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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
As 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…
Less than two weeks ago, addressing questions about his residency, Shawn Frost, the winner in the District 1 School Board race, wrote, “…my dad owns the house on 77th street. I live above the garage and help my dad with the barn chores, his health challenges, and the care of 35 acres of ranch land.”
In the same Aug. 14 email, Frost acknowledged he asked Supervisor of Elections, Leslie Swan, if he would have to remain a resident in District 1, if elected. “Yes, I checked with Leslie Swan, which is why I instructed our Realtor to narrow the house search to district 1 so that we would be in compliance throughout the process,” Frost wrote. More…
“To my knowledge, unlike Frost, Heady never moved out of his home and left his wife and children to live above the garage in a relative’s house as a way of claiming to have met residency requirements.”
Traditionally, newspapers have devoted their front pages to news stores, not opinion columns. The editors of the Scripps Press Journal have taken a different approach, giving their opinion columnist, Russ Lemmon, prime front page space three times a week. Let the reader beware!
Granted, Lemmon’s columns are accompanied by a footnote, which essential amounts to a warning to readers that his thrice-weekly “Lemmon droppings” simply reflect his opinions, meaning Lemmon’s writings may at times be totally disconnected from reality. Despite the disclaimers tacked on to the end of Lemmon’s columns, the editors of the Press Journal bear some responsibility for publishing on their front page opinion columns which, as often as not, are grounded in little more than the writer’s imagination. More…
Shawn Frost, who won the District 1 School Board seat in Tuesday’s primary, defeating incumbent Karen Disney-Brombach with considerable help from the Florida Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children, claims to have established “legal” residency in District 1 by moving into living space above the garage in his father’s home just weeks before the June 20 qualifying deadline. (See: Frost says he is living in garage apartment at his father’s house in District 1)
All the while, Frost’s wife, to whom he says he remains happily married, and their children, continue to live in Frost’s homesteaded property in District 3. More…
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.
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…
MARY ELLEN KLAS-TIMES/HERALD TALLAHASSEE BUREAU
TALLAHASSEE — 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…
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…
JIM SAUNDERS/THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
TALLAHASSEE — 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…
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…
United Way of Indian River County will invest over $3 million dollars in this county to advance the common good in 2014-2015.
“For over half a century, United Way of Indian River County has promised to support people in need with effective human services”, explained Michael Kint, CEO. “Today, that promise continues even stronger as United Way initiatives, programs and partnerships strive to ensure children stay on track to graduate high school college or career ready; help more working individuals and families improve their financial literacy and stability; and build healthier communities for all children, adults, families and seniors.” More…
Dr. Fran Adams, Superintendent; Matthew McCain, Vice-Chairman; Dale Simchick, Board Member,
Claudia Jiménez, Board Member; Carol Johnson, Board Chairman; Karen Disney-Brombach, Board
On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the School Board of Indian River County broke ground for the new J. A. Thompson Administrative Center on 57th Street just west of 64th Avenue. Phase 1 of construction is scheduled to begin toward the end of September. It is estimated that construction will take 10 to 12 months, with completion occurring sometime between July and September 2015.
The School District has leased the former hospital building that they now occupy from Indian River County since 1982. The building was built in 1950 and is in need of repairs too costly for a building that the school district does not own (repairs estimated at $4.324 million). The new administrative building is being built on land already owned by the school district. The project will cost the District $7.3 million.
Family History Publishing, (What They Do Not Tell You!) The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Marlis Humphrey, will speak at its regular monthly meeting on September 9, 2014 to be held in the first floor multimedia room of the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting will convene at 9:30AM followed by refreshments and Ms. Humphrey’s presentation at 10:30AM. This meeting is free and open to the public. More…
Beginning September 1, award-winning artist Gretchen Green will exhibit her tin sculptures at the Emerson Center’s Foyer Gallery of Art in Vero Beach.
Originally from Miami, Gretchen developed an early love of Primitive Art, Folk Art, and Outsider Art, and spent over thirty years living and working in New York City. Through her association with the La MaMa Galleria, an Experimental Theatre and Gallery, she explored sculpture using tin cans, cookie tins, candy tins and soda and beer cans. The tins are assembled and then covered with a resin pour. More…
Pat Collins, Club Vice President, Tom Tierney, Club President, Jason Wassel, Gabriela Portman, Ian Mackett, Heather Fredrickson, Rachel Rahal, Dick Fava, Club Past President, Jack Gorman, and Lizzy Rahal.
Thomas W. Tierney and newly elected President of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Vero Beach, announces the students beginning and returning to the University of Notre Dame (ND) and St. Mary’s College (SMC) for the 2014-2015 term. More…