St. Johns County has endured years of desuetude amidst promiscuous unregulated developer clearcutting, wetland-filling and wildlife killing. Telltale sign: our former County Administrator and former County Commissioners ended our Land Acquisition Management Program Advisory Committee..
But thanks to the perspicaity of St. Johns County Commission Chair I. Henry Dean, we now have a revived St. Johns County Land Acquisition Management Program (LAMP) Advisory Board.
Its first meeting is on January 11, 2022.
But sadly, our secretive revived LAMP leaves much to be desired:
- Its first meeting is not set to be in public at the St. Johns County Auditorium. Why?
- It won't be televised and live-streamed, like PZA and BoCC meetings. Why?
- There is no contact information for the LAMP Board Members -- no e-mail addressers or telephone numbers. Why?
- Our County Administration still remains secretive, despite the County Commission's November 19, 2019 unanimous vote to fire longtime County Administrator Michael David Wanchick (2007-2019).
- Our County Commissioners have no legislative staff. None. Once there was a single part-time legislative assistant allowed each Commission. That ended when putative budget concerns led to the legislative assistant line item being deleted,
- The "Legislative Branch" of County government is a sapless branch, other-directed by lobbyists and developers in frequent unrecorded "ex parte" meetings. Those secret develope meetings must be taped as part of the legislative history of every single zoning favor. Lobbyist registration must bar required.
Here is the full text of the webpage from SJC BoCC, including link to Ordinance 2021-38, a description of the revived LAMP board's duties, and a list of the members of the new LAMP Board, who need to resolve to meet in the County Commission meeting room as their first order of business. LAMP should not be mistreated in this manner, "like a red-headed stepchild," as they would say in East Tennessee.:
LAMP Conservation Board
|LAMP Board Members