By: Conservative Woman
Port Charlotte authorities charge $500 fine for painting a house
Investors Beware: In a depressed housing market, city officials are hell bent on making money on your dime.
“I bought a house for investment purposes in Port Charlotte, Florida about two months ago, in early October,” said real estate investor, Randy Kluge.
The house needed a new roof, so I proceeded to get a permit, he said. “The two city inspections of the roof passed and no structural changes were needed.”
I decided to complete minor drywall updates and paint the house, he said. “That is when all hell broke loose.”
“I received a call from city official Lorraine Lundblad, a certified contractor licensing investigator who is employed by the city of Port Charlotte,” he said.
She advised that I needed to be a licensed painter in order to paint my own house that I purchased with my own money, Kluge said. “It is outrageous that I am not permitted to paint my own house.”
This is my money, my investment, but it is not up to me, it is up to the government what I can and cannot do, he said.
This smacks of an authoritative dictatorship, not a constitutional Republic, he said.
Before going into her office I inquired over the phone whether this is real, because I was shocked at the claim that I was not permitted to paint my own property, he said. “She intimated that we could work out a deal.”
As soon as I walked into her office to discuss the specifics of the law, and whether a fine is appropriate, she served me a fine issuance in the amount of $500, Kluge said.
“I was told I needed a permit to paint my own property,” he said.
My advice to investors all across the state of Florida is this: Do not invest in Port Charlotte. The city government are thieves and play loose with the truth, he said.
“If the city government can produce laws that fine investors for painting their own house, then the city should not get our business,” he said.
If you have children get the heck out of Florida!
The reason the state of Florida is stealing children from good parents is because each child taken by the state amounts to federal funding per child.
In a bad economy especially, state’s do not have enough money to fund their services, jobs, law enforcement, sanitation, teachers, ect. The government needs money to survive.
Funding child protection in the state of Florida has become a lucrative business. The state uses federal tax payer funds to balance their budgets at the hands of children.
We know this is difficult to imagine. We agree that it is evil to take children away from their families, so that the state can collect federal funding. We do not blame the people on the ground trying to do their job, but we do question how anyone can continue working with such a corrupt and criminal organization.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is headed by Attorney General Pam Bondi. We have made numerous attempts to communicate with her so that she addresses the many problems within child protection, to no avail.
We have come to the conclusion that she is in on the child stealing scam. She has to be. She does nothing to protect families; instead she encourages and keeps the criminal operation of taking children from their families afloat.
It is not entirely Bondi’s fault. It is the fault of the many politicians who have ignored the pleas of parents to end this nightmare of state operated child abduction. The system has been corrupt for decades, and no one has the guts to do something about it.
We once again call on you – AG Pam Bondi. You must sit down and think about how many children are injured by this corrupt system. Look at your own conscience. Stop the lies and fraud upon innocent families. If you do not address this situation, who will?
Florida Atty. Gen. Pamela Jo “Pam” Bondi
By: Raquel Okyay
The Florida Supreme Court is currently reviewing the case of Mackey v. State of Florida to determine whether an investigatory stop, and a search and seizure of a person suspected to be carrying a concealed firearm, is lawful.
Conflicting case law lands this matter at the highest court in the State. By statute 790.01(2), the Florida legislature has deemed carrying a concealed firearm a felony crime in the third degree. Statute 790.01(3) says, however, carrying a concealed firearm is permissible with a valid permit.The petitioner asserts that a police officer conducted an illegal investigatory stop and a search of his person without consent and without probable cause because there was no indication that he did not have a valid permit, and no other evidence of criminal activity.
Atty. Gen. Pamela Jo “Pam” Bondi and the State of Florida argue that any person is vulnerable to an investigatory stop and a search and seizure because carrying a concealed firearm, in and of itself, is illegal. In addition, having a permit is an affirmative defense, or excuse for a crime, so the stop and search is reasonable.
Yet, as clear as the sky is blue, the law says “This section [carrying concealed weapons] does not apply to a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon.” If the language is directly written in the statute, it seems that it is more than just an exception, but the rule.
Although Florida’s State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, the State, in its heavy handed Brief on the Merits, uses flawed logic to assume that at the rate of 95 percent, persons who are carrying a concealed weapon ought to be presum
ed guilty of committing a felony.
“Given the small percentage of the population that is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, the overwhelming majority of firearms, or 95 percent, are not licensed to be concealed. Thus, an officer’s suspicion that a firearm is not licensed would be reasonable because, in any given case, there would be, statistically speaking, a 95 percent likelihood of illegality.”
As succinctly pointed out by AmmoLand.com, “In order for the State’s argument to be valid, one would first have to ignore all visitors to our state from the 35 states with reciprocity. One would also have to ignore all of the circumstances where no license is required to possess a firearm, and it also assumes that every man, woman and minor child is carrying a firearm at all times.”
Assuming that any individual carrying a concealed weapon is committing a felony, gives the State unfettered and unreasonable access to search and seizure of anyone who is presumably carrying a concealed firearm. This violates the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution, no? No, not if you believe Florida Atty. Gen. Pamela Jo “Pam” Bondi.
Pam Bondi is the same individual who boasted at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, “It is time to stop those who ignore the Constitution when it’s expedient!” It appears Ms. Bondi is happy to pick and choose which liberties the Constitution protects as long as it suits her fancy, but what about the rest of us little people who believe in liberty across the board?
Since Bondi wants a win for the State in the case of Mackey v. State of Florida, she will misconstrue facts, ignore state laws, and negate the Constitution if she has to, in order to receive a favorable result. Bondi pretends to be supportive of the Constitution, when in fact she is the epitome of ignoring the Constitution when it’s expedient!
Remember folks: Forceful words and flowery commentary mean zilch compared to the truth.