Urgent Message Regarding Negative Impacts of CRC Proposal 69

Good afternoon,

Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) – Proposal 69.  The CRC is a 37-person commission primarily appointed by the Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House that is convened once every twenty (20) years to consider and propose propositions for amendments to the Florida Constitution.  The CRC is meeting now.  A proposition approved by the CRC will go directly to the ballot at the next general election in Florida in November, 2018 for a referendum vote.  If a proposition is approved by 60% or more of the electors voting in the election, the proposition amends the Florida Constitution.

CRC member Chris Sprowls, who is also a member of the House of Representatives and in line to become Speaker of the House in 2021, has filed Proposition 69 which will have a significant negative financial impact on special districts that rely on ad valorem taxes as their primary source of revenue.  The proposition would require all special districts with ad valorem taxing authority to submit the measure for referendum approval to electors of the district every ten (10) years.  If a referendum does not approve continuing the authority to collect the tax, the district is basically out of business at that point and a county or city will have to shoulder the expenses associated with the service the district provided.  Also, it will be next to impossible for a district to issue long-term bonds for large capital projects since its revenue source will be at risk every ten (10) years.  FASD strongly opposes this proposition.

Friday afternoon the CRC’s Finance and Taxation Committee published its agenda for its meeting this Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 8:00 am.  CRC Proposal 69 is on the agenda.  Click here to view the letter template that we would request as many people as possible (residents, commissioners, staff, etc.) send to the members of the committee.  I would recommend that you personalize the message as much as possible.  Please send the letter in an email to each of the F & T Commissioners listed below:

Finance & Taxation Commissioners

Fred Karlinsky (Chair)
Phone: (954) 951-3548
Email: Fred.Karlinsky@flcrc.gov

Tom Grady (Vice Chair)          
 (850) 270-1630
Email: Tom.Grady@flcrc.gov

Dr. Jose “Pepe” Armas
Email: Jose.Armas@flcrc.gov

Rep. Jeanette Nunez
Phone: Jeanette.Nunez@flcrc.gov
Email: Phone: (305) 227-7630

Sen. Darryl Rouson
 (727) 822-6828
Email: Darryl.Rouson@flcrc.gov

Chris Smith                              

Nicole Washington                          
 (786) 309-6022
Email: Nicole.Washington@flcrc.gov

Please be sure to have your district staff and residence respond as soon as possible.  Thank you in advance for your time with this and keep track of our efforts on our website at www.fasd.com.


Fred Crawford
Executive Director
Florida Association of Special Districts
2713 Blairstone Ln.
Tallahassee, FL  32301

February – Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting

Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting, February 2016

This month’s Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting had a theme of protecting your home and your computer. To begin the meeting we had Deputy Russell and Deputy Harper to report on the latest in crime. They informed us that there have been four residential burglaries in the last 30 days. They gave us tips on how to keep our neighborhood safer.

For example, if someone comes to your door trying to sell something, please report it to the non-emergency number (561) 688-3400. It is most likely a cover being used to see if anyone is at the home. Be sure to get a description of the person and the vehicle. If you can safely take a picture and/or retrieve the license plate then please do. If you see a car parked on a canal or berm please call it into the non-emergency number even if it is an expensive car because thieves will rent cars or steal cars to commit crimes in. Also, if you are going out of town, you can request a house check by the COP. You can find the application on our website www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com.

The guest speaker at our meeting was Jim Kovalsky from Honestware Computer Services. Jim gave a great presentation of how to protect our computer and ourselves. First, HAVE A BACKUP! Many people use an external hard drive, which is okay, but not the best option. The risks include the owner not backing up the computer, the drive breaking, a flood or fire, or a virus like the cryptolocker which will scramble all of the files and offer a ransom to retrieve them. The best option for backup is an online backup company. The online company will automatically backup your computer and if you have a fire they will have the files. Jim suggests iDrive or Carbonite.

Next, Jim taught us how to avoid a virus. If you haven’t had a problem with your computer, do not accept any updates. Viruses will often disguise themselves as an update, to convince you to let them install into your computer. ‘Flash Player’ is a very common mal-ware. You can tell that it is the fake if it has the space between Flash and Player. In your emails, remember that the FBI and IRS will never email you and any email that says you need to verify your account, delete the email and NEVER call their number or use their link.

Should you have any questions or would simply like to speed up your computer, please call Jim Kovalsky at (561) 972-8546 or visit www.honestware.com

Please join us at our next monthly meeting, Tuesday, March 8th at seven p.m. Our guest speakers will be Warren Chalkley and Matthew Claasen from the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council. Gary Goode from Mosquito Control will also be present for some Q & A. Our Jupiter Farms Residents’ meeting is the perfect place to hear the latest and discuss any cares or concerns. Please visit our website www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com for more information.


Upcoming Events:

Outdoor Movie Night – March 5th, 2016

Residents Meeting – March 8th, 2016

Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt – March 19, 2016

Volunteer Appreciation – May, 2016

Movie Night

Jupiter Farms Outdoor Movie Night – January


Thank you to everyone who came out to the Jupiter Farms Residents’ Movie Night. The weather was cold and windy, but the wind seemed to die down as Smokey and the Bandit began.  Our residents dressed warm and got cozy with their blankets and chairs.

Popcorn Cowboy

The Jupiter Farms Residents Board of Director set up a delicious concession stand.  The residents lined up as the board happily handed out hot dogs, popcorn and candy.  The hit of the night was definitely the hot cocoa.


All of the Jupiter Farms residents who dared to face the weather, had a blast!  Please join us at the next outdoor movie night at The Jupiter Farms Market Place.  We will be watching Pirates of the Caribbean on Saturday, March 5th at 630PM.  The movie will begin at 7pm, so come early to set up your chairs or blankets and grab a bite to eat.

Outdoor Movie

January – Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting

Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting, January 2016

Each day we drive in and out of Jupiter Farms while passing acres of natural areas filled with wildlife. Our residents are fortunate to see the majestic birds flying overhead and animals scurrying across our roads. Our quiet country lifestyle is no doubt one of a kind. We are surrounded by trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and we are but a short drive from the beach. Jupiter Farms would not be the same as it is today, without the relentless help of some of our residents. At our January residents meeting, Susan Kennedy, an environmental and land use lawyer and co-founder of JFEC and NETA, gave us a history of the battles we have overcome to keep Jupiter Farms the way it is.

Jupiter Farms Environmental Council (JFEC) was created in 1999 to help fight multiple developments that were proposed at the same time. These developments included an 80 acre mega complex, known as Speedworld, a Walgreen’s distribution center, an electrical plant, a school for troubled kids and golf course, and two Developments of Regional Impact on Indiantown Road. They even went to court over the proposal to put Scripps Research Institute next to the Corbett Wildlife Area. Because of these battles and thanks to the creative mind of Susan Kennedy and many dedicated volunteers, we were able to have the majority of our surrounding lands purchased and saved from development.

With more than 165, 000 acres of land owned and managed by different entities, accessibility became the next challenge. So, in 2005, Northeast Everglades Trail Association (NETA) was created to find a way to access government property and do it responsibly. NETA works on educating society, getting people on the trails and getting the trails connected.

If you want to fully experience the place you live, join NETA and your neighbors for a 3 day, 67 mile, outdoor extravaganza on February 19, 20 & 21. Open to hikers, bikers, paddlers and horseback riders. To find out more visit www.evergladestrails.org

Please join us at our next monthly meeting, Tuesday, February 9th at seven p.m. Our guest speaker will be Jim Kovalski and he will be discussing computer security and avoiding online scams.

Our Jupiter Farms Residents’ meeting is the perfect place to hear the latest and discuss any cares or concerns. Please visit our website www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com for more information.


Upcoming Events:

Mix & Mingle for Local Businesses– February 27, 2016

Outdoor Movie Night – March 5, 2016

Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt – March 19, 2016

Volunteer Appreciation – May, 2016

November – Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting

Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting – November 2015

Did you know that our state averages about eight pounds of waste per person per day? Even worst, Palm Beach County averages ten pounds of waste per person per day. With 1.3 million people in our county, that is a ton of garbage. By simply recycling, we can cut these numbers in half.

In Honor of National Recycling Week, November 9 through 15, we had Angelique Giruad from the Solid Waste Authority as the guest speaker for our November resident’s meeting. Ms. Giruad gave a fun and educational presentation to our residents. She taught us the “do’s” and “don’ts” about recycling and showed off our county’s waste to energy plant.

When recycling, it is important to do it right. In the yellow bin place your ‘DRY’ items, such as cardboard, dry food boxes, papers and unwanted mail. In the blue bin place your ‘WET’ items, such as drink cartons, glass, plastic containers (#1-#7) and aluminum or steel cans. These ‘wet’ items should be rinsed clean. SWA does not recycle styrofoam or plastic bags, so please return them to publix who will recycle them for you. (See below for diagram)

There is a convienent hazardous waste drop off in Jupiter at 14185 Military Trail (SWA Road) where you can drop off your compiled batteries, bulbs, pestisides, electronics and paint. This will ensure proper disposal of these hazardous items.

Recycling helps to generate income for our county, reduces the amount of waste and helps the less fortunate. For example, large quantities of recyclable material is sold to other companies, the energy created from our waste to energy plant is sold to FPL and recycled paint is made into twelve different colors and donated to Veterans and other persons who qualify. So, please do your part to help ensure a cleaner, healthier and happier future for our families. For more information go to www.swa.org or download the Recyclopedia at http://www.swa.org/149/Recycling

At our October meeting, residents asked about having recycling bins at our Jupiter Farms Park. In response, the county sent Kara Cowser, Volunteer Coordinator, to speak to our residents at our November meeting. She told us that there are 82 parks in Palm Beach county and only eleven of them have been adopted. Our county is in need of volunteers willing to adopt our parks. When a park is adopted, a sign will be posted reconizing your group, Parks and Recreation will provide cleanup supplies, and your group will be allowed access to one nearby pavillion each month for a scheduled cleanup.

To adopt a park, you must fill out a permit and pay an initial fee of $100. If your group completes five to eight successful, documented cleanups the renewal fee is dropped to $50 or with nine or more cleanups the renewal fee will be FREE.   If you are interested, please contact Kara Cowser (561) 966-6609 or kcowser@pbcgov.org. To find out more, please visit www.pbcparks.com

Steve Hinkle from SIRWCD, said there has been an overwhelming response to last month’s discussion of proper swale maintanence. In fact, they is currently a one month back-up for swale cleaning. Thank you for helping maintain your swales. This ensures proper drainage for our entire community.

We would also like to thank Keith Sprague from Action Arbor Care for generously donating a $100 gift certificate for our monthly raffle. One of our lucky residents will be receiving some free tree trimmming.

Please join us at our next monthly meeting, Tuesday, December 8 at seven p.m. Our guest speaker will be a local historian, Graham Huls.

Our Jupiter Farms Residents’ meeting is the perfect place to hear the latest and discuss any cares or concerns. Please visit our website www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com for more information.


Upcoming Events:

Christmas Tree Sales Begin – December 5, 2015

Movie Night – January 23, 2016

Spring Fair – March 19, 2016

October – Residents Meeting Highlights

Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting – October 2015
October’s Residents’ Meeting was an informative one. We had the pleasure of meeting with Commissioner Hal Valeche. The Commissioner said that the Jessup Trail has been completed, but we are out of funding for improvements and would like to raise additional revenue. There are two options we can choose from: One, which the Commissioner prefers, is a bond issuance. The bond is cost specific, so the money goes where we want it, for example a North County Regional Park, bridges, signals and striping. The other option is to increase sales tax, but we will have to share 40% of the revenue with the city.
Steve Carrier, a county engineer shared plans of improvements to Sierra Square. The plans include a peanut island with an acceleration and merging lane. Improvements are to start as soon as two months to six months. The Pathway Project is planned to begin early next year and will be a six foot asphalt path along Jupiter Farms road with one crossing. The crossing will have two poles with flashing double yellow lights. Each pole will have two buttons, one at pedestrian height and one at equestrian height. The pathway will connect to the Hatcher property and should be completed next summer.
Palm Beach County Sherriff stated that vandalism is down, but there have been a few stolen vehicles dropped off out here. They asked residents to please keep an eye out for broken down cars and report them with a description and location to the Sherriff’s non-emergency number. (561) 688-3000
Mike Dillion, South Indian River Water Control District Operation Manager, explained how they are focusing on our district as a whole. Now that the district has finished external issues they are becoming more involved in managing the internal areas. One main focus is on the education of land owners. For example, a permit is required to add fill to your property and your driveway culvert is the land owner’s responsibility. Each land owner should regularly inspect their culvert for signs of erosion, rust built-up, sink holes or depressions. If you find any of these signs or have any questions please call SIRWCD at (561)747-0550.
Our next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, November 10 at seven p.m. Our guest speaker will be a representative from Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority (SWA). The meeting will be sponsored by Keith Sprague of Action Arbor Care, who has offered a gift certificate for our raffle.
Child care will be provided at the pavilion for children ages four and up. Our Jupiter Farms Residents’ meeting is the perfect place to hear the latest and discuss any cares or concerns. Hope to see you there next month! Please visit our website www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com for more information.
Upcoming Events:
Halloween in the Farms – Oct 31, 2015
Jupiter Farms Residents Meeting – Nov 10, 2015
Jupiter Farms Family Hoedown – Nov 14, 2015
Logo Contest Deadline – Dec 3, 2015
Christmas Tree Sales Begin – December 6, 2015
Christmas Parade – December 6, 2015

jfr update

This week around Jupiter Farms…

There are two major happenings this week…

The first, on Tuesday Oct. 13, there is a JFR Meeting at 7pm at the JF Park Pavilion. PB County Commissioner Hal Valeche will be our guest speaker. Among other issues, he will be discussing the remaining stretch of pedestrian/horse path on Jupiter Farms Rd. This month’s meeting is sponsored by Busy Blades; thanks to Chris Johnson. Remember, we offer free childcare for kids 4+. This month’s agenda can be found here: http://www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com/october-13-2015-jfr-m…/
The second major happening this week is the SIRWCD meeting on Thursday Oct. 15 at 7PM at JHS’s Media Room. We are still waiting to hear from the SIRWCD attorneys on whether they will be seating the new duly elected Board or if they will be entertaining the objections brought by Rice and Berman.

The JFR Board of Directors wrote an ‘amicus’ regarding these objections and sent it to SIRWCD’s attorneys and staff. It’s not to late to attach your name to the document as a “freind.” Follow the below link to find out how.

Both meetings are important, please, if you can do your best to attend.




The Jupiter Farms Resident Board of Directors has written an amicus curiae to be brought to the attention of the SIRWCD attorneys. Below, please find the document. It directly speaks to the objection letter recently filed regarding the SIRWCD Board of Supervisors election.

As JFR members at large, we all for all interested parties to read the letter and substantial materials attached.

If you agree with the letter, we ask that you email the SIRWCD attorneys and ask that your name be attached as an “amici.”

Mike DIllon: dillon@sirwcd.org
Terry Lewis: lewis@sirwcd.org
William Capko: capko@sirwcd.org