News Cast 11/3


November 3, 2023

News Cast for November 3rd:

Building around the landfill

A 400 acre industrial park proposed on Berman Road.

The zoning would go from agriculture to heavy industrial to allow nine lots.

The Okeechobee County Planning Board recommended approval and the board of county commissioners vote on the project November 9th.

Rick Aspen CEO of Faith Farms had concerns about this project right next to their property notable noise and truck traffic.

“I don’t want this.  I don’t want this for my people.  If trucks are going in and out of there 24/7, awesome, I can’t wait to hear all that.”

Faith Farm has about 120 staff and clients that live there on a regular basis.

“I’m not sure about studies about trucks but if you live out there you know there are plenty of trucks that go down the road, and with the music fest it is a nightmare.”

There is a 1,000 buffer between the proposed park and Faith Farm Ministries.

The planning board also recommended a zoning change for a commercial lot at 9889 US highway 441 south east.

The city planning board approved an alley abandonment to create a lot for development.

Two lots would join together making Point 72 acres between SW 17th and 18th Streets on South Parrott Avenue.

The U.S. House approved the proposed US Army Corps of Engineers budget that includes $415 million in Everglades related projects.

Most of the debate on the bill was beach renourishment projects in Florida.

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said the resolution would treat beaches differently across Florida and violate private property rights.

A veteran ESE teacher at KE Cunningham, Canal Point Elementary was fired after a hearing before the Palm Beach School Board.

An administrative law judge had recommended Diane Bauman be suspended without pay but be reinstated after additional training.

The district said complaints have been made against her since 2014 the most glaring, cursing out a student, and calling a third grader stupid to motivate the student to do better academically.

Attorney Jean Middleton works for the school district.  She told the board that this was not a one-time lapse in judgment.

Bauman received a 10 day unpaid suspension due to inappropriate interactions with co-workers, threats of violence, ethical misconduct and failure to follow policy, rules, procedures or directives.

She also received on January 30, 2020 a written reprimand for failure to fulfill her duties as a teacher and insubordination.

Board member Erica Whitfield said she was convinced by five video recorded interviews with students.

“The students were unbelievably composed, they were so able to express what they had seen, remembering what had happened, they really did such an amazing job.  I’m very sorry we had to put them through that.  When you saw how honest and clear they were there was no question in my mind that they were telling the truth.”

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says the US is under increased threats of terrorist activity since the war in the Gaza Strip began.

She urged residents to report something if they see something suspicious.

FDLE commissioner Mark Glass says the federal government continues to lose track of illegal immigrants some of whom are documented terrorists.

You can call 1-855-FLA-SAFE to report any suspicious activity you see.