Tuesday, June 24, 2014
CRONY CAPITALISM IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. and ex-Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. were not asked a single question by a single City Commissioner last night about their sweetheart $1332.21/month lease for 81 St. George Street. Their 25 year lease for the City-owned property is up on July 25, 2014, one month before the August 26, 2014 Primary, in which BOLES is opposed by J. Kenneth Bryan and Nancy Shaver. Not one fellow Commissioner asked a question about the lease. Not one City staffer has said a peep about the lease. It needs to be ended, or renegotiated at a fair market rate. BOLES and WEEKS sublease the property to the current owners of Florida Cracker Cafe and Savannah Sweets for an undisclosed amount. This good-ole-boy rental rate means that other small businesses are faced with unfair competition created by their own government, a possible violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 and our antitrust laws. What do you reckon?