Trump signs executive order that could allow Oil Drilling on Florida coast

Despite Florida’s ridiculousness, we must admit that it’s natural beauty is a wonder to behold. President Trump has just signed an executive order that threatens this natural beauty. This order warrants oil drilling in areas that include the South Atlantic Ocean area, which extends south to near Cape Canaveral. You can see the executive order here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/28/presidential-executive-order-implementing-america-first-offshore-energy

We must not forget the devastation caused in April 20, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill discharged 4.9 million barrels of oil into our precious ocean. Infant dolphins were dying six times faster than they did before the spill (Source).

“This is paradise,” said Senator Bill Nelson. “We don’t want to mess it up. We want to keep Florida as this place that is so beautiful so that our families and our guests can continue to enjoy.”

Bill Nelson has filed a bill to block expansion of offshore drilling, which you can learn more about on his website: billnelson.senate.gov

Our coral reef system would be in great danger if this order goes through, which has a domino effect of consequences. Once oil comes into contact with corals, it can kill them or impede their reproduction, growth, behavior, and development. The entire reef ecosystem can suffer from an oil spill, affecting the many species of fish, crabs, and other marine invertebrates that live in and around coral reefs.

Tourism would be affected as well… this should get the attention of those less concerned with life and more concerned with money.

“We have long been wise enough to know that we do not allow oil and gas rigs near our beaches in the state of Florida,” said Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. “They are just too sensitive and too vital to our fishing and tourism economy and our unique way of life.”

This is a non-political issue. This is about making the world we live in a safer place, and preserving the only planet we’ve found so far that can support human life. Let’s try not to destroy it.

“As a delegation, we have always drawn a line in the sand when it comes to drill off of Florida’s coast line and that’s why we’re here again today,” said Wasserman-Schultz. “We’re drawing a deeper bipartisan line in the sand that says “keep your drill baby drill policies away from our vital sensitive Florida coast.”

 

Florida woman arrested for smoking crack while giving birth at home, hiding baby in backyard

A woman from Clearwater, Fla. was arrested and charged with child neglect after she was caught smoking crack cocaine during a home birth Wednesday.

Katrina Kegelman, 24, was reported to police by a friend, who noticed blood covering her clothing while they were hanging out.

When the friend figured out what was going on and inquired about the baby’s whereabouts, Kegelman “pleaded with her not to dial 911,” according to ABC.

A fire rescue team eventually uncovered the infant’s body in the backyard of the home after the friend reported the suspicious incident. Continue reading “Florida woman arrested for smoking crack while giving birth at home, hiding baby in backyard”

Bradley Barefoot steals forklift because it was better than walking

Bradley Barefoot
Bradley Barefoot

DAYTONA BEACH — A homeless man stole a forklift from behind a Best Buy store, moved some large boxes to a neighboring parking lot and then took the machine for a spin on Williamson Boulevard, police said.

After a Daytona Beach police officer stopped him and asked him what he was doing, Bradley Barefoot said he wanted to drive because it was better than walking, according to the arrest report.

Barefoot was driving the forklift around 4 a.m., although the machine had no lights on and it wasn’t street legal, the report said.

Barefoot, 43, was charged with one count of grand theft. He is being held on $5,000 bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail. Continue reading “Bradley Barefoot steals forklift because it was better than walking”

Florida church sends $1,000 collection notice to single mother because she didn’t tithe

A Florida church sent a delinquency notice to a new member reminding her that worshipers were expected to pay $1,000 in required fees or face possible removal.

Candace Petterson said she started attending the Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church about six months ago after moving to a new home in the Tampa area, but she received a troubling letter last week from the church.

The single mother said she received what amounted to a delinquency notice from her new church asking her to contribute $50 a month, along with other assorted fees, to remain a member in good standing and vote on church matters. Continue reading “Florida church sends $1,000 collection notice to single mother because she didn’t tithe”

More road rage gun violence in Florida than any other state

TAMPA (FOX 13) – More people are using guns to solve disagreements on the road, and more of those incidents happen in Florida than any other state, according to a new study.

The Trace, an independent nonprofit, news organization reviewed data collected by the Gun Violence Archive between 2014 and 2016. The study found the number of road rage cases reported climbed nationwide with more cases reported in Florida than any other state. The numbers outpaced California and Texas. Road rage assault reports more than doubled in Florida during the same time period.

Law enforcement agencies have been taking steps to improve safety on Florida roadways through safety campaigns and ticketing blitzes. The efforts target aggressive driving before aggressive driving leads to violence.
More road rage gun violence in Florida than any other state, new study says

Road rage cases have made headlines in Tampa Bay in recent years.

In March, Police say road rage landed a USF football player in trouble with the law. In a separate case, deputies arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at a car carrying two children when the vehicle drifted into his lane. In May 2016, a brawl on the road between bikers and an an SUV driver ended with a motorcyclist shot.

According to The Trace, 1.7 million people in Florida have valid concealed weapons or firearms permits. The number increased from 1.3 million valid concealed weapons or firearm permit holders in 2015.

Source: fox35orlando.com

Man put cigarette out on girl’s head

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say battered a 16-year-old girl.

Deputies responded to the 5700 block of Southeast 164th Avenue, Ocklawaha, following reports of child abuse.

The juvenile told deputies that Jimmie Driskell, 43, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. She said Driskell then punched her in the head with a closed fist and kicked her in the face.

According to reports, Driskell also extinguished his cigarette on the girl’s head. Continue reading “Man put cigarette out on girl’s head”

Gulf Breeze woman spits on cop, says she’s Pakistani royalty

millikinA woman who police say bit her uncle is facing additional charges after she allegedly provided authorities a false name and spat on an officer.

Angela Christine Millikin, 23, of Gulf Breeze, was arrested Tuesday morning. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at about 4 a.m. to a call near Oriole Beach Road and Wind Meadow Drive after it was reported that a white female in a red shirt and gray shorts who was allegedly involved in a recent attack had left the scene.

Officers stopped to speak with Millikin, who matched the description, but she told officers her name was Duchess “Christine Pharoah” and she was Pakistani royalty, according to the arrest report. Millikin gave police her real date of birth though, so officers matched her to the description and took her back to the scene. Continue reading “Gulf Breeze woman spits on cop, says she’s Pakistani royalty”