An Open Letter to Palm Beach County Commissioners regarding Public Safety and Processed Meats

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Good Morning Palm Beach County Commissioners,
Nearly every commission meeting I attend and watch, you often impose bans and warning signs at establishments in the name of “public safety” and “public health.”
Earlier this year you imposed health warnings where kratom is being sold/served. Since now we know processed meats are a health hazard, when will you be imposing health warning signs where processed meats are sold and served? When will @PBCGov require warning signs where processed meats are being sold? http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/26/health/meat-cancer-who-report.html
As well, we also know some french fries (depending how they are prepared) are dangerous. What ordinances do you plan to impose on businesses in the name of “public safety” and “public health?” http://time.com/3896083/french-fries-potato/
I do request a response.
Thank you,
Karl Dickey
UPDATE:
I heard from Commissioner Abrams. And below is my response:
“The purpose of my email was to show the absurdity of the ordinance for kratom. I was not seriously advocating for informational or warning signs for processed meat. I still think you should rescind the kratom ordinance.”

Uber and Palm Beach County Commission meet in epic showdown tomorrow

In what is expected to be quite the show for spectators and stakeholders, the Palm Beach County Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss the future of Uber and the future of other similar tech companies serving Palm Beach County. County commissioners have been in bed with the traditional taxi and limousine business industry for years and Uber has presented a credible threat to their old, obsolete business model. Rather than embrace the change, in February county commissioners introduced an ordinance to force livery drivers to pass an invasive background check even though the prior system was proven to be reliable. The effect of this and other aspects of the new regulation would be less Uber and Lyft drivers on the road, diminishing service to county residents. Many drivers and potential drivers do not want to be fingerprinted for privacy reasons and the extra cost involved, not because they have anything to hide, as what was suggested by one commissioner.

Uber has not backed down to the commissioner’s new and arduous regulation, promising to stop doing business in the county at the end of their temporary operating agreement which expires at the end of September. Uber called Broward County commissioner’s bluff last month, leaving the county, only for those county commissioners to deal with the wrath of very unhappy residents. Broward County is now reconsidering their heavy regulation in favor of a more free market solution.

Specifically, this past February, Palm Beach County Commissioners passed an ordinance that livery drivers must pass a “level 2” background check which would need to go through the government, even though “level 1” background checks (done through private companies) have proven effective for decades. County commissioners have offered no proof of the necessity for the extra background checks which cost drivers more money and are more intrusive resulting in less Uber and Lyft drivers available to service residents. County commissioners have consistently and often spoken about the need to protect the safety of the public, yet there has been no evidence shown the public is at risk or that the public would be better protected with the additional government regulation. Uber has stated it will not comply with the heavy regulation the county is demanding. The county commission, contrary to their public comments, has proven that it is more interested in protecting and serving the livery industry in Palm Beach County, instead of its constituents.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!

Gas station signs are about to change in Palm Beach County

This morning, April 22, 2014, the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners chose to adopt an ordinance to further regulate gas station signs for the already heavily regulated industry. Libertarians would suggest there should be no regulation of the signs, leaving up to the individual owner/operators of each gas station to determine what works best for them and their customers. The countywide ordinance (PDF) was tentatively approved by commissioners this past February. The issue had been tabled for a June, 2014 Board of Commissioners meeting, however county commissioners got wind of a state law which could derail their plans, so last week they moved the ordinance up on the calendar for today.

Read the rest of the story here.

Another one bites the dust. Jeff Koons resigns and arrested on extortion charges

This morning, Mr. Koons resigned from his position from the Palm Beach County Commission and was arrested in the early morning hours, then released from the County Jail. He is charged by State Attorney Mchael McAuliffe for extortion, perjury and violating Florida Sunshine Laws (open public meetings).

Read the rest via the link below

Another one bites the dust. Jeff Koons resigns and arrested on extortion charges.

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545 www.KARLDICKEY.org NEWS RELEASE FOR RELEASE ON: April 1, 2010 Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION GIVES BILLIONAIRE’S PET PROJECT $800,000 Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy. Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn’t be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.” John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name. Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge’s financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County. The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum. # # # paid for and approved by karl dickey, libertarian for palm beach county commission, district 4

Source: http://karldickey.org/press/20100401%20Palm%20Beach%20County%20Commission%20gives%20billionaires%20$800k.htm

Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund

Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy.

Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn’t be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.”

John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name.

Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge’s financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County.

The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum.

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545 www.KARLDICKEY.org NEWS RELEASE FOR RELEASE ON: April 1, 2010 Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION GIVES BILLIONAIRE'S PET PROJECT $800,000 Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy. Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn't be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool's Day joke.” John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World's Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name. Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge's financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County. The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum. # # # paid for and approved by karl dickey, libertarian for palm beach county commission, district 4

Source: http://karldickey.org/press/20100401%20Palm%20Beach%20County%20Commission%20gives%20billionaires%20$800k.htm

Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund

Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy.

Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn’t be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.”

John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name.

Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge’s financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County.

The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum.

Karl Dickey to host radio show on March 29th

Karl Dickey will be hosting the show w/ co-host Bill Sadler Monday, March 29th at 7PM at http://www.wafs.tv.

Regular host John Thompson will be back in the chair the following Monday. LP120 The Libertarian Factor broadcasts every Monday from 7-9PM on WAFS.TV.

This show will devote the first hour to Libertarian candidates running in Florida. The second hour we’ll discuss freedom, individualism and more.

So put it on your calender to be listening from 7-9 PM this coming Monday on http://www.wafs.tv.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for those interested in advertising on the show by sending an email to John Thompson at LP120.JRT@gmail.com. The show sees a minimum of 1,200 unique hits and that does not include the thousands more the station receives in any 24 hour period, so it’s quite the bang for the buck!