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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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Stop thief, stop! So guess whose campaign website contains 3 of my original blog photos -all taken without permission or paying for them? Bill Julian. Yes, just like Hallandale Beach City Manager Mark Antonio's serial copyright theft of many of my original photos. Antonio will soon learn that stealing just doesn't pay!

Stop thief, stop! So guess whose campaign website contains 3 of my original blog photos -all taken without permission or paying for them? Bill Julian. Yes, just like Hallandale Beach City Manager Mark Antonio's serial copyright theft of many of my original photos. Antonio will soon learn that stealing just doesn't pay!

Yes, it was exactly who you thought would be that incredibly clumsy just 20 weeks before a pivotal city election where voters will have yet another chance to thoroughly reject him, and keep him far away from any important decision-making about this city's future - former Hallandale Beach City Commissioner William "Bill" Julian

The very person whom I personally hold most responsible -along with Mayor Joy Cooper- for the sorry state of this city with so much potential, because of their consistent bad judgment, embarrassing decision-making, inattention to detail and complete unwillingness to ever learn from their many mistakes.
In that respect, they are both forever re-inventing the wheel of exasperation.

Circled in orange on this screen capture I made are the three original photos of mine that illegally appeared on Julian's campaign website as of 8 p.m. June 19, 2012.

So, let's take a close look at what Julian and his dim-witted campaign decided to use on their temporary campaign website, things which better completely disappear from there very soon -or else!
And really, Julian's lived here for multiple decades and he doesn't have any good photos of his own that he can use for his own campaign website, even temporarily?
Wow, that's pathetic!

Here are the captions that I've had on these photos since I first took them and uploaded them to my blog, with the occasional updates: 

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive
Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive. Located below the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive, on the south side (right) is the "Community Center" that HB City Hall, thru their gross incompetency, had made impossible for HB citizen taxpayers to use now for 41 MONTHS as of January 2011. (And where's the American flag on the Fourth of July weekend? Missing in action as it had been for months!) July 3, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier

Hmm-m... where have I seen this photo before...

My July 3rd, 2009 photo of the HB Water Tower as seen on the City of Hallandale Beachs website, via their computer next to the public notice board at HB City Hall. The city's website has contained numerous of my photos for well over a year without ever asking for my permission and without ever paying for them. That's how they do things under the current crew running the city. February 10, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier.


A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Broward County, FL
City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex: A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Broward County, FL. This monument sign on U.S.-1 and S.E. 5th Street, across from Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino and the Village at Gulfstream Park retail complex, alerts you to your proximity to way from the HB City Hall and Police Department. 
It's a government that by their words and actions has given taxpayers every impression of holding itself apart and above from the citizens it's supposed to serve, often acting like they don't have to follow the laws that govern everyone else in the state of Florida and the U.S., whether of logic and reason, contracts, or, more to the point for this blog, the Florida Statutes on Sunshine Laws and Public Records. 
City employees in Hallandale Beach routinely refuse to answer reasonable questions posed to them by resident taxpayers, and as I have found out myself, often berated you for even having the nerve to ask! Comm. Dotty Ross has a solid record for her put-downs of the public even before they speak. 
As it happens, it's also not a very safe area, despite who's supposed to be there, and in the past few years, the public parking lots have been pitch black for 6-9 months at a time, even next to the Police Dept. HQ. The then-Police Chief just shrugged his shoulders, even at City Comm. meetings. As if they couldn't make a worse first impression, at one point, even the lights on this sign didn't work at night for over FOUR YEARS, either. March 3, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier.


Hallandale Beach. Actually, it's a city of gross incompetency, red-tape & myopia
Hallandale Beach, City of Choice. The sign that greets northbound drivers on U.S.-1/South Federal Hwy. as they leave the City of Aventura and Miami-Dade County in the rear window; one of the three main streets into Hallandale Beach. Unfortunately, it's the perfect metaphor for the City of Hallandale Beach and its elected officials and employees: short-sighted and lacking in common sense. This sign was originally placed so far west on the median strip -and practically BEHIND a palm tree- that drivers can't actually read it even if they wanted to. In any case, because of the longtime gross incompetency and negligence of the city, the spotlights that are supposed to illuminate the sign at night HAVEN'T worked since about mid-January of 2004. 
Which is to say, yes, LONGER than the U.S.'s involvement in WW II. 
Welcome to the City of Hallandale Beach! Begin heavy traffic, chronic red tape and mis-adventures in government! Hallandale Beach, FL; Original photo here was taken January 2007; this one taken May 8, 2008; photo by South Beach Hoosier. 
The three palm trees that had been in front of it on the median are gone, so now you can REALLY notice that it DOESN'T work! 
February 2009 update: In order to make room for a left-turning lane at S.E. 5th Street into The Village of Gulfstream retail complex, the 'invisible' sign was removed and placed farther north. As of June 19th, 2012, the lights on this sign STILL don't work! In fact, the light fixtures have been gone for months. Yet another sign of the ruinous reign of Mayor Joy Cooper and City Manager's Mike Good & Mark A. Antonio. No attention to detail!


Well, as people are always saying, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Not to worry, though, within the next week, I'll get to the self-evident and serial copyright thievery of City Manager Mark A. Antonio at Hallandale Beach City Hall, which goes back more than a year.

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