And the Oscar for the lynching of Gulf County Commissioner Ms. Joanna Bryan goes to (Pause, open the envelope please) Directors Carmen McLemore, Ward McDaniel, Tan Smiley, Michael Hammond and Billy Traylor!
To say that a prearranged evasion of the Sunshine Law at the April 8, 2014 BOCC meeting did not occur tests credulity. When viewing the videotape of said meeting it is obvious that the beat-up on Ms. Bryan was previously agreed upon and then orchestrated by Messrs. McLemore, Smiley, McDaniel, Hammond and Traylor for good measure.
Act 1 starts with the granting of a questionable variance/replat in spite of Ms. Bryan pointing out the stipulations contained in the Gulf County Land Development Regulations. This variance was first applied for at the March 25, 2014 meeting although there was as an absence of a representative from the Gulf County Planning Dept. Therefore Ms. Bryan was able to table the variance at that time with a second vote from Commissioner Yeager. Forward to the April 8, 2014 meeting where it is again on the agenda with the absence (pre-arranged?) of our County Attorney who could have further explained the ordinance. Excellent scripting there award winners. Take a bow. Thank you.
Act 1 closes with the granting of the replat / variance and Chairman McDaniel claiming to be so concerned about his fellow Gulf Countians that he ignores the pesky pleas from some in the audience not to grant it. Another bow. Thank you.
Act 2 opens with the idea that the new county administrator (could it be Mr. Hammond?) will not have to answer to questions from an individual commissioner. This so called "idea" is aimed directly at Ms. Bryan (You dare to question me Ms. Bryan?). Mr. Hammond's history of disrespect for Ms. Bryan has become well known beginning with her questioning of the lack of inspection of the Gulf County Jail and possible taxpayer savings by closing the jail (Mr. Hammond’s bailiwick).
Act 3: The Grand Finale
Enter stage left former commissioner Billy Traylor, who you will recall, was compensated quite handsomely along with Commissioner McLemore with BP funds granted to the county while many others in the county were unemployed. Mr. Traylor appeared center stage with an out of order harangue about Ms. Bryan slandering his son, the vice president of his risky loan company that is financed with taxpayer dollars. The slandering went on and on to the obvious delight of Messrs. Smiley, McLemore, and Hammond with complete disregard for protocol by Chairman McDaniel.
Closing Curtain: The scene began with the removal of Ms. Bryan as our county representative to the Apalachee Regional Planning Council and Mr. McDaniel accepting the position after Mr. McLemore's well-staged motion, all to the thundering applause of Messrs. Smiley, McLemore, McDaniel, Hammond and Traylor and boos and hisses from those in the audience who were able to attend. Evening commissioner meetings would be more accessible to working taxpayers but this is completely disregarded.
Encore: Chairman McDaniel mentions discussing county business over dinner with another county commissioner (Sunshine Law disregarded?).
Will these miscarriages of justice keep going on? Why not? If we voters in Gulf County had county-wide voting such shenanigans would be eliminated. And so the curtain falls on another shameful display put on by folks most of us can't even vote out of office.
Port St. Joe