ERROL JONES was once St. Augustine Vice Mayor, and served as a Commissioner from 2004-2012.
JONES was a belligerent, racist Commissioner who often played the race card from the bottom of the deck, even stating that the Ponce de Leon Golf Course was "not historic" because "my daddy couldn't play there. "
JONES often touted property rights and was a lickspittle for campaign contributors like developer CHESTER STOKES and ROBERT MICHAEL GRAUBARD, often on the wrong side of 3-2 votes for crummy projects, like the GRAUBARD project allowing condos and a strip mall on a 3000-4000 year old Native American archaeology site.
In 2008, JONES barely won re-election after his opponent, Judith Cills Seraphin, stated without any rebuttal from JONES that JONES often appeared intoxicated at Commission meetings and community meetings.
In 2012, Mrs. Vernoda Luckett won an injunction against JONES from Judge John Alexander prohibiting further contact, after she credibly alleged sexual harassment; she testified JONES told her "I want to boink you."
In 2012, JONES came in fourth (of four) in the August primary, with only 12% of the vote, in a four way race behind Deltra Long, Bruce Maguire and the eventual winner, Roxanne Horvath.
After JONES' first arrest in 2011, I told then-new City Manager John Patrick Regan, P.E., "when the City Manager's not blackmailing Commissioners, the police can do their job."
Upon his 2011 arrest, JONES said to arresting officers, "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?"
Later, witty Commissioner Leannas Sophia Amaru Freeman was heard suggesting to fellow Commissioners she was ordering a new Commissioner badge, bearing the words, "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" (I have really good hearing. Perhaps that's why the door to the antechamber is now often closed, "for privacy," as retired Public Works Director Martha Graham later explained to me.)
In August 2012, JONES took my suggestion, in public comment at a Fair Housing Workshop held by City Commission, and moved for the City Attorney to draft an ordinance adding "sexual orientation" to the protected classes in the City's Fair Housing ordinance. It passed unanimously then, and again on first and second reading, finally enacted on December 10, 2012, after JONES had left office.
Ironically, JONES was the deciding vote on May 23, 2005 in our City's lamentable 3-2 vote against equality (rejecting Rainbow flags on the Bridge of Lions).
Only a fortnight later, this vote led inexorably to the landmark June 7, 2005 order by United States District Court Chief Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. in a First Amendment case, Rev. Ruth Jensen & Elizabeth Forbell v. City of St. Augustine, ordering Rainbow flags to fly on the Bridge and Bayfront June 8-13, 2005.
Here's ERROL DONLEDY JONES' rap sheet, from SJSO: