Frank Paul Jones Expresses Regret over CRA Dispute

Paul in Avon Park, FL

Frank Paul Jones Expresses Regret over CRA Dispute

First of all, I want to thank Maria Sutherland our Administrative Services Director for the City of Avon Park, for taking time out of her busy schedule to clarify things for me concerning the CRA and their operations. Secondly, I want to apologize to Arnold Davis an advisory board member of the CRA, for even thinking he was involved in wrong doings and thirdly I want to apologize to Gerald Snell the chairman of the advisory board for saying “the honorable thing is to resign,” this is not required.

 

I wrote letters to the CRA and City Council whom are one and the same people wearing different hats at different meetings.  And I posted them on the internet as open letters to be transparent about my dispute with City Hall, so people could weigh in on the argument. So it is only proper that I finish this argument in the public eye, with an article about my findings

 

I still believe that the CRA misappropriated our tax dollars, by sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parades and events.  Though Maria Sutherland explained a lot to me, this wasn’t explained to my satisfaction. Still nobody showed me where in the Florida Statue that these spending practices are authorized for a community redevelopment agency. However, I realize if I pursue this argument and the CRA stands behind these spending practices, it would require a complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics and if I lose I will have to pay for their legal fees.  And a good lawyer can get anyone out of anything that isn’t cut and dry.  This has layers and is a matter of interpretation.  I only expressed my opinion, which I still believe to some degree is on point.

 

My strategy was to bring this to their attention in a public forum, hoping they would stop these spending practices, so that they can do much more for our local businesses, who really need help and soon.  Too many businesses in the Southside District are closed down here and have been demolished and I believe this could have been prevented if we worked much harder on the plan on the books that the CRA agreed upon to expand businesses.

 

As for the CRA Advisory Board, which is not the CRA, being there is one CRA and three Advisory Boards. There purpose is to advise the CRA.  But when going to their meetings you would think they make the decisions, but they can only advise the CRA, who appointed themselves from the City Council. Only the CRA can make decisions concerning our redevelopment plan. So if you have any problems in the future with the CRA, target your compliant towards the City Council who are the same people and not the advisory boards whom are actually powerless, unless the CRA agrees with their decisions, they can only advise the CRA.

 

I mentioned Arnold Davis might have engaged a conflict of interest between his non profit organization and the CRA, by running the Dr. King parade with CRA money while being on the board and president of the non profit on the other end, but Arnold Davis didn’t fund himself, the CRA funded him.  This is unclear and it would be a matter of interpretation to determine this as a conflict of interest, which would take many hours of research to prove.

 

As far as CRA term limits go, they do exists, but the way they handle this is after each elections the City Council reappoints themselves to the CRA board, which is legal and maybe even ethical, being many cities in Florida do this. But like I said I still didn’t see a clause for spending redevelopment money on parades based on marketing, which is how I was told it was done. I do not know if funding marketing is authorized in the CRA budget.  So still I think it is a conflict of interest somewhere, but Arnold Davis played the pawn, he wasn’t the decision maker, but maybe weighed in with his advise, because he support Dr. King. And I understand he didn’t get paid anyway. So we need to leave this alone.

 

Though I do not totally agree with what was explained to me, I do understand and do not think there is any criminal behavior or criminal intent, I just think we have different priorities and I am not the shot caller and the best I can do is argue in public to gain attention in hopes of changes being made by the CRA.

 

So overall, I regret my having this public dispute, because it will probably change nothing. Because I think they plan to stand behind their policies as they are, I do not see anything being accomplished by this. I think it will take someone with more juice than I to really bring about any changes in the directions we are traveling with our CRA.  And do not get me wrong our CRA has done some wonderful things in Avon Park, but they simply didn’t do enough and most of my supporters got burned by them. But give credit where it is due.  So I grade the CRA 3 stars.

 

Frank Paul Jones

Avon Park Projected Cost of Production and Sales of Marijuana

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To: Maria Sutherland – Administrative Services Director

From: Rev. Frank Paul Jones – President and CEO – The NCNCHINC

RE: Avon Park Projected Cost of Production and Sales of Marijuana

Date: 13 March 2014

Florida Medical Marijuana is Almost Complete Legalization:

http://frankpaulgambino.com/2014/02/24/florida-medical-marijuana-is-almost-complete-legalization/

If you read the law you will see that a lot of people for a lot of reasons will be able to get medical marijuana. As long as a doctor feels you will benefit more by using marijuana than by not using it, he/she can give you a prescription. It is the last clause of debilitating medical conditions.

1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

My argument isn’t about why what will happen on November 4th will happen, but about the government being fiscally responsible with this new tax revenue that will only continue to grow with time as Federal law changes as well.

The City Avon Park should control both production and distribution of medical marijuana here in the city limits of Avon Park, FL.

1: We should have a farm located in the Southside Redevelopment Area.

2: We should have a dispensary located in the Southside Redevelopment Area, that will act as the main artery for the legal distribution of medical marijuana with its associated tax stickers from State, County and City Governments.

Here is my breakdown for the production and sales of medical marijuana. I think everything is negotiable.  A quarter ounce should go for about $25 and one ounce for about $75 of quality marijuana. Because we will grow it the cost of production isn’t that high and we must beat out the street dealers by having high quality marijuana at low costs to the consumers.  And prices can be adjusted in the future once the farm is in full swing.

1,000 patients times $25 or one quarter once per month = $25,000 per month gross sale. The money would be divided as follows. But we figure on doing $100,000 worth of business within one year, so multiply these figures by 4, to get a realistic and honest projection.

Labor: $6,250 per month – per year = $75,000 for the payroll

Security: $5,000 Cameras and stuff connected to the police department

Taxes: $120,000

(a) State $5,000 per month – per year $60,000

(b) County $2,500 per month – Per year $30,000

(c) City $2,500 per month – per year $30,000

Equipment and Supplies: $3,750

Labor: 25% of cost

(a) Farm labor:

(b) Dispensary Labor:

Security: 20% of cost

(a) Special Unit from the Avon Park Police Department

(b) Support from the Highlands County Sheriff Department

Taxes: 40% of cost

(a) State: 20%

(b) County 10%

(c) City 10%

Equipment and Supplies 15%:

(a) Equipment

(b) Breeding Supplies for special products

I think if we take a proactive response to the legislation on the ballot for November 4th, 2014, we would start planning now for what is an inevitable future in the United States and soon to be reality in the State Florida. We must be fiscally responsible and fair about the distribution of this new tax revenue.

I think with the CDBG Grant coming to South Delaney Avenue, the only other wise thing to do that is just needing immediately attention, is to redevelop the Southside Business District. I for one need a parking lot so we can offer instructional services at our location and some AC units. The Rib Shack needs much more help than I do and they and Catlin Lounge are historical building, which you already have new grants for. We simply want to get up the other half of that money to make these grants real options to those who need them most.

Sincerely;

Rev. Frank Paul Jones

Florida Must Tax Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Florida Must Tax Medical Marijuana

The fiscal note states:

“Increased costs from this amendment to state and local governments cannot be determined. There will be additional regulatory and enforcement activities associated with the production and sale of medical marijuana. Fees will offset at least a portion of the regulatory costs. While sales tax may apply to purchases, changes in revenue cannot reasonably be determined since the extent to which medical marijuana will be exempt from taxation is unclear without legislative or state administrative action.”

It has not been determined if it will be taxed, partially exempt or totally exempt from taxes. I think if taxed it will be a win/win solution to many problems associated with marijuana in the State of Florida. And I think the legislative intent speaks for itself. Florida will be one step from complete legalization.

(1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

Therefore any strategy presented by the State of Florida that must have assurances that the State of Florida does profit by large margins and anything short of this is naïve legislation not consistent with the legal intent.

Therefore I think it is imperative that the State of Florida tax marijuana at an exceptionally high rate of about 40% or more of its production costs. The production cost of marijuana will be exceptionally inexpensive in the Heartland of Florida which is now being used for agricultural farming and therefore Florida can offer marijuana at a savings to the consumers old options of which was purchasing street drugs.

Marijuana farming in the Heartland of Florida, will help the local economy and these areas are already very rich farmland, some of the best farmland in the world. Therefore the marijuana crop will be some of the best and most natural in the world, it will be comparable to Cuba being known for their cigars because of the location they are grown in .  Mass production will have to be controlled, to limit and regulate the supply. Farmers who grow marijuana should be able to offset some of the labor costs of other crops, because marijuana is a more valuable crop and easier to produce than most other crops, provided you use experienced growers.

The dilemma here is that the experienced grower, most likely was a career criminal based under the old statute.  For this reason there should be a question of amnesty associated with the legalization of medical marijuana. These pardons should be retroactive to the date a criminal offense was committed, fully expunging the records of many felons of non violent crimes and given them at least a chance in life.  I believe such a measure could revive our economy if done nationwide and not just done in Florida. Such an event could further increase the profitability of marijuana farming, simply because Florida’s crop will the preferred crop in the US, because it is often grown naturally.  It would also reintroduce our economy to many people who were literally blackballed from economically productive lives in America, due to these old repressive laws that were always senseless.

However their must be legal protections for the State Government and Businesses. These legal protections will and must be a measure against future lawsuits associated with marijuana prohibition. There can be no legal grounds for a tort associated with the criminal conviction of marijuana or its associated discrimination practices.  Therefore this clemency must be used to give both sides a clean slate. If this is not done there is a chance that someone may create a precedent to allow class action lawsuits that could be very damaging to businesses and government institutions in the State Florida.

In summary the strategy that must be discussed by our legislators should not be biased.  The government shouldn’t take a position of something that is going on the ballot. However, the government should prepare for either outcome. Either way their will be problems associated with these outcomes. The government has to prepare to adapt to either outcomes to maintain order and stability in the State.

It would be a civil disservice if our legislators and government do not prepare for the outcome, especially if medical marijuana is legalized in Florida. The State of Florida has to profit from the legalization of marijuana and in a big way due to our location. If the State of Florida makes marijuana tax exempt, I think it would only be due to corruption in government to maximize the farmers profits. This could be interpreted as pure stupidity, but they have plenty of time to think and about this and discuss a compromise.

 

Frank Paul Jones

 

I Formally Apologize to the Avon Park Leadership

Paul in limo

I Formally Apologize to the Avon Park Leadership

First of all, I want to say I am sorry for the bad things I recently said about a lot of people here in Avon Park, FL.  I feel I was out of character by stooping down to their level.  I am just tired of people picking at me and saying whatever comes to their mind about me, yet really do not know much about me to make these judgment calls concerning my mental state. In other words, I know a lot of people around here called me crazy behind my back, based on opinions from rumors they heard.

 

People around here judged me, yet they themselves live in a glass houses. For example they called me crazy, while they get a check for PTSD from the VA. So to say PTSD is a heroic illness, because it supports them and they wear this like a badge of honor. Yet PTSD is a code for shellshock.  During WWII, they often called shell-shocked people cowards.  But today they get counseling for it, which is a good thing.  But understand two of the major symptoms of PTSD is nervousness and confusion, code for crazy as hell, which is what they called me.  So people need to look in the mirror.

 

People talked bad about me, but just recently took the crack pipe out of their mouth. They say an addict tries the same thing looking for different results and they call this insanity when they get into recovery, which is code for crazy, which is what they called me. Smoking crack everyday is not sane, it is insane. So what if your addiction was a long time ago, so was my incident in California, it was over 23 years ago, yet people are still judging me based on this incident and cannot live it down and it  was actually about a lot of money, a lot of money I must say, which I felt was owed to me.  So wanting to get paid is crazy now? I do not agree!

 

Just because a lot of people are claiming PTSD today doesn’t make it heroic or make them mentally stable. People with PTSD cannot own a gun, because the government thinks they are insane and is capable of hurting themselves or others.  And just because a lot of people got hooked on crack, doesn’t make it socially acceptable behavior, because it is not and possessing this drug is often a felony.  And just because you never got caught with the drug on you, doesn’t mean you didn’t commit felonies on a regular basis, so who are you to judge me and my mental state or my criminal history, if the shoe fits you were both criminal and insane as well.

 

Still I apologize, because I am the bigger person this time. But to those who talk about my mental state, while they were hooked on crack before, but no longer are or get a check from the VA for being shell-shocked, I think you need to look into the mirror, because mentally you are no better off then I ever was or was not.  Of course you could be doing a doctor for a check which makes you a common thief, which is nothing to be proud of.  Faking PTSD is nothing to be proud of, nor is having it and saying I lost my damn mind, because I went to a war. Yet people seem to proudly say I am a nutcase.  Yet half of this town is crying PTSD and have smoked crack on a regular basis in the past.

 

Frank Paul Jones

Highlands Today Clarified False Statement Against Frank Paul Jones

Paul in Avon Park, FL

Highlands Today Clarified False Statement Against Frank Paul Jones

 

In a libelous article written by Paul Catala of the Highlands Today Newspaper located in Highlands   County, Florida, they made false statements about me. They said I was charged with stalking Janet Jackson and went to prison for threatening President George H. W. Bush, Michael J. Jackson and John J. Gotti. These statements was false and the news journalist Paul Catala found this misinformation on the world wide web, instead of doing investigative reporting. The internet is full of lies about me.

 

They (The Highlands Today) did a clarification on February 11th about 12 days later saying to the effect that the charges were dropped and because of this I was never charged, but the fact of the matter is that there were never any charges to be dropped. They stood behind their story about me going to prison for those other threats, but clarified why I actually was convicted. So I guess people who read this article in the future will know the truth if you read between the lines, so they did enough to make themselves happy I guess, but libel was still committed against me in my humble opinion.

 

Highlands Today is operated under the Tampa Tribune, who is owned by Revolution Capital Group who is a $1.1 Trillion investment firm, who probably have lawyers out of this world. So a lawsuit isn’t really an option, because finding a lawyer to take this case is probably not going to happen, because the damages would not satisfy the expenses to go up against them.   So I guess I just have to be happy with what I got out of them and settle for this clarification, which I feel is short of a full retraction and apology on the front page, like the article was placed.

 

I guess in a way this is the beginning of the truth being told about me, because for many years people picked at me calling me a stalker and claiming I went to Janet Jackson’s house harassing her. This was a lie from the beginning told by her brother Jermaine Jackson to destroy my creditability and character. If people believed these lies and now know they are lies from the clarification by Highlands Today, they should now wonder why these lies were told to begin with.  And I just told you why. And if you believe me or not, you should now wonder why he wanted to destroy my name if I was just a nutcase.

 

Head of Avon Park Outreach Group Tries to Move Forward

In the Highlands Today Newspaper

http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/head-of-avon-park-outreach-group-tries-to-move-forward-from-criminal-past-20140131/

Hyperlinks to News Article Above

Frank Paul Jones

President and CEO – The NCNCHINC

Avon Park Leaders Are Petty Thieves Who Breeds On Fears & Lies

Football Field where Dwayne Terrence  Council Jr. was killed

Avon Park Leaders Are Petty Thieves Who Breeds On Fears & Lies

Sometimes community leaders have ill intent, but this is not always the case. But those who have not righteousness in their hearts, tend to want to control the people in the community for their own selfish ends. They persuade people to think along their lines of reasoning that is often wrong in order to control the resources that comes into the community to help the people, such as government grants, foundation and private grants so forth.  They do this with the intent of shaving some of the money off of the top to line their pockets, meanwhile the people believe due to their popularity, power and influence outside of the community (among whites) that they are doing something good for the community, when often in reality they are just robbing the people and selling information to keep other people down and repressed.

Philanthropic (charitable) giving is already set aside to help the poor and needy and community leaders are often like unelected politicians, though they do not run for office to get elected, their popularity plays an important role in public opinion, which allows them to operate openly and freely.  Fears within the community are very significant, because the main purpose of many non profits to include mine’s, is to find problems and then come up with solutions to these problems and seek financial help to put the solution into action.

But sometimes people who have things going in their favor tend to attempt to tarnish the names of other people who they see as a threat to their positions and see them as competition.  Often unethical community leaders will attempt to destroy other people, so that they become the sole candidates for Philanthropic (charitable) giving, so that they can control all the resources that comes into the community to solve problems that are apparent and needs attention. But the problem with this is that good leaders have good vision and can see things that not all people will see.  And therefore they can layout relevant agendas to solve community problems and build a better community.  And another problem with this is when you are doing community work, it should be about the results of building a better community and not your positioning in the community as a result of this progress.  “It should never be about you, it should be about the community.” Your reverence (admiration) is a byproduct of your work and not the product itself.

But many people in the community are often followers and not leaders and seek good leadership and they are often easily persuaded to show favoritism to a foolish builder, for no other reason than their acquaintance of them and their popularity and not because of the vision of the potential community leader. And these unscrupulous  pretenders, will resort to stealing ideas and present them as their own work, while discrediting the source they received the ideas from, only because they meant no good from the beginning and had selfish ends from the start. I tell you the truth when  I say, there are some evil people here in AvonPark, FL. who will smile in your face and backstab you at the same time.

Now I am here to tell you that there is a God who has all the power in his hands, who can not be fooled by fake smiles mixed with treachery.  My God is an all knowing God and his will prevail.  And I was sent here by God, whether you believe this or not.  People laughed at me down here, because of lies told on me in the media, not even knowing why the lies originated or ever talking to me about it.  And as a result false leaders here in Avon Park, FL tried to tarnish my name with the republication of falsehoods, because they fear me because my intent is righteous and theirs is evil. They do not want people to gravitate towards us, because if they do come to our support, they (the false leaders) might become obsolete or have to come under our umbrella and do right and not steal from the people and they want to remain head negroes in charge around here. They see me as their local competition, only because they have small minds, when I see our organization not as a local network, but with a nationwide movement with a nationwide agenda, our headquarters just happens to be here in Avon Park, FL. Where I currently live, but our goal is to reach far beyond HighlandsCounty.

My connections reach far beyond AvonPark. The people who are going to help me accomplish my mission in life sees Highlands County as a potential investment, so I plan to bring money to Highlands County and not suck up the money already here, like some of these false leaders. All to say that those who chose to pick me as an enemy, chose the wrong enemy, because if anything they only showed me they cannot not be trusted and therefore cannot hold custody to what I plan to bring here because I know they will steal from it, because they are unrighteous. Therefore they have to be replaced.  And there evil and dastardly deeds will come to a halt soon. And when things begin to happen here, they will be left out of the agenda to come to pass, because they mean no good to the people of HighlandsCounty they are supposed to be serving. They are mere pity thieves.  They

failed the test. They cannot be trusted.

I am not trying to put any particular person(s) in the spotlight.  But I know what is going on here in AvonPark is not one size fits all. So if the shoes fits, it because you are probably still wearing them.  My mother did not raise a fool, nor am I deranged.  In fact, I am one of the most forgiving people on the planet. I rarely hold grudges against anyone, but the problem with this is my friends who love me dearly and support me are not so forgiving. It is not me you will have to answer to. So the best bet is to leave me alone, because I do not bother you or interfere in your affairs. The problem with this is evil is arrogant.

Frank Paul Jones

The Delaney Avenue Disappointment Should Make Us Stronger

Catlin Lounge

The Delaney Avenue Disappointment Should Make Us Stronger

I am a man of reason and try to look at things objectively. Today (1/27/14) at the City Council Chambers in Avon Park, the City Council voted unanimously against changing Delaney Avenue to Martin Luther King BLVD as well as Main Street.  These were the only streets that were requested for this change.

I listened to the arguments from both sides and I was a proponent for this change of Delaney   Avenue.  But the Delaney Family brought to our attention the contributions of Mayor Delaney to AvonPark.  Prior to this day, I really knew nothing about him and I think this was a disservice to our community and the City of Avon Park that nothing about him was published on the World Wide Web. But the Delaney family promised this will change soon.

They presented his memoirs  with over 120 articles and spoke of his accomplishments as Mayor, to include starting South Florida Junior College, which is now South Florida State College which now offers 4 year degree programs, he helped open Walker Memorial Hospital and the Alcohol Rehabilitation Center here in Avon Park as well as ran the Crate Mill, providing jobs to many people.  They say he was a humble man and a hard worker, who was not loud, but got things done. Their argument was to change this street would be to dishonor one man to honor another. And after listening to both sides I agree and it would be a divisive decision for our City to make this name change.

The City Council said they wanted a MLK BLVD somewhere and offered Verona Avenue to become MLK Avenue.  But some of the people in the crowd yelled out “we don’t want it.” So it didn’t come to a vote.  But South   Delaney Avenue will not become MLK BLVD according to the City Council “ever,” so why cry over spilled milk?  Why waste the energy of the black community whom has waken up to some degree and have come together on something, on a dead issue? When we can regroup to fight another more relevant battle, before like it our not it is a war with many battle fronts.  We simply lost one battle many.

So I ask, is the name MLK more important than the real problems we face, like a community filled with unemployable young adults, a drug epidemic, an AIDS pandemic, adult illiteracy, violent street crimes and other plights?  When they said we don’t want it, they were not speaking for me, because a street we did not specifically request is better than no street at all. My concern is the development of South Delaney   Avenue and not the name it is called. I am more concerned with the lives of the people and not the name of the street they die on.

They are about to spend $625,000 on South Delaney Avenue and more is needed to resurrect the businesses there.  The Southside Redevelopment Area is a Red Lining District.  We need financial help to save these businesses, regardless of its name. And I think it is bad black leadership to continue this argument over the name of this street, when the decision was clearly made by the City Council not to rename it ever. And I do not think we can honestly raise the race card on this one. I think the City Council made a just decision based on the merits that was bought to the table and presented. Those for this change and I say again change simply did not make a strong enough argument to make this change, because the party for change are the underdogs to start with and to change something your argument must be compiling and it was not.  I think after a cooling off period, we should submit another street and this time a street that wasn’t already changed in honor of someone else if possible.

I think we need to regroup and organize again and maybe settle for Verona Avenue and move to a new chapter or another battle front. There is simply too many problems in the black community for us to be tunnel versioned on this Delaney Avenue name change. Our real focus should be on the Delaney Avenue facelift into a revitalization starting in the form of this Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $625,000.  We should be looking into ways of reducing the criminal activities on our streets and the creation of jobs in our City.

So I asked those who want Delaney Avenue or nothing and want to waste all of our community resources on this fight WWDKD?  What would Dr. King Do. He fought the battle for civil rights and equal opportunity for all people with the focus on the black community who had not equal rights and still do not. If we want to fight his fight, we need to get serious and map out our plans of action and make some real moves while we have the community interested in our community development. Everyone should know about this CDBG being applied for.

I am for building a better community, I am for less crime and more jobs through job creation and training programs. I am for less drugs on our streets and gun control. We in the black community of the Southside Redevelopment Area must come together on common grounds and find battles we can win and win them by any means necessary. We cannot afford to waste our energy over spilled milk.  We must get back up and fight for something we can change

Frank Paul Jones

Published in: on January 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article about the NCNCHINC published in Highlands Today Newspaper

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Article about the NCNCHINC published in Highlands Today Newspaper

 

An article about our organization was written by the Highlands Today Newspaper on Sunday 26 January 2014.

 

It is called “Avon Park’s Community Network Wiring into Togetherness.”

http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/avon-parks-community-network-wiring-into-togetherness-20140126/

Hyperlinks Above:

 

 

It was pretty accurate, however we only need 9 computers, whereby 6 will be made available to the public and 3 will be for administrative use.  We will have our own 501 c 3 by mid February and all future donations after that will go to us directly. We are currently using a fiscal sponsorship, but this should change soon.

 

Thank you for reading it.

 

Frank Paul Jones

President and CEO – The NCNCHINC

 

 

The Martin Luther King BLVD Catch 22

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The Martin Luther King BLVD Catch 22

Mayor Edgar Azell Delaney Sr. was mayor of Avon Park, FL for 28 years according the News Sun, And for this reason some feel that the street should not necessarily be taken out of his name. He was born in 1891 and died in 1979. The segregated South ended in 1965, at which time Edgar Azell Delaney Sr. was about 74 years old. The history of Mayor E. A. Delaney is not clear, because there is not much information on the world wide web about him. But I have to wonder when was he mayor of Avon Park, it would seem it was during the segregated South.

Then I have to ask exactly what was is contributions to Avon Park and especially the black community of Avon Park, FL. While the consensus of some white folks here in Avon Park to include our current Mayor Sharon Schuler is that Dr. King does deserve a street named after him, but so does E. A. Delaney Sr. So why rename Delaney Avenue, why not Verona Avenue or even Hal McRae BLVD? We ask why should a historical mayoral figure from the segregated South hold the name of a street with reverence in the heart of the black community South Delaney Avenue? Is that far to us?

The renaming of South Delaney Avenue is strategic to the black community, its about black pride, community development and reducing crime by giving people a reason to care and come together on something relevant and we are not even sure if Edgar Azell Delaney Sr. was actually our (the black peoples) mayor. Was he the mayor of all the people? I mean did our votes even matter during his tenure, because the voting rights act wasn’t until 1965, because the black vote was ignored. And we do not want to stripe our local hero Hal McRae of his BLVD nor do we want Verona Avenue, we even think Verona Avenue would be fine place for E. A. Delaney Sr., because the Post Office is located on it (name the post office after him), but we want South Delaney Avenue because it is the center our black business district and black community, which is now a troubled area in Avon Park, which is high in crime and failing businesses and we feel if we can improve this street and take it back from the thugs, we can improve our whole community. And the name change to Martin Luther King BLVD would support these efforts.

Another issue is the changing on identification cards for the people who now live in Delaney Avenue. Many of the residents in the Southside Redevelopment Area are poor. Mayor Sharon Schuler at the City Council meeting on 13 Jan 2014 throw a monkey wrench into the mix. She suggested that if the people most effected by this change are against it, meaning the people who are living Delaney Avenue who would have to legally change their ID cards at their perhaps at their own expenses, do not want to incur these expenses, they the city council should vote it down. There has to be money in the system to solve this, but if not.

We in the black community and especially our community heroes, churches, non profit organizations, community leaders and even outside organizations and philanthropist who support community development and the Dr. King legacy must step up the plate. Because we need sponsors to insure this movement to change the name of Delaney Avenue to Martin Luther King BLVD is not struck down by the City Council. And we do not really want all of Delaney Avenue, what we really want is South Delaney Avenue. But to insure this name change we need money to help poor people in our community exchange their identification cards and perhaps update their mailboxes, we are talking about perhaps at most $5,000 to $10,000.

Therefore the right strategy to approaching the City Council when these special meetings occur would be to first find out by going door to door, not only do the people want it, but can they afford the address change and let them know that we plan to find the money to help them exchange their ID cards and will not push forward with this agenda until funding is found. And I think a good compromise would be to simply change the name of South Delaney Avenue only, leaving North Delaney Avenue as is. I strongly feel that we have time on our side, because Dr. King died over 40 years ago. I prefer to do this a year from now when we have the money for the proper transition if it takes that long, than to strike it down next week. I think this is something that should be planned thoroughly.

Frank Paul Jones

Man Arrested for Tampering with Evidence in Dwayne Council Murder Case

Javon Moses

Man Arrested for Tampering with Evidence in Dwayne Council Murder Case

Javon Moses aka Mojo was arrested Friday 12/13/2013 for tampering with evidence in the Dwayne Terrence Council Jr. murder investigation according to the Highlands Today local newspaper. The charges was based on reports that he burned some clothing soon after the murder was committed and was seen with Dwayne Council Jr. going into the direction where he was later found killed. Also according to reports Dwayne Council Jr. was seen giving a pistol to Javon Moses “Mojo” only minutes before some shots were heard being fired by witnesses. It is not clear if Javon Moses or Dwayne Council Jr. had a permit to carry a concealed firearm, but it is doubtful.

 

The Sheriff Department have not charged Javon Moses for murder or released information as to the possibility of him being charged for murder, so it is not clear if he is a murder suspect or simply is believed by law enforcement to know something about what happened to Dwayne Council Jr. And they still have not come up with the motive behind why Dwayne Council Jr. was murdered in cold blood execution style.

 

When Dwayne Council was first killed a lot of reports spoke highly of him, to include me. He was a High School celebrity football player here in Avon Park, FL., and was working for the Avon Park Youth Academy with intentions of becoming a law enforcement officer, prior to being killed. Everyone spoke highly of him and though I personally didn’t know him from what people said (reports) about him, I also assumed he was an upright kid.

 

Now I do not know what to think anymore, if these allegations are proved to be factual. Because the illegal possession of a firearm could be a felony in Florida, if you are a convicted felon, under 16 years old, have mental problems, or committed domestic abuse related crimes and what gets most people is you cannot conceal a firearm regardless without a permit to carry it and for doing this you can get up to 5 years in prison for a third degree felony.  And not only that but firearms is the leading cause of death for our youth.

 

As we all know there is a lot of gun violence in the United States. There is about 300 million guns in the U.S. today and about 30,000 people are killed by gun violence each year or about 30 people a day. Homicide is the second leading killer for people between the ages of 15 to 24 and ranks first among African Americans at this age group.  So I take gun possession serious, even more serious than the possession of crack cocaine

 

For this reason I think when Avon Park gets this grant to beautify the Southside Redevelopment Area for about $900,000, which includes where this murder body was found as well as other murders happened here recently.  We should not invest in more palm tree which is only cosmetic, but should consider added electronic surveillance devices on our light poles and streets to detect guns being fired (a new technology being used in urban areas) and watch our community with cameras to reduce this a high rate of crime. And this development should be added to South Delaney Avenue where most of the chaos originates and perpetuates. Meanwhile at the City Council of Avon Park, it is being considered and discussed to rename South Delaney Avenue to Martin Luther King BLVD, which I think would bring back community pride in the African American Community of Avon Park, whereby Delaney Avenue is the core area of black businesses, our churches and residential community, which is becoming a slum area being overrun by young thugs committing petty crimes, because there are simply no jobs here in Highlands County for most of them. Which makes me wonder about Dwayne Terrence Council Jr., because he had a job and a promising future here in Avon Park, yet he probably illegally possessed and transferred a firearm.

 

Frank Paul Jones