GOP Senator Promotes Land Grab & Debt

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Will Eminent Domain be used to seize your land?

The South Florida Water Management District recently made a sound decision to not pay as much as $700,000,000 for 46,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee for purposes of constructing a 26,000 acre reservoir to feed water into the Estuaries south of the Lake and into the Everglades. The SFWMD decided the project would produce too little water at too great a cost. As the Palm Beach Post put it in an editorial, “But ultimately, we believe that history may show the water district made the right decision, because, in the end, the details really did matter. The purchase apparently would have cost far more than contemplated, accomplished far less, and encumbered the resources needed to more quickly solve the system’s most pressing environmental problems.”

Enter Senator Thad Altman. He’s always been a reasonable legislator friend to the Tea Party. Now though, for reasons that are difficult to understand, Senator Altman has announced he will push an amendment to the state’s Budget that would grab $45 million and direct the state to borrow $450 million to buy up unspecified private land south of Lake Okeechobee — and create new powers of eminent domain the government could use to just seize that land from owners if they don’t want to sell. Supposedly this unspecified land would be used to construct a reservoir. No land owner south of Lake Okeechobee would be safe from just having the government seize their land! It’s not clear under Senator Altman’s Amendment who would chose what land–but it is clear the land would be taken even if the owner refuses to sell!

Yes, you read that correctly. The Senator wants to burden Floridians with hundreds of millions of dollars of new debt, take private property, even from unwilling sellers, and authorize a land grab that will do little to restore the Everglades or improve water quality in critical estuaries. It’s just not the Altman we know.

Experts, including those managing the Everglades restoration program, agree that the solution to Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries water quality lies north of the Lake–not south. Altman’s amendment would force us to borrow millions to seize land from private property owners in the wrong place! Only a reservoir north of the Lake would serve to increase water flow in the Lake, the estuaries and the Everglades.

The government already owns 25% of the land mass in Florida–the most of any state east of the Mississippi. Before we buy any new land we need to know the true cost and viable use. The US Sugar land south of the lake proved to be both too expensive and the portion that could be used for a reservoir too small. As the Palm Beach Post put it “The U.S. Sugar land couldn’t be bought in pieces, a problem since it was not contiguous, and only parts were ideal for restoration. The biggest and most useful part of the land could be made into a functional reservoir, staff said, but at an ultimate cost of $2.5 billion. If the reservoir was able to hold 4 feet of water, it would accept 84,000 acre feet of water from the lake; and that would help lower the lake a little. But a recent study projected that 1 million acre feet of water storage is needed south of the lake.”

Senator Altman’s legislation is nothing more than a stunning big government land grab. Plain and simple. It isn’t based on science. It’s based on politics.

Disturbingly, powerful special interests have found a friend in Senator Altman, and convinced him to propose legislation to increase debt, seize private property and add unnecessary land to the state’s already-ample real estate holdings. It just doesn’t make sense. More important, it must be stopped.

Time is short. Call Altman at 850-487-5016 and let Senate Leaders (click here) know that adding hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and expanding the state’s power to seize private land are simply wrong — especially in the name of an ill-advised land grab at a location that will have little impact on our water quality.

Floridians from the Treasure Coast to the Panhandle understand the importance of restoring the Everglades, increasing water flow to the estuaries and cleaning Lake Okeechobee to protect our water. But they also understand that we can do those things at the right location without throwing property rights out the window and borrowing the money to do it.

Senator Thad Altman

Website

Altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov

(850) 487-5016

Tea Party Burns $2 Billion

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WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Tea Party, Florida’s oldest and largest Tea Party group participated in a rally in Green Acres Community Park to burn $2 Billion in fake currency to symbolize the hidden costs of a proposed plan to purchase 46,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee.  Florida Tea Party groups are calling the effort a “land grab.”

Florida Land Grab – Wasteful Spending from Stop The Land Grab on Vimeo.

 

Everett Wilkinson, founder of The South Florida Tea Party considers the taxpayer funded land purchase to be another Florida boondoggle.  He said, “The cost of the land is not the reported $500 million–It’s far more.  The $500 million estimate was based on previous appraisals.  The original agreement to purchase the Everglades property expired in 2013 so a new appraisal would need to be conducted to determine today’s fair market value.  The actual purchase price would now be closer to $1 Billion due to increased property values over the past few years.”

“There is no plan, no funding and no science behind this land grab’ said Wilkinson  ” The land would have little or no impact on drinking water quality. It’s a fundraising scam by the Everglades Foundation”

Wilkinson contends that diverting billions from everglades restoration would jeopardize the existing $10 billion federal plan that has already been successful in cleaning up the River of Grass and which is helping to restore the normal flow of water into the Florida estuaries.  “$2 billion is the  hidden cost of upgrading the land for use as a reservoir, which would have NO IMPACT on Everglades water quality because it is too small and in the wrong place.” said Wilkinson.   “This incredibly expensive land grab makes no hydrologic, environmental or economic sense and will only disrupt the current restoration program and divert resources from environmental projects that are already working.  Politics, not science, are driving the Everglades land purchase.” he said.

The South Florida Tea Party launched a petition addressed to state lawmakers  two weeks ago. You can sign the petition HERE.

ACTION ALERT – STOP THE LAND GRAB

Dear Patriot
More than 25% of Florida land is owned by the state and federal government.

But for some, that isn’t enough. Right now, operatives of Charlie Crist and Barack Obama, along with a liberal New York hedge fund billionaire, are waging a disinformation campaign to convince our state legislature to spend more than $500 million to buy even more land — 46,000 acres to the south of Lake Okeechobee.

Their excuse for this land grab: To “restore” the Everglades. Don’t be fooled. And more important, don’t let the legislature be fooled.

This land grab has nothing to do with the Everglades. All of us agree that the Everglades should be protected. We understand how important it is for water quality, wildlife and Florida’s environment.

We already have an Everglades Restoration Program. We’ve had it for decades, it is now in its final stages, we are currently spending $5.5 billion, and most importantly, IT’S WORKING. Thanks to this program, according to Federal Court mandated testing, the water is already meeting federal standards, and buying up more land won’t do anything to make it better.

In fact, wasting that money will divert funds from finishing Everglades Restoration Court mandated water test show 95% of the water in the Everglades is now testing cleaner than Evian!  Everglades restoration is fully funded, on time and on budget- clearly it’s WORKING!

We have to stop this LAND GRAB and FINISH improving the water quality in the Everglades!

That’s why we need you to SIGN OUR PETITION TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN TALLAHASSEE TODAY !

Everglades restoration is on time , on budget and it’s WORKING. We need to finish the job instead of buying more land we don’t need with NO PLAN, NO FUNDING and BILLIONS in hidden costs the taxpayers will get stuck paying. Spending $500 million to buy more land — and then spending another TWO BILLION or more to try to make the water flow south, to solve a problem that is already being solved — just doesn’t make sense for the Everglades, or for Florida taxpayers.

The $10 billion Restoration Program, run by water and environmental experts and over-seen by the State and Federal governments, has a priority list of 43 projects that WILL help, many of which are already completed or underway. Buying 26,000 acres of land south of Lake O? Well…that’s not on the list.

It’s not on the list because there is no science behind it. Only politics.

Make no mistake. This push for another land grab is a scam. It’s not about the Everglades. It’s not about water. It is entirely about taking land away from private owners and adding it to the government’s already-too-large real estate portfolio.

This fight is about liberal bureaucrats at the Everglades Trust and Everglades Foundation, run by top aides to Charlie Crist and Barack Obama, justifying their huge salaries, giant expense accounts and huge staff. If the Everglades are cleaned up these bureaucrats are out of work and they know it!

THAT’S WHY IT IS VITAL THAT YOU SIGN OUR ON-LINE PETITION TODAY SO WE CAN GIVE IT TO THE GOVERNOR, SENATE PRESIDENT AND SPEAKER OR THE HOUSE- TELL THEM TO STOP THE LAND GRAB!

Time is short. SIGN THE PETITION TODAY and let our elected official know that a $500 million land grab is the wrong thing to do, and a waste of dollars that could be better used for Everglades improvements that will actually work. Tell them to listen to the experts, not the radical environmentalists or liberal bureaucrats.

Everett Dirksen Wilkinson

Chairman
South Florida Tea Party
PS- Did I mention we need you to SIGN OUR EMERGENCY PETITION TODAY ? Help us STOP THE LAND GRAB!

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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.