Friday, July 01, 2016

Indefensible, Reprehensible SAB Meeting Misconduct

Did City of St. Augustine Beach City Manager MAX ROYLE violate the First Amendment by yelling at PZB member David Bradfield to stop talking about trees being killed, replaced by pavers:" YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT THIS!"?

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: mroyle
Sent: Fri, Jul 1, 2016 11:30 am
Subject: Request No. 2016-271: Legal authority for yelling at and censoring PZB member David Bradfield's First Amendment protected activity re: tree destruction

Dear Max:
1. Please send me any legal authority for your yelling at St. Augustine Beach PZB member Mr. David Bradfield last night, June 30th, during the joint meeting of the St. Augustine Beach Commission, PZB and Tree Board, telling him he could not speak about trees being torn down and replaced by pavers: "YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT THIS!"
2. Not only were you not recognized by the Mayor or the facilitator, but you did not identify yourself or state a legal basis for yelling at and censoring a PZB member. Why were you yelling?
3. You were out of order, in my opinion, and very disrespectful to First Amendment protected activity.
4. Also, the agenda that you prepared had no provision for public comment until the end of the meeting, some 200 minutes after it began.
5. Yet Commissioner Snodgrass asked Mr. Micheal Stauffer -- an architect-lobbyist seated next to his friend, Commissioner Samuels' husband, Mr. Robert Samuels -- to answer questions and speak, and he did so for 20-30 minutes on the 35 foot height limit in the City charter.
6. My responsive speaker card on the 35 foot height limit was ignored by Mayor O'Brien, et al. even though Mr. Stauffer was speaking extensively on the issue.
7. What's going on here?
8. Will you kindly apologize to Mr. Bradfield today?
9. Will you and Mayor Richard O'Brien please publicly apologize to the residents who wanted to speak, who were deprived of any speaking opportunities for three hours and 20 minutes, while favoritism was shown to architect Michael Stauffer? Several people were present, leaving in disgust after being denied any reasonable opportunity to speak.
10. Yelling at citizen board members, denying public comment for 200 minutes and interrupting and insulting public comment speakers must halt now. Such unfriendly, overbearing conduct at City of St. Augustine Beach meetings is indefensible, reprehensible, and must be ended at once.

Thank you.

With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

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