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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.
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Barrier Islands / South Of The Pineda: Heads Up!

People on the barrier islands south of the Pineda Causeway should be aware that starting today, May 20, 2019, Brevard County will be conducting “sanitary gravity sewer assessment” via a contract with RedZone Robotics.

The boots on the ground will have a South Beaches Authorization Letter stating they are the “real deal,” and a number to call if you have questions.
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Lober, Conflicts Of Interest, The Florida Today And ……Us?

(image courtesy of Florida Today.)

The FloridaToday newspaper decided to look into the idea that there might be a conflict of interest or impropriety in Commissioner Bryan Lober representing the husband of Commissioner Kristine Isnardi, Dave Isnardi, during the arraignment process following Dave Isnardi’s arrest on Friday.

Report Dave Berman even quoted us in the piece:

One of the reasons Lober gave for his short-term representation of Dave Isnardi is: “I just don’t want this to be a distraction to my career or to his (Dave Isnardi) wife’s career.”

The rationale was attacked on the website “Raised on Hoecakes,” which closely monitors Brevard politics. The blog pointed out that Kristine Isnardi backed Lober’s bid in the November election for the District 2 County Commission seat.

“Was Lober’s legal services repayment or a ‘thank you” for Commissioner Isnardi’s endorsement? Only the Isnardis and Lober know for sure,” the blog said.

“However,” it added, “that doubt in the mind of the public and the appearance of a conflict is something that could have been and should have been avoided by all parties.”

We want to clarify some things.
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No, This Is Not A Repeat.

It seems like only yesterday that we were commenting on the appearance of a conflict of interest and impropriety between the legal representation of David Isnardi, husband of District 5 County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi by fellow Commissioner Bryan Lober from District 2.

In his motion filed on May 10, 2019, Lober wrote:

COMES NOW, Bryan Andrew Lober and enters this Notice of Limited Appearance on behalf of Mr. Isnardi. Undersigned counsel’s appearance limited to representation of Mr. Isnardi at initial/first appearance in order to secure appropriate bond conditions. It is not undersigned counsel’s intention to continue representation of Mr. Isnardi past initial/first appearance scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

As the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated in their May 10th press conference that the charges against Isnardi (and Aquiar) we “no bond,” we felt the appearance of Lober was perfunctory as he would be basically nodding and saying “yes, your Honor.”

In other words, while the appearance on Isnardi’s behalf was troubling, it was minor. It should not have happened (and Lober was advised not to do it,) but the effect elsewhere would not be that great of a deal.

We should have known better.

After telling the Court he would not be representing Isnardi past the Saturday hearing, Lober filed a Emergency Motion to Reduce, Modify or Set Bond” on behalf of Isnardi and filed it with the Court on May 12, 2019, the day after he stated his representation and involvement in the case would end.
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Isnardi Case Update.

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




Satellite Beach: Letter On Ground Water.

The City of Satellite Beach sent out a letter to residents (and apparently some neighboring non-residents) concerning testing of water in the area after health concerns were raised by residents.

The City has had several missteps on this issue including a clear violation of the Sunshine Laws concerning meetings.

We have tried to stay out of this whole thing because there are people out there who are concerned with promoting other agendas including fear rather than taking a reasonable, science based approach to finding out what was going on.

However, we feel the City’s letter is a good one, addressing the science and making reports and conclusions open to the public for inspections.
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Commissioner Bryan Lober: Due Diligence Fail.

In our post yesterday concerning the loathsome comments made by Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober, there were several things that struck a chord with us.

Lober claimed he had done his “due diligence” when it came to checking the activities of Maureen Rupe, saying:

Apologies, after the fact, will not be sufficient as my due diligence has revealed that you may have a history of making unreasonable public records requests and you may have a history of complaining about not receiving what you have no lawful right to inspect. (emphasis ours)

(We won’t get into how childish appears to us that a public official would accept an apology (if warranted) from a citizen of Brevard County. That’s a post for another day.)

Later in his email to Rupe, Lober wrote:

I am putting you on notice that I vigorously pursue all lawful remedies against those who publicly defame me and I have no qualms making public examples of those who are imprudent enough to do so. While you are welcome to say what you’d like, I strongly advise you to fact check any disparaging comments you may otherwise consider publishing. (emphasis ours)

Yesterday afternoon, Lober went on FaceBook and accused a person of writing the post:
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Who’s Right? (Or Who Is Less Wrong?)

There is very little we can say about the need to address issues concerning the Indian River Lagoon that has not be said before. Citizens in Brevard County took those issues seriously and in 2016 voted to pass a 1/2 sales tax increase to fund the cleanup. The ten year tax was estimated to raise $34 million dollars a year but instead has been raising more than expected:

Nearly $44 million was collected from the sales tax during 2017, compared with the initial estimate that $34 million would be raised. In all, the latest estimates project that the special lagoon sales tax will raise $486 million over a 10-year period.

On December 28, 2018 Representative Randy Fine announced that he was proposing a bill that would increase funding for the lagoon and also address the release of raw sewage into the lagoon.

Florida Rep. Randy Fine on Friday filed a bill for the upcoming state legislative session that provides $50 million in annual state matching funds for Indian River Lagoon rehabilitation projects.

Fine’s measure also calls for “dramatic increases” in the fines for illegal raw sewage spills, which, if passed, could impact municipalities and force them to upgrade sewer and drainage infrastructure or suffer a big financial hit.

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