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    County Loses Another Case

    www.law.justia.com/cases/florida/first-district-court-of-appeal/2017/16-0512.html
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    @coondog wrote; In a word...No! Pet projects North of the Bay? Really? What might those be? Ain't been no growth North of the bay in 30 years or better excluding Lowe's, the industrial park in Mossy Head and the truck stop. As long as we continue in the vein we are currently headed that's...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    I absolutely agree with you. Someone at that meeting would have pointed out or commented Anderson had a conflict of interest because of campaign monies he took from the developer and the attorney. I seriously doubt he would have voted against it. Anderson was allowed to save himself some...
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    30A Songwriters Festival Jan 13-15 UPDATES

    30A Songwriters Festival
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    Chapman addressed the comp plan & LDC at the BCC meeting last night and explained this had more to do with the way the Codes are written which is going to allow a business to be put where it clearly isn't wanted by the homeowners. Please don't quote me on this because I'd have to go back over...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    Just in case anyone is wondering...the project on Dalton passed with Jones and Chapman voting Yes and Sara Comander voting No. Suffice it to say there were at least 3 attorney's there representing homeowners. I got the distinct impression the Courts are going to decide this one.
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    The original hearing was a quasi judicial hearing. The commissioners serve as "a jury". The case was continued and now only three "jurors" have heard all of the testimony. Inserting 2 new "jurors" that have not heard ALL of the testimony would not follow court procedures. What coulda/shoulda...
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    Walton County to shell out Harris' legal fees

    From the Defuniak Herald...This is NOT paraphrased its a direct quote. Since there is no voice inflection to type written words, the sarcasm spat at Ms. Harris wouldn't be included in this report. I'll even grant you Suzanne Harris is feisty and says pretty much what's on her mind but she...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    Video now available. www.mypanhandle.com/news/renovations-proposed-for-walton-co-fire-rescue-stations/637822794
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    Sounding the Alarm

    That's a fact! ;)
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    Sounding the Alarm

    The secret Committee Stan Sunday put together went around to the stations in question videoing "issues". Bobby Martin was video'd live today on Channel 13 news. The video isn't available on their website yet but the article posted above was.
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    Sounding the Alarm

    From WMBB Today. Renovations Proposed for Walton Co. Fire Rescue Stations With two projects already underway, Walton County Fire Rescue could be updating the rest of their fire stations. Fire Chief Bobby Martin will present a complete list to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday of...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    @Bob Wells wrote; Obviously the County isn't doing a very good job or we wouldn't be having this conversation and Bobby Martin wouldn't be running all over the County with a video camera, making the County look a fool videoing all his "recent" good works that should have happened eons ago and...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    This was reported by WZEP Jan. 3, 2017 NORTH WALTON FIRE/RESCUE AND WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF RESPONDING TO SOUTH WALTON & HOLMES COUNTY South Walton and Holmes County requesting assistance from neighboring districts. North Walton Fire/Rescue and Walton County Sheriff responding, along with other...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    So let it burn and have people die until help arrives? Gotcha!
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    Sounding the Alarm

    "NFPA standards say you really shouldn't operate with less than 4 on an engine, also you have a 2 in 2 out rule for safety." How's that working out for the firefighters in the north end? Not very well! That is a safety issue and not one I brought up but since you did why not expound on how it's...
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    2 New Lawsuits filed against Walton County

    The 2 new members of the BCC are not a party to the lawsuit.
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    Sounding the Alarm

    So you're not interested in professional services for North Walton just band-aid fixes? I'll grant you that if citizens in NoWal only want band-aid fixes that's all they are going to get and if it continues in the current vein, we wont have ANY Firefighters or EMT's willing to do the job. They...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    I think the residents of North Walton deserve the same level of services as those enjoyed by South Walton. Admittedly, there is no funding for brand new buildings (I get that) but is doesn't mean those stations can't be professionally run. The County has had years to bring up standards, utilize...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    "Fire Rescue under the sheriff's office would be significantly different in both practice and substance," Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson said. "I expect a high level of professionalism and a commitment to being the best." By Deborah Wheeler | 315-4432 | @WaltonSunDeb |...
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    Sounding the Alarm

    Make no mistake Mr. Wells, I completely understand this is a past and present BCC problem...8 years past! I'm also having difficulty with "appalling living conditions", "black mold", "maintenance issues", "health problems associated with all the above" and I'm not for one minute blaming actual...
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    Walton County Recycling Program

    And got a car to drive too!
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    Sounding the Alarm

    Walton County Board of County Commissioners meeting Jan. 10 at South Walton Annex. Among items on the regular meeting agenda are an update on Walton County Fire Rescue (WCFR) renovations and draft request for qualifications (RFQ) for study of oversight transfer of WCFR to the Walton County...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    I agree with you to a point LVT. Why do citizens have to hire an attorney to fight the government they elected? This is not how government is supposed to work. We write their paychecks not vice versa. They are paid to listen to their Constituents and act accordingly not ignore them for big...
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    Walton County to shell out Harris' legal fees

    Either the paper or you @Mike Jones conveniently omitted the part where Ms. Jones spat at Ms. Harris that she voted her conscious. I was there. I heard it. While the video of that meeting is conveniently missing from the County web site allegedly due to technical errors, the audio portion is...
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    Walton County to shell out Harris' legal fees

    I guess the $6,625.00 spent on office furniture is just chump change in the overall scheme of things.
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    Walton County to shell out Harris' legal fees

    Well said Mr. Miller, well said! Posted Jan 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Continually amazed Those of us who have followed the saga of Ms. Suzanne Harris and her action against Walton County never cease to be amazed at the wasteful and irresponsible behavior of some members of...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    One solution is to stop electing/recycling the people who got it to this point.
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    What coulda/shoulda happened here in my opinion is the developer should have been made to start the process over after the 2 new Commissioners came on board. Rather than that happening the County Attorney determined only the 3 previous Commissioners could vote. I suppose the fact T. Anderson...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    Why does it matter? I don't know that there are multiple writers but I don't know that there isn't either. After the hatchet job/character assassination done on Ms. Meadows during the primaries, I appreciate the fact she is even willing to be involved in County politics. @Mike Jones, The...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    We? The only reference I saw to the word "we" was "we wish the attorney well". Your guess is as good as mine as to who "we" is but I can't think of anyone who would wish someone ill except ...well, never mind that. If I had an issue mine would be ...why do we hold countywide elections if the...
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    Commercial On Dalton Drive Approved [lawsuit filed]

    www.waltonpolitics.weebly.com/blog Attend a public hearing on Tuesday, January 10th starting at 2:30 p.m. at the South Walton Annex where the Board of County Commissioners will hear the continuance of the Snappy Turtle/ 30A Trading Co. Development. You would think all five commissioners would...
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    2 New Lawsuits filed against Walton County

    By Dotty Nist The end of 2016 brought with it two new lawsuits against Walton County. Both were filed in Walton County Circuit Court. Greater Driftwood Estates lawsuit Filed on Dec. 11 was a lawsuit brought by the Greater Driftwood Estates Homeowners Association and individual parties...
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    Letter To The Editor: Writer's Facts Not Accurate

    People read and interpret written words differently obviously. Here is the post you're referring to. First words off his keyboard were "this has been alluded to". In my opinion he is not making any claims he is asking why and "desks" in the context in which he used it, implies plural or more...
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    Letter To The Editor: Writer's Facts Not Accurate

    Patriot Games did not say it was "just" a desk. He asked why 6000.00 was spent on a desk (office furnishings) rather than the county seeking grants for drainage, roads and bridges. Fair question given that Sowal lacks infrastructure and there appears to be all kinds of grants available for...
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    Letter to Mark Davis From Suzanne Harris

    Kurt, Please feel free to delete this letter as it is a carbon copy of the one posted by Suzanne herself. Thank you.
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    County controlled by WHO, Louis Svelha or Cecilia

    Please allow me to make one correction for you Ms. Harris. :) The Letter written to the newspaper from the Public Information Officer Louis Svhela appeared in the paper on Dec. 22, 2016 taking a citizen of Walton County to task for a letter published in the NWFL Daily news on Dec. 15, 2016...
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    Letter to Mark Davis From Suzanne Harris

    Mark if you remember the taxpayers group got all the invoices from Cecilia Jones office furniture and remodeling when she was the district 5 commissioner. I am sure I still have these in my storage files. My question is who told Louis to right the letter to the editor, and did you approve it...
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    Walton County to shell out Harris' legal fees

    NOTE: The BCC meeting was NOT streamed live online yesterday. It wasn't until the meeting was almost over that the public was made aware they were having issues with the video. Ms. Harris herself had to video the portion of the meeting where the BCC voted to pay. There is currently no record of...
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    Walton County to shell out Harris' legal fees

    By Tom McLaughlin | 315-4435 | @TomMnwfdn | tmclaughlin@nwfdailynews.com DeFUNIAK SPRINGS - Three of five Walton County commissioners voted Tuesday to take the advice of their attorney and pay $175,000 in attorneys' fees to citizen activist Suzanne Harris. Commission Chairwoman Cecilia Jones...
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    Letter To The Editor: Writer's Facts Not Accurate

    @alexandras Just so you know that I know exactly what grants were applied for and when they were applied for please see; Grant Money Mr. Svehla is attempting to mix apples and orange juice by insinuating the facts of the letter written were not factually accurate. I beg to differ. Where the...
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    Letter To The Editor: Writer's Facts Not Accurate

    You are correct Patriot Games. No one here ever said it was just a 6000.00 desk. I'm also sure Mr. Svehla would be more than happy to help produce said receipts.
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    I did not get the impression that Sara Comander was not for addressing the issues and tackling the problem. What I took from her comments was that there have already been 5 feasibility studies that have all gone ignored. Do I think she is supportive of the push for the Sheriff to take over...
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    Walton County ordered to pay $175,000 in legal fees

    Walton County Board of County Commissioners meeting 9 a.m. on Dec. 27 at the Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs. Among items on the agenda a payment of attorney fees to plaintiff Suzanne Harris in the Harris v. Walton County case number 11CA1027.
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    With all due respect Bob allow me this... 1. We (the people) elected 2 new commissioners. The remaining 3 are all part and parcel of the decade long issues and there hasn't been anything put into it which, is the whole problem. 2. 25k isn't allot of money in the overall scheme of things and...
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    Tell me sir, how long have conditions been what they are for First Responders? 8 years? 10 years? Some would consider that old news as well but it certainly got some press at the BCC meeting in SoWal recently and continues to garner attention. It wasn't simply written off as "old news".
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    @ FactorFiction also said Really? Most people call our local newspapers mullet wrappers. We don't have any investigative journalists in this neck of the woods. You also need to know what you're looking for before you can go looking for it. I seriously doubt she bragged to the newspapers or...
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    I'm aware of the grant. It was asked to be approved back in July and as I said before, she took Ms. Meadows to task at that same BCC meeting for not "sharing" plat fee money in District 5 so she could do these "upgrades". I guess the issue here for me is that First Responder's are living in some...
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    Is the purchase made more justifiable because she bought it during her first term as a County Commissioner? Were we not embroiled in one of several lawsuits at that time that have cost the county in total almost $5 million dollars? Also curious in your fact finding expedition if you asked to...
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    Cecilia jones 6000 dollar desk?

    The furniture referenced can be seen at the District 5 office.
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