Saturday, March 31, 2012

He Made My Day

If you have need for shoe repair or other cobbler services I suggest you go to the Deerfield Beach Palm Plaza, off Federal Highway on the west side just before 10th Street.  I think the name of the store is Cobbler Twelve, but it is on the right as you drive in off of Federal. 

I had two pair of shoes in need and a purse.  One pair, golf shoes, had the box toe caved in, and my loafers needed the decorative tie fixed.  The very friendly gentleman said Frank would look at the purse and let me know about it; then he tried his best to pound the golf shoe toe back in shape, but it just dimpled in again so he gave up.  He kept the loafers, and the purse.  The next day on the phone, Frank said the purse couldn’t be cleaned and that over time it should wear to a nice looking distressed patina and I should enjoy it the way it was, and oh, by the way, the shoes are ready. 

As I drove up to collect my things, the helpful owner was out on the sidewalk with a seriously important looking sewing machine stitching some leather thing, sort of blocking his store entry.  He smiled kind of shyly and moved so we could go in.  His store is small, and crammed with all sorts of shoe and leather things.  He returned the purse and the loafers which had been fixed and shined.

Charge?  NOTHING.  He didn’t think he did enough to charge me for. 

I tried to get him to take something but he was firm, nope, just come again he said.  I assured him I would. 

How wonderful an experience.

Gee Kids! It's just not fair. Boo Hoo!

Hmmmm, let’s see, by asking to have the charges against him dropped is this what  Deerfield Beach ex-mayor Capellini and his expensive lawyer is saying?
  
No fair Mike, Scotty got a free ride on Bruce’s boat and Stacy didn’t report some money and all they got was a fine.  You say that I voted on a project that I had a financial interest in, and that by my vote and my support of this project, hopefully convincing the other commissioners that it was a good project, I would profit.  Well, even if that’s true, and I am not saying it is, I shouldn’t be brought to account for that because you didn’t charge Stacey and Scott.  It’s just not fair, boo hoo, whaaaaaa, snivel sniff.

Read the Sun Sentinel story here:
 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/fl-capellini-case-20120330,0,1610841.story

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking Lot Renovation Postponed

From:  www.deerfieldbeachusa.com :

No parking lot project this year
By Editor
Mar. 22, 2012

The CRA Board delayed the planned improvements to the Main Beach Parking Lot until the design for the A1A widening is completed. At the Mar. 20 meeting, CRA director Keven Klopp noted public concern about certain aspects of the project, including the "amphitheater" feature.

The overall concept, designed by Chen Moore & Associates mostly to improve appearance of the complex of parking lots fronting the beach, is not expected to encounter public opposition. But as noted by Mr. Klopp there are residents who question the amphitheater-like structure planned for the east end of the parking lot and the proposal to close S.E. 1st St. to accommodate more parking spaces. 1st St. is the ingress and egress route for fire and rescue equipment.

As it stands now, the earliest the project could begin would be in FY 2013.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking Lot Plan

At the Deerfield Beach CRA meeting on Tuesday, March 20st 6:00 p.m. in City Hall, there will be a discussion about the redoing of the main beach parking lot.  After the residents made it clear to the Commission and the Commission and the CRA Board agreed that there would be no buildings on the parking lot a plan was devised to upgrade the parking area. 

Chen Moore Associates were hired to come up with a plan and they presented it to the CRA Board in January.  They said the plan would improve traffic circulation, create additional parking spots, unify the lots into one unified facility, screen an unsightly garbage dumpster, create a public gathering area for daily use and special events, update the parking meter system and improve landscaping and lighting.
To see the entire plan go to: (wait for the long download)

After the January meeting residents were generally in favor of the plan, but questioned the traffic redirection.  Closing 1st Street was questioned.  Many think it should not be closed, especially without allowing Hillsboro Blvd. to continue through from the bridge.  Some saw problems with having everyone come into the lot on 2nd Street.  The plan is to have Hillsboro traffic continue across but that will not happen until A1A is widened and there is no money for that for the foreseeable future.  This could mean traffic problems for quite a few years.

Other residents questioned the proposed plan for the amphitheatre like seating wall facing the Ocean.  Concerns were that it was unnecessary and would be nothing but a skateboard magnet, and if it was to be white as in the picture it would become dirty and unsightly very quickly.  The concrete benches at the beach were mentioned as an example, they are already smudged and dingy and they are not white.  Others mentioned the noise of presentations from the area and are fearful that musical events with blasting amplified sound would be more frequent.

Some questioned the amount of money such a large scale renovation would cost; the budget page of the conceptual plan puts the cost at $1,819,882.   

The CRA meeting allows resident input, if you have questions about the plan; please attend the meeting. It was said that the staff might recommend waiting to start the project, perhaps that is to hold some public meetings.