Palm Bay: It’s Not Easy Being Green.

After Thursday night debacle at the Palm Bay City Council meeting where 3 members of the Council didn’t even question the legality of making people submit graphics and comments to the City for “screening” and “approval,” and after looking into the issue of the legality of this type of censorship (which is not a word we uses lightly around here) and mentioning the aspect of whether the actions of the City would be “prior restraint,” the staff of Raised on Hoecakes got together and asked a basic, fundamental question:

“What now? What do we do when appearing before the City Council?”

It’s simple.

First, anything we say or do or present goes to the FloridaToday. Reporter Rick Neale is a decent guy who covers this area of Brevard County, but with other cities holding Council meetings on the same days, it it tough for him to be everywhere. While the issues we discuss may be important to us and in our opinion important to people in various cities, it’s a good idea to see if those issues tweak the Neale’s reporting nose. Instead of listening to what the Council and City management says, it may be a good idea to let him know what the people are saying.

According to the FloridaToday:

Palm Bay: Missed The Memo That “Offensive Speech” Is Still Protected Free Speech.

We didn’t make it to last night’s Palm Bay City Council meeting.

We are glad we didn’t as it may have been the first time our representative would have been thrown out of a meeting.

Part of the reason we did not attend is personal, but a small part was because of something of which we missed from the February 15, 2017 meeting.

At that meeting, the City Council passed an addendum to the Council procedures that requires a citizen to submit “visual materials” for “screening” and approval by the City before they can be shown.

Here’s the text of the addendum:


A. Members of the public wishing to use electronic media when addressing city council must provide the electronic file to staff for screening no later than noon two (2) business days prior to the meeting. Screening ensures that the material is in a format capable of broadcast or presentation over the audiovisual system, and assures that the material is legally appropriate for broadcast over the audiovisual system and cable. No visual materials may be displayed through the audiovisual system that City staff has not screened. No visual presentations containing offensive material will be displayed or utilized in any fashion.

1. Visual materials include any visual or textual items that are to be displayed through the audiovisual system irrespective of their specific format or media. This includes, without limitation, photographs, audio and video presentations, charts, computer presentations, computer screen images, posters and flyers, whether in physical or electronic format.

2. Visual presentations during public comments are limited to times outlined above in this Section.

B. Visual materials do not include items held or worn by a speaker at the podium or worn by a member of the audience, even though such items may be televised through the cameras that view the audience and the dais.

As we had prepared a presentation and had not given it to the City, it was pointless for us to go up to City Hall.

However, the real issue here is what one speaker last night termed “prior restraint” of speech. As graphics and images are a form of speech, the City is essentially saying that they have the legal authority to approve what you say and what you present to the City Council before you say it. Suddenly, in one fell swoop, the City Council of Palm Bay has determined what they will and will not hear from speakers and presenters in a limited public forum.

We are stunned.

It is as if the City and City Attorney Andrew Lannon have never even heard of the First Amendment.

After public comments on the issue, Councilman Bailey picked up the Constitutional ball and asked Lannon if the new rule was prior restraint and Constitutional. Bailey also asked for any law or citation that would allow such censorship.

Incredibly, while maintaining that the rule was legal, Lannon could not offer any legal support for the law.

Fined For Making Too Much Bread (Literally.) Only in France.

A baker in France has been fined for working too hard and making too much bread.


The baker lives in a small tourist town and during the tourist season was working 7 days aw week. That’s against local law which requires that workers have a day off each week.

This wasn’t some “greedy” businessman forcing others to work. It is his business and his choice to work as hard as he wants. Period.

French newspaper Aube has the story (we ran it through Google Translate):

For several years, Cédric Vaivre, baker in Lusigny-sur-Barse (Aube), had a derogation to be able to open seven days a week during the summer. During this period, the small town of 2,000 people sees many tourists on the road to the lakes of the Orient Forest, located in the heart of a regional park very attractive in the region. As TF1 says, the baker was not able, during the summer of 2017, to benefit from this advantage. That did not prevent him from opening every day in July and August, and to take advantage of a season which allows him, according to him, to make a sufficient turnover to be able to hold until the end of the year.

Palm Bay: We Might Come Visit The City Council Tonight.

Yep. You read that right. We might be sending our mouthpiece up to the Palm Bay City Council meeting tonight to discuss some recent events.

We aren’t sure this will happen, but it is trending that way. (We still have to get some work done on what to say, graphics, etc.)

We’re sure that there are some people that are just going to be thrilled to see us. (None of them sit on the dais.)

Just thought you’d want to know.

Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14th and that means it is Pi Day! (According to Google, this is the 30th year the day has been celebrated as “Pi Day.”)


Celebrate by taking a mathematical constant to lunch.

Sadly, the world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76.

Somehow it almost seems fitting that Hawking would pass on this day – a day where many people stop to appreciate the hard sciences and scientific constants.

If it is possible to celebrate and be saddened by events, that’s what we are feeling today.

Black Employment Matters And School’s Choice.

It’s Wednesday and we are buried neck deep in something dealing with Palm Bay. We don’t have the time right now to do an indepth post, so please enjoy these two cartoons from the talented A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.

Black Employment Matters:

Trump promised to do more for black employment in 1 year than Obama did in 8 years. Promise kept.


Two Videos On “Gun Control.”

Amazingly, this video is from 2007.

We hadn’t seen a video from the satire site “Battlefield315” in awhile (they appear to have gone dark,) but we realize that this video is still as relevant as it was back when it was first created, 8 years ago.

Palm Bay: We Accept.

In posts over the past week, we have chronicled our attempts to encourage for the City of Palm Bay to live up to the laws on providing emails to the public under the so called “Sunshine Law.” (Florida Statute Chapter 119).

Commissioner Tres Holton has attacked us and our representative on this issue. A few months ago Holton made some comments which included attacks on this blog and our representative who has spoken in front of Palm Bay City Commission several times on this issue.

Holton used the bully pulpit to publicly proclaim that he has always agreed to meet with people and discuss issues and would be willing to meet with us.

This is a ploy.

We see no value in a private meeting with Holton on an very public issue that affects the entire City.

In fact, we were contacted by another group saying they had emails that were covered under a public records request and the City did not supply those emails either.

We here at Raised on Hoecakes are pragmatists. If there is a problem, you fix it and move on. The City, on the other hand, is saying that despite the evidence, despite their own statements and despite the law, there is nothing to see and nothing to fix.

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