Vol. 43 No. 39
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By Moises Diaz
Special to the Irnrokalee Bulletin
Winless Hardee Senior High
traveled to Gary Bates Stadium as
the Irnrokalee Indians won their
third straight horne garne in an
epic district match. The Indians
lost a disappointing garne last year
at Wildcat Stadium. This year how-
ever, they delivered the disappoint-
inent to the Wildcats in the first
district garne of the season with a
36 to 34 win.
Hardee, who didn't go down
without a fight, rushed for a total
420 ars o
lee put up
bers as well,
passed for a total 257 yards on
12 of 20 attempts. Johnson also
See INDIANS Page 2
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Jerri Lynn
For the 2010 Immokalee Seminole Pop Warner Homecoming, members of the Court were
selected. Tiny Mites Princess is Angelina Alameda, and Tiny Mites Queen is Adeliada Flores.
Tiny Mites Prince is Pedro Arvizu, and Tiny Mites King is Austin Anzualda. Mitey Mites Prin-
cess is Eliza Ponce, and Mitey Mites Queen is Jayden Lozano. Mitey Mites Prince is Nicolas
Turrubiartez. Mitey Mites King is Abraham Ruiz. Junior Pee Wee Princess is Sylvia Navarete.
Junior Pee Wee Queen is Kassandra Galvan. Junior Pee Wee Prince is Javarious Howard. Ju-
nior Pee Wee King is Joseph Flores. Pee Wee King is Mark Maldonado. Senior Midget Queen
is Heather Martinez. Senior Midget King is Jacquy Fabius.
Art show to benefit Celebration of Cultures
off in a beautiful
sho ad u-
tion to raise ronoreyran te Jn
15-16, 2011 Inain event.
"An Evenn >f Cok> ," 11l b
held Nov.eningat the Ir 1nialee
Seminole Casino and will feature
tantalizing appetizers, an array of
international wines and a stun-
ning collection of beautiful and
affordable art for every taste and
The highlight of the evening
will be a live art auction featuring
rnany f thntwarls endrisp for
the January Celebration of Cul-
tures. The auction preview will
begin ate6 p.ni at thenauction will
ge udray a7p .m
at ket are $10 in advance, $12
those registering pnior to Nov. 1,
-will get free five raffle tickets for
a special and exquisitely framed
piece of art.
Checks for reservations should
be made to Celebration of Cul-
tures, Inc, and can be mailed
310 Alachua Street, Irnrokalee,
FL., 34142. You man also email:
corn or call 239-252-2313.
Courtesy Photo/Immokalee Today
"An Evening of Color" is the
theme for the upcoming Cel-
ebration of Culture event and
will kick off with an art show
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Indians win three
straight at home
woion The Sh lhd so IrnAbkua
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Sports Complex, 505 Escarnbia
Street Irnrokalee, for the non-
profit organization's annual Chil-
dren' Fair, Vigil & Peace IVarch
Designed to raise awareness
about the impact domestic vio-
lence has on children, the day's
activities begin at 3 p.In. with the
Children's Fair complete with:
food, live entertainment, garnes,
prizes, an Agency Fair featuring lo-
cal service providers and more!
The Children's Fair will con-
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Domestic Violence it strikes at the home, heart
in 1987 opened an office to help people ap-
ply for permanent residency. Lucy has also
worked for Hospice of Naples now known
Working toward prevention, the center
partners with the schools in programs like
Hands are for Helping Not for Hurting in kin-
dergarten classes, Gentlemen Against Do-
mestic Violence with 10-14 year olds and an
after school teen program to explore healthy
Lucy anpd her staff also provide parenting
classes through day cares and speak at some
In addition, staff works with all agencies
in Immokalee, particularly with the sheriff 's
office and State Attorney's Office.
Staff and its partners are looking forward
to one of their key awareness projects. The
annual Children's Fair will be Oct. 20, from
3-6 p.m. with a Peace at Home vigil at 5
p.m. and march at 6 p.m. The Youth Advo-
cate Counsel will be holding signs of female
silhouettes at the corners and reading state-
ments about domestic violence. The public
is encouraged to take part in this event, to
become soldiers in the war against domestic
violence. A march is a simple thing, but one
that can lead to important breakthroughs in
awareness of this scar on humanity.
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clude with a Candlelight Vigil remembering
those lost to domestic violence and honor-
ing all victims and survivors.
At 6 p.m., the community will join with
Shelter volunteers and staff for a police-es-
corted Peace March on Main Street, calling
for "peace in our homes!"
For more information on the Immoka-
lee Outreach Office's Children's Fair, Vigil &
PeaoeuMarhplindluding ho wt705p7Oteipate
These activities take place at the Immoka-
lee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street
Immokalee, and are just part of a series of
events taking place throughout the month
of October as part of The Shelter's 2010 Na-
tional Domestic Violence Awareness Month
For more information: www.naplesshel-
October 14, 2010
tral issue. As part of that cause, women are
seen as objects not as persons with rights
and feelings. They are not equals.
The shelter provides aid for US citizens,
permanent residents and illegals without
Domestic violence strikes at all levels.
Lucy said their clients range from illiterate to
She said it is not their job to break up
families. Their focus is to keep the survivor
safe and with her children.
She also said that society has an obliga-
tion to stand by these victims, saying, "The
community needs to hold abusers account-
Not surprisingly, Lucy commented that
50 percent of abuse cases are linked to alco-
hol or drugs. Still, she cautions that this is an
additional problem, not a cause.
"Abusers also need a place where they
can go," she said. "The sheriff's office arrests
and deports a lot of batterers, but there is no
batterer's intervention program in Immoka-
lee any more," she said. If he/she is arrested
and deported, the victim will need services
-food, clothing, referrals for employment,
housing and that is a big part of what Lucy
and her team do.
If he/she is not arrested, counseling sup-
port groups can help empower him/her to
make good decisions and explore issues,
but only he can make the violence stop.
The statistics just in Immokalee are dis-
One of four pregnant women is battered
-just another vulnerability for a woman in a
relationship with an abusive man. .
In 2009 about 100 clients were served in
the Immokalee outreach center. From Jan.
10-Sept. 30 of this year, staff served 404
adults (including seven men) and 272 chil-
dren. There is a support group for male vic-
tims, but no one-on-one consultation at the
Lucy also said that 84 percent of their
Immokalee clients are Hispanic. The facility
has Spanish speaking staff, but unfortunately
there is no Creole speaker there.
Lucy herself opened the Immokalee out-
reach 14 years ago. She has been a resident
for 46 years. She worked at the HC Hunt
cannery in the '60s, and the First Bank of
Immokalee for 21 years when she decided
to make a career change.
She earned a BA in liberal arts from the
University of Florida and added a degree in
social work in 1993 from Barry University. In
fact, she was the very first social worker in
She is a licensed clinical social worker.
She also worked with Catholic Charities and
By Patty Brant
As incongruous as it may seem, for far
too many women and children, home is a
war zone there are no Purple Hearts for
surviving this war, says Lucy Ortiz, Immoka-
lee Outreach Manager for the Shelter for
Ab sd Wome ad Childr n
usetake mtengt an srien. 11 tely
stor to o thesh senmrvs he rs ta e your
personal disclosures, Lucy said, "I have to
give thern so much cr dit for having the
corg to cm owr.
Part of the main shelter in Naples, the
Outreach office provides services for those
suffering from domestic violence. There
are six full time advocates four work with
adults and two with children. There are also
three part time advocates. The agency pro-
vides individual and group counseling, all
free and confidential, and works with other
agencies to help hook up clients with jobs
and housing as necessary.
Unfortunately, shelters traditionally in-
tervene after domestic violence has already
occurred. Lucy hopes to see a shift to pre-
vention. She said they are not looking at the
core cause of domestic violence. That would
be the belief that one person has power over
another. That power and control is the cen-
and returning a kickoff 52 yards for his sec-
Jackson's 52 yard return came during
the 4th quarter with 1:51 to go in the game
giving the Indians a 36 to 27 lead. "I played
my heart out, fought for the ball and ran it
for the touchdown." Jackson said, "When
I picked it up I was thinking touchdown, I
knew I was going to score."
The Wildcats traveled 50 yards to score
on their final possession cutting the lead to
just two, 36 to 34. On Immokalee's last pos-
session, Johnson took two knees and ended
the remaining 10.0 seconds on the clock.
This Friday the Indians host the Palmetto
Ridge Bears at home in a non-district game.
The Bears remain winless with a 0-5 record,
losing last week at home against Cape Coral
49 to 12. Immokalee looks to keep its home
win streak alive at Gary Bates Stadium. Kick-
off is at 7:30. Come out in your red and white
and witness the Indians cage the Bears!
Two or more members of the Immoka-
lee CRA/EZDA Advisory Boards may attend
public meetings during the month of Octo-
Immokalee Rotary Club: Oct. 20 and
27 at Ave Maria University, Student Confer-
ence Room, located at 5050 Ave Maria Bou-
levard, Ace Maria, 12 p.m.
Immokalee Water & Sewer District
Board of Directors: Oct. 20, at the IW&D
Office, 1020 Sanitation Road, Immokalee,
Immokalee Fire Control District:
Oct. 21, at the Fire Station, 502 East New
Market Road, Immokalee, 7 p.m.
Immokalee Beautification MSTU Ad-
visory Committee: Oct. 27, at the Career
and Service Centers of Southwest FI, 750
South 5th Street, Immokalee, 4:30 p.m.
Immokalee Community Taskforce
Meeting: Oct. 26, 2010 at the Collier Coun-
ty Health Department, 419 North First Street,
Immokalee, 10 a.m.
Collier Metropolitan Planning Or-
ganization (MPO): Oct. 22, at the BCC
Chambers, 3301 Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor,
Naples, 2 p.m.
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added 66 yards on the ground. His target
receivers for game were sophomore Xavier
Richardson who finished the night with six
receptions for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Freshman J.C. Jackson didn't fall to far be-
hind, he finished the night with four recep-
tions for 106 yards, one touchdown catch,
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Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm
wind becoming north between 4 and 7 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind around 5 mph becom-
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming north between 4 and
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light north wind.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
County gets budget recognition
News in Brief
Equal Housing Opportunity
SEqual Employment Opportunity
October 14, 2010
8. Our First Deputy(s) in Immokalee?
9. Our First Pastors living/working in
Immokalee (African American, American
Indian, White, Hispanic, and Haitian?
10. Oldest Teachers in Immokalee?
11. Our First High School Football or Bas-
ketball coaches living /working in Immoka-
12. Our First Football or Basketball Play-
ers still living in Immokalee?
13. Our Most Famous Athlete who lived
14. Immokalee First Band Directors?
15. Immokalee First School Principals -
High School and Elementary?
16. Immokalee First County Commis-
ork Frst Stuhdent Body President(s) of
We have received some answers to some
requests but we still need your help. I can be
reached at 239-657-0080.
Cherryle Thomas, Chairman of
Christmas around the World Parade
Christmas Around the World
Christmas Around the World Parade and
Gala theme for this coming year is, "Immoka-
lee Makes History." A historical event, an era
of time or a famous person. The Parade will
take place on Dec. 11.
We need help from all the citizens of
Immokalee with some important history
facts connected to our theme. We need old
photos (they will be returned to you) and
names and telephone numbers of how to
locate the below.
Do you know some of the history on our
attached list. All persons must be still liv-
ing, so they can be asked to take part in our
"Immokalee Makes History" Parade on Dec.
11. Who were our First Doctors living/work-
in i Odestiin female and female still liv-
ing in Immokalee?
3. Our first Farmer(s) coming to Immoka-
4. Our Oldest living married couple still
living in Immokalee?
5. Our First Fire Chiefs?
6. Our Oldest Business(s) in Immokalee?
7. Our First Sheriff on Immokalee?
Collier County has received the Distin-
guished Budget Presentation Award for its
2010 budget from the Government Finance
Officers Association (GFOA). The award
is the highest form of recognition in gov-
ernmental budgeting and marks the 24th
straight year Collier County has received the
"The GFOA award recognizes Collier
County government's continuing achieve-
ment in meeting the highest standards of
financial reporting," said Corporate Manage-
ment and Financial Services Director Mark
Isackson. "The award represents a signifi-
cant accomplishment by Collier County and
the staff at the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) under the leadership provid-
ed by the County Manager and the Board of
In order to receive the budget award, the
county is required to satisfy nationally recog-
nized guidelines for effective budget presen-
tation. The guidelines are designed to assess
how well the budget serves as a policy docu-
ment, a financial plan, an operations guide
and a communications device. Budget doc-
uments must be rated 'proficient' in all four
categories to receive an award."
Along with the Distinguished Budget Pre-
sentation Award, the GFOA also recognizes
the individual or department responsible for
having achieved the award with a Certifi-
cate of Recognition for Budget Presentation
which has been presented to OMB.
Health Fair planned
Immokalee Health Fair will take place
on Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Collier
County Health Department, Immokalee &
Immokalee Outreach Office. The Shelter's
Immokalee Outreach staff will provide a pre-
sentation on intimate partner violence and
the impact of abuse on one's health during
this community event.
Cultural event planning
Immokalee Celebration of Cultures
Inc. will hold a meeting on Oct. 28, at the
Immokalee Community Park located at
321 North 1st, at 3 p.m. The purpose of this
meeting is to organize the 2nd Annual Cel-
ebr tin of C lur tEhven that eilberhel
Park. Volunteers who would like to partici-
pate should call Christie Betancourt at 239-
2 52 -2 313 or visit: www. Immokale eCeleb ra-
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check out our online stoem at
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IMIMOKALEE ANIMAL CLINIC
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4-H to host Fall Fest
The Collier County 4-h Livestock Com-
mittee is hosting a fall festival and community
yard sale on Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the Roberts Ranch Museum grounds. There
will be lots of fun and games, face painting,
a cake walk, hay maze, bake sale and much
more. A hay ride is available for a tour of the
museum grounds. Spaces for the yard sale
are $10. Admission is free. All proceeds will
bene25d te 2011 4-H Livestock Show held
LDS New Chapel Open House
To the Immokalee community and sur-
rounding areas. You are cordially invited to
an Open House for The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints of a new Chapel in
41mm kalee. On Satur ay,aOct. 350, 210 front'
next to the Royals Furniture store. Tours will
be conducted in English, Spanish and Creole
at no cost. We look forward to recieving all
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\ /' TV program-
Coggg gou1 ming that
by the Superintendent features a h~alf-hVu
conversation Dennis L. Thompson, our Su-
perintendent, had recently with a group of
parents during a PTO meeting held at one
of our elementary schools. Th~e topic: Class
seeitRo uTche Euato Chne nenI c~ab 9n
at 9 p.m. each night next week (Monday
*Speaking of the amendments, the
League of Women Voters of Collier Coun-
ty's Flonida Ballot Amendments Forum will
be shown on The Education Channel this
Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.,
and Amendment 8 (Class Size Reduction)
will be among the issues discussed.
*Three School Board seats are up for
grabs on Election Day. The Education
Foundation's School Board Candidates
Forum will be televised this Saturday at 2
p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on
The Education Channel. All six candidates
have accepted the invitation.
or else delay
V O E sceueuntil th e n ex t
ele lr dians
-r - ,M for Smarter
'97IIIE maintains the
w oulds h ot buss e os n ye e op e t T er
"vote on everything" amendment, and claim
it would cause costly delays to growth that
the state needs to recover from the current
According to state records, in fiscal year
2006, there were 6,406 amendments to local
Supporters: Florida Hometown De-
mocracy Inc., The Sierra Club.
Opponents: Floridians for Smarter
Growth, The Florida League of Cities, the
Florida Association of Counties, the Florida
Chamber of Commerce.
Sources for this article included the Col-
lins Center for Public Policy web site www.
FIAmendments.org, and the League of
Women Voters of Florida.
Florida Amendment 4 would
require referendum votes
IHS unveils new auditorium
Collier CutydDis ict Schools
You're invited to a big event taking place
a week from today. As we told you last
Thursday, the School Board will be visiting
Immokalee next Thursday, Oct. 21. They'll
conduct a Regular School Board Meeting
that day beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon
in the newly renovated Immokalee High
Sc ool auditorium. Thisaliso ch get' hp -
pening in our schools and school district,
up close and personal, from the school dis-
trict's governing body -the five-member
School Board. Spanish and Creole transla-
ingit Anbdeyor ntjthel to oeak d rn
public comments time if you'd like. We'd
love to see you, but if you can't join us you
can watch live, on TV on The Education
Channel, Comcast cable 99, or online at
www.collierschools.com. If you attend and
you'd like to see a replay of the meeting,
we'll have it for you on the channel and on
the Web at Noon on Saturday and Sunday
(October 23rd and 24th).
Election Day is just around the corner
(Tuesday, Nov. 2nd). While we've received
our Sample Ballot in the mail, sent to us by
the Supervisor of Elections, many of us (in-
cluding me) may be a bit overwhelmed by
the number of candidates and the gobs of
issues we'll be voting on when we head to
the polls. To try to make sense of it, those
By Katrina Elsken
When Florida voters go to the polls on
Nov. 2, they will decide the fate of six amend-
ments that are proposed to the state's consti-
tution. The amendment generating the most
controversy statewide is Amendment #4.
Amendment #4: Referenda required
for adoption and amendment of local
government comprehensive plans.
Ballot sumr:Establishe tha b -
for a ocl gvenmet a a espt a e
plan or amendment shall be subject to vote
of the electors of the local government by
referendum, following preparation by the
local planning agency, consideration by the
governing body and notice. Provides defini-
Financial Impact statement: This
amendment's impact on local government
expenditure cannot be estimated precisely.
Local governments will incur additional
costs due to the requirement to conduct
referenda in order to adopt comprehensive
plans or amendments therein. The amount
of such costs depends upon the frequency,
timing and method of the referenda and
includes the cost of the ballot preparation,
election administration and associated ex-
penses. The impact on state government
expenditures will be insignificant.
Sponsor: Florida Hometown Democ-
racBckg o~und: Amendment #4 is spon-
sored by a political Action Committee, Flori-
da Hometown Democracy. President Lesley
Blackner, a Palm Beach land use attorney,
claims that "mismanaged growth destroys
rcy cinn tat adr ame d n wl 11d a-
other layer of protection against unwanted
and out of control development.
Florida Hometown Democracy Inc.
started collecting petition signatures for this
amendment in 2003. The group is led by Mr.
Blackner and Tallahassee environmental at-
torney Ross Burnaman.
Under the current system, proposed
changes to a city or county comprehensive
plan are reviewed by the local planning
commission, are reviewed at public hear-
ings, receive recommendations from local
government planning staff, are reviewed by
state agencies, and are voted on by county
Florida Department of Community Affairs. If
Amendment #4 passes, all such proposed
changes would be put to a vote in a local
Supporters of Amendment #4 claim that
elected officials too often ignore the wishes
of the voters when it comes to comprehen-
sive plan changes. They say the proposed
amendment will give local residents more
control over the growth.
Opponents to Amendment #4 say put-
ting every comprehensive plan change on a
ballot could be costly and confusing to the
voters. They argue that this could cause lo-
cal governments to pay for numerous spe-
Voters to consider amendments to state constitution
October 14, 2010
By Katrina Elsken
When Florida voters go to the polls on
Nov. 2, they will decide the fate of six amend-
ments that are proposed to the state's con-
stitution. This is the first of a four part series
about the proposed amendments
Repeal of Public Financing
Ballot Summary: Proposing the repeal
of the provision in the State Constitution that
requires public financing of campaigns for
elective statewide office who agree to cam-
paign spending limits.
Sponsor: The Florida Legislature
Background: In 1987, the Florida Legis-
lature established public financing for those
running for statewide election. In 1998, it
was placed on the ballot as a constitutional
amendment and was approved by 64 per-
cent of the Florida voters.
In 2005 the Legislature voted to triple the
amount of campaign funding candidates
could raise and still qualify for state fund-
In 2010, a candidate for governor could
raise $24.9 million and still qualify for public
In the last election, candidates for gover-
nor and the four Cabinet offices received a
total of $11 million in public funding
This year, the Florida Legislature decided
to put the question to the voters.
A "yes" vote on Amendment #1 would
repeal the public financing system and put
a stop to using tax dollars to help fund cam-
A "no" vote would keep the current pub-
lic financing system in place.
Those in favor of public financing argue
that it is too expensive to run for public of-
fice and that without public financing only
millionaires can afford to run for office. They
also say without the availability public fund-
ing, incumbents have an unfair advantage.
Those against public financing argue
that Florida tax payers can't afford to give
millions of dollars to political campaigns,
and that most Florida candidates have been
successful in raising enough money for their
campaigns even without the public funds.
They also point out that the increase in the
amount candidates are allowed to raise and
still receive public funding defeats the origi-
nal intent of the public funding plan.
Most states do not provide public financ-
ing for candidates. for state office Florida is
one of ten states with this program.
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Supporters: Those encouraging voters
to vote "yes" on Amendment # 1 include the
Republicans in the state legislature, led by
Sen. Mike Haridopolus.
Opponents: Democrats in the Legisla-
ture are encouraging voters to say "no" to
Amendment #1, They are joined by Com-
mon Cause of Flonida and the League of
Amendment #2: Tax Break for
Deployed Military Personnel
Ballot summary: Proposing an amend-
ment to the State Constitution to require the
Legislature to provide an additional home-
stead property tax exemption by law for
members of the United States military or
military reserves, the United States Coast
Guard or its reserves or the Florida National
Guard who receive a homestead exemption
and were deployed in the previous year on
active duty outside the continental United
States, Alaska or Hawaii, in support of mili-
tary operations designated by the Legisla-
ture. The exempt amount would be based
on the number of days in the previous cal-
endar year that the person was deployed on
active duty outside the continental United
States, Alaska or Hawaii in support of mili-
tary operations designated by the Legisla-
ture. The amendment is scheduled to take
effect January 1, 2011.
Amendment 2 would require the Legis-
lature to provide an additional homestead
property tax exemption by law for members
of the United States military or military re-
serves, the United States Coast Guard or its
reserves, or the Florida National Guard who
receive a homestead exemption and were
deployed in the previous year on active duty
outside the continental United States, Alas-
ka, or Hawaii in support of military opera-
tions designated by the Legislature.
Sponsor: The Florida Legislature (unan-
imously passed both houses)
Background: Supporters of this bill seek
to help military service members and their
families while the service member is de-
ployed overseas. Those in the military re-
serves often face financial hardships when
they are called up for active duty overseas,
due to the difference between the reservist's
pay from a civilian job and his or her military
pay. While some employers are patriotic and
generous enough to make up the difference,
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posed by SJR 1302 and HJR 833 would serve
to help military families when one or more
family members are deployed overseas,
especially during these trying economic
times." The Bradenton Herald endorsed the
amendment, noting the impact on govern-
ment revenues is slight, The editorial stated
"military personnel and their families make
a great sacrifice when a member serves
overseas -especially in Iraq, Afghanistan
and other dangerous hot spots. For all they
endure in defense of the nation, military per-
sonnel menit this small measure of payback
In opposing the amendment an editorial
in the St. Petersburg Times stated, ""Florid-
ians who are serving their country in the
military during times of war should be hon-
ored. This is not the fairest way to do it." The
League of Women Voters of Tallahassee also
oppose Amendment 2, stating "The League
believes no tax sources or revenues should
be spfied, I ited exmtd, o hib-
ite dsnetcle Cor s iutio mpe, rpr
Supporters: The Florida Legislature
(unanimously passed by both houses), Gov-
ernor Charlie Crist, Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW), the Miami Dade County Commis-
sion, the Bradenton Herald.
edi()onentis The St.L PrbourgWTme
Voters of Tallahassee.
Sources for this article included the Col-
lins Center for Public Policy web site www.
F Aedmnsorg lord the League of
employers are not required by law to do so.
The family of any military service member
deployed overseas may also have additional
expenses. For example, couples who stag-
ger their work schedules to share childcare
duties often have increased childcare ex-
penses when one spouse is overseas. Mili-
tary families are also facing the same hard-
ships as other Flonidians. In some cases, the
spouses of the military service members
have lost their jobs.
The amendment only applies to military
service members and reservists who own
a home in Florida and already qualify for
In supporting the amendment, the Miami
Dade County Commission passed a resolu-
tion stating: "The property tax credit pro-
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stock over the weekend, and the panther the
resident saw was standing at the site where
recent prey was consumed. FWC biologists
believe the growling is natural behavior for a
panther defending its kill or kittens, and not
a public-safety concern.
After concluding the panthers) had re-
turned for additional prey, the FWC set up
cameras around the property and continued
to monitor the situation. One camera cap-
tured images of an adult female and two 13-
month-old kittens near the property. In the
meantime, the resident made modifications
to the existing fencing around his livestock
to deter panthers.
The FWC advises that these incidents
are preventable if pet owners and livestock
owners take proper measures. FWC biolo-
gists believe that until the attractants are re-
moved or secured, the panthers will return
to the area for food.
"Vigilance is the key to protecting peo-
ple's pets and livestock," Lotz said. "These
animals need to be secured, especially at
night, in predator-proof enclosures that have
stuotz sai uauring I stock and pets will
protect them from all predators, such as
dogs, coyotes and bobcats, in addition to
panthers. Panthers are attracted to prey such
as deer, wild hogs, raccoons, rabbits and ar-
madillos. By feeding deer or other wildlife,
people can inadvertently attract panthers.
Residents should secure all potential food
sources, such as garbage or pet food, which
Pets that are free-roaming, or pets that
are tethered and unfenced, are easy prey for
predators, including panthers.
"Where practical, put chickens, goats,
hogs or other livestock in enclosed struc-
tures at night," Lotz said. "Electric fencing
can be an effective predator deterrent."
Florida panthers have been listed as en-
dangered since 1967 and are protected un-
der both federal and state laws. The panther
population declined to approximately 30
cats by the early 1980s. Today there are at
least 100 panthers in Florida. Human-pan-
ther encounters are occurring more often
because of human encroachment near pan-
ther habitat and an increase in the panther
According to FWC biologists, it is impor-
tant to remember that a panther sighting
does not necessarily constitute a threat to
human safety. The FWC recommends that
anyone who spots a panther should enjoy
the experience from a safe distance or from
inside a structure. Following all of the pre-
cautions outlined by the FWC will help pro-
tect pets and livestock.
"Removing the offending panther is not
a solution. If the attractant remains, another
panther will move in," Lotz said. "Protecting
your investment is the best solution for you,
your animals and the endangered panther."
To report panther threats, pets or live-
stock lost to a panther, or an injured or dead
panther, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline
at 888-404-FWCC (3922). For more informa-
tion on how to live safely with panthers,
download the "Living with Panthers" bro-
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purchase of panther specialty license plates
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A mother panther with three kittens
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June of this year.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) and the Florida
Panther Interagency Response Team con-
firmed a recent incident involving a Flonida
panther on a property in the Golden Gate
Estates area of Collier County. The human-
panther interaction is classified as an "inci-
dent," in accordance with the Florida Pan-
ther Response Plan the guiding document
state and federal agencies follow when deal-
ing with human-panther interactions.
On Oct. 4, a Golden Gate Estates resident
reported to the FWC that he heard growling
coming from an adjacent property in the
early morning hours. The resident looked
in the direction of the growling and saw a
panther on the other side of the fence. The
resident backed away, and the panther re-
mained at the fence.
Upon investigation, FWC panther bi-
ologist Mark Lotz confirmed that a panther
family had killed some of the resident's live-
Collier residents reminded about living with panthers
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