Preserve and Protect St. Augustine

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Raised by 49 people in 42 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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Preparing for August 7, 2018 St. Augustine, Florida Planning and Zoning Board hearing, opposing dodgy oligopolistic national builder's demand to threaten the livelihood of Matanzas River oyster farmers and to destroy Fish Island, a "world-famous" environmental treasure listed since 1992 on the National Register of Historic Places, locus of nefarious realtor Jesse Fish's historic 1700s citrus plantation, home, docks, and the graves of Fish, his family and their slaves.
I've already testified before and written to PZB members, reported to SEC false testimony about bald eagle nests being "abandoned," published more than 20 articles on my blog,, and obtained and filed a revealing 2001 City archaeological survey.
Developer D.R. HORTON, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) has an execrable record on environmental, health, safety and consumer law compliance.
The "Nation's Builder," as it calls itself, has been fined more than $660,000 in recent years, including $95,000 EPA fine in 2017 for destroying 2.4 acres of Osceola County, Florida wetlands.
Help me investigate, report and work with other activists to DENY the proposed gated community Planned Unit Development application.
Help me to encourage local officials to buy the 70+ acres of iconic Fish Island for a park, using Amendment 1, Florida Forever and Florida Communities Trust funds. Fish Island needs to be part of an emerald necklace of parks in St. Johns and Flagler Counties, eventually part of a St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore.
We've achieved 70+ public interest victories here since 2005, including environmental, free speech, GLBTQIA+, human rights and government accountability victories, starting with 2005 federal court order for Rainbow flags on Bridge of Lions, a major First Amendment victory for Gay people in conservative Northeast Florida.
We, the People are now routinely being heard and heeded in a place that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once called "the most lawless city in America."
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Like the Energizer Bunny, help keep me going and going and going.....
Thank you!
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Help me continue zealous advocacy and investigative reporting here in Our Nation's Oldest City.
Our diverse community is finally focusing on doing something about overdevelopment. (For years, I sometimes felt like I was talking to a post.)
On Monday, July 23, 2018, some 120 people turned up for a Town Hall meeting on these issues at the Southeast Branch library.
On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, City and County Commissioners met and discussed "tourism fatigue," construction of too many hotels without adequate infrastructure, and using tourist bed tax dollars to improve our quality of life -- enough ads already!
We, the People are being heard and heeded at last. Help me continue to speak out for environmental and historic preservation and human rights.
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Click on pic to support independent, zealous investigative reporting and advocacy. On May 17, 2018, I was defamed by a local elected official, JACKIE ROCK, who falsely accused me of causing a risk to public health of 200,000+ people since 2007. What the heck? We helped defeat illegal purchase of an i no-bid, luxury Bell Jet helicopter by our local Mosquito Control District. After nine months in 2007, we won a major environmental and open government for the people of St. Augustine and St. Johns County. I've been smeared. Help me defend the First Amendment.
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Support the cause in St. Augustine, Florida. Protecting our history and environment, working for open, honest, accountable government. Support independent investigative reporting and public interest advocacy.
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Raised by 49 people in 42 months
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David Nolan
5 months ago

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

anon anon
9 months ago

Thanks Ed for your continued diligence.

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Jay Bliss
12 months ago

Thank you Edward for your diligence

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