We've got the video -- O'BRIEN's employees have apparently placed an underground pipe on his property, leading to the storm sewer manhole, where someone has taken a concrete saw and carved out a big 'ole space for the water to flow into the storm sewer.
Copyright © Mark and Rosetta Bailey, 2017.
Thanks to Mark and Rosetta Bailey for videotaping Mayor O"BRIEN's discharge into the storm water system. They stayed on the public right of way in filming the discharge.
Reporting possible illegal pollution to the National Response Center is the preferred way of doing justice, my friends at EPA Region 4 told me years ago.
On the other hand, referring possible illegal pollution to FDEP is like talking to a post -- without an NRC report number, your concerns about possible illegal pollution may be ignored or covered up by FDEP under the maladministration of controversial Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT.
UPDATE: We checked to see if St. Augustine Beach Mayor RICH O'BRIEN was dumping his 60 foot pool's water onto the beach. Mirabile dictu, mutatis mutandis: No, he was not.
Thanks to government watchdog Thomas F. Reynolds, Jr. and his protected disclosures to the National Response Center after Hurricane Matthew, O'BRIEN has left our dunes unmolested after Hurricane Irma.
Lesson learned: We, the People can "do anything with these phones."
Those are the words that JFK's civil rights aide, later U.S. Senator, Harris Wofford said to his White House colleagues on Inauguration Day, 1961. JFK had seen the all-white Coast Guard contingent in the Inaugural Parade and asked Mr. Wofford to do something. Mr. Wofford picked up the telephone, made one phone call, and the Coast Guard was desegregated. Making history: you've got to pick up the telephone to do something about official oppression.
Double-minded Mayor O'BRIEN is a recidivist lawbreaker fined $200 for illegal, deceptive, unfair campaign activities by the Florida Elections Commission, fined $25,000 by fellow Commissioners for illegal construction at 16 F Street, rejected by Judge Howard O. McGillin in efforts to obtain a "stalking" injunction against Mr. Reynolds, and delayed in his appointment to the Tourist Development Commission over ethics concerns, then seated after lying about his record and securing votes from his tourism cronies.
What's next? LEONARD PATRICK TRINCA, who is O'BRIEN's campaign manager, friend and neighbor, is facing misdemeanor assault charges for his shoving Ms. Rosetta Bailey at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall polling place on Election Day, November 8, 2016. Watch this case. More here.