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  1. wrobert

    Walton County may have bought land they already own

    Now is the time that BCC should tighten up lobbying and ethics laws in Walton County. The current attorney going to work for a law firm we already contract with, and now we are going to pay them what we were paying her for only 60% of her time, and if they apply for the county attorney...
  2. wrobert

    Bridge Addition for US HWY 331

    Idlewind, You ought to go back and read the newspapers during the times all of this funding was being settled. You can not sit over here and insult the sitting Governor and the Secretary of DOT while at the same time holding out your hand and asking for a project to be funded. May not be...
  3. wrobert

    Bay parents request teacher rehires at WCSB

    Just how much are you talking in dollars? They can spend 6+ million on a stadium in DFS. Smartboards are no longer that expensive.
  4. wrobert

    Bay parents request teacher rehires at WCSB

    Actually technology is the one thing that can be purchased out of capital funds, which we have plenty of. The district budget has the shortfall in the operational side. Why PTOs are constantly buying things that we can afford, and never buying things that there is no money for, like classroom...
  5. wrobert

    Bay parents request teacher rehires at WCSB

    Why not just convert all the schools to public charters, appoint local community boards to run them, then they would make the hiring/firing decisions? Depending on the make-up of the students, they actually could get more money from the State then they currently do if I am understanding the...
  6. wrobert

    Will Walton follow Escambia's lead?

    I think there was a lot of things changed in this whole system before the law ever came into being and based on those changes, not seeing where it ever needed to even occur. The first thing said was FRS was going broke. My spouse is in FRS, so I certainly felt that if we needed to give 3% to...
  7. wrobert

    Where do I sit?

    If he called 911 at all for that non-emergency issue he should be cited.
  8. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    C Jones lives in her district which is totally south of the bay. Both 3A and 3D leave that district totally south of the bay. 3A has one additional district which is part south and part north. 3D has two districts which are part south and part north. So explain, if you can, how 3D is not...
  9. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    How is that any different than what you have now? The sad thing is the south end has the numbers to make a difference, just too indifferent to show up at the polls. This weeks Herald had a letter from a south walton business threatening to band together and vote the commissioners out if they...
  10. wrobert

    Blue Gulf Resort

    That guy was a collector. I tried to buy some of that stuff from him and he was adamant that he would keep it till he died. Wonder whatever happened.......
  11. wrobert

    Budget cutting recommendations for Walton County

    You do not have to be in the mainstream. Taking those lists last time and contacting people for SaraK was invaluable to the campaign. I know she has thanked you, but in case I did not, Thanks for all the help. Finding grass roots volunteers willing to cold call is not an easy task.
  12. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    Maybe there was a meeting I missed, but I don't think so. I am not sure you know how 3D even came about. At the second meeting, the first meeting after numbers were gotten, the only map we really had was 3A. I had gone to GIS and worked with Kevin to come up with that map mainly because I had...
  13. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    It will either be a motion to remove or a motion to approve. I can promise you that much. But I plan on making at least one, if not many motions at the next meeting. 8-)
  14. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    Why not 3A? I spent a lot of time and effort working on that map.
  15. wrobert

    Budget cutting recommendations for Walton County

    Until upper management starts to manage you are going to consistently have a problem. Making a guy supervisor over two employees and then using that to give him a $2K a year raise is a bit absurd. Those are dollars that can be used to help all the line workers, instead of just picking ones...
  16. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    I agree with you. I was surprised those meetings are being held at that hour. Just never expected it. But the meetings where the actual adoption of the plan by the BCC and the WCSB will be in the evenings, and it is going to be their decision.
  17. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    The exact original plan as put forth at the FIRST meeting which had no public attendance. In fact, Bonnie McQuiston was the one that insisted that we hold meetings all over the county as the process was being done. One of those maps makes significant changes to representation in the Paxton...
  18. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    She could have used any equipment, audio visual aids, handouts that she wanted to use. The meeting was a bit confusing because what was being said was not matching what we were handed or shown. I have seen a printed map and now have a better understanding of what she was saying.
  19. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    They say if you keep spouting conspiracy theories long enough, eventually they will take hold and people will remember them as the truth. I know I repeatedly stated that I stored 20K of absentee ballots under my bed and ultimately was the subject of investigations from Walton County to...
  20. wrobert

    Budget cutting recommendations for Walton County

    If people only voted on platforms.
  21. wrobert

    Budget cutting recommendations for Walton County

    I can see where it is saving the employee money, but have not found anywhere where any significant savings are being shown in government. I believe the problem is that they are not closing completely on that Friday. So half are off on Monday and half are off on Friday. Now logic tells me that...
  22. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    I guess it could look that way. But between the three maps their district boundaries do change if I am remembering correctly and we had discussed at our first meeting that we wanted to meet in all three areas of the county. If not for the issues brought up at the last meeting, I doubt we would...
  23. wrobert

    Panhandling at stop signs

    And the liquor store owners appreciate it.
  24. wrobert

    Brenda Reese: Go Local

    And the Post Office could care less what town you put on that line, just get the zip code correct if you can.
  25. wrobert

    Brenda Reese: Go Local

    And you still have not figured out that the TDC answers to their own drummer?
  26. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    Especially if we assume no one is moving in north of the bay.
  27. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    So they should not get a turn? Don't you owe me a hot dog?
  28. wrobert

    Secret Sub-Committee of Code Enforcement Board ?

    While just a volunteer board member, I did email them back and asked them to explain further since I did not know what they were talking about. I never got a response back though.
  29. wrobert

    Brenda Reese: Go Local

    The BCC passed local preferences a couple of years ago.
  30. wrobert

    Secret Sub-Committee of Code Enforcement Board ?

    Since a traffic stop is about the most dangerous activity, other than domestic disturbances, that a LEO undertakes, would not be more likely that someone was broken down and they stopped to assist?
  31. wrobert

    Redistricting Walton County

    Here is a link to the latest maps. http://www.co.walton.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=815&ART=2254&ADMIN=1 Things do not really have to last for ten years any longer. They are doing some additional surveying that is suppose to go down to the census block level which should make it possible to make...
  32. wrobert

    We made the Tax Turkey List

    Going to be surprised if that one makes it to the end. I do not see much of a downside for Scott to veto it to get his budget cut numbers up. Especially with the other stuff he is considering vetoing.
  33. wrobert

    Screen Repair needed

    i scream, you scream, we all scream for the screen queen. Just do not know how to contact her, but see her big bright colored truck on 30-a from time to time.
  34. wrobert

    Redfish Village - What is going on?

    Now that is an interesting way to sell real estate....furniture yes.....but condos?
  35. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    ADA and Title 9 serve a purpose so I would not want to see them totally repealed. I believe the millage thing was set up to keep districts from spending all their dollars in operational, ignoring buildings, then trying to go to the legislature to get additional capital dollars.
  36. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    Jim McCall started it, contributions do not have to be reported until July I believe as per Florida statute.
  37. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    Yes and speaking from experience, absolutely, be careful about having your own opinion cause if it is to far to the right, you are toast.
  38. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    At one time Walton County was funding over 90% of the budget because of such low student census numbers. Now that we have students, I doubt we could afford to do this, but it was discussed in the past.
  39. wrobert

    New County Administrator Salary

    No idea. Maybe he was there on something else. I just thought it strange since I was told that practice was going to be stopped.
  40. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    Not a rumour. Mark took me out and showed me what all they were going to do. Will be really nice when they get through.
  41. wrobert

    Proposed Rental Ordinance Update?

    Trickle down baby......trickle down!!!
  42. wrobert

    Proposed Rental Ordinance Update?

    Sara is a very good commissioner. While I do not always agree with her, I know she has nothing but what she feels is the best interest of the citizens of Walton County when she takes on these issues.
  43. wrobert

    Proposed Rental Ordinance Update?

    My understanding is the latter. I wonder how that works against someone who plans on retiring after this term?
  44. wrobert

    New County Administrator Salary

    Those benefits were available, Mr. Bell chose not to accept them. According to the NWFDN the salary is a $16K increase over what he was making in Destin. And prior to the meeting a highly connected developer once again went into the back room where the commissioners are before they meet...
  45. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    Probably not but the school board set the millage rate, not the voters.
  46. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    Yes and they will still have the money to do it after this passes.
  47. wrobert

    Rental Ordinance Will Just Not Die

    He can tell you to call a wrecker and have it towed.
  48. wrobert

    WCSB Special Referendum 5/17/2011

    The voters have never voted for or approved a certain millage for capital improvements in Walton County. There has never been such a question on a ballot in this county in the last thirty years I have been voting here. I have voted yes on this question multiple times though both this year...
  49. wrobert

    New County Administrator Salary

    He could always continue to manage Destin proper. So will that be the new vision for Walton County?
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