NASA public hearing

Captain Bob Jaspers is a local fishing guide and a longtime correspondent of mine. He posted this firsthand account of the recent public hearing in Titusville regarding the NASA commercial development proposal. (reprinted with permission.)

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From: Capt. Bob Jaspers <>
Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: [CFFA] Proposed CVLC on KSC

Monday I went to the 6:00 meeting in Titusville. There weren’t as many anglers there as I’d have liked to have seen, or CCA members, BFFA members, or CFFA members either. Not including myself, I saw two other fulltime fishing guides there. The majority were either Space Center workers or transplanted retirees from the Titusville area. I heard the earlier meeting held at 1:00 in Titusville was much smaller and less outspoken against the proposal.

The main focus from the 6:00 meeting attendees seemed to be either protecting their own interests in saving their access to the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon, or Playalinda Beach, or Continue reading “NASA public hearing”

email practices

I maintain the website for the Florida Unitiarian-Universalist District. The District Executive Rev. Kenn Hurto has written some guidelines for effective use of email in congregational life (pdf document). If you’ve ever been involved in a nasty or emotional email storm with a club or volunteer group, you might find it a useful and interesting read. For instance, one suggestion Kenn makes is to

Never use E-mail to negotiate anything more important than an appointment. Negotiation is an interaction, a back and forth dialogue best done in person. Exception: you may use E-mail when working out emotionally neutral text language to an agreement or something like by-laws revisions.


cool ocean vehicle


This is a capture from the hi-res webcam I keep as my desktop background at work. Its the Jupiter Inlet about 3 hours south of Orlando. I’ve featured this webcam before.

salvage bargeThis week, a research/salvage vessel showed up in the webcam photos. I’ve seen this thing in person last year parked in the surf at a public beach in south Brevard County. I stopped and asked someone what it was, because it looks like a miniature oil platform.  It is a shipwreck salvage barge, its powered, and carries pumps and hoses for dredging and exploring the ocean floor. It evidently works various sites up and down the east coast.

When not in use, they just motor over to some public beach, crank down the three steel pylons on each corner which lifts the hull out of the water, and then ferry the crew to shore in a dinghy. I don’t know if they keep someone on board or not, doesn’t seem that it would be necessary.

I thought it was pretty cool that it showed up on my daily webcam.

NASA development, pt 2

The Orlando Sentinel this morning led with the story about the possible closures of south Mosquito lagoon and Playalinda Beach. Its still all highly speculative. Public hearings begin tonight, but they are all over on the coast. A little inconvenient for me to get to on a weekday.Daytona Beach News Journal had some coverage late last week as well.

My previous post.

Yes, this is the beach in jeopardy.

Austen with castnet, 2005

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open call for Turandot supers

There is an open casting call for supers and specialty performers in the April 4-8 Orlando Opera production of Puccini’s Turandot. This is going to be a huge show. Contact me if you’d like more details or are interested in applying for any of these non-singing roles:

  • Prince of Persia. Attractive young male featured only in Act 1
  • Drummer . Well built man must convincingly mime playing on stage drums, featured only in Act 1
  • 7-8 acrobats . Mixed group of men women and children featured only in Act 2
  • 3 Executioners. Well built men with martial arts or dance skills will be featured throughout the show, they will be costumed shirtless
  • 8 Adult women (Popolo.) They will be mixed in with the chorus and be called to all chorus stagings
  • 5-6 children (Popolo.) They will be mixed in with the chorus and be called to all chorus stagings
  • 4-6 male servants for Ping, Pang, Pong. They will be featured throughout the show and will be called to all chorus Stagings plus some additional daytime rehearsal will also be necessary
  • 2 male Governors. They will be used throughout the show and be called to all Chorus stagings Except the first two
  • 8 super Sirens. (young attractive women, must move well) Should be at least 16 years old, will be featured in Act 2
  • 16 male guards. They will be called to all chorus stagings

Commercial Spaceport?

spaceport depiction from  NASA proposalNASA is proposing to build a “Commercial Vertical Launch Complex” (CVLC) on property at or near the Kennedy Space Center. This initiative hasn’t received much press (here’s an article in Florida Today), but there’s been some chatter on my fishing lists, because this would have a direct impact on access to, and closings of, some nice fishing grounds in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

The project is contemplating two possible sites, one is in undeveloped marshland at the south end of Mosquito Lagoon, and the other near the beach between some existing launch pads. I think the best solution would be to rebuild or redevelop one of the existing abandoned launch pads. There are dozens of them out there, but they are on adjacent Air Force property and there are jurisdictional issues.

The next step is soliciting public input and preparing a draft Environmental Assessment of the two proposed sites. No long range timeline is suggested.

Four page NASA propsal, February 2008. (in pdf format)


We opened last night to a packed house, and lots of laughter. Great fun! I am a Rasputin-like character, one of the eccentric collection of party guests. We sing, we waltz, we polka, we fall down. I am unrecognizable. If the slideshow doesn’t work below, go directly to the flickr photoset here. See the 2/17 Sentinel review in the comments.

The old makeshift crew, Seth, Theresa and Bob, backstage at Die Fledermaus, Tosca, and Il Pagliacci.
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