Showing posts with label Florida Today. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida Today. Show all posts

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Brevard County Optician, Missionary Charged With Child Porn Possession

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56-year-old David Allen Bressette, of Satellite Beach, Florida, on Wednesday and charged him with felony possession of child pornography.

Bressette is an optician at Seacreast Optical in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Bressette used his optician skills in missionary work for children in Nicaragua.

In March 2015, Bressette traveled to Nicaragua with several other members of the First Christian Church of Cocoa Beach organization, “Through Eyes of Children.”

The trip was headed by FLORIDA TODAY north Brevard County watchdog reporter R. Norman Moody.

According to police reports, Bressette was in possession of five images and five videos depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

Bressette was booked into the Brevard County Jail under a $350,000 bond.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

OpEd: FLORIDA TODAY Removes Comments That Point Out Poor Coverage

An open letter to Bob Gabordi, Executive Editor, Florida Today:


I have received your notice that I have been banished from Florida Today for expressing opposing viewpoints. True to form, the newspaper can't even fire a reader and forum contributor without an ethical lapse:

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Editorial: Brevard Public Schools Rewards FLORIDA TODAY’s Matt Reed For Fake News

After years of cheering for increased taxes and spending for Brevard Public Schools, minimizing multi-million dollar school contract scandals, and explaining away bad conduct committed by School Board members, FLORIDA TODAY's Opinions Editor Matt Reed announced that he is leaving FLORIDA TODAY to take on the new role as head of Brevard Public Schools' public relations department where he will be paid by taxpayers to cheer for increased taxes and spending at BPS, minimize future scandals, and explain away any future bad conduct perpetrated by BPS Board members and employees.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cause of ‘Pumpkin Center’ Mansion Fire in Cocoa Beach Ruled Undetermined

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Investigators have been unable to determine how a beachfront mansion named Pumpkin Center, that was previously owned by USA TODAY and FLORIDA TODAY founder Al Neuharth, caught fire and burned to the ground on March 15 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The cause of the residential building fire at 333 South Atlantic Avenue was ruled undetermined after a thorough investigation by the Cocoa Beach Fire Marshal, the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, Cocoa Beach Police Department, and Orlando Fire Department Arson and Bomb Unit.  

According to a press release, the “disposition is dependent on multiple factors which failed to identify a clear and concise origin and cause of the fire and allows the investigation to be reopened at any time should additional information or evidence become available to the Fire Marshal’s Office. “

An investigation by the property insurance company as to the cause, origin, and contributing factors is still ongoing independently of the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Neuharth passed away in April 2013 and the estate was later sold to a new owner for over $4 million.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Cocoa Beach Fire Department at (321)868-3330 or [email protected]

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Al Neuharth’s Pumpkin Center Mansion In Cocoa Beach Catches Fire

Al Neuharth's former mansion named 'Pumpkin Center' burns to the ground

COCOA BEACH, Florida – A beachfront mansion named Pumpkin Center, that was previously owned by USA TODAY and FLORIDA TODAY founder Al Neuharth, burned to the ground overnight last night between 4th and 3rd Streets South in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The blaze erupted around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 333 South Atlantic Avenue

When Cocoa Beach firefighters arrived at the scene, the 10,000 square foot home made mostly of wood was fully engulfed in flames. A call then went out for mutual aid from the Cape Canaveral Fire Department followed by responses from Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Patrick Air Force Base Fire Department. Fire crews fought the blaze with a defensive attack to protect exposures and to contain the fire using large hand lines and elevated master streams.

A total of 6 fire engines, 2 ladder/tower trucks, 2 fire rescue units, 7 Chief Officers, and 1 Air Truck were used to extinguish the fire. Fire Command was able to give a “Fire Out” at approximately 1 a.m. with the continuation of mop up operations and checking for hot spots throughout the night.  

Northbound traffic on State Road A-1-A was detoured from 4th Street South to Brevard Avenue due to fire operations between 3rd and 4th Streets South. The road continues to remain closed so that Cocoa Beach Fire Department crews can continue to water down the hot spots in the smoldering remnants to prevent flare-ups. Northbound A1A will remain closed until the scene is deemed safe, according to Cocoa Beach Fire Chief Ryan Duckworth.

The State Fire Marshall is on scene and working with Cocoa Beach Fire Department Fire Marshall Mark Amaral to investigate what started the inferno.  There is no time frame as to how long the investigation will take, but crews are working to get the scene safe for investigators to begin their task and to get northbound A1A re-opened, Duckworth stated.

Neuharth passed away in April 2013 and the estate was later sold to a new owner for over $4 million.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Charges Dropped Against Horn-blowing FLORIDA TODAY Delivery Man

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COCOA BEACH, Florida – The Florida State Attorney's Office has dropped charges against the FLORIDA TODAY newspaper delivery man after reviewing dash cam video aboard the carrier's vehicle. CBS affiliate WKMG Local 6 has the exclusive story.


  COCOA BEACH, Florida – Investigators with the Cocoa Beach Police Department have arrested a FLORIDA TODAY newspaper carrier and charged him with aggravated assault following a shooting that occurred on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

USA Today Punk’d By FLORIDA TODAY George Zimmerman Article

SANFORD, Florida — The FLORIDA TODAY newspaper, which covers Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast, has had less opportunity to publish local news stories of national and worldwide importance following the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program in 2011.    

Then came along the opportunity for FLORIDA TODAY to be in the national spotlight once again with the Trayvon Martin murder trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford which lies in neighboring Seminole County.

“In addition to providing online and print coverage for our readers, FLORIDA TODAY also was tasked with providing reaction coverage for our other Gannett properties throughout the country and for USA Today,” FLORIDA TODAY Executive Editor Bob Stover wrote in his article titled Teamwork, hustle lead to success: Staff reacts quickly after late verdict in Zimmerman trial.  “Planning coverage of a big news story is a little like planning a military campaign…Enterprise Editors John McCarthy and Mara Bellaby mapped out a plan that deployed reporters Mackenzie Ryan and Rick Neale and visual journalists Craig Bailey and Breuse Hickman to Sanford.”

“On Saturday, McCarthy was in the newsroom leading the execution of the plan.  He was aided by Sara Camodeca, who was coordinating with our wire desk and design studio,” Stover continued.  “When the verdict was read just before 10 p.m., our team in Sanford started recording the reactions, producing videos for the Web and writing an article for print….  It was deadline hustle at its best, helped tremendously by good planning.  The result of their work is shown here.”

But as military history has shown, some of the most thorough planning can result in disaster with a surprise counter-offensive.  And this time, it wasn’t Charlie coming out of the Vietnamese jungle bush.  Instead, it was “Howie” attacking from the “Felterbush” that became FLORIDA TODAY‘s Waterloo.

Despite a similar prank recently done on San Franciso’s KTVU that misreported the Asiana flight 214’s pilot names, and the large number of FLORIDA TODAY personnel named by Stover who worked on the George Zimmerman story, Crowds react to George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, the article went out on the Associated Press wires and was published in USA Today and other Gannett publications with the following quote or slight variations: 

Howie Felterbush stood on the outskirts of the demonstration crowd, watching.  “Justice was rendered,” he said.  “That’s why we have trials instead of (verdicts based on) public opinion.”  Felterbush was in Orlando earlier in the day and came to the courthouse to offer an opposing view.  “That wasn’t to be had,” he said.  “There was 95 percent Trayvon supporters.”

The article goes on to read that “The Melbourne resident believes the jury made the right decision, but he didn’t say it very loudly. The 49-year old [Who just punk’d FLORIDA TODAY] declined to be interviewed on video, saying he was uncomfortable because of the “state of things.”

The trick played on the FLORIDA TODAY reporter by a Brevard County resident would come as little surprise to locals who know of the long-term animosity by residents against the paper.  Brevard residents, which lean center-right and are comprised of a large number of active and retired military, space, and defense workers with hard science degrees, often view FLORIDA TODAY ‘s editors and reporters as ultra-left, not-so-bright as the residents, or both. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Florida Today Begins Paid Subscription For Online News

MELBOURNE, Florida — Florida Today announced today that its online “open house” has ended and that viewers will now be prompted to buy a subscription to view additional news stories each day.

The change from a free online news paper to a paid subscription model comes on the heels of Florida Today raising its rate for a Sunday newspaper to $3.00.

Meanwhile, has seen rapid growth in its viewers to over 350k per month since its inception less than a year ago.

Florida Today’s parent company Gannett Co., Inc., has experienced a loss of advertising revenue ever since the beginning of the 2008 financial collapse.

Gannett had implemented a series of layoffs last year and is in the process of offering buyouts to some senior employees.

Gannett’s stock price improved after the round of layoff last year and closed yesterday at $15.61 per share.

Florida Today has been Brevard County’s main local news source for over 40 years, covering Titusville, Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, and other Brevard County communities on Florida’s Space Coast.

UPDATE: After running with the story at 7 a.m. today and receiving negative comments, Florida Today re-ran the story with comments disabled at 10 a.m.  However, you can feel free to leave your comments below, no signup is necessary to comment on Brevard Times.

SECOND UPDATE; It appears the comments on the second article were turned on around noon.