Thursday, October 30, 2014

Opinion: Cocoa Beach at Crossroad with Election

Photo Credit: Mark Clancey

In the world famous tourist mecca of Cocoa Beach, do residents matter? Incumbent City Commissioner Skip Williams says they do and uses it as his motto and reelection rallying cry. Red and white campaign signs and bumper stickers all over town proclaim “Residents Matter.” But do they, really?

What if two candidates who are heavily backed by the tourism and development lobby win election, knocking Williams out creating a solid majority on the city commission? Local hotel owners and developers spent big last election to seat commercial mortgage banker Ben Malik on the city commission, and now they’re spending large to defeat Williams, who takes no campaign contributions and is self-financed.

What do the special interests want? A more favorable regulatory environment, and big property tax breaks. Hotel owners and Orlando developers want residents to subsidize their commercial projects by granting them special exemptions to property tax reassessments whenever they improve or expand. A local ballot referendum would give this special interest lobby tax breaks it desperately wants, subsidies that residential property owners like you and I will pay for in the form of higher taxes and reduced services.

So, do residents matter? Voters will decide.

Mark Clancey
Cocoa Beach

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cartoon: "All Aboard Andy"

Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson was the deciding vote at last Tuesday's Commission meeting to approve financing for All Aboard Florida (AAF).  Anderson had previously opposed AAF's plan to operate commuter trains through Brevard County, Florida.

"In exchange for the approval in Brevard, All Aboard Florida agreed to pay for the maintenance of railroad crossings for eight years, pay $500,000 in matching funds toward safety upgrades to allow for quiet zones, and give the county $375,000 -  an amount equal to a waiver fee that is typically paid to the corporation for issuing the bonds," Anderson wrote in an email to Brevard Times.  "The corporation also agreed to pay its $375,000 waiver fee to Brevard County."


Anderson to All Aboard Florida: '...quit smoking crack...'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Letter to the Editor: NO NAZI TRAINS IN FLORIDA

From Miami Beach to Melbourne on 10/20/14, an NBC radio report was on Nazi killers in the Holocaust, getting Social Security checks and the State Department said they could keep those checks, in the $millions, if they left the country.

Instead of prosecuting these murderers they were rewarded by the U.S. and paid for by taxpayers.  It didn't make FLORIDA TODAY newspaper.

I gave this to the Brevard County Commissioners, who treated me with disdain and contempt and had me wait for 6 1/2 hours before I was allowed to speak against "AAF" picking Siemens to run their trains and one of the worst German companies in the Holocaust involving massive slave labor, the Death Camps, gas chambers, medical experiments, brothels and a host of horrors and mass murder including at Auschwitz and 400 other sites.

But this game was obviously 'rigged' from the beginning.

I had negotiated to address the commissioners two weeks ago and I arrived at 8:45AM.

In 3 hrs. 43 would speak. I was not invited to address my issues on Siemens with this crowd or the media there. Talk about the cowards and collaborators on the commission.

K.C. Traylor of Florida Not All Aboard presented 32,000 signatures but the commissioners cared less and purposely ignored this grassroots impact not to support AAF's desire to sell bonds with this vote. AAF brought up students and others from S. Fla. with weak, almost stupid statements on why this project should be supported.
AAF's presentation and approach was mediocre and a zero.  Locals asked for more time and research and were totally ignored by the commission and then AAF offering $500,000 for 'quiet zones', when Brevard will pay much more, was another insult.
The Commissioners and AAF were an embarassment for a project that reeks and they rushed through as if 32 daily trains are an extension of Disney's Monorail.

I told the commissioners that the time they let me wait to speak, I could have driven from Miami Beach to Orlando and in one more hour, I could have returned, so what was their point in who is going to ride this 'thing'... let alone treating me this way?

I advised  that many projects by promoters have been pushed only to have the voters tricked and deceived. For example, the 1000 ft. observation tower for Downtown Miami that was voted for and then the developer comes back and wants %15 million from the taxpayers and that was only a couple of weeks ago and the tip of the corruption out there.
Siemens is so guilty on so many levels in the Holocaust and bribery/corruptions and have paid in fines more than the AAF agenda to begin with. So why would they be chosen to give Florida this reputation of supporting Nazi trains and not compensating survivors and heirs and the same for Allianz Nazi Insurance that owes $2billion and does golf tournaments in Boca Raton with their profiteering and also now the Social Security scandal of paying off Nazi killers.
The message is that the Nazis get rewarded; get away with murder and then get paid for it too!

They never learn.  I demanded they tell AAF not to use Siemens and their terrible Nazi past and present bribery and corruption charges and these commissioners were stunned that anyone would ask them to behave morally and actually support the victims of Siemens.
I asked them to take a stand that no company in Brevard that participated in the Holocaust and never compensated survivors and heirs be allowed to do business and to be a model for this effort for the state.  The look on their faces, asking them to be moral, was mind boggling and they didn't want to deal with it.

"NO NAZI TRAINS IN FLORIDA" and 'SIEMEN: FROM ALL ABOARD AUSCHWITZ TO ALL ABOARD FLORIDA" are legitimate issues that AAF and their politicians refuse to address and only showing that AAF can't be trusted on any level of this project, if they are rewarding the Nazis and again attacking their victims with this insult to injury, while embarrassing the State.

We have many thousands of Holocaust survivors in Fla. that require special needs besides Medicade and why isn't Siemens doing their fair share on any level? With half of the survivors below poverty level, this continues the crimes against them and humanity.

The Brevard Commissioners or AAF or Siemens could care less.

 On 10/22/14, an Islamic Nazi convert kills a soldier at the Canadian WWII Memorial in Ottawa and the third event since last Friday. On Monday, two Canadian soldiers were run over and one killed. That Islamic Nazi connected with ISIS, was also killed, as was the Ottawa attacker.

No mention of security for AAF trains who might well be transporting ISIS


I will address the Brevard 9/ group at 6:30 P.M.on Nov. 6 at Kol Maschiach Synogague,1621 Lake Washington Road in Melbourne and to protest at the Brevard County Commission at Noon on Nov. 7, 2014 at this betrayal from them and that we don't want Siemens or any Nazi trains running in Florida or Nazi stations either. Nov. 12 at 3:30P.M.-7P.M. Cocoa Civic Center, 430 Delannoy Ave. is another opportunity to expose and oppose AAF and Siemens.

What makes this so scandalous is that there are at least 9 bus companies that run daily from Miami to Orlando for as low as $25.

Six airlines with many flights from S. Fla. to Orlando as low as $55.

AMTRAK from Miami to Orlando costs $43 with advanced reservations. AMTRAK goes 79MPH and AAF will go 110 MPH for $1.6billion that could go along existing inland tracks or along the Fla. Turnpike, but AAF doesn't want to spend their real monies on this.
Renting a car for $4.95 a day out of Ft. Laud. they will need to get around either in Orlando or Miami and many wonderful spots to visit in-between.
What is AAF's point, except that reason isn't the issue when the scam is in and big bucks can be made, no matter how many folks it hurts, while AAF dishonestly refuses to say what it will cost to ride their trains.

Then add Siemens and its Nazi past being rewarded is beyond disgusting and why would Fla. put up with this crap on every level?

Please get this information to your networks, show up at these meetings; help to donate to: "Defend Jerusalem", P.O.Box 402263, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140 so that we can order signs and stickers and buttons with the above messages. Attend rallies being planned and don't give up, which AAF/SIEMENS is depending on and the ONLY way they can win.

Bob Kunst
President, Shalom International

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Watch the Florida Governor Debate Tonight on TV or Online

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- The third and final debate in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial race between Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will take place tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at the WJXT television studio in Jacksonville, Florida.   

Tonight's Florida Governor debate will air on CNN TV channels and the debate will be streamed live online at

Scott and Crist are in a statistical tie at 47% each according to the latest Rasmussen Poll.

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, who was polling near double digits, lost his federal court battle to legally force his way into the Florida Governor's debate.   Wyllie is holding his own debate on YouTube tonight.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brevard County Early Voting Locations for the 2014 General Election

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- Early voting begins in Brevard County on Saturday, October 25, 2014 and ends on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Below are the precinct locations to vote early in the Brevard County 2014 General Election. 

You must be a registered voter on or before October 6, 2014 to participate in this election. 

Kiwanis Island Park
951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
Merritt Island, FL 32952
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Max K. Rodes Park
3410 Flanagan Avenue
West Melbourne, FL 32904
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Melbourne Beach Community Center
509 Ocean Avenue
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Melbourne Public Library
540 E Fee Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32901
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Palm Bay Elections Office
450 Cogan Drive SE
Palm Bay, FL 32909
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Space Coast Association of Realtors
1450 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Titusville Elections Office
400 South Street
Titusville, FL 32780
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Viera Regional Community Center
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, FL 32940
Polls Open: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sen. Nelson: U.S. Needs Take-Charge Person To Handle Ebola Crisis

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says that the latest developments involving health care workers in Dallas show the need for a more coordinated and better-managed response here at home.  

The U.S. needs one take-charge person in place to oversee the containment of and response to the threat of this serious infectious disease, Nelson's office stated in a release.

“If there’s a will, there’s a way,” Nelson said today during a press conference in Orlando.  “This person should be at least temporarily based in a White House war room with direct authority from the president - someone like former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who has the requisite medical background and who served in that position under former president George W. Bush.”  

Finding that someone should be a priority, Nelson said.

In calling for such, Nelson is joining with a few of his colleagues in the Senate including Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who wants what he refers to as an Ebola czar.

Nelson was among the first elected officials to call for a travel ban on people coming into the U.S. from Ebola-affected regions.   Nelson represents Florida which is highly dependent on travel and tourism - two industries that are being hard hit by the Ebola crisis.


Ebola Virus Taking A Toll On Tourism And Travel

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Delays Debate After Crist Cheats

DAVIE, Florida -- Florida Governor Rick Scott waited nearly ten minutes before appearing on stage with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in the second debate in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial race because the Crist campaign had placed a fan underneath Crist's podium.

The Scott campaign cited a debate rule that no electronics  would be allowed at either candidates' podium as the reason for Scott not appearing on stage.

After some dramatic pause, and Crist's refusal to remove the fan despite the moderator Elliot Rodriguez citing the debate rules on live television, Scott ultimately joined the stage eight minutes after the debate was scheduled to start.

“Charlie Crist can bring his fan, microwave, and toaster to debates - none of that will cover up how sad his record as governor was compared to the success of Rick Scott," said Scott's campaign manager, Mellissa Sellers after the debate.  "Crist should buy a fan for the 832,000 Floridians who lost their jobs while he was governor.”

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, who had been polling in double digits, lost his federal court battle to legally force his way into tonight's debate.  He is held his own debate on YouTube.

Watch the Florida Governor Debate Tonight

Watch the Florida Governor Debate Tonight on TV or Online

Watch the October 21st Florida Governor Debate on TV or Online 



UPDATE:  Florida Gov. Rick Scott Delays Debate After Crist Cheats

DAVIE, Florida -- The second debate in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial race between Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will take place tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Times at Broward Community College in Davie, Florida.   Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, who is polling in double digits, lost his federal court battle to legally force his way into tonight's debate.   Wyllie is holding his own debate on YouTube tonight.

Tonight's debate will air on ABC affiliate WFTV Channel 9 in the Central Florida area and the Sun-Sentinel newspaper will stream the debate live online. 

WFIT 89.5 FM in Melbourne and WMFE 90.7 in Orlando will air the debate on the radio along with other public radio stations across the Sunshine State.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brevard County School Closure List Released

Activists hold "Save Our Roosevelt Elementary School" signs in 2012.  Brevard Times / file photo.

VIERA, Florida -- During a meeting on Tuesday night, the Brevard County School Board announced a grouping of elementary schools that could close if the half-cent sales tax increase does not pass in November.

All of the schools listed for potential closure are on Brevard County's barrier islands where the populations have grown older and the location of two choice schools on Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach have put pressure on declining student enrollment in surrounding neighborhood schools.

Similar school closure proposals were made in 2012 just before the November election when a half-penny sales tax was on the ballot.  Brevard County voters rejected that tax increase and three schools were closed in 2013.  One of the closed schools, Gardendale Elementary, was on Merritt Island and those students were transferred to nearby schools.  Sea Park Elementary in Satellite Beach was also on the short list for closure in 2012.   See what the proposed school boundary changes were in 2012 if Sea Park had closed (.pdf file).

The president of the Brevard Federation of Teachers Union, Richard Smith, spoke during the meeting and said that the solution to not closing schools is to pass the half-penny sales tax.  "Stop with this nonsense that we are somehow over taxed," said Smith.

The schools listed for potential closure and/or affected by a closure before the 2014-2015 school year are:

Cape Canaveral

Cape View Elementary 

Cocoa Beach

Roosevelt Elementary

Merritt Island

Audubon Elementary
Lews Carroll Elementary
Tropical Elementary

Melbourne Beach

Gemini Elementary


Indialantic Elementary

Indian Harbour Beach

Ocean Breeze Elementary

Satellite Beach

Sea Park Elementary
Surfside Elementary
Holland Elementary

Watch the Brevard County School Board Meeting

VIERA, Florida -- The Brevard County School Board is expected to announce at tonight's meeting the list of schools that could potentially close and how other schools may be effected by the closure.  
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.