Do Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser even listen to the comments before they 'rebuke'? Where does Shelley Stanczyk come up with some of her responses:
“We talked about putting the ‘Bay’ back in Palmetto Bay,” Flinn told the council on Monday. “You all know darn well if a private company came in there it would be voted down 0-5, but because government wants to do that you think it will be easier on the neighbors. You’d better get ready to write a check back.”
The point was that Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser wanted to allow government to operate a business, because they wanted to, and that a private individual would be voted down if that private enterprise wanted to operate the same type of business at that same location.
So then, why did my "...comment drew sharp rebukes from Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser."?
“We will not be on the hook to return money,” Stanczyk said. “The comments about having a private company come in and run the park is reckless and would be in violation of the documents we agreed to.”
But Patrick Fiore said Flinn made a valid point.
Actually, Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Vice Mayor Brian Pariser, you are both very wrong. Failure to operate within a condition of the grant is grounds for recall of the grant money.
The sad part is that none of the proposing council members sought permission from any of the granting agencies before moving forward with this ill-advised plan, placing nearly $4 million in grants at risk. This ill-conceived cart was put well before the horse.
See the argument for yourself. CLICK HERE to view the official streaming video reporting the Monday, April 2nd Council meeting. The Thalatta agenda item 10. B. starts at 1:32:23. The speakers from the public starts at 1:41:00 and my comments start at 1:51:22. The comments with the Vice Mayor start at 2:55:57