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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 HB's North Beach and southern Hollywood 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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

#RemoveHer - What's Past is Prologue: Freud & Jung together could NOT possibly plumb the entirety of depths of thin-skinned, ethically-challenged #HallandaleBeach mayor & town bully #JoyCooper's super-size ego and sense of entitlement. Florida Governor Rick Scott asked to remove Hallandale Beach mayor who slurred words at meeting

Local 10 News WPLG-TV, Miami
Video shows Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper's husband going on wild rant
Harry Cooper loses it after he's called to attend to wife
By Bob Norman - Investigative Reporter
Posted: 6:25 PM, November 17, 2017

Updated: 8:39 PM, November 17, 2017

#RemoveHer - What's Past is Prologue: Freud & Jung together could NOT possibly plumb the entirety of depths of thin-skinned, ethically-challenged #HallandaleBeach mayor & town bully #JoyCooper's super-size ego and sense of entitlement.
 Florida Governor Rick Scott asked to remove Hallandale Beach mayor who slurred words at meeting

The ruinous reign of thin-skinned, ethically-challenged Hallandale Beach mayor Joy Cooper has hit yet another bumpy moral pothole that makes Hallandale Beach a laughingstock in South Florida, and this time, her husband husband Harry got involved just to make the whole thing even more of a desperate cry for help. 
Not tragic, just desperate, pathetic and annoying.

And it's hardly surprising to someone like myself who has been writing about the ethical and financial shenanigans in Hallandale Beach for so long that when something like this happens, inevitably, Miami-area TV and print reporters -as well as reporters, activists and legislators from around the state- contact me to see if I have a new angle on this latest incident.

I try not to disappoint them and have some compelling take, but in this case, no, it's just more of the same damn thing that has so upset concerned residents and Small Business owners people like me and my friends who just want this area to be normal.
To be the well-managed city it ought to have been many years ago but has never had been because that would be incompatible to having Cooper as mayor.

People want a a city free of corruption, something it still is NOT. despite the end of the Cooper Rubber Stamp Crew's reign of ruin, after last year's successful election of Anabelle Taub to the City Commission. 

Joy Cooper, the longtime Hallandale Beach mayor and town bully, the sanctimonious woman who called me a "Nazi" at a City Commission meeting almost ten years ago -while I was sitting on a chair writing down some notes even before the meeting started- is clearly gearing up for an explosive and messy final act to her long-running performance that's consistently made this southeast Broward County city a running punchline in South Florida media for well over a decade.
These things never end well for despots!

Florida Governor asked to remove Hallandale Beach mayor who slurred words at meeting


For you newcomers to the blog who have no idea how many hundreds of times I've written blog posts and widely-shared emails that have exposed her narcissistic personality's self-serving nature and outright deviousness, trying her best to make sure that the public is unaware of what she's actually doing, where, for all practical purposes, for years the glorification of her personal persona has long been the city's number one concern, with no expense spared, it's hardly surprising that Joy and Harry produced a son, Matt, who also thought that he had a giant sense of entitlement, too.
When you know all these things, it's not so surprising that Matt Cooper thought he was above the laws and rules that everyone else in the area has to live by and abide.

All you need to do is re-read my 2012 post below about Matt Cooper's own curious sense of entitlement to know that something like this does not just happen overnight. 
It takes years and years...
And you know what they say about apples not falling far from the tree...

Whatever else you can say about them, the Cooper family's grandiose sense of entitlement and perks, and their lack of hubris, never seems to wane.

This is how the Cooper Clan rolls -our way or the highway.

As long as they do, the public must be ready to fight back with everything they have.

If you agree, retweet this!

A helpful reminder from me to you!

NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Hallandale Beach's Midnight Vigilante is no Paul Revere! Caught in the act: Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper's son's Midnight Ride of campaign sign-stealing -on Election Day!; Anything goes now in HB -even political intimidation- as Broward IG & Broward SAO sleepwalk while laws & ethics are repeatedly laughed at by pols in power; @MayorCooper, #FDLE, @myfloridalegal, @fbi.gov


"Good always prevails," Cooper said. "Didn't your mom tell you that?" 
-from Cooper re-elected in Hallandale Beach

Hmm-m... irony.
I suppose it all depends on whom your mother is, doesn't it?
What sort of ethical role model SHE is. 
Is she conscientious and does she instill a proper, grounded sense of perspective, or does she teach by example that you can always get away with what you want because of who she is, and if that doesn't work, you can just ignore the rules that everyone else in society has to follow?

Is your mother the sort of person who, when she's the mayor of a small town, a propos of nothing in particular, when she thinks she can't be overheard, tells a City Commissioner that she thinks that one of their town's citizens, someone sitting in a chair patiently waiting for a Commission meeting to start -and the only citizen in the room- is a "Nazi"?
Does she follow that up by saying that she thinks that one of the other city commissioners, who isn't present yet, "is a Hitler"?

Yes, I guess it really all depends upon whom your mother is.

But then after all these years and all the unethical incidents we've collectively witnessed, we pretty much know what sort of role model Joy Cooper is, and it's certainly not one for "good."

For years, whether we wanted to hear them or not, nearly everyone who pays close attention to civic affairs in Hallandale Beach heard the same familiar fact-filled stories, with lots of specifics, about the dysfunctional Cooper family and their myriad anti-social behavior problems: excessive drinking, physical altercations, and most alarmingly, FREQUENT and excessive phone calls to the 911 service asking for a police response.

We heard how seemingly all members of the family -including the mayor- had developed a well-practiced yet despicable habit of using her position as an elected official in this town as, alternately, either leverage or a crutch, whenever they had run-ins with various members of the law enforcement community in South Florida.

Of which there have been so many, to say nothing about possible incidents where the other party reluctantly decided NOT to call the police on them after all.

Not surprisingly, they were said to be especially fond of the old standby, "Don't you know who I am/my mother is/my wife is?" line when confronted by Police Officers, as if being mayor of this small city somehow entitled her and them to some sort of special treatment or consideration by the police of any city.

It's precisely the sort of thing that is not only illegal, but specifically prohibited behavior by elected officials in the State of Florida.
Correct, because it's someone using their office to gain a benefit not legally available to other Florida citizens.

The problem, of course, is that we all know from personal experience in living in Hallandale Beach that this sort of thing happens here fairly routinely, because we've seen for ourselves that there are, in fact, some people in this community who can, quite literally, do whatever they want to do, no matter that it's illegal under state, county or city law, and they never have to face the public and legal consequences. 

In some cases, they practically dare authorities to say anything or do anything to stop them.

Lest you forget, I've written about unethical behavior by well-known people in this community breaking the law in quite a number of ways a few times in just the past two weeks on my blog, and lots of people have been reading all about it.

In fact, 2,700 people read this one post of October 15th:
Ethics? Not for us! Follow-up to my post re Hallandale Beach's unethical "business as usual" attitude, with "special rules for special people" if they are named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders; What ethics? What rules? @MayorCooper, @SandersHBhttp://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/ethics-not-for-us-follow-up-to-my-post.html

No doubt many Hallandale Beach residents were nodding in silent agreement as they read it because they've frequently observed public signs of this sense of entitlement, too, and now feel somewhat relieved at least that they're not alone in having seen the same despicable behavior, too. Misery lives company, and here, it's the whole town that is being made miserable by Joy Cooper and her actions, words and attitude towards regular citizens, with some of us receiving extra dollops of her attitude.

Perhaps the most-famous recent incident of Cooper family members being treated differently involves Mayor Cooper herself, after she crashed her moving car into another moving vehicle, which as it happened, turned out to be a City of Hallandale Beach emergency response vehicle -responding to an actual emergency call.

There were plenty of witnesses to that incident, of course, including members of the public who witnessed it, and the city employees in the vehicle that Mayor Cooper actually hit.

But how did that all turn out exactly?

Yes, good luck trying to find out what exactly were the legal and financial consequences to Mayor Cooper for that careless and reckless behavior of hers.

More frequently, there are all the fact-filed stories that have been borne out by history about various members of the Cooper family being caught speeding by police, esp. the Aventura 

Police, and running that familiar line of theirs on the police officers, as if they'd never heard that sort of self-important excuse before.

Yes, whatever else you can say about them, the Cooper family's grandiose sense of entitlement and perks, and their lack of hubris, never seems to wane.

(Not unlike Andre Pierre, North Miami's mayor. In May of 2011, he was caught speeding by Aventura Police on his way to meet, of all people, Mayor Cooper. He said all sorts of incriminating things and ALL of his remarks were recorded by a camera inside the squad car, one that the officers on the scene can't turn-off, and which prints out a ticket to prevent anything illegal from transpiring, with all the info fed directly to Aventura Police HQ for monitoring. WTVJ-TV/Channel 6 showed the video on-air and it was amazing -and appalling. But pretty reflective of the both the low-caliber and high self-importance that many South Florida pols possess, including in our very own city.http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/North-Miami-Mayor-accused-of-abuse-of-power-for-implying-threats-to-cops-121368674.html)

So, all that said, now on to the story of Hallandale Beach's Midnight Vigilante... and his true identity
On Tuesday night, while over at the Upper Deck restaurant with some friends, watching 
election results across the nation rolling on their bank of TVs, I received the following photos from a reliable source.
The source said that earlier that morning, at approximately 12:05 a.m., just under seven hours before the polls opened for voting, he spotted an individual removing political campaign signs over near the intersection of Hallandale Beach Blvd. and Ansin Blvd., roughly the area between the IHOP and the Burger King.

An individual who clearly has a real problem with the concept of Freedom of Speech.

He doesn't seem to like it, and he most certainly wants to eliminate public displays of free speech he disagrees with as best he can, at least in Hallandale Beach.

This reliable source told me that after witnessing this activity take place, he drove his vehicle up close to this other person's vehicle so that he could get its license plate number and later report what he'd seen to the proper law enforcement authorities.

Well, within moments of doing this, the person removing the signs came over to my source in his car and, if you can believe this, asked my source what HE was doing, as if his own behavior was perfectly normal -someone with campaign signs after Midnight near one of the city's three most-heavily-traveled and highest visibility roads.

Even for Hallandale Beach, that's highly suspicious behavior, especially when the person with political signs after Midnight is NOT placing political yard signs in the ground and exercising their right of free speech, but rather removing them and eliminating someone else's right to free speech.

Removing political signs that are NOT theirs to take.

So, you're no doubt asking who was that un-masked man?

The creepy guy engaging in odd, to say nothing of blatantly anti-democratic and unethical conduct?

The creepy guy who thought that he was so brave -after Midnight- removing other citizen's signs where they expressed their freedom of speech, but who when my reliable source grabbed his camera to snap a shot of the license plate to have him later identified by Police, ran like a coward back to his car and placed his hands over his license plate?
The creep who then jumped inside his car and hit the gas to get out of the area?

Who was it?
Well, many of you reading this won't be too surprised to discover that the creep engaging in this  anti-social, anti-democratic behavior not only has quite a track record, but is also none other than Mayor Joy Cooper's adult son, Matt.

Talk about apples not falling far from the tree...

Yes, the son who was discovered to have had almost as many Driver's Licenses and ID's as Jason Bourne.

Except that rather than merely pretending that he's a fictional spy in a Robert Ludlum novel, the evidence suggests that perhaps Matt Cooper has been busy playing the role of Midnight Vigilante, driving around Hallandale Beach under the cover of night and removing campaign signs of people who disagree politically with his mother's reckless and wasteful policies that both insult common sense and punish taxpayer's wallets.
Yes, it's not too creepy, is it?

One can safely surmise that it was Matt Cooper's last Midnight Run of such creepy and anti-democratic behavior, if only because of the political calendar.

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Friday, October 27, 2017

It's finally here! #Hollyweird, one of the fun highlights of the year for kids and adults in #HollywoodFL is this Saturday, 6 PM - 2 AM; #Halloween, @HollywoodFLCRA



Go to http://www.floridashollywood.org/hollyweird.aspx for more information

Friday, October 6, 2017

#HollywoodFL's Krakatoa Indonesian Cuisine shows every sign of becoming one of Downtown Hollywood's newest icons -and a great reason to go out at night with family and friends -and forget about politics for a few hours

Do you see this design?
Yes, that's really volcano smoke arising from the second of three A's in Krakatoa. #clever.

Krakatoa Indonesian Cuisine owner John Anthony is a very shrewd, savvy and self-assured fellow, as I was pleased to discover in a very wide-ranging conversation with him at his new restaurant last weekend, as he explained in quite some detail how it came to be that in 2017 he's channeling Johnny Appleseed, but with an honest affection, enthusiasm and love for Indonesian cuisine and culture in this part of South Florida, not the All-American apple.
And what an interesting story he has to tell, too.
Look for it on the blog in the next few days! 
You won't be disappointed.

As for that clever design, well, get used to it since it's self-evident to me based on several conversations around town with what in Hollywood passes for the smart set, especially its #Foodie division, and my conversation with Mr. Anthony himself, that Krakatoa Indonesian Cuisine shows every sign of becoming one of Downtown Hollywood's newest icons and a great reason to go out at night with family and friends -and forget about politics for a few hours.
This, after the city has lost a couple of popular places on Hollywood Blvd. and environs for a variety of reasons, most of which people in the downtown business establishment don't want to talk about on the record.

But whether it's a sign that the lingering signs of the worst summer in years is finally losing its death grip on us, or something else entirely, like a run of some much-needed good luck in the hit-or-miss Downtown Hollywood restaurant market, by my count, Krakatoa is at least the third new restaurant in Downtown Hollywood that I've visited in the past two weeks where even a short visit made me want to stay longer next time, always a good sign.

For myself, it's good to finally see some honest-to-goodness enthusiasm, hard work and respect for the long-suffering Broward food consumer paying off for some entrepreneurs who were willing to take a chance in what has long been a helter skelter market, just like I wrote about last October with respect to some longtime Italian and Sicilian friends who were willing to take a chance on Downtown Hollywood, instead of just putting their first U.S. location in South Beach, like all the "experts" kept telling them to do, but which they bravely resisted:

How & why #Italy's @tastagelato's first location in the U.S. is a huge coup for #HollywoodFL & #SoFL consumers, #Foodies & families -and a powerful magnet in creating a more dynamic, innovative Downtown Hollywood; TastaGelato Naturale

I suspect that Krakatoa will soon be "common knowledge" to many well-informed people and influencers throughout South Florida, not just my many thousands of blog readers, or my friends, but local Miami news reporters as well, who are always looking for new angles and new stories to do, and who read both my blog and Follow me on Twitter.
And who desperately want new, cool places to eat with their friends, too, as they are always reminding me!

Krakatoa Indonesian Cuisine's newest location is at 1910 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020. (754) 221-0914. 
This location is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 AM  to 11 PM. 
The original location at Yellow Green Farmers Market, 1940 N 30th Road, Hollywood, remains open for business Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Rob versus Hurricane Irma aftermath chaos: Rob wins! How plucky South Florida businessman Rob Raymond and his staff at Doctor's Toy Store dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma: by showing his medical clients what genuine customer service looks like. *SPONSORED POST*

Rob Raymond versus the Hurricane Irma aftermath chaos: Rob wins! 
How plucky South Florida businessman Rob Raymond and his staff at Doctor's Toy Store dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma: by showing his clients what genuine customer service looks like. *SPONSORED POST*

My last blog post on Doctor's Toy Store CEO and President Rob Raymond was on July 11th, 2017, titled, "How plucky South Florida businessman Rob Raymond of Doctor's Toy Store used his humorous-but-hard-working personality to battle past adversity in a very competitive industry, and a city's bureaucratic avalanche of Red Tape, and got the last laugh. @drstoystore *SPONSORED POST*

How plucky @drstoystore CEO Rob Raymond used his zeal for delivering great #CustomerService to get the #LastLaugh.😊 https://t.co/kYmXpwaSIm pic.twitter.com/DfNnb858kR

— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 15, 2017

Over the past several years I've taken time every so often to share with you dedicated readers of the blog a little bit of news and shared insight about my hard-working and humorous friend, Rob Raymond, Founder and CEO of Doctor’s Toy Store in Hallandale Beach. 

His very successful business continues to be Florida's largest Medical Showroom precisely because of his team's combination of solid, experienced professionalism and excellent pro-active customer service, giving doctors and medical practice groups in Florida and around the world not only the quality medical equipment they want at discount prices, but leveraging those many years of experience to give clients valuable insight into what their future plans might want to include.
Sound advice from people who KNOW what they’re talking about.

Rob is the hardest-working business person I've met the last 13-plus years in South Florida.
It's not even close.

So it's with this background information fresh in your mind now that I now tell you about a visit I paid to Rob and his team last week.

I wanted  to see how they were coping during the trying times that saw so many other South Florida businesses of every size and shape, quite literally, throwing their hands up in despair, and declare they’d take the whole week off rather than navigate their way thru the myriad problems associated with a lack of electricity, air conditioning and Internet in hot and humid South Florida.
But not Doctor’s Toy Store.

In tough times, properly-motivated people work smarter and take full advantage of their competitors who lack resolve, flexibility or genuine concern about their clients welfare.
I can tell you from first-hand experience that DTS is positively loaded with highly-motivated people who take this fact to heart.

It was very important to Rob that DTS be ready from the first day after the hurricane hit -on Sunday the 10th- to help their clients in a tangible way if they were having any sorts of problems with any equipment, so that it could be properly inspected and repaired in time for the return of their patients, and lessen the stress of patients who were not able to make their appointments because the doctor's office was closed because of their own personal responsibilities to make and keep their own families safe as it drew closer and closer., and then in the days afterward, when so many formerly simple tasks became much harder and more time-intensive.  

As I saw upon my arrival and via numerous conversations with Rob and his team, they were also fortunate in that because they are housed in a very well-constructed building with entrances on its north and south side instead of an east and west orientation, they received no water damage from heavy rains and hurricane-force winds, nor any visible physical wear-and-tear on the building.

As these two photos that I snapped on my visit of some of the Doctor’s Toy Store vans outside the north and south entrance to DTS clearly shows, the only way that Florida’s largest medical showroom could be any more convenient to I-95 would be to knock down the metal fence separating it from the showroom.

The shot above, an action” shot, features the portable generator that allowed Rob and his dedicated staff at Doctor’s Toy Store to get some serious business done last week, despite the lack of electricity, Air Conditioning and Internet services.

As you can see from the photos I took last week, there’d be no point in hooking the portable generator up to provide interior lighting in the office since that would only increase the existing heat trapped in a building that was then already lacking proper ventilation, even with the giant fan.

This was the case even with the very large fan that Rob rented to try to keep everyone cool inside the office, a fan that for me resembled nothing so much as the large powerful fans South Florida always saw along the sidelines of the Orange Bowl when the Dolphins and Hurricanes both still played there… in the 1980’s.

What Rob and his handful of employees did was work out of handful of desks nearest the south entrance to the building because its large windows there lets the largest amount of sunshine in so everyone could fully see what they were doing.

One of the things that I was most curious about was the extent to which they might’ve already been hearing from clients about any equipment in their office that was water-damaged, since water-damaged equipment doesn’t have to be ruined for good.
I know that Rob’s experienced and knowledgeable technicians are like a combination of veteran archaeologists and medical engineers chipping away at the recent history of damage and are usually able to clean, fix and re-purpose equipment so that it can be the reliable and accurate equipment that doctors and patients need it to be.

Below: One of the dozen-plus Doctor's Toy Store vans you can spot everyday throughout South Florida on roads and highways between Palm Beach and Homestead, as it makes its appointed rounds from one doctor or medical practice group or health care facility to another, delivering and picking up medical equipment and devices.

As I think these photos show pretty well, when you are Rob Raymond and you take your responsibilities to your medical clients as seriously as he does, there’s always one more phone call to make. 
One more concerned client who needs a bit of reassurance and some positive encouragement that things are under control. 

Above: Last week, before heading home after another crazy day in the new post-Hurricane Irma reality of South Florida, Doctor's Toy Store owner and founder Rob Raymond checks in with his clients on the phone one last time, as co-CEOs Bailey and Doc relax in front of the large fan hooked up to the portable generator that kept everyone calm and cool on a very hot and humid South Florida summer day without electricity, and kept everyone’s cell phones and laptops properly charged.

Rob's friendly outgoing personality, quick sense of humor and near-encyclopedic knowledge of medical equipment old and new is truly dazzling. 
That personality of his goes a long way towards explaining how over a period of just 18 years, he has TRIPLED the size of his old showroom, and is continuing to satisfy his clients demand for medical equipment at discount prices with conscientious, top-quality customer service. 

His clients know that they are his number-one priority.

As is always the case when I pay a visit to Rob’s rather amazing medical equipment kingdom next to I-95, no trip there is complete unless I take at least one random photo of a life-size skeleton, made of plastic.

I always think that I’ll be able to use the photo later to illustrate a point, or, at least have a photo in reserve that can be used for some humorous purposes.
And then I completely forget that I have it.

Power Liposuction Systems for Sale
Rob Raymond of Dr's Toy Store brings you a Versus match between the MicroAire VS PowerX Consoles to display their differences when it comes to a Liposuction Procedure. Learn more on Liposuction Machines for sale at the Largest Showroom for Medical Equipment in Florida.

Vaser- Power X Demonstration
Dr. Leibowitz showing off his NEW Power X and Vaser purchased from Drs Toy Store!

Multifunctional Power Procedure Chair

The DTS Table is a very stable structure. Great for most specialties! This is a 4 function medical procedure table which controls height, backrest, and footrest, and seat inclination. 
The armrest flips back 180 degrees and headrest is adjustable. The upholstery is high quality which makes it easy to clean.

DTS Multi-Functions Procedure Chair 2
The DTS Table is a very stable structure. Great for most specialties! This is a 4 function medical procedure table which controls height, backrest, and footrest, and seat inclination. 

The armrest flips back 180 degrees and headrest is adjustable. The upholstery is high quality which makes it easy to clean

Rob's friendly outgoing personality, quick sense of humor and near-encyclopedic knowledge of medical equipment old and new goes a long way towards explaining how over a period of just 18 years, he has TRIPLED the size of his original showroom, and is continuing to satisfy his clients demand for medical equipment at discount prices with conscientious, top-quality customer service. 
His clients know that they are his number-one priority.

Doctor's Toy Store
2512 S.W. 30th Avenue, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954) 457-0075  1(877) DRS-TOYS

Follow @drstoystore https://twitter.com/drstoystore

Doctor's Toy Store YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDZSPB0sNmI

*DTS sells and repairs probes
*DTS has leasing and financing programs available
*Weekend and evening hours available by appointment


The Dr's Toy Store tour! https://youtu.be/XyC30eFDhgM

Whether approaching the north entrance to Doctor's Toy Store on S.W. 30th Avenue via Pembroke Road, I-95 Exit #19, above, or via Hallandale Beach Blvd., I-95 Exit #19, below, you can't miss the giant American flag!