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Does anyone know this person? Do you know who his friends or family are? We would like to know if you do. Please contact us on our tip line if you know this man.
He was accused of and arrested for sending pictures of his penis to minor kids in the past. He did so while he worked in the school district at the time. A six month investigation was done and charges were dropped. He is current Vice Mayor in Palm Bay and we feel he may have a link to the happenings here in Indiantown
If you know who he is potentially related to in our area or involved with please help us confirm what we are starting to piece together.
So who is Robert Burns? Well Mr. Burns is the person that used the Illegal methods of displaying the Absentee Voter role to try and DOX (call out) Ms. Clowdus for her voting status in Indiantown. Burns had to obtain that list from a candidate.
The Martin County Supervisor of Elections has already told us he did not receive it from their office. They also said there were only three people who did request it. Guy Parker, Tony Z and the current Mayor of Indiantown.
We still have a mysterious campaign finance payment to look at as well. we will be filing another compliant today to ask the Division of Elections to look into questionable payments made by the recent past Mayor of Indiantown and the current one too. We believe that it may very well help link a few of these already know pieces together and further the effort of bringing the TRUTH to the light.
This is why it is important to know the people you elect to govern you.
Burns also appears in the affidavit as someone whom West was allegedly attempting to funnel contributions through. Burns said he did previously consult for West on a campaign in Martin County. But Burns disputed an allegation mentioned in the affidavit that West provided him with a $10,000 contribution to his political action committee, saying the figure was closer to $7,000. Burns said that, because he “refused” to use the money the way West wanted, West reversed the credit charge.
Credit: Florida Today:
Other names show up in the affidavit, including former Councilman Tres Holton, who is implicated for being hired as a consultant for West while sitting on the council. Others include Mayor William Capote and political consultant Robert Burns.
~ Burns said he did previously consult for West on a campaign in Martin County. But Burns disputed that West provided him with a $10,000 contribution to his PAC, saying the figure was closer to $6,000. Burns said that, because he “refused” to use the money the way West wanted, West reversed the credit charge.
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Talk About Martin received the following e-mail that was sent to the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. We felt that the message was such that we should share it with you. Below, you will see a link that will allow you to e-mail the commission in one easy click after you read the e-mail.
Good morning. Please read below:
Dr. Mike Yeadon , a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, says that half or even “almost all” of tests for COVID are false positives. Dr. Yeadon also argues that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already.
In an interview last week Dr. Yeadon was asked:
“we are basing a government policy, an economic policy, a civil liberties policy, in terms of limiting people to six people in a meeting…all based on, what may well be, completely fake data on this coronavirus?”
Dr. Yeadon answered with a simple “yes.”
Even more significantly, even if all positives were to be correct, Dr. Yeadon said that given the “shape” of all important indicators in a worldwide pandemic, such as hospitalizations, ICU utilization, and deaths, “the pandemic is fundamentally over.”
Yeadon said in the interview:
“Were it not for the test data that you get from the TV all the time, you would rightly conclude that the pandemic was over, as nothing much has happened. Of course people go to the hospital, moving into the autumn flu season…but there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen.”
According to this article the pandemic is over. After reviewing this, and listening to what Governor DeSantis said during his speech on Friday when he announced we were moving into Phase 3 (and penalties for mask mandates would be null and void), I can’t imagine how the board can justify any mandate for individuals and businesses. I ask that you rescind both mandates- the one for the public and the one for businesses, as neither carry much weight with the Governor’s orders.
These mandates and closures make absolutely NO SENSE at this time. The only reason to continue in this manner is if you really only wanted to instill fear to control and divide your community even further than it already is. I’m asking you to please be the leaders you swore to be during your oath, and to end this madness; to begin healing your county and stop dividing it, stop lying to your community about thresholds, stop silencing your constituents, and to please stop withholding information.
It’s time to end this thing and recover. There’s only a few months left of the year. As leaders it’s time you took a positive path for your “fractured community.” We can still salvage some of 2020.
Sincerely, Meredith Lee
There is an old standard of journalistic approach that adheres to a very American axiom. That axiom is, Who, What, When, Where & Why.
The discussion at hand surrounding the $4,000,000.00 of improperly allocated tax payer money requires in the least that we not focus on the character of the individuals involved, which given the slippery ethical slope they stand on is easy to do. Those discussions can take place later.
It requires that we address the facts as facts so that they can shine the light and let the players that cast shadow be seen of their own behavior.
So, in that interest I offer the following. We have an opportunity to bring to the light a matter that is fundamental to how we allow our local governance to transpire.
Let’s Start with the Who. In this case the Who includes, the Martin County School District, Martin County School Board, a Volunteer committee for oversight and the Union. It also includes the Property Owners of Martin County and the Voters.
Now to the What. In late 2018 voters approved a referendum. The referendum increased the amount of money taken from the property owners and it was to be given to the District Teachers. The referendum was sold as a Teacher pay raise. The referendum language follows.
August 28, 2018 – Shall the Martin County School District increase ad valorem millage by one-half mill per year, beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2022, to fund essential operating expenses for: School safety and security for all schools, mental health programs, recruiting and retention of qualified teachers, professional development for teachers and staff, and academic initiatives; with annual reporting to the county’s citizens to ensure fiscal stewardship?
Yes – 22,187 No – 17,586
This year voters were told that the $11,200,000.00 collected from property owners for this years allocations would go to five categories.
All Categories are to fund the essential operating expenses for:
Soon after the election a group of Martin County citizens pushed to establish a citizen oversight committee to watch our money. They were each appointed by a Board or District person.
In the course of events the committee noticed that there was an annual $1,000,000.00 allocation to a group of employees of the district that did not meet any of the criterion the voters approved.
That brings us to the Why.
Why were voters sold a story line about the referendum that the money would support Teachers and School Security only to then give money directly to non-teaching employees?
Why was the money first identified as an Academic Initiative? Money in a person’s pocket is not an academic initiative.
Why has the money been moved now to the heading of Teacher Retention & Recruitment?
The where, in all of this will be the location of the meeting in which the School Board will hold in order to officially allocate the money. Given recent lifting of virus mandates by the Governor it makes sense that we would fill the chamber with tax payer and parent alike to voice our protest.
We are going to add another step to the axiom of Who, What, When, Where and Why, the word How.
How did the money get allocated to pay people that are not even closely mentioned in the language the voters agreed to at the ballot box?
How did the committee end up reallocating the money into another bucket when many agree that it is still not right?
How is the process of negotiation being used to run cover for the School Board?
The final how is yet to be answered. How will the Board Vote when they have a chance to do what is right?
Let’s answer the rest of the HOW questions.
How did the money get allocated to non-teaching personnel when they are not mentioned in the referendum language agreed to by Voters?
After the voters agreed to take more money from property owners for Teachers, the system began its machinations of due diligence to get the money into the checkbook. The first step was dividing the four year multi-million dollars up into the five categories for allocation. To do this the District negotiated the allocation with the Union, after the fact, to determine who was going to receive the stipends and at what level.
The negotiations ended up in essence rewriting the referendum language by including all members of the union in the payout, regardless of voter approved and required credential. In the Union you are known as a Bargaining Unit. In the process job descriptions where eliminated from the picture and no longer needed to fit the referendum language because now everyone is a bargaining unit. All that was left is to determine which bargaining units fit which of the five buckets.
At first the General District Counsel argued that non-teaching personnel could be kept in the category of academic Initiatives. The foundation of the argument was weak and did not stand.
The committee decided to reallocate the non-working personnel allocations under Section Three of the referendum. The argument presented to the committee by counsel was that non-teaching personnel were required for the recruitment and retention of Teachers.
There is again a very thin argument being made by the District on this one.
Let’s back up a second though and review the headings one more time.
Remember, the $1,000,000.00 payout annually for a group of non-teaching employees started under section five, Academic Initiative. The bargaining unit of non-employees has now been moved to Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Teachers.
The new language used for basis of argument by the District Counsel reads Recruiting & Retaining Teachers.
The Recruitment portion is only allocated 30k. The $30,000.00 is going towards recruitment fairs for new teacher recruitment.
The rest of the money for retention is going directly to the Teachers pockets in the form of Stipend.
The justification by the District is that by moving 1,000 non-teaching bargaining units to the category of retention, , it will “help retain teachers”. Thus it meets referendum criteria.
Non-teaching employees were never mentioned on the ballot. Well, not under section three at least. One could make the case that you could spend money on professional development for Staff under section four. However, to argue that money directly to anyone’s pocket based upon the referendum language takes some purposeful effort of interpretation as well as rewriting of intent to justify.
It should begin to become clear now what has been taking place. There are details beyond these blatant obfuscations that we can and will explore deeper. For this article though, it is important to understand that things are not always as they seem. There really is a man behind the curtain. This one is manipulating more than just the $4,000,000.00 of Property Owners money.
It would have been perfectly alright if the citizens committee had recommended that the District and Board reallocate the dollars to the agreed upon headings of the referendum. The committee by all rules of order in their mission could have left the one million allocation out with a big fat asterisk that said – “It is our recommendation that you put the money here.”
However, it was never offered to them that they could suggest reallocation’s. Instead they were told all they could recommend was where the pieces landed in a predetermined and modified matrix.
This can easily lead to a misconception that the committee actually gave unanimous approval for the outcome. They are not unanimous.
If the people allow $4,000,000.00 to be used for something other than what the Voters were told and agreed to, well that has some pretty far reaching implications that you do not need this author to explain.
We hope that you will continue to follow this process. Please contact your School Board Members and let them know your thoughts.
Editors Note – You will find greater detail of the matter and documentation in our first in this series: <<Part I Here>>
WHETHER MARTIN & THE VILLAGE OF INDIANTOWN BACK IT UP IS ANOTHER THING
IT IS TIME FOR IN PERSON MEETINGS. WE NEED TO AGAIN BE ABLE TO CROWD THE CHAMBERS IN MASS TO SHOW OPPOSITION AND SUPPORT.
Florida Gov Ron DeSantis announced Friday afternoon that Florida will move to “Phase 3” of its reopening plan, lifting all restrictions on bars and restaurants blocking them from operating at full capacity. The order also prevents local governments from enforcing social distancing requirements like wearing masks in public.
“We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Florida. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida.”
“We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work,” he added. “(Local governments) can do reasonable regulations but they can’t just say no.”
The news is already horrifying public health experts who insist that the US is on the cusp of an especially brutal fall resurgence, as the virus couples with the seasonal flu.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, there are 4 main provisions to the order :
People have been asking if there are recordings of the Workshop. Well, we have found them. We are sharing them with you.
We hope it proves to be insightful.
Remember the comments and topics are the STRATEGIC PLANNING workshop for your Village Council. They are discussing the strategic goals of how you will be governed.
Strategic planning is the process of documenting and establishing a direction of your small business or government —by assessing both where you are and where you’re going. The strategic plan gives you a place to record your mission, vision, and values, as well as your long-term goals and the action plans you’ll use to reach them.
In the first segment we suggest the following times for interesting perspectives of dialogue.
50:00 mark – 56:40 mark – 59:00 mark – 107:00 mark & 126:00 mark
9a – 24 Sep 20 – TAM was unable to attend yesterday’s event. However we have learned a few things about the event.
First. The person that was the victim of what Anthony Dowling called a “Racial Attack” was working at Dollar Store when it happened. We do not know who the person is at this time. We are working to get a chance to talk with her.
Second. The first social media announcement that made the radar on this event a day prior to the event was posted by a sitting Councilman on his page with integrated graphics. (see below).
Third. The fact that a sitting Councilman uses his official page and title to promote and encourage participation in this cast an impression that the Village was supporting this effort through him. Just another reason for a communications policy to be in place with the Village. We e-mailed Howard Brown at the Village and will share that with you too. (see below)
Fourth: The Village has said they knew nothing of this event. So, a Councilman, using the Village Name promotes an event as Councilman and acts as an organizer and the Village Manager has no idea about it? How is that possible? Seems we should have a communication policy in place so we do not have these types of misleading impressions from Council members. Remember, they are just borrowing the Title of office.
Fifth: An on line FB user has indicated that Anthony had nothing to do with the event either. The same FB user invited us to come to the event to find out more details on the Attack.
Sixth. Our lack of ability to be on the ground was unfortunate. However, we will be working to bring this into focus a little bit better.
Lastly, no person should be subject to abusive language of any kind. What this situation shows us are a couple of things. Unfortunately the way that Anthony Dowling has played a race card and used the Village as a platform to do it from is sad. What was said to the young lady, from what we know, was wrong.
As soon as we have found a way to speak with the young lady we will let you know.
2P – 23 Sep 20 – TAM has received word from Howard Brown.
He indicates that they know nothing about the event other than flyers that they have seen.
So, we at least know that this is not a Village Sanctioned Event as we were led to believe by Anthony’s use of his Title and the Village Of Indiantowns name.
Thank you though Anthony for your comm-unity service on the matter.
12p – 23 Sep 20 – TAM has learned through Councilman Anthony Dowling’s official page that he is promoting and organizing an event for Social Justice Tonight @ 5P
The details follow. There are several questions that many of you have had about this event, and we agree with you. The matter of Race Crime is something that if it is occurring in the manner implied, well then Law Enforcement should be the first place to go.
If this is truly a matter of racial hate crime then we should all be intolerant of it.
However, the details on the event create more questions than answers. So, we have asked them for you.
We have asked Councilman Dowling publicly for a response this time. All other attempts in the past for answers have been met with a demand to “send him a letter and he will get back to us.”
We have also asked the Village for a response or a press release on the matter. Anthony is operating as Councilman for this event so we want the Village to have a chance to express their involvement and support of the event as well.
As soon as Anthony responds to your questions we will let you know.
Here is a screen scrape of the event :
Here are the Questions we asked and hope to have an answer for soon:
This event is not a Village sponsored event.
From: Eric Miller <email@example.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:47 PM
To: Howard Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Race Attacks
Howard – Thank You for the prompt response. More than Anthony has done. This is the Event I am talking about on Councilman Dowling’s official Social page – He appears to be representing the Village. I have to ask, how could you not know? Is there a policy in place for these types of Communication events that controls this appearance of involvement officially and thus on behalf of the Village? As a personal aside – Oh and sorry for the Harold thing in prior e-mail (mental lapse). – Editor
From: Howard Brown <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:37 PM
To: Eric Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Race Attacks
I don’t have any information other than what’s in the flyer.
Howard W. Brown, Jr., ICMA-CM
Village of Indiantown, FL
On Sep 23, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Eric Miller > wrote:
We, Talk About Martin, are trying to find out more about the Race Crimes occurring in Indiantown. According to Councilmen Dowling a severe Racial Attack took place in Indiantown and he and the Village are arranging and facilitating a parade of support. Can you elaborate please on the matter.
Eric D. Miller