Hollywood (Florida) Looking for Rats…to Spy on their Neighbors
Posted by FactReal on October 27, 2011
|The Bigger the Government, the Smaller the Citizen|
|NEIGHBORS POLICING NEIGHBORS
Instead of reducing (or completely eliminating) the lavish lifetime pensions and benefits given to government employees, politicians are using the economic recession and the budget constraints as an opportunity to extend the government tentacles at the expense of our individual freedom. Liberals and useful idiots are gradually, but surely, encroaching on the rights of the individual.
In Florida, the city of Hollywood wants residents to rat out neighbors. This program is eerily similar to the Castro’s neighborhood snitch groups on every block in Cuba known as Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs). They keep watch on everybody and everything.
|The Sun Sentinet reported:|
|HOLLYWOOD, FL. — This city has a solution for its shortage of code enforcers: They’re having residents rat out their neighbors.
It’s like a traditional neighborhood watch, but instead of crime, volunteers will be on the lookout for grime. And they’ll put neighbors on notice for basic problems ranging from overgrown grass and unkempt shrubs to parking on the lawn and putting trash out too early.
The trained volunteers are not authorized to issue violation notices. Instead, the notices will serve as warnings. If the issue is not resolved within seven days, then a code enforcement officer will follow up and issue “a violation on the spot,” said Maj. Joseph Healy, who brought the idea forward after reading about it in a magazine.
“We’re not trying to pick on our resident neighbors,” said Terry Cantrell, president of the civic association in Hollywood Lakes, where the initiative is being tested. “What this program is going to do is hopefully gain compliance in a gentle way without fines.”
Already, 25 people have been trained for the pilot program, the first of its kind in Broward. If all goes well, it will eventually expand citywide.
Still, it already has critics.
“It rubs me the wrong way,” said Doug Barnard, a six-year resident of the South Lakes neighborhood. “All it takes is for one nosy neighbor and life can be hell for everyone.” […]
In an effort to protect their identities, volunteers will be assigned a number that will be known to code enforcement and noted on each notice.
“People were afraid of retribution,” Healy said. “So we try to keep it anonymous somewhat.”
Similar programs are underway in Port St. Lucie, Austin, Texas, Garden Grove, Calif., and Monterey Park, Calif., Healy said.
Vice Mayor Patty Asseff, who lives in the Lakes neighborhood, thinks the program makes perfect sense, especially when budget constraints and unfilled vacancies have dwindled the city’s code enforcement ranks from 19 to 12. […]