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

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.

“Original co-founder/partner of J. Leatherman-Toby, Treasure Coast Compassionate Care Woman claimed to be high on ‘blow’ during golf course chase | WPEC”

The car chase referred to above was first reported on CNN, before being reported in the local media. https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/12/10/golf-course-chase-woman-arrest-moos-vpx.cnn "A car chase was caught on police dash cam at a Florida golf course...as a woman drove over the fairways and across a green, with golfers jumping out of the way." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports. Source: … Continue reading “Original co-founder/partner of J. Leatherman-Toby, Treasure Coast Compassionate Care Woman claimed to be high on ‘blow’ during golf course chase | WPEC”

COVID-19 ALERT: Indian River County, FL.

Greg Rosencrance, MD Dear Indian River County Community Partners:  I wanted to update you with what Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is seeing related to the COVID-19 surge in Indian River County.  Hospitalization Rates We have seen COVID-19 related hospitalizations go up exponentially since July 1. As of Monday, July 26, Cleveland Clinic Indian River … Continue reading COVID-19 ALERT: Indian River County, FL.

Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project are Top of Mind.

Tennessee is the latest state to ban teachers from teaching certain concepts of race and racism in public schools. Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill into law on May 24, 2021. “We need to make sure that our kids recognize that this country is moving toward a more perfect union, that we should teach … Continue reading Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project are Top of Mind.

The Westons, Windsor and the Plutocrats.

W. Galen Weston O.C., C.V.O., OOnt., B.A., LL.D, DDIV passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2021, at the age of 80, after a long illness faced with courage and dignity. “We had been looking for a place to establish a winter home to escape the brutal Canadian winters and play polo,” says Hilary … Continue reading The Westons, Windsor and the Plutocrats.

Live Oaks, Vero Beach, FL and Arborists. Part Three.

Live Oak butchered in Central Beach, Vero Beach, FL. The homeowner indicated he did not want the tree to fall on his house. But the tree is leaning toward the street and with that big limb removed the tree is less likely to fall to the street and more likely to fall on his house. … Continue reading Live Oaks, Vero Beach, FL and Arborists. Part Three.

Doesn’t Florida Rep. Grall’s HB 241 Violate the Protection of a Student’s Confidentiality When the School Communicates With Parents?

Erin Grall, Florida State Representative, District 54, Vero Beach, Florida. Excerpt from Section 3. Section 1014.02, Florida Statutes (1) "The Legislature further finds that important information relating to a minor child should not be withheld, either inadvertently or purposefully, from his or her parent, including information relating to the minor child's health, well-being, and education, while … Continue reading Doesn’t Florida Rep. Grall’s HB 241 Violate the Protection of a Student’s Confidentiality When the School Communicates With Parents?

Florida HB 1 and Defunding the Police.

One of The Florida League of Cities main platforms fit under the ideological umbrella of Home Rule, the idea that local governments — more than 400 of which are represented by the League — should have considerable discretion in governing themselves The Florida legislature keeps chipping away at “Home Rule,” as HB1 would authorize elected officials … Continue reading Florida HB 1 and Defunding the Police.

Cousins Respond to FRA’s Response to Brightline Fatality.

We are Natalia Vorano and Valeria Vorano, cousins of Verónica Martinez Vorano, who died on November 15, 2019 in Aventura, FL after a Brightline train hit her Mercedes SUV. We live in  Argentina. We appreciate that finally and after 9 months, since the letter that kindly send Mr. Thomas Hardy trying to help in getting some … Continue reading Cousins Respond to FRA’s Response to Brightline Fatality.