Those are some pretty fancy renovations on the drawing board for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, including a courtyard café with retractable awnings and something called the Premier Level, where swells can sip cocktails while overlooking the stage.Is it appropriate for the Broward School Board to contribute $6 million toward the $44 million project?That's the thorny question facing School Board members. After massive teacher layoffs and cuts to music and arts programs in public schools, the performing arts center is hitting up the school district for a hefty contribution.Funds are also slated to come from private donors ($20 million-$25 million), Broward County ($12 million), the city of Fort Lauderdale ($4.5 million) and the Downtown Development Authority ($1 million).The school funding could be a tough sell."I value the arts, and I value our partnership with the Broward Center, but we don't have money for ourselves — do we really have the money to be giving it away outside?" School Board member Laurie Rich Levinson told me Wednesday.Two other School Board members I spoke to, Nora Rupert and newcomer Katie Leach, seemed more amenable to the funding request, but it should make for some interesting debate in the coming months."I hope we can come up with these dollars, but I don't know if we can," said Leach, who serves as the school district's appointee to the Broward Center's governing board.I'm a big supporter of the arts and a big fan of the Broward Center, which has changed the downtown Fort Lauderdale landscape for the better since it opened 20 years ago. But when I first heard about the school funding component for the renovations, my reaction was a strong, "Hell no."Wrong time, wrong message, wrong everything.That said, I'm OK with the other three public prongs for the project. It's appropriate for the county, city and DDA to pitch in.Besides new bars and cafes, the renovations will pay for lighting and sound improvements, upgrades to the smaller Amaturo Theater and a new $8 million education center for students and school programs.The education center alone makes it a worthwhile investment for the school district, says Broward Center CEO Kelley Shanley.Shanley tried to convince me the school dollars will be well spent, since the district gets more bang for its buck by combining money with other entities.The school district was a partner in the arts center's construction 20 years ago, and the school system sends 125,000 kids to the center annually for events and performances. Some are tied to the curriculum, like anti-bullying programs being held this week.The Broward school money would come from the capital budget, which can only be used for infrastructure and equipment, not teacher salaries or supplies.Still, as Levinson notes, "The capital budget is running a deficit, and we've got dilapidated buildings and need to update our own technology."My advice to the Broward Center: Shake those private money trees a little harder. If there's a way to do this without school funds, a lot of teachers and parents will shout, "Bravo!"
Hallandale Beach Blog -A common sense public policy overview offering a critical perspective on the current events, politics, govt., public policy, sports scene and pop culture of the U.S., South Florida, Europe and Sweden. 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. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by me, South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
@bjornpilot - @hbbtruth Just too bad we have to leave now @SAS . We love Miami and we'll be back!
- About Us - Hallandale Beach Blog
- Advertising at Hallandale Beach Blog
- To Contact Me/kontakta mig: HallandaleBeachBlog (at) gmail (dot) com
- Most recent blog posts... via @hbbtruth
- Welcome to My World...
- Sweden 2017
- Sweden 2016 - Tweets, news stories & videos re Sweden & Swedish people, places & things worth knowing about
- #SASMIAMI - SAS DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN MIAMI, OSLO...
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The $6 Million Question is asked by Sun-Sentinel's Michael Mayo: "Should Broward school money go to Performing Arts Center renovations?" No!
As of late Friday night, the 14th, the story below has STILL not been mentioned on local TV newscasts.
Or in the Miami Herald.
Or for that matter, even elsewhere in the Sun-Sentinel, save this butt-kissing editorial from October 1st from their Editorial Board,
There's your local 'free press' hard at work.
Or, more accurately, fast asleep.
If you look closely at the reader comments, link at bottom, you'll recognize the names of many of the readers commenting.
A whole lot more than usual: Levinson, Kraft....
(P.S.: For more on the Broward School Board's business-as-usual crowd, and I do mean CROWD, see this piece by Cara Fitzpatrick:
Half of Broward's classes have too many students
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Should Broward school money go to Performing Arts Center renovations?
October 12, 2011 5:53 PM
Reader comments at:
Some older elements and building blocks formerly seen at Hallandale Beach Blog, such as photos, graphics and videos have been moved into cold storage. Visit them again or see what you've missed at: http://hallandale-beach-blog.blogspot.com/
Young Circle Commons
What's new at Young Circle Commons
Ethics? Not for us! Follow-up to my post re Hallandale Beach's unethical "business as usual" attitude, with "special rules for special people" if they are named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders; What ethics? What rules? @MayorCooper, @SandersHBIn twenty-two more days, you'll get the chance you've wanted to take Hallandale Beach City Hall b ack and completely change ...
re Sonia Sotomayor ruling that teen's blog post created a created "foreseeable risk of substantial disruption"May 28th, 2009 4:30 p.m. You may've already heard about this particular case involving Sonia Sotomayor already, but just in case...
Say hello to Lacey Myers, one of "The World's Richest Teenagers" as seen on Channel 4 (U.K.) and MTV's Lacey Land. C'est la vie.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwWulWyLLXE Mark Dolan embarks on a quest to find the world's richest teenagers. Is the silver-spo...
Surprise! Peter Deutsch and his Ben Gamla Hebrew Charter School in Hollywood STILL think they can do whatever they want to do, regardless of what the city and its citizens thinkLawsuit: Rescind variance for ex-U.S. Rep.’s Hollywood charter school https://t.co/XEPdf77lyc — Florida Bulldog (@Florida_Bulldog) De...
'Cuba si! Castro no!' But now, it's "Cuba si, Fidel Castro no more!" Observations on a day that so many people in South Florida thought might never come in their lifetimesHere's our Sunday front page. @MiamiHerald #fidelcastroisdead #FidelCastro pic.twitter.com/QfWJA0HZVb — Miami Herald Opinion (...
On Monday night, things change for GOOD in Hallandale Beach! Anabelle Taub and Michele Lazarow to be sworn in and welcome in an era of common sense, competency, transparency and lots of hard work and public accountability at City Hall for the city's long-suffering residentsFrustrated Hallandale Beach voters have finally taken their years of disappointment and anger out at the ballot box and in doing so,...
Thoughts re #Entrepreneurs #Startups #Disrupt and ideas in South Florida and elsewhere: Bailey Roubos of Drone Hub Media and Rachel Zietz of Gladiator Lacrosse; online marketing of luxury real estate in Miami and South FloridaThoughts re #Entrepreneurs #Startups #Disrupt and ideas in South Florida and elsewhere: Bailey Roubos of Drone Hub Media and Rachel Zietz o...
Hallandale Beach's latest scandal grows by the day. Fact update, with new info re #HallandaleBeach's corrupt and unethical govt./political sensibility. Long past time for Alex Lewy to answer some hard questions from public & press about what he knows or has any involvement in the electronic surveillance scandalHallandale Beach's latest scandal grows by the day. Fact update, with new info re #HallandaleBeach's corrupt and unethical govt./po...
Want to see history made before your eyes? Long-overdue financial accountability & oversight starts tonight in Hallandale Beach re CRA: "Let's see where the money went" That's what I've been saying/writing for years...Want to see history made before your eyes? Long-overdue financial accountability & oversight starts tonight in Hallandale Beach re CRA...
What America and the world lost when we lost John Glenn: A genuinely heroic man of unquestioned bravery, character and integrity -who thought his wife was the real hero.What America and the world lost when we lost John Glenn : A genuinely heroic man of unquestioned brav...
Unless otherwise indicated, all ORIGINAL photos appearing here were taken by myself. © 2014 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. The use or modification of original photos or original images appearing on this blog WITHOUT the written permission of the author is expressly prohibited. DO NOT modify or alter any original photo/image on this blog and use it in any other media, whether for commercial advertising, marketing purposes, political campaign advertising, or on any Social Media platform or digital media forum. Do NOT modify or alter the photos or use them in a confusing way that suggests sponsorship or endorsement, or in a way that seeks to confuse Hallandale Beach Blog with another blog. This includes but is not limited to sites such as Dipity, Facebook, flickr, MySpace, Pinterest, Posterous, Topsy, Twitter, YouTube or VIMEO. Original photos and images also can NOT be used as avatars or icons on website forums.