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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, July 27, 2018

Public street lighting conditions at Hollywood's Young Circle/ArtsPark is a VERY POOR reflection on the city. Even for the middle of Summer!

Just emailed the following letter to the powers-that-be at Hollywood City Hall, from the City Manager's Office to the Mayor to the City Commission, Police Chief and the CRA Manager.

Frankly, compared to so many of the blog posts that I have made here over the past eleven years since I started this blog, this post requires nothing in the way of context.

It probably helps, though, if you are a regular reader of this blog that one of my pet peeves is bad or non-existent lighting in public places, whether at a retail facility or a government location.

Former Broward Comm. Sue Gunzburger, one of my favorite people, still probably has a memory somewhere of those times many years ago when I sent her a list of how poorly lit Hallandale Beach Blvd and State Road A1A was at night right before Hurricane Season started.
There were, literally, stretches of miles where not a single street light worked at night, so you can only imagine how bad things would be if people in those areas were forced to evacuate on already traffic-gridlocked streets at night.

And transit-wise, as for the conditions of the pitch-black city-controlled bus shelters, well, let's just say that in Hallandale Beach, 95% of them have no lights that work at night, just as has been the case for the past dozen years under the reign of ruin of mayor Joy Cooper.

re Lighting conditions at Young Circle. 

Nearly every single street light has been out for the past 10 days, from East-bound Harrison Street to north of West-bound Harrison. 
If not longer

Basically, from roughly 3 o'clock on the circle to nine o'clock.
On both the inner side of the circle and the outer side.

With the number of Hollywood Police, City of Hollywood employees and the Downtown Hollywood business owners themselves and their employees who are present at night, I'm beyond dumbfounded that in an area that is SO tourist and visitor-dependent for its economy -that is, dependent on positive word-of-mouth- that the area has been allowed to be pitch-black at night since at least last Tuesday night, the 17th, including public parking areas that are where so many members of the public park when attending the Monday night Food Trucks and Funtastic Friday family events. 
Like tonight.

My own guess is that the current conditions have been going on for much longer.

You only see light in the photo above, taken this week, because of the parking lot lights across the street
The street lights that aren't working are clearly shown above.

Considering the amount of infrastructure in place and the number of taxpayer dollars that go towards promoting the Downtown Hollywood area, this is a a VERY POOR reflection on the city. 
Even for the middle of Summer.  

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#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.

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