The senseless and tragic shootings in Arizona Saturday
gave me pause as I attempted to digest the horror. Once I was able to get out of reporter mode
(yes I still have a voracious appetite for news) my attention moved to cause.
What I have found is that Americans are always ready to
cast blame. Take
the breach in ethics by local politicians, for example. It was easy for most to point fingers of disdain at corrupt
public officials but we elected them over and over again. We also allowed for a system to be in place
that catered to this type of behavior—side deals, little to no disclosure,
familial favoritism…the list goes on and on.
Last week many in Broward County reacted quickly to the
Miami Dolphins’ proposal for using bed tax dollars for upgrades to Sun Life
Stadium in order to continually attract Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and other
entertainment which generates millions locally.
Everyone, including myself, so quick to respond to questions when
instead it would have made more sense to say, “no comment” until we had a
chance to talk to Mike Dees, Dolphins’ president.
Our society is like a microwave of information, maybe even
faster. If you take polarized viewpoints
though hundreds of channels of information and give everyone access to the
debate sooner or later it will end in chaos--someone hurt or worse yet killed.
In a civilized society there must be an ability to disagree
without being disagreeable. As business
leaders we must temper our sarcasm and reaction to situations and proffer
sustainable solutions. Our politicians
must replace rhetoric and mudslinging with consensual foresight.
We have the ability to be a great community by meeting on common ground. There is no other compelling option.
Madsen leads Board…Christine
Madsen, Mad 4 Marketing, is the new chair of the Board of Directors…succeeds Robert Barron, Berger Singerman. 2012 Chair-Elect is Andreas Ioannou, general manager of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale
Beach Resort and Gallery One. 2013
Chair-Elect designate is Chuck Mohr,
BankAtlantic. To see the entire 2011
Board, please click here.
Mimosas on Sunday…Fort
Lauderdale commissioners gave the green light to serving alcohol prior to noon on Sunday…no package liquor sales
until 12 noon still. Chamber CEO Dan
Lindblade testified along with Chamber members Tim Schiavnone, The World Famous
Parrot Lounge, and Ina Lee, Travelhost Media.
members…Jeb Travel, Decimal Engineering, J. Marks Restaurant, Michele’s
Place, Patriot Risk Management, Project Coordinating Services, Retail Property
Group, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Sweeney Matz & Co., TW Telecom,
Creative Connection, Friends of South Side School, The Lighting Outlet,
Pacesetter Personnel Service, Powerschram, Rare Las Olas, SOI-Strategic
Outsourcing, Strategic Market Solutions, TD Wealth Management, Volona.
mixed bag…tourism numbers strong while housing, employment lag. Over 350,000 collecting unemployment in tri-county…Broward
County unemployment at 10.8% (105,640) in Nov. 2010. Nov. bed tax revenues up 16 percent at
$2,628,789, marking 10 consecutive months of gains. Airport passenger traffic up 10 percent in Nov. at 1.9 million
passengers for 15 monthly increases.
Residential real estate bumping bottom…seven months of downward sales
for existing single-family homes, five for condos.
Next century of
business…join over 400 business leaders at the Chamber’s 101st Annual Meeting Present by
BB&T, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 11:30 am, Signature Grand. Hear from new Board Chair Chris Madsen and
immediate past chair Robert Barron as they pass the gavel. Keynote speaker is Roy Krause, CEO of SFN Group, a Fortune 1000 company. Register here, contact email@example.com for more info.
SEO gearing up…over
30 top level executives registered for the four session, top level class. SEO is the Chamber’s accelerated C-suite training
program jointly run by GFLCC and Leadership Broward. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Beach service, please…you
soon may see wait staff serving food and beverage for guests on Fort Lauderdale’s
famed golden sand. Chamber and city
officials working on a plan making it reality.
Watch for this to be done in phases.