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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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Coming Monday: first of several pieces on the Hallandale Beach City Commission's galling 'business-as-usual' attitude about issuing Hallandale Beach CRA loans -it's NOT their money, it's yours!

Tomorrow I'll have the first of several pieces on the Hallandale Beach City Commission and their galling 'business-as-usual' attitude about Hallandale Beach CRA loans, in this case, despite the absence of much-needed information and assurances to make a reasonably-informed vote on behalf of Hallandale Beach's beleaguered taxpayers.
It's NOT their money, it's yours!

It's as if they learned nothing from what the Marcum LLP semi-audit revealed -lackluster to non-existent internal controls and appropriate follow-up.

And from the perspective of a pro-reform person like myself who is and has been paying close attention, that's made worse when the elected officials refuse to step-up and do their job correctly.

Seriously, given what has gone on in this city for so many years, some of the matters that the Broward Inspector General's Office is currently investigating, what sort of elected officials consciously votes on giving a loan of $50,000 to someone without all the reasonable questions being answered in full, the very same ones that weren't asked for or demanded in many of those previous deals under scrutiny now, which have cost HB taxpayers not only money but aggravation and with precious little tangible results to show for it?

I would submit that it is elected officials who are likely to be kicked out of City Hall in November.

Trust me, what you will be reading here and contemplating the full meaning of, will only highlight for you all over again the full extent of the anti-taxpayer culture present at HB City Hall now, and the curious but consistent myopia of some city Commissioners here who claim to be doing their job effectively, but who seem never to have heard of the word "oversight."

That would explain a lot, wouldn't it?

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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 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.

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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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