In secret, behind locked gates, our Nation's Oldest City dumped a landfill in a lake (Old City Reservoir), while emitting sewage in our rivers and salt marsh. Organized citizens exposed and defeated pollution, racism and cronyism. We elected a new Mayor. We're transforming our City -- advanced citizenship. Ask questions. Make disclosures. Demand answers. Be involved. Expect democracy. Report and expose corruption. Smile! Help enact a St. Augustine National Park and Seashore. We shall overcome!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
DAYTONA MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, DAVID BARTON CORNEAL and Ex-MAYOR BOLES MUST ANSWER QUESTIONS on Sale of DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOMES
Erstwhile Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences (DMOAS) Director GARY LIBBY hornswoggled Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Worcester Dow into donating the DOW MUSEUM of HISTORIC HOMES to DMOAS. DMOAS was guilty of taking $2.1 million in State of Florida funds, investing perhaps 1/3 of it in the DOW MUSEUM, then selling the DOW to developer DAVID BARTON CORNEAL. Dodgy Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences (DMOAS) has refused to answer questions since November about its sale of the DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOMES.
Dodgy former DMOAS Director Gary Libby now has an art gallery at UF Gainesville named for him. Reminds me of former City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS and then-Mayor when Flagler East Coast Railway bailed. Instead of trying to convince FEC, then a Fortune 500 company, to keep its headquarters here, HARRISS remained silent. If that happened in NYC, there would be great effort by Mayor to retain HQ. Like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story where the dog who didn't bark was a key plot element.
Instead of trying to convince DMOAS to keep museum, City Manager JOHN PATRiCK REGAN, P.E. said he was thrilled that CORNEAL bought it. One eyewitness saw BOLES and CORNEAL meeting for some two hours at the DOW Museum before the election.
We need to ask CORNEAL to testify, under oath, as to their discussions, and ask him "What agreements, understandings or relationships do you and OLD ISLAND HOTELS, Inc. have with JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr. and JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E.?" If he won't answer, will he invoke Fifth Amendment?