Not only would I have liked to have been a fly on the wall in Shawn Smith’s office when Rebecca Jetton called him, I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when Shawn met with Ronald Ramsingh and perhaps other city employees about his phone call from Rebecca, and perhaps from the fellow at the Public Service Commission, and perhaps from other Florida and US agencies.
I spaced out including in what I wrote today, that it was looking to Sandy and me, and to a local tree company fellow, that the City was gouging the public out of several million US dollars a year. After I published that, Sean Kinney, who write for the Keynoter and I both made Public Information Records requests to the City re its revenues via the Tree Commission. I wanted all the way back to its inception, but what they furnished was back about 10 years, as I recall. It was a paltry take, but names of people who paid the Tree Commission/City, and the amounts they paid, were on the spreadsheet.
As for recovering what really was gouged out of the private property owners by the Tree Commission/City, I think that will take either a criminal prosecution by the new State Attorney Cathy Vogel, or a civil RICO lawsuit filed by Key West private property owners who were gouged by the Tree Commission/City. The plaintiff/s have to have personal standing, have to have been personally gouged, to bring such a civil lawsuit. Sandy could bring a lawsuit, but only for her tree company, is how it looks to me. I don’t think that’s her job.
I cornered her and her feel good Republican opponent at a Key Largo candidate forum not long before the general election last fall, and told them that Key West’s Tree Commission was a RICO enterprise, and I hoped whichever one of them got elected would go after it. The looks on their faces, and the quick dismissal of me from their conversation I had interrupted, did not give me high hope that either of them would take on the Key West Government, or the Conchs, in that way. Which prosecution literally could put the City out of business if the gouging was as bad as it looked to Sandy and me; not to mention maybe several prominent City officials/employees being indicted, convicted and sent to prison.
Something I also spaced out in today’s post, on what I think a new mayor should try to do, is conduct his/her own RICO investigation into the Tree Commission/City.
And, to try to make required that all new development and all redevelopment have maximum solar panels to produce electricity the development can use and/or sell back to the local electric company.
Maybe more will float into my thoughts later.
Both enterprises (Drone Nation and Key West) look to me like they could stand a huge infusion of the Divine Feminine. I seriously doubt, though, that there would be enough hospitals in America or in Key West to receive and keep on life support the patients she created, were she to make such a grande entrance.