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Kinberg and Thalwitzer adressing Brevard County school board

Audit: $4.3M paid by Brevard Schools ‘improper’

However, a $600,000 down payment and two $360,000 payments for “green screen” software were deemed proper payments, according to the presentation by attorneys Edward Kinberg and Aaron Thalwitzer.

Kinberg and Thalwitzer adressing Brevard County school board

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On Saturday June 6, 2015, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 1st Annual Dancing For The Space Coast event which was attended by over 650 people and raised over $225,000.00.  Mason Williams, along with the help of many others, helped to raise money for the event and performed an east coast swing dance.  Ninety percent of the profits will be split between three wonderful local charities: The Scott Center for Autism, Serene Harbor for domestic violence victims, and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  The remaining ten percent of the profits will benefit the newly-created Brevard County Public Safety Charity to help public safety officers in Brevard County.

 

What happens if a private citizen or company buys some land and the government comes along after the purchase and tells the person or persons, “You cannot build anything on some or all of it because it is a wetlands area”?

Thanks to the Florida Land Dispute Resolution Act, property owners in Florida can get some relief. Under the Act, if the government “restricted or limited the use of real property such that the property owner is  permanently unable to attain the reasonable, investment-backed expectation for the existing use of the real property or a vested right to a specific use of the real property with respect to the real property as a whole, or that the property owner is left with existing or vested uses that are unreasonable such that the property owner bears a disproportionate share of a burden imposed for the good of the public, which in fairness should be borne by the public at large.”

In other words, the government cannot just come to you and say “you have to leave this section of your property alone because there are little animals here that we must protect” and leave you the property owner stuck with a worthless piece of property you paid real money to obtain. If they do that to you, they must pay you for it.

In 2006, in Brevard vs. Stack, Brevard County challenged the constitutionality of the law. Thankfully for property owners, it was upheld. The County tried to argue several points. Their main point was that the courts had no business getting involved. The courts disagreed.

The county claimed that the courts were delegated the power because there are no standards or criteria to guide interpretation of the Act. The court found that there were guidelines on time periods, settlement options and determinations to be made by the judicial system.

So in other words, you can take the government to court if they won’t let you develop your property and you can get your money back.

 

 

Comedy show Orlando

Comedy show OrlandoWhen you think of Orlando, thoughts of DisneyWorld and Universal Studios may be the first thing that come to mind. Along with those visions are kids, lots of them! While children are wonderful more often than not, a nice time out at an adult only venue can be just what the doctor ordered. Look no further than Mama’s Comedy Show, a comedy improv show for a mature audience and Sleuths Presents: Standup Comedy Nights! Both are located just east of Disney and south of Universal on International Drive in Orlando at the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater.

Modeled after “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with the audience acting as an active participant, every Mama’s Comedy Show is different and promises to be a good time. Admission is just $10 and shows are Fridays at 10pm. Reservations, while not necessary, are recommended to ensure you and your party will get seated. Calling themselves a family, there are twelve members involved with Mama’s. They have been performing for four years and have earned rave reviews from their audiences. With comments like “A+ super funny,” “wicked fantastic show,” and “soooooo funny” it is a sure bet for a great night.

 

Sleuths Presents: Standup Comedy Nights are held in the Garden Room at the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater. The fun begins at 10pm but doors are open at 9:30pm for drinks and light fare from the kitchen. There is no cover with a purchase off the menu or from the bar. This is also an interactive show with the audience determining who is funniest with its applause. The local comedians are awarded prizes for their efforts.

If you can’t find a sitter for the kids, the whole family can stop at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater earlier in the evening to enjoy the murder mystery/comedy show and dinner. Open in 1980, the Theater has garnered rave reviews with customers calling it the “highlight of our vacation” and an “evening to remember.” Prices begin at $56.95 for adults (which includes dinner, the show, and unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks) and $23.95 for children (ages 3 to 11). Shows run nightly with start times  on various evening at 6pm and 7:30pm and guests are invited to show up 45 to 60 minutes early to enjoy hor d’oeurves and meet the characters.

If you find yourself looking for an evening out with or without family in tow, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater has you covered. Murder mystery or improv comedy, it is not your typical night out. Just a short drive from Melbourne, it is a great way to spend the evening!

Horse tours Brevard

Horse tours BrevardIf you are getting bored of the beautiful sunrises over the water, amazing beaches, and fabulous restaurants that can be found in and around Melbourne, hop in the car and drive just 35 miles north on I-95. Here you will find the Ace of Hearts Ranch, providing eco-tours on horseback!

The Ranch is available for riders age 10 and up. Visitors get the chance to ride and explore a forest trail. Open daily, the Ranch’s hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Rides are one hour in length and cost $30 per person. Reservations need to be made ahead of time to ensure the availability of the horses. Private rides are also available for up to four riders. Reviews from visitors have been wholly positive with the Ranch scoring five stars on Yelp. According to previous riders the horses are “well mannered” and “taken care of” and the experience was great, enjoyable, and relaxing. One reviewer even reported their ride lasting longer than the hour advertised making it well worth the cost.

 

In addition to offering trail rides, “Pony Parties” are available. The Ranch also provides inside or outside horse boarding in its stables or stalls. Hay and grain are included in the cost of the boarding. Give the Ranch a call for more information. On occasion the Ranch hosts various seminars, the last being a three day retreat into CranioSacral Therapy. Called a life changing experience, the workshop focused on the practice of relieving both physical and emotional pain in horses and their riders.

The Ranch also participates in Parelli, the “natural approach” to horse training. Started by the husband and wife team, Pat and Linda Parelli, this training method focuses on training the rider rather than putting the entire burden on the horse. It is an approach free from force, dominance, fear, intimidation, or coercion which should make every visitor feel great about riding these horses. Ace of Hearts Ranch owner, Sandra Vann is a certified Parelli Professional Instructor.

 

Need another reason to check out the Ranch? The great health benefits of horseback riding; it is considered a moderate intensity exercise (an hour of riding burns 360 calories!) and stimulates positive feelings. So what are you waiting for, check out the Ace of Hearts Ranch. As Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”