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AUGUST 3, 2016

BRUCE GUYTON DISCOVERY - CRIMINAL SUNSHINE CASE
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May, 2016 Issue

RIVIERA BEACH WATER SUPPLY CONTAMINATED! CITY FINED $35,000 FOR FAILING TO WARN PUBLIC AND CITY MANAGER SUSPENDED!
IN OTHER NEWS, CEDRICK THOMAS GETS A GUN AND BADGE!

I. TAINTED WATER!

The intestinal distress that has hit Riviera Beach residents for years, and the accompanying excessive use of toilet paper, has been finally solved. This quiet shit storm has finally exploded into the “largest public water concern in Palm Beach County in the last decade” according to the Palm Beach County Department of Health! Our friends at WPTV, Channel 5, broke the story that the City had failed to notify its residents of bacteria levels four times the State and Federal limits, in the City’s water supply. Apparently equipment to inject chlorine disinfectant into the water was rundown and inoperative. There were dozens of areas around the City that tested for insufficient levels of disinfectant, with some areas reportedly having absolutely ZERO chlorine.

City Manager Ruth Jones and City Attorney Pamala Ryan were aware of the water contamination issues, after having been personally briefed by the Riviera Beach Water Utility Director Lou Aurigemma. Jones and Ryan failed to inform the public and most of the Councilmembers, because, according to anonymous City Hall sources, this scandal would have affected Bruce Guyton’s reelection bid in March if the truth came out prior to the election. Guyton admitted that he was aware of the degraded water system in a flyer he mailed out around the City, but conveniently failed to point out that, for the last three years, he has been obsessed with spending infrastructure dollars on the City marina redevelopment, and had blown off the water crisis!

Mayor Thomas Masters, usually quiet and reserved, became so alarmed by the “dirty water” that he called a special meeting of the City Council to address the situation. After having previously used his authority to suspend Aurigemma last year for misbehavior, the Mayor riled up the overflow crowd of angry citizens, as they both vented their anger at City Manager Jones and City Attorney Ryan. The crowd wanted heads to roll, and the first one out of the box was Aurigemma, who was immediately fired by City Manager Jones in her lame attempt to limit the collateral damage. City Councilmembers Kashamba Miller-Anderson and Terrence Davis were having none of Jones’ typical play of blaming everyone else but herself. In another special Council meeting held the next day, they tore apart Jones with the evidence that she had lied the prior evening. Jones’ lame excuse for not informing the Council that also sits as the utility district board, was that there was no meeting to inform them of the health department investigative findings and $10,000 fine. But a quick search on the City website revealed the video for the February 17th utility board meeting held six days after the City paid the $10,000 fine. Jones was caught in her bold faced lie, and Councilperson Miller-Anderson’s motion to suspend Jones for 30 days was passed unanimously. Many residents continued to express their disgust that City Attorney Ryan would put the public’s safety at risk by actively participating in the cover-up, and then demanded that the Council immediately terminate Ryan’s employment. Instead of accepting responsibility, Ryan instead whined incessantly that even though she knew about the scandal in January, it was not that big a deal? The Mayor called Ryan out by noting that Ryan only drinks bottled water while on the dais, and that it is a big deal to the vast majority of west side residents who cannot afford to do the same. The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection also thought the City’s “dirty water” was a big deal, because it just levied a $25,000 fine on the City!

II. THE CORRUPT FLUBBERER GETS A GUN AND BADGE!

Former Riviera Beach Councilperson Cedrick “the flubberer” Thomas, a politician whose eight years on the Council were marked with numerous scandals, including a string of Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General Reports that found evidence of criminal misconduct, to include one report while he even worked at the City of South Bay, has again used his political influence for his personal benefit. According to City Hall sources, after seeing to it that his wife was hired by the City, Thomas doubled down and demanded that he be hired as a Riviera Beach police officer! City Manager Jones and Police Chief Williams were not going to put their careers on the line to challenge Thomas, so instead they quietly kowtowed to Thomas’s demand and hired him as an officer with a take home car. When the PBA police union learned of the hiring, it sent its representative to a Council meeting to express the union’s outrage. Their plea was blown off by City Manager Jones, after Thomas reminded Jones that he voted to renew her contract, and that it was a bad career move to cross the flubberer! The prior City Manager Bill Wilkins had made the mistake of crossing Thomas, and the result was that Thomas single handedly orchestrated Wilkins’ termination.

Thomas is an at-will employee on probation for his first year, and he can be fired without the City worrying about any legal consequences. Residents around the City are disgusted that Thomas is still on the City’s payroll, and the pressure is ramping up that he be terminated ASAP. At the end of the day, we can thank the three different State Attorneys over the last 7 years for wimping out and not criminally charging Thomas with corruption. On multiple occasions Thomas was served up on a silver platter by the OIG and others, but the politics of the State Attorney’s office of not wanting to alienate the City’s voting base by taking down Thomas took priority over justice.

December, 2015 Issue

Riviera Beach Councilperson Bruce “the broke babbler” Guyton screws Riviera Beach yet once again, and Cedrick Thomas drops his re-election bid!

It is unbelievable how “regular” Councilperson Bruce “the broke babbler” Guyton is in his timing as he once again “craps” on the City of Riviera Beach. Putting aside all the local merchants Guyton bounced his personal checks with, which he later had discharged in a federal bankruptcy proceeding, it is his complete disdain for legitimate businesses that want to grow and flourish in Riviera Beach that is even more shameful. Guyton and his comrade in corruption, Councilperson Cedrick “the flubberer” Thomas, slapped silly the Sancilio Pharmaceutical Company after it proposed to purchase the old dumpy warehouse (in the middle of nowhere) that the City wants to develop into a police headquarters at a cost of a cool $32 (thirty two) million. Wow, what a wonderful site for a City building, with railroad tracks running through the property and as the Mayor repeatedly has opined, nowhere near the hub of the City to allow for a timely police response to breaking crimes. Even though Sancilio’s existing facility employ hundreds of Riviera Beach residents, Guyton and Thomas dissented on the vote to sell the warehouse. The obvious reason, these two losers have a history of only voting for items that puts money directly in their pockets!

Old time Singer Island residents may remember the Ocean’s Eleven North nightclub on the Island. Guyton accepted at least $2,150 in cash and thousands of dollars of free food and liquor in exchange for his vote to pass a noise ordinance that would allow the nightclub to play outside music. Club Workers: Riviera Official Took Bribes, Palm Beach Post. A large pharmaceutical company is a much bigger whale to shakedown for some serious coin. As most of our readers already know, it was Guyton’s love of illegal drugs that ultimately got him in big trouble which then led to him being involuntarily committed by Palm Beach Judge Diana Lewis at the request of Guyton’s sister. Thus it was not surprising that Guyton appeared confused in trying to babble his way to understanding that if Sancilio is in the drug business, apparently how does that differ from your neighborhood crack dealer? The founder of the company, Mr. Frederick Sancilio, and his well-spoken wife Alex (who had a feisty exchange with Cedrick Thomas), each explained that their company had not only grown its operations in Riviera Beach, but was very close to releasing a cure for sickle-cell anemia! Mr. Sancilio stated that this revolutionary medicine would be manufactured at its Riviera Beach facility and that once it was released, it would bring name recognition for the City around the world. Unfortunately Mr. Sancilio, your inspiring brilliance and creativity might garner you a Nobel Prize in Medicine, but it sure is not going to get you any good will from the two shakedown Councilpersons. Guyton doesn’t give a damn about the City residents that elected him into office, and he could care less about the horrible blood disorder that affects “300,000 children born with the sickle-cell disease” every year! Wikipedia. That is just the reality of Riviera Beach politics.

Thomas is a broke bum who finally needs a real job after Viking drops out as the Marina Master Developer!

The bombshell of the night though, was the angry public comments by a police union spokesman who complained that Thomas was given a job as a police major at the Riviera Beach police department. This union leader explained how despicable it was that Thomas was going to leapfrog over other officers that had put in decades of hard work to even compete for a senior officer position and that Thomas was not qualified for the job. This union leader was passionate in his explanation that Thomas’ hiring would be terrible for police morale. No one on the dais seemed surprised, given that Thomas has a history of intimidating City staff to kowtow to his every demand; hell he even got his wife a job at the Clerk’s office. But the best was yet to come! After hitting up Singer Island residents for thousands of dollars at fundraisers that Dawn Pardo put together, Thomas abruptly terminated his reelection campaign! All those thousands of dollars cannot be returned to donors, per Florida election laws! Instead, Thomas can spend those funds on his personal needs that he will slough off as “legitimate campaign expenditures.” What is truly disgusting is that Pardo and Guyton were aware that Thomas was going to drop out of the race so that he could get his cushy job at the police department, but neither of them had the integrity to explain that to Singer Island residents before scamming them out of their hard earned dollars to support Thomas’ campaign!

October, 2015 Issue

Bruce Guyton, Cedrick Thomas and Dawn Pardo, keep on, and on, and on, ripping off the Riviera Beach taxpayers! ** Breaking- Palm Beach County on edge after another unjustified police shooting.**

Not a week can go by, without the Singer Island Civic Association (SICA) singing the praises of Riviera Beach Councilpersons Bruce “the broke babbler” Guyton and Cedrick “the flubberer” Thomas, whose combined financial history is one for the electoral record books: federal bankruptcy, foreclosures, loan defaults, bounced checks, and an executive order by Governor Scott fining Guyton for lying on his financial disclosure form by not disclosing a 19 year unpaid judgment (plus interest) that the Court entered against Guyton in the City’s favor. One would think that these fiscal failures would have caused the SICA board to profusely apologize to its members for recommending these two losers, but no, SICA refuses to do so. The question is why not, given that Guyton, Thomas, and their comrade in corruption, Dawn Pardo, again screwed the Riviera Beach taxpayers, by voting to renew the bogus Waste Management contract for another 5 years. These three Councilpersons, make that con artists, run around town doling out $90,000 of slush funds that Waste Management rebates the City from a contract that is $2,199,504.00 more than it should be. That is right, the City leaders voted to award a contract that cost the taxpayers another $2,199,504.00, than more than if the contact had been awarded to low bidder, Southern Waste System (SWS). The OIG investigated this total sham, Case Number 2012-0018 (available at http://www.pbcgov.com/oig/index.htm) and found the whole process to be unseemly. Singer Island residents should be in an uproar at the voting record of Guyton, Thomas and Pardo, who are continue continuing to deprive the Riviera Beach residents of over $2 million in garbage savings, just so they could run around spending their share of $90,000 to foster good will with voters in front of the March 2016 elections!

Not surprisingly, these three leadership losers were just getting started at the October 21, 2015, City Council meeting, as they introduced thee fourth generation of their “taxpayer triple spank.” One spank=$2.199 million (before rate increase) garbage contract renewal rip-off; second spank=another 2 year renewal of the incompetent City Manager Ruth Jones employment contact; third spank=approved spending another $17 million to rebuild a trashy warehouse, with train tracks running through the property, to be the new police headquarters in an industrial section of the City. At least Mayor Thomas Masters stayed true to his form, and lambasted the City for needlessly squandering $17 million on a facility in the wrong part of town, that would never meet the City’s needs. Master stated that he had over 2000 residents who would sign a referendum petition to try and stop the “lunacy” of converting this warehouse into a half-ass City facility. Ruth Jones has been a source of frustration and disgust by Singer Island residents for her lack of leadership as evidenced by multiple Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General Reports (OIG) that found fraud and waste. Rarely does any Singer Island resident come to City Council meetings to complain, but after the a 2014 OIG Report found Dolphin game tickets, steak dinners, $24,000 in leases on expensive cars for a City department head who already had a City take home vehicle, and other improper spending totaling over $800,000, a firestorm of anger was unleashed by the new attendees at the following City Council meeting.

ANOTHER POLICE SHOOTING- ANOTHER YOUNG BLACK LIFE SNUFFED OUT, THIS TIME WHILE WAITING FOR A TOW TRUCK!!

The true character of a politician’s soul is only reflected during a community’s time of crisis. Mayor Masters, along with Councilpersons Kashamba Miller-Anderson, and Terrence Davis, attended the October 26, 2015, memorial rally at the Hilltop Baptist Church in Riviera Beach to honor the life of Mr. Cory Jones. Shamefully, the self-absorbed Guyton, Thomas and Pardo were nowhere to be seen, at this rally or the other two that were held in front of the Palm Beach Gardens police department and the State attorney’s office. For those who may have missed the non-stop local and national media coverage about Corey, he was a young black man, a well-known musician and all around good guy, whose car broke down on the I-95 PGA Boulevard exit ramp. Cory was on his was home in the early morning hours of October 18, 2015, after returning from playing a gig with his band, the Future Prezidents. While Corey waited for a tow truck, Officer Nouman Raja, an on duty, plain clothes police officer with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, pulled up in his unmarked police vehicle, and blocked in Corey’s car. Raja then fired six shots at Corey, striking him three times and killing him on the spot. Raja admitted doing so without first displaying a police badge or calling for backup, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

The horrific and senseless nature of this recent police shooting of a young black male, once again stoked local and national anger. Palm Beach County has been very fortunate that the violence that erupted in Ferguson, Mississippi, after a grand jury failed to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been tempered, for now. Aronberg’s charging decision will prove to be critical, with riots a real possibility if he refuses to charge Raja with involuntary manslaughter. The County’s first black prosecutor, Judge, and Chief Judge, the Honorable Edward Rogers tried to defuse the impact of Aronberg’s decision, by demanding at the public rally held in front of the State Attorney’s office that the Corey case be transferred to an independent prosecutor. Aronberg ignored the Judge Rogers’ request; only time will tell if that was a smart decision.

Another hurricane free weather year has not been the case on the local, county, and national political fronts. As we wrap up 2015, it is time to batten down the hatches, because 2016 is already churning up to a CAT 5!

September, 2015 Issue

Cedrick Thomas, Bruce Guyton, and Dawn Pardo Vote to raise Riviera Beach Property Taxes and increase Stormwater Sewer rates by 100% while at the same time giving themselves a $12,000 Pay Raise!

The Singer Island Civic Association should re-think its support for the two corrupt losers, Cedrick “The Flubberer” Thomas and Bruce “The Broke Babbler” Guyton, whose combined financial history includes federal bankruptcy, foreclosures, loan defaults, and bounced checks. Bruce Guyton was bequeathed his mother’s house at 1247 West 26th Street and after he somehow piled on $140,000 dollars in debt on his house that is only assessed at $30,000, his bank filed foreclosure after receiving no payments for 2 ½ years. Guyton magically worked things out with the bank and it dropped its foreclosure lawsuit at the same time Guyton was elected to office. Hmmm, something about the timing of that settlement smells fishy. But more important to the residents of Singer Island, Guyton pays a whopping $289 in property tax. Let’s spell that out so no one thinks that is a typo: Two Hundred and Eight Nine dollars!

It is easy for Guyton to laugh off the exorbitant tax burdens of Singer Island residents. Guyton has concocted a rambling commentary that, since a bunch of white, rich, gay folks live on the island, they must have more money. Accordingly, who cares if they pay more taxes, because there is not a damn thing they (Singer Island residents) can do about it, as long as he is in office. Cedrick Thomas, another comrade in corruption, is also a financial loser, who defaulted on a $200,000 business loan, and has a problem paying his property taxes that are a whopping $645! Again that is Six Hundred and Forty Five dollars! Realizing the severe personal financial hardship that these TINY TAX bills impose, Guyton and Thomas solicited the help of Dawn “the dictator” Pardo. Their answer, was to vote themselves a PAY RAISE a couple weeks ago! These three financial nitwits sit on the City Utility District Board, a simple job that meets maybe 10 times a year for 30 minutes at a time. That 5 hours a year is a lot of hard work, because sitting in the Council Chambers, can be one tough job! Guyton, Thomas, and Pardo decided they could not sit on the utility board, notwithstanding the exorbitant salary and benefits that they already reap from being elected officials, unless they were paid more money. So these slimeballs went ahead and did what they always do, they dumped on the taxpayers and voted themselves a $12,000 a year stipend for their five hours of meeting each year! Now that works out to $2400 an hour, again Two Thousand Four Hundred dollars an hour to sit on the City utility board that was already included in their responsibilities as an elected official!

The only reason that Guyton, Thomas and Pardo voted for their $12,000 yearly “stipend,” is to cheat the City Charter. Their $12,000 stipend is an increase in their yearly take-home salary, but a salary increase is prohibited pursuant to the City Charter without a vote of approval by the City residents. By their sleazing a vote of approval for a stipend, they can feign ignorance to everyone that asks that it is not the same as a salary increase. Their B.S. game is not going over well, and there is an uproar around the City about the slimy stunt these three loser played! Apparently these three wanted to vote themselves a $75,000 pay raise, but there was no way to get around the charter restriction on salary increase. One reason for the limitation in the City Charter is so the residents have a way to hold in check elected officials whose only goal in office is to line their pockets!

After giving themselves their $12,000 pay raise, these three elected losers last week approved the 2nd Highest Property Tax Millage rate in Palm Beach County and the doubling of the Stormwater Residential Unit Rate from $4.50 to $9.00 an ERU! This is a serious financial hardship for seniors on fixed income budgets, because at the same time they are being hit up with a property tax increase! Social Security benefits have not doubled in the last year, and will not double in the next 20 years. Yet residents’ taxes along with water and sewer fees are dramatically outpacing the Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA)!

By next year, Riviera Beach will be ranked #1 in the County with the highest tax millage rate, to compliment the City’s #1 ranking as the most dangerous City in Florida, and sadly the 20th most dangerous City in the nation! The Riviera Beach City motto is that it is “the best waterfront city to work, live and play?” I wonder if Guyton wrote that jingle, prior to him being involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation, by Palm Beach Judge Diana Lewis, at the request of Guyton’s sister Patricia Anderson. Again, it is shameful that the Singer Island Civic Association leadership raised money and shoved Guyton, Thomas and Pardo to the forefront with their slick campaign tactics and poll workers! Where would this City be if SICA’s leadership had not campaigned and promoted these three losers? For starters, we would have had honest politicians in office the last eight years that would have lowered property taxes, sewer and water rates, and not paid themselves a $12,000 stipend.

Island residents are so disgusted with the repeated financial fraud and misconduct uncovered by the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General, that a new group has emerged to once again lobby the State legislature for approval to secede from the Riviera Beach mainland and become a part of Palm Beach Gardens. Guyton’s response is that the City will charge a toll to go over the Blue Heron bridge and turn off the water going to the Island. The response from the secession group is that a new water pipe can come from the north side of the island, and there is no need to use the Blue Heron bridge. The mainland can always thank Pardo for her outstanding leadership that the constituents in her own district want to break away from Riviera Beach.

Speaking of Pardo, there is a dark side to her personality of which many mainland residents are not aware of. Pardo sent me two emails with racist overtones, which should disgust all City residents. Pardo wrote that the black girlfriend of former Riviera Beach City Councilperson Jim Jackson was a “crackhead whore love bunny,” and that former Councilperson Norma Duncombe was a “dumbass” who did not have the brains to be an elected official. How in the world in a City that is 70% black, did Pardo the “white dictator” get elected again as the City Council Chairperson? It is incredible that “prepare to puke” Pardo was able to put her superiority aside for a few minutes, and suck up to her delinquent power base, Guyton and Thomas, to get their two votes to again be the Chairperson for a third time.

Councilpersons Kashamba Miller and Terrence Davis voted against the increased millage rate, the bloated budget, the doubling of the stormwater rate, and Pardo being the Chair. It is refreshing that Miller and Davis have the proven integrity to serve in public office. All it will take is one more honest politician, to reign in the out of control City budget and restore the residents’ faith in their City hall that it is no longer a corrupt den of thieves!

It is imperative for the future of Riviera Beach that Cedrick Thomas and Bruce Guyton be thrown out of office in the coming March 2016 elections. There are many candidates running, and every single one whom I have interviewed is also disgusted with the increase property taxes, the doubling of the storm water sewer rates, and the $12,000 stipend. As Mark Twain famously said, “politicians and diapers must be changed for the same reason.” It will take a hazmat team to clean up the pile of shitty diapers, along with the mountain of debt, that is the legacy of Guyton’s and Thomas’ terms in office.

June 30, 2015 Issue

COUNCILPERSON BRUCE GUYTON ETHICS VIOLATION APPROVED BY GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT

Riviera Beach’s perpetually embarrassing political slimeball, the corrupt and dysfunctional Councilperson Bruce Guyton, was slapped by Governor Rick Scott in an executive order for violating State ethics rules. Guyton was fined by the State of Florida for not disclosing on his 2013, pre-election Financial Disclosure Form, that the City of Riviera Beach had obtained a monetary judgment against him. The judgment was obtained in a legal action filed by a former City Council back in the year 1996. Guyton’s final judgment order, signed by County Circuit Judge William A. Bollinger, is valued at around $5,000, and continues to gather daily interest. The problem for the taxpayers is that the judgment is only good for 20 years, and will expire in May 2016.

Riviera Beach City Attorney Pamala “Lyin’ and Cryin’” Ryan is aware that Guyton’s judgment will timeout, but since Guyton is Ryan’s BFF (Best Friend Forever), she has steadfastly refused to collect on the judgment. This is nothing new for Ryan; she is a political animal first, and second and third and fourth, ad infinitum. A rcview of Ryan’s daily work product shows that her focus is on whose ass does she kiss first, Guyton, or Councilperson Thomas and Pardo? Not surprisingly, these three corrupt losers were the deciding votes that just renewed Ryan’s contract.

The City residents know too well, that Guyton is a manic, obsessive freak with a history of mental problems. For example, Guyton was involuntarily committed for mental and drug issues by Palm Beach County Judge Diana Lewis, on a complaint filed by Gutyon’s sister Patricia Anderson. Ryan gets off by fueling Guyton’s mania with false and defamatory information that she provides him to attack City residents. Forgetting Guyton’s constant verbal attacks against me, at multiple meetings in May, Guyton was foaming at the mouth when he launched into blabbering, vitriolic tirades to try and intimidate Councilperson Kashamba Miller and her legislative aide, Ms. Tina White, from doing their jobs.

It is imperative that the residents understand that Guyton collects a City salary each week, but he still refuses to pay his outstanding City judgment! The March 2016 elections are just around the corner, and the voters can once and for all kick Guyton and Thomas out of office, along with demanding that their new replacements fire Ryan, City Manager Ruth Jones, and Assistant City Manager Danny Jones. Riviera Beach taxpayers must demand that their tax dollars go to pay competent professionals that have the integrity to serve with Councilpersons Kashamba Miller and Terrence Davis, the only elected officials in the last decade that have the proven character and honesty to serve in public office.

Governor Scott's Executive Order Against Bruce Guyton

December 30, 2013 Issue

DON’T LET THEM TAKE YOUR RIVIERA BEACH MARINA—AGAIN!

Another New Year, another new scam. That is the way it goes with the elected scum in Corruption County (i.e. Palm Beach County). Riviera Beach elected officials have taken it to another level. Councilpersons Dawn Pardo, Cedrick Thomas, Judy Davis, along with the bankrupt sleazeball Bruce Guyton, keep running for elected office for one simple reason: to take away the City marina and give it to their pal and financial supporter, Viking Yachts. Second to that, their object is gaming the system to do the least work as possible, collect their City salary, travel benefits, car allowance, cell phone stipend, and any other “perks” of office, along with hitting the Riviera Beach marina Tiki Bar up for free meals and drinks. To get elected, they needed to cut a deal with the devil. And the devil was a firm named Viking Yachts that builds luxury boats. Viking’s customers needed a place to park their luxury boats, and the Riviera Beach City marina was the ideal place. So forgive me if you know the history. In 2006 the City signed over the City marina as part of a 2.4 billion dollar redevelopment project that was going to use eminent domain to take thousands of homes and businesses and give them to Viking. That plan failed, but a new evil plan to give away the marina and create a hazardous waste zone was born. So, “let’s build an industrial boatyard at our recreational City marina,” became their mantra.

A group of determined citizens rose up and fought this industrial boatyard. The boatyard plan was spearheaded by Riviera Beach Councilpersons Dawn “the Dictator” Pardo. This time, Viking and the mega yacht repair company Rybovich (owned by Huizenga), were to take over the City marina. Pardo, whose ties to Viking extended to accepting bundled campaign contributions and flying around on Viking’s private jet, was in a frenzy trying to get the votes to defeat our referendum to stop the city marina from being coverted into an industrial boatyard. Pardo’s efforts failed because our group of civic activists, spearheaded by Emma Bates, Andrew Byrd, and myself, defeated Pardo’s boatyard polluting redevelopment giveaway. After whining to the Courts in multiple failed appeals to get our referendum overturned, Pardo’s giveway plan has risen from the ashes like a phoenix. Pardo, along with her scammy colleagues, have placed another referendum on the March 2014 ballot to try and overturn our 2010 referendum and thereby give away the City marina to Viking for the next 50 years. This most recent giveaway includes a sweetheart lease that will again privatize the marina, and leave the taxpayers holding the bag.

We need everyone to vote to stop this latest marina giveaway scam to Viking Yachts. I honor the late, great Donna Summer, with my latest ditty, sung to the tune commonly known as “Enough is Enough (No More Tears).”

If you’ve had enough, tell Pardo to shove her stuff,
Don’t let her do it,
If you’ve had your fill,
Don’t let the taxpayers pay the bill,
You can do it.

Tell Pardo and Guyton to just get out,
Nothing left to vote about,
Pack their bags and recall them out,
Just look them in the eyes and simply shout.

ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH,
We can’t go on, we can’t go on, no more no,
ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH,
We want them out, we want them out of office now.

There’s nothing left for Pardo here,
And let’s not waste another year.
ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH,

VOTE DOWN The MARINA GIVEAWAY!!!

October 28, 2013 Issue

THE REAL BRUCE GUYTON - - UNDERSTANDING THE MULTIPLE FACETS OF GUYTON’S LIFE AS A THIEF, LIAR, DRUG ABUSER, AND MENTALLY UNSTABLE INDIVIDUAL WITH A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.

Cartoon of Bruce Guyton's activities

BRUCE GUYTON WAS ARRESTED FOR STEALING MONEY OUT OF THE CASH REGISTER AT “CHECKERS DRIVE IN’ RESTAURANT.

Below is the criminal case history for Guyton’s arrest for “Grand Theft

Guyton's criminal record

Guyton has always been a pathological liar. Nor surprisingly, Guyton even lied on his employment application for his current Palm Beach County job at the Palm Tran public bus department. Guyton explains, in his own handwriting, that he quit working at Checkers Drive In restaurant because he “did not enjoy the fast food industry” and that his leaving was VOLUNTARY! Guyton signed his employment application attesting that “all statements and information ….given in this application are true.” The problem though, is that Guyton was arrested for Grant Theft and fired as an assistant manager at Checkers. Guyton lied when he checked the box YES, that he left his job “Voluntary.” The taxpayers of Palm Beach County should demand that the Country Administrator Bob Weisman enforce the terms of Guyton’s employment application and immediately terminate Guyton, for cause.

Guyton's Palm Tran Application

BRUCE GUYTON SCAMS THE RIVIERA BEACH TAXPAYERS FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS!

A final judgment was issued against Guyton, and in favor of the City of Riviera Beach, on May 9, 1996, for $1948.00. This judgment is to bear interest at the legal rate, until it is paid off. There is no record that Guyton has ever paid this final judgment The question than arises, why has the City council not authorized a legal action to garnish Guyton’s council salary until he pays off his judgment, plus interest, to the City? Guyton is a complete and utter financial deadbeat, who does not have the maturity to comprehend the fiscal responsibility that is required of a public official.

Final Judgement issued for $1,948.00

Guyton's Final Judgement

ONCE A FINANCIAL DEADBEAT, ALWAYS A FINANCIAL DEADBEAT.

Guyton bounces a check on Any Times Checks, Inc., and then five months later declares bankruptcy in federal court.

The below filings, speak for themselves. These documents, recorded in the official records of Palm Beach County, also reinforce the evidence that Guyton does not have the maturity to make decisions involving millions of taxpayers dollars, when he goes around bouncing checks for only $500. The taxpayers deserve a public servant that is honest and will be accountable in spending their tax dollars in a fiscally responsible manner. The evidence is irrefutable, Guyton’s lack of integrity in his personal financial dealings with vendors in the community should have disqualified him from ever being considered as a credible candidate for the Riviera Beach City Council. If the voters were aware that Guyton handled his personal financial affairs, in the same responsible manner as a five year old child, Guyton never would have passed the laugh test and would not have been elected. Shame on those in the community who knew Guyton’s past, but for their own personal financial reasons, supported this deadbeat for office to push their agenda.

For example, why did the former South Bay City Manager Cory Alston, who was arrested on multiple corruption charges and is awaiting trial, give Guyton $1000 for his election campaign? Alston is registered as a lobbyist in Riviera Beach. What projects is Alston lobbying for, and how is Guyton voting on them? Time will tell if Guyton is once again playing his “Pay to Play” corruption game.

THE PALM BEACH POST LAID IT ALL OUT IN BLACK AND WHITE.
Guyton is the #1 political slimeball in Palm Beach County and a danger to the community!

The Palm Beach Post did multiple investigations into Guyton, and what they came up with during Guyton’s first stint as a Riviera Beach Council person is both shocking and disgusting. Guyton “gets off” beating the crap out of defenseless women, uses illegal drugs, drives drunk and flaunts his official office to have a dishonest Riviera Beach cop scurry him away so that he will not be charged with DUI, accepts illegal bribes, and violates the Sunshine law for starters. It makes one shake their head in disbelief, that this total slimeball was not locked up years ago? The editorials and story below are directly from the Palm Beach Post web archives and should have been required reading for any voter in the last election.

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Guyton friends bail him out of trouble

Guyton and his psychotic legislative assistant, Ms. Sylvia Blue, have repeatedly threatened me with physical violence. Ms. Blue has upped the ante, with repeated death threats that she has made to me at City hall and from the speakers podium. Ms. Blue even came to the City marina when I lived on my floating home, and told me, screaming at the top of her lungs, that I would be found dead under it.

Anyone who has information about Guyton engaging in any recent instances of physical violence or public corruption, please email them to my attention. Also any information about Sylvia Blue would be greatly appreciated. Send any information to my email here at the Palm Beach Sun. Thank you.

April 22, 2013 Issue

Riviera Beach City Attorney Pamala “Lyin’ and Cryin’” Ryan’s incompetence still knows no bounds

It is hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since Pamala “Lyin’ and Cryin’” Ryan had her contract renewed. In 2011, by a 3 to 2 vote, the City Council, with Dawn Pardo being the swing vote, voted to renew Ryan’s contract. Now in 2013, the Council doesn’t even want to conduct its mandatory performance evaluation of Ryan, but instead is trying to slide Ryan’s new contract through without shedding light on two huge losses suffered by the City at the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. It is truly shameful that the Council has ignored the majority of residents’ wishes, along with the thoughtful analysis of the Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Sun, all of which agree that Ryan should have been fired years ago. Even Dawn Pardo stated in 2008 that Ryan should be fired, yet Pardo surprisingly has wimped out every time Ryan’s contact has come up for renewal.

Ryan and three members of the current City council (Dawn Pardo, Judy Davis and Cedrick Thomas) had no problem spending whatever public money was necessary, without any public hearing or vote, coordinating the state and federal legal actions that removed my floating home from the Riviera Beach marina. For those of you new to my column, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in my favor in January that my floating home did not come under federal jurisdiction, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reinstated my civil rights case against the City to include not only the retaliatory arrests of my floating home, but also the false arrests of me. My civil rights trial is expected to take three or four weeks, and will involve all the Council members as individually named defendants, in both the retaliatory state eviction along with the federal admiralty arrest of my floating home. I will be seeking damages from these current and past Council members for which they are individually liable.

Ryan stands alone, as the one of the most incompetent and evil City employees in Riviera Beach. Ryan gloated at me, her #1 snowflake, while she directed, at the Council’s request, that all my furniture and my floating home be destroyed. The law firms that she has selected have not won any major legal battles against me, but she laughs off the reported million plus dollars in legal fees that she has squandered to the taxpayers’ expense as being no big deal. What is more amazing, is that she continues to brainwash the City Council to stay with these two law firms, Roberts, Reynolds, Bedard and Tuzzio, along with Hamilton, Miller and Birthisel whose legal abilities have been dismal to say the least. This is Ryan’s modus operandi. She consistently attempts to cover-up her incompetence, lack of legal ability, and dismal track record by false bravado and not telling the truth. Residents are still amazed that there has not been the spontaneous combustion of Ryan’s pants from all the lies that she spews. One wonders if Ryan was taunted as a child with the phrase “liar, liar, pants on fire” and it somehow became ingrained in her personality?

To recap some of the “lowlights” of Ryan’s tenure as attorney would take up a couple columns of space. Some of the more egregious ones are: In a transcript of a closed door meeting of the City Council, Ryan stated that it was fine to expend taxpayer funds to hire a private investigator to follow me and Governor Jeb Bush around! She spent over $120,000 arguing that the Sunshine law does not require written minutes (a written recap) to be kept of public meetings even though the law clearly required the City to do so, as the Fourth District Court of Appeals confirmed. Ryan was the brains behind the City of Riviera Beach suing the Palm Beach County State Attorney in an expensive and ludicrous attempt to stop the State Attorney from getting the transcript of a January 2011 closed door meeting of the City Council where it was alleged the Sunshine law was violated. Ryan was responsible for causing pain and suffering to a woman stricken with cancer when she, with the City council’s blessing, authorized the electricity to her boat at the City marina to be turned off in an illegal self-help eviction. This caused the spoiling of a bone marrow injection in the boat refrigerator and, because the woman did not have the financial means to replace the medicine, her mobility was damaged. Ryan’s heartless and sick behavior almost resulted in the death of a number of dogs, when she again approved, with the blessing of the City council, other self-help evictions that turned the electricity off to boats that used air conditioning and fans to cool their pets during hot summer days.

Ryan does have one rabid supporter, new Councilperson Bruce Guyton. Ryan fawns over Guyton because he personally sued one of Ryan’s biggest nemeses, City Clerk Carrie Ward, along with the City of Riviera Beach, current Councilperson Terence Davis, and Elizabeth Robinson on February 25, 2013. On March 6, 2013, Judge Glenn Kelley denied Guyton’s frivolous motion for an emergency injunction. It makes one wonder, since Guyton was broke at the time and in foreclosure, who funded that legal battle?

The consensus from those who have witnessed Guyton spew his endless rantings at the first few City and CRA meetings, is that he is even a bigger blowhard than former Mayor Brown. Guyton who likes to hear himself talk and talk and talk some more, then rambles on about how he is such a big shot because he pays taxes to the city. For the record Guyton lives in a house that is appraised at $28,000 and he pays a whopping $268 (two hundred and sixty eight dollars) in property taxes. Guyton was also sued for foreclosure in September 2012 by U.S. Bank, Case No. 502012CA016830. The burning question in many residents’ minds is where did Guyton come up with the money in March 2013 to settle the foreclosure? Did it have anything to do with his election? Curious minds will find out in the coming month.

Until then, the City of Riviera Beach rambles down the same dismal legal road. Loss after loss, with excuse after excuse, and no end in sight. A constant reminder of Ryan’s teflon façade that continues to slide off questions about her horrible job performance. The city deserves much better than Ryan, whose vindictive and incompetent ramblings are a continual embarrassment to the City and fodder for the media.

January 21, 2013 Issue

VICTORY AT LAST!

U.S. Supreme Court rules 7 to 2 in favor of Fane Lozman and sinks the City of Riviera Beach

Winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing. Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers Coach.

On April 20, 2009, three armed U.S. Marshals broke down the door to my floating home at the Riviera Beach marina. I told the Marshals that they had no federal authority to seize my floating home because I had already won a state eviction jury trial and that only the State Court could order my floating home removed from the marina. After patting me down, the Marshal in charge told me to stand back, and I watched in horror and anger as my primary homesteaded residence was towed to Miami. Ten months later, the City destroyed my floating home and City Attorney Pamala “lyin and cryin” Ryan, along with the City Council laughed and gloated about it. Ryan, an evil and nasty bully, was a great motivator along with the corrupt City Council, on my long road to the U.S. Supreme Court. I did not care how much of my personal time it would take, or how much it would cost, or how long it would take, I vowed that I would get justice. Justice finally came, in the form of a 15-page U.S. Supreme Court opinion issued January 15, 2013, and authored by Justice Stephen Breyer. The opinion, available at www.fanelozman.com, was notable for its easy to read style, detailed analysis and one memorable section that showed why federal admiralty law did not apply to my floating home. Justice Breyer wrote:

"Not every floating structure is a “vessel.” To state the obvious, a wooden washtub, a plastic dishpan, a swimming platform on pontoons, a large fishing net, a door taken off its hinges, or Pinocchio (even when inside the whale) are not 'vessels'"

The most important part of the opinion appeared on page 15:

"For theses reasons, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed. It is so ordered."

Between the state eviction and the federal admiralty arrest of my floating home the City spent over $600,000 of taxpayer money to oust me from the City marina. I tried to bond out my floating home and furniture, but the City fought my attempt, and instead directed that my floating home be purchased at a U.S. Marshal auction and immediately destroyed at taxpayer expense. The City was not obligated in any way to purchase my floating home; it simply outbid the public that attended because the City Council wanted the vindictive pleasure of destroying it. The City ignored the money that it would have received from the auction proceeds if it allowed a member of the public to win the auction rather than be the successful bidder. Now the City will have to reimburse for the value of my floating home, my furniture, and my legal bills, which are substantial.

The City’s decision to play God by turning off the electricity to my floating home, along with other marina tenants demands a criminal investigation. Two friends of mine were directly affected by the City’s actions. Cindy Frye had her bone marrow injection spoil due to a lack of refrigeration and as a result her mobility was permanently damaged. A Navy veteran and all around great guy, “Budweiser Bill,” severely suffered from the lack of air conditioning and creature comforts on his boat. Shortly before Bill died, he told me that his lack of electricity played a role in his lack of sleep at night and ill health.

The City’s elected and appointed officials need to be held accountable by the taxpayers for spending what will be well over a million dollars to silence me, solely because I exercised my constitutional rights of free speech. It is unconscionable that the City is laying off and having furlough days for employees because of funding concerns, while spending unlimited sums of money to silence anyone that fights the corruption in our City. Ryan is an incompetent disgrace to the City and the legal profession. The former Chief Judge of Palm Beach County, the Honorable Edward Rogers, has repeatedly stated that Ryan is incompetent and should be fired. The current City Commission needs to be voted out of office, and State and Federal prosecutors need to wrap up their ongoing investigations into Cedrick “the flubberer” Thomas so that he can be removed from office, albeit through the criminal justice system.

So as I hold my head up high, with my lovable dachshund at my side, my U.S. Supreme Court victory shows that one man can make a difference. One man can fight for justice and win against a corrupt city government. So I ask my fellow citizens to stand tall with me and finish my fight to rid our City of our evil and corrupt City leaders.

April 30, 2012 Issue

Sherri Collins' closing argumentsGUILTY!

PALM BEACH ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY

SHERRI COLLINS' CLOSING ARGUMENT NAILS
"POLO TYCOON"
JOHN GOODMAN



Finally, after a 2-year wait, the long anticipated Palm Beach version of the O. J. Simpson case was tried, but this time the celebrity defendant was slapped silly by the jury. John Goodman was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide, both with the Special Circumstances of Failure to Render Aid.

Goodman was drunk when he ran a stop sign and crashed his Bentley into a Hyundai, killing the young driver, Scott Wilson. Wilson’s smashed car flipped into a canal and he slowly drowned while Goodman walked away from the scene. Goodman was remanded into custody awaiting the Court’s sentencing and is looking at between 11½ to 30 years in the big house.

Goodman had it all, a lifestyle that revolved around his polo empire, with enormous wealth that always put him in the top tier of Palm Beach’s rich and famous. He also had the serious coin to hire nationally renowned criminal attorney, Roy Black, whose legal accomplishments include obtaining an acquittal for William Kennedy Smith on rape charges back in 1991.

A dazzling performance during closing argument by Palm Beach Assistant State Attorney Sherri Collins sealed Goodman’s fate and should cause Black to contemplate his retirement. At least Black has a high seven-figure pay day to show for his courtroom loss! Collins’ performance as “second chair” was critical to Goodman’s guilty verdict, in light of the jury’s apparent issues with lead prosecutor, Ellen Roberts. Roberts, a senior prosecutor who is retiring this month, was sternly cautioned by the Judge to stop making faces at the jury after the jury forwarded him a note about Roberts’ strange behavior. Roberts had some key positive moments during the trial, but her screeching style reminded some of fingernails dragging across a chalk board.

It was Collins who pulled no punches in a closing argument that impressed even jaded, veteran courthouse observers. What made her argument so persuasive was the brilliant use of three visuals: a liquor bottle with blue liquor, a “shot” glass, and a “rocks” glass (glass tumbler used for serving an alcoholic beverage with ice cubes). Collins demonstrated by simply pouring the blue liquor into a one ounce shot glass, how much volume of liquor makes up an ounce. Surprisingly, it is not much at all! This demonstration made it easy for Collins to “visually” educate the jury into understanding what a “free-pour” was. This is a drink made without a measuring device. Instead, a liquor or spirit is simply poured into a glass, with the bartender arbitrarily determining what looks like a good height relative to the top of the glass. The celebrity bartenders who were pouring drinks at the White Horse Tavern where Goodman patronized at prior to the accident, were free-pouring. When Collins poured the blue liquor from the shot glass into the rock’s glass, it was astounding how low the height was of the one shot to both the top of the glass, and what one would expect to be an appropriate height for a “decent” size drink. A decent or the next step up, a “stiff” drink, can easily be 4 or 5 ounces. So, when Goodman stated that he only had four drinks prior to the accident, based on the free-pour technique, it could be the equivalent of 12, 16 or 20 ounces of alcohol. For toxicology purposes according to Collins, one drink is equal to one ounce of 100 proof liquor, five ounces of table wine or 12 ounces of beer.

Mr. Tate Yeatman, a forensic toxicology expert with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, had previously testified that Goodman had the equivalent of 16 to 18 drinks in the hours leading up to the fatal crash. Three hours after the crash, Goodman’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is a little on the low side. In this case, a simple “rocks” glass with blue liquor appears to be worth at least 3,650 days behind bars for Goodman.

Collins continued to tie the facts together throughout her closing argument, explaining how Goodman’s behavior after the accident occurred was inexcusable as she succinctly reminded the jury that a young man died as a result. She told them that Goodman “called his friend, and she had to talk him into calling 911. If the defendant had rendered aid, Scott Wilson would have lived.”

Collins has a gift for cutting through all the endless legal verbiage that takes place during a trial. She explained a simple truth that rang loud and clear throughout the courtroom, “no one has the right to violate the laws that we all share.” Collins closed by reminding the jury that “he [Goodman] didn’t do any of the things that are required by law and, ladies and gentlemen, there is no excuse for that.” What more needed to be said? Collins cemented her legacy as a legal superstar, a rare breed among assistant State Attorneys around South Florida.

For my fans who have followed my prior stories about the former State Attorney, a.k.a. the fearless wonderboy, it was refreshing to see a prosecutor win a big case. I was very impressed with Collins’s performance so I called her up and she graciously agreed to an interview. I recently sat down with Collins at her offices across the street from the main Palm Beach Court House to ask her a few questions about the Goodman trial and to understand what it takes to be a successful violent crimes/homicide prosecutor. The first thing I learned is that one must have an overwhelming passion for public service. Collins has been a prosecutor for over 20 years and has tried 260 jury trials. A graduate of the University of Florida law school, she became a prosecutor for the constant challenges that it offered her inquisitive legal mind. Although Collins told me she could have transitioned into the private sector years ago and made “millions as a criminal attorney,” she still loves her job so much that being rich couldn’t sway her from her continuing mission of public service. Collins even married the man of her dreams, a fellow public servant his entire career, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, South Regional Director, Chuck Collins. Given her success in putting away “bad guys,” her husband’s proficiency with firearms as a State law enforcement officer gives her peace of mind away from the job.

Collins has taken on a second role as the newly appointed director of legal training and education. A steady stream of new prosecutors continually interrupted our interview with questions about motions and responses from pending criminal cases. Seeing Collins in action there, she reminded me of the equivalent of a legal hard drive, a few terabytes of walking case law and motion practice that can simultaneously answer the newbie’s question while explaining to me the technical basics of forensic science.

When it came to the Goodman case, Collins said that the “facts were very strong” and that much hard work went into the investigation. As an example, Collins showed me some photographs of the level of detail it took to document each of Goodman’s boot prints from the crash scene all the way to the trailer where he called 911. Collins was proud of the team effort and said that “factually the Palm Beach Sheriff’s traffic-homicide investigators did a phenomenal job.”

Collins expressed continuing surprise by all the national media hype focused on the Goodman trial. There has always been an insatiable public appetite for the fabulously rich who have done wrong. The prosecution of Goodman, a multi-millionaire who adopted his girlfriend (making her eligible for a share of a $300 million trust for his biological children), left the scene of an accident to head to a mystery “man cave,” was a case made for the tabloids and cable television news. Throw in the death, by drowning, of the young man whose inexpensive car was smashed and pushed into the canal by Goodman’s Bentley convertible, and Palm Beach County has an instant candidate for the South Florida celebrity case of the 21st Century.

When it comes to DUI trials, Collins says that she has seen it all, yet one case really stood out that puts the horror of driving under the influence in stark perspective. She told me about a woman whose husband was dying at a hospital. The woman called her daughter and son, who immediately drove up with the son’s wife and five month old child, all in the same vehicle. Tragically, all four of them were killed by a drunk driver before they ever were able to give their last goodbyes at their father’s bedside. Collins summed up this case with a warning to those who do not believe in a designated driver after a night on the town: “Every DUI is a DUI manslaughter that didn’t happen because of sheer luck.”

As John Goodman learned the hard way, money will not buy you a “get out of jail card” if Sherri Collins is sitting at the prosecution table. Goodman’s defense team should have taken a plea deal in lieu of suffering an embarrassing and costly failure, both in million of dollars in legal fees and years in jail for Goodman. The lesson learned for the rest of us, don’t drink and drive. If you do, and one day you find yourself as a defendant in Palm Beach County with Collins offering you a plea deal for your criminal infraction, take the plea. If not, Palm Beach’s legal action hero, a.k.a. the Dazzling Dynamo, will shred your defense during your trial and leave you crying as you ponder what ever made you roll the dice and have a jury determine your fate. Remember, you never take a knife to a gunfight.


February 29, 2012 Issue
SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR LOZMAN FLOATING HOME CASE - ORAL ARGUMENT IN WASHINGTON D.C. EXPECTED IN OCTOBER

By Baron Beatty

Congratulations to corruption fighter Fane Lozman from the Palm Beach Sun and its readers for this momentous achievement! The United States Supreme Court agrees to hear about 90 out of 10,000 cases that come before it each year. To fight your way through the federal district and appellate courts is an overwhelming experience for many Americans who are willing to stand by their ideals. To then have your case accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court is a once in a many lifetimes occurrence. Out of the 1.2 million lawyers in the United States, perhaps 150 will end up arguing before the Supreme Court each year! Fane is represented by the renown Supreme Court practitioner, Jeffrey L. Fisher, who heads up the Supreme Court program at Stanford Law School. Mr. Fisher shocked the legal establishment when he won two historic cases before the Supreme Court in 2003, at the unheard of age of 33. Mr. Fisher has gone on to argue many more cases, his most recent of which before the U.S. Supreme Court was just last month!

HOW FANE'S CASE GOT TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
After failing to get relief at the Federal District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the 11th District, Fane filed a "Writ of Certiorari" with the U.S. Supreme Court. Fane's path to the U.S. Supreme Court has been protracted and expensive, costing more than $100,000 in assorted fees and expenses. The odds were stacked heavily against the Court even hearing Fane's case. On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, however, Fane bucked the odds when the highest court in the nation announced its desire to consider case No. 11-626, Fane Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach. Fane's case is now in the briefing stage along with preparations for oral argument before the most famous court on the planet.

The February 21st announcement has created a firestorm of media activity. While Fane has been writing about his case in the Palm Beach Sun since 2009, it has been covered by multiple media sources including the Palm Beach Post and New Times locally, as well as many other media outlets nationally. Today when you Google the name Fane Lozman Supreme Court, it generates an astounding 21,600 results!

HOW DID THE CASE START?


Here are some quotes from previous articles about this case:

Broward & Palm Beach New Times

Feds Seize Man's Home, Tow It Away
By Bob Norman

Tuesday, Apr. 21 2009 @ 8:38AM
Marshals Seize Man's Home

Federal marshals stole city activist Fane Lozman's home yesterday. In a true jack-booted thug moment, four armed marshals in black raided Lozman's houseboat at the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina and towed it down to Miami , leaving Lozman homeless and without all his possessions. They also seized the former U.S. Marine pilot's three
guns, which he owns legally.

Lozman's only crime: fighting city hall.

"I don't even have any clothes to wear, man," said Lozman, who has been paying rent to live at the city marina for three years. "All my clothes are on my homesteaded floating home. I'm just glad my dog wasn't on there."

The marshals seized the floating home just hours after the City of Riviera Beach filed a federal complaint against Lozman claiming his boat didn't legally belong at the marina. Before Lozman had any chance to answer the complaint - in fact, before he was even served with the papers - U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas signed an order to seize it. The same afternoon, the federal agents raided the home and took it away.

Retribution by City Officials for stopping use of Eminent Domain seizures.

Lozman filed suit against the city and found a powerful ally in his fight, then-Gov. Jeb Bush. In the end, Lozman almost single-handedly killed the $2.4 billion plan (which likely would have been a disaster considering today's economy). And that apparently earned him the undying enmity of city officials. In what can only be described as pure political retribution, city police began harassing Lozman and the city sued him for eviction. The city trumped up some ludicrous reasons to try to kick Lozman out of the marina (including the absurd allegation that his little dachsund, Lady, was a menace to society). It would have been funny if it wasn't such a raw abuse of public power.

Lozman represented himself in court on that case and, for the first time in my career, I voluntarily took the witness stand. I saw the harassment first-hand and, in fact, came under brief threat of arrest myself simply for standing near the dock. It was pure vengeance on the part of the city.

Palm Beach Sun
The $270,515.91 (And Counting) Cover-Up by the Riviera Beach City Council
By Fane Lozman

May 4, 2010


(Publishers note - by May of 2010 the City of Riviera Beach's City Attorney Pam Ryan had spent $270,515.91 of taxpayer money on this case. It took months of informational request and arguments with numerous Riviera Beach city officials by Palm Beach Sun staff to obtain this information, which was published in the Palm Beach Sun)

$270,515.91. Twenty thousand dollars more than a quarter million dollars. What did this taxpayer money buy? It didn't
buy 10 new police cars. It didn't pay the salaries for five firemen for a year. It didn't give fifty-four $5000 scholarships to deserving Riviera Beach students. Instead, it was spent on legal fees and storage costs to remove Fane Lozman's floating home from the City of Riviera Beach municipal marina. A closer look at the numbers shows that only $86,083.88 was even spent in Palm Beach County. An astounding $137,298.59 was spent with a Tampa admiralty law firm. To make sure that Lozman's floating home was as far away from Riviera Beach as feasibly possible, the City towed it 80 miles to Miami, at an unfathomable cost of $47,133.44 for towing and storage. This money clock is still
ticking, as storage charges of $2845 a month continue to be incurred after the City went to a U. S. Marshal auction in February to buy the floating home that it said had no value.

Palm Beach Sun
PB Commish "CryBaby" Koons Now a Convicted Felon
By Fane Lozman

August 5, 2010

(Publishers note: In what now looks like the words of a Prophet, Fane Lozman predicted the outcome of this case
two years ago. In an article titled "PB Commish "CryBaby" Koons Now a Convicted Felon" he briefly lamented the failure of the City Attorney Pam Ryan & the City Council to safeguard and wisely spend taxpayers money)

The City is now funding the defense of my appeal before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, a case that could wind up at the Supreme Court one day, along with defending a minimal counterclaim to the State eviction action.

STOP THE PRESSES! McAuliffe Resigns as State Attorney March 16, 2012

Mcauliffe resigns!

Holy cow, hallelujah, there is a God, did hell freeze over in this warm winter? Those were just some of the astonished comments around Palm Beach County when its residents heard that the McAuliffe era had ended! When my first story about McAuliffe ran in March 2010, it was accompanied by a cartoon in which McAuliffe expressed his "fear" over tackling the corruption in Riviera Beach. I was always hopeful that McAuliffe, a man I had formerly nicknamed the "fearless wonderboy" for having climbed two of the world's highest mountains, would find "his set" when it came to tackling the public corruption in Riviera Beach. Well, McAuliffe never tackled public corruption anywhere in the County, instead he decided to "pussy out" and resigned his office before his term ended. To "pussy out" comes from the word "pusillanimous." The definition, according the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is: "lacking courage and resolution: marked by contemptible timidity—pu•sil•lan•i•mous•ly adverb." Accordingly, McAuliffe is now the "pussy-wonderboy" and it is a moniker that will forever mark his dismal legacy as the worst State Attorney in Palm Beach County history.

Over the last two years, we regularly wrote about McAuliffe with the hope that one day, he would step up to the plate, and charge at least one of what our investigations have shown were four corrupt Riviera Beach City Councilpersons. It never came to pass. For the last year, the "pussy-wonderboy" could not even obtain the transcript of an executive session (closed door) Riviera Beach City Council meeting. Why couldn't he get the transcript? He was too inept to demand a timely hearing, and now the case has been transferred to the third judge on the file. Forgetting how McAuliffe "pussyed out" on Riviera Beach, he has now let down all the citizens of Palm Beach County who bought his b.s. that he was going to make a difference when it came to fighting public corruption. McAuliffe's claim to fame is one lousy arrest, that of former Palm Beach Commissioner Jeff "Crybaby" Koons! Compare that to Broward State Attorney Michael Satz who has charged a dozen elected officials during the same time frame, and it is obvious that McAuliffe didn't have the backbone for the job. Being State Attorney is not a popularity contest to curry favor with politicians for future re-election campaigns. Instead, Palm Beach County's top prosecutor is supposed to be aggressive prosecuting crime and public corruption, not dishonor the once proud office of State Attorney. To the horror of his initial supporters, McAuliffe never was a corruption fighter! McAuliffe's failure to take action against Riviera Beach officials not only cost the City millions in lost revenue at the city marina, but also caused hardships for hundreds of former marina tenants, and allowed a rogue police department to run roughshod over the city's residents.

McAuliffe was not stepping down to volunteer at a legal clinic or other pro bono work. No, McAuliffe was hanging it up, in what should be a short and feeble attempt to make the big coin, to work for billionaire Bill Koch. How hypocritical can one man get? It was only 14 months ago that McAuliffe went on television with attack ads against Governor Rick "the Skeletor" Scott, whose big supporters are the Koch brothers! There is more to the recent McAuliffe saga which has left prosecutors, judges and attorneys around the County speechless. According to recent reports, a potential juror, Ms. Melissa McKinlay, a divorced mother of three, asked to be recused from a criminal trial before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes. The courtroom video can be found at youtube.com with the title "Juror: I don't want to serve because the State Attorney threatened me"! It shows a visibly shocked Judge Katrenakes asking McKinlay if it was "the elected state attorney" who threatened her in a parking lot. McKinlay's reply was "yes," and that she had filed an ethics complaint against McAuliffe. As a corruption fighter, John Kastrenakes is a personal hero of mine for his legendary accomplishments as a former Assistant United States Attorney. It was John Kastrenakes who put three Palm Beach County Commissioners and two West Palm Beach City Commissioners behind bars, an achievement that forever branded Palm Beach County as "Corruption County." Two videos of my arrest are also on youtube under the titles "fane lozman arrest at riviera beach city council meeting" and a television news clip "activist arrested at riviera beach city council meeting" after the charges against me were dropped.

So now the burning question: who will be the next State Attorney? Former State Senator Dave Aronberg has declared his candidacy, and Circuit Judge Krista Marx announced that she is seriously considering running. Given his young age, Mr. Aronberg has an admirable background of public service but Judge Marx tops that in experience. Her 13-year record as a prosecutor was exemplary, and the 14-years she has spent on the bench dealing with a number of high-profile cases including the Dunbar Village rape case, shows how she possesses outstanding judgment, leadership and understanding of the law that are the necessary qualities to be State Attorney. It is way too early for The Palm Beach Sun to endorse either at this time, but once elected the new State Attorney can finally get to work tackling the mountain of corruption that is Riviera Beach.

C'est la guerre (this is war) with McAuliffe has now become C'est la vie (that's life). I repeatedly provided McAuliffe's office with the results of my investigations into political corruption in Riviera Beach. I spent three long years trying to convince McAuliffe to do his job, sadly all for naught. At least there will not be a fourth year and, with a new State Attorney, the corrupt scum masquerading as local politicians will finally be put where they belong, behind bars! Winners never quit, quitters never win. Thank you for showing your true soul and quitting McAuliffe. With your new life hanging around the big money boys, heh, you never know, you could be the winner of the milk carton photo shoot one day! …The people of Palm Beach County deserve a whole lot better.

The 2011 Slimeballs of the Year
Another year we bid adieu, it was the smelliest one on record, Phew! It was the kind of year where Riviera Beach City Attorney Pamala "Lyin' and Cryin" Ryan finally caught the attention of the mainline media. Ryan's slime factor became media fodder when the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board opined that she is "Incompetent." It's no surprise that Florida Governor "Skeletor" Scott is Ryan's fellow Slimeball of the Year winner. The Skeletor's claim to immortal shame was not only being the CEO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare when HCA paid a $1.7 billion fine for defrauding medicare, and taking the Fifth Amendment 75 (seventy five) times when questioned about the scam. But it was the Skeletor's a.k.a. Scottdafi's heartless executive order cutting the funding for 35,000 disabled citizens that were served by Florida's Agency of Persons with Disabilities. This agency not only assisted seniors with disabilities, but countless young children with autism also received care at specialized state university centers. What were the citizens of Florida drinking when they elected this loser? Once the voters sobered up, they rewarded the Skeletor with the most dismal approval rating of any Governor in the U.S., an abysmal 26%!

The slime factor of Ryan and Scott was so extensive in 2011, that it took a number of full length stories to explain the details. For those who just showed up for the season, my prior stories can be found at the Fane Lozman Reports, www.palmbeachsun.net. Runner-ups for Slimeball of the Year were George "Crabass" Carter, who was defeated for Riviera Beach Mayor, along with Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton. Dishonorable mentions include Riviera Beach Councilpersons Cedrick "the flubberer" Thomas and Dawn "the dictator" Pardo, two perpetual slimeball finalists. These two slick slimesters may finally make it to the big dance in 2012 if State Attorney McAuliffe finally gets around to completing his criminal investigation. McAuliffe, the fearless wonderboy, has waffled around for 11 months in criminal court trying to compel the City of Riviera Beach to produce a transcript of a closed door meeting at which the councilpersons illegally voted on public business.

Among the ditties that ran in my 2011 stories, one that brought a smile to the face of many Riviera Beach residents and employees, bears repeating (with a few more lines) as a wrap for 2011. Redistricting, term limits, casino gambling, and a presidential election will set new slime records in 2012. Now where did I put my wading boots?

She's Wasted Our Coin, is an original rap song from Mr. Fane:

Lyin' and Cryin' Ryan has wasted our coin,
She spent 500k to stop a tall white boy from knockin' her off her throne,
Ryan likes to postulate but her legal theories are phony fabricates.

She is a nasty woman, how so true,
She turned off the juice to a white woman stricken with cancer too,
Destroying a houseboat brought her glee,
She walked around town for a month saying yippie kay yee!

Ryan has no shame, she constantly whines and loves to complain,
When called on the carpet she starts to cry,
And begs the council for another try,
This legal fake is a disgrace,
She constantly lies to the public's face!

Ryan spares no expense to cover-up, her legal incompetence,
She flies attorneys from out of town, to stop Mr. Fane from bringing her down,
Stepping in dog-shit is much more fun, than looking at Ryan ramble on,
It is time to take our city back, from this legal nitwit, that's a fact Jack!

 

A vision will become a reality!  Scott’s out by Recall!  Scott’s out forever!!

The logistics of coordinating the constitutional amendment to allow for the recall of a Florida Governor and elected members of his Cabinet is a major undertaking. I have been working a network of powerful players in an effort to coordinate the complex logistical hurdles that would need to take place to place this question on the November 2012 ballot.

There has not been one negative response to my October story, which explains why Rick "Scottdafi" Scott is a dangerous dutz. The positive feedback and palpable anger among my supporters is inspiring. This support has empowered me to develop a roadmap to put the recall question on the ballot. If anyone has any doubts, Rick Scott's action towards the disabled shows why handicapped citizens around our State consider him to be heartless. In early April, Scott signed an executive order that cut the funding for 35,000 disabled citizens that were served by Florida's Agency of Persons with Disabilities. The waiting list is even longer than those who were previously helped by the agency. Many reading this story may think that the agency only assisted seniors with disabilities, but that is completely inaccurate. Countless young children with autism received care at specialized centers, including the University of Central Florida's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, which was worshipped by those parents who are overwhelmed with the demands of severe autistic children.

This month's ditty is a takeoff on Alice Cooper's timeless song, SCHOOL'S OUT, one dear and near to all students come each May,

SCOTT'S OUT!!

Well, we got no choice,
All the shocked and angry,
Making all that noise,
Cause they lost their funding,
Well we can't help ya,
Can't find the coin,
To help your autistic young ones
That's a drag.

Scott's out for summer
Scott's out by recall
Scott's out forever.

No more scumbag
No more scam artist
No more parents' sad looks.

Well Scott's got no class
And he got no heart
And he sure ain't innocent
We can't even think of a word but recall.

Scott's out forever
Scott's out for summer
Scott's out by recall
Scott's administration is out completely.

 

Is State Attorney McAuliffe, a.k.a.the fearless wonderboy, a prophet?  Governor Rick ‘Scottdaffi” Scott really is one dangerous dutz!

The fearless wonderboy hit the ball out of the park in October 2010 and it took a year for the ball to finally land. I, and many others, thought McAuliffe was either crazy or suffering from AMS (acute mountain sickness) when he ran a commercial that featured him, Sheriff of Martin County Robert Crowder, and State Attorney William Cervone tearing apart candidate Rick Scott at the seams. Taking McAuliffe's lead, these three correctly prophesied that then candidate Rick Scott "just can't be trusted"and educated the electorate that Scott's company was "systematically defrauding medicare"by ripping off seniors and taxpayers.

I wrote a couple stories earlier this year about Governor Rick Scott and his close relationship with the Ballard brothers and have paid a high price for doing so. His punk press secretary Lane "me be Pompous and Righteous" Wright, called me up and ripped me a new one for writing the stories about the Governor. He stated that I was trash and that the Palm Beach Sun was a gossip newspaper not worth reading. Wright also assured me that he told the Governor to never, ever grant an interview to me or anyone else at the Palm Beach Sun. Wright claimed further that he had emailed Scott's Chief of Staff, Steve "the Scottdaffi Mac Daddy" MacNamara, with copies of my prior stories and that Mac Daddy told him that no way in hell would the Palm Beach Sun ever get an interview with the Governor. Mac Daddy also cancelled Scott's interview with Mr. Michael Putney, by far the most respected political reporter in South Florida, if not the entire State. Putney, who started his career in 1966, has a handful of Emmy awards and wrote for the National Observer and Time magazine. After his writing days, he became a broadcast journalist in 1981 and is currently the senior reporter and Sunday morning host at ABC channel 10 in South Florida.

Anyway, speaking of the dirty devil, last Thursday I was 15 feet from Scott after he gave a television interview. Scott walked right in front of me, there was no one else but two members of his security detail, and that slimeball completely ignored my attempt to meet him and shake his hand. What was remarkable about that whole scene was that Scott's failure to shake my hand was not do to his desire to avoid the media. I came across as a simple citizen who, once I got his attention, would have asked him some questions as a Palm Beach Sun reporter. In hindsight I guess I am lucky that Scott did not know that I write for the Sun, otherwise he may have had his bodyguards bust a cap or two in my ass to shut me up.

THE BAD NEWS

The bad news is that Florida keeps rolling down hill. In early October, Scott, a.k.a the skeletor, and scottdaffi, announced that he will be running for reelection in 2014. Huh, I though hell was not supposed to freeze over until at least 3014! Scott's horrifying announcement calls for a statewide plan of attack that is easy to understand by all the anthropologists, police, firefighters, correctional officers, state attorneys, teachers, environmentalists, homeless and hungry citizens that Scott has pissed off and crapped on. The palpable anger among these hardworking Floridians has boiled over to where Scott has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the United States, a pathetic 29%.

THE PLAN

After a night of reflective thought and some stiff drinks of a mighty fine single cask bourbon, I came up with a bold plan. (Note to my fans, instead of flowers can you please send me a bottle of Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel bourbon!) What we need ASAP is a constitutional amendment to be placed on the November 2012 ballot to allow for the recall of a Florida Governor. See my column next month for details on the recall amendment kickoff. Currently, the Florida Governor can only be removed from office via impeachment by the Florida Legislature. Once such a constitutional amendment is passed, then a recall of Scott would be possible, legally and practically. We owe the next generation to try and save what remains of our beloved Florida after Scott has done his best to scorch and trash it.

This month's ditty is my original take-off on a military marching cadence. I had a flashback to my Marine Corps days of marching on the "grinder"with my M-16, with a bunch of tough SOB'S, my fellow Marines.

To be young and cocky (who ever heard of Viagra), those were the good old days!

I sure know, and you've been told,
Rick Scott is corrupt and is mighty cold!

Running down the street with my unemployment check,
I only got one week left ‘til I am penniless.

We gonna stand up, twitter up and run to the door,
600,000 voter signatures are needed for a recall war.

Jobs are scarce and hard to find,
thanks for canceling the high speed rail line.

2 and one half billion is some serious federal coin,
I needed that rail job to save my home.

We gonna stand up, twitter up and run to the door,
600,000 voter signatures are needed for a recall war.

Scotdaffi fired me to cut the tax base,
I am scared shitless because I am now homeless.

The fearless wonderboy was right,
Scott is a political dutz who is truly nuts.

We gonna stand up, twitter up and run to the door,
600,000 voter signatures are needed for a recall war.

Private prisons and now private state parks,
the skeletor keeps ripping giant farts.

Here's what we must do before it's too late,
we need to fight for right ‘til each dawn's daylight.

We gonna stand up, twitter up and run to the door,
600,000 voter signatures are needed for a recall war.

At the end of the day, the truth is might,
hit the rack Rick Scott and turn off the light.


Riviera Beach City Attorney Pamala “Lyin’ and Cryin’” Ryan Palm Beach Post Editorial Board Opines that Ryan is Incompetent!

She's Wasted Our Coin

This is the only conclusion that can be drawn when examining Ryan's track record as the Riviera Beach City Attorney. For those who may have missed it while away on summer vacation, Ryan sent a letter to the Palm Beach Post in which she cried in embarrassing horror about the editorial that declared her incompetent. Her letter reinforced how really screwed up Riviera Beach's City leadership is. Ryan has used the City coffers as though it were her own bottomless piggybank to target those who are critical of her kindergarten legal acumen. She constantly is trying to cover-up her incompetence and complete lack of legal ability and reasoning, by false bravado and telling outright lies. Citizens are amazed that there has not been the spontaneous combustion of Ryan's pants given the unfathomable number of lies she spews.

I was walking barefoot through the grass on the hottest day all summer, when I stepped squarely into a huge pile of dog shit. That was a nasty mess, but nothing as bad as having to look and listen to Ryan as she holds court over twice monthly City Council meetings. Ryan spent, without any public hearing or vote, over $400,000 coordinating the state and federal legal actions that removed my floating home from the Riviera Beach marina. She laughed like a rabid hyena (judge for yourself, the video is on YouTube), when her enforcers at the Riviera Beach police department physically threw me on the floor during my public comments at a City Council meeting. Ryan orchestrated the efforts of the City's outside counsel to purchase my floating home on the courthouse steps and then gloated at me, her #1 snowflake, while she directed that my floating home and all my furniture be immediately destroyed. Ryan assured me that I would be removed from "her" marina prior in her first failed attempt to evict my floating home. When the jury returned a verdict in my favor, she went into a hysterical tirade.

Ryan's bizarre legal reasoning knows no bounds. In a transcript of a closed door meeting of the City Council, Ryan stated that it was fine to expend taxpayer funds to hire a private investigator to follow me and Governor Jeb Bush around! She spent over $120,000 arguing that the Sunshine law does not require written minutes (a written recap) to be kept of public meetings even though the law clearly required the City to do so. She unsuccessfully fought this both at the circuit and appellate courts, all on the taxpayers' dime. Ryan repeatedly told the City Council that my settlement offer of $16,000 was given to the City Councilpersons in 2008, even though former Councilperson Lynne Hubbard, who was on the council from 2007 to 2009, stated in a sworn affidavit that Ryan never informed her of my offer.

Ryan's legal stupidity knows no bounds! Ryan was the brains behind the City of Riviera Beach suing in circuit court the Palm Beach County State Attorney in an expensive and ludicrous attempt to stop the State Attorney from getting the transcript of a January 2011 closed door meeting of the City Council. The City is no longer the plaintiff but now is the "felony" defendant, when the case was transferred to criminal court! During this January meeting, trying hard to live up to her reputation as the "Incompetento," Ryan allowed the City Councilpersons to conduct two votes on City business, both of which violated the Sunshine Law because these votes can only occur at public meetings. These two votes are the subject of a current criminal investigation by the State Attorney.

The former Chief Judge of Palm Beach County, the Honorable Edward Rogers, previously stated that Ryan is incompetent and should be fired but the City of Riviera Beach did not have the guts to fire an African American woman. Ryan enjoys her role as the Legal Dictator of Riviera Beach and is vile in how she governs. Ryan was responsible for causing permanent damage to a woman stricken with cancer when she authorized the electricity to her boat at the City marina to be turned off in an illegal self-help eviction. This caused the spoiling of a bone marrow injection in the boat refrigerator and, because the woman did not have the financial means to replace the medicine, her mobility was permanently damaged. Ryan's heartless and sick behavior almost resulted in the death of a number of dogs, when she also approved other self-help evictions that turned the electricity off to boats that used air conditioning and fans to cool their pets during hot summer days.

Apparently Ryan missed her law school classes on the Bill of Rights because she never seemed to learn about the First Amendment. This legal nitwit constantly opines that free speech can be censured, and that those who insist on demanding that the protections of the First Amendment be followed in Riviera Beach are troublemakers. She has repeatedly stated that it is perfectly acceptable to use aggressive police brunt force and arrest to stop citizens from exercising their First Amendment rights! This private counsel wannabee will take a literal shit when she fully understands that the First aMENdment is not when the male dominated Congress proposes or passes legislation that will negatively impact Women! Ryan does not understand discrimination and the Fourteenth Amendment. Discrimination to Ryan only applies when she uses her "discriminating taste" to determine which Councilperson to suck up to. Conversely she see nothing wrong with picking two black females as her last two assistant City attorneys, while trashing black male, white male and white female applications. Ryan also has no clue as to the State mandated competitive procurement procedures that municipalities must follow. Her legal reasoning that $6500 a month in rent for the City marina tiki bar was a better deal than an offer for $22,500, even though the City's own appraisal had it for $19,000, should qualify her for a new type of Darwin legal award. For the unfamiliar, a typical Darwin award honors people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion. A Darwin legal award would suggest permanently disbarring lawyers to protect both the client and the public, with the added benefit of keeping legal malpractice premiums from skyrocketing.

During a City council meeting this summer, Councilpersons Billie Brooks and Shelby Lowe voted not to renew Ryan's contract. Councilperson Cedrick Thomas waxed on and on in his incoherent, rambling style of explaining why Ryan has done a great job of sucking up to him and how that justifies Ryan keeping her job. At the end it all came down to Councilperson Pardo, who wavered and after slapping Ryan for some of her legal decisions, she then voted to retain Ryan. This is quite amazing because in 2008 it was Pardo who stated that Ryan was incompetent and should have been fired years before.

This month's ditty, She's Wasted Our Coin, is an original rap song from Mr. Fane:

Cryin' and Lyin' Ryan has wasted our coin,
She spent 400k to stop a tall white boy from knockin' her off her throne,
Ryan likes to postulate but her legal theories are phony fabricates.

She is a nasty woman, how so true,
She turned off the juice to a white woman stricken with cancer too,
Destroying a houseboat brought her glee,
She walked around town for a month saying yippie kay yee,

Ryan spares no expense to cover-up, her legal incompetence,
She flies attorneys from out of town, to stop Mr. Fane from bringing her down,
Stepping in dog-shit is much more fun, than looking at Ryan ramble on,
It is time to take our city back, from this legal nitwit, that's a fact Jack!

There are rumors floating around about Ryan that should be investigated. What is the real reason that Ryan directed well over $100,000 to a maritime law firm in Tampa while there were plenty of maritime law firms in West Palm Beach? Does Ryan have any direct family or personal relationships with any law firms with whom the City does business? It is time to find out the truth! In the coming months with the help of our network of supporters, we will dig deeper and report back our findings.

Please forward any information, it can be anonymously if your prefer, to the Palm Beach Sun at Editor@palmbeachsun.net

Former Atty. Gen. and Sec. of State, Jim Smith, dumps his flea bag son-in-law, Brian Ballard and governor scott has a new press secretary

News Flash-- Governor Scott's cry for help is heard around Tallahassee as he is being pinned in his office toilet bowl---"Brian Ballard and Lane Wright, when I get my head out of this toilet bowl I am going to waterboard both of you at the "Port of Palm Beach" to see what I can "dredge" up!!!"

The summer doldrums are upon us, along with the summer heat, the summer drought, and down-in-the-dumps Governor Rick Scott with an approval rating of only 29%. Governor Scott, you did not take my advice and use the flea spray on lobbyist Brian Ballard. Instead it was Ballard's lobbying partner at the firm Smith and Ballard, the esteemed former Secretary of State and Attorney General, Jim Smith, who hit the road with his client base after he finally had enough of his son-in-law, Brian Ballard. Now the question is, when Ballard is not sucking up to you and telling you how great you are, why are you being led around on a leash by your new 27-year old press secretary, Lane Wright? Before serving as your press secretary, this self-righteous know-it-all's claim to fame was writing a few stories for an online rag in Tallahassee because he could not get a real newspaper gig. Wright is flushing the remnants of your positive image down the toilet in his clueless efforts to serve as your talking head.

Why, Governor, are you insulating yourself with Ballard and Wright and tainting your public image in a way that can never be unspun? Did you know before you hired Wright that he slapped you in a March 15, 2011, online story by referring to you as the "self-titled jobs Governor"? Or, that he later admitted in his comments to the media that when it comes to creating jobs, you try hard but your dismal record is the fault of the Legislature? Huh? No wonder your job approval ratings are the lowest for any Florida Governor in generations (if ever). Your own staff spins stories like carnival workers spin cotton candy. How about being a leader and taking responsibility for your actions, Governor! What if you were to stop hiding behind these two men, both of whom could care less about your agenda and are simply using you to further their own personal objectives.

Jim Smith saw the light and realized that the slime factor was more than he could take. Smith didn't feel like showing up at the pearly gates and saying, "Ballard made me do it!" If Smith won't sell his soul, you should take his lesson to heart and keep all slimeballs and flea bags as far away from you as possible. By the way, Brian Ballard's and FDEP Deputy Secretary Bob Ballard's sister, Mary McCarty, was recently released from federal prison after being convicted for corruption as a Palm Beach County Commissioner. She is your type of lady -- born again with good communication skills. You could always give her a job as your assistant press secretary to teach Wright the basics.

Cartoon of Gov. Scott spraying lobbyists Bob & Brian Ballard and Mary McCarty with flea spray

GOVERNOR YOU DID NOT READ THE DIRECTIONS!
Please note: Entrenched lobbyists require at least three sprays!!!

A sad ditty to Fovernor Scot's popularity slide over the last six months, with thanks to Gene Raskin's iconic song, Those Were the Days, we now sing:

Once upon a time there was a 7-11,
where we used to drink a slurpee or two,
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
and dreamed of being Governor with drug testing for welfare deadbeats too!

Those were the days my friends, we thought they'd never end,
we used to laugh and campaign all day,
we used to travel by bus and the media made such a happy fuss,
those were the days, oh yes those were the days.

Then the six months since the inauguration went rushing by in such a flash,
We lost our positive vibe and ended up in a morass of political trash,
If by chance we capture that magic again,
my press secretary, Wright will blow it once again.

Those were the days my friends, we thought they'd never end,
we used to kowtow to Smith and Ballard at their bequest
we used to drop our pants so they could kiss our ass,
those were the days, oh yes those were the days.

Just tonight I looked in the mirror and nothing seemed the way it used to be,
in the glass I saw a strange reflection, was that governor covered in fleas really me?
Jim Smith dumped Ballard and went on his merry way,
is a strategy that I should also play?

Those were the days my friends,
we thought they'd never end,
for we were naïve and sure to have our way,
La La La La, those were the days, oh yes, those were the days...

My trip to Afghanistan three months after 911... Indoor plumbing, television, and the death of binLaden.Photo depicting Osama hiding under the skirt of a woman in the USAThe American people have been frustrated for ten years by the seemingly impossible task off tracking down one man, Osama bin Laden. No matter how much money the taxpayers threw at our intelligence services, the same lame answer was given, "We don't know where he is!" Government sources engaged in endless speculation on bin Laden's whereabouts, fluctuating with the political shifts in the wind. They claimed that bin Laden was killed during the massive bombing attacks in December 2001 at his Tora Bora cave hangout, or, if not, he would certainly be dead by now due to terminal kidney disease. Those tasked with the hunt for bin Laden were frequently quoted "off the record" in major media stories that he was hiding in the rough, ungoverned mountainous region of North Waziristan, moving around the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan and would never be found.

My perspective on where bin Laden has been all these years is different from these sources. To understand my viewpoint, I need to provide a little history of some hell holes I visited before I ended up in the cesspool of corruption, Riviera Beach.

Photo of Fane Lozman with a refuge in Kosovo refugee camp I went to the Kosovo border in April 1999, three weeks after the NATO bombing campaign started, on a humanitarian project to help a friend find her sister and niece. Hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians were streaming across the border into Macedonia after the Serbs ethnic cleansing campaign. It was an inspirational experience, one that left me with an appreciation for how fortunate we are to live in America.

September 11, 2001, was a wakeup call for all Americans. It caused a groundswell of patriotism along with motivating America to liberate Afghanistan from al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Over the couple months after 9/11, I thought of Kosovo and developed a plan to help the newly empowered Afghan women that were highlighted in the news. My fellow commodity traders agreed to donate used computers for the new schools purportedly being set up for women in Afghanistan. I was determined to help these new schools, but first I had to see them in person. I headed to Pakistan in December 2001 and hung out in Islamabad, where I met a guy I nicknamed "Wildman," for his reckless driving habits, including constantly running red-lights and driving 60 to 100 mph in downtown Islamabad. I ate many of my meals at the restaurant that Wildman managed, which is how we became friends. Wildman arranged for a driver and security for my visit to Afghanistan. The Afghan towns I visited near Photo from Kosovo regufee campthe Pakistan border were dusty hell-holes. The buildings were constructed with mud. There were huge plumes of dirt and dust that rose high in the air. People were walking around breathing through their shirts over their faces. I was approached by one woman who spoke decent English. I asked her if she was happy that the Taliban had been overthrown. The woman told me no, that the Taliban may have stoned woman, but that the Northern Alliance was into raping and forced marriages. She broke into tears and said that she was desperate to escape Afghanistan and start a new life in a country where a woman could be free. As far as the new Afghan schools where the donated computers were to be used, there were none. The schools were a big sham, just one of many feel-good schemes for the American people to donate to non-governmental organizations (NGO's), referred to as non-profit organizations in the States. In fact, the donations were siphoned off and put in someone's pocket.

Before I headed to the United Arab Emirates on my way back to the States, an acquaintance of Wildman told me to check out "Su Casa." This guest house was located only a short distance from embassy road, in a nice area of the Islamabad. During my visit, I had a conversation with a couple guys who apparently ran the place and were overseeing the remodeling of it. I asked them had they seen bin Laden lately, since Su Casa was one of his safe houses back in the early 1990's; it was also where Ramzi Yousef, one of the masterminds of the 1993 world trade center bombing was arrested. They laughed but were quite serious when they said bin Laden was a spoiled rich brat who was not going to be living in some cave. For what it's worth, they said that bin Laden liked indoor plumbing and television. According to these men, given his family's immense wealth, bin Laden would be living in an upscale neighborhood somewhere in Pakistan. They turned out to be 100% correct. The question is, how come U.S. intelligence spent 10 years running around tribal border areas looking for bin Laden, when all along he was hiding in plain site, in an upscale Pakistan neighborhood, in a million dollar house that had running water and satellite television?

Governor Rick Scott, Time to pull out the Rad Flea Spray!

Governor Rick Scott, time to pull out the Raid flea spray

Our newest Governor was elected as a dark horse, the most improbable long shot that came out of the pack to win at the wire. What was refreshing about Gov. Scott was his campaign promise to put the citizens of Florida first. His lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, clearly reinforced his early philosophy when she told the Broward Republican Executive Committee that candidate Rick Scott "doesn't have any ties to Tallahassee, he doesn't have any ties to a lobbyist."

What has happened to our former "untainted" leader since he beat former Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican primary? Last August, the candidate Rick Scott superhero that was near and dear to the Tea Party attended their protest over the U. S. Sugar taxpayer-funded buyout scam, which was held in front of the South Florida Water Management District. Candidate Rick Scott proclaimed:

Unfortunately for U.S. Sugar, I can't be bought. As Governor, I will stand up to the Tallahassee special interests and fight against the irresponsible tax and spend policies that career politicians continue to support.

The next month candidate Rick Scott attended a fundraiser at the Palm Beach home of Mr. Jose "Pepe" Fanjul, the head of Florida Crystals who fought a noble and expensive legal battle in a failed effort to kill the U. S. Sugar scam. Everything was right in the world. And then Gov. Scott made the most improbable of moves, he joined forces with the U.S. Sugar lobbyist, Brian Ballard? A whole book could be written about Brian Ballard, along with his brother Bob, still deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and sister May McCarty, the disgraced Palm Beach County Commissioner now serving a 42 month sentence for public corruption in the Federal Prison Camp at Bryan, Texas. The highlight though, is why would Scott get tied up with Brian Ballard? Why would Gov. Scott get involved with one of the top dogs pushing the U.S. Sugar scam? Why would Gov. Scott make Brian Ballard the Finance Chairman of his Inauguration Committee? Remember, this is that same Brian Ballard that was a key force behind Bill McCollum's bid for Governor, a poorly advised candidate whose rabid attacks against Scott by his supporters were not only childish but helped alienate the voters against him and resulted in his primary defeat.

One of the answers may lie with another lobbyist, Bill Rubin of the Rubin Group. Scott calls "Billy…a good friend for a long time—gosh, since 1990? He's been a good friend." Well the question is, does Gov. Scott know that Billy was retained by Geo Group, a Boca Raton operator of private prisons, to be its lobbyist three weeks before last November's election? Steve Bousquet, St. Petersburg Times/Herald reporter, broke this story on the same day voters elected Scott; the election may have been even closer if this had been known earlier. That brings up a second question, did Scott know that Geo was first a client of the Smith and Ballard Group? The Smith by the way is former Secretary of State and Attorney General Jim Smith. It was easy for Ballard to get close to Smith, he simply married Smith's daughter, Kathryn. How about the potential conflict of Smith and Ballad also representing Correction Corp. of America (CCA), the nation's leading provider of correctional solution to federal, state and local government. What role did "Billy" have in bringing the outsider Brian Ballard, into Governor Scott's inner circle? Any truth to the story that Ballard gave Geo to Billy, whose lobbying revenues have been off in recent years, to curry favor and get close to Gov. Scott? That inner circle access for Brian Ballard keeps getting tighter, since Gov. Scott recently visited Brian Ballard's home in Tallahassee to attend his powerbrokers' Super Bowl party.

How can Gov. Scott put the citizens first, when the tangled web of Brian Ballard's contacts reach out to Brian's brother Bob, deputy Secretary of FDEP, the agency that determines who gets recommended for State submerged leases? Does Gov. Scott approve of Bob Ballard sitting down with the head of development for the Rybovich Superyacht repair facility, Mr. Carlos Viduiera, to negotiate a hotly contested State submerged land lease? Mr. Viduiera is also the executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and a client of Brian Ballard. I wonder if the Gov. would be angry to learn that Bob Ballard blew off the ethics rules that State employees must follow. The Gov. would probably be left speechless to learn that Bob Ballard approved a State submerged land lease that would privatize the Riviera Beach Municipal marina for the purpose of placing a Rybovich megayacht repair facility where a 400 slip public dry storage building is currently. This City marina had been donated "in perpetuity" to be used solely for public recreation back in 1913 and the submerged lands had also been dedicated by the State for recreational uses only. This had no impact on Bob Ballard, he pushed his brother's client agenda by making the unfathomable decision to agree to a State submerged land lease without first obtaining permission from either the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust fund (comprised of the Governor and Cabinet) or even the former FDEP Secretary! When I questioned Bob Ballard's lack of authority to make this decision with prior FDEP Secretary Mike Sole, he assured me that Ballard did not have that authority and would explain that to him. Unfortunately Mike, a man of integrity and a fellow Marine Corps officer who I never met while I was in the Corps, resigned last September. Bob Ballard wasted no time once Mike was gone in threatening me along with a South Florida developer with a pending FDEP submerged land lease application.

Gov. Scott are you going to continue to allow Brian Ballard to get access whenever he wants to meet with the new FDEP Secretary, while a condo developer not represented by a lobbyist cannot even get his phone calls returned? Your new FDEP Secretary Hershel Vinyard needs to also learn some manners in dealing with the media, after he ignored a couple simple questions from the Palm Beach Sun for this story.

Gov. you are driving down a one way road the wrong way. You are not paying attention while your deputy FDEP Secretary Bob Ballard makes a mockery of both your Executive Order 11-03, Revised Code of Ethics and his new boss. You also need to do some homework when it comes to Brian Ballard and his jailbird sister, Mary McCarty.

The Palm Beach Post editorial writer Joel Englehart put the complicated pieces together in a memorable editorial. With credit to him and the Palm Beach Post, what follows is a key portion:

The feds probably want to know not only what Commissioner McCarty has done for her husband but what she has done for her brother, Tallahassee lobbyist Brian Ballard. That's where Blake MacDiarmid comes in.

Mr. MacDiarmid managed Commissioner McCarty's 2002 campaign. He was an up-and-comer in Republican circles, where Commissioner McCarty reigns. But something went wrong. "Blake did not sufficiently kiss the ring," one observer said. Suddenly, Commissioner McCarty was undermining Mr. MacDiarmid at every turn. Candidates he had long represented told him no thank you. Clients couldn't hire him without risking Commissioner McCarty's wrath - and active opposition. Losing clients at that rate, Mr. MacDiarmid would pose no threat to Commissioner McCarty when she leaves the commission in 2010 to become a lobbyist. Assuming she's not in prison by then.

Mr. Ballard has been Boynton Beach's lobbyist for years. But the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, which paid half his fee, decided that it needed separate representation. The CRA, then run by an appointed board, had the temerity to hire Tallahassee lobbyist Sebastian Aleksander and his partner: Blake MacDiarmid.

That relationship ended abruptly last year. After the Boynton commission made itself the CRA board, Commissioner McCarty's ally and ex-aide, Mayor Jerry Taylor, decided Messrs Aleksander and MacDiarmid had to go. The replacement? None other than Brian Ballard.

Commissioner McCarty has been pulling tricks like that for years. It's hardly something that will send her to prison. But the name Blake MacDiarmid on that search warrant shows that the feds know what she's up to. The raid means that they don't care for it at all.

So can a preemptory lesson be learned before it is too late Gov. Scott? One of the founding fathers of the United States of America, the man known as "The First American," Benjamin Franklin, said these words of eternal wisdom: "He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas"

Too bad there was no flea spray around in those days for Ben to use on lobbyists, he unfortunately passed away prior to seeing this invention come true. However, Gov. Scott you have the great security in knowing that when Ballard or any lobbyist gets too close, you can now pull out your handy 16 ounce can of RAID® flea and lobbyist spray!

Election Update Prepare to Puke

George "Crabass" Carter vs. Mayor Thomas Master and Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton vs. Councilperson Shelby Lowe vie to be the new Riviera Beach Mayor and Councilperson in the March 22, 2011 Run-Off Election.....Cedrick "the flubberer" Thomas was also re-elected (lol, barf)

The three thousand plus supporters who voted to save the Riviera Beach public marina had a tough night dealing with Cedrick "are you wearing a wire" Thomas, now more commonly known as the "flubberer" after he scammed his way into another term in office. That sleaze should have been arrested years ago for corruption, including solicitation of a bribe for the Tiki Bar lease, along with numerous Sunshine violations. Yet he continues to flubber about the City, sucking up to the Singer Island Civic Association (SICA) for their support. SICA has become a shameful shadow of what it was only a few years ago, back when Carole Donohue was its President. Carole had the respect of the community and demanded accountability by City politicians. Flash forward to SICA's recent president, Chip "served 9 for smuggling coke" Armstrong, and it is easy to understand the downhill slide in respectability. The problem is the Singer Island seniors are being fed the same old B.S. for their vote. They don't realize that they are just being manipulated by special interests who are trying to line their pockets, whether it is "flubberer's" bus contract with the city marina master developer's maritime school, or the "coke smuggler's commercial real estate commissions from sales in the Riviera Beach CRA district.

Cedrick "the flubberer" Thomas's unconscionable vote to pull Buddy's Café (2431 Beach Court, Singer Island) 5 am license, will cause this legendary institution to close its doors after 31 years. The flubberer sold his soul and as is his pattern and practice, broke the Sunshine law, just to get some votes from a few Singer Island losers that can't stand that anyone wants to have a drink after midnight. The lone front man for this anti Buddy's group is Michael "the slosher" Sloser, a 69 year old whiner who lives at 4100 North Ocean Drive, Unit 501, Singer Island, Florida. The slosher, who used to run a defunct Florida company, Singer Island Media, Inc. out of his condo (without a city occupational license), bragged at a recent Council meeting how he used to hit the town as a young man. One can only wonder if his nerve meds are out of whack (I heard him crying about worshipping the porcelain god) because this constantly quivering crybaby now wants no one else to have a good time? Sloser is one strange dude who spent half the time at the Ocean Mall during Tuesday's election pitching the flubberer as the salvation of Riviera Beach and the other half begging the one poll cop named Cruz to arrest me for supporting the flubberer's opponent!

As far as the run-off, my January story still holds true. The Palm Beach Sun had numerous reports of stolen papers and damaged vending boxes, so many regular readers never got the January paper. As a courtesy to those who never read it the first time, my esteemed editor and I agreed that it should be repeated.

Reprint of January 2011 article, PREPARE TO PUKE:

The world is not supposed to come to an end until December 21, 2012 according to the Mayan calendar. The political world in Riviera Beach may explode before that if George "Crabass" Carter and Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton get elected. These two slimeballs are trying to slide through the March ballot like sh*t through a goose. Crabass is one piece of work. I had the opportunity to see up close how Crabass operates. He ran the Riviera Beach City marina into the ground and then turned around and took a job at Viking, the company chosen to redevelop the marina. Crabass then pushed Viking's agenda to have an industrial shipyard at the marina, on the grounds that the marina was in a terribly run down state. Hmmmm.

One of the few highlights of my floating home three day eviction trial that Crabass put me through was when I had the chance to cross examine him on the witness stand. It was a pleasure to emasculate that crybaby. Crabass's absurd testimony was a big reason that the jury ruled in my favor and denied the City's eviction. I remember looking at the incredulous looks on the jurors faces when Carter made his tearful request to the judge to be excused from the witness stand only for the Judge to tell him he had to continue sitting there and answering my questions. One of the strangest answers from Crabass was when he feigned ignorance as to who Bob Healey was! Healy only happens to be his boss at Viking and the man who pays his salary (lol). Not surprisingly, Crabass is also an unpatriotic SOB to boot. He came up to me in front of some bystanders who witnessed the confrontation and told me that he hoped my brother, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, would get blown up in Iraq!

Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton is another jerk so full of himself that it is amazing that his head can fit through the doorway to City Hall. A councilperson back in the 1990's, the Palm Beach Post has a trove of stories about this scumbag. Singer Island residents are still angry about his support for the noise ordinance and the extended hours at the Oceans Eleven North Night Club.

Looking through the Post archives we find:

September 8, 1994, Guyton was "stopped on suspicion of drunk driving," and "drove through two stop signs, swerved over the center line several times and was clocked at 62 mph in a 35mph zone." "Guyton refused to take roadside sobriety tests." Guyton was not charged after he called for a police supervisor who drove him from the scene.

November 7, 1994 the now infamous Guyton is charged with DUI (blood alcohol was .12) and found with a marijuana cigarette and several butts in the trunk of his car. Guyton was "badly injured" and was taken to St. Mary's orthopedic trauma unit after he crossed the center line and hit a car with two adults and a 12 year old child.

Palm Beach Post wrote two editorials, one on November 23, 1994, asking Guyton to resign and another one on December 2, 1994 asking the voters to replace him. At that time Guyton was the subject of a criminal investigation into accepting cash bribes and free food and liquor for his vote for a noise ordinance and extended hours at the Oceans Eleven North Club on Singer Island.

January 19, 1996, February 18, 1996 Guyton was arrested for domestic battery against his girlfriend Diana Mosley at her home. Guyton had "bloodstains on his clothes-bleeding from one hand." Ms. Mosley was "crying and hysterical, had bruises on one ear and blood on her face, shirt and legs." The charges were later dropped after it was determined that Guyton and Mosley did not live with each other.

February 8, 1996 The State Attorney found that although Guyton "had clearly violated the Sunshine Law" he was not charged because the audio tapes evidence of his violations was improperly obtained.

With thanks to the Steve Miller Band, we can now all sing along to its #1 song, "The Joker,"
in DISHONOR of Riviera Beach Mayoral Candidate George "Crabass" Carter
and his running mate Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton.

Before reading further, you may want to puke first and get it over with.

Some people call me George "Crabass" Carter, yeah.
Some call me the space cadet of Riviera B,
Some people call me the great white dope,
Cause I speak of the pompitous of muzzling Fane's doggy.

People talk about me, baby.
Say I'm doing this city wrong, doing it wrong,Cartoon of dog barfing
Well don't you worry baby,
Don't worry,
Cause I'm right here, right here, ready to do it harm.

Cause I'm a fake,
I'm a phony,
I'm a liar,
And I'm a cheat,
I play my bullshit to my own rap song,

I'm a joker,
My running mate Bruce Guyton is the smoker,
He's the real midnight toker,
He talks his trash like he wants to hurt Lozmaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

You're the cutest city marina I ever did see,
Really love your Tiki Bar bitches want to shake their trees
Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
Come on, City, you know that a crabass and a pot head belong…
(as Mayor and Councilman (bol=barf out loud))

Are you ready to puke yet? Don't feel bad, I did after I wrote this.
That crappy tequila I got for Christmas only made it worse.

 

My letter to

I congratulate Rybovich for finally seeing the light! I support Rybovich 100% with their new mega-yacht repair center at its existing 20th street boat yard in Riviera Beach. I was always hopeful that the Rybovich leadership would recognize that their 20th street boat yard was a superior solution for its new mega-yacht repair center and had discussed this option publicly at past Riviera Beach City Council meetings. This decision to end the battle to place the mega-yacht repair center at the Riviera Beach Municipal marina has saved me hundreds of thousands of dollars in future legal fees and countless hours of personal time and for that I am sincerely most grateful.

It is a win for the people that both the Riviera Beach Municipal marina will continue to be a 100% recreational facility in "perpetuity," as per Mr. Charles Newcomb's 1913 bequest, yet the economic opportunities of a mega-yacht repair center will still remain in Riviera Beach.

Now the only question remaining to be answered is, after the legal mess Riviera Beach Councilperson Dawn Pardo made for you at the City marina, will you still let her kiss your golden mega-yacht ring? (lol)

To an ever and lasting truce,
Fane Lozman

King Carlos Vidueira's proclamation

Palm Beach State Attorney Michael F. McAuliffe, a.k.a. the fearless wonderboy. Mid-Term Report Card:  B-

Cartoon of Michael McAuliffeState Attorney Michael F. McAuliffe just hit the midpoint of his four-year term in office. Last year I wrote a couple stories about the man who I have nicknamed the "fearless wonderboy" for having climbed two of the world's highest mountains, but having yet to deal with the mountain of corruption in Riviera Beach. I recently sat down with the State Attorney to gather his perspective on his first two years in office as I put together my mid- term "Report Card."

McAuliffe comes across as an extremely intense and self-confident individual who has drawn on his background as a federal prosecutor in remaking the State Attorney's office to one with a more rigid and centralized chain of command. This has caused frustration among junior prosecutors who have seen their limited autonomy reigned in. Has this policy change contributed to the delays in the charging and prosecuting of high profile corruption cases? In one case, it certainly appears that way. More than two years have passed since the arrest of a police detective in the Riviera Beach overtime scandal, even though the supervising detective who benefited from the fraud is yet to be charged. The word on the street is that an arrest should be forthcoming in the near future, but it shows how trying to build a perfect case can result in a lot of wasted time that, at the end of the day, won't make a difference. Sometimes you need to take what you have, throw it at the wall, and let the jury put the pieces together for a successful prosecution.

McAuliffe does not seem to be bothered at all by delay if it allows for a bigger net to be cast or time to expand a corruption case. He is going to build his case and neither the time it takes to do so nor the public's frustration is factored into McAuliffe's analysis. This is a fairly typical approach for federal prosecutors while elected state prosecutors usually take a quick win whenever they can get it.

I saw this approach first-hand in two classic federal corruption cases. In the first, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois indicted 46 floor traders and brokers at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. At the time I was a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and that scandal was the talk of the trading floor for months. The second was Operation Silver Shovel, when six Chicago aldermen (the equivalent of a city commissioner) and a dozen other local officials were convicted of accepting bribes. What stands out about Silver Shovel was that the investigation took over four years before the first arrests were made. The U.S. Attorney had the discretion to charge one or two elected officials much earlier in the investigation, but held out for the motherload.

When asked about the public's frustration in having only one elected official charged with criminal misconduct in the course of his official duties over the last two years (former County Commissioner Jeff "Crybay" Koons), McAuliffe did not answer except to say that he had a hard working team in his public corruption unit. When asked about why his counterpart, Broward State Attorney Michael Satz had nailed 8 corrupt elected officials in the last two years while he had only busted one, McAuliffe dodged the question and replied that Satz's long-term track record did not reflect that level of success.

Certainly, McAuliffe has stepped up to the plate in other areas, and made his mark in a way that will leave a lasting legacy on ethics reform in Palm Beach County. McAuliffe had a vision that he took to the Palm Beach County Grand Jury and the result was the creation of an inspector general and ethics commission. Without his passion in pushing for this reform, it never would have happened.

McAuliffe has a positive working relationship with widely respected Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Bradshaw's recognition of the growing threat of gangs was the impetus for the formation of the Sheriff's gang unit. The State Attorney evaluated Bradshaw's successful model and created his own gang unit. This specialized unit inside the State Attorney's offices has already made its mark in successfully prosecuting multiple defendants to life terms under the RICO (Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization) statute.

In addition to gangs, McAuliffe has also put his foot down when it comes to sexual predators. He has a special victims unit, with its own dedicated prosecutor, that identifies, investigates and prosecutes sexual predators and child pornographers. (Note: I hope the unit looks at the sexual predator who is on the Riviera Beach City Marina payroll and lives at the marina. His profile sheet on the marina bulletin board was taken down so no one knows the name of this monster. Why is this convicted felon hanging around children who frequent the marina and adjoining park?).

With respect to high profile cases that were the focus of heightened media fascination, the results are mixed. The State Attorney's office successfully prosecuted the horrific Dunbar Village Gang Rape case; life sentences for three defendants and a 30- year plea deal for a fourth. Conversely, the felony trial of a special education teacher, Ms. Allison Dinsmore, for which McAuliffe sought 20 years for felony animal abuse over the starving deaths of her pet cats, was an embarrassing bust when the jury found her to be not-guilty.

The State Attorney was confident that his office could handle its existing case load, but noted that he was short 25 attorneys and that his funding level needs to be increased. One of his key objectives is to reduce the number of assistant state attorneys who possess four to five years of experience from jumping to the private sector.

So crunching this all down, I give McAuliffe an overall grade of B- . He gets straight A's for his ethics overhaul, gang and sexual predator units, and a D for only one arrest of an elected official for public corruption. McAuliffe gets an F for failing to charge anyone in Riviera Beach who was singled out in the two audits by the Auditor General, even though the Joint Legislative Committee stated in its report findings that it felt there was criminal behavior by city officials that warranted an investigation. Further, McAuliffe has not wrapped up the Riviera Beach police overtime scandal; his office lost the recent high-profile case when Riviera Beach Police Officer Toombs was found not guilty of tipping off a murder suspect; and numerous Government-in-the-Sunshine law violations have been reported to his office and no one has ever been charged, the latest of which included the pending Sunshine law investigation into the Riviera Beach City Council.

There is the potential for considerable improvement in this grade over the next two years. The State Attorney told me that he will personally try a few cases, which will inspire his troops to step it up when they see him ripping apart a defendant. As General George Patton said, "America loves a winner and will not tolerate a loser." Riviera Beach citizens want a criminal indictment of Riviera Beach elected public officials before McAuliffe's term is up in 2012. When he makes that happen, McAuliffe will deserve a final grade of A.

Finally, I dedicate this month's corruption ditty to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, a man who will continue to be known for at least the next 20 years as the only Palm Beach County Sheriff in the 21st Century that had a clue as to how to do his job! With thanks to Survivor, we can now all sing to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger":

Risin up
after climbing Mt. Denali and Aconcagu too
back in the courtroom
this time as Mr. State Attorney
did my time with administrative bullshit
once again a prosecutor with a will to thrive
so many times
it happens too fast
you trade your passion for glory
don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
you must keep indicting corrupt politicos to keep them alive

It's the eye of the tiger
its the dream of the fight
risin up to the challenge of corruption
and the least known State Attorney stalks his prey every night
Riviera Beach you screwed with the wrong guy
and he's watching you with the eye of the tiger

Risin up
straight to the top
Satz and Rundle's conviction records can be beaten
there are so many targets of opportunity
corrupt politicians abound in this county

I have the guts, I will get the glory
went the distance to get this job,
I'm not gonna stop till I climb to the top
of that cesspool mountain near the Port,
RIVIERA BEACH!

 

George “Crabass” Carter and Bruce “I beat my girlfriend” Guyton vie to be the new Riviera Beach Mayor and Councilperson

The world is not supposed to come to an end until December 21, 2012 according to the Mayan calendar. The political world in Riviera Beach may explode before that if George "Crabass" Carter and Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton get elected. These two slimeballs are trying to slide through the March ballot like sh*t through a goose. Crabass is one piece of work. I had the opportunity to see up close how Crabass operates. He ran the Riviera Beach City marina into the ground and then turned around and took a job at Viking, the company chosen to redevelop the marina. Crabass then pushed Viking's agenda to have an industrial shipyard at the marina, on the grounds that the marina was in a terribly run down state. Hmmmm.

Photo of George "Crabass" CarterOne of the few highlights of my floating home three day eviction trial that Crabass put me through was when I had the chance to cross examine him on the witness stand. It was a pleasure to emasculate that crybaby. Crabass's absurd testimony was a big reason that the jury ruled in my favor and denied the City's eviction. I remember looking at the incredulous looks on the jurors faces when Crabass made his tearful request to the judge to be excused from the witness stand only for the Judge to tell him he had to continue sitting there and answering my questions. One of the strangest answers from Crabass was when he feigned ignorance as to who Bob Healey was! Healey only happens to be his boss at Viking and the man who pays his salary (lol). Not surprisingly, Crabass is also an unpatriotic SOB to boot. He came up to me in front of some bystanders who witnessed the confrontation and told me that he hoped my brother, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, would get blown up in Iraq!Photo of Bruce “I beat my girlfriend” Guyton

Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton is another jerk so full of himself that it is amazingthat his head can fit through the doorway to City hall. A councilperson back in the 1990's, the Palm Beach Post has a trove of stories about this scumbag. Singer Island residents are still angry about his support for the noise ordinance and the extended hours at the Oceans Eleven North Night Club.

Looking through the Post archives we find:
September 8, 1994, Guyton was "stopped on suspicion of drunk driving," and "drove through two stop signs, swerved over the center line several times and was clocked at 62 mph in a 35mph zone." "Guyton refused to take roadside sobriety tests." Guyton was not charged after he called for a police supervisor who drove him from the scene.

November 7, 1994 the now infamous Guyton is charged with DUI (blood alcohol was .12) and found with a marijuana cigarette and several butts in the trunk of his car. Guyton was "badly injured" and was taken to St. Mary's orthopedic trauma unit after he crossed the center line and hit a car with two adults and a 12 year old child.

Palm Beach Post wrote two editorials, one on November 23, 1994, asking Guyton to resign and another one on December 2, 1994 asking the voters to replace him. At that time Guyton was the subject of a criminal investigation into accepting cash bribes and free food and liquor for his vote for a noise ordinance and extended hours at the Oceans Eleven North Club on Singer Island.

January 19, 1996, February 18, 1996 Guyton was arrested for domestic battery against his girlfriend Diana Mosley at her home. Guyton had "bloodstains on his clothes-bleeding from one hand." Ms. Mosley was "crying and hysterical, had bruises on one ear and blood on her face, shirt and legs." The charges were later dropped after it was determined that Guyton and Mosley did not live with each other.

February 8, 1996 The State Attorney found that although Guyton "had clearly violated the Sunshine Law" he was not charged because the audio tape evidence of his violations was improperly obtained.

We dedicate our latest ditty to our newest Palm Beach Sun fan, a sassy and funny lady who will remain nameless so that she will not be targeted by the Riviera Beach political slime machine.

With thanks to the Steve Miller Band, we can now all sing along to its #1 song, "The Joker,"
in DISHONOR of Riviera Beach Mayoral Candidate George "Crabass" Carter
and his running mate Bruce "I beat my girlfriend" Guyton.

Before reading further, you may want to puke first and get it over with.


Some people call me George "Crabass" Carter, yeah.
Some call me the space cadet of Riviera B,
Some people call me the great white dope,
Cause I speak of the pompitous of muzzling Fane's doggy.

People talk about me, baby.
Say I'm doing this city wrong, doing it wrong,Cartoon of dog barfing
Well don't you worry baby,
Don't worry,
Cause I'm right here, right here, ready to do it harm.

Cause I'm a fake,
I'm a phony,
I'm a liar,
And I'm a cheat,
I play my bullshit to my own rap song,

I'm a joker,
My running mate Bruce Guyton is the smoker,
He's the real midnight toker,
He talks his trash like he wants to hurt Lozmaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

You're the cutest city marina I ever did see,
Really love your Tiki Bar bitches want to shake their trees
Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
Come on, City, you know that a crabass and a pot head belong.
(as Mayor and Councilman (bol=barf out loud))

Are you ready to puke yet? Don't feel bad, I did after I wrote this.
That crappy tequila I got for Christmas only made it worse.

 

 

Biggest "Sore" Loser Dawn Pardo

Cartoon of Dawn PardoThe Riviera Beach marina referendum passed on November 2nd. The planned Rybovich industrial boatyard for megayachts was soundly defeated by the voters. On November 4th, Rybovich graciously acknowledged defeat and abandoned the project. It also dropped its $10 million lawsuits against two members of the Citizens Task Force who successfully put the referendum on the ballot. Councilperson Pardo was brought to tears by the defeat, now that she would no longer have access to Rybovich's corporate jet that had flown her to Tallahassee on at least one occasion. Even though Rybovich admitted defeat, Dawn Pardo, our resident dictator with a gavel, decided to up her slimeball reputation a couple more notches. Pardo successfully pushed both the City Council and Community Redevelopment Agency to file an appeal with the 4th District Court of Appeals in an attempt to nullify the results of the referendum vote!

This is not the first such effort by Pardo to stymie the public will. She previously pushed the City to file a lawsuit to stop the referendum prior to the election, one that failed when Judge Edward H. Fine ruled that the referendum would remain on the ballot. Pardo was furious with Judge Fine, the longest tenured Judge in Palm Beach County with 33 years on the bench and referred to him as a "fool." Pardo's ongoing futile efforts to thwart the will of the people are clear evidence of her narcissistic personality and disregard for those she represents. Pardo pursues power at all costs and lacks normal inhibitions in its pursuit. Her grandiose vision for the marina was for naught, and this has triggered a pattern of destructive behavior that warrants more than just the current citizen's initiated recall to remove her from office. State Attorney McAuliffe, a.k.a. the fearless wonderboy, needs to conclude his investigations and finally proceed to the issuance of some indictments. There is nothing confusing about Pardo's participation in a competitive bid rigging scam, when she refused to put the marina out for an RFP (request for proposal), and instead leased it to Rybovich without allowing industrial boatyards from around the world to compete for this unique property. (This was not the first time Pardo refused to follow the legally mandated competitive process. She just voted to approve the City waste contract to Waste Management, even though Waste Management was ranked 4th after the RFP process had been completed and did not even have the lowest price!) After having her campaign kick-off party at the City marina Tiki Bar, she conveniently voted to approve its lease renewal to include another 8000 square feet of City property, again without the statutory-mandated RFP. All of which cost the taxpayers millions by her continual disregard for the competitive procurement process.

The voters need to step up and recall Pardo from office. This City can neither afford nor tolerate the continued havoc that Pardo is wreaking on it.

www.recallrivierabeach.com

 

 

Recall Them All Cartoon

The collection of Signatures for the recall petition of the
entire Riviera Beach City Council has begun

Breaking News - The ballot referendum to stop the Riviera Beach City marina from being turned into an industrial boat yard passed by a vote of 54% to 46%. Our City Council, the "phony five" are finished. Their political credibility is less than a flushing toilet, a clogged one at that. The collection of recall signatures
began at the polls Nov. 2nd and will continue for 30 days.

This recall is based on the failure of each Councilperson to demand that a competitive process to lease the City marina for an industrial megayacht repair facility be undertaken prior to voting to allow Viking Developer, LLC, the City marina master developer, to sublease 40% of the City marina to Rybovich Riviera Beach LLC.
Residents are angry and frustrated by the prospect of losing the historic 100% public use of the marina by a process that was legally flawed and designed to benefit two large corporations, at the taxpayers' expense. First, leasing the marina as proposed is contrary to the will of the people, as evidenced by the 5600 plus signatures that forced the Council to add the referendum prohibiting leasing of the marina to megayacht facilities on this November's election ballot. Second, although the Council raised taxes on its property owners, it nonetheless voted to lease the marina to Rybovich at a ridiculously low rate, without allowing other companies from around the world to compete for the marina. This lease will reduce the current recreational dry and wet slips by over 80% and the lease revenue will be substantially less than what is generated by a wholly public recreational marina.

Please call 786-471-4423 to sign the petition or volunteer to help get signatures. You can also email us at info@recallrivierabeach.com.

RECAL THEM ALL!

 Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Pardo, Thomas, Davis, Brooks, and Lowe.

The recall process to remove all five Riviera Beach City Councilpersons began on September 23 when the Statement of Grounds for the Recall was served with the City Clerk. Please visit the recall website, www.recallrivierabeach.com for updates, media coverage, events, Recall Them All gear, and most importantly, how you can help us gather recall petition signatures to take our City back.

The five Councilmembers met the municipal recall requirement pursuant to Florida Statute 100.361 (d) 1. Malfeasance. They all voted to sublease a large portion of the marina for a megayacht repair facility, without going through a competitive process that would have given other companies the opportunity to compete for this unique public space.

Residents are angry and frustrated by the prospect of losing the public use of the marina by means of a process that was legally flawed and designed to benefit two large corporations, at the taxpayers' expense. First, leasing the marina as proposed is contrary to the will of the people, as evidenced by the 5600 plus signatures that forced the City to add a question prohibiting leasing of the marina to megayacht facilities on this November's election ballot. Not surprisingly, the City Councilmembers agreed to file the lawsuit last week against the Supervisor of Elections to remove the marina question from the ballot, their pompous egos once again at work trying to hold onto Rybovich's megayacht repair facility plan.

Second, although the Council raised taxes on its property owners last month, it nonetheless voted to lease the marina to a megayacht company at a ridiculously low rate, which resulted from a non-competitive procurement process. This lease will reduce the current recreational dry and wet slips by over 80% and the lease revenue will be substantially less than what is generated by a wholly public recreational marina.

This Council has not listened to the residents who have consistently voiced their opposition to the lease of the marina. Now that the recall has started, even if they wanted to, the bell can not be unrung. (State Attorney Michael F. McAuliffe, a.k.a. the fearless wonderboy, are you deaf?). The process of collecting the signatures of registered voters will start the latter part of October. The marina referendum question garnered 5600 signatures. We have 30 days to gather 2044 signatures, which is certainly attainable.

THE TIME IS NOW TO WIPE THE DAIS CLEAN AND LIVE THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC DREAM.

This special time in our City's history demands a ditty based on a song for the ages. As dedicated to Chaz Stevens, the creative force behind the recall website, and with thanks to the Beatles' iconic, "Let it Be," we can now sing:

When we find ourselves in times of trouble,
City watchdogs come to me,
Speaking words of wisdom,
Let it be.

And in our hour of anger,
With a double-dealing Council in front of thee,
Old-timers speaking words of wisdom,
Referendum and recall,
Let it be.

Before the five fraudsters trash more of our public places,
Like Spanish Courts and other historic places,
A recall is our answer,
Let it be, let it be.

For those that like to walk free in the marina,
Where the view is clear of megayachts and the light shines free,
If we recall the entire Council, we will forever solve our problem,
Let it be, let it be.

The marina was donated 100 years ago,
To be held for public use in perpetuity,
We must act now to uphold Charles Newcomb legacy,
A recreational marina is our only answer,
Let it be, Yeah let it be.

CARTOON OF RIVIERA BEACH COUNCIL WITH CARLOS VIDUEIRA

RECALL THEM ALL BUTTON

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PAGES 4&5 OF SEPTEMBER 2010 PB SUN

Are you kidding me?! The ink was not dry on the Supervisor of Elections certification of the signatures for the November referendum ballot question, which, if passed, would save the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina from being turned into an industrial boat yard, when a slick media bomb exploded all over our City. TV's Mad Men ad wizards would have been proud of the flyer delivered door-to-door pumping up an industrial boat yard like it was the second coming of last year's federal stimulus package. One can only laugh at the assertion that our little public marina could somehow solve the unemployment problem in Palm Beach County. Unfortunately, the taxpayers will see less than 35% of the current revenue that the marina generates as a 100% public institution. But do not worry, those funky white boys will finally be able to make the serious coin needed to fuel their football field length yachts with the helicopters on top if we let them successfully divide and conquer us in our collective fight for the public good. We dedicate our latest corruption ditty to the spunkiest lady you will ever meet, Ms. Emma Bates, a true life heroine who burned through three pairs of new shoes in a near constant state of summer heat exhaustion coordinating the herculean effort of gathering the 5000 signatures needed for the referendum.

With thanks to Wild Cherry's "Play that funky music", we can now all sing:

Play those funky facts, Viking.
Play those funky facts, Rybovich.
Play those funky facts, corrupt council.
Lay down that bullsh*t and play those funky facts
till your marina rip-off dies.
Till it dies, oh till it dies.

The registered voters who signed the referendum petition are citizens who understand the meaning of respect and expect it from those they voted into office. The Riviera Beach Corruption Council certainly does not. The latest in a long string of slimy directives by the Council, once again spearheaded by Chairperson Dawn "Pay to Play" Pardo, was the funding of a legal analysis by the attorney of the City of Riviera Beach's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for the filing of a lawsuit against the City of Riviera Beach in an attempt to stop the referendum from going on the ballot. How many tens of thousands of dollars will be wasted on this nonsense? The Council could care less about its fiduciary duty to be guardians of the hard earned tax dollars that makes up the City's budget. Remember this is the same Council that spent over $300,000 to run me, my floating home, along with what marina director and current mayoral candidate George "Crabass" Carter ranted and lied was my violent dog (Lady is a lovable and playful 10 lb dachshund) out of the City marina.

Cartoon depicting the marina as a megayacht facility with no bathrooms

Our citizens will win in this fight of good versus evil. We cannot be stopped by any slick games of our City government or the "funky fact" color flyers of Rybovich.

This most noble of movements to save our public marina, to stop the City Council from desecrating the grave of Mr. Charles Newcomb who donated the marina property 100 years ago for recreational purposes only, is one that demands that those who want to make a difference join forces with us now.

As a community we have come together; we will win this war against evil with or without the help of State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, a.k.a. the fearless wonderboy, indicting any corrupt officials prior to the election.

Our time is now! We all need to stay aggressive, to stay the course, to get out the vote and victory will be ours in November! Godspeed my fellow corruption fighters.

Vote YES tosave our marina!

 

Commissioner Jeff Koons is Now a Convicted Felon

July 2010 Article

ARTICLE FROM JUNE 2010

MAY 4 2010 ARTICLE go to RB Slime


It's Time to Step Up McAuliffe

The failure by State Attorney Michael F. McAuliffe, a.k.a. the fearless wonderboy, to criminally charge any of the "political players" in the cesspool of corruption that is Riviera Beach, is inexcusable. It is not too late for McAuliffe, who has shown flashes of personal courage by climbing two of the world's highest mountains, to become a "corruption fighter." He needs to convene a grand jury along with doing his own investigation into the "pay to play" relationships between current and former City of Riviera Beach Council members and the CEO of Viking Yachts. This is not unprecedented in Palm Beach County. McAuliffe's predecessor, the former State Attorney Barry Krischer, launched a grand jury investigation into the "pay to play" atmosphere in West Palm Beach. It was a positive step, yet West Palm Beach is the minor leagues compared to the major league corruption that has occurred and continues to occur in Riviera Beach.

McAuliffe could learn something from State Senator Dan Gelber, a man whose career of public service has defined him as one of the top corruption fighters in Florida history. Gelber never backed down nor looked the other way when it came to public corruption, and he is the only proven "under fire" candidate to be Florida's next attorney general. McAuliffe needs to launch an immediate "offensive" to stop a land grab of the Riviera Beach City Marina, including the waterfront access road of 21st Street, a process that many local citizens believe has been tainted by illegal bundling of campaign contributions and the unethical, and perhaps illegal, special consideration given to Viking yachts by Council members who were the beneficiaries of these contributions.

THE BUNDLED CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

CAMPAIGN TREASURER'S REPORTMr. Bob Healey is the CEO of Viking Yachts. Headquartered in New Jersey since 1964, Viking is a world leader in building luxury sportfishing boats. In 2002, Viking set up a satellite operation in Riviera Beach when it purchased the "Old Slip Marina" and built a new facility to service its customer boats. As part of a process to curry favor for its future expansion plans with both Riviera Beach councilpersons seeking reelection and those running for office, Bob Healey solicited campaign contributions from his immediate family members, employees, affiliated companies and friends. A bundled contribution is when one individual solicits campaign contributions from others, and then submits them as a bundle to a candidate for office. Although it is not illegal to bundle contributions, it is illegal for anyone to reimburse another for making a contribution. This reimbursement process is know as "campaign laundering," and is one way that an individual can circumvent the $500 limit on individual contributions. [See Florida Statute 106.08 (1)(a).
A violation of this limit on two occasions is a felony of the third degree, Florida Statute 106.08 (7)(b).]

For example, (as seen in the copies to the right) a cursory review of Riviera Beach Councilperson Vanessa Lee's campaign disclosure forms from March 2005 shows the following:

It is not credible that Healey's two children, who were college students when these maximum $500 contributions were made to Lee, had either the motivation or the independent means of support to make these contributions. Both of them also made the maximum $500 contributions to other candidates running for office in Riviera Beach. These two college kids were out of state and had no idea who these candidates were. They were simply doing what daddy told them to do. The State Attorney on his own authority, without going through the grand jury process, could subpoena the checking accounts of Healey's two children to see if their father reimbursed them for all these contributions, in violation of the individual limitation, Florida Statute 106.08 (1)(a). Those elected officials who solicited these contributions also need to be held criminally accountable if their behavior amounted to a "pay to play" scam. Further, any City Council action that benefited Viking should be immediately voided.

POLITICAL CARTOON OF MCAULIFFEVIKING'S MOTIVATION TO TAINT THE POLITICAL PROCESS

Viking recognized the benefit of the geographic proximity of Riviera Beach to most of its existing customers, and began an insatiable land grab to acquire properties in the vicinity of its new Riviera Beach facility at a cost of $50 million. Its land acquisitions were not limited only to private property but also public properties. Viking conveniently arranged for an important public street that gave waterfront access to area residents, to be abandoned by the City Council for Viking's benefit.

Viking's plans also included the adjacent Riviera Beach Municipal Marina, a facility that had been donated to the public by the Newcomb family in 1913. The submerged lands for the wet slips had been dedicated to Riviera Beach by the State of Florida in 1966 to be used for "public purposes." Viking set about doing this by, first, coordinating with elected officials to be selected the master developer for a $2.4 billion redevelopment. This plan included the taking of thousands of homes and businesses via eminent domain. On May 10, 2006, the Riviera Beach City Council voted to approve the redevelopment plan, which including giving the marina to Viking, with no limits on using eminent domain against its own citizens. The next day, Governor Jeb Bush signed a new law that prevented cities from using eminent domain for private purposes. On May 12th, the first letters went out from the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency offering to acquire properties "without delay or the need for eminent domain." After three different citizen suits were filed to challenge the plan, the City abandoned it. This did not stop Viking, however, from its pursuit of the prize jewel of the City's waterfront, the municipal marina. Viking aggressively pushed for an amendment to the charter, stating that it needed a 50 year lease to get financing for the marina facility. The City charter was subsequently amended via referendum to allow the lease of the marina for 50 years. The status quo - allowing the marina to be solely run by the City - was not an option on the ballot.

Once the charter was amended, Viking then pushed for a Request for Proposal (RFP) to redevelop the marina. The City required prospective bidders to respond to the RFP within only 60 days! A reasonable time frame for assembling the $500 million proposal, given the complexity and scale of the redevelopment, should have been a minimum of six months. The City Council knew that, by severely constraining competing bidders, Viking would have an advantage, because Viking had already done the bid paperwork back in 2005 when chosen as the master developer. The Council further stacked the decks in Viking's favor by giving special consideration for any applicant that had land adjoining the marina. The only applicant who possessed land adjoining the marina was Viking, whose facility is directly north of the marina, and who had empty lots directly west of the marina. That begs the question, if the bid is to redevelop the marina, what difference does it make if the winning bidder had land adjacent to it?

Viking was the only bidder, presumably because other interested bidders decided that it would be a waste of money to submit a bid when they had no adjoining land adjacent to the marina and the City continued to give Viking every advantage. Once Viking was awarded the contract it was given until November 2008 to close the deal. During the November meeting when the RFP was supposed to be finalized, Viking announced that it was unable to come up with financing. The contract should have gone out to be rebid and Viking disqualified, but the City Council refused to do so. Viking was again given special consideration and allowed to get an extension till January 2009 to come up with the financing. In January 2009 and again in the spring of 2009, Viking was again unable to get financing, and again given extensions. On July 22, 2009, the Riviera Beach CRA director was fired when he recommended to the Council members that Viking be disqualified for failing to perform as the winning bidder. It had now been 9 months since Viking was supposed to sign a development agreement and the competitive procurement rules dictated that Viking be disqualified. Instead, the Councilmembers gave Viking an indefinite extension to perform, over the objections of numerous members of the public. In early 2010, Viking presented a new proposal to redevelop the marina, by giving 1/3 of the marina to Rybovich to build a mega-yacht repair facility. Even though this plan had nothing to do with the original RFP, it was only a $59 million plan instead of the original five hundred million, the Council pushed it through without a new RFP. The City Council also approved Viking's request for the abandonment of 21st street, a road that had provided water access to all the citizens in the adjoining area since the early 1900's. This abandonment occurred over the written objections of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and the State of Florida Division of State Lands.

UNDERSTANDING A FEW KEY PLAYERS ON THE CITY COUNCIL

Dawn Pardo, the current Council Chairperson, directly solicited and received over $10,000 in bundled contributions from Viking for her candidate, Dennis Widlansky, who ran for City council and lost in March 2006. Pardo personally told this reporter that she solicited Viking for contributions to every candidate in the 2007 city council election. She has been seen on numerous occasions meeting with Michael Clark, president of Viking Associates, the real-estate division of Viking. Pardo has consistently pushed Viking's agenda, by actions and appearance, even though she has never registered as a lobbyist. Although it is yet to be determined if she was financially compensated by Viking for her lobbying efforts, she was indirectly compensated by them supporting her candidates with bundled campaign contributions. Many of these contributions also included the maximum $500 contributions from Healey's college age children. Pardo later went on to solicit contributions for herself when she ran and was elected to the City council in March 2008.

The past Council Chair, Cedric Thomas, played a key role in the Viking negotiations. [Thomas has a prior history with the City in that he resigned from the Riviera Beach Police department.] He experienced tough financial times when he left the police department, and it was only through Viking's generosity that he made a living at the time. He had a bus company, Cedric Charter Bus Services, Inc., that provided bus services to his one client, Viking's maritime school.

The same goes for Councilperson Judy Davis, in whose district the municipal marina and Vikings shipyard are located. She received $2500 in a bundled contribution from five different "Healey's" during her March 2008 election.

TRUE CORRUPTION FIGHTERS NEVER BACK DOWN
State prosecutors in other counties, along with the Feds, have indicted individuals who have reimbursed third parties in an attempt to curry favor by illegally bundling their campaign contributions to those who would be in a position of power to benefit their personal financial interests. By following the contribution money train, the fearless wonder boy can start cementing his legacy as a true corruption fighter.


Waz Up, State Atty McAuliffe?

Waz Up McAuliffe?

It has been a year since our latest State Attorney, Michael F. McAuliffe, has taken office, and yet another year without any indictments in the cesspool of corruption, Riviera Beach. What seems to be the problem? Palm Beach County, a.k.a. Corruption County, has become known nationally for its level of corruption when it came to the fat cat politicians at the County Commission and at the City of West Palm Beach. But as to Riviera Beach, not even one arrest as the years have passed, notwithstanding the growing stacks of evidence. Even with the allegations of corruption that were the focus of an unprecedented letter to the State Attorney's office by the State representatives of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, the County's top law enforcement officer seems to have gone into hiding.

For example, one does not have to be a legal scholar, to understand the scam (and fraud) on the taxpayers by the Riviera Beach city council and staff in approving a renewal of the Tiki Bar lease at the city marina. As pointed out in two audits by the State of Florida Auditor General, something stinks with the Tiki Bar, and it is not just the smell of old fish that is used as chum by the nearby charter boats. Both the auditor general and the taxpayers were stunned that the Tiki Bar had its lease renewed at the measly sum of $6500 a month, when the City's own appraisers valued it at $19,075 a month! What made this especially suspect was that a written offer was made to the City for $22,500 a month by Mr. Michael Goelz, a man with a successful track record of running nightclubs and restaurants throughout South Florida.

Goelz knew what a special business opportunity the Tiki Bar presented, and was reminded of it when former Councilperson Cedrick Thomas (running again for the Riviera Beach council on March 9th) asked to meet him outside of the City limits. Thomas allegedly told Goelz that he would then have to get naked so Thomas could check if he was wearing a wire, and only then would Thomas explain the "terms" in getting the Tiki lease. Disgusted by this behavior, Goelz reported the shakedown, and gave an interview to the investigative reporter extraordinaire, Bob Norman at the Broward New Times. The story, "Naked Negotiations in Riviera Beach", ran in the July 8, 2008 issue and is available on the web at www.browardpalmbeach.com.

Goelz wasn't the only one who recognized the business opportunity at the Tiki. He and others spoke repeatedly at council meetings, presenting detailed reports showing that the City could make more money if it put the Tiki lease out to bid as legally required. Maybe it had to do with the thousands of free meals and drinks, along with the allegations of cash payoffs that made it easy for the City's powers to say "no" to changing the status quo.

The Auditor General even nailed one City employee, Assistant City Manager Gloria Shuttlesworth, with trying to shake the Tiki Bar down over a thousand dollar ($1042) bill that she ran up. When the management refused to comp the bill, Shuttlesworth, a founding member of the rbslime.com hall of shame, took matters into her own hands and unilaterally reduced the Tiki Bar's monthly rent by $1042, without City Council approval or a public hearing.

Riviera Beach has a demographic makeup where the majority of the residents are black, but yet the majority of the taxes are paid by white residents. This has caused the ugly race card to be thrown around a lot more lately. Many white residents are alleging that McAuliffe just does not have the guts to alienate the black vote, and thus is ignoring the corruption in Riviera Beach for political reasons. There may be something to that line of thinking. It has been four months, and McAuliffe cannot even make a simple decision whether to charge two black Riviera Beach police officers with battery for throwing around a white speaker at a public meeting (video link is at www.rbslime.com and also in the story below). One of his counterparts at the Broward State Attorneys' office, Ms. Sheila Alu, had no fear in stating in an email to Mayor Thomas Masters that "not only have you blatantly disrespected one of your constituents, violated his constitutional 1st Amendment Right, you also illegally detained this citizen, and in doing so committed a battery upon this individual." The continued sorry excuse by McAuliffe's investigative staff, first made last December, is "a decision will be made this week."

McAuliffe spokesman, Mr. Michael Edmondson, a man whose eminent and polished skill as a press secretary ranks him among the nation's best, is down to the bottom of his excuse barrel, blaming all the delay on intangibles that float out with the daily tide. McAuliffe could certainly use some mentoring in public speaking from one of our State's proven corruption fighters, Senator Dan Gelber, whose track record of service, to include a distinguished ten year tour as a federal prosecutor, makes him the only credible choice in the November Attorney General election.

At the end of the day, or make that now 14 months, McAuliffe who has climbed two of the world's highest mountains, needs to show a hint of fearlessness and personally explain his actions without hiding behind Edmondson. The days of the "fearless wonder boy" shirking the media and the public in refusing to explain why he has not tackled the Riviera Beach corruption mountain are over.


RB Slime.com

Here you can find the facts, documents, and videos of what makes Riviera Beach one of the most corrupt cities in South Florida. It is easy to show the slime, the harder part is how do we clean it up? A ground swell of citizens demanding change, both through public comment at Council meetings, and a show of force at the voting booth in March to throw out the incumbents, will be a good start.

Asst. Riviera Beach City Manager Gloria Shuttlesworth is the first of three inductees into the Hall of Slime (City Attorney Pam Ryan and Assistant Police Chief Danny Jones will be profiled in the coming months) Shuttlesworth tried to extort over a thousand dollars in free meals from the tiki bar at the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina, when she decided that she was not going to pay her bill. The auditor general discusses how she then went and reduced the tiki bar monthly rent to cover the bill she refused to pay!

Read page 10 of the State of Florida Auditor General's report, No. 2007-075, December 2006 http://www.myflorida.com/audgen/pages/pdf_files/2007-075.pdf From January 2004 through June 2004, the City reduced rental fees charged to the tenant by a total of $1,042 for lunches charged at the tenant's restaurant.

Check out pages 4, 5 and 6 of the follow-up Auditor General's report No. 2009-060, December 2008 http://www.myflorida.com/audgen/pages/pdf_files/2009-060.pdf This report discusses how Shuttlesworth signed off on the Tiki Bar lease renewal for only $6500 a month, when the City appraised lease value was $19,075 a month and an offer were been made by a prominent West Palm Beach restaurant and night club owner for $22,500. This gentleman, Mr. Michael Goelz, was prepared to go even higher. The question taxpayers must ask, is why Shuttlesworth would scam the City of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue?


A nasty racist, Shuttlesworth enjoys directing her resident thug, Asst. Police Chief Danny Jones to abuse white speakers. (View the video of Fane Lozman and Ms. Pepper Newman being thrown around below)

 


Why are the City Council and the City Atty Giddy over the Pending Sale of Lozman's Floating Home?

After expending $300,000 of taxpayer funds in legal fees and associated costs (towing and storage) for both a state eviction case and a federal admiralty case, the City finally got a ruling in its favor. A federal judge ordered that LOZMAN's floating home could be sold at auction. This set off a celebratory cheer that could be heard loud and far from Riviera's slimey elected officials and corrupt senior staff. (The website www.rbslime.com is up and running that gives specific examples of their despicable and illegal behavior.)

Political Cartoon

Not surprisingly though, the taxpayers were not cheering. Lozman has retained a top appellate lawyer, and he told the Palm Beach Post that he would be filing a notice of appeal shortly. This appellate process averages between 1 1/2 to 2 years, and it is not only tedious but expensive. Unfortunately, it will be the taxpayers who will have to bend over and get spanked again by the City Attorney, Pam Ryan, in funding the defense of LOZMAN's appeal. Ryan testified at trial that she gives complete oversight to the outside counsel that represents the City, and let's them do whatever they want. That is not surprising, given her inability to grasp even the basics of law and her lack of candor in the conduct of her duties as City Attorney. It does make one question whether she is getting any type of kickback for the millions of dollars of legal fees that leave the City's coffers based on her inability to represent the City or supervise its outside counsel in even the simplest of actions?

The facts of LOZMAN's case are so compelling given his prior jury verdict denying the City's eviction, a reasonable appellate panel should easily kick this case out of the federal judicial system and remand it back to the state court, where it belongs. The bottomline is that the fat lady hasn't sung yet, just the slime over at City Hall.

FANE'S OCTOBER ARTICLE Video of Fane Lozman at a Riviera Beach Commission meeting link to video on RB Slime

Fane's First Article about the Riviera Beach Slime Machine

The Articles below were written by Publisher, Baron Beatty.

Fane's October Article

ARTICLE FROM JULY 09
The August article in the PB Sun

MAY 28'S INTERVIEW WITH FANE LOZMAN IN THE PB SUN