Don’t look now, but Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy F. Cooper has designs on making her city another Miami Beach. There’s a bit of exaggeration in that statement, of course, but not much.For starters, in the 10 years since she took office, the median age in Hallandale Beach city has declined from 70-plus to the mid-40s. That’s certainly a good sign for future growth.
Another shift in the sands has taken place — one far from the mayor’s region but with a very real local impact. International currencies aren’t stretching as far. Consider that in less than a decade, the Argentine and Venezuelan currencies have lost about half their values compared to the U.S. dollar. The Brazilian real has dropped, too.