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.

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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).

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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!

Palm Beach County legislative affairs office – a waste of taxpayer money?

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-33868-West-Palm-Beach-Libertarian-Examiner~y2010m3d18-Palm-Beach-County-legislative-affairs-office–a-waste-of-taxpayer-money

Excerpt:

“In addition, are the voters of Palm Beach County offended by the blatant abuse of Palm Beach County Days that happen in Tallahassee at the beginning of each Florida legislative session? Taxpayers front the cost of travel for 30+ government employees plus the commissioners. Beyond that, there are plenty of local corporate sponsors that are happy to let the liquor flow for our commissioners and their entourage. It’s good to know supposed non-profit organizations are able to get $200,000 together to throw a party for the commissioners so far away from home. And for what? You be the judge.”

Libertarian Candidate Says to Slash Commissioner Salaries

Karl Dickey for Palm Beach County Commission
5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545
http://www.KARLDICKEY.org
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2009
Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org
Libertarian Candidate Says to Slash Commissioner Salaries
County commissioner candidate wants salary reduced to $60,000
Boca Raton, FL – Palm Beach County commission candidate, Karl Dickey said this morning, “Our county commissioners should take a pay cut showing they are serious about getting the budget under control. We need to slash commissioner salaries by at least 35%.”
Although such a reduction is mostly symbolic based on the size of the county budget, it would show taxpayers they commissioners are serious about reigning in the spending. Reducing salaries has been brought before the commission in the past without success.
Karl Dickey is suggesting a pay of $60,000 for county commissioners as the median family income for county residents is around $50,000. Mr. Dickey added, “The high-flying times are gone and the commissioners need to get real. I would even support a proposal to bring the salary down to as much at $50,000.”
Mr. Dickey is also encouraged by county administrator, Robert Weisman’s commitment to submit the 2011 budget excluding all non-mandated items.
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PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY KARL DICKEY, LIBERTARIAN FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 4

Time to Get Serious With the Palm Beach County Budget

Time to Get Serious With the Palm Beach County Budget

County commission candidate suggests serious cuts in county budget and a cut in commissioner salaries

 Boca Raton, FL – Palm Beach County commission candidate, Karl Dickey has been pressing the Board of Commissioners to heed a more conservative fiscal budget for years. Unfortunately the commissioners continue to have trouble saying “NO” to those coming before the commission with their hand out.       

Mr. Dickey said this morning, “Our county administrator, Bob Weisman, has been trying for the last four years to get the commission to cut the budget. You really have to have sympathy for Mr. Weisman. He has literally begged commissioners during public meetings to reduce the county budget, however we continually see people and special interests lined  up asking for money and shockingly, the commissioners dole it out. It is time each and every department, including the Sherriff’s office, participate in the needed cuts for the 2011 budget. It will not be pleasant or easy, but it must be done. I have not been overly impressed with the budget workshops and strongly feel they should be held in the evening so the public can have greater participation.”       

Karl Dickey suggests the selling off the North County and the Pahokee airports, reduce the Sherriff’s office budget ($25M in 2011), reduce the community services budget by $10M, end new jail expansion, reduce commissioner salaries to $60k, close the lobbying office, and many more.

To attract more business, the county government should adopt more libertarian principles, thereby reducing the “red tape” many businesses face when setting up shop. The county could easily become a haven for those individuals and businesses seeking a place to live and operate where the taxes are low and the government is not all-encompassing.       

During the “good times” Palm Beach County commissioners forced taxpayers into a situation where multi-year obligations must be met making it difficult to cut the budget substantially. The multi-year obligations are for projects that produce nothing and often cost taxpayers either directly or via lost opportunities. Mr. Dickey has outlined a few improvements for the 2011 budget here and will offer more substantial budget recommendations in the future.       

The county government should not have created the boondoggles such as Mecca Farms and the endless tax subsidies doled out to large businesses and organizations.

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Original document can be found here:  http://karldickey.org/press/20091210%20Time%20to%20Get%20Serious%20With%20the%20Palm%20Beach%20County%20Budget.htm

paid for and approved by karl dickey, libertarian for palm beach county commission, district 4

Libertarian candidate blasts county moratorium on pain clinics

From today’s Palm Beach Post, Post on Politics by George Bennett  http://www.postonpolitics.com/2009/12/libertarian-candidate-blasts-county-moratorium-on-pain-clinics/

Our Jennifer Sorentrue reports that Palm Beach County commissioners this morning approved a one-year moratorium on approving new pain-management clinics amid concerns that drugs are being dispensed with insufficient controls.

A recent Palm Beach Post investigation found that more than 30 such clinics have opened in the county since 2007. Among the people running pain businesses are convicted drug dealers, serial criminals and former addicts, according to a review of county, state and federal records.

Libertarian commission candidate Karl Dickey blasted this morning’s 6-0 vote, saying commissioners are “punishing the many for the actions of a few. Whereas we understand some pain-management clinics have abused the system, it is outrageous for the county government to ban the ability of legitimate clinics from opening.”

Dickey is the only announced challenger to Republican Commissioner Steven Abrams.

Read the rest via Libertarian candidate blasts county moratorium on pain clinics.

Prominent Fort Lauderdale law firm investigates founding partner Scott Rothstein — South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Prominent Fort Lauderdale law firm investigates founding partner Scott Rothstein — South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Palm Beach County Commissioner, Steven Abrams, is a partner at this law firm and I am confident Mr. Abrams has not been involved in anything nefarious.

Although an opponent in the race for the 2010 district 4 Palm Beach County Commission position, I wish Mr. Abrams the very best during this difficult episode in his life.

-Karl Dickey

Interview w/ LibertarianViewpoint.com

Karl Dickey was recently interviewed for LibertarianViewpoint.com regarding his campaign for Palm Beach County Commission.

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In keeping with our goals of trying to get interviews with all the Libertarian candidates running for office April continues to track them down and ask them pertinent questions. She caught up with Karl Dickey, candidate for County Commissioner in Palm Beach. Her interview is posted here in its entirety. Enjoy!

Q: It’s a conundrum to some people. The wealthy are objects of envy, but heavy progressive taxes only create a class of dependents that are resentful of the hand that feeds them. Meanwhile, as can be evidenced from activities like the Robin Hood Foundation’s, not only are the wealthy indoctrinated to feel guilty about their property holdings, they’re still extraordinarily generous givers. Is Palm Beach getting wise to the indoctrination?

A: Firstly, although I realize many have envy for the wealthy, I do not subscribe to that notion. But more to the question, it would be difficult to know the thoughts of Palm Beachers and their reasons for giving to their favorite charities – whether out of guilt, altruism, or for the potential tax benefits. I do fully support the use of more private charities over the inefficient and often corrupt government-run and government-funded charities.

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Palm Beach County: Commissioners’ $10,000 trip to Marco Island needed to study homelessness, other issues

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/24/0624marco.html?cxntlid=

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Four Palm Beach County commissioners, along with several county staff members, are at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa this week for a conference that County Administrator Bob Weisman estimates will cost the taxpayers $10,000.

It’s a trip they take every year, and Commission Chairman Jeff Koons says the Florida Association of Counties – which is organizing the conference – helps members make connections with state and federal policymakers and stay on top of issues such as homelessness and energy reform.

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But in a summer when the commission is considering sharp spending cuts and tax increases to make up for plunging home values, the trip is getting more attention than usual.

And not everyone went.

In a story posted Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is staying in town to work on pressing county issues, such as the budget. He said hanging around with “movers and shakers” from across the state is a benefit mainly for those interested in running for state or federal office.

Earlier today, Karl Dickey, who is running against Commissioner Steven Abrams next year, issued a news release headlined: “Your Tax Dollars at Work — Or Is it Play?” Dickey urged reporters to check which commissioners come back with tans.

Abrams is at the conference and could not immediately be reached for comment, although someone purporting to be Abrams posted a message defending the trip on The Palm Beach Post‘s Web site Tuesday night.

“For goodness sakes, we live in Palm Beach County; I can assure you it is not some special junket for me to drive to Marco Island,” the message read. “Please be assured I am not playing golf or going on a cruise, and when I am not in meetings, I am taking my budget book with me to also study for our (commission) meeting next week.”

Reached on his cell phone today, Koons said the conference is definitely work.

Koons said he is attending sessions from 8:15 a.m. until after 6 p.m. He said it is critical for him to be there to meet conference attendees such as federal housing officials, at a time when the county may apply for more federal money to battle homelessness.

Weisman said some commissioners choose not to travel, and that is their personal preference.

“But you are not necessarily going to meet these people if you are sitting at home in Palm Beach County,” Weisman said.

This story includes material from the Sun Sentinel.

Palm Beach County: Commissioners' $10,000 trip to Marco Island needed to study homelessness, other issues

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/24/0624marco.html?cxntlid=

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Four Palm Beach County commissioners, along with several county staff members, are at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa this week for a conference that County Administrator Bob Weisman estimates will cost the taxpayers $10,000.

It’s a trip they take every year, and Commission Chairman Jeff Koons says the Florida Association of Counties – which is organizing the conference – helps members make connections with state and federal policymakers and stay on top of issues such as homelessness and energy reform.

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But in a summer when the commission is considering sharp spending cuts and tax increases to make up for plunging home values, the trip is getting more attention than usual.

And not everyone went.

In a story posted Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is staying in town to work on pressing county issues, such as the budget. He said hanging around with “movers and shakers” from across the state is a benefit mainly for those interested in running for state or federal office.

Earlier today, Karl Dickey, who is running against Commissioner Steven Abrams next year, issued a news release headlined: “Your Tax Dollars at Work — Or Is it Play?” Dickey urged reporters to check which commissioners come back with tans.

Abrams is at the conference and could not immediately be reached for comment, although someone purporting to be Abrams posted a message defending the trip on The Palm Beach Post‘s Web site Tuesday night.

“For goodness sakes, we live in Palm Beach County; I can assure you it is not some special junket for me to drive to Marco Island,” the message read. “Please be assured I am not playing golf or going on a cruise, and when I am not in meetings, I am taking my budget book with me to also study for our (commission) meeting next week.”

Reached on his cell phone today, Koons said the conference is definitely work.

Koons said he is attending sessions from 8:15 a.m. until after 6 p.m. He said it is critical for him to be there to meet conference attendees such as federal housing officials, at a time when the county may apply for more federal money to battle homelessness.

Weisman said some commissioners choose not to travel, and that is their personal preference.

“But you are not necessarily going to meet these people if you are sitting at home in Palm Beach County,” Weisman said.

This story includes material from the Sun Sentinel.