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Okeechobee 2017 - Enter The Portal

More Like Awesomechobee, Amirite?!

 

By Croix Provence

 

Once again we look towards the beginning of March as we excitedly prepare to enter the portal, and return to Okeechobee Music Festival! With an intensely successful first year, the second year can only get bigger, better, and more exciting! Located in the warm center of Florida, this festival takes place right before we get drenched in rain and swamped with humidity (well, more humidity than normal), making it a beautiful time to pack your friends in a van and head to OMF.

More Like Awesomechobee, Amirite?!

 

By Croix Provence

 

Once again we look towards the beginning of March as we excitedly prepare to enter the portal, and return to Okeechobee Music Festival! With an intensely successful first year, the second year can only get bigger, better, and more exciting! Located in the warm center of Florida, this festival takes place right before we get drenched in rain and swamped with humidity (well, more humidity than normal), making it a beautiful time to pack your friends in a van and head to OMF.

Let's take a peek at the 2017 lineup to see what kind of ear-blasting, life-changing madness that Okee has in store for us mortals:

 

 

If you are interested in buying a ticket and escaping to Okeechobee, check out www.okeechobeefest.com (it's spelled incorrectly on their lineup -- whoops!) for information and purchases. Tickets are starting at $269, but some tiers have already sold out! Get 'em while they're hot! 

 

 

Croix Provence, abridged: Singer. Actress. Model. Dork. Snack enthusiast. Freelance writer. Music lover. Comic Con freak. Adrenaline junkie. Short sentence sorcerer. Follow @CroixProvence on Twitter and Instagram, and like Croix Provence on Facebook.

Trump Advisor Releases Book On 2016

Roger Stone, a Trump confidante and retainer for nearly four decades, gives readers an inside look at how DJT won the presidency.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A longtime friend and advisor to President Donald J. Trump has released a book detailing Trump's decades old presidential ambitions and his part in cultivating a revolution.

 

Roger Stone, a Trump confidante and retainer for nearly four decades, gives readers an inside look at how DJT won the presidency.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A longtime friend and advisor to President Donald J. Trump has released a book detailing Trump's decades old presidential ambitions and his part in cultivating a revolution.

 

The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated A Revolution by Roger Stone will be the first and only expected book from a true and legitimate ally of the President.

 

Breitbart.com recently featured an oped from Stone, in which he described Trump's handling of the 2016 campaign for The White House.

 

"Donald Trump is his own strategist, campaign manager, and tactician, and all credit for his incredible election belongs to him. I’m just glad to have been along for the ride." Mr. Stone expanded on the high points of the book.

 

"The rise of Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the alternative media amplified Trump's strong man appeal. He challenged political correctness, fake news, and globalists to Make America Great Again."

 

Roger Stone has advised numerous Presidents and Presidential candidates. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bob Dole were his biggest gets. But Donald Trump was the one he had to wait the longest to become elected.

 

Roger Stone's book can be purchased by clicking here.

 

"He (Trump) has been worried about the direction of our country a longtime now. I still have a large collection of "Trump 2000" promotional items secured in a storage unit," Stone continued.

 

His latest books include The Clintons' War on Women, Jeb! & The Bush Crime Family, Nixon's Secrets, and the New York Times bestseller The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. You can order his new book via Amazon, by purchasing it at Barnes & Noble, or anywhere books are sold.

 

Mr. Stone will roll out a full schedule for a nationwide book tour in the next few weeks. Snag your own copy and start digesting this brilliant tale of 2016!

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

Shared Parenting 101: Why It Makes Sense For Families

Feminists and the legal industry squashed shared parenting in 2016.

 

By Dianna Thompson

 

In April 2016 Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB668, a bill encouraging shared and equal parenting time that would have allowed children equal access to their parents following a divorce or separation. Instead Scott caved to pressure from feminist organizations, lawyers and special interest groups protecting the billion-dollar divorce industry, effectively squelching the advancement of “shared parenting.”

 

Feminists and the legal industry squashed shared parenting in 2016.

 

By Dianna Thompson

 

In April 2016 Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB668, a bill encouraging shared and equal parenting time that would have allowed children equal access to their parents following a divorce or separation. Instead Scott caved to pressure from feminist organizations, lawyers and special interest groups protecting the billion-dollar divorce industry, effectively squelching the advancement of “shared parenting.”

 

Governor Scott ignored the research, grassroots effort, and overwhelming public support that got the shared parenting bill to his desk. And what’s most disappointing, he ignored the children who do not have a voice. For definition’s sake, “shared parenting” supports the child’s relationship with both parents and encourages and allows each fit parent the opportunity to maximize the time with their child so they can fulfill their parental responsibilities.

 

Many who opposed the shared parenting provisions in the bill called them controversial, and yet, this couldn't be further from the truth. During a marriage, a child has an unrestricted joint custody arrangement with unlimited access to both parents. It is actually more controversial to take that away from children when their parents decide to divorce or separate.

 

If children were raised in a shared parenting situation then we should work hard to preserve for the children as much of that preexisting shared parenting. We should maintain as much of that access to both parents as we can. When a divorce or separation happens, does a child have less need for the involvement of both parents? No. In reality, the child's need for both parents is actually greater because of the insecurity created by the divorce itself.

 

Instead, we have an adversarial family law court system under which a judge (who knows relatively nothing about the family) is mandated to pick a winner and a loser in a custody fight. The real loser in this situation is the child because that child walked into court with two parents and walks out with only one. Shared parenting legislation is designed to preserve for children what we know they need: both parents.

 

Every single example of social pathology – teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, gang violence, school dropouts, and suicides – is related to family breakdown and father absence. Period. Opposition to shared parenting would have you believe that in cases where conflict exists between parents, shared parenting is impossible.

 

Of course conflict is bad for children. Conflict during a marriage is bad for children; conflict in sole custody is bad for children; conflict anywhere is bad for children. But think for a moment which situation is more likely to engender hostility, which is more likely to create conflict:

 

1. A situation in which both parents are told, "Relax, you’re not going to lose your role as a parent."

 

2. A situation in which the courts say, "I'm going to pick a winner and pick a loser. Choose your weapons and come out fighting, the last one standing is the winner."

 

Sole custody determinations are the source of conflict. Shared parenting is designed to reduce this conflict and work towards the best interest of the children. A related concern against shared parenting is that this form of parenting forces unwilling parents to interact with each other.

 

And yet, parents will always have to interact with each other over issues concerning their children. In sole custody situations, however, they interact from a base of hostility. They interact from a place of power and powerlessness in which one parent has been declared to be the loser in the custody battle. Non-custodial parents become even more fearful of losing every last shred of contact with their children.

 

Rightly so, because each year hundreds of thousands of non-custodial parents are victims of "Access and Visitation Denial" by custodial parents who either do not value their children’s relationships with the other parent or place their own needs above those of their children. Giving custody to a parent in a high-conflict divorce who is unwilling to interact with the other almost assures that the child will not have ongoing contact with the other parent.

 

So why reward this behavior? Those who oppose shared parenting claim that parents asking for shared parenting are just trying to control the other parent. This is completely illogical. Who is trying to control who in these two scenarios:

 

1. A parent goes to a judge and asks to have shared parenting so their child can have two parents.

 

2. A parent says, “I want sole custody, I want to own this child only.”

 

Who's trying to exercise power? Who's trying to exercise control? Who is it that is being dominating? And who's the parent who has the best interest of the child at heart? Court is where we would expect to find equity, and yet, the courts are where many parents feel they have lost their rights to their children.

 

Parents entering into a custody dispute are scared that they will lose their children. So rather than run that risk, many parents choose to fight aggressively for custody, often times spending thousands of dollars in legal fees that would have been better spent on their children. Out of this fear we often see parents:

 

· Using parent alienation as a way to brainwash their children into thinking that the other parent is a bad parent.

 

· False allegations are routinely used to discredit one of the parents and gain the “upper-hand” during a custody battle.

 

· Parental abductions are more likely when a parent loses custody and feels they didn't get a fair hearing.

 

Children are not trophies handed out at the end of a bitter custody fight. Parents must have equal rights and responsibilities in raising their children in a cooperative environment where the child has balanced access to both parents. Opponents of shared parenting bills want it to appear that battle lines are made along gender lines, but that's not the case.

 

What you find is that there is a broad range of people in favor of shared parenting including: men, women, mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, advocates and even taxpayers. Where you find a very limited opposition, where you find a very limited perspective, is in the people who are opposed to shared parenting.

 

They come at it from a winner-take-all mentality that says that one parent should own the child and have complete control over the child. Shared parenting has received tremendous support as an overwhelming amount of research reveals the practice is best for children, families and society.

 

Shared parenting has been endorsed by 110 world experts, is supported by 43 peer-reviewed papers and was the solution in the conclusion of the largest study ever on child well-being, reviewing 150,000 children who experienced separation or divorce of their parents.

 

The purpose of shared parenting is to get past winners and losers. Despite parental differences, the needs of children must come first. It should be up to parents, our lawmakers, and the courts to do everything possible to see that children suffer as little as possible as a result of the parent’s decision to divorce or separate. The future of our society lies in our children, and the key to that future rests primarily with stability within families.

 

Well-loved children, and well-parented children, make good students, good citizens, good workers, and one day good parents themselves. Child custody reform is happening all over the country. There have been several shared parenting bills that have either passed or are under consideration. Shared parenting continually receives over 70% favorability in both polling and legislative votes. The logic behind shared parenting is hard to dispute.

 

Kids love, want and need both of their parents. Until laws equally respect the bonds children share with both of their parents and encourages co-parenting and cooperation between divorced and separated parents … the movement for shared parenting will be here to stay.

 

Dianna Thompson is an expert on families, stepfamilies, and divorce-related issues. She has testified all over the country on Shared Parenting and is a member of Leading Women for Shared Parenting and the President of Family Reunion, a 501(c)(3) organization that reunites families that have been estranged due to divorce, separation or by destructive family laws and policies. Dianna can be reached at dthompson2232@gmail.com.

 

 

GASP! Gasparilla Music Festival 2017 Looks Great!

Tampa Turns It Up To 11

By Croix Provence

 

It's the time of the year where Tampa changes slowly from a beautiful urban area, to the land of pirates and booty! Gasparilla is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with the release of the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup?!

 

Every year the lineup seems to grow in size and quality, while the price never gets too overwhelming. Enough from me: feast your eyes on the GMF breakdown below:

 

Tampa Turns It Up To 11

By Croix Provence

 

It's the time of the year where Tampa changes slowly from a beautiful urban area, to the land of pirates and booty! Gasparilla is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with the release of the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup?!

 

Every year the lineup seems to grow in size and quality, while the price never gets too overwhelming. Enough from me: feast your eyes on the GMF breakdown below:

 

 

Do not miss out on such an eclectic variety of music, all to be found in one place! Weekend tickets begin at $60 (holy smokes!), and are sure to sell quickly, so head to www.gmftickets.com to get yours. See you of the west coast of Florida! 

 

 

 

Croix Provence, abridged: Singer. Actress. Model. Dork. Snack enthusiast. Freelance writer. Music lover. Comic Con freak. Adrenaline junkie. Short sentence sorcerer. Follow @CroixProvence on Twitter and Instagram, and like Croix Provence on Facebook.

Jeff Ashton's Rejects: Let Us Be Judge!

As Jeff Ashton's legacy is under fire from new State Attorney Aramis Ayala, his top Lieutenants are trying to become judges.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's 9th Judicial Circuit announced last week that they are going to conduct interviews of 15 people seeking to take the bench, after the tragic passing of Circuit Court Judge Scott Polodna. According to the release, the interviews will be held on Thursday, February 2nd at GrayRobinson's downtown Orlando office.

 

As Jeff Ashton's legacy is under fire from new State Attorney Aramis Ayala, his top Lieutenants are trying to become judges.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's 9th Judicial Circuit announced last week that they are going to conduct interviews of 15 people seeking to take the bench, after the tragic passing of Circuit Court Judge Scott Polodna. According to the release, the interviews will be held on Thursday, February 2nd at GrayRobinson's downtown Orlando office.

 

Lead GR attorney and JNC Chair Chris Carmody will precede over the interviews that will start at 9am and carry on until 3pm the same day. Carmody is one of the most dedicated and honorable lawyers we have in Central Florida and quite possibly the state. We are lucky to have him overseeing this process.

 

Some of the most notable people seeking the spot on the bench are not notable for good reason. Top allies of disgraced former State Attorney Jeff Ashton are being considered, prosecutors Frank George and Linda Burdick. Mr. George has tried for the bench twice, and apparently has not gotten the message from voters. He is now trying now to backdoor the citizens through a special appointment.

 

Sources within the State Attorney's office say that Mr. George was an "absentee landlord" under Jeff Ashton as a top supervisor and prosecutor.

 

"On most days you would have had a greater chance of opening the door to his office and seeing Jimmy Hoffa sitting there. His incessant need to become judge was often times more of a priority than the people's business."

 

Linda Burdick, another Ashton ally has her own problems. Yes, the lady who tag teamed the Casey Anthony case with Ashton thinks she deserves to wear the black robe. She botched the computer evidence and walked hand-in-hand with Ashton as they overcharged Anthony and watched her walk free.

 

Like George, she maintains a light schedule in the office and pocketed over $500,000 during her time under Jeff Ashton. Neither George or Burdick should be taken the least bit seriously for this position and we are looking forward to their interviews.

 

Why do they even think they deserve this shot? How can they explain their poor clearance and conviction rates? The lacksidasical work schedule?

 

While Aramis Ayala is said to be working hard to review Ashton's management practices and pay structure for people like George and Burdick, members of the Judicial Nominating Commission should favor someone not connected to Ashton's tenure.

 

Joseph Haynes Davis, the brother of Jazz great Miles Davis, has an impressive resume and understanding of how the media and public perception can steer a case. Mr. Davis did come up short this past November in his first run for office. Davis, like criminal defense attorney Roger Scott, ran a shoestring campaign without the support of the Downtown legal elite.

 

He burned the pavement to speak to voters and could be the most fashionable judge to serve this area in decades, see his penchant for bow ties. Fashion commentary aside, we need fresh people on the bench like Davis.

 

"Mr. Davis is on the top of the list of those being considered," said Scott who has returned to private practice with his wife in Downtown Orlando.

 

Former Osceola County politician and lawyer John Quinones is also being considered for the spot. The East Orlando Post will be covering the interviews on February 2nd and will continue to provide updates on the selection process as it moves along.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Hangout Fest 2017 Promises Summer Fun At Gulf Shores!

Music Festival? More Like Music BEST-ival!

By Croix Provence

 

Music Festival? More Like Music BEST-ival!

By Croix Provence

 

Surf's up! Pack your beach bag, grab your glowsticks, and roadtrip with your best buddies down to Gulf Shores, Alabama for what is sure to be another awesome Hangout Fest! One of the more solid (and unique!) lineups that we have seen so far, Hangout Fest never dissapoints with music, atmosphere, and experience. Plus, their bathrooms are awesome. This may not seem like a big deal right now, but trust me: avid festival-goers know the importance of a good bathroom at a festival.

 

That being said, take a look at the 2017 lineup!:

 

 

With tickets starting at $289, you can't beat the value and diversity of this festival! Be sure to check out www.hangoutmusicfest.com for more info.

 

 

 

Croix Provence, abridged: Singer. Actress. Model. Dork. Snack enthusiast. Freelance writer. Music lover. Comic Con freak. Adrenaline junkie. Short sentence sorcerer. Follow @CroixProvence on Twitter and Instagram, and like Croix Provence on Facebook.

County Holding Community Meeting On Massive Eastside Development

Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson and county officials are seeking community feedback on January 18th.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Last week we published an article detailing the many problems with a substantial development in East Orange County right outside Avalon Park. Emails to this publication and comments on social media from local residents have been firmly against the developer's request to add nearly 1,000 more apartments and townhomes.

Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson and county officials are seeking community feedback on January 18th.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Last week we published an article detailing the many problems with a substantial development in East Orange County right outside Avalon Park. Emails to this publication and comments on social media from local residents have been firmly against the developer's request to add nearly 1,000 more apartments and townhomes.

 

In response to the negative reaction from a majority of Avalon Park, Eastwood, Stoneybrook and Waterford Lakes residents, Orange County has announced a community meeting will be held on January 18th at 6PM. If you are against thousands of more cars on our roads with no roadway improvements or expansions, you should attend this meeting and let your voice be heard.

 

The county and our local Commissioner Jennifer Thompson need a legitimate reason to oppose this request by the developer, who is also seeking traffic waivers as part of the newly amended plan for the massive Eastside development.

 

A sizeable gathering of taxpayers, of voters, is the most effective way to get their attention and best way to give them the political capital to reject this project. The meeting will be held at 6PM at Stone Lakes Elementary. 

 

Local realtor and community leader John Alexandrou has posted an online poll and petition for residents to sign, urging his neighbors to stop the additional multi-family units.

 

"We want to make sure Commissioner Thompson, Mayor Jacobs, and the rest of the Orange County Commission take note of the fact that almost every single East Orange resident is against this massive overreach by the developer."

 

The petition language reads as follows and can be signed by clicking here.

 

"Say NO to More Traffic and Over Crowded Schools.

 

The Developer of the Reserve at Alafaya, located on South Alafaya Trail, across from Stoneybrook and Avalon Park, is requesting from Orange County, an increase in the number of apartments from 950 (already too many,) to 1,750 (outrageous,) and an increase of 100 town homes.

 

The population increase as proposed, will add at minimum an additional 2,400 people and 1,400 additional vehicles in the region This will significantly increase traffic congestion on Alafaya Trail, Innovation Parkway, and make the entrance to Hwy 408 from Alafaya Trail unbearable during commuter hours. These changes negatively impact the lives and lifestyle of us all, Waterford Lakes, Eastwood, Stoneybrook, Timber Springs, and everyone who lives and commutes on Avalon Park Blvd.

 

Something as simple as parking at Publix will be soon be a nightmare, if the developers of this project are allowed to double their plans for apartments and townhomes in East Orange County. To make traffic even worse, the developer wants 9 waivers from Orange County Traffic Control Codes to reduce the distance between the new traffic lights to be installed on Alafaya Trail, and access into and out of The Reserve at Alafaya development. Traffic will back up between lights too close together, making your commute longer, more difficult, and more time consuming. Even the easy fast commute to Hwy 528 and the airport via Innovation Parkway will be congested.

 

It’s highly likely in the near future, the additional 400+ children will be zoned for our already over capacity, Avalon Park, Timber Springs, and maybe even Eastwood schools. Orange County should demand the developer set aside land and build a new school to accommodate these residents. This petition demands accountability on all levels and courage from the Orange County Commission to turn down the developer’s request to double their already substantial project. The quality of our lives, our community, our A+ rated schools, and our home values are all threatened by these out-of-bounds requests from a developer more concerned with cash than common sense. For your own protection and for your neighbors, say “NO MORE,” please SIGN this petition and forward it to friends, family, and neighbors in the East Orange County area."

 

This developer, who does not live in this country, wants the county to fund a park, a park which is very much needed. Morgran got way too many apartments approved to begin with.

 

The reason: the developer promised a regional park. We don't have this park now, and the developer wants to blackmail the county one more time. There should be no more certificate of occupancy issued until the park land and access to it are complete.

 

Residents looking to RSVP for the meeting and find out more information about the project can visit the County's meeting calendar listing of the January 18th meeting.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Avalon Park Braces For UCF Level Traffic Problems

The once dead development of over 500 acres across from Avalon Park should concern local residents. 

 

By Jacob Engels 

 

During the past few years, this publication has fought tirelessly for the unique and sustainable developments located off Lake Pickett road in East Orange County. 

 

The once dead development of over 500 acres across from Avalon Park should concern local residents. 

 

By Jacob Engels 

 

During the past few years, this publication has fought tirelessly for the unique and sustainable developments located off Lake Pickett road in East Orange County. 

 

We supported these efforts because of the fact that the projects provided tens of millions of dollars in private funding for roadway expansion. We supported them because they are rural style settings with edible walking trails, community gardens, hiking paths, and more.

 

It's the kind of deal Avalon Park residents will beg for after realizing how many problems the “East” project on Innovation Way will bring upon them.


In 2008, East was approved for more than 900 apartments and 400 single family homes. It also has over 300,000 sqft of office and commercial space for lease. The project stretches along South Alafaya on the right side and extends onto the 528 access point of Innovation Way. It includes the new apartment complex on Alafaya, the Reserve at Alafaya. Part of the condition was that the developer would build a new park. We’re still waiting on that park.

 

East Orlando has developed great communities, such as Waterford Lakes, Eastwood, Stoneybrook and Avalon Park, each of which have a good mix of single family homes and apartments.The East development already has too many apartments and has not built the regional park it promised almost a decade ago.

 

Now, the developer is trying to do something that should be stopped immediately.

 

Soon, the developers of East will be heading back to Orange County asking the county to approve an additional 800 apartments and 100 town homes. In exchange, they are going to advance the money, so Orange County taxpayers can build the development a 20-acre park.

 

What this means is an additional 1,200 cars on our roads. It’s an additional 400 students in our schools. And our tax dollars will pay for their amenity, an amenity they will use to sell their wares and make a killing. Remember, the developments near Lake Pickett offered tens of millions of dollars to improve the transportation network. The developers of East provide none of that AND they are asking taxpayers to build them a park.

 

One train of thought would hail this as an economic driver for the area. More jobs and an expanded base of people to spend money at local establishments, but not so fast.

 

As is most cases with flashy developments (East's design and web team are on point, see here), this is a deal that is going to over-promise and under-deliver.

 

Here's why...

 

Even with the recent expansion of Alafaya, our roads are not equipped to accommodate double-sided exit and entry congestion. We already have The Reserves at Alafaya, which cause left lane confusion at rush hour, and now we are going to have to deal with East's thousands of new residents and customers exiting on the right side of South Alafaya. 

 

There will be three entrances on Alafaya Trail before you reach Avalon Park Boulevard to block traffic. Right now, we only have two lanes to house our traffic flow, and this means that there is no relief lane for Avalon Park residents. 


Those who frequent locales within Downtown Avalon will face amplified traffic delays trying to visit longstanding staples like Avalon Park Jewelers, Eastside Bistro, and newcomer Nature's Fuel Juice Bar. Over 25 other local jobs creators will see the only viable route for their customers jam up, causing longer delays. Can you imagine delays longer than other access points like Waterford Chase and E. Colonial?

 

Airport travelers looking to hop on the 528 will also be delayed. 

 

And what if this new development allows businesses who are competitors to Avalon Park Group tenants in the heart of Downtown Avalon, less than a mile away? This could destroy the earning potential of several local favorites, as East's tenants have been given rent abatement deals to secure lease agreements for the office and commercial space. Lower rental agreements mean they can undercut our locally owned business in the short term and that could be the kiss of death for many.

 

As to the schools, right now, they are not zoned for Avalon Park schools. But, as the new middle school and charter school comes on board, there will be additional capacity in Avalon Park schools and, as you know, the Avalon Park schools are in great demand. They will request to be rezoned into Avalon Park schools and we’re right back to having overcrowded schools, back at square one.

 

This project is the nightmare that most imagine when they vocalize their N.I.M.B.Y. (Not In My Backyard) concerns when a new development is proposed in an area with existing residents. 

 

Going into the new year, we urge Avalon Park residents to demand an explanation of this ill-planned project and why it is moving forward. It's not like we're getting the promised four-lane expansion of Colonial that the Lake Pickett developers have agreed too. 

 

In the words of Manchester Orchestra... "Simple math, the truth cannot be fractioned." We frankly don't have the infrastructure. The idea of advancing money for community parks and a few new shops is not worth the risk or stress that it will bring. More time on the road means less time at home with our loved ones.

 

Residents of Avalon Park are afforded with many benefits that increase the quality of life for our families and neighbors. With its current plan, the apartment heavy East development is the grim reaper for Avalon Park residents and the harbinger of mind numbing  commutes. 

 

The traffic will strangle our businesses, drive residents insane, and ensure that friends won't continue to visit us on "that side of town." The side of town that takes an hour plus to travel to on a good day from destinations less than 10 miles away, and who could blame them?

 

If you want a glimpse of the future with East’s new apartments, look no further than Rosemont, Metro West, or apartment heavy University Boulevard around UCF, which became shells of their former greatness after being flooded with apartments. UCF, Metrowest, and Rosemont level traffic in Avalon Park, not quite the way we all hope to start 2017.

 

As a resident of Avalon Park since it was founded, I stand firmly against this project. It's not that I am against growth or progress, I'm just against poorly planned projects like East.

 

We don't even get a community garden or edible walking trails, we will just get poverty and traffic. 2017 already has enough challenges, East should not be one of them.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Rihanna Rooftop Stalker Will Run For Mayor In 2018

Robert Melanson, who had an unhealthy interest in pop star Rihanna, is taking another stab at elected office.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

One Central Florida man, who rose to fame after he was found skulking on the roof of pop star Rihanna's roof several years ago, wants to be your Orange County Mayor. According to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website, Melanson quietly filed his paperwork last Thursday (December, 15th).

 

Robert Melanson, who had an unhealthy interest in pop star Rihanna, is taking another stab at elected office.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

One Central Florida man, who rose to fame after he was found skulking on the roof of pop star Rihanna's roof several years ago, wants to be your Orange County Mayor. According to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website, Melanson quietly filed his paperwork last Thursday (December, 15th).

 

Mr. Melanson made international headlines when his obsession for Rihanna reached new heights... culminating in Melanson climbing onto the roof of her Pacific Palisades home in California. The incident occurred in 2013 when the singer was on tour in the U.K. Melanson was arrested and bailed out shortly after.

 

More recently, he made headlines locally by running against popular incumbent Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke. Melanson would garner almost 10% of the vote, earning him a DISTANT third place finish. He moved from Massachusetts in 2014 before running for office and spent time working at "Get Nuts", a gourmet peanut shop at the Florida Mall accordig to the Orlando Sentinel.

 

Other potential candidates include Central Florida Commission on Homelessness Andrae Bailey, State Representative Mike Miller, Businessman Dean Asher, Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Congressman John Mica, and Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph.

 

In his 2016 race to earn a spot on the Orange County Commission, Melanson's platform was non-existent and his campaign was largely a sideshow because of the 2013 Rihanna rooftop incident. While anyone can certainly run for office, it's hard to determine what Mr. Melanson would hope to accomplish if elected.

 

Even so, you never say never in politics. In a contested race with up to 10 candidates expected to take a shot, I'd predict he can finish ahead of Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson.

 

For that, Orange County will be eternally grateful. We will update you as more information is made available regarding Melanson's campaign.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Electric Forest 2017 Lineup Has Been Revealed!

By Croix Provence

 

And so it begins.

 

We begin announcing lineups for moments that we won't see for half a year, but think about every single day until those moments occur. Experiences that can define your summer, and your life, hidden in forests and beaches and cities worldwide. And by hidden, I mean hidden for the lucky thousands who get to occur, and hidden from the rest of the world. The time is now: it is lineup announcement season!

 

By Croix Provence

 

And so it begins.

 

We begin announcing lineups for moments that we won't see for half a year, but think about every single day until those moments occur. Experiences that can define your summer, and your life, hidden in forests and beaches and cities worldwide. And by hidden, I mean hidden for the lucky thousands who get to occur, and hidden from the rest of the world. The time is now: it is lineup announcement season!

 

While some people may love the trek down to Ultra for an urban EDM fix, the voyage north to Electric Forest for an ethereal weekend in the woods was too good to be true. How could a weekend this colorful and amazing only happen once per year? Your prayers have been answered: Electric Forest 2017 will now take place over TWO weekends with major differences in the lineup. The first weekend will take place from June 22-25, and the second weekend will take place from June 29-July 2. Tickets are starting at $297 for general camping for each weekend, and based on these lineups, they will be going fast!:

 

 

 

The beloved Michigan festival reveals “An Intimate Expansion of Community,” offering two distinct weekends for its seventh year. Rothbury, Mich. – Today, Electric Forest (EF) announced that it will offer two unique weekends of the beloved music and camping festival at the legendary Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan.

 

The festival, which will take place June 22–June 25 and June 29–July 2, 2017, posted official news of this “Intimate Expansion of Community” on its website this morning. With last year’s festival selling out again in record time – a mere two weeks after tickets went on sale – Electric Forest’s move to offer two distinct, back to back weekends at a lower capacity strives to nurture the evolution and growth of the EF community while honoring the much cherished EF experience. Read Electric Forest’s full website post HERE. Electric Forest producers Madison House Presents and Insomniac hope that expanding the festival to two weekends in 2017 allows the EF community to invite more friends, participate in more ideas, and continue to contribute to this next chapter of Electric Forest together.

 

“Immediately after each year of Electric Forest I dream of what it can become in the future,” explains Electric Forest Founder/Director and President of Madison House Presents Jeremy Stein. “There is not a formula. We do not try to match the past. Instead, we challenge ourselves to raise the bar while writing a new chapter. Our collective goal is to propel creative experimentation and cultural exploration. By combining the past, present, and ideas for the future, Electric Forest can take a new and exciting form each year.” “It's exciting that after six years of Electric Forest we are ready to announce the next chapter of our festival experience." said Pasquale Rotella, Co- Founder of Electric Forest and Founder and CEO of Insomniac. "In 2017, we will see Electric Forest evolve into two unique weekend experiences. I am glad EDC Las Vegas attendees will have an opportunity to rest and recharge before making the journey out to another festival. Home is where your family is, and the Forest has become another destination this community can call home."

 

To stay up to date on all Electric Forest news, please visit www.electricforestfestival.com and the official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages. Electric Forest is produced by Insomniac and Madison House Presents.

 

 

Croix Provence, abridged: Singer. Actress. Model. Traveler. Nerd, Snack enthusiast. Music lover. Comic Con freak. Short sentence sorcerer. Follow @CroixProvence on Twitter and Instagram, and like Croix Provence on Facebook.

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