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“Fixing The Lagoon Takes More Than Septic Tank And Muck Removal.” Well, Duh!

Two opinion pieces concerning the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and its restoration recently appeared in the Florida Today.

The first is written by new Brevard County Save Our Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee member Susan Hammerling-Hodgers entitled We All Have A Role To Play In Saving Our Precious Indian River Lagoon. The second is written by Matt Fleming, who the Florida Today describes as “[a]ctivist Matt Fleming of Satellite Beach was the 2018 Democratic candidate for the Brevard County Commission, District 4.”

(For the record, while Fleming was on the ballot, he did not win a single precinct in the 2018 which may say a great deal as to how people regard him, his positions, and his knowledge of subjects.)

Fleming’s opinion piece is entitled “Fixing The Lagoon Takes More Than Septic Tank And Muck Removal.”

The two opinion pieces deal with the same subject, but are remarkably different in approach.

Hammerling-Hodgers’ piece deals with what the average person on the street can do.
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Critical Race Theory In Brevard County Schools.

As we noted the other day, State Representative Randy Fine and representatives for the group “Moms for Liberty” held a press conference discussing the idea of Critical Race Theory being taught in Brevard County Schools, something the School District denies.

We want to reiterate that Fine’s barring citizens from events where he is speaking as a Representative on issues that deal with the public and bestowing more rights to the press while denying those right to citizens is wrong – morally, ethically and legally. We have stated that previously and will continue to state it going forward.

That being said, just because Fine is wrong in how information is presented, doesn’t mean the information that is presented is wrong.
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Randy Fine To Make Announcement On CRT While Violating The Rights Of Citizens.

On a day where we are discussing Critical Race Theory, State Representative Randy Fine is having a press conference where he will supposedly lay out documents concerning the Brevard County School system actually teaching CRT.

What documents Fine has will be interesting to see.

Fine’s “favorite” newspaper, the Florida Today, has continually reported that Governor’s DeSantis’ signing of the law banning critical race theory in public schools is unnecessary because no school district in this area is teaching CRT. If he has the goods on Brevard County Schools actively teaching CRT, the Florida Today should print a retraction and an apology. (We aren’t holding our breath for that to happen.)
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DeSantis Vacates Official’s Seat. Paging Randy Fine….

Gov. DeSantis declares vacant seat on Alachua County School Board following concerns about Diyonne McGraw’s residency

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Governor Ron DeSantis declared a vacant seat on the Alachua County School Board Thursday evening, following a lawsuit filed against school board member Diyonne McGraw, accusing her of running in the wrong district.

The Governor issued executive order 21-147 declaring the vacancy.
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What A Surprise – School Board Doesn’t Understand Basic Economics.

It appears that the Brevard School Board not only doesn’t understand the Constitution, the First Amendment, and the rights of people, but they have problems understanding basic laws of economics.

Mainly, if you are in a budget hole, don’t spend money.

The reason we bring this up is that the School Board gleefully announced that they were going to give each School District employee a one time bonus of $1000 for their efforts during COVID pandemic.

The Brevard County School Board announced Friday that all district employees would receive a $1,000 one-time “recognition payment” for “their unwavering commitment to making school year 2020-21 a success.”

According to a district news release, the School Board wanted to acknowledge the extra efforts of employees during the 2020-2021 school year, including teachers’ additional workload tackling hybrid learning; administrators’ extra hours contact tracing; and support staffs’ hard work providing customer service, meals, transportation and more.
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FAIL: School Board Responds To Claim Of Free Speech Violation.

One of our readers sent a copy / link to at least one of our posts (here and here) on the Brevard County School Board not understanding the law, and suppressing the rights of citizens. The reader sent the links / posts to District 5 Commissioner Kayte Campbell, who, after a few weeks, responded to our reader.

Campbell says in her response that other things had taken priority and she was late getting back to the reader. We understand things getting in the way as we have had issues here at Raised on Hoecakes recently. However, Campbell asks the reader to forward her response to us which the reader did.

We are going to keep the reader’s name out of this for a variety of reasons. They are not a public figure for the purposes of this discussion, and we won’t drag them into it.

Here is Campbell’s response:
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Brevard County School Board: Rules Don’t Apply To Our Speech.

Last Thursday, the Brevard County School Board held a meeting during which the sad, but interesting case of a teacher by the name of Allison Enright was discussed.

According to the Florida Today:

Allison Enright, a teacher at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, disclosed her medical marijuana use when she took a drug test after an injury at work. A student shoved her on a flight of stairs after she corrected him for disobeying directional hallway rules designed to limit face to face contact to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enright said she had no idea her medication violated the district’s policy, which has not been updated since 2003, and says teachers can’t use “illegal drugs,” without specifically mentioning marijuana prescribed by a doctor.

Enright said she takes a pill containing THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, twice a day. Before taking medical marijuana, she said she took opiods and sometimes had to use a wheelchair due to several health conditions causing pain and weakness.

“I want to make it clear: I don’t do drugs,” Enright said, addressing the board during the public comment period. “I don’t smoke pot. I don’t get high. … I love teaching. It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am. I have been at a loss without my students and colleagues. Space Coast high is my family, and I want to go back. Please, let me go back home.”

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CARES Funds Go To County Employees Who Are On The Job And Being Paid.

Last Tuesday we watched as the Brevard County Commission presented grants from the Federal CARES funds that had been sent to the County.

According to the US Treasury Department:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020. This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

We want to take a small look at the proposals made by Commissioner Bryan Lober.
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