Friday, April 30, 2021

AFT Lied, AFT Tax Died and AFT Tax Must Not Be Revived!




Tampa, Fl
From: Eye On Tampa Bay
Posted by: Sharon Calvert

Take about 12 minutes to watch more from our interview with Dr. Jim Davison about transportation funding in Hillsborough County. 


All for Transportation (AFT) was NOT the only transportation funding plan in town in 2018. 

In addition to AFT, there was an existing 10 year $812 Million transportation plan put in place in 2016 that was funded by existing revenues. There was also a plan proposed by Dr. Davison that did not require a massive 30 year sales tax hike. 

Local media refused to report about the other plans which enabled AFT to mislead lie to voters their transportation plan was the only one. 

The Times, All In for All for Transportation, told Davison, who has spent almost 30 years working on the transportation issue in Hillsborough County, his transportation proposal was "not newsworthy". 

The Times knew there were numerous potential legal issues with AFT. The Times rejected their journalistic responsibilities by not reporting about them. The Times refused to warn the voting public about AFT's potential legal issues even after Commissioner Stacy White raised his concerns about them before the 2018 election.

No wonder AFT refused to debate anyone in 2018 who opposed their massive tax hike. Their transit rail tax boondoggle was fraught with so many issues, they knew it could not withstand any public scrutiny.

Of course, public scrutiny of AFT's tax hike in 2018 could have affected its outcome. 

Thankfully, Hillsborough County no longer has the shameful notoriety of being the county with the highest sales tax rate in the state of Florida. 

 AFT Lied. 

AFT Tax has Died. 

AFT Tax Must Not Be Revived! 

Posted by Sharon Calvert at 7:16 AM 

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Cross Posted with permission from: Eye On Tampa Bay

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Biden Moving to the Left

 



Sunday, April 25, 2021

Hillsboro County School Board Shooting the Messenger












FLORIDA  
WEST COAST        
Opinion by:  
E. Eugene Webb PhD 

The Hillsboro county school board, which has never been known for its competency at running an actual school board or a school system, is once again looking for a place to put the blame for the school District's long-standing financial crisis.

See this article from the Tampa Bay Times for some significant insight.

Tampa Bay Times By Marlene Sokol and Jeffrey S. Solochek: State threatens ‘emergency action’ on Hillsborough school finances

And:

Tampa Bay Times By Marlene Sokol: Hillsborough school leaders blast superintendent Addison Davis in survey

Like all of the preceding Hillsborough County school boards, this group of county school board members seems to be incapable of recognizing the magnitude of the ongoing financial crisis. Not the dollars, but the reason why the problem exists.

They went out and hired a change agent, Addison Davis, to be the person to solve the District’s problems and promised to support him. He brought in a team to address the ongoing financial problems.

Not sure what a “change agent is?” Here is a definition:
External Change Agent: The external change agent is the one who is brought to the organization from outside. The company’s rules regulations and policies are not imposed on them, so they bring different viewpoints to a situation and challenge the existing state of affairs.

However, this can also be seen as a disadvantage, as the external change agent is not aware of the company’s history, work processes, and personnel. – Business Jargon

In typical Hillsborough School Board fashion, the school board members have turned on their school district administrator and deflected the attention from the actual poor management of the school district to the activities of the very person they brought in to solve the problem.

It’s the classic case of shooting the messenger. Or maybe more accurately classic political process when faced with a problem: deflect, deflect, deflect.

It’s time for the state of Florida to take over the Hillsborough county school system. Not just the financial management of it but the whole system.

For the most part members of the school board are nothing but a bunch of political hacks, more interested in pandering for public votes and courting the favor of the school teachers union.

This union is responsible for most of those feather bedding positions, and the old line “we will reduce staff and staff costs, but no one will lose their job” is just plain crazy.

Now the school board is trying to hide behind a poorly conducted school administrator survey, concocted to discredit Davis and his team, to justify deflecting attention away from themselves and onto their newly minted Administrator.

A new work plan for the school administrator?

That’s really just a bunch of hogwash. The current administrator is doing his job trying to reduce cost, pointing out the problems and asking the school board for their help.

Florida Education Commissioner Cochran is on the right track.

He just needs to be careful, go all the way, take complete control of the School District and not try to find a politically palatable piecemeal solution, where the current school board members can continue to operate while not excepting any of the responsibility of the current financial crisis.

Finally, don’t be moved by those tearful teacher faces filling up your TV screen during the evening news.

A lot of these people have been milking the Hillsborough County School District for years.     

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Friday, April 23, 2021

What Is The Lesson Learned From The Piney Point Near Disaster?

 

FLORIDA  
WEST COAST        

Opinion by:  
E. Eugene Webb PhD 

It would be easy to go back to the very beginning of the Piney Point problem and blame the phosphate fertilizer business for the mess Manatee County now finds itself in.

For a complete timeline on Piney point check out this article from the Tampa Bay Times by Christopher O'Donnell: Piney Point from 1966-present: On the edge of disaster.

It has often been said that the government that affects us most directly, is our local government. More specifically, the City or County where you live that makes and enforces the rules.

Such is the case here in Manatee County. For decades, Manatee County has been led by a bunch of bumbling inept politicians more interested in courting dollars and avoiding risks than they are in protecting and serving the public that they serve.

Here are some thoughts from the Tampa Bay Tines: Florida reminded again that someone always pays for pollution | Editorial.

Newly minted acting County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes probably never imagined he would be stepping into a mess like Piney point.

I thought Dr. Hopes did an outstanding job working with the media, reassuring residents living nearby Piney Point and keeping them informed as to what was going on. I firmly believe his still, calm voice in the midst of all of this prevented the physical disaster from morphing into a media circus.

If you would like some additional information on Dr. Hopes, check out his bio Manatee County Administrator.

The problem is Piney Point is just another symptom of how poorly Manatee County has been managed for a couple of decades.

For some unknown reason, it seems like those who migrated to the Manatee County Commission could never quite come to grips with the fact that Manatee County is as robust and rich a County as are Pinellas and Hillsborough.

One of my early mentors had an exceptionally good pet phrase, “Take advantage of your advantages.”

The advantages' Manatee County had, were squandered in poor planning, risk aversion, political inbreeding, and a failure to bring in capable management at all levels as the County began to rapidly grow and expand.

 The Manatee County Commission has literally missed the mark on everything from early planning and development to infrastructure management.

For years, it has been closed-minded thinking and risk avoidance, and once the big developers moved in and began to take over; Manatee County began to suffer from outside political influence.

When a County administrator panics during a housing crisis and stops all infrastructure planning and construction in the eastern half of a County soon to explode with development, problems occur.

When a County administration is fully aware of a situation like Piney Point and passes the ball to State agencies problems are sure to occur.

When a County Commission takes 12 years to build a swimming pool in a mostly minority community, it is no wonder problems exist.

I do not think that the Manatee County Commission or the Manatee County administration has any concept of the level of problems that they are going to face regarding roads, wastewater, potable water, and public safety going forward.

Where will the money come from?

But more importantly where will the courage come from?

Certainly not from the crowd that's running things now.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Florida and Transgendered Sports


 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Manatee County Commissioner Vanesa Baugh - Ethics Complaint

Florida West Coast

Opinion By:
Jennifer L. Hamey Esq.

 Ethics...this whole matter boils down to ethical behavior.  When someone opts to be an elected official, they also agree to the responsibilities that come with it.  These responsibilities include integrity, trust, transparency and yes, ethical behavior.   What Vanessa Baugh did was just wrong.  This is not a political issue.  It doesn't matter who you voted for.  It doesn't matter your stance on Covid, masks or vaccines.  I have no personal issue with Vanessa Baugh, I have never even met her.  But what I do have is an absolute utter disgust for her behavior and actions which effected EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT of Manatee County!

 Now as I speak of responsibilities of our elected officials, it is imperative to also point out that we as the voting population also have responsibilities.  We have the responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable.  We have a responsibility to demand transparency from them and to speak out when clear wrongs have been committed. 

 It was this epiphany that arose within me as I realized it is unfair to expect all these responsibilities of our elected officials, if we too don't adhere to our own responsibility to act when appropriate.   When the story first broke about what Vanessa Baugh had done, I was appalled, but I too am busy and thought what can I do about it?  It is what it is. Then I took a step back and thought no, if we don't speak up, then accountability will never be reached.  As an attorney I am held to a set of rules and ethics within my field.  I am held accountable for my actions.  Why shouldn't she be held accountable for what she did?  I was reminded of the concept, loosely quoted, of "all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men (or women) to do nothing."  I don't get the right to complain if I am not going to take steps to fix it.

So at this point, if you don't already know, you may be asking what did this Vanessa Baugh person do?  Well, I have attached the below complaint that I filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics outlining exactly what, in my opinion, she did wrong to violate Florida laws, Administrative laws and the Florida Constitution while in her role as a public official.  Now disclaimer: this is just my personal complaint that I filed, and the matter is pending.  There has been no outcome at this point.

 Secondly, I have begun a petition on Change.org (link is also attached below).  Manatee County is unchartered and not a municipality so the recourse is that the governor must be the one to suspend Ms. Baugh.  But this petition is not just for Manatee County.  This petition is for anyone and everyone in Florida that wants their elected officials to be held accountable for their behavior.  This is an issue for every voter who cares about their local and state government doing what is right.  So please take a minute and read the petition and if you agree, please sign it.  We hope to get many, many signatures of Florida voters to the governor so he can see how many people care about holding public officials accountable.     

Now at the end of the day, will these steps I've taken result in any action being taken place against Vanessa Baugh?  I don't know.  But I can sleep well at night knowing I took the responsibility to speak out about something that I think was really wrong.  I have done everything I can do at this point to spread the word and inform people.  Because remember, this issue is not about politics...it's about ethics!

Change.org:  http://chng.it/RCsgYXHjP6

The text below is from the Formal Ethics Complaint and was created using a PDF to Microsoft Word Converter. It is a reasonable rendering but should NOT be relied on for legal or professional reference.

 Some Addresses and Phone Numbers have been redacted

 

 Florida Commission on Ethics

P. 0. Drawer 15709, Tallahassee, Florida 32317-5709

 "A Public Office is a Public Trust"

1. PERSON BRINGING COMPLAINT:

Name: Jennifer L. Hamey Telephone Number: (941) 932-6217

Address; 3815 US Highway 301 North 

City: Ellenton, County: Manatee, State: FL Zip Code: 34222

 2. PERSON AGAINST WHOM COMPLAINT IS BROUGHT:

Use a separate complaint form for each person you wish to complain against:

Name: Vanessa Baugh Telephone Number: (941) 745- 3703

Address; PO Box 1000

City: Bradenton, County: Manatee, Zip Code: 34206

Title of office or position held or sought: Manatee County Commissioner

 3. STATEMENT OF FACTS:

Please provide a full explanation of your complaint, describing the facts and the actions of the person named above and why you believe he or she violated the law. Include relevant dates and the names and addresses of persons whom you believe may be witnesses. Please do not submit more than 15 pages, including this form. Please do not submit video or audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, flash drives or other electronic media; such material will not be considered part of the complaint and will be returned.

 4. OATH  (See original Document for formal Oath and Official Witness)

I the person bringing this complaint, do swear or affirm that the facts set forth in the foregoing complaint and attachments thereto are true and correct to fittest of my knowledge and belief.  

MEMORANDUM – COMPLAINT

I. ISSUES FOR CONSIDERATION

1. Did Respondent violate Florida Statute 112.3 1 3(6), Misuse of Public Position, by ignoring the county‘s lottery system for the Covid—19 vaccine distribution and instead unilaterally picking two zip codes in her district to receive 3,000 additional vaccines issued by the State, to the detriment of all other Manatee County residents 65 and over who had signed up for the lottery system?

 2. Did Respondent violate Florida Statute 112.313(6), Misuse of Public Position, by putting herself and four friends onto a "VIP" list provided to the county to insure she received a vaccine from the extra doses provided by the State?

 II. SUMMARY OF FACTS

On or around early February, 2021, Vanessa Baugh (hereinafter referred to as "Respondent") was approached by Governor DeSantis with an offer of 3,000 additional vaccines to be used for Manatee County at a pop-up location in Lakewood Ranch, specifically Premier Sports Campus. Interestingly, that location is owned by Manatee County as a park, not any individual ownership.

 Respondent, by her own admission as stated by her at a County Work Session on February 18, 2021, took full responsibility for choosing the two zip code locations (34202 and 34211) and advised she was not directed by the Governor to do so. Both of these zip codes are located in her district, are predominantly white and have an average median income of over $100,000. Respondent also lives and owns a business in zip code 34202.

 Subsequently, on or about February 15, 2021, Respondent provided a list of five names, one of which was her own, that stated in the subject line "Names for List", which was directed to the county employee working on the list of people to be vaccinated at the pop—up location. (See Attached Exhibit A). This information was revealed to the public and other commissioners shortly after to which Respondent then issued an apology for what she did during a public commissioner meeting. Respondent further admits in her response to correspondence from an angry resident that she "did have a lack of judgment." (See Attached Exhibit B).

 III. ALLEGED VIOLATIONS

A. Florida Statute 112.313: Standards of conduct for public officers.

Pursuant to 112.3 13(1), Respondent qualifies as a public officer subject to the requirements of this section as she is a "person elected or appointed to hold office in any agency. . .“. Respondent was reelected as Manatee County Commissioner, District 5, on November 3, 2020 and was sworn into the position on November 17, 2020.

 Further, pursuant to 112.313(6), "no public officer...shall corruptly use or attempt to use his or her official position or any property or resource which may be within his or her trust, or perform his or her official duties, to secure a special privilege, benefit or exemption for himself, herself, or others." Discussion of said violation to this section is divided into two separate incidents as discussed above under issues for consideration.

 The first instance of violating 112.313(6) occurred when Respondent took it upon herself to determine what two zip codes were worthy to receive an additional 3,000 vaccines and chose two areas that were advantageous to her personally and to the detriment of the other 150,000 persons over the age of 65 who had done as directed and entered into a lottery system. Respondent used her position to advise the Governor of her choices. She did so with no discussion with the other six commissioners and she did so without any consideration of the very lottery system she put into place for the residents of Manatee County to maintain fairness in the process.

 The second instance of violating 112.313(6) occurred just days later when after already excluding over 140,000 residents from a chance at the 3,000 vaccines (only 7,285 of the approximately 150,000 signed up residents for the lottery lived in 34202 or 34211, See Attached Exhibit C), Respondent created a "VIP" list to insure that she and several friends and neighbors got vaccines out of those 3,000 that were provided by the state. As shown in Exhibit A, two of the parties that she listed on her "VIP" list didn't even live within the two zip codes that she chose as the ones to get the vaccine!

 These actions taken by Respondent, separately and over the course of approximately a week, are a clear violation of the requirements outlined in 112.313(6).

 B. Florida Administrative Code §34-18.001: Scope and Applicability of Chapter

 This Chapter of the Code is designed to define disproportionate benefit as used in Article II, Section 8(h)(2) of the Florida Constitution. Fl. Adm. Code §34-18.001(2)(a) defines disproportionate benefit as a "benefit, privilege, exemption or result arising from an act or omission by a public officer or public employee inconsistent with the proper performance of his or her public duties."

 Fl. Adm. Code §34-18.001(3) discusses the points the Commission shall consider to determine disproportionate benefit. Complainant will discuss each item below, briefly outlining how Respondent violated each item:

 1. §34-18.001(3)(a): The number of people who would experience a benefit was different in each instance of Respondent violating 112.313(6). The first act of Respondent picking two zip codes, which isolated only certain people to be chosen for 3,000 vaccines, resulted in 7,285 people getting the potential benefit of securing a vaccine to the exclusion of the other 142,000 in the lottery pool for the county. 1She further benefited herself because she also lived in one of the chosen districts. In the second instance, five people, including Respondent, benefitted from being on the "VIP" list to receive the vaccine to the exclusion of all other residents of Manatee County who were waiting in the lottery system set up by the commissioners, including Respondent.

 2. §34-18.00113)(b): Simply put, the nature of the interest was personal gain and to help her political and social friends.

3. §34-18.00113)(c) and (d): The degree to which the interests of all those who would experience the benefit are affected is substantial and greatly more advantageous compared to others. Millions of people are waiting to get a vaccine during a pandemic that has crippled our nation for almost a year. Respondent used her position of power to bypass every one of her constituents who have been following the rules put in place by her and the other commissioners to jump to the head of the line and receive a vaccine. Furthermore, Respondent chose to forego the needs of the rest of the county, all of whom she has an equal duty to same as her own district, to put the needs of her own constituents in front of all the others entered into the lottery system.

4. §34-18.001(3)1e): There was zero degree of uncertainty! Respondent knew from the very beginning her actions took away over 3,000 vaccines to the majority of those in the county lottery pool, for the benefit of two zip codes. Further, Respondent knew from the very beginning that it was completely wrong to add herself and several friends to a "VIP" list to insure they received the vaccine. By engaging in this course of action, she took the opportunity away for there to be an equal likelihood of all people in the lottery to get picked for the 3,000 extra available doses.

 5. §34-18.001(3)(f): Respondent lives in Lakewood Ranch and sits as a Manatee

County Commissioner with six other individuals. In neither instance was what she did available to any of those persons. Neither the residents of Lakewood Ranch nor the other commissioners were given an option to pick zip codes to get the extra 3,000 vaccines nor did they have the opportunity to be put on a "VIP" list.

 Finally, 34—18.001(4) outlines that the requisite intent for finding a violation to Article II,

Section (8)(h)(2) of the Florida Constitution is that the officer acted with a wrongful intent for the purpose of obtaining a benefit which is inconsistent with the proper performance of her public duties. Respondent is an elected official who was voted in to serve as a Manatee County Commissioner. While she was voted in by her District, which is not comprised of the entire county, she is still obligated and has a duty to serve the needs of the ENTIRE county. Respondent intentionally chose not to do that. The exhibits attached to this complaint, as well as by Respondent's own admissions, clearly reflect poor judgment and an intentional failure to avoid a disproportionate benefit to herself, her friends and to the residents of 34202 and 34211.

 C. Florida Constitution, Article II, Section (8)(h)(2)1: Ethics in Government

Florida Constitution, Article II, Section (8)(h)(2) states in pertinent part that a public officer shall not abuse her position in order to obtain a disproportionate benefit for herself. This Article and Section further outlines that an independent commission shall conduct investigations and make public reports and that said commission shall be this Florida Commission on Ethics.

Complainant will not re-address all of the arguments regarding abuse of power under this section as they have been adequately addressed in the paragraphs above.

 ______________________________________________

1 Complainant notes that Section (8)(h) was previously designated Section (8)(g). And while all remaining amendments to this Section shall not take effect until December 31. 2022, the pertinent one to this matter did take effect on December 31, 2020.

 IV. CONCLUSION

Respondent is an elected official, specifically a Manatee County Commissioner. When

Respondent took the position she was aware, or should have been aware, of her responsibilities under the Florida Statute, Florida Administrative Code and the Florida Constitution to never misuse her position of power for her benefit or the benefits of friends and family.

 Respondent is in a position of trust with a duty to serve ALL of the county to which she was elected. This includes in situations where decisions can be very difficult and the need may arise to put aside what is best for one's self for the benefit of those whose needs you swore to uphold. This country is in the middle of unprecedented times when the need for leadership has never been greater. The residents of this county turned to the commissioners as the leaders to set the rules and the guidelines for the Covid vaccine. The county commissioners collectively agreed to a lottery system to instill fairness that all of those residents over 65 that signed up would have an equal chance at a vaccine.

 Respondent abused that system. Respondent did not seek advice or counsel of her other commissioners to search for a fair way to distribute the extra 3,000 doses available to the county. She unilaterally decided on her own to pick two zip codes that she wanted to receive the vaccine to the detriment of all the other county residents. Further, she knowingly and willfully put her needs before those of the residents of her county by creating a VIP list that she was on, as well as including two people on the list that didn‘t even live in the zip codes she chose to receive the vaccines. Trust has been lost and cannot simply be regained by an apology. Respondent should be held accountable for these violations.

 Exhibit A

Dana Rawls

 From: Vanessa Baugh

Sent: Monday, February ‘15, 2021 12:58 AM

To: Jacob Saur

Subject: Names for lis

 Names for vaccination requested

Rex Jensen,

Lawrence Jensen, 

Robert E. Keehn. III, 

Marie E. Keehn,

Vanessa Baugh

Sent from my iPad

 

Exhibit B

Dana Rawls

From: Vanessa Baugh

Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:57 PM

To: STEPHEN MILLER

Subject: Re: COVID POP—UP LAKEWOOD RANCH

Mr Miller, I did have a lack of judgment, however I did not have the vaccine and there were 200 more vaccines added today. I do hope that you and your wife will get it soon.

Sent from my iPhone

 On Feb 18, 2021, at 6:31 PM, STEPHEN MILLER  wrote:

I AM A RESIDENT IN THE 34211 ZIP CODE OF LAKEWOOD RANCH. MY WIFE AND I ARE BOTH 72 AND HAVE HEALTH ISSUES. WE HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET THE VACCINE. WE ARE REGISTERED WITH MANATEE COUNTY AND READ IN THE OBSERVER THAT THE POOL IS AS FAIR A SYSTEM AS YOU CAN

HAVE SINCE ALL REGISTRANTS ARE SELECTED AT RANDOM BV COMPUTER WITH NO HUMAN INTERVENTION.

 NOW WE READ IN THE SAME PAPER HOW COMMISSIONER BAUGH, WHO COORDINATED THE EVENT, INTERVENED TO HAVE HERSELF AND SOME FRIENDS (OUTSIDE THE TWO ZIP CODES) BE PUT AHEAD OF THE REST OF US WHO ARE ASKED TO ACCEPT THE RULES AS BEING FAIR TO ALL.

 ABOVE ALL ELSE, WE EXPECT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HAVE INTEGRITY AND TO REPRESENT THE CITIZENRY FAIRLY. WE USE OUR VOTES TO PUT THOSE PERSONS IN OFFICE WHO WE BELIEVE IN. NEPOTISM SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE WITHIN THE MANATEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.

 MY WIFE AND I CONTINUE TO GET ON THE COMPUTER AT 7:00 AM TO LOG INTO THE PUBLIX, WINN DIXIE, CVS, WALGREENS, WALMART AND ANY OTHER SITE THAT MAY OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN UP BUT NEVER MAKE IT TO THE SCHEDULING SCREEN. WE REGULARY MONITOR OUR TEXT MESSAGES HOPING WE WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE MANATEE POOL BUT NEVER ARE.

 I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU HOW WE AND I'M SURE MANY OTHERS FEEL WHO ARE DESPERATE FOR THE VACCINE ONLY TO FIND THAT IT IS STILL "WHO YOU KNOW" THAT REALLY MATTERS.

 STEPHEN AND GAIL MILLER 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10 1

 Exhibit C

Dana Rawls

From: Jacob Saur

Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:53 PM

To: Vanessa Baugh

Subject: Zip codes  

HI Commissioner,

 There is 7,285 people registered with the primary residence listed as 34211 or 34202. I have a team meeting tomorrow to discuss the logistics of scheduling.

 That includes both 65 and older as well as frontline healthcare workers.

 Jake

 Jacob A. Saur, RPL

Director of Public Safety

Manatee County Government

Office: 9414493585

Cell: 941-705-1246

PO. Box 1000 Bradenton, FL 34206

Twitter: MCGPublicsafety

 Outlook for 10

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The text from the Formal Ethics Complaint and was created using a PDF to Microsoft Word Converter. It is a reasonable rendering but should NOT be relied on for legal or professional reference.


This post is contributed by
Jennifer L. Hamey Esq. The views expressed in this post are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher of BayPost Internet or any publications, blogs, or social media pages where it may appear.

 

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

JEEP BEACH 2021 is On In Daytona Beach



 FLORIDA  
WEST COAST        
Opinion by:  
E. Eugene Webb PhD

The largest Jeep beach event in the southeastern United States is on in Daytona Beach FL beginning Monday April 19th and running through Sunday April 25th.

The major portion of the event takes place at the Daytona International Speedway.

If you own a Jeep regardless of the model, you need to try to attend this year's Jeep Beach. Registration for the whole week is just $80.00 per Jeep, and that includes all the people you can safely put in your Jeep.

If you want to go over for just a day or two, you can buy an infield ticket for $10 per person at the front gate of the Daytona International Speedway, and you will have transportation to and from the main event in the infield by tram.

That's when I'll be there. When you're in the middle of a Jeep restoration you're always looking for Jeep stuff to buy.

Jeep Beach is a great family event with lots of things to do with your Jeep and lots of things to do in Daytona Beach.

As I write this, about a week prior to the event starting there are already 3000 jeeps registered to attend.

For all the information Check out the Official Jeep Beach site

If you want more up-to-date information check out these sites below.

Jeep Beach Facebook

Jeep Beach Twitter

Jeep Beach Instagram

Jeep Beach YouTube

I have attended Jeep Beach over the years, and below are a couple of links to two photo essays that we did in 2015 and 2017. You can check out my photo essays at the two links below.

Jeep Beach 2015

Jeep Beach 2017

If you've been going for a few years, you might spot your Jeep either out on the beach or at one of the events. Before you're tempted to just click the link and hit download be aware there are hundreds of photos at each of these links. Individual pictures or the whole stack are free to download so help yourself. Just select the picture you happen to like go up in the right-hand corner click the download arrow, and here it comes.

Unfortunately, our latest Jeep restoration a 1998 TJ is not going to be ready to make the trip to Jeep
Beach this year. She's going in for a heart transplant this week. A new Jasper rebuilt engine, and probably will not be ready to make the trip to Daytona Beach by the time the event takes place.

If you're new to the Jeep family, let me be one of the first to welcome you into a great fraternity and a wonderful lifestyle.

Oh, and by the way, if you're worried about the kids, just bring them along, there are things for the kids to do lots of jeeps for them to look at and overall, it's just a great family event.

If you're looking for the ultimate Jeep Beach experience, I actually think there are two. The first one is for an additional $50, or so you can take your Jeep out onto the Daytona International Speedway and drive a lap. If you've never done it before you may have trouble choking back a tear.

The other really great event takes place on Sunday April 25th it's kind of a non sanctioned event but the folks who run Jeep Beach have, on an annual basis worked out an agreement with the city of Daytona Beach for a Jeep Beach drive on the sand. You can trust me on this one it will be an experience you will never forget.

So come and join 3000 or 4000 of your newest friends. Bring your Jeep, your family and just have a really good time.

If you know someone who has a Jeep, be sure to forward this Post to them.

Hope to see you there.

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