The Fire Water Lounge & Patio will be hosting a benefit this Friday and Saturday night - June 5 and 6, 2015 that will benefit a local Veteran Support group. Please come out and support this worthy cause!
Fire Water will offer $5.00 arm bands to it's patrons at the door starting at 8:00 pm until closing. Arm bands will give the wearer $1.00 off all drinks, all night!
The proceeds of the event will benefit the group "Osceola County Veterans " Services For Hire & Support" which was started by a local veteran named Heidi Lewis. The group facilitates Osceola county veteran services such as help for job seekers, promotion of self employed veteran's businesses, and support and help for veterans in need. To learn more about the group or to join them please contact Heidi Lewis at 321-437-6198 and/or visit their Facebook page here:
Osceola County Veterans FB
Just a few things you can look forward to this weekend at Fire Water Lounge & Patio:
$5.00 Arm Band gets you $1.00 off every drink all night!
Friday Night - PHOTOBOMB on stage at 9:30 pm with the "Butt Cup Flip" contest at midnight!
Get your cups out & practice!.….$50 to the winner, $25 Bar Tab for 2nd place!!
Residents in the old part of the City of St. Cloud are mystified as to why the City Council has suddenly made sidewalk/bike path construction on a sleepy side street their number one priority given that most of the main streets have been without usable sidewalks for many years, including one dangerous thoroughfare where school children are forced to walk in the street.
Beginning on Sep 13, Fifth Street residents have appeared before the City Council on four separate occasions to explain and document the hardships and property devaluation the proposed sidewalk will impose. Because of the small lot size in this old part of town, sidewalk construction will eliminate needed parking spaces for many residents including one handicapped woman (walker with oxygen bottle) who will be able to access her home only with great difficulty once the sidewalk is built. Other residents will experience increased flooding due to storm water runoff. One family already has to sandbag their home to protect it against runoff from the street and adjacent right-of-way, and the proposed sidewalk will make it much worse. Additionally, sidewalk construction will destroy residents' landscaping and a total of 13 mature trees including a 100+ year-old oak tree that shades the outdoor living area of an 88 year-old woman who lives alone in the home where she raised her family. The City has made no offers to purchase devalued property or to compensate residents.
In a final Nov 8 vote (deftly orchestrated by the Council to occur after the Nov 6 election), the City Council has voted to build the sidewalk despite citizens protests and documented evidence that the sidewalk is unneeded (very low pedestrian and vehicle traffic) and unwanted.
Residents are also dismayed over the sneaky and deceptive practices employed by the City to achieve their sidewalk goals. The sidewalk project, which includes portions of both Fifth Street and Michigan Avenue, was apparently in the planning stages for approximately 18 months beginning in March 2011, but residents were not informed of the sidewalk construction until August 3, 2012, only 10 days before the scheduled beginning of construction. Some residents received letters from the City, but most got the news from a neighbor.
The City initially told residents that the sidewalk was being constructed for the safety of school children traveling to and from school. Countless residents testified before the Council that no elementary students had ever used this portion 5th Street and only a couple of middle/high school students use it presently. The Council even ignored the testimony of Osceola County District 5 School Board Member, Tom Long, who provided detailed student proximity data and stated that there was little use and absolutely no safety issues on this portion of 5th Street. He recommended the Council focus their efforts on 17th Street where sidewalks are sorely needed for student safety. Also exposed during deliberations with the Council was the fact that the City had used bogus student usage data in order to qualify for a Federal Safe Routes To School grant that partially funds the proposed sidewalk, claiming that 300 to 500 students would benefit from the sidewalk when the real number is 2 to 3 students.
After the preposterous safety pretense was debunked, the Council retreated to the position that they were merely implementing the Council adopted City Sidewalk Plan, which had been hidden from public viewing (despite repeated requests) until a copy was finally posted on the City website two days prior to the Nov 8 Council Meeting. The Council's refusal to listen to reasonable and logical arguments supported by hard data, and their determination to cram the sidewalk down residents' throats has led residents to conclude that the Council is not being upfront with citizens about the real reason for building a sidewalk on 5th Street. Since citizens are being kept in the dark, we can only guess as to what the hidden agenda really is. (i.e., two miles west of the proposed sidewalk Fifth Street dead-ends into the Walmart parking lot)
Regardless of the Council's reasons for continuing with the unpopular sidewalk, the fact remains that they have acted shamefully by demonstrating their lack of concern for residents' problems and in the way they have deceived residents regarding the sidewalk. (the lone exception is councilwoman Mickey Hopper who has been consistent in her support of the residents)
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