Chamber expresses opposition to state handling of public hearing on All Aboard Florida 3

MILT THOMAS

All Aboard Florida B 2-15-18Editor’s note: A public hearing by the Florida Development Finance Corporation is planned for tomorrow (Monday, April 20) in Tallahassee regarding the proposed issuance of up to $1.7 billion in Transportation Facilities Revenue Bonds for All Aboard Florida. The following letter dated April 16 states the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to the hearing being held without three new trustees of the FDFC being present.

April 16, 2015
Mr. Bill Spivey
Florida Development Finance Corporation
800 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 1100
Orlando, FL 32803

Dear Mr. Spivey:

On behalf of our Board, our members, and the community I am sending our written comments concerning the All Aboard Florida project. I request both this letter and the attached information be distributed to the FDFC Board of Directors.

We were disappointed to learn that new appointees to the FDFC Board were not even going to be present at the public TEFRA hearing called for April 20, 2015. It was difficult to understand the reasoning behind holding an important public hearing that, according to your quote in the morning Indian River Press Journal “The (finance corporation) has expended a significant amount or time, effort and expense preparing for this public hearing” when no one from the FDFC Board will attend. Further, considering the three FDFC directors are newly appointed by the Governor, it is more confusing as to why a meeting was established for this date, time and place if none of the three were even able to attend. More…

Wheels and Keels at The Moorings showcase the best of both worlds Reply

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The Moorings Yacht & Country Club presented its fifth annual Wheels and Keels Antique and Exotic Car & Boat Show this past Saturday, April 18 on the first hole of The Moorings golf course. A crowd of car and boat enthusiasts enjoyed a brilliant sunny day, refreshments and a buffet lunch. The event was a fund raiser to benefit the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County and ARC.

 

“Spin Me Again!” 1

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LYNNE LARKIN

Lynne Larkin

Lynne Larkin

The merry-go-round of ideas dropping from Faheranty will not stop!  We should all be queasy by now.  PhD?  It must be in slippery speaking, since the expertise evidently is all about “spin.”  What do the doctors of spin want us to believe now?

We’ve come a long way since the first days of Glenn Heran’s debut as mouthpiece for Florida Power & Light.  Has it been six years since he, along with Stephen Faherty, began their slide shows and mail campaigns to alarm voters about a problem that was addressed in 2004?  It seems forever, really, that they’ve been promising the impossible and dragging our tax money into their endlessly morphing public relations scam. More…

VeroNews.com “corrects” story on power sale – initial report wrong Reply

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“Though no one in a leadership position in the Shores seems concerned about economic fairness, or financial realities, or contractual obligations, the issues are important to Vero Beach officials.”

MARK SCHUMANN

Call it a “correction.” Call it an “update.” By any name, island weekly reporter Lisa Zahner’s Friday addendum to a story posted the previous morning on VeroNews.com is nothing short of a retraction.

Two words describe the island weekly’s Thursday morning report on the power sale. Dead wrong! More…

Vero Beach High School Golden Grads “mass” reunion/picnic May 9 1

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Old Vero Beach High School on 19th Street, site of Freshman Learning Center today.

Old Vero Beach High School on 19th Street, site of Freshman Learning Center today.

High school class reunions are nothing unusual, but this one could break records. Instead of celebrating one class year at a time, the VBHS Golden Grads Reunion/Picnic is set to include everyone who attended Vero Beach High School at least 50 years ago. The event will be held on May 9 at the Indian River County Fairgrounds. Over 500 class members and guests have already signed up to attend. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and starting at 10:30 a.m. it will feature a traditional Florida barbecue of beef, pork, chicken, catfish, gator tail and more.

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Mayfield’s promises amount to little more than hot air 1

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MARK SCHUMANN

State Rep. Debbie Mayfield - little to show for her efforts.

State Rep. Debbie Mayfield – little to show for her efforts.

As a legislator, about all State Representative Debbie Mayfield has been able to accomplish for her district is the renaming of a bridge and helping pass state legislation limiting the ability of cities and counties to regulate transient rentals.

For yet another year, Mayfield’s efforts to force her home city out of the power business have failed.  As in previous years, her proposed legislation never made it out of committee. In fact, this year her proposed utility bills were not even heard by a committee.

Speaking at a meeting of the South Beach Property Association last year, Mayfield said, “You want to talk Common Core? We can talk Common Core all day.”

Talk. Talk. Talk.

Education reform is another subject about which Mayfield’s has made empty promises. For yet another year, Mayfield failed to push legislation suspending federal standards.

At least for Mayfield, one side benefit of all her bloviating is that she has endeared herself to the state’s investor owned electric utilities. Watch for her to land a lucrative job lobbying for utility giants when her term in the legislature end in 2016.

Mayors make case against FPL nuclear expansion 1

South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard argues against FPL's Turkey Point Nuclear expansion plans during press conference at Miami City Hall. At left is Village of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado. AL DIAZ MIAMI HERALD STAFF Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article18627960.html#storylink=cpy

South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard argues against FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear expansion plans during press conference at Miami City Hall. At left is Village of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado. AL DIAZ MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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The long-running campaign to derail Florida Power & Light’s plans to add two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point revved up Wednesday with mayors from three South Florida cities ticking off a long list of concerns ranging from inadequate evacuation zones to ugly new power lines and heightened risks from rising sea levels.

The mayors — Tomas Regalado of Miami,, Philip Stoddard of South Miami and Cindy Lerner of Pinecrest — held a joint conference with one clear goal: Boost opposition to a controversial expansion that will be the subject of two public hearings federal regulators have scheduled next week in Miami-Dade. Continue reading…

Suspect arrested for homicide in stabbing death of her mother Reply

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Perkins

Perkins

The Indian County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 24 year old Cherish Perkins of 360 7th Road SW in Vero Beach for the stabbing death of her mother, Martha Perkins (49), also of the 7th Road address.

On April 16, 2015, at approximately 8:00PM, Perkins called the Sheriff’s Office and reported the death of her mother. The manner of death was not given during the phone call.  Once deputies and EMS arrived on scene, they observed Martha Perkins had suffered a stab wound to the face with a large knife. The victim was lying on a bed and was pronounced dead by EMS.  There were no other occupants in the home. More…

Missing man’s van, body found Reply

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The van of missing person Richard Brinkley was located in a canal near the 500 block of 8th Avenue SW on April 16, 2015, around 7:15PM. The body of a male subject believed to be Mr. Brinkley was located in the canal near the van.  The cause of death is under investigation and will be pending an autopsy.

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Sheriff’s Office releases information on missing and possibly endangered adult

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Richard Lyle Brinkley

Richard Lyle Brinkley

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Richard Lyle Brinkley (69) of Vero Beach, Florida in order to check his welfare and safety. Mr. Brinkley was last seen by neighbors on April 14, 2015, around 1PM. His wife recently passed away and his pets were left in his home unattended. Neighbors reported this is unusual behavior for Mr. Brinkley and it is believed he is upset over the loss of his wife.

He is described as a white male, 5’10”, 190lbs, blue eyes and grey/white hair. More…

Impact 100 announces 2015 grant winners 1

Moreen Burkart, Visiting Nurse Assoc. of the Treasure Coast; Mary Silva, Literacy Services of IRC; Dr. Nancy Baker, IRC Medical Society Foundation; Karen Deigl, Senior Resource Association Moreen Burkart, Visiting Nurse Assoc. of the Treasure Coast; Mary Silva, Literacy Services of IRC; Dr. Nancy Baker, IRC Medical Society Foundation; Karen Deigl, Senior Resource Association  Photo By Maryanne DiMarzo

Moreen Burkart, Visiting Nurse Assoc. of the Treasure Coast; Mary Silva, Literacy Services of IRC; Dr. Nancy Baker, IRC Medical Society Foundation; Karen Deigl, Senior Resource Association

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Each year, Impact 100 awards every penny of membership funds in grants to local nonprofits. On April 16th, the membership of Impact 100 held their vote to select the winners of this year’s award of four $100,000 grants bringing the seven year total of giving to over $2.5 million.

The four winners chosen at the 2015 Annual Meeting include: More…

This Weekend Reply

Thursday, April 16

 J.M. Stringer Gallery presents Painting Paradise, a group exhibition featuring new works by several artists, exploring personal interpretations of paradise. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 16th from 4 to 8 pm, as well as Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th from 11 am to 6 pm. The exhibition will be on view through May 30th. Pictured: Robert Caulfield, Summer Day at Cannes.

The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Dave Mundy’s Soulfege on Thursday, April 16th from 5 to 7 pm.  Concerts are open to the public at a cost of $12 per person; $10 for Museum members. A cash bar is available. Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on the grass. For more information visit VeroBeachMuseum.org.

thisweekend_Mermaid_041515Join the Cultural Council of Indian River County for its Art of Networking on Thursday, April 16th from 5 to 7 pm at The Kilted Mermaid, 1937 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach.  Free for Cultural Council Members, $5 for guests.  RSVP 772-770-4857.

thisweekend_Rosalyn Howard_041515The Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series concludes on Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m. with The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles, with cultural anthropologist, Rosalyn Howard, Ph.D.  African slaves have often risked life and limb to escape southern slavery but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited.  Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of freedom-seekers, the Seminoles. Free. More…

Ray of Hope: Nature too 1

RH_041415My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too – the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made. – Andy Goldsworthy

Main Street Vero Beach’s Annual Hibiscus Festival is April 18th and 19th Reply

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Thousands enjoy the Hibiscus Festival every year in Downtown Vero

Thousands enjoy the Hibiscus Festival every year in Downtown Vero

This year’s Hibiscus Festival entertainment schedule includes many Treasure Coast favorites. Main Street Vero Beach is pleased to present two days of Art and Music in Historic Downtown Vero Beach.  Saturday’s Hibiscus Festival hours are 10:00am-8:30pm and Sunday the festival opens at 10:00am and goes until 4:00pm.  The Buggy Bunch will bring their Food Truck Frenzy to The Hibiscus Festival on Saturday and food vendors will be available on Sunday as well. Here’s the activity lineup:

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Memphis will rock your world Reply

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Kimber Sprawl as Felicia Farrell; Christopher Sutton as Huey Calhoun

Kimber Sprawl as Felicia Farrell; Christopher Sutton as Huey Calhoun

For the uninitiated, a musical called Memphis would instantly conjure up images of Elvis and musical numbers to the early rock and roll hits. This is not an Elvis tribute at all, but it is a story that goes straight to the roots of rock and roll. In fact, the music is all original and Memphis earned the Broadway production four Tony Awards in 2010.

The Riverside Theatre production, which opened last Tuesday April 7, certainly did the Broadway version justice. The story is loosely based on a real-life Memphis disc jockey, Dewey Phillips, who back in 1951 championed black music and introduced it to a white audience, winning approval of teenagers and scorn from their parents. His more famous friend, Sam Phillips (no relation), opened a recording studio and together they formed a record company briefly before Sam started Sun Records.  Of course, Elvis also started on Sun Records and in fact, Dewey Phillips was the first DJ to broadcast Elvis’s debut record, “That’s All Right Mama.”

Enough of the trivia. Memphis features all original music by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro. (Okay, one more bit of trivia: David Bryan is the keyboard player for Jon Bon Jovi.)

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