Police Cite, Threaten Arrest of 90-Year-Old Volunteer For Feeding the Homeless

 

Fort Lauderdale police charged three men – including two pastors and a 90-year-old man – for feeding the homeless in public on Sunday, the first such cases made by the city after the a new ordinance effectively banning public food sharings took effect on Friday.

The first to be charged was homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, who has been feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale for more than 20 years. Also cited were two Christian ministers — Dwayne Black, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.

All three men face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Contact Mayor Jack Seiler and demand the law be immediately repealed!

Mayor Seiler may be reached at 954-828-5003 or via e-mail at jack.seiler@fortlauderdale.go

Everett Wilkinson, Tea Party Activist and Chairman of the National Liberty Federation, made the following statement regarding the new law stopping the feeding of homeless people in Fort Lauderdale: “I find it disgusting that the Mayor Jack Seiler would stop citizens from feeding the homeless. Given the state of the economy, anyone could be homeless. Individual acts of charity and kindness should be promoted, not against the law. I call on the city of Fort Lauderdale to immediately repeal the law.”

2014 Broward County Voter Guide Picks for South Florida Tea Party

South Florida Tea Party is a grassroots, collaborative volunteer organization representing a cross-section of South Florida residents from all races, colors, creeds, gender and religion who are united by our shared core values. We are dedicated to America’s founding principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets.

The upcoming election is critical to the future of America and in order to take our nation back, we must ensure our local, statewide offices and various judicial positions are filled with like-minded individuals.

Therefore, we would like to provide a special acknowledgement to:

  • Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater for his hard work of creating transparency,
  • County Commissioner Chip LaMarca for being the voice of reason and fiscal responsibility on the Commission which includes his efforts to reduce wasteful spending on programs such as domestic partners, and
  • Our judicial candidates who exemplify our principals of Federalism by adhering to strict constitutional principles and refusing to legislate from the bench like their colleagues.

Other Candidates worthy of your vote include:

U.S. Representative, Dist. 20, Jay Bonner

U.S. Representative, Dist. 22, Paul Spain

Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Rick Scott

Attorney General, Pam Bondi

Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater

Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam

State Senator, Dist. 34 – Ellyn Bogdanoff

State Representative, Dist. 92, Kenny Brighton

State Representative, Dist. 93, George Moraitis

State Representative, Dist. 100, Martin Feigenbaum

State Representative, Dist. 103, Manny Diaz

County Commissioner District 4, Chip LaMarca

Circuit Judge 17th Judicial District, Dennis Balley

County Court Judge Group 27, Ian Richards

No. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Oppose

No. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Undecided

No. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Oppose

 

 

South Florida Tea Party – 2014 PBC Voter Guide Picks

U.S. Representative, Dist. 18 – Carl J. Domino

U.S. Representative, Dist. 20 – Jay Bonner

U.S. Representative, Dist. 20 – Paul Spain

Governor and Lieutenant Governor – Rick Scott

Attorney General – Pam Bondi

Chief Financial Officer – Jeff Atwater

Commissioner of Agriculture – Adam H. Putnam

State Senate, Dist. 32 – Joe Negron

State Senator, Dist. 34 – Ellyn Bogdanoff

State Representative, Dist. 82 – MaryLynn Magar

State Representative, Dist. 86 – Stuart Mears

State Representative, Dist. 89 – Bill Hager

County Commission District 4 – Steven Abrams

County Commission District 6 – Andrew Schaller

Port of Palm Beach Group 5 – Kesnel Theus Jr

Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Group 5 – Karl Dickey

No. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Oppose

No. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Undecided

No. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – Oppose

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS – QUESTION 1 – Support

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS – QUESTION 2 – Support

Support Joe Negron – True Conservative

Everett “Dirksen” Wilkinson, Florida Tea Party and Liberty Activist, announced on Monday that he was backing Senator Joe Negron, R – Stuart, in the August Republican primary to Florida Senate Seat 32.  Wilkinson was a co-founder of the tea party movement both nationally and in Florida in 2009.

“I have personally worked with Sen. Negron on many issues,” Wilkinson continued,  “Joe is a strong supporter of protecting citizens’ rights as well as making sure government remains accountable.  His leadership in the Florida Legislature has helped the state keep taxes low and create opportunity.  Negron has been an advocate for business, gun rights, Veterans and has the stamina to fight for the people of South Florida in Tallahassee.”

Joe Negron is being challenged by Brandon Cannon. Many people may be unaware that Brandon:

  • Worked AGAINST Marco Rubio for US Senate
  • Contributed to liberal Democrat Kendrick Meek for US Senate
  • Is ENDORSED by the AFL-CIO

Joe is a solid and consistent conservative.  Some of the legislation that I am proud to have worked with him on includes:

  • Repealed the tag and license fee tax increases saving Floridians $400 million this year alone.
  • Championed data privacy to protect individual medical records and personal data.
  • Sponsored drone legislation to keep law enforcement from abusing our privacy. Requires a judge to authorize the use of drones in surveillance of a private citizen.
  • Passed the bill to require special taxing district to go back to the voters for approval in order to continue to assess property taxes.
  • Pushed to eliminate special interest tax breaks.

“Americans are now in a fight to restore the Constitution as our Founding Fathers envisioned, and we need proven leaders like Joe Negron to win,” Wilkinson said. “To all my tea party constituents and liberty activists in Florida’s Senate District 32to the polls on August 26th, I need you to join me in supporting the only conservative in the race – Joe Negron.

You can find out more about Joe at: http://joenegron.com/

 

Anti-surge Protests Friday and Saturday at Many Overpasses

The ‘surge’ of unaccompanied migrants is an OUTRAGE! The invasion by children including gang bangers essentially is anarchy by our (Imperial) President Obama who steadfastly refuses to enforce immigration law.

The National Liberty Federation is joining many national and local groups this Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, 2014, at about 300 overpasses throughout the nation. The overpass locations follow.

In Liberty,

Everett “Dirksen” Wilkinson

National Liberty Federation


YOU ARE STRONGLY URGED TO FIND AN OVERPASS BELOW AND JOIN OTHER IRATE CITIZENS TO PROTEST THE SURGE.  BRING A SIGN AND LOTS OF FELLOW ANTI-SURGE SUPPORTERS

 

FLORIDA

Orange City (Bordering Deltona), Graves Ave. and I-4 (Exit 114) Friday, July 18, 8:30 am- 2:30 pm, parking available before bridge in small shopping center parking lot. The protest will take place on top of the Overpass.

West Palm Beach, Okeechobee & I-95, Friday July 18th, 7:30-9 am, This protest will begin on top of the Okechobee Overpass that is over I-95 from 7:30- 9 am, and it will continue to the West Palm Beach City Hall Entrance & Courtyard on Clematis Street after that.

Orlando (Ocoee), Turnpike and Maguire Rd., Friday, July 18th, 11 am – 4pm, Going West on 50, turn left on Maguire. This protest will take place on the Overpass. The Overpass is about a block and half away. Parking is available at bottom of Over Pass, in plaza, or medical center.

Daytona, Dunn Ave & I-95, Saturday, July 19 , 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, This protest will take place on the overpass that goes over I-95. Parking available on each side of bridge.

Holt, Wilkerson Bluff Rd and I – 10 Overpass. Located 7.5 miles west of Hwy 85/Hwy 90 intersection in Crestview traveling on Hwy 90, Saturday, July 19,
8:00am – 1:00pm. Protest is on the Overpass.

Ocala, Overpass located on SW 43 St & I-75, Saturday, July 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Park behind Petco (Petco is on 43rd Streest right next to overpass) and walk up to the Overpass for the protest

West Palm Beach, Okeechobee Blvd & I-95 Exit 70, Saturday, July 19, 9:00am – 11:00am, Parking in ATT Starbucks located at 1870 Okeechobee Blvd. This protest will take place on the Overpass over I-95.

Lakeland, I-4 at County Line Road Overpass (EXIT 25), Saturday, July 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Parking @ Shell Station (Address to Shell Station is 850 County Line Rd Lakeland, FL 33815)

Miami, 8669 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL 33166, Saturday, July 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, The protest is in front of SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S OFFICE and parking is available right in front of Rubio’s office.

Miami, Intersection of SW 40th Street and 79th Avenue, Saturday, July 19, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, This protest will take place at the entrance to Tropical Park on the sidewalk.

Tallahassee, Sharer Road & I-10 (The overpass runs over I-10). Saturday, July 19, 10:00am – 1:00pm. This protest will take place on the Overpass that is not far from The Fun Station which is located on 2821 Sharer Road .

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Orlando, At the Overpass on I-4 and Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, Saturday, July 19, at 10:00 am, Traveling toward Daytona Beach, exit I-4 @ 436, turn west on 436, turn right at first street onto Douglas Ave. (Shell station on corner). The next overpass is Central Parkway. Plenty of parking at foot of overpass. The doctor’s office on the north side of the intersection on the same side of street as the overpass is where we usually meet

Fort Myers, South Bound lane of Edison Bridge, Saturday, July 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm This protest will take place on top of the bridge.

Melbourne, Pineda Cswy & I-95, Saturday, July 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm, This protest will take place on the overpass over I-95.

Port St. John, Ranch Rd. & I-95, Saturday, July 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm. This protest will take place on the overpass over I-95.

Sarasota, Proctor & I-75, Saturday, July 19, 11:00am – 4:00pm, This protest will take place on the overpass over I-95.

ST. Pete, 54th street and I-275 Overpass, Saturday, July 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm, This protest will take place on the Overpass.

Tampa, I-4 & 301 (Take the Tampa Fairgrounds Exit- Fairground address is 4800 U.S. 301, Saturday, July 19, 1:00pm-5:00 pm, This protest will take place on the Overpass over I-4.

Jacksonville, On the Overpass I-95 & Greenland Rd, Saturday July 19, 11:00am – 1:00pm, This protest will take place on the Overpass.

Springhill, Protest at the Corner of Springhill Dr. & and U.S.19, Saturday, July 19, 9am – 11am. Park in the Winn-Dixie lot.

Cantor Loses – Tea Party Advances

Dear Tea Party Supporter,

Yesterday, conservative Dave Brat won a stunning upset up in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Help us pull off another stunner in Florida by donating or volunteering.

What does that have to do with the elections in Florida? I’ll tell you:

It’s one more example of what can happen when true conservatives band together and demand better from Washington.  Every time the media claims that the tea party is dead, we rise win an election.

It was just a few months ago that Eric Cantor met with various GOP elites in Naples to destroy the tea party.   All over the country Cantor has spread his disease of big government by targeting conservatives. Now he is out of job.

Cantor was out of touch with “We The People” and had embraced “Big business and Big Government.” Career politicians in Washington think they own their seats and that they are untouchable. Poll after poll has shown that Americans support limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.

In the coming months we need to build a strong and organized tea party base in Florida. Let’s make 2014 ours and get ready for 2016.

Sincerely,

Everett Wilkinson

Florida Tea Party

Tea Party candidate wins Republican congressional primary in Florida

Curt Clawson wins first Tea Party-establishment “showdown” in Republican primary in South Florida’s 19th congressional district.

FORT MYERS, Fla., April 23 (UPI) — A businessman and self-proclaimed “outsider” backed by the Tea Party won the Republican primary for a special congressional election in Florida.Curt Clawson of Bonita Springs won 38 percent of the vote Tuesday in the district, which includes a strip of Florida’s southwest coast from Marco Island to Fort Myers. He spent more than $3 million of his own money.

“I got into this race because I felt like we needed more outsiders in Congress,” Clawson tweeted after the results were in. “The career politicians aren’t getting the job done.”

The district had been represented by freshman Trey Radel. He resigned in January after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge after buying cocaine from an undercover Washington police officer.

Clawson is believed to have a good chance of defeating the Democratic candidate, April Freeman, on June 24. The seat will also be up for grabs in November.

On Monday, the Tea Party Express called the primary “first tea party vs. establishment showdown” of the election year. The runners-up were state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel.

The Rally Not In Tally

Join us for the “The Rally Not in Tally” on April 7th when the Guv is in Palm Beach & let him know you’re mad and not taking it anymore!

What is it?

The fact the Governor has turned his back on parents and students implementing Common Core standards under a different name.

The fact that the Governor is supporting All Aboard Florida which will rip apart the southeast coastal communities with higher taxes and Miami crime.

The fact that the state is moving closer to amnesty for illegals with legislation granting in-state tuition…a step toward laxer immigration laws.

 

The Rally NOT in Tally

April 7th, 11:00am, Palm Beach Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

WHEN
April 07, 2014 at 11am – 1pm
WHERE
Palm Beach Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, Fl 33401
United States
Google map and directions
RallyNotInTally

Proposed IRS Regs Threaten GOP’s 2014 Senate Push

(By David A. Patten at NEWSMAX.com) Proposed new IRS regulations, combined with the intense ongoing scrutiny of grass-roots conservative groups, could suppress their get-out-the-vote activity enough to hand Democrats the one or two races they need to keep control of the Senate, conservative leaders warn.

“Once caught red-handed,” American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Senior Counsel David French said, “the administration didn’t change its goal [of] suppressing the free speech of these conservative groups.

”It’s just shifted methods. The ends are the same, only the means have changed,” he says.

Of the 41 grassroots groups named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) — a case alleging widespread abuses of the First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech by the Obama administration and the IRS — 13 still have not yet received an adjudication on their request for non-profit status.

The oldest of those 13 pending applications to the IRS for nonprofit status dates back to December 2009, French says. That would mean at least one group has been sidelined through two election cycles, with a third rapidly approaching.

Of the 13 groups in limbo, two sought 501c3 non-profit status and the other 11 sought 501c4 status as “social welfare” organizations, French said.

According to the ACLJ, five other groups joined the lawsuit after withdrawing their nonprofit applications due to frustration over the IRS approval process. Also, two of the plaintiffs refused to answer IRS questions that they considered unconstitutional, which led to the IRS closing their nonprofit applications without further consideration.

The proposed new IRS regulations seek to limit 501c4 groups’ activities. Conservative activists say the rules have exacerbated their sense of uncertainty and intimidation.

“Of course that has a chilling effect,” says French. “And until it is decisively and emphatically stopped through public, legal accountability, that chilling effect is likely to linger.”

Washington GOP super lawyer Cleta Mitchell, who represents grass-roots conservative activists not included in the ACLJ lawsuit, recently echoed the view that conservative groups continue to be singled out in the run-up to the 2014 elections.

“The IRS is still, very deliberately targeting conservative organizations and subjecting them to additional intense and burdensome scrutiny — and this has not stopped,” she said. “This is still ongoing.”

According to House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan, the new proposed IRS regulations, which were first unveiled in November, appear to single out as political activity the precise sorts of programs tea party organizations typically run: Candidate forums, voter registration drives, and distributions of voter guides.

In a column published in the February edition of Newsmax Magazine, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley A. Strassel contends that conservative groups are much more likely to become ensnared in the new proposed limitations.

She notes that neither unions, which conduct most of their activities as 501c5 groups, nor 501c3 organizations such as the liberal League of Women Voters Education Fund, are affected. That’s because the rules were not written to apply to those types of nonprofits.

The reaction of conservative activists has grown increasingly strident. Everett Wilkinson, chairman of the grass-roots National Liberty Federation organization, tells Newsmax: “Never before have we seen such attitudes and actions taken in America by an administration or government body.

“They are intentionally trying to silence the voices of millions of Americans, who all they want is to be heard.”

Wilkinson said his organization is closely following nine critical Senate races that could flip either way. But the fear of some that they could become targets of the IRS is having an impact, he says.

“Through this intimidation a lot of people have said, ‘I don’t know if I want to risk the IRS or the Treasury Department or whoever they’re going to send after me,’” he says.

Recent remarks by Democrats appear to have exacerbated conservatives’ concern that the IRS has been politicized.

In January, New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer urged the IRS to “redouble [its] efforts immediately” to constrain the tea parties.

During his Super Bowl interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, President Obama said there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption” involved. This despite the fact that the FBI has yet to release the findings of its investigation.

Such remarks appear aimed at energizing a Democratic base that has seen tea party nonprofits as fair game ever since the Citizens United ruling made it easier for corporations to get involved in politics.

Curiously, the IRS targeting has had relatively little impact on the major activist groups that raise millions of dollars each year.

A recent New York Times story reported that four major conservative organizations — FreedomWorks, Tea Party Patriots, the Club for Growth Action Fund, and the Senate Conservatives Fund — are actually outraising their more establishment GOP counterparts such as Crossroads GPS.

But unlike the big groups that can afford to “lawyer up,” it is the smaller activist organizations all over the country — with names like Linchpins of Liberty, Colorado 9/12 Project, First State Patriots, Mid-South Tea Party, and American Patriots Against Government Excess — who have been ensnared by the long arm of the IRS. Those smaller organizations are believed to play a key role in getting out the vote in local neighborhoods.

Wilkinson praises the myriad local tea parties as “the most effective system out there, compared to the Republican consulting groups that get millions of dollars in TV ads and radio ads.

“They put every dollar they have in, and their heart and soul. They’re getting people to the polls for maybe pennies on the dollar.”

How those groups will fare as the tax laws they must comply with grow increasingly complex and demanding is open to question.

French says the proposed IRS rules will mean “an enormous amount of activity undertaken on the basis of issues, is now re-characterized as political, and now subject to limits.

“That essentially takes a group’s ability to engage in issue advocacy and then completely neuters it in the days and the weeks leading up to an election, by defining political activity so very broadly,” he adds.

When the targeting controversy first broke last May, President Obama said the IRS targeting was “inexcusable,” and added: “I’m angry about it.”

The “social welfare” and issue-advocacy 501c4 organizations have received special attention in part because their donors’ names generally do not have to be disclosed.

The controversy over IRS targeting dates back to May 2013. That’s when former IRS executive Lois Lerner revealed that IRS personnel had acted in what she called an “absolutely inappropriate” way by holding up the non-profit applications of groups with the terms “tea party,” “patriot,” or “9/12” in their names.

The IRS asked the targeted groups to answer intrusive questionnaires regarding their activities — ranging from information on their members’ employers, donors lists, and even in one case how much time a particular organization spent “on prayer groups.”

At the time, GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, received several complaints. He wrote a letter of inquiry to then-acting IRS Commissioner Stephen T. Miller.

Miller wrote back with assurances that no conservative groups were being targeted. But not long after Lerner’s disclosure, Miller was asked to resign.

The Obama administration has portrayed the IRS affair as a limited imbroglio involving a few rogue agents in the IRS’s Cincinnati office.

But Mitchell says several of her clients were told a final decision on their applications would be handed down from IRS offices in Washington, D.C.

Not every grass-roots leader is concerned that conservative activists’ IRS problems will work to Democrats’ advantage, however. Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer is among those predicting it will backfire.

“When all this came out about the IRS targeting, it made people mad,” she tells Newsmax. “It made them mad as hell.

“…You get these individuals, under whatever local group, they don’t care: They’re going to go out there, and work their hearts and souls out for the cause.”

Taxpayers Likely Losers in Martin County Environmental-Attorney Shell Game

(By Nancy Smith at SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) Most Martin County (FL)  taxpayers have no idea what pocket-picking shenanigans are going on between a powerful clique of environmental attorneys and the County Commission majority.

It becomes an issue of state interest Tuesday, when the commission is due to discuss publicly whether to “forgive” Richard Grosso the money he owes Martin County taxpayers. Grosso, remember, is the environmental attorney ordered by the 1st District Court of Appeal to repay sanctions and court costs because he filed a frivolous appeal.


TAKE ACTION

Click Here To Send An Email To All County Commissioners

Sample Email:  I am extremely disappointed that the Martin County Commission is considering to “forgive” Richard Grosso the money he owes Martin County taxpayers.  Grosso has been ordered by the 1st District Court of Appeal to repay sanctions and court costs because he filed a frivolous appeal.

It is bogus lawsuits like this that are costing taxpayers money and destroying the legal system.   Time and time again lawyers like Grosso file frivolous lawsuits with the hope of “gaining the system” or bullying people into their extreme environmentalist ideology.

You were elected to represent The People, not special interest groups.   If you don’t collect on Grosso, why should Martin County Taxpayers pay their property taxes.  Due the right thing and demand payment from Richard Grosso!

Or feel free to contact them individually:

District 1 – Doug Smith Phone: (772) 221-2359 Email: Doug Smith

District 2 – Ed Fielding, Vice Chair Phone: (772) 288-5421 Email: Ed Fielding

District 3 – Anne Scott Phone: (772) 221-2357 Email: Anne Scott

District 4 – Sarah Heard, Chair Phone: (772) 221-2358 Email: Sarah Heard

District 5 – John Haddox Phone: (772) 221-1357 Email: John Haddox


 

This was the December 2010 appeal of a 2009 case: Martin County Conservation Alliance and 1000 Friends of Florida Inc. v. Martin County, the now-defunct Florida Department of Community Affairs and two private companies.

Word at county hall is, forgiveness is imminent. If that’s true, it will make winners of those advised by the court to fold their hand but didn’t — and losers of Martin taxpayers, who, by the way, would end up lawyers’ patsies for the second time.

The case is more than an oddity. It’s virtually landmark stuff, striking a knockout blow to all who would raise “meritless appellate arguments on the chance they will ‘stick.’”

Why will so many in Martin County miss this agenda item when it finally comes up at Tuesday’s commission meeting? Because they’re supposed to. That’s the idea. It was attached as a supplemental memo to the previously posted commission agenda — slipped in during the busiest travel week of the year, Thanksgiving, and the first day of Hanukkah this year.

What’s more, the matter involves a violation of the spirit, if not the letter of Florida’s open-government law. County attorney Michael Durham used “attorney-client privilege” to arrange a behind-closed-doors meeting to discuss the results of “negotiations” with Grosso and his clients. Read Barbara Clowdus’ superb editorial, “Democracy Dies Behind Closed Doors,” in Martin County Currents.

Attorney-client privilege? Why? The suit is over. Grosso, the Conservation Alliance and 1000 Friends lost. Case over. Why would attorney-clients be afforded behind-closed-doors treatment at this point?

Bear with me while I tell you why.

In 2009 the commission majority voted to reduce the minimum lot size on 191,000 agricultural acres in western Martin County from 20 to 2 acres. The idea was to pave the way for clustered development, an avenue for saving green space and allowing rural property owners to trade large parcels for development credits.

That’s what Grosso and his clients didn’t like, and that’s why they sued. But that was a different commission majority in 2009. They were ideological light years away from the commission elected in 2012. In fact, four out of five of the current majority either were members of one of the organizations suing the county in 2009, or they professed during their election campaigns that their sympathies lay with the anti-clustered-development camp.

The new commission chair after the election was Sarah Heard, who gave her friend, environmental attorney Virginia Sherlock, a role in county government. In fact, some say unelected Sherlock, who provides commissioners with how-to-vote guidelines and gives orders even to the county administrator, is the most powerful force in Martin government.

Sherlock, her law partner Howard Heims, Martin County Conservation Alliance’s Donna Melzer and Grosso — environmental attorneys all — are friends; kindred spirits.

Sherlock, like Grosso, has been involved in many lawsuits against Martin County over the years, plain and simple.

On July 1, Sherlock wrote a four-page letter with attachments pleading Grosso’s case to Heard — copies to the rest of the commission, attorneys and the county administrator — to waive the DCA’s sanctions.

“Our elected officials should honor and respect citizen participation,” wrote Sherlock, “not seek to punish those who engage in the process to protect our comprehensive plan and our urban boundaries …”

That pretty much was the last the public heard of the court fees due back to Martin taxpayers — until the tucked-away agenda attachment on a busy week when most folks weren’t paying attention.

The people in power today — the people who serve on the County Commission right now — are the people who were suing the County Commission in 2009.

So there it is. Martin County is a shell-game of slow-growth and no-growth and lawyers who prey on its waterfront wealth.

Sadly, not everybody can look past their emotions and see that when you sue a county, you aren’t suing politicians you don’t like. You are suing taxpayers.