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When Silver Bullets Misfire.

Desk-Bend-Over-Mug-Cropped-ROHItem 10 of the City Council’s agenda for February 19, 2014 brought forth some fireworks where we believe it can be said that both sides of the argument has valid positions.

The item as stated on the agenda reads:

10. DISCUSS/TAKE ACTION ON ORDINANCE NO. 1088, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SATELLITE BEACH, BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, REPEALING SECTIONS 3-1 (6)-(8), SATELLITE BEACH CITY CODE; REPEALING CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE TEXT FOR SECTION 3-3, SATELLITE BEACH CITY CODE (CHAPTER 1, FLORIDA

BUILDING CODE); ADOPTING NEW ADMINISTRATIVE TEXT FOR SECTION 3-3, SATELLITE BEACH CITY CODE (CHAPTER 1, FLORIDA BUILDING CODE); ADOPTING A NEW SECTION 3-5, SATELLITE BEACH CITY CODE, IMPLEMENTING AND UPDATING FLOOD MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS; ADOPTING FLOOD HAZARD MAPS, DESIGNATING FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR, ADOPTING PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA FOR DEVELOPMENT IN FLOOD HAZARD AREAS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; PROVIDING FOR APPLICABILITY; REPEALER; SEVERABILITY; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE (FIRST READING)

As explained by Building Department head John Stone, the ordinance was being driven by direction from FEMA and the State of Florida. After reading the ordinance, City Attorney Beadle said that the State had demanded some changes in the ordinance and later said that the State had rejected anything in the ordinance that might not be exactly what the state wanted.

The agenda packet shows the depth and complexity of the ordinance. However, Councilwoman Denan stated that she thought that as the ordinance was being presented without input or notice to the people being affected by the ordinance meant she could not support it at that time.

NOTE: There was also an issue raised about links to the maps provided in the distributed agenda packet not working. A friend of ours thinks he knows what happened. Here is how the links appeared in the pdf document on the City’s website:
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Vice Mayor Gott’s Letter In Florida Today.

Gott-Wall-Frame-ROHSatellite Beach Vice Mayor Gott has a letter published today in the Florida Today commenting on the City Council meeting of February 5, 2014.

Letter: Council Never Discussed Ousting Councilwoman

Audio and videotapes of the Feb. 5 Satellite Beach City Council meeting in which Councilwoman Sheryl Denan imagines she was victimized will confirm that statements in her recent letter to the editor are false.

At no time did the council discuss removing her from office. Only Denan mentioned this during the meeting, falsely accusing me of attempting her removal. I was the one,

not legal counsel, as she stated, who corrected her and stated that the voters will decide if she remains in office.

The facts show that Denan is the only member of council who does not practice open government. Emails that have become public show that Denan used her personal email account to hide her attempts to undermine decisions made by the council majority. One email even reveals her awareness that her conduct would be deemed inappropriate.

The only voices still being represented by Denan are the handful who continue to trust her false allegations and underhanded tactics to discredit our city government. It can be argued that the irrational vitriol in their comments stems not from any concern for good government, but from their frustrated personal ax to grind against the city. Fortunately, their days of controlling Satellite Beach are over.

Lorraine Gott
City councilwoman, Satellite Beach

The Dangerous Step Of Borrowing From Chuck Norris For Olympic Commentary.

Rings-ROHFor years there has been an internet meme about the greatness of Chuck Norris. But besides being an actor, martial arts expert, husband and pitchman, Norris also writes columns.

Norris sometimes pens columns for the site RightWingNews.com and it from his column When Sportsmanship Trumps Cereal Boxes that we are going to quote from here. After all, to quote one of the meme’s on Norris, “Death once had a near Chuck Norris experience.” Hopefully Norris won’t mind because the acts of the people he writes about are noteworthy and inspiring.

Both stories are from the Sochi Olympics.

Roberto Carcelen of Peru was racing in a 15-kilometer cross-country skiing event. One unique hurdle he had, however, was that he was competing with a fractured rib. He had suffered the broken bone days before the Sochi, Russia, games in a training crash. And he ignored the doctor’s advice not to compete. Carcelen hadn’t come that far to stop at the starting gate.

Thrusting his arms back and forth to plant his ski poles in the snow as he competed in the cross-country men’s classic must have been like boxing with a broken rib. I can’t imagine the pain he must have endured.

Carcelen later confirmed: “It was a very difficult race for me. … I was in a lot of pain in my right ribs.”
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Institute For Justice In Court Over Government Seizures Of Money.

ij The Institute for Justice is back in court today in the continuing case of a Michigan grocery store and a separate Michigan gas station from which the IRS seized over $35,000 from the owners of the grocery store, Tarik “Terry” Dehko and his daughter Sandy as well as nearly $71,000 from the owner of the gas station, Mark Zaniewski. The money was seized under “banking structuring” laws. The IRS has laws that require banks to report any deposit(s) over $10,000. The statute is designed to prevent money laundering of illegally gained funds, and was generally targeted at drug money. The statutes also say that deposits cannot be “structured” to avoid the $10,000 reporting requirement.

So while the government requires that banks report more than $10,000 deposited in a day, if a deposit is made that seems to be trying to skirt that requirement, the IRS can seize the assets within the bank account.

There are several issues that are highly distressing about these cases. First, the seizures are done with a secret warrant. There is no chance for the person whose money is being taken to contest the warrant. There is no hearing on the issue prior to the seizure of the funds and the IRS will fight to have a hearing on the seizures after the money has been taken. In the case of the Dehkos, the government seized the money in January 2013 and it was only after fighting the case that the IRS decided to return the money to the Dehkos in November 2013.

Secondly, in the case of the Dehkos, an IRS agent came into their grocery store in 2012, conducted an audit specifically designed to ferret out structured deposits. His conclusion was that the Dehkos had done nothing wrong and they were within the law. The IRS then seized the money at a later date.

Mark Zaniewski’s case is similar, but perhaps even more disturbing:
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City Council Meets Tonight.

Satellite-Beach-Curtain-and-stage-Wood-ROH The City Council of Satellite Beach meets tonight starting at 7:00 PM at City Hall.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here and the agenda packet can be found here.

Hope to see you there.



You’ve Heard Of A Three Dog Night? Here’s A Three Video Day.

In honor of the US Men’s and Women’s Curling teams being out of Olympic medal contention (and the women finishing last in the competition) there is always this vidoe of “Cut Curling.”

NOTE: No cats are harmed in this video and to us, this is “humorously cute.”

Mike Masse is getting a lot of notice on the internet these days. Masse and his friends, including his bass playing buddy Jeff Hall do amazing covers of songs. These YouTube videos (including many others) were recorded at a pizza joint in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The two songs we are presenting here show Masse’s range. The Toto song “Africa” done acoustically is incredibly a stretch musically, but then to turn around and do “S.O.S.” by the Swedish group ABBA?

Wow.


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Required Parenting Classes?

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Our friend Walter Olson at Overlawyed.com notes a bill proposed by Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-South Bronx) in New York. New York Senate Bill S-142 would require parents to attend a minimum of four days of “parent instructional programs” during the child’s elementary school education years in order for the child to be allowed to graduate or progress to seventh grade.

The state would be required to develop twelve workshops of which at least one would “relate to the subject of physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children.”

In addition, the bill would require employers to allow one paid day of leave per year for the parent to attend the classes.

Huh?
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Councilman Montanero Responds To Councilwoman Denan’s Florida Today Letter.

Montanaro-Wall-Frame-ROHSatellite Beach City Councilman Dominick Montanero has responded to Councilwoman Denan’s letter which was published in the Florida Today.

In a letter published on February 14, 2014, Councilman Montanero writes:

Letter: Councilman responds to colleague’s letter

This is a response to Satellite Beach City Councilwoman Sheryl Denan’s letter to the editor in Thursday’s paper. The residents of Satellite Beach deserve the truth.

In her letter, Ms. Denan cites comments I made at the Feb. 5 council meeting. The public record YouTube video of that meeting shows no such comments were made by me. This is not the first time Ms. Denan has provided misinformation in an attempt to discredit me.

Ms. Denan’s interpretation of the Feb. 5 meeting was that council wanted to suppress her constitutional right of communication. To the contrary, council was supporting Florida’s Government in the Sunshine principles. Numerous emails were sent by Councilwoman Denan that undermine formal action taken by council in public meetings. The fact they were sent from her personal email rather than her city email should be of concern to proponents of open government and transparency.

Public records obtained from other entities include emails that show Councilwoman Denan has been instrumental in driving our city down a path that will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars in attorney fees.

The intent of the council was to encourage Ms. Denan to use her city email account when corresponding on city issues.

The city needs to move forward and put to rest the negativity that has polarized our community.

I believe in and champion open government. I believe in transparency. I believe in truth.

Half-truths and misinformation need to stop. It is time for people who know the truth to speak up.

Dominick Montanaro
City Councilman, Satellite Beach

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