River of Life pilgrimage broadens to three, shorter New England…

first_imgRiver of Life pilgrimage broadens to three, shorter New England canoe trips in second year Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By David PaulsenPosted Apr 27, 2018 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Pilgrims launch from a dock in Essex, Connecticut, on July 9, 2017, the final day of the River of Life pilgrimage. Photo: Kairos Earth, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] The paddle-carrying Episcopalians who created a church on the water for 40 days last summer are gearing up again to become pilgrims on the River of Life, this time with three shorter canoe and kayak trips in New England.“The 40-day one was an enormous undertaking and something we couldn’t keep going every year,” said the Rev. Stephen Blackmer of Church of the Woods in Canterbury, New Hampshire. “We’re hoping and expecting that we’ll be continuing to do … more bite-size trips.”When Blackmer says “bite-size,” he still envisions immersive natural experiences filled with fellowship, prayer and prayerful silence, as well as overnight stays in churches and at campgrounds. Last year’s Connecticut River pilgrimage has been shortened to nine days in July, with three segments for would-be worshipers to join and ending in western Massachusetts. The Diocese of Rhode Island also is hosting two weekend trips, one in May and the other in September.Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely, who paddled a kayak for the final week of the 2017 River of Life pilgrimage, said the experience made clear to him how a river is like a natural cathedral, a “place where the sacred and secular intersect.”“I was so touched by the response that people had, particularly young adults on the trip,” Knisely said, “that I immediately talked to the leaders and said, could we do something like this in Rhode Island?”Replicating these waterborne pilgrimages always has been part of the plan for River of Life.“It is taking that practice of prayer, silence, contemplative practice into the natural world around us and saying that we can encounter God directly there and appreciate the entry into God that happens in the natural world,” Blackmer said.Blackmer, one of the River of Life organizers through his group Kairos Earth, hopes to produce by this fall a sort of wild pilgrimage guide to distribute to all dioceses of the Episcopal Church. The guide would help others to launch similar pilgrimages anywhere, whether on rivers or in other natural settings.This year’s Rhode Island trips also will serve as training sessions for paddlers who are interested in learning how to recreate such pilgrimages on their own, Knisely said. Six leaders-in-training will be among the 15 paddlers on the first trip, from May 17 to 20 on the Wood River.Knisely plans to join that trip, though he is still debating whether to take a kayak or canoe. He also is trying to convince his 24-year-old daughter to join him. The trip will include overnight stays at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Hope Valley and Christ Church in Westerly, concluding there with a Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday and Knisely preaching.Details, including location, are still being worked out for the second Rhode Island trip, from Sept. 5 to 8. Both trips will cover 20 to 25 miles, with water passages that aren’t too strenuous.Paddling to exhaustion would defeat the purpose. These pilgrimages are slow enough for the pilgrims to pray and silently contemplate their surroundings – the homes along the riverbank, the mist rising off the water, wildlife all around. Knisely recalls the sound of water burbling under his kayak as an eagle flew overhead during the 2017 River of Life pilgrimage.“What struck me was the joy of being disconnected for that week, leaving behind my electronic devices and keeping the Earth’s natural rhythms,” he said. “Being more aware of where the river was carrying us than what news story had broken.”That first-year pilgrimage was a collaboration of all Episcopal dioceses in New England, as well as the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and several conservation groups. It covered more than 400 miles, from the source of the Connecticut River near the Canadian border to Long Island Sound.Only the trip’s guides, Mark and Lisa Kutolowski from Metanoia of Vermont, journeyed the full 40 days. About 55 paddlers joined the trip during various segments. Another 50 to 60 signed on as “pilgrims in prayer,” following along with the River of Life prayer guide. Hundreds more participated along the journey by hosting the pilgrims or attending various celebrations.One memory of the 2017 trip sticks with Blackmer. He was with a group of about 10 canoes and kayaks in the middle of one of the segments in Connecticut when they spotted some activity on land.“There were two people standing on the bank maybe 50 yards away just waving madly,” he said. “They had heard about it and just wanted to come out and participate in that way.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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South American bishops call on governments to stop deforestation

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Rachel FarmerPosted Oct 2, 2019 Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Environment & Climate Change, Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Fires burn in the Amazon rainforest. Photo: NASA via ACNS[Anglican Communion News Service] A group of eight Anglican bishops from five South American countries have issued a joint statement calling for governments to urgently implement zero deforestation following devastation from fires in the Amazon.The bishops, representing indigenous people in churches in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Perú and Uruguay, described the fires as evidence of “human pride and disobedience against God’s command to be stewards of His creation.”Read the full article here. South American bishops call on governments to stop deforestation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Anglican Communion, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC South America Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA last_img read more

Eastern Province of Community of St. Mary leaves The Episcopal…

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service [Episcopal News Service] The Eastern Province of the Community of St. Mary, the oldest Anglican religious order in the United States, has voted to leave The Episcopal Church and join the Anglican Church in North America. The community’s Southern and Western Provinces will remain in The Episcopal Church.In a letter to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry dated April 14, the Rev. Mother Superior Miriam of the Eastern Province, based in upstate New York, said the sisters had been reevaluating the province’s 156-year-old connection to The Episcopal Church for over a year. According to the letter and an accompanying press release, the impetus for the province’s vote was the departure of the Rt. Rev. William Love, the former bishop of Albany who oversaw the province, from The Episcopal Church effective April 2.A Title IV hearing panel had ruled on Oct. 2, 2020, that Love violated church law by prohibiting clergy from using same-sex marriage rites. In an agreement resolving that case, Love resigned as bishop, effective Feb. 1, 2021. On March 30, Love announced he would leave The Episcopal Church effective April 2 and join the ACNA; he now serves as an assisting bishop in its Diocese of the Living Word.In accordance with The Episcopal Church’s canon law (Title III, Canon 14), religious orders are not connected to any particular diocese but operate under the oversight of a bishop visitor, a function Love fulfilled for the Eastern Province until he left The Episcopal Church. The Eastern Province has chosen to follow Love, who will be its bishop visitor in the ACNA.The Eastern Province is based at a convent and farm near Greenwich, New York, where the sisters raise goats. It also has a convent and farm in Luwinga, Malawi, where sisters make clothing and feed orphans, among other ministries.In her letter to Curry, Miriam expressed “deep sorrow and regret” over the outcome of Love’s hearing and said the sisters were choosing “the rich tradition of historic Anglican doctrine and worship” over “the cultural maelstrom many present-day Christian denominations try to accommodate.”When asked whether the province had considered finding a different bishop visitor within The Episcopal Church, Miriam told Episcopal News Service that the House of Bishops’ support for same-sex marriage rites meant that “finding a bishop visitor within The Episcopal Church compatible with our beliefs was unlikely on a permanent basis.”The Eastern Province’s New York property is directly adjacent to the Diocese of Albany’s Christ the King Center, which hosts camps and retreats, sometimes in collaboration with the sisters. Miriam told ENS the sisters’ “relationship with the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany remains cordial.”“We see our ministry alongside Christ the King Center as ecumenical,” she added. “As good neighbors, we will work together when it is mutually beneficial.”Members of the order’s Southern Province, based in Sewanee, Tennessee, released a statement on April 15 emphatically declaring their loyalty to The Episcopal Church, saying they were “going through some initial stages of grief” over the Eastern Province’s departure, but were “not totally surprised by their decision.”“And while we consider their decision grievous and misguided, we also accept that they are not likely to turn away from their present course of action,” Sister Madeleine Mary, prioress, wrote in the statement. “We write, then, to assure you that we, as the Community of St. Mary, will remain faithful to our calling within The Episcopal Church.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Eastern Province of Community of St. Mary leaves The Episcopal Church New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA last_img read more

Congressman Cárdenas Endorses Val Demings

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Congressman Tony Cárdenas Endorses Val Demings in Florida’s 10th Congressional DistrictVal DemingsYesterday Congressman Tony Cárdenas announced his endorsement of Val Demings, former Chief of Police for the City of Orlando and Democratic candidate for the newly-established 10th Congressional District.Cárdenas issued the following statement:“The decision was easy – Val Demings ran in 2012 in a much tougher district, nearly upsetting a well-funded incumbent, showing that she is willing to fight for her community not only when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. Her thirty-year record of public service proves that she will serve as a powerful, unifying voice for the people of Central Florida. I look forward to working together on shared priorities including job creation and expanding educational and workforce training opportunities.”U.S. Representative Tony CárdenasCárdenas has served as the United States Representative for California’s 29th congressional district since January 2013.  California’s 29th congressional district is in the north central San Fernando Valley, and includes the communities of Van Nuys, San Fernando, Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City, Sylmar, and parts of Sun Valley, and North Hollywood.*****The boundaries of Florida’s 10th Congressional District were created by the Florida Supreme Court on December 2, 2015.  Here is a link to the decision.  See page 108 for a map of the Approved Congressional Redistricting Plan.As the map excerpt below shows, the new District 10 takes in all of Northwest, West and Southwest Orange County, including Apopka. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Previous articleLearning and attention issues: A child’s invisible struggle with ADHDNext articleThe Apopka Voice Now Available Via Google News Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more

Warning: Re-posted missing person on social media is a false report

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Social Media Warning:An inactive website called dednews.com is posting false reports of missing persons – including a false report about a missing person named Kitty Collins from Apopka. The site’s false missing persons alert has been re-posted on local Apopka Facebook pages.The Apopka Police Department confirmed there was no missing person report filed on Kitty Collins.The website dednews.com is not active, but a google search of dednews.com will generate several posts with missing persons with the name “kitty collins” from several cities across the United States with the same photo.This is the photo on the Facebook re-post.Opening the post reveals this text:“A apopka woman is missing, and apopka Police Department are urging the public to contact with any information that could lead to her safe return home.kitty collins , has not been in contact with any of her family since Saturday, august 14 at approximately 9 a.m.The woman ’s family says she has not read any of the messages they have sent to her mobile phone.A Missing Person report was filed with the apopka Police Department.If you have seen kitty or have any information about her contact TAPD 12 – 453 -798-5643″ Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFalse Missing Person’s ReportInternet Hoax Previous articleApopka Burglary Report and MapNext articleAnother Tropical System forms in the Gulf Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Apopka’s biggest story of 2017: 11 finalists emerge

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply It was a noteworthy year in Apopka. A mayor’s race began. An iconic commissioner announced his retirement. And Florida Hospital Apopka began a new era.But which was the biggest story in Apopka in 2017?For the past week, The Apopka Voice re-published the most important stories of the year. In readership, Facebook likes, and comments, 11 of the 24 stories that we re-published stood out as the most popular. But which was the most popular? Which was the biggest story?We’ll let the readers decide.Over the next few days, The Apopka Voice will publish a poll which asks you to vote on which story was the biggest of the year. Let us know what you think. On Friday, January 5th we will close the voting and publish the results as well as the winning article.Happy New Year Apopka.Proceed Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBiggest stories of 2017 Previous articleThree more candidates qualify for Apopka electionsNext articleOrange County assistance to Hurricane Maria survivors: By the numbers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Breaking News: Rep. Steve Scalise shot in Virginia

first_img I was so thankful that a warship has been named in honor of former Congress woman, Gabby Giffords as she is such a wonderful inspiration for people who have endured tough struggles to survive and flourish. She is amazing. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply According to both congressional and law enforcement sources, the shooting appears to be a “deliberate attack.”Alexandria police said earlier Wednesday they were responding to a “multiple shooting” in the city. A tweet also said the suspect is in custody “and not a threat.” CNN has reached out to Capitol Hill police for details.The President is monitoring the situation, the White House said in a statement.“The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”Brooks said there were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers lying on the ground, and at least one of them was wounded. The Alabama Republican said he used his belt as a tourniquet to help one of the victims.He said the shooter appeared to be a white male but added that “I saw him for a second or two.” He said the shooter was behind the third base dugout and didn’t say anything.“The gun was a semiautomatic,” Brooks said, adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind. “It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter.”Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in January 2011. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner at a “Congress On Your Corner” event at a Tucson grocery store. Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.Loughner pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.This story is breaking and will be updated. Mama Mia Mama Mia I hope this fellow, Congressman Steve Scalise, will survive, and be okay too. 3 COMMENTS The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate June 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm Breaking News from Alexandria, VAMultiple people shot including law enforcement officersFrom CNN Rep. Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent “deliberate attack.”The shooting took place at a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team.Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.Rep. Steve Scalise Reply June 18, 2017 at 12:51 pm Please enter your name here Reply TAGSBreaking News Previous article43 projects in 12 counties to benefit from cost-share dollarsNext articleNelson reports another solid fundraising month Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm When I first heard about the shooting at the Congressional Baseball game, I thought to myself, how did the guy even know about the ball game that Congress has played since 1909? I had never heard of it, but of course, I don’t keep up with sports, so I asked my husband if he had heard of this annual game between the Republican and Democrat members of Congress, and he had not heard of it…..so, how did the shooter know about it, is what I thought? Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Orange County announces curbside collection schedule

first_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSOrange County Government Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleOrange County announces shelter openings and locations Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the Orange County Public Information OfficeADVISORY: Curbside Collection for Monday, Sept. 11, Moved to Tuesday,  Sept. 12, County Landfill and Transfer Stations to CloseFor remainder of the week, collections will be one day later through Saturday  Due to Hurricane Irma, garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected for residents of unincorporated Orange County on Monday, Sept. 11. Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Collections will be made one day later for the remainder of the week.Customers whose regular collection day is scheduled for Monday should plan to place garbage, recycling, and yard waste at the curb when conditions are safe for collection on Tuesday.Regular setout guidelines will still apply for all collections.The normal service schedule will return the following week beginning Sept. 18.The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and will reopen when conditions are safe.If the storm path projections are altered, further updates will be issued.For more information: call the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601, email [email protected] or go online to www.ocfl.net/GreenClean. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

City Council grills Signature H on New Errol Community Development District

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson was also skeptical of the CRR, and returned to Becker’s theme. “When looking at this as a benefit… as a financial tool… it sounds like the stability, like the longer-term stability, is there… but then we hear it’s not so stable. So that’s what we’re looking for. One question for me is if this is a commonly used and understood tool why wasn’t it brought up while we were going through the process as a tool you may be looking for? If it was simply something that hadn’t been considered at that point, why not? Again, we are looking for stability. Is this an ‘okay this sounds good let’s use this’ situation? I’m not saying you approached it that way, but we have to be convinced because we have to make the decision on behalf of the people. Tell us why it’s only coming up now versus if it was something to be considered along the process? Do you have an answer for that?”Wyzisk responded by explaining that discussing a CDD before now would have been premature. “First, let me just say the project is not contingent on this. We want this. We think it’s better for the project, but this is not a dealbreaker. So bringing this up prior I think wasn’t part of the subject matter. We were there for entitlements, and although financing did come up, we addressed that accordingly. But to get into the granulars of exact ways to start talking about CDD’s at that point, we had not gone this far with Fishkind and Associates to explore it. Of course, we didn’t have our entitlements at that time so just like everything you don’t put the gas down until you know you have a green light. So we got the green light, we put the pedal down and we started digging in. It’s checking the boxes, and it’s a good project for this.” Carmichael, who is the Principal with the Blackwood Holdings Group, the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Developer Capital Investment Committee Advisory Board, added that there are benefits of security the City would experience because of a CDD. “This provides much more comfort for the City because you now have a draw schedule, a process. This is security for the City because it is long-term capital. That’s very important if we go into a slowdown. So any kind of a slowdown, this is the perfect solution for it.”Apopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith pressed Carmichael on his assertion. “I’ve heard a couple of times that if we did a CDD, the City would have no liability. What liability would the City have if we did not go with it? “None,” said Carmichael. “There’s no difference. We don’t give you any less liability, but what does happen is that there is CDD documentation that the CDD has to abide by. Any individuals that are on the board. So minimum infrastructure, flowers, landscaping elements can be established and they have to be abided by.” “We keep on talking about benefit to the City,” said Becker. “The City does not benefit from it. The people that benefit from it are Signature H. I would err on the side of maybe the public would benefit from it if this included some of the amenities… that would be public facing amenities, but we’re talking infrastructure.” Becker asked another question of Shepard about the power of a CDD Board. “So I lean back to the $840 (projected annual assessment for New Errol home buyers) that would be fixed unless we do negotiate. Otherwise, it would be negotiated by what is in the CDD paperwork. From a legal perspective, there was a lot of talks and a lot of back-and-forths when it came to the PUD Master Plan and Developers Agreement (DA). From a legal perspective, what powers does a CDD Board have against agreements in place like a PUD Master Plan and a Developer’s Agreement?” “Developers are still held to the terms of the Developer’s Agreement, typically. And I say typically because I too have done CDD’s that didn’t work out during the crash, but the way it was done then, when disclosure was a thing… was in the DA. It said ‘by the way we anticipate coming to you after you approve this and go forward with the CDD, because it’s critical to our infrastructure financing.’ The reason they did that and did so freely and in full disclosure was because they owned all of the property. Here that’s not the case. So the question which was kind of glossed over in my view was why didn’t this come up before now? So is it a possibility it might work? Absolutely. Can it be done in a way that makes sense? I think it can. I’m not telling you not to do it, but what you’re getting now is a lot of surface, but there is a lot of digging to be done before you can say yes.” Although the workshop ended with no consensus to either advance or shutdown the New Errol CDD, Wyzisk was pleased with the outcome.“It was a productive workshop, and we’re encouraged by the dialogue both during and since. Once it was clearly understood that the CDD does not affect any of the 2400+ residents living inside existing Errol Estate — all parties began to absorb the purpose and logic of a CDD. It is a tool used by the most experienced developers in Florida and many of the best-selling projects. Our team wouldn’t suggest using this tool if it wasn’t the best option for both the immediate and long-term success of New Errol.”Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, however, believes more information will be needed to make a decision.“We still have a lot of unanswered questions that need to be addressed before we move forward with the New Errol CDD proposal.”Wyzisk is eager to continue the process.“The purpose of the workshop was to discuss, educate and generate questions. We successfully achieved that, and it’s now our responsibility to continue providing Council the information needed to move forward. We look forward to this process and are confident the outcome will be positive.”To gain approval, the City Council would have to vote in favor of the proposal at two separate meetings. Errol wants this approved   An Apopka City Council workshop is typically a time to learn about an issue in an informal and laid-back setting. There are no votes, although a consensus on how to move forward is a typical conclusion. Workshops rarely create tension except for the occasional cut to a department head’s budget, and city attorneys rarely go beyond a sentence or two in reply to a question by Council.But none of that applies when Signature H brings its New Errol project to the City Council.On April 11th, Helmut Wyzisk III, Vice President of Signature H Property Group, brought a team of attorneys, architects, economic, and investment consultants to present the New Errol plan to the City Council and a crowd of over 400 residents at the Apopka Community Center, many dressed in blue Staghorn t-shirts showing their support both visually, verbally, and passionately. Ultimately, the City Council approved their Planned Unit Development (PUD) and gave them the rezoning needed for the re-development of the existing Errol Estate into New Errol and the Staghorn Club and Lodge.  Several meetings that preceded the final approval followed that pattern of multiple presentations, extreme community support, and affirmative votes. But at the Wednesday afternoon workshop following a long City Council meeting, no supporters were wearing blue Staghorn t-shirts, and Wyzisk only brought two members of his team –  Bob Carmichael of Developer Capital, and Russell Edghill of Fishkind and Associates.“New Errol proposes to form a community development district to enhance the quality of the redevelopment and to assure New Errol’s infrastructure,” Wyzisk said in a statement the day before the meeting. “Especially its critical stormwater and lake systems, which are operated and maintained in perpetuity.” According to Signature H, the estimated average assessment for New Errol residents will be $840 per year, which is projected to finance approximately $21-million in public infrastructure.  This assessment would not include current Errol residents.According to the Florida Legislature’s website, a CDD is a local, special-purpose government framework authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes as amended, and is an alternative to municipal incorporation for managing and financing infrastructure required to support the development of a community. “This is something that is being proposed by Signature H,” said Community Development Director Jim Hitt at the beginning of the workshop. “There is still a lot of research to be done, and legal opinions to be drawn by attorneys before deciding if giving municipal powers to an independent group is good or not.” Wyzisk opened Signature H’s presentation with a disclosure that the CDD would only apply to New Errol, not to existing Errol Estate homeowners. “One thing I want to make very clear is that we are setting up the same boundaries that we had in our concept plan. This will not be applicable to any residents that are currently in Errol Estate. This is only for New Errol and the future residences.” Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, the most vocal critic of Signature H on the City Council, asked the first question, which would prove to be a recurring theme. “My first reaction is why is this needed? During public comment at the last meeting, there was a lot of reference to financing that was already in place, one of which was infrastructure. So why are we coming back and using an alternative form of financing rather than the letters of intent described at the previous council meeting?”Edghill, who is an economic consultant for Fishkind and Associates, explained that the CRR model is what makes the most sense for the New Errol project. “The developer has assembled a team. And the team includes Fishkind and Associates along with others who have helped developers throughout the state advance their vision to develop infrastructure much along the same lines as we are contemplating today. So in the process of embarking on exploring the different iterations of how to do this, there are models of how best these deals get done.” Becker also questioned how a CDD is created. He asked Apopka City Attorney Cliff Shepard about that, and Shepard not only answered Becker’s question but expanded the discussion into another area.“From a legal perspective… from a trustee relationship… are the rules statutorily driven by the creation of a CDD like this?” “Some of both,” said Shepard. The statute describes how you create the CDD. A trustee has his own statute, but the CDD tells you the process by which you create the fund. It’s not that you’re not being told accurate information, but you’re definitely not being told all the information.”In what sense? Edgehill asked. “How many of these CDs have been created since 2008 in the state? Shepard replied to Edghill. “I don’t know,” Edghill said. “Three-fourths (of the CDD’s) have been created between 2006 and 2008. Three-fourths of them. Do you agree? Is that a true statement?” “Possibly,” said Edghill. “So the question is since 2008, which was the crash, who is using them today?” Shepard asked. “I don’t have that information available,” said Edghill. “I think that everyone will find that enlightening,” said Shepard. “But here’s the point, this is something that is going to take a lot of investigation in my opinion as your counsel than a work session, particularly given the lack of understanding by those people we saddle with this tax burden which was never mentioned as even a possibility at any of the meetings. And I know because I attended all of them.”According to the floridacddreport website: “There are 600 Community Development Districts in Florida, 438 of which were begun between 2003-2008. They have issued $6.5 billion in municipal bonds to finance their infrastructure. Since the collapse of the housing market, over 168 of these districts are in default on $5.1 billion of bonds and, in many cases, the project developer is in financial distress as well. Since some 204 of these projects were launched in 2006 through 2008, all have not yet completed their infrastructure build out, so they have not yet defaulted.” June 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm Barbara 2 COMMENTS Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The City Council grills? I like my steaks well done, if you council members are cookin’……lol Happy Birthday to Young Sheldon ( although, I don’t know how much longer I can keep referring to you as young…LOL)center_img  Apopka City Commissioner Alice Nolan echoed the website’s findings. “In the research I did, 40% of the CDD’s are filing for bankruptcy, with more to follow. What do you have for safety measures so you don’t fall into the same trap the others have fallen into?” “To address this you have to look at the project in question,” said Edghill. “Where is it being built? A small proponent is lodging. There’s an assisted living component to it, I think there’s a clear precedent for that. You look at the demographic trends in the state, socio-economic trends. There is clearly a need for that. I think it’s reasonable to think that an assisted living component has merit. The residential component of the project with the revitalization of the golf course and the whole vision I think this project aspires to do that. I think that it’s a manageable element to only build 260 homes. I think the market can absorb that.”  Wyzisk also had figures from a CDD study by Thompson Reuters & Bloomberg (as of 12/31/2017) that he cited after the workshop.“The CDD market is very strong. Since 2011, the CDD tax-exempt volume tops $5.1 billion including nearly $2.8 billion in new money issuance. Both 2016 and 2017 topped $1B in aggregate volume each year, with well over 100 new money land deals issued during that span. In addition, substantially all distressed real estate projects that utilized CDD financing have been repositioned.”   “I don’t think any of us are against this,” said Nolan. “We think New Errol is great. It helps Apopka. That’s not the issue. We just want to make sure whatever is put in is sustainable. That is our biggest issue.” Edghill responded by explaining how the process suits the addition of a CDD to this project. Reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate  “As the developer embarks on this, they’re not going to get permanent capital on day one,” said Edghill. “They won’t be able to raise all of the dollars on day one, which is why this tool exists. You just create a more efficient system. You’re issuing it on a fixed rate basis and with time certainty. All of the safeguards as it relates to debt and manageability of debt. Having something like an adjustable rate mortgage where your rate can change in three years. Or if a bank changes their mind and decides ‘I don’t like this business anymore.’ These things happen.” Please enter your comment! 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first_img The Anatomy of Fear Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has said New Yorkers fleeing Democratic Gov. Anthony Cuomo’s quarantine restrictions flooded the Sunshine State in March, dramatically swelling the disease’s outbreak in south Florida.Cuomo blamed open “beaches in Florida” for inspiring youthful protesters in New York City to not wear masks.Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, a former two-term Florida governor, vocally has been opposed to a proposed $3 billion COVID-19 bill that includes assistance for state and local governments, which has been referred to as a “blue state bailout.”Cuomo responded by accusing Scott of “playing the American people” by claiming New York receives more than it pays in federal taxes, noting it is among “donor” states that contribute far more in taxes than it receives in federal services.On Monday, the Florida-New York dispute surfaced in the U.S. Senate, when Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s minority leader, called on the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate Florida’s much-maligned unemployment system.In a letter to Inspector General Scott Dahl, Schumer joined Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in requesting an inquiry into U.S. DOL oversight of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), which administers the state’s unemployment system.DEO’s CONNECT unemployment website collapsed in March, when it was deluged by newly jobless applicants, creating a backlog that persists.“While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment, Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits,” their letter said.Schumer and Wyden maintain despite unemployment claims sharply increasing, “Florida’s Unemployment Trust Fund grew in size between March 1st and April 16th (by nearly $17 million). The most recent data available from the U.S. Treasury Department shows Florida is the only state in the nation whose trust fund gained money during that time period.”DEO’s Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard reported Monday that 2.015 of 2.169 million – or 92.5 percent – of “confirmed unique” claims filed by state residents since March 15 had been processed, with 1.248 million – or 92.5 percent – of “eligible claimants” receiving payments totaling $4.619 billion.DEO’s numbers, however, do not include nearly 500,000 people deemed ineligible for state benefits, as well as hundreds of thousands more who are apparently still waiting for claims to be processed.Florida Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson posts a daily #PayTheClaimsNow Unemployment Benefits Watch notice. On Monday, “Day 92,” she listed the number of Floridians “still waiting for payment” at 920,504.DeSantis dismissed Schumer’s and Wyden’s concerns about Florida’s unemployment system Monday as “very partisan.”“Are they U.S. Senators from Florida?” DeSantis asked during a news conference in Doral. “I’ve never heard of partisan politics in Washington, D.C., before. Oh, my goodness, can you imagine that?”DeSantis has ordered a state inspector general investigation into the $77 million CONNECT system he inherited from Scott, which he’s described as “designed to fail.”DeSantis has called the CONNECT website, built by DeLoitte Consulting in 2013, “the equivalent of throwing a jalopy into the Daytona 500.”Since March, DeSantis has authorized at least $100 million to upgrade the website, purchased 72 servers, reassigned 2,000 state workers to help DEO and tapped Department of Management Services Secretary Jon Satter to manage it.“It’s going to take time,” DeSantis said Monday of the probe.Meanwhile, DeSantis added, “We’ve really been able to pick this thing off the mat. We’re going to do more.” TAGSfloridaSenator Chuck SchumerThe Center SquareUnemployment System Previous articleFlorida gas prices could soon return to $2 a gallonNext articleWhat else could 2020 bring to Florida? Genetically altered, lab bred mosquitoes Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By John Haughey | The Center SquareFlorida and New York politicians have been trading barbs for weeks about how leaders in both states have handled the COVID-19 emergency. Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 In this image from video, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Senate Television via APlast_img read more