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Adrian Moss-Beasley.

It was 2012 and Brevard was in the midst of what people have said was the most acrimonious election seasons on memory. There was an all out war for the Clerk of the Courts office. The Property Appraiser’s race was full of salacious accusations and counter accusations.

Several of our staff were interviewing candidates for a local radio show. We made a pact not to do any “gotcha” moments or anything like that. We weren’t looking for “ambush journalism” rather than asking questions that would allow candidates to make their points and highlight where they agreed with their opponents and where they disagreed. We wanted to let people see the differences in the candidates and their positions.

There were some races and discussions that afterwards, we wanted to take a shower and hopefully wipe away the mud and the stench that had been slung. There were races that after the interviews, we looked at each other and said “are these the best candidates we have?” It was that bad.

But then there was the race for Brevard County Sheriff to replace the then retiring Jack Parker.

Tim Conway.

Comedian Tim Conway passed away the other day. He was 85.

Conway was known for his role on “McHale’s Navy” where he played the role of bumbling Ensign Parker. He was also known for his outlandish series of tapes called ““Dorf On Golf”.”

In a strange sort of way, he was also known for never starring in a successful series as the lead actor. Last time we looked, he attempted his own show eight times without success.

However, most people will remember him for his appearances on the “Carol Burnett Show” where he worked as both a writer and a performer.

Conway would take great delight in writing and rehearsing scenes in one way, and then the day of filming in front of a live audience, would change his lines or actions to things that would make the rest of the cast crack up. It was one of the joys of watching the Carol Burnett Show and watching the other actors try not to laugh and break character.

Perhaps the greatest example of this is the “Elephant Story” which took over a skit and just had the cast members struggling in vain to stay in character. (That set of characters would later be spun off to the sit-com “Mama’s Family,” staring Carol Burnett alum Vickie Lawrence.)


Isnardi Case Update.

The Judge Nancy Maloney, who was scheduled to hear the Isnardi case, has recused herself.

Code Enforcement Fines Leads To Foreclosure Of Florida Home.

Jim Ficken is a 69 year old man living (at least for the time being) in the City of Dunedin, which is on the west coast of Florida.

In May of 2015, Ficken was away from his Dunedin home tending to his sick mother in South Carolina. While he was away, City code enforcement officers cited Ficken for having grass that was too long. Ficken was not fined for the long grass, and when he returned home, he cut the grass. However, even though he corrected the issue, if during the next 5 years he received another citation, he would be considered a “repeat offended” which allowed the City to double any fines.

Ficken’s mother died in 2016, and in 2018 Ficken went to South Carolina to handle his mother’s estate, which included the sale of her condominium. In his absence, Ficken hired friend and handyman Russ Kellum.

Unbeknownst to Ficken while he was in South Carolina, Kellum died.

The grass height again became an issue.

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Suspension Of Broward County Sheriff.

On April 1, 2019, we wrote that suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel was up for a new job in a corrupt little town and that he was suing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for suspending him in wake of the complete and total failure of the Sheriff’s Office in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida shooting in February of 2018. A commission report on the shooting and the actions of Israel’s department was brutal, highlighting many failures at every level.

The Florida Constitution allows for the Governor to suspend an elected public official, and then a hearing is held in the Senate as to whether that public official should be terminated, suspended or whatever.

On January 29, 2019, Israel sought formal review on the merits of his suspension from the Florida Senate, as provided by the Florida Constitution. The Senate scheduled a hearing on Israel’s suspension for the week of April 8, 2019, but the Senate postponed the hearing because at the same time, Israel sued DeSantis.

Israel sued DeSantis on March 7, 2019 basically saying that DeSantis could not suspend him because he wasn’t responsible for what happened and that DeSantis was exceeding his Florida Constitutional authority in suspending him.

The District Court ruled against Israel and Israel appealed to the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. On April 9th, the Circuit Court passed the case onto the Florida Supreme Court as the case involved great public concern and needed to be resolved immediately.

On April 21, the Florida Supreme Court handed down its decision and upheld DeSantis’ decision to suspend Israel and DeSantis’ right to exercise his authority under the Florida Constitution in suspending Israel.

Another Fine Mess.

(If it seems the we are writing a great deal about Randy Fine, it is not because we want to. It is because Fine just keeps giving us things to write about.)

No one likes it when a storm or hurricane knocks out the power to your home and or business. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to wires, trees, transformers, etc., vs. Mother Nature and her fury, Mother Nature is going to win every single time. Not just sometimes, but every single time.

There are some “solutions” that seek to “harden” the power grid, but they certainly are not perfect and cannot guarantee uninterrupted power. Such solutions include the prospect of burying lines underground, concrete power poles, etc. Toward the goal of more reliable power, power companies have been working on hardening the power grid. It is a time consuming, labor intensive and costly job.

Randy Fine has a solution.

The bill would require Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy Florida, Gulf Power

and the state’s other two investor-owned utilities to submit 10-year storm protection plans for the Public Service Commission to approve.

It doesn’t affect the state’s 34 municipal-owned utilities, which include Jacksonville, Orlando and Tallahassee. Nor does it affect the state’s smaller cooperative energy groups.

The problem is that the power companies already submit 3 year plans for increasing the reliability of the power grid.

So what does a power company get for submitting a ten year plan vs. a three year plan?

Guys Invades Girls’ Bathroom. Girl Knees Guy. Girl Expelled.

A girl in North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska has been expelled from school for the use of violence in the girls’ bathroom.

According to the Washington Post:

The plot to storm the girls’ bathroom started with a Snapchat message and ended with a knee to the crotch.

It all went down at North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska — a small, Christmas-loving city southeast of Fairbanks — on the morning of April 4. The snap at issue: a student transitioning from female to male posted a selfie from the boys’ bathroom.

Some boys at the high school who saw the selfie, however, were angry and decided they would walk into the girls’ bathroom to take their own Snapchat selfie “as a form of protest,” Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Karen Gaborik told The Washington Post.

But they would not get far.

The first boy to enter the girls’ room was met by a girl ― who kneed him in the groin. With that, the “protest” was over.

There are many troubling parts to this story and that doesn’t even include the transgender issue of a female “transitioning” to a male in a boys bathroom.

Good Samaritan Shot In Waffle House.

Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer was shot and killed when his act of kindness resulted in an argument early this past Sunday morning.

Brewer, 41, was in a Gainsville, FL Waffle House paying for people’s meals and handing out money to people in what appears to be a random act of kindness.

Alachua County sheriff’s deputies said 41-year-old Craig Arttez Brewer, who was killed at about 3 a.m. Sunday, had been paying for others’ food and giving out money to some of the restaurant’s customers shortly before his death.

The acts of kindness led to resentment from one female customer, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and that gave rise to an argument between Brewer and his alleged killer. Suddenly, a crowded Waffle House turned into a murder scene.

Ezekiel Luke Hicks, 25, is accused of shooting Brewer multiple times, at least once in the head, sheriff’s Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said.

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