| Letters to the Editor


Posted on 05 March 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Election Here we go again

We all know by now there is an election coming up on Tuesday, March 10 for District 1 and 2. We have a mayor supporting a candidate for District 1 to replace [the current Dist. 1] Commissioner. This is certainly her right. The mayor sent out a letter to all the voters of District 1 that are members of St. Ambrose Parish supporting this candidate and bashing [the current Commissioner]. In doing so, they have left us with the opinion that St. Ambrose supported their view. Nothing is further from the truth. St. Ambrose responded to the letter at Tuesday night’s commission meeting, explaining that they do not support either person who is running for District 1.

Being a member of St. Ambrose, I take great displeasure with the mayor and candidate for making this happen. Shame on both of you for causing this unneeded negative attention on Father Dalton and St. Ambrose, who have done nothing but good for the city. Your actions clearly show that you will do whatever is necessary to get elected, even if it means making up stories and figures to confuse the voters.

I love the city and am hoping it will continue on the present course. The people who are up for re-election should be voted back in, so they may finish the good work they are doing with the help of the other commissioners.

Glenn Frazer

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 26 February 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Townhouses pending on former Burial Ground

Dear Editor:

We have quite a situation in town.

It appears that we have a vacant lot sitting dormant as the site of a former cemetery.

From my perspective, there are two options.

The first is to reestablish the former cemetery. The second is to utilize that property to improve our city. Leaving it dormant, in my opinion, is not an option.

Since I have heard no real interest in the former, let me share a vision about the latter.

Studies conducted at the site to date have uncovered no evidence of existing human remains. The people interred at that cemetery lived before Civil Rights were established for all American citizens.

The story of the people buried there and perhaps moved to Pineview is, in fact, the history of our great city.

Let us research and celebrate these people. Many of their family members still live in town and are a part of our community.

As it stands now, if there are any people buried in that field, they are just about forgotten, lost to the injustice of history because of the way African- Americans were treated at that time.

I propose that we develop the site and, if any remains are uncovered, let us celebrate those people. Find out exactly who they are through DNA testing. Give them a proper resting place with new headstone markers. Tell their families so they can come and remember their forefathers. Put their life stories in the newspaper so that all of our citizens can learn about and celebrate our city’s family history together.

I see this as a real opportunity to uncover our city’s family roots. These people were treated as second-class citizens, relegated to their own cemetery, left with wooden headstones and boxes that rotted overtime, forgotten by all but the eldest of us.

Let us honor them, perhaps for the first time ever in their lives, as American citizens and founding members of Deerfield Beach, rather than second-class blacks.

All of these people died before Civil Rights were enacted.

Let us search for any remains as we develop the site and lay the new foundations. I’m sure there are able construction workers among the families of those who might be interred there. Let us ask that one or more of those family members be employed to help develop that site.

If any remains are found, let us hold a proper funeral in the city cemetery with as much pomp and circumstance as any funeral we have ever seen in this city.

Let us celebrate the lives of these people. Let our city leaders and all of our residents come and pay their respects to the forefathers of our city, hand in hand, as black and white children of Deerfield Beach, together.

Let us honor them as our American forefathers, rather than unidentified blacks sitting in an abandoned lot, as they are now.

Let us speak of them as Americans fully deserving of equality and worthy of honor, rather than as blacks in an abandoned field.

Honor them, as we improve this city together and lay the foundations for a new downtown district in that area.

Anthony Dispenziere

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 19 February 2015 by L.Moore

RE: What’s in a buoy?

Dear Editor:

A buoy marks a specific site in or near the water. The four buoys in The Cove Shopping Center can certainly be representative of their nautical surroundings.

The “Cove” area is part of the Hillsboro River system that eventually empties into the ocean through Hillsboro Inlet.

The inlet is a well-marked part of our landscape accentuated by the black-and-white lighthouse at its entry.

It would be nice to connect our “nautical” signatures with a unifying color, bringing all elements together.

I suggest repainting the buoys to help complete this task. The buoy in the roundabout is not an obstacle that interferes with vision, but can enhance the character of the community.

The soon-to-be-started Sullivan Park improvements, and the plans for Deerfield Island will be an addition to our community and will certainly make it a “Nautical Destination.”

Ira Wechterman

Resident and member Deerfield Beach Marine Advisory Board

Preserving citizens’ quality of life

Dear Editor:

The Original Save Our Beach, Inc. (O.S.O.B.) is a not-for-profit organization of residents of Deerfield Beach that cares about preserving our citizens’ quality of life.

O.S.O.B. members have served on county boards, the city commission, other city boards, and as officers and volunteers for charitable organizations. They are owners of businesses, and are residents like you.

They have spent countless volunteer hours for over 10 years, promoting smart development projects in all parts of our city.

This group’s foresight and dedicated efforts preserved the only open space (the Main Beach Parking Lot) suitable enough to hold a carnival and music grandstand at the beach.

If you enjoyed the 2015 68th Founders’ Day parade and celebration Kiwanis organized for your pleasure, for the benefit of so many charities, and to support local businesses, you also need to give kudos to the O.S.O.B. for its continuing effort in making Deerfield Beach a wonderful place to live and visit.

Marti McGeary

Co-President www.originalsaveourbeach.org, Deerfield Beach.

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Posted on 12 February 2015 by L.Moore

Improvements to The Cove, and Deerfield

Dear Editor:

I have lived in The Cove since 1968 and I am overjoyed to finally see improvements here.

The Cove is an older neighborhood and I was told that because of the age of the neighborhood and condition of our streets, they would be paved first — and they were.

This commission, thanks to the leadership of the District 1 Commissioner, has not only paved The Cove area streets but completely re-landscaped the entryways to 12 and 15 Avenues and entirely remade SE 5 Avenue, SE 2 Street and SE 3 Court, with improved drainage, new sidewalks, trees and landscaping.

This area had been neglected over the years, but now is part of our city that we can all be proud of.

Sullivan Park, another neglected area, is on the way to being a wonderful water sports, child and fisherman-friendly gem — thanks to CRA staff planning, resident involvement and the District 1 Commissioner’s full support.

I am also delighted to see that streets throughout the city are being repaved. This is long overdue.

Thanks to the city commission for responding to residents and making paving a priority.

Let’s keep the positive momentum going in District 1.

Marge Hilton

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 05 February 2015 by L.Moore

Monarch Hill landfill, Wheelabrator

Dear Editor:

There have been some developments in the last few days surrounding the Monarch Hill Landfill and new material that Waste Management has begun to dump at the site that I would like to inform you of.


Last Monday, Ft.Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport officials began the task of transporting about 50,000 cubic tons of dirt and other construction material to Monarch Hill. Test results have confirmed the dirt contains traces of asbestos.

Airport officials state the asbestos found does not pose a health risk to nearby residents because the material is non-friable asbestos, meaning it cannot easily become airborne. As an added precaution they are keeping the dirt wet and watered down prior to its delivery to Monarch Hill where Waste Management believes the material can be properly contained.

Please understand that, as your Commissioner, and a resident of District 4, I am very concerned about this issue and I am watching the developments closely, as are our neighboring communities.

If you have any questions, contact Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications & Community Relations, Waste Management, directly at 954-226-9894.or contact me.

POTENTIAL CLOSURE: N. Broward Wheelabrator Waste Energy Facility

Last month you received a message from me regarding the Broward County Commission vote on the closure of the North Broward Wheelabrator Waste Energy Facility resulting in the transfer of waste to the South Broward Facility.

Had it been approved, I believe that action could have affected the quality of life for those residents who live in the areas surrounding the Monarch Hill Landfill.

Broward County Commission did the right thing and tabled the matter until more education was given to residents and the commissioner, who represents a large portion of the areas affected, was sworn into office and able to vote on the issue.

NOTE: Broward County held a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. to talk about the closure of the North Broward Facility, with city staff in attendance. Meeting was held at 115 S. Andrews Ave in Ft. Lauderdale, Room 422.

Thank you,

Bill Ganz

District 4 Commissioner

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 22 January 2015 by L.Moore

Teen deaths – call for body cameras

Dear Editor:

The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers [in 2014] has led to a national call for the use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.

There is ample precedent.

Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy and egg industries.

The resulting videos have led to a number of corrective actions, as well as felony convictions, meat recalls, and even a $500 million civil settlement.

How ironic then, that agribusiness interests in seven states – Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and Utah – have now enacted “ag-gag” laws imposing severe penalties for using body cameras in their agricultural facilities.

The language is typically drafted by the anti-consumer American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Let’s hope that other vested interests do not impose similar restrictions on the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers.

Dimitri Olsak

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 08 January 2015 by L.Moore

Thank you, BSO

Dear Editor:

In view as to what has happened in New York, I felt compelled to write this in support of the men and women of our police department [Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)].

The city of Deerfield Beach is blessed to have a superior law enforcement team protecting and serving the residents of our city. If, perhaps, Sheriff Israel and I have not always seen eye to eye, he must be applauded for his outreach programs that have included all of the residents of the community.

Since the commission that I worked with in 1989 chose to merge with BSO, it is probably one of the smartest moves that any politicians have ever made, even for Deerfield Beach.

It is with our sincerest thanks that we let the men and women of BSO know that they have our support and gratitude for keeping us safe.

Jean Robb,

Mayor Deerfield Beach

Pulled over motorist treated with kindness

Dear Editor: On Saturday, Nov. 29, I was in the parking lot of Federal Hwy. Self Storage, 415 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield. A police officer was pulling into the parking lot with the lights on.

When the lady in the car got out, I noticed that she was a bit older and was on oxygen. I truly felt sorry for her as the officer approached her. I witnessed the nicest act of kindness when Deputy Gary Toth took a renewal sticker from an envelope for Lorraine Esposito’s car and, without hesitation, bent down and placed it on her tag. I had to approach them and take this picture.

I thought how horrible this could have been, but in a split moment, witnessed an act beyond words.

That decision that was made by Deputy Toth will make an impression in my mind that I will never forget.

Let’s think about our actions this year and leave lasting footprints.

Thank you Deputy Toth!

Jayne Hafer

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 25 December 2014 by L.Moore

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Dear Editor:

The holiday season is finally here!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you in District 4 for helping me make Deerfield Beach such a great place to call home.

It has been a busy year and we’ve tackled numerous issues. One thing is certain, I am committed to doing what is in the best interest of our City and our District.

I hope all of you get to make some wonderful new memories this holiday with those you love and I look forward to seeing many of you in Commission Chambers after the holiday.

I wish you and your families a blessed Holiday & Happy New Year!

Bill Ganz

District 4 Commissioner

Kudos to City and CRA

Dear Editor:

Kudos and thanks to the City of Deerfield Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

You have done a super job of bringing extra holiday joy to our great city with the lights and silhouette displays (Brandano & Company) on the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier and all along the beach walkway.

How exciting to see many, many people and families walking the beach at nighttime and taking photos of the displays, along with checking out all the great food establishments by the pier.

Thank you, too, for the new displays by the Deerfield Beach Fire Dept. at Hillsboro & Federal Highway, and the beautiful tree and menorah in The Cove Shopping Plaza.

What a wonderful city and beach to call “home”…. you have made the holidays extra special this year!

Happy Day!

Emily Lilly

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Posted on 11 December 2014 by L.Moore

Not enough Holiday spirit at Dec. 2 commission mtg.

Dear Editor:

Such wonderful presentations and speeches at the start of the last commission meeting.

The beginning of that meeting made me feel proud to live in this city.

How too bad that it was so well attended for many of the wrong reasons.

As a citizen of Deerfield Beach, I know that the good folks at St. Ambrose church are the best of neighbors and contribute much to our community. Father Dalton is known to almost all.

The reputation of both is not questioned in the recent report from the OIG [Broward Office of the Inspector General]. The mayor’s actions completely apart from St. Ambrose’s involvement make up the report.

Her good intentions cannot be considered when it comes to the letter of the law and our form of city government. It makes no difference whatsoever that there has been cooperation between the city and St. Ambrose in the past nor that there will be in the future. (There should be, if you ask me). Our system of city government must be followed at all times. There cannot be exceptions.

Further, it appeared to me, that the death of a valiant serviceman from Deerfield Beach was used in an attempted “Gotcha” moment by those who should hang their head in shame. The lengthy prepared remarks and the several who delivered them were totally transparent. How repugnant and misguided they were.

The mayor mentioned our brave fighting men in her remarks at the (wonderful) Ocean Way Holiday event.

All the commission members and city staff worked tirelessly on our Veteran’s Day events. Never would someone have been deliberately excluded. I cannot imagine why someone would hold back information regarding a fallen hero. What a terrible way for that few to conduct themselves during this holiday season.

Sally Potter Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 20 November 2014 by L.Moore

Veteran’s Day at Century Village

By Sid Burns

This is a very special day, when the United States entered WWII, the men and women who volunteered, as well as those who were drafted, signed a blank check to the people, up to and including their life.

The Jewish War Veterans of the newly named Daniel Agami-Elizabeth Jacobson Post #265, held special ceremonies in the Century Village Clubhouse theater, to commemorate Veterans Day and the official re-naming of Jewish War Veterans Post & Ladies Auxiliary #265.

The ceremonies opened with the posting of the colors by members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. A short welcome was given by Broward Sheriff Scott J. Israel. Following the Sheriff’s talk, Commander of Post #265, Commissioner Richard Rosenzweig paid a special tribute to local members of the military, who paid the supreme price: Specialist Daniel J. Agami, USA; AFC Elizabeth N. Jacobson, USAF and Major Stuart A. Wolfer, USA.

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