U.S. House District 20 primary winners to face Libertarian Mike ter Maat in January

Mike ter Maat, District 20 Congressional Candidate

With some vote-by-mail ballots still to be counted, Republican Jason Mariner has handily won. At press time, Democrats Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness are too close to call and will trigger an automatic recount and potentially a run-off vote. The winner of the Democrat primary will face Mariner and Libertarian Mike ter Maat in the January 11, 2022, general special election to fill the seat. District 20 is holding a special election since Alcee Hastings passed away last year and voter turnout in Palm Beach County was 17 percent.

McCormick and Holness are within one percent of each other, which if that holds true later today after they counted all the votes, then that would trigger an automatic recount for only those two candidates and potentially a run-off vote. The winner will then run in the general special election being held on January 11, 2022. In addition to Mike ter Maat, there is Leonard Serratore and Jim Flynn running with no party affiliation, and Shelley Fain is the write-in candidate.

Candidate Websites:

Mike ter Maat

Jason Mariner

Leonard Serratore

Jim Flynn (no website found)

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick

Dale Holness

Shelley Fain

Tomorrow’s District 20 Primary winner will face Libertarian in January

Tomorrow, November 2, 2021, Florida Congressional District 20 Democratic and Republican voters will decide who will face Libertarian Party candidate, Mike ter Maat, in the January 11, 2022, special general election. The special election is because the former District 20 congressional representative, Alcee Hastings, passed away last year and the office must be filled.

Only those who were registered to vote in Congressional District 20 by October 4, 2021, and are registered as a Republican or Democrat can vote in tomorrow’s primary election. Here is a link to the sample ballot for Republicans and here is the link for the sample ballot for Democrats. If you are unsure of your voting status, you can go to this page to find out.

Democratic Party voters will have to choose between 11 primary candidates. They are Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Elvin Dowling, Bobby B. DuBose, Omari Hardy, Dale V.C. Holness, Phil Jackson, Emmanuel G. Morel, Barbara Sharief, Dr. Imran, Uddin Siddiqui, Priscilla Ann Taylor, and Perry E. Thurston Jr.

Republican Party voters will have to choose between two primary candidates. They are Jason Mariner and Greg Musselwhite.

Besides political party candidates, in the special general election happening on January 11, 2022, there are three no party affiliated (NPA) and one write-in candidate. So, as of now, voters in the special general election for District 20 will include the Libertarian Party candidate Mike ter Maat, the winners of the Republican and Democrat primary election happening tomorrow, NPA candidates Jim Flynn, Robert Ornelas, Leonard L. Serratore, and write-in candidate Shelley Fain.

Also on the calendar for tomorrow is the Town of Highland Beach will have an election on November 2, 2021. There will be one (1) question on the ballot. Polls are open on November 2, 2021, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Voters in the town can visit the My Status page to determine whether they are eligible to take part in this election and to find your sample ballot and your precinct’s polling location. 

Nude tourists bring billions of dollars to Florida

During a time when apparently more people are getting nude during the novel Coronavirus, we thought we’d delve into the world of the nude lifestyle, or what many call family-friendly clothing optional recreation. There is the World Naked Gardening Day held each May and there are many naked bike ride and running events held around the United States each year. So Americans seem to be getting more comfortable sans clothing. We even watch popular national television shows such as Naked and Afraid and Dating Naked and Buying Naked.

During a time when apparently more people are getting nude during the novel Coronavirus, we thought we’d delve into the world of the nude lifestyle, or what many call family-friendly clothing optional recreation. There is the World Naked Gardening Day held each May and there are many naked bike ride and running events held around the United States each year. So Americans seem to be getting more comfortable sans clothing. We even watch popular national television shows such as Naked and Afraid, Dating Naked and Buying Naked.

Family-friendly nude recreation has been a long-standing activity for decades in the United States, and Florida is no different. In fact, the State of Florida’s official tourism arm, Visit Florida, has several postings about how Florida is a positive destination for those seeking a clothing-optional vacation in the Sunshine State.

Most residents know of Haulover’s clothing-optional beach in Miami-Dade and another officially sanctioned family-friendly clothing-optional beach to our north is Blind Creek Beach in St. Lucie County. And throughout the State of Florida there are many resorts, bed and breakfasts, and beaches catering to the clothing-optional growing masses. There are 5,100 total rooms at nudist resorts and in 2016, 1.2 million rooms were sold with 2.2 million visitors coming into the state. Since the average nude tourist stays an average of 10 days, that equated to 22 million visitor nights.

In 2017, the American Association for Nude Recreation compiled a report noting the impact of tourism dollars coming into the State of Florida because of those seeking a clothing-optional vacation. In that report, they found clothing-optional tourists were bringing in $4.3 billion directly and had a total financial impact of $7.4 billion for Florida. Those are some big bucks that Palm Beach and Broward counties are missing out by sending those tourism dollars to our north and to our south.

It may surprise some that the simple act of being nude in Florida is not a crime as it is separate from being lewd and lascivious, which is a crime. Such behaviour is often quelled on clothing-optional beaches by “Beach Ambassadors” which are volunteers who clamp down on such activity should it arise. Public nudity is legal so long as an area is designated by a government entity, an organization, or a group of citizens.

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It remains to be seen as Florida re-opens to more tourists if we will see a growth of family-friendly clothing-optional beaches in Palm Beach or Broward counties. Nude recreation is often a misunderstood activity, as many Americans equate nudity with sex when that is not what these beaches and resorts are about.

In Kissimmee, Florida, there is a popular resort called Cypress Cove, which is a 300 acre facility with a small-town feel. It boasts over 200 mobile homes, almost 100 RV slots, dozens of hotel rooms, a library, volleyball, game room, two restaurants, gym, etc. People go there and don’t want to leave as it is a safe, natural environment, and it is all family-friendly nude recreation.

Here in Palm Beach County, the only place for those seeking a family-friendly clothing-optional experience without fear of arrest by overzealous police is at Sunsport Gardens in Loxahatchee Groves. It has been well run for decades and is an asset to Palm Beach County, both for tourists and residents alike. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park used to have a clothing-optional section on its north beach; however, the State of Florida ended that when they took it over. John D. MacArthur’s estate donated the property to the State of Florida, and included in the donation’s intent was that part of the park be designated clothing-optional, as MacArthur was an avid nudist.

Nude tourism is growing for Florida. Prior to the pandemic, nude-themed cruises departing Florida ports were booming and it will be no surprise they will continue once cruises start up again in 2021.

Nudity is becoming more accepted in the United States, but some remain cautious about it. That said, most of the population does not have a problem with nude beaches or resorts, so long as it designates them and/or there is proper signage so people do not unexpectedly see something they don’t want to see. According to a 2015 Zogby poll, 65 percent of Americans are fine with those that want to sunbath nude at a beach or park so long as that area is designated for that activity. In the same poll, when respondents were asked, “Local and state governments now set aside public land for special types of recreation such as camping, off leash dog running, bird watching, snowmobiling, surfing, fishing and hunting. Do you agree or disagree that areas should be set aside for people who enjoy clothing-optional recreation such as nude sunbathing and swimming?” 57 percent favored there should be such a place for nude recreation.

So, for now, Palm Beach County residents will need to spend the day north or south to enjoy a family-friendly clothing-optional beach. Residents and tourists alike will spend their dollars at restaurants, convenience stores, and other businesses around Haulover Beach and Blind Creek Beach, leaving Palm Beach County businesses out in the cold; that is until Palm Beach County designates its own family-friendly clothing-optional beach and/or the State of Florida makes a change at MacArthur Beach State Park.

Most Florida Libertarians had little trouble voting in primary but a few weren’t so lucky

Tallahassee, Fla — Yesterday, August 30, 2016, Libertarian voters in Florida went to vote for their U.S. Senate candidate and a few had some issues. It was the first U.S. Senate primary for Libertarians in Florida, though it is more common in other states with easier ballot access laws.

The problems were that some poll workers were confused which ballot to give registered Libertarian Party voters. An elected local office holder and registered Libertarian Party voter in Delray Beach was given a non-partisan (no party affiliation) ballot instead of a Libertarian Party ballot. Fortunate for him, he caught it in time to make the change, otherwise, he would not have been able to vote for either Libertarian Party U.S. Senate candidate, Augustus Invictus or Paul Stanton.

In another case, this time in Broward County, Richard Meier, was not so fortunate and described his experience this way:

“I went to vote this afternoon at Coral Springs Middle School and I asked for the libertarian ballot I was given a non partisan ballot and they said this is it. I looked it over I did not see the senate race of Stanton Vs Invictus. I thought it was strange because I asked for my party’s ballot and was given this one. They assured me it was the right ballot and that was it. My ballot was submitted but then after the fact, they found my ballot under one of the tables in a cardboard box; then they realized what they did. I called the supervisor of elections, they apologized but they couldn’t do anything. They said, ‘well I hope your guy wins.’ I was not happy but did not want to cause a scene. I left and called NBC 6 and Help me Howard. I know its a running joke that people in Florida can’t vote, let alone in Broward county.”

Another registered Florida Libertarian had to insist on a Libertarian Party ballot and yet again, the poll worker rustled around finding the ballot under her table. So, at least one Libertarian ballot was not counted and, according to Meier, the Broward County SOE didn’t seem to care. If there are any other Florida Libertarian that had trouble voting yesterday, please send an email with your experience at info@palmbeachfreepress.com.



Florida Carry sues Broward County and Tallahassee

Today, May 2, 2014, gun rights advocacy group, Florida Carry filed two lawsuits for blatant violations of Florida’s law that preempts local gun control. Joined by the Second Amendment Foundation, the first case filed is against the City of Tallahassee. In the second case, Florida Carry filed against Broward County.

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