Did a School Board Member Disregard Mental Health as a Priority, Indian River County, FL.?

School Board Member Jackie Rosario On May 9, 2022, the Superintendent of the School District of Indian River County District (SDIRC), Dr. David Moore, held a workshop where a C.L.I.M.A.T.E. Task Force (Convening Leaders in Maximizing Access to Education) presented recommendations to the staff of SDIRC to ensure equity and excellence in each of its … Continue reading Did a School Board Member Disregard Mental Health as a Priority, Indian River County, FL.?

DID ITS’ LOBBIESTS MISLEAD INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REGARDING SHORT-TERM RENTALS?

Route A1A, Indian River County, FL THE ISSUE: It’s one thing to occasionally have a rowdy crew in the Airbnb next door, but it’s something else when a constant stream of strangers ruins your neighborhood.  THE LOBBIESTS: Anfield Consulting of Tallahassee is Indian River County’s (IRC) lobbying firm, specifically, Edgar Fernandez, who’s profile reads “he has been working in … Continue reading DID ITS’ LOBBIESTS MISLEAD INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REGARDING SHORT-TERM RENTALS?

To Read to or Be Read to?

The prevailing thought among early childhood educators is that reading aloud to children is considered the best way to help a child to learn to read.  The International Literacy Foundation wrote in 2019: “Read aloud to students regularly, even in secondary classrooms…Invite other adults to be read-aloud guests in your classrooms.” The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF®), … Continue reading To Read to or Be Read to?

Op Ed: FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!! VERO BEACH, FL MUNICIPAL MARINA. PHASE TWO.

By Len Markir We’re about to see action by Vero Beach (VB)  and it’s City Council in long time preparation,…. but under the radar by the majority of taxpayers, which will further change the definitions of public lands, recreational uses, and even ‘taxpayers’ money. “FOLLOW THE MONEY !!!- PHASE 1” (https://verocommunique.wordpress.com/2022/03/16/op-ed-where-our-vero-beach-fl-power-plant-money-goes/) outlined how decisions by a … Continue reading Op Ed: FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!! VERO BEACH, FL MUNICIPAL MARINA. PHASE TWO.

OP ED: VERO BEACH, FL MARINA EXPANSION PROJECT – FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!

By Len Markir Mayor Brackett informed me yesterday that I have been incorrect regarding how much money is remaining from the money received from Florida Power and Light for 3 Corners. I appreciate his assistance in providing the current remainder of those proceeds in the General Fund of approx $21 MILLION Dollars. I wish to … Continue reading OP ED: VERO BEACH, FL MARINA EXPANSION PROJECT – FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!

Plant a Live Oak – Get One for Free!

Canopy of Southern Live Oak Trees One tree at a time, communities in South Florida are trying to save the world from the climate crisis. "Palm trees do not sequester carbon at the same rate as our native canopy trees and do not provide shade, cool down streets and sidewalks to help counter the urban … Continue reading Plant a Live Oak – Get One for Free!

Op Ed: VERO BEACH, FL POWER PLANT (3 Corners) – Our Money!

By Len Markir Vero Beach Power Plant Three years ago, VB City coffers were boosted by $54 million after the sale of the power plant. To put that in perspective, the City had just $16M TOTAL in assets in 2018. That means the City’s funds more than quadrupled in 2019, going from $950 per resident to $4,500 per resident. Most of that windfall was immediately committed. … Continue reading Op Ed: VERO BEACH, FL POWER PLANT (3 Corners) – Our Money!

Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary Schools

Teaching tolerance and respect for difference. Here is a first grader, reported by Paul Emerich France* “Paul, do you have a girlfriend?” Parker asked me. “I don’t,” I replied succinctly, hoping to avoid the topic altogether. “Why?” she queried. “Because I don’t want one,” I said. “Why?” she asked again, smiling up at me. It … Continue reading Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary Schools

Op-ed: Of Embarrassment, Vanity, Viciousness

Trump praises "very smart" Putin for invading Ukraine. Salon.com By Bill Britton. Bill Britton is a freelance writer and formerly an editor for John Hopkins University Press, ABI Research, and Elsevier Science.  He is a frequent contributor to Vero Communiqué. Donald Trump said that Vladimir Putin is “very savvy” and made a “genius” move by … Continue reading Op-ed: Of Embarrassment, Vanity, Viciousness

A Dangerous False Sense of Security Over Short-Term Rentals.  Indian River County, FL.

Republican State Senator Danny Burgess’ Senate Bill 512 would preempt “certain regulated activities of public lodging establishments (to include a non-transient apartment, transient apartment…vacation rental) and public food service establishments to the State.  They would require vacation rental homes to be licensed through the Florida Department of Professional Registration (DBPR).  Florida State Representative Jason Fischer presenting Florida state … Continue reading A Dangerous False Sense of Security Over Short-Term Rentals.  Indian River County, FL.