Updated: Oct 6
HALLANDALE BEACH - What a wonderful weekend! Our staff put on a Memorial Day ceremony that was hosted at Foster Park. After placing flags on the Veteran’s graves, there was a special gun salute by Veterans from the Vietnam War. A special thanks goes out to our Vets and especially Fire Fighter Paramedic Jim Bunce, who does a tremendous job bringing dignity and leadership to our event. Our city is one of the National Commemorative Partner Cities. We have committed to recognize the 50th Anniversary of this war. Over the next three years, we will celebrate the Veterans that fought. These soldiers came back from this war without a hero’s welcome. Sadly, they were also ridiculed, neglected and often, victims of confrontation from their own friends who rallied against the war. Many were left behind and unaccounted for. In 1973, The League of POW/MIA Families started Operation Homecoming to find over 5,000 MIA/POW’s. As of May 12, 2016, 1,620 individuals remain unaccounted soldiers. This war is still not over for many families. It is also not over for many of our soldiers. The physical and mental wounds still remain. I hope more of our residents come out and join us for Veteran’s Day this year and the years to come and remember to thank a Veteran. Today is already the second day of Hurricane season. Are you ready? This year NOAA’s forecast calls for a total of 10 to 16 named storms, including both tropical storms and hurricanes. This year in January, there was already a Hurricane “Alex” and Tropical Storm Bonnie, the second named storm on May 28th. The predictions include that four to eight named storms may become hurricanes — organized, rotating storms with sustained winds of 74 mph (119 km/h) or faster. Between one and four could become major hurricanes, defined as Category 3 storms or above — or those hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph (179 km/h). As always, we hope that these storm will not head our way. I moved to HB just when Andrew was heading our way. That storm jogged South and wipe out Homestead and the surrounding areas. Even Wilma became one of those unexpected events. If you have just recently moved here, you really need to be ready. Our first responders are here for us but they may not be able to get to us after a storm. If you have lived here for a long time, you know all too well how important it is to have a plan. Our staff in the Fire Department, under the Leadership of Acting Chief Mar Ellis joined with CERT members, Police Department Community volunteers and partners for our Annual Hurricane Preparedness Event. If you missed the forum, there is a wealth of information at your fingertips. You can visit the City’s web-site: at www.cohb.org. and click on Fire Department Emergency services for a list of resources. Another great short cut to info is: www.ready.gov. Your City is here for you, but this is a time when what you know about Hurricane Preparedness will help you and your family and it may save your life. Now that school is out please drive safely. I also encourage that our parents make sure that your babies know how to swim. It is never too early. We offer free swimming lessons at our brand new B.F. James Park Pool. I welcome the opportunity to come out and speak on these issues with your condo or group. As always, please feel free to contact me any time with your questions/concerns and ideas on how to make our City a better place at my office: (954) 457-1318. On my cell/text at: (954) 632-5700. Or visit my web-site at: www.mayorjoycooper.com. If you are heading out of town and want to stay connected to our City issues, you can sign up for my weekly update. Please remember to shop local!!