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Friday, March 12, 2010

Errant driver's crash highlights Broward's embarrassing neglect of property; give that driver an award!

My comments follow the article.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Driver runs red light, puts big hole in Broward government building, police say

By Alexia Campbell and Scott Wyman, Sun Sentinel

March 12, 2010


A vehicle hit Broward County's personnel building early Friday and left a huge hole in a wall, forcing government workers to relocate.

The accident at Andrews Avenue and Broward Boulevard happened at 1:53 a.m., said city Fire Rescue spokesman Matt Little.

A woman ran a red light on Andrews, lost control of her vehicle and hit the wall, said police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa.

The woman was treated by Fort Lauderdale firefighters and then taken to Broward General Medical Center, Little said. Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Little said.

No one was in the building at the time, said county spokeswoman Judy Sarver.

Officials determined the building is unsafe until repairs can be made.

The county will have to temporarily relocate its job application processing services, which were handled in the building, Sarver said. People seeking county jobs should go to Broward's government website — http://www.broward.org — to apply online.

Sarver said the damage was still being assessed Friday and county officials were not sure when the building would reopen.

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Unfortunately for Broward taxpayers, the errant
car didn't
crash into the hideously dirty East side
of the Broward
County Personnel Building facing
Andrews Avenue,
which has been an absolute
abomination for at least three years
the eternal
shame and discredit of County Administrator
Bertha Henry and the entire Broward County

I've been taking photos of it for that long, every time
I go to the Broward Govt. HQ at
115 S. Andrews Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale, for Charter Review, Ethics, Planning
Council and County Commission meetings.

It's almost like Broward County is channeling the
management geniuses at Hallandale Beach City Hall!
And by geniuses, of course, I mean the motley crew
of incompetents who make our city a laughingstock.

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Same building a month later.
February 25, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Above, the Broward Legislative Delegation meeting
of January 26th, 2010 at the Broward College HQ
on East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, which
met to discuss a bill creating an Inspector General
to be an ethical bloodhound tracking Broward's
many miscreant pols.

That's Miami Herald reporter Amy Sherman
on the far left wearing the red top and blue jeans.

Recognize anyone else, public policy sleuths?
Well, there's state Sen. Chris Smith, state Rep.
Ellyn Bogdanoff, the Delegation Chair, and
Broward Coalition president Charlotte Greenbarg

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Looking north from the SW corner of Andrews Avenue
and Broward Blvd. Fort lauderdale.
You can see where people have written and drawn
things on the dirt-caked wall.

Oh, and there's also a caved-in metal utility cover
directly in front of that building on the corner,
next to that pole, that will absolutely break your
ankle if you're not looking.
You're lucky if you get off just being tripped.
That's been there for at least two years.

February 25, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

It's like the County, with all the resources taxpayers
have given it, STILL can't quite figure out some way
of getting a pressure-washer there to completely zap
that while building and work its way south to the
Broward Govt. HQ, since the whole sidewalk smells
like an ashtray -with a urine chaser!

What a great welcome for visitors and Broward
taxpayers alike to the official home of Broward

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

That area is also where buses deposit the homeless,
with predictable results.

See: Broward Politics Hanging in Stranahan Park

and Broward Politics: Billy the panhandler, age 48

On my way to the Broward Planning Council's
meeting re the Diplomat LAC last month, I swung-by
the McDonald's a block away to grab some McMuffins.
On the way back, I snapped this shot of someone, below,
sleeping on the sidewalk of Broward Blvd. at 8:55 a.m.
Two blocks from Fort Lauderdale City Hall.

February 25, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Looking east on Broward Blvd. & Andrews Avenue.,
just north and across the street from the Broward County
Personnel Bldg.

Though I'm not posting photos of it, that whole area is
positively crawling with trash and debris everywhere,
two blocks from Fort Lauderdale City Hall.

That area is a real dump and yet the city and the
county just seem to ignore it, like it'll all just wash
away with the next downpour. Not much of a plan!

I sure didn't see any Super Bowl 44 flags over
there in late January like over on East Las Olas Blvd.,
near the Sun-Sentinel HQ, where it was a bit over-

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Looking south on Andrews Avenue & East Las Olas Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale.

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier
Super Bowl 44 sign, looking east on East Las Olas Blvd.
& Fort Lauderdale.

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier
Super Bowl 44 sign, East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

January 26, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier

The dirty and dumpy sign in front of the Broward
Govt. HQ at
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
In the morning, this immediate area smells like an
ash tray in an old abandoned car that's had its
windows rolled-up for years.

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