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So We're Set For Takeoff

You have hundreds of families who are going to be displaced over the new runway that was approved by a 6-3 vote yesterday. It's a decision that basically paves the way, literally, for Fort Lauderdale to become a metropolis. It's probably the biggest issue there is and there has been a lot of false and misleading information out about it, some of it coming from the FAA itself.

But you have a daily newspaper -- behind its new publisher, Howard Greenberg -- that cheerleaded for it in moronic fashion. And you have a mayor (and erstwhile lobbyist) in Josephus Eggelletion who is bullying speakers from the public who dare to go over their measly two-minute time limit and even had activist/lawyer Brenda Chalifour arrested for daring to keep talking.

Where did you have to be that was so important, Mr. Mayor? Have a rendezvous with another of your former high school students from Dillard?

My patience is worn out with that guy. But the funny thing is that I have to admit to being ambivalent about the new runway and what I want Fort Lauderdale to be. Part of me wants it to become a great city and I'm not sure that could happen without the runway. Part of me looks at the reality -- the water, the sprawl, the heaping on of us squalid masses -- and thinks it's absolutely insane to want to build this place up any more and make it a big-time urban area. The only thing I'm certain about is that the way our leaders handled the issue was small-time in the worst way.

UPDATE: Just got off the phone with a trusted advisor, asked what they thought about the vote. "I probably would have voted no, but I don't really care," they said. "This place is already ruined anyway."

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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