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Volume XXXIII, Issue III


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WHO WE ARE We are a non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. We lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image. We endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals that share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of FREEDOM. We promote motorcycle safety, training, & political awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB OR A GANG. We fund our work through toy runs, poker runs, campouts, and other motorcycle activities. We are your neighbors & friends who work, pay taxes, and get involved with our community. We serve and support our country and believe in freedom. We use all legal means to protect our rights without infringing on the rights of others. OUR GOALS To become a powerful and viable political force in legislative matters concerning the motorcyclist. To promote the safe riding habits without infringing on individual freedoms. To motivate the bikers to write letters to their legislators before, during, and after the legislative session. To furnish our members with a newsletter to keep all bikers informed in regards to upcoming legislation.

Southwest Chapter Meeting Schedule This months Chapter Meeting October 6th, 2013 10 a.m. at
Will be held on

Harley Davidson of Fort Myers
Located at 2160 Colonial Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 239-275-4647
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING November 3rd, 2013

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President Wayne Cerra 239.989.3349 abatesw@gmail.com Vice President Fred Glennon 339.235.2189 freddog1956@gmail.com Secretary Tracy Davis 239.645.7936 forbubblesonly@gmail.com Treasurer Jimmie Dennis 239.440.4213 jd@pincherscrabshack.com Public Relations Gwynne Hickman 239.246.2025 Gwynne.hickman@gmail.com Legislative Representative Ken “Teddybear” Miller 239.693.7035 km_13219@yahoo.com Safety Director Victor Piorkowski 239.823.6159 pior10@yahoo.com Safety Coordinator Robin Reynolds 239.989.3349 abatesw@gmail.com Newsletter Editor Barbara Bardell 239.822.3272 Babsie67@comcast.net State Delegate(s) Wayne Cerra Victor Piorkowski Webmaster Taylor Musburger 239.334.1620 ABATE@Musburger.net Chapter Chaplain Tom Provenzano 239.267.8641 tprovenz@comcast.net Road Captain Brian Piercy littlebitpiercy@gmail.com 239.233.4559 Asst Road Captains Scott Turner Gerry Mangina Jeff Hoover

Sergeant At Arms Jaime Goldberg Products Trustee 239-961-4086 Moe Moser jaimegoldberg1114@gmail.com 412.999.3397 ironcitysupplyco@yahoo.com Asst. Sergeant At Arms James Brennan Karen Walters Membership Trustee Lynne Davis 239-770-5085 davisdudes@gmail.com Advertising Trustee Jerry Barnett 941.467.2927 marva470@yahoo.com

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Hello Everyone, It’s October. We swam through September without so much as a tropical storm. We can only hope the rest of hurricane season remains the same. It has been extremely wet. Bikers still ride in the rain. Some as it is their only form of transportation, some just like to take the adventure and others ride cause they can. CAUTION! Although you may be able to see from your bike, motorists have so many blind spots never mind the heavy rain pouring down their windshield. Shadows are created with the downstream of water and your view is even more distorted than before. Sometimes, “I didn’t see him” is actually what happens. Slow down, be more cautious and help the person in the cage see you better by wearing bright clothing and proper visi-

ble lighting. Last month a man lost control of his bike due to road rage in downtown Ft Myers. This may have been avoided with better visibility for both the rider and the motorist. Take a few moments and think about how much time you actually save by aggressive driving. This brings up something that happened close to home. Robin Reynolds, Chapter Safety Coordinator had her life turned upside down due to a tragic auto accident in September. Her daughter Susan was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control and crashed into a tree. Susan remains in intensive care at the Tampa General Burn Unit. I am thankful to the neighbor who pulled her out of the burning car. As of this writing there have been no charges in this crash. Take control of your own destiny. Slow down. Stay off the alcohol. Do not text and drive. Someone out there loves you and wants you to come home at the end of the day. Ride Safe, Ride Often




Dear Brothers and Sisters HAPPY THANKSGIVING So right about now you are probably thinking, has Fred lost his mind? Has he been drinking? Or both? It’s only October. Rest assured, neither is true. Recently one of our most beloved and involved sisters received the dreadful news that her daughter had been involved in a horrific automobile accident. Just days before, we had been sitting around laughing and joking. Having a great time, which is usually the case when surrounded by our ABATE family. And then her life is impacted in a way that no parent should have to experience. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her, her daughter and her entire family. But as we enjoy the lifestyle that we all engage in, just how many of us have received news that one of our friends has been involved in a motorcycle accident? Leaving them seriously hurt or worse. It makes you take a close look at just how you live your life.

How often do you really stop and think about just how lucky we all are to have the things that we have, but more importantly the people that we have in our lives? When we see our fellow brothers and sisters there is always the big hug and nice words. But, just how often do you express the same feelings to your other friends, and yes…. even family. How often do you stop and be thankful for all the good people that surround you every day? How often do you tell them how you feel? How many of us have had the unfortunate experience to use the phrase…. If only I had one more minute to tell them just how much I loved them, or how sorry I was about ????? Those are the moments that you never get a second chance at. So take advantage of all the countless moments that you have now to express your feelings so you will never have to feel the guilt of not letting them know. I for one thank God for all that I have and for all the wonderful people that surround me. Do I always take the time to let them all know???? Probably not. But all it takes is an unfortunate tragedy like Susan’s to put everything into perspective. It’s time to make everyday Thanksgiving because one day a year just isn’t enough. If I don’t convey one thing clearly enough, please understand that I thank God for Helen and my extended ABATE family who I know are there for me and everyone else, anytime - anywhere. Happy Thanksgiving Fred

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world through him.” – NIV The word gave means it was given as a gift. Like anything that has been given to us, one must receive it, to take possession of the gift. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life,…" John 3:36 In a world of goods and services, in our culture of marketing and trade, along with the way the world conducts its business, we usually expect to pay for something of value. What about value for what God has already paid the price for? Matthew 13:44-46 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”_NIV Say this short little prayer and mean every word of it with the conviction and love in your heart. "Dear God, the Father of Jesus Christ, I (fill in your name, if you mean it:______________________)confess that I am a sinner and have been separated from You. I receive forgiveness of my sins by the finished work on the cross. I repent and accept this gift of repentance and I wish to be free in you. I confess with my mouth that your son Jesus is my savior and died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I receive Jesus into my heart and ask Him to become the center of my life. I ask, in the Name of Jesus. Amen." If you wish to contact us, to talk about your decision for Him, please email or call. If you wish us to help with prayer for you, loved ones, friends or others, let us know. Blessings, Pastor Tom (SW ABATE Chaplain and Estero River ABATE Life Member) and Pastor Kathy (SW ABATE Life Member)www.messiahsmessengers.org - 239-2678641 or email: tprovenz@comcast.net

By: Monica Rix, FLBikers.com It’s a motorcycle organization that’s been around for decades, becoming one of the biggest biker advocate groups in the country. ABATE originally stood for ‘American Bikers Against Totalitarian Enactment,’ but has shifted gears to focus more on safety. It’s now ‘American Bikers Aimed Towards Education.’

“We teach a lot of 10th grade Driver’s Ed classes. We get them at the beginning of the cycle of their first classes in August, then again in January and summer programs. Just motorcycle awareness, safety on the road, things like that,” said Wayne Cerra, president of ABATE’s Southwest Florida chapter. Cerra says the organization also works closely with state lawmakers on rider safety legislation. In July of 2000, ABATE helped push a repeal of the state’s helmet law. The law now exempts anyone 21 or older with $10,000 in personal injury insurance from wearing a helmet. “[It] just gives somebody the freedom of choice, whether or not they want to wear a helmet,” he said. “In the past eight months, it’s been 95 degrees and hotter. You’re riding a motorcycle on the road, it’s so hot. If you’re wearing a helmet, a helmet can trap that heat.” While Cerra admits riding with a helmet is an added safety measure, these days he tells me more riders are involved in wrecks with distracted drivers. “The texting, the cell phone use, the things hanging off of mirrors– I notice all of that as I drive. It’s just [really] bad. Rider beware. We’re totally ghosts out there on motorcycles, so awareness is huge,” added Cerra. ABATE is currently working on what’s known as the Stiffer Penalties Bill. If passed, it would make it a criminal offense to seriously injure a motorcyclist. As for Cerra himself, he’s rather new to Florida. He moved down from Boston five years ago, joining ABATE almost immediately to meet new people. But it didn’t take long before he stepped into a leadership role, getting elected as vice president, then president of the Southwest chapter. He’s now in his third term. Right now, the chapter boasts 268 members. Across the state, there are about 7,000 ABATE members. Many will be taking part in all kinds of motorcycle events over the next few months, including a “Can You See Me Now” ride on October 6th, in Ft. Myers. Bikers will be heading up and down major roads, promoting rider awareness. Chances are you won’t miss them either– they’ll all be wearing bright green shirts! If you want information, including more on ABATE events and how to join, check out www.abateflorida.com.

Our Caring Circle Please keep in your thoughts & prayers the following members and their loved ones.

Susan Reynolds Piorkowski Family Jerry Barnett Richard Bender


AMNews and Notes: September 2013
September 05, 2013 AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association Government Relations Department. Designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world, AMA News & Notes welcomes your input. Suggestions and editorial contributions can be sent to AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris at nharis@ama-cycle.org. Springfield, Ill.: House Bill 1539, championed

by ABATE of Illinois and sponsored by Rep. Kenneth Dunkin (D-Chicago), creates a program administered by the secretary of state to set standards and establish training for volunteers to become certified motorcycle road guards. A motorcycle road guard would have the authority to stop and direct traffic during a motorcycle group ride if certain conditions were met. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law on August 16, with an effective date of January 1, 2014. Trenton, N. J.: A piece of legislation named after Washington Township’s Nikki Kellenyi, who died in a 2012 crash, has been signed into law. Nikki’s Law, advocated by Kellenyi’s family, orders the installation of signs throughout the state to remind drivers not to text and drive. Kellenyi’s parents, Mike and Gina, recently started People Against Distracted Driving, or PADD.


Love your children.
It was a beautiful Friday morning when Robin and I were to take a short vacation for ourselves before the busy bike season kicks off. We drove up to St Petersburg for a 4 day retreat. Relaxing on the beach for a few hours then a nice dinner and a romantic stroll. Time to turn in and we couldn’t wait for the next day to enjoy all the resort
had to offer. At 3:00am Robins phone rings and it’s someone looking for Louis. Wrong number. Figures, some inconsiderate jerk looking for Louis at 3am. My suggestion was to turn off the phone and get back into bed. Finally back to sleep for a couple hours when again, the phone rings. My first reaction, ignore it, I’m sure they will find Louis right where they left him. Hello. Yes is this Robin Reynolds the calm voice on the other end asked. Yes, this is she. I’m sorry to inform you that your daughter Susan, 28, has been involved in a car wreck a few hours ago. She is at the Tampa General burn unit. You can only imagine the look and fear brought on by just a few words. Not knowing the full extent of the conversation, we get dressed and tried to grasp what we had just learned, and headed for the 40 minute drive from the beach to Tampa General. As we arrive we are greeted by the shift nurse who was to fill us in on what happened. Earlier Friday night Susan had gone out to meet a friend for a drink. As the night went on, Susan and her friend, who owned a sports car, went

for a ride. Barefoot and happy, Susan and her friend left the condo to head out on this star lit sky, only to never return to the condo. The driver lost control of the car, and his life, in a fiery crash. Susan was pulled out by a neighbor (who was also treated for burns) and airlifted to the Tampa Burn unit. 70% of her body burned. As President of a motorcycle rights and safety Organization Chapter, I know all too well the circumstances involved in accidents and crashes. For Susan and her family it means a lifetime of care and rehabilitation. No one ever expects to be woken up to news like this. Susan will remain at Tampa General Burn Unit for quite some time before she is released to a rehabilitation facility. Daily progress is encouraging. The staff at Tampa Burn Unit are exceptional, she’s in great hands. Unfortunately, Susan had no insurance. Robin and Susan’s younger sister Colleen have been traveling back and forth to Tampa every other day. Gas prices are still up and costing $50 a day to see her. Talk to your Children, stay in their lives. You never know what is around the corner. Robin is Safety Coordinator for the Southwest Chapter. Donations and cards to Susan may be sent to Robin Schilke 2903 52nd St. W., Lehigh Acres, FL 33971 Thoughts and Prayers,

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PRESIDENTS REPORT: WAYNE CERRA Welcome new members & Guests 1. Thank you Mayor John Sullivan, Speaker and Member. 2. The next ABATE of Florida, Inc. State meeting is with Hillsboro County Chapter, Oct 12th followed by Spooks ‘N Scoots on the 13th. 3. The Southwest Chapter, Can You See Me Ride, is Oct 19th we will be starting out at Southwest Cycles. Flyer to be released soon. 4. The Octoberfest Celebration at the German Club in Cape Coral Oct 25th-27th. We plan on setting up our Safety/ Membership Booth Oct 25-27th and we need members to step up and spend a couple of hours having a good time. We need volunteers. VICE PRESIDENT: FRED GLENNON 1. Bike Night Cape Coral is Oct. 12th, need members to come out and show your support at our Safety/Membership Booth. 2. Octoberfest, need member volunteers greatly for Oct. 26th and 27th. 3. Spotter Sticker Program, encouraging appreciation for aware and courteous driving habits. Presently, we are working with Law Enforcement to have a Spotter Sticker on enforcement vehicles to show their support for better driving habits. 4. September 10th @ 1:00 is court Donna Lynne Brown, the woman charged with DUI manslaughter after she was accused of dragging a motorcyclist, Carl Patrick, to his death. She has a long history of traffic offenses, according to the Naples Daily News. Some of us plan on attending. Anyone is welcome to join us. We will send out the info. SECRETARY’S REPORT: TRACY DAVIS 1. Motion to accept last month’s minutes as written in the newsletter made by Scott and 2nd by Lynn 2. Drawing tickets, I have plenty. Please sell a book or two. 3. Please when we are out on rides or events take pictures and send some to Barbara via her email at Babsie67@comcast.net TREASURERS REPORT: JIMMIE DENNIS 1. Motion to accept last month’s report made by Diesel and 2nd by Bob SARGENT AT ARMS: JAIME GOLDBERG excused 1. No incidents to report. 2. We would like to welcome James Brennan for stepping to

be Assistant Sergeant At Arms. MEMBERSHIP REPORT: LYNNE DAVIS 1. 5 New members for the month of August. 2. Membership drive October 1st to Nov 30th Bring a member get a ticket NEWSLETTER & FLYERS: BARBARA L. BARDELL 1. Please email pictures to me rather than tagging my facebook account. Thank you. WEBSITE: TAYLOR “ATM” MUSBURGER 1. Please let Taylor or Wayne know if you see any changes that need to be made. PR COMMUNICATIONS: GWYNNE HICKMAN 1. The Southwest Chapter, Can You See Me Ride, is Oct 19th MEDIA. ADVERTISING: JERRY BARNETT 1. Back cover sold to Cape Coral Pet Crematory. SAFETY DIRECTOR: VIC PIORKOWSKI 1. MSAP classes done 1st round. We had a total of 548 kids. 2. Congratulations to Fred Glennon, VP, and Robin Schilke for meeting the goal to become qualified for their Safety Instructor Patch. Robin Schilke has stepped up to take on a Safety Coordinator position with the Southwest Chapter. 3. The next Driver’s Education Classes are January 8th @ 7:00am, North Ft. Myers High School. PRODUCTS: MOE MOSER excused 1. Sell more products LEGISLATIVE REPORT: KEN “TEDDYBEAR” MILLER (excused) 1. See Southwest Chapter Newsletter for Legislative report. DELEGATE REPORT: FRED GLENNON, VICTOR PIORKOWSKI 1. In the Newsetter ROAD CAPTAIN: BRIAN PIERCY 1. Low Key Tiki for lunch 2. Always watch for Blockers when doing rides. Squeeze in when you see them coming up the sides. OLD BUSINESS: 1. After the October 6th Southwest Chapter Meeting, members will be joining in the Can You See Me Now Ride from Ft. Myers Harley Davidson through Port Charlotte to Venice. Details and supporters on Flyer in newsletter. 2. Road Gaurds NEW BUSINESS: 1. Sport bikers, Thursday nights at Hurricane Grille on 41. GOOD OF THE ORDER: 1. Southwest Chapter requesting individuals to Volunteer as Safety Personal to watch over our bikes before, during and after rides to make sure bikes are in good working order and are safe to ride. TIME OF ADJOURNMENT: 12:10pm ■


LEGISLATIVE REPORT ~ OCT. 2013 Submitted by Ken “TEDDYBEAR” Miller
Good Morning Freedom Fighters: Primary turnout dismal in Lee County In what turned out as one of the most dismal voter turnouts in history, the Lee County Supervisor of Elections office is reporting nearly eight percent of eligible voters cast ballots Tuesday in Cape Coral and Fort Myers primaries. Voter turnout in the 2009 primary for Cape Coral and Fort Myers was about nine percent. Christine Matthews won the Ward 3 seat on Fort Myers City Council by a landslide, garnering more than 70 percent of the vote through absentee ballots in a controversial race. Her win put her in the history books: For the first time, absentee ballots overwhelmingly decided a race, a first in Lee County. Matthews said she was surprised by the turnout, adding her campaign’s strategy was successful, to say the least. After learning that voters weren’t heading to the polls, her campaign focused on bringing the ballot to the people through absentee, she said. “I found that it just took for someone to pay attention to see that the people weren’t getting out to vote,” she said. Matthews will take office on Nov. 18. In Cape Coral, incumbent John Sullivan will face businesswoman Marni Sawicki in the mayoral race in the general election on Nov. 5. Also, former mayor and council member Jim Burch will take on real estate agent David Headd for the District 1 city council seat. Some 8,431 ballots were cast. WHAT’S NEXT: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Cape Coral races: • John Sullivan (incumbent) vs. Marni Sawicki for mayor • Jim Burch vs. David Headd for District 1 seat • Chris Chulakes-Leetz (incumbent) vs. Richard Leon for District 4 seat • Kevin McGrail (incumbent) vs. Rick Williams for District 6 seat Fort Myers races: • Randy Henderson (incumbent) vs. Raimond Aulen for mayor • Teresa Watkins Brown (incumbent) vs. Bill Pierce for Ward 1 seat * Christine Matthews (Ward 3) and Forrest Banks (incumbent running unopposed in Ward 5) to take office Nov. 18. From ABATE of Florida, Inc. Darrin “Scribe” Brooks VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE BILL FILED Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, has filed a proposal (SB 156) that would roll back vehicleregistration fees that were increased in 2009 to help close a state budget shortfall. Negron pursued a similar rollback bill during the 2013 legislative session, saying it could save vehicle owners about $230 million. But the bill died, at least in part because it would have been funded by eliminating a tax break that benefits the politically influential insurance industry. The new bill, which will be considered during the 2014 session, does not include the insurance-tax issue. Negron said earlier this week he has spoken with Gov. Rick Scott about including the vehicleregistration fee reductions in a package of $500 million in tax and fee cuts that the governor will propose. ST. LUCIE BACKS CALL FOR EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON LAKE O RELEASES St. Lucie County commissioners Tuesday joined their neighbors to the south in Martin County in approving a resolution that asks Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency to help businesses impacted by polluted waters released into the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. Scott was in Stuart on Tuesday to attend an Agency for Persons with Disabilities town hall event, but didn't respond to questions from Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reporters regarding the emergency declaration request. Martin County commissioners issued their own resolution for Scott on Sept. 10. In August, state Surgeon General and Department of Health Secretary John Armstrong advised people to avoid portions of the St. Lucie Estuary impacted by potentially toxin-producing algae blooms. Last Thursday, the state Legislative Budget Commission earmarked $2.77 million so the South Florida Water Management District could improve pump stations that reduce the flow of polluted waters that have negatively affected the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, and to a build a channel to aid the flow of water from the Florida Everglades across the barrier of the Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County. APPEALS JUDGES QUESTION CHALLENGE TO 'NO FAULT' INSURANCE LAW A three-judge appeals panel expressed skepticism Tuesday about a challenge by acupuncturists, massage therapists and chiropractors to key parts of the state's 2012 landmark reform of the personal-injury protection auto insurance. The 1st District Court of Appeal judges questioned how the changes to the decades-old no-fault insurance system reduced individual medical coverage or access to courts as the Florida PIP Defense Fund, which has challenged the law, contends. Judge T. Kent Wetherell hit on the use of an unnamed "Jane Doe" as a means by the Defense Fund to qualify for standing in the case and to represent individuals injured by motor-vehicle collisions. The fund also named acupuncturist Robin Myers, chiropractor Gregory Zwirn and massage




theracpists Sherry Smith and Carrie Damaska as plaintiffs in the suit. NELSON SEEKS CYBERBULLYING CRACKDOWN AFTER FLORIDA SUICIDE U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., used the suicide of a Lakeland girl to urge his colleagues to pass federal anti-cyber bullying legislation caught up in a quagmire over reauthorization of the "No Child Left Behind" education law. In a speech Thursday on the Senate floor, Nelson shared the story of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who killed herself Sept. 9. Sedwick had been bullied for more than a year-and-a-half by more than a dozen girls, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Florida is among states that already have anti-cyber bullying laws on the books. But Nelson said federal law is necessary because the laws "lack consistency and enforcement mechanisms." JUSTICES ASKED TO UNPLUG FPL RATE HIKES The state Supreme Court took up a challenge Thursday to hundreds of millions of dollars in rate increases approved last year for Florida Power & Light after the utility reached an agreement with major electricity users. The state Office of Public Counsel, which by law represents consumers in utility issues, contends that the Florida Public Service Commission approved the increases without going through the proper process. Also, the Office of Public Counsel takes issue with a settlement that set the stage for the hikes --- a settlement that the public counsel vehemently opposed. ACLU SUES STATE OVER SUSPENDED LICENSES The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a lawsuit challenging a state practice of suspending driver's licenses of people who fail to pay court costs and fees after criminal convictions. The ACLU, on behalf of named plaintiff Reginald B. Foster, filed the suit against the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. It argues that Foster's constitutional due-process and equalprotection rights have been violated and that the state discriminates against low-income people who can't afford to pay the costs. Foster, of Fort Lauderdale, lost his driver's license after failing to pay $5,450 in five felony cases, the lawsuit says. "Because the DMVs suspension and continued suspension of Foster’s driver’s license discriminates against Foster on the basis of economic status, the DMVs suspension and continued suspension of Foster’s driver’s license violates his equal protection rights secured the by Florida Constitution,'' one part of the lawsuit says.. COURT: SICK CAT NO EXCUSE FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING After a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy clocked him going 84 mph and veering across three lanes of traffic toward a highway exit ramp, Christopher Brooks (NO RELATION) was arrested for drunken driving. But Brooks argued he had a legitimate reason: His friend's cat was sick, and he was the only person available to take the pet to an all-night veterinary clinic. A state appeals court Wednesday, however, swatted down Brooks' attempt to use what is called a "defense of necessity."

The court said such a defense could be used, in certain circumstances, for people charged with driving under the influence --- though those circumstances would involve people, not cats, being in danger of serious injuries. BRANDES PROPOSES PROHIBITION ON VEHICLE TRACKING Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, wants to make it illegal to put tracking devices on vehicles without the owners' consent. Brandes filed a bill (SB 180) Friday that would expand the definition of stalking in Florida law to include the prohibition against installing devices that can record, store and transmit the locations of vehicles. Violating the prohibition would result in a second degree misdemeanor. The proposal would also require law enforcement to get search warrants to place tracking devices on people's vehicles. CITIZENS PROPERTY EXPECTS TO DROP BELOW 1 MILLION POLICIES The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. may drop below 1 million policies for the first time since 2005, while its employees could start to occupy fewer buildings in the coming year. Citizens, which stood at a bloated 1.5 million policies a little more than a year ago, could be around 600,000 policies before the next storm season approaches. However, Citizens President and CEO Barry Gilway said Friday a more reasonable number would be just over 900,000. Gilway credited the pending reduction to recent takeout efforts by private companies and to the anticipation of using a new clearinghouse to help direct what are expected to be many of the least-risky policies into the private market. LAWMAKERS COULD HAVE $845M SURPLUS NEXT YEAR House and Senate members next week will get a dose of good financial news: An early projection shows lawmakers could have a surplus of $845.7 million as they craft a 2014 -15 state budget. Analysts this week released a draft document that looks at the state's finances over the next three years, taking into account tax revenues and likely expenses. The estimated $845.7 million surplus could be used during the 2014-15 fiscal year to increase spending or cut taxes --- or it could be rolled into the budget for the following year. The projection comes with all sorts of caveats, as the 2014-15 year will not start until July 1. One of the caveats is that $449 million of the surplus is considered one-time money, which complicates decisions about how to use it. Also, lawmakers likely will face competition from various interests for the money, along with Gov. Rick Scott's pledge to cut taxes next year by $500 million. The Legislative Budget Commission, a joint panel of House and Senate members, is scheduled to receive a presentation about the surplus and other long-term financial issues during a meetingThursday. SENATE SETS COMMITTEE SCHEDULES Starting to prepare for the 2014 legislative session, the Senate on Tuesday released schedules for committee

meetings in September and October. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, will kick off the first committee week Sept. 23 by meeting with committee chairmen. That will be followed quickly by a meeting of the Senate Gaming Committee, which will play a key role in what is expected to be a major debate during the 2014 session about the future of gambling in the state. Also during the first week, the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin will meet Sept. 24, and the Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet Sept. 26. The second round of committee meetings will run from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10. Along with a full schedule of committees, senators also are expected to attend ethics training Oct. 10. BILL PROPOSES REPEAL OF RED LIGHT CAMERAS Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Wednesday aimed at turning off red-light cameras that have popped up at intersections across the state. The measure (SB 144) would remove the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010 from Florida law. The cameras are used in issuing tickets to the owners of vehicles that run red lights. "We have had red light cameras in Florida for over three years. They were initially sold as safety devices, but I have come to firmly believe that they are now being used as backdoor tax increases," Brandes said in a news release. "We have seen municipalities that have installed these devices shorten yellow light times and set arbitrary standards on right-turn-on-red violations. I believe cities will continue to install these devices if left unchecked." Expect opposition from local governments, as more than 100 jurisdictions across the state use traffic-light cameras that collectively have generated more than $100 million a year through tickets. The state Department of Transportation in June directed local agencies to add at least 0.4 seconds to the yellow intervals on traffic lights. Research had found that yellow lights were set a half-a-second shorter than the recommended interval, which could result in a doubling of the number of tickets. The red-light camera law, signed by former Gov. Charlie Crist, is named after Mark Wandall, who was killed by a red-light runner in 2003. Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is expected to file the House companion to Brandes' bill. A similar proposal failed to advance last session, but lawmakers included a provision in an omnibus transportation bill (HB 7125) that is intended to make it tougher for local governments to issue tickets to drivers caught on camera turning right on red. While Zimmerman's attorney didn't raise the stand-yourground law as a defense, the jury instructions advised that Zimmerman could be acquitted if jurors deemed he wasn't engaged in an unlawful activity as "he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force." The Simmons From the AMA From the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Washington, D.C. Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using ethanol blends of 15% ethanol in any vehicle that is not a passenger vehicle will be in direct violation of Federal law. The EPA has issued a list of possible plans to mitigate mis-fueling issues with the recently approved E15 ethanol blends. Prior to E-15, the highest blend allowed for mass consumption was E-10. The MRF has been informing the EPA that the higher blend will be forced upon motorcyclists because of the remaining fuel in the hose from the previous customer. The EPA then said that a 4 four-gallon minimum purchase would be required by everyone. That was rolled back and an EPA document specifically mentions the work of the motorcycle rights organizations in the overturn of the mandatory minimum. From the EPA: "However, groups representing motorcycle owners and lawn mower manufacturers objected to this configuration because their products have gas tanks that are normally two gallons or smaller. In response to these concerns, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) developed and proposed a new configuration for EPA approval that retail stations may use as an alternative to the currently approved configurations." The solutions provided by the EPA is to label the pumps with attention getting labels that you are about to pump E15 into your vehicle. Or purchase new blender pumps that only carry about .3 gallons or have a new pump with a dedicated E-15 hose. The first solution won't work and the second two solutions are too expensive. In another recent EPA document on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) the EPA states: "The EPA will propose to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced bio fuel and total renewable volumes in the forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal." The EPA also maintains that while ethanol will be the dominating renewable fuel, the marketplace for them is shrinking fast. In a recent Wall Street Journal piece the author, US Representative Patrick Meehan, pointed out that the EPA's position on the RFS was weak; "refusing to take action this year is a far too tepid response to this crisis. Next year may be too late." said Representative. Meehan. In order to stop the onslaught of higher ethanol blends the Motorcycle Riders Foundation asks that you support this important piece of legislation. HR 875 is a bill that would stop the sale of E-15 and includes a study on the actual effects on the power train of your vehicles. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your member of Congress and ask that they support this important legislation.find/ A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy See you in the wind, ‘TEDDYBEAR’

come by and teach and bring awareness to our class. Especially on a Saturday for our Saturday Driver Ed class. Always well prepared and informative. Thank you. Jimmy Roberts, Driver Ed FMHS August 15, 16, 2013 Mariner High School Cape Coral, Florida Safety Instructors: Victor Piorkowski Fred Glennon 145 attendees Great presentation. Students learned a great deal. Keith Jones, Driver Ed MHS May 30, 2013 and August 15th, 2013 Cape Coral High School Safety Instructors: Victor Piorkowski Gwynne Hickman Fred Glennon 24 Students/Attendees 5.30.13 120 Students/Attendees 8.15.13 The ABATE representatives always do a great job making my students aware of the positives & negatives of motorcycle riding. Good experiences. Robert J. Plageman, Driver Ed CCHS August 20, 21, 2013 Fort Myers High School Fort Myers, Florida Safety Instructors: Victor Piorkowski Fred Glennon 160 Students/Attendees Victor and Fred were both very organized and informative. Each held the students attention throughout the class time. Great examples and interesting stories. Very knowledgeable of their content. Jimmy C. Roberts, Jr, Driver Ed FMHS August 12, 2013 North Fort Myers High School North Fort Myers, Florida Safety Instructors: Victor Piorkowski Fred Glennon Robin Reynolds 123 Students/Attendees Very impressive presentation. Victor, Fred and Robin are excellent presenters. I am extremely grateful that they are able to come to talk to us. Kathy DellaBella, Driver Ed NFMHS


ROBIN REYNOLDS Safety Coordinator

Robin Reynolds, Safety Coordinator My name is Robin Reynolds, and I have recently stepped into the position of Safety Coordinator, assisting Victor Piorkowski in bringing safety programs to area high schools by way of the Driver Education classes. I am so proud to be a member of this organization and to share the commitment and philosophy of ABATE with such a great group of people in our Southwest Chapter! As a motorcycle organization, ABATE promotes not just motorcycle rights, but strives to educate the public, ultimately with the goal of keeping bikers safer on the roads. By raising awareness in driver education classes, ABATE has the opportunity to reach young drivers and introduce ourselves as bikers that are regular people. Through open-ended conversation, video and even questionnaires, our approach to young people helps encourage understanding and teaches them how to navigate the roads with bikers. I am looking forward to getting the ABATE safety presentations into more schools and continuing the message that motorcycles are everywhere, how to share the road, and promoting a positive image of bikers. Keep your wheels on the ground, arrive safe and sound!
Robin Reynolds

March 3, 2013 Fort Myers High School Fort Myers, Florida Safety Instructors: Victor Piorkowski John “Rusty” Piettefor 13 Students/Attendees We greatly appreciate ABATE taking the time to

Membership Report

Lynne Davis Membership Trustee September 2013 Please Welcome New members: Joseph Minnella Debra Reny Debbie Deming Due to Renew October Kevin Barfield Jerry Barnett Alaina Dempsey Jimmy Dennis Roger Miller John Morgan Larry Pattitucci Marva Savanick Shari Shifrin Phil West Christopher Young

Due to Renew November Elizabeth Barfield David Bravo Lynne Davis Tracy Davis William Clay Engh Dennis Garbo Paul Gehl Dorian Gullia John Lupo Wendy Mangina Moe Moser Keith Rich

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I am selling my baby. :( Due to an unexpected medical expense I am forced to sell my Beautiful Garage kept baby. She is a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 800. She is a sweet ride and it is killing me to lose her. She is a beautiful Bright Red, with highway bars, floor boards, and windshield. She has 8,559 miles. She got a new battery in February of this year. My loss is your gain. asking $2,500 or best offer.

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Over a million Bikers rumbled through DC on September 11th, 2013 to show respect and support of those lost during the attacks of 9-11 and to our servicemen. Photos were reproduced with permission of the photographer, Wes Watson of an ABATE of Florida Chapter out of the Tampa area, Member of BFC, and an Air Force Service Member.

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Brothers and Sisters,

I was fortunate enough to make a connection online to bring you some images of the Million Biker Movement in Washington DC. You didn’t see it on the news, but you’ll see it here :o)

Moving my feet in a forward direction!
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On August 25th, 2013, we joined forces along with a few other riding groups to Jaime Goldberg stand up against bullying. I am proud to Hello Friends, say all riders made it safe from point A I am Jaime Goldberg. I am a wife and to point B. I feel that was made possiproud mother of three kiddos. I have ble because of the Road Captains and lived in Cape Coral for about 5 years Road Guards all working as a team. now. In November of 2012 I joined the These men do their job with pride and family of riders. It was a life long goal serious dedication. to become a bike owner... The job of a Road captain is already I grew up in Milwaukee and was around putting them at a higher risk when it the biker family since i was a kid. After comes to safety, they are putting there getting my endorsement, I joined anbutts on the line to protect you from the other family and was welcomed in with crazy roads and cage drivers out open arms and became there. the very new and still learning SGT at My job is to work along side of these Arms for the Southwest Chapter of men to keep you ALL safe on a ride or ABATE of Florida, Inc. an event. For me that includes making My goal is to learn fast and serve this sure you all are watching out for my Chapter well. Road captain and his assistants. So on that note, I have something to I was able to see 1st hand what a ride say that I feel is important, and I hope looks like from their bikes. you do as well.

What I saw on this particular ride was unsettling to say the least! I saw huge spaces in-between riders, out of the 90+ miles of this ride I only saw two people watching for us and moved out of the way to let us pass so we could continue on. After getting back to the event I spoke to my Road Captain and a few other people that where assisting us and realized I wasn't the only one that dealt with the same thing. One of our men almost lost a mirror. (thank G-D) We motorcyclists always talk about having each others backs! Lets be honest if we don't no one does. Well, my Brothers and Sisters that includes having our Road Captains and Guards as well. These guys are our Brothers and Sisters! All you have to do to HAVE THEIR BACKS is pay attention!!! Watch your mirrors! Give them room to do their job!


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