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Wednesday November 21st 2018

CPA’s Payne and Bistline: ‘Dukes of Hazzard?’

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Portgate Update

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 – Today, for the first time since the Ralph Kennedy scandal broke, Canaveral Port Authority CEO Stan Payne finally made an appearance in front of the local news media.

Unfortunately, Payne was not appearing to explain to the public (his boss) why he has not complied with the BWD’s 119 requested access.

Rather, he was basking in the glow of the arrival of the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream. Payne touted the new fleet as a great addition to the local economy, and the BWDs certainly agree. However, it’s apparent that Mr. “Fairweather” Payne doesn’t have the gumption to answer a few questions from the BWDs – or comply with our request for access to public documents.

While I too am very excited with our newest arrival at Port Canaveral, I am very concerned that the conduct and arrogance of the CPA leadership is endangering the public and business community’s confidence, and eroding credibility of all who do business with the port – including companies like Disney, Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

As Payne continues to defy the law by failing to accommodate my 119 request, now made almost a week ago, I’m still waiting for a reply from Mr. Payne’s attorney, Mr. Harold Bistline, who is obviously stalling. It makes a normal-thinking person wonder what they fear.

What Mr. Payne should be doing is addressing this critical issue to reassure the public that the scandal and guilt is solely at the feet of Mr. Kennedy – and not far deeper into the foundations of the Canaveral Port Authority and its staff.

Mr. Payne and Mr. Bistline’s arrogant acts, and above the law behavior, are insults to every resident of Brevard County and the state of Florida. In my educated opinion, Governor Charlie Crist should consider removing Mr. Payne from office, due to his irresponsible behavior and absence of accountability, as one of the most important public offices in Brevard County.

Mr. Payne and Mr. Bistline might as well be called the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ because they’re, “Making their way the only way the know how, and it’s a little bit more than the law will allow.”

We expect to inspect  the documents under the 119 request tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 19 or a lawsuit will be filed with the State.

"Popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both." - James Madison

By the way, has anyone around here seen Ralph? The BWDs have been about town looking for him in all his usual places to get his side of the story. If anyone talks to him, please have him contact me and I will give him a “Fair and Balanced” forum to tell his story.

“Popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” – James Madison

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