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Palm Bay: Strap Up.

As we have previously written, tonight is a regular Palm Bay City Council meeting where the Council will vote on the controversial ordinance that changes the procedure for appointing a City Council member when there is a vacancy.

It has always struck us as odd that the City Council choose this moment in time to change the way the vacancy is filled. To us, that means that there is something else afoot.

That something is the “busting of the cap” – the millage cap that the City Council can only do with a super majority vote of at least 4 votes.

Some of the Council members have signaled their intention to want a higher millage rate that is above the cap. In that the budget has to be approved by September 30, even the “compromise” position offered by Johnson won’t make a difference if there is a tie vote. The City will still have to pass a budget and millage rate.

This means that while the issue is substantively about the process of seating a new Council person, the effect is to have the budget vote of four like minded people who will likely vote for busting the cap.

Palm Bay Heads To The Lectern.

On Thursday night, hundreds of Palm Bay citizens are expected to attend the regular City Council meeting which starts at 7:00 PM.

So many people are expected that the City is opening up other spaces within the City Hall itself and on the grounds of City Hall. The City plans to have the equipment for people to watch and listen to the proceedings in those areas while at the same time making provisions for people to address the Council.

The big item on the agenda as far as comments are concerned is Item #2 under Public Hearings which is:

Ordinance 2021-50, amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 50, Elections, by updating provisions contained therein, final reading.


Dear Palm Bay: Please Stop.

Dear Palm Bay,

It pains us in a way to have to write this because we know that in some way we contributed to it.

In our previous post discussing the ordinance on appointing / voting for a replacement to fill a vacant Council seat, we wrote:

(Oddly, the three Democrats voted for the proposal and the two Republicans voted against it.)

We wrote that because of all the statements by elected officials (even up on the dais Thursday night) who say that Republicans and conservatives are looking to strip people of their voting rights. (They aren’t but that is another story.) Part of our thought process in inserting that line was the idea that here in Palm Bay, it is not Republicans that are looking to limit people’s right to vote, but Democrats.

In the days since the meeting, we have seen more and more comments concerning “DemoRATS” and “ReTHUGlicans.”

(Somehow people think these are cute, and maybe for the first five or six billion times they were used, they were. Now they are just old and lacking any force or useful meaning.)

We were wrong to break this down along party lines. The City Council of Palm Bay is supposed to be a non-partisan legislative body. That means we aren’t supposed to be looking at electing Democrats or Republicans, but just plain people.

PALM BAY: The Meeting.

This past Thursday, the City of Palm Bay held a regular meeting. As we said, the big issue was the procedure to appoint a replacement for Councilman Bailey, who has announced he is resigning.

(During the meeting Bailey said he was moving to a more rural setting and away from the urban life. A commenter here noted that Bailey had gotten a teaching job up in Alabama. If it is Bailey’s dream and in the best interest of his family to move away from Palm Bay, more power to him. We should all follow our dreams and take care of our family.)

At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Medina made a motion to bring the agenda item on the ordinance more to the top of the agenda. Councilman Foster voted against that as well as another councilman who we could not identify.

With the council chambers being packed, and with over 200 people outside, the move made sense.

(It should be noted that the City ran out of comment cards for people to sign up to speak. Whether planned or by accident, running out of cards made it seem like the City Council didn’t want to hear more people than they had to.)

BREAKING: Palm Bay Votes To Appoint A New Councilperson Until A Special Election Can Be Held.

Tonight the Palm Bay City Council voted to allow the Council to appoint an “interim” Council member until a special election can be held 75 – 180 days after the vacancy occurs.

Councilmen Felix, Foster and Johnson all voted for this while Councilman Bailey and Mayor Medina voted against it.

No one has owned up to bringing the proposed change in the agenda forward and it will likely stay forever hidden in the smokey back rooms of City Hall.

We’ll have more on this later.

Republican Women’s Network of South Brevard Weighs In On Palm Bay.

The Republican Women’s Network of South Brevard has made a statement encouraging members to show up to the Palm Bay City Council meeting tonight.

Attention members!
This is how we can make a difference in our local area
All Network members are encouraged to attend the Palm Bay City Council Meeting tonight July 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
The address is: 120 Malabar Rd.
Palm Bay, FL at the corner of Malabar and Minton Roads.

The purpose is to encourage the council NOT to change the ordinance regarding an upcoming vacancy and to allow the Palm Bay voters to elect the person to fill the upcoming vacant seat


Palm Bay Can’t Vote?

Tonight at 7:00 PM, the Palm Bay City Council will meet in a regular meeting.

On the agenda is the ordinance that will allow the City Council to appoint a new Council member under all circumstances rather than the current ordinance that allows the people to vote if the remainder of the term that needs to be filled is longer than one year.

This is a change from the ordinance that has been in place for almost a decade.


Palm Bay: Jeff Bailey Announces Resignation. He Needs To Resign Now.

Palm Bay City Councilman Jeff Bailey announced his resignation at the July 1, 2021 City Council meeting.

Bailey has long been considered to be member of the Council who is most fiscally conservative and who often fought for constituents rather than special interests and for the City government itself. Bailey always seemed to view taxpayer dollars as if they were his own and coming out of his pocket rather than money that grew on trees in City Hall as many Council members do.

Bailey literally was considered the “people’s Councilman,” and he will be missed.

Bailey’s resignation, which is effective August 5, 2021 kicks in a provision of the City Charter covering vacancies on the City Council:

§ 50.55 COUNCILMEMBER — PERMANENT VACANCY. (A) When a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of councilmember as a result of death, resignation, illness, disability, forfeiture of office, written court order, or other lawful written order or action, such vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the following procedures:

(1) When there is one (1) year or less remaining in the term of said office, the council shall, by a majority vote, choose a qualified successor to serve the remainder of the term.

(2) When more than one (1) year is left remaining in the term of said office and no general municipal election is scheduled within one (1) year, a special election shall be scheduled to be held no sooner than ninety (90) days or more than one hundred eighty (180) days following the date of the vacancy. The individual elected shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. (Ord. 2012-47, passed 12-20-12)

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