Saturday, July 22, 2017
West Florida Freshman U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL1/KOCH INDUSTRIES ) is an unjust steward, a misguided miscreant, one of four KOCH-funded rebarbative retromingent reprobates who want to abolish EPA. Like the John Birch Society postcards from morons in the 1970s, Gaetz is all talk and zero facts. Enough flummery, dupery and nincompoopery. Gaetz has already drawn a Democratic opponent for 2018 -- a retired Navy pilot, Phil Ehr, a/k/a "Mustang," a recovering Republican. Let the campaign begin, with great vigor!
Obliterating EPA would create chaos, experts say
Joseph Baucum, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published 6:08 p.m. CT Feb. 2, 2017 | Updated 6:14 p.m. CT Feb. 2, 2017
After soliciting endorsement from his colleagues earlier this week to eradicate the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has garnered support from a trio of congressmen in what he assures would translate to a smooth transition in oversight and regulations from the federal government to individual states.
But legal experts disagree with the Fort Walton Beach Republican, arguing that eliminating the agency would incite statutory chaos and devastating impacts to human health and the environment.
"When it was originally created, states and local communities didn’t have the technology or expertise to protect the environment," said Gaetz, who has targeted 2018 for when he hopes to see the agency disappear. "We’ve come a long way in the last 50 years. Time and again, I’ve seen constituents unknowingly subject themselves to the oppressive jurisdiction of the EPA by doing simple things."
Gaetz said Reps. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) have agreed to co-sponsor a bill to the House Committee on Natural Resources to eliminate the agency. At that point, the committee's chairman, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), would decide if it would be put to a vote.
Many environmental protection laws create legal standing for states to enforce federally administrated regulations. Gaetz contended that without the EPA, authority for those laws would simply shift to states. But multiple professors at the University of Florida Levin College of Law contradicted him.
"A lot of states just don’t have resources available to them," said Mary Jane Angelo, professor and director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program at the university. "Wealthier states would have better protection for their citizens’ health than poorer states."
Angelo said the EPA administers most federal and environmental programs through what is termed cooperative federalism. As an example, she said under the Clean Water Act, most states have assumed responsibility for carrying out a portion of regulations such as issuing permits and ensuring compliance. States must meet minimum federal requirements. Certain flexibility exists for states to carry out the law in ways more sensible for them. If the government quashed the agency, Angelo argued "decisions would have to be made on hundreds of programs about what happens to them."
Alyson Flournoy, a law professor at the university and a member scholar at the liberal Center for Progressive Reform, said without federal regulations, states would enter into "a race to the bottom." She explained that as an incentive to attract industry, a portion of states would relax standards in a short-sighted economic strategy that would ultimately sacrifice public health and the environment.
Flournoy criticized Gaetz's effort as an attention-seeking move that ultimately betrays his constituents.
"It seems to be part of a wave from elected officials designed to capture headlines but not do good government," she said. "We don’t need less government or more government. We need good government."
Gaetz maintained states could capably regulate themselves if allowed. But in July, Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission approved new state standards that would escalate the acceptable levels of toxins in state rivers and streams for more than two dozen known carcinogens. The proposal required further approval by the EPA, but an agency spokeswoman said the state never sent it to the agency.
In an email to colleagues this week seeking support for his bill, Gaetz cited a report from the conservative American Action Forum, writing "it would take more than 94,200 employees working full-time to complete one year of EPA paperwork. With the average compliance officer being paid over $33 per hour, the costs of these regulations accumulate quickly."
But the report's evidence is questionable. Rick Harper, an economist and professor at the University of West Florida, said the report could be relying on other studies to reinforce its premise, but the report struck him as a "broad-brush opinion piece" and he would refrain from defining it as a study. He expects Gaetz's efforts to not result in the destruction of the EPA, but in the government lessening heavy-handed regulations and increasing incentives for companies to innovate and develop methods to curb pollution.
"What I expect to see come of it would be a move to more market- and price-oriented solutions to pollution and that the legislation would evolve from dismantling the EPA to requiring the EPA to reduce the burden of paperwork," Harper said.
"Without public protections, Florida will suffer" by Alyson Craig Flournoy and Mary Jane Angelo, UF Levin College of Law (Pensacola News Journal)
Mary Jane Angelo
Guest view: Without public protections, Florida will suffer
By Alyson Flournoy and Mary Jane Angelo Published 9:15 a.m. CT May 17, 2017 | Updated 9:31 a.m. CT May 17, 2017
Florida faces unique threats in an era of sea-level rise and a warming climate. Algae blooms, tropical disease outbreaks, stronger storms, and coastal flooding present us with challenges on a scale we have not seen previously.
Federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Army Corps of Engineers are key partners to our state, helping us respond to each of these challenges. The massive Everglades restoration effort, which will help to protect south Florida's drinking water supply, is another federal-state partnership. We need federal agencies to be nimble and adaptive in responding to changes in the environment and the attendant threats to our health, safety, drinking water, and shorelines if they are to be effective partners.
Yet President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress are working to roll back safeguards and throw numerous monkey wrenches into the administrative process. Their policies would move us away from progress and innovation, paralyzing our federal partners, wasting public resources, and putting people at risk in the process.
A case in point is the "2-for-1 deal" in Trump's late January executive order – requiring that federal agencies offer up two regulations for repeal every time they propose to adopt a new or updated rule. It is as simplistic and arbitrary as it is misguided.
The executive order ignores the massive benefits of regulation to consumers, workers, people who'd prefer to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and eat safe foods, while focusing solely and obsessively on the cost to the companies that produce unsafe products, consign employees to dangerous working conditions and pollute the environment. It is meat-axe-style policymaking that assumes every rule is bad and that repeal is, by definition, always good. (Would you like some Listeria with that rule repeal?) It's a sales pitch served up as policy.
Another thing Trump's ham-handed executive order – and all deregulatory propaganda – overlooks is that rules are extremely important for business as well as the public. Affected businesses participate actively in agency rulemaking and often support the final product because clear rules of the road provide the level and predictable playing field they need to make investments. Rules eliminate unfair advantages for industry players that take the low road, exposing their workers and the public to needless and unacceptable risks and harms. Standards help correct problems where markets fail, and ensure agencies enforce statutes fairly and consistently across an industry.
Despite all this, House and Senate Republicans are joining President Trump's assault on our safeguards, floating a raft of damaging legislation that would make it even harder for agencies to protect Floridians – and all Americans. These proposals, including the recently reintroduced Regulatory Accountability Act, present dubious opportunities for improvements in accountability and do so at the expense of other core principles of administrative law – efficiency and fairness.
Now more than ever, Florida needs our representatives in Congress to restrain rash political impulses to move quickly and without careful thought. Congress should recognize that President Trump's executive order has already created instability and uncertainty for the regulatory process and should decline to adopt additional hurdles that will further delay important protections.
Even ideas that may sound reasonable in the abstract – like requiring that benefits exceed costs for all regulations – have huge hidden costs and consequences. It's well known that health and safety get short shrift when we try to translate them to a dollar figure, as the bill being considered by Congress would require. At the same time, experience shows that the expected costs to industry are frequently overestimated. The end result is to undermine the health and safety mandates Congress wisely included in laws that have brought us cleaner air and water, better blowout preventers, safer workplaces and products, and more.
The enormous public outcry in the wake of President Trump's hasty and poorly thought-out executive orders should serve as an object lesson for Congress: haste makes waste. If Congress ignores this lesson and proceeds to shut down crucial public safeguards, including those designed to ward off the worst effects of a warming climate and restore the Everglades to health, Floridians will be in a world of hurt.
Alyson Flournoy and Mary Jane Angelo are professors at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and are Member Scholars at the Center for Progressive Reform.
"Man in the Kevlar® suit" -- Fake "Mayor" RICHARD BURTT O"BRIEN'S HAUGHTY HUBRIS IN ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FLORIDA
Twice-fined lawbreaking recidivist reprobate St. Augustine Beach Mayor RICHARD BURTT O'BRIEN describes himself as the "man in a Kevlar® suit.
He says all of the charges, questions and criticisms of him bounce off, "Ping! Ping! Ping!"
He's said so to his associates, including fellow Commissioners. What an egomanical jerk.
Retromigent rebarbatative repulsive businessman-politician, sans ethics and creativity.
Republican Lord of All That He Surveys (1.7 square miles and some 7000 souls).
"Mayot" O"BRIEN has recently bailed, missed or come late for government business, including Commission and events, among them the July 19, 2017 public topping-off ceremony for Embassy Suites, where he was a scheduled speaker on the program but never appeared despite being repeatedly called the morning of the event. O'BRIEN and the itty-bitty-shifty City government have not supplied pertinent records.
Fake "Mayor" O'BRIEN has delusions of adequacy. He can't even attend community events. Snob? Slacker? Poor excuse for a public official? Yes. Yes. Yes. And?
Kevlar® suit? "Ping! Ping! Ping!"? O'BRIEN married into RINGHAVER money -- like marrying on third base and supposing that you hit a triple.
PROGRESS IN ARTISTS' FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUIT: Bates v. City of St. Augustine (Bates II) Mediation Resumes Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Mediator Terrence Edward Smith
Jacksonville lawyer-mediator-magistrate Terry Schmidt will preside Wednesday, July 26, 2017 as the mediator in the federal court case of Bruce Bates et al. v. City of St. Augustine (Bates II), the visual artists' First Amendment case.
The mediation is scheduled to last all day, in a neutral conference room in Jacksonville.
Our visual artists are sitting in the proverbial catbird seat and the City of St. Augustine knows it.
The artists are now empowered by the unanimous Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, and progeny. Those cases ban any government content-based restrictions on free speech, whether involving an Arizona church's signs or Tampa homeless panhandlers' requests for money. The latter case was decided in 2016 by a federal judge in Tampa, which is also part of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
So empowered, our four courageous St. Augustine visual artists will resume mediation with the City of St. Augustine. Representing the artists are attorneys William Sheppard, Bryan DiMaggio and Thomas Elijah Cushman. Representing the City is the MARKS GRAY law firm.
Mediator Terrence Edward Smith is as able a mediator as I have ever seen in 30 years.
Mr. Smith was the Special Magistrate who successfully mediated the 32 Grenada Street local historic landmark designation adopted by the City of St. Augustine in response to the misguided demolition demand by Louis John Arbizzani.
Result: one historic building saved: it will be moved one lot south and preserved and protected as a city historic landmark. The City's power to designate local historic landmarks was vindicated, creating a precedent for other structures, like 18 St. George Street (subject of a HARB hearing to be held on August 17, 2017).
I attended the April 13, 2017 Special Magistrate dispute resolution session as one who spoke in support of the designation of this wonderful 1880 Victorian home as a City local historic landmark, before both HARB and City Commission. Mr. Smith helped the parties reach a mutually agreeable settlement.
I call it the Holy Thursday agreement (after the Good Friday Agreement bringing peace to Northern Ireland). All were impressed with Mr. Smith's mediation skills.
Last year, mediator Terry Schmidt spent 3.5 hours with plaintiffs Bruce Kevin Bates, Elena Hecht, Kate Merrick and Helena Salas, the four visual artist plaintiffs, St. Augustine City Manager John Patrick Regan, P.E., plaintiff attorneys William Sheppard, Bryan DiMaggio and Thomas Elijan Cushman and Assistant City Attorney Denise May, accompanied by two insurance defense lawyers from the MARKS GRAY law firm, hired by the Florida League Cities insurance scheme.
For 3.5 hours on Friday, September 23, 2016, federal court appointed mediator Terrence Edward Schmidt met with the City Manager of St. Augustine, four artist plaintiffs who have won yet another injunction against the City for violating their First and Fourteenth Amendment in their second lawsuit against the City of St. Augustine since 2009.
Mediator Terry Schmidt scheduled a second mediation session after the City of St. Augustine City Commissioners held several shade meetings to discuss legal issues outside the Sunshine -- a full court reporter transcript will be available after the litigation is resolved. Transcripts will be available after the case is settled.
Mr. Schmidt was a young naval officer in charge of nuclear and other weapons, on the USS William M. Wood (DD 71 5). He was Duke University Law Review Editor, co-wrote a 1974 scholarly Florida Law Review article with Duke classmate Kenneth W. Starr, worked for the Florida Bar in its successful effort to disbar F. Lee Bailey a/k/a "Flea" Bailey, and has since 2001 worked exclusively as a respected mediator, arbitrator and special master.
Mr. Schmidt was Lieutenant and Weapons Officer on the USS William M. Wood (DD 715)
In 1974, Mr. Schmidt published a scholarly article in the University of Florida's Law Review, co-authored with his fellow Duke University Law School classmate Kenneth W. Starr, later a United States Court of Appeals Judge, Solicitor General of the United States and Whitewater Prosecutor
Mr. Schmidt was one of three lawyers representing The Florida Bar in its successful effort to disbar F. LEE BAILEY
Mr. Schmidt's law firm biography states:
Mr. Schmidt received his B.A. degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 1967 and his law degree from Duke University Law School in 1973 where was an editor of the Duke Law Journal. He was an officer in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1972, serving as Lieutenant and Weapons Officer on the USS William M. Wood (DD 715) at the time of his discharge to return to law school. He joined the firm of Mahoney, Hadlow, Chambers & Adams (then the oldest firm in the State of Florida) in Jacksonville in 1973 and became a shareholder in that firm in 1978. On January 1, 1979, he left the Mahoney Hadlow firm to start the firm of Bledsoe, Gallagher, Mikals & Schmidt, the predecessor of the Firm. He has practiced continuously with the Firm since that date specializing in civil litigation. In 1997, he became a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit court civil mediator and a Federal court certified mediator. In 1999, he qualified as an AAA arbitrator and mediator. Since 2001, his practice has been limited to providing alternative dispute resolution services as a mediator, statutory and AAA arbitrator, and special master.
EXPERIENCE: I have specialized in litigation since 1974. My practice included litigation in the areas of breach of contract, fraud, employment discrimination, mechanics liens and construction defects, real property, probate, state and federal antitrust and restraint of trade, securities fraud, maritime, bankruptcy, ERISA, CERCLA, RCRA, trademark and copyright, medical and legal malpractice, and personal injury, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. E.g., Jaffe v. Grant, 793 F.2d 1182 (11th Cir. 1986); Woodman v. U. S., 764 F.Supp 1455(M.D.Fla) rev=d 121 F.3d 1430(11th Cir. 1997); VKK Corp. v. National Football League. et al., 55 F.Supp 2d 196 (S.D.N.Y. 1999); Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. v. Jones, 764 So.2d 677 (Fla. lst DCA 2000). I also served as special counsel to The Florida Bar in the F. Lee Bailey disbarment proceeding. The Florida Bar v. F. Lee Bailey, 803 So.2d 603 (Fla.) ce/f. den/ed 122 S.Ct. 1916 (2002).
REPRESENTATIVE CASES HANDLED AS MEDIATOR: I have mediated more than 4.000 cases in state and federal courts and for the American Arbitration Association over the past 19 years, including, among others, a breach of contract claim in the telecommunications industry involving a claim of more than $400 millions a commercial breach of contract and breach of warranty case involving claims of over $30 million; a first party bad faith insurance claim for over $25 million; a consolidated action involving multiple securities fraud and negligent supervision claims in excess of $20 millions a dispute between FDIC and a borrower and a subsequent dispute between the borrower and a third party involving real property valued in excess of $20 million; a dissenting stockholder’s rights dispute involving claims in excess of $15 million; a catastrophic burn case involving claims in excess of $10 million; a dispute between a sponsor and a cigarette manufacturer over a NASCAR promotion involving a claim in excess of $5 million; numerous condominium construction disputes involving claims in excess of $5 million; and numerous personal injury, employment discrimination, construction, and other commercial cases involving claims in excess of $l,000,000.
REPRESENTATIVE CASES HANDLED AS ARBITRATOR/SPECIAL MASTER: I have been a panel arbitrator in arbitrations involving breach of contract, construction disputes, a cable service agreement, and termination of an insurance agency in which awards were entered. I have also been the sole arbitrator in breach of contract, consumer fraud, employment, construction and Unfair Trade & Deceptive Trade Practices Act disputes in which awards were entered. Finally, I have served as special master and as statutory arbitrator appointed by the circuit court in commercial disputes .
MULTI-PARTY DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE: As an attorney representing a party to multi-party cases, I have been involved in numerous multi-party mediations or settlement conferences, including litigation involving antitrust and tort claims filed by a former National Football League team owner against the National Football League and others in which the claimed damages exceeded $450 million; an insurance insolvency case in which the claims exceeded $20 million; an ERISA class action against the trustees of profit sharing plan involving a claimed loss exceeding $10 millions a toxic tort case in which 43 families sued a major waste hauling company and the United States Government for personal injuries arising out of a contaminated landfill which was settled by one defendant for $8.5 million and was tried against the other defendants and construction litigation by a condominium association against the developer, architect, and contractor for damages exceeding $3.0 million. As a mediator, I have been involved in over 500 multi-party disputes involving all kinds of claims, including major construction cases.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING: National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) 8/2012 Advanced Mediation Training Retreats ADR Section of Dispute Resolution (JBA), Fifth Annual CME Seminar (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); NADN Advanced Mediation Training Retreat 2011; Fourth Annual Institute on Advanced Mediation-Advocacy Skills Training: 2005; DRC 1 3th Annual conference for Mediators and Arbitrators: Framing Our Future, 2004; AAA Advanced Mediator Skills for Court-Based Settlement Program, 2003; ABA Section of Dispute Resolution: New Vistas in Dispute Resolution, 2002; ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Collaboration in the Capital: The Power of ADR Program, 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator ll – Advanced Case Management Issues Workshop, 2001; Florida Bar sponsored Private Judges, Mediation and Arbitration Seminar, 2000; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop, 1999; Florida Bar CLE Course on Alternate Dispute Resolution, 1998; Florida Dispute Resolution Center, 40-Hr. Mediation training, 1995.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES: Admitted to the Bar: Florida, 1973; Admitted to United States Supreme Court, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: American Bar Association (Section on Dispute Resolution); Florida Bar Association (Section on Dispute Resolution); Jacksonville Bar Associations Florida Academy of Professional Mediators; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Chester Bedell Inn of Courts The College of Master Advocates and Barristers.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Master, Chester Bedell Inn of Courts Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers; listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2001 — present); listed in Florida’s Super Lawyers (2006 – present); listed in “Jacksonville’s Best Lawyers” by Jacksonville Magazine( 2001 – present); honored in 2002 with a Resolution by The Florida Bar for pro
bono service as Special Counsel to TFB in the F. Lee Bailey disbarment proceeding.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Speaker, Eighth Annual N.E. Florida CME Seminar for Mediators, “ls There Anyone Who is Not Subject to Cognitive Dissonance… Except Me?” (2015); Speaker, 2nd Annual N.E. Florida CME Seminar for Mediators “Local Issues Facing Mediators and the Ethical Implications” (2009); Panel Member on alternative dispute presentations to the Chester Bedell Inn of Court (2004) and Florida Coastal School of Law (2005); Panel member, Winning Without Trial: The Mediation Roundtables Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar (2003); Speaker, “The Florida Bar v. F. Lee Bailey: A Cautionary Tale”, Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar (2002); co-author with Kenneth W. Starr: Inspection Rights of Corporate Stockholders: Toward a More Effective Statutory Model”, 42 Florida Law Review 173 (1974).
James A. Bledsoe, Jr.
Samuel S. Jacobson
Terrance E. Schmidt
Kenneth B. Wright
Stephanie A. Sussman
501 Riverside Ave., Suite 903
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
St. Augustine's anti-artist and anti-musician laws are blatantly unconstitutional and were so found by federal judges in 2009 and 2016. They are an egregious example of what our City's patron saint, Saint Augustine himself, meant when he said,
"An unjust law is no law at all."
These local Nuremberg-style laws have resulted in hundreds of arrests, criminalizing art and music.
St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver says,
"Our streets are not lively."
St. Augustine Beach Commissioner and former SAB Mayor Sherman Gary Snodgrass says these "lousy laws" must be repealed.
They have had the intended effect of destroying the joy and quality of life on St. George Street, which PZB member Cathy Brown calls "one giant t-shirt shop."
These "Jim Crow" laws are the direct and proximate result of what happens when:
(1) mean, misguided men like JOE BOLES and LEN WEEKS get elected Mayor,
(2) tyrants like WILLIAM BARRY HARRIS get hired as City "Manager," without a national search,
(3) sadists like DAVID BERNARD SHOAR, former SAPD Chief, now Sheriff, get promoted and elected as a reward for violating our constitutional rights,
(4) uncouth, unkind, unethical, other-directed lawyers like RONALD WAYNE BROWN and
ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ
get hired as City Attorney without the position ever so much as being advertised in the Florida Bar Journal
(5) lousy landlords and louche lugubrious lapdog goobers in the Chamber of Commerce are allowed to dictate public policy.
It's time for those "lousy" and "unjust" laws to be repealed.
It's time for our streets to be "lively" once again.
Please pray for our City Manager, City Attorney and
City Commissioners to end this unjust open season on artists in our Nation's Oldest City.
What do y'all reckon ?
St. Johns County Commission Chairman JAMES K. JOHNS Hates Public Participation, Interrupts Speakers, Refuses to Allow Staff to Answer Questions. Wonder why?
St. Johns County Commission Chairman JAMES K. JOHNS hates public participation, too often interrupts speakers, shows hostile body language to speakers and Commissioners and illegally refuses to allow staff to answer questions. Efforts to reach JOHNS for comment were unavailing Friday.
JOHNS works for developers in his day job, and continues to do so at Commission meetings. Who put the fox in his bosom? Who put this fox in the henhouse? Appointed by Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT and then elected in an August 2016 universal primary. No Democrat ran against him. Al Abbattiello ran against him in the only actual universal primary, but was smeared by secretive PAC mailers.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
At the July 20, 2017 Historic Architectural Review Board meeting, controversial, St. Augustine City Attorney ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ showed her amateur status, braying at HARB members about not asking too many pesky questions.
LOPEZ, a former developer lawyer once enamored of GEORGE MORRIS McCLURE, was promptly ignored by the Board, as was "How to Hold an Effective Meeting" two-sided laminated cards -- she said that it was important to be "more cost-effective for staff and professional applicants."
Text here: http://www.citystaug.com/Effective%20Efficient%20Meeting.pdf
Waiting to find out who wrote it, and why.
I countered that it was important for HARB members, selected for their expertise, to do their jobs without fear or favor or interference of staff, who work for them, and us (and not the other way around). LOPEZ was mostly quiet for the rest of the meeting.
Thank you, HARB for ignoring bad advice from this maladroit, developer-driven City Attorney, who in 2014 angrily and repeatedly blocked (temporarily) my efforts to require HARB to file financial disclosures, which was never done in more than 50 years. A State Attorney General's opinion knocked LOPEZ's loopy lawyering into a cocked hat. HARB members now file annual financial disclosures.
Cool article by Washington Post senior Congressional corespondent about Senator John McCain and my first boss, Senator Ted Kennedy -- Best. Senator. Ever. Bipartisanship works.
Historic Fraser Properties, LLC, Steven Binninger and architect LESLIE JUDE THOMAS were roundly rejected July 20th by the St. Augustine Architectural Review Board on an application to build an inauthentic fountain at 9 St. George Street. HARB rejected the same fountain in January 2017. Apparently the arrogant applicant was trying to pull a fast one or wear down HARB. Enough. As JFK said during the Cuban Missile Crisis, "there's always some poor SOB who doesn't get the word."
Thanks to Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) Chair Antoinette Wallace and her fellow HARB members for modifying procedures. HARB followed the suggestion of government watchdog B.J. Kalaidi. From this day forward, applicants will make their presentations before the public hearing, not afterwards. Unfair procedures were instituted at the behest of developers when City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS was City "Manager." HARRISS now runs Sheriff DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR" and his suspiciously secretive "St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Four Star Association, Inc.," a 501c3 that deserves governmental scrutiny from our county and federal governments.
1. Any contract with neighbors for use of an existing wall, or plans for a new wall.
2. Photometrics showing the appearance of lighting from neighbors' property
3. Actual architectural drawings, instead of flummery.
Three cheers for HARB members, Lee Geanueuleas, B.J. Kalaidi and other engaged citizens for asking questions and demanding answers!
This 28 day delay allows us more time for careful deliberation, investigation and research on alternatives, including mixed use homes and commercial structures on top of his parking lots.