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W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 08/2194710.0108/2290730.0008/2389740.0108/2492730.5708/2593710.4708/2691720.4408/2793720.04 Rainfall to 08/27/2018 39.03 Same period last year 29.97 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds............B2 Courthouse Report...A13Crime Blotter.........B13Hardee Living.........A6Obituaries............A5Puzzles...............B4Save The Date.........A2School Lunch Menus...A6Solunar Forecast.......A5 H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, August 30, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 40 • 2 93¢ Plus 7¢ Sales Tax In Memory Of JacksonvilleLanding Shooting Victims Buffest Bod By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Christopher Thompson was a lanky teen.Caught up in a world “doing what teenagers do,” Thompson wandered aimlessly until an acquaintanceencouraged him to join a gym. “It changed my life,” Thompson said.Thompson weighed 165 pounds when he started lifting weights. Within six months of lifting his first barbell, the Hardee County native had gained 30 pounds ofmuscle and tipped the scales at 195 pounds. “As a stress reliever, it helped a lot,” Thompson said. “It gave me purpose.” After years of work, Thompson, 32, has the body of a champion. The Wauchula resident, who grew up in Zolfo Springs, took first place Saturday in the U.S. Bodybuilding & Fitness As sociation’s Florida Classic. The honor also included an official invitation to compete over seas in an international physique challenge in Birmingham,England. The impressive finish was only Thompson’s second com petition. His foray into fitness competition was last month,where he finished fourth. “I wasn’t going to give up,” Thompson said. “I came into (Saturday’s) show looking a lot better.” Most of Thompson’s training heading into the challenge See BODA2 ROUSING REACTIONS COURTESY PHOTO Alexandre Bulinsky and Mira Ahir, fourth graders in Mary Ann Duncan and Laura Carter's class at NorthWauchula Elementary School, react to the chemical reaction they just created. A mix of baking soda and vine gar resulted in a gas which expanded and filled the balloon, proving the theory that the study of science canbe fun. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate An upstart generator com pany that has occupied a build ing from the Hardee CountyIndustrial Development Au thority in its Commerce Parksince 2014 now has a workingprototype and is looking to se cure military contracts for itsproduct. PFMan is hoping its 15pound, 500-watt unit will beutilized by military personnelto power communicationequipment in the field as wellas to recharge various equip ment used by soldiers carryingout their missions. In February, the IDA board agreed to provide the companywith a $500,000 line of creditfollowing the death of formerCEO and founder Shaun Okunlate last year. Okun had said he was ready to begin manufacturing thegenerators once he was able to occupy the building, but con sistently cited numerous rea sons for delays in getting into production. He was never able to pro duce a working prototype. After his death, Kevin Minds was appointed to run thecompany by Okun’s wife, whois the controlling shareholder of the company. Skip Durbin was hired as the business manager, and showedThe Herald-Advocate one ofthe working prototypes during a tour of the facility last week. The 2.5-horsepower engine can run on a number of fueltypes including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel or even high-al cohol liquors, Durbin said. He said the motor being able to run on a wide-variety offuels without changing parts orfilters was a big advantage over competitors when trying to se cure military contracts.See COMPANYA3 Company NowGeneratingIts Product PFMan Seeking Military Contracts ZS Cancels Election As Incumbents Return By JENNIFER McCONKEY Herald-Advocate Intern For the second year in a row, the town of Zolfo Springs auto matically re-elected its com missioners since no one elseran against them. Rod Cannon will continue serving the town in Seat 1 andVirginia Irby will continueserving in Seat 3. Since commission terms are four years and the other threecommissioners were all re-elected last year, there won’t beanother Zolfo Springs TownCommission election until2021 unless one of the currentcommissioners resigns. Irby has been a town com missioner since 2012, when shestepped up to fill the vacancyafter Rhonda Long’s resigna tion. She is currently the town’svice mayor. Cannon took his place at the commissioners’ table last yearafter commissioner and mayorJuan Otero resigned. Commis sioner Dierdre “DiDi” White iscurrently mayor. The qualifying period and instructions were announced inthe last two issues of The Her ald Advocate in addition to ad vertisements about thequalifying period. No oppo nents applied. Since Irby and Cannon were the only two to submit theirSee ZS A2 It’s Flores; Evers Vs. Horton By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate With little more than 31 per cent of Hardee County’s regis tered voters casting ballots inthe Primary Election, an in cumbent county commissionerwas ousted and a runoff wasforced for county judge. As final tabulations came in Tuesday night, two-termCounty Commissioner SueBirge fell to political new comer Noey Flores, who won the Republican Party’s nomina tion with 1,440 votes to Birge’s1,012. And in the battle for the bench, Ken Evers took an earlylead, which slipped as returnscontinued to come in but heldlong enough to put him into arunoff with David Horton. It would have taken 1,900 votes to emerge a clear winner.Evers garnered 1,620 votes andHorton 1,458 – a 162-vote dif ference. Percentage-wise, it was 44 percent to 39.6. The third contender, James F. Pyle, took 601 of the ballots, or16.3 percent of the votes. Flores will go on to fight De mocrat Ralph Arce in the Gen-eral Election on Nov. 6, withthe winner taking the District 2County Commission seat. Evers and Horton will face off in the General Election,with the top vote-getter becom ing Hardee’s new county judge. Flores was grateful for the chance to go on to November. “I would like to thank every body for their support,” he saidTuesday night. “This was veryhumbling. We still have lots ofwork to do. I hope voters willcontinue to support me in theGeneral Election.” Evers expressed similar sen timents. “I would like to thank all those who supported me in theelection and hope to earn thevotes of those who didn’t for the November election,” hesaid. In regional races, Hardee County voters favored MelissaGravitt for Group 10 circuitjudge for the 10th Judicial Cir cuit, which includes Hardee,Highlands and Polk counties.Candidates Lee Cohen andKeith Merritt nearly split theremaining ballots equally, 970to 981, respectively. For the Group 11 circuit judgeship, Dana Moore hand ily captured Hardee, with 1,885votes to Stephen Pincket’s 1,295. Circuit-wide results were not in at press time. State races brought some un expected upsets for Hardee Countians, whose overwhelm ing favorites succumbed to the statewide polls. In the race for governor, Adam Putnam stole local Re publican hearts, amassing See ELECTIONA3 WPD Nabs TeacherOn Drug Counts A3


A2 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 Herald-Advocate HARDEECOUNTYSHOMETOWNCOVERAGE TOM STAIK Sports Editor NOEY DeSANTIAGO Production Manager DARLENE WILLIAMS Assistant Production Manager DEADLINES: Hardee Living Thursday 5 p.m. School News & Photos Thursday 5 p.m. Sports Thursday 5 p.m. (Weekend Events, Monday Noon) General News Monday 5 p.m. Ads Tuesday Noon SUBSCRIPTIONS: Hardee County 6 months, $21 1 year, $39 2 years, $75 Florida 6 months, $25 1 year, $46 2 years, $87 Out of State 6 months, $29 1 year, $52 2 years, $100 Online 1 month, $5 6 months, $19 1 year, $37 2 years, $70 LETTERS: The Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be brief, and must be written in good taste, signed and include a daytime phone number. MICHAEL R. KELLY Co-Publisher and Editor JAMES R. KELLY Co-Publisher CYNTHIA M. KRAHL Managing EditorTHE115 S. Seventh Ave. P.O. Box 338 Wauchula, FL 33873 Phone: (863) 773-3255 Fax: (863) 773-0657 Published weekly on Thursday at Wauchula, Florida, by the HeraldAdvocate Publishing Co. Inc. Periodical Postage paid at U.S. Post Office, Wauchula, FL 33873 and additional entry office (USPS 578-780). Postmaster, send address changes to: The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. At The Herald-Advo cate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printed an error in fact, please call to report it. We will review the information, and if we find it needs correction or clarifi cation, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cynthia Krahl at 773-3255. CorrectionsAUGUST 31 Friday Night Magic/ Sanctuary Gaming Club/1321 E. Main St., Wauchula/ 6:30 pm SEPTEMBER 4 Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/713 E Bay St, Wauchula/ 6 pm 5 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 315 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula/10 am 6 Storytime, HC Public Library/10 am 6 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 11 Cry Out America Prayer Rally/Faith Temple Ministries Church of God/noon 11 Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/6 pm 12 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 13 Storytime, HC Public Library/10 am 13 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 18 Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 18 Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/6 pm 19 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 20 Storytime, HC Public Library/ 10 am 20 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 25 Money Smart for Families/Hardee Help Center/6 pm 26 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 27 Storytime, HC Public Library/10 am 27 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am OCTOBER 3 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/ 10 am 4 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 4 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 10 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 11 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 11 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 16 Devotion & Lunch/ Hardee Help Center/Noon 17 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 am 18 Storytime/HC Public Library/10 am 18 Stitch by Stitch Crochet and Knitting/HC Public Library/10 am 24 Adult Coloring Club/ HC Public Library/10 amSave The Date will keep residents informed of upcoming community happenings. To have your non-profit meeting or event posted for free, e-mail features@theheraldadvocate. com as far ahead as possible. SAVETHEDATE Kellys ColumnBy JimFlorida Trend magazine in April reported Florida's popula tion was 21.16 million, a gain of 430,000 or two percent more than a year ago. Florida's population was about 6 million in 1967, 9 million in 1977, 12 million in 1987, 15 million in 1997, and 18.4 million in 2007. By 2030 the population may be almost 25 million, wrote publisher Andy Corty. Hardee County's population is 28,198. This compares to DeSoto, 36,456; Highlands, 105,125; Polk, 672,133; and Manatee, 384,140. Florida's largest counties are Miami-Dade, 2.78 million; Broward, 1.98 million; Palm Beach, 1.5 million; Hillsborough, 1.4 million; and Orange 1.35 million. The state's smallest counties are Liberty, 8,631; Lafayette, 8,897; Franklin, 12,195; Glades, 14,128; and Hamilton 14,444. Hardee has the state's fifth youngest median age at 35.3 years but has one of the state's highest unemployment rate among the 67 counties. The Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team has been last in attendance the past six years, reports Florida Trend. There has been proposed a new $800 million baseball stadium for the Rays on 14 acres in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood. Team owner Stuart Sternberg said the Rays might be willing to pay $150 million toward the cost. The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program based in Punta Gorda recently printed a list of the state animals in Florida: Freshwater Fish Largemouth Bass. Reptile American Alligator. Bird Mocking Bird Animal Florida Panther. Marine Mammal Manatee. Butterfly Zebra Longwing. Saltwater Reptile Loggerhead Sea Turtle Shell Florida Horse Conch. Saltwater Fish Atlantic Sailfish. Tortoise Gopher Tortoise. Saltwater Mammal Dolphin. Little Lambs Inc. of the John and Eileen Sala Prison Min istry based in Sebring reports some drug users are relieved and happy when they get arrested and sent to jail. It gives them a chance to turn their life around. Some get a spiritual awakening. One former prisoner got his job back with a construction company in Lake Placid. Another prisoner wrote he was drinking nine cups of coffee a day. After learning what excessive caffeine can do to the brain, he started a limit of no more than three cups. He was also a user of "multiple drugs, a two-pack-a-day smoker and a thirsty alco holic." He has been clean for nine years. Another prisoner, 51, has entered a seminary program at a state prison in Hobbs, New Mexico. Little Lambs is a Christian-based program and can be reached at 863-273-7388 or Eileen heads up the ministry. Her husband John passed away several years ago. My favorite out-of-town restaurant chain is Cracker Barrel. Because of their good wholesome food plus the gift shop I bought some of their stock about 20 years ago. As of late 2017 there were 645 Cracker Barrel stores in 44 states. In fiscal 2017 revenues increased a half percent to $2.93 billion, with a net income of almost $202 million. The company had about 73,000 employees. The top states for Cracker Barrel stores are Florida, 59; Ten nessee, 52; Texas, 51; Georgia, 48; North Carolina, 40; Ken tucky, 36; Alabama, 33; Virginia, 32; Ohio, 31; South Carolina, 26; Pennsylvania, 23; and Illinois, 21. The average store sales volume was $4,538,000-$3,646,000 restaurant and $892,000 retail. The average store has 104 employees operating two shifts. Breakfast prices range from $3.39 to $11.99. Lunch and dinner prices range from $4.49 to $16.69. Restaurant sales are breakfast (until 11 a.m.), 24 percent; lunch (until 4 p.m.), 39 percent; and dinner (4 p.m. to closing), 37 percent. Average weekly store sales were $87,000 ($70,000 restaurant and $17,000 retail). Retail sales were apparel and accessories, 30 percent; food, 18 percent; decor, 13 percent; toys, 11 percent; and bed and bath, 8 percent. The largest share of food purchases were beef, 14 percent; dairy including eggs, 12 percent; fruits and vegetables, 12 per cent; poultry, 11 percent; and pork, 10 percent. A typical store has 9,000 square feet, including 2,100 square feet for retail and dining room seating for 180 guests. Cracker Barrel uses over 1,600 billboards along highways as part of its advertising. Labor and related expenses are 35 percent of revenues. There are about 24 million outstanding shares. Long-term debt is $400 million and other long-term obligations are $129 million. Share prices for fiscal 2017 ranged from $130 to $175. The president and CEO is Ms. Sandy Cochran, 59. Senior VP and CFO is Ms. Jill Golder, 55. Senior VP and Chief People Officer is Ms. Beverly Carmichael, 58. Senior VP Retail is Ms. Laura Daily, 53. Senior VP Operations is Nicholas Flanagan, 51. Senior VP Marketing is Donald Hoffman, 60. BOD Continued From A1 ZS Continued From A1 came with grueling daily routines at Wauchulas Anytime Fitness. The hardest thing is to try to find balance to spend the right amount of time with the gym and with my family, Thompson said. Thompson said he plans to attend another challenge in Daytona next month as he con tinues to raise funds for the England trip. Since I am in shape now, I might as well try to do all I can, he said. Thompson is helping to sup port his competition fitness ca reer through a brand of athletic apparel. The brand, Barbarian Lifestyle Fitness Finesse, is available through a Facebook page. Thompson is also planning to alter his workout schedule to spend one day a week training others. All I am trying to do is mo tivate people, he said. qualifying packets, they will continue their roles serving alongside commissioners White, Sara Schofield and Guadalupe Lupe DeLeon. The commission holds reg ular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 3210 Main St. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Crop UpdateAugust 27, 2018 General: According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Florida, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 26, 2018. Precipitation esti mates ranged from no rain in multiple locations to 8.78 inches in Orlando (Orange County). The average mean temperature ranged from 79.9F in Milton (Santa Rosa County) and Lake City (Columbia County) to 86.2F in Dry Tortugas (Monroe County). Citrus: Temperatures were seasonably warm in the citrus growing region with highs reaching the low to mid 90s on most days. Avon Park (Polk County) recorded the highest temperature at 97F. Several stations had at least one day reaching 95 to 96F. Most citrus producing counties received adequate to above-nor mal rainfall during the last week. The western and northern citrus producing areas had the most rainfall. Plant City (Hillsborough County) recorded 7.99 inches; Zephyrhills (Paso County) recorded 7.73 inches. According to the August 23, 2018 U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire citrus region remained drought free. Favorable conditions persisted across the citrus growing re gion. Caretakers maintained normal spray schedules while also conducting general grove maintenance. Also noticed was push ing of dead trees and taking care of young replants. Fieldworkers reported oranges as large as tennis balls and grapefruit almost as large as softballs. Tree condition remained good in well-caredfor groves. Fruits and Vegetables: Vegetable growers continued to prepare land for fall vegetables. Planting of snap beans was underway in Lafayette County. Green peppers were nearly ready for harvest in St. Lucie County. Crops harvested included avocado, bitter melon, boniato, mango, malanga, and okra. Livestock and Pastures: Surplus soil moisture in pastures declined in several counties after weeks of hit-or-miss heavy rain; however, fields in Alachua, Hernando, and Sumter counties had standing water at the weeks end. The St. Johns River began receding, so ranchers were able to return their cattle to the river area for grazing. The shift in weather greatly improved pasture condition in St. Lucie County where some producers were able to bail hay from pastures. Cattle condition remained mostly good. Field Crops: Hay was cut when conditions were dry enough in Dixie, Levy, and Suwannee counties. Corn harvesting was wrapping up in Suwannee County. Limited rain during the latter part of the week allowed the saturated peanut fields in Jackson County to dry some. Peanut harvesting began in Washington and Levy counties. Growers in Dixie County expressed concern regarding the possibility of peanut crop loss this season from excess moisture. Sugarcane continued to thrive. There is one word in the American lexicon that is con sidered so vile that it is re ferred to only by its code name, the N-word. A commonly used pejora tive for racial minorities until a few decades ago, it is now widely considered to be too offensive for use under any circumstances. It is widely banned from our language, to which I say good riddance. Of the many criticisms that may be accurately leveled at me, prudery is not one of them. A military career that began with four years in ROTC, followed by two years in the active Army and 30 years in the Army National Guard, has helped me gain a degree of fluency in military acronyms, bureaucratic jar gon, and profanity. All three are encountered on a regular basis in the armed forces, though the opening of virtually all jobs to women has brought a welcome degree of restraint to the latter. Common usage in the broadcast media is headed in the opposite direction, with routine use of terms on televi sion that would be met by parental discipline in most homes and serious sanctions in the workplace. Donald Trumps widely re peated misogynistic remarks about women, picked up by a live microphone, were re broadcast ad nauseam during his campaign, without the bleeping that once was com monly used to screen out crude language. Broadcasters of yesteryear employed the bleep to block all but the most benign cuss words. It didnt take much ef fort to figure out what word or phrase was missing, but it kept the airwaves relatively free of words not commonly used in polite discourse. To my way of thinking, the bounds of propriety were inexcusably breached when broadcasters began to blithely send out cursing over the air waves. For those who lack my flu ency in profanity, let me ex plain that cussing and swearing are language that would draw a frown in polite circles, while cursing is the taking of Gods name in vain. The latter is specifically prohibited by one of the Ten Commandments. It is in a class by itself when it comes to unacceptable language. It comes under the broad heading of blasphemy. Broadcasters still bleep out an occasional cuss word, but routinely broadcast blasphemy without restraint. One of the most recent in stances, which was repeated numerous times on CNN and several times on the other net works, was President Trumps cursing in a surreptitiously recorded conversation with Omarosa. Its not as if the entire conversation was broadcast for our viewing and listening pleasure. That gratuitous curse was selected by broadcasters for inclusion in a brief excerpt from the recording. Please, broadcasters, bring back the bleep, at least for blasphemy. I cannot purport to speak for how the Almighty feels about it, but I am sure I am not the only mortal who would appre ciate it. S. L. Frisbie is retired. In his years as an editor and pub lisher, he banned the use of cursing both in print and in the workplace. He would never succeed as a network broadcaster.Bring Back The Bleep For Cursing On This Day:In 1850 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city In 1890 President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products In 1901 Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner In 1956 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas In 1957 US senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24hrs 27m against civil rights In 1961 James Benton Parsons is confirmed as 1st African American judge of a US District Court It pays to advertise in your Hometown Newspaper We are saving this space just for Y YO OU U! !The HeraldAdvocate 115 S. 7th Ave.773-3255


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Eviction notices went up last Friday for the flock ofpesky bats that had claimed asection of a local school as acave. “All the reports that I have are good,” said Todd Durden,deputy superintendent of theSchool District of HardeeCounty. Bats were discovered at North Wauchula ElementarySchool earlier this month asstaff returned to school to pre pare for the new school yearand saw three bats in an officespace. The horde of nocturnal winged insect eaters continuedto steadily grow, and by theweekend of Aug. 18-19reached a count of several hun dred dwelling in the schoolname lettering and front por tico of the campus. Maintenance and custodial staff worked throughout theweekend to isolate the ventila tion system of the portico fromthe rest of the school and tobegin sealing any crevices thatcould be inviting to the mam malian flock Facilities Director Rob Krahl oversaw the construc tion of “exclusion” devicesthat would allow bats to leavethe cave at sunset but preventtheir return at sunrise. “We had to seal all the open ings, where they could possi bly enter the building,” Krahlsaid. “At the known entry/exitpoint we installed a PVCchute, which would allow thebats to exit, but not return.” The chutes were installed last Friday. School officials are utilizing an “exclusion” technique ad vocated by the Florida Fish &Wildlife Conservation Com mission that calls for the in stallation of bat escape tubesand mesh material. The tubes include a collapsi ble membrane on one end.Bats fly into the tube from thecave and then escape throughthe collapsible membrane.When the bats try to return, themembrane – deflated – pre vents them from entering thetube from the outside. Mesh material was also in stalled in an effort to preventre-entry. Durden said he was pleased with the initial results over theweekend. “I went Saturday morning and there were some flyingaround, but I didn’t see anytrying to get back in,” Durdensaid. “I didn’t see any comeout of the pipe. I am hoping wehave fixed that situation.” A visual inspection of the in terior of the portico is plannedfor later this week, and in themeantime officials watch andwait. “We are required to leave the chute in place for five toseven days,” Krahl said. “Oncethat is up, we will visually in spect the space.” The bat infestation drew in terest from the public duringlast Thursday’s meeting of theSchool Board of HardeeCounty when an employee ofthe Hardee County Health De partment complained she firstheard of the infestation byreading The Herald-Advocate. Board Chairman Paul Samuels said officials would“work on communicating bet ter” in the future. Faculty and staff of North Wauchula Elementary Schoolwere briefed on the bat infes tation by Durden during aschoolwide staff meeting lastMonday, Aug. 20. Eviction Notice Given To NWES Bat Brigade By CYNTHIA KRAHLOf The Herald-Advocate A property owner who al legedly falsified a court docu ment in order to easily evict atenant was arrested by theHardee County Sheriff’s Of fice. Roy Allen Brown, 75, will be arraigned in Hardee CircuitCourt this coming Tuesday onthe third-degree felony chargesof forgery of a public recordand uttering a forged instru ment. He was jailed by sheriff’s Det. Lyle Hart on Aug. 7 fol lowing a fire investigation at ahouse he owns at 517 HancheyRoad in Wauchula. The struc ture burned on July 18. According to an arrest re port, Det. Lt. Stacy McIntyreof the state Fire Marshal’s Of fice discovered the alleged for geries while investigating theblaze. A tenant who had just moved out of the house told the fire marshal she had beenevicted by Brown, Hart re ported. She showed McIntyretwo “As Is” contracts. One was dated June 4 and was for a month-to-monthrental, with $865 to move inplus a $400 deposit. The sec ond, also dated June 4, agreedto $200 a week for themonthly rental. But on July 2, the woman said she received an evictionnotice from Brown, the arrestreport said. McIntyre said in viewing the document, he noticed the no tary seal on it was in the nameof Roy A. Brown, who alsowas the originator of the doc ument. He turned the papersover to the Sheriff’s Office forfurther investigation, Hartnoted. Hart checked the eviction notice with the Clerk of CourtsOffice, allegedly finding thecase number was a fake. The notice, Hart alleged, was crafted to either compelthe tenant to pay or to leave,but without going through thetime and expense of a courteviction proceeding. Brown was taken into cus tody. He was released about four hours later after posting a$2,000 bond to gain his free dom while awaiting trial. Brown has requested the services of the Public De fender’s Office, court recordsshow. Landlord Lands In Jail Brown By CYNTHIA KRAHL Of The Herald-Advocate A teacher employed by the Hardee County School Boardwill appear in Hardee CircuitCourt next week on drugcharges. Jennifer Lynn Taylor, 28, of 3109 Sasser Road, ZolfoSprings, was arrested by theWauchula Police Departmentin June following a routinetraffic stop. Following her ar rest, she was suspended withpay per Hardee County SchoolDistrict policy. Personnel Director George Kelly said on Monday of this week that Taylor was hired bythe district on Aug. 2, 2016. She taught Lan guage Arts at Hardee Junior High School thatacademic year, he said. Last year, Taylor moved to Hardee Senior High School, where she taught English. Kelly also noted Taylor’s current suspension with pay is “pending action at the next (school)board meeting based on the superintendent’srecommendation.” In an arrest report filed by Wauchula police, Cpl. Bryanna Lott said she stopped Taylor at10 a.m. on June 27 for driving 62 in a 45-mphzone. The corporal further alleged she smelledthe odor of marijuana coming from Taylor’scar as she approached it in the CVS parking lot. A subsequent search of the Dodge Journey allegedly re vealed a small plastic bag withsmall chunks of Oxycodonepills, a small plastic bag hold ing an Alprazolam pill, a plasticcontainer with less than onegram of marijuana, and a glasssmoking pipe with marijuanaresidue. All of the items were located within Taylor’s purse, Lott al leged. The purse had been sit ting on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Taylor was arrested and booked into the Hardee County Jail. She was charged with twothird-degree felony counts of possession of acontrolled substance without a prescription andone misdemeanor count each of possession ofless than 20 grams of marijuana and possessionof narcotics equipment. Taylor was released from custody about nine hours later after posting a $3,000 bond to gainher freedom while awaiting trial. She and her attorney, Stacey McNelis of Bartow, waived her appearance at what wouldhave been a July 24 arraignment and insteadentered a written plea of “not guilty” to all ofthe charges. Tuesday’s hearing before Circuit Judge Mar cus J. Ezelle is set as a pre-trial conference. Teacher Faces Drug Charges Taylor Durbin, who retired after serving 22 years in the Navy,is pleased with the progress thecompany has made in such ashort time, especially givensome of the obstacles it hasovercome since he beganworking there. He alleges the former chief operating officer, VeronicaHurst, stole engine blueprintsand other intellectual propertyfrom the company and left thecountry, returning to England.Durbin has notified the HardeeCounty Sheriff’s Office of thealleged theft, and that agencyis looking into the claims. He also said the company is considering pursuing civilcharges against her. Two new engineers and an engine tester were hired torecreate much of that work thatwas previously done. Since May, they have been able to produce four function ing 500-watt units. Durbin said he expects the various military brancheswould purchase up to 7,000 units if the company can se cure a contract. In October, thegenerator will be demonstratedto the U.S. Marine CorpsCombat Development Com mand at its Quantico Base inVirginia. In additional to the 500-watt model, the company is also de veloping a 1,000-watt and5,000-watt unit. The 5,000-watt model weighs 72 pounds and alsoruns on the various fuel types.Durbin said that model willalso be marketed to the generalpublic in addition to the mili tary. Currently the company is employing six people and willbe looking to at least double itsworkforce if it can land a con tract. As part of providing the line of credit to PFMan, Minesagreed to put up the company’sintellectual property as collat eral instead of signing a per sonal guarantee on the note.The IDA hired an attorneywith the Grey Robinson law firm to vet and verify the intel lectual property for the line ofcredit. The attorney did verify the intellectual property was validand owned by PFMan, but theboard got some sticker shockwhen the firm billed the IDA$94,362 for the work. The attorney, who charged the board $485 per hour, didnot assess a value to the prop erty. Hurst also made a claim on ownership of the intellectualproperty in question, and theattorney determined her claimwas not valid. The IDA has given the com pany rent abatement for nearlythree years after constructingthe custom-built building buthas not given it any cash sub sidies except for the line ofcredit. Terms of the agreement call for PFMan to pay six-percentinterest on the one-year note,and any income from sales ofthe machines are to go towardpaying off the debt. PHOTO BY MICHAEL KELLY PFMan has now manufactured a working generator after being behind schedule fora couple of years. Company officials gave The Herald-Advocate a tour of the facilityand a demonstration of its functioning engine last week. Pictured behind the 500-watt unit are (from left) Gary Spencer, engine tester; Micah Lee, electrical engineer;Skip Durbin, business manager; and Rob Simmons, chief engineer. COMPANY Continued From A1 Fried was Hardee’s choice forag commissioner at 383 votes.Jeffrey Porter took 294 ballotsand Roy Walker 251. The final state race, for at torney general, went to SeanShaw on the Hardee CountyDemocratic ballot. He gath ered 636 votes to Ryan Tor rens’ 284. On the Republican side of that race, locals opted for Ash ley Moody by a whopping1,724 votes to Frank White’s567. And in the national contests, Rick Scott owned HardeeCounty Republicans, with2,193 votes to Rocky DeLa Fuente’s 263 in the race forU.S. senator. Scott handily took the state count as well. In the race for Congres sional District 17 representa tive, Hardee CountyDemocrats picked April Free man over Bill Pollard, 669votes to 277. Hardee County 1,951 ballots to the nearest op ponent’s 463, that being RonDeSantis. The other six Re publican hopefuls failed toreach triple digits all together,stealing only 64 of the votescast. On the Democratic ticket, Hardee County went withGwen Graham over AndrewGillum and Philip Levine.Graham scored 448, Gillum257 and Levine 152. Jeff Greene was fourth here, with 85. Three other candi dates took 81 remaining votes. Statewide, DeSantis and Gillum were well ahead atpress time. Then, Hardee County’s own Denise Grimsley soared herewith 1,701 Republican votesfor commissioner of agricul ture, but crashed statewide.Next here was Baxter Trout man with 502 votes, MattCaldwell with 231 and MikeMcCalister with 47. For the Democrats, Nikki Republicans decidedly choseGreg Steube, with 1,765 votesto the 325 cast for Bill Akinsand 269 for Julio Gonzalez. Freeman and Steube ap peared early winners statewideas well. ELECTION Continued From A1 1 Fort Green 2 BG Church 3 BG City 4 1st UM Church 5 Ona 6 County Comm. 7 Zolfo Springs 8 1st MB Church 9 New Hope 10 City Hall 11 PRECO 12 AgriCivic Center Totals COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 2 Sue Birge 40 60 56 92 47 54 209 2 195 43 56 158 1,012 Noey A. Flores 64 77 68 146 77 90 196 3 297 93 56 273 1,440 COUNTY JUDGE Ken Evers 63 126 61 149 62 99 259 33 295 93 65 315 1,620 David N. Horton 63 112 86 143 72 86 213 52 246 109 74 202 1,458 James F. Pyle 21 67 35 42 42 27 114 29 98 27 42 57 601 Hardee County Election Results Evers Horton Flores Someone Will Listen RUNAWAY HOTLINE 1-800-621-4000


– CHURCHSCHEDULE– APOSTOLIC LIGHTHOUSE UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 310 Orange Street • 773-1017 Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. CHESTER GROVE MB CHURCH 708 W. Grape Street Sunday Morn. Worship .......8:00 a.m. Sunday School....................9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study Night Chidren & Youth ................4:30 p.m. Adult Class.........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIAN BIBLE FELLOWSHIP 3950 Aurora Avenue • 375-2864 Morning Worship ..............10:30 a.m. Youth Group Sunday........6:00 p.m. CHURCH OF GOD 121 West Broward St. • 375-2231 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ...............6:30 p.m. Wednesday.........................7:30 p.m. NEW LIFE POWER OUTREACH CHURCH 725 Palmetto Street Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Empowerment Class............................7:30 p.m. Evening Worship 1 st Sunday.....................5:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Bowling Green 4531 Hwy.17 N • 375-2253 S UNDAY : Bible Study.........................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:45 a.m. Children’s Church............10:45 a.m.Evening Worship ....... .........6:00 p.m. W EDNESDAY : Youth (7th-12th grade).......6:00 p.m.Adult Discipleship Train. ...6:30 p.m. TeamKID (ages 4-3rd grade) 6:30 p.m. BOLD (4th-6th grade)........6:30 p.m. FORT GREEN BAPTIST CHURCH 2875 Baptist Church Road 773-9013 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening.................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Supper ............6:00 p.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FOX MEMORIAL HOLINESS CHURCH 140 E. Main Street • 836-273-7576 Sunday Morning Worship .10:00 a.m. Sunday Night Worship .......6:00 p.m. Wednesday Service............7:30 p.m. GATEWAY CHURCH (formerly Faith Assemly of God) 4937 Hwy. 17 N. • 375-4000 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:30 p.m. Wednesday Service ...........7:00 p.m. GREATER MACEDONIA PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH 607 Palmetto Street • 375-3226 Church School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Service.................7:00 p.m.Wed. Bible Study/Prayer....7:00 p.m.Communion-2nd Sun. Eve.6:00 p.m. HOLY CHILD SPANISH CATHOLIC MISSION 4315 Chester Avenue • 773-4089 Misa (Espanol) Sunday......7:00 p.m. HOUSE OF PRAISE JOHN 3:16 3920 Murray Road • 863-582-6716 Sunday..............................10:30 a.m. ............................................6:30 p.m. Wednesday............. ............7:00 p.m. IGLESIA DEL DIOS VIVO 105 Dixiana Street • 375-4191 Domingo De Predicacion.11:00 p.m.Martes Estudio Biblico.......7:00 p.m.Miercoles Estudior Juvenil.7:00 p.m.Jueves De Predicacion.......7:00 p.m. IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 210 E. Broward Street • 445-0290 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ..............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer...............6:00 p.m MT. PISGAH BAPTIST CHURCH 6210 Mt. Pisgah Rd. 375-4409 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Disciples Training ..............5:00 p.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time .....7:00 p.m. NEW BEGINNINGS 4810 Sally Blvd. • 781-5887 Sense Sunday....................11:00 a.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” Sunday Bread of Life.........3:15 p.m.2nd Sunday Communion..11:00 a.m. NEW BEGINNINGS WORSHIP CENTER 230 E. Lemon St. • 375-3208 Sunday..........10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.Wednesday..............................7 p.m.Friday......................................7 p.m. (Service with Fellowship to follow) PRIMERA MISION BAUTISTA 3920 Murray Road • 375-2295 Domingos Escuela Dom.....9:45 a.m.Servicio de Adoracion ......11:00 a.m. Servicio de Predicacion......5:00 p.m.Miercoles Servico..............6:30 p.m. REAL LIFE CHURCH 3365 US Hwy 17 • 375-4032 Morning Service...............10:30 a.m.Wednesday Study/Learning6:30 p.m. ST. JOHN A.M.E. CHURCH 513 W. Orange Street Sunday Church School.......9:30 a.m.Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....6:30 p.m. VICTORY PRAISE CENTER 128 E. Main Street Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Thursday Night Services, Evening Worship. ...............7:00 p.m. Kidz Club...........................7:00 p.m. IGLESIA PENTECOSTES VISION POR LAS ALMAS 149 Badger Loop • 448-2831 Martes: Oracion..................7:00 p.m.Jueves: Ensenaza Biblica...7:00 p.m.Domingo: Servicio...........10:30 a.m. LIMESTONE BAPTIST CHURCH 4868 Keystone Ave. • Limestone 863-242-2855 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............6:00 p.m. NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH 202 Sidney Roberts Road 735-0123 Sunday School....... .............9:45 a.m. Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting6:30 p.m. ONA BAPTIST CHURCH 131 Bear Lane • 863-245-2371 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Thursday Prayer.................7:00 p.m. UNION BAPTIST CHURCH 5076 Lily Church Rd. • 494-5622 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday SHINE for Kids..............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Time.......7:00 p.m. APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLY 640 Apostolic Road • 773-3052 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Englishg Service...............11:30 a.m.General Worship Service ....1:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer...................7:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. BAYSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH HARDEE COUNTY CAMPUS 615 Rainey Blvd. • 941-755-8600 Sunday Services.................8:15 a.m. ....................10:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. Fusion (6th 8th grade)..................... ................Duing all Sunday Services Wednesday Epic (9th 12th grade)... ............................................6:30 p.m. CELEBRATION FELLOWSHIP 773-0427 Celebration Service... .......10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Cell Groups Adult Cell Group................7:00 p.m.Youth Cell Group...............7:00 p.m.Children’s Cell Group........7:00 p.m. Call for locations CHARLIE CREEK FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 6885 State Rd. 64 East • 773-3447 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wesnesday Children’s Ministry......... ............................................5:00 p.m. Wednesday Worship ...........6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST 240 Will Duke Road 773-2249 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Class......7:00 p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS 630 Hanchey Rd. • 773-3532 Sacrament Meeting.............9:00 a.m.Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Priesthood.........................11:00 a.m. ELEVATE COMMUNITY CHURCH 529 West Main Street (Robarts Funeral Home Chapel) Sunday Service.................11:00 a.m. Weekly Life Groups ENDTIME CROSSROAD MINISTRY 908 Martin Luther King Ave 773-0160 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Service...............11:30 a.m.Evening Service.................7:30 p.m.Wed. Bible St. & Yth. Gath7:30 p.m.Friday (Holy Ghost Night).7:30 p.m. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 114 N. 7th Avenue • 773-2105 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Sunday Worship ................11:00 a.m. Wednesday Supper.............6:15 p.m.Wed. Youth Fellowship ......7:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FAITH TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD 701 N. 7th Avenue • 773-3800 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Sunday Worship ................10:30 a.m. Children’s Chuch..............10:40 a.m.Evening Service.................6:00 p.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1570 W. Main Street • 773-4182 S UNDAY : Bible Study for all ages......9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. W EDNESDAY : Children’s Chiors (PK-Grade 4)..................5:30 p.m. Mid-Week Prayer Meeting6:00 p.m.NEST Backyard (PK-Grade 4)..................6:30 p.m. Club 56..............................6:00 p.m.Youth Group (Grades 7-12)6:00 p.m.Church Orchestra..............5:15 p.m.Adult Choir.......................6:30 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1121 W. Louisiana St. • 773-9243 S UNDAY : Generations Caf Open..... ................ .................................9:00-10:20 a.m. Kids World Check-In for Nursery-5th Grade...........10:15 a.m. Pre-K Blast.......................10:30 a.m.Kids World B.L.A.S.T. (K-5th)..........................10:30 a.m. Worship Service...............10:30 a.m.W EDNESDAY : Generations Caf Opens.................... ....................................5:15-6:15p.m. Check-In begins for Nursery-5th grade..............5:45 p.m.Classes for children ages PreK-12th grade.........6:30-7:30 p.m.Adutl Bible Studies....6:00-7:30 p.m. FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 511 W. Palmetto Street Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1347 Martin Luther King Avenue 773-6556 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................4:00 p.m. Wed. Prayer/Bible Study....7:00 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 207 N. Seventh Avenue • 773-4267 Coffe and Fellowship.........9:15 a.m.Sunday School............. .......9:45 a.m. Blended Sunday Worship .10:55 a.m. Wednesday Night Dinner...5:30 p.m.Youth (0-18) & Adult Programming. ............................................6:30 p.m. FLORIDA’S FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 1397 South Florida Avenue 773-9386 Sun. Community Groups....9:30 a.m.Sunday Worship ................10:30 a.m. Family Night Wednesday ...7:00 p.m. Ministry for all ages! FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA FUENTE DE VIDA Bilingual Services / Servicios Bilinges 311 Goolsby St. • 832-9914 Sunday/Domingo..............10:30 a.m.Wednesday/Mircoles........7:30 p.m. THE GOSPEL TABERNACLE 810 Tennessee St. • 781-2708 Sunday Morning Service..10:00 a.m.Sunday Night Service.........6:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. HIGHER GROUND INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY 1258 West Main Street Sunday School Adult & Youth.......... ..........................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship .11:00 a.m. Wed. “Night in the Word”..7:00 p.m.Wed. Extreme Kids............7:00 p.m.Thursday Prayer.................6:00 p.m. IGLESIA ADVENTISTA DEL SEPTIMO DIA 1819 Dishong Road • 767-1010 IGLESIA CHRISTIANA EL REMANENETE 318 W. Main Street Martes Oracion................7:00 p.m.Jueves Clase Biblica........7:00 p.m.Viernes Servicio...............7:30 p.m.Domingo Servicio..........11:00 a.m. IGLESIA de DIOS ALFA Y OMEGA 1909 Stanfield Road Sunday School.................10: 00 a.m.Evening Service.................6:00 p.m.Tuesday (Bible Study & Prayer Night)..............................7:30 p.m. Friday Worship Service ......7:30 p.m. IGLESIA HISPANA PRESENCIA DE DIOS 511 West Palmetto Street Domingos...........................6:00 p.m.Miercoles..............................7:00 p.m. IGLESIA MINISTERIOS CRISTIANO DIOS ES AMOR 807 S. 8th Ave. • 773-4576 Domingos Escuela Dominica......................10:00 a.m. Servicio.............................11:00 a.m.Lunes Oracion....................6:00 p.m.Miercoles Servicio.............7:00 p.m. KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES 155 Altman Road • 767-1131 ENGLISH Sunday Service...................2:00 p.m. SPANISH Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m. LIGHT OF THE WORLD MINISTRIES Womans Center • 131 N 7th Ave. Friday Evening...................6:00 p.m. LAKE DALE BAPTIST CHURCH 3102 Heard Bridge Rd. • 773-6622 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Service...............11:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. MINISTERIO INTERNACIONAL Cambriadores de Mundo 704 W. Main Street Wednesday Service............7:30 p.m. MY NEW LIFE IN CHRIST CHURCH 117 West Palmetto St. • 773-2929 Sunday Service.................10:00 a.m.Sunday Evening Service....6:00 p.m.Wednesday Service............7:00 p.m. Children Ministries for all services NEW BEGINNINGS 1002 S. Florida Avenue • 781-5887 Sense Saturday...................3:00 p.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” The Bread of Life...............3:15 p.m. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 1999 State Rd. 64 East • 773-2101 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service .11:00 a.m. Evening Worship Service ...6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper...6:00 p.m.Wednesday Activities (All Ages) .......................7:00 p.m. NEW INSPIRATION CHURCH OF GOD BY FAITH 917 S. 6th Avenue • 863-657-2253 Sunday School....................9:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............10:00 a.m. Thursday Praise..................7:00 p.m. NEW MT. ZION A.M.E. CHURCH 1615 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. 767-0023 Morn. Worship (1st & 3r Sun.) ...............8:00 a.m. Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. 2nd Sunday Youth Service.4:00 p.m.Allen Christian Endeavor...4:00 p.m.Wed. & Fri. Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. NEW PHILADELPHIA WORSHIP CENTER 1652 Old Bradenton Road Sunday .............................10:30 a.m.Wednesday.........................6:30 p.m. NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 912 N. 8th Avenue • 773-6947 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. OAK GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 4350 W. Main Street • 735-0321 Sunday Schedule:Bible Study for All Ages ....9:30 a.m. Morning Worship ..............10:45 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Schedule:M&M Kid’s Klub...............6:00 p.m.Youth Group.......................6:00 p.m.Prayer Meeting & Bible Study .......... ............................................6:30 p.m. PEACE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1643 Stenstrom Road 773-2858 1 st & 3 rd Sun. Worship/Communion.....9:00 a.m. 2 nd & 4 th Sun. Divine Worship ...............9:00 a.m. ** Fellowship each Sunday after service PROGRESSIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 149 Manley Road • 452-1281 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Worship Service................11:00 a.m.Wed. Evening Prayer..........7:00 p.m. RIVERVIEW HEIGHTS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1321 SR 636 East 773-3344 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC CHURCH 408 Heard Bridge Road • 773-4089 Saturday Mass (English)....5:00 p.m. (Spanish).....7:00 p.m. Sunday(English).................8:30 a.m. (Spanish)................11:30 a.m.(Creole)...................1:30 p.m. Catecismo...........................9:45 a.m.Daily Mass in English........8:30 a.m. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 440 Carlton Street • 773-9068 Sabbath School...................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Wed. Prayer Meeting..........6:30 p.m. SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 505 South 10th Avenue • 773-4368 Sunday School.......... ..........9:45 a.m. Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. TABERNACLE OF PRAISE & JOY 1507 MLK Avenue Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................7:00 p.m. Tues. Bible Stdy. & Child Train .................7:00 p.m. Friday Prayer Service.........7:00 p.m. WAUCHULA CHURCH OF GOD 1543 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 773-0199 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:15 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wed. Night Fam. Training..7:30 p.m.Thurs. Youth Bible Study...7:00 p.m.Friday Night Worship .........7:30 p.m. WAUCHULA HILLS SPANISH CHURCH OF GOD 1000 Stansfield Rd. Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Evening Worship ................7:30 p.m. Tuesday Prayer...................7:30 p.m.Thursday Worship ..............7:30 p.m. Saturday Worship ...............7:30 p.m. CREWSVILLE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 8251 Crewsville Road Church 735-0871 • Pastor 385-7867 Sunday School....................9:45 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................6:30 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............6:30 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ZOLFO 320 E. 4th Street • 735-1200 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Morning Worship ..............11:00 a.m. Training Union...................5:00 p.m.Evening Worship ................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer..............7:00 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of 6th & Suwanee • 735-1544 Gospel Music....................10:30 a.m.Worship Service................11:00 a.m.Wednesday Bible Study.....7:00 p.m. GARDNER BAPTIST CHURCH 8660 US Highway 17 S Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 Sunday Worship ................ 11:00 AM LIFE CHANGING WORSHIP CENTER 3426 Oak Street • 863-832-9808 Sunday Worship .................2:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.....6:30 p.m. MARANATHA BAPTIST CHURCH 2465 Oxendine Road • 832-7829 Sunday School..................10:00 a.m.Worship.............................11:00 a.m.Evening..............................1:00 p.m.Wed. Bible & Prayer Meet.7:00 p.m. NEW BEGINNINGS 3704 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. • 781-5887 M-F Family Services..........8:00 a.m.Sense Friday.......................3:00 p.m. “Making Sense of the Non-Sense” Friday Bread of Life...........3:15 p.m. NEW VISION WORSHIP CENTER 64 E. & School House Road Church 735-8585 Childcare 735-8586 Morning Worship ..............10:00 a.m. Children’s Church............10:00 a.m.Wed. Youth & F.T.H...........7:00 p.m. BOWLING GREEN ONA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA WAUCHULA ZOLFO SPRINGS ZOLFO SPRINGS Printed as a Public Service by The Herald-Advocate Deadline for changes or additions: Thursday 5 p.m. PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD FAITH TEMPLE Oak Street Sunday Worship ................10:00 a.m. Evening Worship ................7:00 p.m. Tuesday Worship ................7:30 p.m. Thursday Worship ..............7:30 p.m. Saturday Worship ...............7:30 p.m. PRIMERA MISSION BAUTISTA HISPANA 518 8th Avenue East Escuela Dominical............10:00 a.m.Servicio del Domingo.......11:00 a.m. ............................................7:00 p.m. Servicio del Miercoles.......7:30 p.m. PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH Pioneer Park 2nd Sunday.......................10:30 a.m.Evening Service.................6:30 p.m.5th Sunday..........................6:00 p.m. REALITY RANCH COWBOY FELLOWSHIP 2-1/2 Miles east on Hwy. 66 863-781-1578 Sunday Service.................11:00 a.m. ST. PAUL’S MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 3676 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. • 735-0636 Sunday School....................9:30 a.m.Morning Worship ...................11 a.m. Wed. Prayer Service...........7:00 p.m. SAN ALFONSO MISSION 3027 Schoolhouse Lane • 773-4089 Domingo, Misa en Espano10:00 a.m. SPANISH MISSION 735-8025 Escuela Dominica.............10:00 a.m.Servicio.............................11:00 a.m.Pioneer Club.................. .....6:30 p.m. Servicio de la Noche..........7:00 p.m.Mierecoles Merienda..........6:00 p.m.Servicio..............................8:00 p.m.Sabado Liga de Jovenes.....5:00 p.m. Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy BarberHwy. 66 EastP.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL BOWLING GREEN Some years ago the cover of Time magazine asked an intrigu ing question on its cover: “Whatever happened to ethics?” Thesubtitle continued saying that wehave been, “Assaulted by sleaze,scandals and hypocrisy, Americasearches for its moral bearings.”There is little doubt that there hasbeen a loss of moral sensitivityand responsibility. That is veryobvious. It is difficult to watch tel evision and not be offended by thelanguage or scenes of indecency.A new language has been intro duced that has no respect for Godor godly principles. The only way to solve this problem of moral decay or it canbe reversed would be through anational revival. If those of uswho profess to trust God’s Wordand believe in the fact that He willdo what He says He will it is notunreasonable that revival will come. A spiritual awakening will visit our nation if we have enoughfaith, persevere in prayer and re gain a sense of the holiness ofGod. Psalm 99:1 describes what would happen if we did regain anew sense of the holiness of God.Because “the Lord reigns, let thenations tremble, He sits enthronedbetween the cherubim, let theearth tremble.” This awesome picture of God that the Psalmist presents to us de scribes His holiness, power, mightand majesty. This description ofGod is not one that we are familiarwith since our minds have be come so “clouded” with the thingsof this world. Certainly we canblame the producers for the pro grams we watch, but they wouldnot produce what they do withoutus watching and enjoying it. Visit us at: Guido Evangelistic Association Metter, Ga. SeedsofHop eA4 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5 OBITUARY POLICYThe Herald-Advocate publishes obituaries free of charge as a public service. Forms showing the information which may be included in a free obituary are avail able at local funeral homes or at our office. Paid obituaries may include additional infor mation and remember ances. All obituaries, how ever, must be submitted by a funeral home. No personal submissions will be accepted.Funeral homes can sub mit obituaries to obits Ponger-Kays-GradyFuneral Homes & Cremation Services205 N. 9th Ave. Wauchula, Fl. 33873(863) 8:2tfc He was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Ray Kirkland. He is survived by his par ents, William Frank Kirk land Jr. and Barbara Dale Kirkland, of Bowling Green; his loving wife, Amy Kirkland, of Bowling Green; his daughters, Terissa Griffis (Randall), of Raiford, and Marissa Kirkland, of Starke; sister Peggy Bonds (Grant), of Wauchula; as well as his grandchildren, Anderson Griffis and Leanna Darity. A visitation will be held at Robarts Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow starting at noon. The Rev. Barry Taylor will be officiat ing services. Expressions of comfort may be made at FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home In Loving Memory T T R R A A V V I I S S C C L L A A Y Y K K I I R R K K L L A A N N D D Today we lost a husband, son, father, brother and best friend. He was truly loved and missed. Rest in Peace. We love you. Travis Clay Kirkland, 49, of Bowling Green, passed away on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. He was born in Bartow, on June 23, 1969. He was a lifelong resident of Hardee County. He was self-em ployed through Kirkland Construction. He was a member of Grace Fellow ship Church. In MemoryETHEL TULLIE VALERIA ROBERTSEthel Tullie Valeria Roberts, 89, of Wauchula, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at her home. She was born March 3, 1929, in Haines City, and was a lifelong Hardee County resident. Tullie was a member of New Zion Bap tist Church in Ona, she worked for many years as a bus driver for Hardee County Schools, and in her spare time she enjoyed bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Roberts; parents, Barney Johnson and Myrtle Young Johnson; grandson, Tyler Roberts; and sisters, Mar cella Roberts, Emily Bryan and Tiny Johnson. Tullie is survived by two sons, Calvin Roberts and his wife Pamela, and Milton Roberts and his wife Kim; four grandchildren, Paul Roberts and his wife Julia, Craig Roberts and his wife Brittany, Grant Roberts, and Sidney Roberts; two sisters, LuAnn Collins and her husband Carl, and Nancy Becker and her husband Charlie; one brother, David Johnson and his wife Pat; and five great-grandchil dren, Ava, Nolan, Amelia, Talon, and Jace. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home in Wauchula. Service was at 10 a.m. on Wednes day, Aug. 29, 2018, at New Zion Baptist Church in Ona with Pastor Stephen Darley and Pastor Robert Roberts officiating. Burial followed in New Zion Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested dona tions be made to the Hardee Education Foundation, Tyler Roberts Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.comPonger-Kays-GradyFuneral Home & Cremation Services Wauchula In Loving Memory J J O O H H N N K K Y Y L L E E S S C C A A R R B B R R O O John Kyle Scarbro, 67, of Hardee County, passed away on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. He was born in Pontiac, Mich., on Sept. 8, 1950. John had been a resident of Hardee County for eight years, coming from St. Pe tersburg. He worked for Home Depot as a window and door salesman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Scarbro and Chressie Jacovides, of Wauchula; and his sister, Christina VarVil. He is survived by his wife, Helen Elaine Conley, of Wauchula; brothers, Carl Scarbro, of Ann Arbor, Mich., William Scarbro, of Louisville Hills, Mich., Kurt Scarbro, of Annapolis, Md., Philip Scarbro, of St. James; and sister, Leslie Warren, of Chardon, Ohio. Expressions of comfort may be made at FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home NORMA JEAN ELBERTSON Norma Jean Elbertson, of Wauchula, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. She was born Nov. 8, 1955 in Wauchula, and has been a lifelong resident of Hardee County. She was Baptist and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alton Norwood Brooks and Alberta Brooks; and sister, Donna Conerly. She is survived by her loving husband, David Elbertson; daughters, Tanya Ayers, of Wauchula, and Trinity Garner (Russell), of Wauchula; sisters, Joan Waldron (Jerry), of Wauchula, and Cindy Todd (Johnny), of Bowling Green; as well as four grandchildren. Services are pending. Arrangements were by Robarts Funeral Home. We Value YouAs a family-owned and -operated funeral home, we take our commitment to your family personally. We value your trust in us, and it is our honor to help you through your time of sorrow with compassionate service, professional guidance and a dignified tribute to your dear departed loved one. View Obits at 529 West Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873 863-773-9773 8:30c Notices______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION JUDGE: MARCUS J. EZELLE CASE NO.: 252018CP000028 IN RE: ESTATE OF GERALD J. PLOURDE, Deceased. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the es tate of GERALD J. PLOURDE, Deceased, File No. 252018CP000028, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hardee County, Florida, Probate Divi sion, the address of which is P. O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida 33873. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative's attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All persons on whom this notice is served who have objections that challenge the validity of the Will, the qualifications of the Personal Representative, venue, or jurisdiction of this court are required to file their objections with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All creditors of the Decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the Decedent and persons having claims or demands against the Decedent's estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA TION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is August 23rd, 2018. PAUL BENNETT SEUSY, P.A. Attorney for Personal Representative Mailing Address: P.O. Box 230, Arcadia, FL 34265 Physical Address: 7 North Roberts Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266 863-491-7285 Office 888-430-5940 Facsimile Paul Bennett Seusy, Esquire Florida Bar No. 0690252 Timothy J. Plourde Personal Representative 257 Shady Hollow Casselberry FL 327078:23,30c______________________________ NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME ACT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Name Act, Section 865.09, Florida Statutes, as amended, intends to register with the Secretary of State of the State of Florida, the fictitious name of Hardee Animal Clinic PMA under which the undersigned is engaged or will engage in business at: near 1927 HWY 17 N, in the City of Wauchula, Florida 33873. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Lovett, William-Houston L.S. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publication: Lovett, William-Houston L.S. Dated: August 22, 2018 8:30p ______________________________ Elvia P. Garcia (292698) Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C. 1035 Santa Barbara Street, 2nd Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Telephone: (805) 965-3703 Fax: (805) 965-0678 Attorneys for Petitioner, ANGELINA GONZALEZ SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF VENTURA FAMILY DIVISION Case No. D388882 NOTICE OF SUMMONS In re the Matter of: Petitioner: ANGELINA GONZALEZ, and Respondent: ISIDORO VELASCO ______________________________ NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION TO ESTABLISH PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP TO: ISIDORO VELASCO, YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Pe tition to Establish Parental Relationship has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Angelina Gonzalez whose address is 1035 Santa Barbara Street #7, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, on or before September 28, 2018, and file the original with the clerk of Ventura County Superior Court, Family Division, 800 South Vic toria Avenue, Ventura, California 93009, before service on Peti tioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition.8:30-9:20c __________________________________ Obituaries 8/30/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:05 AM Set: 7:50 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 45 mins. Moon Data Rise: 10:37 PM Set: 10:38 AM Overhead: 4:18 AM Underfoot: 4:41 PM Moon Phase 84% Waning Gibbous Major Times 4:18 AM 6:18 AM 4:41 PM 6:41 PM Minor Times 10:38 AM 11:38 AM 10:37 PM 11:37 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -48/31/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:05 AM Set: 7:49 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 44 mins. Moon Data Rise: 11:15 PM Set: 11:34 AM Overhead: 5:04 AM Underfoot: 5:28 PM Moon Phase 75% Waning Gibbous Major Times 5:04 AM 7:04 AM 5:28 PM 7:28 PM Minor Times 11:34 AM 12:34 PM 11:15 PM 12:15 AM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 9/1/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:06 AM Set: 7:48 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 42 mins. Moon Data Rise: 11:57 PM Set: 12:32 PM Overhead: 5:52 AM Underfoot: 6:17 PM Moon Phase 66% Waning Gibbous Major Times 5:52 AM 7:52 AM 6:17 PM 8:17 PM Minor Times 12:32 PM 1:32 PM 11:57 PM 12:57 AM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -49/2/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:06 AM Set: 7:46 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 40 mins. Moon Data Rise: --:-Set: 1:32 PM Overhead: 6:43 AM Underfoot: 7:10 PM Moon Phase 50% Last Quarter Major Times 6:43 AM 8:43 AM 7:10 PM 9:10 PM Minor Times --:---:-1:32 PM 2:32 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 9/3/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:07 AM Set: 7:45 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 38 mins. Moon Data Rise: 12:42 AM Set: 2:33 PM Overhead: 7:37 AM Underfoot: 8:06 PM Moon Phase 44% Waning Crescent Major Times 7:37 AM 9:37 AM 8:06 PM 10:06 PM Minor Times 12:42 AM 1:42 AM 2:33 PM 3:33 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -49/4/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:07 AM Set: 7:44 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 37 mins. Moon Data Rise: 1:34 AM Set: 3:35 PM Overhead: 8:35 AM Underfoot: 9:04 PM Moon Phase 33% Waning Crescent Major Times 8:35 AM 10:35 AM 9:04 PM 11:04 PM Minor Times 1:34 AM 2:34 AM 3:35 PM 4:35 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 9/5/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:08 AM Set: 7:43 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 35 mins. Moon Data Rise: 2:31 AM Set: 4:35 PM Overhead: 9:34 AM Underfoot: 10:05 PM Moon Phase 22% Waning Crescent Major Times 9:34 AM 11:34 AM 10:05 PM 12:05 AM Minor Times 2:31 AM 3:31 AM 4:35 PM 5:35 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -49/6/2018Sun Data Rise: 7:08 AM Set: 7:42 PM Day Length 12 hrs. 34 mins. Moon Data Rise: 3:34 AM Set: 5:32 PM Overhead: 10:35 AM Underfoot: 11:05 PM Moon Phase 13% Waning Crescent Major Times 10:35 AM 12:35 PM 11:05 PM 1:05 AM Minor Times 3:34 AM 4:34 AM 5:32 PM 6:32 PM Prediction Hunting or Fishing Average Time Zone UTC: -4 Solunar ForecastProvided courtesy of solunarforecast.comMEETING NOTICEThe Insurance Committee will meet Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers, 412 W. Orange Street, Room 102, Wauchula, Florida. For more information, please call the Hardee County Human Resource Department at 863-773-2161. 8:30cNoticeNotice is given that the owners of the real prop erty within the plat known as Manley Homeplace Subdivision intend to petition the Board of County Commissioners to vacate the plat in its entirety. 8:23,30c1. Is the book of Labour in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Ecclesiastes 4, how many are better than one, be cause they have a good reward for their labor? Two, Three, Five, Seven 3. In 1 Kings 5, how many thousand men comprised the labor force that King Solomon raised? 1, 5, 10, 30 4. What son of Abda was in charge of the forced labor in David's kingdom? Baal, Adoniram, Cyrenius, Phaneul ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Two; 3) 30; 4) Adoniram Visit Wilson Casey's new Trivia Fan Site at 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Bible TriviaBy Wilson Casey


Brookside Bluff NewsBy Jerry Smith 517-930-1524 4-City NewsBy Henrietta Benson 448-6737 Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 H ARDEE L IVING A6 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 COURTESY PHOTOS The Center for Great Apes in Wauchula and its founder, Patti Ragan, recently were honored by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries with the 2018 Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence. The award is given annually to an individual and sanctuary who embody and put into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication and excellence in animal care. GFAS is the leader in accreditation of animal sanctuaries, assessing operational excellence and humane care at facilities across the globe. The Noon Award was created in 2009 to honor outstanding contributions to the animal sanctuary field in memory of the late Dr. Carole Noon, founder of Save the Chimps and a champion of chimpanzees. Ragan is shown (at right) accepting the award. EXCELLENCE AWARD People with disabilities and seniors 65 and older will hit the stage to showcase their tal ents for prize money next month. The fourth annual Special S.T.A.R.S. Got Talent show will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Cen ter, 4509 George Blvd., Se bring. An expressive art competition has been added this year to spotlight those with artistic talents as well as entertainers. The artwork will be based on the theme What Makes You Feel Special? There will be no entry fees for the artists or performers. Artwork must be submitted by Sept. 20 to Special S.T.A.R.S., 4352 Independ ence St., Avon Park, FL 33825. There will be categories for children and adults with dis abilities and for senior citizens. Judging will be for 30 minutes prior to the show, which is open to the public for a $5 donation. All proceeds will benefit Special Sports Training And Recreation Services, which serves children and adults with disabilities in Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and southern Polk counties. All acts singers, dancers, comedians, etc. need to schedule an audition time be tween 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat urday, Sept. 22, at Ridge Area Arc, 4352 Independence St., Avon Park. This will assist or ganizers in planning the event. There will be three divisions available: adults with disabilities, children with disabilities and seniors. Performers in each category can win $100 cash and a trophy. Prize money will also be awarded to sec ondand third-place winners. To schedule an audition time, get an entry form and contest rules for the talent show or art contest, or to re serve a booth, call Cindy Mar shall at (863) 452-1295, extension 124, or (863) 4430438; or email cindykmar Talent Show Features Seniors & Those With DisabilitiesGreetings from Fort Green! This is another week when there are too many making their final journey. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of John Burdeshaw. He had moved to Hardee County a few months ago but then moved back to Tennessee, I believe. A memorial service will be in the future. Sympathy is extended to the family of Larry Thompson, who passed last Thursday, on his untimely death. He lived out here in Fort Green. No arrangements have been made. Also, deep sympathy is extended to the fam ily of Tulie Roberts. She was a bus driver and ran the snack shack at the high school years ago when the shack was first opened. Doris Thorn ton told me Tulie called her every morning. You will definitely miss that close a friend. They both drove buses for the school system, even way back when Ethel Thomas drove a bus. She is Doris Thorntons mother. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Don Brummett. I only knew some of his rela tives but he will certainly be missed. The benefit for Tracy Powell was really suc cessful. He has insurance but it does not cover the tests required for his particular problem. Even when you have supposedly good insur ance, you still have to come up with thousands of dollars just to try and find out what can be done to help your problem. The chicken and dumplings were delicious and the leftovers were sold after church Sunday morning, and were even better! Young miss Tonya Fields sang a solo at the benefit and another young person, Brody Wa ters, made his debut playing the drums in church with Lee Chanceys band. Both were re ally great and, of course, we expect more! On a happy note, Brother Steve and Tara McGaughey celebrated their wedding anniver sary on the 27th of August. They are living in Joshua, Texas. I read or heard one of lifes greatest pleasures is coming into a nice air-conditioned room after working real hard outside. I am adding another super joy is when you hear the ting of jarred food you have taken out of the canner. I have been making guava jam, and after processing the jars and removing from the boiling water, the sound of the jars sealing is special! We will be having a baptism this coming Sunday morning and then the Lords Supper will be served Sunday night. The Sheltons are in concert Sunday a.m. By the time the paper is printed, the primary will be over and you will be either happy or not! Avis Sasser has had plenty of company this past week. Her great-nephew and his wife from Colorado came over and were especially de sirous of showing off their new adorable son, who is 2 months old. Avis, who is 97, was able to get down on the floor and play with him. If I had tried to get down I would not have been able to get up! Then the mother of Andrew her nephew and Sister Lynn arrived in Wauchula on Friday night. They both are the daughters of Mark Silverman. Todd Silverman had a procedure last week but is recovering nicely. Like most men he does not want any attention! There are the usual large number of people we need to continue to pray for, and we do reg ularly. Helen Albritton still has not been able to return to church and Mary Samuels is still in the nursing home. Everyone was glad to see Lynda Abbott and husband back at church last night for the benefit and then Sunday morning. Ken Oden is feeling better and was at church Sun day. I understand Linda Strickland needs spe cial prayer. Alice Faye Moye has returned from a trip to Scotland. Hopefully she will give us a detailed trip report! Her husband did not go but a nephew did travel with her, and they wanted to see the burial spot of her distant grandfather. Please pray for all the sick and each other along with our nation. Sorry: The Hats on Parade Tea has been canceled. Our deepest sympathy to Sylvia Brummett and family in the home-going of Mr. Don Donald L. Brummett Sr., who passed Tuesday, Aug. 21, at home in Bowling Green. Visitation was Saturday with the service following at First Baptist Church. Pastor Scott Tharp officiated. He was given military honors and final resting place in Bowling Green Ceme tery on Bryan Avenue. The varsity football Wild cats team will be playing the Sebring Blue Streaks here Friday evening at 7:30. Lets all come out to support the Wildcats. Monday will be the Labor Day holiday; no school, day off from work for most. Enjoy your time and be safe. Jean Youte, I remember your first days of riding school bus 307 and here you are a senior. Good luck No. 1. Hardee won 45-0 last Fri day evening vs. Fort Meade Miners. The weather caused the game to start later than usual time. Game ended about 11:10 p.m. Happy birthday to Susie Moore today (Thursday). Wedding anniversary blessings to Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Gough Jr. Aug. 23 made their 27th year. Congratulations to Darby Sanders on being the co-cap tain of the Hardee varsity cheerleaders. Upcoming 2018 Woman-toWoman Empowerment Con ference is Sept. 7-9. Theme: Women Celebrating Gods Blessed Assurances, Philippians 4:3. Host, First Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Clifton E. Dollison, pastor. Guest Speakers will be Dr. Brandi Ancrum, Sis. Sandra Ming, Sis. Theresa Denise Timmons, Sis. Khristian McMillian and Sis. Jacqueline Renae Jackson. Friday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 to 9 p.m., registra tion, an evening of gospel and comedy. Sept. 8, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-noon morning worship service Womens Day keynote speaker. The location is 200 Avenue R W., Winter Haven. All are welcome. The $25 registration deadline is today (Thursday). For tickets at church, call (863) 294-6553. Brenda and Vincent Brown of Cocoa were Thursday and Friday visitors in Bowling Green with relatives the Greenes, Benson, Irvin and Jackson. Remember the sick at home, hospital and nursing home. The New Mt. Zion AME Church, the Rev. Mackey, pas tor, hosted the AME Mission Meeting last Saturday in Se bring. Deepest sympathy to the David Elbertson family and friends in the passing of wife Norma. The Mens 2018 Confer ence Man Up will be hosted at Greater Works Ministries, Bishop Joe Halman Sr., pastor, at 2110 Oakhurst Dr., Winter Haven, on Sept. 13-14 at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Thursday evening, Bishop Matthew Williams, pastor at Brown Me morial COGIC in Tampa. Friday speaker will be the Rev. Jimmy Thompson, presiding elder of the Lively Lakeland District of the AMEs All are welcome. For those of us who have been in our park for a long time, we have seen a lot of changes and have faced a lot of challenges. Starting with the purchase of the property known as the Meadows, then the expansion of Highway 17, and most recently the selling of the Bluffs Golf Course. Rumors of the pending sale and what would happen after that sale has swirled around for a long time now. All of the events mentioned above have had a profound effect on Brookside Bluff. Even more importantly is all of these events have ended favorably for our park. The sale of the golf course is our latest case of Good For tune. First of all, the course has been sold! But instead of the rumors that varied from whomever you talked to, the final outcome is what will be best for our park. The course will remain an 18-hole course. With some improvements al ready made and many more being planned, the course will remain a very important fea ture of our park. So all our golfers can breathe a sigh of relief, and the rest of us will benefit from the results of the sale. Being gone from our park is a challenge to say the least when trying to keep informed. But perhaps in todays world we have a better shot at it with Facebook, cell phones and a variety of sources to keep us up-to-date on what is happening with friends and neighbors. So seeing many of our folks on vacation and indeed attending functions in Florida keeps us up-to-date like never be fore. A good example of this is the recent trip taken to the Sal vadore Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida by a group of ladies from our park. Jeanie Kiergaard, Carol Colby, Dolly Gray, Jackie Vanderhorst and P. J. Cain made the trip, and it looked like they had a great time enjoying unique art ex hibits, beautiful architecture and other displays including some unusual cars. I under stand the paintings are dis played in an actual vault. So even though we are more than a thousand miles from Brookside, we do have ways of knowing a lot of what is going on including the weather. God Bless Everyone! COURTESY PHOTOCarol, P.J., Jeanie, Jackie and Dolly visited art museum in St. Petersburg. MONDAY No School TUESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, banana bread, bis cuit & sausage, fruit and milk Lunch: fried chicken (k-12), PB&J (k-12), tuna salad w/crackers, tuna salad w/egg, nachos (k-12), Big Daddy Pizza (6-12), spicy chicken sandwich (6-12) garden salad (k-12), pinto beans (k-12), fruit and milk WEDNESDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, donuts, pizza, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken fajita wrap (k-12), PB&J (k-12), ravioli dip pers (k-12), chicken sandwich (6-12), fajita chicken salad, Swans French Bread Pizza (612), celery, sweet potato wedges (K-12), garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk THURSDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, yogurt, chicken bis cuit, pumpkin bread, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken alfredo (k12), PB&J (k-12), fiestada pizza (k-12), cobb chicken salad, cheeseburger (6-12), buffalo chicken chunks (6-12), carrot sticks, corn, garden salad (6-12), fruit and milk FRIDAY Breakfast: cereal & graham crackers, poptarts, eggs, cheese, bacon, & hash brown bowl, juice, fruit and milk Lunch: chicken nuggets (k12), yogurt, muffin platter, PB&J (k-12), fish wedge w/mac & cheese (k-12), cal zone cheese (6-12), french fries (k-12), cole slaw (k-12), fruit and milk School MenuDear Editor: This is your True Story Teller again. It is a tale that happened to me this Sunday morning (Aug. 26, 2018, about 4:30 a.m.). I got up early because we were having "dinner-on-thegrounds" as it has always been called. Between you and me, I'd like it better to have it somewhere else rather than on the ground. The dish I wanted to prepare was coconut macaroons. So that is the reason for my early "up-getting," so I wouldn't have to rush. I started going to the rest room so I wouldn't have to be rushed in trying to get ready for church. I was almost in the bathroom when these 91-yearold legs decided they didn't want to help me. They threw me for a loop down I went. I was eaten up with bruises and sore muscles in my breast area, under my left arm, under my left shoulder and back, and upper left back. A friend who visited me after church said to use an ice pack to help the pain and bruises. Another friend brought me a pulled pork dinner from the church meal which was served after the morning church service. An other friend came after church and stayed with me for a while. I appreciate these friends for showing their love and con cern for me. This is something Jesus teaches us to do. It matters not what your church's religion is all churches teach this. Believe in God this is what all churches teach. Read your Bible and do what it tells you! It won't lead you astray! Roxie Bentley WauchulaLetter To The Editor Roxie Takes A Fall Come Camp With UsNo RV No Tent No ProblemWEHAVECABINS!!Thousand Trails 2555 US Hwy 17 South, Zolfo Springs 863-735-88888:30cIt is a good idea to update your emergency contacts on your drivers license or I.D. periodically, especially if you or your contacts have moved.


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I havent been able to get in touch with the IDA in weeks, said Superintendent Bob Shay man. IDA Director Bill Lambert approached the district earlier this year with a proposal that would have seen the district swap the land at its current U.S. 17 complex in exchange for the CareSync complex. At the time the talks began, IDA officials were hoping the technology company would be moving into the vacant WinnDixie complex across U.S. 17. Shayman said his last con tact with Lambert was shortly before the surprise shuttering of the now-defunct CareSync in mid-June that sent 292 employees to the unemployment line. I am glad we didnt go through with a walkthrough with the department heads so we didnt get anyones hopes up, Shayman said. School officials have been weighing options for finding more space for administrative operations for some time. Another lingering option that remains on the table is renovating the old Hardee Jun ior High School complex. Portions of the first floor have been converted into us able office space for the Ex ceptional Student Education Department and for housing student records. The entire complex was tented for termites in July of 2015. The roof was replaced later that year. Around the same time, crews recaulked all of the windows. According to Facilities Di rector Rob Krahl, the efforts were to preserve the integrity of the building. The School Board of Hardee County faced calls from the public at a meeting last year to find a use for the historic building. Krahl said such an effort is no easy task. Any changes, he said, would require upgrades to current code and Americans with Disabilities Act require ments including the installation of an elevator. It would be a complete remodel using the current building envelope, he said. The building along with a large swath of downtown Wauchula received designation as part of the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Downtown Wauchula Historic District. It remains unclear to what degree the designation championed by the Wauchula Community Redevelopment Agency will impact plans to renovate the school. Buildings designated as historic can be subject to in creased requirements during the remodeling process, but the designation can, in some cases, also open the door to additional grant money. The Downtown Wauchula Historic District encompasses roughly 14 blocks and in cludes the Hardee County Courthouse, old Hardee County High School, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, and the 1920s Spanish Revival City Hall designed by noted architect M. Leo Elliot of Tampa. CRA Director Jessica Newman told the Wauchula City Commission earlier this month she was in the process of re viewing options to denote the historic district with signs along U.S. 17 and a possible memorial plaque somewhere in the downtown zone. School District Abandons Property Talks With IDA 1. Who released "Love So Right?" 2. "China Girl" appeared on what artist's debut album, and when? 3. Which group released "People Say," and when? 4. Name the English singer whose first solo offering was "Never Gonna Give You Up." 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: "And now the clock is still passing time, And I know someday that she will be mine, And I know she'll always bring me love." ANSWERS 1. The Bee Gees, in 1976. The single's B-side was "You Stepped Into My Life," except in Canada, where the two sides were reversed. 2. Iggy Pop's "The Idiot" album in 1977. The song didn't get any traction until co-writer David Bowie recorded it on his album "Let's Dance" in 1983. 3. The Dixie Cups, in 1964. The trio consisted of two sis ters and their cousin in New Orleans. 4. Rick Astley, in 1987. The song launched his career, topping the charts in 25 countries. Astley would go on to sell 40 million records worldwide before retiring in 1993. 5. "Image of a Girl," by the Safaris, in 1960. The doo-wop song, which featured a ticking clock in the background, went to No. 6 on the Billboard chart. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Flash BackBy Chris Richcreek S uppose you were the CEO of a large company with hundreds of employees, all different ages and all with different backgrounds. These employ ees all have their own work ethics, and most of them have their own political views. They run all the many departments in the company. It takes all departments working together in order for that com pany to run smoothly and be a success, and ultimately it is up to you to see that it does. You may have to do things that you really don't like to do. You may have to let em ployees go because it's for the good of the company. You may have to make changes in how the different departments are run. No matter what you have to do, it is your job to do what is best for your employees and for the company you are in charge of. It's not going to be an easy job because in everything you set out to accomplish there are those few whom you can never please, and you have to deal with them on a case-by-case basis. That is what our president is trying to do. He is trying to put our country back on the right track and be the leader of the free world. I'm not saying I agree with all he says and does, but I am also not blind to all the good he has done. He appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, cut taxes, lowered unemployment, signed a bill giving troops the largest pay raise in seven years, declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and has signed 53 bills into law. These are just a few of his accomplishments, but if you want to see more go to You won't hear these things from the mainstream media so President Trump uses Twitter as his messenger board. He has been harassed more than any president in my lifetime, and I would just like to see it stopped. Just think what he might get done if he could be left alone to do the job we elected him to do. I'm really not a political person, but it gets old after a while when every time you turn on your TV it's all about bashing President Trump. Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can be reached at 863-453-3589. Peavys PonderingsBy Jonell PeavySugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas It was Scott Adams, best known as the creator of the "Dilbert" comic strip, who made the following observa tion: "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you're a consultant." According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word that has the largest number of different meanings is "set"; it takes 26 pages to detail them all. As fall approaches, here's some good news: Except for the queens, all wasps die in the autumn. There are those who feel that we should adopt the metric system of measurement, claiming that our current system is outdated and archaic. To go truly archaic, though, we could start measuring things in flags, baronies, falls, roods, townships and hides. Yes, those are actual terms of measurement. They equal, respec tively, 25 square feet, 4,000 acres, 342 square feet, a quar ter of an acre, 36 square miles and 10 acres. Do you suffer from mis oneism? Quite a few people these days seem to; it's a hatred or fear of change or innova tion. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it's estimated that Americans eat a whopping 818 hot dogs every second. In 1938, Fortune maga zine published a prediction that, in hindsight, turns out to have been rather egregiously off the mark: "Few scientists foresee any serious or practical use for atomic energy. They regard the atom-splitting experiments as useful steps in the attempt to describe the atom more accurately, not as the key to the unlocking of any new power." *** Thought for the Day: "Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the true beauty of their carvings." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Strange But TrueBy Samantha Weaver


ABOUT... Letters ToThe Editor The Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the edi tor on matters of public in terest. Letters should bebrief, and must be written ingood taste and include thewriterÂ’s full name, addressand daytime telephonenumber for verification. Letters must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday to beconsidered for that weekÂ’sedition. Submissions shouldbe typed or legibly written.Send letters to: Letters tothe Editor, The Herald-Ad vocate, P.O. Box 338,Wauchula, FL 33873. Faxto (863) 773-0657. A8 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 GREETING CARDS COURTESY PHOTO Teachers at North Wauchula Elementary School use the structure "Quiz, Quiz,Trade" to get students up, moving, interacting and studying. Students each get acard to quiz a partner with, they pair up, quiz one another, exchange the cards andfind another partner to quiz and repeat the process. Students in Nicole Keen's fifth-grade class are shown enjoying the challenge. SPELLING BEAN COURTESY PHOTO ItÂ’s not a spelling bee, but a practice session in the comforts of a beanbag chair.These two were among students in Priscilla BowesÂ’ third-grade class at NorthWauchula Elementary School who helped one another prepare to ace their spellingand vocabulary tests. SQUIRREL SAVERS COURTESY PHOTO Second graders in Mary Idsardi's R.E.A.C.H. (Realizing Excellence through the Ad vanced academic Curriculum of Hardee) class at North Wauchula ElementarySchool saved the day for Scaredy Squirrel, who never leaves his nut tree becausethere are too many dangers out there. Yet on one fateful day, Scaredy Squirrelfound himself out of his tree. To his relief, the students solved math problems tofree his emergency kit, which included antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a para chute. BOOK BOUND COURTESY PHOTO Fourth graders in MaryAnn Duncan and Laura Carter's class at North Wauchula El ementary School could hardly wait for their first visit to the Media Center to meetthe new media specialist, Linda Hernandez, and to check out a Sunshine StateYoung Reader Award book. Students are challenged to read all 15 books, and areready to start! GOLD STARS COURTESY PHOTO These kindergartners inAshley RigneyÂ’s class atHilltop Elementary Schoolalready know all of theirletters and sounds! Theyhave been working veryhard and are now gettingready to read their veryfirst Accelerated Readerbook, just like the big kidsdo. The little stars are(from left) Luke Durrance,Janellie Rodriguez, RyanMejia and Lidia Flores.Later, Ryan proudlychecked out his book. COURTESY PHOTO This yearÂ’s crew for Cool Cat TV, the schoolÂ’s closed-circuit network, is at the micand on screen. Here, a couple of the students use a green screen to bring the dailycampus news to the North Wauchula Elementary School student body. NWES NEWSCASTERS COURTESY PHOTO Literacy centers in teacher Stacie Whaley's kinder garten classroom at North Wauchula ElementarySchool provide little learners with a variety of settingsto explore letters and words in. KNOWLEDGE NOOKS REPORT ABUSE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE 1-800-422-4453


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A9 SPECIAL HOOPSTERS COURTESY PHOTOS Hardee and Highlands special athletes competed on the basketball courts on Aug.18 in Sebring. About 40 athletes with various disabilities tested their skills during atwo-week training and a final competition as part of the Sports Training And Recre ational Services program. Two, Cheryl Moore and Bruce Brummett, representedHardee County. Moore won a third-place trophy while Brummett won fourth. Theycompeted in skills such as passing the ball, shooting baskets and dribbling througha course. They scored points for each skill to receive awards. Trophies wereawarded to all athletes in each division. Brummett (above photo, at front left) com peted in the Intermediate Division and Moore (bottom photo, back row center) inthe Beginners Division. Special S.T.A.R.S. provides 14 different sports to childrenand adults with physical and mental disabilities throughout Hardee, Highlands,Okeechobee and southern Polk counties. TRASHY TEST PHOTO BY TOM STAIK Automated garbage pickup has arrived in the city of Wauchula. Tuesday morningsaw the city’s state-of-the-art garbage truck effortlessly lift 95-gallon bins into theair and dump refuge into the truck’s collection bin. The roll-out – focused on resi dences north of West Main Street and west of U.S. 17 — was the first phase of con verting to citywide automated garbage pickup. Few snags were reported, but crewsdid encounter several cans facing the wrong way. City leaders are reminding resi dents to remember to point the bin with the arrows on the lid pointing toward theroad. Officials hope to convert the entire city to automated pickup by Oct. 1. SWITCHING TEAMS PHOTO BY TOM STAIK Hardee has gone to the dogs. ‘Sweetie’ –a one year old mini dachshund – barkedwith enthusiasm as he sported a pint-sized Wildcat ascot as he supported theHardee Senior High School volleyball squads from the bleachers last Thursday(Aug. 23) as the Wildcats faced down the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Frostproof Mid dle/Senior High School. COURTESY PHOTO Students in Megan Poreda's first-grade class at NorthWauchula Elementary School learned a valuable les son they want to share with others: Words are liketoothpaste. Once they are out, you cannot put themback in. Choose your words wisely and kindly. WORD WISE COURTESY PHOTO Teaching is the best way to learn. So, third graders inteacher Priscilla Bowes’ class at North Wauchula Ele mentary School took turns teaching one another howto estimate sums. TEACHING TASK COURTESY PHOTO Students from kindergarten through fifth grade atNorth Wauchula Elementary School are getting readyfor college and career success. In the school’s newAdvancement Via Individual Determination program,students are learning important skills for success,such as note taking. Kindergartners begin at a veryfoundational level of taking two-column notes, whilefifth graders take three-column notes. NOTABLE NOTES COURTESY PHOTO Kindergarten students in Melissa Hartley’s class atNorth Wauchula Elementary School are busy determin ing where the “h” sound comes from. They thinkthey’ve narrowed it down to one letter. H IS FOR HAPPY O PEN 24 H OURS 526 N. 6th Ave (Across from Nicholas Restaurant) 112 W. Palmetto Open: 7 days (Yellow bldg. behind old carwash) NEW MACHINES • CLEAN • A/C 2 LOCATIONS 24 hr. Customer Service 877-394-0173 2:8tfc COURTESY PHOTO Hilltop Elementary School received a special visitor onFriday, Aug. 17. Something of a super hero himself,Omegaman inspires and encourages students to beH.E.R.O.s (Helping Everyone Respect Others) and tothink about how their choices affect people. Omega man gains the students’ attention for his message bydisplaying super hero powers, breaking bats over hisknee, bending steel in his teeth and shredding phonebooks. SUPER HERO


PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMEND MENTS AND REVISIONS FOR THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State for Florida,do hereby give notice that the following pro posed amendments and revisions to theFlorida Constitution will be presented ineach county on the 2018 General Electionballot. The language for these amendments mayalso be found at FloridaPublicNotices. com,at,and at this newspaper’s website. NO. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 37 BALLOT TITLE: Increased Homestead Property Tax ExemptionBALLOT SUMMARY:Proposing an amendment to the State Consti tution to increase the homestead exemption byexempting the assessed valuation of home stead property greater than $100,000 and up to$125,000 for all levies other than school districtlevies. The amendment shall take effect Janu ary 1, 2019.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions. —(a) Every person who has the legal or equi table title to real estate and maintains thereonthe permanent residence of the owner, or an other legally or naturally dependent upon theowner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon,except assessments for special benefits, up tothe assessed valuation of twenty-five thousanddollars and, for all levies other than schooldistrict levies, on the assessed valuationgreater than fifty thousand dollars and up toseventy-five thousand dollars, and on the as sessed valuation greater than one hundred thousand dollars and up to one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars upon establish ment of right thereto in the manner prescribedby law. The real estate may be held by legal orequitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in com mon, as a condominium, or indirectly by stockownership or membership representing theowner’s or member’s proprietary interest in acorporation owning a fee or a leasehold initiallyin excess of ninety-eight years. The exemptionshall not apply with respect to any assessmentroll until such roll is first determined to be incompliance with the provisions of section 4 bya state agency designated by general law. Thisexemption is repealed on the effective date ofany amendment to this Article which providesfor the assessment of homestead property atless than just value.(b) Not more than one exemption shall be al lowed any individual or family unit or with re spect to any residential unit. No exemption shallexceed the value of the real estate assessableto the owner or, in case of ownership throughstock or membership in a corporation, the valueof the proportion which the interest in the cor poration bears to the assessed value of theproperty.(c) By general law and subject to conditionsspecified therein, the Legislature may provideto renters, who are permanent residents, advalorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies.Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the formand amount established by general law.(d) The legislature may, by general law, allowcounties or municipalities, for the purpose oftheir respective tax levies and subject to theprovisions of general law, to grant either or bothof the following additional homestead tax ex emptions:(1) An exemption not exceeding fifty thousanddollars to a person who has the legal or equi table title to real estate and maintains thereonthe permanent residence of the owner, who hasattained age sixty-five, and whose householdincome, as defined by general law, does not ex ceed twenty thousand dollars; or(2) An exemption equal to the assessed valueof the property to a person who has the legalor equitable title to real estate with a just valueless than two hundred and fifty thousand dol lars, as determined in the first tax year that theowner applies and is eligible for the exemption,and who has maintained thereon the perma nent residence of the owner for not less thantwenty-five years, who has attained age sixty-five, and whose household income does notexceed the income limitation prescribed inparagraph (1).The general law must allow counties and mu nicipalities to grant these additional exemp tions, within the limits prescribed in thissubsection, by ordinance adopted in the man ner prescribed by general law, and must pro vide for the periodic adjustment of the incomelimitation prescribed in this subsection forchanges in the cost of living.(e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who ispartially or totally permanently disabled shall re ceive a discount from the amount of the ad val orem tax otherwise owed on homesteadproperty the veteran owns and resides in if thedisability was combat related and the veteranwas honorably discharged upon separationfrom military service. The discount shall be in apercentage equal to the percentage of the vet eran’s permanent, serviceconnected disabilityas determined by the United States Departmentof Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discountgranted by this subsection, an applicant mustsubmit to the county property appraiser, byMarch 1, an official letter from the United StatesDepartment of Veterans Affairs stating the per centage of the veteran’s service-connected dis ability and such evidence that reasonablyidentifies the disability as combat related and acopy of the veteran’s honorable discharge. Ifthe property appraiser denies the request for adiscount, the appraiser must notify the appli cant in writing of the reasons for the denial, andthe veteran may reapply. The Legislature may,by general law, waive the annual application re quirement in subsequent years. This subsec tion is self-executing and does not requireimplementing legislation.(f) By general law and subject to conditionsand limitations specified therein, the Legislaturemay provide ad valorem tax relief equal to thetotal amount or a portion of the ad valorem taxotherwise owed on homestead property to:(1) The surviving spouse of a veteran who diedfrom service-connected causes while on activeduty as a member of the United States ArmedForces.(2) The surviving spouse of a first responderwho died in the line of duty. (3) A first responder who is totally and perma nently disabled as a result of an injury or in juries sustained in the line of duty. Causalconnection between a disability and service inthe line of duty shall not be presumed but mustbe determined as provided by general law. Forpurposes of this paragraph, the term “disability”does not include a chronic condition or chronicdisease, unless the injury sustained in the lineof duty was the sole cause of the chronic con dition or chronic disease.As used in this subsection and as further de fined by general law, the term “first responder”means a law enforcement officer, a correctionalofficer, a firefighter, an emergency medicaltechnician, or a paramedic, and the term “in theline of duty” means arising out of and in the ac tual performance of duty required by employ ment as a first responder. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 37. Increased homestead exemp tion. —This section and the amendment to Sec tion 6 of Article VII increasing the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valua tion of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies shall take effect Jan uary 1, 2019. NO. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE XII, SECTION 27 BALLOT TITLE: Limitations on Property Tax AssessmentsBALLOT SUMMARY:Proposing an amendment to the State Consti tution to permanently retain provisions currentlyin effect, which limit property tax assessmentincreases on specified nonhomestead realproperty, except for school district taxes, to 10percent each year. If approved, the amendmentremoves the scheduled repeal of such provi sions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1,2019.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 27. Property tax exemptions andlimitations on property tax assessments. —(a) The amendments to Sections 3, 4, and 6 of Article VII, providing a $25,000 exemptionfor tangible personal property, providing anadditional $25,000 homestead exemption, au thorizing transfer of the accrued benefit fromthe limitations on the assessment of home stead property, and this section, if submitted tothe electors of this state for approval or rejec tion at a special election authorized by law tobe held on January 29, 2008, shall take effectupon approval by the electors and shall op erate retroactively to January 1, 2008, or, ifsubmitted to the electors of this state for ap proval or rejection at the next general election,shall take effect January 1 of the year followingsuch general election. The amendments toSection 4 of Article VII creating subsections(g) (f) and (h) (g) of that section, creating a limi tation on annual assessment increases forspecified real property, shall take effect uponapproval of the electors and shall first limit as sessments beginning January 1, 2009, if ap proved at a special election held on January 29,2008, or shall first limit assessments beginningJanuary 1, 2010, if approved at the generalelection held in November of 2008. Subsec tions (f) and (g) of Section 4 of Article VII are repealed effective January 1, 2019; however, the legislature shall by joint resolution propose an amendment abrogating the repeal of sub sections (f) and (g), which shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejec tion at the general election of 2018 and, if ap proved, shall take effect January 1, 2019. (b) The amendment to subsection (a) abrogat ing the scheduled repeal of subsections (g) and (h) of Section 4 of Article VII of the State Con stitution as it existed in 2017, shall take effect January 1, 2019. NO. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE X, SECTION 29 BALLOT TITLE: Voter Control of Gambling in FloridaBALLOT SUMMARY:This amendment ensures that Florida votersshall have the exclusive right to decide whetherto authorize casino gambling by requiring thatin order for casino gambling to be authorizedunder Florida law, it must be approved byFlorida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles Xand XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifiesthat this amendment does not conflict with fed eral law regarding state/tribal compacts.FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:The amendment’s impact on state and localgovernment revenues and costs, if any, cannotbe determined at this time because of its un known effect on gambling operations that havenot been approved by voters through a consti tutional amendment proposed by a citizens’ ini tiative petition process.FULL TEXT:ARTICLE X, FLORIDA CONSTITUTION, is amended to include the following new section: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida. (a) This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in the State of Florida. This amendment requires a vote by cit izens’ initiative pursuant to Article XI, section 3, in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law. This section amends this Ar ticle; and also affects Article XI, by making citi zens’ initiatives the exclusive method of authorizing casino gambling. (b) As used in this section, “casino gambling” means any of the types of games typically found in casinos and that are within the defini tion of Class III gaming in the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq. (“IGRA”), and in 25 C.F.R. §502.4, upon adoption of this amendment, and any that are added to such definition of Class III gaming in the future. This includes, but is not limited to, any house banking game, including but not lim ited to card games such as baccarat, chemin de fer, blackjack (21), and pai gow (if played as house banking games); any player-banked game that simulates a house banking game, such as California black jack; casino games such as roulette, craps, and keno; any slot ma chines as defined in 15 U.S.C. 1171(a)(1); and any other game not authorized by Article X, section 15, whether or not defined as a slot ma chine, in which outcomes are determined by random number generator or are similarly as signed randomly, such as instant or historical racing. As used herein, “casino gambling” in cludes any electronic gambling devices, simu lated gambling devices, video lottery devices, internet sweepstakes devices, and any other form of electronic or electromechanical facsim iles of any game of chance, slot machine, or casino-style game, regardless of how such de vices are defined under IGRA. As used herein, “casino gambling” does not include pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, dog racing, or jai alai exhibitions. For purposes of this section, “gam bling” and “gaming” are synonymous. (c) Nothing herein shall be deemed to limit the right of the Legislature to exercise its authority through general law to restrict, regulate, or tax any gaming or gambling activities. In addition, nothing herein shall be construed to limit the ability of the state or Native American tribes to negotiate gaming compacts pursuant to the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for the conduct of casino gambling on tribal lands, or to affect any existing gambling on tribal lands pursuant to compacts executed by the state and Native American tribes pursuant to IGRA. (d) This section is effective upon approval by the voters, is self-executing, and no Legislative implementation is required. (e) If any part of this section is held invalid for any reason, the remaining portion or portions shall be severed from the invalid portion and given the fullest possible force and effect. NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VI, SECTION 4 BALLOT TITLE: Voting Restoration AmendmentBALLOT SUMMARY:This amendment restores the voting rights ofFloridians with felony convictions after theycomplete all terms of their sentence includingparole or probation. The amendment would notapply to those convicted of murder or sexual of fenses, who would continue to be permanentlybarred from voting unless the Governor andCabinet vote to restore their voting rights on acase by case basis.FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:The precise effect of this amendment on stateand local government costs cannot be deter mined, but the operation of current voter regis tration laws, combined with an increasednumber of felons registering to vote, will pro duce higher overall costs relative to theprocesses in place today. The impact, if any, onstate and local government revenues cannot bedetermined. The fiscal impact of any future leg islation that implements a different process can not be reasonably determined.FULL TEXT:Article VI, Section 4. Disqualifications.—(a) No person convicted of a felony, or adjudi cated in this or any other state to be mentallyincompetent, shall be qualified to vote or holdoffice until restoration of civil rights or removalof disability. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from vot ing arising from a felony conviction shall termi nate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation. (b) No person convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense shall be qualified to vote until restoration of civil rights. (b c ) No person may appear on the ballot for reelection to any of the following offices:(1) Florida representative,(2) Florida senator,(3) Florida Lieutenant governor,(4) any office of the Florida cabinet,(5) U.S. Representative from Florida, or(6) U.S. Senator from Floridaif, by the end of the current term of office, theperson will have served (or, but for resignation,would have served) in that office for eight con secutive years. NO. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 19 BALLOT TITLE: Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Au thorize, or Raise State Taxes or FeesBALLOT SUMMARY:Prohibits the legislature from imposing, author izing, or raising a state tax or fee exceptthrough legislation approved by a two-thirdsvote of each house of the legislature in a billcontaining no other subject. This proposal doesnot authorize a state tax or fee otherwise pro hibited by the Constitution and does not applyto fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be im posed by a county, municipality, school board,or special district.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 19. Supermajority vote required to impose, authorize, or raise state taxes or fees.— (a) SUPERMAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED TO IMPOSE OR AUTHORIZE NEW STATE TAX OR FEE. No new state tax or fee may be im posed or authorized by the legislature except through legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legisla ture and presented to the Governor for approval pursuant to Article III, Section 8. (b) SUPERMAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED TO RAISE STATE TAXES OR FEES. No state tax or fee may be raised by the legislature except through legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legisla ture and presented to the Governor for approval pursuant to Article III, Section 8. (c) APPLICABILITY. This section does not au thorize the imposition of any state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by this Constitution, and does not apply to any tax or fee imposed by, or authorized to be imposed by, a county, munici pality, school board, or special district. (d) DEFINITIONS. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following mean ings: (1) "Fee" means any charge or payment re quired by law, including any fee for service, fee or cost for licenses, and charge for service. (2) "Raise" means: a. To increase or authorize an increase in the rate of a state tax or fee imposed on a percent age or per mill basis; b. To increase or authorize an increase in the amount of a state tax or fee imposed on a flat or fixed amount basis; or c. To decrease or eliminate a state tax or fee exemption or credit. (e) SINGLE-SUBJECT. A state tax or fee im posed, authorized, or raised under this section must be contained in a separate bill that con tains no other subject. NO. 6 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE I, SECTION 16 ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 8 AND 21 ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: Rights of Crime Victims; JudgesBALLOT SUMMARY:Creates constitutional rights for victims ofcrime; requires courts to facilitate victims’ rights;authorizes victims to enforce their rightsthroughout criminal and juvenile justiceprocesses. Requires judges and hearing offi cers to independently interpret statutes andrules rather than deferring to governmentagency’s interpretation. Raises mandatory re tirement age of state justices and judges fromseventy to seventy-five years; deletes authori zation to complete judicial term if one-half ofterm has been served by retirement age.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 16. Rights of accused and of vic tims.—(a) In all criminal prosecutions the accusedshall, upon demand, be informed of the natureand cause of the accusation, and shall be fur nished a copy of the charges, and shall havethe right to have compulsory process for wit nesses, to confront at trial adverse witnesses,to be heard in person, by counsel or both, andto have a speedy and public trial by impartialjury in the county where the crime was commit ted. If the county is not known, the indictmentor information may charge venue in two ormore counties conjunctively and proof that thecrime was committed in that area shall be suf ficient; but before pleading the accused mayelect in which of those counties the trial will takeplace. Venue for prosecution of crimes commit ted beyond the boundaries of the state shall befixed by law.(b) To preserve and protect the right of crime victims to achieve justice, ensure a meaningful role throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems for crime victims, and ensure that crime victims’ rights and interests are respected and protected by law in a manner no less vig orous than protections afforded to criminal de fendants and juvenile delinquents, every victim is entitled to the following rights, beginning at the time of his or her victimization: (1) The right to due process and to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity. (2) The right to be free from intimidation, ha rassment, and abuse. (3) The right, within the judicial process, to be reasonably protected from the accused and any person acting on behalf of the accused. How ever, nothing contained herein is intended to create a special relationship between the crime victim and any law enforcement agency or of fice absent a special relationship or duty as de fined by Florida law. (4) The right to have the safety and welfare of the victim and the victim’s family considered when setting bail, including setting pretrial re lease conditions that protect the safety and wel fare of the victim and the victim’s family. (5) The right to prevent the disclosure of infor mation or records that could be used to locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family, or which could disclose confidential or privileged information of the victim. (6) A victim shall have the following specific rights upon request: a. The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of, and to be present at, all public pro ceedings involving the criminal conduct, includ ing, but not limited to, trial, plea, sentencing, or adjudication, even if the victim will be a witness at the proceeding, notwithstanding any rule to the contrary. A victim shall also be provided rea sonable, accurate, and timely notice of any re lease or escape of the defendant or delinquent, and any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated. b. The right to be heard in any public proceed ing involving pretrial or other release from any form of legal constraint, plea, sentencing, adju dication, or parole, and any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated. c. The right to confer with the prosecuting attor ney concerning any plea agreements, partici pation in pretrial diversion programs, release, restitution, sentencing, or any other disposition of the case. d. The right to provide information regarding the impact of the offender’s conduct on the victim and the victim’s family to the individual respon sible for conducting any presentence investiga tion or compiling any presentence investigation report, and to have any such information con sidered in any sentencing recommendations submitted to the court. e. The right to receive a copy of any presen tence report, and any other report or record rel evant to the exercise of a victim’s right, except for such portions made confidential or exempt by law. f. The right to be informed of the conviction, sentence, adjudication, place and time of incar ceration, or other disposition of the convicted offender, any scheduled release date of the of fender, and the release of or the escape of the offender from custody. g. The right to be informed of all postconviction processes and procedures, to participate in such processes and procedures, to provide in formation to the release authority to be consid ered before any release decision is made, and to be notified of any release decision regarding the offender. The parole or early release author ity shall extend the right to be heard to any per son harmed by the offender. h. The right to be informed of clemency and ex pungement procedures, to provide information to the governor, the court, any clemency board, and other authority in these procedures, and to have that information considered before a clemency or expungement decision is made; and to be notified of such decision in advance of any release of the offender. (7) The rights of the victim, as provided in sub paragraph (6)a., subparagraph (6)b., or sub paragraph (6)c., that apply to any first appearance proceeding are satisfied by a rea sonable attempt by the appropriate agency to notify the victim and convey the victim’s views to the court. (8) The right to the prompt return of the victim’s property when no longer needed as evidence in the case. (9) The right to full and timely restitution in every case and from each convicted offender for all losses suffered, both directly and indi rectly, by the victim as a result of the criminal conduct. (10) The right to proceedings free from unrea sonable delay, and to a prompt and final con clusion of the case and any related postjudgment proceedings. a. The state attorney may file a good faith de mand for a speedy trial and the trial court shall hold a calendar call, with notice, within fifteen days of the filing demand, to schedule a trial to commence on a date at least five days but no more than sixty days after the date of the cal endar call unless the trial judge enters an order with specific findings of fact justifying a trial date more than sixty days after the calendar call. b. All state-level appeals and collateral attacks on any judgment must be complete within two years from the date of appeal in non-capital cases and within five years from the date of ap peal in capital cases, unless a court enters an order with specific findings as to why the court was unable to comply with this subparagraph and the circumstances causing the delay. Each year, the chief judge of any district court of ap peal or the chief justice of the supreme court shall report on a case-bycase basis to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate all cases where the court entered an order regarding inability to comply with this subparagraph. The legislature may enact legislation to implement this sub paragraph. (11) The right to be informed of these rights, and to be informed that victims can seek the advice of an attorney with respect to their rights. This information shall be made available to the general public and provided to all crime victims in the form of a card or by other means in tended to effectively advise the victim of their rights under this section. (c) The victim, the retained attorney of the vic tim, a lawful representative of the victim, or the office of the state attorney upon request of the victim, may assert and seek enforcement of the rights enumerated in this section and any other right afforded to a victim by law in any trial or appellate court, or before any other authority with jurisdiction over the case, as a matter of right. The court or other authority with jurisdic tion shall act promptly on such a request, af fording a remedy by due course of law for the violation of any right. The reasons for any deci sion regarding the disposition of a victim’s right shall be clearly stated on the record. (d) The granting of the rights enumerated in this section to victims may not be construed to deny or impair any other rights possessed by victims. The provisions of this section apply throughout criminal and juvenile justice processes, are selfexecuting, and do not require implementing leg islation. This section may not be construed to create any cause of action for damages against the state or a political subdivision of the state, or any officer, employee, or agent of the state or its political subdivisions. (e) As used in this section, a “victim” is a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psy chological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act or against whom the crime or delinquent act is committed. The term “victim” includes the victim’s lawful representa tive, the parent or guardian of a minor, or the next of kin of a homicide victim, except upon a showing that the interest of such individual would be in actual or potential conflict with the interests of the victim. The term “victim” does not include the accused. The terms “crime” and “criminal” include delinquent acts and conduct Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be pres ent, and to be heard when relevant, at all cru cial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused. ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 8. Eligibility.—No person shall be el igible for office of justice or judge of any courtunless the person is an elector of the state andresides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court.No justice or judge shall serve after attainingthe age of seventy-five seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which has been served No person is eligible for the office of justice of thesupreme court or judge of a district court of ap peal unless the person is, and has been for thepreceding ten years, a member of the bar ofFlorida. No person is eligible for the office of cir cuit judge unless the person is, and has beenfor the preceding five years, a member of thebar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided bygeneral law, no person is eligible for the officeof county court judge unless the person is, andhas been for the preceding five years, a mem ber of the bar of Florida. Unless otherwise pro vided by general law, a person shall be eligiblefor election or appointment to the office ofcounty court judge in a county having a popu lation of 40,000 or less if the person is a mem ber in good standing of the bar of Florida.SECTION 21. Judicial interpretation of statutes and rules.—In interpreting a state statute or rule, a state court or an officer hearing an ad ministrative action pursuant to general law may not defer to an administrative agency’s interpre tation of such statute or rule, and must instead interpret such statute or rule de novo. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Eligibility of justices and judges.—The amend ment to Section 8 of Article V, which increases the age at which a justice or judge is no longer eligible to serve in judicial office except upon temporary assignment, shall take effect July 1, 2019. NO. 7 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE IX, SECTIONS 7 AND 8 ARTICLE X, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE:First Responder and Military Member SurvivorBenefits; Public Colleges and UniversitiesBALLOT SUMMARY:Grants mandatory payment of death benefitsand waiver of certain educational expenses toqualifying survivors of certain first respondersand military members who die performing offi cial duties. Requires supermajority votes byuniversity trustees and state university systemboard of governors to raise or impose all leg islatively authorized fees if law requires ap proval by those bodies. Establishes existingstate college system as constitutional entity;provides governance structure.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 7. State University System.—(a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellencethrough teaching students, advancing researchand providing public service for the benefit ofFlorida’s citizens, their communities andeconomies, the people hereby establish a sys tem of governance for the state university sys tem of Florida.(b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shallbe a single state university system comprisedof all public universities. A board of trusteesshall administer each public university and aboard of governors shall govern the state uni versity system.(c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Eachlocal constituent university shall be adminis tered by a board of trustees consisting of thir teen members dedicated to the purposes of thestate university system. The board of governorsshall establish the powers and duties of theboards of trustees. Each board of trustees shallconsist of six citizen members appointed by thegovernor and five citizen members appointedby the board of governors. The appointed mem bers shall be confirmed by the senate andserve staggered terms of five years as providedby law. The chair of the faculty senate, or theequivalent, and the president of the studentbody of the university shall also be members.(d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.The board of governors shall be a body corpo rate consisting of seventeen members. Theboard shall operate, regulate, control, and befully responsible for the management of thewhole university system. These responsibilitiesshall include, but not be limited to, defining thedistinctive mission of each constituent univer sity and its articulation with free public schoolsand community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the sys tem, and avoiding wasteful duplication offacilities or programs. The board’s manage ment shall be subject to the powers of the leg islature to appropriate for the expenditure offunds, and the board shall account for such ex penditures as provided by law. The governorshall appoint to the board fourteen citizens ded icated to the purposes of the state universitysystem. The appointed members shall be con firmed by the senate and serve staggeredterms of seven years as provided by law. Thecommissioner of education, the chair of the ad visory council of faculty senates, or the equiva lent, and the president of the Florida studentassociation, or the equivalent, shall also bemembers of the board.(e) FEES. Any proposal or action of a con stituent university to raise, impose, or authorize any fee, as authorized by law, must be ap proved by at least nine affirmative votes of the members of the board of trustees of the con stituent university, if approval by the board of trustees is required by general law, and at least twelve affirmative votes of the members of the board of governors, if approval by the board of governors is required by general law, in order to take effect. A fee under this subsection shall not include tuition. SECTION 8. State College System.— (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence and to provide access to undergraduate edu cation to the students of this state; to originate articulated pathways to a baccalaureate de gree; to ensure superior commitment to teach ing and learning; and to respond quickly and efficiently to meet the demand of communities by aligning certificate and degree programs with local and regional workforce needs, the people hereby establish a system of gover nance for the state college system of Florida. (b) STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM. There shall be a single state college system comprised of all public community and state colleges. A local board of trustees shall govern each state col lege system institution and the state board of education shall supervise the state college sys tem. (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each state college system institution shall be gov erned by a local board of trustees dedicated to the purposes of the state college system. A member of a board of trustees must be a resi dent of the service delivery area of the college. The powers and duties of the boards of trustees shall be provided by law. Each member shall be appointed by the governor to staggered 4-year terms, subject to confirmation by the senate. (d) ROLE OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCA TION. The state board of education shall super vise the state college system as provided by law. ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS Death benefits for survivors of first responders and military members.— (a) A death benefit shall be paid by the employ ing agency when a firefighter; a paramedic; an emergency medical technician; a law enforce ment, correctional, or correctional probation of ficer; or a member of the Florida National Guard, while engaged in the performance of their official duties, is: (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily injury which results in the loss of the in dividual’s life, provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result of such unlawful and intentional act or is killed during active duty. (b) A death benefit shall be paid by funds from general revenue when an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces is: (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily injury which results in the loss of the in dividual’s life, provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result of such unlawful and intentional act or is killed during active duty. (c) If a firefighter; a paramedic; an emergency medical technician; a law enforcement, correc tional, or correctional probation officer; or an ac tive duty member of the Florida National Guard or United States Armed Forces is accidentally killed as specified in paragraphs (a)(1) and (b)(1), or unlawfully and intentionally killed as specified in paragraphs (a)(2) and (b)(2), the state shall waive certain educational expenses that the child or spouse of the deceased first re sponder or military member incurs while obtain ing a career certificate, an undergraduate education, or a postgraduate education. (d) An eligible first responder must have been working for the State of Florida or any of its po litical subdivisions or agencies at the time of death. An eligible military member must have been a resident of this state or his or her duty post must have been within this state at the time of death. (e) The legislature shall implement this section by general law. (f) This section shall take effect on July 1, 2019. NO. 8 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4, NEW SECTION ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: School Board Term Limits and Duties; PublicSchoolsBALLOT SUMMARY:Creates a term limit of eight consecutive yearsfor school board members and requires the leg islature to provide for the promotion of civic lit eracy in public schools. Currently, districtschool boards have a constitutional duty to op erate, control, and supervise all public schools.The amendment maintains a school board’s du ties to public schools it establishes, but permitsthe state to operate, control, and supervisepublic schools not established by the schoolboard.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—(a) Each county shall constitute a school dis trict; provided, two or more contiguous coun ties, upon vote of the electors of each countypursuant to law, may be combined into oneschool district. In each school district there shallbe a school board composed of five or moremembers chosen by vote of the electors in anonpartisan election for appropriately stag gered terms of four years, as provided by law.A person may not appear on the ballot for reelection to the office of school board if, by the end of the current term of office, the person would have served, or but for resignation would have served, in that office for eight consecutive years. (b) The school board shall operate, control, andsupervise all free public schools established by the district school board within the school dis trict and determine the rate of school districttaxes within the limits prescribed herein. Two ormore school districts may operate and financejoint educational programs.SECTION Civic literacy.— As education is es sential to the preservation of the rights and lib erties of the people, the legislature shall provide by law for the promotion of civic literacy in order to ensure that students enrolled in public edu cation understand and are prepared to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a constitutional republic. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Limitation on terms of office for members of a district school board.This section and the amendment to Section 4 of Article IX imposing term limits for the terms of office for members of a district school board shall take effect on the date it is approved by the electorate, but no service in a term of office which commenced prior to November 6, 2018, will be counted against the limitation imposed by this amend ment. NO. 9 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE II, SECTION 7 ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 BALLOT TITLE:Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Pro hibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor WorkplacesBALLOT SUMMARY:Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extractionof oil and natural gas beneath all state-ownedwaters between the mean high water line andthe state’s outermost territorial boundaries.Adds use of vapor-generating electronic de vices to current prohibition of tobacco smokingin enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions;permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE II GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 7. Natural resources and scenicbeauty.—(a) It shall be the policy of the state to conserveand protect its natural resources and scenicbeauty. Adequate provision shall be made bylaw for the abatement of air and water pollutionand of excessive and unnecessary noise andfor the conservation and protection of naturalresources.(b) Those in the Everglades Agricultural Areawho cause water pollution within the Ever glades Protection Area or the Everglades Agri cultural Area shall be primarily responsible forpaying the costs of the abatement of that pollu tion. For the purposes of this subsection, theterms “Everglades Protection Area” and “Ever glades Agricultural Area” shall have the mean ings as defined in statutes in effect on January1, 1996.(c) To protect the people of Florida and their en vironment, drilling for exploration or extraction of oil or natural gas is prohibited on lands be neath all state waters which have not been alienated and that lie between the mean high water line and the outermost boundaries of the state’s territorial seas. This prohibition does not apply to the transportation of oil and gas prod ucts produced outside of such waters. This sub section is self-executing. ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUSSECTION 20. Workplaces without tobaccosmoke or vapor. — (a) PROHIBITION. As a Florida health initiativeto protect people from the health hazards ofsecond-hand tobacco smoke and vapor to bacco smoking and the use of vapor-generating electronic devices are is prohibited in enclosed indoor workplaces. This section does not pre clude the adoption of ordinances that impose more restrictive regulation on the use of vaporgenerating electronic devices than is provided in this section. (b) EXCEPTIONS. As further explained in the definitions below, tobacco smoking and the use of vapor-generating electronic devices may be permitted in private residences whenever theyare not being used commercially to providechild care, adult care, or health care, or any combination thereof; and further may be per mitted in retail tobacco shops, vapor-generating electronic device retailers, designated smoking guest rooms at hotels and other public lodging establishments; and stand-alone bars. How ever, nothing in this section or in its implement ing legislation or regulations shall prohibit theowner, lessee, or other person in control of the use of an enclosed indoor workplace from fur ther prohibiting or limiting smoking or the use of vapor-generating electronic devices therein. (c) DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this section,the following words and terms shall have the stated meanings:(1) “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burn ing, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe to bacco, and any other lighted tobacco product.(2) “Second-hand smoke,” also known as envi ronmental tobacco smoke (ETS), meanssmoke emitted from lighted, smoldering, or burning tobacco when the smoker is not inhal ing; smoke emitted at the mouthpiece duringpuff drawing; and smoke exhaled by the smoker. (3) “Work” means any person’s providing anyemployment or employment-type service for or at the request of another individual or individu als or any public or private entity, whether forcompensation or not, whether full or part-time,whether legally or not. “Work” includes, withoutlimitation, any such service performed by an employee, independent contractor, agent, part ner, proprietor, manager, officer, director, ap prentice, trainee, associate, servant, volunteer, and the like. (4) “Enclosed indoor workplace” means anyplace where one or more persons engages in work, and which place is predominantly or to tally bounded on all sides and above by physi cal barriers, regardless of whether such barriers consist of or include uncovered open ings, screened or otherwise partially coveredopenings; or open or closed windows,jalousies, doors, or the like. This section appliesto all such enclosed indoor workplaces withoutregard to whether work is occurring at any given time. (5) “Commercial” use of a private residence means any time during which the owner, les see, or other person occupying or controllingthe use of the private residence is furnishing inthe private residence, or causing or allowing tobe furnished in the private residence, child care, adult care, or health care, or any combi nation thereof, and receiving or expecting to re ceive compensation therefor. (6) “Retail tobacco shop” means any enclosedindoor workplace dedicated to or predominantlyfor the retail sale of tobacco, tobacco products,and accessories for such products, in which the sale of other products or services is merely in cidental. (7) “Designated smoking guest rooms at publiclodging establishments” means the sleepingrooms and directly associated private areas,such as bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchenareas, if any, rented to guests for their exclusive transient occupancy in public lodging establish ments including hotels, motels, resort condo miniums, transient apartments, transientlodging establishments, rooming houses,boarding houses, resort dwellings, bed andbreakfast inns, and the like; and designated by the person or persons having management au thority over such public lodging establishment as rooms in which smoking may be permitted.(8) “Stand-alone bar” means any place of busi ness devoted during any time of operation pre dominantly or totally to serving alcoholic beverages, intoxicating beverages, or intoxicat ing liquors, or any combination thereof, for con sumption on the licensed premises; in whichthe serving of food, if any, is merely incidentalto the consumption of any such beverage; andthat is not located within, and does not shareany common entryway or common indoor area with, any other enclosed indoor workplace in cluding any business for which the sale of foodor any other product or service is more than an incidental source of gross revenue. (9) “Vapor-generating electronic device” means any product that employs an electronic, a chemical, or a mechanical means capable of producing vapor or aerosol from a nicotine product or any other substance, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or other similar device or product, any replace ment cartridge for such device, and any other container of a solution or other substance in tended to be used with or within an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or other similar device or prod uct. (10) “Vapor-generating electronic device re tailer” means any enclosed indoor workplace dedicated to or predominantly for the retail sale of vapor-generating electronic devices and components, parts, and accessories for such products, in which the sale of other products or services is merely incidental. (d) LEGISLATION. In the next regular legisla tive session occurring after voter approval of this section or any amendment to this section amendment the Florida legislature shall adopt legislation to implement this section and any amendment to this section amendment in a manner consistent with its broad purpose andstated terms, and having an effective date no later than July 1 of the year following voter ap proval. Such legislation shall include, withoutlimitation, civil penalties for violations of this section; provisions for administrative enforce ment; and the requirement and authorization of agency rules for implementation and enforce ment. This section does not Nothing herein shall preclude the legislature from enacting any law constituting or allowing a more restrictive regulation of tobacco smoking or the use of vapor-generating electronic devices than is pro vided in this section. NO. 10 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE III, SECTION 3 ARTICLE IV, SECTIONS 4 AND 11 ARTICLE VIII, SECTIONS 1 AND 6 BALLOT TITLE: State and Local Government Structure and Op erationBALLOT SUMMARY:Requires legislature to retain department of vet erans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, prop erty appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; re moves county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate elec tion of these offices. Changes annual legislative session commencement date in evennum bered years from March to January; removeslegislature’s authorization to fix another date. Creates office of domestic security and coun terterrorism within department of law enforce ment.FULL TEXT: ARTICLE III LEGISLATURE SECTION 3. Sessions of the legislature.—(a) ORGANIZATION SESSIONS. On the four teenth day following each general election the legislature shall convene for the exclusive pur pose of organization and selection of officers. (b) REGULAR SESSIONS. A regular session of the legislature shall convene on the first Tues day after the first Monday in March of each oddnumbered year, and on the second first Tuesday after the first Monday in January March, or such other date as may be fixed by law, of each even-numbered year. (c) SPECIAL SESSIONS. (1) The governor, by proclamation stating thepurpose, may convene the legislature in special session during which only such legislative busi ness may be transacted as is within the purviewof the proclamation, or of a communication fromthe governor, or is introduced by consent of two-thirds of the membership of each house. (2) A special session of the legislature may be convened as provided by law. (d) LENGTH OF SESSIONS. A regular session of the legislature shall not exceed sixty consec utive days, and a special session shall not ex ceed twenty consecutive days, unlessextended beyond such limit by a three-fifthsvote of each house. During such an extensionno new business may be taken up in eitherhouse without the consent of two-thirds of its membership.(e) ADJOURNMENT. Neither house shall ad journ for more than seventy-two consecutivehours except pursuant to concurrent resolution.(f) ADJOURNMENT BY GOVERNOR. If, duringany regular or special session, the two housescannot agree upon a time for adjournment, thegovernor may adjourn the session sine die orto any date within the period authorized forsuch session; provided that, at least twenty-fourhours before adjourning the session, and whileneither house is in recess, each house shall be A10 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A11given formal written notice of the governors in tention to do so, and agreement reached within that period by both houses on a time for ad journment shall prevail. ARTICLE IV EXECUTIVE SECTION 4. Cabinet. (a) There shall be a cabinet composed of an at torney general, a chief financial officer, and a commissioner of agriculture. In addition to the powers and duties specified herein, they shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed by law. In the event of a tie vote of the governor and cabinet, the side on which the governor voted shall be deemed to prevail. (b) The attorney general shall be the chief state legal officer. There is created in the office of the attorney general the position of statewide pros ecutor. The statewide prosecutor shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the state attorneys to prosecute violations of criminal laws occur ring or having occurred, in two or more judicial circuits as part of a related transaction, or when any such offense is affecting or has affected two or more judicial circuits as provided by gen eral law. The statewide prosecutor shall be ap pointed by the attorney general from not less than three persons nominated by the judicial nominating commission for the supreme court, or as otherwise provided by general law. (c) The chief financial officer shall serve as the chief fiscal officer of the state, and shall settle and approve accounts against the state, and shall keep all state funds and securities. (d) The commissioner of agriculture shall have supervision of matters pertaining to agriculture except as otherwise provided by law. (e) The governor as chair, the chief financial of ficer, and the attorney general shall constitute the state board of administration, which shall succeed to all the power, control, and authority of the state board of administration established pursuant to Article IX, Section 16 of the Consti tution of 1885, and which shall continue as a body at least for the life of Article XII, Section 9(c). (f) The governor as chair, the chief financial of ficer, the attorney general, and the commis sioner of agriculture shall constitute the trustees of the internal improvement trust fund and the land acquisition trust fund as provided by law. (g) The governor as chair, the chief financial of ficer, the attorney general, and the commis sioner of agriculture shall constitute the agency head of the Department of Law Enforcement. The Office of Domestic Security and Countert errorism is created within the Department of Law Enforcement. The Office of Domestic Se curity and Counterterrorism shall provide sup port for prosecutors and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigate or analyze information relating to attempts or acts of terrorism or that prosecute terrorism, and shall perform any other duties that are pro vided by law. SECTION 11. Department of Veterans Veter ans Affairs.The legislature, by general law, shall provide for a may provide for the estab lishment of the Department of Veterans Veter ans Affairs and prescribe its duties. The head of the department is the governor and cabinet ARTICLE VIII LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTION 1. Counties. (a) POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS. The state shall be divided by law into political subdivisions called counties. Counties may be created, abol ished or changed by law, with provision for pay ment or apportionment of the public debt. (b) COUNTY FUNDS. The care, custody and method of disbursing county funds shall be pro vided by general law. (c) GOVERNMENT. Pursuant to general or special law, a county government may be es tablished by charter which shall be adopted, amended or repealed only upon vote of the electors of the county in a special election called for that purpose. (d) COUNTY OFFICERS. There shall be elected by the electors of each county, for terms of four years, a sheriff, a tax collector, a prop erty appraiser, a supervisor of elections, and a clerk of the circuit court; except, when provided by county charter or special law approved by vote of the electors of the county, any county officer may be chosen in another manner therein specified, or any county office may be abolished when all the duties of the office pre scribed by general law are transferred to an other office Unless When not otherwise provided by county charter or special law ap proved by vote of the electors or pursuant to Ar ticle V, section 16 the clerk of the circuit court shall be ex officio clerk of the board of county commissioners, auditor, recorder and custodian of all county funds. Notwithstanding subsection 6(e) of this article, a county charter may not abolish the office of a sheriff, a tax collector, a property appraiser, a supervisor of elections, or a clerk of the circuit court; transfer the duties of those officers to another officer or office; change the length of the four-year term of of fice; or establish any manner of selection other than by election by the electors of the county. (e) COMMISSIONERS. Except when otherwise provided by county charter, the governing body of each county shall be a board of county com missioners composed of five or seven mem bers serving staggered terms of four years. After each decennial census the board of county commissioners shall divide the county into districts of contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as practicable. One com missioner residing in each district shall be elected as provided by law. (f) NON-CHARTER GOVERNMENT. Counties not operating under county charters shall have such power of self-government as is provided by general or special law. The board of county commissioners of a county not operating under a charter may enact, in a manner prescribed by general law, county ordinances not inconsistent with general or special law, but an ordinance in conflict with a municipal ordinance shall not be effective within the municipality to the extent of such conflict. (g) CHARTER GOVERNMENT. Counties oper ating under county charters shall have all pow ers of local self-government not inconsistent with general law, or with special law approved by vote of the electors. The governing body of a county operating under a charter may enact county ordinances not inconsistent with general law. The charter shall provide which shall pre vail in the event of conflict between county and municipal ordinances. (h) TAXES; LIMITATION. Property situate within municipalities shall not be subject to taxation for services rendered by the county exclusively for the benefit of the property or residents in un incorporated areas. (i) COUNTY ORDINANCES. Each county ordi nance shall be filed with the custodian of state records and shall become effective at such time thereafter as is provided by general law. (j) VIOLATION OF ORDINANCES. Persons vi olating county ordinances shall be prosecuted and punished as provided by law. (k) COUNTY SEAT. In every county there shall be a county seat at which shall be located the principal offices and permanent records of all county officers. The county seat may not be moved except as provided by general law. Branch offices for the conduct of county busi ness may be established elsewhere in the county by resolution of the governing body of the county in the manner prescribed by law. No instrument shall be deemed recorded until filed at the county seat, or a branch office desig nated by the governing body of the county for the recording of instruments, according to law. SECTION 6. Schedule to Article VIII. (a) This article shall replace all of Article VIII of the Constitution of 1885, as amended, except those sections expressly retained and made a part of this article by reference. (b) COUNTIES; COUNTY SEATS; MUNICI PALITIES; DISTRICTS. The status of the fol lowing items as they exist on the date this article becomes effective is recognized and shall be continued until changed in accordance with law: the counties of the state; their status with respect to the legality of the sale of intoxi cating liquors, wines and beers; the method of selection of county officers; the performance of municipal functions by county officers; the county seats; and the municipalities and special districts of the state, their powers, jurisdiction and government. (c) OFFICERS TO CONTINUE IN OFFICE. Every person holding office when this article becomes effective shall continue in office for the remainder of the term if that office is not abolished. If the office is abolished the incum bent shall be paid adequate compensation, to be fixed by law, for the loss of emoluments for the remainder of the term. (d) ORDINANCES. Local laws relating only to unincorporated areas of a county on the effec tive date of this article may be amended or re pealed by county ordinance. (e) CONSOLIDATION AND HOME RULE. Arti cle VIII, Sections 9, 10, 11 and 24, of the Con stitution of 1885, as amended, shall remain in full force and effect as to each county affected, as if this article had not been adopted, until that county shall expressly adopt a charter or home rule plan pursuant to this article. All provisions of the Metropolitan Dade County Home Rule Charter, heretofore or hereafter adopted by the electors of Dade County pursuant to Article VIII, Section 11, of the Constitution of 1885, as amended, shall be valid, and any amendments to such charter shall be valid; provided that the said provisions of such charter and the said amendments thereto are authorized under said Article VIII, Section 11, of the Constitution of 1885, as amended. (f) DADE COUNTY; POWERS CONFERRED UPON MUNICIPALITIES. To the extent not inconsistent with the powers of existing munici palities or general law, the Metropolitan Government of Dade County may exercise all the powers conferred now or hereafter by gen eral law upon municipalities. (g) SELECTION AND DUTIES OF COUNTY OFFICERS. (1) Except as provided in this subsection, the amendment to Section 1 of this article, relating to the selection and duties of county officers, shall take effect January 5, 2021, but shall gov ern with respect to the qualifying for and the holding of the primary and general elections for county constitutional officers in 2020. (2) For Miami-Dade County and Broward County, the amendment to Section 1 of this ar ticle, relating to the selection and duties of county officers, shall take effect January 7, 2025, but shall govern with respect to the qual ifying for and the holding of the primary and general elections for county constitutional offi cers in 2024. (h) (g) DELETION OF OBSOLETE SCHEDULE ITEMS. The legislature shall have power, by joint resolution, to delete from this article any subsection of this Section 6, including this sub section, when all events to which the subsec tion to be deleted is or could become applicable have occurred. A legislative determination of fact made as a basis for application of this sub section shall be subject to judicial review. NO. 11 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE I, SECTION 2 ARTICLE X, SECTIONS 9 AND 19 BALLOT TITLE: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provi sion; Criminal Statutes BALLOT SUMMARY: Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete lan guage repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not af fect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime com mitted before the repeal of a criminal statute. FULL TEXT: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 2. Basic rights.All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty, to pursue happiness, to be rewarded for industry, and to acquire, possess and protect property; except that the ownership, inheritance, dispo sition and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship may be regulated or prohibited by law No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability. ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS SECTION 9. Repeal of criminal statutes.Repeal or amendment of a criminal statute shall not affect prosecution or punishment for any crime previously committed before such repeal SECTION 19. Repealed High speed ground transportation system.To reduce traffic con gestion and provide alternatives to the traveling public, it is hereby declared to be in the public interest that a high speed ground transportation system consisting of a monorail, fixed guideway or magnetic levitation system, capable of speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, be de veloped and operated in the State of Florida to provide high speed ground transportation by in novative, efficient and effective technologies consisting of dedicated rails or guideways sep arated from motor vehicular traffic that will link the five largest urban areas of the State as de termined by the Legislature and provide for ac cess to existing air and ground transportation facilities and services. The Legislature, the Cabinet and the Governor are hereby directed to proceed with the development of such a sys tem by the State and/or by a private entity pur suant to state approval and authorization, including the acquisition of right-of-way, the fi nancing of design and construction of the sys tem, and the operation of the system, as provided by specific appropriation and by law, with construction to begin on or before Novem ber 1, 2003 NO. 12 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE II, SECTION 8 ARTICLE V, SECTION 13 ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers BALLOT SUMMARY: Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employ ees to obtain a personal benefit. FULL TEXT: ARTICLE II GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 8. Ethics in government. A public office is a public trust. The people shall have the right to secure and sustain that trust against abuse. To assure this right: (a) All elected constitutional officers and candi dates for such offices and, as may be deter mined by law, other public officers, candidates, and employees shall file full and public disclo sure of their financial interests. (b) All elected public officers and candidates for such offices shall file full and public disclosure of their campaign finances. (c) Any public officer or employee who breaches the public trust for private gain and any person or entity inducing such breach shall be liable to the state for all financial benefits ob tained by such actions. The manner of recovery and additional damages may be provided by law. (d) Any public officer or employee who is con victed of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be subject to forfeiture of rights and privileges under a public retirement system or pension plan in such manner as may be pro vided by law. (e) No member of the legislature or statewide elected officer shall personally represent an other person or entity for compensation before the government body or agency of which the in dividual was an officer or member for a period of two years following vacation of office. No member of the legislature shall personally rep resent another person or entity for compensa tion during term of office before any state agency other than judicial tribunals. Similar re strictions on other public officers and employ ees may be established by law. (f)(1) For purposes of this subsection, the term public officer means a statewide elected offi cer, a member of the legislature, a county com missioner, a county officer pursuant to Article VIII or county charter, a school board member, a superintendent of schools, an elected munic ipal officer, an elected special district officer in a special district with ad valorem taxing author ity, or a person serving as a secretary, an ex ecutive director, or other agency head of a department of the executive branch of state government. (2) A public officer shall not lobby for compen sation on issues of policy, appropriations, or procurement before the federal government, the legislature, any state government body or agency, or any political subdivision of this state, during his or her term of office. (3) A public officer shall not lobby for compen sation on issues of policy, appropriations, or procurement for a period of six years after va cation of public position, as follows: a. A statewide elected officer or member of the legislature shall not lobby the legislature or any state government body or agency. b. A person serving as a secretary, an executive director, or other agency head of a department of the executive branch of state government shall not lobby the legislature, the governor, the executive office of the governor, members of the cabinet, a department that is headed by a member of the cabinet, or his or her former de partment. c. A county commissioner, a county officer pur suant to Article VIII or county charter, a school board member, a superintendent of schools, an elected municipal officer, or an elected special district officer in a special district with ad val orem taxing authority shall not lobby his or her former agency or governing body. (4) This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a public officer from carrying out the du ties of his or her public office. (5) The legislature may enact legislation to im plement this subsection, including, but not lim ited to, defining terms and providing penalties for violations. Any such law shall not contain provisions on any other subject. (g) (f) There shall be an independent commis sion to conduct investigations and make public reports on all complaints concerning breach of public trust by public officers or employees not within the jurisdiction of the judicial qualifica tions commission. (h)(1) (g) A code of ethics for all state employees and nonjudicial officers prohibiting conflict be tween public duty and private interests shall be prescribed by law. (2) A public officer or public employee shall not abuse his or her public position in order to ob tain a disproportionate benefit for himself or herself; his or her spouse, children, or em ployer; or for any business with which he or she contracts; in which he or she is an officer, a partner, a director, or a proprietor; or in which he or she owns an interest. The Florida Com mission on Ethics shall, by rule in accordance with statutory procedures governing adminis trative rulemaking, define the term dispropor tionate benefit and prescribe the requisite intent for finding a violation of this prohibition for purposes of enforcing this paragraph. Ap propriate penalties shall be prescribed by law. (i) (h) This section shall not be construed to limit disclosures and prohibitions which may be es tablished by law to preserve the public trust and avoid conflicts between public duties and pri vate interests. (j) (i) ScheduleOn the effective date of this amendment and until changed by law: (1) Full and public disclosure of financial inter ests shall mean filing with the custodian of state records by July 1 of each year a sworn statement showing net worth and identifying each asset and liability in excess of $1,000 and its value together with one of the following: a. A copy of the persons most recent federal in come tax return; or b. A sworn statement which identifies each sep arate source and amount of income which ex ceeds $1,000. The forms for such source disclosure and the rules under which they are to be filed shall be prescribed by the independ ent commission established in subsection (g) (f), and such rules shall include disclosure of secondary sources of income. (2) Persons holding statewide elective offices shall also file disclosure of their financial inter ests pursuant to paragraph (1) subsection (i)(1) (3) The independent commission provided for in subsection (g) (f) shall mean the Florida Commission on Ethics. ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 13. Ethics in the judiciary Prohibited activities . (a) All justices and judges shall devote full time to their judicial duties. A justice or judge They shall not engage in the practice of law or hold office in any political party. (b) A former justice or former judge shall not lobby for compensation on issues of policy, ap propriations, or procurement before the legisla tive or executive branches of state government for a period of six years after he or she vacates his or her judicial position. The legislature may enact legislation to implement this subsection, including, but not limited to, defining terms and providing penalties for violations. Any such law shall not contain provisions on any other sub ject. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Prohibitions regarding lobbying for compensa tion and abuse of public position by public offi cers and public employees.The amendments to Section 8 of Article II and Section 13 of Article V shall take effect December 31, 2022; except that the amendments to Section 8(h) of Article II shall take effect December 31, 2020, and: (a) The Florida Commission on Ethics shall, by rule, define the term disproportionate benefit and prescribe the requisite intent for finding a violation of the prohibition against abuse of public position by October 1, 2019, as specified in Section 8(h) of Article II. (b) Following the adoption of rules pursuant to subsection (a), the legislature shall enact im plementing legislation establishing penalties for violations of the prohibition against abuse of public position to take effect December 31, 2020. NO. 13 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION ARTICLE X, NEW SECTION ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION BALLOT TITLE: Ends Dog Racing BALLOT SUMMARY: Phases out commercial dog racing in connec tion with wagering by 2020. Other gaming ac tivities are not affected. FULL TEXT: ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS Prohibition on racing of and wagering on grey hounds or other dogs.-The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. After December 31, 2020, a person authorized to conduct gaming or pari-mutuel operations may not race grey hounds or any member of the Canis Familiaris subspecies in connection with any wager for money or any other thing of value in this state, and persons in this state may not wager money or any other thing of value on the outcome of a live dog race occurring in this state. The failure to conduct greyhound racing or wagering on greyhound racing after December 31, 2018, does not constitute grounds to revoke or deny renewal of other related gaming licenses held by a person who is a licensed greyhound permitholder on January 1, 2018, and does not affect the eligibility of such permitholder, or such permitholders facility, to conduct other pari-mutuel activities authorized by general law. By general law, the legislature shall specify civil or criminal penalties for violations of this section and for activities that aid or abet violations of this section. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE Prohibition on racing of or wagering on grey hounds or other dogs.-The amendment to Arti cle X, which prohibits the racing of or wagering on greyhound and other dogs, and the creation of this section, shall take effect upon the ap proval of the electors. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE CITY OF BOWLING GREENNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, CITY COMMISSION, WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 AT 6:30 P.M. OR AS SOON THEREAFTER, AT CITY HALL, 104 EAST MAIN STREET, BOWLING GREEN, FLORIDA. TO HEAR THE FOLLOWING: ORDINANCE 2018-05 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, FLORIDA AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN FOR ONE PARCEL OF LAND CONSISTING OF APPROXIMATELY 2.2 ACRES FROM R-1 (SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL) TO R-3 (MULTIPLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL) LOCATED AT 4219 CHURCH AVENUE (PARCEL NUMBER 0433-25-0010-00040-0007); PROVID ING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. and Ordinance 2018-06 AN ORDINANCE VACATING AND CLOSING AN UNDEVELOPED ALLEY RIGHT OF WAY IN THE CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, FLORIDA DESCRIBED AS THAT PLATTED ALLEY RUNNING N & S THROUGH BLOCK 40 OF BOWLING GREEN RR SURVEY 04 33S 25E 547P620 591P491 629P298 IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The map below identifies the subject property of Ordinances 2018-05 and 201806. COPIES OF THE PROPOSED ORDINANCES CAN BE OBTAINED AT CITY HALL, 104 EAST MAIN STREET, BOWLING GREEN, FLORIDA, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8AM AND 5:00 PM. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO SPEAK ON THIS ORDINANCE MAY ATTEND THE PUB LIC HEARING AND BE HEARD. IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA), ANYONE WHO NEEDS A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR THIS MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK AT (863) 375-2255 AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING, EXCLUDING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. 8:30c T he welcomed breeze was singing its way through the tops of the cy press and long leaf pines as the sun began to set showing a beautiful red hori zon. The sailors' old phrase came to mind about the sunrise and sunset, "Red in the morning, sailors take warning. Red at night, sailors' delight." It looks like the Fourth of July 1950 will be a beautiful day tomorrow. Early, before it got hot, my brother, cousin and I picked 30 big cannonball wa termelons 25 to 40 pounds each and loaded them in my cousin's Gene's pickup. After getting the trot line and pole line hooks with bait, we loaded all in the truck and got to Spring Creek, putting the melons in the cold water under Whites Bridge and have been busy for hours getting poles set along the creek banks and stopped to eat a couple of sandwiches each while resting. Next come the trot lines. We developed a system to check the lines at night. One rope, long enough to cross the creek and back on a pulley sys tem will allow us to work from one side removing the fish, an all-night job, after all our families have been cooking all day to be here around 9 a.m. In all, about 6 to 8 adults and 15 to 18 kids. We are going to need fish, lots of fish, and that was our job tonight. While eating this old dry sand wich all I could think about is pumpkin pie and blueberry cobbler. We enjoyed the Fourth of July, but we kids don't forget why we celebrate. Freedom, so many lives lost since 1767, 1776, and until today. Dad walks with a cane and crutches at times with a Purple Heart following the loss of a knee cap in 1918 in France and other medals he never talks about. We have two brothers, one Army, one Navy already in uniform and Stanley leaving in two weeks, but first he has to stay awake to pull this line tonight. As the sun sets the night sounds come to life, crickets and locusts (cicadas). We get busy pulling the Radio Flyer red wagon with two-foot tubs inside for fish (they must stay alive most of the night). I like catfish and country cured ham. Tomorrow there will be plenty but no sleep tonight. All these years later I am 82, but the pride in my country is as fresh as a fresh whitewashed fence. I hope some of this pride will rub off on oth ers. There are two tunes that still bring me to a halt and attention, Taps and the National Anthem, where ever I am. My only regret is the way some singers, mostly female, distort the National Anthem with their up and down screaming/war bling of such a beautifully written song. While everyone else is safe in the bunker, Francis S. Key was standing at the open door relating to the others what he saw as the battle raged on through the night. With the flares he kept seeing our flag still standing. Today it flies just as strong through the way that unhappy people put it through. If you don't like my flag please leave, go to the one you do like. I'll help pay your oneway trip. As Easter nears, the scene on the roof of the store changed from a manger to three crosses. One in the middle two feet taller than the ones on each side. The middle cross draped with a white linen cloth. The roof lines stay lit every day and night. The bulbs have changed through the years from the long slender ones that bubbled to the short fat colored ones, then the small colored ones that fit your night lights. As Easter passed then came the manger with the baby and all the trappings. The old man who oper ated the store was old when I was 20. He said no one knew when Christ was born. He cele brated Christmas every day with Easter for one week. The last time I went to Port St. Joe, Florida all that area had changed, and I found no sign of the "Christmas Store." I have thought of this old man many times. We should treat each day as Christmas and as though it is the last we have on earth, for it may be. Okay, I broke my promise to not tell you how I vote, but 2018 is too important to let so cialists take away our voice. We must keep and add more Republicans. If we don't, we all lose, just like Venezuela. Now I add one more (sort of). I have no love for the NFL millionaires taking enter tainment people pay to see and jam their opinions on you. They are hired (and quite well) to play a game. It's their job. It's what their company ex pects. I don't go to Walmart, have my items run up and have their employee jam some po litical opinion in my face. Don't mess with my National Anthem. But I feel so sorry for the Cleveland Browns. They haven't won one game since 2016. Guys, do something. As Seen From This SideBy Jerry Gray Wolf PhillipsWauchula Notices YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Contact Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels 773-3255


A12 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott, candidate for U.S. Senate, waskeynote speaker Friday nightat the Reagan Day Dinnersponsored by the HardeeCounty Republican Party atthe Hardee County Civic Cen ter. Local GOP chair and dinner emcee Sue Birge estimated thecrowd at 375 to 400. The din ner was beef brisket, potatoes,green beans and cheesecake. Scott was introduced by State Sen. Denise Grimsley, acandidate for Florida Com missioner of Agriculture andConsumer Services. She saidhe ran for governor in 2000 ona platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs"and that over 1.5 million jobshave been created in Floridasince then, with a current un employment rate of under fourpercent. Scott said the state's crime rate is at a 47-year low andthat 120 million to 125 milliontourists visit Florida annually. Scott said Florida has a pop ulation of over 21 million, third largest in the nation, and250 languages are spoken inthe state. Scott said he grew up for a time in public housing withhis mother. "I never met my(biological) father. My Mominsisted that I do three things:make all A's in school, be come an Eagle Scout and geta job." He said Florida created 26,000 jobs last month, with a3.7 unemployment rate, andthe state has paid off one-thirdof its debt. "The University ofFlorida is rated the ninth bestpublic university in the na tion." The current national budget has a $600 billion deficit, withthe nation's debt at $21.3 tril lion. U.S. senators make$174,000 a year and shouldwork harder, said Scott. "The federal government needs term limits. A senatorshould not be up there for 40years." Scott said federal funding has been slow for repairing the Lake Okeechobee but noted itwill be finished by 2022. He said Florida has more population than New York butNew York gets 30 percentmore federal transportationmoney than Florida. Officers of the local Repub lican Executive Committeeare Sue Birge, chair; YolandaEsquivel, vice chair; AnnSchwartz, secretary; DavidDurastanti, treasurer; PattyClark, State CommitteeWoman; and Dan Graham,State Committee Man. Other members of the Exec utive Committee are JamesYoumans, Sam Fite, ShawnaLambert, Colon Lambert, JeanKelly, Michelle Yeomans,Wendell Smith, Tanya Royal,Sandy Scott, Ken Lambert,Bob Shayman, Vanessa Her nandez, Mary Idsardi, RickKnight, Floyd Rice, GingerRice, Russell Melendy, Char lie Scott, Edward Schwartz,Gloria Shackelford, MikeThompson, Tommy Watkinsand Jim Harris. Gov. Scott Speaks At GOP Reagan Day Dinner PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Dr. Julio Gonzalez, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, stands with Hardee High School Junior ROTC Honor Guard. Greg Steube, candidate for U.S. House of Representa tives, poses with his wife Jen. The couple live in Mana tee County. Matthew Stunkard of Florida's First Assembly of Godsang the National Anthem. Sue Birge is chair of theHardee County Republi can Party and a countycommissioner who isseeking re-election. Shewas emcee of the dinner. Dr. Elver Hodges, 106, of Wauchula attended with hisdaughter Margaret Blanco. B.J. Norris, 100, ofWauchula was in atten dance. Hodges and Norriswere honored for theirlongevity and service tothe country and commu nity. Norris is a World WarII veteran and was part ofthe Normandy Invasion. Dr. Julio Gonzalez poses with his wife, Dr. Gina Arabitg.The couple live in Sarasota County. State Sen. Denise Grims ley, a candidate for FloridaCommissioner of Agricul ture and Consumer Serv ices. Grimsley introducedkeynote speaker Gov. RickScott, a candidate for theU.S. Senate. Michael Pierson (right), U.S. Navy 1967-71, presenteda hand-carved wooden plaque of the U.S. Navy to Gov.Scott, who also served in the Navy. From left are Marlene Hyde, campaign manager, andJeff Mann, candidate for Florida State Representative.Mann is a septic tank business owner from Polk County and has been active on volunteer boards. From left are Doyle E. Carlton III, chairman of theFlorida State Fair in Tampa, Sen. Denise Grimsley, and U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, who chose not to seek re-elec tion in 2018. From left are David Stamey, assistant state attorneywho runs the Wauchula office, and Brian Haas, elected state attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit which in cludes Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. Melony Bell, a PolkCounty Commissioner isrunning for Florida State Representative. Marlene Hyde poses with her son Andrew Bozeman, aU.S. Marine Corps veteran. Bill Akins, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, poses with his wife Kathy. The couple live in Port Char lotte. Sue Birge with Gov. Rick Scott.


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A13 Notices Courthouse Report COUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recentlyin the Clerk of Courts Of fice: Rita Eileen Zimmerman, 52, of Wauchula, and DanielMaxwell Smith, 54, ofWauchula. Stacy Neff Westbrook, 38, of Fort Meade, and Steven LeeMedrano, 30, of Wauchula. The following civil actions and small-claims cases weredisposed of recently by thecounty judge: Pamela Sellers vs. Andrew Rupert, order of dismissal. Salvador Deloera vs. Des tiny Herrera and Mark Mc Cormick, order of dismissal. Saul Delgado vs. Heather Eubanks, order of dismissal. Suncoast Credit Union vs. Cynthia Torres, final judgmentfor $5,705.24. Travis Revell vs. Julie Al cantor, final order of dismissal. Hayden Leon Cobb vs. Shyann Baker, final order ofdismissal. Billy or Janice Hill vs. David Coughlin, order of dis missal. Carl Wilburn and Tammy Paterson vs. Charlie Sunday Jr.and Stephanie Sunday, orderof dismissal. Portfolio Recovery Associ ates vs. Blas Galvan, voluntarydismissal. Irma Darty and Clarence Darty vs. Timothy ShawnAllen Darty and Jessica NicoleTaylor Darty, two cases, finaljudgment for $205 and finaljudgment for tenant eviction. Highlands Regional Med ical Center vs. Ivy Knight, set tlement stipulation anddismissal order. Discover Bank vs. Keri M. See, default final judgment for$10,521.39. Credit Acceptance Corp. vs. Carla Gonzales and JoshuaGonzales, default final judg ment for $12,323.57. The following criminal traffic and misdemeanorcases were disposed of re cently in County Court: Carl Benjamin Coleman, DUI, 12 months’ probation, li cense suspended one year, 50hours’ community work; refus ing to submit to a DUI test, notprosecuted; $1,078 fines, costsand fees. Leonardo Lopez Santiago, DUI, 12 months’ probation, li cense suspended six months,ignition interlock six months,50 hours’ community work,$1,653 fines, costs and fees. Carlos Cruz, resisting arrest without violence, 12 months’probation, 50 hours’ commu nity work, $525 fines, costsand fees. Marcus David Roberts Jr., use of firearm while under theinfluence of alcohol and resist ing arrest without violence, 90days’ jail, credit time servedfollowed by 12 months’ proba tion, no weapons/firearms, noalcohol or bars, $575 fines,costs and fees. Marcus David Roberts, vio lation of pretrial release condi tion, not prosecuted. Candice Danielle Dubose, possession of less than 20grams of marijuana, not pros ecuted; possession of narcoticsequipment and/or use, 57days’ jail, credit time served,$590 fines, costs and fees. Maria Suarez, trespassing, 18 days’ jail, credit timeserved, $500 fines, costs andfees. Irvin Martinez, criminal mischief (above $200), 60days’ jail, $400 fines, costs andfees, $250 restitution. Irvin Martinez, trespassing structure/conveyance, notprosecuted; giving false iden tification to law enforcement,60 days’ jail, concurrent withother case, $500 fines, costsand fees. Santiago Lopez, disorderly intoxication, 60 days’ jail,credit time served, $950 fines,costs and fees; giving falseidentification to law enforce ment, not prosecuted. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the of fice of the Circuit Court: Doris Ann Hall and the Florida Department of Rev enue vs. James Ray Day, peti tion for administrativeenforcement order on childsupport. Alex Quesada, petition for name change to Alcibiades Eu staquio Quesada Perdomo. Blanca Lidia Vargas Discua vs. Donnie Ray Boyett andMarjorie Boyett, propertyforeclosure. Miranda Louise Sunday and William Robert Sunday, peti tion for divorce. Kimberly L. Barber and Otho A. Barber, petition for di vorce. Linn Whisman and Shellie Hunt, petition for divorce. The following decisions on civil cases pending in theCircuit Court were handeddown recently by the circuitjudge: Tiffany Verrell vs. Hector Rodriguez, final judgment ofinjunction for protection. Anthony Lee Thomas and Billie Jo Goodwin, final orderof divorce. William McClenithan and Robin Chrisman, final order ofdivorce. David Allen Sanders and Tracy A. Sanders, final orderof divorce. Heather Elizabeth Eubanks and Florida Department ofRevenue vs. Amanda JeanBenner, order suspending on going child support order onarrears. FDOR and Elizabeth L. Thompkins vs. Keith Brown,recommendation of hearingofficer order on civil contempt. The following felony crim inal cases were disposed ofrecently by the circuit judge: Benjamin Lazo, burglary with assault, 364 days’ jail,credit time served, $1,220fines, costs and fees. Ricardo Luis Colon, resist ing arrest without violence,possession of marijuana andpossession of narcotics equip ment and/or use, 45 days’ jail,credit time served, license sus pended one year, anger man agement course, $350 fines,costs and fees. Eric Luis Santiago, uttering a forged check, not prosecuted;grand theft, 12 months’ proba tion, $1,220 fines, costs andfees. Ty Lane Trammell, inten tional killing/wounding of anendangered species, reduced toattempted killing/wounding ofan endangered /threatenedspecies, adjudication withheld,12 months’ probation, 50hours’ community work,hunter safety class, $1,120fines, costs and fees. Mohammed Iqbal, posses sion of marijuana with intentto sell/deliver and delivery of narcotics equipment, not pros ecuted. Alicia Calderon, possession of meth, not prosecuted; pos session of narcotics equipmentand/or use, 12 months’ proba tion, $1,320 fines, costs andfees. Demetrius Stewart, criminal mischief ($1,000 or more), notprosecuted; improper exhibi tion of dangerous weapon, 100days’ jail, credit time servedfollowed by 12 months’ proba tion, no weapons/firearms,$1,220 fines, costs and fees,$1,221 restitution. Terry Lynn Fischer, posses sion of meth, possession ofmarijuana and possession ofnarcotics equipment and/oruse, transferred to drug pretrialintervention. Waylan Pleger, violation of probation (original charges:battery, aggravated assaultwith deadly weapon and resist ing officer withoutviolence/force), charge with drawn. Jessica Danielle Sanchez, grand theft auto, failure to ap pear $5,000 cash/ surety. Noah Levi Yoder, burglary with assault/battery, criminalmischief (above $200), batteryon law enforcement officer, re sisting officer with violenceand battery on law enforce ment officer, failure to appear $25,500 cash/surety. The following deeds for real estate transactions of$10,000 or more were filedrecently in the Clerk ofCourts Office: Marilyn Ford to Marilyn Ford and Angel F. Whidden,for $16,600. Rawlings Family Limited Partnership to SchneiderGroup Holdings, for $180,000. Ellen E. Smith to Garza Rentals 1, for $85,000. Wesley W. Wilson and Cheryl A. Brewster to LesterT. Bates and Donna S. Bates,for $25,000. Helen F. Keller to Marco and Ludmilla Giacomelli, for$220,000. Robert L. Shiver Sr. to Justin and Ashley S. Svendsen,for $107,000. Dewitt F. Vanarsdale to Kathleen B. Arnold and Laura K. Hollister, for $22,000. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED WARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTYWHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVELEGAL INTEREST.The property will be sold at a public auction on the12th day of September, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unlessthe back taxes are paid. To make payment or for questions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collector’s Office at (863) 773-9144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873) To re ceive further information regarding the Tax DeedSale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of theCourts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O.Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873).The holder of the following tax certificate has filedthe certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it wasassessed are:CERTIFICATE NO.: 1317YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A. Cun ningham, TrusteeDescription of Property:Parcel ID Number: 33-34-27-0000-50050-0000 600 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTSALL LESS NE1/4 OF NW1/4PART OF 9185 ACRE TRACTLESS PHOSPHATE OR 228 P 790 SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD.All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemedaccording to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on September 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Pursuant to F.S. 197.512Victoria L. RogersHardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court andComptrollerTax Deed File: 252018TD012XXXXDate: 08/06/2018Ad No.: 1 8:9-30c 8:30c ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 25-2016-CA-000306 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v.JESUS L BRITO; UNKNOWNSPOUSE OF JESUS L. BRITO;UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN TENANT 2; Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgmentof Foreclosure entered on May7, 2018, and the Order Resched uling Foreclosure Sale enteredon August 24, 2018, in thiscause, in the Circuit Court ofHardee County, Florida, theclerk shall sell the property situ ated in Hardee County, Florida,described as: N 1/3 OF THE N OF THE NE OF THE SE OF THE NE OF SEC TION 30, TOWNSHIP 33SOUTH, RANGE 26EAST, HARDEE COUNTY,FLORIDA.A/K/A 1533 N HOLLAND TOWN ROAD,WAUCHULA, FL 33873-4413 at public sale, to the highest andbest bidder, for cash, in the sec ond floor hallway outside Room202 of the Hardee County Court house, 417 W. Main Street,Wauchula, FL 33873, on Sep tember 12, 2018 beginning at11:00 AM. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after thesale, you must file a claim withthe clerk no later than 60 daysafter the sale. If you fail to file aclaim you will not be entitled toany remaining funds. Dated this 24th day of August, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of the Circuit Court Hardee County, Florida By: Connie Coker Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a dis ability who needs any accomo dation in order to participate inthis proceeding, you are enti tled, at no cost to you, to theprovision of certain assistance.Please contact the Office of theCourt Administrator, 255 N.Broadway Avenue, Bartow,Florida 33830, (863) 534-4686, atleast 7 days before your sched uled court appearance, or imme diately upon receiving thisnotification if the time before thescheduled appearance is lessthan 7 days; if you are hearing orvoice impaired, call 711. 8:30,9:6c ______________________________ 2018 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION AND APPOINTED BOARDS Meetings to be held in County Commission Chambers, Room 102 Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida unless otherwise noted BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSRegular meetings first Thursday at 8:30 a.m. & third Thursday at 6:00p.m.MONTH OF September–06th at 8:30 a.m. and 20th at 6:00 p.m.Planning Session –No Planning SessionLabor Day Holiday – 03rd Tentative Budget Hearing – 11th at 6:00 p.m.Final Budget Hearing – 25th at 6:00 p.m.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY “INDEPENDENT BOARD” MONTH OF September– To be announced.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOP MENT AUTH.Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m.MONTH OF September–11th PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD – meets first Thursday night ofeach month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF September– 06th CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARDMeets on the second Monday night of each month at 6 :00 p.m. in Building Department Conference Room 401 West Main Street MONTH OF September–10th COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARDMeets first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF September– No meeting scheduled LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARDFriends of Library meets on first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 Library in Annex II MONTH OF September – 04th HOUSING AUTHORITYMeets quarterly on the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive Wauchula MONTH OF September – No meeting scheduledHARDEE COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE BOARDUsually meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.MONTH OF September – 18th This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needingto make special arrangements should contact the County Commis sioner’s office at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public meet ing.This notice is published in compliance with Florida Statutes 286.0105.Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and be heard. Ifa person decides to appeal any decision made by the members, withrespect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/shewill need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedingis made, which record includes the testimony and evidence uponwhich the appeal is to be based. 8:30nc NOTICE The following individuals have unclaimed monies at theHardee County Sheriff's Office. Any monies not claimedby October 5, 2018 will be turned over to the Board ofCounty Commissioners, to be placed in the Fine andForfeiture Budget. This is Pursuant to Florida StateStatute 116.21.Persons claiming such funds need to come to theHardee County Sheriff's Office, with photo identification;Monday Friday 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.Almaraz, Osvaldo$435.00Beck, Andrew$277.95Delacruz, Reinaldo$18.17Garcia, Mark$34.76Garcia, Leonardo$35.00Gist, Taylor$35.00Green, Gregory$20.00Huerta-Casillas, Marco$38.75Johnston, Joseph$4.06Lopez, Jose$15.45Lopez-Rendon, Guillermo$25.25Matteson, John$59.78McManus, Michael$105.00Moore, Dustin$13.25Nix, Rebekah$186.35Perada, Antonio$70.56Prestridge, Amy$3.44Rodriguez, Steven$179.25Rugama, Samir$221.00Santiago-Guman, Olegario$103.96Tomlinson, Justin$5.00Vasquez, Alfredo$34.55Velasco, Juan$81.38Velasquez, Ruben$69.11Ybarra, Michael$23.10 8:30,9:6c


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Fort Meade 30-yard line andreturned it for a touchdown. Hardee elected to go for a two-point try and Ellis Hodgessuccessfully ran up the middleto give Hardee an 8-0 leadwith 11:17 to go in the openingquarter. Kemp said Hardee will go for two points more often thisyear when he feels it is a goodmatchup. He said “stealing a few extra points” during the gamecan be a big advantage for theWildcats. Fort Meade’s next posses sion ended with a three-and-out and Hardee took over atthe Miner’s 44-yard line aftera short punt. Hodges rushed for two first downs before Jean St. Louisripped off a 21-yard run to the2-yard line. Three plays later, on fourth and goal, St. Louis took ahandoff up the middle for aone-yard touchdown run, hisfirst of three rushing touch downs for the night. Hardee again elected to go for two and quarterback JamesPearson rolled left and foundtight end Isaac Moreno open inthe end zone to go up 16-0with 2:58 left in the first quar ter. The teams traded punts on their next possessions beforeHardee scored again with 3:21left in the first half. Pearson found wide re ceiver Dylan Davis open in theleft flat and he made one de fender miss a tackle beforestiff-arming another on hisway to the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. Leo Duarte came in and made the PAT kick to giveHardee a 23-0 lead. Hardee scored again on its second possession of the sec ond half when St. Louis ran upthe middle and bowled over aMiner defender near the goalline for a 14-yard touchdown. The PAT kick was no good and Hardee stretched its leadto 29-0 with 4:23 left in thethird quarter. Fort Meade’s next posses sion ended with a safety whenTrenton Roberson and Ray Zu niga pressured Howard in theend zone and caused him tothrow the ball away, which re sulted with an intentionalgrounding call and a safety toput the Wildcats up 31-0. Freshman Ke’Variss White nearly returned the ensuingkick for a touchdown but ablock-in-the-back penalty gaveHardee the ball at the Miner’s45. Hodges rushed for a first down before St. Louis rushedfor his third touchdown of thegame, this one coming from 28yards out on a nifty run off theleft end before he bounced out side and raced untouched tothe goal line for the score. By MICHAEL KELLY Of The Herald-Advocate The Hardee Wildcats were undeterred by the more thanone-hour rain delay and cameout and unleashed a dominat ing performance in every facetof the game, pummeling theFort Meade Miners in route toa 45-0 victory--one of the mostlopsided scores in the historyof the longtime rivalry be tween the two schools. Hardee Head Coach Brian Kemp was very pleased howhis team played Friday night. “Fort Meade is a big game for our community,” he said.“They had some good athletesand we were just more talentedon the offensive and defensivelines.” He credited both of his co ordinators for their gameplans. “Coach (Jeff) Smothers had a good offensive game plancoming into the game to wearthem down during the game,”he said. “Steve (Rewis) had agreat game plan for the de fense and is always preparedand never surprised by any thing he sees.” This week Hardee has its regular-season home openeragainst Sebring, which had itsgame rained out last week. The Wildcats took the lead less than a minute into thegame when cornerback MyronRefoure jumped in front ofDearrick Howard’s pass at the under six minutes to go. Roberson recovered a fum ble on Fort Meade’s next driveand Hardee was able to take aknee and run out the clock be fore celebrating the victory. Kemp said Sebring has been the best team in theHeartland the past few seasonsand Hardee will have a realtest against the Blue Streaks,which could be the best teamthe Wildcats will face in theregular season. He said Sebring is very physical, fast and wellcoached. They have a good athlete at quarterback who can throw butis very dangerous running theball after switching from run ning back to quarterback thisseason. Pearson will also be facing his former team, after transfer ring from Sebring this springand winning the starting quar terback job for the Wildcats. Duarte made the PAT kick, which put Hardee up 38-0 andinstituted a running clock forthe remainder of the game dueto Hardee leading by morethan 35 points. Hardee’s defense forced an other quick punt and JeanYoute picked up the short kickand returned it 28 yards for atouchdown, giving Hardee ascore on defense, offense andspecial teams. After the Duarte PAT, Hardee led 45-0 with just Herald-AdvocateThursday, August 30, 2018 B THE Players of the Week Fort Meade #54 Bo Villarreal Offense #22 Trenton Roberson Defense #17 Leo Duarte Special Teams #55 Tom Pace Lineman #4 Jean St. Louis Wildcat HARDEEFORT MEADE PASSING COMPLETIONS,ATTEMPTS AND INTERCEPTIONS9-15-07-18-1PASSING YARDS6527RUSHING ATTEMPTS/YARDS29-18420-53 TOTAL YARDS24980 TURNOVERS02FIRST DOWNS114PENALTIES, LOST YARDAGE6-4010-50SCORING BY QUARTER: Hardee16781445Fort Meade00000 Game Statistics PHOTOS BY NOEY DESANTIAGO Hardee running back Jean St. Louis runs over a Fort Meade defender at the twoyard line before scoring his second of three touchdowns Friday night. Dylan Davis celebrates with Caden Dunlap after scor ing on a 10-yard touchdown reception. Trenton Roberson recovers a fumble for the Wildcats. Hardee coaches and players had plenty to celebrate after beating Fort Meade 45-0, one of the most lopsideddefeats ever in the “Highway 17” rivalry game. Four Hardee defenders converge on running backKamron Simmons. Hardee’s defense held Fort Meadeto only 80 yards of total offense for the game and forced two turnovers. Trenton Roberson and Ray Zuniga pressured FortMeade quarterback Dearrick Howard in the end zonewhich led to a safety after he was flagged for intentionalgrounding.


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Box 46, Loughmon, Florida 33858-0046, 863-424-5831. 8:16-30p I WILL PAY cash for junk cars 863-781-4570 8:9-9:6p Miscellaneous Lost/Found Help Wanted FOUND: MEDIUM-SIZED Pit type dog near Sonic drive-in, 863773-0059, 863-781-2558. 8:30nc 3 FREE KITTENS, eat and drink on their own, 5 weeks, healthy & cute, 863-735-2894, 863-8320309. 8:30p ADOPT A PET! If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new one, the City of Wauchula invites you to come and see if you can find the pet youre looking for. The Wauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road. Please call 863-773-3265 for more information. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 828.29 requires that all cats and dogs sold in Florida be at least 8 weeks old, have an official health certificate, have neces sary shots and be free of para sites. tfc-dh 3 BR 2 B DUPLEX house, $850 per month, $800 security. No smoking, no pets. 509 North 9th Ave., Wauchula, 863-781-0514. 8:16tfc Rentals Pets 2 BEDROOM HOUSE large lot $200/week no deposit. 863-4450915 or 863-773-6616. 8:9-9:6p ATTENTION! The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits advertis ing any preference or limitation based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or the intention to make such a preference or limitation. Familial status in cludes children under 18 living with parents or guardians and pregnant women. tfc-dh I WILL CUT small yards. Joe 863-245-9898. 8:30p I, JOE, WILL PICKUP for FREE old stoves, refrigerators, mi crowaves, freezers, lawn mow ers and other metals. Call 863-245-9898. 8:30p CAREGIVER AVAILABLE, days or evenings, 863-245-9210. 8:23,30p Services Rentals20 temporary Christmas tree workers needed for Butler Farms, Inc. in Alleghany and Ashe Counties, North Carolina, with work beginning on or about 10/23/2018 and ending on or about 12/09/2018. Job duties include manual labor to cut, bale and stack fresh-cut Christmas trees. Load fresh-cut trees by hand, perform farm, field and shed sanitation duties. All work is performed outdoors during all types of weather. Must be able to lift 50-100 lbs. repetitively throughout the work day and must keep up with other workers in the field. Requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience as a Christmas Tree Worker. The minimum offered hourly wage rate is $11.46. No minimum education requirements. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, begin ning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those work ers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the US. Workers may be required to submit to random drug and alcohol testing at no cost to the worker. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Al leghany County, 115 D Atwood Street, Sparta, NC 28675, (336) 372-9675, and reference job order #NC10920168, EOE. case #H-300-18227-457979. cl8:30c (863) Hometown Professional Real Estate! cl8:30cROSE ABBOTT863-781-0846 roseabbott@ hotmail.comFOR MORE PROPERTIES, SEE OUR WEBSITE @WWW.HEARTLANDRE.NET MIKEY COLDING863-781-1698 MColding@ LAKE BYRD HOME This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been completely updated. Comes with 14X14 workshop, RV carport & new dock. Asking price $264,900. COUNTRY LIVING Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath home near Lake Istokpoga with many great features. Asking price $129,000. CHARLEY FLESHER (863) 781-2867 cnflesherii@ 200 ACRES OF IMPROVED PASTURE LAND Asking price $840,000. 69 ACRES WORKING CITRUS GROVE Asking price $420,000 29 ACRES CITRUS GROVE Asking price $180,000. 16 ACRES OF ABANDONED GROVE Asking price $105,000. GREAT STARTER HOME 2 bedroom, 1 bath home on 1 acre. Fresh paint inside & out, tile kitchen counters & stainless appliances. Asking price $87,500.


– T HE C LASSIFIEDS –August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3 PRICE REDUCED! Beautiful 5 bed room, 2.5 bath double wide mobile homeon 7.5 acres close to town. Move inready! Listed for $179,500 $174,500 10 ac pasture just east of Zolfo SpringsNice trees. Perfect for livestock or home site. Asking $89,0005 acres with a pond. Currently fenced &being used for cattle. $65,5006,000+ SF metal building. Located onsouthbound US Hwy 17. Corner lot withpaved parking. Asking $275,000 4.7+ ac parcel located in Lorida. Call John O’neal for more information.5.43 ac vacant land in town on FloridaAvenue South. Zoned C-1. $320,0001.19 ac metal warehouse with an office.9,600 total square feet. Zoned A-1. Has ashallow well. $130,00015+ acres with 2 mobile homes in Ft.Green Zoned Commercial. REDUCEDTO $650,000AVON PARK LAKES LOTS 3 separatelots. Great place to build. Call JustinSmith for details. 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 • Evening (863)781-1338 James V. See, Jr., Broker Shane Conley Realtor Associates Rick Knight ............... (863) 781-1396 Dusty Albritton ........... (863) 781-0161 Shane Conley ............. (863) 781-9664 Justin Smith ................ (863-781-3432 John O’Neal ............... (863) 381-2535 Karen O’Neal............ (863) 781-7633 Brandi Maldonado............ (863) 414-3349 cl8:30c Lacey Webb 863-773-4101 204 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, 33873 cl8:30c Shopping around forcar insurance? Don't.Let your local independent agent shop for you, and find the coverage you need. VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICECare offers a bereavement walk-in support group for those thathave experienced the loss of alove one. Beginning 9/2/16 everyFriday at 1 p.m. in the VITAS of fice, 113 W. Main Street,Wauchula, 863-583-7100. 8:18tfc-dh ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS,Thursday 7:00 p.m., Grace Fel lowship Church, 131 S. 8th Ave.,Wauchula. Bill 727-326-3816. tfc-dh Services *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICH’S PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUBcollects NOT broken prescrip tion eyeglasses, cases and sun glasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave.tfc-dh Services DO YOU HAVE a problem withdrugs? Narcotics Anonymousmeets Monday, Thursday andFriday night 7:00 p.m. at FirstUnited Methodist Church, at thecorner of Palmetto and 7th Ave., Wauchula.tfc-dhIS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dhATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B andHardee County Ordinance 87-09Section 10 Paragraph D requireall ads for any construction-re lated service to carry the con tractor’s licence number. tfc-dh Noon Tuesday Deadline for all yard sale ads. SATURDAY, 8-?, OFF Bell Street.Tools, Vera bags, wedding items, misc. 8:30pFRIDAY, 8/31 & SATURDAY 9/1from 7 am to 1 pm, little bit ofeverything. 401 Orange Place, Wauchula.8:30cANGIE’S ATTIC THRIFT Storehas relocated to 752 North 6thAve., Wauchula. Open Tuesdaythrough Saturday, 10 am 3 pm.Closed Sunday & Monday. 8:30-9:27p FRIDAY, SATURDAY, 8am-2pm,corner of Orange & 1st Ave., Wauchula. Clothes 50¢. 8:30pFRIDAY, 7:30-?, 312 Pennsylva nia Ave., Wauchula. 8:30p Yard Sales Services Advantage Realty #1 Marcus Steven Lambert P.A. "Mark" Realtor Broker Associate 743 US 27 S. • Sebring, FL 33872 Cell: 863-832-0401 • Office: 863-386-0303 Fax: 1-863-386-1112 Email: Listings: Rentals: Beautiful 264 acres on Peace River and Hwy 17 joinscity water and sewer. 5 to nearly 200 acres on Johnston Rd. Owner will di vide. Great home sites, pasture or farming. 6" well. 476 acres in Polk County Hwy 60. Mostly wooded with233 acres in 16 year old pine timber. Great hunting18.5 acres on Silver Lake in Polk County. High andDry. Great home site! P P R R O O P P E E R R T T I I E E S S F F O O R R S S A A L L E E cl8:16tfc S. Derringer Harvesting, Inc. is hiring five Ag Equipment Operators to operate equipmentused to harvest watermelon in Beaufort County, SC for a temporary period starting on09/23/2018 and ending on 11/08/2018. Twelve (12) months of verifiable work experience op erating ag equipment are required. The wages offered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or appli-cable piece rates. Must have the correct type of license required by State and Federals laws.All drivers will be required to have a CDL license, and drivers responsible for transportingworkers will be required to have a valid and unexpired Federal Farm Labor Contractor or Fed eral Farm Labor Contractor Employee Registration with driving authorization. Will be respon sible for operating the buses used to move watermelon from the field to the packinghouseand storage facility. Must be able to safely operate the buses that are used to transport work ers to and from work sites. Should be able to provide proof of accident-free driving recordand background. Workers may be requested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at nocost to the worker. Failure to comply with the request or testing positive may result in imme-diate termination. Also, drug testing and background checks will occur during the interviewprocess and will be conducted at the sole cost and discretion of the employer. Workers mustbe able to lift 50lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift andcarry 50lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters ofthe period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost toworker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably return home after eachworking day. Transportation and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the positionat their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: SC798851. cl8:30p Sandoval Wholesale, Inc. is hiring 15 farmworkers to cultivate and harvest vegetablecrops in Colquitt County, GA for a temporary period starting on 10/14/2018 andending on 11/15/2018. One (1) month of verifiable work experience harvesting veg etables is required. The wages offered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicablepiece rates. This job requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching.Job is outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Workers must be able to lift70lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift andcarry 70lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least three-quarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be pro vided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannotreasonably return home after each working day. Transportation and subsistenceexpenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is com pleted, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local StateWorkforce Agency office. Job Order Number: GA2586889476. cl8:20c YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!!Contact N N a a n n c c y y D D a a v v i i s s , K K i i m m R R e e a a s s o o r r T T r r a a y y c c e e D D a a n n i i e e l l s s 773-3255 LET’S LOOK! COURTESY PHOTO Mary Idsardi's second-grade R.E.A.C.H. class at North Wauchula Elementary Schoolexplored and tinkered with some S.T.E.M. Center activities. The class name standsfor Realizing Excellence through the Advanced academic Curriculum of Hardee,and the center is for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math studies. VIVACIOUS VERBS COURTESY PHOTO First graders in Maggie Santana and Megan Poreda's classes at North WauchulaElementary School enjoyed getting together to act out some action verbs. Perhapspassive verbs won’t be as popular with these young grammar scholars! HAPPY HUNTERS COURTESY PHOTO Nicole Keen's fifth-grade R.E.A.C.H. class at North Wauchula Elementary createdmaps of the school and wrote clues using cardinal directions to take their class mates on a scavenger hunt. The acronym stands for Realizing Excellence throughthe Advanced academic Curriculum of Hardee. BOTTLES & BOXES COURTESY PHOTO North Wauchula Elementary School recently received a donation of bottles ofschool glue and boxes of facial tissues from Pastor Wendell Smith and Cutting EdgeMinistries. Both will come in handy in the classrooms.


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August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5 Notice of Intended Agency Action by the Southwest Florida Water Management DistrictNotice is given that the Districts Intended Agency Action is approval of the application for a Water Use Permit to serve Agricultural activities. The total authorized withdrawal is 35,900 GPD, Peak Month is 247,900 GPD, Drought Annual Average is 52,300 GPD and Maximum is 1,804,300 GPD. The project is located in Hardee County, Section(s) 13 and 14, Township 33 South, Range 23 East. The permit applicant is Bermont Prop erties, LLC / Attn: Steve Varner whose address is 2947 South East Highway 31, Arcadia, FL 34266. The Permit No. is 20009103.003. The file(s) pertaining to this project is available for inspection Monday Friday except for legal holidays, 8am 5pm, at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637. Notice of Rights Any person whose substantial interests are affected by the Districts action regarding this matter may request an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, Florida Administra tive Code (F.A.C.), of the Uniform Rules of Procedure. A request for hearing must (1) explain how the substantial interests of each person requesting the hearing will be affected by the Districts action, or proposed action; (2) state all material facts disputed by each person requesting the hearing or state that there are no disputed facts; and (3) otherwise comply with Chapter 28-106, F.A.C. A request for hearing must be filed with and received by the Agency Clerk of the District at the Districts Brooksville address, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 within 21 days of publication of this notice. Failure to file a request for hearing within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to request a hearing under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition means that the Districts final action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice of agency action. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the District in this matter have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accor dance with the requirements set forth above. Mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, F.S., to settle an administrative dispute regarding the Districts action in this matter is not available prior to the filing of a request for hearing. 8:30cINVITATION TO BID BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HARDEE COUNTY, FLThe Board of Co. Commissioners, Hardee Co., FL, hereinafter referred to as County will be soliciting proposals to provide four corrugated aluminum pipes for a bridge structure on Jack Jones Road as specified in the technical specification. Bid ding information must be submitted in writing no later than Thursday, September 20, 2018 by 2:00 PM ET. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. Sealed bids will be received at: Hardee County Purchasing Office Attn: Lorie Ayers, Purchasing Director 205 Hanchey Road Wauchula, FL 33873 Bid documents may be obtained from the Hardee Co. Purchasing Office, 205 Hanchey Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873, or by emailing request to Bidders shall confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial BIDS will not be considered. Bids submitted by FAX or other electronic media will NOT be accepted under any circumstances. Late bids will NOT be accepted and will be returned to the bidder. Hardee County reserves the right to: waive informalities and/or irregularities in any BID, delete any portion of the project; extend the project within the limits of the work involved which in its judgment is in the best interest of the County. Bids may be withdrawn prior to the date and time of bid opening. The County reserves the right to reject any or all bid(s) and may postpone the award of the Agreement for a period of time which shall not extend beyond sixty (60) calendar days from the bid date. Russell Melendy, Chairman, Hardee County Board of County Commissioners 8:30cHeld out from last week. My first acquaintance with banks came in elementary school in 1947, when I became a depositor in the Second Grade National Bank at Bar tow Elementary School. This institution (Im pretty sure that it was in second grade) was created by the teacher to teach us the concept of setting aside some of our meager revenue for our old age, say when we turned 11 or 12. Deposits mostly nickels and dimes were duly recorded on the blackboard, and periodically transferred to the Florida National Bank at Bartow. In todays regulatory envi ronment, I suspect the Second Grade National Bank would have violated several dozen federal laws and hundreds of banking regulations, but in the post-war 1940s, it seemed like a good idea. And it was. In those days, deposits were recorded in a bank book, which was not a whole lot larger than todays credit cards. You took the book and your deposit into the bank, an im posing building with marble floors, tellers cages (so called because of the barred window openings which separated tellers from customers), and an armed guard. All in all, a bank had the welcoming atmosphere that one might associate with the enforcement division of the IRS. All bank employees (with the possible exception of the presidents secretary) were men. Deposits were posted by hand to your bank book, and every three months, interest earnings were computed and posted, also by hand. Today, males have all but disappeared from your typical bank, which often offers or ange juice, coffee, cookies, lol lipops or popcorn to its customers. The armed guard has gone the way of the tellers cage. For customers who dont want to leave the air-condi tioned comfort of their cars to walk 50 or 100 feet into the bank lobby, there are drivethrough teller windows which allow you to conduct your banking without that degree of physical exertion. I only use them after the lobby is closed for the day. There are also automated teller machines that allow you to do your banking after the drive-through facilities are closed. I do not know how to use them. Bank books have been replaced by deposit receipts gen erated in an instant by computers which simultane ously record your upgraded ac count information. Now (as in the days of the Second Grade National Bank) bank buildings typically are among the largest and most prominent structures in the business community. But according to my most reliable banking authority, even that will change. Banking offices, she pre dicts, are an endangered species. Banking of the future will be conducted almost en tirely on line, she says. I did not ask her for details, since I am sure that (1) I would not have understood her an swer and (2) I figure anybody who cant use an ATM will never figure out how to master computerized banking. Fortunately, I have three adult children who already have. Progress is finding a new way for todays septuagenari ans to become a burden to their children. S. L. Frisbie is retired. He can remember when Bartow got its second bank. One morning, there was a rumor that robbers would target one of them later that day. The two banks were less than two blocks apart on Main Street, and the chief of police conspicuously stationed himself, armed with an auto matic firearm, on the sidewalk half-way between them. There was no robbery. Banking: Then, Now, And Later When I was 8-years old, our church had a week-long revival. I dont remember the visit ing preachers name, but I remember Thursday night of that week. There was something in the message or the song that pulled me forward for my public profession of faith. I remember writing on the back of an offering envelope what I wanted to tell our pastor: I want to accept Jesus as my personal Savior. We were on the third verse of Just as I Am, and I had this sense of now or never. I made my way past my parents; I think my mother began to cry. I was trying to squeeze past strangers in the pew when the music stopped, and the preacher started talking. He was talking about the need to come forward, receive Christ, and be obedient to Christ in baptism. I should fill in non-Baptists. Baptists do not baptize infants; we only dunk people old enough to make their own decisions. Wed heard tell of Methodists and Presbyterians who baptized babies, and regarded them (Methodists and Presbyterians, not the babies) with suspicion. When one of our deacons was asked if he had ever heard of infant baptism, he declared, Heard of it? Ive seen it with my own two eyes! We were of the tribe that believed bap tism meant put em under till they bubble. I was stuck amongst a family I didnt know, waiting for the preacher to be quiet and the music to start again, so I could get up there and do what he was asking us to do. Finally, mercifully, he stopped, and I started back down the aisle. I remember taking the preachers hand and reading my declaration of faith off the back of that offering envelope. What happened after that was a blur. People came by, shook my hand, and my baptism was set along with others for the next Sunday. For some reason, we only baptized on Sun day night. Because of revival there were a bunch of people to baptize, including my stepfather Lawrence. I was excited because so many of my relatives came to see us baptized. I was also excited because I was eager to let the world know I believed in Jesus. When 8-year old boys get excited, their bod ies burst with energy. Twenty times Id been told to calm down that Sunday. I was trying to, but the excitement had to go somewhere. My excitement went to my bladder. Now its Sunday night. With others, Im standing in the baptistry, in a pool of water. Every 8-year-old boy knows the magic of being in the water: you can do things and no one knows. The preacher recited from memory the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Pressure was building inside my plumbing. The preacher said, Let us pray and began one of his very long prayers thanking God for creation, Jesus, salvation, those being baptized, the faithful work of the evangelist, the wonderful songs that drew us close to Jesus, for the generous offering, for life itself, for his education, for justice and mercy. It was a long list of thanks. Meanwhile, in my 8-year old body, the dam was about to be overtopped. Growing up in church, I had always heard about the sweet moment of surrender. The mo ment came. Excitement released. The volume in the baptistry increased slightly. The preacher finished by thanking God for The sacred waters of baptism and the willingness of these can didates to enter these baptismal waters. If only they knew. I never told this story until after my stepfather passed away and went to be with Jesus. Im pretty sure Jesus met him at the gates of heaven, laughing, and said, Lawrence, you remember the night you were baptized? Let me tell you the rest of the story. I once told this story to a Presbyterian and a Lutheran pastor. After they wiped the tears from their eyes, they laughingly said, Sounds like everyone who was baptized that night was baptized and sprinkled. Im sure that some people who were baptized that night, March 4, 1968, are still alive. Please accept my profound apologies. But remember baptism is a picture of what Jesus has done for us. The Gospel was present at my bap tism: the impurity of who I was and am, was and is overwhelmed by the grace of Jesus. Thank God for his grace. This, by the way, is why I never let 8-year old boys in the baptistry until right before I baptize them. Hardee County native Clay Smith is lead pas tor at Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, S.C. He and his brother and sister still own the family ranch in the Lemon Grove community east of Wauchula. You can follow him at unlike and Overwhelming Grace Dear Editor: One detail that is seldom mentioned is that in Washington, D.C. there can never be a build ing of greater height than the Washington Mon ument. With all the uproar about removing the Ten Commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this amazing historical information. On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter probably couldn't care less. Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Fa ther of our nation overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the high est point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world. So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say Praise be to God! Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848 when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took 25 years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo, Praise be to God! From atop this magnificent granite and mar ble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles L'Enfa nt ... a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north, the Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice. When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848, de posited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy One Nation, Under God. I am awed by George Washington's prayer for America ... Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on! "Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of sub ordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." Laus Deo! Editors Note: This item was e-mailed by Henry Rhodes of Sarasota to Rev. Lorraine Gillespie of Wauchula. She requested it be pub lished in The Herald-Advocate.Letter To The Editor Words Laus Deo Are On The Washington Monument What were Hardee Countians thinking and talking about in the 1960s, or maybe the s? Each issue, we will revisit that corresponding week and year in a decade past, using old copies of The Florida Advocate, the Hardee County Her ald or The Herald-Advocate. This week, the decade of The sAug. 31, 1978 Routine Rest: This week, Nancy Van Dyck talks about how regular routines can keep everyone stabilized, regardless of age. In her column Nancys Fancies, she says she and her husband are returning to work following a vacation while their grandson is starting kinder garten. Nancy has had a few hectic weeks, but life in her daughters household with the grandson has been smooth sail ing. Golden Air: This rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears advertises air conditioning from Willis Heating & Air Conditioning. Papa Bear says, My house is too hot to sleep in. Mama Bear says, My house is too hot to live in. But Baby Bear says, My house temper ature is just right! Its air conditioned by Rheem. Keep Learning: The Hardee County School Board has announced the foundation of an adult and community education program. There will be four different programs: Adult Basic Education, High School Com pletion for Adults, General Education Development Test, and Community Education. For information, call Joe Baxter, di rector of vocational and adult education, or Johnna M. Him rod, coordinator of adult and community education. Motor Sales: Hardee Motors is advertising its 1978 model year close-out specials: a Monte Carlo for $5,756 and a Malibu Wagon for $5,524. Also on sale are a Chevette four-door for $4,335.15 and a Chevy Luv pickup for $4,467. Local Help: The Mental Health Center of Polk County has opened a new counseling center in Hardee County. Located in Wauchula at the corner of East Orange Street and South Fifth Avenue, this new building is planned to open on Sept. 5. It will offer a wide va riety of counseling services. Decades


B6 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats made school history this week as thevarsity volleyball squadclaimed a set against GreenDragons from Lake PlacidHigh School. “This is the first time they ever won a set against LakePlacid,” said head coach EricaRoberts. The Aug. 21 match-up saw Hardee fall 21-25, 14-25 in thefirst two sets before strikingback to win the third set 25-22.The squad lost the fourth set,25-21. The junior varsity squad lost to the Lady Dragons in twosets, 19-25 and 19-25. The volleyball squads opened the week on Aug. 29with wins over the visitingPanther squad from MulberryHigh School. Junior varisty won the first two sets, 25-5 and 25-12. Varsity won the first three sets, 25-15, 25-8, 25-8. The wins continued last Thursday (Aug. 23) as bothsquad defeated the visitingLady Bulldogs from Frost proof Middle/Senior HighSchool. Hardee’s junior varsity squad won the first two sets,25-18 and 8-25.The varsity squad won threefirst sets, 25-15, 20-25, and 25-17. VOLLEYBALL Lady Cats Win Historic Set ver Dragons The Lady Wildcats set an impressive pace as they re turned to the court for the first full week of the 2018 vol leyball season. The Wildcats took down the Frostproof Bulldogs instraight sets last Thursday. PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK The Wildcats prepare to serve against Frostproof last Thuesday. By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Lady Wildcats opened the 2018 cross country season with a win over theLady Bulldogs. The cross-county cross country rivalry saw the both the varsity squad fromHardee Senior High School and the mid dle school ladies from Hardee JuniorHigh School sprint their way to first placefinishes in the Aug. 21 run at MorganPark at Arcadia. “Hardee’s girls won the meet signifi cantly,” said head coach Rob Beatty. “Itwas ht, and times reflected it, but strongefforts.” Adriana Mier, a freshman, took top in dividual honors for the varsity squad witha time of 23:43.18. Tatiana Mier, a junior,was second overall with a time of23:48.89. The Lady Wildcats dominated the top 10 with all six runners claiming top fin ishes. “All six Hardee runners were in the top 10. Hardee newcomers Ingrid Mendozaand Katie Brandeberry really are going to help the girl’s team this year,” Beatty said. High school runners trek a 5,000 meter course. Yadira Sanchez, an eighth grader, took first place honors in the middle schoolchallenge with a time of 13:46.91.Mikayla Metayer, a seventh grader, tooksecond with a time of 15:01.40 and AvaRoberts, a sixth grader, took third placewith a time of 17:29.33. Middle school players compete on a 3,000 meter course. The junior high runners ran well on their 3000 meter course,” Beatty said. For the Wildcats, senior Zack Duras tanti led the pack as he cruised to a firstplace finish with a time of 19:26.88. “The boy’s team didn’t fare as well, but did take the individual first place withZack Durastanti,” Beatty said. “RobertoGutierrez finished well with 4th place.” Beatty said he hoped the team would shave some time off their runs as theywere set to travel Saturday (Aug. 25) fora morning meet at Holloway Park inLakeland. “Time should improve as they run in the morning when it is cooler,” Beattysaid. Individual Results: Girl’s 5000M: 1st, Adrianna Mier, 23:43.18; 2nd, Tatiana Mier, 23:48.89;5th, Ingrid Mendoza, 26:16.64; 6th, LauraRamos, 26:31.42; 7th, Kaitlynn Brande berry, 28:23.90; and 10th, Kareli Plata,30:14.83. Girl’s 5000M Team: 1st, Hardee, 21; 2nd, DeSoto, 35. Boy’s 5,000M: 1st, Zack Durastanti, 19:26.88; 4th, Roberto Guiterrez,20:28.41; 8th, Dalton Kiella, 22:33.52;12th, Noah Torres, 23:50.53; 13th, ScottMeeks, 24:26.72; and 20th, MikeTrevino, 38.32.07. Boy’s 5000M Team: 1st, DeSoto, 23; 2nd, Hardee, 36. Girl’s 3000M: 1st, Yadira Sanchez, 13:46.91; 2nd, Mikayla Metayer,15:01.40; and 3rd, Ava Roberts, 17:29.33. Boy’s 3000M: 2nd, Caleb Nadasky, 11:58.48; 3rd, Jacob Duncan, 12:08.99;6th, Zander Durastanti, 12:53.48; ad 7th,Chase Bryant, 12:53.98. CROSS COUNTRY COURTESY PHOTOS Adriana Mier and Tatiana Mier took first and second place respectively for the Lady Wildcats. Zack Durastanti, took firstplace for the Wildcats. Zander Durastanti tooksixth overall for the HardeeJunior High School squad. All six members of the Lady Wildcat squad finished in the Top 10. Noah Torres took 12thoverall for the Wildcats. Dalton Kiella took eighthoverall for the Wildcats. 1. In 2017, the University of Florida became the fourthDivision I school since 1954 towin championships in men'sbasketball, football and base ball. Name two of the otherthree to do it. 2. Who held the New York Yankees record for most homeruns by a rookie (29) beforeAaron Judge hit 52 home runsin 2017? 3. Name the first player in the Super Bowl era to score ona run, a catch and a kickoff re turn in an NFL postseasongame. 4. How many times has the University of Cincinnati'smen's basketball team won 30or more games in a season? 5. How many games did Chicago Blackhawks play tostart the 2012-13 NHL season before they suffered a loss inregulation? 6. Who is the only female skier to win three alpine goldmedals in a single Olympics? 7. Name the last male golfer to win the U.S. Open inconsecutive years beforeBrooks Koepka did it in 2017-18. ANSWERS 1. Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA. 2. Joe DiMaggio, in 1936.3. New England's Dion Lewis, in 2017. 4. Three times (2001-02, 2016-17, 2007-18). 5. Twenty-four.6. Croatia's Janica Kostelic, in 2002. 7. Curtis Strange, in 198889. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. SportsQuiz By Chris Richcreek


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7 ATTENTION:Hardee County Disposal Customers:Due to the holiday on Monday, Sept. 3rdthere will be no service on this day. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled pick up day,Thursday, Sept. 6th. REMINDER TO ALL CUSTOMERS: All garbage should be out by 7am each morning, as route pick-up times are subject to change due to holidays, weather and other circumstances. ALL CUSTOMERS please be advised that if you have CANS LARGER THAN 32 GALLONS, ALL WASTE MUST BE CONTAINED IN GARBAGE BAGS as our helpers can not lift these larger size cans. THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation and consideration for the safety of our employees.Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 8:23,30c Please transact your business with us with that in mind. Legal Holiday NoticeWe will be closedMonday, Sept. 3rdin observance ofLabor Day 8:30c Chronic Wasting Disease, which is fatal to deer, has most recently been detected in Mis sissippi, the closest it has come to Floridas border. Were fortunate that CWD has not been found in Florida or our immediate neighboring states. But its going to take the help of hunters to keep it that way, said Cory Morea, the co ordinator of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissions Deer Management Program. What Is It? CWD is a transmissible disease that affects the brains of infected cervids, such as mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose and elk, eventu ally causing them to become emaciated and display unusual behavior and die. It is caused by an abnormal protein called a prion. While theres no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans or livestock, this dis ease can have a significant negative impact on deer populations and our traditional hunting ac tivities, Morea said. Transmission among cervids occurs by direct contact with an infected deer or by consuming prions that have been deposited into the environment. Once in the environment, the prion stays in the soil and can remain infec tious for years. To date, CWD has been found in mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose and elk in these 25 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mis sissippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Okla homa, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It also has been detected in Canada, Norway, Finland and South Korea. Hunting Out Of State Hunters can help by not bringing CWD back with them when they hunt out of state, and the FWC has adopted rules regulating the trans portation of harvested deer into Florida. Hunters are prohibited from bringing into Florida whole carcasses of any cervid from any of the above-listed CWD-positive states or countries. From these areas, hunters can only bring back deboned meat, finished taxidermy mounts, cleaned skulls, antlers and hides as long as all soft tissue (meat) has been removed. The importation of live deer into Florida is also prohibited. The public is encouraged to report any pos sible violations to the FWC by calling the Wildlife Alert Hotline, toll-free, (888) 404FWCC (3922). How To Help Another way hunters can help is by reporting deer that are sick or found dead from un known causes to FWCs toll-free CWD Hotline at (866) CWD-Watch (293-9282). Warning signs that hunters can look out for while in the field include deer that are ex tremely thin or appear sick, or those exhibiting odd behavior such as staggering, walking in circles, standing with a wide stance or head tremors. Do not handle the deer, but simply call the CWD Hotline, and the FWC will collect the whole carcass and conduct an examination. Finally, hunters can help by providing samples from their harvested deer. The FWC would like to test more samples from the counties of Baker, Bradford, Brevard, DeSoto, Duval, Fla gler, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Sarasota, Seminole, Union and Volusia. Call the CWD Hotline to coordinate sample collection from your harvested deer. The deers head is needed for testing, and it may be frozen and the antlers/skull cap can be removed. Our goal is to collect samples throughout Florida, and were asking private landowners and hunting clubs to participate in this re search. Since 2002, weve tested over 10,000 hunter-killed, road-killed and sick/diseased deer for CWD, said Mark Cunningham, FWC state wildlife veterinarian. Early detection of CWD is key, and the best chance for eradication or controlling it is to be able to detect it and act quickly to prevent its spread.Hunters: Help State Guard Against Deer Disease Top 8 Movies 1. Crazy Rich Asians (PG13) Constance Wu, Henry Golding 2. The Meg (PG-13) Jason Statham, Bingbing Li 3. Mile 22 (R) Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan 4. Mission: Impossible Fallout (PG-13) Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill 5. Alpha (PG-13) Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe 6. Christopher Robin (PG) Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell 7. BlacKkKlansman (R) John David Washington, Adam Driver 8. Slender Man (PG-13) Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-AdvocateRepresentatives of the School District of Hardee County and the city of Wauchula met for a hastily arranged strategy session on Monday afternoon following an outcry of concern from the School Board last week over the maintenance of utilities serving two local schools. We met this afternoon and had a great meeting with School Board staff, said Olivia Minshew, assistant city manager on Tuesday morning. Both parties are eager to work together to get all issues resolved. Added Deputy Schools Su perintendent Todd Durden, The city is more than willing to work with us. Concerns over the maintenance of the electrical supply at Hardee Senior High School and Wauchula Elementary were raised at the tail end of last Thursdays meeting of the School Board by member Teresa Crawford. Crawford additionally criti cized deteriorating conditions on Stenstrom Road an east/west roadway that serves as a main artery funneling stu dents and teachers to and from Hardee High. She specifically criticized deep indentations in the road near recent utility work by the city of Wauchula and a manhole cover on the edge of the westbound lane that has remained unfinished for months, surrounded by city traffic barricades. That is a road that students and teachers go down every day, Crawford said. That is something we need to work on. Facilities Director Rob Krahl said he had been in contact with Hardee County Road & Bridge concerning the roadway and was informed that while the road was county-main tained, the damage appeared to be near city utility work sites. The conversation over the road followed questioning from Crawford on the causes of a three-day power outage earlier this month at Hardee Senior High School. According to Krahl, the out age began on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 10, and lasted until Sunday, Aug. 12. Contents of the schools freezers and refrigerators in the cafete ria were shuffled to other schools until power was re stored, he said. The outage, however, illumi nated several deficiencies in the schools power grid that were in need of urgent repair. On that point, Krahl said, both the city and district agree. The question of who is re sponsible for the repairs, how ever, was a sticking point. The city seems to think that everything past the pole is the schools responsibility, Krahl said. We need to get with the city and get an understanding. That thing went out on a Friday and didnt come back up til Sunday. If it had been during the week, we would have had serious issues, Crawford added. We need to keep that school running, re gardless. Chairman Paul Samuels noted concern over liability if the district stepped in to fix the schools electrical grid. Lets say we pay for it and fix it, what happens if something goes wrong, Samuels said. Added Krahl: The com ments I get from them now is that it belongs to you and you need to do it. A broken fire hydrant at the high school is also a concern, Krahl said. The hydrant, according to Krahl, failed a flush inspection last Thursday by city crews. City officials reportedly in formed Krahl repair and replacement was the responsibility of the district and not the city. Krahl also said the city has yet to repair a faulty feeder line serving the cafeteria at Wauchula Elementary School. The Herald-Advocate re ported last year the line had sparked contention between the city and the district over re -School Board, City Air Utilities, Road ConcernsPHOTO BY TOM STAIK Damage to the travel lanes of Stenstrom Road prompted outcry from the School Board of Hardee County last week. Since then, the city of Wauchula has agreed to begin repairs on the county-maintained road. sponsibility. After weeks of back-and-forth debate, a deal was struck for the city to con duct repairs. At the time they told us they would repair what was needed, and they have not, Krahl said. The totality of the lingering issues prompted the School Board to direct staff to meet with the city for clarity. Following the meeting, the city reasserted that the power and utility system at Hardee High was the responsibility of the district. The infrastructure at the high school all belongs to the School Board and therefore maintenance and upkeep is their responsibility. However, the city is more than willing to aid the School Board to get the necessary repairs completed, Minshew said. Durden said the two sides are in the process of preparing proposals for repairs. They agreed that we had some electrical issues that we need to work on, Durden said. We do know this is something we need to address. Durden said details of the re pair plan would be presented to the School Board at a regular meeting set for Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. All the people at the table were willing to work with us, he added. The hydrant repair and line work at Wauchula Elementary would be conducted by the city, Minshew said. Stemstrom Road will also likely see repairs in the near fu ture. Stenstrom is a countymaintained right of way. The C.O.W. does have utilities in that right of way. Our man holes have all been inspected and lined and are in good shape there, Minshew said. While we havent found anything to lead us to believe that our util ities are the only cause of the damage within that right of way, in the spirit of coopera tion, we are making plans to handle necessary repairs along Stenstrom Road. Quick tip: Water and engines dont mix. Dont start a vehicle in standing water or youre in for a few costly re pairs. To Your Good Health By Keith Roach, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: With everyone drinking a lot of water during the summer, I noticed that the water depot where I fill up my gallon jugs supplies water in different ranges of alkalinity, from 810. This seems to be a new venture for the depot. The owner sells the alkaline water from inside the store and claims the benefit of this water is to neutralize the acidity of the many products we eat daily. He suggests that one might start by taking water with a pH of 8 or stronger, then dilute it to one's requirements. The purified water involves reverse osmosis so the com pany reintroduces calcium, magnesium and potassium to bring it up in value. Do you have any comments on alkaline water being consumed during this hot summer sea son? B.A. ANSWER: I recently have seen much confusion about acid and alkaline consumption. By adding a base to water, you raise the pH, making it more alkaline. You can do this at home simply by adding a bit of bak ing soda (sodium bicarbonate) to your water you don't need to buy alkaline water. Calcium carbonate is a common antacid. Calcium, magnesium and potassium are all elements we need, so in that respect, the alkaline water you are talking about is better than the sodium you would add to water with baking soda. However, the important point is that under normal cir cumstances your body does not need any help in maintaining pH or in neutralizing acid. The body's systems are able to maintain pH under almost any dietary condition. Alkaline water is not necessary for health. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 90 years old, physically and mentally in good health. Fourteen years ago, I had a triple bypass, which was very successful. Since then I have had trouble with my blood pressure. The low always runs between 50 and 70, which is fine, but the high side is between 150 and 190, which is not good. My doctor has me on amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide. Is there any way to lower the high pressure without also lower ing the low side? My doctor does not want to increase the dosages because it would keep me tired all the time. J.B. ANSWER: High systolic blood pressures in the elderly often are due to very stiff blood vessels. Since you have coro nary artery disease, I think it's likely that you have calcium in your large arteries, which make them unyielding to the degree that the rush of blood from the heart drives the pressure up very high. It may be impossible to lower the pressure without causing symptoms, so I under stand your doctor's concerns and position. When I think about treating blood pressure, I think more about trying to prevent bad out comes (like stroke and heart at tack) than just treating a number. There is good evi dence that ACE inhibitors, like ramipril, reduce heart attack risk in people with known risk factors, so I might try a very low dose to see if it helps the blood pressure without making you feel fatigued or light headed. Dr. Roach regrets that he is un able to answer individual let ters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possi ble. Readers may email ques tions to ToYourGoodHealth To view and order health pamphlets, visit, or write to Good Health, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.(c) 2018 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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Future Plans: I plan to attend UF and major in zoology. Shelby Zeigler Co-Captain Jersey #: 2 Position: Line backer, running backParents: Marc Louis and Sincilia AvlusHobbies/Special Interests: Playing instruments such as piano, drums and guitar. Future Plans: To make it to the NFL and in college I am pursuing musical engineering. Samuel Louis B8 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9


PROPUESTAS DE ENMIENDAS Y REVISIONES CONSTITUCIONALES PARA LA ELECCION GENERAL DEL 2018 Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado de laFlorida, por el presente notifico que lassiguientes enmiendas constitucionalespropuestas y revisiones estarn presentesen la papeleta de las elecciones generalesen cada condado de la eleccin general del2018. El lenguaje para estas enmiendas tambinse puede encontrar en FloridaPublicNo,, yen el sitio web de este peridico. N. 1 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO VII, SECCI"N 6 ARTCULO XII, SECCI"N 37 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Aumento de la Exencin sobre los Impuestosa la propiedad de la Vivienda Familiar (Homestead)RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Se propone una enmienda a la Constitucin delEstado con el fin de aumentar la exencin fiscalde la vivienda familiar mediante la exencin dela tasacin fiscal de la propiedad de la viviendafamiliar superior a $100.000 y hasta $125.000para todos los gravmenes, a excepcin de losgravmenes para distritos escolares. La en mienda entrar en vigencia el 1 de enero de2019.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO VII FINANZAS Y TRIBUTACI"N SECCI"N 6. Exenciones fiscales para lavivienda familiar. —(a) Todas las personas que tengan titularidadlegal o equitativa sobre bienes races y man tengan en los mismos la residencia perma nente del propietario, u otra que dependa legalo naturalmente del propietario, quedarn exen tos de la tributacin sobre los mismos, a excep cin de las imposiciones para beneficiosespeciales, hasta la tasacin fiscal de vein ticinco mil dlares y, respecto a todos los otrosgravmenes a excepcin de los gravmenespara distritos escolares, sobre la tasacin fiscalsuperior a cincuenta mil dlares y hasta setentay cinco mil dlares, y sobre la tasacin fiscal superior a cien mil dlares y hasta ciento vein ticinco mil dlares una vez que se establezca el derecho sobre estos segn lo prescribe laley. La titularidad sobre los bienes races podrser legal o equitativa, mancomunada, solidaria,en comn, como condominio, o indirectamentemediante la tenencia de acciones o la partici pacin que representen el derecho del propi etario o socio en una sociedad que tenga eldominio o los derechos de arrendamiento queinicialmente superen noventa y ocho aos. Laexencin no se aplicar respecto a ningn reg istro de evaluacin hasta que primero un or ganismo estatal designado por la ley generaldetermine que dicho registro cumple las dis posiciones de la Seccin 4. Esta exencin serevocar en la fecha de entrada en vigencia decualquier enmienda a este Artculo quedisponga la tasacin de la propiedad de lavivienda familiar a un valor inferior al valorjusto.(b) No se le permitir ms de una exencin aninguna persona o unidad familiar respecto aninguna unidad residencial. Ninguna exencinsuperar el valor de los bienes races tasablesal propietario o, en caso de posesin medianteacciones o participacin en una sociedad, elvalor de la proporcin que devengue de lamembresa en la corporacin sobre el valortasado de la propiedad.(c) De conformidad con la ley general y consujecin a las condiciones que se especificanen la misma, el Poder Legislativo podr entre garles a los arrendatarios que sean residentespermanentes una reduccin fiscal ad valoremsobre todos los gravmenes fiscales ad val orem. Dicha reduccin fiscal ad valorem se es tablecer de la forma y en el monto quedisponga la ley general.(d) El poder legislativo podr, de conformidadcon la ley general, permitirles a los condadoso municipios, para efectos de sus gravmenesfiscales respectivos y con sujecin a las dis posiciones de la ley general, concedercualquiera de las siguientes exenciones fis cales adicionales para la vivienda familiar oambas:(1) Una exencin que no supere cincuenta mildlares para una persona que tenga titularidadlegal o equitativa sobre bienes races y man tenga en los mismos la residencia permanentedel propietario, que haya cumplido la edad desesenta y cinco aos, y cuyos ingresos delhogar, segn lo define la ley general, nosuperen veinte mil dlares; o (2) Una exencin equivalente al valor tasadode la propiedad para una persona que tenga tit ularidad legal o equitativa sobre los bienesraces con un valor justo inferior a doscientoscincuenta mil dlares, segn se determine enel primer ao fiscal que aplique el propietario yque cumpla los requisitos para la exencin, yque haya mantenido en los mismos la residen cia permanente del propietario durante almenos veinticinco aos, que haya cumplido laedad de sesenta y cinco aos, y cuyos ingre sos del hogar no superen la limitacin sobre in gresos que se prescribe en el prrafo (1).La ley general debe permitirles a los condadosy municipios conceder dichas exenciones adi cionales, dentro de los lmites que se pre scriben en esta subseccin, mediante unaordenanza que se adopte de la manera que loprescribe la ley general, y debe disponer elajuste peridico de la limitacin sobre ingresosque se prescribe en esta subseccin respectoa los cambios en el costo de vida.(e) Cada veterano que tenga 65 aos o ms yque se encuentre total o parcialmente dis capacitado recibir un descuento del monto delimpuesto ad valorem que se adeude sobre lapropiedad de la vivienda familiar que posea elveterano y donde el mismo resida si la dis capacidad hubiera sido causada por el com bate y el veterano hubiera sido dado de bajacon honor tras retirarse del servicio militar. Eldescuento se expresar en un porcentajeequivalente al porcentaje de la discapacidadpermanente vinculada al servicio del veterano,segn lo determine el Departamento de Asun tos de los Veteranos de los Estados Unidos.Para optar al descuento que concede esta sub seccin, el solicitante debe presentarle altasador de propiedades del condado, a mstardar el 1 de marzo, una carta oficial del De partamento de Asuntos de los Veteranos de losEstados Unidos mediante la que se indique elporcentaje de la discapacidad vinculada al ser vicio del veterano y las pruebas que de muestren de manera razonable que ladiscapacidad fue causada por el combate, ascomo tambin una copia de la baja honorabledel veterano. Si el tasador de propiedades rec haza la solicitud de descuento, el tasador debenotificarle al solicitante por escrito los motivosdel rechazo, y el veterano podr volver a re alizar la solicitud. El Poder Legislativo podr,de conformidad con la ley general, ceder del re querimiento anual de solicitudes en los aosposteriores. Esta subseccin tiene efecto in mediato y no necesita legislacin de imple mentacin. (f) De conformidad con la ley general y con sujecin a las condiciones y limitaciones quese especifican en la misma, el Poder Legisla tivo podr entregarle una deduccin fiscal advalorem equivalente al monto total o una partedel impuesto ad valorem que se adeude sobrela propiedad de la vivienda familiar a:(1) La cnyuge sobreviviente de un veteranoque haya muerto durante su servicio activo encalidad de miembro de las Fuerzas Armadasde los Estados Unidos.(2) La cnyuge sobreviviente de un miembrode primeros auxilios que haya muerto en actode servicio. (3) Un miembro de primeros auxilios que seencuentre totalmente y permanentemente dis capacitado a causa de una lesin o lesionesque haya sufrido en acto de servicio. La conex in causal entre una discapacidad y el acto deservicio no debe presumirse, sino que debe de terminarse segn lo dispone la ley general.Para efectos de este prrafo, el trmino “dis capacidad” no incluye una condicin crnica oenfermedad crnica, a menos que la lesin quese haya sufrido en acto de servicio hubiera sidola nica causa de la condicin crnica y la en fermedad crnica.Segn se usa en esta subseccin y segn lodefina ms extensamente la ley general, el tr mino “miembro de primeros auxilios” hace ref erencia a un oficial de la polica, un oficialcorreccional, un bombero, un tcnico mdicode emergencia o un paramdico, y el trmino“en servicio activo” significa que surge a razdel desempeo real del servicio que sea nece sario en virtud del trabajo como miembro deprimeros auxilios. ARTCULO XII ANEXO SECCI"N 37. Aumento de exencin fiscal para la vivienda familiar. —Esta seccin y la en mienda a la Seccin 6 del Artculo VII mediante las que se aumenta la exencin fiscal para la vivienda familiar a travs de la exencin de la tasacin fiscal de la propiedad de la vivienda familiar superior a $100.000 y hasta $125.000 para todos los gravmenes, a excepcin de los gravmenes para distritos escolares, entrarn en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019. N. 2 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO XII, SECCI"N 27 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Limitaciones sobre las Tasaciones Fiscales delas PropiedadesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Se propone una enmienda a la Constitucin delEstado con el fin de conservar de manera per manente las disposiciones actualmente vi gentes, las que limitan el aumento de lastasaciones fiscales sobre las propiedades enpropiedades determinadas especficas que nosean destinadas a la vivienda familiar, a excep cin de los gravmenes para distritos esco lares, a un 10% anual. Si se aprueba, laenmienda eliminar la revocacin programadade dichas disposiciones para el 2019 y entraren vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO XII ANEXO SECCI"N 27. Exenciones fiscales sobre laspropiedades y limitaciones sobre las tasa ciones fiscales sobre las propiedades. — (a)Las enmiendas a las Secciones 3, 4 y 6 delArtculo VII, que disponen una exencin de$25.000 para los bienes muebles tangibles,que disponen una exencin fiscal adicionalpara la propiedad de la vivienda principal de$25.000, que autorizan el traspaso de los ben eficios acumulados de las limitaciones sobre latasacin de la propiedad de la vivienda familiar,y esta seccin, si se le presenta a los electoresde este estado para su aprobacin o rechazoen una eleccin especial que la ley autorizque se realizara el 29 de enero de 2008, en trarn en vigencia con la aprobacin de loselectores y operarn de manera retroactivahasta el 1 de enero de 2008 o, si se le presen tan a los electores de este estado para suaprobacin o rechazo en la prxima eleccingeneral, entrarn en vigencia el 1 de enero delao posterior a dicha eleccin general. Las en miendas a la Seccin 4 del Artculo VII medi ante las que se crean las subsecciones (g) (f) y (h) (g) de dicha seccin, mediante las que se crea una limitacin sobre el aumento de latasacin anual para las propiedades determi nadas especficas, entrarn en vigencia con laaprobacin de los electores y primero limitarnlas tasaciones a partir del 1 de enero de 2009,si se aprueban en una eleccin especial que serealice el 29 de enero de 2008, o primero limi tarn las tasaciones a partir del 1 de enero de2010, si se aprueban en la eleccin generalque se realice en noviembre de 2008. Las sub secciones (f) y (g) de la Seccin 4 del Artculo VII se revocan con fecha 1 de enero de 2019; sin embargo, el poder legislativo, mediante res olucin conjunta, propondr una enmienda me diante la que se abrogue la revocacin de las subsecciones (f) y (g), la que se les presentar a los electores de este estado para su aprobacin o rechazo en la eleccin general de 2018 y, si se aprueba, entrar en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019 (b) La enmienda a la subseccin (a) mediante la que se abroga la revocacin programada de las subsecciones (g) y (h) de la Seccin 4 del Artculo VII de la Constitucin del Estado que exista en 2017 entrar en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2019. N. 3 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO X, SECCI"N 29 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Control de Apuestas en Florida por parte de losVotantesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:La presente enmienda garantiza que losvotantes de Florida tengan el derecho exclu sivo a decidir si autorizar o no las apuestas encasinos, exigiendo que para que estas seanautorizadas conforme a la ley de Florida, debanser primero aprobadas por los votantes deFlorida de conformidad con el Artculo XI, Sec cin 3 de la Constitucin de Florida. Afecta losartculos X y XI. Define las apuestas en casinosy aclara que la presente enmienda no discrepacon la ley federal respecto a los conveniosentre tribus y el estado.DECLARACI"N DE IMPACTO FINANCIERO:El impacto de la enmienda en los ingresospblicos y costos del gobierno estatal y local,si los hubiere, no pueden determinarse en estemomento. Esto debido a que se desconoce suefecto en las operaciones de apuestas que nohayan sido aprobadas por los votantes medi ante una enmienda constitucional propuesta atravs de un proceso de peticin de iniciativapor parte de los ciudadanos.TEXTO COMPLETO:EL ARTCULO X DE LA CONSTITUCI"N DE FLORIDA se enmienda para que incluya la siguiente nueva seccin: Control de Apuestas en Florida por parte de los Votantes. (a) La presente enmienda garantiza que los votantes de Florida tengan el derecho exclu sivo a decidir si autorizar o no las apuestas en casinos en el Estado de Florida. La presente enmienda requiere del voto mediante una ini ciativa de los ciudadanos de conformidad con el Artculo XI, Seccin 3, para que las apuestas en casinos sean autorizadas conforme a la ley de Florida. Esta seccin enmienda el presente Artculo; y adems afecta al Artculo XI, al hacer que las iniciativas de los ciudadanos sean el mtodo exclusivo de autorizar las apuestas en casinos. (b) Segn se utiliza en la presente seccin, “apuestas en casinos” hace referencia a cualquiera de los tipos de juegos que suelen encontrarse en los casinos y que se ajustan a la definicin de juegos Clase III de la Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act [Ley Federal de Regulacin de Juegos entre la Poblacin Ind gena], 25 U.S.C. § 2701 y ss. (“IGRA”), y en el 25 C.F.R. §502.4 una vez que se adopte la presente enmienda, y cualquiera que se agregue a dicha definicin de juegos Clase III en el futuro. Esto incluye, sin limitacin, cualquier juego donde la casa participe y pueda ganar, lo que incluye, sin limitacin, juegos de cartas como bacar, chemin de fer, blackjack (21), y pai gow (si se practican como juegos donde la casa participe) cualquier juego ban cado por los jugadores que simule un juego donde la casa participe, como el black jack de California; juegos de casino como la ruleta, el pase ingls y el keno; cualquier mquina trag amonedas segn se definen en 15 U.S.C. 1171(a)(1); y cualquier otro juego no autorizado por el Artculo X, Seccin 15, ya sea si se de fine como una mquina tragamonedas o no, en el que los resultados sean determinados por un generador de nmeros aleatorios o se asignen de manera similar al azar, como instant o his torical racing Segn se utiliza en el presente, “apuestas en casinos” incluye dispositivos elec trnicos de apuestas dispositivos de apuestas simuladas, dispositivos de video lotera, dispos itivos de concursos por Internet, y cualquier otra forma de rplica electrnica o electro mecnica de cualquier juego de azar, mquina tragamonedas, o juego de casino, independi entemente de la manera en que dichos dispos itivos sean definidos conforme a la IGRA. Segn se utiliza en el presente, “apuestas en casinos” no incluye apuestas mutuas en car reras de caballos, carreras de perros o exhibi ciones de cesta punta. Para efectos de la presente seccin, “apuestas” y “juegos” son sinnimos. (c) Ninguna disposicin aqu empleada se con siderar como que limita el derecho del Con greso a ejercer su autoridad a travs de la ley general para restringir, regular o gravar cualquier actividad de apuestas o juegos. Adems, ninguna disposicin aqu empleada se interpretar como que limita la capacidad del estado o de las tribus americanas nativas de negociar convenios en materia de juegos de conformidad con la Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act con el fin de realizar apuestas en casinos en tierras tribales, o de afectar las apuestas existentes en tierras tribales de con formidad con los convenios formalizados por el estado y las tribus americanas nativas segn establece la IGRA. (d) La presente seccin tiene vigencia una vez aprobada por los votantes, tiene efecto inmedi ato y no se requiere ninguna implementacin legislativa. (e) Si cualquier parte de la presente seccin se considera invlida por cualquier razn, la parte o partes restantes sern separadas de la parte invlida y se les asignar la mayor vigencia posible. N. 4 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO VI, SECCI"N 4 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Enmienda de Restablecimiento de Derechos alVotoRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:La presente enmienda restablece los derechosde votacin de los Floridanos que han sidocondenados por delitos graves despus de quecumplan todos los trminos de su sentencia, loque incluye la libertad condicional o provisional.La enmienda no regira para aquellos conde nados por homicidio o delitos sexuales, aquienes se les seguira prohibiendo de manerapermanente votar, a menos que el Gobernadory el Gabinete votaran para restablecer susderechos de votacin segn cada caso en par ticular.DECLARACI"N DE IMPACTO FINANCIERO:Los efectos precisos de la presente enmiendaen los costos del gobierno estatal y local nopueden determinarse. Sin embargo, la vigenciade las leyes actuales de inscripcin devotantes, as como el mayor nmero de per sonas condenadas por delitos graves que seinscriban para votar, producir mayores costosgenerales en relacin a los procesos que exis ten actualmente. El impacto, si lo hubiere, enlos ingresos pblicos del gobierno estatal ylocal no puede determinarse. El impacto fiscalde cualquier legislacin futura que implementeun proceso distinto no puede determinarse demanera razonable.TEXTO COMPLETO:Artculo VI, Seccin 4. Descalificacin.(a) Ninguna persona que haya sido condenadapor un delito grave, o que haya sido declaradamentalmente incompetente en este o cualquierotro estado, estar habilitada para votar u ocu par un cargo pblico hasta que se restablezcansus derechos civiles o hasta que desaparezcasu discapacidad. Salvo segn se disponga en la subseccin (b) de la presente seccin, cualquier descalificacin votar que surja a raz de una condena por delito grave se extinguir, y los derechos de votacin se restablecern, una vez que se cumplan todos los trminos de la sentencia, incluyendo la libertad condicional o provisional. (b) Ninguna persona que haya sido condenada por homicidio o por un delito sexual grave es tar habilitada para votar hasta que se restablezcan sus derechos civiles. (b c ) Ninguna persona podr ser candidata a la reeleccin para ninguno de los siguientes car gos:(1) Representante de Florida,(2) Senador de Florida,(3) Vicegobernador de Florida,(4) Cualquier cargo del gabinete de Florida,(5) Representante de EE. UU. de Florida, o(6) Senador de EE. UU. de FloridaSi, al trmino del perodo de su cargo, la per sona ha ocupado (o, si no fuera por renuncia,hubiera ocupado) dicho cargo por ocho aosconsecutivos. N. 5 ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO VII, SECCI"N 19 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Voto Mayoritario Requerido para Imponer, Au torizar o Aumentar los Impuestos o Tasas Es tatalesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Se prohbe al sistema legislativo imponer, au torizar o aumentar los impuestos o tasas es tatales, a excepcin de cuando dos tercios dela membresa de cada casa del sistema legisla tivo hayan aprobado la legislacin a travs deuna ley que no contenga ninguna otra materia.Esta propuesta no autoriza un impuesto o tasaestatal que est prohibido por la Constitucin yno aplica a ningn impuesto o tasa impuestapor, o autorizada para su imposicin por, uncondado, municipalidad, junta escolar o distritoespecial.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO VII FINANZAS Y TRIBUTACI"N SECCI"N 19. Para imponer, autorizar o elevar los impuestos o tasas estatales se requiere una mayora calificada de votos. — (a) VOTO MAYORITARIO REQUERIDO PARA IMPONER O AUTORIZAR NUEVOS IM PUESTOS O TASAS ESTATALES. Ningn im puesto o tasa estatal pueden ser impuestos o autorizados por el sistema legislativo, a excep cin de cuando dos tercios de la membresa de cada casa del sistema legislativo hayan aprobado la legislacin y la misma haya sido presentada al Gobernador para su aprobacin de acuerdo con lo establecido en el Artculo III, Seccin 8. (b) VOTO MAYORITARIO REQUERIDO PARA AUMENTAR LOS IMPUESTOS O TASAS. Ningn impuesto o tasa estatal pueden ser au mentados por el sistema legislativo, a excep cin de cuando dos tercios de la membresa de cada casa del sistema legislativo hayan aprobado la legislacin y la misma haya sido presentada al Gobernador para su aprobacin de acuerdo con lo establecido en el Artculo III, Seccin 8. (c) APLICABILIDAD. Esta seccin no autoriza la imposicin de ningn impuesto o tasa estatal que estn prohibidos por la Constitucin, y no aplica a ningn impuesto o tasa impuesta por, o autorizada para su imposicin por, un con dado, municipalidad, junta escolar o distrito es pecial. (d) DEFINICIONES. Conforme sern utilizados en esta seccin, los siguientes trminos con tarn con los siguientes significados: (1) “Tasa” se refiere a cualquier cobro o pago requerido por la ley, incluyendo tasas de servi cio, tasas o costos de emisin de licencias, y cargos por servicios. (2) “Aumento” se refiere a: a. Aumentar o autorizar el aumento en la tasa de un impuesto estatal o una tasa impuesta sobre una base porcentual o por cada mil; b. Aumentar o autorizar el aumento en la can tidad de impuestos o tasas estatales que son calculados sobre una base plana o fija; o c. Disminuir o eliminar una exoneracin o crdito sobre un impuesto o tasa estatal. (e) MATERIA NICA. Los impuestos o tasas estatales impuestos, autorizados o aumenta dos bajo esta seccin deben estar contenidos en una ley separada que no contenga ninguna otra materia. N. 6 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO I, SECCI"N 16 ARTCULO V, SECCIONES 8 Y 21 ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCI"N TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Derechos de las Vctimas de Delitos; JuecesRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Establece derechos constitucionales para lasvctimas de delitos; exige que los tribunales fa ciliten los derechos de las vctimas; autoriza alas vctimas a hacer respetar sus derechos du rante los procesos penales y de justicia juvenil.Exige que los jueces y los oficiales de audien cia interpreten de manera independiente losestatutos y las reglas en lugar de deferir a la in terpretacin de la agencia gubernamental. Au menta la edad obligatoria de jubilacin dejueces y magistrados estatales desde setentaa setenta y cinco aos; elimina la autorizacinpara completar el trmino judicial si la mitad delplazo se ha cumplido antes de la edad de jubi lacin.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO I DECLARACI"N DE DERECHOS SECCI"N 16. Derechos del acusado y de lasvctimas. —(a) En todos los procesamientos penales, elacusado deber, bajo pedido, ser informado dela naturaleza y causa de la acusacin,asimismo se le proporcionar una copia de loscargos, y tendr derecho a tener medidas com pulsivas para la comparecencia de testigos, aenfrentar testigos adversos en el juicio, a serescuchado en persona, por un abogado oambos, y a tener un juicio rpido y pblico im partido por un jurado imparcial en el condadodonde se cometi el crimen. Si no se conoceel condado, la acusacin o informacin podrcobrar lugar en dos o ms condados de man era conjunta y la prueba de que el crimen fuecometido en esa rea ser suficiente; sin em bargo, antes de declararse, el acusado podrelegir en cul de estos condados se llevar acabo el juicio. El lugar para el enjuiciamiento delos delitos cometidos fuera de los lmites del es tado ser fijado por la ley.(b) Para preservar y proteger el derecho de las vctimas de delitos a alcanzar la justicia, garan tizar a las vctimas de delitos un papel significa tivo en todos los sistemas de justicia penal y juvenil, y asegurar que los derechos e intereses de las vctimas de delitos sean respetados y protegidos por la ley de una manera no menos vigorosa que las protecciones otorgadas a los acusados penales y delincuentes juveniles, toda vctima tendr los siguientes derechos, a partir del momento de su victimizacin: (1) El derecho al debido proceso y a ser tratado con rectitud y respeto por la dignidad propia. (2) El derecho a ser libre de intimidacin, acoso y abuso. (3) El derecho, dentro del proceso judicial, de estar razonablemente protegido del acusado y de cualquier persona que acte en nombre del acusado. Sin embargo, nada de lo contenido en este documento tiene la intencin de crear una relacin especial entre la vctima del delito y cualquier agencia u oficina de aplicacin de la ley que no tenga una relacin o deber espe cial segn lo defina la ley de la Florida. (4) El derecho a tener en cuenta la seguridad y el bienestar de la vctima y de la familia de la vctima al establecer la fianza, incluyendo el es tablecimiento de condiciones de libertad provi sional que protejan la seguridad y el bienestar de la vctima y de la familia de la vctima. (5) El derecho a evitar la divulgacin de infor macin o registros que puedan ser utilizados para localizar o acosar a la vctima o la familia de la vctima, o que puedan revelar informacin confidencial o privilegiada de la vctima. (6) Una vctima tendr los siguientes derechos especficos bajo pedido: a. El derecho a recibir una notificacin razon able, precisa y oportuna, y a estar presente en todos los procedimientos pblicos que involu cren la conducta delictiva, incluidos, entre otros: juicio, declaracin de culpabilidad, sen tencia, o adjudicacin, incluso si la vctima ser un testigo en el procedimiento y a pesar de cualquier regla en lo contrario. A la vctima tam bin se le proporcionar una notificacin razon able, precisa y oportuna de cualquier liberacin o escape del acusado o del delincuente, y de cualquier procedimiento durante el cual algn derecho de la vctima est implicado. b. El derecho a ser escuchado en cualquier procedimiento pblico que implique la libertad provisional u otro tipo de liberacin de cualquier forma de restriccin legal, declaracin de cul pabilidad, sentencia, adjudicacin o libertad condicional, y en cualquier procedimiento du rante el cual algn derecho de la vctima est implicado. c. El derecho de consultar con el fiscal sobre cualquier acuerdo de culpabilidad, participacin en programas alternativos previos al juicio, lib eracin, restitucin, sentencia o cualquier otra disposicin del caso. d. El derecho a proporcionar informacin sobre el impacto de la conducta del delincuente sobre la vctima y la familia de la vctima a la persona responsable de llevar a cabo cualquier investi gacin previa a la sentencia, a compilar cualquier informe de investigacin previo a la sentencia, y a hacer considerar cualquier infor macin de este tipo en cualquier recomen dacin de sentencia presentada al tribunal. e. El derecho a recibir una copia de cualquier informe previo a la sentencia y cualquier otro informe o registro relevante para el ejercicio del derecho de la vctima, a excepcin de aquellas partes que sean confidenciales o estn exentas por ley. f. El derecho a ser informado de la condena, sentencia, adjudicacin, lugar y tiempo de en carcelamiento u otra disposicin del delin cuente convicto, as como de cualquier fecha programada para la excarcelacin del delin cuente, y de la liberacin o el escape del delin cuente de la custodia. g. El derecho a ser informado de todos los pro cesos y procedimientos posteriores a la con dena, a participar en tales procesos y procedimientos, a proporcionar informacin a la autoridad de liberacin para que sea consid erada antes de que se tome una decisin de liberacin, y a ser notificado de cualquier de cisin de liberacin con respecto al delin cuente. La autoridad de libertad condicional o de libertad anticipada extender el derecho a ser escuchado a cualquier persona perjudicada por el delincuente. h. El derecho a ser informado de los proced imientos de indulto y expurgo, a proporcionar informacin al gobernador, al tribunal, a cualquier junta de indulto y otras autoridades en estos procedimientos, a que esa informa cin se considere antes de que se tome una decisin de clemencia o expurgo; y a ser noti ficado de tal decisin antes de cualquier lib eracin del delincuente. (7) Los derechos de la vctima, segn lo dis puesto en el subprrafo (6) a., subprrafo (6) b., O subprrafo (6) c., que apliquen a cualquier primer procedimiento de compare cencia se cumplirn mediante un intento razon able por parte de la agencia competente para notificar a la vctima y transmitir las opiniones de la vctima al tribunal. (8) El derecho a la pronta devolucin de la propiedad de la vctima cuando ya no sea necesaria como evidencia en el caso. (9) El derecho a la restitucin completa y opor tuna, en cada caso y por parte de cada delin cuente condenado, por motivo de todas las prdidas sufridas por la vctima como resultado de la conducta delictiva, tanto directa como in directamente. (10) El derecho a procedimientos sin demoras irrazonables, y a una pronta y final conclusin del caso y de cualquier procedimiento posterior al juicio. a. El abogado del estado podr presentar una demanda de buena fe para un juicio rpido, y el tribunal de primera instancia deber celebrar una audiencia de sealamientos, bajo previo aviso, dentro de los quince das de la pre sentacin de la demanda, para programar un juicio que comience en una fecha de al menos cinco das pero no ms de sesenta das de spus de la fecha de la llamada del calendario, a menos que el juez de primera instancia pre sente una orden con determinaciones de hecho que justifiquen una fecha de prueba ms de sesenta das despus de la audiencia de sealamientos. b. Todas las apelaciones a nivel estatal y los ataques colaterales sobre cualquier sentencia debern completarse dentro de los dos aos posteriores a la apelacin en casos que no sean capitales y dentro de los cinco aos pos teriores a la apelacin en casos capitales, a menos que un tribunal dicte una orden con con clusiones especficas acerca de por qu dicho tribunal no pudo cumplir con este subprrafo y las circunstancias que causaron el retraso. Cada ao, el juez principal de cualquier tribunal de apelacin del distrito o el presidente de la Suprema Corte informar caso por caso al presidente de la Cmara de Representantes y al presidente del Senado de todos los casos en que dicho tribunal introdujo una orden con re specto a la incapacidad de cumplir con este subprrafo. La legislatura podr promulgar leg islacin para implementar este subprrafo. (11) El derecho a ser informado de estos dere chos, y a ser informado de que las vctimas pueden buscar el consejo de un abogado con respecto a sus derechos. Esta informacin se pondr a disposicin del pblico en general y se proporcionar a todas las vctimas de delitos en forma de una tarjeta o por otros medios des tinados a informar efectivamente a la vctima de sus derechos en virtud de esta seccin. (c) La vctima, el abogado retenido de la vc tima, un representante legal de la vctima o la oficina del procurador del Estado, a peticin de la vctima, pueden hacer valer y solicitar el cumplimiento de los derechos enumerados en esta seccin y cualquier otro derecho otorgado a una vctima por ley en cualquier juicio o tribu nal de apelacin, o ante cualquier otra autori dad con jurisdiccin sobre el caso, como cuestin de derecho. El tribunal u otra autori dad con jurisdiccin actuar con prontitud sobre dicha solicitud, ofreciendo una solucin jurdica de acuerdo con la ley por la violacin de cualquier derecho. Las razones de cualquier decisin con respecto a la disposicin del dere cho de una vctima se indicarn claramente en el registro. (d) El otorgamiento de los derechos enumera dos en esta seccin a las vctimas no puede in terpretarse como denegacin o menoscabo de otros derechos que poseen las vctimas. Las disposiciones de esta seccin se aplican a todos los procesos penales y de justicia juvenil, son autoejecutables y no requieren una legis lacin de implementacin. Esta seccin no podr ser interpretada para crear cualquier causa de accin por daos y perjuicios contra el estado o una subdivisin poltica del estado, o contra cualquier funcionario, empleado o agente del estado o sus subdivisiones polticas. (e) Como se usa en esta seccin, una "vctima" es una persona que sufre dao fsico, psi colgico o financiero directo o amenazado como resultado de la perpetracin o intento de perpetracin de un delito o acto delincuencial o contra quien el delito o acto delincuente es cometido. El trmino "vctima" incluye al rep resentante legtimo de la vctima, al padre o tutor de un menor o al familiar de una vctima de homicidio, excepto cuando se demuestre que el inters de dicho individuo estara en conflicto real o potencial con los intereses de la vctima. El trmino "vctima" no incluye al acusado. Los trminos "delito" y "delincuente" incluyen conducta y actos delictivos. Las vcti mas del crimen o sus representantes legtimos, incluidos los familiares de las vctimas de homi cidios, tienen derecho a ser informados, a estar presentes, y a ser escuchados cuando sea per tinente, en todas las etapas cruciales de los procedimientos penales, en la medida en que estos derechos no interfieran con los derechos constitucionales del acusado ARTCULO V PODER JUDICIAL SECCI"N 8. Elegibilidad. —Ninguna personaser elegible para el cargo de juez de la cortesuprema o juez de cualquier corte a menos quedicha persona sea electora del estado y resi dente de la jurisdiccin territorial de la corte.Ningn juez o magistrado servir despus dehaber cumplido los setenta y cinco setenta aos de edad, excepto en el caso de una asi gnacin temporal, o para completar un trmino, la mitad del cual ya haya sido cumplido Ninguna persona es elegible para la Oficina deJusticia de la Corte Suprema o para ser juezde un tribunal de apelaciones de distrito, amenos que la persona sea, y haya sido durantelos ltimos diez aos, miembro del colegio deabogados de Florida. Ninguna persona es eleg ible para la oficina de juez del circuito a menosque la persona sea, y haya sido durante los l timos cinco aos, miembro del colegio de abo gados de Florida. A menos que la ley generaldisponga lo contrario, ninguna persona es eleg ible para la oficina de juez del tribunal del con dado, a menos que la persona sea, y haya sidodurante los ltimos cinco aos, miembro delcolegio de abogados de Florida. A menos quela ley general disponga lo contrario, una per sona ser elegible ya sea por eleccin o nom bramiento a la oficina de juez del tribunal delcondado en un condado cuya poblacin sea de40,000 habitantes o menos, si la persona es unmiembro acreditado del Colegio de Abogadosde Florida.SECCI"N 21. Interpretacin judicial de estatu tos y reglas. —Al interpretar un estatuto o norma estatal, un tribunal estatal o un fun cionario atendiendo a una accin administra tiva de conformidad con la ley general no podr deferir a la interpretacin de la agencia admin istrativa de tal estatuto o regla, y deber, por el contrario, interpretar dicho estatuto o regla por segunda vez. ARTCULO XII ANEXO Elegibilidad de magistrados y jueces. —La en mienda a la Seccin 8 del Artculo V, que au menta la edad a la que un juez o magistrado ya no es elegible para servir en un cargo judi cial excepto por asignacin temporal, entrar en vigencia el 1 de julio de 2019. N. 7 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO IX, SECCIONES 7 Y 8 ARTCULO X, NUEVA SECCI"N TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Beneficios para los Sobrevivientes de Miem bros de Primeros Auxilios y Miembros Militares;Colegios y Universidades PblicasRESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DEVOTACI"N:Concede el pago obligatorio de beneficios porfallecimiento y la exencin de ciertos gastos deeducacin a los sobrevivientes calificados deciertos miembros de primeros auxilios y miem bros militares que mueran realizando tareasoficiales. Exige una supermayora de votos delos administradores universitarios y de la juntade gobernadores del sistema universitario es tatal para recaudar o imponer todas las tarifasautorizadas legislativamente si la ley requierela aprobacin de dichos organismos. Estableceel sistema de colegios estatales existente comouna entidad constitucional; proporciona estruc tura de gobierno.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO IX EDUCACI"N SECCI"N 7. Sistema Universitario Estatal. —(a) PROP"SITOS. Con el fin de lograr la exce lencia a travs de la enseanza de los estudi antes, de avanzar la investigacin y de proveerservicios pblicos para el beneficio de los ciu dadanos de la Florida, sus comunidades yeconomas, el pueblo de la Florida estableceun sistema de gobierno para el sistema univer sitario del estado de la Florida.(b) SISTEMA UNIVERSITARIO ESTATAL.Habr solo un sistema universitario estatal queincluir todas las universidades pblicas. Unajunta de fideicomisarios administrar cada uni versidad pblica y una junta de gobernadoresgobernar el sistema universitario del estado.(c) JUNTAS DE FIDEICOMISARIOS LO CALES. Cada universidad constituyente localser administrada por una junta de fideicomis arios constituida por trece miembros dedicadosa los fines del sistema universitario estatal. Lajunta de gobernadores establecer las facul tades y los deberes de la junta de fideicomis arios. Cada junta de fideicomisarios consistirde seis ciudadanos miembros nombrados porel gobernador y cinco ciudadanos miembrosnombrados por la junta de gobernadores. Losmiembros nombrados debern ser confirmadospor el Senado y servirn por perodos escalon ados de cinco aos como provisto por ley. Elpresidente del senado de la facultad, o suequivalente, y el presidente del cuerpo estudi antil de la universidad tambin sern miem bros.(d) JUNTA ESTATAL DE GOBERNADORES.La junta de gobernadores ser un organismoempresarial consistente de diecisiete miem bros. La junta deber operar, regular, controlar,y ser plenamente responsable por el manejo detodo el sistema universitario. Estas respons abilidades incluyen, sin limitacin, la definicinde la misin propia de cada universidad consti tuyente y su articulacin con escuelas gratuitaspblicas y centros de formacin profesional,asegurando la coordinacin, buena planifi cacin, y funcionamiento del sistema, y laevitacin de la duplicacin excesiva de instala ciones o programas. La direccin de la juntaestar sujeta a los poderes de la legislatura deasignar los gastos de los fondos, y la juntarendir cuentas sobre esos gastos conforme alo previsto por ley. El gobernador nombrar ala junta catorce ciudadanos dedicados a losfines del sistema universitario estatal. Losmiembros nombrados debern ser confirmadospor el Senado y servirn trminos escalonadosde siete aos como dispuesto por ley. El comi sionado de la educacin, el presidente del con sejo asesor del senado de la facultad, o suequivalente, y el presidente de la asociacin deestudiantes de la Florida, o su equivalente,sern tambin miembros de la junta.(e) TARIFAS. Cualquier propuesta o accin de una universidad constituyente para recaudar, imponer o autorizar cualquier tarifa, segn lo autoriza la ley, debe ser aprobada por al menos nueve votos afirmativos de los miembros del consejo directivo de la universidad consti tuyente, en caso de que la aprobacin de la junta directiva sea requerida por la ley general, y al menos doce votos afirmativos de los miem bros de la junta de gobernadores, en caso de que la ley general exija la aprobacin de la junta de gobernadores, para que entre en vi gencia. Una tarifa bajo esta subseccin no in cluir la matrcula. SECCI"N 8. Sistema De Colegios Estatales. — (a) PROP"SITOS. Con el fin de lograr la exce lencia y proporcionar acceso a la educacin universitaria a los estudiantes de este estado; de originar caminos articulados para un grado de bachillerato; de garantizar un compromiso superior con la enseanza y el aprendizaje; y de responder de manera rpida y eficiente a la demanda de las comunidades mediante la alin eacin de los certificados y programas de grado con las necesidades locales y regionales de la fuerza de trabajo, el pueblo de la Florida, en virtud de este acto, establece un sistema de gobierno para el sistema de colegios estatales de la Florida. (b) SISTEMA DE COLEGIOS ESTATALES. Habr un sistema de colegios estatales nico compuesto por todos los institutos de forma cin profesional y colegios estatales pblicos. Una junta directiva local deber gobernar cada institucin del sistema de colegios estatales y la junta de educacin del estado deber super visar el sistema de colegios estatales. (c) JUNTAS DIRECTIVAS LOCALES. Cada in stitucin del sistema de colegios estatales es tar gobernada por una junta directiva local dedicada a los propsitos del sistema de cole gios estatales. Un miembro de la junta directiva debe ser residente del rea en el cual el colegio preste sus servicios. Los poderes y deberes de las juntas directivas sern provistos por la ley. Cada miembro ser designado por el gober nador en trminos escalonados de 4 aos, su jeto a la confirmacin del Senado. (d) PAPEL DE LA JUNTA DE EDUCACI"N DEL ESTADO. La junta de educacin del es tado supervisar el sistema de colegios es tatales segn lo estipule la ley. ARTCULO X MISCELNEO Beneficios para los Sobrevivientes de Miem bros de Primeros Auxilios y Miembros Militares.—(a) La agencia empleadora pagar un beneficio por fallecimiento cuando un bombero; un paramdico; un tcnico mdico de emergencia; un polica, un oficial de correccional, un oficial de libertad condicional; o un miembro de la Guardia Nacional de Florida, mientras partici pan en el desempeo de sus deberes oficiales, sea: (1) Accidentalmente asesinado o reciba le siones corporales accidentales que resulten en la prdida de la vida de la persona, siempre que tal asesinato no sea el resultado de un sui cidio y que tal lesin corporal no sea auto in fligida intencionalmente; o (2) Muera o sea asesinado ilcita e intencional mente como resultado de tal acto ilcito e inten cional o sea asesinado durante el servicio activo. (b) Un beneficio por fallecimiento se pagar con fondos provenientes de los ingresos gen erales cuando un miembro en servicio activo de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos sea: (1) Accidentalmente asesinado o reciba le siones corporales accidentales que resulten en la prdida de la vida de la persona, siempre que tal asesinato no sea el resultado de un sui cidio y que tal lesin corporal no sea autoin fligida intencionalmente; o (2) Muera o sea asesinado ilcita e intencional mente como resultado de tal acto ilcito e inten cional o sea asesinado durante el servicio activo. (c) Si un bombero; un paramdico; un tcnico mdico de emergencia; un polica, un oficial correccional u oficial de libertad condicional; o un miembro de servicio activo de la Guardia Nacional de la Florida o las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos es asesinado acciden talmente como se especifica en los prrafos (a)(1) y (b)(1) o asesinado ilcita e intencional mente segn lo especificado en los prrafos (a)(2) y (b)(2), el estado deber exonerar cier tos gastos educativos que el nio o el cnyuge del miembro de primeros auxilios o militar fall ecido incurra al obtener un certificado voca cional, una educacin de pregrado o una educacin de posgrado. (d) Un miembro de primeros auxilios elegible debe haber estado trabajando para el Estado de Florida o cualquiera de sus subdivisiones polticas o agencias en el momento de su muerte. Un miembro militar elegible debe haber sido residente de este estado o que su puesto de trabajo haya pertenecido al mismo en el mo mento de su muerte. (e) La legislatura implementar esta seccin por ley general. (f) Esta seccin entrar en vigencia el 1 de julio de 2019. N. 8 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO IX, SECCI"N 4, NUEVA SECCI"N ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCI"N TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Lmites y Deberes del Termino de la Junta Es colar; Escuelas Pblicas RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Establece un lmite de mandato de ocho aos consecutivos para los miembros de la junta es colar y requiere que la legislatura provea fon dos para la promocin de la alfabetizacincvica en las escuelas pblicas. Actualmente,las juntas escolares del distrito tienen el deberconstitucional de operar, controlar y supervisartodas las escuelas pblicas. La enmiendamantiene los deberes de una junta escolar a las escuelas pblicas que establezca, pero per mite que el estado opere, controle y superviselas escuelas pblicas no establecidas por la junta escolar.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO IX EDUCACI"N SECCI"N 4. Distritos escolares; juntas esco lares. —(a) Cada condado constituir un distrito esco lar; sin embargo, dos o ms condados con tiguos, con el voto de los electores de cada condado conforme a ley, podrn ser combina dos en un distrito escolar. En cada distrito es colar habr una junta escolar compuesta decinco o ms miembros electos por el voto delos electores en una eleccin no-partidista,para mandatos de cuatro aos apropiadamente escalonados, segn lo dispuesto por ley. Una persona no puede aparecer en la boleta para la reeleccin a la oficina de la junta escolar si, para el final del mandato actual, la persona hu biese servido, o hubiese servido si no fuese por su renuncia, durante ocho aos consecutivos. (b) La junta escolar deber operar, controlar, y supervisar todas las escuelas gratuitas pbli cas establecidas por la junta escolar del distrito dentro del distrito escolar y deber determinarla tasa de impuestos del distrito escolar dentrode los lmites establecidos en este documento.Dos o ms distritos escolares podrn operar y financiar programas educativos comunes. SECCI"N. Alfabetizacin cvica. — Como la educacin es esencial para la preservacin de los derechos y las libertades de las personas, la legislatura deber proveer fondos por ley para la promocin de la alfabetizacin cvica con el fin de garantizar que los estudiantes ma triculados en la educacin pblica comprendan y estn preparados para ejercer sus derechos y responsabilidades como ciudadanos de una repblica constitucional. ARTCULO XII APNDICE Limitacin del mandato para los miembros de una junta escolar del distrito. Esta seccin y la enmienda a la Seccin 4 del Artculo IX que imponen lmites a los trminos de los mandatos de los miembros de la junta escolar del distrito entrarn en vigor en la fecha en que sean aprobadas por el electorado, pero ningn ser vicio en un mandato que comenz antes del 6 de noviembre de 2018, se contar en contra de la limitacin impuesta por esta enmienda. N. 9 REVISI"N CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO II, SECCI"N 7 ARTICULO X, SECCI"N 20 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N: Prohibicin de la Perforacin de Petrleo y Gas en Alta Mar; Prohibicin del Fumado de Cigar rillos Electrnicos en Lugares de Trabajo Encerrados. RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACI"N:Prohbe la perforacin para la exploracin o ex traccin de petrleo y gas natural debajo detodas las aguas estatales entre la lnea de media alta y los lmites territoriales ms aleja dos del estado. Agrega, con excepciones, eluso de dispositivos electrnicos generadoresde vapor a la prohibicin actual de consumo de tabaco en lugares de trabajo encerrados; per mite ordenanzas locales de vapor ms restric tivas.TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO II DISPOSICIONES GENERALES SECCI"N 7. Recursos naturales y belleza es cnica. — (a) Ser la poltica de este estado conservar y proteger sus recursos naturales y belleza es cnica. La ley establecer disposiciones ade cuadas para la reduccin de la contaminacin del aire y el agua y del ruido excesivo e innece sario y para la conservacin y proteccin de los recursos naturales.(b) Aquellos en el rea Agrcola de los Ever glades que causen contaminacin del agua dentro del rea de Proteccin de los Ever glades o el rea Agrcola de los Evergladessern los principales responsables de pagar loscostos de la reduccin de esa contaminacin. Para propsito de esta subseccin, los trmi nos “rea Agricultural de los Everglades” y“rea Protegida de los Everglades” tendrn la misma definicin como las definiciones con tenidas en las leyes en efecto el 1 de enero de 1996. (c) Para proteger a la poblacin de Florida y su entorno, la perforacin para exploracin o ex traccin de petrleo o gas natural est pro hibida en tierras debajo de todas las aguas estatales que no se hayan alienado y que se encuentren entre la lnea de media alta y los lmites exteriores de los mares territoriales del estado. Esta prohibicin no aplica al transporte de productos de petrleo y gas producidos fuera de dichas aguas. Esta subseccin es au toejecutable. ARTCULO X MISCELNEO SECCI"N 20. Lugares de trabajo sin humo o vapor de tabaco. — (a) PROHIBICI"N. Como una iniciativa de salud para proteger a las personas de los ries gos de salud del humo y del vapor de tabaco de segunda mano, el consumo de tabaco y el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor estn prohibidos est prohibido en lu gares de trabajo encerrados dentro del estado de Florida. Esta seccin no excluye la adopcin de ordenanzas que impongan una regulacin ms restrictiva sobre el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor que la pro porcionada en esta seccin. (b) EXCEPCIONES. Como se explica en lasdefiniciones siguientes, se puede permitir el consumo de tabaco y el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor en residen cias privadas siempre que no se utilicen com ercialmente para proporcionar cuidado infantil,cuidado de adultos, atencin mdica, ocualquier combinacin de los mismos; y, adems, puede permitirse en tiendas minoris B10 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B11tas de tabaco, minoristas de dispositivos elec trnicos generadores de vapor habitaciones designadas para fumadores en hoteles y otros establecimientos pblicos de alojamiento; y en bares independientes. Sin embargo, nada en esta seccin o en su legislacin de aplicacin o reglamentos, le prohbe al propietario, arren datario u otra persona en el control de la uti lizacin de un lugar de trabajo encerrado el derecho de imponer prohibiciones o limita ciones ms estrictas con respecto a fumar o usar dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor en el lugar. (c) DEFINICIONES. A los fines de esta seccin, las siguientes palabras y trminos tendrn los significados indicados: (1) "Fumar" significa inhalar, exhalar, quemar, transportar o poseer cualquier producto de tabaco encendido, incluidos cigarrillos, ha banos, tabaco para pipa y cualquier otro pro ducto de tabaco encendido. (2) "Humo de segunda mano", tambin cono cido como humo de tabaco ambiental (HTA), significa humo emitido por el tabaco encendido, humeante o en combustin cuando el fumador no est inhalando; humo emitido en la boquilla durante el soplo; y humo exhalado por el fu mador. (3) "Trabajo" significa cualquier empleo o ser vicio de empleo provedo por una persona a peticin de otra persona o personas o de cualquier entidad pblica o privada, ya sea pago o no, ya sea a tiempo completo o parcial, ya sea legal o no. "Trabajo" incluye, sin limita ciones, cualquier servicio realizado por un em pleado, contratista independiente, agente, socio, propietario, gerente, funcionario, director, aprendiz, pasante, asociado, servidor, volun tario y similares. (4) Lugar de trabajo encerrado" significa cualquier lugar donde una o ms personas se dediquen al trabajo, cuyo espacio est predom inante o totalmente delimitado por barreras fsi cas en todos los lados y por encima, independientemente de si tales barreras con stituyen o incluyen aberturas descubiertas, aberturas parcialmente cubiertas o con pan tallas; ventanas abiertas o cerradas, persianas, puertas o similares. Esta seccin aplica a todos los lugares de trabajo encerrados sin importar si el trabajo se est produciendo en un mo mento dado. (5) El uso "Comercial" de una residencia pri vada significa cualquier perodo durante el cual el propietario, arrendatario u otra persona que ocupe o controle el uso de la residencia privada est suministrando o permitiendo que se sum inistre: cuidado de nios, cuidado de adultos mayores, atencin mdica, o cualquier combi nacin de los mismos en la residencia privada, y que reciba o espere recibir una compen sacin por ello. (6) Tienda minorista de tabaco" significa cualquier lugar de trabajo encerrado dedicado principalmente a la venta al por menor de tabaco, productos de tabaco y accesorios para tales productos, en el cual la venta de otros productos o servicios sea meramente inciden tal. (7) "Habitaciones designadas para fumadores en establecimientos pblicos de alojamiento" significa los dormitorios y reas privadas direc tamente asociadas, tales como baos, salas de estar y reas de cocina, si las hay, alquiladas a huspedes para su ocupacin transitoria ex clusiva en establecimientos pblicos de alo jamiento, incluyendo hoteles, moteles, condominios de resorts, apartamentos transi torios, establecimientos de alojamiento transi torio, casas de hospedaje, pensiones, viviendas de complejos tursticos, posadas de alojamiento y desayuno y similares; que sean designadas por la persona o personas que tienen autoridad de gestin sobre el establec imiento de alojamiento pblico como habita ciones en las que se permite fumar. (8) "Bar independiente" se refiere a un lugar de negocios dedicado, durante cualquier mo mento de su operacin, en mayor parte o total mente a servir bebidas alcohlicas, bebidas embriagantes, licores embriagantes, o cualquier combinacin de los mismos para su consumo en las instalaciones autorizadas; en el cual el servicio de alimentos, si lo hay, es meramente secundario al consumo de tales bebidas; y que no se encuentra dentro, ni com parte, cualquier entrada o rea interior comn con ningn otro lugar de trabajo encerrado que incluya cualquier negocio para el cual la venta de alimentos o cualquier otro producto o servi cio sea ms que una fuente incidental de ingre sos brutos. (9) "Dispositivo electrnico generador de vapor" significa cualquier producto que emplee un medio electrnico, qumico o mecnico capaz de producir vapor o aerosol a partir de un producto de nicotina o cualquier otra sus tancia, incluidos, entre otros, un cigarrillo elec trnico, cigarro electrnico, pipa electrnica u otro dispositivo o producto similar, cualquier cartucho de recambio para dicho dispositivo y cualquier otro recipiente de una solucin u otra sustancia destinada a ser utilizada con o dentro de un cigarrillo electrnico, cigarro electrnico, pipa electrnica u otro dispositivo o producto similar. (10) Minorista de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor" se refiere a cualquier lugar de trabajo encerrado dedicado principal mente a la venta al por menor de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor, y compo nentes y accesorios para tales productos, en el que la venta de otros productos o servicios sea meramente incidental. (d) LEGISLACIN. En la prxima sesin leg islativa regular que se produzca despus de la aprobacin de esta seccin o cualquier en mienda a esta seccin enmienda por parte de los votantes, la Legislatura de Florida aprobar legislacin para implementar esta seccin y cualquier enmienda a esta seccin enmienda de una manera consistente con su objetivo general y trminos establecidos, y con una fecha de vigencia a ms tardar del 1 de julio del ao siguiente de la aprobacin de los votantes. Dicha legislacin deber incluir, sin limita ciones, sanciones civiles por violaciones de esta seccin; disposiciones para la aplicacin de medidas administrativas; y el requisito y au torizacin de las reglas de la agencia para su implementacin y cumplimiento. Esta seccin no Nada de lo contenido le prohbe a la Legis latura promulgar una ley que constituya o que permita una regulacin ms restrictiva sobre el consumo de tabaco y el uso de dispositivos electrnicos generadores de vapor que la proporcionada en esta seccin. N. 10 REVISIN CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO III, SECCIN 3 ARTCULO IV, SECCIONES 4 Y 11 ARTCULO VIII, SECCIONES 1 Y 6 TTULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Estructura y Operacin del Gobierno Estatal y Local RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Requiere legislatura para conservar el Depar tamento de Asuntos de Veteranos. Asegura la eleccin de alguaciles, tasadores de propiedad, supervisores de elecciones, recau dadores de impuestos y secretarios de tribunal en todos los condados; elimina la capacidad de los estatutos del condado para abolir, cambiar el mandato, transferir deberes o eliminar la eleccin de estas oficinas. Cambia la fecha de inicio de la sesin legislativa anual en los aos pares de marzo a enero; elimina la autorizacin de la legislatura para fijar otra fecha. Crea una oficina de seguridad nacional y contraterror ismo dentro del departamento de aplicacin de la ley. TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO III LEGISLATURA SECCIN 3. Sesiones de la legislatura. (a) SESIONES DE ORGANIZACIN. En el decimocuarto da despus de cada eleccin general, la Legislatura se convocar en sesin con el propsito exclusivo de la organizacin y seleccin de oficiales. (b) SESIONES REGULARES. Una sesin reg ular de la legislatura se convocar el primer martes despus del primer lunes de marzo de cada ao impar, y en el segundo primer martes despus del primer lunes de enero marzo, o en cualquier otra fecha que pueda ser fijada por ley, de cada ao par. (c) SESIONES ESPECIALES. (1) El gobernador, mediante una proclamacin que declare el propsito, podr convocar a la legislatura en sesin especial, durante la cual slo se tratar actividad legislativa que sea rel evante a la proclamacin, o a una comuni cacin del gobernador, o que se introduzca con el consentimiento de dos tercios de los miem bros de cada cmara. (2) Una sesin especial de la legislatura podr ser convocada segn sea dispuesto por ley. (d) DURACIN DE LAS SESIONES. Una sesin regular de la legislatura no podr durar ms de sesenta das consecutivos, y una sesin especial no durar ms de veinte das consecutivos, a menos de que sea extendida ms all de ese lmite por un voto de tres quin tas partes de cada cmara. Durante dicha ex tensin ningn asunto nuevo podr ser tratado en ninguna de las cmaras sin el consen timiento de dos tercios de sus miembros. (e) POSTERGACIN. Ninguna de las cmaras podr postergarse por ms de setenta y dos horas consecutivas, a menos que sea en virtud de una resolucin concurrente. (f) POSTERGACIN POR EL GOBERNADOR. Si durante alguna sesin regular o especial las dos cmaras no pueden acordar sobre el tiempo de postergacin, el gobernador podr postergar la sesin sine die o a cualquier fecha durante el perodo autorizado para esas se siones, siempre y cuando, por lo menos vein ticuatro horas antes de postergar la sesin y mientras ninguna cmara est en receso, cada cmara reciba aviso formal y por escrito de la intencin del gobernador. Un acuerdo alcan zado por ambas cmaras acerca del momento de postergacin durante ese perodo deber prevalecer. ARTCULO IV EJECUTIVO SECCIN 4. Gabinete. (a) Existir un gabinete compuesto de un fiscal general, un jefe financiero, y un comisionado de agricultura. En adicin a los poderes y de beres especificados aqu, podrn ejercer tales poderes y desempear tales deberes como pueda ser provisto por ley. En caso de una votacin empate entre el gobernador y el gabi nete, el lado en cul el gobernador vot a favor se considerar prevaleciente. (b) El fiscal general deber ser el jefe legal es tatal. Ser creada en la oficina del fiscal gen eral la posicin de fiscal del estado. El fiscal del estado tendr jurisdiccin concurrente con los abogados del estado para procesar la violacin de leyes criminales que han o hayan ocurrido en dos o ms circuitos judiciales como parte de una transaccin relacionada, o cuando cualquier tal delito est afectando o haya afec tado a dos o ms circuitos judiciales tal y como provisto por ley general. El fiscal del estado ser nombrado por el fiscal general de entre no menos de tres personas nominadas por la comisin de nominaciones judiciales para la Corte Suprema, o como sea provisto por ley general. (c) El director de finanzas servir como el prin cipal funcionario financiero del estado, saldar y aprobar cuentas debidas por el estado, y al macenar todos los fondos y valores del es tado. (d) El comisionado de agricultura tendr super visin sobre asuntos relacionados con la agri cultura excepto cuando sea provisto de lo contrario por ley. (e) El gobernador como presidente, el director de finanzas, y el fiscal general constituirn la junta estatal de administracin, la cual asumir todo el poder, control, y autoridad de la junta estatal de administracin establecida por el Artculo IX, Seccin 16 de la Constitucin de 1885, y la cual continuar como entidad por lo menos durante la vida del Artculo XII, Seccin 9(c). El gobernador como presidente, el director de finanzas, el fiscal general, y el comisionado de agricultura constituirn los administradores fiduciarios del fideicomiso de mejora interna y del fideicomiso de adquisicin de tierras como provisto por ley. (g) El gobernador como presidente, el director de finanzas, el fiscal general, y el comisionado de agricultura constituyen la directiva de agen cia del Departamento de Investigaciones Crim inales. La Oficina de Seguridad Domstica y Contraterrorismo se crea dentro del Departa mento de Aplicacin de la Ley. La Oficina de Seguridad Domstica y Contraterrorismo pro porcionar apoyo a los fiscales y agencias de aplicacin de la ley federal, estatal y local que investiguen o analicen informacin relacionada con intentos y actos de terrorismo o que san cionen el terrorismo, y realizar cualquier otro cometido que establezca la ley. SECCIN 11. Departamento de Asuntos Vet eranos de Veteranos La legislatura, por ley general, deber organizar podr organizar la creacin de un Departamento de Asuntos Vet eranos de Veteranos y prescribir sus deberes La directiva del departamento son el gober nador y el gabinete. ARTCULO VIII GOBIERNO LOCAL SECCIN 1. Condados. (a) SUBDIVISIONES POLTICAS. El estado se dividir, por ley, en subdivisiones polticas lla madas condados. Los Condados podrn ser creados, abolidos o cambiados por ley, con provisiones para el pago o reparticin de la deuda pblica. (b) FONDOS DEL CONDADO. El cuidado, cus todia y mtodo de distribuir los fondos del con dado ser provisto por ley general. (c) GOBIERNO. Mediante ley general o espe cial, un gobierno del condado podr ser es tablecido por carta orgnica la cual se adoptar, enmendar, o revocar solo con el voto de los electores del condado en una elec cin especial convocada para ese propsito. (d) OFICIALES DEL CONDADO. Sern electos por los electores de cada condado, por trmi nos de cuatro aos, un alguacil, un recaudador de impuestos, un tasador de propiedades, un supervisor de elecciones, y un secretario de la corte de circuito; excepto que, cuando lo disponga la carta orgnica o una ley especial aprobada por el voto de los electores del con dado, cualquier funcionario del condado puede ser elegido de otra manera que est especifi cada en ella, o cualquier oficina del condado puede ser abolida cuando todos los deberes de la oficina prescritos por ley general sean trans feridos a otra oficina A menos que Cuando no por ley especial aprobada por la carta orgnica o voto de los electores o de conformidad con el Artculo V, Seccin 16 disponga lo contrario, el secretario de la corte de circuito ser secretario ex oficio de la junta de comisionados del condado, auditor, registrador y custodio de todos los fondos del condado. Sin perjuicio de la subseccin 6(e) de este artculo, la carta del condado no puede abolir la oficina de un al guacil, un recaudador de impuestos, un tasador de propiedades, un supervisor de elecciones o un secretario del tribunal de circuito; transferir los deberes de esos oficiales a otro oficial u oficina; cambiar la duracin del mandato de cu atro aos; o establecer cualquier forma de se leccin que no sea por eleccin de los electores del condado. (e) COMISIONADOS. Excepto cuando sea previsto de otra manera por la carta orgnica del condado, el cuerpo gobernante de cada condado ser una junta de comisionados del condado compuesto de cinco o siete miembros sirviendo trminos escalonados de cuatro aos. Despus de cada censo decenal el cuerpo de comisionados del condado dividir el condado en distritos de territorio contiguos lo ms iguales en poblacin posible. Un comision ado residiendo en cada distrito ser electo como previsto por ley. (f) GOBIERNO SIN CARTA ORGNICA Con dados que no operen bajo cartas orgnicas tendrn tal poder de autogobierno como sea previsto por ley general o especial. La junta de comisionados de un condado sin carta orgnica podr promulgar, en manera prescrita por ley general, ordenanzas de condado que no sean inconsistentes con ley general o espe cial, pero una ordenanza en conflicto con una ordenanza municipal no ser vlida dentro del municipio en medida de tal conflicto. (g) GOBIERNO DE CARTA ORGNICA Con dados actuando bajo cartas orgnicas de con dados tendrn todos los poderes de autogobierno local que no sean inconsistentes con ley general, o con ley especial aprobada por voto de los electores. El cuerpo gobernante de un condado actuando bajo una carta orgnica podr promulgar ordenanzas del con dado no inconsistentes con ley general. La carta orgnica proporcionar aquello que deba prevalecer en caso de conflicto entre ordenan zas del condado y ordenanzas municipales. (h) IMPUESTOS; LIMITACIONES. Propiedad situada dentro de municipios no ser sujeta a impuestos por servicios provistos por el con dado exclusivamente para beneficio de la propiedad o de los residentes en reas no in corporadas. (i) ORDENANZAS DEL CONDADO. Cada or denanza del condado se archivar con el cus todio de los registros estatales y entrar en vigor a tal tiempo de all en adelante como sea previsto por ley general. (j) VIOLACIN DE ORDENANZAS. Personas que violen las ordenanzas del condado sern procesadas y castigadas segn lo dispuesto por la ley. (k) SEDE DEL CONDADO. En cada condado habr una sede del condado donde estarn lo calizadas las oficinas principales y registros permanentes de todos los oficiales del con dado. La sede del condado no podr ser movida excepto sea previsto por ley general. Oficinas sucursales para conducir asuntos del condado podrn ser establecidas en otras partes del condado por resolucin del cuerpo gobernante en la manera prescrita por ley. Ningn instrumento se considerar registrado hasta que sea archivado en la sede del con dado, o en una oficina sucursal designada por el cuerpo gobernante del condado para el reg istro de instrumentos de acuerdo con la ley. SECCIN 6. Anexo al Artculo VIII. (a) Este artculo remplazar todo el Artculo VIII de la Constitucin de 1885, como fue enmen dada, excepto aquellas secciones retenidas expresamente y hechas parte de este artculo por referencia. (b) CONDADOS; SEDE DE CONDADO; MU NICIPIOS; DISTRITOS. El estado de los siguientes puntos, tal y como existan en la fecha en que este artculo tome efecto, es reconocido y ser prolongado hasta que se cambie de acuerdo con la ley: los condados del estado; su condicin con respecto a la legalidad de la venta de licores intoxicantes, vinos y cervezas; el mtodo de seleccin de los oficiales del con dado; el desempeo de funciones municipales por oficiales del condado; las sedes de los con dados; los municipios y distritos especiales del estado, sus poderes, jurisdiccin y gobierno. (c) OFICIALES A CONTINUAR EN EL CARGO. Toda persona que ocupe un cargo cuando este artculo tome efecto continuar en el cargo por el resto de su trmino si dicho cargo no es abolido. Si el cargo es abolido, al titular del cargo le ser pagada una compen sacin adecuada, la cual ser fijada por ley, por la prdida de emolumentos del resto del tr mino. (d) ORDENANZAS. Las leyes locales rela cionadas solamente con reas no incorporadas del condado que estn en existencia en la fecha en que este artculo tome efecto podrn ser enmendadas o derogadas por ordenanza del condado. (e) CONSOLIDACIN Y AUTONOMA DEL GOBIERNO LOCAL. El Articulo VIII, Secciones 9, 10, 11 y 24, de la Constitucin de 1885, segn enmendada, permanecer en plena vi gencia y efecto en cuanto a cada condado afectado, como si este artculo nunca hubiera sido adoptado, hasta que aquel condado adopte expresamente una carta orgnica o plan de autonoma gubernamental mediante este artculo. Todas las provisiones de La Carta Orgnica de Autonoma Gubernamental del Condado de Dade, adoptadas hasta ahora o de aqu en adelante por los electores del Condado de Dade, en conformidad con el Ar ticulo VIII, Seccin 11, de la Constitucin de 1885, segn enmendada, sern vlidas, y cualquier enmienda a tal carta orgnica ser vlida; siempre y cuando dichas provisiones de la carta orgnica y dichas enmiendas a la misma sean autorizadas bajo dicho Artculo VIII, Seccin 11, de la Constitucin de 1885, segn enmendada. (f) CONDADO DE DADE; PODERES CONFERIDOS SOBRE MUNICIPIOS. En la medida en que no sea inconsistente con los poderes de municipios existentes o ley general, El Go bierno Metropolitano del Condado de Dade podr ejercer todos los poderes conferidos ahora o de aqu en adelante por ley general a los municipios. (g) SELECCIN Y OBLIGACIONES DE LOS OFICIALES DEL CONDADO. (1) Salvo lo dispuesto en esta subseccin, la enmienda a la Seccin 1 de este artculo, rela cionada con la seleccin y obligaciones de los funcionarios del condado, entrar en vigencia el 5 de enero de 2021, pero regir con respecto a la calificacin y la celebracin de las elec ciones primarias y generales para oficiales con stitucionales del condado en 2020. (2) Para el Condado de Miami-Dade y el Con dado de Broward, la enmienda a la Seccin 1 de este artculo, relacionada con la seleccin y obligaciones de los oficiales del condado, en trar en vigencia el 7 de enero de 2025, pero regir con respecto a la calificacin y la cele bracin de las elecciones primarias y generales para oficiales constitucionales del condado en 2024. (h) (g) SUPRESIN DE ARTCULOS OBSOLE TOS DEL APNDICE. La legislatura tendr el poder, a travs de resolucin conjunta, de bor rar de este artculo cualquier subseccin de esta Seccin 6, incluyendo esta subseccin, cuando todos los eventos a los cuales la sub seccin que ser borrada es o podra ser aplic able hayan ocurrido. Una determinacin legislativa hecha como base para la aplicacin de esta subseccin deber ser sujeta a revisin judicial. N. 11 REVISIN CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO I, SECCIN 2 ARTICULO X, SECCIONES 9 Y 19 TITULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Derechos de Propiedad; Eliminacin de la Dis posicin Obsoleta; Estatutos Criminales RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Elimina el lenguaje discriminatorio relacionado con los derechos de propiedades determi nadas. Elimina el lenguaje obsoleto derogado por los votantes. Elimina la disposicin de que la enmienda de un estatuto penal no afectar el enjuiciamiento o las sanciones para un delito cometido antes de la enmienda; retiene la dis posicin actual que permite el enjuiciamiento de un delito cometido antes de la derogacin de un estatuto penal. TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO I DECLARACIN DE DERECHOS SECCIN 2. Derechos bsicos.Todas las personas naturales, tanto mujeres como hom bres, son iguales ante la ley y tienen derechos inalienables, entre los que se encuentran el derecho a disfrutar y a defender la vida y la lib ertad, a buscar la felicidad, a ser recompensa dos por la industria y a adquirir, poseer y proteger propiedad; excepto que la posesin, la herencia, la disposicin y la posesin de propiedades determinadas por parte de extran jeros no elegibles para la ciudadana puede estar regulada o prohibida por la ley Ninguna persona ser privada de ningn derecho de bido a su raza, religin, origen nacional o dis capacidad fsica. ARTCULO X MISCELNEO SECCIN 9. Derogacin de los estatutos pe nales. La derogacin o enmienda de una ley penal no afectar el enjuiciamiento o castigo por cualquier delito cometido previamente antes de dicha derogacin. SECCIN 19. Derogada Sistema de transporte terrestre de alta velocidad. Para reducir la congestin del trfico y proporcionar alternati vas al pblico que viaja, se declara de inters pblico que un sistema de transporte terrestre de alta velocidad compuesto por un monorral, lnea ferroviaria o sistema de levitacin mag ntica, capaz de alcanzar velocidades superi ores a 120 millas por hora, sea desarrollado y operado en el Estado de Florida con el fin de proporcionar transporte terrestre de alta veloci dad mediante tecnologas innovadoras, efi cientes y efectivas que incorporen rieles o carriles separados del trfico de vehculos au tomotores y enlacen las cinco reas urbanas ms grandes del Estado segn lo determinado por la Legislatura, y de proporcionar acceso a las instalaciones y servicios de transporte ter restre y areo ya existentes. Se ordena a la Legislatura, al Gabinete y al Gobernador a pro ceder con el desarrollo de dicho sistema por parte del Estado y/o de una entidad privada en conformidad con la aprobacin y autorizacin del Estado, incluida la adquisicin de los dere chos de va, el financiamiento del diseo y la construccin de este sistema, y la operacin del sistema, como provisto por apropiacin es pecfica y por ley, con la construccin para comenzar el da 1 de noviembre de 2003 o antes de esa fecha. N. 12 REVISIN CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO II, SECCIN 8 ARTCULO V, SECCIN 13 ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCIN TITULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Cabildeo y Abuso de Poder por parte de Fun cionarios Pblicos RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Expande las restricciones actuales sobre el ca bildeo para obtener compensacin por parte de ex funcionarios pblicos; crea restricciones al cabildeo por compensacin para funcionarios pblicos en servicio y ex magistrados y jueces; proporciona excepciones; prohbe el abuso de un cargo pblico por parte de funcionarios pblicos y empleados para obtener un benefi cio personal. TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO II PROVISIONES GENERALES SECCIN 8. tica en el gobierno. Una oficina pblica constituye un fondo pblico. El pueblo tiene el derecho de proteger y sostener ese fondo contra el abuso. Para asegurar este derecho: (a) Todo funcionario constitucional electo, los candidatos para tales cargos, y otros funcionar ios pblicos, candidatos, y empleados, debern presentar pblica y completamente las revela ciones de sus intereses financieros cuando sea dispuesto por ley. (b) Todos los funcionarios pblicos electos y candidatos para tales cargos debern presen tar pblica y completamente las revelaciones de las finanzas de sus campaas. (c) Cualquier funcionario pblico o empleado que viole el fondo pblico para obtener benefi cios privados y cualquier persona o entidad que induzca tal infraccin deber responder al es tado por todos los beneficios econmicos obtenidos por sus acciones. El modo de recu peracin y daos adicionales pueden ser pre vistos por ley. (d) Cualquier funcionario pblico o empleado que haya sido condenado por un delito grave por violar el fondo publico estar sujeto a perder sus derechos y privilegios bajo el sis tema de retiro pblico o plan de pensin en la manera en que pueda ser provisto por ley. (e) Ningn miembro de la legislatura u oficial estatal electo podr representar bajo pago a otra persona o entidad ante una agencia o cuerpo gubernamental del cual el individuo fue funcionario o miembro por un periodo de dos aos despus de vacar su cargo. Ningn miembro de la legislatura personalmente rep resentar bajo pago a otra persona o entidad durante el plazo de su cargo ante cualquier agencia estatal que no sea un tribunal judicial. Restricciones similares contra otros funcionar ios pblicos o empleados podrn ser estable cidas por ley. (f) (1) Para los fines de esta subseccin, el tr mino "funcionario pblico" significa un fun cionario electo estatal, un miembro de la legislatura, un comisionado del condado, un funcionario del condado de conformidad con el Artculo VIII o con el estatuto del condado, un miembro de la junta escolar, un superinten dente de escuelas, un funcionario municipal electo, un oficial de distrito especial elegido en un distrito especial con autoridad tributaria ad valorem, o una persona que sirva como secre taria, directora ejecutiva u otra agencia jefe de departamento de la rama ejecutiva del gob ierno del estado. (2) Un funcionario pblico no cabildear para obtener compensacin sobre asuntos de poltica, asignaciones o adquisiciones ante el gobierno federal, la legislatura, cualquier agen cia u organismo del gobierno estatal o cualquier subdivisin poltica de este estado, durante su mandato. (3) Un funcionario pblico no cabildear para que se le pague una indemnizacin en asuntos de polticas, asignaciones o adquisiciones du rante un perodo de seis aos despus de que su cargo pblico sea vacante, como se indica a continuacin: a. Un funcionario electo a nivel estatal o un miembro de la legislatura no cabildear a la legislatura ni a ningn organismo o agencia del gobierno estatal. b. Una persona que se desempee como sec retaria, directora ejecutiva u otro jefe de agen cia de departamento de la rama ejecutiva del gobierno estatal no cabildear a la legislatura, al gobernador, a la oficina ejecutiva del gober nador, a los miembros del gabinete, a ningn departamento que sea encabezado por un miembro del gabinete, o a su departamento an terior. c. Un comisionado del condado, un funcionario del condado de conformidad con el Artculo VIII o el estatuto del condado, un miembro del con sejo escolar, un superintendente de escuelas, un funcionario municipal electo o un funcionario del distrito especial elegido en un distrito espe cial con autoridad tributaria ad valorem no ca bildear a su antigua agencia u organismo de gobierno. (4) Esta subseccin no se interpretar como que prohbe a un funcionario pblico llevar a cabo los deberes de su cargo pblico. (5) La legislatura podr promulgar legislacin para implementar esta subseccin, que in cluya, entre otras cosas, la definicin de trmi nos y la imposicin de sanciones por violaciones. Dicha ley no deber contener dis posiciones sobre ningn otro tema. (g)(f) Habr una comisin independiente para conducir investigaciones y hacer reportes pbli cos sobre todas las denuncias concernientes a infracciones contra el fondo pblico por fun cionarios pblicos o empleados no dentro de la jurisdiccin de la comisin de calificaciones ju diciales. (h)(1) (g) Un Cdigo de tica para todos los em pleados estatales y funcionarios no judiciales que prohba conflicto entre cargos pblicos e intereses privados ser previsto por ley. (2) Un funcionario o empleado pblico no de ber abusar de su posicin pblica para obtener un beneficio desproporcionado para s mismo; su cnyuge, hijos o empleador; o para cualquier negocio con el que contrate; en el que l o ella sea un oficial, un socio, un director o un propietario; o en el que posea algn in ters. La Comisin de tica de Florida deber, por norma de conformidad con los proced imientos legales que rigen la reglamentacin administrativa, definir el trmino "beneficio de sproporcionado" y prescribir la intencin re querida para encontrar una violacin de esta prohibicin a los efectos de hacer cumplir este prrafo. Las penalizaciones apropiadas sern prescritas por ley. (i)(h) Esta seccin no se interpretar para limitar revelaciones y prohibiciones que puedan ser establecidas para preservar el bien pblico y evitar conflictos entre las funciones pblicas y los intereses privados. (j)(i) Apndice. En la fecha en que esta en mienda sea efectiva y hasta que sea cambiada por ley: (1) La revelacin pblica y completa de intere ses financieros significar presentar con el cus todio de los registros estatales antes del 1 de julio de cada ao una declaracin jurada mostrando el patrimonio completo e identifi cando cada activo y deuda de ms de $1000 y su valor junto con uno de los siguientes: a. Una copia de la declaracin federal de im puestos sobre ingresos ms reciente de la per sona; o b. Una declaracin jurada que identifique cada fuente y cantidad de ingreso que supere los $1000. Los formularios para tal declaracin y las reglas bajo las cuales sern archivados sern prescritos por la comisin independiente establecida en subseccin (g) (f) y tales reglas incluirn la declaracin de fuentes secundarias de ingresos. (2) Personas ocupando cargos estatales elec tos tambin debern presentar revelaciones de sus intereses financieros de acuerdo con el prrafo (1) la subseccin (i)(1) (3) La comisin independiente establecida en subseccin (g) (f) ser la Comisin de tica de la Florida. ARTCULO V PODER JUDICIAL SECCIN 13 tica en el Poder Judicial. Activi dades Prohibidas Todos los jueces se dedicarn a tiempo com pleto a sus funciones judiciales. Un magistrado o juez Estos no podr participar en el ejercicio de la abogaca o desempear cargos en ningn partido poltico. (b) Un ex magistrado o ex juez no cabildear para obtener compensacin sobre asuntos de poltica, asignaciones o adquisiciones ante las ramas legislativas o ejecutivas del gobierno es tatal por un perodo de seis aos despus de que l o ella desocupe su puesto judicial. La legislatura puede promulgar legislacin para implementar esta subseccin, que incluya, entre otros, la definicin de trminos y la im posicin de sanciones por violaciones. Dicha ley no deber contener disposiciones sobre ningn otro tema. ARTCULO XII APNDICE Prohibiciones respecto al cabildeo por compen sacin y contra el abuso de la posicin pblica por parte de funcionarios y empleados pbli cos. Las enmiendas a la Seccin 8 del Artculo II y a la Seccin 13 del Artculo V en trarn en vigencia el 31 de diciembre de 2022; excepto las enmiendas a la Seccin 8 (h) del Artculo II que entrarn en vigencia el 31 de di ciembre de 2020, y: (a) La Comisin de tica de Florida definir, por regla, el trmino "beneficio desproporcionado" y prescribir la intencin requerida para encon trar una violacin de la prohibicin contra el abuso de la posicin pblica antes del 1 de oc tubre de 2019, como se especifica en la Sec cin 8 (h) del Artculo II. (b) Luego de la adopcin de las reglas de con formidad con la subseccin (a), la legislatura deber promulgar una legislacin de imple mentacin que establezca sanciones por viola ciones a la prohibicin contra el abuso de la posicin pblica a partir del 31 de diciembre de 2020. N. 13 REVISIN CONSTITUCIONAL ARTCULO X, NUEVA SECCIN ARTCULO XII, NUEVA SECCIN TITULO DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Fin a las Carreras Caninas RESUMEN DE LA PAPELETA DE VOTACIN: Elimina progresivamente las carreras caninas comerciales relacionadas con apuestas para el 2020. Otras actividades de juego no se ven afectadas. TEXTO COMPLETO: ARTCULO X MISCELNEO Prohibicin de competir y apostar con galgos u otros perros. El trato humano a los animales es un valor fundamental de las personas del es tado de Florida. Despus del 31 de diciembre de 2020, una persona autorizada para llevar a cabo operaciones de juego o apuestas mutuas no podr competir con galgos o ningn otro miembro de la subespecie Canis Familiaris en cualquier apuesta por dinero u otros objetos de valor en este estado, y las personas en este es tado no podrn apostar dinero o cualquier otra cosa de valor al resultado de una carrera can ina que se produzca en el estado. La no real izacin de carreras o apuestas en carreras de galgos despus del 31 de diciembre de 2018 no constituye motivo para revocar o denegar la renovacin de otras licencias de juego rela cionadas que posea una persona con licencia autorizada para carreras de galgos el 1 de enero de 2018, y no afectar la elegibilidad de dicha persona autorizada, o de las instala ciones de dicha persona para llevar a cabo otras actividades de apuestas mutuas autor izadas por la ley general. Por ley general, la legislatura deber especificar sanciones civiles o penales por infracciones de esta seccin y por actividades que ayuden o contribuyan a in fringir esta seccin. ARTCULO XII APNDICE Prohibicin de competir o apostar con galgos u otros perros.La enmienda al Artculo X, que prohbe competir o apostar con galgos y otros perros, y la creacin de esta seccin, entrarn en vigencia con la aprobacin de los electores. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEEDWARNING THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN OR IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE LEGAL INTEREST. The property will be sold at a public auction on the 12th day of September, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., unless the back taxes are paid. To make payment or for questions concerning real property taxes, contact the Hardee County Tax Collectors Office at (863) 773-9144 (PO Box 445, Wauchula, FL 33873) To re ceive further information regarding the Tax Deed Sale, contact the Hardee County Clerk of the Courts, immediately, at (863) 773-4174 (P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, Florida, 33873). The holder of the following tax certificate has filed the certificate for a tax deed to be issued. The cer tificate number and year of issuance, the descrip tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are: CERTIFICATE NO.: 1316 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2012 NAME(S) IN WHICH ASSESSED: James A. Cun ningham, Trustee Description of Property: Parcel ID Number: 28-34-27-0000-50050-0000 640 AC 1/32 MINERAL RIGHTS ALL OF SECTION PART OF 9185 ACRE TRACT LESS PHOSPHATE SUBJECT TO RESERVATIONS, COVENANTS, RE STRICTIONS, AND EASEMENTS OF RECORD. All of the property is in HARDEE County, Florida. Unless the certificate or certificates are redeemed according to law, the property described in the cer tificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bid der on September 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. By: Norma M. Juarez, Deputy Clerk Pursuant to F.S. 197.512 Victoria L. Rogers Hardee County, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Tax Deed File: 252018TD011XXXX Date: 08/06/2018 Ad No.: 18:9-30c Notices______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 25-2018-CA-000280 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF PAMELA NEWSOM, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF PAMELA NEWSOM, DECEASED Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Hardee County, Florida: SOUTH HALF OF LOT 13 AND LOTS 14 TO 16 INCLUSIVE, BLOCK 3, BOWLING GREEN RAIL ROAD SURVEY, SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 25 EAST, HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 4802 CHURCH AV ENUE, BOWLING GREEN, FL 33834 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the first publica tion, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiffs attorney, whose ad dress is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and file the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney, or immediately thereafter; other wise, a default will be entered against you for the relief de manded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Herald Advocate. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 25th day of August, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of the Circuit Court By: J. Wingo Deputy Clerk **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a dis ability who needs any accommo dation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are enti tled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, (863) 5344690, within two (2) working days of your receipt of this (describe notice); if you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service 711.8:30,9:6c __________________________________ ABOUT...School NewsThe Herald-Advocate encourages submissions from Hardee County schools. Photos and write-ups should be of recent events, and must include first and last names for both stu dents and teachers. Identify photos front to back, left to right. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Thursday. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person. Qualifying items will be published as space allows.


B12 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The Wildcats are eyeing “more aggressive” training fol lowing a disappointing show ing Saturday at the Jim RyunInvitational at Lakeland’s Hol loway Park. “It was a learning experi ence,” said coach Rob Beatty. Runners from both Hardee Senior High School andHardee Junior High Schooljoined student-athletes fromdozens of schools – many con sidered the Sunshine State’smost elite running programs. Junior Tatiana Mier nar rowly edged ahead of sisterAdriana Mier, a freshman, tolead the pack for the LadyWildcats. Zack Durastanti led the Wildcat squad. “He was looking at a pretty good low 18 or better timeuntil about 100 meters beforethe finish line when things re ally shut down for him,”Beatty said. “That’s crosscountry some times.” The junior high squad per formed more competitively inthe 3 kilometer challenge. “Those kids ran really com petitively today, especiallyCaleb (Nadasky) and Ava(Roberts),” Beatty said. Beatty hopes his team takes the experience to heart. “Hardee boys and girls learned today that they have alot of work to do between nowand the district meet,” Beattysaid. “Heat has put a damperon our long run days, but weneed to get more aggressive inour training seeing some of ourdistrict competition that was atthis meet.” Results: Girl’s Varsity Team: 13th, Hardee, 424, TT 2:09:09; AVG25:50. Girl’s Varsity: 40th, Tatiana Mier, 23:08.80; 41st, AdriannaMier, 23:10.70; 123rd, IngridMendoza, 26:59.30; 128th,Laura Ramos, 27:11.70;152nd, Kaitlynn Brandeberry,28:38.50; 167th, Kareli Plata,29:20.50; and 232nd, AchelineDelhomme, 34:58.70. Boy’s Varsity Team: 35th, Hardee, 846, TT 1:51.35, AVG22:19. Boy’s Varsity: 50th, Zack Durastanti, 19:01.40; 110th,Roberto Guiterrez, 20:37.60;230th, Noah Torres, 23:29.80;250th, Dalton Kiella,24:06.50; and 258th, ScottMeeks, 24:19.20. Girl’s JV: 97th, Daniella Vil lalva, 33:35.10. Boy’s JV: 259th, Mike Trevino, 35:57.00. Girl’s 0.62 Mile: 1st, Amelia Roberts (Hardee Sole Crush ers), 4:45.10; and 3rd, IsabellaMier (Hardee Sole Crushers),5:11.70. Girl’s 1.23 Mile: 2nd, Shanah Virgile (Hardee SoleCrushers), 10:16.30. Girl’s Middle School: 39th, Yadira Sanchez, 15:06.90;58th, Mikayla Metayer,16:07.60; 79th, Ava Roberts,17:09.50; and 84th, MadelynNadaskay, 17:24.50. Boy’s Middle School: 33rd, Caleb Nadasky, 12:48.90;42nd, Jacob Duncan, 13:15.50;43rd, Nolan Roberts (HardeeSole Crushers), 13:16.70;45th, Chase Bryant, 13:21.40;57th, Zander Durastanti,13:40.40; 90th, Austin Ulm(Hardee Sole Crushers); and169th, Cameron White(Hardee Sole Crushers),19:06.30. CROSS COUNTRY Runners Attend Jim Ryun Invitational Noah Torres (second from left) runs for the Wildcats. COURTESY PHOTO Adrianna Mier (left) and Tatiana Mier (right) run for theLady Wildcats. Caleb Nadasky was the leader of the boy’s team from Hardee Junior High School. Cupcake Saturday Opens Football Season Well football fans, it is here. Time to kickoff another great year of football! It is the season for tailgates, wings at game watching partie s, and fantasy football. From Pop Warner to little league, from jun ior high to jay-vee and varsity, from college to pro football, lives will be filled with footballs for the next five months. The first weekend of college football, as usual, has many top teams opening with cupcakes and some with interestingmatches between top teams from power conferences facing offin intra-conference tilts. Nevertheless, it is finally here and the first weekend of col lege football is at hand. As my old favorite broadcaster, ChrisSchenkle, used to say: “What better way to spend an autumn af ternoon than watching college football.“ Now, let’s look at this weeks’ Bill O’ Fare:UCF at UConn – Knights pick up where they left off last season. Lots of veterans return and even on the road they shouldhave no trouble. UCF has the quarterback and receivers to lightit up. UCF 45 –UConn 17 Army at Duke – Blue Devils won’t challenge the top teams in the ACC but should be tough against the rest of their schedule.They enter the game favored by around 12 points. A disciplinedrun oriented team like Army could make life difficult though.Duke 33 –Army 21 FAU at Oklahoma – Lane Kiffin and the Owls have got a lot of press after winning C-USA last season. This could be aninteresting opener. Sooners should prevail but better take thisteam serious. Oklahoma 31 –FAU 14 Maryland at Texas – Terps are in turmoil. It could be a long season for them. Texas is primed for a turnaround. Texas 44 – Maryland 13 Ole Miss at Texas Tech – Red Raiders get a chance to win a solid out of conference contest. Texas Tech 34 –Ole Miss 27 Furman at Clemson – Tigers empty the bench as they open up with an easy win while getting a look at depth early on. Clem son 58 –Furman 7 Austin Peay at Georgia – ‘Dawgs are so ready to get to the National Championship Game. This opener should see manyplayers get some playing time. The new red shirt rule may letsome heralded frosh get a look. Georgia 66 ––Austin Peay 10 West Virginia vs. Tennessee – Grier begins his Heisman Campaign as the Mountaineers unleash an offense that couldlead the nation. Grier has arguably the best receiving corps infootball. West Virginia 45 –Tennessee 23 Indiana at FIU – Hoosiers ruin Butch Davis at home. Al though it will not be easy for the Big 10 to get road wins. Indiana31 –FIU 28 Charleston Southern at Florida – Gators unveil their re bound season with a bang. Quarterback play will be the centerof attention but a strong run game will be the difference earlyfor this team. Florida 45 –Charleston Southern 10 Michigan at Notre Dame – Irish have the preseason hype but Las Vegas has Michigan favored by a point and a half. AtSouth Bend, the Irish have always been “lucky.” Notre Dame34 –Michigan 31 Alabama vs. Louisville – The Tide rolls in the opener and throughout the 2018 season. The Cardinals were overrated in2017 and should not be in the national spotlight in 2018. Ala bama 56 –Louisville 17 Elon at USF – Bulls open with easy win. It could be another magical season for Charlie Strong and his troops. USF 45 – Elon 7 Marshall at Miami (Ohio) – There is no love lost between these two rivals. Miami has made this their Homecoming Gamein an attempt to fire up their fan base. Marshall has new offensiveand defensive coordinators plus a new quarterback. The Herddoes return 19 starters. Las Vegas inexplicably has Miami a 2.5point favorite. Marshall 34 –Miami (Ohio) 13 LSU vs. Miami – Tigers take on the “other“ Miami and the ‘Canes are primed for a great season. Miami’s fast defense andan experienced quarterback should be the difference in this one.Miami 30 –LSU 17 Virginia Tech at FSU – Seminole Nation enters the Willie Taggart era in good fashion. It will be a tough opener against abetter ACC foe but it is at Doak. Look for a spirited day with a‘Nole victory. FSU 31 – Virginia Tech 21 McNeese at Northern Colorado – The UNC Bears return 17 starters including a 1,000 yard wide receiver. The defense mustimprove if they are to reach a winning record. Northern Colorado34 –McNeese 27 Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State – Mullen didn’t leave the cupboard bare for the Bulldogs. They roll in this game. Mis sissippi State 51 –Stephen F. Austin 13 Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt – MTSU has a solid quar terback in Stockstill. They could pull a stunner but it would bea long shot. Vanderbilt 33 –MTSU 30 Missouri State at Oklahoma State – Cowboys could be a surprise in the Big 12. Look for a lot of points in a rout. Okla homa State 59 –Missouri State 17 Stump The Swami By John Szeligo 8:30c COURTESY PHOTO Ryan Mejia and Janellie Rodriguez, kindergartners inAshley Rigney’s class at Hilltop Elementary School, areconducting their first-ever science experiment. Whatwill happen if we poke a pencil through a zipper bagof water? WATER WORKS


August 30, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B13 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF ISSUANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMIT MODIFICATION AND CONCEPTUAL RECLAMATION PLAN MODIFICATION The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), gives notice of issuance of an Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) Modification (File No. MMR_221122-027) and a Conceptual Reclamation Plan (CRP) Modification (File No. MMR_221122-028, MOS-SFMH-CPF) to Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, 13830 Circa Crossing Drive, Lithia, Florida 33547 for the existing South Fort Meade Hardee County Mine. These modifications are to: 1) Add eight new parcels and one road segment totaling 222.3 acres to the existing mine; 2) Reclassify 122.3 acres previously identified as undisturbed to mined or disturbed; 3) As a result of items 1 and 2, add approximately 13.9 additional acres of wetland and other surface water impacts and add as mitigation, approximately 13.6 acres of additional wetland creation; and 4) Update the reclamation/mitigation plans for portions of several reclamation parcels to reflect revisions to the final stream and wetland designs including changes to the sizes, shapes and locations of several mitigation wetlands and streams. The 222.3-acre addition includes a section of Boyd Cowart Road and eight (8) infill parcels in Section 13, Township 33 south, Range 25 east and Sections 18 and 19, Township 33 south, Range 26 east in Hardee County. The 122.3 acres of reclassified lands are in Section 13, Township 33 south, Range 25 east and Section 18, Township 33 south, Range 26 east in Hardee County. This action is final and effective unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is filed under sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., before the deadline for filing a petition. On the filing of a timely and sufficient petition, this action will not be final and effective until further order of the Department. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the hearing process may result in a modification of the agency action or even denial of the application The documents can be accessed through the Departments Electronic Document Management System at:[guid=26.88724.1]&[profile=Recla mation[guid=26.88727.1]&[profile=Per mitting_Authorization[guid=26.88725.1]&[profile=Per mitting_Authorization If you have any questions or have difficulty viewing the electronic documents, please email to MiningAndMitiga or call 850.245.8336. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Pursuant to Rule 28-106.201, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), a petition for an administrative hearing must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agencys file or identification number, if known; (b) The name, address, any email address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioners substantial interests are or will be affected by the agency determination; (c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; (d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agencys proposed action; (f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agencys proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes; and (g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agencys proposed action. The petition must be filed (received by the Clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Com monwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000 or at Also, a copy of the petition shall be mailed to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing. In accordance with Rule 62-110.106(3), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be filed within 21days of receipt of this written notice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be filed within 21 days of publication of the notice or within 21 days of receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs first. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within 21 days of re ceipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication. The failure to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. Under Rule 62-110.106(4), F.A.C., a person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, before the applicable deadline for filing a petition for an administrative hearing. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon. Mediation is not available in this proceeding. The applicant, or any party within the meaning of Section 373.114(1)(a) or 373.4275, F.S., may also seek appellate review of this order before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission under Section 373.114(1) or 373.4275, F.S. Requests for review before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission and served on the Department within 20 days from the date when this order is filed with the Clerk of the Department. 8:30c Crime BlotterSheriffs deputies and city police officers investigated the fol lowing incidents and made the following arrests during the past week. All suspects or defendants are presumed innocent of the charges against them. COUNTY Aug. 26, a dangerous shooting was reported on the 600 block of Baker Street. Aug. 25, Ulises Castrejon Tomas, 21, of 1036 Hummingbird Lane, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Christopher Bandy and charged with battery. Aug. 25, residences were burglarized on the 300 block of State Road 62 and the 800 block of Chamberlain Boulevard. Aug. 25, vehicles were stolen from the 600 block of Cham berlain Boulevard and the 1900 block of Heard Bridge Road. Aug. 24, Kosinski Ontrol Tucker, 36, of 1876 Desoto Land ing, Arcadia, was arrested by Dep. Alex Hipple and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession of cocaine and possession of narcotics equipment. Aug. 24, Oscar Trevino, 18, of 1056 N. Florida Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and possession of narcotics equipment. Aug. 24, Samuel Harbarugh, 19, of 4850 Freeman Ave., Bowling Green, and Juan Huitron Molina, 20, of 211 Orange St., Bowling Green, were arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics equipment and tampering with evidence. Harbarugh was also charged with possession of drugs without a prescription. Aug. 24, Mikey Retana, 24, of 4616 Chester Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Dean DeDominicis and charged with two counts of probation violation. Aug. 24, a theft was reported on the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North. Aug. 24, animal cruelty was reported on the 900 block of Quail Road. Aug. 23, residences were burglarized on the 100 block of Erler Road and the 1700 block of Griffin Road. Aug. 23, a theft was reported on the 200 block of Clint Lane. Aug. 22, Jose Fidencio Garza, 46, general delivery, Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Beth Gainous and charged with trespassing. Aug. 22, John Henry Browdy, 41, of 700 Townsend St., Tampa, was arrested by Det. Carree Williams on an out-ofcounty warrant. Aug. 22, a theft was reported on the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North. Aug. 22, a vehicle was stolen near the corner of State Road 62 and Mini Washer Road. Aug. 21, Marcus Miguel Moton, 32, of 2800 Minute Maid Ramp Road, Davenport, was arrested by Sgt. Danny OBryan and charged with probation violation. Aug. 21, Karen Rae Hartner, 48, and Daniel Ray Hartner, 47, both of 3084 George Anderson Road, Wauchula, were ar rested by Dep. Mitchell Johnson and charged with battery. Aug. 21, Carlos Gutierrez, 20, of 777 Lake Branch Road, Bowling Green, was arrested by the Drug Task Force and charged with possession of liquor by a person under 21 years of age. Aug. 21, Adrienne Alvarado, 29, of 4060 Captiva Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by the Drug Task Force and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotics equipment. Aug. 21, thefts were reported on the 1000 block of South Sixth Avenue and the 1400 block of U.S. 17 North Aug. 20, Madison Rucker, 19, of 3942 E. Main St., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Beth Gainous and charged with petit theft and simple assault. Aug. 20, Christopher Lee Woods, 31, of 3524 Poplar St., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Dep. Mitchell Johnson and charged with probation violation. Aug. 20, a theft was reported on the 8800 block of U.S. 17 South. WAUCHULA Aug. 26, Cecil Winthrop Crews, 79, general delivery, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with battery and trespassing in a structure or conveyance. Aug. 26, Manuel Casas-Mata, 44, of 2047 Rigdon Road, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Emmanuel Vazquez and charged with trespassing in an occupied structure or conveyance. Aug. 25, Jordon Crocker, 26, of 635 S. Fifth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with grand theft. Aug. 25, thefts were reported on the 1300 block of East Main Street and the 1000 block of South Sixth Avenue. Aug. 24, Amber Douglas, 28, of 604 S. Eighth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Estella Islas and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief. Aug. 24, a theft was reported on the 800 block of South Sixth Avenue. Aug. 22, criminal mischief was reported on the 300 block of River Chase Circle. Aug. 20, thefts were reported on the 300 block of Stenstrom Road and the 200 block of East Oak Street. BOWLING GREEN Aug. 24, Alvaro Gutierrez Cruz, 32, of 4820 Epps Ave., Bowling Green, was arrested by Capt. Brett Dowden and charged with battery. Aug. 22, a business was burglarized on the 5200 block of U.S. 17 North. Aug. 22, criminal mischief was reported on the 4500 block of First Street. Aug. 21, Josephine Marie Gamez, 18, of 810 Redding St., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Ofc. Breanna Locke and charged with possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Aug. 21, criminal mischief was reported on the 4700 block of Central Avenue. Aug. 20, a theft was reported on the 5200 block of U.S. 17 North. Aug. 20, criminal mischief was reported on the 4700 block of Central Avenue. Notices ______________________________ N THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 252018CA000218 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY ROBERTS, et al., Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFI CIARIES, DEVISEES, AS SIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY ROBERTS Last Known Address: 3065 MAGNOLIA ST, ZOLFO SPRINGS, FL 33890 PAUL R. ROBERTS Last Known Address: 4803 OAK CIR, SEBRING, FL 33870 8814 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SHIRLEY ROBERTS Last Known Address: 3065 MAGNOLIA ST, ZOLFO SPRINGS, FL 33890 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mort gage on the following described property: LAND SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF HARDEE IN THE STATE OF FL PARCEL 1: THE WEST 50 FEET OF LOT 6, BLOCK 14, WILLIAMS ADDITION TO THE TOWN OF ZOLFO SPRINGS, FLORIDA, LESS THE SOUTHERLY 110 FEET THEREOF, HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PARCEL 2: LOT 3 AND THE EAST 100 FEET TO LOT 6, BLOCK 14, WILLIAMS ADDITION TO THE TOWN OF ZOLFO SPRINGS, FLORIDA has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Choice Legal Group, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is P.O. BOX 9908, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33310-0908 on or before Sept. 21, 2018, a date at least thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the (Please publish in THE HERALD ADVO CATE) and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either be fore service on Plaintiff's attor ney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be en tered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. If you are a person with a dis ability who needs assistance in order to participate in a program or service of the State Courts System, you should contact the Office of the Court Administrator at (863) 534-4686 (voice), (863) 534-7777 (TDD) or (800) 9558770 (Florida Relay Service), as much in advance of your court appearance or visit to the court house as possible. Please be prepared to explain your func tional limitations and suggest an auxiliary aid or service that you believe will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 20 day of Au gust, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, As Clerk of the Court By: Connie Coker As Deputy Clerk8:23,30c __________________________________NOTICE TO CONTRACTORSFlorida Department of Transportation ProjectBids will be received by the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for the fol lowing Proposals: E1R88 BDI Median Bullnose Painting in Desoto and Hardee Counties. Budget Amount: $45,000.00 Z1065-R0 Pre-Event Traffic Signal Repair DistrictWide. Complete letting advertisement information for this proj ect is available on our website at trict1/: or by calling (863) 519-2559. 8:30,9:6c


B14 The Herald-Advocate, August 30, 2018 4-H Kicks Off New Year With Open House By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern A 4-H club is a fun, lifechanging experience that letsyou grow as a person and getsyou out of your comfort zone,according to 4-H Reporter Re bekah Erekson. She, along with many other 4-H members, attended a 4-Hopen house on Monday of lastweek. There, families were able to visit with leaders from each ofthe county’s clubs to decidewhich clubs are best suited tothem this year. Returning 4-H’ers Savanna and Haleigh Johns and LilySouthwell say their favoritepart about 4-H is the animals.Savanna enjoys “learning coolstuff about animals,” andHaleigh’s favorite thing is rais ing them. Lily’s favorite animal is chickens, but she says “it’shard to get your chicken to be still” during shows. She saysyou need to cooperate withyour animal and respect it. Savannah Wills says her fa vorite thing about 4-H is get ting a prize for showing, andJay Southwell’s favorite part ismaking money from his showhog. The kids said that the hard est part about 4-H is workingwith their animals and gettingthem to look good for thecounty fair. But that hard work is a nat ural part of 4-H, which followsthe motto “learning by doing.” Hardee County has 12 4-H clubs for families to choosefrom. And there are plenty of op tions for kids who aren’t intoagriculture or working with an imals. For example, Hardee County has a fishing club, andsewing projects are a popularalternative. Rebekah said one of her favorites was a wood working project. It’s not too late to sign up your children. Kids 5-18 canjoin 4-H anytime during theyear, but to show an animal atthe fair or do a shooting sportsproject, they’ll need to besigned up by Sept. 1 in order toattend the required amount ofmeetings. Email to get more information on the differ ent clubs in Hardee County.And even though it’s time tostart working on fair projects,4-H doesn’t end in Februaryalong with the fair. There are many 4-H events throughout the spring and sum mer, like Legislature, an eventin Tallahassee; 4-H University,held in Gainesville; a localawards banquet; and localsummer camps. This year,Hardee County had two 4-Hcamps: one for arts and craftsand the other for agriculture. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER McCONKEY 4-H’ers (from left) Savannah Wills, Savanna Johns and Haleigh Johns pose in a photo booth at the open house. Jay and Lily Southwell are 4-H members who attended both summer camps thisyear. Jay’s favorite part was canoeing and Lily enjoyed the people she was with atcamp. Parents were able to learn about the different 4-H clubs in the county at the open house. Leaders from each club were available to answer questions. Each club had a table for families to visit at the 4-H open house, where they couldlearn more about what the different clubs do. Once parents decided which club was right for their kids, they could sign them up at the provided computers. 8:30c COURTESY PHOTO Teacher Gloria Neel's first-grade scientists at NorthWauchula Elementary School have been learningabout their five senses. They then went outdoors for anature walk and used several of their senses to recordtheir observations. CLIPBOARD KIDS