The Highlands County Churches are on the Hit list by City

To: The Churches of Highlands County Florida

From: The Rev. Frank Paul Jones

RE: The Highlands County Churches are on the Hit list by City

Date: 28 September 2010


It was like something right out of Goggle.  They spent 30 minutes on Property Appraisal.  This article is a clone to what took place.  They said you need a 501 c 3 to be tax exempted and they are wrong, as you will see in the factors.  They argued about churches owing property and renting it for a profit.  This as you will see can be done in moderation, and not excessively.  The argument was fair and just, the County needs their tax money and people are being fraudulent in the name of the Armor of God…


Contrary to what was said yesterday at the City Council meeting by the County Property Appraisal Raymond Mclnyre that to be tax exempt you must be 510 c 3 statuses.  Secondly, a church can rent out apartments and be tax exempted, provided it is done in moderation and with God first.  It cannot be all about the money anymore. 


Something every church in Highlands County should read at Church on Monday, until it is understood by the officers.


See: Fs sec 196.196


Fs Sec 196.196 (2) states;

Factor 1: We have to use the building and it has to be used for the main purpose most of the time = 51%

Section 196.192(2), F.S- provides all property owned and used by an exempt entity and used predominantly for exempt purposes shall be exempted from ad valorem taxation to the extent of thereto that such predominant use bears to the non-exempt use.

Under subsection (1) of that statute all property owned and used by an exempt entity exclusively for exempt purposes is totally exempt from all ad valorem taxation.

However, beyond the nonprofit entity requirement, the activities requirement as noted above, set forth in section 195.192, F.S., does require that no part of the property may be used in an activity for profit, and that the charge for the service must be or below the cost.

Thus, in a situation in which a particular wing of a building or portion of a parcel is used to generate a profit would appear not to qualify for the exemption even though the profits are used for other charitable activities.

Factor 2: We do not have to have 501 c 3 statuses.

As far as the requirement that the applicant must be an exempt entity, section 196.195(4), F.S. provides that no application for exemption may be granted for charitable use of property until the applicant has been found by the property appraiser to be nonprofit as defined in that section.  It is not a statutory requirement that the applicant for a charitable exemption be an entity qualified under the United States Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 501(c) (3).






Rev. Frank Paul Jones

Gambino charges of DUI to Reckless Driving a Setup

Gambino charges of DUI to Reckless Driving a Setup


I know a lawyer needs a lawyer, like a doctor needs a doctor.  And as a paralegal by education, I know I cannot properly defend myself, but I also know I am presumed innocent until proven guilty.  This country spends too much on the judicial system to allow these kangaroo justice systems like the one in Highlands County to function as it does. What is going on is unjustifiable and the culprit may well be President Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder.


The bottom line is we spend about $25G per year on the average to incarcerate people, because the system is vindictive and out for revenge against the poor. And what is the poor guilty of, for being uneducated to economics, for having a bad break and not rebounding or simply from being a product of oppression.  We have to fight oppression and we need to address the unethical judicial system starting right here in Highlands County Florida.


First I am told; I was intoxicated based on Florida Statues, and it turned out to be untrue.  The level limit is 0.08%.  There is not statue that states anything to the contrary when dealing with adults over the age of 21 years old.  There is no statue as I was told by a paralegal from the Public Defenders Office at the court house who was supposed to be on my team, which states a presumption of intoxication for an adult starts at 0.04 to0.08 percent.  She had no right to tell me that!  I was within the legal limit at 0.063%.


I am poor today, I might not be poor tomorrow, but I am poor today and it is my right to a legal defense.  I realize that the system is overwhelmed with cases and the Public Defender’s office as too many cases and not enough personnel.  However is this reason to put people into the system and on probation?  Of course not!  So why is there a rush to justice?


How a routine traffic stop goes from DUI to now a suggested reckless driving violation, I do not understand.  How are these people so in touch with what was going on in my mind to even assume that I wonton or willfully disregarded for the safely of property or people.  To say I do not care about others or that I intentionally tried to hit a cop car is absurd.  There was no car accident!


Now they want me to plead guilty for almost hitting a cop car because I did not care about him and had something against cops, but I feel it is the other way around.  How could I ever plead guilty to such a thing?  So next they can pull me aside and mug me and say he hates cops and it is documented.  This is a setup!  And to top it off, there is no record of my traffic violation at the County Clerks Office until this day.  A Setup!

Frank Paul Jones aka Gambino told he Faces 10 Years on DUI Charge

Frank Paul Jones aka Gambino told he Faces 10 Years on DUI Charge


In my arraignment today, I think I experienced first hand (UPL) unauthorized Practice of Law.  This is a term many of us paralegals learn in college, to prevent us from trying to play lawyer.  It is considered UPL to give legal advice, only a lawyer can do this.  I was told I was facing 10 years behind bars on my DUI charge, because of my prior DUI back in the late 80’s.  With no mention of the clemency I received in 1998 by then Governor Lawton Chiles.  I was told that I should plead bargain because though the legal limit is 0.08, between 0.04 and 0.08 is presumably intoxicated and that it was in the statue, but it was not shown to me.


I felt pressured to plea bargain, however my attorney advice was to show up in court and a plea of not guilty was already made for me.  I felt like I was a victim of the good cop bad cop syndrome.   Because I was told what to do by the office of the Public Defender, but at the same time a paralegal advised me on the law from the same office, in a deniable manner.  She told me what I can do and should do based on information that was guess work.  My lawyer was not present in court today.


The paralegal who is supposed to be on my side made the offer that you would have expected from the State Attorney’s Office.  I find this troubling, because I am a paralegal by education and I felt nervous by this tactic, so can you imagine the pressure felt by the other 7 or 8 people she approached before she approached me.  We were told not to talk to the state attorney, but the Public Defender Paralegal spoke to us in their behalf, negotiating plead bargains.


Yes I might go to jail for writing this article, but like Rev. Jesse Jackson said silence is consent, and he is so right!   If I do not speak up now, about something whereby to speak up puts my butt on the line, in such a small way, what good will I be to the movement when my life may be on the line.


I know I was in misdemeanor court and can get no more than one year of jail time, I graduated on the top of my class.  I am not stupid.  But they might come after me with something different for bucking the system.  But it was so unprofessional and unethical that I and many people less educated people than I had to face the judge and the state attorney without a lawyer present.  How can a judge accept a guilty plea by a person who has no lawyer present to advise him/her on the right they have to be presumed innocent until proven guilty?


I pleaded non guilty and have a pre trial conference on 20 September 2010.  What is next?  Oprah Winfrey, AL Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or someone who attracts media attention has to come here. What is going on here is only written about in fictional movies, it is so unreal.

SBDC Representative David Noel to Visit Black Community in Avon Park

SBDC Representative David Noel to Visit Black Community in Avon Park


Business Incubators – Local Economic Development & the SBDC


Business incubators are a way to help both the non profit sector and entrepreneurs, develop a stronger business community here in Avon Park.  I will not pretend to know all the ins and outs of this business arrangement as it was made aware to me in a brainstorm session with the SBDC with David Noel.  However it is a serious thing to consider, both for the non profit and for profit business ventures.


In Highlands County the Local Economic Development Organization is the Highlands County Economic Commission. The Highlands County Economic Commission and the Small Business Development Center here in Highlands County has partnered together to create a one stop shopping situation.  Anyway this is my understanding of the arrangement. 


David Noel of the SBDC offered to visit the black community to assist in helping push forward “Operation Revive Black Businesses.”  An agenda initiated by Rev. Frank Paul Jones and the NCNCHINC.  Black business owners, entrepreneurs with a dream to have their own business, property owners in the business district and concerned citizens are being called to this meeting to take place on Delaney Avenue.   The actual, venue, date and time is now tentative at the moment, as the NCNCHINC is on David Noel’s calendar for a another meeting.  However the place of the meeting is not written in stone.


As it stands the next meeting will be at the office of David Noel, however he wants to visit the district ASAP to better understand the needs of the community, so the NCNCHINC is in the process of arranging for him to come to our side of town on this date to be announced in the near future. 

Officer Bueford had no probable cause to arrest Gambino

Officer Bueford had no probable cause to arrest Gambino


Officer Sean Bueford of the Sebring Police Department violated the constitutional rights of Frank Paul Jones aka Gambino Productions.  It is said that Frank Paul Jones allegedly violated Florida Statue 316.151.1b, with an improper left turn.  Meaning he was not in the left lane when he turned.  Yet he is he is accused of making a left turn into the officers path of travel being the left lane.  In other words he moved into the left lane in front officer Bueford prior to making a left turn into Sebring Parkway from North Ridgewood Drive.


It is a violation of the Florida Statute to cross a solid white line, to change lanes and the officer’s dispute was that he had the right of way when Frank Paul Jones changed lanes to make a left turn.  So it was probably a violation of Florida Statue 316.085 with is the limitations set on overtaken, passing, changing lanes and changing course.  And there was no accident because almost does not really count.


In any case the probable cause to stop Frank Paul Jones aka Gambino Productions on suspicion of DUI was valid.  The stop was valid; however the arrest was unconstitutional, because almost having a car accident due to a violation of Florida Statue 316.085 is not probable cause for the arrest of a DUI.  Even the failure of the sobriety test should have been followed up with a breathalyzer test to determine the alcohol levels in the suspect.  Then and only then should an arrest been processed at the jail house. However Frank Paul Jones aka Gambino Productions did not fail the sobriety test nor was this probable cause for the DUI arrest on the police report.


Both charges are false because of poor policing by Officer Sean Bueford.  Now Frank Paul Jones aka Gambino Productions is force to carry a financial burden that is untimely.  He is on the blotter report as a drunk behind the wheel, was forced to take a mug shoot, all while high powered meetings are taking place to develop his non profit organization and Production Company, which are works in effect at the harvesting stage. 


We cannot simply call this racism, as it is black on black crime.  Officer Bueford is black man.  He should be ashamed of himself.  As he drove Stackz2020 in the car to the Mixx nightclub, that was very unprofessional because anything could have happened.  She could have pulled his gun and he could have shot her claiming she attempted to pull his weapon.  I think Officer Sean Bueford owes Gambino an apology, all charges should be dropped and all expenses reimbursed.



Highlands County’s Warehouse Justice Mentality

Highlands County’s Warehouse Justice Mentality


I have been added to the injustice depot of Highlands County, Florida.  I was forced to take a mug shot as they did a criminal check on me to find nothing pending.  Until now I spoke highly of this town and its potential to grow.  But is a two bit justice system any place for a first grade city?


I talked about a man name Arnold Wilson, and old friend I met at the holding faculty.  We finally got a chance to talk after months of procrastination.  He told me a lot of things about this town and its mindset.  It was sort of like a conformation about ideas that already existed in my head.


I thought this town was simply black and white, but it is also green as is many places, however the shade of green is “Desperate Green.”  This town needs money badly and is grabbing at it by all means at it disposal.  The state of the County is nobody’s fault by the planning committees.  They have been blessed with prime real estate, but have a slave master mentality and have groomed the slave mindset in the community at large.  This is a vegetation mindset town.  You have vegetables that procreate alike beings.


People like me and Arnold get harassed by the system.  Arnold is where I am trying to get in the community non profit and the activist sector.  As a result of my ambitions and outspokenness that seems to want to put me in the system as they have him in it, to control me.  From the conversation I had with this gentleman it is a conspiracy against him that they want to treat him so harshly in the legal system, because of his political power as vice president of the NAACP, member of the board of the meals on wheels and the director of another organization and the list goes on.  He is very active in the community and his successes are making him a target by the people who have a slave master mentality.


By no means am I any where near perfect, and he is not either, but the system here tends to support preachers who teach about a white Jesus image and not people taking former drugs dealers off the streets.  Showing them a better way of life; showing them how to turn an honest buck, is not the way to win points here.  As I seem to prepare to meet the players in this town, this happens and for no legitimate reason I am falsely arrested and put into the system.  It makes me think I am on some type of bad list to be on


The problem here is a shortage in funds, because the community of people both higher and lower echelon are not attracting investors, but instead are eating off of each other in an unethical manner.  My legal situation will be set back at least a month, because the little money I do have has to go to the legal system and I might still end up in jail because that is where they want intelligent Negros here in Highlands County.


I tell you this town is backwards and need immediate help.  This is a place where they house Federal inmates pending trial in the County jail.  Threaten you covertly if you dear consider using the justice system as it was meant to be used and plead not guilty to a crime you know you have not committed.  Then they wonder why the lawyers are not making much money and are going out of business.  Here the judicial system’s etiquette is for all poor people to plead no contest to include the innocent, and place your life in the hands of the judge.  It is wrong!  In my case the right thing would be to it to toss my case and take my mug shot down, because it should have never been taken and I never should have been arrested.

Gambino Receives Low Traffic Blow in Sebring

Gambino Receives Low Traffic Blow in Sebring


What should have been a simple traffic ticket turned into an 8 hour nightmare, in what turned out to be another black on black crime.  I allegedly improperly made a left turn in Sebring.  For legal reasons I will not elaborate on this and plan to pay the fine and take a class unless advised to do else wise by legal counsel. 


However a nightmare, it may have turned into a blessing in disguise.  I met with a brother who was also being held in the holding facility name Arnold Wilson.  And I also spoke to close friend in Highlands County, only to find out that there may not be true justice for the poor in this area.  I was held for about 8 hours and released on $500 bond for a DUI, when I was clearly under the legal limit of alcohol consumption at about .066.  The legal limit is .08.


 It was a night of celebration concerning a record deal and we were going to drop off a demo CD was the famous Mixx nightclub, with no intentions of partying any further.  Again I will not elaborate on this because I plan to plead non guilty against popular advise here in Highlands County.


Though I am certain I am no guilty I prepare myself to do jail time, because I was forewarned that the justice system here may not be just.  I was told they prosecute minor crimes with a vengeance.  It is called “wasting the courts time” to practice your right to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. So if I have to do six months for something I did not do, which was drive while over the legal alcohol consumption limit so be it.


The way I see it, I am not afraid of jail time and I believe I have God on my side and a higher authority than this small town judicial etiquette of mistreating the poor in court.  If I go to jail for this which am not guilty of I will wear it like a badge of honor and make it my duty and work to make sure these injustices end.


They say that the just cause for these charges was that I failed the sobriety test, which I did not fail, yet I was not tested for alcohol consumption on site of the incident.  Then when I was later tested I was below the legal limit and no blood work was done yet I am accused of using drugs, which is untrue.  This is an example of small town kangaroo injustice and poor policing.


Sometime this week I will get my police report and see the lawyer assigned to me as I cannot afford an attorney.  I will be forced to pay court costs though I am indigent, because in the state of Florida contrary to the US Supreme Court they force everyone to pay regardless of economic status.  I may be pushing my luck but right is right and I will pay for my wrong in the form of a ticket.  But I did not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol and they know it.  But they bully blacks and poor folks down here and they have to be stopped and may my case be an example and set precedence for future cases.


Florida Right to work State without Jobs creates crimes

Florida Right to work State without Jobs creates crimes


Right to Work States: Florida

The right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or non-membership in any labor union or labor organization. The right of employees, by and through a labor organization, to bargain collectively shall not be denied or abridged. Public employees shall not have the right to strike. (Constitution Amended by General Election, 1944; Revised by General Election November 5, 1968)

Florida is ranked 5th highest unemployment rate in the whole country and is at 11.7 in May 2010, which is well above the National average which is 9.7.  Meanwhile Florida has the second highest mortgage foreclosure rate in the country, which is three times the national average.  Yet we live in a right to work state which is defined as a right to live.  


However, in Highlands County, Florida the unemployment rate among blacks is above the national average, but this is not the case for white citizens which a far below the national average at about 4%.  So the right to work and right to live in Florida are not helping black people here in Florida or Highlands County.  Is this a form of racial discrimination first in the educational system, that is designed to warehouse black children and then in the workforce whereby they are not qualified for employment later or should it be said are not as competitive as their white counterparts?


In Florida nearly one in four high school student’s dropout of high school and in Highlands County the rate is a higher at about 33%.   This is higher than the national average of about 30%.  However for black children the high school dropout rate in Florida is about 35%.  These statistics are not accurate, because many black children in Florida and especially in Highlands County dropout prior to high school and are not even counted as high school dropouts.


Florida nearly doubled its prison population over the last 15 years.  Here in Florida the rate of crime is near 23% higher than the national average. It has about 90,000 inmates in about 121 facilities are about $20,000 per inmate.    Florida spends less on housing the inmates compared to the national average, simply by cutting costs on their correctional officers, which is another example of the right to live without a living wage in Florida.


So what is the correlation between the lack of work, the lack of living wages, the high mortgage foreclosure rates, the weak educational system and crime?  Can it be the right to work without a living wage in the state of Florida, which creates these oppressive situations?  What do you think?  Is this socialism in disguise?

High Speed Rail Thru Avon Park, FL & America’s Economic Woes

High Speed Rail Thru Avon Park, FL & America’s Economic Woes  


Avon Park, FL a little known place located in South Central Florida, in Highlands County.  The population of Highlands County is about 100,000 as Avon Park population is about 9,000 and the population of Florida is about 19 million. Yet Highlands County is larger than New Orleans and is located on prime real estate.


The basic demographics of these areas concerning the black community is Highlands County is about 10% black or about 10,000 black people reside here and Avon park has about 3,000 of these black residents or 30% black who are counted by the censes.  Due to the fact that the Censes bureau does not count the homeless who are not in a shelter and there are no shelters here and they count people in jails and the jail is in County’s capital Sebring the numbers are much higher.  I believe Avon Park is probably 40% black with about 4,000 black people and almost half of the black population of Highlands County.


Of these approximately 3,000 to 4,000 black people the unemployment rate is ridiculously high in comparison.  The unemployment rate for non white males is about 2.9% and females are at about 3.6% whereby for black males it is over 10.1% and females are at about 7.2% and understand that these jobs are not living wages in most cases.  Therefore employment still does not mean self sufficiency.  Understand these numbers are based on the 3,000 counted and not the other 1,000 ghosts, which are hidden by the system through homelessness and the jail population.


The Highlands County jail houses about 400 to 500 people on any given day of these people most are people of black, poor and drug addicted and probably unemployed. What is going on in Avon Park, Fl is going on all over America.  Black men are symbolically castrated and often dependent on black women who are often the bread winners in the black community, while black men house the prison systems.


So why do I take such a small place to call on investment capital to remedy this situation?  The answer is simple, because of the size and location of this town and its jail house and employment disparities, the solution to these problems can act as a template for all America.  Simply put with a small piece of the Federal budget we can turn this place around and create a formula for the greater American Communities. 


And with the Florida High Speed Rail Plans connecting Tampa, Orlando and terminating in Miami Florida, with starting budget of $1.25B.  And the proposed plans sends the trains straight thru Highlands County, I ask how can President Obama overlook us in the investment equation?  Highland County must be included in the investment scheme with at a minimum a additional public transportation bus route or a connecting train route from Avon Park. FL to Sebring FL to a connecting High Speed Rail Location.