Watch City Commission Monday night, June 12, 2017: Capt. Lee Geanuleas, U.S.N. (Ret.) has skewered the false and fraudulent parking estimates of hotelier KANTI PATEL. The estimated number of cars for a 5000 square foot ballroom is understated by a factor of 75%.
Greed requires liars and lawyers and bumptious bureaucrats to get its way in the Oldest City.
Greedy developer KANTI PATEL's oleaginous "team" and its phony math was blessed by blissfully vapid Planning and Building Director DAVID DOUGLAS BIRCHIM, who has never had another employer other than the City of St. Augustine since 1997, when he received a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee. (UT joke: Q: What's the difference between Neyland Stadium and a porcupine? A: Neyland Stadium has 100,000 pricks on the outside.)
Arachnid apparatchik DAVID DOUGLAS BIRCHIM, holder of an expired real estate sales license, is a snooty reactionary rubberstamp for developers, as proven by his huckster sales job at the last City Commission meeting. He once complained to me about my seeking accountability and transparency: "You keep chipping away!" He still won't put developer applications on the City's website. Color him colorless, compromised and utterly unwilling to take a stand against dishonest destructive developers.
Here's Lee Geanuleas' unpacking of the porcine justification for destroying HP-5 with a too-big hotel: