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 and Europe, especially the UK 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.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

NOT a mystery who did it, mystery is how incompetent city was for years in spending millions! Draft Audit on Hallandale Beach by Marcum is amazing!

Above, looking northwest across U.S.-1 at the Hallandale Beach City Hall and Police Dept. HQ, 400 S. Federal Highway,Hallandale Beach, Florida. Photo by South Beach Hoosier.
This morning I have something nice and meaty for you all to peruse and chew-over along with your Sunday morning coffee -the much-discussed and jaw-dropping Agreed-Upon Procedures and Draft Audit report for the City of Hallandale Beach performed by Marcum LLP the past year.
Yes, the 'other shoe to drop' that some of us have long been waiting for...

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To call it 'dynamite' is to underestimate how much damage dynamite -in the form of stone-cold facts and observable, objective fact-patterns- can deliver in a city that is only 4.2 square miles to begin with.
Let's just say that the ripple effects can and will be felt far from this ocean-side city tucked-in between Hollywood to the north and Aventura to the south.

Suffice to say that nothing I have read in the report came as any surprise to me and instead, only served to confirm everything I have ever seen and heard in this city with my own eyes and ears the past seven-plus years.

When you know the territory and key players like I do, and place the facts gathered by the auditor as well as those already known by me and many others in this city -ones denied for years by city hall- and place them in their proper light and context -Sunshine- this Draft reads like a bill of indictment against Joy Cooper's record as Hallandale Beach mayor, a longstanding culture of corruption, chronic incompetency and naked crony capitalism the past ten years.
But not, of course, without "Special thanks" to former and current HB City Managers, Mike Good and Mark A. Antonio, who have added their very unique and special talents of apathy, aloofness, obliviousness and lack of attention-to-detail to the mix.

Folks, it's right in front of you like I've always said it was, you merely need to read it for yourselves and let the facts do the talking: the lack of commitment to public transparency and even following their own often flimsy rules and requirements; the shoddy financial controls; the ability of files and documents involving tens and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to just disappear, as if by magic.
Some very serious bad magic.

The next ten days to two weeks on my blog will feature more news and information about other HB residents running for the HB City Commission or for Mayor in 2012 who intend to end the longstanding culture, of corruption and crony capitalism present at Hallandale Beach City Hall, and to make genuine financial accountability, transparency in public policy and accountability to the public -not to mention, bring overdue common sense to bear on the city's chronic problems that are now merely kicked down the road- their starting point for making this community the place it OUGHT to be right now, not the one it is now under people who genuinely couldn't care less about those qualities and traits as they sleepwalk on the job, oblivious to what is all around them.

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#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

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.

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

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"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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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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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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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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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!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!