Taking Advice from Libertarians, Florida will Move Forward

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA

P.O. Box 3012, Winter Park, Florida 32790 800.478.0555 www.lpf.org

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman 561.237.5586 karldickey@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE July 31, 2008 For Immediate Release

Florida DOT Moves to Improve Florida Transportation

Taking Advice from Libertarians, Florida will Move Forward

Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is pleased to see the progress toward more efficient uses of our transportation resources. Specifically, the Florida DOT has chosen to replace HOV lanes to HOT lanes on some sections of I-95.

LPF chairman, Karl Dickey said this afternoon, “As put forth in my 2006 run for State Senate [see next page] , the State has heeded the advice of innovative transportation experts to install Fast/HOT toll lanes in Miami-Dade with variable tolls related to congestion. We expect our Florida government to move in a more Libertarian direction, utilizing the innovative and effective solutions we offer for the benefit of all Floridians. Now we must insist on a direct reduction in taxes related to the toll income.”

Although notice could have been better administered to I-95 drivers before installing the delineators [there were some initial accidents as drivers became confused due to lack of signage and warning], drivers will soon be given the option to stay in the normal congested traffic for free or pay a few dollars to get to their destination much faster and safer. The “candlesticks’ were installed in July, the next steps are to install the overhead signage and electronic equipment to register the tolls. Soon the HOT lanes will be up and running.

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The following was taken directly from the website for Karl Dickey’s campaign for Florida Senate, District 30 in 2006 and can also be seen on his 2010 campaign website for Palm Beach County Commission:

3. Transportation Improvements

South Florida and other metro areas of Florida need innovative solutions to the serious transportation issues that they face. The Florida legislature stands in the way of those solutions. The Florida DOT’s solutions have been to simply widen lanes of existing roads. A federal system of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, while noble in theory, has been a dismal failure.

I would recommend reading the IBTTA report, the congestion relief analysis from Washington State and Reason Foundation articles by Robert Poole. Another source is the book Street Smart: Competition Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads by Gabriel Roth.

  • Adopt a network of “fast” lanes and adopt variable speed toll lanes
  • Replace HOV lanes with HOT lanes. HOT lanes are usable only by paying vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses, and vanpools. This system is up and running in other cities with effective results. If our legislature was serious about effective results these and other innovative solutions would already be in place.
  • Creation of truck-only toll (TOT) lanes for increased safety and efficiency.
  • Eliminate the “your tax money down the drain” light rail system. We can use that tax money in more effective areas and we can sell off those assets to cut our losses. We can use those funds to smartly improve our roadway system and thereby improve safety & congestion. No one loves the idea of a light rail system more than me, however the bottom line is that it cannot work to be self-sufficient in South Florida. Not only are we paying to ride the Tri-Rail directly through fares, but our tax money is funding it as well.
  • Encourage telecommuting & flexible work hours. With great technologies now here it is easier than ever for companies to work from home as if they are in the office. In addition, having employees come in at different hours can greatly improve traffic congestion.

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Encouraging Words from Mary McCarty

www.karldickey.org vote4karl@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE July 25, 2008 For Immediate Release

Encouraging Words from Mary McCarty

Boca Raton, FL – In a quote published today in the Palm Beach Post, Mary McCarty said, “…someone should come in with new ideas. People want us to continue all services without paying for it.”

Karl Dickey, Libertarian candidate for the 2010 race for Palm Beach County Commission, has put forth responsible new ideas and feels the time is right for the public to embrace those ideas. Mr. Dickey expects to be elected to Mary McCarty’s seat on the commission as she will be term-limited out of office.

Some of those ideas are allowing senior citizens the option not to pay the school tax found on their property tax bill, dramatically reducing the county government’s budget resulting in dramatically lower property taxes, encouraging the county sheriff to prioritize his focus on crimes with actual victims, and improving the education for Palm Beach County students.

Karl Dickey said this morning, “It is encouraging to see Mary McCarty embrace the notion of bringing in someone with new ideas to her seat on the county commission. The status quo we have seen over the past several years has brought us to this point of crisis. The county commission has, for too long, engaged in reckless spending that we will continue to pay for years to come. New ideas will not come from the same, conventional parties, but from fresh blood. An responsible outsider like myself can bring about the change Palm Beach County needs to get back on its feet and act responsibly when times are difficult and when times are good.”

Time To Focus On Crimes With Victims

Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County

356 NW 35th Place, Boca Raton, FL 33431 888-236-7895 www.lppbc.org

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman

561-237-5586 / karldickey@gmail.com

July 17, 2008

For Immediate Release

Time To Focus On Crimes With Victims

Lower the priority of victimless crimes in favor of crimes with actual victims

Boca Raton, FL – This past week, much has been made about the idea of early release for non-violent criminals to assist in this year’s budget process. The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County wants to emphasize the importance of prioritization as the Palm Beach County’s budget declines. Someone needs to sit down with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and explain how he can safely and responsibly reduce his department’s budget while having having excellent results with violent crime. Currently the Sheriff wastes millions of taxpayer dollars while continually submitting higher budgets each year and he continually shows worse results each year. It is our belief the reason is a simple case of misplaced priorities. To suggest the Sheriff’s office needs to expand its jail system is not accurate, it just needs to get tough on rape, murder, domestic violence, battery, theft, and fraud.

Karl Dickey, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County said this afternoon, “For each hour a deputy spends on a victimless crime, is an hour he or she is not spending on solving or preventing a crime with an actual victim. We, as a county, need to deal with the coming deficits of our government’s county budget. Besides the Mecca Farms boondoggle, it is the PBSO’s budget and its lack of results that is of major concern in Palm Beach County. As we have been saying for the last few years, lower the priority of victimless crimes in favor of crimes with actual victims and you will see positive results from our sheriff’s office.”

The sheriff’s office has chosen to spend its hours arresting unlicensed dentists, even though they had no complaints against them and their taxpaying customers were unhappy to see their arrest. Gambling by consenting adults brings the strong arm of the PBSO even though no one complained. The PBSO would be far better off, as would all the residents of Palm Beach County, if it limited it’s focus to actions that violate the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm.

The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County feels that we should not turn those who simply conduct voluntary transactions and exercise free choice into criminals.

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Seven seek three seats on Boca Beach & Parks District

Seven seek three seats on Boca Beach & Parks District

Published July 8th, 2008

By Dale M. King

CITY EDITOR

An election contest in Boca Raton that’s rarely ever a contest is turning into a battleground this year, with seven people vying for three seats on the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.

Earl Starkoff, the incumbent in Seat 3, was out distributing campaign literature at a recent event and noted that there are contests for Seats 1, 3 and 5 in this year’s election.  Starkoff won his seat in 2004 in another rare contest, one that pitted him against Neil Haynie.

Starkoff said he is not sure why so many candidates are seeking seats on the board this year.

Three people are running for Seat 1 on the board – Dennis Frisch, a local podiatrist; Nathan Lipschultz and William Sadler.  Seat 3 pits Starkoff against Susan Lipschultz and for Seat 5, incumbent Dirk Smith is being challenged by Karl Dickey.

And while the contest is non-partisan, the Florida Libertarian Party website notes that Dickey along with Nathan and Susan Lipschultz are all members of the Libertarian Party.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is a special taxing district established by the state legislature for the acquisition and development of parklands. Residents of the Beach & Park District elect a board of five commissioners. Three of the five seats are on the ballot this year.

The district owns Sugar Sand Park, Patch Reef Park and the Swim & Racquet Club on St. Andrews Boulevard. It also assists the city of Boca Raton Recreation Department with other facilities, and normally provides funding for improvements.

Currently, the district is working on the design of athletic fields at de Hoerne Park.

So far, only Starkoff has distributed literature about his re-election bid, and has even hired a campaign manager.

Starkoff, 59, has spent 35 years publishing books and magazines ranging from fine art photography to scientific research to youth development and athletic education. He is a coach with a number of athletic leagues in the city and holds a number of positions with the YMCA of Boca Raton.

Dickey was elected chairman of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County in 2005 and was re-elected this year.  He was a candidate for the District 30 state Senate seat in 2006, and picked up just over 12 percent of the vote in a heavily Democratic district.

Dale M. King can be reached at 561-549-0832 or at dking@bocanews.com

Source: http://www.bocanews.com/local-news/-1113seven-seek-three-seats-on-boca-beach-parks-district.htm

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Seven seek three seats on Boca Beach & Parks District

Seven seek three seats on Boca Beach & Parks District

Published July 8th, 2008

By Dale M. King

CITY EDITOR

An election contest in Boca Raton that’s rarely ever a contest is turning into a battleground this year, with seven people vying for three seats on the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.

Earl Starkoff, the incumbent in Seat 3, was out distributing campaign literature at a recent event and noted that there are contests for Seats 1, 3 and 5 in this year’s election.  Starkoff won his seat in 2004 in another rare contest, one that pitted him against Neil Haynie.

Starkoff said he is not sure why so many candidates are seeking seats on the board this year.

Three people are running for Seat 1 on the board – Dennis Frisch, a local podiatrist; Nathan Lipschultz and William Sadler.  Seat 3 pits Starkoff against Susan Lipschultz and for Seat 5, incumbent Dirk Smith is being challenged by Karl Dickey.

And while the contest is non-partisan, the Florida Libertarian Party website notes that Dickey along with Nathan and Susan Lipschultz are all members of the Libertarian Party.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is a special taxing district established by the state legislature for the acquisition and development of parklands. Residents of the Beach & Park District elect a board of five commissioners. Three of the five seats are on the ballot this year.

The district owns Sugar Sand Park, Patch Reef Park and the Swim & Racquet Club on St. Andrews Boulevard. It also assists the city of Boca Raton Recreation Department with other facilities, and normally provides funding for improvements.

Currently, the district is working on the design of athletic fields at de Hoerne Park.

So far, only Starkoff has distributed literature about his re-election bid, and has even hired a campaign manager.

Starkoff, 59, has spent 35 years publishing books and magazines ranging from fine art photography to scientific research to youth development and athletic education. He is a coach with a number of athletic leagues in the city and holds a number of positions with the YMCA of Boca Raton.

Dickey was elected chairman of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County in 2005 and was re-elected this year.  He was a candidate for the District 30 state Senate seat in 2006, and picked up just over 12 percent of the vote in a heavily Democratic district.

Dale M. King can be reached at 561-549-0832 or at dking@bocanews.com

Source: http://www.bocanews.com/local-news/-1113seven-seek-three-seats-on-boca-beach-parks-district.htm

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Enough Is Enough!

Libertarian Party of Florida

P.O. Box 3012, Winter Park, Florida 32790 800.478.0555 www.lpf.org

Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman 561.237.5586 karldickey@gmail.com

NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2008 For Immediate Release

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Local Governments Working to Circumvent Message from the Public

Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is amazed at the power-hungry politicians who seem to have a ferocious appetite for additional tax dollars even though the Florida voters have clearly stated that they want to pay less taxes. This addiction to force money out of the pockets of hard working Floridians can be seen in county commissioners and city councils throughout the state.

On January 31, 2008, Florida voters sent an overwhelming message to both our state and local governments that they had reached the breaking point of being overtaxed and were in need of relief. Yet as new budget proposals are brought forth from Palm Beach County to the City of Orlando to Pensacola, it is clear these local politicians haven’t gotten the message and continue to find ways to take up either current levels of spending or actually increase their spending.

Karl Dickey, chairman of the LPF said this morning, “I am saddened that our county and city officials continue down this avenue of classic ‘tax and spend’ policies rather than reign in the wasteful spending. Rather than listen to the will of the people, our elected officials have considerable trouble finding items to eliminate from their upcoming budgets.”

The Libertarian Party of Florida encourages all Floridians to write to their local elected officials and attend upcoming public hearings on their local government budgets to make certain their voice is heard. We would also encourage the public to vote in the many Libertarians running for offices across the state (http://lpf.org/candidates.htm) as it is clear the Republicans and Democrats haven’t heard that clear message sent on January 31st.

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http://lpf.org/press/07172008%20Tax%20and%20Spend.pdf