Sunday, July 30, 2017


Ineffectual, maladroit St. Augustine City Manager BRUCE MAX ROYLE doesn't respect you.  He's demanding an 8.7% tax increase for Fiscal Year 2018.   Come speak out at St. Augustine Beach City Hall, Monday, July 31, 2017 at  5 PM.

I've filed some 20 Open Records requests about his fake budget, with incorrect math and no justification for automatic pay raises or large capital equipment purchases.
Incompetent St. Augustine Beach City Manager MAX ROYLE wants a 1.7% raise -- 2,000.  He's not had a performance appraisal since 2014 -- the only performance appraisal he's ever had.  Building Official GARY RAYMOND LARSON has not had one since 2014, either.  Their mistakes cost you money.  

Do you want to reach into your pockets to fork over more money for bad government?

Two debacles -- the Alvin's Alley lawsuit and the Mayor's house at 16 F Street -- no discipline.

No accountability.  No ethics.   No pay raise.  There should be a salary cap.

Working people need raises.

Ineffectual managers need to go.

Thanks to heroic first year freshman St. Augustine Beach City Commissioner Maggie Kostka for going over the budget and asking, questions, demanding answers.  She's run several businesses.  She knows the value of a dollar.  She does math.  Watch her hold City Hall denizens accountable.

Bottom line: No tax increase is desired or required at St. Augustine Beach, where the City Manager stinks on ice.  It's time for him go -- go now, before you're fired, Mr. ROYLE.

Math errors. No detailed budget justifications.  No basis for automatic raises. Unequal pay.  No accounting codes. No Excel spreadsheet.  A locked PDF.  Little or no explanations of anything.


Read this pitiful excuse for a budget here:

Watching MAX ROYLE at budget time is like watching a duck try to make love to a football.

Here's the correspondence that proves it:

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: braddatz ; jpwilson ; mroyle ; mburns
Sent: Mon, Jul 31, 2017 1:43 pm
Subject: Maladroit St. Augustine Beach City Manager Violates Florida Constitution, Refuses to Provide Budget Information Without Paying Hundreds of Dollars.

Dear Messrs. Royle, Wilson and Ms. Raddatz and Ms. Burns:
1. Those were some 20 separate requests, not one request.2. Do not aggregate them.  Do not charge for what we should get for free.
3. Please provide data by 5:01 PM budget meeting today, July 31, 2017. 
4. No charge for what normal governments include in their budget proposals.
5. Requests are for data that you should have supplied to Commissioners in the budget and which I understand you have supplied to Commissioners today, in part.
6. Your responses are, at best, facetious.  They are beneath the dignity of a free people.  See Article I, Section 24 of our Florida Constitution.
7. You want a HUGE tax increase but refuse to justify it.
8. The increase must be DENIED.
9. Will you kindly agree to mediation by Assistant State Attorney General Patricia Gleason?
10. Will you kindly stop acting like bullies, anti-democratic energumen, filled with anger toward First Amendment protected activity?  Show a little class, folks.
11. In the words of J. Danforth Quayle, "I wear [your] scorn as a badge of honor."
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

-----Original Message-----
From: Beverly Raddatz <>
To: Ed Slavin <>
Cc: Jim Wilson <>; Max Royle <>; Melissa Burns <>
Sent: Mon, Jul 31, 2017 11:23 am
Subject: RE: Request No. 2017-386: SAB FY 2018 budget request for capital expenditures and purchases

Mr. Slavin:
Regarding all your requests for FY 2018 Budget, the total fee for your request would be 10 hours at a staff rate of $40.51 for a total fee of $405.10.  A cost deposit will be required before the City will begin to collect responsive records.  The remaining cost and any additional cost reflecting the actual time and cost incurred may be paid when the records are made available.  If the actual cost is less than your deposit you will be refunded the difference.
Beverly Raddatz, MMC
City Clerk
City of St. Augustine Beach
2200 A1A South
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
(904) 471-2122  FAX (904) 471-4108
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From: Ed Slavin []
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2017 12:38 AM
To: Max Royle <>; Jim Wilson <>; Beverly Raddatz <>; Melissa Burns <>
Cc: Comm Kostka <>; Comm O'Brien <>; Comm George <>; Comm England <>; Comm Snodgrass <>; Robert Hardwick <>;
Subject: Request No. 2017-386: SAB FY 2018 budget request for capital expenditures and purchases
Dear Messrs. Royle and Wilson, Ms. Raddatz and Ms. Burns:
Please send factual and legal documentation of the basis for every single one of St. Augustine Beach City Manager Max Royle's FY 2018 Budget request for capital expenditures and purchases.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

Watching MAX ROYLE at budget time is like watching a duck try to make love to a football.

Watching Maggie Kostka, new Commissioner, ask questions and demand answers is a delight.
Thank you!

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