Ammo Shortage Continues

Widespread ammunition shortages continue to affect stores. The photo below shows the sparse shelves at the Coconut Creek Walmart.

The most common calibers are nowhere to be seen. Nothing for the most popular rifles either – no .223, 7.62×39, nor .308.
What is on the shelves? Ammo for relatively unpopular rifles such as 7mm, .243, .270, 300, and 30-06. There is also a limited amount of shotgun cartridges.
We have seen this at this store for several months now. Occasionally we see small quantities of .308. Once we saw a few boxes of 9mm and there was a line of people buying it.
Online the situation may be improving slightly but many stores are out of stock on the most common ammunition.

Gunfire In South County Regional Park?

Early this morning, perhaps from 6 – 7:20 am, we heard approximately 15 shots that seemed to come from South County Regional Park, in groups of 3-5 rounds.
We’re not sure what that was. It was not enough for any kind of target shooting competition. Maybe the golf course is trying to take out some kind of nuisance animals, like geese?
We’d love to hear from locals. If anyone knows what those sounds were, please post a comment, or send us an e-mail.

West Boca Man Arrested: Saturnia Resident

William Sands

Reports indicate a Saturnia resident, William Sands,was arrested by the Palm Beach Sheriff on drug charges.
The initial report we read in the Palm Beach Post indicated that Sands was working with a Delray Beach man and that synthetic marijuana was found in a warehouse just north of the library on 441.
We did a little research and found some more details. According to CorporationWiki (which claims to draw its records from official state records), the two men are associated with a few companies including CatchPoint Services, Domsco, and the appropriately named Mary Jane LLC. Mary Jane is a common nickname for marijuana.
The Sheriff lists Sands’ address on Skyridge Circle, which is in the Saturnia development on the far west end of Boca Raton, near the end of Yamato Road. Tax Assessor records indicate the property owners have a completely different last name and a California mailing address. This suggests that Mr. Sands might be a renter.
Here’s the Sheriff’s record on Sands’ arrest:

Human Trafficking in South Florida: A Growing Industry?

Over 32 billion dollars is annually garnered by the fastest growing industry in the world. This industry is second only to drug trafficking, but its impact is much more inhumane than drugs—it is human sex trafficking. This industry is occurring all over the world, yet the awareness remains low. Last Thursday, October 11th, Florida Atlantic University and Calvary Church tried to combat the low awareness levels by showing the hard-hitting documentary called Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. Hundreds of students, faculty, and guests gathered in the University theater to watch as a group of film makers travelled from Europe, to Asia, and back to the United States to get answers on the striking and complex industry.

Perhaps the most remarkable fact is that South Florida is one of the top entry points in the U.S. for foreign human trafficking victims. There have been multiple arrests made involving traffickers— including an infamous arrest during the 2010 Super Bowl where two men were arrested for advertising sex with a 14-year-old on Craigslist. While the facts are daunting, they can only do so much. The most important thing that citizens can do is be aware of the signs of human trafficking victims and raise awareness within the local community, because the horrors of this industry are not foreign to South Florida and are quickly spreading.
Ways to help:
1) Get involved with the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition
2) Learn the truth behind the industry – Shared Hope and Polaris Project
3) Spread the word or e-mail and/or write the state and federal legislation to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1301/HR 2830)
This pamphlet by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (pdf) provides an overview of human trafficking, aid for the victims, and how to identify human trafficking victims.

A Hotwire-Insura Security Problem in Boca Falls:

We reported some time ago on Hotwire Communications problems in Boca Falls.
Now we can add another to the list. But first, we received this notice:

Hotwire representatives will be on site to assist with any chronic technical issues … with Internet and television services … at the Boca Falls clubhouse Thursday 9/20 (tomorrow) from 4-7 pm.

As for the Insura Security, Hotwire included a deal as part of the package. For the first year it’s about $10/month, and goes up after that.
We have two problems. One is a security issue I won’t detail for, well, security reasons. It’s minor, but we still want to get it fixed. The other problem is that our “alarm system monitoring certificate” fails to indicate it covers the fire alarm. Thus we’re not getting the complete break on our insurance that we should.
So I call Hotwire support today to get this addressed. First I call the main customer service number. The call gets answered fairly quickly after a mildly annoying phone-computer system. But the person who answers tells me I need to call a different number, which I then see is mentioned on the alarm certificate.
So I call that number: 855-637-1554. This is for Insura by Hotwire. And we get another computer answering the phone – yet another example of a company using computers because they’re cheaper and less effective than paying someone in India $2/hour.
This computer asks me where I am – Boca Raton – it gets that right. Then it asks for my last name. I say it. This is where it bogs down. It apparently can’t find me in the system. It keeps giving me names of people who are not me. I keep saying no. We go around in circles a few times. I keep hitting Zero on the keypad, but that does nothing. I’m never offered a chance to speak to a person.
So after 5 or 6 tries I give up and call back to Hotwire. Now I wait another few minutes before getting a person. And the person tells me he’s never dealt with an alarm system question before. That’s just great. I tell him I’d like to speak to his supervisor. I get put on hold. For a while. That’s plenty of time for me to start writing this article.
I don’t get his supervisor, however. I get a woman who works with the alarm systems. She seems pretty clueless about the 855 phone number that doesn’t work. She tells me she’ll send out a corrected alarm certificate to us. We’ll see if we actually get that. As for the minor security issue, she says someone will call me to set up a time to come to the house.
Now we wait to see if they deliver on that. I’m not confident.