Why is it that with all of the real issues that face our world we, Americans, do not seem to have the ability to talk about ideas without division? Why are we, Americans, not able to work together in an effort to set things right?
When we, Americans, do have the courage to express our thoughts it is amazing how someone can go from neighbor to avoided in a blink of an eye. Even family seem split on morality, ethic, governance, religion and other top level belief systems to the point of division. Why?
These days we can end up there for pointing out things that need serious attention. Things those in charge do not want to discuss or have us discuss publicly. Even when the questions we ask are reasonable ones.
Since when can a reasonable man not ask a reasonable question without fear of retribution? In America? Today may be the day.
TAM does not purport to have all of the ANSWERS. We are however really good at asking questions and making sure outcomes are foundationally realistic. We speak Truth to reality.
Indiantown, let’s Talk About illegal boarding houses. I am not sure we can honestly even call them boarding houses. What I am talking about is this; There is a well-known exploitation of illegal human migrants that journey here primarily from Central America. Near 90 dialects exist in this small rural community.
Not all of the exploitation is taking place against illegal migrants. There is a large class of economically impoverished men, women, as well as children, that are being taken advantage of. The advantage is for financial gain as well as sexual. There is economic benefit surrounding this issue at the expense of personhood. It needs to be aggressively addressed.
Landlords have gone as far as to modify their small residential homes into something resembling a third world model of boarding houses. There are several lengths of stay and access levels that you can stay in them too.
Daily, weekly or monthly. You can pay for a cot and shelter for the night or you can pay for bath room privilege and you can also pay for kitchen privileges too. So, the same home designed for a 4- or 5-person family is now serving 10 to 15 or more out of them.
These properties are easily identifiable and very well known on the local streets. Allowing this practice places an additional burden on underrated septic. It places parking out of scope with the designed intent. It reduces privacy by creating an over extended density in neighborhoods designed for single family dwellings. It allows for a transient population to populate family urban housing.
In short it creates demand beyond the design capacity of the infrastructure. This in turn places economic burden on the Village to remediate the short comings, which in turn is the screw you will feel when new fees and taxes are assessed to handle all of this. Prices are going up kids!
Again, TAM has been doing a great deal of on the ground research on these topics and feel it is time we all begin to shed some light on the reality and see if we can agree on a way forward.
Small cottage industries have sprung up around these migrants and their flop houses. Prostitution is one of the most observable. Then there are the kitchens that sell daily prepared meals for a fixed price.
There are numerous ethnic restaurants and grocery that serve the domestic goods of these migrant laborers. It is the free market working it’s magic. To bad it is having to occur in the shadows.
The protections for those affected are nonexistent because the authority that is supposed to be safeguarding residents and others from these exploitations is turning a blind eye.
The exploitation is also causing secondary health and welfare effects on the humans that are caught up in the mix. What is worse is the blind eye that local elected and governmental enforcement apparatuses use to ignore a real problem that is outside of micro-asphalting, raising fees or making rules. In the meantime, those involved with the illegal exploitation collect and consolidate power into the hands of those closest to it. The problem gets larger when ignored. It is nature.
As we have said for a very long time, it is important to know and understand the ideology of governance that are used by those who you vote for to govern you. After all, they are the ones making the rules you will either follow or avoid.
We can quickly leave this topic of migrant exploitation in housing and move very quickly to prostitution and child trafficking. These are two other real-world issues that face the Indiantown community on a daily basis. Not that there is any real acknowledgement or effort from those in charge to help administer an end. A large portion of the offensive nature of these affairs occur in the illegal flop houses and migrant boarding houses. Prostitution and child exploitation are by no means limited to one section of Indiantown. No, there are others too.
The administrative requirements for a prostitution bust can take Law Enforcement off their primary patrol for hours. From conversation TAM sources have had with local LEO, prostitution violations are generally not given the level of investigation and containment as one might expect. Simply because the office work involved reduces the number of immediate causal actions they can take in a shift. Meaning – the perp is back on the street before the Deputy can finish the reports and get back to being the sheep dog and protecting.
Recently TAM talked with State Representative Tobin Overdorf who is a Gubernatorial Appointee to a special Committee to deal with child trafficking and exploitation. TAM is set for a follow up discussion to focus on resources available for Indiantown along the lines of education and enforcement. TAM is doing our part.
Here is another concern. All one has to do is look at Facebook and other socials and see the number of illegal ghost kitchens that are cooking up food, outside of the legal licensed food system. TAM has reported on this and taken a position. Why doesn’t this massive local government use their resources to address the real issues that affect the health, safety and general welfare of their Village.
From the outside looking in their time is spent with feel good initiatives and self-promotion for re-election.
Outside of one Councilwoman there does not seem to be anyone that really gives a damn about Indiantown’s future. Unless of course staff recommends it then we are all unthinkingly enthusiastic and eager over it. As was blatantly evident in the discussion that ensued over the issue of raising building permit fees.
There is also the eager beaver attitude to approve any and all development efforts in Indiantown. It seems the approach being taken is with blatant disregard for Indiantown’s small business owners and her Heritage as a small historic berg. That is how it appears. Soon you will have the opportunity to see what reality is. That is because an application for development has been submitted for a Tractor Supply store on the corner of 710 and 609.
The negative impact on the local business market will be greater than the few employee hires that the new store will provide. It will also increase the traffic from out-of-town consumers as it becomes the “closest” to a large region of people. Like Palm City, Jupiter Farms, Hobe Sound and others.
The transient traffic will add congestion and impact without any real deliverable benefit to the Village. For starters there are 18 Oak trees that help line Warfield Blvd. that are going to be removed for an asphalt turn lane. Traffic lights and delays will continue to increase with this type of big box mentality. Keep it local.
There are votes coming, and they will show who is who and what they are thinking, or not. The fact that the application has made it to the level it has is an indication of a sense of approval from within. If there was not will for this type of big box conglomerate here the app would have never been signed.
That leads us to another question TAM has for you and the elected. What is your development plan? There is one other real-world issue that goes hand in hand with this question. The issue is gentrification.
While many would like to pretend that they can squeeze low-income housing from a developer, the reality is that they are not in the business to lose money. The government is not in the business of mandate either.
This is where the development plan comes into play. Top Village officials are already projecting a three to four thousand increase in the number of people living here within three years. That’s right, three to four thousand more people in Indiantown. They are not going to flock here for any other reason than they can because they have the money. With the money come ideas, demands, votes and candidates.
The express lane effort being implemented by the Village Council will more than likely end with the gentrification of large parts of this diverse rural ethnic community. New residents are going to demand better standards of care and repair. The cost of living will increase because of the added impact and demand. Taxes will be raised to handle the influx and on and on and on.
The net effect is that the lower and even what little middle class we have in Indiantown will be squeezed out of the market and the Village will be forever changed and governed by a new mindset and people. Adding three thousand people will and could easily double the voting base.
With this “new money” come new wants, needs and desires. So, while the majority of the Council plod along dragging you with them in an effort to advance their identity politics and social justice agenda, beware the “change” is just around the corner. Are you ready for it?