The Downtown Parkside Royal Poinciana Civic Association has just begun in Hollywood. The organization recently held its second meeting at the Lippman Multi-Purpose Center.

“We want to bring the community together and work to improve the neighborhoods,” said Lynn Smith president of the Association.

Alex Bruno, a preservationist gave a presentation on the importance of getting the Parkside community designated as a historic district. “Hollywood is full of history and we want to save the older homes,” he said. “We have many homes from the 1920s and 1930s that we want to preserve. We want to show people that this will improve their property values.”

While some of the older homes are not in the best condition, others are in good condition and could be improved. Also, there was a discussion about the importance of preserving the Great Southern Hotel, a major historic landmark in Hollywood.

Hollywood Police Officer and Neighborhood Team Leader Rolando Cabezas gave a presentation on crime-fighting efforts in the area. He said that efforts are being made to target crime and unsavory activities in the Federal Highway area. Also, the police are having success at reducing prostitution in Hollywood. Efforts are made to target the prostitutes and the individuals who are their customers. Also, more CCTV cameras are installed throughout Hollywood.

Commissioner Peter Hernandez spoke to the audience. He discussed efforts to preserve historical structures in Hollywood. He is concerned about saving the Great Southern Hotel.

Claire Garrett gave a presentation on the importance of revitalizing the Orange Brook Golf Course.

After the presentations, members of the Association had the chance to socialize and spend time together.