John Muir would have called them Temple Destroyers.
"Temple Destroyers," louche lobbyists and Benedict Arnold Corporations abound in St. Johns County and St. Augustine.
Wealthy corporate interests are so institutionalized that County Commission voted 5-0 March 21, 2023 to put the Chamber of Commerce on a committee deciding which artistic, cultural and heritage groups to fund! Watch the video and see facile explanations believed by five somnambulistic Commissioners, asleep at the switch1
Contemplating the ongoing corruption at St. Johns County on its failure to preserve and protect our Cultural Resources and vindicate employee whistleblower rights.
Anticipating the upcoming decision on hiring a new City Manager in St. Augustine, Florida, looking back to a time when corruption afflicted City mismanagement of a 3000-4000 year old Native American history, just north of St. Augustine High School.
Enough dilettantes in government, catering to lugubrious goobers who want to destroy history.
There was no national search for the City Manager in 2010: it shows.
My grandmother would call our maladministered City government what it is: it is run by second-raters who she would have called "hopelessly provincial."
Read 2020 blog post below. Check out what our Nation's Oldest and Oddest City allowed a New York developer and his corrupt corporate attorney to do to Red House Bluff on January 9, 2006. Never forget. Always speak out against corruption, mediocrity and mendacity.
Wealthy Dull Republicans are destroying this magical place.
On issue after issue, our local leaders get away with clearcutting and destruction of our precious cultural heritage. St. Augustine is a national treasure. We must preserve and protect it, consistent with the "Seven Generation Test" that Native Americans taught us.
Our City and County law enforcement, endorsed by wealthy Dull Republicans, tolerate criminality: SAPD told me August 1, 2020 they "can't charge a corporation with a crime." St. Johns County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller Brandon J. Patty had a one-person Inspector General office, but fired IG Nilsa Arissa for doing her job "too well," never bothering to inform the County Commission or County Attorney of the firing.
There is a spirit stalking St. Johns County, a spirit of corruption, of desuetude, of waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, flummery, dupery and nincompoopery.
These are not "good 'ole boys."
"Good 'ole boys" like to hunt and fish.
Son of the former County Emergency Operations Director, feculent former City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS dumped a landfill in a lake, a prime bass fishin' spot, which was a sin, a crime against nature and a tort.
The City Commission gave him accolades and a plaque and praise while he was under criminal investigation by DEP and FDEP.
HARRISS's fiendish environmental crime was characterized in 2006 by a City Commission candidate, now-Mayor NANCY SIKES-KLINE, this way:
"Oh, it was a mistake."
It is a mistake to ignore criminality by government officials who could't be bothered to require background checks of developers, while approving without considering other candidates the other-directed, unctuous and unqualified HUNTER SINCLAIR CONRAD as County Administrator, a man alleged by a Chicago federal grand jury to have taken $8000 "intended as a bribe" from government contractor PENN CREDIT CORP. and DONALD DONAGHER, JR.
As Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy said, "If we do not, on a national scale, attack organized criminals with weapons and techniques as effective as their own, they will destroy us."
As William. Lloyd Garrison, the greet abolitionist publisher said, "I will be heard."
* Footnote: Thanks to activists who were finally heard and heeded, our Old City Reservoir has been finally cleaned up, but HARRISS was never arrested and never went to jail. The 82.5 acre Old City Reservoir site is under consideration for affordable housing, with a charette held on March 20, 2023,
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