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New Flagler Shore

very definition of tacky

How does one define tacky? Flagler Shore.

Flagler Drive, once one of the more beautiful thoroughfares anywhere, has been degraded. Previously, the views were magnificent, it provided a convenient means of transportation in downtown for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, and it was an amazing promenade along the waterfront for strolling, biking, visiting and relaxing.

Now all of that has been destroyed by an ugly serpentine path of barricades limiting vehicular traffic with no functioning traffic lights to aid both auto and pedestrian flow. Additionally, there is unappealing “art” which is best described as graffiti, dollhouse furniture and little colored boxes that have no function.

Throw in a few unattractive food trucks competing with rent-paying restaurants, homeless sleeping on benches and skateboarders destroying the other benches, using them as jumps.

Suddenly, Flagler Shore has been created. Thus, tacky has been defined.


Gardens’ charter

committee theatrics

On Oct. 12, during the Palm Beach Gardens Council discussion on the newly presented charter committee’s recommendations, City Attorney R. Max Lohman shared that when meeting with his peers he is constantly asked and brought to shame about the city charter’s long-neglected conformance with current state statutes.

I wonder if his peers who sit around reading each other’s charters might also read the resolutions that they draft. Take city resolutions like 49/2017 and 50/2017 that created and governed the current charter committee that was to sunset after the final report was delivered and presented to the council.

Resolution 49 says that committee members “may not be a lobbyist.” Would Lohman’s peers be impressed or distressed that the language of the resolution was so cleverly crafted that it allowed some to be simultaneously drafting the final charter report while lobbying at City Hall on the Sept. 29 on behalf of a Fortune 500 company?

Throughout the evening, speaker after speaker regaled the new body with praise and best wishes. But I’m starting to conclude when it comes to examining the new charter recommendations we are all being treated to a bit of well-scripted Kabuki theater.


Where is drumbeat for

ammunition control?

Every time there is a tragedy where guns are involved, we hear the drumbeat for more gun control. We must accept facts.

The most restrictive gun laws will never stop insane people from getting them. We do need stronger laws (and enforce ones on the books) to at least make it harder to purchase guns legally.

What I have not heard is anything about ammunition. There is no reason why anyone except the army should possess 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Sounds trite, but regardless true, guns do not kill people, ammunition does. How about controlling ammunition purchases, register limit purchases and make it a felony to buy ammunition for anyone else?

At least it is a start.


Congress had chance

to stop gun purchases

How perverse is this? Congress did not reinstate the assault weapon ban in 2004, which would have prevented the sale of these killing machines that were used in the last two massacres.

Congress could not ban the multi-bullet magazines that allowed these murderers to kill many innocent people.

Our representatives sit so smugly and hypocritically as they kowtow to the NRA while offering their empty thoughts and prayers to the victims. How do they sleep at night?


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