Laura DiBella, Former Nassau County Economic Development Director and head of the Ocean Highway and Port Authority of Nassau County, has accepted a position this week in Florida Governor Rob DeSantis’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Commerce for the State of Florida. You read it here first.
In her new position, which she assumes July 25, Ms. DiBella reports directly to Governor Ron DeSantis as the position of Secretary of Commerce is vacant, essentially making Ms. DiBella the unofficial or acting Secretary of Commerce.
If she excels in her new job could the Secretary of Commerce job be hers? Why not, I haven’t heard of anyone else waiting in the wings to fill the position. But I’m getting way ahead of the story here.
Jamal Allen Sowell, the former Secretary of Commerce, resigned as Secretary to attend military training for the United States Navy Reserve.
Ms. DiBella, successfully served as Nassau County Economic Development Director from 2014 to October 2019 and unpaid Director for the Ocean Highway and Port Authority of Nassau County. She resigned those positions to assume the newly created position as Executive Director of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association in Tallahassee.
The very professional, personable, and attractive Ms. DiBella, who looks like she just stepped off the pages of Vogue Magazine, is a tough lady who doesn’t back down when she knows she’s right.
Diplomatically dealing with a squabbling Nassau County board of Commissioners, an indecisive Port Authority Board, and the loopy Fernandina Beach City Commission prepared this tough-as-nails gal for anything that lays ahead.
In a letter announcing her departure from Nassau County in October 2019 Ms. DiBella was gracious, polite, and offered to assist in the transition to a new director and aid on ongoing projects. Her list of successes in attracting businesses and jobs to our community is lengthy and lasting.
There is no doubt this talented lady will be an asset to the state and its citizens.
Biden lies about inflation, refuses to free up oil production and pipelines, tells us our southern border is closed and says the economy is doing great.
He told us he never spoke to his son Hunter about his business dealings, but a voice message on Hunter’s laptop contradicts that whopper. Biden lies about the most critical issues facing Americans, but nobody in the press says, wait a minute here are the facts, and they don’t support what he and his staff are saying.
Biden demands that independent mom and pop owners of gas stations lower their prices and “do it now.” He has no idea that oil companies no longer own the gas stations. Small independent business owners do. Here’s a guy who has never driven to work, or ever met a payroll. He has no idea how the economy works.
He refuses to allow energy companies to drill offshore or on federal lands and admits he wants to destroy the fossil fuel industry. He recently sold millions of barrels of our oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to other countries including China. He’s either one of dumbest people in America or hates the American public, probably a combination of both.
He’s a lying liar who lies because it’s what comes naturally to him.
No matter how loud they yell about fossil fuels it doesn’t change anything.
Americans depend on petroleum not only for transportation and heating but for a critical array of vital necessities ranging from face masks, fertilizer, plastic containers, medical catheters and sutures, food packaging items and so much more.
Do you have an electric car or a bicycle? Streets are paved with asphalt which is made from petroleum bitumen.
November can’t get here fast enough.
Two Great Reads: The best baseball book I’ve ever read is Roger Kahn’s 1972 best-seller, “The Boys of Summer”. It ranks as not only the best baseball book I’ve ever read, but one of the best books I’ve ever read.
You don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate it. It’s a book that prolific American author James Michener called “A work of high purpose and poetic accomplishment. The finest American book on sports.”
It’s a book about the Brooklyn Dodgers, growing up in Brooklyn, about newspapermen, about breaking the color barrier, about happiness, post war America, sadness, courage, victory, loss and more.
Looking back, if life were fair Los Angeles would have been awarded the new Mets franchise in 1962 and the Dodgers would have stayed in Brooklyn. But sadly, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo, Don Newcombe, etc. were on the roster on opening day in Los Angeles in 1958.
I’m currently reading another book about baseball that is equally hard to put down. It’s a compilation by its author, Joe Posnanski, of who he considers the 100 best baseball players to ever play the game.
If you’re baseball fan this is a book for you. You may not agree with Posnanski but that’s OK, the book is crammed with facts and statistics and stories about players that I’d never heard or read anywhere else.
It is a doorstop 869 pages long and isn’t meant to be read at three or four sittings but left on the night stand and picked up when you want to be delightfully entertained by an excellent sports writer and story teller.
Number 100 on Posnanski’s list is Ichiro Suzuki, number 50 is Nolan Ryan. Number 1? Buy the book or get it at the library.
A Rare Opportunity: Amelia Island boasts some very talented and nationally celebrated authors, newsmen, TV producers, business executives, commentators, and policy makers.
Resident Neal Freeman is all of those rolled into one.
You will have an opportunity to meet and hear Neal, during one of his rare local public appearances Tuesday, July 19, at Walker’s Landing at the Amelia Island Plantation when he will be honored at a benefit for the Boy Scouts of America. A reception begins at 6 pm and dinner and the program at 7 pm. You can register online at www.nfcscouting.org/AVD or by calling Rick Grunz, 904/388-0591, ext. 124.
Neal was a friend and confidant of William Buckley, Washington DC Bureau Chief of the National Review, produced more than 1,000 TV programs and won Emmys and a Peabody, was a friend and appointee of President Ronald Reagan, producer of the “Firing Line” TV show, book author, CEO of a communications and investment company, and so much more.
For an evening you’ll spend many happy hours chatting to your bar buddies about make a reservation to attend this event. You will not regret it.
Go Away Or Add To The Conversation: Liberal Coleman Langshaw, a frequent commentor on this site, has worn out his welcome.
The snarling, pompous, holier-than-thou pretentious little nuisance, appears to think his role is to lecture me and readers in this space. His Miss Grundy liberal scoldings have worn thin, tracking the impotent rage of a four-year-old sprawled on the kitchen floor demanding a pre-dinner cookie.
In fact, he was so distraught last week that he demanded I tone my language down and threatened to cease commenting saying: “I think that I too should no longer participate in such a forum, unless the tone and tenor improves drastically, and immediately.”
He even demanded that I offer another disgruntled reader an apology adding: “Dave, if you are reading this, you owe Ms. Harbin a heartfelt and honest apology.”
His arrogance knows no bounds. If this is the last we hear from him so be it. All he has ever offered here is stupefied and angry indignation when someone disagrees with him or his viewpoints.
His constant state of pompous outrage offered an occasional chuckle but has become tiring and repetitious.
Drinking, Dining & Dancing: Piano man John Springer and his drummer sidekick, Rob Taylor, will perform at an open-to-the-public American Legion Post 54 event Saturday, July 23 during the Post’s Italian night dinner from 5-8 pm. The duo will also perform Monday, August 15 at the Centre Street Alley, from 5-8 for an American Legion Post fund raiser.