Friday, May 15, 2015

St. Augustine Vision -- May 18th Meeting Must Be Meaningful -- May 4th Meeting Was Held Without a Quorum (Letter to Vice Mayor Horvath, City Manager John Regan, and Consultant Herb Marlowe)

Dear Vice Mayor Horvath, Messrs. Regan and Marlowe, et al:
1. Please ample allow public comment at the beginning of the "St. Augustine Vision" meeting on Monday (when it will be meaningful). Your have had comment at the end of meetings. Why?
2. Please allow equal time for us to discuss with you the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore -- equal to the block of time City Manager John Regan afforded in your absence to the Executive Director of the St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Inc., whose executive director was given preferential treatment and actually seated at the table at the questionable, possibly illegal "rump meeting" on May 4, 2015 (held without a quorum).
3. Please also discuss global ocean level rise, city service quality and pricing, homelessness, privatization, gentrification, racism, discrimination, City employment policy, GLBT rights, City Charter amendments and ethics reform.
4. Your work is not done, and the current work product is incomplete.
5. Will there be a quorum at the meeting of the "St. Augustine Vision" on Monday, May 18th? Has anyone requested that their attendance be excused? If so, who?
6. The lack of a quorum at the May 4th "St. Augustine Vision "rump meeting" was revealing. It suggests either ennui, indifference or insouciance to our City's future by the "St. Augustine Vision" Committee, a non-diverse group appointed by prior Commissioners, over-representing upper-income people and corporate interests and not representing the diversity of our community.
7. There must be meaningful public discussion and "St. Augustine Vision" Committee line-editing of the proposed document -- not a rush to "finish," for the sake of finishing after a two-year process and tens of thousands of dollars of consultant and staff time.
8. Otherwise, all of your "St. Augustine Vision" Committee's efforts will have been wasted.
9. Thank you for all that you do.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

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