Posted on 25 June 2015 by L.Moore

UPDATE from Tallahassee

Dear Editor:

This update is to inform you of what has been taking place during the Special Session.

The House votes on a $78.7 billion state budget Friday evening, June 19. The spending plan for 2015-16 represents an increase of $1.6 billion compared to the current fiscal year.

Budget questions and debate were scheduled for [last] Thursday and Friday.

After the House and Senate pass the budget, it goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who has line-item veto authority.

The state’s fiscal year ends June 30, so Gov. Scott will need to act on the budget by then to avoid any complications to state government operations.

While the House did not approve a Senate plan to expand health care coverage, the final budget does include $450 million in state general revenue in addition to federal and local funds to provide hospitals and clinics money for uncompensated care.

The budget also includes increased spending on education for public schools, funded at $7,097 per student, a 3-percent increase compared to this year.

I was able to advocate for my district and Broward County on several budget line items.

State Rep. Shevrin Jones

District 101



Posted on 18 June 2015 by L.Moore

Rapa Nui: Down, not Out

Dear Editor:

I never inscribed the artist’s signature, although I said I would.

I thought that it was, perhaps, too possessive an act — as if I commandeered credit for an incredible work accomplished by many.

Rapa Nui Reef became an extraordinary, larger-than-life blend of rusticated tribute and mysterious magnificence.

For a short while, it brought smiles to so many, and community pride to the Deerfield family.

In one moment of thunderous silence, what began as such a perfect day became itself an imperfect reminder that we do not possess any infinite power, nor do we command a perfect world.

I understand that Rapa Nui lays compressed and restrained within some iron dungeon.

I have heard from so many thoughtful people to express sincere sorrow at what, on the surface, appears to be tragic loss and catastrophic happenstance.

I was made numb. Incredibly saddened to witness a gift freely offered by a generous spirit sink into disembodiment. But today is another perfect morning.

The sun again is rising in the summer sky, and the waters are again calm and preparing for their daily dance.

Beneath the waters of Deerfield Beach, Rapa Nui Reef calls out but does not whimper.

There will be no resurrection, no Lazarus rising.

But we do hear opportunity calling. There is much we can do.

I am certain that we can, in a spirit of cooperation and unity, recreate a tribute to what tumbled beneath those calm waters.

A tribute to one woman’s generosity, a people’s determination, and a community’s prideful stewardship of something grand in nature.

Rapa Nui is down. It is NOT out.

No, there is no artist’s signature, and it may never be. But there IS a hopeful determination that what was, by bad chance, made unfinished, will be left complete.

Thank You, Dear Friends, for all your Rapa Nui love.

The Power of the Moai

Dennis MacDonald, the artist, Pompano Beach

There are plans to create a second tier, right-side up, on top of it. Send donation checks payable to: Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach Memo section: Rapa Nui Reef II 910 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441



Posted on 11 June 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Rapa Nui

Dear Editor:

Everyone who had anything to do with the awesome Rapa Nui Reef project in Deerfield Beach came away with a feeling of wonder [last weekend], a lot of new friends, and the appreciation that something special can be done when one person has a dream and many make it come true.

Those involved often quoted benefactor Margaret Blume- “Something Big is Going Down in Deerfield Beach.”

Something big indeed did go down in Deerfield Beach and we all were changed for the better because of Margaret’s vision and the contributions of her supportive husband Robert, Dennis MacDonald the extraordinary artist, and Dixie Diver’s Pavan.

We shouldn’t be sad, in spite of the ill-fated sinking. We should celebrate their courage and dedication and we should cheer their daring and their dream.

Thank you, Margaret, for something big going down in my life, and for the opportunity, through the Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach, to be a small part of your wonderful achievement.

Bett Willett,

Deerfield Beach

Dear Editor:

Remember, it has been an amazing, two-year journey for all involved in this project.

Although the scuttle did not go as hoped, the vision and desires of the benefactor, Margaret Blume, the inspiration and beauty of the artwork by Dennis MacDonald, and the hard work of Pavan of Dixie Divers, can never be erased from the memories of all of us who were so closely a part of this inner core team.

Those who came to celebrate its creation and witness its final journey into the depths of the ocean have experienced the highs and lows of a magnificent historical event.

The faces of the people who came to see it were in awe of the faces of the Moai figures staring back at them.

They learned about Easter Island and the Rapa Nui people who built the Moai and much more.

Some may look at the glass half empty and dwell on the scuttle gone awry, but I say the “Moai cup runneth over with blessings.”

Art in the City of Deerfield Beach shall be enhanced by the generosity of all who came from near and far and contributed to support this effort.

To you, our club members, who dedicated so much time and effort (blood, sweat, and tears), this city cannot thank enough, because you helped to make this happen, and the contributions to Art in Our City will continue and our city projects will be enhanced.

I cannot thank you enough for all your help and support from the project’s inception two years ago to the scuttle [Sunday].

The volunteers who worked tirelessly these past months and especially this weekend, and those who came to share

in other ways are the heart and core of our club. I personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.

With the dedication of members like you, our club will prosper and continue to have a very positive impact on our city and other cities near and far.

Marti McGeary

Deerfield Beach

RE: Moai-mentum

Dear Editor:

I am sure the community will come together to make this a positive. We don’t always have control over what happens, but we have control over how we respond.

I’ll help any way I can.

T.J. Eagen

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 04 June 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Off ramp 95 & Hillsboro

I commute to Deerfield Beach daily and it normally takes 40-45 minutes. This morning was different.

I exited 95 onto the Hillsboro Boulevard off ramp at exactly 8 a.m. this morning and I saw a solid line of cars ahead of me. I initially assumed, quite incorrectly, that westbound traffic was once again blocking those exiting 95 from making a left and going eastbound on Hillsboro Boulevard. When I got close enough, I could see that was not the case.

I watched as the light changed to green and I counted the number of cars that got through and went left onto Hillsboro before it changed to red. The first time, I counted four and, the second time, I counted five. I could see that this was going to take quite a time to get to the red light at Hillsboro and I was right.

I finally got to the light at Hillsboro at 8:26 a.m. and I finally went left onto Hillsboro at 8:28 a.m., a total of 28 minutes from the time I got onto the exit ramp.

I am accustomed to my normal commute time but to add 28 minutes to go a mere 200 yards is ridiculous.

The timing of this traffic light is obviously defective. Can you please direct me to the entity that oversees these matters?

Thank you,

William E. Bucknam

Note: Kudos to Capt. Robert Schnakenberg for resolving this problem by Wednesday morning with the assistance of Broward County Traffic Engineering.



Posted on 28 May 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Moment of Silence vs. Prayer of Invocation

Dear Editor:

City Hall was the place-to-be last Tuesday night [May 19] when the mayor tried in vain to impose her will on the city of Deerfield Beach.

She stated she was tired of minority points of view being accepted against the majority.

The subject was the separation of Church and State.

Since the Supreme Court stated in an opinion that an invocation at public events is doable, the mayor took that as a direct order to do so by the Supreme Court. That is not the case at all.

The District 1 commissioner stated that the mayor and the commission represent all the people regardless of their religion, their beliefs or views on prayer. The commission put forth a motion to have each person pray or not to his own God if he chooses silently in a time given to that event.

That way, no one person is offended by hearing someone else’s view as to who his God is and what his name is. They can pray or not as they choose.

The vote for a minute of silence was 4 to 1.

We will wait and see whether the mayor will obey the change in procedural rules of the city or not. She was the only vote against the amendment.

We have a Supreme Court to protect the rights of minorities. Although they said it was alright to open events with an invocation, they did not say that you must.

If doing so insults some people because of a difference of faiths and beliefs, than it is best to find a solution that is not insulting. The rest of the city commission did so, and so I applaud their decision to allow each to do their own thing.

Bernie Parness

Deerfield Beach

Beware of Barbecued Bugs

Dear Editor:

Whatever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?

This summer, it’s all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets at millions of backyard barbecues.

The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline’s advice is to grill meat and chicken products longer and hotter. They fail to caution that high-temperature grilling forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?

Luckily, enterprising food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, convenient plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs and soy nuggets.

These wholesome foods don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs or pesticides. And, they are right there, in the frozen food section of our supermarket.

Let’s stay safe on the roads and safe at the family barbecue this summer!

Patrick Bendrix

West Palm Beach



Posted on 21 May 2015 by L.Moore

Canal Bank Repairs at Independence Bay Lake

Dear Editor:

I wanted to make District 4 residents aware that Broward County Water Control District #2 will be performing canal bank maintenance at the Independence Bay Lake.

The County has hired Shenandoah Construction to maintain the lake bank at the southeast corner of the lake near Powerline Road.

The project started late last week. The work schedule has a tentative completion set for the end of this week.

We anticipate very little impact on residents in Independence Bay and the Waterways developments.

If you are boating on the lake or walking on the Independence Bay Linear Trail during the construction period, you should not approach the work area.

There will be three small Sabal Palms displaced during the project to avoid damage. They will be reinstalled after the construction.

If there are any questions and concerns with this project, feel free to contact the Project Manager, Joe Heilman with Broward Water Management at 954-831-0764.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Vice Mayor Bill Ganz

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 14 May 2015 by L.Moore

Mother’s Day

Dear Editor:

We all look forward to Mother’s Day, when we celebrate the cherished bond between mother and child.

Ironically, dairy cows — worldwide symbols of motherhood — never get to see their babies.

The newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that nature designed for them. The distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping for their return.

Most cows spend their lives chained on a concrete floor, with no access to the outdoors.

Each year, they are impregnated artificially to keep the milk flowing.

When their production drops, around 4 years of age, they are turned into hamburgers.

Let’s honor motherhood and our natural compassion by replacing cow’s milk and other dairy products, all laden with fat and cholesterol, with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free nut or soy-based milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. These are available in every supermarket. Mother cows, and our own bodies will be most grateful.

Dimitri Olask

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 07 May 2015 by L.Moore

Assessment or Parking Meters for Cove Shopping Center?

Dear Editor:

[Installing] Cove parking meters is just a bad idea, period.

The District 4 commissioner says the taxpayers should not be paying for maintenance of the parking lot.

Who does he think parks there? I go to The Cove all the time. My dentist is there and I go to the Tip [Tipperary Pub] and American Rock [Bar & Grill] at least twice a week.

I own a small business in Deerfield. I don’t charge for parking — that would be a death sentence for any business.

The city manager says we need a study to figure out how much the owners would pay. Why does the city always need a consultant? Just do the math yourself. I’m sure we employ somebody who can figure out how much it costs a year to take care of the parking lot, then split [it] up with the building owners — who are more than willing to pay.

Sorry for such a long letter, but this subject really gets me going. It’s just plain common sense.

Steven J. Fabrizio

Deerfield Beach

Observer column speaks to reader

Dear Editor:

I thoroughly enjoy your column [Everything’s Coming Up Rosen] in the Observer.

Over the years, I have always been excited when Everything’s Coming Up Rosen shows up in the [news]paper.

Your viewpoint on the matters of life consistently provides me with a moment’s reflection.

Your column on love was particularly inspiring [“It’s Love Time Again,” Feb. 5, 2015, Observer]. As I have reached my young age of 36, I have seen how past advice or wisdom tends to come true.

Love is complex and wonderful and requires nurturing to stay alive.

I can read from your lines the complexity of a sustained love and imagine folks in my life who strive to ride the different phases of love.

I have told numerous friends who are in a situation of weakness that falling in love with the idea of falling in love will not satisfy your situation.

I have really enjoyed your column and thought it important to let you know that your work is appreciated.

Albert Blake Salas

Deerfield Beach

Note: Look for Emily Rosen’s column soon



Posted on 30 April 2015 by L.Moore

Relay For Life appreciates Community Support

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Relay For Life of Deerfield Beach/ Lighthouse Point & Hillsboro Beach, we thank these wonderful communities and Deerfield Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) for the overwhelming support for our Relay — which took place April 18 and 19.

We could not have made this happen without our outstanding committee.

We had 40 teams, 360 participants, and we raised close to $100,000 to-date — and there is still money coming in.

Special thanks to the City of Deerfield Beach for providing the many resources that contributed to the success that it was.

We also appreciate the numerous sponsors and other businesses, including the Deerfield Observer, that supported us.

This was truly communities coming together to Finish the Fight and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Karen Hardy, Event Chair,

Deerfield Beach

Nona Breitenstein, Event

Co-Chair, Lighthouse Point

Drunk, obnoxious boaters and jet skiers

Dear Editor:

Here we are, again, dealing with dozens of drunk, obnoxious boaters and jet skiers who have spent the day at Boca Bash.

A large number of them feel entitled to tie their overloaded crafts to our private dock, disembark and get even more inebriated than they already were.

Our entire day is spent overseeing our property to limit the yearly damage.

They park their vehicles (often large trucks) and boat trailers completely up into our lawn, damaging sod, landscaping and sprinkler systems … and not returning until late evening.

They trash our dock waterway with bottles, cans and extremely foul language. When asked to leave our dock, we are threatened with physical harm. We are unable to leave or re-enter our street, as vehicles and trailers block our way. If we attempt to squeeze through, we are screamed at and threatened.

Although we are on a dead-end street, they race to the end, peel through the culde- sac and race back with no concern for the safety of our residents and families. Our police force is being paid, with our tax dollars, to referee fights of Boca residents who have no respect for Deerfield Beach nor for our officers.

The park, ramp and dock are torn up. Fence rails are destroyed.

We need more officer presence the entire day at the park, ramp and residential neighborhood.

Drivers are intoxicated, boats are overloaded without proper flotation devices, and no lighting for after dark.

Boca should be supplying personnel at their expense, not Deerfield’s.

Lynne Newberry

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 23 April 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Development on former Burial Ground

Dear Editor:

I have been following, with interest, the articles regarding the plot of land on 2 Avenue that may be the Burial Grounds of our black citizens many years ago.

I know it may be an “eyesore” to the condo residents adjacent to the property.

I understand this. However, to me, this “eyesore” is a hallowed ground. Since no one knows for sure, why must this be turned into a monetary project? This is part of the history of Deerfield and we should treat it with respect. Someone had suggested that it be turned into a little park. I believe that the occupants of that piece of hallowed ground would appreciate that. After all, this was old Deerfield Beach — they were here first — let’s keep them in their domain and not cover them with tall buildings. They deserve that.

Virginia French

Deerfield Beach

RE: Hillsboro Blvd. Lane Elimination

Dear Editor:

As a concerned citizen, I think the plans to eliminate one traffic lane in each direction on Hillsboro Boulevard east of Dixie to U.S. 1 or Federal Highway is questionable.

Common sense tells us that this is an idiotic plan that will fail and cause a traffic problem of unbearable consequences.

I do not know who the harebrained group is who came up with this plan. But do some studies and you will agree with me that this is impractical.

Traffic in the morning and afternoon is now over-capacity and we need more lanes to keep the traffic moving. Once the hi-speed rail is operating, there will be additional pressure on the traffic going east/west and west/east.

I beg you to look closer to elimination of two lanes of traffic in a highly-congested area.

Talk with the people who daily travel that section of Hillsboro Boulevard and listen to their concerns about the current traffic jams and long lines. Ask questions about how many light changes they have before crossing Dixie Highway – either east or west.

Also remember that most of the citizens are uninformed or do not care until the damage is done and then they start complaining. The main objective of Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) should be to move traffic at a safe pace – NOT impede the flow of traffic.

Ronald B. LaVergne

Deerfield Beach


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