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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

As predicted, the other shoe has dropped in the battle over the Diplomat LAC before the Broward Planning Council on Thursday

Well, as was quite predictable, the other shoe has
finally dropped
in the battle over whether or not
and the high-powered and
attorney/lobbyist team for the
Westin Diplomat
Resort & Spa
and their owners, the Plumbers
& Pipe Fitters Union
, will be able to cram
a large development project into a
neighborhood in Hallandale Beach -
that borders
and directly affects residents of Hollywood
where their absurd and grandiose
plans for multiple
27-story condo towers on
secondary streets
are completely incompatible with the character
and nature of
not only the neighborhood in question,
but directly contrary to
the City of Hallandale
Beach's own adopted
Master Plan of last year.

To wit, a completely calculated partial-retreat
in order to appear
reasonable in their requests.

Below is the letter from Greenberg Traurig
Debbie Orshefsky that was transmitted
to the
Broward Planning Council yesterday
in advance of their Thursday morning meeting
to decide
the Diplomat's application.
I believe you already know who most of the
names are.

Neighbors and residents of HB and Hollywood
have no problem with
them ACTUALLY doing
what they are legally entitled to do
since nobody wants them to close the
Country Club
, but the Diplomat management
Starwood- and owners has only to look in the
mirror to see who's actually responsible for them
in the economic bind they are currently in:
they have a particular product few people

Their property is not just poorly-marketed, but,
for the current market,
charging far-too-much
for such an undemanding and uninteresting

golf course.
It's that simple.

Consumers with plenty of choices vote with their
feet and with their
wallets everyday and this is
no different.

Currently, consumers are making themselves
heard, but the
Diplomat and Company
NOT listening to that evidence and customer

That's their problem to resolve, and not one
to be borne by neighbors
and residents of HB
and Hollywood, who, after all,
DON'T owe the
a profit, no matter how much their
well-financed PR team has tried over
the past
few months to paint a
sky-is-falling scenario
if they don't get
their way on this application.

This issue is truly an example of where the
more you know the true facts
at hand,
as well as the historical context for those
particular facts, the
more you realize how
truly flimsy the
Diplomat's arguments are.

Meeting starts Thursday promptly at 10 a.m.

Below, some recent past paid ads opposed to
Diplomat LAC.





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#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

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.

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!