County Administrator Bob Weisman’s Outlook for 2014 Budget

912er Dennis Lipp Named to Ethics Ordinance Drafting Committee

After some lobbying by other 912ers, County Commissioner Shelley Vana cast the deciding vote to name Dennis Lipp as the second county appointed member of the committee to evaluate a proposal to extend the Ethics Commission to 7 members and consider term limits.

This proposal has the potential to compromise the workings of some of the ethics reforms for which we worked so hard. Watch for an upcoming call to action to monitor these meetings.

For details on the appointment and the other members of the committee, see: Ethics Ordinance Drafting Committee Named – First Meeting Scheduled

April 14th United Stand for America Event!

On April 14, 2013 the Palm Beach County Tea Party, in conjunction with The Martin County 912-Tea Party, Florida Americans for Prosperity and South Florida 912, presents The United Stand for America Event!

This year, on the day before taxes are due, Americans from all over South Florida will join us in celebrating and honoring the United States and all of the values and beliefs that have made it the greatest nation on Earth for over two centuries.

Speakers will include Doctor Larry Kawa, Attorney Jeff Shapiro, Radio Personality Joyce Kaufman and our keynote speaker Kevin Jackson (author of The Black Sphere).

The event will take place from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Wellington Amphitheater on April 14th, 2013. The day’s program will start promptly at 1:30pm. This is an open and free event. Bring your family and friends. Onsite festival foods will be available for purchase.

Wellington Amphitheater
12100 Forest Hill Blvd.
Wellington, Fl

We can’t wait to see you there!

South Florida 912 Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

The South Florida 912, founded in March of 2009 by Shannon and Doug Armstrong, reached a major milestone on Saturday – four years of continuous operation. Originally conceived as perhaps a small “book club” when Doug and Shannon organized the first meeting at the old McKenna’s in Lake Worth in response to Glenn Beck’s “We Surround You” concept, the 300+ strangers who came through the doors suggested that something bigger was in the works.

Event Videos

by Doreen Baxter

Jess Santamaria

Since that time, the group has become a grassroots force in Palm Beach County, working for national, state and local candidates, lobbying for ethics reform and budget restraint at the county level, doing charitable work, and acting as a rallying point for like-minded activists who want to take an active role in their government.

Saturday’s event, moderated by Dennis Lipp featured a range of speakers on the theme that “all politics is local”, and “for the government to get smaller, we have to get bigger”.

County Commissioner Jess Santamaria, with whom the group has collaborated in the past on ethics reform, told us of the history of corruption in Palm Beach County and what was done about it. Iris Scheibl announced a new coalition (in which SF 912 is a partner) called the PBC Ethics Defense Alliance, which will work to defend the ethics reforms that have been established.

Sheryl Steckler

County Inspector General Sheryl Steckler, outlined her Citizens’ Initiative, where activists who are willing to attend council meetings and monitor their city and town governments can be trained as watchdogs.  The next class is Thursday April 11th from 5:30-7:30pm at her office location – Hilton Airport Center, 100 Australian Avenue,  4thfloor, WPB.   You can sign up here.

Angela West

Then we heard from Angela West about her new blog “The Republican Coffee Corner with Angela” (an eclectic mix of politics, music, art and prayer),  some observations on problems and opportunities for the Republican party, impressions from the just concluded CPAC convention in Washington, and an update on the doings of her husband, former Congressman, Colonel Allen West.

Karen Jaroch, a co-founder of the Tampa 912 and newly appointed regional coordinator for Heritage Action, took us through her successful “No Tax for Tracks” campaign in Hillsborough County to defeat a ballot amendment which would have raised the sales tax to pay for a Tampa/Orlando light rail project.

Karen Jaroch

This campaign used a toolbox of organizing techniques that was able to defeat an entrenched and well funded set of special interests, and many of these tools should be useful for some of our upcoming projects.

Joyce Kaufman

Finally, everyone’s talk radio favorite Joyce Kaufman gave us her perspective on the problems of the day, traveling with us to Washington on the bus (never again on a bus!!), her view of Marco Rubio and other conservative “stars”, and a reminder that we can never rest in our struggle to defend the values that define our country.

As with most 912 gatherings, we had a few candidates preparing for the 2014 races. Alan Schlesinger, running for Patrick Murphy’s seat in CD18, David Wagie gearing up for Lois Frankel’s CD22 seat, and Ilya Katz who is set to challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz in CD23 are all in the early stages of creating their campaigns and we expect to see more of them as the clock ticks down to November 2014.

Many partook of the buffet catered by Boston Market prior to the meeting – and there were many new faces and old friends.  Thanks to all who volunteered with setup and cleanup.

The next South Florida 912 meeting will be the second Tuesday of April (4/9) at the Original Pancake House in Palm Beach Gardens.  Cancelled – please attend the Stand for America event which South Florida 912 is co-sponsoring.

Some Pictures from the event:

Saturday the Big day! 912 Anniversary

I have sent out the email invites, I also sent out tweets, facebook and meetup notices. Now I just have to sit back and see who shows….

Funny its not THAT EASY lol – I am off to buy some table cloths and hit the storage unit to gather the 912 supplies. THEN I get to make dinner tonight 🙂

I am looking forward to the event and pray that people come. The saying is you build it they will come? Well what about if I plan it … does that still apply? I hope so.  I very excited to hear Angela West speak . It will be a reunion of sorts for me with Joyce Kaufman I have not seen her in a while even though I enjoy listening to her on the radio.

The food is planned and should be yummy, music is set up photos and projector and screen arranged all set and ready to go. I hope to see ALL of you for this important chance to surround ourselves with friends and fellow Patriots.


See you tomorrow.


Shannon and Doug


Urgent call to action – SB 584, HB901

Attention Floridians:UN Habitat1, Vancouver, May 31 – June 11 1976
Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.”

Their goal 50% + of Florida Land under conservation. They are half way there.

Florida Forever and the other environmental extremist feel that 28% ownership of Florida’s land is not enough. They have been calling the legislators to kill or alter bills SR 584 and HB 901. It is imperative that you call. They want the budget to include billions of our tax dollars for their salaries and to steal or condemn our land. Tell the legislators not to alter the bill.

Once out of private hands, Florida land is off the tax roles. Every time that happens, your taxes will go up until eventually your taxes will be too high and you will be forced to vacate your land. Your community will lose land and a tax base without your approval.

This has nothing to do with conservation, it has to do with money power and control. Don’t be Fooled.
Isn’t it time that unelected people STOP telling you what to do with your property.

If you want control of your private property you must call. Call the sponsors of these bills, thank them for sponsoring these bills and also tell them to stand strong against the environmental extremist, and keep the bill in its original language. Call now and leave a message, call Monday and leave another message.

SB 584 Senator Alan Hayes (850) 487-5011

HB 901 Rep Charlie Stone (850) 717-5022

Land Acquisition Florida Forever Date Acres Expense for purchase
2011 * 2464216 * 6,149,422,039.00
Conservation Easements 2011 * 425360 * 387,181,829.00
Everglades Trust 2011 * 67144.98 * 1,005,759,101.00

Total * 2956720.98 * 7,542,362,969.00
Approximate Tax Revenue Loss
$2000 per acre x 2956720.98 = $5,913,441,960.00 Yearly loss to Florida

The chart attached shows the land lost per county.
Look at your county and you will understand why your taxes are so high.
Broward County is at max land lost, Broward county has one of the highest tax rates in the county.

Call now to protect your private property, call often or they will.

Karen Schoen

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I will not comply, will you?

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South Florida 912 4th Anniversary Party

Join us as we celebrate four years of the South Florida 912!

Saturday, March 23, 2013
3:30 PM To 6:30 PM
The Original Wellington Mall center court
(Click for Directions)

12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd
Wellington, FL

It was a tough year last year but the time for licking your wounds is over.

We need to come together and work on the issues that affect us more directly here in our community. Concerns for Ethics, the Inspector General, Agenda 21, Community elections, finding principled candidates and Obamacare here in Florida. We also need to work on community out reach expanding our efforts in many ways.

If Government is going to get smaller WE THE PEOPLE have to get BIGGER!

We have a fun schedule planned with some great food, music and great speakers! The buffet will start at 3:30 with the program at 4:15pm, MC’d by Dennis Lipp.

For guest speakers we have:  

  • The “Republican Coffee Corner” Blogger Angela Graham West, wife of former Congressman Colonel Allen West
  • WFTL Radio Personality Joyce Kaufman
  • Karen Jaroch – co-founder of Tampa 912 and Regional Director for Heritage Action
  • Sheryl Steckler – Palm Beach County Inspector General
  • County Commissioner Jess Santamaria
  • Dr Larry Kawa – American Courage PAC

and more to come.

We will also have some 2014 congressional candidates with us, including Alan Schlesinger who is running for Patrick Murphy’s seat in CD19, David Wagie candidate for Lois Frankel’s CD22 seat, and Ilya Katz, candidate for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ CD23.

Please RSVP so we can have a headcount

FOOD IS ONLY $10 for a dinner buffet includes  Tea Water and Coffee

We also will be accepting donations for Homeless Veterans please see supplies needed list below.

South Florida 912 co-hosts PBG Council Candidate Forum

On February 28, PBG Watch, along with the South Florida 912 and the Palm Beach County Tea Party, Taxpayer Action Board and the Palm Beach Gardens Residents Coalition hosted a candidate forum for City Council election, featuring former Mayor David Levy and challenger attorney James D’Loughy..

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