St. Augustine Beach City Manager BRUCE MAX ROYLE, you failed. Horribly.
So did your staff. Miserably.
No one respects your illegal gag order and your unconstitutional effort to silence City Commissioners and to keep this local scandal from public discussion.
Your latest First Amendment violation has flopped:
First, this blog broke the news, with several stories commencing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
Then, a code enforcement complaint was filed on May 28, 2017.
Now, mirabile dictu, the St. Augustine Record has a short story on Monday, May 29, 2017:
Construction on Mayor's property hits a snag
City Commission to review issue on June 5
Construction has been delayed on St. Augustine Beach property owned by St. Augustine Beach Mayor Rich O’Brien and his wife after the city learned the project was in violation of a conditional use permit.
This is ..........................KARMA BABY.......................................... and NOBODY escapes ...................................................................KARMA ! ..............................................................................
City Commissioners, DO YOUR JOB..................... and order that Illegal House be torn down.
This was NOT AN HONEST MISTAKE !
Both the Builders and the Property Owners knew exactly what they were doing.
TEAR DOWN THAT HOUSE, because that is what the LAW REQUIRES.
Building Official Gary Larson FAILED and FAILED on purpose. All for Commissioner Richard Burt O'Brien to illegally build a house. The City Commission needs to order City Manger Bruce Max Royle to FIRE LARSON.
O'BRIEN IS CAUGHT AGAIN ! YOUR DONE O'BRIEN, RESIGN NOW !
Inconsistent property boundaries ? Ever heard of a Survey? Mandatory field inspection? They already have that it's a footer inspection and the Inspectors are too lazy to do their job especially when it is for one their own . The study cost $2550? Hey I will come pull a tape measure on the lines for half that . This is simple make them chop the 3 feet out of the building .Why should everyone else including me have to modify plans to meet requirements ? Trust me these crooks will get a pass it's just what Government workers expect and this is why they run for office .
Yes, tear it down and. yes, it's time for Mr. O'Brien to resign.
At the Commission meeting in which these two homes were approved Mayor Obrien stated inequivocably he would comply with any and all requirements his fellow Commissioners requested. And I can assure you many unusual requirements were added and especiaaly by one of the Commissioners. If you know SAB you know all the properties the Obriens have built and/or renovated are some of the most beautiful and well kept on the Beach. So does it surprise me whatsoever that 1) worh all the requirements and survey variations a SMALL as in 3 ft setback was missed by ALL. And 2) that the "unamed" ""commissioner who started all this was the same commissioner who requested all the additional requirements to start with. No the Obriens should not be requested to chop off 3 feet. The permit should be adjusted accordingly. We residents should be more concerned about why our city commissioners (some) more focused on anything OTHER than we residents newds. I am sick and tired if it. YOu all should be too. Government by anger and revenge seeking needs to stop.
We will look forward to you speaking at the hearing.
This is an unfortunate circumstance given the participants involved are public figures. Regardless of your personal opinions of the owners they do not deserve to be publicly tarred and feathered. So close on the heels of the new hotel height kerfuffle at the Pope Rd end its much more than a wake up call to St. Augustine Beach government to get the story straight as soon as possible, that the same errors won't compound: the entire region is under siege from developers eyeing every square inch for exploitation so don't think for a minute that any similar "mistake" would be 'unintentional.".
I think it's absurd to insist the offending structures be torn down. Rather, the community should see this as a cheap lesson and tighten the oversight and approval process to avoid future scenarios like this.
Thank you Brian. Mr. Reynolds is his predictable mean-spirited self. Even when he is right his personal attacks are unsettling. Having endured listening to his vitriolic rants at commission meetings in the past I do not relish his next display of incoherent hyperbole. On an up note, his candidacy for county commissioner will likely maintain that seat in the hands of the St. Johns County Republicans.
Thank you Mike for recognizing I am right all the time. There are no personal attacks ! It is hard for you Mike to have to read that Commissioner O,Brian is involved again in wrongdoings. You never speak Mike , so I look forward to hearing you talk at the podium. I won,t get tired of hearing your three minutes. Yes Mike I also understand why you can only hear "incoherent hyperbole.". Again it is hard to hear the truth about an Elected Official who is a friend of yours. But Big Mike, Commissioner O'Brien is a proven Unethical Elected Official. Just a few weeks ago Commissioner O'Brien paid a fine for an Unethical Election Violation. Commissioner O'Brien just got caught trying to sneak health Insurance for himself and Spouse. a 170 % raise. .So Big Mike your Boy Rich, should is not an open, honest, transparent, and Ethical Elected Official. That is why Mr> O'Brien should RESIGN !
One last thing Big Mike, I spoke two times in favor of Commissioner O'Brien building these homes. I expected him to obey the laws and rules.
It's sad that they're turning St. Augustine beach into a small daytona ! Stop this madness or the great little town will totally disappear! This goes for the hotels also ridicules
I wonder what would be done if these were my properties, or some other resident of SAB? Would there still be those who feel 3 ft is no big deal? Would I get to keep the buildings the way they are, or would I have to fix the mistake?
You would have to tear it down !
Just like Commissioner O'Brien is going to.... TEAR IT DOWN !
You would have to re-design the plans then get them re-approved then whack the 3 feet out .Trust me I know
Once a politician always a politician.
What would be done if it were your average joe? Then apply those same rules to the Mayor they should have no more rights than we do...
Yet inspectors came out to my buddies shop and make him take down two small signs, or pay fines. What a joke..
This actually seems to be pretty gross. Under most circumstances, they usually mandate compliance. In this case, that would get expensive... and since it's the mayor, well, they're talking about things like 'shared responsibility' and 'in the future, lets include another cost-adding layer of bureaucracy so this never happens again', to strongly imply they're going to wave this one off but add expense to all future projects. If you built a house that went 3 feet (!) deep into a setback, you almost certainly wouldn't get those same favorable considerations. Starting to really lose faith in the integrity of this particular elected body. It actually pains me to say this, given some of the loons it puts me in agreement with.
I have seen this happen before. And it, was caught oncr the foundation was poured. And it and it all had to be torn out. Re engineered. And rebuilt. This shouldn't fall on Gary larson. It should fall on the builder. For not knowing how too read a survey and Blueprint.