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Septic Is Ruining Our State

Why are environmentalists standing against stopping the expansion of dangerous and leaky septic systems?

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, mainly because of our beautiful natural resources, in particular or water.

 

From beaches to springs to rivers to lakes and more, people travel from far away to enjoy everything our state has to offer. As a longtime Florida resident, I know that us locals also benefit greatly from the natural treasures of our state.

 

Why are environmentalists standing against stopping the expansion of dangerous and leaky septic systems?

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, mainly because of our beautiful natural resources, in particular or water.

 

From beaches to springs to rivers to lakes and more, people travel from far away to enjoy everything our state has to offer. As a longtime Florida resident, I know that us locals also benefit greatly from the natural treasures of our state.

 

Unfortunately though, there is a dangerous scourge threatening to destroy our beaches, our springs, our rivers, our state. For us and for the rest of the world, this is a huge problem.

 

What is that problem? Septic tanks.

 

While many Floridians rely on this for their sewage and wastewater disposal, environmental scientists and leading experts have recommended that we make the move towards sewer systems.

 

By ending the use of septic tanks they reason, Florida and several other areas in the USA can defeat the biggest polluter.

 

According to PBS, septic tanks have been imperiling our ecosystem for decades and it's only getting worse. Florida Today has reported on the damage septic tanks are having on the Indian River Lagoon extensively, read that here.

 

And so the story goes for the rest of Florida as well.

 

The St. Johns River is infested with human waste and septic discharge from cheap and leaky systems. Lake Okeechobee is overrun with North and Central Florida septic leaks, and in turn that water flows into and infects the rest of the state.

 

However, in an odd move, many environmental groups are refusing to call for an end to septic tanks.

 

They refuse to ask for funding to switch residents from septic to sewage, instead they push a land purchase in South Florida that has been labeled a "government land grab."

 

In that decision, organizations like Everglades Trust and Bullsugar are betraying the environment and our state for political purposes, being lead and funded by radical political operatives.

 

During a year where Americans and Floridians are already fed up with the selfish machinations of the political elite and shameless political operatives, we should demand an end to septic.

 

We should demand that environmental activist groups sign a pledge to #StopTheSeptic, and if they refuse, they will be exposed for being motivated by politics... not a love for Mother Earth.

 

If we don't do this, our state's natural gems will be destroyed and all Floridians will suffer.

 

 

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

 

 

Raunchy, Bold: Rich Weirdoes Continue Stellar "Rocky Horror" Live Performances

The Orlando based troupe's live performance during the film as a "shadow cast" is a tradition for many in October.

 

By Bridgette Bayley

 

For those of you that don't know, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was originally screened in 1975.

 

The movie was considered a tribute to over the top horror films and was meant to be a comedy/parody.

 

The Orlando based troupe's live performance during the film as a "shadow cast" is a tradition for many in October.

 

By Bridgette Bayley

 

For those of you that don't know, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was originally screened in 1975.

 

The movie was considered a tribute to over the top horror films and was meant to be a comedy/parody.

 

In 1976, only a year after its premiere, it became a midnight movie where audiences would participate in the show by throwing rice in the theatre during the wedding scene and holding up newspapers while it was raining in the film.

 

Not long after that, the audience participation inspired "shadow casts" where a group would act out the movie in front of the movie screen.

 

In Orlando, a particular troupe of "Rocky" actors has been performing at Universal's Citywalk for years, billing themselves as "The Rich Weirdoes".

 

Though this group happens to perform throughout the year, Halloween is always the appropriate time for me to dress up and get my freak on. So, I attended this past Friday.

 

This was not my first "Rocky" rodeo but for fun I brought along a "virgin", a friend who had never seen the show live before.

 

The Rich Weirdoes cast lives by the motto "if you're not offended, we didn't do our job".

 

This makes the show something very edgy and fun if you're not too homophobic or politically correct. They make jokes about everything from sexuality to religion and all the things in between.

 

The preshow on Friday involved all of the theatres "virgins" to come in front of the screen and line up. Six of the "best" looking ones were selected by the show's MC and then split into pairs.

 

They were asked what their favorite animals were and then told to perform lap dances in way the animals would. There was a pair of pandas, dragons and otters.

 

The otter group won the competition which was judged by the audiences applause, by a land slide.

 

If you have never seen someone lap dance like an otter, I highly suggest it, because it was fantastic. The show was enjoyable, as always, it featured a new cast I hadn't seen before (it's been about two years since my last time at this event).

 

The men had glitter in their beards and the women's eyebrows were on point- props to the makeup department.

 

The actors showed their characters justice, especially Frank-N-Furter, who had the right mixture of sass and sex appeal. If you have seen the movie on television or at home, you might as well have never seen the movie at all.

 

There is no way to understand the experience of a live performance of this movie until you've done it.

 

Go to Fandango or The Rich Weirdoes website and get tickets.

 

If it's just been a long a while since your last time seeing the show live, go get tickets, let me know so I can go too and we can do the "Time Warp" again.

 

I will warn you this show is not for the sensitive or the conservative.

 

It will push limits and make you uncomfortable, but that's why it's fun.

 

There's gender bending, swearing, minimal clothing and all that good stuff.

 

Be sure to purchase a party bag in the theatre which includes all the stuff you need to throw during the show and maybe even a sticker, where the proceeds go to the One Orlando Fund.

 

 

Bridgette Bayley is an East Orlando resident and grew up in the Central Florida area.

 

 

Linda Stewart: Over Confident Or Hopeless?

The former State Representative figures she is coasting to victory or has become overwhelmed by opponent's fundraising.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The race to replace outgoing Senate President Andy Gardiner in Florida's 13th district is getting renewed attention after Democratic nominee Linda Stewart has failed to file yet another campaign finance report on time.

 

Stewart is facing Orlando realtor Dean Asher, who is running on the Republican line.

 

The former State Representative figures she is coasting to victory or has become overwhelmed by opponent's fundraising.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The race to replace outgoing Senate President Andy Gardiner in Florida's 13th district is getting renewed attention after Democratic nominee Linda Stewart has failed to file yet another campaign finance report on time.

 

Stewart is facing Orlando realtor Dean Asher, who is running on the Republican line.

 

Even before Ms. Stewart emerged from the Democratic primary, Asher was busy raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through his campaign and related committees.

 

Tallahassee Democrats and local operatives admit that Stewart has a slight advantage in the Democrat leaning district that stretches east from I-4 to the Orange County line.

 

Sources tell the East Orlando Post however that they are worried that Stewart, who also served on the Orange County Commission, is simply not taking Asher's challenge seriously.

 

"She isn't partnering with other candidates to do joint door-to-door canvassing, has been slow on fundraising to cover the basics of a campaign, while Dean is outraising and outworking her on the ground," commented a source in the state capitol.

 

Central Florida political circles are also buzzing about a "cooked" poll that Stewart keeps sharing, showing her 20 points ahead of her opponent.

 

The poll, however, only surveyed Democrats, Whites, and NPAs. The poll appears to have failed to interview Republicans, African American, or Hispanic voters in Florida's 13th Senate District.

 

Pimping a cooked poll, paired with her already outstanding baggage of being caught providing several different stories when law enforcement raided one of her rental properties to arrest a group of drug dealers, Ms. Stewart is not doing herself any favors.

 

This has lead many politicos wondering if she is just over confident after spending little and winning big in the primary, or if she has given up on the campaign after not being able to raise the needed funds.

 

One thing is for certain, missing your monthly finance reports don't necessarily elicit confidence from her supporters and donors.

 

Turn your reports in, raise some money, knock some doors.

 

Win or lose, it's better to operate to your fullest and leave it all on the field.

 

The voters deserve at least that much from both Mr. Asher and Ms. Stewart.

 

 

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

 

 

Album Review: "Ruminations" by Conor Oberst

The lyrics are, as usual, what make the album worthy of a positive review.

 

By Bridgette Bayley

 

In my robe, with my cigarettes and my cat, I bundled myself up to listen to "Ruminations" the whole way through.

 

An Oberst fan since grade school, he can basically breath and I'll swoon. So, it's not an exaggeration to say I was in love with almost all ten tracks.

 

The lyrics are, as usual, what make the album worthy of a positive review.

 

By Bridgette Bayley

 

In my robe, with my cigarettes and my cat, I bundled myself up to listen to "Ruminations" the whole way through.

 

An Oberst fan since grade school, he can basically breath and I'll swoon. So, it's not an exaggeration to say I was in love with almost all ten tracks.

 

Maybe it's just a biased opinion or maybe the anticipation of the two year gap between "Upside Down Mountain" and "Ruminations" made the sound of his voice so pleasing.

 

For a man who can't sing, he sure does sound great.

 

The funny thing about idolizing celebrities is that we notice parallels in their lives to our own. We try to make comparisons to feel closer to them.

 

The first song, "Tachycardia", Oberst is making it too easy for me to make these connections that I always do when listening to his music.

 

His struggle with the court system and balancing his interpersonal relationships humanize him in a way where he really could just be singing about my life.

 

He not only could be /like/ me; he could /be/ me.

 

Substance abuse and death are the major themes of the album, not too much unlike his other works and the mood stays mellow throughout. The lyrics are, as usual, what make the album worthy of a positive review.

 

His instrumentals are average at best and very par for the course of his work. In fact, it felt as if I were really listening to his "Coyote Song" about ten times in a row, simply with new verses. Luckily, his words are why I keep coming back.

 

The highlight of the album was "Next of Kin", it hit all of the feels, hard.

 

If you're interested in connecting with your sad side and addiction references won't cause you to relapse or go over your head, this is something you will appreciate.

 

Be calm and patient with this one, it requires your undivided attention.

 

I recommend this to be enjoyed with coffee. Listen to it on NPR by clicking here.

 

Bridgette Bayley is an East Orlando resident and grew up in the Central Florida area.

 

 

Former Winter Springs Mayor Appointed To New Hope Board

Paul Partyka, a partner at NAI-Realvest and founder of the Partyka Group, also ran for Congress in 2010.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Refocusing on private life after coming up short in the Congressional District 24 Democratic primary against incumbent Suzzanne Kosmas in 2010, Paul Partyka reinvigorated his business career.

 

Partyka's real estate and investment activities were very successful, while his position as Partner for NAI-Realvest earned him tremendous power and respect in the Central Florida community.

 

Paul Partyka, a partner at NAI-Realvest and founder of the Partyka Group, also ran for Congress in 2010.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Refocusing on private life after coming up short in the Congressional District 24 Democratic primary against incumbent Suzzanne Kosmas in 2010, Paul Partyka reinvigorated his business career.

 

Partyka's real estate and investment activities were very successful, while his position as Partner for NAI-Realvest earned him tremendous power and respect in the Central Florida community.

 

Now, Partyka has been elected to the board of directors of the Maitland, Florida based non-proift New Hope For Kids. The group has been in existence since 1996, and has helps families suffering from grief, loss or life threatening illnesses.

 

According to a press release...

 

"Partyka will help promote the organization and its efforts which are funded through donations by individuals, corporations, foundations and community service organizations."

 

 

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

 

 

Rinehart Supported Tax Increases, Pay Raise For City Manager

Councilman Jeff Rinehart voted to raise St. Cloud’s already high property taxes and initially supported a massive increase in the fire fee.

By Jacob Engels

 

Jeff Rinehart’s tenure on the St. Cloud Council has been notable for his disappointing support for higher taxes and fees.

 

St Cloud’s property tax rate is an exorbitant 5.1 mills. To put it in perspective, Kissimmee has a tax rate of 4.6 mills, St. Cloud is 10% higher.

 

Councilman Jeff Rinehart voted to raise St. Cloud’s already high property taxes and initially supported a massive increase in the fire fee.



By Jacob Engels

 

Jeff Rinehart’s tenure on the St. Cloud Council has been notable for his disappointing support for higher taxes and fees.

 

St Cloud’s property tax rate is an exorbitant 5.1 mills. To put it in perspective, Kissimmee has a tax rate of 4.6 mills, St. Cloud is 10% higher.

 

In 2013, it was Councilman Rinehart who seconded the motion to raise St. Cloud’s property taxes even higher. (See minutes at end of article).

 

Couple this with St. Cloud’s absurdly high water rate of $53 per 4,000 gallons compared with the rest of Osceola County, which pays $37 per 4,000 gallons.

 

St. Cloud’s water rate is a shocking 29% higher than Kissimmee than the rest of Osceola County. Now, we have learned that Councilman Jeff Rinehart originally expressed support for a massive increase in St. Cloud’s Fire Fee.

 

The East Orlando Post obtained an audio recording of a St. Cloud Council workshop held on January 15, 2015 (you can listen to the recording for yourself below).

 

When asked if the Council supported moving forward with the fee increase, Councilman Rinehart can be clearly heard giving his full-throated support. His support is also found in the workshop minutes that reflect the Council’s unanimous support.
 

Councilman Rinehart doubled down on his support for a Fire Fee increase at the February 14th St. Cloud Council Retreat (see below minutes).

 

Both the workshop and retreat took place before Rinehart threw his hat into the ring to run for Mayor of St. Cloud. As a candidate, opposition to the fire fee is a key talking point of Councilman Rinehart’s Mayoral Campaign.


However, it appears Rinehart only decided to oppose the fee increase when the voting public began to object strenuously. Listing to the voters is an important trait for a savvy politician, we all get that.

 

But it is disingenuous for Rinehart to portray himself as an anti-fee crusader, when he was a cheerleader for the Fire Fee’s creation.


Being for something before he is against it is nothing new for Councilman Rinehart. For years Rinehart gave glowing reviews to former City Manager Tom Hurt (see copies of the 2013 and 2014 of the reviews below).

 

He lavished praise on Hurt and pushed for the Council to raise his pay. Hurt worked for St. Cloud for over 30 years, rising the ranks up to City Manager.



In January of 2015, Councilman Rinehart seconded the motion to give Tom Hurt a shocking and unrequested raise of $37,000, see minutes below.



Three months later in a surprise move, Rinehart voted to fire Hurt. Councilman Rinehart never discussed with Hurt in public or private any concerns about the City Manager’s job performance.



Rinehart’s decision to terminate Hurt appears to be politically motivated to appease voters angered about the proposed Fire Fee.

 

Even though Rinehart originally told staff and the City Council that he supported increasing the Fire Fee, he chose to make Tom Hurt the scapegoat for the increase.



Rinehart’s abusive tactics toward St. Cloud employees is well documented and multiple staff members have filed complaints (see East Orlando Post September 18, 2016).



It is certainly in the purview of a Councilman to change their mind about an unpopular tax increase and it is their right to hire and fire the City manager.



However, it is important for St. Cloud voters to know Councilman Rinehart originally showed strong support for the Fire Fee increase, voted to increase property taxes and allowed Water Fees to skyrocket.



While St. Cloud residents were forced to pay Mr. Rinehart’s outrageous taxes and fees, the Councilman lead the charge to give the City Manager a massive raise, only to later destroy that employee’s career... in an effort to advance his own personal political ambitions.

 

Below are the source documents showing Rinehart's actual votes and raw audio of him supporting the fire fee.

 

Rinehart Tax Increase Vote by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

 

 

St. Cloud City Council Retreat Minutes by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

Rinehart Reviews of City Manager Tom Hurt by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

Rinehart Supports City Manager Raise by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

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

 

 

Hurricane In A Hotel: Reasons Why MCO's Hyatt Regency Is Your Best Bet

Hyatt Regency at the Orlando International Airport was a blessing for many fleeing Hurricane Matthew.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

As Hurricane Matthew was on it's final approach and still projected to hit East Central Florida as a Category 4 or 5, I decided to head for the Hyatt Regency to get a little further away from it's potentially catastrophic effects.

 

Hyatt Regency at the Orlando International Airport was a blessing for many fleeing Hurricane Matthew.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

As Hurricane Matthew was on it's final approach and still projected to hit East Central Florida as a Category 4 or 5, I decided to head for the Hyatt Regency to get a little further away from it's potentially catastrophic effects.

 

Thankfully, inland Central Florida dodged a bullet as the storm became weaker and shifted East on it's final approach, but waiting out a hurricane in a hotel was actually pretty neat.

 

Below are 5 reasons why we recommend it next time our area is at risk, some are strategic and others are creature comforts.

 

Backup Generators for the Backup Generators

 

Though this might not be the case for all hotel or lodging options, the Hyatt Regency had a unique advantage over several other options I considered.

 

Since it is embedded in MCO, one of the nation's busiest airports, hotel staff and TSA agents informed guests that even in a worst case scenario, power & water would more than likely remain on.

 

Backup generators for the backup generators as one staff member quipped "You won't have to worry about that."

 

And in a serious storm, having the ability to at least charge your cell phones, hook up your AM/FM radios (if you forgot batteries), and stay entertained on your iPad is a big deal.

 

Pet Friendly, All Shapes & Sizes

 

For those with furry friends that need our protection and comfort during a hurricane, this is an absolute MUST if you need to hunker down somewhere other than home or with family.

 

When securing a hotel reservation is your only option, it must be one that works for all members of your household. Dogs, cats, hamsters, you name it. Some hotels and shelters, even during a disaster have been known to turn away those who have brought their furry friends.

 

Thankfully, Hyatt Regency is already used to accommodating pets and waived pet fees for those evacuating the East Coast of Florida. Better yet, pets were given full access to the property, so pet owners did not have to leave them locked in the room.

 

Even at dinner at the iconic McCoy's restaurant and bar, staff allowed for me to bring my black labradoodle Jasper to sit with us. No one scoffed, not even other guests, or complained... we were all simply waiting it out together.

 

During my Thursday night stay, we saw dogs, cats, hamsters, and I think even a ferret. It was pretty cool.

 

Full Service Restaurant & Bar

 

This was a point of concern for me at first when we informed that everything would be operating at full-tilt, despite the storm. Would employees be stuck in the storm trying to get home, could they be hurt or stranded doing so?

 

However, one waitress informed us that the general manager of the Hyatt Regency had prepared the ballrooms and meeting spaces with beds, living room set-ups, and more for those who were taking care of guests during the storm.

 

A win-win-win.

 

Staff gets to continue working and earning money, guests get access to food and drink, and the hotel does not miss out on their earnings.

 

Lastly, the security level of MCO, which can be accessed from the hotel, is home to a Starbucks that was prepared to be operational for the duration of the hurricane.

 

Great food, full bar, and a Starbucks... sounds a lot better than no power, water, and those old MRE's your Uncle Mike dropped by doesn't it?

 

Safety & Security

 

As the night progressed I realized that MCO had retained a good force of TSA and security officers to patrol the grounds, keeping the airport and hotel safe.

 

It was also rumored among guests that they were using Hyatt Regency as a staging point for local first responders, and I soon witnessed over a dozen fire-fighters and EMT's holding court.

 

So, instead of being stuck somewhere that police and firefighters can't access, why not be situated at a place where they can easily help you in case something did go wrong?

 

The Bottom Line

 

What did it cost? Room rates varied based on our search of the hotels website and online booking services, but it was in the range of $220 to $400 nightly if you wanted some of the more exclusive rooms. Now, that does sound like a lot for most people, but think about it.

 

After you purchase the water, food, board up the house, etc... it is still an expensive process to be prepared.

 

One should not come in the place of another, however, your safety and those that you live with should be the utmost concern.

 

To have access to clean water, food service, and first responders on site if you had to wait out a Category 5? That sure beats being stuck in a shelter, fighting over limited resources, being exposed to scenarios where illnesses spread like wildfire.

 

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Look, we live in Florida and if you saved $100 a month in a Hurricane Preparedness Fund, you would have more than enough money to prepare your home and check in to a hotel.

 

We usually only need 24-72 hours maximum to get through the more dangerous effects of hurricanes before you can head home and regroup.

 

Save your energy, relieve stress, and consider booking a hotel next time around.

 

At worst you get a staycation or save a little extra money you can re-allocate for something else!

 

 

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

 

 

3 Reasons Why Liebnitzky Could Upset Soto In CD9

The Mac Tools distributor, engineer, and veteran has a tough path... but could surprise in Florida's 9th congressional district.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

For the most part in Central Florida, the hottest elections were decided during the August 30th primary ballot, leaving few exciting contests for the general election on a local level.

 

In Florida's 9th congressional district, 5 Democratic candidates duked it out during a bloody primary to receive their party's nomination.

 

The Mac Tools distributor, engineer, and veteran has a tough path... but could surprise in Florida's 9th congressional district.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

For the most part in Central Florida, the hottest elections were decided during the August 30th primary ballot, leaving few exciting contests for the general election on a local level.

 

In Florida's 9th congressional district, 5 Democratic candidates duked it out during a bloody primary to receive their party's nomination.

 

Ultimately, State Senator Darren Soto came out on top, knocking off Dr. Dena Grayson, Susannah Randolph, and Valeri Crabtree.

 

On the Republican line, Kissimmee City Commissioner Wanda Rentas was considered a shoe-in by national Republican officials, hoping she would ride on to victory on her Hispanic name.

 

And that's where vigorous campaigner Wayen Liebnitzky demonstrated that party support and financial backing don't always equal victory. He beat her and beat her "BIGLY".

 

Political connections, DC money, and endorsements did not matter because he walked the doors.

 

The veteran/Mac Tools distributor in Osceola County and several other Central Florida locales has three key advantages against hit general election opponent Darren Soto.

 

Man of The People

 

This is honestly the most important advantage that Mr. Liebnitzky has. He spends his day interacting with working middle class people, delivering tools and checking in on longtime customers of his throughout Osceola, Polk, and Orange Counties.

 

From mechanics to auto repair workers, Liebnitzky has a pulse on what Middle America wants to see out of their congressman. Furthermore, a lot of the people he encounters are minorities, particularly Hispanics.

 

In CD 9, that is a strong thing to have in your favor considering the large amount of Hispanic registered voters. On the other hand, his opponent Darren Soto is a career politician/attorney, who spends most of his time around the elected and moneyed class.

 

The fact that Liebnitzky has spent years working with the crucial Hispanic voting demographic of CD9 is what makes him a viable candidate. According to Orlando Rising's Scott Powers, Liebnitzky is actually 50% Hispanic and can speak Spanish.

 

A successful businessman, close to the middle class, and able to command respect among America's fastest growing voting demographic?

 

The GOP couldn't ask for better.

 

Year of The Outsider

 

November's presidential election could have huge coattails in down-ballot races for local Republican and Democratic candidates. Even though Hillary Clinton cheated her way to the nomination, political outsider Donald Trump is slowly but steadily gaining in the polls.

 

Their battle is the ultimate fight between Clinton (The Insider) and Trump (The Outsider). If anyone tells you they know how that contest will turn out, they are full of it. Any gain for Trump is a gain for an outsider and political newcomer like Liebnitzky.

 

One could also reason that Trump's rising numbers with Hispanics and African-Americans could encourage those voters to stick with the GOP all the way down on their ballots.

 

The fact that a considerable amount of CD9 Hispanics are of Puerto Rican background have migrated from NYC, helps Liebnitzky as does Trump's rising poll numbers.

 

Like it or not, Trump is immensely popular among NYC residents who understand and prefer his blunt style. Liebnitzky's style is straightforward and to the point.

 

He does not hold punches, but he is certainly more graceful than the billionaire Manhattan businessman.

 

If Trump wins, and mind you he needs to win Central Florida to do so, Mr. Liebnitzky has a strong chance to upset Soto.

 

He Wants It, Soto Thinks It's "His"

 

Elected office has it's perks.

 

You can raise a ton of money from people who need your vote, use taxpayer funds to increase your name ID, etc. It can also give you a false sense of self-worth, reality.

 

That you are owed many things by many people. We have seen incumbents who "should have won" or career politicians who were ready for "the next step" get shellacked at the polls because they fell asleep at the wheel.

 

Heck, look at two-term Osceola County Commissioner Michael Harford's embarrassing loss to businesswoman Peggy Choudhry, an outsider who was not supposed to win.

 

Reports indicate that Soto is expecting an easy victory and has let his foot off the gas. Remember that Liebnitzky's primary opponent did the same thing -- and the result was a nearly 70% to 30% victory.

 

Now, Mr. Liebnitzky will not win by such a margin by a long shot, but you just need a few more votes than the other guy to claim victory. As he did in the primary, Liebnitzky is reportedly walking door to door on a daily basis, constantly placing/replacing his ubiquitous "Veteran With A Voice" campaign signs.

 

All the political mail and TV ads in the world are no match for a strong ground campaign.

 

Everything is about balance, but Soto can't just phone it in and expect an easy win with an opponent like Liebnitzky. Soto might have represented the area during his time in elected office, and that is a huge plus for his campaign.

 

However, like most elected officials, the door-to-door interaction with the community happens only during election season.

 

Liebnitzky on the other hand, has been getting quality face-time with local residents for years, delivering his tool sets and helping them run their businesses effectively.

 

That is a powerful thing.

 

If Soto maintains a purely mail/tv/radio based campaign with little ground game, he could see his dreams of climbing the political ladder shattered.

 

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Voters will receive their absentee ballots across Central Florida in the next week, and we will keep you up to date on CD9 and more!

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. 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

 

 

Packed House At Forum Discussing County Purchase Of Pluris Water

Lead by hometown Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards and Wedgefield Homeowners Association President Mike Nolan, residents seemed hopeful of new plan.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Packed into the newly constructed Wedgefield School in East Orange County, homeowners and residents in the far east community of Wedgefield learned they could pay significantly less for their water, if Orange County is able to purchase Pluris Water.

 

Lead by hometown Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards and Wedgefield Homeowners Association President Mike Nolan, residents seemed hopeful of new plan.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Packed into the newly constructed Wedgefield School in East Orange County, homeowners and residents in the far east community of Wedgefield learned they could pay significantly less for their water, if Orange County is able to purchase Pluris Water.

 

If you have been following the developments about Wedgefield residents water woes, you are aware that they pay up to six times more for their water. Currently, their private water provider, Pluris, has come under fire for releasing tainted and toxic water to residents homes.

 

For years, residents have been complaining about the high prices and "smelly water", but their outrage reached an all time high earlier this year, when it was revealed the company had been improperly storing and releasing tainted water.

 

At Thursday's community meeting, Orange County staff and District 5 Commissioner Ted Edwards presented their plan to purchase the private water company.

 

"We want this to be community driven and supported by the residents. Our plan will lower costs and most importantly, provide clean water," Edwards told us at the meeting.

 

Wedgefield Homeowners Association President Mike Nolan was on hand to answer questions after the presentation, along with State House District 50 candidate Sean Ashby.

 

You can see in the below document just how much residents could stand to save with the switch.

 

Price Breakdown - Pluris VS County Plan by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

Dolan was excited and supportive of the proposal from Edwards and Orange County, but reminded homeowners that their support is needed for the plan to be implemented.

 

"Commissioner Edwards and the folks from Orange County have worked hard to find a solution and we are grateful for their efforts."

 

Sean Ashby, who is taking his second shot at representing the area in the Florida House, shared with residents that there could be additional funding sources to assist Edwards' plan.

 

"We can incorporate already funded state dollars into the plan to help lower the costs of the water in Wedgefield," explained Ashby to nearly 100 residents.

 

Those who attended the meeting were furnished with a hard copy of the slideshow, which can be seen below

 

Wedgefield Presentation by Jacob Engels on Scribd

 

Several residents recognized former Orange County Commission candidate Gregory Eisenberg, who had opposed Edwards on the August ballot.

 

"After the election I had to think long and hard about who to support. Commissioner Edwards promised he would address my concerns over Pluris and many other issues important to District 5 residents. Tonight, he delivered," concluded Eisenberg who plans to campaign for Edwards during the next 39 days heading into the election.

 

For the plan to actually work, Pluris officials would have to agree to the sale of the company, and Edwards said he is working hard to make that happen.

 

The East Orlando Post will continue covering this story as it develops, so stay tuned!

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. 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

 

 

National Black Child Development Institute Holding Orlando Conference

Hundreds of early education teachers, experts, advocates, policymakers, and caregivers from across the country will gather in Orlando, FL, from October 1-4.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Central Florida will soon draw top national black leaders to a 3 day conference in early October. 

 

Hundreds of early education teachers, experts, advocates, policymakers, and caregivers from across the country will gather in Orlando, FL, from October 1-4.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Central Florida will soon draw top national black leaders to a 3 day conference in early October. 

 

The event will feature keynote addresses, presentations, and panel discussions from global and national leaders, spanning a range of timely topics relating to education and advocacy, including: early childhood development, racial equity and criminal justice, fatherhood, and faith-community engagement.

 

In addition to nearly 100 workshops, speakers include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Nikki Giovanni, Marc Lamont Hill, Wade Henderson, David Johns, Janaye Ingram, Thabiti Boone, and Benjamin Crump.

 

You can learn more about the event by clicking here.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. 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

 

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