It Can’t Be That Hard, Can It?


The 8th of November isn’t even here and already there is a problem with ballots. Once again, Florida leads the way in screwing up what should be a simple process.

The office of Broward County Supervisor of Elections allegedly managed to mail out ballots without Amendment 2 on it. (Amendment 2 is the initiative to legalize medial marijuana.) It seems that no one in the office of Broward Elections Supervisor Dr. Brenda Snipes could count from one to three as the mail in ballots sent to residents went from Amendment 1 to Amendment 3, and not printing Amendment 2 at all.

This has led to a lawsuit. (Complaint here.)

A group advocating for the legalization of marijuana sued the Broward County Supervisor of Elections on Thursday after some mail-in ballots did not include a question about a state constitutional amendment on allowing medical marijuana.

NORML of Florida, a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, filed the lawsuit against county Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.

It asked a county court judge to require that the elections office distribute new ballots to all voters who have received vote-by-mail ballots and to include information that explains that Amendment 2 had not been included on previous ballots.

“The end result of this error is catastrophic and cataclysmic as it applies to this ballot item, effectively disenfranchising voters and eliminating the right to vote on certain matters which have been lawfully placed on the ballot,” the lawsuit says.

This is not the first issue with Snipes and her office:

Cocoa Beach: The CRA Meeting.


We commented yesterday on the CRA meeting and the item to make a $2500 grant to a business in downtown Cocoa Beach.

We said at the time:

We have to be honest and say we aren’t sure whether the building has some sort of “non-conforming” code issues where the code has changed or whether the building is non-compliant with the code period.

Turns out that the owner had failed to maintain the property, which was then damaged in a storm (not Matthew) and now wants to City to give him $2500 to help pay for the rebuilding of the damaged area and a few minor enhancements.

There were Commission members who felt that this was acceptable. There were some that did not see it that way. Commissioner Williams repeatedly noted that for $2500, all the “City is getting is three protuberances.” Even Commissioner Miller seemed to have difficulty with the application as it neither distinguished what work was going to be done that would comply with CRA regulations and what work was going to be done to repair a building that was not maintained.

Commissioner Martinez seemed to like the grant and seemed to be pushing for it.

Eventually, the Commission told the representative for the grant applicant to go back and make a new, better application.

However, during the discussion two things happened.

Cocoa Beach: Please Explain This To Us.


The Cocoa Beach City Commission has two meetings tonight. First, at 6:00 PM is a CRA meeting at which time CRA Board will vote on a matching grant request by the owner of the property at 51 North Orlando Avenue.

The amount of the grant is $2500 and frankly, shows why we hate CRA’s and think they should be discontinued.

The reason given for the grant request is in part:

“…… This will bring my structure up to code and create a pleasing look for the downtown sector. Maintaining a great look and enhancing the appearance of our downtown at a critical time.”

The grant would cover over 17% of the estimated $14,500 to make the changes the owner is requesting.

We have to be honest and say we aren’t sure whether the building has some sort of “non-conforming” code issues where the code has changed or whether the building is non-compliant with the code period.

One thing we are sure of it is not the taxpayers job and responsibility to pay for maintenance, upkeep, that the “look” of a building. That’s the job of the business.

There have been all sorts of fights and discussions about the Brevard County Commission giving tax breaks to companies with most people being against the breaks. Yet in cities across the county, including Cocoa Beach, tax money is just given away on the whim of a board whose members just last month approved a tax increase because of needing more funds.

We just don’t get it.

After a coffee break, the Commission reconvenes as the City Commission at 7:00 PM.

There are a lot of things on the agenda, including lots of votes on the hurricane and damage from the hurricane.

You Have A Second Brain.

This one is a shocker.

Turns out you have TWO brains!

Some People Should Just Resign – From The Human Race.


Northern Michigan University’s motto is “Encourage – Experience – Enjoy.”

The reason we bring that up is that logically, it is impossible to “encourage, experience, and enjoy” anything when you are dead. That may sound self-intuitive, but apparently someone in the NMU’s administration forgot that.

NMU student Katerina Klawes was sexually assaulted and in 2015 sought counseling for the incident.

According to the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education — FIRE – Klawes received correspondance from Associate Dean of Students Mary Brundage on March 25, 2015:

Dear Kat,
I received a report that others are worried about your well-being. I’d like to meet with you to discuss your options for support and see what I can do to help.

. . .

Our self-destructive policy is currently under review, as stated on top of the policy, so it is important that you know a couple of thing [sic]. First, you will not be removed as a student for seeking help from the appropriate resources. You can use any of the resources listed below without worry. Second, Engaging [sic] in any discussion of suicidal or self-destructive thoughts or actions with other students interferes with, or can hinder, their pursuit of education and community. It is important that you refrain from discussing these issues with other students and use the appropriate resources listed below. If you involve other students in suicidal or self-destructive thoughts or actions you will face disciplinary action. My hope is that, knowing exactly what could result in discipline, you can avoid putting yourself in that position.

[. . .]

Take care,

(emphasis FIRE’s)

Klawes responded by email the same day to ask the following:

Cocoa Beach: The Cost Of The Can Went Up.


Editor’s Note: This is one of those posts we are somewhat leery of because in our minds, people may get the wrong idea as to what we are saying. While we are going to talk about money and costs, we don’t think (at least we aren’t sure) that should be the focus of what is wrong and where this subject jumped the rails.

A few weeks ago we posted an article on how Mayor Tumulty and others didn’t seem to care about the rules of meetings. One of our constant themes has been the lack of the City Commission, the Staff, and contracted workers seem to have little regard for the rules, regulations and laws they should be following.

As we said, during the discussion on the budget the following two exchanges took place:

COMMISSIONER SKIP WILLIAMS: Charles, are you prepared to discuss this (document) that you handed out to all of the commissioners?

ACTING CITY MANAGER CHARLES HOLLAND: I would say not as a part ….this is about the budget. I would have to say that the Mayor, of course, would be the, uh, but I would recommend that we not discuss that because I want to have some one on ones with the Commissioners next week so I would recommend that we not discuss that tonight because it does not have anything to do with this budget.

MAYOR TIM TUMULTY: Okay, thank you very much.

TUMULTY: Interesting Skip, so you don’t know what the budget is going to be for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 so we can’t close on this budget?

WILLIAMS: This budget has a number in it….

TUMULTY: Sure it does.

WILLIAMS: … that is based on $15,300 projected….

TUMULTY: Fifteen, fifteen.

WILLIAMS: Fifteen million five hundred thousand…


WILLIAMS: That is right there in the line item and its kind of like that same number throughout the [INAUDIBLE]….


WILLIAMS: We know, based on this information that that is not a good number. We are going to pass a budget that doesn’t have a good number in it.

TUMULTY: I don’t know if we know if that’s a good or bad number, but I do know that debt service, we won’t start paying on that debt service this fiscal year. In the upcoming fiscal year.

WILLIAMS: I’ll refrain any further comments until we get to Item F-2.

What caught our eye was this mysterious paper that was distributed to the Commission members by Acting City Manager Charles Holland.

We wanted to know what that document was, so we asked for it under the Florida Sunshine Laws.

The document (embedded below and available for download here) is a letter from the Architect Design Group on concerning the cost of the planned City Hall, Police Station and Parking Garage.

The lead paragraph summarizes the contents of the document:

Is Organic Food Worse For You?

An interesting, balanced discussion on whether “organic” food is worse or better for you than “inorganic” food.

Should you be eating organic food?

University Of Florida Worries About Halloween Costumes Hurting People’s Feelings.

uf-alligatore-kid-roh Yep. The University of Florida went there.

In a school allegedly full of adults making adult decisions, the University felt it necessary to warn students to the evils of Halloween costumes.

October brings fall weather and Halloween. If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs

Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another. (emphasis ours)

Really? A costume can “cause harm?”


Even if someone is offended by a costume, isn’t the adult response to either walk away or say something to the wearer?

After all, if you think that you are going to go through life without someone saying or doing something that offends you, you are in for a rude surprise in the real world.

Instead of encouraging students to handle the situation themselves, the University has made counselors available to those who are offended.

As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. (emphasis ours)

But the fun killing, always offended social justice warriors in the form of the University Administration aren’t done yet.

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