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1 hour ago, Blue Crab said:

Mark and I start with the Associated Press Morning Wire ... free

"There are only two forces that can carry light to all the corners of the globe … the sun in the heavens and The Associated Press down here.”

Mark Twain and Blue Crab

Reuters is pretty good too.

- DSK

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Today's paper had a wonderful report on the unhealthy waters of Charlotte Harbor.  They said the problem is particularly bad on the east end of the Harbor, where the Peace River pours into the Harbor.  High nitrogen and phosphorous levels have created an environment that is killing seagrass.  The water is so murky the seagrass can't get enough sunlight to thrive, or even survive. 

Fingers were pointed but none mentioned the phosphate plant upstream on the Peace River. 

Local politicians asked what they could do other than what they already have been doing? 

First thing that came to my mind was to stop accepting donations from phosphate mine companies.  That might help them see more clearly.

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I never took you for a cockeyed optimist Jules.

 

Where is the EPA in this situation?

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1 hour ago, Jules said:

Today's paper had a wonderful report on the unhealthy waters of Charlotte Harbor.  They said the problem is particularly bad on the east end of the Harbor, where the Peace River pours into the Harbor.  High nitrogen and phosphorous levels have created an environment that is killing seagrass.  The water is so murky the seagrass can't get enough sunlight to thrive, or even survive. 

Fingers were pointed but none mentioned the phosphate plant upstream on the Peace River. 

Local politicians asked what they could do other than what they already have been doing? 

First thing that came to my mind was to stop accepting donations from phosphate mine companies.  That might help them see more clearly.

How about not ok'ing 3,000 houses in the past month.

Make the whole harbor idle speed.

Pass a reverse impact fee to immediately fund sewers for all.

Ban all fertilizer.

No weed killers.

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27 minutes ago, Fat Point Jack said:

How about not ok'ing 3,000 houses in the past month.

Make the whole harbor idle speed.

Pass a reverse impact fee to immediately fund sewers for all.

Ban all fertilizer.

No weed killers.

 

Humans are killing our planet faster than it can heal from us.  It won't be for decades, or even centuries, but this will end badly for all life, if we don't change our planet killing habits..

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2 hours ago, billy backstay said:

 

Humans are killing our planet faster than it can heal from us.  It won't be for decades, or even centuries, but this will end badly for all life, if we don't change our planet killing habits..

If we teraform a planet, say Mars for example.  Then ruin it.  Is it still a bad thing?

We would most definitely ruin it.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Windward said:

If we teraform a planet, say Mars for example.  Then ruin it.  Is it still a bad thing?

We would most definitely ruin it.

 

Planning to try to live on the Moon or Mars, is a fanciful joke, IMHO!   Both are uninhabitable, without impossible amounts of livable structure, that will never happen.  The earth will be dead, and devoid of all Mammalian life, long before either of these places will be livable.....

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5 hours ago, billy backstay said:

Planning to try to live on the Moon or Mars, is a fanciful joke, IMHO!   Both are uninhabitable, without impossible amounts of livable structure, that will never happen.  The earth will be dead, and devoid of all Mammalian life, long before either of these places will be livable.....

That was Florida before air conditioning.

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2 hours ago, Jules said:

That was Florida before air conditioning.

 

That's just because we modern folks are so bloody spoiled!!  Native Americans lived happily in Florida for Centuries before Juan Ponce de León landed in April, 1513.....

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5 hours ago, billy backstay said:

That's just because we modern folks are so bloody spoiled!!  Native Americans lived happily in Florida for Centuries before Juan Ponce de León landed in April, 1513.....

But where did Native Americans retire to?

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17 hours ago, billy backstay said:

 

Planning to try to live on the Moon or Mars, is a fanciful joke, IMHO!   Both are uninhabitable, without impossible amounts of livable structure, that will never happen.  The earth will be dead, and devoid of all Mammalian life, long before either of these places will be livable.....

they're not trying to get to mars, yet,  it'll be more like the movie elysium,  the elite want to build they're  space station off the planet and survive there leaving the rest of us to rot on a dying planet...   why do you think all the billionaires are amassing obscene amounts of wealth and developing space programs?

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On 6/12/2021 at 10:57 AM, Jules said:

Today's paper had a wonderful report on the unhealthy waters of Charlotte Harbor.  They said the problem is particularly bad on the east end of the Harbor, where the Peace River pours into the Harbor.  High nitrogen and phosphorous levels have created an environment that is killing seagrass.  The water is so murky the seagrass can't get enough sunlight to thrive, or even survive. 

Fingers were pointed but none mentioned the phosphate plant upstream on the Peace River. 

Local politicians asked what they could do other than what they already have been doing? 

First thing that came to my mind was to stop accepting donations from phosphate mine companies.  That might help them see more clearly.

You could do what I did and volunteer to help monitor the health of the seagrass. The data we collect helps inform policy decisions.

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47 minutes ago, Excoded Tom said:

You could do what I did and volunteer to help monitor the health of the seagrass. The data we collect helps inform policy decisions.

The monitoring of sea grass and scallop counts only show the results of policy decisions.  Until the harbor dies and real estate prices die along with it, the people we have elected to make the policy decisions will do the minimum to keep us happy and their wallets fatter.

Will any of those folks impose these policies from my above post on us:

How about not ok'ing 3,000 houses in the past month.

Make the whole harbor idle speed.

Pass a reverse impact fee to immediately fund sewers for all.

Ban all fertilizer.

No weed killers.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Fat Point Jack said:

Until the harbor dies and real estate prices die along with it, the people we have elected to make the policy decisions will do the minimum to keep us happy and their wallets fatter.

Like the majority of people who run for office, money and power are the prime motivations, not serving the public or working for the betterment of the community.

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On another note - the local newspaper editor wrote an opinion piece published yesterday.  Apparently, others have received letters such as what I got from "Mary" and some expressed serious concern about their welfare.  These cowards are trying to silence those they disagree with. 

"Mary" seemed primarily concerned I criticized Desantis.  One letter writer said we should stop criticizing politicians altogether.  Others spew vitriol with seething hatred.  I have always believed the people not only have the right, but a duty, to speak out when our elected officials fail to keep their oath of office.

Why the fanaticism in support of a complete stranger? 

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I started writing this a while back as a letter to the Ed.  Should I leave it as is or add a bunch of snarky comments at the end?

With the disclaimer that I, while working for PGI, Inc. alongside the prime instigator of Mudrock Village, I helped dig the pits, I mean lakes in Deep Creek and Burnt Store Lakes and have “4 Lane 41 Now” bumper stickers.

Back in 2005 I had a dream, some would call it a nightmare, of Gov. Jeb calling his Bro. W.  It flowed like this.

Jeb: Hey Bro, I need a favor.

W: Sure, what ya need.

Jeb: I need your help buying the developed balance of Babcock Ranch and do an experiment of returning it to it's natural state.

W: Why?

Jeb: Well, the land is adjacent to one of the most pristine places and adding to it would save it for many generations. And for years all we have done is tear things up and now I want to fix it.

W: Why: 

Jeb: Well, It's out in the middle of nowhere with no infrastructure and the state and counties have no appetite for paying for the needed roads if it is developed.

W: Why:

Jeb: It's the right thing to do.

W: Who's gonna make any money on that?

Jeb: No one, it will actually cost us a bunch money for the restoration.

W: Do you have any alternatives?

Jeb: Yea, we can sell it to some ex-football player named Syd Kitson for a subdivision and pass along responsibility to someone else for fixing the problems it creates.

W: Well then, you know what to do.

Jeb: You're right Bro.  And I'm going to get the lawyers to write the contract so the we can put condos out in that Telegraph Swamp, I hear that Skink and the He Coon are meeting out there.


 

 

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction.

A businessman purchased a municipal building underneath the city of Brooksville’s water tower last April for $55,000 with the goal of converting it into a gym. However, when Bobby Read went to the county to get an address for his new business location, he was told the parcel he bought included the entire water tower site, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

 

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1 hour ago, Leeroy Jenkins said:

^^ In case people missed it

that's like here in dallas , where a group of realtors decided to rename an area of town "the garden district",  no you fuckwads , we've called it something else for the last 75 years, we don't need to rename it so you can sell your fucking houses by saying "it's in the garden district"...

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9 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

that's like here in dallas , where a group of realtors decided to rename an area of town "the garden district",  no you fuckwads , we've called it something else for the last 75 years, we don't need to rename it so you can sell your fucking houses by saying "it's in the garden district"...

I used to live on Ocean View Ave. I've only got one eye but that's not why I couldn't see the ocean.

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On 6/14/2021 at 5:31 AM, Fat Point Jack said:

The monitoring of sea grass and scallop counts only show the results of policy decisions.  Until the harbor dies and real estate prices die along with it, the people we have elected to make the policy decisions will do the minimum to keep us happy and their wallets fatter.

Will any of those folks impose these policies from my above post on us:

How about not ok'ing 3,000 houses in the past month.

Make the whole harbor idle speed.

Pass a reverse impact fee to immediately fund sewers for all.

Ban all fertilizer.

No weed killers.

 

 

 

 

 

I just think monitoring it is better than bitching on a forum, but to each his own. Do you think that volunteering my time this way is bad for some reason?

As for your suggestions, you could move and make your house available, bringing the number down to 2,999. Or is yours OK?

I think the inside of the east wall bar should be idle only but the whole harbor? That's just silly.

Putting a public sewer out in my neck of the woods would be insanely expensive and would accomplish nothing useful.

Ban all fertilizer? How about we ban all eating? Another big, stupid prohibition program is (yet again) a dumb answer.

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Reading some of the post and News , had me come up with a thought ??

So many people are moving to Florida ,For Dollar reasons NO STATE INCOME TAX, great for us Boomers, but will the future be as nice?

As when you have an influx of people , changes have to be made, My big question who's going to pay for the new/repair the roads and Bridges, Then you have to get people clean water and handle there sewage ( old pipes failing), Many area's have a boil water in effect and runoffs polluting our rivers and lakes, 

Then more people need more firemen and police. Can FPL handle the increase demand ? And how about social services, ( ie; schools , shopping centers, health care, prisons .............)

and last but not least who's going to pay for the corrupt politician's salaries ? and hand outs ?

 

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8 minutes ago, Not for nothing said:

So many people are moving to Florida ,For Dollar reasons NO STATE INCOME TAX, great for us Boomers, but will the future be as nice?

I do injoye my time theire, butte moeste  hawkeng the benefittes our what my grandsnaggy usse to caulle "sawduste-in-the-crankcasse" ussed car sallesmen.                 :)

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On 6/14/2021 at 6:25 AM, Fat Point Jack said:

I started writing this a while back as a letter to the Ed.  Should I leave it as is or add a bunch of snarky comments at the end?

I vote for snarky comments.  It really doesn't matter what you write.  Nothing is going to change.  Those who might learn something will be eyes wide shut.  But if you piss off Mary, she just may write you a love letter that you can frame and hang on your wall.

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48 minutes ago, Not for nothing said:

Reading some of the post and News , had me come up with a thought ??

So many people are moving to Florida ,For Dollar reasons NO STATE INCOME TAX, great for us Boomers, but will the future be as nice?

As when you have an influx of people , changes have to be made, My big question who's going to pay for the new/repair the roads and Bridges, Then you have to get people clean water and handle there sewage ( old pipes failing), Many area's have a boil water in effect and runoffs polluting our rivers and lakes, 

Then more people need more firemen and police. Can FPL handle the increase demand ? And how about social services, ( ie; schools , shopping centers, health care, prisons .............)

and last but not least who's going to pay for the corrupt politician's salaries ? and hand outs ?

 

There you go again, applying reason and logic, this time to identify future problems. 

But I do have an answer for your last question - The Donor Class.  They effectively employ most all politicians.

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On yet another note - Desantis signed a bill requiring a moment for school prayer. 

"The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful - I'm sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that," said Desantis.

Some quotes Desantis needs to read:

The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind. - Thomas Paine

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.... During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. - James Madison

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it. - John Adams

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. - Thomas Jefferson

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. - Benjamin Franklin

The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy. - George Washington

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Well at least this guy seems to have done the right thing by giving back the Florida town's water supply they inadvertently sold him.

Oops.

https://apnews.com/article/fl-state-wire-florida-oddities-06eafdb630de8b57ffdefd0a947cb7cf

Easy mistake to make... I'm sure most US towns have done this sort of thing before.  Yes?

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1 hour ago, Jules said:

On yet another note - Desantis signed a bill requiring a moment for school prayer. 

"The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful - I'm sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that," said Desantis.

Some quotes Desantis needs to read:

The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind. - Thomas Paine

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.... During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. - James Madison

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it. - John Adams

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. - Thomas Jefferson

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. - Benjamin Franklin

The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy. - George Washington

thanks for the info confirms my beliefs  , This should be taught in our schools , but it's not! ,

Churches /Clergy just another medicine men selling insurance policy , that if you give to my church you'll  go to heaven, well your heaven is probably my hell

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7 hours ago, Not for nothing said:

thanks for the info confirms my beliefs  , This should be taught in our schools , but it's not! ,

Churches /Clergy just another medicine men selling insurance policy , that if you give to my church you'll  go to heaven, well your heaven is probably my hell

It's not taught in schools because politicians are more interested in getting votes than teaching the truth. 

Republicans telling the faithful the United States WASN'T founded as a christian nation could cause the faithful to vote Demoncrat.

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9 minutes ago, Jules said:

It's not taught in schools because politicians are more interested in getting votes than teaching the truth. 

Republicans telling the faithful the United States WASN'T founded as a christian nation could cause the faithful to vote Demoncrat.

Right on ! Republicans being Christian is a JOKE, show me one that follows Jesus teachings , Thou shall not Kill , I'll hand that one to the NRA, Thou shall not steal or lie, that one is really funny, How about feed the hungry , "food stamps" or heal the sick , "Medicare for all" How about covered the neighbors wife, ask Trump about that, and last but not least worshipping false God's, his new greatest book ever written , guess that will surpass the bible?

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1 minute ago, Not for nothing said:

Right on ! Republicans being Christian is a JOKE, show me one that follows Jesus teachings , Thou shall not Kill , I'll hand that one to the NRA, Thou shall not steal or lie, that one is really funny, How about feed the hungry , "food stamps" or heal the sick , "Medicare for all" How about covered the neighbors wife, ask Trump about that, and last but not least worshipping false God's, his new greatest book ever written , guess that will surpass the bible?

 

Thou shalt not covet they neighbors wife, correct??? 

How about attending Church with the wife and kids on Sunday, then banging the Secretary on Friday night???

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1 hour ago, billy backstay said:

 

Thou shalt not covet they neighbors wife, correct??? 

How about attending Church with the wife and kids on Sunday, then banging the Secretary on Friday night???

That's only bad if the Secretary is male, black, and/or dead.

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1 hour ago, Ishmael said:

That's only bad if the Secretary is male, black, and/or dead.

All three make it ok?

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3 hours ago, billy backstay said:

 

Thou shalt not covet they neighbors wife, correct??? 

How about attending Church with the wife and kids on Sunday, then banging the Secretary on Friday night???

If your Friday comes right after Sunday, you've got worse problems.

- DSK

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59 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

If your Friday comes right after Sunday, you've got worse problems.

- DSK

I used to call it "working for a living". All the stuff in between parties didn't count.

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1 hour ago, Ishmael said:

I used to call it "working for a living". All the stuff in between parties didn't count.

I tried that once. Then I discovered a 'profession' where they pay you for not working.

No, I didn't become a political science professor. My standards may be low, but I have *some*.

FKT

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23 hours ago, Excoded Tom said:

I just think monitoring it is better than bitching on a forum, but to each his own. Do you think that volunteering my time this way is bad for some reason?

As for your suggestions, you could move and make your house available, bringing the number down to 2,999. Or is yours OK?

I think the inside of the east wall bar should be idle only but the whole harbor? That's just silly.

Putting a public sewer out in my neck of the woods would be insanely expensive and would accomplish nothing useful.

Ban all fertilizer? How about we ban all eating? Another big, stupid prohibition program is (yet again) a dumb answer.

Your monitoring is a good thing, but they don't listen.  De Shitonus and the Cabinet (except for Nikki) ignored the experts and just voted to put a new road in the Glades.

Move where? I live in Paradise and would like my great-great grand kids enjoy it.  Don't make it so easy to pave it over.  The developer of Mudrock Village says the county is great to deal with.  Sure you give them everything they want and more.  Recently the county gave Impact Fee relief to a developer for putting in the turn lane for his development.   Or how about the EDC allowing Babcock to issue tax free bonds for them to put in utilities.

You've seen the prop scars.  Is 1,500 feet from any shoreline including Bull and Turtle Bay, OK?

Any day now, someone is going to buy one of the groves on your Loop and put in a gated subdivision.  Hopefully they will do like the developer on Riverside Drive and do a partnership with Fat Point and extend the current system to service your new neighbors.  If it passes by your driveway, will you hook up to it?

How about extending the current summertime fertilizer moratorium?  Especially to any property within 1,000? feet of a WOTUS.

No mention of weed killer.  They keep telling me that it breaks down, but I have not researched what it breaks down into.  But no one has assured me that it has not killed a single blade of grass in the harbor. 

 

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1 hour ago, Fat Point Jack said:

You've seen the prop scars.  Is 1,500 feet from any shoreline including Bull and Turtle Bay, OK?

That at least makes more sense but I'd say 1,000 ft to avoid moving existing signs.

1 hour ago, Fat Point Jack said:

Any day now, someone is going to buy one of the groves on your Loop and put in a gated subdivision. 

You're a bit behind the times. Several of my neighbors who bought pieces of the old orange grove from my family have installed gates.

1 hour ago, Fat Point Jack said:

If it passes by your driveway, will you hook up to it?

I don't think people in places like Charlotte Park and Riverside have a choice. Not sure how many pump stations I'd have to install to get sewage all the way from my houses to the road.

1 hour ago, Fat Point Jack said:

How about extending the current summertime fertilizer moratorium?  Especially to any property within 1,000? feet of a WOTUS.

That's every property. Hard to get 1,000 ft from some seasonal puddle that's adjacent to navigable water.

1 hour ago, Fat Point Jack said:

No mention of weed killer.  They keep telling me that it breaks down, but I have not researched what it breaks down into.  But no one has assured me that it has not killed a single blade of grass in the harbor. 

So the basis is that you think (without researching it) that it has killed harbor grass? I'm back to the "collecting data is good" position.

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In local news, tomorrow at 3 pm is the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center facility in the Port Charlotte Beach Complex. I'm guessing it was a northern transplant who figured out that 3 pm on a June afternoon was a good time to do anything outdoors. Anyway, I'll be there, possibly with a Stray Goat in tow. I hope other sailors in the area will show up to support the Center.

Friday at 7 am I guess we'll start removing the fleet from my driveway and putting it back at the Center. I hope other sailors in the area will show up to lug heavy stuff around.

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5 hours ago, Excoded Tom said:

In local news, tomorrow at 3 pm is the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center facility in the Port Charlotte Beach Complex. I'm guessing it was a northern transplant who figured out that 3 pm on a June afternoon was a good time to do anything outdoors. Anyway, I'll be there, possibly with a Stray Goat in tow. I hope other sailors in the area will show up to support the Center.

Friday at 7 am I guess we'll start removing the fleet from my driveway and putting it back at the Center. I hope other sailors in the area will show up to lug heavy stuff around.

Have hitch, will travel.  Your place at 7!

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5 hours ago, Fat Point Jack said:

Have hitch, will travel.  Your place at 7!

I was sorta kidding about that part but appreciate the offer. Not sure if we're really moving boats Friday or not but I'll find out tomorrow at the ceremony what the plan is going to be. On this date last year, we had a Kids Camp going. I know we're going to try to get some kids out sailing this summer but if dates have been set I haven't seen them yet.

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On 6/16/2021 at 6:57 AM, Fat Point Jack said:

Don't make it so easy to pave it over.  The developer of Mudrock Village says the county is great to deal with.  Sure you give them everything they want and more.  Recently the county gave Impact Fee relief to a developer for putting in the turn lane for his development.   Or how about the EDC allowing Babcock to issue tax free bonds for them to put in utilities.

Let's not forget the Sunseeker eyesore on Charlotte Harbor, that that still shows no sign of starting back up..
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Good News!  Desantis is sending Florida sheriff's officers to the Mexico boarder to fend off brown people.  But who will mow his fat cat donor's lawn now?

It's amazing what politicians will do to prepare for an upcoming election.  Even more amazing is voters buying this bullshit.

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41 minutes ago, Jules said:

  Even more amazing is voters buying this bullshit.

His voters got a taste of it and now they hunger for it, as long as it gives them an enemy to hate and fear. 
 

 

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23 hours ago, Jules said:

Good News!  Desantis is sending Florida sheriff's officers to the Mexico boarder to fend off brown people.  But who will mow his fat cat donor's lawn now?

It's amazing what politicians will do to prepare for an upcoming election.  Even more amazing is voters buying this bullshit.

Why doesn't he worry about Florida and build a wall around his state?

Where do most U.S. immigrants live? Nearly half (45%) of the nation's immigrants live in just three states: California (24%), Texas (11%) and Florida (10%). California had the largest immigrant population of any state in 2018, at 10.6 million. Texas, Florida and New York had more than 4 million immigrants each.

but then who would cut the lawns down here or work at Margot log o , 

For every illegal gets a free leaf blower in florida

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The new Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center!

SailingCenterRibbon.jpg

That's a county commissioner at the podium, a Sailing Anarchist who runs the Charlotte Harbor Regatta in the foreground, and our fearless leader Dennis just behind his shoulder.

The pavilion is not part of the Center, just a park addition. The pole barn at left and the building at right in the background are for our boats and our stuff.

They're moving some of the boats from another board member's yard today. I think we'll get to the ones in my yard this weekend.

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They handed out a fact sheet for taxpayers and bean counters.

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Hmm... Two pole barns, a two car garage, and an 8 foot fence with a couple of big gates.

If I had such things built here and got a six figure bill, the first digit had better be a one or I'd be inclined to call a lawyer.

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They even let me help cut the ribbon (after the County Commissioners cut the "real" ribbon.)

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That's most of the Sailing Center Bored, and maybe a couple of stragglers.

A local newpaper reporter interviewed us afterward. She used to be a tenant in one of my rental homes so a positive piece likely appeared in today's paper but I haven't seen it yet.

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1 hour ago, Blue Crab said:

Verrrrry Interesting. Tom is a socks and sandal guy.  

Not all that surprising. 

Not sure why I'm so interesting to you. The feeling isn't mutual, but thanks anyway.

This is a 2012 picture. Enjoy!

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54 minutes ago, Excoded Tom said:

Not sure why I'm so interesting to you. The feeling isn't mutual, but thanks anyway.

This is a 2012 picture. Enjoy!

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I think you've posted this previously. I have an incredible memory and an innate distrust for attention-whoring. That's it.

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6 hours ago, Excoded Tom said:

The new Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center!

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That's a county commissioner at the podium, a Sailing Anarchist who runs the Charlotte Harbor Regatta in the foreground, and our fearless leader Dennis just behind his shoulder.

The pavilion is not part of the Center, just a park addition. The pole barn at left and the building at right in the background are for our boats and our stuff.

They're moving some of the boats from another board member's yard today. I think we'll get to the ones in my yard this weekend.

The Learn To Sail guys are jealous.

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Local Trumpster nasty letter writers are getting some more press.  Seems some of the authors are signing Michael Flynn's name and using his real address on the envelope. 

Flynn stated he is NOT writing those letters.  He's just telling them what to write.

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7 hours ago, Excoded Tom said:

They even let me help cut the ribbon (after the County Commissioners cut the "real" ribbon.)

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That's most of the Sailing Center Bored, and maybe a couple of stragglers.

A local newpaper reporter interviewed us afterward. She used to be a tenant in one of my rental homes so a positive piece likely appeared in today's paper but I haven't seen it yet.

Hey, is that Roger Strube in the white knee highs??

 

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5 hours ago, Excoded Tom said:

Not sure why I'm so interesting to you. The feeling isn't mutual, but thanks anyway.

This is a 2012 picture. Enjoy!

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I think you've posted this previously. I have an incredible memory and an innate distrust for attention-whoring. That's it.

Funny - that's much how I pictured him.

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3 hours ago, Jules said:

Local Trumpster nasty letter writers are getting some more press.  Seems some of the authors are signing Michael Flynn's name and using his real address on the envelope. 

Flynn stated he is NOT writing those letters.  He's just telling them what to write.

Let stop paying his pension (s) or better, lock him up.

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8 hours ago, Excoded Tom said:

Not sure why I'm so interesting to you. The feeling isn't mutual, but thanks anyway.

This is a 2012 picture. Enjoy!

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Where are the fashion police when you need them.

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The FUCK BIDEN crowd was out in force this weekend.  The recently passed sign ordinance created what those with simple common sense (city council excluded) expected.

The F-Troop (those who can't express their opinions without using the F word) want everyone to know they are well versed in the use of the word, "FUCK." 

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2021/06/18/punta-gorda-residents-protest-ordinance-banning-vulgar-language/

 

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10 minutes ago, Jules said:

The FUCK BIDEN crowd was out in force this weekend.  The recently passed sign ordinance created what those with simple common sense (city council excluded) expected.

The F-Troop (those who can't express their opinions without using the F word) want everyone to know they are well versed in the use of the word, "FUCK." 

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2021/06/18/punta-gorda-residents-protest-ordinance-banning-vulgar-language/

Col. W. Kurtz (Ret) adgreede 110%, hippocracey ist hippocracey.

:)

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Uh, oh.  Florida ranked 2nd least patriotic state.  Only New York was ranked lower.  Of course a lot of New Yorkers move to Florida.

Florida is 2nd least patriotic state in country, new survey says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida is 49th in the United States when it comes to patriotism, according a new survey.

The only state less patriotic than the Sunshine State, according to the WalletHub survey, was New York.

The survey ranked each state’s level of patriotism on five categories:

  • Number of military enlistees
  • Veterans per capita
  • Peace Corps volunteers per capita
  • Percent of adults who voted in the 2020 Presidential Election
  • How many people do volunteer work

The survey ranks were scaled from 1 to 50, with separate numbers for military engagement and civic engagement.

The most patriotic state in the country, according to the survey, was Montana. The state scored an overall 61.91 on the survey’s patriotism scale.

Florida scored a 23.17, landing the state at 49 on the list. The only state with a worse score was New York with 21.64.

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3 hours ago, Jules said:

Uh, oh.  Florida ranked 2nd least patriotic state.  Only New York was ranked lower.  Of course a lot of New Yorkers move to Florida.

Florida is 2nd least patriotic state in country, new survey says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida is 49th in the United States when it comes to patriotism, according a new survey.

The only state less patriotic than the Sunshine State, according to the WalletHub survey, was New York.

The survey ranked each state’s level of patriotism on five categories:

  • Number of military enlistees
  • Veterans per capita
  • Peace Corps volunteers per capita
  • Percent of adults who voted in the 2020 Presidential Election
  • How many people do volunteer work

The survey ranks were scaled from 1 to 50, with separate numbers for military engagement and civic engagement.

The most patriotic state in the country, according to the survey, was Montana. The state scored an overall 61.91 on the survey’s patriotism scale.

Florida scored a 23.17, landing the state at 49 on the list. The only state with a worse score was New York with 21.64.

They obviously didn't poll for loyalty to the Confederacy.

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1 hour ago, bridhb said:

They obviously didn't poll for loyalty to the Confederacy.

That can't be right? look at all the good old boys flying flags from their trucks

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15 hours ago, Jules said:

Uh, oh.  Florida ranked 2nd least patriotic state.  Only New York was ranked lower.  Of course a lot of New Yorkers move to Florida.

Florida is 2nd least patriotic state in country, new survey says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida is 49th in the United States when it comes to patriotism, according a new survey.

The only state less patriotic than the Sunshine State, according to the WalletHub survey, was New York.

The survey ranked each state’s level of patriotism on five categories:

  • Number of military enlistees
  • Veterans per capita
  • Peace Corps volunteers per capita
  • Percent of adults who voted in the 2020 Presidential Election
  • How many people do volunteer work

The survey ranks were scaled from 1 to 50, with separate numbers for military engagement and civic engagement.

The most patriotic state in the country, according to the survey, was Montana. The state scored an overall 61.91 on the survey’s patriotism scale.

Florida scored a 23.17, landing the state at 49 on the list. The only state with a worse score was New York with 21.64.

now wtf does the peace corp have to do with patriotism?

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breaking News Miami starts to fall into the ocean , just the beginning you build high risers on  coral/sand not bedrock, and the tide comes in or this case under

Rescuers rushing to partial building collapse near Miami Beach

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Santo Mejil, 50, was roused out of bed when his wife called from a unit on the ninth floor of the south condo, one of three buildings that make up the Champlain Towers complex. She is an overnight caretaker for an elderly disabled woman.

“She said she heard a big explosion. It felt like an earthquake,” Mejil told the Miami Herald.

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https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article252324218.html

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4 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Mafia concrete?

It sounds like John D. MacDonald's old novel "Condominium"

Probably just plain old Florida concrete. Occam's Razor and all that.

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I was watching a live cam this morning and it looked like the ground on the side of the building that DIDN'T collapse had sunk a few feet.  Maybe the falling rubble collapsed a shelf above an underground hollow.  Not good.

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report that there is a twin of the fallen building 3 lots north of the site

ocean side fell 40 year old bld undergoing insp and repairs

one dead body about 50 missing

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got to wonder about value of such towers after the collapse of that one

even if not likely to fall down themselves

how much are the values lost for the towers units esp ocean front sand bar ones

domino effects or  will the condo curse continue to line the coasts ?

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This morning's paper had an article from the Miami Herald titled, "DeSantis Doing A Great Trump Impression."

DeSantis is certainly doing a better job at being a fascist leader.  And he's vying to be the Rs next presidential nominee.

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1 hour ago, Jules said:

DeSantis is certainly doing a better job at being a fascist leader.  And he's vying to be the Rs next presidential nominee.

Those two things being together aren't a coincidence.

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1 hour ago, Ed Lada said:
2 hours ago, Jules said:

DeSantis is certainly doing a better job at being a fascist leader.  And he's vying to be the Rs next presidential nominee.

Those two things being together aren't a coincidence.

DeSantis scares me.  I've been watching him pander to the base and he's much better than Trump was, in that he knows just how far to push things.  And he is smart enough to throw enough crumbs at the liberals so as to cause them to think that maybe he's not so bad.  I've seen that a lot here.

Trump was like the test pilot - pushing the plane to the limit, seeing how far America will let him go.  And power hungry politicians like DeSantis learned from him, and apparently learned well.  The fascist (R) machine would be more than happy to support him. 

With the present political climate in America, I believe DeSantis has the best chance of any Republican to win their 2024 nomination.  And considering the weak candidates the DNC continues to offer, DeSantis could end up in the White House.  Then democracy is truly fucked.

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1 minute ago, Jules said:

DeSantis scares me.  I've been watching him pander to the base and he's much better than Trump was, in that he knows just how far to push things.  And he is smart enough to throw enough crumbs at the liberals so as to cause them to think that maybe he's not so bad.  I've seen that a lot here.

Trump was like the test pilot - pushing the plane to the limit, seeing how far America will let him go.  And power hungry politicians like DeSantis learned from him, and apparently learned well.  The fascist (R) machine would be more than happy to support him. 

With the present political climate in America, I believe DeSantis has the best chance of any Republican to win their 2024 nomination.  And considering the weak candidates the DNC continues to offer, DeSantis could end up in the White House.  Then democracy is truly fucked.

Sad but true.  I fear what 2024 will bring.  Hopefully the Ds will come out in even greater numbers than 2020, providing all of the Red state voter restriction laws will get struck down one way or another.  

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