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The Immigration Debate

My “little home town(avon park, fl)”:,GGGL:2006-14,GGGL:en&q=avon+park%2C+fl (where I still live) does not often receive national attention. And I can’t ever remember it making the International stage.
bq.A city council in central Florida has rejected a by-law that would have been among the strictest local legislation in the US against illegal immigrants. Members of the Avon Park council voted 3-2 against the by-law, or ordinance, after a heated five-hour debate. – “BBC(US city votes down immigrant bill)”: Personally, I was not very persuaded by most of the arguments against the ordinance (not that there were not valid arguments, but I didn’t hear any of the speakers I saw making them). Ultimately, though, the city would have spent a fortune on court costs if the vote had gone the other way. And now the debate returns to the federal level, which is where it should be. And Avon Park can slip back into obscurity once more.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.