FL Man Faces 5 Years In Prison For Releasing A Balloon Bouquet

As I put my fingers to keyboard to type out an intro to this article, I took a long, deep breath & sighed…then I realized that act is almost a pre-post ritual for me these days. Either I am getting particularly ornery and snarky in my middle-young age or else the world around me is getting to be more insane by the minute…or both?

A man is facing a possible FIVE YEAR PRISON TERM…for releasing a bundle of balloons…tell me that doesn’t spin your head around backwards at least once…?!

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From the Sun Sentinel“Anthony Brasfield saw romance when he released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky over Dania Beach with his sweetie. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw a felony.

Brasfield, 40, and his girlfriend, Shaquina Baxter, were in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Dania Beach Boulevard when he released the shiny red and silver mylar balloons and watched them float away Sunday morning.

Also watching the romantic gesture: an FHP trooper, who instead noted probable cause for an environmental crime.

Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals, plants, etc. under the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act.

Endangered marine turtle species and birds, such as wood storks and brown pelicans, seek refuge in John U. Lloyd State Park, about 1.5 miles east of the motel.

Between 2008 and 2012, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there were 21 arrests statewide under the rarely used environmental crime statute. The third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.”  Source: Sun Sentinel

That Florida would be the state to charge a man with a felony for releasing a batch o’ love balloons for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day really isn’t all that shocking if you consider that this is the same state about to name a college stadium after a private prison corporation. I wonder if GEOGroup is really getting hard up for new clients, er, customers…uh…prisoners..! and is applying pressure on state officials to provide more  ‘criminals’ for them…or if this officer is really such an ignorant hardass as to see no other possible choice (outrageous things like oh..a warning ticket, a few minutes of environmental education…) but to slap someone making a romantic (tho careless/stupid) gesture with a full out FELONY charge which will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in the end?

15 comments on “FL Man Faces 5 Years In Prison For Releasing A Balloon Bouquet

  1. genomega1 says:

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    FL Man Faces 5 Years In Prison For Releasing A Balloon Bouquet

  2. Serenity says:

    Sounds likes he was trying to reach his quota. WOW!!! Really reaching there, wasn’t he? A warning would have been sufficient enough. It is pollution but to make this particular act a felony and jail time??? WOW!!!

    • I just know that I will feel MUCH safer once this balloon-releaser is off our streets and separated from society for the next few years! Think of the chaos that we’d have if Ociffer Friendly hadn’t intervened in time..! Balloon releasing could lead to public outbreaks of smile and hugging…oh the horror, right?!

      Sorry…this story rattles my brain and I get carried away. It’s just insane and beyond.

  3. Serenity says:

    Reblogged this on Serenity's Musings.

  4. Thanks so much for the reblogs!

  5. ephraiyim says:

    In Florida, especially in a city such as Miami one might get manslaughter for intentionally killing a rival gang member and serve 7 or 8 years of a 25 yr sentence because the prisons are so overcrowded. Just watch though they will throw the book at this poor guy and he’ll end up serving at least half.
    (Please do not mistake my remarks for being against sentence reforms and prison closings in general.) Personally I think we need to go back to a system where the state merely aids the injured party in seeking damages for whatever may be alleged instead of an adversarial one whereby the state alleges itself to have somehow been the injured party.
    In law there can be NO Crime unless there is a victim and a hypothetical injury is NO injury at all. If people really want to learn about they way law should be they can start by reading Bastiat’s ” The Law” written in 1850 it is THE beginning to understanding what has gone wrong with our system today.
    Here is a link to a free PDF that will open in one’s browser which one may then choose to save by clicking on the icon that looks like a diskette in the bottom right hand corner http://mises.org/books/thelaw.pdf

    • I’ve visited prisons in Florida and yikes…they are a real mess heap. On the trip down there I took photos of huge billboards warning against the prison time for gun offenses and whatnot. It was creepy the way things are just ‘advertised’ so openly. They’ve embraced prison and private prison industry with more gusto than any other state, I think. Oh yes…Gub’ner Bush…’nuff said.

      Thanks so much for the link; I’ll follow it up in the morning. I agree with you about the need to reform and return our judicial system back to more basic duties. Even referring to it as a judicial system seems like something of a joke…criminalization system would be more fitting right now, wouldn’t it?

  6. janetspillows says:

    Please tell me it’s all a big joke! A man releases balloon out of love and might get 5 yrs??? What the?? . The world has truly gone mad. Actually the officer must be a miserable human being who has gone mad.

    • Oh but that it were a joke! It’s a very real nightmare, I’m afraid. Agreed that the world has gone mad…if not beyond. The number of events that rattle my brain and boggle my mind just seem to be increasing by the day. And the officer…well…sometimes karma seems like an awfully slow option, doesn’t it? ;-)

  7. Arina says:

    What a waste of court time… I do understand the seriousness of the fact that he was within two miles of a wildlife area. Balloons certainly aren’t good for animals, but good grief… If they want to make an example of him – just fine him and let him go. They are making fools of themselves.

  8. Arina says:

    Reblogged this on bitch, i will cut you. and commented:
    Oh. My. Gawd.

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