an attachment and print it at the bottom, which is a letter Tomas sent to the Palm Beach County Commissioners.

But first, to help connect some dots and set up some later comments of mine, I want to share the following prescient piece from Orlando Sentinel ace reporter Aaron Deslatte, which he originally posted on their excellent Central Florida Political Pulse on April 7th.

I had hoped to post and comment on it back in April, but I had a problem when my computer froze-up one night, and moments later, BOOM, the power went out in my neighborhood for a bit.
Afterwards, I was so frustrated, I gave up on posting it, but have recently found a Draft of it from the day before, which I've since finished.

It presents a very telling tale of the elected officials involved in making important decisions for us and how truly ill-informed many are.
People are entitled to their own opinions, of course, but you first have to agree at the outset on certain basic facts and understand where the financial numbers are coming from before you develop your point-of-view, oui?
Or maybe that's just me.

Central Florida Political Pulse.
SunRail bucks get hand-cuffed in the Senate
posted by Aaron Deslatte on Apr 7, 2009 5:47:03 PM

TALLAHASSEE – Senate lawmakers on a powerful budget panel sparred for an hour Tuesday over a Democratic attempt to strip funding for Central Florida’s commuter rail project out of the chamber's proposed budget.
Problem is, they couldn’t find much.
At the Senate Ways and Means committee, Sens. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, and Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, offered an amendment to the budget to divert $491 million out of the state Department of Transportation’s budget for road projects to fund a handful of others they said had been diverted due to the SunRail project.
“We’ve had $600 million that’s been sitting there for three years. It’s a disservice to the people,” Lawson said.
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Wow!!!
I think it's fantastic that in the year 2009, the Florida legislature is full of people who STILL don't know how FDOT is actually funded.
Perhaps in the future, Senate and House committee assignments could be based totally on test performance of standardized tests on Florida govt. history, along with essays on how FL govt. is supposed to work according to the FL State Constitution.
Their own FCATs.
And reveal the results LIVE on TV, like the NFL Draft!

That sort of stupidity is almost as great as the sheer apathy and laziness shown by so many elected officials and pompous public policy types from South Florida in February, based on the paltry number of them who actually showed-up in person at the regional Transportation Summit in Fort Lauderdale on the 21st.
Nothing quite says lip service like folks acting all concerned with transportation policy and Quality of Life issues when being interviewed by reporters, but then skipping the chance to appear at an informative Saturday morning event where actual concerned South Florida citizens are present and accounted for.

Plus there was a great speaker like Gordon Pricof Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, the noted Smart Growth expert, who made a truly fantastic presentation that had most attendees wistful as they watched it, and even more angry than they expected
at seeing once again how much worse this area is than it ought to be compared to other places.

Mr. Price flew across North America from beautiful Vancouver to deliver a powerful message in Fort Lauderdale, and I made time to make the relatively short trip up to the Broward County Convention Center to hear him - and was very glad I did, as many other attendees told me as well.

(These were the exact same well-informed people who asked me over the couple of hours I
was there, with evident concern in their voice, if I, too, had noticed the same changes they had at the Transit Miami blog. http://www.transitmiami.com/
Changes which they uniformly thought were very much for the worse.
Had I noticed TM not even mentioning the very Transportation Summit we were all at in advance -or have anyone attendand the extent to which it had become become something of a combination Biker newsletter and very bitter social screed.
Yes, sadly I had.)

Based on her pathetic track record and apparent fear of actually interacting with knowledgeable taxpayer citizens, instead of the govt. officials and trade groups she clearly
prefers to interact with, which I've written about here before, I completely expected FDOT Sec. Stephanie Kopelousos to be a no-show.
She didn't disappoint, so her non-appearance was NOT exactly Breaking News.

But where was my own State Rep., Joe Gibbons?
Or my State Senator, Eleanor Sobel?

Gibbons, the former Hallandale Beach City Commissioner who now acts oblivious to all the self-evident unethical and incompetent activity taking place here in HB, happens to be the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committeeand yet was a no-show that morning, as were South Florida
Senators Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Chris Smithboth of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations.

Nice going!
Way to represent!

The folks who actually attended the Summit won't soon forget who all the no-shows were.

Well, among the few elected officials who actually WERE there was SFRTA Governing Board Chairman and Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, Jr.,
http://www.broward.org/eggelletion/ and http://www.tri-rail.com/, and Palm Beach County Commission Chairman Jeff Koons,

I spent some time talking to Comm. Koons in FTL and found him to be not only EXTREMELY well-informed and conversant, but also someone who was clearly
very conscientious and possessed of a good sense of humor, someone who didn't take himself so seriously.

I'm no expert on Comm. Koons, but my initial sense of him, after previously reading articles and columns on him and now finally meeting him was that we could use a couple dozen clones of him here in Hallandale Beach and Broward County, as well as in Miami-Dade
County, where part of the larger problem is is the dozens and dozens of people who take themselves FAR TOO SERIOUSLY.

For examples of this, see WFOR's I-Team report A Spending Tale of Two Counties

People like Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper to name but one glaring example, who continues to think so highly of herself -despite her awful track recordand thinks you ought to as well,.
In fact, she thinks so highly or herself that she asked HB City Manager Mike Good to find money in the city's budget to create a brand new office for her at HB City Hall, despite the fact that there was nothing physically wrong with her existing one.

No matter!
She said "Jump!" and he said "How high?" and it was done and completed in January for about $3,700.

So, with that all said, here's the letter Tomas wrote so you could know what's going on, too.
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Your support is needed to minimize the $4 million budget cut to Palm Tran and save Tri-Rail. Effects will greatly impact the $5 monthly bus pass program and Senior Transportation Services!
Last year the commissioners put an additional $1 million dollars back into Public Transportation because advocates came out to the meetings! We can do it again!
Join Citizens For Improved Transit at the
County Budget Workshop
Monday June 8 at 1:45 p.m. (will last about 1 hour)
P.B.C. Governmental Center - 301 N. Olive Ave., W.P.B. 6th Floor
(RSVP to this e-mail if you or an agency representative is able to attend)
Please also put on your Calendars to attend budget meetings on July 13th, September 8th and 21st
The time when public transportation comes on the agenda is determined a week before the meeting.
It is also very effective to make phone calls, write letters and send e-mails and tell your experiences. See the attached letter to get information on the issues:
THE ISSUES (See Attached letter for further details and attachment for All proposed cuts and fare increases)
1. Maintain the $5 price for the TD bus pass for everyone living below 150% of the poverty level or if absolutely necessary create a sliding scale fare system so individuals making less then $1,000 per month will stay at $5 and raise the price to $7.50 for individuals making between $1,000 and $1,353 per month.
2. Instead of funding the ADA program with money currently designated for the DOSS program in order to charge for the transportation service, the same funds should be used to reinstate the County Senior Transportation program with new criteria
-- The eligibility age raised from 60 to 65 or 70
-- Amount of trips limited to the funds available
-- Trip destination limited to medical, employment, grocery stores and meal sites, and socialization trips to adult daycare centers
-- Qualifying seniors can not have a driver’s license or car registered in their name
-- The cost of the fare be based on a sliding scale: Seniors living:
- below the poverty level of $902 per month pay $3 per round trip
- between $902 and $1,354 pay $4 per round trip
- above 150% of the poverty level pay $6 per round trip which is the same fare the ADA program would charge.
3. Provide Tri-Rail with the minimal required funding obligation of $1.6 million and set aside an additional $1.25 million in reserves that will only be allocated to Tri-rail if:
-- Broward and Miami/Dade make the same financial obligation
-- The state contributes the remaining $3.75 million regional short fall in addition to the funding used to match the counties contributions.

CALL TO ACTION: It is essential Transportation Advocates attend and Nonprofit Agencies send representatives and clients to the meetings to stress the importance of Palm Tran, Palm Tran Connection and Tri-Rail on peoples lives.Not everyone will be asked to speak put we are looking to have a large attendance. Nonprofits please make sure to send at least one representative from each agency to the budget workshop this up coming Monday at 1:45.

Please pass on this e-mail to get the word out.

RSVP to this link: Citizens For Improved Transit or call 561-249-4181

E-mail the county commissioners today at BCC-Allcommissioners@pbcgov.org to say that Public Transportation Services are essential and should not be cut.


June 1, 2009

In regards to: Palm Tran Budget, Tri-Rail, Palm Tran Service Board

Dear Commissioners:

With the high cost of living in Palm Beach County and the scarcity of employment the populations effected the most by the current economic environment include seniors, low income earners, the unemployed, and the mentally and physically disabled. Palm Tran and Palm Tran Connection are the only form of transportation for many of these individuals to access life sustaining destinations.

The proposed Palm Tran Budget will significantly impact the quality of life for these vulnerable populations. Citizens For Improved Transit wants to ensure the commissioners are aware of the consequences of some of the proposed changes and alternative solutions that can still reduce the budget and provide for the transportation disadvantaged.

Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Bus Passes:
This proposed change will have the greatest impact on the transportation disadvantaged by raising the cost of the TD bus passes 300% from $5 to $15 for individuals and families that live below 150% of the federal poverty level or less then $1,353 per month. Many of the families who are eligible for the TD bus pass live far below this level and cannot afford the additional $10 per month per family member. Approximately 7,000 people use the Transportation Disadvantaged Bus Pass program on a monthly basis which is about 20% of the fixed route riders.

Citizens For Improved Transit’s Recommendation
Maintain the $5 price for everyone living below 150% of the poverty level or if absolutely necessary create a sliding scale fare system so individuals making less then $1,000 per month will stay at $5 and raise the price to $7.50 for individuals making between $1,000 and $1,353 per month.

The county has only one distribution site for the TD bus passes at the Palm Tran Connection Lake Worth facility. It is advised that the secretarial position proposed to be terminated at the Palm Tran West Palm Beach office be changed to administer the sales of the TD bus passes. Since it will only be one position it is advised that registering for the TD program still be done in Lake Worth. The use of the WPB facility as a distribution site was proposed by Palm Tran staff but was sidelined due to lack of funding for a additional staff position. Currently the Lake Worth office is running at capacity with sometimes over 200 people coming a day.

Transportation Cuts to Seniors
According to the 2008 Palm Beach County Profile there are over 365,000 seniors over 60 living in Palm Beach County. Nearly 25% of these seniors live alone. The Division of Senior Services (DOSS) program provides transportation for seniors to receive one nutritious meal a day and simultaneously provides for socialization for those who would otherwise be isolated in their homes. Palm Tran wants to roll the DOSS program into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program. Under ADA Palm Tran can charge $6 per each round trip.

The problem with this is based on Palm Tran’s calculations, 15% of the current DOSS meal trips go to low income seniors that do not qualify for ADA trips. For the seniors that do have a qualifying disability Palm Tran estimates an additional 15% can not afford the $6 daily roundtrip cost. Based on discussions with a DOSS representative, Citizens For Improved Transit is confidant the number of seniors who will not be able to access the meals because of the additional $120 per month increase will be significantly higher.

Citizens For Improved Transit’s Recommendation
Instead of funding the ADA program with money currently designated for the DOSS program in order to charge for the transportation service, the County Senior Transportation program should be reinstated with new criteria:
  • The eligibility age raised from 60 to 65 or 70
  • Amount of trips limited to the funds available
  • Trips destination limited to medical, employment, grocery stores and meal sites, and socialization trips to adult daycare centers
  • Qualifying seniors can not have a driver’s license or car registered in their name
  • The cost of the fare be based on a sliding scale: Seniors living
    • below the poverty level of $902 per month pay $3 per round trip
    • between $902 and $1,354 pay $4 per round trip
    • above 150% of the poverty level pay $6 per round trip which is the same fare the ADA program would charge.
The new criteria will ensure seniors who do not have a qualifying ADA disability do not become isolated and can access life sustaining destinations. The current Palm Tran Connection trip scheduling software is already separating clients based on income and charging $2 instead of $3 for eligible riders. This subsidy is also proposed to be eliminated.

Tri-Rail
South Florida’s long term future growth necessitates mass transit of which Tri-Rail is the backbone. Tri-Rail has broken numerous ridership records, putting it among the nation's fastest growing commuter trains. Even as gasoline prices have dipped, the majority of passengers who flocked to the train when prices spiked to more than $4 a gallon last summer have continued riding with 4 million passengers last year, 22.9% more than in 2007.

Supporting funding for Tri-rail will continue a path of progress by:
  • Supporting economic development and smart growth planning as county and regional master plans have been developed around Tri-Rail infrastructure.
  • Improve quality of life by decreasing traffic congestion and the perpetual need for costly road expansions. Tri-Rail reduces 3.5 million car trips per year on I-95.
  • Contribute to a cleaner environment with 102 million less car miles on I-95.
Palm Beach County is required to contribute $1.6 million towards tri-rail which is $2.5 million less then its 2009 funding level of $4.1 million. In jeopardy is the future of regional transportation in South Florida and the stimulus money that is expected to be dedicated to rail transportation. The South Florida Region will not be eligible for the funds if it defaults on the federal funding used to create tri-rail.

Citizens For Improved Transit’s Recommendation
Provide tri-rail with the minimal required funding obligation of $1.6 million and set aside half of the $2.5 million shortfall (an additional $1.25 million) in reserves that will only be allocated to Tri-Rail if:
  • Broward and Miami/Dade make the same financial obligation
  • The state contributes the remaining $3.75 million regional short fall in addition to its matching funding.

Palm Beach County’s budget will be completed before Broward and Miami/Dade. Taking the leadership role will pressure the other counties to do the same and then put the ball back into the state’s court. If the criteria are not meet the county keeps the funds in reserve.

Sincerely,

Tomas Boiton
Citizens For Improved Transit, Founder
Transportation Consultant For Nonprofits
Office: (561) 249-4181
Fax: (561) 207-7763

Tboiton@Comcast.net
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Lake Park, FL 33403
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Hallandale Beach Blog

Hallandale Beach Blog
Hallandale Beach Blog/South Beach Hoosier's crimson-colored Indiana University cap. If you see someone at a South Florida govt. meeting or public policy discussion wearing this IU cap, scribbling notes furiously -and shaking his head in disbelief- don't be afraid to come over and say hello or pitch prospective story ideas. Photo by South Beach Hoosier. Move your mouse over the cap and be sent to the IU Athletic Dept.'s YouTube Channel.

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.
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Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood.
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect.
This is particularly true in the town I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, just north of Aventura and south of Hollywood. There, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent.
Sadly for its residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with lots of potential because of its terrific location, yet its citizens have become numb to its outrages and screw-ups after years of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, they wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog that could do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable but skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.

Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change.
If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY here among Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru simple public scrutiny, or requires a degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of incompetency, cronyism or simple negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.
"And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen."- Preacher Purl encouraging the underdog Hickory High basketball team before the state title game against heavily-favored South Bend Central in 1986's Hoosiers
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091217/
Audio of pregame speech:
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Paradise Lost? South Florida

Paradise Lost? South Florida
TIME magazine of November 23, 1981: Paradise Lost? South Florida . Click photo to see original article.
The South Florida I Grew Up In
Excerpted from Joan Didion's Miami, 1987, Simon & Schuster:
In the continuing opera still called, even by Cubans who have now lived the largest part of their lives in this country, el exilo, the exile, meetings at private homes in Miami Beach are seen to have consequences. The actions of individuals are seen to affect events directly. Revolutions and counter-revolutions are framed in the private sector, and the state security apparatus exists exclusively to be enlisted by one or another private player. That this particular political style, indigenous to the Caribbean and to Central America, has now been naturalized in the United States is one reason why, on the flat coastal swamps of South Florida, where the palmettos once blew over the detritus of a dozen failed booms and the hotels were boarded up six months a year, there has evolved since the early New Year's morning in 1959 when Fulgencio Batista flew for the last time out of Havana a settlement of considerable interest, not exactly an American city as American cities have until recently been understood but a tropical capital: long on rumor, short on memory, overbuilt on the chimera of runaway money and referring not to New York or Boston or Los Angeles or Atlanta but to Caracas and Mexico, to Havana and to Bogota and to Paris and Madrid. Of American cities Miami has since 1959 connected only to Washington, which is the peculiarity of both places, and increasingly the warp...

"The general wildness, the eternal labyrinths of waters and marshes, interlocked and apparently neverending; the whole surrounded by interminable swamps... Here I am then in the Floridas, thought I," John James Audobon wrote to the editor of The Monthly American Journal of Geology and Natural Science during the course of an 1831 foray in the territory then still called the Floridas. The place came first, and to touch down there is to begin to understand why at least six administrations now have found South Florida so fecund a colony. I never passed through security for a flight to Miami without experiencing a certain weightlessness, the heightened wariness of having left the developed world for a more fluid atmosphere, one in which the native distrust of extreme possibilities that tended to ground the temperate United States in an obeisance to democratic institutions seemed rooted, if at all, only shallowly. At the gate for such flights the preferred language was already Spanish. Delays were explained by weather in Panama. The very names of the scheduled destinations suggested a world in which many evangelical inclinations had historically been accommodated, many yearnings toward empire indulged...

In this mood Miami seemed not a city at all but a tale, a romance of the tropics, a kind of waking dream in which any possibility could and would be accommodated...

Nice from a distance, not so nice once you're there and see the years of City Hall's neglect

Nice from a distance, not so nice once you're there and see the years of City Hall's neglect
The public beach that is "North Beach" in Hallandale Beach, FL. June 19, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

So this is where our tax dollars go to die?

"So this is where our tax dollars go to die? My friend and fellow civic activist Csaba Kulin, perhaps wondering when we're FINALLY going to get the clean and inviting public beach that Hallandale Beach residents believe we're entitled to but have never received under Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew.
Instead, we get rusty pipes in the middle of the beach and garbage cans on the beach -without lids- at the windiest place in the entire city. And a public building across the street from the beach that the public can't use for free but which city employees can -for their holiday parties." Click photo to see many more photos of the site and the original post, or http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/latest-info-photos-re-related-groups.html; 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Just as true now as it was when it was written in June 2012!

The View from the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood city line

The View from the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood city line
Looking south towards The Beach Club and the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A from the beach, near the Hollywood cityline, May 2, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Hallandale Beach, FL

A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Hallandale Beach, FL
City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex, 400 S. Federal Highway. The City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex: If it's true that a fish rots from the head down, so it does in local government in Broward County, FL. This monument sign on the west side of the intersection of U.S.-1 and S.E. 5th Street, across from Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and the Village at Gulfstream Park retail complex, alerts you to your proximity to HB City Hall and the HB Police Department HQ. It's a place and culture whose very own words and actions have made clear to taxpayers of this city -regardless of age, race or income- that it holds itself apart from and above from the very citizens it's supposed to serve, often acting like they don't have to follow the same laws that govern everyone else in the state of Florida and the U.S., whether of logic, reason or contracts. (More to the point of this blog, the Florida Statutes on Sunshine Laws and Public Records.) City employees in Hallandale Beach routinely refuse to answer perfectly reasonable questions posed to them by taxpayers, and as I have found out myself and witnessed, are not above berating you for even having the nerve to ask! As it happens, it's also not a very safe area, despite who operates here, and over the past nine years, the public parking lots have often been pitch-black for 6-9 months at a time, including in front of the HB Police Dept. HQ. Then-Police Chief Thomas Magill even shrugged his shoulders at City Comm. meetings when told about this a few times. As if they couldn't make a worse first impression, at one point, even the spotlights shining on this sign didn't work at night for over FOUR YEARS, either. October 13, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

"Why do they need that in the Broward County charter?"

"Laws and Constitutions go for nothing where the general sentiment is corrupt."
-New York Times, September 22, 1851

"Why do they need that in the Broward County charter?"
-Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper at April 2, 2008 HB City Commission meeting, in discussing possible inclusion of Broward County Charter Review Commission's proposal for Ethics Commission to deal with Broward County Commission, on November 2008 ballot.
Six YEARS after the county's voters had overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the County charter requiring its adoption, the Broward County Commission had yet to live up to its legal responsibility. That's why!

Looking east on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Looking east  on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Looking east on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd., over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway bridge, toward the iconic Hallandale Beach Water Tower and the three condo towers comprising The Beach Club. September 8, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive
Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive. Located below the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive, on the south side (right) is the "Community Center" that HB City Hall, thru their gross incompetency, has made impossible for HB citizen taxpayers to use now for 41 MONTHS as of January 2011. (And where's the American flag on the Fourth of July weekend? Missing in action as it had been for months!) July 3, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Looking towards southern Hollywood Beach

Looking towards southern Hollywood Beach
Trump Hollywood, Diplomat Residences, Westin Diplomat, Crowne Resort. Looking NE towards Hollywood on State Road A1A from the 2500 block of East Hallandale Beach Blvd./State Road 858 just before crossing the Intracoastal Bridge: (l-r) Trump Hollywood, Diplomat Residences, the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach. March 25, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

The Related Group's The Beach Club, consisting of three condo towers

The Related Group's The Beach Club, consisting of three condo towers
The Beach Club. Looking SE at The Beach Club from the Hollywood side of State Road A1A. May 12, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

City of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

City of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
City of Hollywood City Hall. An early morning shot of the east side of Hollywood City Hall the morning of the Johnson Street Redevelopment RFP Evaluation Committee meeting, where presentations were heard; October 14, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. For more info on what's going on with this important project, see http://www.hollywoodfl.org/html/JohnsonStBeachRFP.htm

Corruption Isn't Unique to South Florida, It's the Level of the Stupidity That Is

Corruption Isn't Unique to South Florida, It's the Level of the Stupidity That Is
"[Chicago Mayor] William Hale Thompson was defeated Tuesday after a campaign which he alone made disgraceful. The election was an ejection, a dirty job, but Chicago has washed itself and put on clean clothes. Thompson recognized the [Chicago] Tribune as his chief enemy. The Tribune was glad to earn that opinion. It certainly tried to do so. It has taken the fight to him on every occasion during the long and depraved course of his administration. It is unpleasant business to eject a skunk, but someone has to do it. For Chicago, Thompson has meant filth, corruption, obscenity, idiocy and bankruptcy. He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft and a dejected citizenship. He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city. He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization. In his attempt to continue this he excelled himself as a liar and defamer of character. He’s out. He is not only out, but dishonored. He is deserted by his friends. He is permanently marked by the evidences of his character and conduct. His health is impaired by his ways of life and he leaves office and goes from the city the most discredited man who ever held place in it."

-Excerpts from April 1931 Chicago Tribune editorial following Republican "Big Bill" Thompson's loss to his Democratic rival Anton Cermak. A friend of organized crime during the Al Capone era, Thompson was the last Republican elected mayor of Chicago. But less than two years later, Mayor Cermak was shot while shaking hands with President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt at Miami's Bayfront Park. He died from gunshot wounds to his lungs three weeks later.

See
http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/3686.html

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
Before I was a Hoosier, I was an NMB Charger, Class of 1979

Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot

Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot
Like longtime U-M fans everywhere, including me, Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot, hasn't had very much to cheer about lately, given the general state of mediocrity and underwhelming performances coming from the Hurricanes. Isn't it about time for fans to finally see some tangible signs that the new AD is moving things in the right direction? Where are the signs? I'm NOT seeing them. The woeful U-M Women's program is largely composed of teams that are NOT even close to being competitive for NCAA titles like their ACC competition, and they don't even field Women's Lacrosse or Field Hockey teams. It's embarrassing! Click on Sebastian for retrospective photo gallery of The Orange Bowl

Want to hear some REAL music talent? Of course you do!

Want to hear some REAL music talent? Of course you do!
Click on this photo of Anni to go to the FoK YouTube Channel
Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) photographed in Rome, 2012, by Alessandro Leone. Click on the photo of Anni to go to her YouTube Channel and see videos from her first album, "Traces of a Human," and the first single of her upcoming 2nd album, "The Grazing Grounds." http://fullofkeys.com/ https://www.facebook.com/fullofkeys https://twitter.com/FullOfKeys More videos and photos of Full of Keys are at: http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/p/full-of-keys.html

Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson

Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson
Photo of Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson, Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden. January 11, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier. (c) 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. The Dolphins caps and goodies are in the yellow bag :)

A dynamic and original talent with personality to spare!

Photo above is from my June 2nd, 2013 post titled, "Our 'Full of Keys' drought is finally over! Full of Keys (a.k.a. the amazing Anni Bernhard) will be playing a showcase in New York City at Cake Shop on June 10th as part of the week-long New Music Seminar. Her new album was recorded recently in Gotland, will be mastered in NYC, aiming for a September release -with lots of very big and exciting plans coming soon! @FullOfKeys, @AndreasJismark, #AnniBernhard, #MatsJönsson, #GrazingGrounds, #NMS2013, #NYMF, #CakeShop" http://www.hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/our-full-of-keys-drought-is-finally.html
Click the photo to read that post, watch her videos and learn more about this dynamic and original talent with personality to spare!

Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)

Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)
Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) wearing the teal-colored Miami Dolphins cap I gave her in January 2013 (in Stockholm) while recording her 2nd album, "The Grazing Grounds" at Sandkvie Studios in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. Also pictured here are sound engineer and co-producer Linus Larsson and musician/DJ/co-producer Mats Jönsson, April 12, 2013. Click the photo to see my post on Anni last summer.

Full Of Keys - Silent Agreement, from the new #GrazingGrounds album

FullofkeysOFFICIAL YouTube Channel: Full Of Keys - Silent Agreement. Uploaded January 9, 2014 http://youtu.be/7yHULYTxEt4 From the second album by Full of Keys (Anni Bernhardt) #grazinggrounds http://www.youtube.com/user/FullofkeysOFFICIAL

Full Of Keys - Cover My Eyes (Stills Video)

Full Of Keys - Cover My Eyes (Stills Video) via Andreas Jismark YouTube Channel. Uploaded February 23, 2014. The 2nd track released from #grazinggrounds album. Full Of Keys 2014. http://youtu.be/aha-pf_QrXo

"Heart" from @fullofkeys #GrazingGrounds

Cecilia Nilsson - A new super-talent from Gävle, Sweden

Cecilia Nilsson - A new super-talent from Gävle, Sweden

Veronica Maggio - Sergels Torg (Lyric Video)

UniversalMusicSweden YouTube Channel video: Veronica Maggio - Sergels Torg (Lyric Video). Uploaded August 21, 2013. http://youtu.be/kSdqLlyqZX8 As seen on my September 25, 2013 blog post titled, "Irresistible Veronica Maggio delivers two new infectious songs for us to linger over and become addicted to, just when we needed her talent and moxie the most- 'Sergels Torg' and 'Dallas'; Veronica and Stockholm NEVER disappoint!; Jag älskar Sergels Torg!; @veronicamaggio, #stockholm, #sweden, #sergelstorg
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/irresistible-veronica-maggio-delivers.html

Veronica Maggio

Miriam Bryant @MiriamBryant

Let's end the 27-year NCAA title drought!

Let's end the 27-year NCAA title drought!
IU All-American and U.S. Olympian Steve Alford on the cover of the 1987 Indiana University basketball media guide, months after IU won the NCAA basketball title.

Breaking Away" opened in movie theaters 35 years ago today

IU's NCAA Basketball Championship banners

Our five NCAA Basketball Championship banners are on the north side of the court; I was there for 1981's.

The NCAA Championship Banners

The NCAA Championship Banners
Assembly Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. I was there in 1981 for NCAA Title #4 vs. North Carolina. Click on photo to go to the IU Basketball homepage.

Here's the first banner of the Crean Era

Indiana University Athletics

Perhaps you'll enjoy this view more!

We Are IU (Official Version) 2013