Is newly elected School Board member Shawn Frost anonymous commenter “XxXL3_Fedora_TipXxX”? 5

MARK SCHUMANN

Shawn Frost

Shawn Frost

As least one reader of Bea Gardner’s blog, “Bea-Isms,” was not pleased with her Aug. 28 post titled, “Frost might need GPS tracker…”

According to Gardner, the evening of Aug. 28, someone writing from the same unique IP address from which Shaw Frost has previously submitted comments to her site, submitted the following: “Still butthurt about being destroyed by both Wilson and Zorc in previous political ventures?”

The commenter gave as their email address, “fedoratip@buttmad.com.” An email inquiry from InsideVero sent to this address and to Frost@shawnfrost.com went unanswered as of Monday morning.

In 2012, Gardner lost to Tim Zorc in the Republican primary race for the County Commission District 3 seat.

FedoraTip Comment

 

Neighbor says Shawn Frost has been living at his 38th Avenue home outside District 1 6

MARK SCHUMANN

Shawn Frost

Shawn Frost

One of Shawn Frost’s neighbors, who is requesting for now to remain anonymous, told InsideVero today the Indian River County School Board’s newly elected representative from District 1 continues to live with his family in their home on 38th Avenue, not at his claimed residence of 6700 77th Street.  Frost’s 38th Avenue home is located in District 3.  The house on 77th Street, where Frost says he has been living since early May, is located in District 1.

“Shawn drives a white mini van and Renee (Frost’s wife) drives a green Prius, and both cars are parked in the driveway when I get up in the morning,” Frost’s neighbor said. More…

Outside money dominated local School Board race 8

All but $100 raised by Indian River Conservatives for Better Schools came from a national association at odds with the Florida Association of School Boards over vouchers.

All but $100 raised by Indian River Conservatives for Better Schools came from a national association at odds with the Florida Association of School Boards over vouchers.

NEWS ANALYSIS

MARK SCHUMANN

Karen Disney-Brombach

Karen Disney-Brombach

Shawn Frost

Shawn Frost

Laura Zorc

Laura Zorc

The Florida Federation for Children, an organization at odds with the Florida School Board Association over the FSBA’s position of school vouchers, targeted and defeated both FSBA president, Karen Disney-Brombach, of Indian River County and president-elected, Diane Smith, of Volusia County, in yesterday’s primary election.

The American Federation for Children, a Washington D.C. based pro-education choice group also entered the local fray, contributing $20,000 of the $20,100 raised by Indian River Conservatives for Better Schools. The group is headed by Laura Zorc, wife of County Commissioner Tim Zorc. More…

IRMC, IRMC Foundation, IRC Hospital District – not exactly a love triangle Reply

NEWS ANALYSIS

THOMAS HARDY

Three entities are involved in the Indian River Medical Center

There are three entities involved in the Indian River Medical Center. There is the Indian River Hospital District, the Indian River Medical Center Foundation and the Indian River Memorial Hospital, Inc., doing business as the “Indian River Medical Center.”

The Indian River Hospital District, established in 1959 by the Florida Legislature, has two main legal agreements with the IRMC. The Hospital District owns and leases the hospital to IRMC and reimburses the IRMC for costs to treat indigent patients.

The Indian River Medical Center Foundation, according to its Facebook page, “is a not-for-profit, philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to generate contributions to supplement the capital requirements of IRMC…it supports the capital needs and special projects of IRMC through philanthropy.” More…

Are Shores and County collaborating on legal action against the City? Reply

The Indian River County Commission is asking the Florida Public Service Commission of permission to force Vero Electric to abandon its utility infrastructure and customers in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Indian River County Commission is asking the Florida Public Service Commission for permission to force Vero Electric to abandon its utility infrastructure and customers in the unincorporated areas of the County.

 

COMMENTARY

MARK SCHUMANN

Vero Beach City Councilwoman, Pilar Turner, recently objected to  efforts by the City's outside counsel to seek public records from the County and the Shores.

Vero Beach City Councilwoman, Pilar Turner, recently objected to efforts by the City’s outside counsel to seek public records from the County and the Shores.

To hear officials from the Town of Indian River Shores and Indian River County tell it, it is purely coincidental the Shores’ lawsuit against Vero Beach and the County Commission’s Florida Public Service Commission petition were filed at practically the same time.  The two local governments, they contend, are not acting in concert in pursuing their legal assaults on the City.

An email from the County’s outside counsel, Floyd Self, to County Attorney Dylan Reingold suggests otherwise. Self wrote, “Super secret. I will call you at 4:15.” Attached to Self’s email was a draft of the Shores’ proposed lawsuit against the City. Every page was labeled, “CONFIDENTIAL ATTORNEY WORK PRODUCT DO NOT DISTRIBUTE.”

Though it is certainly not illegal for the Shores and the County to launch coordinated legal attacks on Vero Beach, to pretend they are not somehow working in concert to dismantle the City’s electric utility is disingenous. More…

Vintage Vero: U.S. 1 once envisioned as boulevard fit for Paris   Reply

JANIE GOULD

Janie Gould

Janie Gould

During the land boom of the 1920’s, Royal Park started to spring up in central Vero Beach, east of the railroad tracks. It was planned to be the equal of anything in South Florida, with lovely Mediterranean-style homes, a golf course and a central boulevard lined with shops and cafés. The brainchild of developers Waldo Sexton and Walter Buckingham, it had two main residential streets, each lined with royal palms that they planted. John Unruh, a local attorney and grandson of Buckingham, remembers those palms. More…

Big money funding flood of political mailers 1

Editor’s Note:  At least one Scripps columnist is willing and able to offer her readers serious, substantive reporting – Eve Samples. For a better understanding of how and why Joe Negron trounced his opponent, Brandon Cannon, in last week’s District 32 state Senate primary read Sample’s column today posted on TCPalm.com.  TCPalm.com is offering free access through the Labor Day weekend. 

Have you checked your mailbox lately?

If not, you might want to trot out there.

Big money is waiting inside. MORE…

Shores Town Council itching to pull trigger on electric lawsuit 7

Indian River Shores Town Council: Tom Cadden, Tom Slater, Gerry Weick, Dick Haverland, Brian Barefoot seem eager to spark a legal battle with the City of Vero Beach.

Indian River Shores Town Council: Tom Cadden, Tom Slater, Gerry Weick, Dick Haverland, Brian Barefoot seem eager to spark a legal battle with the City of Vero Beach.

COMMENTARY

MARK SCHUMANN

The Indian River Shores Town Council told its outside attorney today that unless their is “substantial progress” by year’s end in the current mediations between the Town and the City of Vero Beach, he should be prepared to prosecute the Town’s lawsuit against the City. More…

Voucher advocates take heat over 2011 video 1

Editor’s Note:  The following Tampa Bay Times report, published March 18 of this year, is particularly relevant to the story of how the Florida Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children successfully targeted both the president and the president-elect of the Florida School Board Association for defeat in Tuesday’s primary election.  

FSBA president Karen Disney-Brombach of Indian River County and president-elect, Diane Smith, of Volusia County were defeated, largely because their challengers received what seems like unlimited collateral support from the FFA and the AFC.

At issue is the FSBA’s legal challenge to an expanded corporate tax-credit system channeling hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of students from Florida public schools mostly to private, faith-based schools.  

In 2011, explaining why the tax credit system has been so successful in Florida, Step Up for Students President Dough Tuthill said, “One of the primary reasons we’ve been so successful is we spend about $1 million every other cycle in local political races, which in Florida is a lot of money.”  

KATHLEEN MCGRORY-TIMES/HERALD TALLAHASSEE BUREAU

The proposed expansion of the state school voucher program cleared another hurdle Tuesday, winning the support of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee.

The bill (HB 7099) received a favorable vote in the House Finance and Tax Subcommittee earlier this month. Since the proposal was only referred to one committee, it is now eligible for a vote on the House floor. MORE…

As a District 2 county commission candidate, Shawn Frost claimed to be living in a pasture 5

As a candidate for the County Commission District 2 Seat, Shawn Frost gave as his address 6350 65th Street. According the the Indian River County Property Appraiser records, the property is unimproved pasture land.

As a candidate for the District 2 county commission seat, Shawn Frost gave as his address 6350 65th Street. According to Indian River County Property Appraiser records, the property is unimproved pasture land.

MARK SCHUMANN

Frost 5BAs questions continue to be raised about District 1 School Board victor Shawn Frost’s residency qualifications, it has now come to light that in February, as a candidate for the District 2 county commission seat, Frost gave as his legal residence unimproved pasture land located 6350 65th Street.

Frost withdrew from the county commission District 2 race in late February to challenge incumbent Karen Disney-Brombach for the District 1 school board seat. More…

Gov. Rick Scott’s staff kept records secret for mansion project Reply

MARY ELLEN KLAS-TIMES/HERALD TALLAHASSEE BUREAU

FLORIDA GOVERNOR'S MANSIONTALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a “governor’s park” around the Florida Governor’s Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby commercial property on the adjacent street and replace it with a grand boulevard and a visitors commons.

But it was an idea that was going to take cash. Lots of cash: $2.3 million for the project and $2.7 million more to acquire an old house, a pawn shop, a tire store and three other properties nearby, records from 2011 and 2012 show. MORE…

Legal challenge takes aim at Florida’s school voucher program Reply

KATHLEEN MCGORRY-TIMES/HERALS TALLAHASSEE BUREAU

TALLAHASSEE — The statewide teachers union, school boards association and PTA filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s school voucher program.

The lawsuit contends that the voucher program, which provides private-school scholarships to low-income children, conflicts with the state’s constitutional duty to provide a “uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools.” MORE…

Florida Supreme Court upholds FPL rate increase Reply

JIM SAUNDERS/THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

FPL LogoTALLAHASSEE — Saying it gives “great deference” to utility regulators, the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a challenge to rate increases approved in 2012 for Florida Power & Light.

The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, fought the rate increases that stemmed from a deal reached by FPL and some major power users. The Florida Public Service Commission approved a $350 million base-rate increase, along with plans for additional increases tied to three new power plants. MORE…

Long-term questions about the quality and quantity of water in Vero Beach 1

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THOMAS HARDY

So much has been written in local media about water quality in the Indian River Lagoon, which extends 156 miles from the Ponce de Leon Inlet to Hobe Sound. Particularly in Vero Beach, the Lagoon presents a water quality concern because of the Indian River Narrows, a channel with an elevation of “0” feet and an average depth of three feet. Water inside the Narrows and water that flows into it is mostly stuck there with no inlet to the Atlantic Ocean. More…