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Volume 56 • No. 27 July 5, 2018

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By Diane Emeott Incumbent judges and candidates for both Circuit Court and County Court packed theActivity Center at Century Village East (CVE) on Thursday night, June 28, for a Candidate Forum. The event was hosted by Deerfield Beach District 3 City Commissioner Bernie Parness as a public service. It was an informational forum, which began with an hour-and-a-half social mixer with pizza. More than 20 judges came

out to speak to the residents gathered. The race for judge is a non-partisan race. Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, (a.k.a “Help Me Howard”) served as moderator. His original plan, to have those running for office participate in a Q & A format turned into a one-on-one session with each of the candidates (after a few questions were submitted from the audience). Each candidate instead had to stop by and visit with each guest, to try to convince them to vote for them. Finkelstein described

his rationale for changing the format as “trying to prevent it from turning into a dog and pony show.” He said older people take their votes seriously and deserve respect. Finkelstein, who will be retiring in 2020, has currently served about 13 years as Public Defender. “It will be 16 years, four terms in office. But I’ve served for 40 years, working my way up. I was Assistant Public Defender before this,” he said. See CVE, pg. 7

(1) Judges and candidates for judge at CVE Forum. (2) Moderator and Public Defender Howard Finkelstein (R) talks with Dan Lewis (L). (3) George Beasley visits with candidate Alan Schneider and Lori Kaplan. (4) Gregory Gayle, Nora Rupert and Terry Scott. (5) Candidates sit down with residents.

Deerfield community supports girl’s dream to see the ocean

By Diane Emeott Twelve-year-old Chicago native, Ailani Banuelos, has always “really wanted to see the ocean,” according to her mom Mireya. Ailani has braved Bone Cancer since

2016, and, on Thursday, local residents sometimes June 28, she caught “a little forget to enjoy. See Dream, pg. 9 break.” She got to splash around with her family in the tranquil waters of the summertime Atlantic Ocean — a simple pleasure that Firefighter Thomas Noland stands by as Ailani, 12, gets up on a paddleboard for the first time!

By Diane Emeott Deerfield Beach City Commission made the sudden decision to no longer engage in a recycling contract with anyone — after deliberating both sides of the issue at the Monday night, July 2 commission meeting. The commission voted 3 to 2 against executing a $400,000 contract with Waste Management for the annual processing cost of the city’s recyclables. (Commissioners Joe Miller and Todd Drosky voted for temporarily approving the contract until a better alternative could be found). At the end of the night, Commissioner Miller asked, “So I have a clear understanding, next Sunday night I’m not putting my recycling bin out?” Miller also asked when the change goes into effect. “It goes into effect immediately,” said City Manager Burgess Hanson, who added that, as of Monday night, all the details had yet to be worked out. “We will probably still have people put out their blue carts. We will pick it up [the recycling] and put it in the trash.” What this means is we’re switching over from recycling to garbage, said Hanson after the meeting. Hanson and Environmental Services Director Chad Grecsek had recommended approving the recyclables contract with Waste Management, which contained an “out” for the city (a termination clause requiring four months notice.) City staff was going to quickly look for a more suitable Plan B, after Sun Bergeron, the city’s previous contractor for recyclables processing services since 2013, twice denied the city’s recent requests to renew their fiveyear recyclables contract, in light of the situation in which China is no longer accepting the bulk of U.S. recyclables. When asked whether the

city had gone out to bid on recyclables, the answer was “yes,” for both solid waste and recycling services. However, no bids came back on recyclables. Elaborated Hanson, “With the China tariffs about a year and a half ago, even cities like Portland, Oregon, a leader in recycling, has stopped recycling certain items. Assistant City Attorney Anthony Seroka explained that there is a $41 per ton fee for the city to dispose of its recyclables as garbage at Waste Management. He added that Wheelabrator was feasible for cities in central or southern Broward County, but was cost prohibitive for Deerfield Beach in the north. Tin, plastics, cardboard and paper are the only items that can be recycled right now, according to Waste Management. However, reportedly, by putting a pizza box in with recyclables, a resident can contaminate all the recyclables gathered in his or her bin. When asked how high Deerfield Beach’s average contamination rate is, Mr. Larson estimated between 20 and 30 percent. Seroka added that the first 10 percent is not charged for recyclables, but 20 percent times a current $51 per ton processing fee equals an $11 [per ton] reduction in whatever revenue the city once got for recyclables. According to background materials, the processing fee under the proposed Waste Management contract was significantly higher at $96 per ton — representing a $45 per ton increase. The Waste Management representative called 25 percent contamination too high. She said, “For the most part, people want to do good things. See Recycling, pg. 13

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