Thursday, April 12, 2012

I invite Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser to watch a video of the Wednesday, April 11, 2012 press conference and learn how to communicate information concerning court cases to the public. It can be done. Here is a good example:

I don't ever want to hear excuses that divisive court cases cannot be discussed with the public.  It can be and the special prosecutor shows how it is properly done.  If only the current Palmetto Bay Mayor and Vice Mayor would take the time to watch and learn.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey held a press conference held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.  I strongly recommend that Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser watch this video of theWednesday, April 11, 2012 press conference.  There is much that Brian and Shelley could learn from this strong example of leadership.  This is an outstanding example of an elected official ethically and well within legal bounds, discussing an important case with the public.  This is a video lasting 24:13.  The Special Prosecutor discusses that cases are tried in the court of law, not the court of public opinion (4:13), yet is able to provide a wealth of information through an official source.  No trial tactics or information prejudicial to either the victim or the defendant were discussed, rumors were debunked and the tone for the course of proceedings was set wherein this public official showed that she is in charge.  (5:24) We know what the events are unfolding and that there is clear purpose in the process.

Contrast this with the clear lack of leadership and blatant disregard for transparency that we are currently seeing in Palmetto Bay.  Review my prior posting on litigation: Sunday, February 5, 2012, An (unofficial)update on the Palmer Zoning litigation; Palmer I, II and III. The presentstandard of court review, for background.

It is time for the current Mayor and Vice Mayor to step back and learn from people who know what they are doing, then engage in practicing good government, not hiding behind lame incorrect excuses to keep taxpayers in the dark.

We all must be committed to actual transparency, not because any of us have taken a side, but because you have a right to know, regardless of which side you are on in this very devisive issue.  It would be nice if the village updated the "Litigation" portion of the official website.  The link is severely outdated and needs to be changed, but then again, so does the top end of the village elected leadership.


  1. Gene, you need to write them both off. Shelley and Brian are unreformable.

  2. I read the prior posting. Your point is clear that the current mayor and vice mayor simply do not want to communicate with the public on litigation and hide behind contrived excuses. I just said the same thing in far fewer words.

  3. Isn't there an official village spokesperson who is professionally trained to provide this information? That is just my thought on the matter.

  4. How is the retraining going? I think it is time you give up on them.