Thanks to Mayor Tracy Upchurch for exposing this canard, surely and suavely, October 14th.
Thanks to former Mayor George Gardner for succinctly reporting it.
He's a much better writer than me, having worked for GANNETT and learning how to write short stories. For my part, I sometimes resemble the story that Abraham Lincoln told about the Illinois country preacher who wrote longwinded sermons, explaining, "once I get started I'm too lazy to stop."
From former Mayor George Gardner's St. Augustine Report: