The cultural exchange was Spanish-American on one level, and Bolesian-Shaverian on the other. Mayor Shaver charmed audience members, including some present who now might not easily admit that they ever voted for the ancien regime of JOE BOLES and LEN WEEKS. The torch has been passed to a new generation of St. Augustine, and Mayor Shaver has made us all proud of her.
The Spanish bands evening was chaired by the leader-for-life of the all-white St. Augustine Sister Cities Association (SASCA) Chair, Ex-Mayor LEN WEEKS, a/k/a CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR.
St. Augustine's Code Enforcement Board fined WEEKS $3600 for destroying 62A Spanish Street (Don Pedro Fornells House) without proper City permits, ignoring urgent instructions from LEN WEEKS' architect, engineer and the late City Building Inspector Will Franke, et al. not to excavate all around the 211-year old Spanish colonial building, but to dig and pour a cement collar in four foot segments. Temple Destroyer and SASCA Chair LEN WEEKS is still apparently under state and federal investigation.
One audience member called out, "Demolition man!" LEN WEEKS could not see his critic, but reacted indignantly, saying he "cannot see" the person. Philistine LEN WEEKS is the Scrooge most associated with the effort to ban street artists and musicians from our City's historic area. how gauche and louche for him to preside at a musical evening.
The unpopular LEN WEEKS was also reportedly booed again when he said that water was being sold in the lobby for $1. That's chintzy. (Water was also sold for $1 at Governor Scott's cabinet meeting at The Treasury on September 1, but will be handed out free during the 450th, I am assured).
In addition to Mayor Shaver and the ever-despicable LEN WEEKS, also present were "The Gang of Four," four sulking City Commissioners: TODD (TOAD) NEVILLE (R-Proctorville and conflict-of-interest ridden DOW PUD supporter), NANCY SIKES-KLINE (R-DOW PUD supporter), Vice Mayor ROXANNE HORVATH (R-DOW PUD supporter) and LEANNA FREEMAN (DOW PUD supporter).
The graceless "Gang of Four" appeared snooty and unfriendly and said nary a word in any language. Commissioner LEANNA FREEMAN (R-Weeks Construction), was one of four gargoyles at the door, checking to see if people's names were on "the list," with good seats reserved for rich guys, including 450th sponsors like Florida Power & Light and Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR.
Ex-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. was nowhere to be seen (sulking perhaps).
Defeated for re-election last year by Nancy Shaver, ex-Mayor BOLES remains LEN WEEKS' equally controversial business partner in the no-bid, below market rate rental of city property at 81 St. George Street (Florida Cracker Cafe),