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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tonight's Hallandale Beach Transportation Master Plan meeting is a Sign of the Times in HB: We Need Change!
after the downpours, walking around, observing, doing some writing and reading the NY Times and Post up at North Beach.
taxpayers and residents I know and speak to regularly, folks who go to the city's public beach often, the change at the top at DPW, from William M. Brant to John Chidsey as Director the past three months has made ZERO positive difference for folks like us who want a nicer, cleaner and better-maintained beach.
about how to solve them, even though many of the answers are entirely self-evident.
my trust level of the city's management and accountability, as this post today will show once again.
grasp the obvious, to finally see that it's not a matter of my opinions, rather it's a matter of the self-evident facts-on-the-
first time this year it's been missing.
Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan about it at a City Commission meeting.
Here are some more hints:
13 months ago
13 months ago
idea to okay nailing a city sign into a palm tree?
missing for weeks and weeks.
That would be the flag that flies on the flag pole right next to the empty public fountain, which, conveniently, has also been empty for many weeks.
that you can't use unless you're from HB City Hall or one of their numerous back-scratching cronies.
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on Wednesday, June 3rd. already belonged to you because of City of HB incompetency and malfeasance.
kept the old info on the front door, with nary a sign or flier to alert people passing by as to either its new owner or true
Shocker: Thirteen months after Mike Good's "promise" at the Budget meeting at HB City Hall, a promise he made to me, there is not one single light blue recycling bin (with a lid) on the public beach -where the people are!
Just garbage containers without lids at THE windiest place in the entire city.
meeting, where Good promised recycling bins on beach.
can because at a public meeting at City Hall where everyone talked about being "green," there was not a single recycling box or receptacle present, even though there was food.
doing quite another.
cans without lids and no recycling bins in sight.
Just like last year and the year before that and the year before
I have a very strong feeling that DPW Director John Chidsey is going to start feeling like a human piñata over the next few weeks at public events from all of the valid criticism thats going to stick to him.
In fact, I'm going to make sure of it.
"Yard Waste Only" are NOT recycling bins.
You do know about tonight's citywide Transportation meeting at 6:30 p.m.,right?
Hm-m-m... a public discussion for an important report that was both past their original deadline and over- budget?
You'll understand if I don't really think that truth-telling is high up on HB City Hall's list of things to do on Tuesday.
Which, when you think about it, actually means that getting a good turnout of concerned and indignant HB citizens who will call them out for this should make the proceedings livelier and
quicker for those of us who attend.
one-fourth their presence in next-door Aventura?
I'm especially interested in seeing and hearing people ask specific questions of Commissioners Julian, Ross and Sanders, and have THEM actually answer questions in detail and in complete sentences, not Good and his staff of minions, who do his bidding for such absurdly high salaries.
People need to specify that they want the Commissioners to answer, since that's why they were elected in the first place.
They were elected to represent all of us and THEY need to explain their lack of accountability or anything even close to resembling oversight, not to mention, their self-evident lack of familiarity with the subject, since they foolishly approved large development projects without there being a single real and understandable plan for the construction of a working
S.E. 2nd Street (now Hibiscus) from U.S.-1 to S.E. 14th Avenue.
That, of course, is desperately needed to relieve the enormous traffic flow that will come from the Hallandale Square project and the Oasis project that would otherwise all go onto HBB,
making that EVEN WORSE!
Ask them why they went ahead and approved it without a sensible plan in hand.
Future site of Oasis
is a yellow warning sign in the middle of the block that has been twisted and bent for over FIVE years.
A sign that you can't see when you turn onto the street because it is completely obstructed by foliage.
Once again, the city has shown itself unable to do even that simple thing.
This obstructed sign has dozens of cousins all over the city, but one I've chronicled in particular is this speed limit sign next to the old City Hall on West Dixie Highway and S.W. 3rd Street.
next to the old HB City Hall.
It was even captured for posterity on Google.
This afternoon, after the downpours, I noticed this sandwich board sign on the median of Hallandale Beach Blvd. & 16th Avenue, for left-hand turns into the Winn-Dixie parking lot, advertising it. (Actually, the sign was on the shrubs!)
Naturally, this being the backward Duchy of Hallandale Beach, the type was FAR TOO SMALL for anyone sitting in a car to actually make sense of, plus, the rain made everything on the board bleed.
I have not seen another sign anywhere in the city this weekend, which is not to say they don't exist, only that I haven't found one.
But what I do know for a fact is that there isn't one at the city's busiest intersection, HBB & U.S.-1, or anywhere along U.S.-1, or at the busy intersection of HBB & A1A.
Why no HB Police Dept. electronic board message?
Oh, that's right, it's not related to the Hallandale Beach PAL!
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Congratulations Sweden - 200 years of peace! Solveig Rundquist (@RundquistS)
Which European country has the most attractive citizens?
As seen in my July 31st, 2013 blog post titled, "Which European country has the most attractive citizens?" Sweden won in a landslide with almost four times as many votes as second-place France, with Spain third and Norway fourth. Yes, seeing is believing!; Norwegian.com's non-stop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Oslo start in 4 months! :) http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/boredpandacom-poll-of-europeans-asked.html