Dreams Denied – Action Needed

Culture of Complacency Continues at St Lucie School Board

 

In the midst of double digit tax increases and millions of dollars in failed and failing investment we look for bright spots in the community. One of those bright spots is St Lucie County’s only charter high school which happens also to be Port St Lucie’s only A rated high school.

St Lucie School Board says NO to Charter School. The Culture of Complacency continues.

St Lucie School Board says NO to Charter School. The Culture of Complacency continues.

Somerset College Preparatory Academy Charter High School (formerly College Preparatory Academy of the Treasure Coast) is a great school with great rankings and has shown great improvement since it opened its doors. The teachers are excited to work there, the students are excited about learning, and the parents are excited there is finally some school choice for high school. (more…)

The Mouse That Roared

The Mouse That Roared

Another victory.

A few months ago we told you how St Lucie County was earning interest at 18% on $13 million of uncollected taxes, most of which was due the City of Port St Lucie. How the county, without putting up a dime, was earning some hefty interest on nothing but an accounting entry. You can read about it here, Money For Nothing.

Last month we laid out the situation with City Center, the unpaid taxes and the undeveloped land. You can read about it here, Port St Lucie City Center Problem.

Tuesday’s front page article in the TCPalm told how the county would finally put the City Center property up for auction. Just a coincidence? We think not. (more…)

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

Fanning the Flames of PSL’s Budget Problems

 

October 11, 1871 (reporter from the Chicago Sun) Mrs. O’Leary, any comments about the fire for the press?

Mrs. O’Leary – “I think leaving a lit lantern in my barn, next to my cow, was a great idea, and I’d do it all over again.”

I doubt this interview ever happened after the Chicago fire of 1871

Would Mrs. O'Leary think leaving a lit lantern in the barn was a sound decision.

Would Mrs. O’Leary think leaving a lit lantern in the barn was a sound decision.

but if it did it was replayed at the Port St. Lucie budget retreat by city manager Jeff Bremer. (more…)

Port St Lucie City Center Problem

Port St Lucie City Center Problem

Lilly Zhong’s SAD Situation

 

In our last installment we told you how the County stands to make 18% interest. Not on actual money, but on an accounting entry. You can read it here. Today we’ll dig deeper in to what’s going on.

The sale or transfer of the land surrounding the Civic Center, also known as City Center, to Lilly Zhong happened behind closed doors. Almost in the dead of night, as one might say. The City of Port St Lucie was unaware that it happened. At least that’s what they claim. Taxes were owed on the numerous parcels of land that make up City Center, and under normal circumstances those taxes would have had to be paid for clear title to pass. Many questions remain with few answers. (more…)

Money For Nothing

Money For Nothing

Money For Nothing

County earns big while the schools get short changed.

How would you like to earn 18% interest on your money? Great!

Civic Center Complex taxes remain unpaid while St Lucie County benefits.

Civic Center Complex taxes remain unpaid while St Lucie County benefits.

How would you like to earn 18% interest on money you don’t even have in the bank? Even better! How would you like to earn 18% interest on money you don’t even have? That would be the ultimate deal, money from nothing.

Well for you or me that’s not going to happen but if you’re name is St. Lucie County, step on up. Your limo has arrived.

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The Other Shoe Keeps Dropping

PSL QVC Call Center to Close

Port St Lucie seems to be the nexus of companies gone and companies going. Yesterday QVC landed yet another punch to the solar plexus of St Lucie announcing it will close its call center in St Lucie West, and about 800 people will lose their jobs.

QVC closing

QVC closing its doors in Port St Lucie

This time it has nothing to do with a failing company but the creative destruction of the free markets and innovation. QVC is a brand known to most if not all. For the few who don’t get out from under the rock too often QVC is a home shopping channel. QVC is a 24 hour commercial of clothes, jewelry, electronics, home goods and even food. It is the ultimate shopping experience while sitting on your couch in the comfort of your home. Pick up the phone and call in and your products are delivered to your door. Except that now fewer and fewer people are using the phone to talk anymore. (more…)

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