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Sheriff Ric Bradshaw Recognizes Heroic Officers and Public During the Annual PBSO Awards Ceremony

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Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) recognized the many men and women who courageously serve the residents of Palm Beach County during the Annual PBSO Awards Ceremony.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office held the annual awards ceremony at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach. The awards are to honor deputies, volunteers, and civilians to recognize their efforts at helping citizens of Palm Beach County.

Sheriff Bradshaw congratulated the best of the best, including the general public, who have done outstanding things and to honor and thank PBSO employees for doing a good job and paying attention to the community to make sure everyone is safe.

Bradshaw also congratulated Det. Erin Giannotti as Investigator of the month for Special Investigations and Financial Crimes.

Det. Giannotti investigated exploitation of the elderly case in which a bookkeeper allegedly wrote checks to herself from the victim’s account without consent. The victim is legally blind, and the suspect used this to exploit the victim. Det. Giannotti gathered financial and medical documentation needed to prove the case.

The medical records showed that the victim was legally blind, but did not suffer from memory loss and did not forget that she gave consent as the suspect claimed.

The suspect stole $88,443 from the victim, who was a vulnerable adult on a fixed income. The suspect was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony.

Det. Giannotti successfully investigated this case while handling a large caseload of other complicated financial crimes.

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Rural America needs help with Affordable Housing

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America has been facing the issue of affordable housing in major cities and fast-growing urban areas for so many years now, that we almost take it for granted. But what we did not see coming, as a nation, was the same problem sprouting in rural America. This is what is going on, right now, as people from all financial spectrums struggle to find a house that they can afford. Here is why and which solutions should be looked at.

Not enough Jobs, Education and Health Care Availability

What explains housing difficulties is the same as in all other economic sectors: The offer is not sufficient for the demand. And why is that, in rural America? The answer is simple: There are not enough jobs to be handed out in these parts. Also, the children lack sufficient education, and the people are not provided with good health care facilities. Therefore, you don’t find contractors that want to build more homes to invest in the future, in these regions, even though there are more people living there, every year.

Also, most of the houses that exist need to be renovated. They require new facade systems, in order to become more energy efficient. The people that live in these parts, barely make enough to make ends meet, and they have to pay higher energy bills, simply because they can’t afford new aluminium windows and doors, that would greatly reduce their costs. New sustainable materials need to be added outside their walls, to protect their home from high or low temperatures outside. But instead, they are simply fighting each other to find a house that they can live in, at an inflated price, and that won’t even provide them sufficient protection in the warmest and coolest months of the year.

Public Investment is required to start the Process

Money is at the core of the problem. To built more houses, or to renovate the ones that already exist in rural America, a large investment will need to be made. Since it is clear that private owners are scared to enter into this rebuilding of the land by themselves, the different levels of governments need to envision new help plans that will make all this possible. But it isn’t the only investment they must make.

Today, wages are not growing as fast as they were before. We find ourselves in uncertain times, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the current war going on in Ukraine. Having a larger part of the population to buy a house, is simply impossible in view of these issues. And yet, this is exactly what rural America needs. Therefore, young adults need to be helped, in some ways, in order to create a larger group of potential home buyers. This will help kick-start the market of housing in rural America, which hopefully will create a dynamic that will continue on, with wealthier individuals investing in construction, in these areas.

Affordable housing has become a necessity in rural America. Otherwise, small towns will continue to disappear. This is not a long-term solution for a growing America, that wants to lead by example.

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