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?

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

Watch Out: Florida Bills – SB512 and HB325 May Disrupt Your Quiet Enjoyment.

On June 21, 2016, the Indian River Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted Ordinance 2016-006 regulating the use of Vacation rentals allowed in unincorporated areas of Indian River County (residential units offered for rent for a period of less than 30 days, which may have been advertised on sites such as Airbnb or VBRO).  Certain … Continue reading Watch Out: Florida Bills – SB512 and HB325 May Disrupt Your Quiet Enjoyment.

Why Students Should Read Banned Books.

Parents, activists, school board officials and lawmakers around the country are challenging books at a pace not seen in decades.  Who is challenging these books? Parents, school board members, individuals and other groups, such as Mom’s for Liberty. As the American Library Association argues, these challenges pose a threat to freedom of speech and choice — freedoms … Continue reading Why Students Should Read Banned Books.

“Read and Relax” at The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.

Helping Rescued Dogs Overcome Stress and Why Our Children Should Become Involved. The way the “Read and Relax” Program works for volunteers at The Humane Society of Indian River County, FL is that you enter the adoption center consisting of approximately 20 kennels. It ‘s disturbing to see most of the kennels are always full. … Continue reading “Read and Relax” at The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.

“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”