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Think back to the three expedited discussions that we just had publicly about the Tractor Supply development efforts. With only one of those being open public discussion. Not comment, but discussion.
We went from the development application being heard by the PZA on a Wednesday, then exactly one week later a Town Hall in Indianwood. Then one day later a final vote by the Council to approve. Eight days of public discourse.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Let’s look.
On the good side the government sure is efficient in their clerical and administrative details. To what benefit for you, us, WE THE PEOPLE, is there for this rush of over efficiency to shove it through with such haste?
With an election coming you better make sure you know what you want to turn your Village into, what is their vision for you?
Be certain of the fact that your Council knew of this way in advance and had several opportunities to speak with the people involved. They knew well before you even heard a whisper of the plans. You only had 8 days though.
There is one caveat to this that is worth the mention.
Credible first-hand sighting of a Human burial on that property several decades back was presented to the PZA Board that voted 4-1 to approve it. They also approved what is a list of variances required to meet the same rules they are supposed to be safe guarding.
Even with the reality of a human body in their midst there was not even a whisper of getting answers before they voted. People like Marjorie Beary asked solid questions that raised serious concerns. Still though – Zoom Zoom!
Tony Zweiner was the only one that dissented with his vote. He said, “The sanctity of Human life is worth the effort to slow this down and make sure that what we are doing is right.”
Further he explained to his fellow Board Members that they were there to uphold the structure and letter of the LDR’s. “Not doing so would set precedent and create a potential for lawsuit moving forward.”
The LDR’s are the rules people have to follow to build anything in Indiantown. The idea being that everyone has an equal right to development under equal rules. When you allow variance for interpretation, well, who gets to interpret next time? The one that is paid the most?
What if you do not allow the next developers variance for similar reasons like you just did for Tractor Supply? That sounds more like equity than equality. It sounds like legal issues.
That next week after the PZA vote, there was a town hall at Indianwood Retirement Park. This is where the theme started to perform a rehearsed form of dialectic legal pattern. You heard it twenty times if you heard it once, “We met everything we were required to do.” Meaning, you should just approve us or we will sue you.
The problem with that though is they did not do everything required. They just wanted that drum beat to pound in your heads and your ears like the propaganda it is. Edward Bernays would have been proud.
See, they had to get approval from your Council to set aside portions of those common Land Regulations in order to give the developer the permission to build. Your Village Council in a 4-1 vote, voted for some pretty big variances from the rules, Ms. Gibbs-Thomas was in dissent. She said no to the variances.
Because of the 4 Village People who voted “YES”, the next guy has an argument to make that they deserve the same types of favors for exemption from the rules.
Not only that, did you see how quickly Antony was willing to sell the Peoples Development Rights to the highest bidder?
What do we mean? He gave away the value of the opportunity like a childish promoter. He did so for his more for his own gain of notoriety.
When we spoke with Ms. Gibbs-Thomas, we asked her what her general take was on the whole development affair.
To summarize the discussion, our general takeaway was this; Every piece of land in Indiantown that has the potential to be built on is fixed in number. There are only so many acres to build on. That makes the limited amount of land pretty darn valuable if you are looking to cash in. Like Tractor Supply was.
That makes the land a very valuable commodity. One people are willing to pay handsomely for. The Village Council in the end are the commodity brokers in a way. When you really stop to consider what she is saying, she is right.
There is only so much land, why back down from the first challenge of the rules, the LDR’s like Antony did?
Jackie, Janet, Antony and staff on more than one occasion has heralded the rules as the best in the land. Why not stand up for them instead of selling out to the first offer that comes down the pipe? Or do they have no real value to them?
You see, Antony was quick to rush in and give away the store if he had too. One has to ask why? For what?
What benefit is there to the people of Booker Park or Up town?
What benefit for Indianwood or the local businesses?
As it turned out the Developer said he had a deal breaker on one of the rules that the Village required and the Village either set the rule aside or Tractor Supply was walking. How did Antony take it?
This is a picture of a sitting Councilman obviously praying with his Economic Development Director during discussion on the matter.
What else could they be doing IN THE SUNSHINE while the meeting is taking place?
What was said?
We will never know, in a public meeting, what was said by the two of them. That is wrong and very unethical. Play time is over. The people deserve better.
Especially when there is no consideration for the Hometown Family-owned businesses. Seems like an agenda by the few. Somehow, what has been here is not good enough and there is no loyalty or consideration to those who brought Indiantown this far. Elected or not.
So, for the $5,000.00 a year in additional taxes and the 6 to 8 people that will be employed (their numbers from the application) no one can point to another economic benefit when asked. Two of those jobs are management and will come from outside. So, we gain 4 clerk’s positions in Indiantown. For those four people we are sure the work will mean a lot. Good Luck.
The Staff claims that you, the People of Indiantown asked for this type of high density commercial retail development.
OK, so let’s recap a bit because there is more.
At this point it seems fair to say, something is just not right about all this.
Did you know that there is an additional 35 freshly platted acres adjacent to the Indianwood community for similar buildout? They are already being brokered by certain powers in town. This will bring much more commercial density, noise, light and criminal element in the Village.
The transitory nature of the people in and out of the new development is cause for concern. Time and the crime blotter will tell the outcome on that one.
If we are to be governed then we should demand better from our elected. Know that this is just the first of what will be many similar applications for commercial retail coming forward. Not only there, but elsewhere.
If you were not there or did not see any of the three meetings, we will help you out.
Know this though. Your non participation in the process is enough to offset the needed weight of those that do participate. Your voice does matter, stand with your neighbor in your interests and theirs or what you have in store will be far worse than one Tractor Supply.
As you are hopefully seeing with fire rescue and now this freight train that just crashed the door, governance is not designed to be a spectator’s sport. The good people of Indiantown need to either get up off their backsides or wallow in the mess that is about to ensnare you.
In reference to the potential of human remains being known to exist on the property, TAM has been busy. We have contacted the MCSO under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) in an effort to follow what is taking place as the Florida Statute requires.
We have also been in contact with an Independent Anthropologist that has used their access to satellite images to confirm that the mound is where it was reported to be. Given the nature of the potential, we are hopeful the owners will be willing to let a third party that does not have a dog in the hunt do some digging as they say. We do not mean having the developer hiring or pay them either. How cozy of an outcome can that produce? We mean a true independent.
Oh, one last thing needs to be said to the those insisting that the story of remains is a “rumor”.
Your daughter was seen making out with someone a few years back in the woods. That is a rumor.
Having three eyewitnesses as well as several sources of corroborating independent knowledge about the burial of human remains is not a rumor. It is a matter that deserves the attention of everyone. That way we can make sure that the outcome of the investigation will bring satisfactory answers for everyone.
So, until there is law, eyewitnesses and corroborating knowledge, we cannot start an investigation into the rumor of your daughter. An investigation has begun however with the eyewitness accounts and corroboration from independent sources of remains on the property.
God Rest Their Soul.
We have a lot more for you to follow on this and we will keep you updated on what we find. So, until next time step out, step up, get involved and – Standby
TAM would like to put a shout out to the Village of Indiantown PZA Board.
Our own TAM Contributor Tony Z is a serving member of the Board. The Board serves at the pleasure of the Council. One of their job’s is to review development proposals from persons that want to build on the land within the Village. Developers like the PZAB Chairman. Businesses like Tractor Supply.
The Staff spends an up-front amount of time keeping busy with the busy work they create to make sure that the application meets their basic requirements so everyone can be busy. If the application does not meet the busy work requirements, the Board discusses the reasons and potential fixes.
Beyond that they also make recommendation to the Council on approval, disapproval or changes they feel should be made. The outcomes from the PZA Board on development applications are not the final say. Just recommendations.
We tell you this because your PZA Board in the Village got hit upside the head with a big wet Tuna on an attempt to get through their first big development review. Before we get to the actual meeting there are some parts that need to be filled in.
May we say in all good nature to the good Village, please get the Board some training in Roberts Rules of Order. The parliamentary procedure being used is explainable, rough and very novice. Explainable because the people that were chosen appear to never have being exposed to parliamentary procedure.
We know you have had a workshop. Apparently, it is nowhere near the level of training the Board should be given after watching the next vote that was taken in the same workshop. As a friendly piece of advice to the Council members; if you are not going to appoint people with previous exposure to parliamentary procedures and rules, then be prepared to train them. It reflects on you.
That being what it is. We want each of the members, whom serve with no compensation, to know that we are grateful for their willingness to put themselves in the position to help amplify the voices of their neighbors in the process of growth in your community.
By having the microphone, they have a way to recommend changes or non-approval of development efforts. They are your neighbors. The recommendations & rulings of appeal they make can and should reflect the interest of all. With the interest of the People first.
This was demonstrated in orchestrated detail by one of the Board members when discussing the Tractor Supply. Her friends call her “Maggie” (Marjorie Beary). TAM has not had an opportunity to speak one on one with her yet. We understand from some that we actually are not very well liked by her. Too bad really. We hope we can find common ground with Ms. Beary and one day meet.
We wanted to highlight her efforts at the last meeting for a reason. The first of which was her level of participation. Not only did the Board member perform her reading assignment. She took on extra credit reading as well. We could hardly stay in our seats when we watched her in action.
Do you know how refreshing it was to see a Board working in the direction it was designed to?
Her points were spot on with a number of items. A couple of which are the Heritage and wildlife on the undeveloped land.
We have been told by persons that know several of the Board members that “Maggie” is a Masters level Librarian and researcher. Wait it gets better. She has a compatriot on the Board with the same or similar Masters level skill set. It showed too. Her knowledge of the application and her points made were beginning to sound like a real issue for the applicant, Tractor Supply.
In the same meeting, Tony Zweiner brought to light a first-hand account from a local resident that they had witnessed a burial on the property when the witness was eight years old. It was believed to be an Indian. Now new information has surfaced and it appears it was a woman that lived in town. Her family was buried there and she wanted to be added to it. Recent reports to the Martin County Sheriffs office have resulted in interviews and investigation. Stay Tuned
During the period of time this was witnessed there was an enclave of Native Americans that were living in Indiantown. While it is not “officially” a Seminole mound it does not preclude it from being of another tribe or purpose. So now we have reasonable reason to think there may be a body buried, If not a family.
Well, you could have heard a pin drop when “Maggie” told the meeting that she had the coordinates on her GPS. She walked that property with frequency she said. It was 15’ in diameter she said.
Now, this is how the process should work. We could not believe our eyes. The Board was actually doing their job and due diligence.
Our expectation was that one or more of them would vote to table the development application for a period of time and return to investigate the remains. In the least.
Instead, staff drafted the language to be uttered by them and passed it out to the Board like good little puppets. Then they read their script and everything sailed right through for Tractor Supply.
Well, it sailed through after a strong chastisement from Althea. She has once again demonstrated quite openly that she has an attitude problem. Who has ever heard of staff drafting the motions for approval? Did she offer a motion to table too? There is a whole list of things that are wrong with this picture.
Well, this was about the time that the collective air was let out of the refreshing sounds that were filling the meeting. All of the sudden the same people that had issue with lighting, drainage, wildlife and more were voting for approval. We could not believe it. There was credible enough information placed in front of them that they expressed reservation with the plan in discussion. Then you have the small fact that PEOPLE may be buried on the property. Oh well, everyone of them, with exception one, Tony Zweiner, voted to approve the application for Council Rubber Stamping.
From what we saw of at least three of the Board members, the application should have rightfully been tabled to deal with some of the more blaring shortcomings with the application. Like the Light Trespassing they voted for. This will allow light to leave the lot and infringe on their neighbors, Indianwood.
Remove 250 trees and decrease run off by 50%?
Another was the fact that they said they needed the additional light because of the potential of “Felony Thefts” occurring with merchandise stored outside. So, they are creating the potential for felony criminals to be on the border of a retirement park. Then they are only allowing 50 yards of landscaping to keep the transitory foot traffic from leaving the parking lot and wondering into the retirement community, Indianwood.
That is what we mean when we say this should have been slowed down for a bit. The PZAB has full authority to do so. They are supposed to be taking the rough edges off before it meets the Council for discussion. They would only be doing their job.
So, you can see why we said they got hit with a big wet Tuna on their first outing. We are encouraged by the interrogative nature of the Board. We hope to see it perform as it should without political mandate or team players. It is meant to do a job for the people. How this Board decides to behave is directly going to affect every citizen and business in the Village of Indiantown. We will pray for you. So, again thank you to all that serve, it is never easy and there is always someone that is going to complain.
Your efforts are appreciated.
Your efforts will be watched.
Your efforts will be scrutinized as well.
So please continue with your level of energy and expertise.
Let the researcher come out in you all and please keep your eye on the ball.
More to follow – Stand by
YOU MUST FIRST NAME YOUR ENEMY BEFORE YOU CAN DEFEAT IT “MARXISM”
At the most basic element of humankind, it is apparent that we need a set of rules of understanding to allow us all equal opportunity for a safe and reasonable passage through life.
We have developed the concept of ownership as one of these basics. If you worked for it, earned it, it was given to you, it is yours. You own it. If someone takes it that is called theft. And for theft there is to be punishment as designed in our rules, laws.
These rules exist equally for all. In doing so they provide a way for us all to know how to navigate the world in front of us in a responsible way. In our civic agreement, these rules are to be derived from American Constitutional precepts.
Marxism, republicanism, fascism, progressivism, critical theory and other ideas of thought exist on how man should be governed. They are real. They are necessary. They are not just contrived meme blasts on socials. They are quite real. When you understand what the ideas are, well then, you can begin to find your place.
The sphere of governance outside of self is opportunistically filled with ideas and ways. They are there for you to choose. The extent of which allows you to decide how much of your Liberty and Freedom you are willing to abandon for civil rule.
Even if you decide not to choose, you will be led by those who have. If you do not know the foundation of belief of your “leader”, well, you may not like the results by blindly following them.
Be sure though – when confronted with a choice between the American form of Constitutional government, republicanism, and others, doing so will instantly put you on a path.
The path you chose is your equal right to do so. It provides a means of deciding if you are to be an enemy of the Republic or an American.
For those who have sworn oath to protect the American Constitution, the answer should be clear. That is unless you took an oath and are gutless.
There is a point of progression in Trojan wars that the horse is opened. Well, the enemies of America have been flooding from the horse for nearly a Century. Now they hold office in your backyard. No longer do they run to gain ground. No now they have removed their masks and are fully showing their colors.
So, when you choose what ideology you will allow to take your community down the path of governance, make sure you know the destination of those asking to be elected to govern.
You can know by evaluating their principles and ideology. Their actions and outcomes will paint the picture. Their values and principles not just their words are vital to know.
First though we each have to know where we stand and what we stand for. Then we can decide what we will tolerate and that which we will denounce.
Semantics aside, it is a natural occurrence to form governance. How we allow ourselves to be governed is up to each of us. We each have to be involved in the basics. Or be governed by those who do take the time.
Well, OK. We will give you that.
Fine. It is for the Kids, that just graduated from High School as ADULTS. All four of them that participated in the parade and the half dozen others from the class of 21’ that showed up.
Fine, it was for the kids. Who asked them though? Seems that nobody did judging from the turnout. It looked more like a display of power and money than a community sponsored celebration. More like influence than celebration. I guess that had something to do with the fact that the Village Peoples Government was all over the thing. It was NOT citizen driven.
The decorations were over the top. No really – the Tennis Court was draped to make a private area inside of it. The decorations were not inexpensive. It looked like a small time B grade movie set. It even had costumes.
Yepper – as it turns out “volunteers” were given and dawned shirts that look incredibly like STAFF shirts for the Indiantown Village People.
Village Logo included! Oh how nice. These were paid for by Eva Martinez we are told.
We would like to know. Is it OK with you for your TAX dollars to be paying for events? Not just this one. There have been others. If allowed there will be more too.
Remember too, Dowling made sure that we did not spend any money on the 4th of July, but stunts like this for personal PR are OK we suppose. Is that OK with you?
We have a hard time figuring out how a former Army Reserve officer can attempt to square his Marxism with American Duty and principle.
If I am not mistaken Brown claims a military past as well. Sad really.
For the record, the Garcia group and a few others stroked a check to help defray the costs of the Village Peoples event. This is the same Garcia Group that knocked out an Eagles nest and choked us to near death for two weeks when they burned local acreage to the dirt. But you have to do that when you want to asphalt it and build 250 houses on it.
It is interesting that the Garcia group chose to partner with the Village. Why not partner with the residents for their grass roots celebration tomorrow? This one will be for the kids!
We bet the turn out from the PEOPLES event will be over the top. We will be counting the participants to be sure! Thank you to the organizers Addie and Phil for their efforts. Anna Blake and the Chamber for your participation and the list goes on. Do you know who is absent from the planning & heavy lifting?
The Village People, because they could not take the lead and put themselves in the spotlight for re-election. You can bet Antony and a couple others will be front and center to take pictures and press the palms though.
You know who else is not helping? The Garcia Group. Simply because the people are not who they need to get chummy with. It is the Village People they need to be friends with! How else do you build a thousand homes in no time?
Is this starting to get any clearer for everyone? There are those that do not have your interest at heart and you can actually do something about it! As newly minted Adults so can the class of 21’.
You see, cute shirts and cupcakes may make for a good photo op. They obviously don’t make for a successful event however. The Village is a government. Not a civic rotary club or Kiwanis club. It should not behave as such.
Oh, and are you OK with your tax dollars being spent on Staff to attend and put the thing on?
It means flex time for them. So, they can take off from their job and regular duties of serving you to eat cupcakes instead. The government in Indiantown is out of control. The size and abuses of power are pathetic. This is an example of the abuse of trust and lack of stewardship with your money. We know, it is for the kids !
Now, to all of the Grads. Parade or not. You accomplished your goal.
You have attained life’s first milestone. There are many more ahead of you. Please do not look to the government to be your crutch. Look to God. We are Americans. We rely first on God then ourselves. When we list, we have neighbors and friends.
We do not need government or politicos to provide for us. We need government to get out of the way and let us accomplish our goals on our own merit and hard work! Not with self ingratiating handouts.
Hopefully you will register to vote and assist us in getting the bums out of office so we can get back to American Values and Tradition in Indiantown. You know, like fire works on the 4th of July.
Well, the sensical outcome of relative sanity seems to have prevailed in the Fire Rescue scrum that concluded last night in Indiantown. The conclusion was brought on in true self serving and ego driven fashion by the Village People too.
What do we mean?
When you review the previous meetings that Janet has Chaired as Mayor, she has a pattern. It is actually a pattern we noticed and even laughed about because of its obvious nature of selfishness. It seems to stem from a position of control.
Every meeting the Council has opportunity for each Council person to make whatever remarks that are germane to the business of the Village prior to conducting the people’s business.
As Mayor, during the “Council Comments” section young Janet has had a record of calling on her peers in the same order, meeting after meeting.
The person filling the top slot every meeting by Janet is done by calling on Susan Gibbs-Thomas first. Unless there is a topic of priority then she calls on Antony. You can see it yourself; it is all there to watch.
So, last night, why the shift to Antony as the first to speak? Well, that should be obvious to anyone that has half a clue. Antony will try and play the Fire Rescue as a positive for him in the upcoming election. He will fly the banner of being the one to ride in on a “White Horse” and save the day. That’s what makes us laugh.
The blatant nature of the selfishness to deny Susan the opportunity to make the motion was an obvious decision for the cornered and beaten Village People. At the end of the day, it was politics. Dirty, but politics.
There is another facet to this as well though outside of the politics.
Janet and Antony are not supposed to be discussing things like this between them. It is known as the Sunshine Law. So, how did the arrangements get made? Well, we have our own thoughts on that one.
What is most important though is Truth.
The truth is that the success of Susan Gibbs-Thomas is a threat to the personas being dawned by the Village People.
The truth is that between a lot of unselfish dialogue and prayer, Susan Gibbs-Thomas and Harold Jenkins held the thin thread together that allowed for Antony to grab the political spot light and try to shine it.
What was done last night by the Village people is a blatant and self-serving ploy that is deserving of the political gutter that they have to live in to assert it.
At the last Regular Council meeting Ms. Gibbs-Thomas made the same motion to accept the deal from Martin County. Because it was Susan, there were no takers for a second on the motion.
The truth, they could not bring themselves to allow Susan the role of leadership that she has earned through her behavior and outcomes.
It is not the posing with goodie bags, and painting a mural with the youth group that make you. It may be a thinly veiled marketing effort, but leadership it is not.
Leadership is allowing the hard work and the dedication you have demonstrated stand on its own merit and foundation. Because in the end it is that which we build upon the stone that lasts.
That which is built on sand will pass.
So, when the time comes, let the record reflect that we all know who was standing in the way and who was holding things together. In case anyone forgets we will be here to remind them later. Loud and clear.
Second, it is the loud and clear portion of this that needs some clarity as well.
Fire Rescue like every political matter has a beginning a middle and an end. The involvement of the People at the beginning of the matter will generally have a better chance of stopping bad ideas before they get out of hand. Like Fire Rescue did.
When the citizens are involved prior to the ideas, bad ideas are harder to plant and water.
Unfortunately, it seemed like too many were hoping someone else was doing the watching and standing up. Too many thought somebody else would make this all better for them. In the end, they were right. The few again stood for the many.
As the severity of the outcome continued to build a few braved the sticks and stones and began barking. We were called Racist, White Supremacists, Loud Mouths, troublemakers, blah blah blah.
We even stood outside the meetings, we protested, we made our voices heard, loud and clear.
Many from the Hispanic community that wanted to attend were told by so called men of God and Faith that they should not join the protestors because they would go to jail. The bullying and thuggery associated with the oppressive tactics for political victory are below the bottom. Especially for self declared disciples.
In the end the best of America showed up at the protests. People from all walks of life. People that found common ground of truth.People that together had a loud voice and made the difference.
If you looked even halfheartedly you saw what made this work.
WE THE PEOPLE.
So, let’s take a Victory lap for Indiantown and then get ready to focus on what are sure to be bigger challenges in the days ahead. Hopefully we can continue to build common ground for the common good.
Until Next time – Standby
Well the day has finally arrived. The Council is going to have to make a decision about Fire Rescue this Thursday at their next meeting.
Below is a copy of today’s discussion with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and their position on the Village of Indiantown’s bullish demands. As we expected the “deal is the deal”, take it or leave it Village People.
Howard Brown asked for 2.5 million. He asked to make usage and deed changes in Booker and Big Mound Park to buildings deeded to the Village.
Howard has also added an item to the Village agenda for this Thursday to hire someone to oversee the fire rescue efforts for the Village. Just what we need, more salary and employees and worse services than what we have.
The county is at 1.3 million take it or leave it – they are done. Honestly it was a gracious gesture to begin with and the Village keeps spitting in their eye. They are lucky the offer was not pulled out from under them.
The Village meets this Thursday to decide whether or not to hire a person to lead the transition of the Fire Rescue from Martin. If they do hire the person, well, kiss Martin County Fire Rescue “bye-bye” in 2022.
Or they can do as Ms. Gibbs-Thomas has suggested they do and “TAKE THE DEAL”.
Will you be at the next meeting to continue the pressure on the Council to put this bad idea away and bury it?
It Starts with you.
Last week the Village of Indiantown Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board met to hear the details that were all worked out by staff so they could be rubber stamped and given to the Council. They are set to rush through the approval with necessary formal consideration of legality, with little to no consideration of the PEOPLE affected directly by this. Well, you know what they say, “You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.”
Guess who the eggs are this time Indianwood?
As the Clerk said “We already have it in the Minutes that way”. (prior to discussion or voting) It was their meeting, not mine. You can’t make this stuff up. It is all there.
The lead staff member, Althea Jackson, even went as far as to script out the motions for approval for the Board members. No sign of the way to make a motion to table it. How convenient. No, no rubber stamp or nose ring there. It is sad that the Village staff thinks so little of the intelligence level of their Boards that they have to script things for them. But I guess that is the case.
Not only that but when you watch the playback of the meeting and listen to the condescending tonality of Althea towards the Board members it is telling.
The Board itself did a half way decent job of pointing out most of all of the fallacy with the plan, that was to be sent forward with minor recommendations from them. Sad really. Especially when the fact of an Indian Burial Mound existing on the property was disclosed it seemed not phase a soul. Even that was not enough for the Board, of your neighbors, to say they thought it should be tabled until there is more time for further discussion. Somehow the platitudes and empty replies of “Expert This” and “Expert That” was enough to sit the self-initiated down and vote against their own judgement.
All but one, Tony Zweiner.
Beyond the news that there are real people buried out there, it was also shown that the diversity and healthy Eco environment that is about to be replaced with 4 acres of asphalt is certain to cause another Eco – imbalance in our Village as well. Just like the slash and burn operation a few weeks back that took out an Eagles nest. Then there is the remaining list of water runoff, lighting issues as well as the noise issues that will affect the residents of Indianwood and the Village as a whole.
Only one Board member voted not to approve the variances that were required to meet the Villages own LDR or building codes. That’s right, the list of special exemptions from the letter of the law (LDR/Code) had to be made to fit the project in.
This project that will displace a whole lot of known wild life, level a burial mound, get rid of over 250 trees, create light pollution and prepare for a phase two build out to cover the entire 35-acre plat one asphalt load at a time.
Not only is it not in keeping with the Village it will promote the big box store urban style pollution that is today’s urban planning. Aren’t we better than this Indiantown?
Besides, what about the existing businesses that already provide for these services? What consideration is being given to your neighbors and fellow community members over the interest of a NASDAQ listed big box profit center with no interest in you or this community beyond your wallet.
The estimated 5k a year in additional revenue for the Village?
TAM has been asking The Village and Council members for over a year what the activity on the property was about. Especially the 18 oaks along Warfield that will be removed for this concrete nightmare. They knew, they refused to say. Well now we know. We also know and can say that The Village is not even close to being forth coming with information that is averse to their planning. Another Howard Brown creation we suppose.
We did not hear about how they plan to keep transient foot traffic off of the Indianwood Community Property either.
They have openly said the overly bright lights are for Safety. It is so, people do not steal things. People like CRIMINALS that are attracted to Big Box environments. The same Criminals that can walk across the parking lot and now into your streets and homes in Indianwood.
It is OK to say no sometimes and this sure seems like one to us. Just to make clear Indianwood, your neighbors on the PZA except for Tony Zweiner, voted to tell the Council it all looks good to them.
It also meant that they told the Council it is OK to violate the light rules because it is for SAFETY. Well, glad to know you have our safety at heart while you turn a wildlife area into an urban light, sight and noise polluted corner.
What can you do?
Speak Out and Speak Up. Write to your Village Council, e-mail them, call them and show up at meetings and make YOUR VOICE HEARD! There are more of us than there are of them. Stand on common ground with your neighbors for the good of your life style and the future of those still to come.
If not you, then who? If not you, then say hello to the first of several new Urban Neighbor’s you are going to share a property line with. Don’t say nobody told you.
Until next time – Standby
Sometimes the things we expect to happen, because they are designed that way, don’t really work out as planned. Let’s look at the Village of Indiantown as an example.
Remember the design phase? Utopia, grand plans and Independence from the reigns of the awful Martin County. A whole lot of money and political capital was spent to form a new municipal government so the People could be served better. All the while the idea was for those who had large capital investments and landholdings in the area to be able to rapidly develop their land and do it with far fewer restrictions from government. Things were not moving fast enough for them so they had to grease the wheels a bit to get things moving.
Remember that? “The Indiantown Independence Movement”.
Promises of grandeur and streets that drain themselves. Parks, roads, buggy trails and Government lite. It was designed to make Indiantown a place of overnight increases in standards of living for all. Especially the down trodden and oppressed.
Well, that was nearly five years ago. Now look at it.
What has been done?
Well, the Council has elected a manager that was involved with a major FBI scandal in 2010 through 2015. The same manager that brings in brotherhood consultants that work directly with his own personal Municipal Consulting firm for finders’ fees and other considerations. Some of these consultants having racial scandals of their own in Orlando. The manager himself is a Social Justice advocate from the school of progressive socialism.
The same manager that does not have to drink the water, drive the flooded and pot holed roads or shop here. Why? He is not required to live here to run the place. He is two County away. A manager that has climbed in the heads of some Council members and is using them like a bad scene from Children of the Corn. Why do we say that?
Well, priorities are the reason. In life our outcomes reflect our actions and our actions are generally a reflection of our priority. So let’s take a look together at how outcome has stacked up with priority.
Here is a list of five things the people of the Village can use for its people. These were top priority of the initial effort to incorporate too. We have all been reminded about the countless hours and dollars spent making sure this whole thing worked. Or did it?
(1) Roads / Drainage. We would all agree I am sure that there are some real issues with the water run off in Indiantown. We can also agree that there are a lot of holes that need filled too. A couple years ago an initial micro asphalt had been placed over a small portion of the roads just weeks prior to the last election cycle. It served as the best campaign sign for an incumbent that she could get. This was a wasted tax payer expenditure that did nothing but make things look pretty and give incumbents a chance to declare their fitness for office. It was more a ploy that wasted tax money and did very little to improve the roads. It sure was visible though.
Now we have a Two Million Dollar Federal Grant that is repairing roads in the next up for re-election incumbents’ areas. While the timing seems very convenient, there can be no argument the road work was needed. Where is the next improvement and when is it planned? Next election?
Meanwhile, the Village could have spent a whole lot on roads and nothing on consultants, commissions and soap boxes had they never considered the Fire Rescue. Ask yourself, who has the most to gain from the outcome of removing fire rescue? Is it you?
All of this while we, the people, continue to fight to prevent the number one priority from being replacing Fire Rescue with a less effective and more expensive service. Why should you have to fight your own elected to do what is in your interest?
The action of four of the Council do not match the priority unless you are in it for yourself and see opportunity for strengthening a base or a personal bank account. Who is telling them this is a good idea?
Or, maybe they think that the EXPERTS know more about what the people want and need than the PEOPLE do. Sound familiar? Lines like, “Well we have been listening to staff” and “we have been told by experts”. So, while you scream for roads & drainage, they are wasting your time, money and attention on something that is not even on the top 50 list right now? Why?
(2) Water Plant. The water plant needs 20 million in repair work just to be capable of handling what it should be able to handle already. Why did the Village pay 500k over market value for it? It is limping along with only one of three pumps working and no fail over for the old worn-out pump that is in service. When it quits like it did a few short weeks ago on a Sunday, well, you will see another outage and boil order like before. Hopefully it will come back up next time.
Not only that the system does not have enough pressure to supply water for a large fire if there was one. Then you look and see that there is no tanker truck in the plan for Fire Rescue changes. So where are these so-called experts? Who is saving? With savings like that you might as well be broke. We see the outcomes, so what is the priority?
Oh, and the fire hydrants attached to the under pressured water system. Well, more are inoperable than operable. But you still have Antony, Guyton and Janet all screaming about how the experts know better and that Fire Rescue is somehow a priority. All the while your water system, that fire trucks need, cannot handle it without a tanker truck for backup. Where is the priority?
(3) Additional Housing. Well, with early information about proposed projects the rents start well above the median income in this market. That was before material shortages and inflationary pressures from the White House. Several months back the LOW end is estimated around 1,800$ per month. Affordable? For who? So, who are they looking out for? You or someone with more money than you?
Sad too the first attempt at it is going to take out a micro-oak hammock of rare environmentally sensitive lands. It will be placed in a residential area that it is completely incompatible with as well.
Another developer that is already greasing the skids behind the scenes wants to put in 850 more houses. They will bound Indianwood on two sides. This group has left their calling card at the door. The large portion of land North of Indianwood that was scorched for over 2 weeks causing respiratory issues for their neighbor’s smack dab in the middle of pollen season is theirs. If that is not enough, they destroyed an Eagles nest in the process as well. But they promise to be the best neighbor to the hood you have ever seen. Priorities?
(4) Retail / Commercial. Well, there is a plan for a Tractor Supply to go in at 609 and 710. Some 18 Oak Trees that line 710 will need to be eliminated as a starter. It is the same land that has what are said to be Indian Burial Mounds on them. Will anybody care to look?
All 15 or so of the jobs this standalone store might create will be low paying retail sector jobs and most of the upper-level jobs will be brought in from the outside. It will also create a great deal of unwanted traffic and outsiders. Not to mention the unwanted urban environmental impact that is not in keeping with the rural atmosphere of Indiantown. It does demonstrate the scorched earth effort though to radically transform the Village. For what? For who?
Besides, we already have all the services that a Tractor Supply furnishes. What is the rush to displace the locals and bring in the box stores? I guess we are supposed to be like the rest of South Florida. Nothing unique here. How about trying that old home town feel and enlisting the Chamber of Commerce for a little help on the insights of the needs of the existing small business owners that are struggling to serve the market before you lop their heads off and bring in Tire Kingdoms, Public, CVS, and Tractor Supply. Way to look out for the local’s gang. I bet if the Manager and a couple of the Council Members actually lived in the boundary of the Village they might think differently.
(5) Reduction in government. One of the TOP priorities of the “Founding Fathers” as they are so over the top referred to was in their own words; Government lite. You now have 25 plus full-time people and a large pool of consultants being paid to create more work for themselves at your expense. The idea was supposed to be benefit for the people.
Less Government, including code enforcement. More freedom to do what the people wanted to do. No one asked for a central polit bureau of elitists to run our day-to-day world. There is enough in the mix already without the immature and corrupt crew in charge making things worse.
The angst and blood pressures are culminating into what is sure to be a well-orchestrated and combined financial effort to make sure that two of the incumbents are removed and the other fully supported in the next election cycle. If Howard Brown is not gone by then we feel confident he will be gone after the next election.
Walking on the backs of Church groups for PR stunts and micro pavement is not going to work this time for young progressive clad candidates. Your actions have shown your priorities.
Many within are already combining and enlisting attorneys to assist in the possible Abolishment and dissolution of the Village all together. For those that think that is not possible, well, see you in the morning, sleep tight.
Currently less than 300k of the Villages revenue, outside of grants, come from residential roof top taxes. You have heard certain Council members crying that 300k a year was not enough. It was too small and there was nothing that could be done with so little money. They feel they are owed more because of their racial heritage. Well, tick FPL off and that is all you have left.
I bet if they gave you and I the 300k, we could find a few things that need repair in town! How about we start with new pumps for the water plant, then connect the loop so we get some real pressure and fresher water. Estimates are the cost of that is two million. Well, you said it would take 1.8 the first year you start fire rescue and 6.5 the year following. So, scrap fire rescue and use that money. Now add 300k to it a year from the County and you actually have more than you started with. Amazing isn’t it. You found the money for Fire Rescue – now find it for the real needs.
Oh, and one last note before we leave you. We would like to address a question that was raised by Guyton Stone at the last Council Sandbox play time get together.
He said that he was no longer able to remain quite and had to ask Council woman Gibbs-Thomas which crew she was supporting, the County Commission or the Council?
Here again folks, priorities. You see, he did not say the people of Indiantown. No, he made enemy of the Commission and cast Susan from the sandbox of the Council.
Given Ms. Gibbs-Thomas is serving” The People” neither of your derogatory assumptions are correct Guyton. Why? Well to begin with, as you and your Council Crew have demonstrated many times over, you do not include her as part of your little click. We are sure she wears that as a badge of honor.
Second, your priority is seriously skewed if you think that her loyalty should lie with the Council and Not the people. Whose side are you on Guyton?
We know most people do not like protest, strong actions, or even controversy. At some point someone has to shout though. But those shouting cannot be expected to carry the ball over the line alone for you. You still have to participate. It is part of being an American. It is a part greatly missing today. We can however affect our local world though.
You have to make your feelings known whether it is with a hallmark greeting card, a letter, e-mail or a protest sign and a bull horn.
This is your home. You have to protect it from those that want to take it from you. Get informed, get involved and be counted. Stand with your neighbor on common ground and be heard.
Tell the Council to get their priority in line with yours. Or you can sit back and get ready to go for a ride to wherever they want to take you, we have a feeling you will not like the ending if you give away your freedoms and let others greed and corruption guide your future.
So, Until next time – Standby
And just like that, the Southeast of the US is heading down a dark path similar to one of the 1970s gas shortages from Virginia to Florida to Alabama following the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. Even with Colonial set to restore systems by the weekend, shortages have already materialized as people panic hoard.
The real panic has yet to begin as millions of Americans are waking up for work, hopping into their vehicle across the Southeast, and are hearing fuel shortages on the radio or reading push notifications on their phone. Driving down the street, they see rising fuel prices, signs at pumps that either read shortage or pump restrictions, or even see some gas stations closed.
This is beginning to look like the 1970s gas shortage. If the panic just started hours ago – just wait until tomorrow. People will freak.