Indian River GOP

Indian River County

Republican Executive Committee

NEW ADDRESS

2045 US1, Vero Beach, Florida

(Corner of US1 and State Rd 60 West)

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The Train Wreck Times

See our call to action below!  Hot off the press this morning!

As I said in my latest Letter to the Editor of the Press Journal, “We’ve lost track of the backroom deals, lies and surprises with this project.  What is certain…when we said “Fortress puts profits ahead of lives” we were spot on!”   One never knows if it will be published – we shall see.

This leads us into the latest financing scheme AAF/FEC is trying out to see if they can get a measly $1.75 Billion faster than the RRIF loan.  Here are some notes on Private Activity Bonds (PAB’s):

  • They are approved by the US Dept. of Transportation typically for public projects like bridge reconstruction – the website states for Highways and Freight Rail.
  • They are tax free bonds and are issued to encourage private persons or entities to invest in public infrastructure projects.
  • These would be bonds issued for a private passenger rail project.  What theTampa Bay Times said about PAB’s:  “This kind of corporate welfare cheats the federal treasury and enables government to give an unfair advantage to one business over another.”

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-crack-down-on-corporate-welfare/2107825

  • Once approved by the DOT, the bonds are issued by a state entity, in this case the Florida Development Finance Corp., a quasi-government institution, and the cash is funneled through the counties.
  • AAF/FEC has selected 5 counties to funnel the cash:  Miami/Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Brevard and Orange (Orlando) at $280 - $300 million per county.
  • However Brevard, and most recently we heard Broward, are not “done deals” for this PAB financing.
  • AAF/FEC says they will not withdraw the RRIF loan application and at this point will continue to meet the requirements of participating in the Environmental Impact Study.
  • See the Palm Beach Post article attached for more details on PAB’s.

The rest of the story…Brevard County, like others around the state, has a $7.5 million cap on the amount of PAB bonds the county will allow to be used, which is a far cry from what AAF/FEC needs.  The train company also needs ALL municipalities with crossings to sign amended crossing lease agreements adding AAF to the agreements which currently are written with FEC.  (Indian River County Board of Commissioners resolved to not sign the amendments.) So we have the creation of the All Aboard Brevard Bribe…if the Brevard commissioners add AAF to the agreements and lift the PAB’s cap, they will receive a 7 year moratorium on annual crossing maintenance fees charged by FEC and projected to double with AAF.

A Call To Action!

There will be a Brevard County commissioners’ meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 21, and the agenda item is scheduled for 10am.  If you are in town, please try to go to the meeting in Viera.  You don’t need to speak; we just need to pack the house.   AAF has put out 2 e-blasts to their supporters asking them to attend.  Just this morning we were alerted –they’re pulling out all of the stops…this is a big one!  We want the commissioners to delay voting on these issues until it can be studied further. Talking points are attached if you want to see our position or speak.

 

The Environmental Impact Statement – Update

The Draft EIS is still in play – AAF/FEC has no idea if they will get the PAB’s approved or for how much, so they may still need some or all of the RRIF loan.  We also believe that there may be legal ramifications even if they get the PAB’s…once started how can the Fed say the EIS is not needed on a project this size, how will it look if AAF/FEC walks away from any mitigation plans outlined in the EIS and are the mitigation issues fodder for future law suits?

Please be sure to respond to the Draft EIS before December 3, 2014, the end of the DOT public comment period.  You can go to the FloridaNotAllAboad.com website for points to cover in your response and also to the US DOT website to find instruction on submitting your comments:  http://fra.dot.gov/Page/P0672     This site also has the schedule of Public Comment meetings being held around the region.

Another Call to Action!!

We are having a rally before the EIS Public Comment Meeting on Nov. 5th at Indian River State College and we need a HUGE turnout.  A big turnout will do three things – send a message to the DOT, make a statement in the press about our numbers and remind the public that they need to respond.  The rally starts at 2:30 pm and will include speakers talking about a range of topics including the impact of the trains to our budgets, historic sites and the Vero Man dig…a train will run through it!  So mark your calendars…more information to follow.

Other News…

The Vero Beach City Council and Train Commission held a joint meeting on Oct. 13th.  You can watch it here:  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/53920420   It was an excellent meeting with a number of key issues well articulated by our team and others from around the area.  Of special note (and thanks) was a talk by Representative Mayfield against the train. 

The City Council decided to draft a more aggressive resolution against AAF and will vote on it at their next meeting.  We believe that at least 3 out of 5 of the council will vote for it.  

The other shoe dropped on September 23rd with the release of the FRA’s second engineering report on the safety recommendations for crossings in the north counties where the train will reach 110 mph.  This report discusses the need for Pre-emption systems which synchronize traffic through intersections near crossings, reducing the risk of cars getting stuck on tracks.  Once the horn starts blaring, you have 7 seconds to evacuate a car or bus before impact…no amount of new technology can stop a train in time.

From the 2nd Palm Beach Post article attached:

The issue of signal timing and preemption was highlighted after a 1995 accident in Fox River Grove, Ill., when a train (not HSR)hit a school bus that had not cleared the tracks, but was stopped by a traffic light on the other side. Seven students were killed. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a technical bulletin that said despite new recommendations regarding pre-emption, there continued to be a lack of standardization of operation, and that accident data continued to show “significant” increases in collisions where pre-emption was in place.

 

The following are five items raised by this new report that bring into question – who will pay for these – or put another way…how much more will the taxpayer have to pay?

1)      Pedestrian Swing Gates

2)      Fencing or ‘channelization’

3)      Traffic Signal Pre-Emption

4)      4-Quadrant Gates – remote health monitoring

5)      Pre-Emption Consultant

 

Addressing another critical public safety issue, CARE FL (Citizens Against Rail Expansion), the organization formed by a group of homeowner associations in the south counties, conducted a media conference in Jupiter on Oct. 7 with President and CEO of theJupiter Medical Center, John Couris.  (See article attached.) One of many important comments by Mr. Couris regarding the impact the trains will have on medical care in the region, he said,

 

“Sometimes 8 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds is all we have to save a life in the emergency department.  I am very concerned about multiple trains going through our community starting traffic jams that keep ambulances from getting to us.”

 

We are, too, which is one of the reasons we started this war in the first place!  If you have any friends on the Indian River Medical Center Board or executive staff at the hospital, please talk to them about this issue and ask them to step up to the plate.  It’s not just the 32 speed trains per day that they’ve been told won’t stop traffic as much as it is the doubling of freight and their increased length – 20 + per day at 2-1/2 miles long.  Ironically, just the other day many folks were held up and delayed for a public forum on the train by a train stalled on the tracks in Sebastian.  And they say there won’t be a problem with first responders!

Video on the safety threats out this week!

Thanks to a number of readers and supporters, we’ve nearly completed our 3 minute video on the facts about the train’s threat to public safety.  I will send it out in an e-blast next week and it will be posted on the Florida Not All Aboard website.  Can’t wait for you to see it!

Last thoughts… Our ongoing analysis of the EIS reveals their distorted facts, misrepresentations and blatant lies that we will counter in a report to be submitted jointly to the FRA in November. Their ridership projections are ridiculous including the prediction that 4 million people will ride the train after 3 years of operation while Acela in the northeast that operates between Boston, NYC and DC has only 3.3 million riders.  We’ve also determined that their required analysis of ‘alternatives’ to the train and route are all straw men they tear down with the contrived outcome that AAF is the only way to go.

We also see more tax ramifications that will impact all county residents whether living near the tracks or not…the skyrocketing cost of maintenance fees, liability for crossings, pre-emption monitoring and the like will drive up everyone’s real estate taxes and impact the values of their homes.  If you have friends or neighbors that say “it won’t affect me” or “we need a stop” – tell them about declining real estate values or the astronomical costs to build and maintain a station along with subsidizing the service.  The convenience for a few will never outweigh the costs to all.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Also, if you would like to hold an informational meeting for your community or organization – please, give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide speakers with power points and our new video.

And as always, feel free to donate to our next video – the Financial Facts about AAF  or Your Municipal Budgets Slammed by Train!

One parting shot from a recent article in the Wall Street Journal on Transit Oriented Development – the END GAME to AAF.  This is what your planners and rail companies want our town to look like:



Susan Mehiel

Cell:  828-606-5369

CITIZENS  EDUCATION

by the 

REPUBLICAN  PARTY of IRC

Our Indian River Lagoon

Saving the Indian River Lagoon is critically important to the future of Indian River County. The total estimated annual economic value of the lagoon is $3.7 billion, supporting 19,000 full and part-time jobs.

The diversity of the lagoon provides recreational opportunities for 11 million people per year drawn by its variety of marine life, plants and animals, temperate climate and accessibility to the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, the feature that helps distinguish the IRL system from other estuarine systems, and accounts for the high biological diversity, is its geographical location between colder temperate, and warmer sub-tropical biological environs.

The lagoon has one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere in America. Manatees comprise nearly 1/3 of the nation's population that migrate through the lagoon seasonally. Its beaches provide one of the densest turtle nesting areas found in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly 800 dolphins have been counted here.

Recreational activities such as boating, fishing, water sports, hunting and ecotourism generate approximately $465 million annually.

Commercial fishing enterprises contribute $140 million in revenues. Real estate along the lagoon accounts for over $825 million added to the economy. Citrus and agriculture in the vicinity of the lagoon account for $2 billion per year.

While the lagoon is the lifeblood of our economy, it has tangible value of another kind, a twinge of magic that is felt by nature lovers and water enthusiasts of all kinds. Seeing a manatee drift silently by is a precious experience. White pelicans flying in V-formation overhead is inspiring. Dolphins frolicking at play is entertaining. The wide variety of fish and underwater plant life is enough to make you want to grow gills and stay forever. Being at one with river and ocean, fresh water and salt, wind and tide, mangroves and sea grass is a gift that we never want to lose.

But things are changing. We have come to realize that throughout its history, the lagoon has experienced fish kills, algal blooms and declining water quality. During the past 50 years, these negative impacts have increased in intensity, making it more difficult for the lagoon to recover.

We now know that the lagoon is an estuary in distress.

Sea grass is the greatest measure of lagoon health. It is estimated that 47,000 acres or 60% of our sea grasses are gone. Storm water, septic tanks, fertilizer and Mother Nature herself have degraded the eco-systems of the lagoon. Since 2012 there have been numerous fish kills ad other species including 75 dolphins, 250 pelicans and 116 manatees. Scientists are making a concerted effort to determine the causes of the die-off. Our Indian River Lagoon collaborative consists of multiple counties sharing their concerns and findings. Scientists from as far away as the Chesapeake Bay have offered the benefit of their experience in finding ways to heal the lagoon.

Clearly, as concerned citizens we cannot fail to recognize that now is the time to become involved. Education is the key to saving the lagoon. We must become pro-active and attend seminars, study methods to mitigate pollution and support our Legislators and locally elected officials in their efforts to save the lagoon.

Senator Negron, Congressman Posey, Representative Mayfield, Senator Altman, Governor Scott and our locally elected officials support the appropriation of funds toward protecting our most precious resource. The lagoon needs your support as well. Through our coordinated efforts, we can participate in activities that will raise awareness and thus contribute to the survival of our lagoon. 

 AND THAT' IS WHY WE HAVE TO SAVE OUR LAGOON

 

Patriot Gun Show

Indian River County Fairground

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LT COL ALLEN WEST will be speaking at the North County Republican Club

October 13th, 2014 6PM

Capt Hirams, Sebastian, Florida TIffany Room

STUDENTS ATTEND FREE BY RSVP BELOW

 The North County Republican Club will pay the Dinner Price for any student who wishes to attend and listen to Lt Col Allen West speak at Capt Hirams 6PM October 13th, 2014 in the Tiffany Room. Please RSVP to leahfacto@yahoo.com to confirm your reservation.

County Commissioner Joe Flescher, State Rep Debbie Mayfield

State Representative Debbie Mayfield, County Commissioner Joe Flescher, Fellsmere City Vice Mayor Joel Tyson, Mosquito Control Board Candidate Bob Russell at Inidan RIver County Taxpayers Association Sebastian City Council Forum at Capt Butchers Sebastian.

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greJoe Flescher

County Commissioner Joe Flescher and School Board Elect Shawn R Frost

installing Congressman Bill Posey Signs in North County

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OUR NEWLY INSTALLED FLAG POLE AND FLAGS

REPUBLICAN OFFICE
VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

Ted Pankiewicz

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RPOF CHAIR LESLIE DOUGHE

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                                       Republican Women of Indian RIver County Lunch

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Debbie Mayfield Thad Altman

                                   State Representative Debbie Mayfield             State Senator Thad Altman

                 Speaking at Republican Women of Indian River County, Grand Harbor Luncheon

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NORTH COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB MEETING, CAPT HIRAMS JULY 8th, 2014

Ted Pankiewicz Ted Pankiewicz President North County Republican Club Cheryl Diedolf Award

       Toni Mahon Rifle Raffle Winner                        Club Dinner Meeting                                              Chery Diedolf 

                                                                                                                                              Reciepient of Irene Bush Service Award

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Sebastian 4th of July FREEDOM DAY PARADE 2014

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A VIDEO OF THE IRC REPUBLICAN GROUP

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REPUBLICAN RALLY JUNE `14th 2014,

Elks Club

THE HOUSE WAS PACKED!

THANK YOU TO THE REPUBLICAN WOMAN OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY AND ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHICH MADE THIS RALLY AS FANTASTIC AS IT WAS!

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Arnie WWII Pearl Harbor Survivor Doing the Pledge                  THE HOUSE WAS PACKED                     Congressman Posey and Supportiers

County Commissioner Joe Flescher getting a Hug!         State Representative Debbie Mayfield                County Commissioner Wesley Davis and Bea

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

JUNE 10th, 2014

 

            Left to Right Candidate Charles Searcey/Randy Heimler                         County Commissioner

                                    School Board Member Dale Simchick                                                  Joe Flescher

   Candidate Shawn R Frost - School Board Member Karen Disney Brombach

JOINTLY SPONSORE BY:

The North County Republican Club

The Republican Club of Indian River

 

Congressman Posey, State Representative Debbie Mayfield

Blue Angels - Vero Beach Airshow March 11th 2014

 

Republican Table at the Vero Beach AIr Show March 10.11, 2014
 
 
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY VERO BEACH MARCH 28th 2014
Indian River County Republican Executive Committee

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Congressman Posey Campaign Kickoff 2014

 

AHA  is  a  new  group  sponsored by the  Republican Party of  Indian  River  County,Literacy Services  of  Indian  River  County,Iglesia  Bautista,  and  Center  for  Autism  whose  goal  is  to  give  a  voice to  Hispanics  through  education. Rasha Qumsiyeh, an  immigration  attorney, presented pathways to citizenship to a small group as the first event sponsored by AHA

PATROIT GUN SHOW - INDIAN RIVER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Feb 22/23 2014 

Irene Bush

Irene Bush

Indian RIver County Repulbican PartyCounty Commisioner Joe Flescher

Republican Table at the Patriot Gun Show Indian River County Fairground February 2013

With County Commissioner Joe Flescher, Amber Steigerwald (Congressman Posey Campaign Manager) Irene Bush


 

FELLSMERE FROG LEG FESTIVAL Jan 2014

 

      Ellie On her way to the Frog Leg Festival               Active Republican Booth                 Ted Pankiewicz President North County Rep Club

 

County Commissioner Joe Flescher

CONGRATULATIONS North County Republicans for an OUTSTANDING job!
What a great way to start the 2014 Republican Election campaign.
"Let us get to work" and bring a total REPUBLICAN VICTORY in November 2014.
Elly Manov
RPOF State Committeewoman

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, FINANCE CO-CHAIRMEN AND SENIOR STAFF 

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Rick Scott is pleased to announce the appointment of State Senator John Thrasher as Chairman of his re-election campaign; Mike Fernandez and Darlene Jordan as Finance Co-Chairs; and the hiring of Melissa Sellers as Campaign Manager, Tim Saler as Deputy Campaign Manager and Matt Moon as Communications Director.

Governor Scott Announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as

Lieutenant Governor

Statement from RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry on Carlos Lopez-Cantera

 

STATEMENT FROM RPOF CHAIRMAN LENNY CURRY: "Carlos Lopez-Cantera's lifetime of public service and dedication to conservative values make him an outstanding choice to be Florida's next Lieutenant Governor. After serving in important leadership positions in the State House and as Property Appraiser for Miami-Dade County, Lopez-Cantera is the perfect person to partner with Governor Scott in achieving $500 million in tax cuts this legislative session to benefit Florida's middle class. Lopez-Cantera's experience with his family business matches well with Governor Scott's mission to be laser-focused on job growth and creating jobs that turn into careers. Governor Scott's decision in selecting him reflects both of their commitments to moving Florida's economy forward and investing in Florida's schools, teachers and students."


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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB INFORMATION

Headquarters

2045 US 1, (Corner of State Rd 60W) Vero Beach, FL 32960 Phone: 772-770-1661

PO Box 6569, Vero Beach, FL 32961

www.indianrivergop.com

Email: info@indianrivergop.com

January, 2014

Indian River County Republican Executive Committee

Tom Lockwood Chairman 772-567-0034

2nd Wed of the month- 7:00 pm

Elks Club - 1350 26th Street - Vero Beach

Republican Club of Indian River County

(The Evening Club)

President: Frank Sosta 978-4418h 562-3235 w

z28fjs@aol.com

Dinner meeting the 3rd Thur of the month 6:00

Pointe West Club House

Men’s Republican Club

President: Jeff Luther 473-8782

Jeffluther@comcast.net

Breakfast meeting first Friday of the month at 7AM Quail Valley - 2345 A1A - Vero Beach

North Indian River County Republican Club

Contact: Ted Pankiewicz 772-539-2417

tedpank@comcast.com

Dinner meeting the 2nd Tuesday of the mo at 6 p.m.

Captain Hiram’s - 1580 US 1 - Sebastian, FL

Republican Women Aware

President: Elaine Bath 772-633-0047

bath@comcast.net

Vero Beach Country Club

800 30th St – Vero Beach

2nd Thur at 11:30 a.m.

Republican’s for Life

Gene Caldarone   794-2404 or

Joan Johnson -vbbob@aol.com

Lunch meeting the last Fri of the mo at 11:30 AM

Vero Beach Yacht Club

Republican Women of Indian River

President: Linda Teetz 772-492-1662

llteetz@aol.com

Lunch meeting the 2nd Mon of the month at 11:30 am

Grand Harbor Club

College Republicans

Russell Gibson—772-214-5264

Joseph Semprevivo—772-321-1114

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Sebastian RIver High School TARS

(TeenAge RepublicanS)

Sergio Mato President

Meets January 13th and 27th

Sebastian River High School

 

                                   

 Republican Woman Aware Christmas House Designer Showcase 2013        Latino Voter Outreach Initiative by Indian River County RE   

Click Here to Order Personalized Indian RIver County Florida Clothing and Gifts

RPOF TALKING POINTS

 

CONTACT US - IndianRiverGOP@gmail.com

 
 

 

 

A PRESIDENT REAGAN VIDEO YOU MUST SEE!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/rKsW6c_CgFY?feature=player_detailpage

 

 
 

 
 
Ted Pankiewicz REC Secretary
  
THE REPUBLICAN OFFICE IS NOW OPEN
Monday Thru Friday
10am to 4pm
2045 US 1 Vero Beach, Florida
CORNER OF US 1 and STATE Rd 60 West
 
   

TedPank@comcast.net

Ted Pankiewicz

Secretary Indian River County Republican Executive Committee

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Welcome to the Indian River County Republican Executive Committee Website. As members of the Republican Party, we play a critical role in the political process in our community, our state and our nation. We promote core Republican values of lower taxes, less government, strong national defense and personal . responsibility 

 

The Executive Committee encourages active participation in the political process and recognizes that this participation starts at the grassroots level, right here in Indian River County. Being active in the political process creates opportunities to learn about the candidates and elected officials who have a direct influence on local, state and national government policies. Your individual involvement affects the direction in which candidates and elected officials take us. Be a part of charting the course of our future. Get involved and help make a difference.  

 

Tom Lockwood, Chairman  

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