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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 22 July 2015 by L.Moore

Do you feel lucky…

Well, do you?

It is coming up on the 10- year mark, since Wilma.

Yes, we have been very lucky for the last almost 10 years.

I bet there are some generators out there that haven’t cranked since 2005. You know who you are.

During the next 90 days, we have to temper living in paradise with looking over our shoulder for Mother Nature.

This is the time we should be looking for Chef Boyardee and Rayovac ® battery deals.

Clean those pine needles out of the tracks of your accordion shutters and put a little 3-INONE oil on them now, while you can take your time.

Find that jar of bolts for the bolt-on shutters and put them on the floor by the front door. Now you’re ahead of the game and can sleep better.

I want to thank our advertisers who helped us put out this Hurricane Update.

I hope you will keep this issue on top of the fridge in case you need it.

Jim Lusk

Vice President

Hurricane Season 2015

Dear Editor:

This is a word of caution to the residents of Deerfield Beach.

Just because we have been fortunate these past few years to have escaped the wrath of a hurricane, it would be foolish to let your guard down [now].

Look at the damage that the recent rainstorm we had wreaked on our trees and roads.

Those of us who were here during Hurricane Andrew can tell you that the results of one storm can be devastating.

The supplies needed can be kept on hand, and if there are advance warnings, the two things you want to be sure of are: 1) that you have enough cash on hand and 2) that your gas tank is on full — since a number of these locations will not be operational if power is lost.

Please remember, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Jean M. Robb, Mayor

Deerfield Beach

Thank you: fire fighters

Dear Editor:

My 8-year-old son Nicholas and my 4-year-old son Lucas love Fire Trucks!

My husband, my dad and I decided to take them to the Deerfield Beach Fire Station (Fire Station No. 66) to look at fire trucks and meet some of the firefighters.

We were warmly greeted by the fire fighters and they were kind enough to show the boys their fire truck.

Nicholas and Lucas were so excited to see a fire truck up close and even got to sit in it!

I want to thank these fire fighters for being so sweet to the boys, for making them laugh, and absolutely making their day by taking time out of their busy schedules to give the boys an awesome experience.

I also want to express my gratitude to these fire fighters and all fire fighters for everything they do, every day.

Jennifer Hall

Deerfield Beach

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 16 July 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Fire Rescue

Dear Editor:

The voters are ignorant when it comes to the Deerfield Fire Department [Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue].

They claim some 1,000-plus calls and other calls to justify increased costs to consumers. *

They receive exorbitant salaries, the highest retirements in the nation over the average person, work very few actual hours responding to calls, and enjoy the good life. Yes, they occasionally save lives, but their duty is not nearly as dangerous as a police officer.

I have observed the Fire Department responding to a call where someone is ill, fell off a chair, or where there is a minor fender bender and yet they send an ambulance and a fire truck when the fire truck is not needed. This justifies a call and personnel even though they are not needed.

We should go back to an all volunteer Fire Department with the millions in equipment available to volunteers and save the taxpayers millions of dollars.

It won’t happen because the Fire Department has the city commissioners in their pocket.

Charles Laser

Deerfield beach

*Editor’s note: Despite reported increased costs, Deerfield Beach’s Fire Assessment Fee is tentatively set to remain the same – at $175 for Residential — for the upcoming 2015-16 Fiscal Year that begins Oct. 1.

Public hearing on Fire Assessment Fee is slated for Friday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers at Deerfield Beach City Hall.

A new contract will be negotiated between the city and Broward Sheriff’s Office before the beginning of the new fiscal year, in October.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 09 July 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Termination, Town Clerk of Hillsboro Beach

Dear Editor:

In 2008, under the mayorship of Carmen McGarry, four Town Clerks were terminated and one Town Clerk resigned during a 10-month time-frame.

During her tenure, Ms. McGarry arranged for the water bill and trash removal bills for the elite Hillsboro Club to be absorbed by the taxpayers.

Former Mayor Dan Dodge was the club manager at that time, and the practice of Hillsboro Beach taxpayers footing the bill for the club continued up to Former Mayor Dodge’s abrupt resignation as Mayor and swift, unexplained departure as Manager of the Hillsboro Club.

We have also been blessed with private, multi-million dollar homeowners at the south end of town who have not paid their water bills in years.

Prior to Richard Maggiore being assigned the position as Mayor, he was the Commissioner in charge of finances. Invoices from the Town Planner that were run up by various condo boards, billed to the town by the Town Planner, paid by the town out of taxpayer dollars, and the town never recouped the money from those condos.

In 2015, once again residents have voted Ms. McGarry back on the commission, in spite of her track record.

The first item on the agenda of her first term back on the dais in April, and that of Mayor Richard Maggiore’s (her personal friend for years) was to fi re the Town Clerk.

The three Commissioners who voted to remove the Town Clerk were privy to the details of the termination prior to the Special Meeting, and two other Commissioners had no idea of the details.

In spite of incessant requests by residents, the Mayor refused to give details at that Special Meeting [late Friday afternoon, June 19].

The problem was not with Jean-Marie Mark the Town Clerk.

She should be applauded for having the fortitude to remain in that position after all of the threats, racial slurs, and abuse she endured when pointing out the malfeasance.

The problem in the town of Hillsboro Beach is with the individuals that residents are electing.

March 2016 is the next Town Election. A lot of damage can be done in 9 months. We cannot let this continue for another day. The residents of this town need to stand up and demand an explanation of the chronic misappropriation of our tax dollars since 2008, and demand the immediate resignation of these individuals.

Lee Craine

Hillsboro Beach

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 02 July 2015 by L.Moore

Why being there Matters

Dear Editor:

On our planet, more than 70percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea.

The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time.

Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans.

Navy ships, submarines,aircraft and, most importantly,tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that.

They are there now.

They will be there when we are sleeping tonight.

They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.

They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in the U.S. Navy,deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.

Rick Burke

Pompano Beach

Dogs on the beach

Dear Editor:

I’ve been living in Deerfield Beach for the last 37years and have seen many changes, especially to the beach area.

The city has made this a lovely destination spot.

The problem I have with the beach is the walkway. It’s become quite hazardous to walk.

Dogs on leads, skateboarders and even scooters have become the norm even though signs are posted. Really,does anybody EVER read those signs, which are few and far between. Why aren’t they in Day Glow colors and in two languages?

I was there for three hours and nary a policeman did I see enforcing anything.

I rest my case.

Lorraine Barsher

Deerfield Beach

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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