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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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Today's the second anniversary of Hallandale Beach citizens coming together and winning an important victory at the Broward County Comm. over the Diplomat LAC project. We'll need a similar effort to eject Joy Cooper & her Rubber Stamp Crew in six months

Above, Hallandale Beach City Hall and HB Police Dept. HQ. March 19, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Above, the very helpful rendering created in 2010 by N.E. Hallandale Beach resident Don Boudria that I used in numerous emails and ran on my blog in the hectic days before the Broward County Commission had their final vote on the Diplomat LAC project and rejected it.

It gave everyone who really wanted to know the facts a reasonable sense of perspective on the effect in the immediate neighborhood of suddenly having numerous large condo towers alongside the Diplomat County Club of the size that the Diplomat's owners -Diplomat Properties LPoriginally wanted.

(It obviously doesn't depict the many large condo towers over on the beach in both Hollywood and HB, as well as the parent Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.)
This was created looking east towards the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean from what is roughly Atlantic Shores Blvd., the east-west street that also serves as the eastern entrance to the Mardi Gras Casino over on U.S.-1/Federal Highway/.
I should've thought of using Google Maps then, too, but I didn't.

That successful collaborative effort was proof positive that everyone working together towards one common sense goal has worked before in Hallandale Beach, and I was very happy to play my small part in it, both writing about the process and in speaking against it before the various govt. entities that had to decide its future after it passed the HB City Commission 3-2 at 2:47 a.m. days before Christmas 2009/

Some people who DIDN'T have a part in that success and who actually thought that original, completely incompatible Diplomat proposal was fine include HB Mayor Joy Cooper and Commissioners Dotty Ross and Anthony A. Sanders, the latter of whom whom I know for a fact consistently refused the neighborhood's invitation to walk around the area with homeowners who'd be directly effected so he could get a first-hand point-of-view. 

That is, if you call NOT responding to emails asking him to come listen to Hb residents a refusal, and not a complete snub, as most NE residents took it. 

Also supporting the Diplomat project then against the majority of informed Hallandale Beach citizens was Alexander Lewy, who was elected a City Commissioner about six months later.

The very good news for all of us in Hallandale Beach and environs is that the first three individuals -Cooper, Ross & Sanders- all have commission seats that expire in November, and Ross isn't running for re-election, while the other two are.

Obviously, thinking the way we do here at the blog -pro-reform, pro-accountability, pro-transparency- we plan on making sure that the two of them have to continuously publicly defend their actions and votes in 2009 on this particular proposal, and explain why that was yet another instance where they were on the wrong side of the majority of informed citizens in this community. 

Did I say "yet again"?
For good reason, too!

A similar sort of collaborative effort will be necessary again in November, six months from now, if we're going to have any success in reclaiming this city from the Joy Cooper Rubber Stamp Crew and transforming it into the sort of normal, reasonable place where common sense and good ideas -along with constructive criticisms- are welcome at City Hall, not strangers, as has been the case there for far too long.

What Hallandale Beach residents actually want is NOT so very complicated: a well-run and pro-active city where elected officials and city employees are held accountable for what they do or don't, where decisions and votes at Hallandale Beach City Hall are made based on commonly-accepted facts and analysis -and agendas that are known to everyone in the community long before votes are taken, NOT just available to interested lobbyists and attorneys- and made in the best long-term interests of all of this city's residents and neighborhoods.

Don't kid yourself, though.
Six months will be here sooner than you think, so it's time to get organized and get working to make that change we so desperately need in Hallandale Beach a reality. 

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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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