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Bistline Demands $1,556 for Access to Public Records


Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 – Attorney Harold Bistline’s latest insult to the citizens of Brevard County came in the form of his written response to my 119 request, which asked for ACCESS to communication between staff members of the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) and Ralph Kennedy, who served 19 years as a commissioner and abruptly resigned Oct. 30.

No details were provided to the public, as the CPA blocked all communication to the media.

Evidently, public records aren’t available to the public, unless you’re willing to pay a hefty price. Mr. Bistline replied to my 119 request with a price tag of $1,556 to access the records.

I’m sickened by Bistline’s repeated attempts to conceal PUBLIC information which could contain details that EXPOSE CORRUPTION or other actions that circumvent the law and jeopardize the credibility of OUR elected representatives, who are responsible for PROTECTING OUR BEST INTERESTS, including the economic future of Brevard County, and the state of Florida.

Due to Mr. Bistline’s actions, the taxpayers and the Brevard Watchdogs now have two choices:

  • Reduce the volume of information that we have requested to inspect, or face large “special service charges.” However, if we reduce the volume of information to inspect, we may not be able to locate all of the possible evidence of corruption, bribery or other wrongdoings.
  • File a lawsuit, forcing the Canaveral Port Authority to honor our 119 request. However, this action would benefit Harold Bistline, as his law firm would receive legal fees. This makes the blood boil in my veins, as this is a further insult to our liberty, and it flies in the face of all integrity and ethical behavior which the Port should be demonstrating at this critical juncture.

I would like to ask Mr. Bistline, personally, if he is familiar with some of the sayings of our founding fathers, but his behavior leads me to believe he’s probably not a big fan of a U.S. President with “Honest” as part of his nickname.

Mr. Bistline is evidently too busy re-educating himself on Florida’s laws. I’ll save him the effort and provide this quote from President Abraham Lincoln:

abe lincoln Bistline Demands $1,556 for Access to Public RecordsWe the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

In Mr. Bistline’s version of democracy, the almighty dollar outweighs integrity, accountability and public trust. By his actions, Bistline is attempting to barter a constitutional RIGHT, which is not a professional service.

Are you as outraged as I am? If so, I encourage you to email your elected officials, to demand the immediate termination of Harold Bistline’s legal services to the Canaveral Port Authority, due to his improper conduct. Forward this information to all of your friends, who may be equally as angry.

Florida House District 32 Representative Steve Crisafulli

Email the Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners: Tom Goodson, Commission chairman, Malcolm “Mac” McLouth, Commission Secretary, Treasurer,Joe D. Matheny and Raymond P. Sharkey at

Here’s a copy of the letter I received from Mr. Bistline:bistline page 1 Bistline Demands $1,556 for Access to Public Records
bistline p.2 Bistline Demands $1,556 for Access to Public Records

At 9:31 A.M. today, Brevard Watchdogs wrote an email to the CPA’s director of communications, Rosalind Harvey, which is shown below.

“Rosalind, please tell me Stan Payne’s salary and bonus, the total amount of money he was paid by CPA, for his position as CEO. Please provide me with the total amount of money Stan Payne was paid in  2008 for his position as CEO.

Furthermore I want to know the  total amount  Harold Bistline was paid in 2008, for all of his services to CPA. E-mail this back to me before 2 p.m. today.

This is public record and I demand to see it, there’s no reason for any delay to provide me with THIS information:  Mr.Payne’s salary and benefits in 2008; and the total amount paid to Harold Bistline’s law firm by the Canaveral Port Authority in 2008.”

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3 Responses to “Bistline Demands $1,556 for Access to Public Records”

  1. Tim Milliken says:

    we rent from the port and will the get the money
    something not right at the port and I think
    the names you listed are the right ones.And Stan
    Payne and I hate Harold bistline need to go
    E-mail me if we can help

  2. Bill says:

    I have been out of town for a week …couldn’t wait to get back to get an update !!!!Just like I figured he hasn’t changed one bit…. He feels that he is ABOVE the LAW >>>> Him and his buddy Benedict Bistline…remember they are two of a kind…if and when you get in to see the records…Please do a good check up on both of them…they are the ones that needs to go…Ive talked to so many of the employees of the CPA the hand full that is still left…they would like to tell what it is like since the dictator took over…he hides up in his corner office and seperates himself from the staff…he has a select few that will not stand up to him…Please keep up the heat…he needs to go before it is to late to bring back the port to the people…Thanks again for not backing off…

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