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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, January 27, 2017

Saturday's Broward County Charter Review Commission meeting in Hollywood, 10 AM at the Anne Kolb Nature Center. Creation of a county-wide elected mayor among many other topics to be discussed at workshop.

Just found out about this Saturday morning Broward County Charter Review Commission meeting at the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood earlier this evening.
It will be held at 751 Sheridan Street at 10 AM tomorrow, and will last until 1 PM.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:00 AMAgency: Charter Review Commission, Purpose: Subcommittee Workshop Meeting, Committee: Governance Subcommittee, Location: Anne Kolb Nature Center - 751 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33019 The Governance Subcommittee will have a workshop meeting from 10:00AM - 1:00PM.

Despite not finding out about this until tonight, I'm going to try to my best to make this meeting, which is not surprising given my many past public -and critical- comments on some of these issues and the often quite inexplicable public votes and performance of the 2008 Broward CRC, which, counter-intuitively, voted AGAINST putting many important public policy issues on the November ballot for the voters of Broward to decide for themselves, one way or the other.

For me and most people I know and trust in Broward County, the most noteworthy of these issues was the creation of a county-wide elected Mayor, which I strongly supported then and support now, for many of the same reasons.
It seems clear to me that the past history and current reality of this county makes this position a requirement if Broward County is ever going to come anywhere close to reaching its true/full potential, as well as give the public of this county someone they can put their trust/faith in, but also hold personally accountable in a way that the county's current power structure does not allow or encourage.
With results that we can see everyday that are less-than-satisfactory for all concerned.

Many, if not most of you, also know that if such a position were to be created anytime in the near-future -whatever that is- I would very much be in favor of former Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober seriously considering a run for that particular office.

As I've stated previously in various forums, tweets and blog posts, as well as emails to some of you, I believe Peter Bober has precisely the right mix of personal and professional qualities, abilities and person-to-person skills that would make him not just a formidable candidate, but also someone who could help give this usually-fragmented and often-parochial county some much-needed unity of purpose, as well as Common Sense leadership and demands for public accountability of the county's bureaucracy.

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#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.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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