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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hallandale Beach, failed Diplomat LAC proposal and Gunzburger v. Geller is subtext of Buddy Nevins post: BSO’s Latest Trip To Fantasyland


Disneyland Opening Day - Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rHjoimz5XI

Speaking of Fantasyland, a not-so-funny thing happened to the well-heeled legal and lobbying forces of development behind the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa's efforts to roll over the people of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood and make their Quality-of-Life go straight downhill.

As I extensively chronicled here earlier in the year to a fare-thee-well, a grass-roots coalition of concerned citizens in the community -including yours truly- organized themselves and beat back the Diplomat's efforts, despite being heavily out-financed and out-lawyered and the South Florida nes media largely ignoring the story.

Well, to be completely factual, we had no money and had no lawyer.
But everyone knows that the
Diplomat management and their owners STILL want another bite of the apple in the future.


Today,
Buddy Nevins gives us a peek at what was going on behind the scenes earlier this year and how the Broward Sheriffs Office was used in the election battle between Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger and Steve Geller.

She voted "No" to development in the spring and she won the election in November.
But now we're learning how some of the dots were connected on the developer's side.

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Broward Beat
BSO’s Latest Trip To Fantasyland

By Buddy Nevins


It is the season of fantasy.


There is the story of Santa Claus. There is the Sugar Plum Fairy.


Then there is today’s astounding flight of fancy on Sun-Sentinel.com that the Broward Sheriff’s Office actually investigated an allegation of extortion over a union endorsement last year.


The story is more proof that Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti has no business investigating the county commission.

Don’t get me wrong. The story is great.

Read the rest of the post at:
http://www.browardbeat.com/bsos-latest-trip-to-fantasyland/



Disneyland Opening Day - Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf2TMwtCUr4&feature=related


Disneyland Opening Day - Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0S_r4m9Zhw

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