Friday, December 15, 2017

Weasel Wanchick Refused to Meet With St. Augustine Beach Commissioners, Though Royle Offered Coffee and Snacks

St. Johns County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK rejected an invitation from St. Augustine Beach City Manager BRUCE MAX ROYLE to present his proposed transfer of the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park and parking lot (minus the actual pier) to the City of St. Augustine Beach.  ROYLE even offered coffee and snacks, but amoral WANCHICK said no, based on it not being a "constructive environment."  In the immoral words of William F. Buckley, Jr., "Why does baloney reject the grinder?"

Here's weasel WANCHICK's June 28, 2017 e-mail to ROYLE (six days after I exposed WANCHICK's forbidding public participation during the June 22, 2017 health insurance committee meeting, which he refused to televise, revealing his anti-union animus in front of 30 officials but no citizens) (see below).

I am not planning on attending the July 5th Commission Meeting. To be honest, I do not think it would be a constructive environment for me to discuss the County’s offer to the City. As you know, we have provided all of the information that has been requested. If the City needs any additional information, I will be happy to provide it to you.
In addition, if you, the Mayor, or other Commissioners would like to sit down and discuss the details of conveying the parking lot to the City I will be happy do to so at your convenience. The County Commission, as part of its budget process, has inquired as to whether the City has made a decision, so the sooner we have an answer the better. If you have any further questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you.
Michael D. Wanchick
County Administrator St. Johns County
500 San Sebastian View
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904)209-0530 office
(904)209-0531 fax

From: Max Royle [] Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:19 PM
To: Michael Wanchick
Subject: Pier Park
Review of your proposal concerning the City possibly owning the pier park will be on the agenda for the Commission’s July 5th meeting. At this time, it’s Item 6 on the agenda. I hope we can get to it, though there are a couple of public hearing items at the start of the meeting that could take some time to discuss. You should come to some of our meetings. We even provide coffee, and I’ll give you a dish of the snacks the Commissioners get: mixed nuts or M&Ms, peanut or regular. Make your choice and let me know.

Michael Wanchick Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:25 PM
Max Royle
RE: Pier Park


Here's the June 22, 2017 blog post on WANCHICK's weasel refusal of public participation in the health insurance committee meeting that day;


When you're the County Administrator of a corrupt county, and a union-buster to boot, you don't have any principles. Thus, earlier today, MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK, St. Johns County Administrator and Republican Lord of All He Surveys, held a meeting in which huge increases in employee health care premium were discussed. No employee union representatives were present as WANCHICK expressed anti-union animus. No "public participation" was allowed. That's illegal. I was the only non-employee present. This stinks. Here's my letter to "MIKEY THE WEASEL" WANCHICK:

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: mwanchick
Cc: pmccormack ; bcc5hdean ; bcc1jjohns ; bcc2jsmith ; bcc3pwaldron ; bccd4 ent: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 11:03 pm
Subject: St. Johns County refusal of public participation at 6/22 health insurance workshop meeting; refusal to televise it on GTV

Dear Mr. Wanchick:
1. You ignored my June 21, 2017 request to televise the June 22, 2017 health insurance workshop meeting on GTV (see below).  Why did you refuse to televise the St. Johns County Board of County County Commissioners health insurance workshop meeting?  The subject was projected huge increases in premiums for some 1800 employees and their families.  No employee union representatives were present.   I was the only person present who was not a St. Johns County Commissioner, constitutional officer or employee. 
2. At the beginning of the workshop meeting, you spoke, rudely and crudely usurping the role of the Board of County Commissioners, issuing an unctuous unconstitutional ukase that banned "public participation" or "questions."   You also bragged about your efforts to "stave off unionization" by using employee benefits as a bullet in your gun.  You brandished anti-union animus and avoided being televised.  Why don't you have the courage of your labor-baiting convictions to state them in the County Auditorium, on-camera, in the Sunshine, Mr. Wanchick?
3. Again I was the only non-employee at the meeting.  While I appreciate the staff and consultant work, it was legally and morally wrong for you to silence me (with two armed Sheriff's deputies present.  How gauche and louche of you to issue an illegal gag order to me, Mr. Wanchick.
4. Why did you refuse to let me ask questions?  To whom did you think you were talking?
5. The health insurance workshop meeting was scheduled to run from 1:30 to 3:30, but adjourned at 2:39 pm.
6. I await answers about the seventy (70) former county employees who stayed on the County health insurance rolls after their employment ceased.  The public was told at the June 20th SJCBCC meeting that this scandal would be discussed at the June 22, 2017 meeting.  It wasn't.   Why?
7. Florida law requires "public participation," including workshops -- why did you forbid it, thereby violating my First and Ninth Amendment right to ask questions?  See May 17, 1987 Florida Attorney General opinion, here:
8.  Please agree in writing to cease and desist from all First Amendment and Sunshine violations. Now.
9.  Please call me to discuss your flagrant, flippant disrespect for our civil and constitutional rights under the First and Ninth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, our Florida Constitution, Article I, Section 24 and F.S. 286.
10. In the immortal words of the late William F. Buckley, Jr., "Why does baloney reject the grinder?" 
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin <>
To: pmccormack <>; mwanchick <>
Cc: bcc5hdean <>; bcc1jjohns <>; bcc2jsmith <>; bcc3pwaldron <>; bccd4 <>; mlundquist <>; dlange <>; tfilloramo <>
Sent: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 4:38 pm
Subject: Please televise the 6/22 health insurance meeting on GTV

Dear Messrs. McCormack and Wanchick:
Please televise the 6/22 health insurance meeting on GTV.
No more secrecy and government hiding in conference rooms.
The people have a Right to Know.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

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