Saturday, December 01, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST December 1, 2007

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World AIDS Day

December 1, 2007

Broward County

What: Vigil, musical performances, Imani praise dancers, followed by FunkFest with MC Steve Harvey

Where: Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW Ninth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

When: 9 a.m.-10 p.m, Funk Fest kicks off at 3 p.m

Palm Beach County
What: AIDS memorial quilt display, free oral HIV testing

Where: Compass Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Palm Beaches, 7600 S.Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m, candlelight vigil at 7 p.m


Bishop's sexual orientation isn't the headline

December 1, 2007

In the Monday South Florida Sun-Sentinel, there were two articles about aspeech by Bishop Robinson, referring to him as the "gay bishop."

If a straight bishop were speaking, I assume that the article would not beheadlined, "Straight bishop to speak." Why not treat everyone the same? Itseems to me that you are promoting homophobia, rather than treating everyoneas an equal.

Paul R. Alpert

Wilton Manors


Dignity Palm Beach, religious and social club for lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender Roman Catholics, 5:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 100N. Palmway, Lake Worth. Free. Call 561-309-0088.


Will Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan House become a national park?
U.S. House bill would launch study that could halt condo

By Brittany Wallman
December 1, 2007


Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand CanyonNational Park.

And the Hyde Park Market?

Advocates for the tiny, historic Stranahan House in downtown Fort Lauderdaleare hoping an act of Congress will deliver what nine years of protests andlawsuits haven't: a park on the old grocery store property next door,instead of a condo.

Lobbied by Stranahan House officials and their attorneys, U.S. Rep. DebbieWasserman Schultz, D-Weston, filed a bill to have the Stranahan House andHyde Park Market site studied for inclusion in the National Park Servicesystem.

To the owners and would-be developer of the Hyde property, the initiativefeels like another strategic surprise from their neighbor to delayconstruction of Icon, a city-approved, 42-story condo.

"No wonder Congress has the approval rating it has," said attorney Don Hall,who represents Hyde's owner and developer. "It can't get about the realbusiness of the country and allows itself to be used as it has. It's anoutrage."

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