From June 2018 St. Augustine Beach events newsletter a/k/a "The Twilight Zone," consider City Manager BRUCE MAX ROYLE's column, "MAX'S CORNER -- SLOGAN."
These 609 words are freighted with animus against First Amendment protected activity.
We in the reality-based community were shocked, shocked when this haughty hater's hate speech appeared in local monthly rag associated with the St. Augustine Beach Civic (sic) Association, Inc., longtime 18 year no bid contractor for the Wednesday Farmer's Market.
Seeing this same hate speech on a government website ends the debate.
Has MAX ROYLE lost his grip on reality?
His paranoia seems obvious.
It's time for him to go.
Commissioner Maggie Kostka is right -- it's time for a national search for a new St. Augustine Beach City Manager. See my e-mails, below ROYLE's ranting rodomontade.
What do you reckon?
City Manager Mr. Max Royle
If so, then we definitely should reject the slogan that some people are constantly trying to foist on our fair city, which is, “St Augustine Beach: Where Dead Horses are Beaten.” If you have ever been at, or watched the City Commission meetings on TV or on our YouTube connection, you’ll have seen the same three or four persons, some of them not city residents and taxpayers, pontificate on the same old, tired topics, over and over again: This or that person needs to be roasted, hung and fileted; the city government is riddled with corruption and knavery. Meeting after meeting, the beating of the dead horses goes on to the point that you have to wonder whether the city ever did or does anything beneficial for its residents, whether it’s a bottomless sinkhole of tyranny, denial of freedom of speech, public records destruction, theft of public money, beach dune destruction, promoter of alcohol consumption and drunken revelries, captive of developers and special interests, and the list goes on. But should the city be defined by these itty-bitty few?
Reasonable but in this context likely silly questions, because the ever-so-obvious agenda of the dead horse beaters isn’t to suggest anything that benefits the residents and helps the Commission meet current and future challenges. Their purpose is to use the Commission meetings as a forum for ego puffing and personal vendettas, and to obstruct, divert and delay the Commission from doing the work the citizens elected them to do. For their self-serving efforts, the beaters get their face on the public video and their remarks on the public record as they preen and posture in their self-assumed role as the city’s only truly honest and upright guardians who know what is best for its 6,600-plus residents. This role may give them a shallow notoriety and pump up their frail sense of self-importance. Perhaps people ask them for their autograph.
To counter this minority, let’s consider this simple slogan for St. Augustine Beach: “Where Positive Actions Create a Positive Future.” This promotes a process that’s not mired in the mud of negativity and the past, and focuses the Commission’s and like-minded citizens’ attention on constructively working together to deal with current problems and prepare the city to meet future ones. Maybe the dead horse beaters will eventually accept it. We can only hope.
From: Ed Slavin
Subject: National Search for New City Manager; My Request No. 2018-163: June 2018 City of St. Augustine Beach events newsletter attacking local citizens -- Did City Commission approve this document?
Dear Mayor George, Vice Mayor England and Commissioners O'Brien, Kostka and Samora:
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Subject: Request No. 2018-163: June 2018 City of St. Augustine Beach events newsletter attacking local citizens -- Did City Commission approve this document?
2. IF so, please send me the official City document(s) establishing the approval.