Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Folio Weekly Editor Exposes St. Augustine Record Editor Threatening Reader After Threat From Deputy JEREMY BANKS' Lawyer, CLAUDE ROBERT McLEOD, II, a/k/a "MAC McLEOD"


SOMEBODY’S LYING
An activist accuses the St. Augustine Record of bowing 
to pressure from Jeremy Banks' attorney. The paper accuses her of spreading misinformation




By Jeffrey C. Billman
Posted 9/17/14
“Clara, I need your help. Will you help me?"

The voice on the other end of the phone belonged to Kathy Nelson, the director of audience/editor of the St. Augustine Record.

"I will if I can," Clara Waldhari responded. It was 10:59 a.m. on Sept. 9. The conversation lasted seven minutes and 23 seconds, according to Waldhari's phone records. Throughout, Waldhari took detailed notes — a habit she says she picked up many years ago while earning a master's degree in journalism. (She later worked as a book editor, and is now retired.)

Nelson, she says, told her she'd received a phone call early in the morning — 1 or 2 a.m. — from Robert L. "Mac" McLeod, the attorney for St. Johns Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Banks, whom Waldhari and many others believe killed his girlfriend Michelle O'Connell on Sept. 2, 2010. (O'Connell's death, caused by a bullet fired from Banks' gun, has been ruled a suicide.) McLeod was threatening to sue the Record unless Nelson reined in Waldhari's comments about Banks on the newspaper's website, Nelson told her. Nelson told Waldhari to never again use the words "Jeremy Banks," or "sick dog" or "murderer" in reference to Jeremy Banks. If she violated these rules, her posts would be unpublished and she would be banned.

"I don't want any more calls from a lawyer at two in the morning," Waldhari says Nelson told her.

That afternoon, Waldhari 
fired off an email to Nelson: 
"Mac MacLeod [sic] is advocating for his client. Why would The Record fold? Don't you see? They are trying to shut up ANOTHER woman." Still, she promised to abide by Nelson's edict. "I intend to write advocacy pieces that support drawing attention to Michelle's death, not as a challenge to you or Mac or anyone else, but because this is important. … I believe, according to your rules of posting, that I get three warnings. This is number one. I heard you loud and clear."

Waldhari says Nelson never responded.

Waldhari then shared her story with fellow activist Ed Slavin, who posted it on his blog, cleanupcityofstauagustine.blogspot.com. "A member of the [Florida] Bar calling a party represented by corporate counsel at two in the morning is unethical," Slavin wrote.

Slavin says he called Nelson and left a detailed message, then sent her a letter to the editor. Nelson never got back to him to dispute Waldhari's story, which he took as an "admission of silence," he says.

That same day, the Record posted a rote story about Gov. Rick Scott's campaign visit to Fruit Cove, omitting the part where he dodged Michelle O'Connell's sister, who was waiting in line to speak with the governor about her family's demand for a coroner's inquest into Michelle's death. Waldhari posted a comment asking why the Record had ignored what other media outlets had highlighted. Within an hour, she says, the story had vanished from the home page, relegated to a nether region accessible only by the website's search bar. She assumed the paper was trying to silence her voice. And that was when she decided she'd had enough.

On Sept. 10, she wrote an email asking the paper to delete her account. On Sept. 11, a Record staffer responded, "I will have them remove your account."

"There are things that are right, and there are things that are wrong," Waldhari says. "The stance the paper is taking — it's not journalism, it's propaganda."

If her story is correct, it indeed paints the Record in a less-than-positive light — cowed by flimsy legal threats (Banks is, after all, a public figure), or perhaps overly deferential to the official narrative. (Just last year, in fact, Nelson drew national ridicule when she answered The New York Times' deeply researched story that laid bare the problems with the investigation into O'Connell's death with a page one article suggesting that St. Augustine was "a victim of big media parachuting into a small town.")

But the Record isn't conceding her veracity.

"There was no middle-of-the-night phone call," says St. Augustine Record publisher Delinda Fogel. "That is simply not true. It simply did not happen."

"I have never called or spoken to Kathy Nelson and have no clue as to why or how this allegation could have started or gained any traction," McLeod wrote in an email. "Anyone that says I have called her or made any complaints about their postings is either wholly ignorant or duplicitous. … I cannot recall the last time I was awake at 2 a.m., much less making phone calls."

Nelson did not respond to a voice mail or email seeking comment. (Fogel called on her behalf.) She did, however, respond to an email McLeod sent after he was contacted by Folio Weekly, in which he asked her to "confirm to others that I have never met, phoned or in any other way communicated with you about any subject, much less the Banks case."

"I can confirm that I never told anyone that and am just as annoyed as you that Clara W. and Ed Slavin have put this misinformation out in the community," Nelson replied. "Clara was warned and then banned from commenting on our website because she continually violated its terms of service."

The commenting rules the Record outlines on its website are fairly boilerplate: Don't use profane or racist language; don't defame or threaten anyone; don't post anything fraudulent or grossly inflammatory. Nelson did not specify which term of service Waldhari had allegedly violated. (A review of Waldhari's comments on the Record's website reveals nothing particularly incendiary, though it's possible those posts were deleted.) Nelson's statement that Waldhari was banned does seem at odds with the email exchange in which Waldhari asked the Record to delete her account.

After learning that the Record was, in essence, calling her a liar, Waldhari told Folio Weekly that she stands by what she said. "I know what I heard. I know what I discussed."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

City Needs Ethics Code for Employees and Former Employees

Fired City Planning and Building Director is already working at McCLURE BLOODWORTH, working as a non-lawyer representing developers before the City. RONALD WAYNE BROWN retired yesterday. He has opened a law firm and will be representing you know who.
Tell your Commissioners you want an Ethics Code that restricts post-employment activities.

FIVE QUOTES ABOUT CORRUPTION

"The accomplice to the crime of corruption is often our own indifference."
-- Bess Myerson, former NYC consumer protection regulator and Miss America

"The more corrupt the state, the more laws."
-- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

"We are corrupted by prosperity."
-- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

“It’s a sad day when you have members of Congress who are literally criminals go undisciplined by their colleagues. No wonder people look at Washington and know this city is broken.”
--- Senator John Forbes Kerry, now U.S. Secretary of State

“It’s a sorry statement about how broken Washington is that we could not take advantage of this unique and sad moment in history and enact serious lobbying reform. We owed it to the people who sent us to Washington to root out corruption, and the Senate turned its back on a golden opportunity today.”
--- Senator John Forbes Kerry

Monday, September 15, 2014

City Never Approved Sublease of 81 St. George Street Lease by Mayor, Ex-Mayor -- Return Requested: IN HAEC VERBA

What do you reckon?


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: lweeks ; mayorboles
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 3:44 pm
Subject: 81 St. George Street - - no written document approving sublease(s) -- please return the property to the City of St. Augustine. Now.

Dear Messrs. Weeks and Boles:
1. Our City of St. Augustine has never approved your sublease(s) of government property.
2. There is no document of any kind approving your sublease(s) of government property.
3. Your subletting government property without the landlord's written permission is a material breach of the lease and unethical. (Paragraph 8, ASSIGNMENT OR SUBLETTING).
4. Your no-bid lease is already an embarrassment to our City and its residents, reported in a Folio Weekly cover story. http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2014/08/folio-weekly-blogger-lease-and-st.html
5. Therefore, please tender the 81 St. George Street property back to the City of St. Augustine to protect our City's global reputation, the public interest and the public fisc. Now.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely,
Ed Slavin
www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com
904-377-4998

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: jpiggott ; ilopez ; rbrown
Cc: ilopez ; jregan ; lfountain
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:37 pm
Subject: Re: 81 St. George Street - - no document approving sublease(s)

Therefore, the sublease is illegal, right? The City can take back the building now. Please do so.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: Jim Piggott
Cc: ilopez ; John Regan ; Lucy Fountain
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:10 pm
Subject: Re: 81 St. George Street documents approving sublease(s); lessee communications requesting extension, modification or amendment of lease

Thank you.

-----
On Sep 15, 2014, at 1:44 PM, Jim Piggott wrote:

Ed,

The City has no sublease approving documents.
Verbal approval from tenant to extend contract. Nothing in writing.
Addendum is attached.

Jim

Jim Piggott
Director, General Services
75 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 825-1010
-----
From: easlavin@aol.com [mailto:easlavin@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 1:07 PM
To: ilopez@cityofstaug.com; John Regan; Lucy Fountain; Jim Piggott
Subject: 81 St. George Street documents approving sublease(s); lessee communications requesting extension, modification or amendment of lease

Please send. Thank you.


RONALD WAYNE BROWN Retires As City Attorney, Opens Law Practice Same Day

Congratulations, everyone!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Brown
To: easlavin
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:37 pm
Subject: Out of Office: 81 St. George Street - - no document approving sublease(s)

I will retire as City Attorney effective September 15, 2014. Should you require assistance from our office, please email our office administrator, Debra Gibson, dgibson@citystaug.com. Should you desire to contact me personally, please direct any correspondence to ron@lawronbrown.com. Thanks. Ron.

Ron Brown, Counselor at Law

A north Florida native, Ron Brown recently retired as City Attorney for St. Augustine, Florida. Prior to that service, he practiced law in St. Augustine for 17 years as a partner in Dobson and Brown, P.A. where he represented numerous condominium and homeowners′ associations across North Florida, as well as represented local government clients including:

Town of Hastings – City Attorney
St. Augustine Beach – City Attorney
St. Johns County Clerk of Court
St. Johns County Tax Collector
St. Johns County Code Enforcement Board
Anastasia Mosquito Control District
Port, Waterway and Beach District
Condominium and Homeowners′ Association Law Experience Includes:

- Developer Turnover

- Covenants and Restrictions Enforcement

- Association Arbitration

- Construction Claims

- Special Assessments

Additional Practice Experience Includes:

- Civil and Commercial Litigation

- Real Property and Land Use Law

- Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation Actions

- Administrative Law before Local and State Agencies

- Appellate Law

Credentials & Professional Associations:

Florida Bar, member in good standing
Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, member in good standing
11th Circuit Court of Appeals: member in good standing
St. John’s County Bar Association: former president and current member in good standing
Ron and his wife, Janice, reside in St. Augustine, Florida.







Sunday, September 14, 2014

MAYOR BOLES SPENDS 1/5 OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS ON HATE RADIO Stations WFOY & WFOY-FM

In 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was murdered in Dallas; I was six years old. I was devastated. I was in awe of JFK and his policies, particularly civil rights (as explained to me by my late father).
In fact, on Halloween 1963, I played JFK, complete with plastic mask. 22 days later, JFK was murdered. I heard the cheers of 3rd and 4th graders up the hall in Mantua, N.J.
Later I read Arthur Schlesinger’s book, A Thousand Days, about the Kennedy Administration – he noted how kids in Dallas cheered. But they cheered at my elementary school. JFK worked to extend civil rights to all and saved the world from conflagration during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was apparent that the Protestant parents of some of the kids in my school hated JFK because he was a Roman Catholic (like me); that is why 3rd and 4th grade children cheered upon news that our President was shot.
In 1968, Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was murdered; I was eleven years old. I was devastated. I supported his run for the presidency and opposed the war in Vietnam. Senator Kennedy spoke from the heart, spontaneously, in the heart of Indianapolis’ ghetto the night that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered:
…we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black. ..
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much. (Applause)
In 1972, the Watergate scandal broke. I was fifteen years old. I watched the scandal unfold, read the New York Times every day and watched the Senate Watergate hearings on TV. Slowly, like all other thinking Americans, came to the conclusion that President Richard Milhous Nixon was a crook. The lessons that I learned watching Watergate shaped the rest of my life – holding governments and corporations accountable to the people and using journalism and law to do it.
I watched Richard Nixon resign and leave office in disgrace in August 1974.
Within days I was enrolled at Georgetown University, where I hoped to watch the criminal trial of Richard Nixon.
There I heard Ralph Nader speak to Georgetown freshmen in Gaston Hall, answering all our questions until the last students left.
The next day, I volunteered to work for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (at age 17 ½) and worked for him and three Senators, earning the nickname of “Fast Eddie” in Kennedy’s office for the speed with which I perambulated about the Senate, U.S. Capitol and environs and performed errands.
A few weeks later, our new President, Gerald Rudolph Ford, pardoned disgraced, resigned ex-president Richard Milhous Nixon. I found out about the Nixon pardon when one of the maids in our dormitory walked in my room and told me about it. I was so angry I punched the wall by my desk, next to the color photo of Robert Kennedy.
Punching the wall hurt – it was made of actual plaster (I was a “hick from the sticks” of Southern New Jersey, where our walls were made of wallboard).
Our country was hurt by Ford’s pardon, which functioned as a never-go-to-jail card, and allowed a criminal politician to avoid a criminal trial, without Nixon ever confessing his guilt.
I watched as anti-Gay haters (like Jerry Falwell) announced a “30 years war against homosexuality,” attempting to declare 10% of Americans were immoral and persona non grata, enacting Nuremberg-style laws (including the Defense of Marriage Act and the recently repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law).
When Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the Supreme Court, Jerry Falwell and other haters opposed her, because she might be pro-choice. Senator Barry Goldwater (R-Arizona) said at a public forum that “every good Christian ought to line up to kick Barry Goldwater in the ass.” Rep. Morris K. Udall responded by passed note, “he’d just turn the other cheek.”
I watched as President Ronald Reagan attacked civil rights and held his first campaign appearance in 1980 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, a KKK stronghold where civil rights workers Cheney, Schwerner and Goodman were arrested on bogus speeding charges, released by the local sheriff and murdered by his friends in the KKK.
I’ve watched as organized bigots, funded by right-wing oil billionaires, have attacked every progressive politician, targeting them.
I've watched as St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR issued t-shirts encouraging violence against anti-war protesters (although he later apologized to me and our community, the t-shirt speaks volumes about the quality of debate in our county).

I've watched SHOAR coverup the September 2, 2010 shooting death of Michelle O'Connell in the home of one of SHOAR's deputies, with his service weapon, aided and abetted by State's Attorneys RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA and BRADLEY KING, Medical Examiner PREGRAG BULIC, M.D. and Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT, who took the Fifth Amendment 75 times in depositions involving his dodgy corporation, which paid some $1.6 billion in settling Medicare and Medicaid fraud charges.
Lately, I’ve watched reprobate St. Augustine MAYOR JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. spend 1/5 of his campaign budget on HATE RADIO for his re-election campaign and law office advertising, soliciting clients.  
Despite his occasionally inspiring efforts to reach out to African-Americans, including Ambassador Andrew Young, BOLES is NOW subsidizing HATE RADIO with thousands of dollars from his personal fortune and campaign coffers.
As Douglas Bloomfield wrote about his late father in the Jerusalem Post in 2009: “To him many of the hate radio voices of today were echoes of one from his youth, Father Charles Coughlin, the rabid anti-Semitic radio preacher who praised Hitler and accused FDR of ‘leaning toward international socialism’ (sound familiar?) and being a tool of the Jews. Dad didn't listen to talk radio; it just made him angry, he said, and he thought most of those on it were "stupid." He said people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and their ilk reminded him of Father Coughlin. He called them ‘aginners.; They don't stand for anything, they just want to tear things and people down and tell you what they're against, he liked to say. ‘They're aginners, not builders,’ he explained. ‘It's always easier to be an aginner.’ The aginners don't have to take any responsibility, they don't have to solve problems. Actually they prefer to create problems for others, he'd say. Often the aginners are haters, racists, elitists. Or they are stirring up rage for purely mercenary reasons. NO PARTY has a monopoly on aginners, although the conservatives appear intent on cornering the market these days and have the greatest access to the mass media - despite absurd claims about the ‘liberal media.’ Race baiting is a popular focus for hate-talkers like Beck, who has accused the president of hating white people, and Limbaugh, who is alerting the nation to the looming crisis created by two black teens beating up a white kid on a Missouri school bus. …When it came to politics, my father and I found little in common, but there was one thing we could agree on - the aginners. Dad would have agreed with The New York Times's resident conservative columnist David Brooks, who said Beck and Limbaugh, with their agenda of fear and hate instead of ideas and policy, aren't going to take over the country, but they are taking over the Republican Party, and that's not good for the country.”
In Arizona, these have reached a fever pitch, and Arizona is becoming, as Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said, “the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
"It’s time for us to do some soul-searching,” Sheriff Dupnik said.
I reckon Sheriff Dupnik is correct.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, won re-election over a Republican Tea Party opponent backed by Sarah Palin, who urged that Giffords was someone who needed to be taken out! “Don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” was how Sarah Palin introduced a map targeting 20 officeholders for their support of health care reform, targeting GIffords’ Congresional district with rifle cross-hairs. Palin’s staff now claims that the cross-hairs were “surveyor’s marks.” That dog won’t hunt.
According to Desert Living Today, quoting Gawker, “Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in the 2010 election, Jesse Kelly, went even further with the violent rhetoric. Kelly’s campaign held an event called ‘Get on Target for Victory in November.’ Description: ‘Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.’”
After Gabrielle Giffords was shot down on Saturday at a Tucson Safeway supermarket, Sarah Palin wrote,” “My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.”
“Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue,” as Francois de la Rochefoucauld said.
Our Founders pledged “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to protecting liberty in our Declaration of Independence.
Some haters would like to read out of the Constitution Hispanics, African-Americans, women, poor people and Gays and Lesbians. These haters are other-directed and would if empowered vote to protect only corporations’ rights (like House Speaker John Boehner).
Haters want to divide us between “us and them” – as Bill Clinton once said, “they’re ‘themming’ us to death.”
They’d like America the way Dick Cheney wanted it – “afraid, very afraid!”
Authoritarians would like to rule the world and destroy our democracy. Senator Robert F. Kennedy said in South Africa June 6, 1966, in the face of the racist Apartheid government there: “"Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation ... It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Real Americans agree with the late Senator Robert Kennedy, who said in the Indianapolis ghetto April 4, 1968: “Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”








Battalla de vino is invidious, conspicuous consumption










Yesterday, September 13, is a date that will live in infamy -- a day of conspicuous, invidious, wasteful consumption and exemplifies how mismanaged our 450th celebration has become under St. Augustine, Florida Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr.

Mayor BOLES' buddy, CHARLES SERAPHIN a/k/a GOOD-TIME "CHARLIE SERAPHIN," is a City Hall hanger-on. CHARLIE SERAPHIN is a dodgy $70,000/year City contractor employee, the failed 450th fundraising consultant, reborn as its marketing consultant.

CHARLIE SERAPHIN also heads the St. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY and misused its resources publicly: when the City's negligence caused a pickup truck to plunge into a Charlotte Street sinkhole in the historic area, caused by City neglect of infrastructure -- the City and its SERAPHIN League of Cities Insurance would not pay the claim. That was wrong. The claim should not have been denied. The City should have advocated for its payment by the Florida League of Cities. Instead, the St. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY, headed by CHARLES SERAPHIN, bailed out the City of St. Augustine and paid for the truck repair, matching community donations. That was so wrong -- those funds are intended for the poor, not to coverup bad city management and dodgy insurance adjusters. That was like burning money raised for charitable purposes.

That's CHARLES SERAPHIN for you -- a former sports marketer who masquerades as a city consultant, doing little of public benefit, a good-ole-boy on the government payroll, a hey-boy in the employ of Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.

CHARLES SERAPHIN -- this frivol, this flop, this fop -- heads a group called the ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC. At Fred Francis Field, sometimes called the Special Event Field, there was an event held by SERAPHIN and his ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC., 44 Avenida Menendez a 501c3 charitable organization that also includes BOLES' cronies, including liquor store owner BARRY BROUDY, MICHAEL LUGO and JIM BABCOCK on its board).

Yesterday, CHARLES SERAPHIN's ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC., held an event: it involved people running about, squirting wine on each other. It is called the "Batalla de vino" or "battle of wine."

Not tasting wine. Not enjoying wine. Not drinking it. Squirting it on each other. How bizarre. How wasteful.

Economist and sociologist Thorsten Veblen coined the term "conspicuous consumption." Wikipedia reports:
Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power—either the buyer's income or the buyer's accumulated wealth. Sociologically, to the conspicuous consumer, such a public display of discretionary economic power is a means either of attaining or of maintaining a given social status.

Moreover, invidious consumption, a more specialized sociologic term, denotes the deliberate conspicuous consumption of goods and services intended to provoke the envy of other people, as a means of displaying the buyer’s superior socio-economic status.


St. Augustine Record Editor KATHY NELSON considers it front page news, and there were several lengthy stories about the ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC. (while the Record refuses to cover local government waste, fraud, abuse, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, flummery, dupery, nincompoopery, potholes, red water and other issues that people care about, including waste by the 450th, and the preponderance of rich-guy events and the lack of free events for all of our people).

Snooty Ponte Vedra rich people (and poseurs and hangers-on) squirting wine on each other is by definition "conspicuous consumption" and may be considered "invidious consumption."

Wasting wine is like wasting food.

Wasting wine is like burning money.

It is in-your-face waste.

It is disgusting.

It promotes the idea that waste is okay.

It is contrary to the dignity and genius of a free people.

It is symbolic of waste by our City government on the 450th commemoration.

While some people don't have enough to eat, and more than 1200 are homeless in our county, and our Mayor said he did not want to be "crippled by compassion," our 450th celebration here in the City of St. Augustine is smeared, bleared and teared with a bunch of invitation-only, rich-guy events, including the conspicuous consumption and wasting of wine.

What immoral degeneracy.
What a waste of wine.
What a waste of time.
What a waste of government resources that CHARLIE SERAPHIN spends city time promoting wine waste to benefit liquor sellers.

Our 450th celebration is disorganized and poorly planned.

What a waste of an opportunity for our 450th celebration to leave lasting legacies, like the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore -- America's Best Idea. www.staugustgreen.com

Oh deer!

Oh, deer!
We went for a walk this morning and saw a great big 'ole deer at 7:05.
We all froze in our tracks, on both sides of the road.
I spoke to her and told her "good morning."
Our dear deer friend nodded, taking several steps toward us.
I spoke to her again, assuring her that our friend the dog was okay, wishing her a wonderful day.
We all stood for a minute, watching each other, admiring her beauty.
She then took off, a beautiful dear deer creature, unafraid, running at a light pace toward the marsh.
Carpe diem! Seize the day!
Enjoy your Sunday wherever your are. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

20% OF MAYOR BOLES' CAMPAIGN SPENDING ON HATE RADIO STATION WFOY & WFOY-FM

Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR advertises both his Mayor's campaign and his law practice on WFOY and WFOY-FM -- hate radio.
BOLES has spent the Lion's Share -- more than 20% of what he has spent so far ($2475.00 of $12,184.25 spent to date).
WFOY, WFOY-FM and PHILLIPS BROADCASTING LLC are most noted for being a radio station catering to hick political hacks and:
1. Devoting most of each day to radio programming hating President Barack Obama, "FemiNazis," Liberals, African-Americans, Gays and Lesbians and trial lawyers. Featured haters every day are RUSH LIMBAUGH, LAURA INGRAHAM, SEAN HANNETY, et al. (The Call of the Riled, as Bill Maher calls it). Every right-wing bit of buttery, paranoid, delusional psychosis can be heard on this one-sided station, where JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. has spent 1/5 of his entire campaign budget.
2. Founding by KEVIN L. GEDDINGS, indicted, convicted and imprisoned for five federal fraud felonies involving receipt of more than $228,000 from Scientific Games International, not disclosed when he received the job as Lottery Commissioner of North Carolina (later released by federal court order after new precedent on honest services fraud involving federal officials).
3. Incompetent news coverage, including election night 2006, when the election of reformers sent the PHILLIPS & Co. over the edge.
4. Pay-to-play radio programming.
5. Inept engineering that historically sent most of the station's signal over the Atlantic Ocean, to be heard only be cetaceans.
6. Failure to fulfill its professional responsibility to provide news coverage of our Nation's Oldest City.
7. Constant bias toward the corrupt political machine, the rich and powerful and smug indifference to human suffering (e.g., Michelle O'Connell and injustices perpetrated by Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR).
8. Completely ignoring diversity, including ignoring Civil Rights progress here in St. Augustine.
9. Being out of touch with young, minority and hip audiences (who prefer Flagler College radio, noncommercial WFCF-FM).
Mayor BOLES is in bed with PHILLIPS BROADCASTING, LLC and his commercials air alongside RUSH LIMBAUGH, LAURA INGRAHAM, SEAN HANNETY, et al. (The Call of the Riled, as Bill Maher calls it) -- the station is smeared, bleared and teared in hatred -- hate radio.
BOLES spent another $1500 on KEVIN GEDDINGS' WSOS radio station, which has a rock and roll format.
Between the two stations founded by a dodgy North Carolina ex-lobbyist, BOLES spent $3975.00 of the $12,184.25 spent on his unsuccessful re-election campaign to date (32.6%).







DOJ PRESS RELEASE ON INDICTMENT OF LOCAL HATE RADIO FOUNDER KEVIN L. GEDDINGS:

CONTACT: 919/856-4530

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MAY 18, 2006

MAN INDICTED FOR $228, 786 FRAUD RELATED TO SCIENTIFIC GAMES INTERNATIONAL INC.

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announces that this afternoon a federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a Bill of Indictment against KEVIN L. GEDDINGS, charging him with five counts of honest services mail fraud (18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1346), four counts of honest services wire fraud (18 U.S.C. §§ 1342 and 1346), and aiding and abetting the same (18 U.S.C. § 2), and seeking forfeiture of assets involved in mail and wire fraud (18 U.S.C. § 982 and 21 U.S.C. § 853).

The Indictment alleges that defendant GEDDINGS, from February 2001 to September 2005, received revenue, directly or indirectly, in the amount of $228,796.18 from Scientific Games International, Inc. (“Scientific Games”), a corporation operating state lotteries and a bidder for the North Carolina Education Lottery, or one of Scientific Games’ subsidiaries or affiliated entities. The Indictment further alleges that GEDDINGS, as a candidate for appointment to the North Carolina Lottery Commission (“Lottery Commission”) and as a Commissioner on the Lottery Commission, devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the State of North Carolina and the citizens of North Carolina of their intangible right of his honest service by failing to disclose his conflict of interest arising from his nearly five year financial relationship with Scientific Games relating to state lotteries in South Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma in addition to North Carolina. According to the Indictment, on or about October 6, 2005, the day before he mailed his North Carolina Statement of Economic Interest on October 7, 2005, GEDDINGS or an associate deposited a check for $9,500 from Scientific Games into a bank account of Geddings & Phillips Communication, LLC, an entity wholly owned by GEDDINGS and his wife. On October 11, 2005, he telefaxed a revised North Carolina Statement of Economic Interest, and again failed to disclose this conflict of interest.

The Indictment also alleges that GEDDINGS intentionally concealed his relationship with Scientific Games because he knew it would disqualify him from service as a Lottery Commissioner. In an email to his executive assistant on September 26, 2005, GEDDINGS wrote; “Pls never acknowledge by phone that sci games is a client . . ..” The Indictment also alleges that, when Scientific Games began cooperating with federal and state investigators in October 2005, two Scientific Games’ representatives spoke with GEDDINGS and asked him if he had listed the work he had done for Scientific Games in 2005 on his Statements of Economic Interest. GEDDINGS acknowledged to the two Scientific Games’ representatives that, while he had disclosed some work for an affiliated entity of Scientific Games, he had not disclosed his payments from Scientific Games because if he had so disclosed, he would not have been appointed a Commissioner.

This indictment is a part of an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. The North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement has also participated.

Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An Indictment is merely a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendant GEDDINGS is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial date has not yet been set. This indictment does not allege wrongdoing by anyone other than defendant GEDDINGS.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

City of St. Augustine defeats Whetstone family on ownership of bottomlands in Matanzas Bay




Judge Howard Maltz today granted summary judgment to the City of St. Augustine, defeating the Whetstone family's bogus claim to title to bottomlands in front of one of their motels on Avenida Menendez.
This halts efforts to build a dock there.
UPDATE 9/12: Judge Maltz's 24 page order is scholarly, thorough and appeal-proof! We are encouraged by what we have read!
Viva!
Three cheers for the St. Augustine City Commission, City Attorney Ron Brown, Assistant City Attorney Isabel Lopez and outside counsel.
Thank you for standing up to the one percent, and to a powerful and demanding local family that long felt it owned City Hall.
Viva!

7-Eleven building permit granted

First Coast News
St. Augustine Record

Response to Stanley Raff and Record Editorial on Mosquito Control Budget

Why the raffish editorial and letter-attack in today's Record 'on our local mosquito control board, Stanley? What's your agenda? There have been no mosquito-borne diseases affecting humans in our county for 11 years. We want to keep it that way. You need further research? Let me know. I can help you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Folio Weekly: BRING ON THE INQUEST INTO MICHELLE O’CONNELL’S DEATH -- The St. Johns Sheriffs Office cannot be trusted


BRING ON THE INQUEST INTO MICHELLE O’CONNELL’S DEATH -- The St. Johns Sheriffs Office cannot be trusted



Michelle O’ Connell
JUSTICEFORMICHELLE.COM
By Jeffrey C. Billman
Posted 9/10/14
“There is a visceral sense of, ‘What if she was murdered and this guy goes free?’” Brad King, the special prosecutor who declined to indict St. Johns County Deputy Jeremy Banks for his girlfriend Michelle O’Connell’s death (ruled a suicide) in 2010, told PBS’ Frontline last year. “There ought to be at least some visceral sense, ‘What if she did commit suicide and he’s in prison for the rest of his life?’”

He makes a good point, one intrinsic to the American justice system — better that 10 guilty men go free than an innocent hang, and all that. But that doesn’t elide the myriad and troubling problems with the official account of Michelle’s death: the charges from Michelle’s family that Banks was a domestic abuser; the reports from colleagues that he had a temper, especially when he drank (as he did that night); the statement of crime scene expert Jerry Findley, who concluded that the shooter, like Banks but not O’Connell, was most likely left-handed, and the scene was “more consistent with homicide than suicide”; the testimony of two neighbors who say they heard a woman yell for help, then heard a gunshot, then another yell, then another gunshot, then silence; the fact that the official theory of how Michelle got a cut on her eyelid is that the gun recoiled forward, which, according to forensic scientist Peter Diaczuk, “defies the laws of physics.”

All of these things, well elucidated by the blockbuster New York Times/Frontline investigation, lead me to suspect that Michelle O’Connell did not commit suicide that night four years and one week ago. But neither can I say beyond a reasonable doubt that Jeremy Banks murdered her. And that gets at the underlying issue, why we’re still talking about this case: the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, either through willful indifference or general incompetence, botched (perhaps irreparably) this investigation six ways to Sunday, most importantly by failing to call in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement right away. Instead, deputies decided on the spot that O’Connell killed herself and unquestioningly took Banks at his word.

For that, someone should be held accountable. But that hasn’t happened. And it won’t happen. The SJSO is now invested in the suicide narrative, rallying around its deputy and vigilantly protective of its reputation.

Consider the statement Sheriff David Shoar’s office issued last week, after Michelle’s family held a press conference to announce new evidence in the case — a bar owner who said Banks was in his establishment the day after Michelle’s death saying that she got what she deserved — and demand that State Attorney R.J. Larizza order a coroner’s inquest: “It is not surprising that on the fourth anniversary of Michelle O’Connell’s death, members of her family have orchestrated news events to again draw attention to this tragedy. Families of suicide victims often go to great lengths to try and demonstrate that their loved one did not take their own life and we have great compassion for these families.”

Sorry, but “great compassion” is not a condescending statement dismissive of the family’s legitimate questions — questions that exist only because of the sheriff’s office’s well-documented failings. Can you really blame Michelle’s family for not trusting them?

Who knows if, four years on, a coroner’s inquest will reveal anything new or useful? But at this point, it’s the least we can do. The SJSO has proven that, at least in this instance, it has zero credibility.

224 Corporations -- Ask Questions, Demand Answers, Expect Democracy Now!

Some 224 corporations that Mayor BOLES was involved with according to the Florida Secretary of State. How many were unhappy with his fees? How many conflicts of interest does BOLES have? How many "developers" did he advise?

BUSY MAYOR BOLES INCORPORATED OR WAS DIRECTOR OR AGENT OF SOME 224 CORPORATIONS (MANY INACTIVE OR EXPIRED) -- FOR MORE SEE WWW.SUNBIZ.ORG

icer/Registered Agent Name List
Officer/RA Name Entity Name Entity Number
BOLES, JOSEPH FR JUMPIN' JACK FOOD STORES, INC. M91985
BOLES, JOSEPH JR G & J ENTERPRISES, INC. 667596
BOLES, JOSEPH JR. WILSON MACHINE & WELDING WORKS, INC. F02050
BOLES, JOSEPH JR GENTRY PETROLEUM PRODUCTS CO., INC. M92048
BOLES, JR., JOSEPH THE LIGHTNER MUSEUM FOUNDATION, INC. N04000003143
BOLES,L,JOSEPH, JR. ST. AUGUSTINE/KETTERLINUS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC. N97000003786
BOLES, JOSEPH L. ELECTRICAL SUBCONTRACTORS, INC. H96123
BOLES, JOSEPH L. HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. J56205
BOLES, JOSEPH L STEPHEN ADZIMA ST. AUGUSTINE, LLC L07000011882
BOLES, JOSEPH L. URBAN GARDEN PROJECT, INC. N51000
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. P93000084092
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. P93000084092
BOLES, JOSEPH L FRATELLI RESTAURANT, INC. P96000067482
BOLES, JOSEPH L STEVEN M. SCHUYLER - ARCHITECT, P.A. V35124
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE'S VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V40568
BOLES, JOSEPH L HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR'S INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V72687
BOLES, JOSEPH L HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR'S INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V72687
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE WELCOME CENTER, INC. V72688
BOLES, JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE FOOT SOLDIERS REMEMBERANCE PROJECT, INC. N06000004355
BOLES, LES, JOSEPH MATTHEW JENKINS PLUMBING, INC. P03000126238

BOLES, JOSEPH L JR BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS INC 358884
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR ACOUSTICOM INC 359056
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. WHETSTONE AUTOMATION, INC. 623921
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HIGHSTEPPERS' ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 750685
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HIGHSTEPPERS' ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 750685
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR THE ERIN LEIGH CORPORATION F18137
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. G25641
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. WALL TRUCKING, INC. H33045
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. PHINNEY-TANNER JEWELERS, INC. H59706
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. ST. AUGUSTINE ELECTRICAL SERVICE, INC. H67296
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. BRITISH DARTS, INC. H73027
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. UNDERWATER TECHNICS, INC. H78256
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH DICK PITTMAN ROOF SERVICES, INC. J13840
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. W.A. AERO, INC. J52980
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. J5620S
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. BREAD OF LIFE BAKERIES, INC. J58894
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR SEA MARKET INTERNATIONAL, INC. J59245
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR J.L. CLEANING SERVICES, INC. J65961
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. AGATHON USA, INC. J67756
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR ST. AUGUSTINE TOUR CENTER, INC. J67787


BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS, INC. J67906
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS, INC. J67906
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR INDUSTRYWARE, INC. J72592
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. INDUSTRYWARE, INC. J72592
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR EFFTEE LEASING COMPANY, INC. J85978
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. EFFTEE LEASING COMPANY, INC. J85978
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. MCBRIDE & MCBRIDE, INC. K06815
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE RIGGAN COMPANY, INC. K60578
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. E.B. OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. K83280
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. E.B. OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. K83280
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH TILE & STONE, L.L.C. L03000019783
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH VISION INVESTMENTS, L.L.C. L03000028881
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH LEN WEEKS CONSTRUCTION.DESIGN.DEVELOPMENT, L.L.C. L03000055563
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MATTHEW JENKINS PLUMBING, L.L.C. L03000056775
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MR. B II, LLC L06000003255
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH BALLYHOO, LLC L07000017131
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FORD INVESTMENT, LLC L08000012544
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FORD DEVELOPMENT, LLC L08000012546
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BOSTWICK TOWN CENTER I, LLC L08000046583
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH SARF OF ST. AUGUSTINE, LLC L08000056000


BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH TAYLOR SIGNATURE PAINTING & WATERPROOFING, LLC L09000021974
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH GRAND MARANA, LLC L10000022021
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR MAMA'S DREAM, INC. L14591
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. FIRST CITY WATER CONDITIONING, INC. L45246
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. THE CHEESE AND WINE SHOPPE, INC. L64374
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. PRESTIGE PRESS, INC. M82870
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. RADIANT ENERGY SAVINGS, INC. M95117
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH FILM SOCIETY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. N00000000064
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH CARING HANDS CARING COMMUNITY, INC. N04000005323
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FIRST COAST ELECTRICAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM, INC. N04000008671
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH LET'S DANCE, INC. N06000003606
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH ART WALK FOR BREAST CANCER, INC. N08000002035
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. YOUTH ACTIVITIES COUNCIL OF ST. JOHNS COUNTY, INC. N08798
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE FOUNDATION, INC. N09000006821
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE FOUNDATION, INC. N09000006821
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FLORIDA EVENTS & CATERING, INC. N09000012253
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FLORIDA EVENTS & CATERING, INC. N09000012253
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE BALLET, INC. N10000000748
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE ST. AUGUSTINE TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, INC. N10000003722
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE ST. AUGUSTINE TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, INC. N10000003722
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FIRST AMERICA, INC. N10000003963
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FIRST AMERICA, INC. N10000003963
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. N10000005488
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE CIVIL RIGHTS FOUNDATION, INC. N11000005441
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE NEW WORLD CENTER FOUNDATION, INC. N12000004759
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE FIRST CITY FOUNDATION, INC. N12000007381
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH THE FIRST CITY FOUNDATION, INC. N12000007381
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR. ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR PRESERVATION ASSOC., INC. N14000000647
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HERON CREEK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. N18702
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH HERON CREEK II HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. N40469
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. THE BAYER FOUNDATION, INC. N51038
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FRIENDS OF THE HUGUENOT CEMETERY, INC. N93000001387
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH PENTECOSTAL FELLOWSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC. N94000002475
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH THE ST. AUGUSTINE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE GARDEN, INC. N97000002649
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE TEXTILE GUILD OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. N97000003136
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL BOOSTERS CLUB, INC. N98000000992
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH CITIZENS FOR A SAFE NEW BRIDGE, INC. N98000005916
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH THE R.E.C. (RECREATION, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENVOLVEMENT), INC. N99000001082
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH FRANCHISE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. P00000021613
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH DOTSON DEVELOPMENT, INC. P00000024191


BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH WARD MEDICAL SERVICES, INC. P00000026796
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BRUCE RANCH, INC. P00000031621
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH PALM BAY REPUBLIC, INC. P00000033285
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH HAMMERHEAD, INC. P00000103225
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BUGG EYES, INC. P00000115897
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH JUST ADD SON, INC. P01000009056
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH DAVIS & DAVIS-CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS, P.A. P01000047442
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MAGGIE'S HERBS, INC. P01000098578
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC. P02000024585
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH TARA REGAN INTERIORS, INC. P02000078068
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MATHIS DEVELOPMENT, INC. P02000109268
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH HEARTS OF PALM COAST, INC. P02000117507
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH C.O.B. RACING, INC. P03000054418
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MICROHOLEDRILLING/SPEC INSTRUMENT CO., INC. P03000068542
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH SHAPES FOR WOMEN, INC. P03000083292
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ARTISTIC RENOVATIONS, INC. P03000128070
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH CODA MANAGEMENT, INC. P03000137654
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MARIOTTI'S AUTO LAUNDRY, INC. P04000031208
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH GENSHU, INC. P04000062512
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH SMARTER HOMES, INC. P04000064967


BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ANTONIO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS, INC. P04000083676
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ANCIENT CITY VIDEO, INC. P04000093262
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH SYRENA, INC. P04000136392
BOLES, JR., JOSEPH L. HERITAGE CONSTRUCTORS, INC. P05000015731
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH NORTHCOAST CONSULTING, INC. P05000131212
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH TDA RENOVATIONS, INC. P05000144170
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH DOS D.A., INC. P06000033990
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH BOLES-MCCUNE GALLERIES, INC. P06000093903
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BOLES-MCCUNE GALLERIES, INC. P06000093903
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH COMEE CONSTRUCTION, INC. P06000115697
BOLES, JR., JOSEPH L. S&M KENTON, INC. P07000013240
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH CREATIVE GROUP OF NORTH FLORIDA INC P07000049674
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FIRST COAST ON DEMAND.COM, INC. P07000063674
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH EDRICH DEVELOPMENT, INC. P07000083554
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FLOOR FANATICS, INC. P07000126108
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. P09000034488
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. P09000034488
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH RETAIL SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS, INC. P10000033846
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH RETAIL SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS, INC. P10000033846
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BUGESKI PROPERTIES, INC. P10000086297


BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH TURTLE GIRLS RULE, INC. P11000028483
BOLES, L, JOSEPH TRAVEL ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. P13000053126
BOLES, L, JOSEPH TRAVEL ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. P13000053126
BOLES, L, JOSEPH TRAVEL ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. P13000053126
BOLES, L, JOSEPH TRAVEL ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. P13000053126
BOLES, L, JOSEPH SPICY BOCO, INC. P13000056488
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MOREY AND SON MOVING AND STORAGE, INC. P92000001937
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MCLN, INC. P93000003987
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH PANACHE SALON AND BOUTIQUE OF ST AUGUSTINE, INC. P93000018989
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BOHEIMIAN SWINWEAR, INC. P93000055336
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR STEWART'S MARKETS, INC., OF ST. AUGUSTINE P93000055888
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MCGOVERN AND SONS LANDSCAPING, INC. P93000058488
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY WELCOME CENTER, INC. P93000082673
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY WELCOME CENTER, INC. P93000082673
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. P93000084092
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH WILSON BROTHERS LANDLEASING, INC. P94000028880
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH GARY'S WORKBENCH, INC. P94000085809
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE ST. AUGUSTINE RIVERBOAT COMPANY, INC. P95000001290
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH FOREST STREET HOLDINGS, INC. P95000061241
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH NABATAEAN TRADING COMPANY, INC. P95000078543


BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MANUCY ROOFING, INC. P95000090870
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH QWCS, INC. P95000095575
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH THE HANCOCK PLACE, INC. P96000019409
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH R.J. SLOTE COMPANY, INC. P96000074748
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH B&M BROKERS, INC. P97000016400
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH DREW FOREST CHEMICALS, INC. P97000065703
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ATLANTIC PICTURES LIMITED, INC. P97000076166
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE FRUIT & GIFT, INC. P97000077968
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH JUDITH M. SCHUYLER, P.A. P97000096484
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH JAMES BACHMAN ENTERPRISES, INC. P98000018107
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH KENTON ENTERPRISES, INC. P98000052612
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH DOUBLE DOWN DEVELOPMENT, INC. P98000067383
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH TLC FASHIONS, INC. P98000072999
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH 73U, INC. P99000008334
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH CT & RS DEVELOPMENT, INC. P99000015045
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH LJM HOLDING CORPORATION P99000018922
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH SPAC LAND CORPORATION P99000018925
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MOREWING LAND CORPORATION P99000019656
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH SAFE TAN OF CAROLINAS, INC. P99000045518
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH A.G.W. ENTERPRISES, INC. P99000073301


BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MENORCAN CULTURAL SOCIETY, INC. P99000074622
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH THE LABELS SOURCE, INC. P99000079784
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH SCANDINAVIAN TRADITIONS, INC. P99000082431
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR V & W ADVERTISING, INC. S21831
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR TRI ENTERPRISES, INC. V53359
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR'S INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V72687
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. (ATTY) HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. G25641
BOLES, JOSEPH L. S ST. AUGUSTINE WELCOME CENTER, INC. V72688
BOLES, JOSEPH SR. TOMORROW'S PROMISE OF GAINESVILLE, INC. 579424
BOLES, JOSHUA TRIAD MEDIA GROUP LLC L09000060875
BOLES, JOSHUA TRIAD MEDIA GROUP LLC L09000060875
BOLES, J. READ DEC ACQUISITION CORPORATION F00000006809
BOLES JR, JOSEPH TOMORROW'S PROMISE OF GAINESVILLE, INC. 579424
BOLES JR, JOSEPH TOMORROW'S PROMISE OF GAINESVILLE, INC. 579424
BOLES JR, JOSEPH BUCKINGHAM SMITH BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION 725211
BOLES, JR, JOSEPH ST. JOHNS COUNTY WELFARE FEDERATION 735039
BOLES, JR.,JOSEPH QUICKCUPS, INC. P06000013885
BOLES JR, JOSEPH L ARTISTIC RENOVATIONS, INC. P03000128070
BOLES, JR.,L,JOSEPH TURCOTTE AND ASSOCIATES, INC. P05000061714
BOLES, JR.,L,JOSEPH QUICKCUPS, INC. P06000013885


BOLES, JR.,L,JOSEPH JACK HUNTER CREATIVE TALENT POOL, INC. P06000098779
BOLES JR, JOSEPH L. THE LACE TULIP, INC. S47171
BOLES JR., JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE'S VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V40568
BOLES, JR.,M,LAIRD LAND & LEISURE MARKETING ASSOCIATES, INC. P05000005574








False Advertising by Deputy JEREMY BANKS' attorney, CLAUDE ROBERT McLEOD, II a/k/a "MAC McLEOD"

1. McLEOD claims to be a Deacon at Anastasia Baptist Church. But Anastasia Baptist Church pastor Walter West confirms that MAC McLEOD is "not an active deacon," and not on the deacon's list, and attends church rarely.
2. McLEOD claims to be a member of the "American Trial Lawyers Association (sic). The name of the organization was the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, but it changed its name to the American Association for Justice some seven (7) years ago. McLEOD is not a member of AAJ.
3. McLEOD claims to be a member of the Florida Association for Justice. A search of its website did not turn up his name.




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Busy Day -- September 9, 2014 In St. Johns County Florida

2 AM: Lawyer for JEREMY BANKS awakens St. Augustine Record letter to threaten libel lawsuit. Go here
< 4 PM: Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT runs away from Michelle O'Connell's sister, Jennifer, at event in Fruit Cove, refuses to speak. Here

Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT runs from OIDV victim's sister. Sheriff Deputy JEREMY BANKS lawyer harasses newspaper editor with 2 AM threatening telephone call. Just another full moon day here in St. Johns County, where our corrupt political machine is baying at the full moon, thinking it hung the moon, but knowing that its days are numbered and that reformers, reform candidates investigative reporters, prosecutors and FBI agents will help make this a better place.

Justice for Michelle O'Connell. Now.





STAY CALM -- Deputy JEREMY BANKS lawyer threatens St. Augustine Record Editor at 2 AM

The St. Augustine Record's Director of Audience/Editor KATHY NELSON just called Clara Waldhari and asked for her help.
NELSON said that Deputy JEREMY BANKS' attorney called her at 2 AM and threatened her with libel litigation.
Ms. Waldhari earned a Master's Degree in Journalism at the University of Arizona; she has long published comments in the Record's online and print editions. "I don't want any more calls from a lawyer at two in the morning," NELSON told Ms. Waldhari.
NELSON asked Ms. Waldhari not to post anything further about the September 2, 2010 shooting death of Michelle O'Connell, who was Deputy BANKS' girlfriend. A member of the Bar calling a party represented by corporate counsel at two in the morning is unethical. It also stinks of the chilling effect of representing a gun-carrying Deputy who works for Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR. Deputy BANKS is now a member of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department SWAT team. This is the Florida Bar information for BANKS' attorney, ROBERT LESTER McLEOD, II, a/k/a "MAC McLEOD."

ID Num: - 369632
Address: 1200 Plantation Island Dr S Ste 140
St Augustine, Florida 320803114
United States
Phone: 904.471.5007
Fax: 904.461.5059
E-Mail: mmcleod@themcleodfirm.com


ROBERT LESTER McLEOD, II, a/k/a "MAC McLEOD





After New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, published a page one story and four inside pages about the O'Connell case on November 24, 2013, NELSON, a newbie here, asked Mr. Bogdanich if he had "any regrets," stated he "made few friends" in the Sheriff's Department and suggested he had "parachuted in" to St. Johns County.



Who is afraid of St. Johns County SHERIFF DAVID BERNARD SHOAR?




St. Augustine Record Director of Audience/Editor KATHY NELSON



Rather than threaten a longtime reader, NELSON should call her libel defense lawyer, Mr. George DeSaussure Gabel, Jr., an extraordinary lawyer who represents the Record and is a partner at Holland & Knight, one of the finest First Amendment lawyers around. He is also honorary Norwegian consul, hence this photo:









UF Law school's ex parte filing in my age, disability and retaliation case -- IN HAEC VERBA -- my filing with OC and letter to UF

Secretive University of Florida Levin College of Law blackballs environmental activist, then files ex parte August 26, 2014 response to Department of Education Office of Civil Rights investigation of age, disability and retaliation discrimination complaint after phoning in its participation in mandatory mediation before the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on August 25, 2014. "Justice may not be done in a corner, nor in any covert manner." Fundamental Laws of West New Jersey, sec. 23 (1676). Forgive them.




My September 8, 2014 filing with Department of Education Office of Civil Rights:
Re: 04-14-2419 University of Florida-- Objection to Ex Parte Filings by Respondent
1. I hereby object to the ex parte filing, on or about August 26, 2014, by Respondent UF of it putative response to OCR's Data Requests.
2. I request that OCR direct UF to serve this OCR CPM section 602 filing -- and all other filings -- on me promptly, from this day forward.
3. The Respondent is a law school.
4. This law school's ex parte OCR CPM section 602 filing shows both angry animus against my protected activity and a disturbing disrespect for my civil rights.
5. Respondent UF Levin College of Law must apologize for its ex parte filing.
6. Failing that, I request OCR issue an Order to Show Cause why adverse inferences or other sanctions should not be ordered against UF for failing to serve its OCR CPM section 602 filing on the complainant.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

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My September 8, 2014 Letter to University of Florida Levin College of Law Senior Associate Dean Alyson Craig Flournoy, et Assistant VP for PR and UF counsel:
Dear Alyson, Janine and Brande:
1. Please send all documents on this case.
2. This will greatly assist my First Amendment and EEO protected activity in suggesting questions for the OCR investigators during their UF campus visit(s). You might even arrange for OCR to have a tour (you unkindly refused to provide one for me during my campus visit in June 2010).
3. From this day forward, please send me every single one of the paper and electronic documents prepared in this case as it is written or filed.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

"Not a Dialogue?" Saving Our Democracy From Mayors BOLES, SAMUELS et al.





Resembling dictatorial Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT, our rebarbative St. Augustine Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. and St. Augustine Beach Mayor ANDREA SAMUELS are like two peas in a pod.
Both BOLES and SAMUELS have been known to abuse public comments speakers. How gauche. How louche.
Both BOLESS and SAMEULS have used the same trite trope: "This is not a dialogue" to insult public speakers who dare to ask questions.
Who told them that?
What makes them think democracy is not about dialogue?
Who taught them this?
What are their qualifications to hold their job?
Where did they learn about government?
Why are they so mean?
Who appointed them the king and queen of mean, and the King and Queen of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach?
They are both ill-advised and misguided.
forgive them.
Pray for them.
They both betray the ideals of our founders.
They both must read The Federalist Papers, start listening, and stop mouthing off about things you don't understand.
Like democracy.
During Watergate, U.S. Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. said, "I love my country.... I deeply regret that this situation has arisen, because I think that the Watergate tragedy is the greatest tragedy this country has ever suffered. I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate."
Today, from City Halls to the Capitol, anti-democratic oligopolistic corporations, no-bid sweetheart contracts and other exemplars of corruption are killing our democracy.
Big Money talks, whether it is little despots (like CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. and his campaign against St. Augustine wrtists and musicians) or big despots (like Lockheed Martin and other global arms merchants).
When petty Tinpot Napoleons get their way, and the people are ignored, democracy is threatened.
Won't you stand with us in working to save it?
Yes we can!
Politicians say the funniest things: "This is not a dialogue" saith the mayors of the twin cities of St. Augustine (JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.) and St. Augustine Beach (ANDREA SAMUELS), in Northeast Florida. They say it to citizens who take the time to come to public meetings and ask questions. They have a hateful history of being rude and crude. They have been known to roll their eyes, look away, interrupt speakers and even threaten arrest (as BOLES did on illegal dumping in St. Augustine's Old City Reservoir). Forgive them. Come to government meetings and explain the essentials of democracy to them. Ask questions, demand answers and expect democracy. This is our time, our town, our place and our government. Let the developers, vendors and other oligopolists know, as Madison said, "Here, the people rule."

Halting 7-Eleven at May and San Marco Streets

7-Eleven's own diagrams show the gasoline station would be dangerous. Will FDOT officials take off the rubber bands and read them?Every single public speaker at last night's City of St. Augustine City Commission meeting opposed the 7-Eleven at May and San Marco, but engineer Skip Hutton's presentation was devastating.
Simply devastating.
Skip is an awesome advocate for his neighborhood, who has successfully fought with his neighbors eminent domain for the FLorida School for the Deaf and Blind and this 7-Eleven in a residential neighborhood.
Skip Hutton showed on camera a diagram 7-Eleven filed with the City.
The diagram from 7-Eleven shows the route that gasoline trucks would take in delivering gasoline to the twelve-pump station.
It showed the gasoline truck turning into oncoming traffic both coming and going, and both times crossing the sidewalk, where Florida School for the Deaf and Blind students walk.
It then showed the truck on the 7-Eleven property running over a bollard. Yes, running over a bollard. The 7-Eleven Corporation's own drawings show that on the 7-Eleven property, the fit is so tight that the gasoline trucks will run over a bollard.
Oops.
Back to the drawing board.
Meanwhile, the City staff has NOT, repeat, NOT issued a construction permit.
The City staff will review the permit application with a gimlet eye.
Environmental devastation, gasoline spills, fires, accidents, fatalities and blocked hurricane evacuations from South Ponte Vedra Beach, Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Vilano Beach.
All brought to you by 7-Eleven Corporation, a Japanese multinational, just in time for the 450th birthday of St. Augustine, Florida.
We will stop this.
Yes we can!




THE FINAL DAYS OF MAYOR BOLES: 3-2 450th Vote -- Thank you, Commissioners Leeana Freeman and Nancy Sikes-Kline for Speaking Out

Two out of five St. Augustine City Commissioners did their jobs last night, and I salute them.

Standing up to the four-term mayor -- whom Folio Weekly called "The Forever King," Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. -- Commissioners Leeana Freeman and Nancy Sikes-Kline asked questions about the FY 2015 City budget for our 450th commemoration.

The 450th has divided our town, and people are rightly questioning its size and priorities.

As Sandra Parks says, "a budget is a moral document." On this budget, the author (Dana Ste. Claire) was absent, having missed his plane in Spain, as did City Manager John Patrick Regan, P.E. Instead of postponing the discussion until they could attend, Mayor BOLES plowed right ahead.

Answers to questions were short and shallow. The requested in-depth and philosophical discussion never took place.

Public speakers were uniformly critical of the budget.

But Mayor BOLES had his no-bid 81 St. George Street City lease business partner, former Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. to hold his hand and help convince his colleagues. BOLES invited WEEKS and his usual cronies in the audience to support his budget, spouting glib generalities without addressing specifics. They spoke like cheerleaders, not thought leaders. A transcript of their remarks would read like BOLES wrote them, and he probably did.

There was never discussion on the St. Augustine National Historical Park National Seashore. There was no discussion of lengthening the hours of the Visitor Information Center museum, which infuriatingly closes at 5 PM.

The staff offered few answers, but at least offered a revised budget of only $799,000. But Mayor BOLES, like a Presbyterian with two aces up his sleeve, felt powerful because he counted two other votes. Thus, BOLES moved to spend $938,000, with more to come, rejecting the City staff's pared-back suggestion.

Lame duck Commissioner Donald Crichlow, recently returned from yet another city-funded trip to Spain, seconded the motion. Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, who was on the same city-paid trip with Crichlow, joined in support. Dissenting were Commissioner Leeana Freeman and Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline, who said "NO!" Both declined BOLES' invitation to go to Malaga, Spain with him.

This vote reminded me of Woodward & Bernstein's book, The Final Days.

The days of Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. running the City of St. Augustine as a self-satisfied satrap and lord of all he surveys are about over. People are unhappy with his administration, as shown by the split vote on the Commission. Some 60.4% of the people voted against BOLES in the once-lockstep and unanimous City Commission.

Mayor BOLES said a $2 increase in daily parking garage fees (to $12) would pay for his party, as if that ended the inquiry. Commissioner Freeman noted that it was city revenue, and wanted answers on the spending side.

The Justification/Explanation for individual 450th line items in the City agenda packet was mostly blank or uninformative.

Commissioner Freeman wanted to know where the accounting was for police and fire required for 450th events. She said "we're spending other people's money" and wanted to know as much as she does in planning her own law office budget. Answers were few.

Ego driven, Mayor Boles said he didn't want "people in 50 years" to say he hadn't spent enough on the 450th. Commissioner Crichlow echoed those sentiments, saying he didn't want it "done on the cheap."

Without Mr. Ste. Claire to answer questions, the discussion quickly wound to a halt.

We shall overcome!




WINDSTREAM To Get St. Augustine Beach Telecommunications Contract After All?

That dodgy multinational corporation that proposed obnoxious contractual provisions was back at St. Augustine Beach City Hall last night.

WINDSTREAM, a multi-billion telecommunications company, appears to have won a four-year contract, if it can come to terms.

For months, WINDSTREAM attempted to euchre City of St. Augustine Beach Commissioners with contractual language we have previously reported, which City Attorney Douglas Nelson Burnett rightly questioned and Commissioners rejected.

St. Augustine Beach staff inexperience with purchasing is the root of the problem. Instead of complying with the purchasing ordinance, the city staff simply solicited "quotes," violating competitive bidding requirements. Instead of rejecting the staff proposal, they referred it to the City Attorney, who found that one-sided contract language, including no warrant, was unfair.

So, mirabile dictu, the City issued a request for proposals. WINDSTREAM was recommended as the responsive bidder, to specifications that appear to have been dreamed up by city staff to award the contract to WINDSTREAM.

Not so fast, Commissioner Sherman Gary Snodgrass said, saying he did not want to do business with dishonest WINDSTREAM as a result of its prior contractual drafting dodginess. But his colleagues, led by Mayor ANDREA SAMUELS, spoke in favor of WINDSTREAM, as did a dogged WINDSTREAM salesman. Commissioner Undine Pawlowski George wanted to see if CISCO, which has the county's telecommunications business, would match WINDSTREAM's offer, minus the unfair contract language. None of her colleagues went along.

Rather than vote their principles, both Commissioner Snodgrass and Commisssioner Pawlowski went along with the crowd, and the dodgy staff and Police Chief ROBERT HARDWICK, voting to give the contract to WINDSTREAM, if within the next month a suitable contract can be worked out with the City Attorney.

The most revealing thing of the night was when the dodgy WINDSTREAM salesman, one of two trolling the audience, stated that WINDSTREAM had never encountered a government that questioned its contract language so much before. This is so revealing -- so many of our governments are lapdogs and doormats for big corporations, and their attorneys don't read or question bad contract language. Three cheers for City Attorney Douglas Nelson Burnett for doing his job on the WINDSTREAM contract, and not endorsing corruption and bad management. So many other governments are like what Huey Long said about Louisiana Governor O.K. Allen: "A leaf blew in his window and he signed it."

Monday, September 08, 2014

Speak Out on 450th Budget at 5 PM Tonight, September 8, 2014

Enough flummery, dupery and nincompoopery.
Come to tonight's City Commission meeting to state your views about our 450th commemoration budget, the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore, and our legacy. Decisions are made by those who show up.
Stetson Kennedy's widow, Sandra Parks (former Commissioner) says "a budget is a moral document."
Is the 450th budget bloated? Is it being spent on the wrong things? Is it foolish to talk of legacy without talking about America's Best Idea -- Our National Parks? Yes, yes and yes.
One year from today is the 450th anniversary of our Nation's Oldest City.
Two City Commissioners -- Leeana Freeman and Nancy Sikes-Kline have asked questions. Demand answers. Expect democracy. Don't let Mayor BOLES pout and don't let his allies shout them down.
Our City initially wanted federal fu planning to match Jamestown in spending $44 million. That never happened. Funds were not even forthcoming for the federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission, which should have taken an active role in planning. Only a pittance has been allocated for the federal commission, and answers are not forthcoming about what, if anything, it might be doing.
To date, the approach of Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. to the 450th is happy-go-lucky -- spend money, don't ask questions, don't talk about the National Park and Seashore, let the federal 450th commission wither on the vine in secrecy, ignoring Sunshine requirements of FACA. He reminds me of the BP geologist who testified in federal court: "I’m not sure it was a lack of communication or awareness as much as a ‘we can get away with this’ attitude . . . . " (page 18, footnote 22 of Judge Barbier's September 4, 2014 order finding recklessness by BP in 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill).
Our Castillo de San Marco and Fort Matanzas point the way to a future in which current state parks, water management district lands and forests are preserved and protected forever. Our legacy must be a St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore, first proposed 75 years ago by Mayor Walter Fraser, Senator Claude Pepper, et al. and supported by Maurine Boles, Sheriff Shoar, et al.
Our history and nature must be preserved in these beautiful places -- we already own them -- it must be preserved and protected from Senator Thrasher's proposal for golf courses and Governor Scott's demands for developers and the county's demand for roads not needed (like your County Commissioners wanted to build across Twelve Mile Swamp).
Meanwhile the Visitor Information Center, a museum, needs to open late, so people can enjoy it after work and after arriving here and checking into their motels. It must stop closing at 5 PM -- banker's hours. It was a disgrace that the Journey exhibit closed at 5 PM every day. Our ethnocentric St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Inc. and our other-directed St. Johns County Tourist Development Council were not exactly generous in public retains and advertising for Journey: 450 Years of African-American History. But with daily closing at 5 PM, no wonder our attendance figures were so pitifully small for both Journey and Picasso. We need a vision and a business plan, not hick hacks who only know to imitate Jamestown, while saying "we don't want to reinvent the wheel."


Controversial, embattled cSt. Augustine, Florida Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr. (a/k/a "The Forever King")
Photo credit: The late GREG TRAVOUS and HANS HOLBEIN the younger

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ventriloquist act?

Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. had former Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. answer all questions from FOLIO WEEKLY about their no-bid lease contract for 81 St. George Street, which has netted them some $2-3 million over 25 years. Reminds me of the old Vaudeville ventriloquist act, EDGAR BERGEN and CHARLIE McCARTHY.
BOLES is a lawyer.
Intelligent.
Literate.
He can't answer questions?
He won't sit down with FOLIO WEEKLY and talk about his lease?
He has to use WEEKS to answer for him?
At least EDGAR BERGEN AND CHARLIE McCARTHY were not elected officials -- they were a comedy act.
St. Augustine is not laughing at the BOLES-WEEKS ventriloquist act.
We are mortified.
And, as LBJ said after Selma, "We SHALL overcome!"
What do y'all reckon?