Palm Bay: We Accept.

In posts over the past week, we have chronicled our attempts to encourage for the City of Palm Bay to live up to the laws on providing emails to the public under the so called “Sunshine Law.” (Florida Statute Chapter 119).

Commissioner Tres Holton has attacked us and our representative on this issue. A few months ago Holton made some comments which included attacks on this blog and our representative who has spoken in front of Palm Bay City Commission several times on this issue.

Holton used the bully pulpit to publicly proclaim that he has always agreed to meet with people and discuss issues and would be willing to meet with us.

This is a ploy.

We see no value in a private meeting with Holton on an very public issue that affects the entire City.

In fact, we were contacted by another group saying they had emails that were covered under a public records request and the City did not supply those emails either.

We here at Raised on Hoecakes are pragmatists. If there is a problem, you fix it and move on. The City, on the other hand, is saying that despite the evidence, despite their own statements and despite the law, there is nothing to see and nothing to fix.

It seems impossible to have a conversation on this type in front of the public at a Commission meeting, and we have no desire to meet with Holton where we cannot document what was said and let people decide for themselves.

We therefore offer the solution to debate and discuss the issue here.

It’s not like Holton hasn’t engaged people on the internet before.

A few months ago, Holton publicly threatened people in another forum saying:

One chance, that is all. Stop the lies or your friend Don goes down,” Holton messaged Gerrish at 12:39 a.m. Tuesday. “..this is about to get real bad for liars and government cheats, (act) accordingly.”


“Like racism, anti-Semitism has no place in our community,” Holton said. “If you are a racist, anti-Semite or sympathizer, or a liar, I will say it straight and call you out. I am forgiving and patient, but they were out of line.”

We promise to give Holton a fair shot. If he wants to have a discussion as to why he and the City should not abide by the laws of the State of Florida, we’ll be happy to discuss that with him.

We formally accept Commissioner Holton’s or anyone from the City’s request for a conversation.

We have the bandwidth. We have the space.

We’ll be waiting.

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