Friday, December 21, 2012

Satellite Beach Christmas Boat Parade 2012

SATELLITE BEACH--  The Banana River Sail & Power Squadron Annual Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, December 22 at 6 p.m. 
The parade will start at the north end of the Grand Canal. Boats should form a line following the BRSPS Boat, led by the Satellite Beach Police Boat. All parade communications will be made on VHF channel 71.
The parade will travel south along the Grand Canal, circling Lake Shepherd clockwise, and then continuing south to Mathers Bridge, where participating boats in the parade will disband.
All boaters are invited to participate. Observing the parade may be difficult. There are few public access areas along the parade route. The Mathers Bridge may provide the best vantage point.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bomb Squad in Satellite Beach

SATELLITE BEACH---  The Brevard County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad was called to the corner of Norwood and Thyme Avenue this afternoon to investigate a suspicious object.  The item was located by a Satellite Beach Public Works employee in a field he was mowing adjacent to the Satellite Beach Police Department headquarters, and identified as a possible pipe bomb.
Bomb squad officers were able to  safely detonate the item according to protocol.
The discovery and detonation disrupted dismissal at Surfside Elementary, located one block south.  Thyme Road and Cinnamon Road were closed to all traffic, and pedestrians were re-routed.  The investigation is ongoing.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Viera High School Football Coach Arrested for Soliciting Underage Girl

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida -- A Viera High School assistant football coach, 32-year-old Kevin Christopher Verpaele, was arrested at 190 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach on three counts of Computer Solicitation of a Minor - which is a third degree felony.
Brevard County deputies say that Verpaele used a cell phone with an internet service (in this case G-mail) to solicit the unidentified underage girl whom deputies say he had personal knowledge was under the age of 18. 
The conversations between the Viera High School assistant coach and the underage girl allegedly occurred on November 2, 7, and 8, 2012.
Deputies describe the conversations as sexually explicit in nature, and consisted of sexual content where Verpaele described sexual acts he wanted to perform on the underage girl which would constitute unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
The arrest affidavit alleges that the evidence of this crime is supported through the statment of the victim and electronic documentation from the G-mail account and additional evidence gathered throughout the investigation.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Obama Supporter Run Over in Satellite Beach

SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA--- A disagreement over a political yard sign on Trinidad Drive has left one Satellite Beach woman injured and another facing criminal charges.  The victim, unidentified until SBPD completes their investigation, did not answer her door yesterday when her neighbor (another woman, also unidentified pending investigation) reportedly knocked on her door to discuss the Obama/Biden sign in her yard.  The victim allegedly observed her neighbor removing the sign and riding away on her motorized scooter.  Consequently, the victim came out of her house.  The neighbor rode her scooter around the block, and then returned to the home, throwing the sign at the victim's feet.  A heated conversation ensued, at which point the neighbor allegedly hit the throttle and ran the woman over in her doorway, resulting in cuts, bruises and tire tread marks.  The alleged perpetrator then told the woman "you're okay" and left the premises on her scooter.  The victim called 911 and was able to identify the neighbor's house based on the fact that she had seen the scooter for sale on the driveway for several weeks.

Although the investigation is still pending and the Police Report is not yet released, Brevard Times has learned that the woman will likely face charges of battery and theft.  She has already received a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

First Lady Rallies Crowd at Last Campaign Stop in Florida

Tonight at Orlando's Southport Park, First Lady Michelle Obama rallied supporters and encouraged them to get out the vote, and leave no chance for regret on Wednesday morning.  Senator Bill Nelson and Grammy-award winner Ricky Martin also addressed the crowd about the importance of finishing the campaign strong.
Senator Bill Nelson rallies crowd on Election Eve in Orlando

 Never mentioning Mitt Romney by name, the First Lady drilled home the tightness of the race in Florida and other swing states.  She reminded voters that in the 2008 presidential election, Florida was decided by 236,000 votes, equivalent to about 36 voters in every precinct going Obama's way.

Singer Ricky Martin addressed audience in English and Spanish
First Lady amidst chants of "4 More Years"

Saturday, November 3, 2012

First Lady to Visit Orlando Monday Afternoon

First Lady Michelle Obama will make a stop in Orlando on Monday, November 5th.  The free grassroots event will take place at Southport Park (3407 East Landstreet Road  Orlando, FL 32827).  Tickets to the event are available, on a first come first serve basis, at http://OFA.BO/orlando.  Doors open at 3:00pm.  Grammy-award winner, Ricky Martin, is also scheduled to appear.    

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bill Nye the Science Guy Campaigns For Obama in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, FL--- Bill Nye visited with Obama supporters and press at the University Boulevard entrance of the Florida Institute of Technology today.  The event was originally planned to occur directly outside of  the Clemente Center, where Paul Ryan was scheduled to appear for an afternoon rally, but FIT officials asked Nye to hold his event further away.  The Paul Ryan event was canceled as a result of campaign schedule changes due to Hurricane Sandy.

Approximately thirty supporters hoisted Obama signs and listened to Nye outline his misgivings about the Romney/Ryan budget proposals.  Nye described Romney's proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and student loan programs.  He also stated that the current presidential campaign presents "a weird irony" in which Democrats are advocating a "cost-effective approach of involving private investment" in space exploration, while Republicans embrace more government spending to fund those space endeavors.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Presidential Debate to Include Third Party Candidates

In an effort to expand the presidential debate, will re-broadcast this evening's debate,  pausing after Governor Romney and President Obama's responses to include responses from three third party candidates.  Green party nominee, Jill Stein, Justice party nominee Rocky Anderson and Constitution Party nominee, Virgil Goode, will all participate in the expanded debate.  The candidates had been barred from participating in the actual debate due to rules set forth by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.  According to a Green Party press statement, presidential  candidate Dr. Jill Stein was arrested Tuesday afternoon for trying to enter the Hofstra University debate forum with her running mate, Cheri Honkala.  She is expected to be present for Democracy Now's expanded debate.  
The expanded debate coverage has gained traction on Twitter with #expandthedebate becoming popular among disillusioned voters.  Debate coverage will be aired on Wednesday, October 17 8-10 a.m. EDT.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Political Forums Scheduled for Satellite Beach

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida-- Voters will have the opportunity to hear from candidates running for Mayor and City Council at two upcoming political forums, to be held at the Scotty Culp Municipal Complex (565 Cassia Blvd, Satellite BeachFL 32937).  An additional meeting is planned to discuss pending ballot initiatives.

The first of the events will be held Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00pm, and is sponsored by the Brevard Conservative Coalition, a group associated with the Brevard Tea Party.   A non-partisan moderator will host the event, with opportunities for residents to submit questions and interact with candidates.  

An additional non-partisan forum, sponsored by the GFWC Satellite Beach Woman's Club (a local non-profit service organization), will be held Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00pm.  The public is encouraged to attend, and submit questions for candidates on a 3x5 card.  No questions will be taken from the floor.  A non-partisan moderator has been selected.  There will also be a collection of non-perishable food items for the World Food Day food drive.  

Mayoral candidates include Frank Catino and Trevor Lowing.  Candidates running for two City Council seats include Mark Brimer, Lloyd French, Lorraine Gott, and Scott Rhodes.  

The Half Cent Sales Tax referendum, also on the November ballot, will be the subject of an informational meeting also scheduled for Tuesday, October 16.  That meeting will be hosted by principals from Satellite Beach High School and Surfside Elementary.  The meeting will take place at 6:30pm in the DeLaura/Satellite High School Media Center (300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach, FL 32937).  The public is welcome.  

Tuesday, October 9, is the final day for voters to register to vote in the election. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Obama Space Coast Visit Photo Gallery

Bill Clinton Stumps for Obama in Orlando

ORLANDO, Florida -- A rockstar greeting was extended to Bill Clinton at last night's grassroots event at Orlando's Rosen Plaza Hotel.  After a joint introduction by Grace Nelson, wife of Senator Bill Nelson, and former Orlando Chief of Police and current congressional candidate Val Demings, Clinton spoke to the audience of 2000 for about 30 minutes with his typical folksy demeanor, albeit hoarse-toned, perhaps revealing the rigorous schedule of stump speeches that has had him crossing the state for the past 2 days campaigning for President Obama. 

In his inimitable fashion, Clinton related the democratic platform to the central Florida audience.  Tying Obama's increased funding of the Pell Grant scholarship and the American Opportunity Tax Credit to the 53000 students at Orlando's University of Central Florida, which he called "the country's largest unknown university."  Clinton decried Romney's education plan and policy to reintroduce private sector lenders to student financial aid, citing America's current standing at 16th in the world in the percentage of young people with college degrees.  

Addressing Romney's proposed tax cuts and the ailing economy, Clinton said trying to close the deficit with tax cuts has already been shown to be a fallacy, adding with Arkansas drawl "when you're in a hole I've been taught the first thing you do is to quit digging."  Clinton blasted Romney's assertion that tax cuts and subsequent economic growth would reduce the deficit, and said in reality Romney's planned tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would be paid for by gutting Medicaid, education and Medicare.  

Clinton also referred to central Florida's space industry and technological innovators, adding that he had spoken earlier in the day at the Solar Power International conference to 10000 attendees involved in the development of alternative energy sources.  He added that nationwide there are now more people employed by the solar energy industry than there are coal miners.  He asserted that a Romney budget would slash funding for research & development, and "cut the heart out of the space program."  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free Melbourne Event for Progressives

MELBOURNE, Florida --  The Space Coast Progressive Alliance-sponsored 2012 Progressive Fest will take place on Sunday, October 21, from 11am-5pm, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

The community wide event plans to focus on Communities in Action, with tables devoted to free health screenings, environmental causes, domestic violence awareness, local and organic food production, and animal rescue.  There will also be political candidate information and exhibits on Florida Ballot Amendments.  A straw poll is planned.  Limited space is available for additional sponsored tables, registration deadline is October 14 (  

Food vendors and kids activities will be available.  The Eau Gallie Civic Center is located at 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne FL 32935.

Current list of participants:

Brevard Health Alliance


Brevard County Solid Waste Managment Department

Marine Resources Council

Brevard County Supervisor of Elections office


League of Women Voters of the Space Coast

ACLU of Florida, Brevard Chapter

ACLU of Florida

Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (EEL)



Brevard Federation of Teachers!home/mainPage

Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando

Healthy Planet of Brevard

Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform (FLIER)

Sierra Club--Turtle Coast

Vote No On 6

Brevard Aiding Shelter Animals Project, Inc.

Ryan J. Vescio for State Attorney

Project Response

Curt Jacobus for Judge

Seeta Media

Artworks of Eau Gallie

Hazel Buggs Campaign

Bill Rettinger Campaign

Home Schoolers for Peace & Justice

Chantels Boutique

Brevard NOW-TBTN

Serene Harbor-TBTN

Womens Center-TBTN

Animal Safehouse Of Brevard-TBTN

Brevard County Domestic Violence Task Force members -TBTN

Brevard NOW

Vote Paccione

Christopher Charles Pennington, Candidate Senate District 13

Changes Youth & Family Services

Citizen Exit Poll 2012

Watt Family Chiropractic, LLC

Friendship Fellowship at Pineda

The People's Sheriff

Thirty One Gifts

Beachside Democratic Club

South Democrat Women's Club

Brevard Drop-in Center

Charlie Sitton Candidate for Property Appraiser

East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic

Transformations of Soul, Mind and Body

Brevard Democrats

Shannon Roberts for Congress

Joe Pishgar for Brevard County Commission


The Prismatic Peacock

Space Coast Freethought Association

Everything Wheatgrass

The Campaign for John Paul Alvarez for State Representative HD53

PFLAG Melbourne/ Space Coast

Jotkoff Financial Group

Nature's Sunshine

Florida Cannabis Action Network

Maple Street Natives

Riviera United Church of Christ