AKERMAN corporate law firm counsel THOMAS INGRAM, leaning into the podium like a drunk holding on to a lamp post:
- stumbled and bumbled in attempting to justify building a noisy 48 foot tall water slide at the massive hotel, being built next to Anastasia State Park and endangered species.
- falsely implied the $600,000 water slide park was inadvertently omitted, then said it was the result of a "focus group" by the DIEGO ARDID family in Miami. Then he said it wasn't a mistake.
- falsely claimed the $600,000 water slide park was a swimming pool.
- falsely claimed that one of the "two swimming pools" was a "jacuzzi.:
- falsely characterized the water slide park as being similar to the splash park at St. Augustine Beach pier park
- admitted that there would be no lifeguard on duty to render assistance if a child fell 42 feet
- admitted that the $600,000 water slide park was part of something he called "Phase II," but never answered about the discrepancy in the number of rooms for the hotel between the St. Augustine Record's page one article on May 13, 2018 (212 rooms) and the number allowed in the development order (175 rooms), explained by City Manager BRUCE MAX ROYLE as being part of future plans in a "Phase II."
- said "that's interesting," when one of the board members pointed out that "Embassy Suites" was misspelled on some seventeen pages of documents.
- took umbrage at audience members laughing at his misbegotten $600,000 water slide park and his irritating irrelevant prevarications and improvisations.
PZB member members were not deterred by THOMAS INGRAM's illogic, or the tieless AKERMAN corporate lawyer's flummery, dupery, nincompoopery, tomfoolery and pettifoggery.
PZB members were unimpressed by mendacious efforts of City Attorney James Patrick Wilson and Brian Law to help the ARDID family's AKERMAN mouthpiece to muddy the water,.
PZB members all rightly agreed with Chair Jane West that the addition is not covered by the Final Development Order and must not be allowed.
Three cheers for the PZB.
PZB is not unlike the "Little Engine That Could" at St. Augustine Beach, which knows the difference between a swimming pool and a water slide park (and right and wrong).
There was no St. Augustine Record reporter in attendance and no article in today's newspaper.