Ever since the election of reform Mayor George Gardner in 2002 and the election of reform Mayor Nancy Shaver in 2014, a small group of misguided willful white business men, who would in FDR's words "clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests."
Cui bono? Who benefits?
A third generation Florida builder-developer, City Commissioner JOHN OTHA VALDES, is behind this move. VALDES also wanted to convey voting rights on non-resident business owners. That revealed his true agenda.
The owners or controllers -- or those absentee business owners who fancied themselves the owners or controllers -- want "their" City back.
Absentee landlords like ex-Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR., LOUIS JOHN ARBIZZANI and their ilk don't want fair quasi-judicial hearings when they ask for zoning favors, and they eschews accountability. Taking away our right to elect our Mayor is their way of inflicting more monstrosities on our Nation's Oldest City.
ARBIZZANI just got City permission to license a block of Cuna Street, for a song, for outdoor seating for a restaurant at 12 Avenida Menendez. Absent Mayor Shaver, few questions were asked, as interim Mayor Upchurch and the Gang of Four proved to be louche lapdogs for ARBIZZANI, who threw a lavish birthday party for ARBIZZANI at his Treasury venue at 24 Cathedral Place.
Incipient motel and hotel monopolist KANTI PATEL and other distributors of campaign ca$h all serve to benefit. (In 2008, unprincipled PATEL apparently backdated a purported lease for $100/month on valuable Ponce de Leon Blvd. rental property, the campaign HQ of developer puppet RANDY BRUNSON, defeated by reformer J. Kenneth Bryan in the 2008 County Commission race).