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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Last pre-Election Day Hallandale Beach Resident Forum meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at The Village at Gulfstream Park -and it should be VERY lively!


Above, the northern entrance on Hallandale Beach Blvd. to Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida. October 9, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
Don't forget about tonight's Resident Forum meeting at 6 p.m. being hosted by Comm. Keith London, the last one before Election Day - THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY.
And over in plenty of time to get back home and watch the second presidential debate.

Like the last two meetings, it'll be held at The Village of Gulfstream Park in the retail space next to Krön Chocolatier, 1240 Silks Run, as all the pro-reform, pro-accountability candidates in Hallandale Beach -Csaba Kulin, Michele Lazarow and Gerald Dean- will likely be attending as well.


Why wouldn't they, after all, it's the one time every month where the best-informed and most- concerned residents and small business owners of Hallandale Beach can actually get together and speak freely about what's really going on in this city -or NOT and ought to be.

I'm just talking out loud here but maybe, just maybe, some of you folks at local South Florida TV stations who fairly regularly call me or send me emails, and who almost reflexively proclaim that you're definitely going to come by HB...
a.) "soon,"
b.) "sometime in the near-future,"
c.) "one of these days,"

might actually make it your business to do so, and stop making excuses for why you can't actually take advantage of an opportunity to observe and engage with the best-informed people of one South Florida community.
A community where many of the citizen taxpayers who regularly attend really ARE much better-informed than the city's elected leaders and highly-paid bureaucrats...

It was my experience in living and working in Washington, D.C. for 15 years and being involved in all sorts of corporate and philanthropic endeavors, and more specifically, being involved on both sides of the glass for dozens and dozens of focus groups, that you usually have to pay to get this many smart people together as a focus group to talk about matters and ideas that you want to know more about.
All this time, South Florida reporters, columnists, editors and anchors could've been getting it all for free.

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Below, the email I received this morning...



Keith S. London - City Commissioner Hallandale Beach
Reminder Commissioner Keith S. London
Last “Resident Forum” Meeting
Everyone,
Just a reminder Commissioner London’s LAST “Resident Forum” will be held, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
As your City Commissioner, I have been holding monthly meetings for over five years helping residents understand the process of their government.
I have had the pleasure of interacting with many of you and still remember when over 100 people came to hear the three land use experts I invited to discuss the Diplomat Country Club building over 1050 units on the golf course.
When elected Mayor I promise to continue these well attended meetings.
Please come out and join us for the last Commissioner London “Resident Forum” meeting ever!
PLEASE NOTE:  This meeting is has been relocated to the Villages at Gulfstream Park, 1240 Silks Run.
Free parking is available in the North garage and our venue is just to the right of the parking garage pedestrian exit.  Free refreshments will be served.
Please join us and participate in “Our” City.

Warm Regards,
Keith
Commissioner Keith S. London


Phone: 954-494-3182
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Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
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