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Monday, March 22, 2010
South Florida news media's silence in asking Steve Geller hard questions has never been more noticeable than now
to numerous South Florida print/TV reporters
and columnists, raising questions that you may
well have been asking yourself.
The part about Steve Geller could've been
asked last month or last year.
Oh, that's right, I did.
Reporters and columnists, not so much.
Monday March 22nd, 2010
Many of you have a reputation for being more
than willing to indulge former State Senator
Steve Geller's ego, and to contact him for
almost any reason under the sun if you think
he'll say something pithy that'll make your
audience chortle, even if he really doesn't
know any more about the subject than many
other people you could ask.
So that said, is there a reason that you and
the rest of the South Florida news media
haven't asked Steve Geller to publicly
declare his own sympathies, one way or
the other, in the fight by Hallandale Beach
citizens -and their allies in Hollywood-
against the incompatible Diplomat LAC
plan scheduled to be voted upon Tuesday
afternoon by the Broward County Commission?
Or to ever mention what other local Broward
pols are saying or doing in relation to the
prospect of four or five 25-story-plus condo
towers being dropped on a residential
neighborhood, largely because the Union
that owns the Diplomat Country Club,
along with their partner Starwood, has done
such a dreadful job of improving and marketing
the expensive golf course, that nobody wants
to play there.
(If they get the approval they seek from the
Broward County Commission, it's clear that
the Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Union will
try to sell it toute-de-suite.)
For instance, sounding-out local pols like
Eleanor Sobel, Joe Gibbons, Jennifer
& Ken Gottlieb, Elaine Schwartz or
Ann Murray or...
In most parts of the country, they'd be part
of the equation, and maybe even vocal leaders
in the fight.
But here, they just sit on the sidelines, as if
local voters in HB and Hollywood don't notice
their MIA status, and won't take it into account
negatively come Election Day.
(They're in for a surprise, as we WILL
take it into account and ask questions
about their silence.)
No, instead, we are met with completely
incurious reporters who don't seem to want
to ask reasonable questions that Southeast
Broward residents want answers to.
It's the biggest issue in this city -besides
reforming a very corrupt HB City Hall-
and yet you all have, individually and
collectively, given Steve Geller a free ride
You've been completely averse to asking basic
questions of someone who could, theoretically,
actually represent most of this city and
Hollywood if he were to actually somehow defeat
Sue Gunzburger, though I think it's unlikely.
Why this great reluctance to ask Steve Geller
Is it the possibility of losing access to
a quotable source?
Frankly, that's what most people I know who
are interested in public policy in South Florida
You know, the ones interested enough to actually
show-up and participate and be quoted by you
or featured in interviews you conduct?
That's also the belief of many Florida reporters
from outside of South Florida.
If you didn't already know, many of them think
Geller plays the South Florida media like
a violin, some more easily than others
And why the great reluctance to ask Geller
to state the specific date by which he will
actually be living in the Commission
District he's running for, while he continues
to live outside of it up in Cooper City?
Geller has been a carpetbagger this entire
campaign, an adjective that you all seem
very reluctant to use for reasons that don't
necessarily speak well for your profession's
It's all just so very, very curious.
And what is Broward Commissioner Diana
Wasserman-Rubin going to do on the
Diplomat LAC, since Hallandale Beach is part
of her District, even if the project itself is not?
Will she continue to give the concerned
neighborhood the complete runaround?
DWR had no problem at all in meeting Hallandale
Beach Commissioner Anthony A, Sanders
in person on March 8th at the Hepburn Center
in HB to hear the typically one-sided rhetoric
sans facts that he specializes in.
But when the actual neighborhood directly affected
by the over-the-top project wanted to show her
around and give her some first-hand perspective
and context to better understand their plight
-and more easily imagine a 25-30-story
condo suddenly going up 100 feet from
their kitchen window, and plunging them
into near permanent shade- after initially
agreeing to come, DWR decided the following
day, last Friday, that she didn't want to meet
with them on-site.
Which defeats the purpose of a walking
Instead, she asked them to come to her
West Park office today at 4 p.m., at the
Family Success Center, 4733 SW 18th Street,
one block south of Pembroke Rd.
Those of you who want to break away from
the media herd may want to consider
swinging-by there and see how it's goes,
but at this point, given all her other myriad
problems, DWR seems to just be digging
herself into a deeper hole with HB citizens,
who already thought she was distant and
far-removed from their day-to-day concerns,
which will only be magnified if she votes
for the Diplomat on Tuesday.
After failing to meet residents where
the project is slated to be built.
For the record, besides Sue Gunzburger,
who has been to numerous meetings in both
HB and Hollywood on this issue that I've
attended, NONE of the other Broward
County Commissioners have bothered
to come to the affected area to see what's
in store for these beleaguered residents.
Perhaps the attached Massing Study done
by the Diplomat's consultants will give
you a sense of their future if the Diplomat
gets their way.
Seeing is believing, which perhaps best explains
why DWR chooses not to visit the scene.
She knows that she can't look people in the eye
and say that she likes what the Diplomat
proposes to do to their home, so she forces a
handful of them to have to come to HER office,
where she has home-court advantage, and can
conclude the meeting whenever she wants.
If I were a betting man, as of this afternoon,
I'd say that Diana Wasserman-Rubin will
vote for the Diplomat's project, along with
both Stacey Ritter and Elaine Lieberman,
the latter two forever the developer's friend
and among the biggest individual drags on
Broward getting into the 21st Century thru
their smirky, ham-handed ethical problems.
Me, I'm just wondering when the news media
down here will once again have both some bark
and some bite.
Those of you who want to see the Massing Study
I referred to above for yourselves should drop me
an email and I'll send it to you.
Write me at hallandalebeachblog(-at-)gmail.com
#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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My next boyfriend isn’t allowed in Brazil. The women are too hot. ��— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 19, 2018
Beach day. pic.twitter.com/TGMXzzpDKI— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 19, 2018
Brazilllll pic.twitter.com/sS45YnxrBo— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 13, 2018
My #WhatsApp: I remember happy moments like that. And soon a day that I never ever thought could be reached, nor ever wanted to be reached, Day 101, will be over. Triple digits. To quote someone I'm forever quoting, "Wow." ☹️ And I'm not in #Sweden , either. ☹️☹️ pic.twitter.com/upD1rLQTaB— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 25, 2018
Bad news on the #Sweden front: How that very disturbing news re violent #crime in Sweden you probably didn't see/read about in the U.S. media yet, affects me... I'm NOT flying to ���� & #Iceland���� this week as I'd previously planned. ☹️�� Here's why: https://t.co/mcg8gidFmv— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 25, 2018
@instapundit In 2018, nothing's more precious than U.S. news media getting on thr high horse to lecture us abt personal relationships in workplace. Just don't think of Ben Bradlee @washingtonpost or Les Moonves @CBS, whose girlfriends worked for them there https://t.co/EErNGuIy1n— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 25, 2018
Seems like a good time to remind everyone that the guy spouting off about morality below slept with his candidate's wife while still working for the candidate. pic.twitter.com/aXy7Z6XKVx— RBe (@RBPundit) January 24, 2018
@EstherPerel @matthewhussey @LewisHowes @SexWithEmily 1 of most insightful pieces re #MeToo precisely bec it acknowledges that human behavior -even among well-educated ppl who shld know better- is so often inexplicable and full of hypocrisy and betrayal. https://t.co/UseNuI0vP8— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 21, 2018
@fredrikstrage @CallMeCilia @magnusswede @didigital_se @maralkalajian @SpotifyBusiness MT @cheriehu42 In many ways, #Sweden ���� is taking the lead on #tech & #diversity in the music industry. My latest @billboard >> https://t.co/Gevel7oX8X— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 19, 2018
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.
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My first blog post of 2018: Changes to look for in me and at #HallandaleBeachBlog in the year to come -and some oblique clues about the upsetting past few months and why you haven't been seeing me quite so much lately around #SoFL. https://t.co/c67K6YM2ts pic.twitter.com/oLLpULXe3W— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 11, 2018
Like the gangs who've tagged @MyFDOT_SEFL signs on US-1 in southern #Broward for well over decade, esp. #HallandaleBeach? In Jan. of '14 = over 95% of all signs/FPL poles b/w NE 213th St. & HBB, inc. "Entering #Broward County" sign that's been laughingstock 4 years. @GlennaOn10 pic.twitter.com/zXfNpWtDrW— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 18, 2018
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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.
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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!
New to my #NewYearsResolutions: 1/ Eat Breakfast more often B4 leaving 4 work, and NOT via FastFood! 2/ Have B'fast in bed more often! 3/— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 1, 2018
Whenever possible, have #fashionblogger/Instagram models over 4 B'fast when latter occurs! The @micahgianneli Rule �� https://t.co/YCVJSE5NqR
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FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!
When not possible to have #fashionblogger/@instagram models over for Breakfast -and deep discussions abt trends in #SocialMedia��- head over to Chocolada Bakery & Cafe, #HollywoodFL for Breakfast and get in some high-quality #peoplewatching AND writing done! On my way there NOW! pic.twitter.com/GZFzpnXUPe— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 1, 2018
Last night, ChristmasEve, on #TheBroadwalk, #HollywoodBeach FL, near Hollywood Beach #Marriott hotel. In b/w giving directions/dining advice to northern visitors who sized me up as a well-informed local whom they could trust after they walked up to where I was sitting - I have that trusting face thing down!- I ruminated on the many inexplicable things that have happened to me the past 3 months that have turned my life upside down, and the important decisions I will be making in the coming weeks as 2017 morphs into 2018.
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Unlike amazing #SergelsTorg in beautiful #STHLM, #Christmas holiday reindeers in sunny #SoFL, at least in #HallandaleBeach, are NOT life-size, much less, larger-than-life. Another thing that makes me miss #Sweden����. @CallMeCilia @magnusswede @LindaZachrison @LolaAkinmade pic.twitter.com/Iu5JWVcYIC— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) December 5, 2017