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July 2018                                                     PGA C.A.N.!, Page 3

From The Editor:

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

	 Tears filled Dagmar’s                                    	 Most of us have lived our entire lives in the freedom       	 Pause for a moment this July and think about Dagmar
eyes as she held the diamond                               of the United States. We have been able to decide what        and Ferdinand’s quest for freedom from the tyranny of
earrings given to her by her                               course our life would take. Each July we celebrate our        communist rule. They traveled from Austria to live in
deceased husband more                                      country’s independence from the British monarchy and the      Canada and then finally moved to the United States. I had
than 30 years earlier. I had                               unanimous Declaration of Independence of the 13 United        the pleasure to meet Dagmar last year and was fascinated
been holding them in my                                    States of America. The document begins with the words,        as she described her life’s journey and unalienable rights
safe pursuant to her request                               “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary      of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
and she asked me to bring                                  for one people to dissolve the political bands which have     	 Until next month…
them to her. She spoke to                                  connected them with another and to assume the powers of
her husband, Ferdinand, as                                 the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws                                      James A. Cioffi, Esq., Editor
she gazed at and touched                                   of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”                                                       
the earrings. It was as if he                              	 Most of us are familiar with the next paragraph which
were with her again for a                                  begins, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all    	 P.S. If you would like to share a story about the pursuit
brief moment in time.                                      men are created equal, that they are endowed by their         of freedom, please forward it to me.
	 Dagmar grew up in Czechoslovakia after its founding in   Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those
1918 - post World War I. When Dagmar was 13, the Nazis     are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”               PGA POA Jottings from page 1
began to annex portions of the country and democracy       	 Thomas Jefferson of Virginia wrote the original draft
was replaced with occupation by neighboring forces and     of the Declaration which was edited by John Adams               	 Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District
the German goal to eliminate the Czech nationality. After  of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania,            has some pretty amazing pumps along the west
World War II pre-war Czechoslovakia was re-established     Robert R. Livingston of New York and Roger Sherman of           perimeter of PGA National and when the lakes (which
including the expulsion of more than 2 million Germans.    Connecticut, all members of the committee charged with          are all connected) reach a certain level, those pumps
Unfortunately, the Germans were replaced by Russian        composing the document.                                         turn on. They pump several hundred-thousand gallons
troops and the communist party seized power in 1948.       	 I recommend viewing the play or movie, “1776,” which          of water per minute into the preserve and canals west
	 Ferdinand was an accomplished architect and contractor   recounts the political struggle within the Continental          of the community. There are pipes that go from the
after serving in the armed forces. Dagmar and Ferdinand    Congress to ratify the Declaration of Independence. The         community storm drains into the lakes and when the
met in Bratislava at a shipping center while Ferdinand     historical figures come alive and propound their visions for    lake level gets higher than the top of the pipe, water
was in the military. They married shortly thereafter. A    the country. Large portions of the dialogue and songs are       can’t flow into the lakes/canals and it backs up into the
brief time after the communists seized control, Ferdinand  taken from the letters and memoirs of the representatives       pipes and the storm drains fill up causing standing water.
and Dagmar were advised that their home belonged to the    who attended the Congress. It is a great way to celebrate       The moment it stops raining so heavily and steadily, the
government and then his architecture and construction      the month of our independence which has endured for 242         levels drop again.
businesses were confiscated. They realized they could      years.                                                          	 The whole point to my rambling is that Mother
not live any longer under communist domination so they     	 The first and most prominent signature on the document        Nature just has to take a breath and within a couple
developed a plan to leave their homeland and all their     was by John Hancock, President of the Continental               hours things get back under control. In 1999 there was
possessions. Ferdinand paid an extraordinary sum to be     Congress. It is believed that the original document             a 24-hour period where PGA received 30 inches of rain.
smuggled out of the country and paid for Dagmar to leave   produced on July 4, 1776 was unsigned and that a printed        I have pictures in my office of residents in row boats
by a different route. They traveled dangerous journeys to  copy was signed later. There are 56 signatures on the           in the street. Since then, the pump systems have been
Austria and were reunited there. They could not contact    Declaration. An original engrossed parchment version is         upgraded and replaced and the system works even better
their families they left behind.                           on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC.          but even in 1999, no one had water inside their home.
                                                                                                                           	 PGA security does a great job helping out by driving
                                                                                                                           the roads in the rain and stopping to clear blocked drains
                                                                                                                           free of leaves. If you have a storm drain on or near your
                                                                                                                           property, be sure to keep it clear of leaves and debris
                                                                                                                           (especially if it starts raining and the water carries the
                                                                                                                           debris to the drain). Never lift the metal grate. The
                                                                                                                           suction is strong and can literally pull you into the drain.
                                                                                                                           	 As with everything, just be patient: the old saying,
                                                                                                                           “If you don’t like the weather wait 30 minutes and it
                                                                                                                           will change” must have been written for this area. If it
                                                                                                                           has been raining heavily and you must drive, slow down
                                                                                                                           and watch for standing water.
                                                                                                                           	 Be careful, be patient and this too shall pass. Then
                                                                                                                           before you know it we will have sunny days (so we
                                                                                                                           can complain that we wish it would only rain to cool
                                                                                                                           things off!)
                                                                                                                           	 Have a good month!
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