Palm Bay: How’d This Happen?

Jose Aguair

With most of the focus in Palm Bay and Brevard County has been on David Isnardi and his legal issues, the same amount of scrutiny and light has not been applied to the person arrested the same day in the same case with Isnardi, Jose Aguiar.

After initially being denied bond, Aguiar and his attorneys filed a motion to allow Aguiar to be bonded out. The Florida Today wrote about the filings in an May 20 article.

However there was a little nugget at the end of the article that caught the eye of many:

This is not Aguiar’s first brush with the law. In 1997 in Massachusetts, he was convicted of conspiracy to sell cocaine and was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison.

According to Massachusetts’ law, Part IV, Title I, Section 274:

Palm Bay: Pssssssssst!

The following two images are making the rounds. They are of the Mayor and City Council of Palm Bay meeting before Thursday night’s City Council meeting out of microphone range:


Palm Bay: Andy Anderson Resignation Letter.

Palm Bay: City Council Meeting Tonight. No Torches And Pitchforks, Please.

Tonight is the first meeting of the Palm Bay City Council since the news of the arrest of former Deputy City Manager Dave Isnardi and businessman Jose Aquiar last Friday. (You can find agenda here.)

The allegations in the affidavit as to what was going on in the City are damning and troubling to say the least.

We know that people, including us, are upset and rightfully so,

We also know that there are going to be people who are going to speak on the issue during one of the two (or both) “public comments on non-agenda items” portion of the agenda.

We have some advice.

1) Be civil.

Be forceful if you wish, but be civil. Don’t call people names they might consider vile. Don’t say things that will have the people on the dais and other audience members not listen to you because of way you are saying something. We know that you have the right to call the City Council and others names such as someone who may fornicate with the women we celebrated this past Sunday, but resist the urge to do so. If you were up on the dais and someone called you what your grandmother considered vile and inappropriate, you would stop listening. The Council will too. (As will some in the audience.) The goal is to have your points and opinions heard not bounce off closed ears.

2) Don’t continually repeat something that has been said before.

Palm Bay: Mayor Capote, Got A Minute To Talk?

(The above base image was taken from a 2015 interview with the Mayors’ Institute on Civil Design)

Got a minute Mayor?

You see we, like many people in Palm Bay, the County, the State and perhaps even the country are perplexed by what is going on in Palm Bay and Brevard County.

We can’t understand how a town with great people fell to such depths.

Moreover, we can’t understand your reaction to the whole scandal.

In an article appearing in Florida Today, you said concerning the fall out from what has happened and what will continue to get worse:

But Capote added that Palm Bay has “a totally different administration” than the City Hall leadership team when Isnardi was employed by the city.

Did we miss something?

Correct us if we are wrong, but you were elected Mayor in 2012. It was on your watch that the allegations concerning former Deputy City Manager Dave Isnardi and others took place, right. The events the arrests of people happened while you were mayor, right?

In fact, didn’t your wife work with the Aguiars in a 501(c)(3)? That is her name on this financial report, right?

Lober, Conflicts Of Interest, The Florida Today And ……Us?

(image courtesy of Florida Today.)

The FloridaToday newspaper decided to look into the idea that there might be a conflict of interest or impropriety in Commissioner Bryan Lober representing the husband of Commissioner Kristine Isnardi, Dave Isnardi, during the arraignment process following Dave Isnardi’s arrest on Friday.

Report Dave Berman even quoted us in the piece:

One of the reasons Lober gave for his short-term representation of Dave Isnardi is: “I just don’t want this to be a distraction to my career or to his (Dave Isnardi) wife’s career.”

The rationale was attacked on the website “Raised on Hoecakes,” which closely monitors Brevard politics. The blog pointed out that Kristine Isnardi backed Lober’s bid in the November election for the District 2 County Commission seat.

“Was Lober’s legal services repayment or a ‘thank you” for Commissioner Isnardi’s endorsement? Only the Isnardis and Lober know for sure,” the blog said.

“However,” it added, “that doubt in the mind of the public and the appearance of a conflict is something that could have been and should have been avoided by all parties.”

We want to clarify some things.

No, This Is Not A Repeat.

It seems like only yesterday that we were commenting on the appearance of a conflict of interest and impropriety between the legal representation of David Isnardi, husband of District 5 County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi by fellow Commissioner Bryan Lober from District 2.

In his motion filed on May 10, 2019, Lober wrote:

COMES NOW, Bryan Andrew Lober and enters this Notice of Limited Appearance on behalf of Mr. Isnardi. Undersigned counsel’s appearance limited to representation of Mr. Isnardi at initial/first appearance in order to secure appropriate bond conditions. It is not undersigned counsel’s intention to continue representation of Mr. Isnardi past initial/first appearance scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

As the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated in their May 10th press conference that the charges against Isnardi (and Aquiar) we “no bond,” we felt the appearance of Lober was perfunctory as he would be basically nodding and saying “yes, your Honor.”

In other words, while the appearance on Isnardi’s behalf was troubling, it was minor. It should not have happened (and Lober was advised not to do it,) but the effect elsewhere would not be that great of a deal.

We should have known better.

After telling the Court he would not be representing Isnardi past the Saturday hearing, Lober filed a Emergency Motion to Reduce, Modify or Set Bond” on behalf of Isnardi and filed it with the Court on May 12, 2019, the day after he stated his representation and involvement in the case would end.

Isnardi Case Update.

The Judge Nancy Maloney, who was scheduled to hear the Isnardi case, has recused herself.

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