Flagler County turned down the Chamber of Commerce demand for government funds. As Senator Gary W. Hart (D-Colo.) said, "You won't get the government off your backs until you get your hands out of its pockets."
Kudos to Flagler County Administrator Jerry Cameron for turning down the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce's demand for a government subsidy. In sharp and marked contrast, both St. Augustine and St. Johns County haven funned vast sums to the Chamber of Commerce here, for alleged "economic development."
The Chamber of Commerce of the United States is a union-busting organization founded by President William Howard Taft.
Local Chambers of Commerce are front groups for Big Business, sending money to Washington, D.C. to support antitrust violations and lobbying for government subsidies.
In our town, Chamber of Commerce leader Michael Davis of A.D. Davis Construction appeared before the St. Johns County Commission on September 12, 2019, walking away with nearly $500,000 of our tax money to subsidize a speculative office building in the northwest part of the County. The vote was 5-0. I opposed it.
It's our money.
Good for Jerry Cameron to turn down these grifters in Flagler County. I was unimpressed with Cameron when he was Assistant St. Johns County Administrator, and helped coverup the September 2, 2010 Michelle O'Connell murder. Cameron read all of the files and told me on November 20, 2013 at a St. Augustine City Hall that he thought it was "suicide,." He lied to me about our government records on the 4700 Sherlock Place water use records pertinent to the O'Connell case.
But on this one occasion, it sounds like conman Jerry Cameron has turned down another conman, and protected the people of Flagler County.
From those intrepid reporters at FlaglerLive:
“We have a thousand members and it has stayed level. That tells me we have a healthy environment in Flagler County even through tough times,” then-Chamber President Doug Baxter told the News-Journal at the end of 2009. But the economy was mending and hasn’t stopped mending since, while the chamber saw its membership drop to 675. (Gutierrez in his farewell email said “Membership is up 15% year over year, and retention has reached its highest level in a decade,” a claim that clearly clashes with the record. He said today that when he arrived he had to purge the rolls of 100 or more members that had been kept on the books but were no longer paying members, which had inflated previous tallies.)