As summer approaches, a lifesaving issue arises

As more and more Central Floridians prepare to jump in their pools to beat the summer heat, one county government is issued a red alert about the risks of drowning.

As more and more Central Floridians prepare to jump in their pools to beat the summer heat, one county government is issued a red alert about the risks of drowning.


ROCKLEDGE — Summer.
According to the calendar, it doesn’t officially start until June 21, although in the minds of many Americans, it really kicks off over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
For Central Florida residents, it may seem like the heat of summer is already here, and for many of them, a weekend spent in the pool and at the beach sounds like the ideal way to beat the heat.
It’s important to keep in mind, one county health agency is noting, that as cool and refreshing as the pool waters or the ocean waves may seem, not enough swimmers and families with small children take into account another serious risk: the possibility of drowning.
That’s a key reason why the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, located at 1748 Cedar St. in Rockledge, just issued an announcement that they will devote the month of May to highlighting the often major challenge of the dangers that pools, lakes and oceans pose to swimmers every year. Continue reading

Holocaust Center will reflect on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this fall

The historic materials from the Jim Crow era in the American South have become a part on the exhibit "Hateful Things" that is opening at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center.

The historic materials from the Jim Crow era in the American South have become a part on the exhibit “Hateful Things” that is opening at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center.


MAITLAND – This fall, the focus of the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center will be on a special topic very much in the news today: civil rights.
On the heels of an explosive summer in Ferguson, Missouri, where riots and protests followed the death of Michael Brown – an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer – the Holocaust Center in Maitland will host special exhibits and programs that explore the state of civil rights today.
As the center notes, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The Holocaust Center will devote the fall to a Civil Rights Act Commemoration that explores the state of race relations today.
“In recognition of the 50-year anniversary, the Holocaust Center has brought institutions and individuals throughout Central Florida together to examine the impact of the Civil Rights Act, what issues remain to be addressed and how we can continue challenging bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” the Holocaust Center noted in a news release.
Why focus on civil rights issues through a center that preserves the history and documentation of the Holocaust during World War II? Continue reading

Sales tax extension proposal comes under fire from Ax the Tax

The anti-tax group Ax the Tax is campaigning against the half cent sales tax extension that Orange County voters will decide on Aug. 26.

The anti-tax group citizens group Ax the Tax is campaigning against the half cent sales tax extension that Orange County voters will decide on Aug. 26.


ORLANDO – With just 10 days left until voters head to the polls for the Florida state primary, members of the Orange County School Board have been busying trying to get out the message that voters should approve the referendum on the ballot to extend the half cent sales tax — needed, the board members say, to help build new schools and renovate 59 existing ones.
As the School Board members have been quick to point out, this is an extension of an existing tax that Orange County voters approved in 2002, and not the introduction of a new one. As a sales tax, it’s expected that it will be paid for largely by tourists coming to the area, and not just local residents.
But the referendum is not without opposition. This week, the grass roots political action committee Ax the Tax came out swinging, urging a no vote. The measure will be decided by voters on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Doug Guetzloe, the chairman of Ax the Tax, also took aim at Orange County Public Schools and accused them of violating Florida law by putting pro-sales tax signs in front of public schools in Orlando and Orange County – a move that Guetzloe said he plans to challenge legally. Continue reading

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