By Mayor Joy Cooper
HALLANDALE BEACH -
Even during the break, the City Commission is always available to answer and address questions
As many of our readers know, the City of Hallandale Beach Commission does not hold meetings in the month of July. This does not mean we are not available. Actually, many residents know you can always contact me and our city staff is working 24/7/365. The commission is also connected. Modern technology has worked to provide a more accessible and accountable government.
Even over break I enjoy writing my column. I like to catch up on issues that may have not been covered over the months or items that are ongoing. It is hard to write this week’s column only about city activities. With Israel under threat of constant bombing from Hamas, pot holes and permits have been put in a bit of perspective for me and I hope you agree.
On a personal note, this past Sunday my family and I witnessed residents of Colorado uniting at the State capitol in a show of support and solidarity for Israel and peace. While my children have grown up around city politics, they have not seen a march at a state capitol. As a family we had mixed emotions witnessing this event together while war continues ragging. Growing up in freedom, they are now learning how fragile freedom can be. It is not just a word, it is what we enjoy because others fought and sacrificed for it.
Over the past days my family and I, like many people around the country and world, have been praying for Israel, peace and all the lost lives. In my opinion, all the lives lost are on the hands of Hamas and their reign of hate. This is the one fact that needs to be repeated and repeated. Israel is defending itself. Having been able to visit the Middle East, I have seen the vast differences between the countries. On a city to city basis I have seen the people like you and I wanting basically the same thing, a place to live and raise a family. Hamas is not any different then another hate group. Good people and leaders to stand up against them.
I received a call on Monday from Rabbi Schwartz from Chabbad of South Broward. The young college woman wanted to hold a prayer vigil on their property. After hearing about the hate attacks on the synagogue in North Miami Beach they were concerned about their own safety. They had also received hate threats after posting their meeting on Facebook. I received the call while out west, so I was quite alarmed to hear about what was going on in South Florida. I called our city manager and was assured that our police department was on alert. I am glad to report the event took place without incident.
We all need to stand united against these groups that continue to oppress, enslave and kill innocent people and children in the guise of religion. Pope Francis’s prayer and plea to stop all the killing of all our young children was heart wrenching. Let us all hope it reaches the ears of those that want only to destroy Israel and America. Our city is very fortunate to have such diversity. We need to continue to celebrate our diversity and continue to be a great example for all of our young children.
This past weekend, I also received a call from a resident on NE 3rd about flooding. It is rainy season and at that time we apparently received one inch of rain in one hour. Luckily, no home was flooded due to the temporary pumping system that has been in place. One pump was working, that is why it took more time to reduce the level of water. I need to remind our residents that the main storm water project is not on-line yet, so we are monitoring and maintaining the temporary system.
Last week FPL had to relocate power lines in the area and pile drive new poles. This work has been completed. City staff has verified that Lanzo has the large pumping equipment ready to be installed. Currently, the city manager will be meeting to review the next steps to ensure that Lanzo finally finishes the project. In August, the city will be resurfacing 14th Avenue and finishing the roadway restoration. City staff continues to work one on one with each condominium property to make sure construction impacts are addressed.
Please remember it is hurricane season. Our city is ready, are you? Do you know that once a storm strikes our first responders must retreat until after the storm passes? That means there may likely be a time when you are on your own. Be prepared with water, food and other needs to sustain your health and safety.
As always feel free to reach out to me with your questions, concerns and ideas to make our city a better place. I can be reached at my office number: (954) 457-1318. You can call or text me on my cell at: (954) 632-5700. Or you can visit my web-site at: www.mayorjoycooper.com.