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Broward County Crime Commission to Host Webinar: Active Shooters Among Us: Are the Solutions that Complex?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As part of its Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series, the Broward County Crime Commission is hosting a preemption and prevention-based webinar to analyze outside the box solutions to stop Active Shooter tragedies. 15 of the most renowned experts in the country are participating.

WHAT: Are the Solutions that Complex: Active Shooters Among Us

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

WHERE: ZOOM Webinar Platform

TIME: 7:50 a.m. to Noon EDT


Crime Commission Director/CEO, James DePelisi, was quoted as saying, "These Active Shooter killings are becoming an epidemic of great proportions. If School Districts, Public Safety, and Behavioral Health Specialists work closer together, to implement Intelligence Gathering solutions, these tragedies can certainly be mitigated. But it will require the proverbial Team Effort approach. It is not that complex. To quote Steve Jobs, Let's Think Different...Together"

Four Tracks on the Day: 3 panels, 1 presentation, and 15 speakers.

* Panel I: Artificial Intelligence Concepts and Intelligence Gathering Techniques;

* Panel II: Root Causes of Active Shooter events.

* Dual Presentation: How to Talk to Children about Active Shooter Tragedies;

* Panel III: Survivors from the Highland Park Illinois, July 4th shooting, discuss how they are coping and moving forward. Hear their stories.



7:50 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Opening Comments, James DePelisi, Broward County Crime Commission

8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. - Panel I:

Educators, Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategies to INTERCEPT Active Shooter Killers

* Retired District Attorney, Matt Mangino, Lawrence County, PA

* Dr. Allison Paolini, Assistant Professor of School Counseling, Program Director, Arkansas State University

* J.T. Wilkins, Senior Vice President of Government Solutions, Zero Eyes

* Marisa R. Randazzo, Ph.D., Director of Threat Assessment Georgetown University

* Ret. Colonel Alvin Pollock, Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO)

MODERATOR: James DePelisi, Director/CEO, Broward County Crime Commission

BREAK: 8:55 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. - Panel II:

Are Guns the Root Cause of Active Killer Events?

* Analysis and Debate

* Mr. John Lott, President, Crime Prevention Research Center

* Dr. Ragy Girgis, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and New York State Psychiatric Institute

MODERATOR: James DePelisi, Director/CEO, Broward County Crime Commission

BREAK: 9:55 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. - Dual Presentation:

How to Talk to Your Children about Active Killer Tragedies

* Dr. Thomas DeMaria, National Center for School Crisis & Bereavemet

* Dr. Robin Gurwitch, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

BREAK: 10:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. to Noon - Panel III:

Survivors of Active Shooter Attacks - Hear How They Cope and Move Forward

* Mr. David Sallak, Citizen, Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th Shooting

* Mr. Tony Brosio, Citizen, Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th Shooting

* Ms. Nancy Rotering, Mayor, Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th Shooting

* Mr. Eric Graves, Community Journalist, FOX 59 TV, Indianapolis, on Behalf of the Citizens of the Greenwood Park Mall Shooting, Indiana

MODERATOR: Ms. Sandra Welch, Vice Mayor City of Coconut Creek

About the Broward County Crime Commission:

Founded in 1976, by Proclamation of the citizenry of south Florida, the Broward County Crime Commission is one of 22 Citizen Crime Commissions in America, and the fifth oldest in the United States. Its mission is to assess and evaluate crime, and social issues which can transpire into crime, within Broward County (and the state of Florida, in general), and to work in concert with the General Public, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice System to derive preemptive and preventive solutions to such crimes, through Behavioral Health Analytics, Academic Programs, and Community Outreach Programs.

About the Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series:

The Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series was conceived to narrow the gap, and finite the correlation between Behavioral Health issues and Crime, so that such crimes can be prevented and preempted. Since November of 2013, the Crime Commission has hosted and executed a body of work comprising more than 40 webinars and conferences, in the areas of: Active Shooter Events, Verbal De-escalation and Conflict Resolution, Narcotics Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Workplace Violence, Societal Violence, School Campus Violence, Juvenile Violence, Crimes Against Children of Autism, Hate Crime Violence, Sextortion, and Cyber Crime Ransomware Extortion. More than 7,000 people have attended these acclaimed forums; and more than 700 speakers and judges have participated. Attendees and panel participants include: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Sociologists, Social Workers, Journalists, Law Enforcement Administrators, Judges, Criminal Justice Members, Front Line First Responders, Prosecutors, Defense Attorney's, Doctors, Nurses, Academia, Educators, and the General Public.


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Jacksonville Tree Service Experts Helps Homeowner Create Room for New Fence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Adalyn Cooper finally decided to improve his privacy last week, the first idea was to build a fence. However, when Cooper sat down to plan his wall, the homeowner realized a wall was impossible until he removed four trees in the way of the property development project, said Jacksonville Tree Service Experts.

"The family's idea was to get a team to bring the trees down and open up the space for a stone wall construction," said Adalyn. "After years of working with Jacksonville Tree Service Experts and enjoying the company's results with every procedure, the family did not have to look for a different team."

The homeowner noted that he requested a tree removal quotation when he called Jacksonville Tree Service Experts. However, when the company sent a professional to his landscape to analyze the situation, Cooper reportedly settled for tree transplanting.

"The family had never heard about mature tree transplanting," said Cooper. "However, the idea of keeping the trees and opening the landscape for the fence construction project sounded good. While the tree transplanting procedure would be more expensive than the tree removal, the family knew the value of the trees would be preserved."

To see all the services offered by Jacksonville Tree Service Experts, visit the company's website:

The homeowner noted that his family wanted to initiate the fence construction as soon as possible.

"When the family informed Jacksonville Tree Service Experts that the fence was supposed to start soon," said Cooper, "the official sent to provide a quotation surprised everyone mentioning that the tree transplanting procedure would be initiated the same day."

Jacksonville Tree Service Experts reportedly started the tree transplanting procedure at 2 pm, just 30 minutes after Cooper's family had accepted the quotation provided by the company.

"The family knew that the tree transplantation would be complicated," said Cooper. "In the family's mind, the company would dig manually to uproot the trees together with their roots. However, the family was confused when the company's tree removal team arrived on the landscape with advanced tree maintenance gear."

The homeowner told reporters that while he had expected the company to take hours on the tree uprooting alone, the company spent less than an hour on the first tree.

"The company brought a special machine they used to dig the hole where the transplanted tree would end up," said Cooper. "The chief of field operations had one of his arborists analyze the trees and estimate the depth they would need to dig the hole. Next, they used a special machine to uproot the tree. The special machine did more than uproot the tree-it also loaded the tree on a truck that transported it to its new location."

The homeowner noted that the company returned earlier today to complete the tree transplanting procedure.

"The company arrived on the landscape at around 7 am," said Cooper. "The goal of doing this was to ensure that the tree removal team would find everyone at home since the company knew the family would be leaving for an event."

The homeowner noted that the company did an impressive job with the remaining trees. Cooper was amazed that the company completed the transplanting of 3 mature trees in the space of 4 hours.

"Having well-maintained tree service gear," said Cooper, "and a team with years of experience has always worked great for Jacksonville Tree Service Experts. The family will always keep using the company's services and will further recommend these services to others."

Jacksonville Tree Service Experts has its base of operation at 14382 Pelican Bay Ct, Jacksonville, FL 32224, United States. Homeowners interested in the company's services can dial +1 904-867-3524 or send an email to

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Eliminating Bias in Employment Hiring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Black people routinely face discrimination in the hiring process. Sometimes this happens because of a conscious bias. However, unconscious bias frequently occurs due to people's tendency to hire people like themselves, according to job site Trove Talent.

Potential employers often skip over applicants with better skills and more relevant experience for a specific job if their resume reveals one or more of the six common contributors to bias.

A Better Way for Employers to Hire.

Trove Talent brings a new approach to the problem of initial bias in the hiring process with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Trove Talent's proprietary algorithm.

Trove Talent rates and ranks all job candidates according to how well their abilities, skills, and talents match the specific requirements for an employer's open job position. Then, Trove Talent removes the six most common causes of bias in an organization's talent recruitment thinking, resume review procedures, interview consideration process, and hiring practices.

By eliminating the bias (conscious or unconscious), Trove Talent's new website helps firms find the talent they've been missing and leads employers to hire the best candidate for the job regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or age.

Because Trove rates and ranks job seekers on their talents, more people get through the screening process providing for "real" equal opportunity employment.

A Better Way for Job Seekers to Get Hired.

For job seekers, Trove Talent is like having a personal job recruiter working for them 24/7.

Traditional job search sites require a candidate to search through hundreds of job listings and submit their resume through an online portal. Trove Talent constantly scans and categorizes open job positions that best match each person's job abilities, preferences, skills, talents, and compensation requirements.

Should an employer want to interview a top-ranked candidate for a specific job, Trove lets the job seeker know, empowers the job seeker to decide if the job is a good match, and initiate the conversation with the potential employer.

"The current gap for technical talent in the marketplace will grow with 50% of the workforce expected to move into more technical roles," said Kelly Smith, co-founder. "Trove Talent helps firms fill this gap by finding the technical talent that often gets overlooked because of unintended bias. Diversity of thought is critical to the success of any business. Good employers embrace diversity because it leads to new ideas and perspectives. And, despite the strides made at progressive firms to minimize bias in the interview decision process, many hiring and talent acquisition leaders remain frustrated by the fundamental flaws in how talent recruitment works today. This is why we created Trove Talent."

And while Trove's objective isn't as lofty as Google's to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible, it is to help one person at a time to be recognized for their true talents and break through the glass ceiling of discrimination.

About Trove Talent:

Trove Talent helps hiring managers attract a diversity of talent for open job positions and ensure candidates with the skills and talent that best match the specific requirements for available jobs get considered based solely on the talent and potential they offer.

By eliminating bias in recruitment thinking, resume review procedures, and the interview consideration process, Trove Talent's website removes less-qualified candidates from the consideration and helps find better-qualified talent for consideration and selection.

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Bellvue Rush Is Bringing the Investment Strategies of the 1 Percent to Everyone

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Bellvue Rush announced today that the options that have only been available to the highest earners must now be made accessible to everyone. The plan is to do so through access to information, as that has only been available to those with the best accountants to date.

When people plan for retirement, most tend to go the standard route of the qualified plan, typically the 401(k). But no savvy investor would consider that the best course of action, as these plans carry the financial risk of the markets in case of collapse, while taxes will be paid on the full plan, including any growth. Furthermore, a qualified plan is full of restrictions, as the funds that can be placed into the plan are limited, the money cannot be touched for a certain period of time without penalty, and at some point, a minimum amount of the funds must be withdrawn.

But there is a better way, and Bellvue Rush wants to ensure that people are aware when planning their financial future. An IGIC (an investment-grade insurance contract) is considered a tax-free event and offers considerable advantages. As a life insurance contract, it enjoys a contractually guaranteed rate of return, therefore enjoying a real advantage over a 401(k), as it will not collapse if the market does. Moreover, an IGIC has significantly fewer restrictions. Perhaps most importantly, when funds are placed into the account, the taxes are taken first, and then the premiums paid, at which point taxes are by and large done.

The account holder is able to then use the funds to make investments, the gains of which are tax-free as they are part of the life insurance policy. Not only can the funds be used to invest without being subject to taxes, but the insurance policy continues to pay the rate of return on the account as if the funds were still in the account. The same money is now generating income from two sources. The IGIC has an additional advantage in that it can make every investment that a 401(k) is able to, as well as some investments that go beyond the scope of a qualified plan.

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About Bellvue Rush:

Bellvue Rush was founded on the principle that people who work hard and do all the right things should have access to the same investment strategies and vehicles as the ultra-wealthy. While many specific investments can do well, without a plan in place the potential is limited. Rather than point investors in one direction or another, Bellevue Rush takes a holistic view of investment, using programs based on foundational tax law in conjunction with federal statutory codes to put investors in the best possible position.

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Modern Foot & Ankle Opens New Clinic, Offers Evening Hours In Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Modern Foot & Ankle is moving on up-to Wesley Chapel. Today the Central Florida podiatric group expands further into Pasco County by launching its eleventh clinic.

Ryan Haaksma, DPM, relocated from Chicago to bring his medical expertise to the group's newest location. He says he is excited to trade in the snow for a warm climate and friendly faces.

"Wesley Chapel is a rapidly growing community with a large family presence," said Dr. Haaksma. "There are a lot of outdoor activities. It's a challenging but rewarding opportunity to use the techniques I've learned to keep everyone walking pain-free."

Dr. Haaksma trained at one of the top orthopedic systems in the Midwest and under some of the most respected foot and ankle surgeons in the country at Rush University Medical Center. There, he learned a wide range of advanced options for conservative treatment and surgical intervention.

Now, by joining Modern Foot & Ankle, Dr. Haaksma has the support to deliver the highest quality care.

"Modern Foot & Ankle provides the infrastructure to allow me to practice with the most up-to-date technology to treat patients efficiently and obtain the best outcomes," he said.

From an early age, Dr. Haaksma knew he wanted to be in medicine. One of his first jobs was as a podiatric assistant.

"At the podiatry office I worked at, I had some wonderful mentors who took me under their wing," he said. "With their guidance, I realized how rewarding and beneficial a career in podiatry could be."

Dr. Haaksma says it's a great feeling of accomplishment to have worked his way from the bottom to the top.

"Besides my beautiful family, it is what I'm most proud of," he added.

The clinic is located in the plaza at 5841 Argerian Dr. in Wesley Chapel. Dr. Haasma offers evening hours because he believes creating an experience based on convenience and ease is a key component of a patient-centric approach, in addition to a welcoming demeanor.

"My greatest strength is listening to my patients and working together to come up with a treatment plan that works best for their goals," he said. "The most rewarding part of being a podiatrist is meeting a patient who's seen multiple providers without ideal results and being able to provide them with the results they've been wanting for years."

Patients who would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Haaksma can book online at or call 1-844-MODERN9.

About Modern Foot & Ankle(r)

Through Big-City Technology. Small-Town Care.(r) Modern Foot & Ankle is reshaping the patient experience and curating a progressive model for podiatric healthcare. Our physicians provide comprehensive medical and surgical solutions for foot and ankle conditions in clinics across Central Florida. With 24/7 online booking and check-in, extended office hours, advanced on-site equipment, and cutting-edge treatment options, Modern Foot & Ankle serves patients efficiently, comfortably, and on their schedule. For more information, visit

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Spodak Dental Group Earns Nationwide Invisalign® Provider’s Highest Honor, VIP: Diamond Plus

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Spodak Dental Group has been named a VIP: Diamond Plus Provider of Invisalign® for 2022, which is the highest honor on the Invisalign® provider rankings.

There are only about 30 general dentists in North America who have earned the VIP: Diamond Plus distinction, and this elite designation is rewarded to those practitioners who provide unparalleled results in terms of treating patients with the best braces alternative system in the world. There are more than 40,000 Invisalign providers in the United States, but only less than 1% of those perform well enough to be named a VIP: Diamond Plus provider.

"It's an amazing honor to earn this coveted distinction, but we are more so excited for our family of patients and partnering with them on their smile journey. We are proud to be able to provide unparalleled dental care and help them achieve the straight and healthy smile of their dreams, all by offering this comfortable, proven and effective teeth-straightening method," said Dr. Craig Spodak, general dentist at Spodak Dental Group.

VIP: Diamond Plus status is the Top 1% status that an Invisalign Provider can earn, as it requires that an office completes 200 cases every six months. The accreditation comes from Invisalign, and it gives a clear indication of an office's experience and expertise working with the Invisalign system. To date, the Spodak Dental Group team has successfully treated more than 2,300 patients.

Spodak Dental Group is the only general dental office to earn the VIP: Diamond Plus status in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin Counties. The team of dentists conveniently offers current and future new patients both Invisalign® Adult and Teen treatments, and provides virtual appointments for those patients who wish to avoid in-office appointments.

Invisalign® effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite, and consists of smooth, comfortable plastic aligners instead of sharp metal, reducing irritation on your teeth and gums.

In addition to being a VIP: Diamond Plus Provider, the Spodak Dental Group uses the iTero® Digital Scanning System to provide great quality of care and comfort for their patients. The System eliminates the need for messy putty in the patient's mouth by creating a 3-D digital impression of his/her teeth. The System offers a faster and more comfortable experience with more accurate results, which delivers a more precise fit for the Invisalign® aligners.

Spodak Dental Group is currently helping patients begin their Invisalign® treatment for $0 down and $243 per month for 24 months, interest free. Average treatment time at the Spodak Dental Group is 10 months for adults, which is significantly less than traditional metal braces, in addition to being less expensive than braces.

The Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, has evolved to become South Florida's premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists, as well as one of the nation's only in-office dental labs.

Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call or text (561) 303-2413 or visit for more information or to schedule a virtual or in-office appointment.

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Buchholz Paint & Autobody now approved as a Porsche Approved Collision Center

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- BUCHHOLZ PAINT AND AUTOBODY of GAINESVILLE is now an approved Porsche collision center, which ensures customers that their collision repairs will adhere to the latest industry quality and safety standards. This new certification guarantees that collision repairs will be performed according to Porsche's repair protocol by a properly trained and qualified technician, using the correct tools and equipment for the job.

A Porsche isn't just transportation. You can't be casual about a Porsche. A luxury car deserves the best treatment and highly qualified experts to look after it - especially after an accident.

"At Buchholz Paint & Autobody, we understand that you want to return to the exquisite driving experience offered by your Porsche as soon as possible," said Brad Buchholz. "That's why we ensure all of our technicians are fully trained and certified to repair luxury vehicles like yours. It's part of our commitment to offer the best service possible to our customers. Our auto body shop in Gainesville can provide you with a written estimate that will detail the repair recommendations to restore your Porsche to a like-new condition."

Buchholz Paint & Autobody is the leading auto body repair center serving Northern Florida. With hundreds of 5-star ratings on Google, we continue to exceed expectations with our quality workmanship, professional technicians, and excellent customer service. Our shop is certified "Gold Class" by I-CAR, which is the highest rating a business can achieve in regards to training in the collision repair industry. We ensure each of our technicians have the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to expertly repair luxury vehicles, so you can feel confident leaving your beloved Porsche vehicle in our hands.

This approval by Porsche adds to the group of manufacturers who have approved certification of Buchholz Paint & Autobody, currently approved by Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Alfa Romeo, Ford, GM, Fiat/Chrysler, Kia, Hyundai, Subaru and Nissan GTR.

Buchholz Paint and Autobody, 4340 NE 49th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609; Phone: 352-373-5482, Fax: 352-373-8366.

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E3 Association Announces Changes in Staff with Newer Versions of the E3 Brands

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- E3 Association, a purveyor of online and offline hybrid membership programs, announced additions and changes in staff and new innovative versions of their divisional brands today.

Brand Consolidation

For some time, the E3 Board of Directors and the team have been planning the consolidation of several brands into a single platform. All the off-roading brands (overland and offroad) will be merged into a single platform, giving members more access to unique content, events, and product deals. Including future, side-by-side, motorsports, and more, 10Xing members experience for the same price, which will include more experts and more content contributors.

E3 has recently signed agreements with multiple billion-dollar and multi-million-dollar companies, with more on the horizon in the near term.

"These strategic partners and joint ventures will bring unprecedented horsepower to the E3 brands and their customers. We have now been aligned with very close strategic partners to bring to our customers a new level of products, services, retail products, events, parks, experiences, publications, media, and more," said CEO Brian Johnson. "Therefore, we must evaluate all activities from brands and partners to ensure cohesiveness and strategic alignment."

E3 has worked directly with one of the most significant underwriters to bring an Overlanding, Offroading, and RVing roadside assistance program and extended warranty program specifically built for the industry and its members.

"We at Ignition Dealer Services are proud and excited to be part of the E3 Brands and look forward to a long prosperous future together. Not many companies bring the level of quality and excitement as E3 Does. The following years of plans and growth will take the industry by storm," said Spencer Walters, CEO of Ignition Dealer Services.

Company Releases and Financial Information

E3 Association is on the verge of some significant announcements and releases over Q3 and Q4; however, E3 Association has dispelled the rumors of taking the company public and vows to keep the company privately held by founders and partners. It is fully funded by the founders and continues to grow. We are constantly adding new product partners, and more brands are on the horizon that will continue the growth of the brands and divisions. The company's revenue has more than doubled from fiscal 2021 to halfway through fiscal 2022.

Staff Additions and Changes

E3 is proud to announce, as of the first half of the fiscal year 2022, additions to the executive level staff:

* Joshua Volpe - Vice President of Marketing

* Ari Adler - Vice President of Member Experience

* Lou Desmond - Director of Public Relations

* Peter Vogle - Chief of Marketing Copy

* Mathew Lambright - Director of Photography

Brad Kowitz (E3 Overland Association) is no longer part of the E3 Association conglomerate or brands and partners. Brad brought incredible talent and the ability to create amazing videos and experiences for the overland community. E3 will miss him and his contributions. There is no doubt Brad will be able to continue his personal journey at an incredible new level for many years to come, and all of us at E3 wish him well and will continue to support him in any way possible.

About E3 Association:

E3 Association is a purveyor of online and offline hybrid membership programs, bringing unique experiences to the different outdoor lifestyles and sports vertices. E3 Association and its family of brands are here to empower, educate and entertain through each entity of E3 Association. Each of our brands offers the tools to help discover, create, and improve your passion and experience. To learn more, visit today.

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Thousands Expected to March on DeSantis This Weekend for Reproductive Rights

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Thousands of people this weekend are expected to March on Ron DeSantis, the Capitol and the Supreme Court of Florida, Bans Off Our Bodies Florida announced today. Fed up with the way that the Republican government is treating their rights, they are prepared to show the governor their displeasure with numbers.

What: Thousands to March on Governor's Mansion

When: August 27, 2022

"I think that the consistent insults that come from Tallahassee have worn down the patience of the people of Florida," Laura Lippo, one of the organizers said of the March, "and they are ready to show Ron that attacking our bodily autonomy is the last straw."

"Our main message is that he, and his fellow lawmakers, need to make a declaration, with actions to match, that they will support the people of this state under no uncertain terms by declining all legislation that prevents the right to choose." Laura concluded.

DeSantis has continued to uncharacteristically remain relatively quiet on the subject, only saying that he would, "work to expand pro-life protections." Most political scholars feel this is to avoid the election year controversy that largely favors the opposing view.

The peaceful protest on Saturday is pressuring the governor to make his stand.

"The constitution of Florida states, 'Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person's private life'," Emmie Reed, another organizer of the March said, "what we are asking of Ron DeSantis is to enforce our Constitutional rights."

Bans Off Our Bodies Florida is a campaign led by abortion rights supporters. It is a movement for reproductive rights and healthcare with rallies across the state which are intended to send a message loud and clear: All people deserve access to abortions when they need it and in the communities they live in.


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RMA Hired by Haines City for CRA Professional Consulting Services

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The award-winning economic development firm, RMA (, is proud to announce the firm has been hired by Haines City, Florida for professional consulting services to help execute the CRA 5-Year Strategic Implementation and Financing Plan. The plan will focus on key areas of the CRA, including Downtown, the Lake Eva Community Center and redevelopment within the East and Oakland Neighborhoods.

"We are honored to be working with the leadership of Haines City," said Allison Justice, RMA Senior Associate. "Our team will be utilizing the current redevelopment plans to focus on several target projects within the CRA to enhance the tax base and quality of life in the city."

Located in Polk County, in the heart of the state, Haines City is twenty-five miles inland from the Tampa Bay area and is a popular destination for both family and retirement residences.

The goal of the plan is to increase the tax base by implementing projects that will offer the most positive impact. By defining the investment plan, the CRA is better positioned to market and promote the area, leading to business attraction and redevelopment. The Financing Plan provides the associated funding sources while creating a transparent financial document that clearly demonstrates the investments the CRA intends to make year after year.

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of leading experts in economic development, real estate for governments, marketing, urban design, and financial analysis. RMA, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida is a highly experienced, full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. The co-founders are also the authors of one of the definitive books about city redevelopment, "Reinventing Your City: 8 Steps to Turn Your City Around."

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