| Letters to the Editor


Posted on 24 July 2014 by L.Moore

Hurricane Preparedness in Deerfield

Hello friends,

Summer is here and while many of us are excited about vacation and time with the family, we are also preparing for another Hurricane Season.

Deerfield Beach has seen some pretty volatile hurricanes in past years.

Many of you might remember the damage that Hurricane Sandy left behind in 2012. The City spent tens of thousands repairing our most beautiful landmark, the International Fishing Pier. While Sandy did not devastate South Florida, 10 to 12-ft. waves caused serious damage to our coastlines.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask our residents the very same question I asked last year and will ask every year, because it is a very important question, “Are you prepared?”

Is your family prepared? Do you know what you will do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate? Are you signed up for the emergency notification?

These are all questions that you need to know the answers to right now in order to protect your family. We have resources and tools to help every resident in Deerfield Beach be better informed and better prepared for Hurricane Season, which extends from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Just follow these easy steps:

1. Read the Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

Just go to the City website, www.Deerfield-Beach.com/HurricanePreparedness. Click Residents, Find Information On, then Hurricane Preparedness.

2. Register for the emergency notification system, CodeRED.

This is a telephone-based emergency notification system that will call your home phone, mobile phone or send you a text message with important information and updates in the event of a crisis, such as a destructive hurricane. To register, visit www.Deerfield–Beach.com/codered or call 1-866-939- 0911.

3. Check out Broward County’s website, www.Broward.org.

The county now keeps the Hurricane Preparedness Guide and other important tools and information on- line only.

4. Create a plan with your family and put together an emergency preparedness kit

to have available year-round in the event of any emergency. For a complete list of materials to include in your kit just log onto: www.broward.org/ Hurricane/AtoZ/Pages/HurricanePreparedBeforeEvent.

Finally, I just want to remind you that the time to plan is now.

Please take advantage of the resources presented to you so that this year, you will be well-armed should a hurricane approach our shores.

All my best,

Mayor Jean Robb

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Posted on 09 July 2014 by L.Moore

Local Toastmasters celebrates 4th birthday!

Dear Editor:

Toastmasters Club Paradise is celebrating its 4th year. Thanks to the Deerfield Beach community for its support. We meet on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse [next to City Hall].

We always welcome new members.

Our mission is to improve speaking and leadership skills.

Pat Chamoni

Deerfield Beach

Resident questions tree removal

Dear Editor:

Someone removed the newly planted, beautiful, Royal Palms and a rare Arikury Palm from the entrance median on 13 Court.

Instead of looking at beautiful Royal Palms when returning home from work to pay our property taxes, we now look at dirt holes – dirt holes!

Shame on the person or people who did this. There is no logic except stupid people or government to do this.

Royal Palms in the median to The Cove entrance or dirt holes?

Jay Repo

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 03 July 2014 by L.Moore

RE: Street Lights

Dear Editor:

A couple of weeks ago, I saw an article in the Deerfield Observer [June 12] giving thanks to Broward County for listening to the Observer when they requested a turn signal be placed at Federal Highway and NE 2nd.

This prompted me to fireoff a torrid of emails to city officials, asking them how could this be done so simply in less than a year when District 2 residents had been requesting this for the last 30 years and I had, most recently, been petitioning the City since September/October of 2011 to look into adding turn signals and street lights along with bringing the truncated domes up to code at Hillsboro and MLK.

Then, after the tragic death of a friend in early 2012, I stepped up those efforts to ensure that the pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety concerns in that area were taken seriously so that this senseless tragedy did not happen again. To no avail.

There was a lot of back and forth, a lot of run around, and then finally, an answer. We were told that the City didn’t have the money, then we were told that traffic doesn’t warrant a turn signal.

So I took it upon myself to videotape the conditions at that intersection at night, so I could present it to the commission. I was denied my many requests by the then-mayor, District 2 commissioner and city manager.

I kept fighting, petitioning, and presenting my legitimate concerns and request but was thwarted by the then city commission and staff at every turn.

FDOT came out and installed the yellow truncated domes that are now present at the intersection of MLK and Hillsboro bringing that section up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance.

Fast forward 2 years and this brings us to that Observer article. After reading it, I fired off e-mails and asked the current mayor if I could now show my video.

The mayor gave me permission to show my video and gave me time to speak on the issue. Then, when FDOT responded to the City, advising they would indeed now install the signal and would look into the street lights during the 2016 resurfacing, she was the only one to reach out to me and inform me of this.

I wrote a blog post indicating that I would write a congratulatory letter if the City/ FDOT or whoever would take care of this issue for District 2, so here goes…

Thank you FDOT and The Honorable City of Deerfield Mayor for answering the many prayers and request of the District 2 residents for the last 30 years. Also, for answering my personal request since 2011.

So, on behalf of all the residents of District 2, I once again want to say, “Thank You for finally listening to us.”

David Cody

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 26 June 2014 by L.Moore

Hillsboro Blvd. Lane Elimination

Dear Editor:

At the June 17 Deerfield Beach commission meeting, consultants explained their plan to eliminate two traffic lanes on Hillsboro Boulevard.

Some of what they proposed is very good, a longer and better marked right turn lane approaching US 1 is needed. Also, a raised median strip with left turn lanes would improve safety.

It’s interesting that two of the consultants said that in their planning process they looked for “fatal flaws” and found none. However they did not mention the effect of increased road closures because of increased rail traffic.

East bound traffic will have to merge three lanes into two after waiting on a long freight train. Also, there will not be bus stops so if a bus does stop for passengers, it will block one of the two lanes. Both of these are flaws that could cause accidents and road rage incidents that could be fatal. This passed the commission by one vote. Commission rules allow any commissioner on the prevailing side to bring the issue up for reconsideration.

They voted based on a flawed report and I think the commission should reconsider it. Let’s keep the raised median and improved right turn lane and let’s keep six lanes.

Robert Lloyd

Deerfield Beach

Guest Editorial

RE: Deerfield Green Market shut down

Dear Editor:

I spoke at the June 17, city commission meeting. The topic was, the termination of the Green Market at The Cove Shopping Center.

The first Green Market was from North Miami Beach, coincidently where Keven Klopp came to Deerfield from with a $10,000 check to help the start up. Did anyone ever give you money to start your business? Actually, the other markets, about 6, never received 1 cent. They never completed the contract.

The second Green Market was run by the Cultural Committee, who I honestly forgot to mention. They worked for FREE, with the promise from the commission that any profits at the end of the markets would go to scholarships. Guess what? They profited between $8,000 to $10,000. But Keven Klopp decided any profits should go back to the CRA. These hard-working seniors were furious and NO scholarships were given.

The lady who ran the Saturday Green Market in Boca also ran ours. Deerfield got Saturday’s leftovers with NO management, and it was a bomb.

Then came Arthur D’Amato, a former resident of Deerfield Beach, who actually ran the best Green Market, and he was terminated. Another city blunder.

Once again, I apologize to the wonderful Cultural Committee, forgetting to mention them was not intentional.

Steve Krevoy

Cove Bagel Deli

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Posted on 19 June 2014 by L.Moore

Different approach to keeping streets clean

Dear Editor:

I’ve lived in Deerfield and Hillsboro Beach for 40 years. I built the Pickle Barrel and Lock, Stock & Barrel years ago, but I’m still here!

I read that article on cigarette butts [June 5 Observer newspaper] and yes, they really annoy me also. Every time I get out of my car, I step on a filter. I don’t care where I am — Publix, the doctor’s office, all over town.

We go to Michigan in the summer for a vacation and when you buy Coke, beer, water, all those bottles have a 10-cent deposit on them. Bring them back and get your 10 cents back!

You don’t see any litter on the streets or parking lots because they get their money back. And if someone is in need of money, they go around looking for deposit bottles and cans. They keep the streets free of containers.

So why don’t we put a 10- cent deposit on filters? Bring them back and get your $2 back. You won’t see any on the ground, plus people having to come up with an extra $2, maybe they will stop smoking and save their lives. One pack a day at $10 a pack, $300 a month, you can get a great iron lung or a leased caddy.

It really burned me up to see all the filters on my golf course, Deerfield Country Club. Now, I have to find another club because it was sold.

Hey, look at ALDI supermarket over on Federal [a second location is at W. Hillsboro Boulevard]. You put a quarter in to get a shopping cart, and when you bring it back, you get your quarter back. You don’t see any carts in the parking lot either!

The people who smoke are in DENIAL big time — and they will defend smoking till they die, and they will. It’s not a pleasant way to go. I watched my mother gasping for air and I was still smoking, but then I quit. That was in 1999 and I’m glad I did.

I love The Observer. Did you know the Publisher was one of my first customers at the Pickle Barrel and I’ve known him ever since of course, good man. And I miss his writing also.

Well enough out of me … Keep up the good work. Deerfield Beach is a great place!

John Morrell

Hillsboro Beach

RE: Katz’s Deli New York

To The staff of the Observer,

I wasn’t sure who to address this to, but I wanted the press to be aware of the situation and to hear about it from us first. The circumstances are regrettable, to say the least, and you hold a large influence over the public opinion.

I wanted to make it clear that the Katz’s operating in Deerfield Beach is in no way associated with Katz’s Delicatessen of New York City. We’re a family business that has been around for 126 years. That’s over 12 decades of hard work building a reputation based on the quality of our product and service. The Katz’s of Deerfield has come in and tried to catch a free ride on our good name.

We have tried to resolve the situation amicably; but unfortunately, it’s looking as though a peaceful resolution is not going to be possible.

Jake Dell

Katz’s Delicatessen


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Posted on 12 June 2014 by L.Moore

RE: Hillsboro Blvd. lane elimination

Dear Editor: [In the April 10 Observer newspaper] The city wants to reduce Hillsboro Boulevard from 6 lanes to 4 lanes from Dixie Highway to Federal Highway to make it a Complete Street and improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

I think lane reduction will make that stretch more dangerous because of the bottleneck caused by planned rail traffic increases.

The Florida East Coast (FEC) railroad is in the process of adding more powerful locomotives to haul more freight coming into the expanded Port Everglades. Also, plans include adding Tri-Rail and All Aboard Florida trains to the FEC tracks. All of this expansion will increase traffic from 14 trains a day to over 100 a day, which will cause HUGE traffic backups.

These backups will extend further and last longer because motorists will be merging from 6 to 4 lanes.

Frustration could lead to road rage incidents, making this stretch more dangerous.

Hillsboro Boulevard does not fi t the government’s concept of a Complete Street, but it is complete with 6 lanes, sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists, and the right lane has bus stops for mass transit.

Lane reduction combined with dramatically increased street closings for rail traffi c is a really bad idea.

Anne Lloyd

Deerfi eld Beach

RE: Here we beach again-in Deerfield

Dear Editor: [In the June 5 Observer newspaper] Why could not the State of Florida or County, or City, through law of eminent domain, look into the possibility of claiming those parcels of the beach held privately for the good of the public?

Vince Opromolla

Deerfi eld Beach

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Posted on 29 May 2014 by L.Moore

Lack of maintenance of city playgrounds

Dear Editor:

I’m concerned with the lack of maintenance in our city playgrounds.

The park on SW 24 Terrace has a lot of safety issues that have been going on for a while. These issues would have been easily caught by a Parks & Rec worker if they were doing weekly safety inspections and daily walk-throughs.

I know the city has a tight budget, but kids safety at playgrounds should not be overlooked.

Here are some of the issue’s at this one park. I’m sure others are just as bad.

1) Baby swing has cracked plastic on the seat, exposing a rusty sharp metal edge right on the top where kids would put their hands

2) One of the posts that holds up the platforms has a crack going halfway through it

3) There is a picnic table with a rusted hole in the top. It’s rusted so bad basically, you can take the top off of the table.

These are some of the issue’s within one park.

Brian Moberg

Deerfield Beach

Hands Across the Sand – Deerfield

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, May 17, Deerfield Beach, along with hundreds of areas across the coastal United States, demonstrated against Fracking Oil from our beaches.

Close to Naples, not far from the site of their main drinking water source and home to the Florida panthers, plans for Fracking are taking hold.

We must stop this!” are the cries of those involved. Fracking each well uses over 1 million gallon of water per well, poisoned with toxic chemicals which cannot be recycled.

The potential for gas blasts and chemical spills from Fracking is overwhelming. Hands Across the Sands meets every year on our coasts, hosted by such organizations as The Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org) and Oceana (www.Oceana.org). Please go to them to see how you can help.

Donna Friedman

Pompano Beach

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Posted on 22 May 2014 by L.Moore

RE: Community gardens

Dear Editor: The Deerfield Beach city commission voted to explore community gardens.

All they need to do is look at history. The Pilgrims had a community garden for their first couple of years and they almost starved to death. The Soviet Union and China had communal gardening and they failed. The reason is that in every society there are many slackers who don’t show up for the work, but want some of the food at harvest time.

Apparently, the city has experimented with communal gardening in Constitution Park and failed. For years I have been taking my 94-yearold mother for walks in Constitution Park. They have a fenced-in garden area with two papaya plants in one corner and the rest is weeds.

The bad news is that the commission stated that this be one of the first items considered for the budget.

As far as I can tell, only one person has asked for this.

If a group of people commit to doing the work, the city could offer some land for their use, but if they make this a budget item, those tomatoes that we can buy for 99 cents a lb. will end up costing the tax payers $100 a lb.

Robert Lloyd

Deerfield Beach

Editor’s note: St. Paul’s United Methodist, at 244 SE 2 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 (the same street as City Hall, just south of Hillsboro Boulevard) was offering community garden plots a few years back. 954- 427-9407.

The Fruitful Field, neighboring Deerfield on the acreage around Parkway United Methodist, 100 NE 44 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33064 offers a spectacular model of how a community garden can benefit a whole community, as the fresh produce grown supplements area food banks.


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Posted on 15 May 2014 by L.Moore

Illegal donation boxes

Dear Editor:

I just wanted to mention that we really do need to get rid of illegal boxes in Deerfield Beach and throughout the county.

Without your help, there is no way that all the positive changes in Deerfield and throughout the county could have taken place.

But, we have limited resources and manpower, which is why we would need to be able to place one of our boxes at a location in order to even consider picking up an illegal one.

Thanks SO much!

Jim Moyer

Salvation Army

Illegal donation boxes

Dear Editor:

Jim Moyer, the Salvation Army Director of Donations, needs our help. PLEASE, let me know if you see any illegal for-profit clothing donation boxes around the city (or anywhere you see them).

They are the ones without a real charity on them.

Email me the address of the box. I will contact the owners of the property, who usually don’t even know the box is there, and get permission for the Salvation Army to put a box in it’s place.


Bett Willett

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 08 May 2014 by L.Moore

RE: Hillsboro Boulevard Lane Elimination

Dear Editor:

OK, let me get this straight – as I am curious if I am the only person who does not understand.

Years ago, due to “beautification,” Hillsboro Boulevard east of Federal Highway had lanes removed. Wow, after planting the wrong plants, removing and replanting it is just so beautiful (sarcasm), but the traffic is unbearable.

Some days, weekends being the worst, it can take up to seven minutes to pull out of our neighborhood (Little Harbor) due to the fact that the City will not put up a blinking light on the signage that reads “Do Not Block Intersection.” This is continually blocked.

NOW, I am reading that west of Federal Highway, they want to remove two lanes due to the fact that they do not want pedestrians crossing a broad expanse of concrete. Really? People should NOT be crossing EXCEPT at crosswalks anyways. That is the law. Anything else is jay-walking. Besides the fact that, at a crosswalk, a median cannot be there, there needs to be a direct passage for visual safety.

So, can you please explain why this is needed?

Deerfield Beach [also] wanted more revenue from our beaches. Well, for this, local residents suffer. Try standing on the corner of 12th and Hillsboro and watching on a weekend. Congestion, pollution and major road rage. Our quaint little city has now become a mess of tangled traffic, no longer the nice little town most of us were thankful to live in. I, personally, am saddened to see what has happened to the beautiful city I grew up in.

Dana Wade

Deerfield Beach

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