By Mayor Joy Cooper
HALLANDALE BEACH -
Big week ahead for Hallandale and its residents
The past few weeks, everyone has been inundated with campaign information. It is often difficult to filter what is fact from fiction. I tremendously enjoy the Poli-Fact meters. Even with them, there are times when items are half true and half true is just that, some parts are facts others are fiction. Another problem is an issue that many people do not realize that I, myself, just found out. The Sun Sentinel only had four editorial employees covering all of the elections. I called to find out why they did not call our city manager or myself to research our bond issue. It was very disappointing but the answer I received was, they were swamped. They even said they missed interviewing a candidate for Pompano. They apologized and asked for me for our city manager to write an op-ed on why they got it wrong and share the facts.
The good news is that the election will be over in seven days. Just remember that you have the power to decide the future of our city and the future of our park system. Every vote does and will count. Early voting will be taking place until this Sunday, November 2nd, Election Day is November 4th.
There some facts that I do want to leave with our Hallandale Beach readers. Our city lowered your tax rate this year, did not use any reserves, we have clean audits, received awards for financial reporting, a sunshine award for our public records access and we have also completed construction on three parks on time and under budget. We have the one of the lowest tax rates with all services combined according to Broward County’s Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s 2015 market profile compared to other Broward County cities. Let’s keep our city moving forwards, not backwards. The decision is yours.
Our city continues to move forward with many projects. This past week, Lanzo Contactors topped off the south pump station. I also know that they were finishing electric and getting inspections. The contractors have begun to prepare the road to lay new asphalt and the city manager has been working with the landscape planners to present a landscape plan to our residents and commission. The pump system still must pass outside inspections and approvals from the Department of Environmental Protection before it can be deemed operational.
The A1A reconstruction project is also underway. The contractor has put in place logistics and have been working with our staff on traffic planning and safety signage. Everyone should be prepared for lane closure and traffic delays between Hallandale Beach Boulevard and the county line. FDOT has informed the city that the project is projected to take a year.
November first is right around the corner, this means the holidays are fast approaching and there will be plenty of activity around the city. This Friday, weather permitting will be our Halloween Festival at Peter Bluesten Park.
Hallandale Beach is joining with the Mardi Gras Casino in bringing a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the City for a four-day Veteran’s Day Celebration, Saturday, Nov. 8, through Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The 108-foot long, two-sided replica wall will be on display at the Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Highway.
Prior to the wall’s arrival, the City of Hallandale Beach is calling upon all U.S. veterans who live in City to muster at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall to be recognized for dedication to the United States and humanity at annual Hallandale Beach City Commission tribute to soldiers.
On Saturday, November 8th at 6 p.m., the city will be welcoming a play to our Cultural Center. The Theater of Creative Consciousness will be performing “There is Hope, A Devastating Impact,” a play about HIV and AIDS. Before the play, there will be free testing starting at 5 p.m. In addition to an evening of entertainment, we hope to develop HIV awareness, the importance of testing and pay tribute to John Hardwick, a young man that was a community leader who passed away suddenly at age 41 from a stoke. In addition to owning his own barber shop, his passion was to promote awareness of HIV and AIDS through his educational organization Tops Shops.
As the holidays approach, please keep in mind those less fortunate in our city. The Hepburn Center located at Foster Road and Northwest 8th Avenue has asked each city department to adopt a family. I am sure they could use help with this project from anyone that wants to contribute, they will be collecting children toys for all ages up to high school. Toys will collected until Friday, December 5th. For more information, you can call Abbe Lee Youth Services Coordinator at: (954) 457-1460.
You may not have received important information about the new BSO non-emergency dispatch number, 911 will remain the number to call to report emergencies and crimes in progress, the non-emergency number has been changed to: (954) 764-4357. This number should be used for non-emergency calls requiring a police officer to respond, this change is a result of the new countywide dispatch. For all general information regarding the Hallandale Beach Police Department, you can call them at: (954) 457-1400.
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.