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A AHollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'


Volunteers Plant Dune to help with Beach Erosion
Volunteers, organized by Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA), spent the first Sunday in November creating a “resilient dune” feature on the North Beach section of Hollywood Beach. Over 50 community and corporate volunteers from Citrix, planted 2500 sea oats in front of the existing dune at Charleston Street and Surf Road. The intent of the project is to use the natural dune feature to slow down and buffer the wave energy during storm surge. In the past, storm surge has channeled through beach access points and caused damage to property and vital infrastructure behind the dune.
“I’ve seen what happens during storms when the water rushes through access points to the beach and really creates a problem in the neighborhood,” says John Passalaqua president of the Hollywood North Beach Association (HNBA). “By installing this natural feature, we don’t impact beach access, but we do make a difference when it comes to protecting property.”
The HNBA and YEA worked in partnership with the City’s Department of Public Works to plan for the project to make this section of the Hollywood coastline more resilient. This project was funded through a Wells Fargo Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant.  It required matching funds of $2,500 which were provided by the HNBA.  
“The project was a great success on many different levels. It was truly a public, private and corporate collaboration,” says Lee Gottlieb, YEA Director of Community Outreach. “This is a model YEA has been using successfully for several years, and it’s this type of cooperation that will be required to deal effectively with climate change and rising sea levels in the future.”  
Volunteers prepared the area for planting spreading nutrient rich seaweed across the sand.  They installed posts to create a rope fence to help protect the new dune and then began planting the thousands of sea oats.  With this first “resilient dune” project successfully completed, the group is working to put together additional projects along Hollywood Beach.
For more on YEA and its activities, visit the website or check out the Facebook page for Youth Environmental Alliance.

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City of Hollywood Police Memorial Dedication
The Hollywood Police Department will dedicate a new police memorial to the six courageous officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the City’s founding in 1926.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Hollywood Police Department at 3250 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Hollywood Police Memorial features six Officer Podiums to individually honor each fallen officer.  Installed in each officer’s podium is a photo along with a plaque with silver-colored raised lettering, a silver-colored badge and a silver-colored patch. There is also a Main Podium adorned with an aluminum plaque that matches each officer’s plaque.
The six officers whose 
service and sacrifice are 
honored by the memorial include:
Officer Owen Coleman (09-1925 to 01-25-1926) was one of the first men hired when the newly formed City was establishing the police department.  Officer Coleman was killed in a shootout in Davie in January of 1926.  Most news accounts of his death were destroyed in the hurricane of 1926. In the early 1990s, an historian of South Florida Police Officers killed in the line of duty discovered records of his death.  Officer Henry T. Minard (9-6-1971 to 11-18-1972) was killed in the line of duty on November 18, 1972.  Officer Minard was answering a silent holdup alarm at a jewelry store and interrupted a robbery in progress.  He was fatally shot by the robber. 
Officer Byron W. Riley (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) and Phillip C. Yourman (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) began a pursuit of a strong-arm robbery suspect vehicle.  As they sped through a quiet residential neighborhood, the police vehicle struck a tree and they both were fatally injured. 
Officer Frankie Shivers (12-20-1981 to 9-6-1982) lost her life while responding as a back-up to a car accident. This bizarre incident began with a traffic stop by another officer, John Lunney.  While writing the citation, another car slammed into Lunney's police cruiser, hurling him onto the roof of the vehicle he had stopped. The vehicle causing the crash burst into and Officer Shivers attempted to rescue the woman in the burning vehicle. The female driver grabbed Officer Shivers, revolver and shot her several times. 
Officer Alex Del Rio (4-12-99 to 2-22-08) is the City of Hollywood’s most recent fallen officer.  Officer Del Rio was conducting traffic enforcement on Sheridan Street on the evening of February 22, 2008.  In an attempt to stop a speeding motorist, he was involved in a motor vehicle crash and lost his life.
For more information, please call the Hollywood Police Department, 954.967.4371.