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Almost A Fangate? A Time For Local Politicos To Come Clean. Airing Our Thoughts, Possible New Attraction/Resort? more.....

| by Carl Cricket | October 16th, 2014 | 5661 words

To start, anyone watching the Floriduh Governor’s debate was entertained for the first 8, very bizarre minutes, during which, our current Governor Rick Scott was refusing to come out because Charlie Crist had a portable fan (he’s known for having it everywhere he speaks) and Scott claimed it was against the rules. It wasn’t. Scott finally came out onto the stage acting as nothing happened, then had the Gaul to say he was waiting for Crist to be ready! Huh? The only things accomplished was another embarrassment for the State of Florida, AND the complete
and total elimination of the “other” party’s candidate, Mr. Wylie, who would probably have added to the weirdest debate so far. The first debate, which was presented on Telemundo, was equally embarrassing with the current Governor attempting to gain support by speaking broken Spanish. A very poor political attempt made to Hispanics who are smart voters as well! :oops:
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YOUR vote is an important one. No matter if it was National, State, or locally, your vote counts. Not only do YOU owe your neighbors and friends to vote, but YOU owe it to yourself to cast that vote for whom you believe will not only represent YOU responsibly, but also vote for what YOU, the majority, want. This includes local commissioners, council members, and, of course, county commissioners and Judges. Every voter has an important job within their vote. That is to read all you can about the candidates, listen to what they’re saying, and analyze all the information in order to make an intelligent selected vote. Party affiliation should NOT be considered as being important unless you goose step to whichever party is brain washing you to follow. Clear thinking individual voters are important in deciding how the future of your county, your city, your state, and yes, even YOU & YOUR FAMILY! Is the candidate worthy of your vote. Will they fairly and equally represent you in their position? Will they support your ethics and intelligence? Finally, in YOUR gut, do you REALLY believe in your candidate? Will they follow what they have preached during their campaign? We all already know how that goes considering the amount of candidates who are seeking REelection. Knowing what you truly know about them today, do you really, honestly want to give them more time in office? No matter who says what, it is YOU voting, and YOUR VOTE COUNTS. PLEASE, do NOT waste it! 88|

A time to come clean for all those running, and not running for office, but those who already hold the job. Most people, voters, simply ask WHY, and receive no response. It helps to explain and those politicos who refuse to answer to their constituents doesn’t deserve to be in office, no matter who they are. If ANY elected official will not respond to you and your questions, they should NOT be there. Why doesn’t a certain County Commissioner refuse to respond to most emails and telephone messages,(unless during election time) despite having more secretaries than the county manager? The same question for another county commissioner whose pompous attitude has earned him a lot of disrespect among his Republican buddies. This commissioner seems to believe they’re so much smarter than fellow commissioners, yet it appears that almost everything they’ve promised has NOT been accomplished or fulfilled. This one is also difficult (at best) to reach if you’re just a citizen seeking help. How about the judge, Lynne Quimby Pennock who, in our opinion made a decision AGAINST the moral values most of us have when she decided against the school board in ruling giving a student a pencil with eraser attached and dipped in HOT SAUCE was okay and ruled to give her her job back. The appeals court even agreed! Example is; should the judge be returned to office? It’s all of OUR jobs to look into each candidate’s qualifications and if they’re truthful to you, the voter.

Okay, we’re done with our sermon and time to move on. Many of you may not know because of the lack of any reporting by the media but a veteran killed himself two weeks ago at the Orlando V A medical center at the old Navy base. No one will comment about this veteran, who shot himself in his vehicle which was parked at the center. A couple veterans who had seen this vet inside the center observed him acting distraught and seeking help with pain. He apparently did NOT receive the attention he had wanted and left the center, sat in his car, and shot himself. The reason we’re passing this on to you is because only The Sentinel had a very small blurb in their paper a day after, yet no one, that we’re aware of, is asking questions with the most important….WHY did he shoot himself? Someone needs to explain. :yes:

We’ve received a lot of comments regarding our mention of the two candidates who told a group they did NOT know, or were aware of a water committee, yet we were easily able to show you the meetings in which the subject was discussed.Perhaps they simply forgot because water may not have been on their minds. It should be because Osceola County could be out of water if this committee, headed by Toho’s very own Brian Wheeler who seems amiable in giving away OUR water (according to a court’s ruling) and it appears there may be an alternative thought regarding this. He’s doing his job in attempting to lead this group in raiding the water from what appears to be a St. Cloud area well, of which all the members will be drawing water out, including Toho Water Authority. Besides Toho, it looks like we’ll all be sharing water with Orange and Polk County, as well as the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Imagine YOUR water flowing OUT to other counties and your taps go light, or dry! That IS what COULD happen if the well they’re draining is emptied. For the millions of dollars that are being invested into this well, we wonder where else this money could be used, including in ALL these water districts.

This next one comes from WSTP 10, in Tampa.Thanks to a friend who alerted us to this article regarding red light cameras!

Red light camera industry fights citizen vote

BROOKSVILLE, Florida - You could call it a love triangle, except there is no love lost between the three parties fighting over red light cameras in one of Florida’s smallest cities.

Florida’s leading red light camera-provider American Traffic Solutions confirms to 10 Investigates Wednesday that it has joined the fight to prevent a citizen-backed referendum on red light cameras from ever reaching a ballot. The city is also fighting the referendum on grounds that it infringes upon city council’s power.

However, the enemy of the city’s enemy is not its friend in this case; the city is objecting to the intervention from the industry-backed group.

As previously reported by 10 Investigates, Tampa law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt incorporated a group last week called “Keep Florida Roads Safe,” and immediately filed lawsuits to prevent voters from having a say on red light cameras (RLC). The firm has represented ATS before, but would not reveal if it formed the new group on behalf of ATS.

ATS, which has the majority of Florida’ 70+ RLC contracts but not Brooksville’s, appears concerned about a possible precedent-setting legal decision and citizen vote.
Is this a typical example of what those who argue against these red light cameras will face? Is this a scare tactic? Here’s a link to the entire article which you may find interesting;
http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/investigations/2014/09/03/ats-fights-brooksville-citizen-referendum-on-red-light-cameras/15013135/

This is a brand new item.

A new sports resort for everyone may be considering locating in Osceola County. XERO GRAVITY EXTREME SPORTS RESORTS, LLC is an Florida Limited Liability business incorporated in Florida, USA on January 1, 2013. Their business is recorded as Active. It is not part of a group. The company was incorporated 1 year ago.

Now, we do NOT know for sure and cannot obtain any confirmation from anyone at the county however, we tend to believe our own source. This could be a very good addition to Osceola County, and draw for tourists to come to our county and spend time and money, benefiting the county. PLEASE keep in mind that there is NO official word on this POSSIBLE development but when we learn more, we’ll pass it all on to you.

That’s it for today but we’ll be making up for lost time these past couple weeks so stay tuned and we’ll be back!

May God bless each of you and we wish you good health and great fortune.

Take a look below and see what’s going on that interests you;

City of St. Cloud maps now available online
Submitted by City of St. Cloud Public Information Office
St. Cloud, Fla. (October 1, 2014) – The City of St. Cloud city limits, zoning, development projects, and future land use maps have been updated and are now available to the public at www.stcloud.org.
“The four updated maps allow residents and interested parties to view the changes that are in place now and that are coming up in St. Cloud,” said Growth Management Services Administrator Dennis Ragsdale. “We enjoy a solid reputation of efficient municipal planning and growth management, and these maps show an extensive amount of research that promotes economical land use of benefit to those who live in, work in, and visit St. Cloud.”
The new maps are available for viewing and downloading on the Planning and Zoning > Maps web page at www.stcloud.org. Copies of the maps are also available for purchase (specifications and prices vary). For details, call (407) 957-7255 or email planning@stcloud.org.
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Florida Department of Education Grants School Grade Appeals For Nine Osceola Schools

The Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) appeals committee and Commissioner Pam Stewart have granted the Osceola School District’s appeals for nine schools regarding the 2014 preliminary school grades. The grades were affected by a district error in reporting the “Date Entered U.S. School” for English Language Learners during the reporting window. English Language Learners who have been enrolled for less than one year in school in the United States at the time of testing are not included in performance calculations for reading, math, writing, and science.

Usually, reporting errors are detected by FLDOE, and districts are given the opportunity to make corrections prior to final submission. However, in this case, FLDOE did not have a system in place to detect this type of error. As such, FLDOE has recalculated the performance points and changed the school grades for two of our schools. The 2014 school grades for the following schools have been revised. They are follows:

Avant Garde Academy - School Grade is now “C” - up from a “D”
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts - School Grade is now “C” - up from a “D”

Although we have not received high school grades, this error also affected the calculation for seven high schools. The performance points for these schools have been updated and increased. The schools affected are as follows:
Osceola High School - School Grade pending
St. Cloud High School - School Grade pending
Gateway High School - School Grade pending
Poinciana High School - School Grade pending
Liberty High School - School Grade pending
New Dimensions High School - School Grade pending
Celebration High School - School Grade pending

“I recognize the reporting error made by our district and have taken the necessary steps to ensure future accuracy in reporting data to FLDOE,” said Superintendent Melba Luciano. “I am also grateful to FLDOE for making changes to their system and accepting our grade appeals.”
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City of Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (October 15, 2014)—The City of Kissimmee will host the annual Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, December 13th, at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Kissimmee. Residents, groups and businesses are invited to participate in this unique evening parade which illuminates the streets of downtown.

This year’s parade theme is “Holiday Traditions Around The World”. This theme should be incorporated into the design of each parade entry. In addition to helping provide an evening of fun, participants will compete in a variety of categories such as Best Lights, Best Effects, Incorporation of Theme, Performance and more.

The parade route will follow Lakeview Drive towards the Kissimmee Civic Center and proceed along Dakin Avenue to Broadway and finish near the Kissimmee Police Department station on Emmett Street.

Those interested in participating in the parade must complete an entry application, which can be obtained online in the “Kissimmee Civic Center - Downloads” section of the City’s website at www.kissimmee.org.

Completed forms may be submitted by e-mail to parade@kissimmee.org, faxed to 407.935.1437, or delivered in person or by standard mail to the Kissimmee Civic Center at 201 East Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.

For more information about the parade, please call 407.518.2561 or visit www.kissimmee.org.
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Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) Hosts Open House/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For New Criminal Justice Academy Training Facility

The Osceola School District’s Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) is excited to announce the opening of its new training facility that will house the Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola (CJAO). The training center conducts basic recruit training for individuals wishing to become sworn officers, as well as advanced and specialized training for certified law enforcement, correctional probation, and correctional officers throughout Central Florida. As an extension to the main TECO campus on Simpson Road in Kissimmee, the new facility will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for recruits to complete their training and incumbent officers to enhance existing job skills.

To celebrate the opening, the CJAO will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House on the following day and time:

Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Thursday, October 30, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 501 Simpson Road in Kissimmee (on TECO’s main campus)

The public is invited to attend the Open House to learn more about the CJAO, tour the facility, and view defensive tactics demonstrations by instructors, alumni, and recruits.

The CJAO has been a member of the Osceola School District since 1992. The CJAO is certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to deliver all Commission-approved curricula to law enforcement, correctional, and correctional probation officers in Florida. Individuals wanting information about available courses or schedules, please contact the CJAO at 407-518-5445 or visit the Academy’s website at www.teco.osceola.k12.fl.us/SitePages/CriminalJustice.aspx.
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St. Cloud City Council to meet once in November, once in December

St. Cloud, Fla. (October 10, 2014) – St. Cloud City Council adopted Resolution No. 2014-186R during a regular meeting Oct. 9 to set one City Council meeting date for November and one City Council meeting date for December. With the adoption of the resolution, the November council meeting date will be Nov. 13 and the December council meeting date will be Dec. 11.
St. Cloud City Council meetings are normally held the second and fourth Thursday each month at City Hall. However, as per City Code Section 2-51, “council shall hold regular meetings not less than once a month, normally the same to be held on the second Thursday of each month”. For more details, visit www.stcloud.org or call (407) 957-7320.
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Students At Neptune Middle School Get Champion Connection

America’s winter athletes inspired the nation during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Luckily for some Osceola County students, the excitement didn’t end with the closing ceremonies. Classroom Champions and a group of dedicated Olympian and Paralympian Athlete Mentors have taken an active role in education, allowing students to now experience the Olympics throughout the school year in a whole new way. Students at Neptune Middle School in Osceola County are getting in on the experience by being matched for the year with Olympic Triple Jump Gold Medalist Christian Taylor. The school is one of only 45 across the country selected for this experience. Students at Neptune Middle have already begun to interact with Taylor via the internet as they discuss goal setting, fair play, and random acts of kindness, and will be participating in a live chat with him in December.

Classroom Champions connects top performing athletes with students in a type of virtual pen pal relationship. Using video lessons and live video chats, students are motivated to recognize their potential, set goals, and dream big. It’s the first and only in-school program that brings Olympians and Paralympians into the classroom to provide ongoing mentorship. As part of the program, participating classrooms are equipped with the latest technology tools - tablets, televisions, laptops – to help teachers incorporate digital engagement into their curriculum.

Kristina Jasmin, a teacher at Neptune Middle School, was selected to participate in Classroom Champions this school year, and is excited about what the program brings to her students. “It is so important for students to set goals and learn how to achieve them. Working with Classroom Champions and Christian Taylor will directly impact all of our students,” said Mrs. Jasmin. “Christian Taylor is a gold medalist who attended the University of Florida so I am excited to have that college connection also.”

“With more than 1,200 students to be mentored this year, and more than 10,000 expected to be reached across the United States, I’m excited for the impact our Olympians, Paralympians, and teachers are having on the youth of our country through Classroom Champions,” Steve Mesler, Olympic and World Champion, and President and CEO of Classroom Champions said in a statement released by the organization. “Through the teachers across the country and Classroom Champions, students will learn how to set goals, play fair, and give back to their communities in a new way – and that’s something of which we should all be proud.”
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Kissimmee, Fla. (October 15, 2014) – Kissimmee police officers are looking for a missing juvenile.

On October 14, 2014 at approximately 9:45 a.m., 15-year-old Julie-Anna Rivera voluntarily left her residence after an argument with her mother. Julie-Anna did not report to school on October 14 or October 15, 2014. Julie-Anna is diagnosed with multiple mental disorders which she does not take prescription medication for.

Julie-Anna Rivera is 5’3” tall and weighs 108 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, blue jeans and white prescription glasses.

If anyone sees Julie-Anna Rivera they are urged to contact the Kissimmee Police Department at 407-846-3333 or by e-mail at seeitsayitatkissimmee.org.mailto:seeitsayitatkissimmee.org or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
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Halloween Safety Tips from the Kissimmee Police Department

Kissimmee, Fla. (October 15, 2014) – Halloween is just a few days away. The Kissimmee Police Department is providing tips to make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Are you taking your children trick-or-treating? If so, below are some simple tips that focus on safety.
Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Walk in groups. Children should not trick-or-treat alone. Walking with a trusted adult is optimal.
Help drivers see you….fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags. Hold a flashlight to help you see and others see you.
Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
Avoid entering a home for treats unless accompanied by a trusted adult.
All treats should be examined prior to eating them. Look for choking hazards and tampering. Limit the number of treats consumed at one time.
Eat only commercially-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the person well.

If you are expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests, keep the following in mind:
Be sure walking areas and stairs are well lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
Keep candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains. Place them on a sturdy table and keep them out of reach of pets and small children. Never leave them unattended.
Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Additional safety tips and Halloween fun facts can be found on the Kissimmee Police Department’s website at police.kissimmee.org.

“Halloween brings increased pedestrian traffic,” explains Chief Massie, “We want to ensure that all trick-or-treaters are practicing safety and crime prevention skill; the goal is to have a fun and safe experience. We also want to remind citizens, if you see something suspicious, say it! Report it to the Kissimmee Police Department.”
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City of St. Cloud offers safety tips to help ensure a safer Halloween

St. Cloud, Fla. (October 15, 2014) – This year, Halloween will be observed Fri., Oct. 31. St. Cloud Fire Rescue and St. Cloud Police Department personnel offer a few safety tips in their efforts to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment to the citizens of St. Cloud.
From St. Cloud Fire Marshal:
· Children should never carry candles, but should carry flashlights with fresh batteries
· Children should always wear clearly marked, flame-resistant costumes that should be made of light-colored, fireproof material
· Parents should make sure their children know how to “stop, drop, and roll” in the event their costumes catch on fire
· All home/business exits should be kept clear of decorating materials
· Candles and torch-light decorations are not recommended
· Combustible decorations should be used in limited quantities and should be kept from all heat sources
· Open fire pits are not allowed within city limits

From St. Cloud Police Department (SCPD):
· Children should:
o Go trick-or-treating during daylight hours (sunset Oct. 31 is 6:41 p.m.).
o Wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.
o Always use sidewalks and look in all directions before crossing a street.
· Children should never:
o Run during trick-or-treating activities.
o Go trick-or-treating alone.
o Eat any treats until a parent or guardian has examined them.
o Enter a stranger’s home.
o Accept rides from strangers.
o Take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.
· Parents should:
o Escort their children when trick-or-treating.
o Set a specific time limit for children to be out on Halloween.
o Instruct children not to stray from their group.
o Know their children’s trick-or-treating routes.
o Ensure their child’s costume props (such as toy guns, wands, and swords) are made of pliable material.
o Ensure their child’s mask does not impair vision.
o Carry flashlights when escorting children.
o Never allow any realistic replica firearms as part of a costume.
· Homeowners should:
o Keep their pets inside the home on Halloween.
o Provide wrapped, homemade treats only to children they know.
o Never invite children into their home.


City of St. Cloud does not have set trick-or-treating hours. However, the City does have a curfew for children under 16 years old not accompanied by a parent or guardian. The City of St. Cloud curfew is 11 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and 1 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. Keeping safety in mind before, during, and after trick-or-treating will help in ensuring a safer Halloween. SCPD will have patrols within the city during the Halloween observance. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call (407) 891-6700.
City of St. Cloud is a co-sponsor of the St. Cloud Downtown Business Group’s Downtown Halloween event and invites residents to enjoy the festivities Oct. 31, starting at 5 p.m., in downtown St. Cloud.
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Kissimmee Gateway Airport Announces Increased Flight Activity for National Business Aviation Association Convention

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (October 9, 2014) — Kissimmee Gateway Airport is expecting increased flight activity during the week of October 19 thru the 24, in association with the National Business Aviation Association Convention. The Convention is held every other year at the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center, and has the highest economic impact of any recurring convention in Orlando. Since Kissimmee Gateway Airport is closest to the Convention Center, many attendees and exhibitors chose to operate out of the airport during the show.

Peak traffic is expected on Sunday and Monday (October 19 and 20) and Thursday and Friday (October 23 and 24), however daily traffic will be at a higher than normal tempo throughout the week.

For more information, please contact Kissimmee Gateway Airport at 407.518.2697.

About Kissimmee Gateway Airport
Owned and operated by the City of Kissimmee, the Kissimmee Gateway Airport is located just eight miles from Walt Disney World and 10 miles from the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center. The airport accommodates general aviation air service 24 hours a day with two paved airport runways. For more information, please visit www.KissimmeeAirport.com.
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Kissimmee Police Serve Drug Search Warrant Seize Drugs, Guns and Money

Kissimmee, Fla. (October 8, 2014) – The Kissimmee Police Department’s SWAT Team served a search warrant to a suspected drug house and seized drugs, guns and money.

In September, detectives from the Kissimmee Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit received information that the residents of 1922 Peridot Circle were involved in selling large amounts of marijuana. After a month long investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 12:00 p.m. the SWAT Team served the search warrant without incident. Detectives seized 40.6 pounds of marijuana, most of which was packaged and stored in grey buckets. The detectives also seized two hand guns and ammunition, drug paraphernalia and over $7,000 in cash.

The resident of the home, Omar Cox (D.O.B.10/19/1982) was charged with Armed Trafficking in 25 pounds or more of cannabis, Possession of a structure while Trafficking narcotics, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Sale and Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia. Omar Cox was taken to the Osceola County Jail where he is being held on zero bond.
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New Administrative Appointment

On October 7, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment:

Katie Adams, Assistant Principal at Flora Ridge Elementary
During her career with the Osceola School District, Katie Adams has held the following positions: Reading and Language Arts Teacher (2007-2008), Physical Education/Health Teacher (2008-2012), and Dean of Students (2013-present) at Neptune Middle School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education.
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CITY OF KISSIMMEE 2015 BUDGET SUPORTS LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (October 7, 2014) — Commissioners recently approved the City of Kissimmee’s 2015 Fiscal Year Budget of $147,149,363, with an operating millage rate of 4.6253. This is the sixth year in a row that the City’s millage rate has not been increased. 735 full and part-time positions were also authorized by the Commission, which include nine new full-time positions.


This year’s budget includes support for social service organizations such as Osceola Council on the Aging and Park Place Behavioral Healthcare, as well as non-profit organizations such as the Osceola County Historical Society and the Osceola Center for the Arts, all of which provide for a higher quality of life for City residents.

“In the short term, the City remains in very stable financial shape. Our staff will continue to explore options to effectively manage the amount of physical growth that Kissimmee will experience over the next five to 10 years” said City Manager Mike Steigerwald.

For more information on the City of Kissimmee’s budget, please contact the Finance Department at 407.518.2210.
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Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Osceola County

Osceola County, Florida - Osceola County Mosquito Control plans to begin aerial spraying Wednesday, October 15, 2014 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and midnight for the following communities.
Kenansville
Yeehaw Junction
Holopaw
Pine Grove
St. Cloud Manor
Poinciana and Southport areas
Buenaventura Lakes and Lakeside areas

In the event weather prohibits aerial treatment, alternate days will be Thursday, October 16th through Tuesday October 21st 2014, during the same hours. Mosquito Control will continue to provide ground treatment via spray trucks throughout the County as weather permits. Note: Ground treatments are not conducted when it is raining or if the winds are at 10 miles per hour or greater.

The Osceola County Health Department recommends citizens check rain gutters and other objects in their yards and around their homes for standing water, and flush out birdbaths every three days. For outdoor nighttime activities, the use of insect repellent containing DEET is recommended, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants. When returning indoors, be sure to wash off the insect repellent.

Drain and Cover:

· Don’t go outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.
· DRESS to cover bare skin, with long sleeves and pants
· Use mosquito repellants containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-ethylbenzamide) on skin and clothing. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options. Always read the manufacturer’s directions carefully before using a repellant, and make sure the repellant is age appropriate.
· DUMP any container around your home that is able to hold water


If you would like to log a service request, please contact Mosquito Control at 407-742-0200. Please provide your name, phone number and address, and staff will perform a site inspection of the area to determine treatment options.
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Medical Marijuana Amendment 2 Close to Defeat, Polls Show
Not one but two polls just out paint a gloomy picture for Amendment 2. A poll commissioned by SaintPetersBlog and taken by St. Pete Polls, unveiled on Monday, shows 52 percent of those surveyed support Amendment 2, the proposal to expand medical marijuana and embed it in the constitution; 39 percent oppose it and the remaining voters are undecided. Just think of those who are in pain and need the assistance to bear that pain.
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Florida Times Union
Council could create Inspector General’s office this week
The Jacksonville City Council could decide this week to create an Inspector General’s Office, an independent branch that would investigate waste, fraud and corruption in City Hall. The council will have the chance to vote on a bill establishing the office when it meets Tuesday. The office was the idea of City Ethics Director Carla Miller. Supporters say the office is a much-needed watchdog for the city, which makes more than $400 million worth of purchases each year. If passed, the city would pay $206,000 to hire an inspector general and several staff members at the beginning of next year, said Councilman Robin Lumb, who helped introduce the bill.

Orlando Sentinel
Orange commissioners to address gay-marriage debate
Gay-rights activists are hoping the commission will sign a friend-of-the-court, or “amicus,'’ brief supporting several pending lawsuits that seek to overturn Florida’s ban on gay marriage. On Tuesday, commissioners will discuss whether to do just that. Signing on to the brief would have powerful symbolism, said Mary Meeks, an Orlando attorney who’s helping represent six gay couples in a Miami-Dade lawsuit. She said the issue has new urgency after the U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to hear five states’ challenges to same-sex marriage. PASSED 3-2
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Suspect Arrested for Lewd & Lascivious Battery and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
Osceola County – On October 7, Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Victor Eduardo Bohorquez and charged him with Lewd and Lascivious Battery and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. On October 7, deputies received information from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that their agency had recovered a 14-year old juvenile reported missing from Melbourne, Florida. The juvenile’s parents had reported her missing to the Melbourne Police Department on October 4, 2014. When the juvenile was located in Orange County, she told Orange County deputies she was sexually active with Bohorquez and had been staying with him at his residence in Osceola County. She told deputies Bohorquez knew she was only 14 years old. When Bohorquez heard authorities were looking for him, he left the juvenile in Orange County. Based on the information, a felony warrant was obtained for Bohorquez. He was brought in for questioning but denied knowing the juvenile. Based on the evidence, Bohorquez was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Victor Eduardo Bohorquez (DOB 10/23/86), 3186 Pinto Drive, Kissimmee
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More Charges Added for Suspect Arrested for Child Pornography
Osceola County – Today, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives obtained a felony warrant for Jarrod Lee Taylor. Taylor is charged with 10 more counts of Child Pornography after detectives located more than 3,500 child pornographic images on his computer. Taylor was taken into custody in Vero Beach and booked into the Indian River County Jail on a $550,000 bond. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.
Background:
On September 26, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Jarrod Lee Taylor (DOB 9/10/76)) and charged him with 10 counts of Promoting Photo/Movie Sexual Performance of a Child. The investigation began in late August when detectives identified a computer with an IP address that was linked to child pornography. After further investigation, detectives identified the computer was located at Jarrod Lee Taylor’s residence in St. Cloud. Taylor is a Lieutenant with Osceola County Fire Rescue. On September 26, detectives obtained a search warrant for Taylor’s residence and took into evidence his computer. Taylor was home and cooperated with the investigation. Based on his statements and the evidence, he was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Jarrod Lee Taylor (DOB 9/10/76), address is exempt per Florida
Statute 119.071(4)(d)1.h.
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No-fee permit authorized for citywide garage sale in St. Cloud

St. Cloud, Fla. (September 26, 2014) – St. Cloud City Council adopted Resolution No. 2014-178R during a regular meeting Sept. 25 at City Hall. The resolution authorizes a citywide garage sale Nov. 7, 8, and 9. Every property owner within city limits automatically qualifies for the citywide no-fee permit.
“We usually offer two annual no-fee permits for citywide garage sales for residents and business owners – one in the spring and one in the fall,” said St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders. “This is my favorite garage sale because it’s just before the holidays, and we have people looking forward to making a little extra cash just before the holiday season and others who are looking for that special little something that they can give as a Christmas gift.”
Any property owner within the city limits of St. Cloud may conduct a garage sale under the authority of this citywide permit. Those conducting garage sales do not need a hard-copy permit – the citywide permit will be in effect automatically Nov. 7, 8, and 9.
St. Cloud City Council is authorized to designate two weekends annually for a citywide garage sale under the auspice of a citywide permit issued by City Council over a period of no more than 72 hours.
For more information about City permits, call (407) 957-7224/7282.
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Fangate Flap Stirs a Chill Wind in Charlie Crist-Rick Scott Debate
It started with a fan. “The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan,” said CBS4 anchor Eliott Rodriguez to the crowd. “Somehow there is a fan there. And for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, I am being told that Gov. Scott will not join us for this debate. :oops: :&gt;&gt; :))” alt=”:))” class="middle” width="15″ height="15″ />

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And They Said, "Oh, Colt's Still Coming" LOL!!!, Sales Tax Increase To Hit Special Election Ballot! More..........

| by Carl Cricket | September 17th, 2014 | 1861 words

Yep, Colt’s on the way. Many have been joking about it, including us, but now the State of Florida has officially issued sanctions against the missing company and while we’re not quite sure what it means, we believe the State of Florida wants its’ money returned! There’s a report on WFTV covering this, which we had hinted at a couple blogs ago but we also heard Commissioner Frank Attkisson’s voice on a call with WFTV and even he seemed to be giving in saying Colt has had more than enough time, on the deal. HOWEVER, what makes this ENTIRE County Commission look really, really bad is the county has a binding lease with Colt, so even if the county had another company interested, they would first have to obtain Colt’s release. LOL! Boy, talk about mud in the eye! And to think a member, at least currently, of the Osceola County Commission is an attorney at law!!! The cheerleader for Colt is/was Commissioner Frank Attkisson, and BOTH he and John Quinones are up for reelection! We’d guess that if voters enjoy living in the laughing cow county of Osceola, they’ll be voting for the incumbents. We here could easily chuckle and make jokes BUT, we have to live here too! We do hope the voters have had ENUFF and let these guys know on election day! We are also concerned with the more than $750,000.00 which was spent on refurbishing the colt building, making it just so nice for them. We wonder who, besides the taxpayers, will be footing that bill?You got screwed Osceola County,unfortunately,as we predicted. :oops:

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Rating: 3.9 out of 237 votes cast

Just What Seems Wrong Here? Osceola Makes Time Magazine's List In ? Water, Water, Everywhere? more…….

| by Carl Cricket | September 15th, 2014 | 3740 words

Catchy title but thanks for at least looking and, possibly reading this. The next few comments are a result of past and present comments made by some who, we believe, have absolutely no clue as to what is REALLY happening in and TO Osceola County. Well, here’s our turn to dump.

First of all, comments made in the past regarding who may or may not be sitting at this computer and typing away. Think abot this, with all that’s going on in Osceola County, what would it matter? The thoughts typed here are a combination of three (3) people, like them or not. Next, most Osceoleans would be flat surprised, if not shocked, at who the three of us are.
Again, it no longer matters because of what is going on in, and around OUR County

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Rating: 3.3 out of 136 votes cast

13.02% Of Osceola's Voters Elect Those Who Will Represent Us In Government Or General Election. 82.08% Didn't Show Up!

| by Carl Cricket | August 27th, 2014 | 462 words

Yep, that’s correct, according to the Supervisor of Elections office, the numbers above are correct! Compared to other counties, Osceola’s poll percentage only joined the rest of Central Florida in poor performance regarding poll attendance. Nonetheless, it is what it is and no amount of whining can change official results.

In school district 1, where incumbent Jay Wheeler was challenged to political newcomer, Leah Carius, Wheeler squeaked a close race by only 152 votes, providing evidence that some folks are not happy with things the way they are. Again, Wheeler has 4 more years to sit on the school board.

In District 1 for School Board it was;

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 1 (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
27 of 27 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Leah Carius (NPA) 48.16% 1,990
Jay Wheeler (NPA) 51.84% 2,142

And, in District 4 it was;

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 4 (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
13 of 13 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Barbara Horn (NPA) 43.20% 1,781
Clarence L. Thacker (NPA) 56.80% 2,342
Total 4,123

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Rating: 3.7 out of 283 votes cast