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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mayor Cooper's 'water restriction' scare tactic -with no evidence; LA Times: Stephen Orr's 'Tomorrow's Garden' and modern, sustainable landscapes

Per the very interesting photo gallery that I saw today in the Los Angeles Times, which comes from Stephen Orr's new book, "Tomorrow's Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening," from Rodale Books


personally, I'd love to see a lot more cacti around town, esp. over at HB City Hall and public parks and on the city-maintained median strips.

Especially given the big 'water scare' restrictions that Mayor Cooper is attempting to foist upon Hallandale Beach residents next Wednesday night, without any proof it's necessary.

The city admits in docs that I link to below that they have NOT had to issue even ONE citation the past two years, so where is the quantifiable proof that there's a valid reason to change the status quo, and enact an even stricter law?

In fact, where's the quantifiable proof that HB city govt. itself is actually using less water in its buildings in a rate that's at all commensurate with its citizens?

There is none

And do you recall what I shared with you here on February 19th, courtesy of Andy Reid of the Sun-Sentinel?
If not, re-read it, as there is a tremendous amount of facts there that underscore the ridiculous nature of this effort in HB.

Hallandale Beach wants to enact new water restrictions? Why?; SFSS: What restrictions? South Florida's year-round watering rules not being enforced

Is the goal of Mayor Cooper's effort to actually "save water," or is it to lay the groundwork to make money
NOW and in the future thru citations, especially given that the city itself is among the worst offenders?

Or, is the real goal here merely to burnish Mayor Cooper's personal and political reputation among HB citizens and the media after taking so many well-deserved solid hits the past few years, as well as to impress her pals on the
Florida League of Cities, using water usage as a cover?

Seems to me that absent any tangible proof that a new law is necessary, or that similarly-situated cities in Broward are initiating similar laws -
that are enforced- are we being used as guinea pigs solely for the mayor's benefit, not ours and our families?

Below this paid ad for next Wednesday's meeting, the
Second Reading, are links to the staff info for the First Reading of #3 below, which took place on March 2nd.

Published in Miami Herald on 4/9/2011



Here's another question that HB City Hall refuses to answer -what are the names of the parties in Hallandale Beach, business and private, who were the subject of the most complaints the past three years?

That's public information that I think we'd all like to know, since it will show in part whether this whole thing has been a sham from the beginning, given the lack of
actual enforcement of current rules, and how VERY LONG it's been since the city itself removed all those SFWMD signs that used to be everywhere in this city, esp. on city-maintained medians.

One day, they just removed them and they've never been seen again. Why?

The onus is clearly on them to make the case -with no evidence- not on us.

Stephen Orr's blog: what were the skies like [reporting on gardens, horticulture, and botany]

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#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 now-closed 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 atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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