WPLG-TV/Channel 10 (Miami, FL) reporter Roger Lohse talks to Hollywood developer Lon Tabatchnick and Weston businessman Joseph Sloboda about the practical effects of the U.S. government's EB-5 Visa program, and how it allows American business projects to get critical financial backing from foreign investors. Tabatchnick credits this program for allowing his proposal for the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Hollywood Beach to move forward.
I feel the need to publicly preface this news about a Tuesday morning meeting regarding the Margaritaville Resort/Johnson Street CRA project on Hollywood Beach with a few words about something that dozens of my friends and I are in complete agreement on, having seen this sort of episode be repeated FAR TOO MANY TIMES this past year with the City of Hollywood's announcement email list, which we are all on.
Think of it as constructive criticism.
Like me, my friends in SE Broward are NOT real crazy about receiving meeting announcements that are sent out -for the first time- 18 hours before the meeting starts.
It's just like the Miami Herald's own well-known penchant for writing about morning government meetings taking place that day in THAT morning's Herald, instead of days in advance, if not the day before.
I won't be able to attend this meeting, otherwise, I'd film it and place some of the more interesting excerpts here on the blog and on my YouTube Channel, which, I hasten to add, will see a huge change in focus in the coming new year.
Positive tangible changes.
City of Hollywood, Florida
Office of the City Manager
REVISEDPUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 5, 2011Contact: Raelin StoreyDirector Public Affairs & MarketingPhone: 954. 921.3098954.812.0975 (cell)Fax: 954.921.3314E-mail: email@example.comUpcoming Meeting on Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort ProjectDecember 6 at 10 a.m.HOLLYWOOD, FL - On Tuesday, December 6 at 10 a.m. members of the Hollywood Beach Community Development District 1 will meet at Garfield Community Center, 300 Connecticut Street (2nd floor of City Parking Garage). In addition to other business items, the members will review the proposed assessment for the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort development needed to fund the public parking component.(This assessment will not apply to other properties in or near the redevelopment site.)Due to a scheduling conflict, the Wednesday, December 14 update by Lon Tabatchnick to the City Commission will be held at a later date to be determined.For more information, contact the Office of the City Manager at 954.921.3201.For media inquiries, please contact Raelin Storey, Public Affairs Director at 954.921.3098.
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Official City of Hollywood website for the Johnson Street RFP/Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Project: