When David Brian Wallace and I moved to St. Augustine in 1999, we watched in horror as City burghers proceeded to pass Nuremberg-style laws forbidding art, music or having fun on St. George Street.
We watched City Commission on tv. The one speaker who really made an impression on us was James David Pleasant, dressed in a pinstripe suit and sounding like a West Virginia gentlemen, which he was (descended from former Virginia and West Virginia elected officials). J.D., a longtime video correspondent for Fox News in Jacksonville, spoke eloquently, passionately and from the heart -- the City was wrong and the artists and musicians were right.
We first met on June 11, 2005, when J.D. was videotaping anti-Gay antics of a crowd of urchins led by right-wing energumen DOUGLAS RUSSO (now a candidate for School Board).
My friend J.D. Pleasant died Friday, at age 81 of a heart condition.
For years, J.D. was the heart and soul of the movement to preserve and protect the rights of the artists, musicxians and buskers of St. Augustine.
J.D. educated me about the ways and means of WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS, evil St. Augustine City Manager, and his cronies, in suppressing art and music on St. George Street.
J.D.'s classic video, "St. George Street Saga" exposed the truth of our Nation's Oldest CIty's despotism, some remedied by a series of epic federal court cases filed by the late William Sheppard, including a $23,5000 jury verdict for Warren Celli, for four hours of First Amendment violations where his St. Aug Dog. newspaper was not allowed to be distriuted, on illegal orders of SAPD and CoSA satraps.
Here's the St. Augustine Record obituary: