Thanks to the Gang of Four on City Commission, St. George Street is dull, inauthentic and tacky.
No violins, guitars or painting allowed. Our other-directed local lawmakers made music and art into crimes, hundreds of arrests over the years.
Mayor Nancy Shaver says, "our streets are not lively."
PZB member Cathy Brown says St. George Street has become "one giant t-shirt shop."
Saint Augustine, our patron saint, said "An unjust law is no law at all."
The current sorry state of St. George Street is the proximate result of unAmerican activities --unconstitutional ordinances criminalizing street artists and musicians. Those ordinances have been repeatedly struck down by federal courts, most recently in 2009 and 2016 (and awaiting a 2018 jury trial on some issues).
Disgraceful unjust laws are the sequelae of four unjust lawmakers -- TODD DAVID NEVILLE, NANCY SIKES-KLINE, LEANNA SOPHIA AMARU FREEMAN and ROXANNE HORVATH -- refusing to allow Mayor Nancy Shaver to hold a workshop in 2016, necessitating litigation by civil rights attorneys William Sheppard, Bryan DeMaggio and Thomas Elijah Cushman.
Our Nation's Oldest City is imperiled by greedy businesses, including multinational monopolists like MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. , which don't give a fig about history and don't give a hoot in hell about aesthetics or overburdening our tiny town, smeared, teared and bleared with wretched excess, too much traffic and too many tacky t-shirt shops. Enough.