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PALM BAY: New Campground? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Palm Bay want to design, build and manage a campground. What could go possibly wrong?

Lots.

John Stossel explains:

Governments should not compete against private businesses as not only is there a conflict of interest in rules and regulations, but it is always the taxpayer that foots the bill when the government can’t manage things properly.



PALM BAY: Deliberately Censors Speech, Violating The Rights Of Citizens.

The City government of Palm Bay is at it again.

Despite Governor DeSantos’ initial mandate that cities resume in-person meetings for City Council and Boards, that mandate was put on hold for a month. Therefore, despite the City having the ability to host a meeting with Council members on the dais on October 1, the Council chose to have some members stay at home and still “social distance.”

One citizen was upset by this and one the City’s Facebook page which was broadcasting the meeting at the time, posted this on the City page:
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PALM BAY: Our Work Gets Brought Up In A Debate!

On Monday, September 28, 2020, there was a debate between two candidates for Palm Bay City Council Seat 3.

The two people running for the seat are Randy Foster and Thomas Gaume.

We had mentioned Foster and his anti-Second Amendment / freedom stance stance and his corruption issues in previous posts and there is no need for us to rehash them here.

In the debate, both candidates were given a chance to ask the other a question. We were rather shocked when we were told Foster’s question centered around something that we had created.

(The content owner of the video doesn’t allow for embedding of the YouTube video. The question starts at the timestamp of 1:58:00 )

Here’s a screen capture of part of the question being asked:

Here is Forster’s question as best as we can transcribe it as Foster’s comment is disjointed in our opinion:
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BREVARD COUNTY: Rules Don’t Apply To Sitting Mayors. (REMF’s)

Palm Bay Mayor William Capote is running for County Commissioner for District 5.

It is not unusual for people to see political signs all over the place this time of year.

Capote has signs out as well which is to be expected.

What is not expected is that he is placing signs in the city right of way which is against the current sign code. That would be the sign code that the Mayor voted for twice in the last year.

To our way of thinking, this leads to two questions:
1) Where the heck is code enforcement? These signs are all over Palm Bay in the right of way. It is the responsibility and the duty of Code Enforcement to gather up the signs when the signs are placed illegally. Is Capote getting a pass because he is the Mayor?
2) Even if we assume that Capote himself is not putting the signs out, is he so oblivious to them being in the right of way not to tell the people in his campaign to not place them in illegal locations? If he is not putting out the signs, is he just letting his campaign workers be on the front lines of breaking the code while he sits in City Hall with his feet up on his desk?
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How To Take A Good Deed And Turn It Into A Political Turd.

Randy Fine and the City of Palm Bay are involved in a fight over a good deed.

Fine, who is running for reelection to the Florida House, has been helping organize food give-a-ways for people in the Palm Bay area along side a group known as Farm Share, which helps distribute farm produce to needy people and families rather than letting the produce go to waste.

While we support the effort, in many ways we have seen this as a campaign event for Fine far more than we would like. Most people grew up being taught that you help others with humility and without calling attention to yourself.

Politicians can’t seem to do that and Fine is no exception.

However, according to Fine, the City of Palm Bay, specifically the Acting City Manager Suzanne Sherman, Mayor William Capote, and Deputy Mayor Kenny Johnson aren’t thrilled with the idea of helping others:


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PALM BAY: Rules And Laws Are For Other People – Capote

Our good buddy and Mayor of Palm Bay, William Capote was at it again at the last City Council meeting, demonstrating that rules and laws are for other people.

The meeting can be viewed here if you want to download it and watch.

The agenda had several consent items that were pulled from the consent agenda, including item sixteen, which read:

16. Consideration of utilizing Parks Impact Fees ($997,473), Tourist Development Council grant funds ($1,700,000), and Fund Balance Reserves ($558,492) for Phase I construction of the Fred Poppe Regional Park campground.

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PALM BAY: How Do You Stop Corruption When You Don’t Follow The Laws? (Part 2)

As we said yesterday, Randy Foster is running for Seat 3 of the Palm Bay City Council.

He, like most candidates, have stated they want to end corruption within the City. In fact, in response to some questions on another site, Foster claimed he wanted to:

Restore integrity to Palm Bay City Council and City Government and making Palm Bay to the best city to live in Florida.

In 2015, Foster qualified to run in the 2016 election for Seat 3 of the Brevard County Commission, an election that Foster eventually would lose to John Tobia.

After qualifying, candidates are required to make a financial disclosure statement on what is called “Form 6.”

An ethics complaint was filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics contesting the accuracy of Foster’s Form 6.

It’s important to understand the process of a complaint like this.
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PALM BAY: How Do You Stop Corruption When You Accept Support Of The Corrupt While Seeking To Suppress Rights? (Part 1.)

Randy Foster is running for Seat 3 of the Palm Bay City Council.

After the debacle of corruption that has plagued City Hall, many candidates are running on an “anti-corruption” platform. They are all telling the voters of Palm Bay that they will work to prevent corruption and not allow it in the City.

In 2016, Foster ran for Brevard County Commissioner and lost. However, during the campaign, Foster received an endorsement from Alcee Hastings who is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 20th congressional district.

It is impossible for a candidate to control who endorses them as individuals or groups. There have been cases at the national level where radical groups have endorsed candidates. Candidates generally say “thanks but no thanks” to that type of endorsement, distancing themselves from the group or individual and what they stand for.

In this case, Foster gladly accepted the endorsement of Hastings saying that he, Foster, “could learn a lot from” Hastings.

Really?

Hastings has a long and sordid past.
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