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Jun 5, 2009

Gotta love the local DB communities...

Sign the petition linked below as a show of our support towards the people that restrict our parking locations, park usage, volume control, etc... :D

Happy Friday

Hey Dragon Boaters!
Let's help support this dragon boat team in Florida. They're being unfairly kicked out of their practice site. They need 1000 signatures for their petition to help fight their cause. It only takes a couple of minutes to add your name and city on-line. Please invite as many dragon boaters as possible.
Many thanks!!

Please go to this link to sign the petition.

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HOLLYWOOD, FL - A lone kayaker failed to slay Broward's only dragon boat team today, but the battle is not over.

Broward County's recreation advisory board granted the Blazing Paddles team temporary permission to keep their storage container at West Lake Park, in Hollywood, until county commissioners figure out the next move.

The team was told last week they needed to remove the 40-foot-long, boxcar-like container by May 22, after a kayaker complained it was an eyesore and an environmental hazard.
Today, team members packed a small room at T.Y. Park and took turns extolling the increasing popularity of the sport. They said removing the container would doom the team.

After brief deliberations, the board decided the issue should be examined at the County Commission level, and that some sort of a leasing agreement should be negotiated with the team."The fact that they are talking about a long-term solution is promising," team spokeswoman Kristin Deffler said.

Commissioners will also have the option of rejecting the lease idea and evicting the container.

A Broward County parks employee provided written permission to leave it at the park last year.But county parks Director Bob Harbin told the advisory board the permit was issued wrongfully without his knowledge. He fears other groups will soon want to place similar containers throughout the park system.

In a Web site he created to rally against the team, Griffin complained the Blazing Paddles' high-intensity practices and drum-thumping disturb him and nature every Saturday morning.
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Well, you know the story and although we may be divided on some issues as Dragonboaters we need your support. This is not only a one team fight, everybody will benefit from their victory. We need more boats everywhere to promote the sport!
Please let's help this team keep the boats in the West Lake Park. We need 1000 signatures. Pass it on to your team mates! Pass it on to anybody you know that knows how much you love Dragon Boating.