Preserve and Protect St. Augustine

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Raised by 46 people in 37 months
Investigative reporter on environmental, government reform and human and civil rights issues investigating local wrongdoing and helping  win more than 55 public interest victories  in Our Nation's Oldest City, St. Augustine and St. Johns County, Florida since 2005.  
Called an "environmental hero" by Folio Weekly, 2008. Decades-long history of activism and righting wrongs -- from exposing Oak Ridge, Tennessee mercury pollution by Y-12 nuclear weapons plant (largest mercury pollution event in world history) to advocacy for GLBT rights and whistleblowers to ten years of activism in St. Augustine.
Lots of positive change here in St. Augustine since 2005.
Yes we can!
Here's the July 11, 2016 video of my visit to St. Johns County Attorney Patrick McCormack, seeking a pubilc record withheld for two years needed to get justice for Michelle O'Connell:

Here's a photo summary of the last decade:
Here's my 10 minute talk to County Commision about the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore: 

Here's the Folio Weekly article about our mayor, defeated for re-election as a result of my investigation of his no-bid commerial lease with another former mayor:,10719
Here's my column from May 3, 2014 St. Augustine Record, "The Bohemians have won,"
Here's the website for the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore, and some of my columns:
Here's my blogs:
Here's the 2013 New York Times obituary on my former client, Oak Ridge National Laboratory whistleblower C.D. Varnadore, and the Times' initial 1992 article:
Here's my 2013 column on surprising Gay rights victories in once-very-conservative St. Augustine:
Here's my recent takes on stopping 7-Eleven destroying historic area:
Here's my take on how we can fight Florida corruption:
Here's my column in tribute to my mentor, environmental activist Robin Nadeau:
Here's my column that helped to end Sunshine violations on our 450th celebration:
Here's how we helped open the Federal 450th Commemoration Commission to public participation at its first meeting:
Here's a cool supportive November 2006 editorial about me in the St. Augustine Record -- after I was attacked  for asking too many questions -- and three  supportive tributes [by two former clients, retired Special Agent Robert E. Tyndall and Hanford nuclear weapons plant environmental whistleblower Edwin L. Bricker, and my former boss, retired U.S. Department of Labor Chief Administrative Law Judge Nahum Litt (1979-1995)]:
Here's my column in tribute to my mentor, KKK-buster Stetson Kennedy:
Here's one of my columns on government reform:
Here's one of my columns on reforming City Hall:
Here's my 2011 column on civility and raising the quality of debate:
Here's my 2008 column on our unanimous St. Augustine City Commission victory, reversing plans to return 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated solid waste (illegally dumped in Old City Reservoir in West Augustine African-American neighborhood) to historic African-American community of Lincolnville in 2000 dump trucks, with thirteen feet of dirt to be piled on top and called a "park":  
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Native American History Matters. Since 2006, I've been investigating the City of St. Augustine's and developers' flummery re: 3000-4000 year old Native American monument. Click on pic to support the cause of independent investigative reporting and policy advocacy in St. Augustine to protect our environment, history and human rights in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Help us preserve "our village" here in St. Augustine from greedy speculators and dodgy developers. Please click on photo to contribute to the cause.

Speculator KANTI PATEL just bought our iconic six-story downtown bank building for $10 million.

Knowing how our City of St. Augustine, Florida officials have historically kowtowed to shadowy hotelier KANTI PATEL, I'm wondering whether ANY of them would ever EVEN think about letting PATEL turn our iconic six story Treasury building into a hotel?

It would violate our fire safety, building code and zoning laws.

There's NOT enough parking here and there's a severe mobility problem here in St. Augustine already.

But a City government too often "frozen in the ice of its own indifference" (in FDR's words), one that too often rubber-stamps bad projects, is capable of (nearly) anything.

As former local Fox TV journalist-vidoographer J.D. Pleasant told me nearly 13 years ago, "They will say and do anything."

What do you reckon?

Will a dodgy developer be allowed to break the law (again)? Stay tuned. This is worthy of investigation and perhaps litigation. Enough greedy developers ruining "our village," as County Commission Chairman Henry Dean calls it.

Click on photo to contribute to the cause: help preserve and protect our Nation's Oldest City, our history, nature and culture. Help us enact a St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore. Now.
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Two hour PBS documentary, "Secrets of Spanish Florida" oddly omits first anti-Gay hate crime in North American history (1566), a murder committed on orders of Florida's first Spanish Governor, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Will the University of Florida and PBS apologize? Click on photo to support independent journalism and public interest advocacy in Our Nation's Oldest City. Stand up to oppression, corruption, flummery, dupery and nincompoopery.
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Today I filed a civil rights complaint, asking for an investigation of Florida Seventh Circuit State's Attorney RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA for coverup of alleged misdemeanor battery by St. Augustine Beach Mayor RICHARD BURTT O'BRIEN's campaign manager, LEONARD PATRICK TRINCA, for allegedly threatening and shoving Mayor O'BRIEN's only opponent, on Election Day 2016 at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall polling place. Read more here:
Click on photo to contribute to the cause of exposing corruption and malfeasance and promoting civility, honesty, accountability, environmental protection and historic preservation in St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and St. Johns County, Florida.
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David Nolan
18 days ago

"Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." --John Kenneth Galbraith (and others)

anon anon
4 months ago

Thanks Ed for your continued diligence.

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Jay Bliss
7 months ago

Thank you Edward for your diligence

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