It's also ironic that the attack on Bob came just after he successfully led, for the seventh year in a row, the Upper Eastside Fourth of July celebration in Legion Park. It should be noted that Bob, along with the UEMC, saved the Legion Park Community Center from being turned into a school for troubled children. Now it is a true park building with active programming which also serves as a true community center. The UEMC's "Friends of Legion Park" committee is now working to establish a farmer's market in the park by this fall.
I could recount two decades of Bob Flanders's civic leadership, but I'll just leave it at this: The Florida Department of Transportation's design for reconstructing Biscayne Boulevard through the Upper Eastside is nearly done. This has been a UEMC project for the past seven years, and now construction is on the horizon. The Metropolitan Planning Organization even appointed the UEMC as official design partners with FDOT. So a few years from now, when you drive along the new boulevard -- with new stoplights, streetlights, a landscaped median in parts, new crosswalks, and new sidewalks and landscaping -- remember to thank Bob Flanders, who like the rest of the UEMC, has devoted years of volunteer efforts to resurrecting Biscayne. It hasn't just happened all on its own.