Issue #82 — Friday, October 3, 2014
Sometimes top County officials buy stolen County iphones. And sometimes, after they get caught with the iphones and the scapegoat has gone off to jail, they take County issued credit cards and pay for personal items and entertainment and … well, they get caught again.
Let us explain.
Monroe County issues Purchasing Cards [P-Cards] to its top officials. County Commissioners have them. County Administrator, Roman Gastesi has had 6 of them, sometimes three at a time with a total of $ 75,000 in credit capacity per month. He also has a tendency to lose them.
Hometown! Mission Statement,
Policy and Goals
The mission of Hometown PAC is to promote free expression and exchange of political viewpoints and ideas. To accomplish these goals, Hometown will provide opportunities to educate its members and the voters in Key West and the surrounding environs through candidate lectures, forums, debates and other political discourse. These enabling actions will allow the voters to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals (i) to unite and give voice to residents, and (ii) to provide leadership and balance for economic growth while preserving the character of Key West.
Remarkable laws exist so ‘We The People’ can detect and avoid abuse from our government officials. Unfortunately, too many media and political action groups have abdicated their watchdog roles, keeping themselves and the public in the shade of ignorance.
Florida’s 1967 Sunshine Law was a remarkable accomplishment, influencing the rest of the states and even the Federal government to follow our lead. Basically it requires government officials to open their meetings to the public and maintain open records. There is no common law or First Amendment guarantee of such rights—our Founding Fathers met in secret. It takes legislation like Florida’s to give us citizens the right to monitor how our politicians are deciding our fates.
In a recent posting to the BigPineKey.com “Coconut Telegraph” an anonymous writer, using a fake e-mail, initiated a personal attack against a number of the activists opposed to the extensive use of grinder pumps in the Cudjoe Regional System. The posting was lifted from a five page diatribe that Randy Bell, the Grinder Pump salesman, wrote earlier this year and sent to the FKAA. The posting claimed Dump the Pumps was wasting money, that Walt Drabinski, who initiated the original lawsuits and has been very vocal had no engineering degree, was incompetent and that his economic and engineering analysis were lies. The writer also initiated a really low personal attack against a select few members of Dump the Pumps. Walt Drabinski responds as follows: