Month: April 2019

Florida Supreme Court Affirms Governor’s Authority to Suspend Scott Israel

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming Governor Ron DeSantis’ authority to suspend former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for neglect of duty and incompetence.

“Today’s Florida Supreme Court opinion leaves no doubt of my authority as Governor to suspend a government official for neglect of duty and incompetence,” said Governor DeSantis. “Scott Israel failed in his duties to protect the families and students of Broward County and the time for delay tactics is at an end. I look forward to the Florida Senate resuming the process of formal removal.”

Local Martial Artists Capture State Medals looking to Nationals

Since opening in September in Fort Meade, Champions Tae Kwon Do has uncovered a lot of amazing talent within the community.

I knew there were talented kids in this area, but we have uncovered so many kids that have a potential to go a long way in Tae Kwon Do. – Ramona Waibel, Manager

Champions Tae Kwon Do attended Florida State AAU competition this weekend and returned home with a 12 person nationals qualified team and 22 medals including 9 state gold medals.

Jeremy Riner – 2nd Forms / 1st Sparring
David Remer – 3rd Forms / 2nd Sparring
Nicholas Hernandez – 3rd Forms / 1st Sparring
Jessica Perry – Qualified for Nationals
Hunter Innis – 3rd Forms / 1st Sparring
KaraLynn Tootle – 1st Forms / 1st Sparring
Kirin Hutson – 2nd Forms / 1st Sparring
Lacy Wallace – 3rd Forms / 2nd Sparring
Michael Gavaghan – 2nd Forms / 1st Sparring
Allyssa Wainwright – 2nd Forms / 1st Sparring
Joshua Waibel – 2nd Forms / 3rd Sparring
Jeffery Dart – 2nd Forms / 1st Sparring

Nationals will be June 30 – July 6th in Fort Lauderdale. The team is currently raising money to get them there. There will be a spaghetti dinner this Saturday May 4th to assist with fundraising. Tickets will be $8 and will include spaghetti, bread, green beans, salad and a dessert. Walk ins will be welcome and pickup times will be between 12-2 or 4-6. If you need tickets they are available through the school or any team member.

Fort Meade Burger King OPENS!

The long wait for Fort Meade residence is now over. Fort Meade Burger King opened Monday April 29th. The center location was chosen to show the chain resturant intends to immerse itself within the community.

The resturant will have many members of management working for the next few weeks while the team members become acclimated.

The store was very busy most of the day and even at 8pm there was a line around the building in the drive through. Proving the residence in town were ready for different food options.

Make sure to support local businesses with community driven work ethics and behaviors!

Local Grocery getting poor reviews from residents after litany of health concerns arise.

The city of Fort Meade, in rural Polk County Florida, has been designated as a Food Desert by the USDA. Food deserts are defined as parts of the country without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, and are usually found in low-income communities. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers, which is the case in Fort Meade, where a former grocery store had been closed and vacant since 2012.

Financing for Fresh Choice Market Place was provided as part of FCLF’s Food Access Program, established to increase access to fresh, healthy foods in low-income, food insecure communities. FCLF has received funding for its Food Access Program from the U.S. Department of Treasury CDFI Fund’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), and from the Florida Healthy Food Financing Initiative (FL-HFFI). These funding sources, along with FCLF’s private capital, deploy flexible financing for projects that provide ready access to fresh foods and can, in turn, improve health indicators such as diabetes and heart disease.

However in the months since the store opening, numerous complaints have come in about the store. Complaints have ranged from poor sanitation, butcher scraps placed in dumpster to rotten meat, selling food out of date, changing sell by dates on food. Many efforts have been made by local citizens to inform the store management about these issues and the change has not been initiated.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Consumer Services. The division serves as the state’s clearinghouse for matters relating to consumer protection, consumer information, and consumer services regardless of whether the specific industry is regulated by the department.

How to file a complaint:

  1. If you would like to file a complaint by mail, please use the attached complaint form. You can attach copies of any supporting documents you feel appropriate – please do not submit original documents. This will ensure that we have all of the required information to effectively assist you.
  2. If you prefer to file your complaint electronically, you can click here to submit your complaint online. When filing online, you will have the option of uploading supporting documents. Once you successfully submit the online form you will automatically be provided an Online Complaint Number as confirmation.

Upon receipt, your complaint will be assigned to a case manager who will review your complaint and take the following action:

  1. If your complaint falls within the jurisdiction of another agency, it will be referred to that agency;
  2. If your complaint falls within thejurisdiction of the department, your case manager will attempt informal mediation to resolve your dispute and evaluate the business for compliance with applicable statutory provisions; or
  3. If your complaint is filed against a business that is not regulated by any federal, state or local governmentagency, your case manager will attempt informal mediation to resolve your dispute.

Photo courtesy of local resident of lunch meat bought Sunday April 28th 2019.

Mrs. Theresa L. “Teri” Roberts, 62

FORT MEADE – Mrs. Theresa L. “Teri” Roberts, 62, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 at her home in Fort Meade, FL. Teri was born June 6, 1956 in Bartow, FL, and was a lifelong resident of Fort Meade. She graduated Fort Meade High School in 1974 and went on to graduate from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and then received her Masters Degree from Weber College in Lake Wales. Teri worked with the Polk County School Board for many years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Lake Shipp Elementary in Winter Haven, Lake Wales High School, and retiring as a guidance counselor at Fort Meade Jr./Sr. High School. She was a member of the Fort Meade Worship Center, where she was the Youth Leader, and a very active church member.

Teri was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Cutchens; mother, Jacqueline “Jackie” Lamb; grandparents, Recer and Eva McDougald; and her father-in-law, Carl Roberts.

She is survived by her loving husband, Donald Roberts; Fort Meade, FL; sons, Bryan Neely and wife Autumn, Cummings, GA, Donny Roberts, Chris Roberts and wife Jessica, all of Fort Meade, FL; daughter, Stacie Harpe and husband Derek, Fort Meade, FL; step-father, Ray Lamb, Fort Meade, FL; mother-in-law, Leola Roberts, Fort Meade, FL; brothers, Stephen Spivey, Stacey Spivey, and Stan Spivey; sister, Tami Gardiner; aunt and uncle, Juanita McDougald Powers and husband Tom, Dahlonega, GA; uncle, Bo McDougald, Raleigh, NC; ten grandchildren, Dustin and wife Jordan, Glavine, Wade, Kaleb, Kamryn, Landon, Annalea, Kadin, Braylon; and one great-grandchild, Jolene.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 307 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, FL. Funeral services will follow in the church sanctuary at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Dan Brockman and Rev. John Arrowood officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.