Friday, April 14, 2006
Do City of St. Augustine & Mayor, Ignore Housing Problems?
The documentary blog, Dare Not Walk Alone, reports that on February 28, Mayor George Gardner walked out of a meeting on housing and said there was no housing problem in our City. St Augustine Mayor Walks Out of Housing Meeting There was a housing summit today in Saint Augustine to discuss the deplorable conditions in some Saint Augustine neighborhoods. This meeting was organized after Senator Tony Hill viewed the film, Dare Not Walk Alone. He was appalled at the conditions of the houses shown in the documentary and wanted to address this situation by getting the city fathers together.The meeting was held today, Feb 28. St Augustine Mayor, George Gardner stayed for a while and then stood up to leave. Before he left, however, he personally attacked Jeremy Dean for making Dare Not Walk Alone and said that Jeremy obviously only sees the "glass as half-empty." Mr. Gardner went on to say that Saint Augustine does not have a housing problem and then WALKED OUT of the meeting!. Everyone was totally stunned. (I would like to note here that Mr. Gardner's term expires in December, 2006. Thank goodness!)After the Mayor walked out, the rest of the attendees boarded buses to view the worst areas of town and the areas needing the most help. Most people were visibly shaken and some even said they couldn't believe that they were still in America. The worst areas look more like Haiti than the well-groomed homes of the touristy areas of town.I'm still waiting for word from the Mayor's office as to why he walked out and will advise you when I get a statement.posted by DNWA at 12:13 PM 0 comments links to this post