I have tried to refrain from getting back involved in City of Deerfield Beach politics and hoped someone else would pick up the torch in my community.
This morning after reading Thursday weekly "Observer" tears poured from eyes. On page 7, there is an article and picture showing that after only a about a year of complaints the intersection at NE 2nd Street and Federal will be getting a turn signal. Yes that's right the entrance to Deerfield on Federal from "BOCA RATON" has their prayers answered by Broward County, according to the article. The last line of the article states, "Thank you Broward County for listening".
I guess the numerous complaints, deaths, accidents, and pleas from the citizens of District 2 in Deerfield Beach begging for a turning signal at Hillsboro and Martin Luther King fell on deaf ears. As recently as 3 years ago the citizens complained to City Hall for action to be taken at that intersection. Then Mayor-Peggy Noland, along with City Manager-Burgess Hanson, D2 Commissioner-Ben Preston, and the other Commission members flailed and danced around the request, putting it off on Broward County and FDOT. Citizens then took their plight to Broward County and FDOT and were given the run around. Shortly thereafter, a horrible death on Hillsboro very near that intersection occurred. It was not the first and it has not been the last. The City and FDOT scrambled, after citizens pleaded with D2 Commissioner Ben Preston to finally get involve and do his sworn duty to act in the interest of his constituents and contact FDOT & Broward County, which he finally did and after months of wrangling and back and forth b/w Citizens, current Mayor Jean Robb and others, along with numerous editorials in several local news media outlets, including the Deerfield Observer, the D2 citizens were told no signal was needed at that intersection and that FDOT would look into other measures to protect the pedestrians and motorist of that intersection possibly in 2015. To my knowledge, since a couple of years ago no one, including myself, has complained or inquired about actions to be taken at that intersection. So when I read the congratulatory article in the Observer praising Broward County for their quick action and for listening to the Observer, I got pissed.
Like I said I was hoping to avoid getting back involved with the "POLITCO'S" at Deerfield Beach City Hall, but maybe with current Mayor Jean Robb at the helm of the Dias, maybe the City and/or Broward County and/or FDOT will come through for D2, like they so quickly did for the affluent section of Deerfield leading into and from BOCA RATON.
I'll write the apologetic and congratulatory article myself, if and when the pleas of D2 at Hillsboro and Martin Luther King are finally heard and finally answered by ANYONE.