Thursday, July 12, 2012

What is the status of the Palmer litigation? Does anyone have the right to know?

The Village council met last night (Wednesday, July 11, 2012) in what is known as a shade session.  I checked the village litigation page at 11:45 AM on Thursday, July 12, 2012, and found the “litigation” link to be dead. All information has been removed.  Clicking onto the litigation link for the Palmetto Bay official website only provided the following:

Page not found

The requested page could not be found.

This is not acceptable.  Mayor Stanczyk needs to immediately drop her self-proclaimed allegations of  government in the Sunshine or “transparency.”  Palmetto Bay has gone fully opaque under her and Brian Pariser's terms of office.

Information can be made available to Palmetto Bay residents without giving up “trial tactics” or “attorney / client privileged” information.  Mrs. Stanzcyk was able to speak with the press for the July 7, article Appeals court slams ‘intransigent’ Palmetto Bay council. Herald Reporter Howard Cohen interviewed Shelley Stanczyk on potential next steps: “Right now, it’s hard to say,” Mayor Stanczyk said. Legally, the village could apply for a rehearing or ask the state Supreme Court to hear the case. 

“We haven’t had an opportunity to meet with Eve and haven’t had a chance to meet with the manager,” Stanczyk said. The council is expected to meet Monday night at its next regular council meeting. “The five of us have to make that determination,” she said.

OK, so NOW you can talk to the press, after all those previsous cautions that you had to keep tight lipped.  Don’t tell us how you are going to do it, but you can tell the residents as to whether you have accepted the jurisdiction and the decisions of the courts (plural) or whether we are moving forward incurring more costs and attorney’s fees.  Obviously the Palmer litigants will know, if you are either negotiating or will be pursuing additional appellate review, so why subject interested taxpayers to further delay?

Additionally for those looking for background, why is the village litigation page currently removed from the public view?

Click on the “litigation” label below to see prior articles relating to village litigation.  Please also review my prior posing Thursday, April 12, 2012 posting: 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:

Franz Kafka would be proud. The Stanczyk method of “transparency” reads like the Kafka novel: “The Trial."


  1. AnonymousJuly 12, 2012

    Good question, Why are the taxpayers being told only what Mayor Stanczyk wants them to know?

  2. AnonymousJuly 13, 2012

    Any idea of how much this will cost in the end?

  3. AnonymousJuly 13, 2012

    Isn't this mayor your girl?

  4. AnonymousJuly 13, 2012

    The current councilmembers only want to tell us good news, hence the lack of information at all. There is nothing good to tell.

  5. AnonymousJuly 15, 2012

    Gene. It is Sunday and there is nothing in the newspaper to tell us what is happening. It appears that your two buddies, Shelley and Brian, believe that they are free to spend our money, but have no obligation to report to us what is happening. Is that what they refer to as 'taxation without representation'? Do you think that Joan and the directors of CCOCI have been fully briefed? These are obviously rhetorical questions. It is so obvious to so many of us 'in the know' that CCOCI is fully in the loop if not actually making the decisions. This is a sick bunch you left behind Gene.