Florida Members of Congress: No Drilling off Our Coast

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Sen. Nelson and Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Deutch Tout Bipartisan Defense of Florida’s Coast atMonday Press Conference 

In the face of increased drilling threats, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz(FL-23) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) on Monday will discuss bipartisan efforts to protect Florida’s sensitive and economically vital coasts.
Thanks to Nelson and then-Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla), a no-drilling zone extends 125 miles off much of Florida’s Gulf Coast, and as far out as 235 miles at some points.  That moratorium is in effect until 2022, but Nelson has filed Senate legislation to extend that moratorium for another five years. Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16) will introduce on Monday an identical House version of the legislation, which is expected to attract several bipartisan co-sponsors across Florida.
Nelson, Wasserman Schultz and Deutch will discuss at Monday’s event this legislation and other efforts to combat coastal drilling threats, including a response to President Trump’s executive order on coastal drilling.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)Dr. Richard E. Dodge, PH.D. – Executive Director, National Coral Reef Institute

                       Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

 NSU Oceanographic Campus in Mizell-Johnson State Park (formerly John U. Lloyd State Park)
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004-3078

Community Protest Mayors Breakfast


"A diverse group of organizations banded together to confront hate from visiting our community,” said Michael Gagne, a protest organizer. “Mayor Jack Seiler has decided welcoming Hate at The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is more important that representing the thousands of LGBT citizens that elected him to office over the years.”

Sponsored by the National Christian Foundation which funds the anti-LGBT movement worldwide.
The 55th annual event faces controversy after announcing Jim Daly as the featured speaker. Daly is the CEO of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian policy institute with an anti-LGBT history.
Local LGBT activists had requested Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler decline the breakfast invitation — however, Seiler considers his involvement an honor.
Wayne Besen Truth Wins Out

TWO Slams Fort Lauderdale Mayor for his Arrogant Sponsorship of Prayer Breakfast Featuring Anti-LGBT Hate Group

 Michael Gagne

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Text of Mayor Siler's Speech Below

Good morning.
First of all, let us all thank our Heavenly Father for this beautiful morning, this wonderful City that we call home, and this incredible lifestyle that we live – we are truly blessed here in Fort Lauderdale.
Prayer Breakfast programThanks to the committee, organizers, and volunteers – year in and year out, you all do a remarkable job bringing our community together in friendship and fellowship.
Thanks to the speakers and participants – you have shared powerful and impactful messages of love, compassion, and kindness, and we have been charged and challenged to live better lives, to practice what we preach, and to not ust “talk the talk” but instead “walk the walk”, and maybe even take that walk with our Lord.
Thanks to all the attendees – by being here, you have confirmed that prayer matters, that communication matters, that exchanging ideas and beliefs matter, and that faith matters.
You gather here this morning from diverse backgrounds, different houses of worship, and various neighborhoods, and you send a message that God doesn’t discriminate, that God’s love isn’t limited to a certain select group of people, and that God bestows his blessings on all who believe in him.
Special thanks to all our veterans, members of the armed services, police, fire, and first responders who protect us; keep us safe; allow us to gather here this morning and every day to live, work, play, raise our family, and worship; and, provide the order, safety, and security in our society that permit us to enjoy peaceful and prosperous lives.
As I serve my last year as Mayor, I want to emphasize that, now, more than ever, we need prayer breakfasts!
We need prayer breakfasts in Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.
In Fort Lauderdale, we need these spiritual opportunities to come together as a City and just sit, chat, listen, and learn from one another.
Catholics need to communicate with Protestants. Christians need to communicate with Jews and Muslims. Whites need to communicate with Blacks. Conservatives need to communicate with liberals. I could go on but you understand: it is not just about the prayers we shared this morning and it is certainly not about the breakfast we ate – it is bigger than that and it is greater than that.
It is what we can do together when we truly try. It is what we can do together when we stop yelling and start listening. It is what we can do together when we stop judging and start understanding. It is what we can do together when we stop protesting and start praying. In fact, it is what we can do together when we stop just reading the Bible and start living the Bible.
Now, more than ever, we need prayer breakfasts!
After this last election season, we really need to focus our efforts on conducting our campaigns like ladies and gentlemen. We need to tell our children and grandchildren that personal attacks, false statements, and dishonest practices are not okay.
We need to emphasize that we don’t elevate ourselves by knocking others down. We need to remind ourselves that all of us, including both political parties and the media, have the duty to uphold the dignity and greatness of our democracy, and to show the world that “one Nation under God” means something; that this Country, which was endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and which relied upon the protection of Divine Providence, must remain a shining light across the globe; and, that our freedoms come with real responsibilities, including being concerned about how our actions impact others.
Now, more than ever, we need prayer breakfasts!
We need to resolve among ourselves that kindness, compassion, inclusion, tolerance and respect are virtues. We need to recognize that diversity creates challenges but, more importantly, creates opportunities for us to practice our faith in a positive way. How
wonderful do we feel when, instead of criticizing or condemning someone, we show restraint; instead of hurting someone, we help them; instead of alienating someone, we embrace them; and, instead of hating someone, we love them. In fact, we need our differences to not divide us, but, in fact, somehow unite us. How awesome would we feel if race, religion, skin color, and sexual orientation didn’t trigger bias or prejudice, but instead motivated us to love our neighbor and empowered us to treat others like we would like to be treated?
Yes, we need this Prayer Breakfast!
To bring our community together, to unite individuals of from every background, to unify houses of worship of different faiths, and to positively impact our City.
In closing, I pray that this very diverse group here today leaves motivated, excited, and energized to assist others and build community; exits focused on all that lifts us up, rather than on what divides us; and departs truly blessed by a good and gracious God.
May God bless all of you, May God bless this great City, and may God bless America.

BSO Arrest suspected Child pornographer as he is snapping shots of little girls at the beach

Detectives said, photos of children in various states of undress, apparently taken at a beachside play area in Pompano Beach, were found on his cellphone.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children detectives, who were out searching for a man wanted on charges related to child pornography, located their subject as he sat by a splash pad in Pompano Beach watching children play.

Detectives began investigating 55-year-old Patrick Brogie in late March after receiving information that he had child pornography on his cell phone. Witnesses told detectives he often frequented the area near the splash pad, but attempts to locate him were futile. After locating him on April 20, Brogie’s phone revealed he often searched for key terms specifically seeking images and videos involving minors. Detectives also found photos of girls between the ages of 3 and 6 at the splash pad. The images show the girls in bathing suits and focus on their buttocks as they’re bending down.
On April 25, I.C.A.C. detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest and found him the next day as he was watching children at play. Brogie has an active warrant from Germany for a 2008 case of sexual abuse of a child.

Investigators fear he could have had inappropriate contact with local children. Anyone with information is asked to contact I.C.A.C. Detective Nick Masters at 954-888-5264.

What the Trump team should consider before axing Meals on Wheels funds

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What the Trump team should consider before axing Meals on Wheels funds

By David Campbell, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Kristina Lambright, Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, and an Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York. To justify President Donald Trump’s aim to spend less on social services, Office of…

Representative Ted Deutch held a health care town hall meeting with constituents- Video


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Micro Apiary

Saturday, April 29th
Ceremony begins at 10:00am
Tradewinds Park & Stables - North
3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
(Just west of Florida's Turnpike on Sample Road, north park entrance, opposite Butterfly World)

Lots of family oriented Bee activities including a live demonstration Honeybee Hive a Apiary tour  and UFI Garden Field Station tour will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Demo Hive

Light refreshments courtesy of the Urban Farming Institute.

Casual Garden Attire

Broward County Parks and Recreation Division opens the Nation's first Educational and Honeybee micro apiary prototype with a Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) grant, The Urban Beekeepers, LLC Leadership based on the success of the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) prototype.

Please stop by at the end of the event for a complimentary gift bag 
(While supplies last)

The South Florida Beekeepers Association will provide workshops and programs for our community Youths and Adults. An educated public and beekeepers are better for Broward County's health and environment.


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Urban Farming Institute (UFI) Field Station

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Print out the invitation below for free admission to the park!

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Fort Lauderdale Mustang Club Annual Auto Show benefiting the Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

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Rep. Deutch Demands Investigation of Prisoner Abuse, Deaths during Transport

 Following allegations of inhumane treatment, abuse, and even the death of prisoners being transported by the private company Prisoner Transportation Services (PTS), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) sent a letter to Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) urging for a hearing on the Justice Department's failure to enforce "Jeanna's Act."

Last week, Congressman Deutch and Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) wrote to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fully and swiftly investigate the allegations against PTS.

According to reports by the New York Times and the Marshall Project, during a recent prison transport, a man facing a nine-year old shoplifting charge complained on numerous occasions of pain; he was ignored by the guards and died. On the same prisoner transport vehicle, there was reportedly a rape; mentally ill-and diabetic individuals were transported without their medications; and prisoners were vomiting and defecating on the floor of the transport vehicle. For some of the people transported in this vehicle, the trip lasted for two weeks.

“If the reports of the deplorable and inhumane conditions are true, it is an affront to our core Americans values,” said Congressman Deutch. “We’re talking about human beings; we’re talking about American citizens. This is not who we are, this is not how we treat people – including those accused of crimes, no matter the allegations – and we must put a stop to it at once. The Attorney General must follow Congress’ order to enforce Jeanna’s Act by fully investigating these allegations and holding companies accountable.” 

These allegations follow a Marshall Project report published July 2016 which outlined many other egregious cases of prisoner abuse and death during transit. Congressman Deutch asked then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the Department’s failure to oversee these prisoner transport companies and whether the Department would be investigating the reports. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) joined Congressman Deutch in requesting more information about the Department’s actions.

In 2000 Congress passed the “Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act” or “Jeanna’s Act” (Pub. L. No. 106-560), which set minimum standards for private transportation companies and authorized the Department of Justice to investigate and pursue legal action against possible violations of the law.

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Earth Day

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:

“As we celebrate Earth Day 2017, there has never in my lifetime been a greater urgency to protect our environment by adopting aggressive, common-sense strategies to combat climate change. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration remains willfully ignorant and openly hostile to these realities. That must change - and we can make it happen - but only if we all pull together. For proof, look no further than the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It helped galvanize a movement and spurred a nation of engaged citizens to demand strong environmental protections that resulted in passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

These landmark laws have proven to be highly successful, yet are now under assault from the President’s science-averse Administration. But just as Democrats and millions of concerned Americans united to defeat equally destructive health care and immigration policies, we must now come together to fight the dangerous climate change illiteracy that plagues Republicans and the White House. It’s crucial that we increase climate science fluency, wean ourselves from fossil fuels, and embrace a green jobs economy that provides productive, innovative employment, while protecting our environment. The fate of the planet that we hand our children and grandchildren depends upon how decisively we act on this Earth Day and every day moving forward. Join me in building upon efforts like the Paris Agreement to ensure that we leave an ecologically rich planet behind for future generations to pass along from generation to generation.”

Broward Democratic Party’s statement on Mayor Jack Seiler’s “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” alongside anti-LGBTQ activist Jim Daly

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The Broward Democratic Party’s Executive Board and Management Committee released the following statement in response to current Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler’s decision to participate in Fort Lauderdale’s 55th Annual “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” alongside anti-LGBTQ activist Jim Daly:
“It is deeply disappointing and extremely troubling that Mayor Jack Seiler has agreed to attend the “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” alongside Focus on the Family President, Jim Daly. As head of Focus on the Family, Mr. Daly questioned the ability of LGBTQ parents to raise children, called LGBTQ people a threat to civilization, and advocated for sexual orientation conversion therapy. For years, Mr. Daly expressed hostility towards members of the LGBTQ community. Further, his organization, Focus on the Family, raised hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in anti-LGBTQ causes.
"The city of Ft. Lauderdale and its residents subscribe to a more inclusive value system. Mr. Seiler’s willingness to share the stage with this figure is a disappointing development which calls into question his belief in this value system.
"LGBTQ individuals should know that their city and their leaders stand beside them. This is why thousands of gay and lesbian couples call Ft. Lauderdale home; it is why the Greater Fort Lauderdale area annually welcomes more than 1.5 million LGBTQ tourists who spend over $1.5 billion. It is also why we oppose the hate-filled speech directed towards fellow Americans who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer by organizations such as Focus on the Family at every turn.
"For years hard working activists across Ft. Lauderdale have fought to bridge the gap between different communities. The fight for dignity and equality for LGBTQ people in today’s society runs through Broward County.
“Times like this remind us of what the great humanitarian, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once wrote about trying to remain neutral when it comes to moral affairs:
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
“Now is one of those times. We are requesting a meeting with Mayor Seiler to discuss our concerns and have encouraged our members to do the same.”

Ron Mills, Campaign Director for The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, stated " Anyone who runs as a Democrat Statewide should be aware of the Caucuses statewide Get Out The Vote Machine"

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