On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura, but we keep our eyes and ears open about other places, too, thanks to many well-informed "sources."
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic gridlock, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well.
Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, local government and its bureaucrats couldn't be farther from the sort of results-oriented, strong work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. Yet seldom if ever see...
This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, right on the Atlantic Ocean, Hallandale Beach, located north of the City of Aventura -in Miami-Dade County- and south of the City of Hollywood.
Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of rampant apathy, incompetency, indifference and cronyism under the ruinous reign of longtime Mayor Joy Cooper are all too readily apparent to anyone who cares to open their eyes and look around.
Sadly for its beleaguered residents, Hallandale Beach is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of City Hall's myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management.
It's a city with tremendous and even dynamic potential for positive change because of its terrific location and its well-educated populace, the majority of whom long for it to be the kind of quality city it ought to be now, but clearly isn't because of the reasons I've already set forth here and have chronicled for nine years.
Citizens here have become almost numb to HB City Hall's frequent ethics and performance outrages and screw-ups as a result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of basic foresight, oversight and accountability.
On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners of this city wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately fixed or resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, and see that they've merely been kicked further down the road -once again- for others to solve in the future.
Before I started this blog in 2007, I used to ask myself, and NOT always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters in South Florida who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?"
My friends and other observers of the South Florida scene asked the same question, too.
Hearing no response, I decided to finally do what I'd thought about doing when I lived in the washington, D.C. area for fifteen years but never did- start a blog of my own that could try to do some of these very things.
On this blog I adopt the the p.o.v. of a reasonable-but-skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time with fresh eyes, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect -and demand.
Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change in public policy and goivernment engagement.
If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY of Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials, elected and otherwise.
Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru shining some well-needed public scrutiny on the issue or pol, or requires a higher degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of the incompetency, cronyism or negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.
Want to submit a news tip, suggest a correction, or query me about doing a Guest Op-Ed about something you think my well-informed readers would be interested in?