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Saturday, August 25, 2012

As "Isaac" approaches South Florida, key differences re-emerge between how Hollywood and Hallandale Beach cope: Hollywood Residents, Business Owners Can Fill Their Own Free Sandbags; Hallandale Beach residents can once again get sand-bagged and dumb-founded

The home of "Mr. Sandman"

Hollywood Residents, Business Owners Can Fill Their Own Free Sandbags; Hallandale Beach residents can once again get sand-bagged and dumb-founded

Above, August 22nd photos of HB's true Emergency Operations HQ, the area west of the old school next to the HB DPW HQ on N.W. 2nd street, the old school that is taking years and years to rehab for reasons that nobody can figure out, though we all know, don't we?

(And what are they going to do with it once they're finished? Who knows?)

I've gone by there every other week for the past year and see nothing that's changed since LAST summer!
Even the promotional sign on the fence about the project is still lying on the top of the fence, illegible. Why isn't it tied down so that it can be read?
Because that would take common sense and initiative.

HB residents can wait for the pile of sand -that never has a tarp on it- to continue blowing-away and dissolving, thereby making it next-to-impossible to pour the wet sand down the orange traffic cones they use to fill sandbags!
Remember, bring your own flashlight because that area has no outside lighting.

Remember the city's policy for getting sand bags

1.) You must wait until there is at least three feet of standing water in front of your home or business, or reaches your child's hips, whichever is higher.

2.) You must have spotted at least a dozen City of HB-marked  trucks driving by to create a "wake" into your living room or business foyer, but those city trucks never stop.
Don't worry, the city employees driving them are just checking things out and looking for opportunities to film something interesting that they can put on YouTube once they get to their own homes -20 miles away.

steevydance video: Two ENTIRE days of constant rain floods northeast Hallandale Beach one week before Christmas. Uploaded December 19, 2009. http://youtu.be/3i_7zs4KZ1s
At 7:36 - "That's how we roll!"

Everyone in this city still remembers how bad this was, too!

3.) Don't forget that who you know matters- Friends of the Chamber of Commerce- get their sand double-bagged and have their bags delivered to their home with their choice of hot or iced coffee, you get the bag with the small hole in the corner -that you're told to ignore, by Bill Julianbefore it's tossed into your car trunk -from four feet away.

Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce gets “sweetheart deal” from city, critics say
By William Gjebre, BrowardBulldog.org  
August 7, 2012 AT 6:25 AM

Above, a screenshot I captured of former Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor William "Bill" Julian from a late September 2010 newscast of Channel 7, WSVN-TV, Miami. 

4. When you get your wet bag of sand with the hole in it, don't argue with the people who insist that you thank Bill Julian -in Novemberjust take your sand bag and go! Quick!
Argue about Julian's truly dreadful record in office, his lack of attention, his longstanding lack of core competency, and his lack of remorse for all the MANY bad things that he has done over the years that have only made thing worse, LATER!

5. No, that isn't your imagination.
Nobody needed to call the local Miami-area TV stations or newspapers to tell them that your entire neighborhood in HB is flooded, esp. in Northeast HB.

Those TV news trucks have a long, long memory; they know exactly where to go in South Florida when it rains hard for a long time and they need to shoot video of some VERY frustrated and befuddled residents.
There's a good reason that HB is in their Top Five go-to cities for flooding, and it's because it's money in the bank.
(Just like the area in Aventura near the Publix near Loehman's Plaza, off of Biscayne Blvd.)  
So don't kill the messengers!

After it's over, will Hallandale Beach city employees once again swarm to the U.S.1 median in front of City Hall and plant new flowers, like after Hurricane Wilma?
Yes, planting new flowers in and around City Hall to present a facade to HB residents and visitors is priority number one under this mayor.

A pretty facade is better than them really knowing how truly bad things have been run here for years with her as mayor.

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Date: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Subject: Hollywood Residents, Business Owners Can Fill Their Own Free Sandbags
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Based on the latest weather advisories, Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to bring mostly heavy rain to South Florida. For precautionary purposes, the City of Hollywood Department of Public Works is offering City residents and business owners who live or work in flood prone areas free heavy duty bags and sand to create sandbags. Up to eight (8) sandbags are available for each household or business on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sandbag filling will be available on these days at two locations:

City of Hollywood Public Works Facility
1600 S. Park Road
Driftwood Community Center
3000 N. 69 Ave.

  • Proof of residency or business in Hollywood is required.
  • Delivery service is not available.
  • Though residents and business owners will be required to fill their own sandbags, City personnel will be available at each site to assist the elderly and people with special needs who would like sandbags. 
  • Be sure to bring your own equipment (shovel) to fill a bag with sand.
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