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The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL, via Katherine "Katie" Siff @katie_siff https://www.instagram.com/p/BfGl_Y2FJ49/?taken-by=katherinesiff
Friday, December 11, 2009
An interesting ad I've previously alluded to re the Diplomat Country Club expansion/LAC
that I've alluded to in emails and conversations
with some of you over the past two weeks at
meetings and forums throughout the area.
Want more traffic & condos?
Now you can see it for yourself.
People in Southeast Broward who see the
Diplomat Country Club's LAC exactly for
what it is, a direct threat to the Quality-of-Life
for residents of Hollywood and Hallandale Beach,
have chosen to show some moxie and run it right
in the 'sweet spot' of the HB City Hall faux
newspaper/propaganda sheet, the South
The faux newspaper that serves as the propaganda arm to
Hallandale Beach City Hall and the Joy Cooper & Mike Good regime,
the South Florida Sun-Times.
Unless something unexpected happens, though
I've had them for weeks, this weekend I'll be
running on the docs the Sun-Times had to sign
in order to get their $50k sweetheart deal of a
grant and loan from the city's CRA program.
Money that could be better utilized towards
following the original intent of CRA legislation,
than in allowing this cast of characters to decide
which of their myriad cronies should get their
hands on some greenback$, like the preposterous
$90K deal they approved months ago, where,
under the ruse of economic development,
brand-new TV sets were placed in the common
areas of condo buildings on A1A, where individual
condo units cost many hundreds of thousands
This despite the fact that A1A isn't in the city's
CRA district and the people asking for the money
didn't even own any property in Hallandale Beach,
a requirement that was waived.
So why are funds that are supposed to combat
blight being used for such absurd purposes,
like subsidizing a propaganda sheet that doesn't
even pretend to be genuine newspaper?
Are other South Florida governments engaging
in similar actions, essentially buying positive
news for themself thru their financial arrangements,
with beleaguered taxpayers picking up the check?
Those are both good questions.
Maybe, someday, they'll actually be investigated
and answered by a real South Florida reporter.
But then to get the answers to those sort of
questions, you'd have to start with the basics,
and that would mean asking (and explaining)
as well, why, in the year 2009, isn't there even
ONE directional street sign in the entire city of
Hallandale Beach indicating where HB City Hall is?
Or the HB Police Dept. HQ?
Or the HB Fire/Rescue HQ?
What sort of people make THOSE
sort of conscious decisions?
The answer, as we know all too well,
is one and the same.
The very people who've been running
Hallandale Beach City Hall and made it
both a punch-line and a laughingstock.
The very same ones whom we all know
would like to approve the Diplomat deal,
regardless of the serious negative consequences
to all of us who already live in the area.
#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
Last night at #election2016 #party in #hollywood #city. Congratulations #joshlevy #newmayor #hollywoodcity. Privileged to be with the #sunsentinel #sunsentinelnewspaper #photographer #makeamericagreatagain #neverforget #anighttoremember #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #blessed #yourphotographer #miamiphotography #photography #proudtobeamerican ����
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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.
Today is the day. Today is a celebration. Today is my day. Today, I hiked, I photographed, and I explored. Today I choose to love. Today I'm happy. Today I'm blessed. Today is my birthday. Today is a special day for you and me. #birthdaygirl #birthday #birthdaymonth #brazil #braziltrip #rio #theview #livingthelife #lifeisgood #morro #rio #praia #travel #miami #miamigirl #luckygirl #loveisintheair #justdoit #artist #photographer #photography #taiwan #beautiful #vacation #viajar #instagood #smile #dreambig #wishes #true
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Forbes estimates Gisele Bundchen will make $15.2M this year. Tom Brady will make $15M ($1 salary, $14M bonus) + likely another $8M off field for a couple total of $38.2M. pic.twitter.com/tWiVv8kpTH— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 23, 2017
@ETARURestaurant, Señor Café
#SoFL - Enjoyed some excellent Chicken Milanesa yesterday at Señor Café, a very popular #Cuban ���� family restaurant on US-1, 1520 S. Federal Hwy., #HollywoodFL, with my sister, Jennifer, who'd done me a huge favor earlier. Ham & cheese on top of bistec de pollo a la milanesa. pic.twitter.com/xtizku5oKb— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 26, 2017