Tonight at the Council meeting we saw the depraivty of our Town Council, our Town Attorney and some of  the citizens. If you want Open Government sir you should join those of us who continually, 21 years now, have fought for open goverment. Is transparency so hard to swallow? I ask that you join me instead of muttering under your breath of what an idiot I am. I will have open government or die trying. The Council is a bunch or bafoons if they think they can lead us out of the mess we are in. They caused the mess we are in. Always hiding from transparency, This is the Council that gave us Tebo, Pam and Andreew withoout a wimper of disscontent. They even voted 5-0 to grant Tebo a 2 year contract. Pam they kept on 18 years and now blame her for a host of things. This is the Council who gave us Andrew Greene and David Prueter. No this council doesn’t believe in owning up to their own mistakes or transparency. This council shoould be sounddly defeated in t he next election and I, for one, will do my best to make sure it happens. Imagine if your boss gave a lady who should be in jail for fraud, a free education that they won’t give a current employee. Talk about “Special Strokes for Special Folks”. It is pure corruption.

Your wife has done a great job for us and we, the Griffin’s truly appreciate it. What is so wrong with doing for the goose what they did for the gander. Lord knows Tommie couldn’t lead us out of a burning building without Helen’s permission and assistance. How your wife puts up with it is truly a Miracle.


  1. Joe,
    Since you chose to name me and call me out I will respond. My wife puts up with this because she cares about the Town and want’s to see things improve. She is retired and was not looking for a job, rather she stepped up and volunteered to take on the duties and handle the finances to keep the Town operational with the departure of Pam, the one who really humped the Town. This Council is working to fix issues, such as having an accountant to do a forensic audit of the Town’s finances to see what the previous Council members,Tebo, and Pam did with Town finances. Why do you think Pam ran for the hills? The Council is changing Walter is not running again, Rivers was not on the Council when this mess started, so that leaves Brown, and you know she isn’t going anywhere. One minute you call her, “Mindless Splain it to me”, and then on the blog defend her from a citizen complaint. That leaves Tom and Helen. Well being the gang of 3 threw Helen off, and Tom was not on the Council when any of this was done, just who is so corrupt and needs to be replaced. I don’t know what ‘transparency” you seek? To my understanding you get all documents you ask for that are public record. Perhaps sometimes not as expediently as you would like, but since the departure of Tebo and Pam I believe your request are fulfilled. You often have some valid points to make but when you argue jurist prudence from the audience with an attorney, being you went to the Joe the Trucker School of Law, it makes you look like a fool. While it is true you have been the anti Town citizen activist for 20+ years how many Council’s have you seen come and go, and of the legal actions, ethics complaints, etc. have you have filed how many have been successful, ZERO. Perhaps if you would stop being so adversarial with everyone about everything, and stop looking for the black helicopters, people would give your assertions more credence. What happened tonight at the Town Council meeting was an orchestrated personal attack on someone I care deeply for and I will not soon forget it, but my wife is a bigger person that I am. Like the gentleman stated at the start of the meeting the old is gone the new is here so can’t we start being happy, having fun, and enjoy living here and everyone stop the petty vendettas, conspiracy theories and just general meanness towards one another in this Town. P.S. breakfast is on me for you and your wife at the WSFD pancake breakfast on the 21st.

  2. Joe is not the “fool” I am (Karin) because it was I who argued with the attorney. the IRS has laws, the Statutes of FL relating to Consultant and Workers Compensation stipulate essentially that Tommie Jones is not a consultant as a “Town Manager’ The Town has been in Trouble with the IRS before, causing us to pay 10% utility bills since 2000 or so, plus after Jones took over and this, if checked and Jones does not pay FICA (double because he is a consultant) the Town will be on the hook. Our workers comp classifications likewise have not been correct and of course as a Consultant Jones does not fall under WC. But what if he was paralyzed due to an accident at the Waste Water facility…he would qualify for the 2/3 pay he is now getting,. But to say it is Trucker’s law that Joe is citing. Like Beverly is near and Dear to your heart, Joe is near and dear to mine. Joe has a Masters in Education, has a Masters in Theology, has a Masters in Insurance as do I, Bachelor’s in Chemistry among other Associates degrees. He was the top annuities salesperson for John Hancock in the nation, and has had his own businesses as have I in being a partner for a catch and release fishing ranch catering to casino guests…so we have business experience and we also do not wish our Town to go to pot over stupid decisions. We do not tell the “Black””Helicopters” as you called them what to say or do. They do it on their own, are capable and have their own minds. In fact, the lady that started the commotion because she stated the same thing as Mr. Strong was “Peanut” a cousin of Mike Williams and is “White”. Most businesses hire from within and apparently the townspeople also believe that it is the way it should be done. By the way, we do NOT write the “RHATT WATCH”. A copy is left at our door usually when we are away….but from the type, any forensic analyst would realize that the person writing the watch is someone you have a high respect for.

    We both love Beverly. She is the greatest and I do not like seeing anyone hurt, especially her. We would never orchestrate such a thing against her, but honestly, I believe the misunderstandings between she and Yvonne should have been handled by Mr. Jones. We have seen both women in tears over the hostile environment and do not believe he knows how to handle it.

    Karin for the blog

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