Sunday, July 12, 2015
"SMASHING" OUR HISTORY AND CULTURE IN ST. AUGUSTINE: STOP! NOW
DAVID BARTON CORNEAL and MICHAEL A. CONLEY have already "SMASHED" one of the nine buildings at St. Augustine Village, a/k/a "Dow Museum of Historic Homes." Enough.
CORNEAL said in November 2014:
“I’m not going to modify the buildings because they’re historic,” he said. “We will divide (the buildings) into suites where people can come and stay with their families.”
Selling agent Rob West of Coldwell Banker Premier Properties, who was assisted by Judith Schuyler, said the historic property wasn’t just going to be sold off to anyone.
“We didn’t want anybody who wanted to knock down the buildings and redevelop it,” West said. “It’s such a unique property.”
One of the buildings has already been "knocked down," despite those promises.
Elihu Root said the most important legal advice he ever gave his clients was, "You're damned fools and you should stop."
“When this is done, if it is done, the way I want to do it, it’s going to be a smash,” Corneal said. “It’s going to be a major attraction.” That’s exactly our point: We don’t want a “major attraction” in a residential neighborhood. Who would?
-- Lee Geanuleas, U.S.N. (Retired) in today's St. Augustine Record.
DAVID BARTON CORNEAL told First Coast News in November 2014: "I'm happy as the Devil" to have purchased the Dow Museum of Historic Homes from the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences for $1.7 million with plans to turn it into a hotel (forbidden by HP-1 zoning).
City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN in front of leaking "pipe" found to be leaking sewage effluent into our saltwater marsh for years without remedy, with former City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRIS illegally "polling" Commissioners to get sub rosa approval (Judith Seraphin and I caught the City doing it by examining St. Johns County aerial photographs showing a linear discolored area in the marsh, now a ten acre park not to be developed for any of REGAN's schemes built illegally on 35 feet of garbage, such as a Children's Museum, Aquarium and coral-growing facility)
JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E. told First Coast News in November 2014 that he was "thrilled" that CORNEAL bought the Dow Museum. Watch here.