Preserve and Protect St. Augustine

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Raised by 49 people in 46 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:
http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2014/12/its-been-wonderful-decade-thank-you-for.html
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:   http://folioweekly.com/THE-BLOGGER-THE-LEASE-AND-THE-ST-AUGUSTINE-MAYORS-RACE,10719
Here's my column from May 3, 2014 St. Augustine Record, "The Bohemians have won,"  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2014-05-03/guest-column-bohenmians-have-won
Here's the website for the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore, and some of my columns: www.staugustgreen.com
http://staugustine.com/opinions/2011-05-26/letter-all-embracing-park-best-gift-450th#.U3xFqb-tphAH
http://staugustine.com/stories/032607/opinions_4479465.shtml
http://staugustine.com/opinions/2014-02-02/guest#.U3xD7b-tphA
http://staugustine.com/opinions/2010-04-25/let-citizens-help-city-manager-selection#.U3xJ4L-tphA
Here's my blogs:  www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com
www.fourowls.blogspot.com
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:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/us/charles-d-varnadore-whistle-blower-at-nuclear-lab-dies-at-71.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/02/05/us/nuclear-laboratory-whistle-blower-is-disciplined-for-questioning-a-test.html
Here's my 2013 column on surprising Gay rights victories in once-very-conservative St. Augustine:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2013-02-09/guest-column-acceptance-gays-sign-countys-growing-tolerance-sophistication#.U3xDoL-tphA
Here's my recent takes on stopping 7-Eleven destroying historic area:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2014-03-29/letter-oh-thank-heaven-no-7-eleven#.U3xE_L-tphA
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Here's my take on how we can fight Florida corruption:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2013-03-27/letter-how-we-people-can-fight-corruption-state
Here's my column in tribute to my mentor, environmental activist Robin Nadeau:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2012-02-05-0#.U3xFaL-tphA
Here's my column that helped to end Sunshine violations on our 450th celebration:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2011-01-29/guest-column-first-america-foundation-isnt-operating-sunshine#.U3xF7r-tphA
Here's how we helped open the Federal 450th Commemoration Commission to public participation at its first meeting:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2011-07-07/letter-let-public-speak-450th-meeting#.U3xGI7-tphA
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)]:  http://staugustine.com/stories/111906/opinions_if83a3k.shtml
http://staugustine.com/stories/121006/opinions_425497d.shtml
http://staugustine.com/stories/120806/opinions_4255331c.shtml
http://staugustine.com/stories/121006/opinions_4257505.shtml
Here's my column in tribute to my mentor, KKK-buster Stetson Kennedy:
http://staugustine.com/opinions/2011-09-04/guest-column-stetson-kennedy-was-true-hero-ahead-his-time#.U3xHqL-tphA
Here's one of my columns on government reform:  http://staugustine.com/stories/090907/opinions_008.shtml
Here's one of my columns on reforming City Hall:
http://staugustine.com/stories/020208/opinions_txt01_060-111.shtml
Here's my 2011 column on civility and raising the quality of debate:  http://staugustine.com/opinions/2011-11-05/guest-column-civility-raise-quality-debate-lower-voices#.U3xJXb-tphA
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":  http://staugustine.com/stories/052508/opinions_052508_071.shtml  
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1. Please support my independent journalism and public interest advocacy here in St. Augustine. Monitoring the 2018 Florida Election recounts, with our St. Johns County Canvassing Board likely to meet starting Monday, November 11, 2018, for public recounts of U.S. Senator, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races.
2. Let every vote count and let every vote by counted.
3. Be not afraid of bullying from Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT and President DONALD JOHN TRUMP.
Thank you.
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Help support independent investigative reporting and zealous public interest advocacy to preserve and protect Our Nation's Oldest City and environs, its history, nature, governmental integrity and the public fisc. Help us expose flummery, dupery, nimcompoopery, waste, fraud, abuse, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance and no-bid contracts. Help us learn and speak the truth to power.
Why this matters: Since 2005, We, the People have won some 70+ public interest victories here in St. Augustine and St. Johns County, including ending City's illegal sold waste dumping, ending City's illegal sewage pollution and winning significant First Amendment and Gay rights victories. We just won two unanimous City Planning and Zoning Board votes: (a) rejecting a D.R. Horton gated community at National Register of Historic Places site -- historic, iconic Fish Island -- and (b) denying rezoning for a hotel on the Dairy Queen property.
Three Million Page views: Later today, we'll mark the three millionth page view measured for my blog, www.edslavin.com a/k/a www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com
We bring the truth to the people.
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Help save our beloved Historic St. Augustine: In secret, behind locked gates, our Nation's Oldest City dumped a landfill in a lake (Old City Reservoir), while emitting sewage in our rivers and salt marsh. Organized citizens exposed and defeated pollution, racism and cronyism. We elected a new Mayor. We're transforming our City -- advanced citizenship. Ask questions. Make disclosures. Demand answers. Be involved. Expect democracy. Report and expose corruption. Smile! Help enact a St. Augustine National Park and Seashore. We shall overcome!
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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, www.edslavin.com, 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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David Nolan
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"Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." --John Kenneth Galbraith (and others)

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Thanks Ed for your continued diligence.

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Jay Bliss
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Thank you Edward for your diligence

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