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BWD starts legal defense fund

With Benedict Bistline’s  attempt to stall the inspection of public documents at the port by asking BWD for thousands of dollars to see the files, BWD needs to get community support for a legal defense fund.

Donations made now will be used to root out the truth at the Canaveral Port Authority and if necessary to file a lawsuit against the Canaveral Port Authority.

Please send donations to
Brevard Watch Dog Legal Defense Fund
PO Box 841
Cocoa, FL
32923-0841

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Bistline Demands $1,556 for Access to Public Records

WE, THE PEOPLE, DEMAND AN ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT

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

carnival dream CPAs Payne and Bistline: Dukes of Hazzard?

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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CPA attorney Bistline stalls 119 request

My Response to Mr. Bistline & Canaveral Port Authority

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 – Today, I expected to receive a reply from Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) CEO Stan Payne regarding my 119 request for access to public records.

"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

"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

Rather than contacting me directly, Mr. Payne wasted taxpayer time and money by unleashing the CPA’s highly-paid attorney, Mr. Harold Bistline, in an obvious attempt to dissuade and discourage my 119 request.

Mr. Bistline phoned me and attempted to use typical stalling tactics lawyers like to resort to when they’re stumped. I wasn’t provided access to any records, instead, I was told that my request would require an exhaustive amount of time and substantial amount in fees.

Mr. Bistline promised me only a statement about the request,  nonchalantly saying, “I will be presenting a letter in the next couple of days.”

In response to his dismissive attitude  I emailed Mr. Bistline the following:

Mr. Bistline,

The public is tired of the stalling. My request was made on Nov 13. Today is November 17. My request didn’t ask for an attorney to copy these pages. In fact, I never should have received a phone call from you, I should have heard from a member of the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) staff, particularly, Mr. Payne or a member of the communications department. The Port Authority had more than adequate time, manpower and resources  to gather the requested information deemed “reasonable” under Florida Statute 119.07.

However, as you seem to need more time to learn the law, I will arrive at the Canaveral Port Authority offices to inspect the requested information, for the years 2000-2009, on Thursday, Nov 19 at 3:30 p.m. Again, I’m requesting an  inspection, not copies, of all emails and written communication per the below request I submitted last Friday, Nov. 13,2009:

This is a request under the Florida Public Records Law, Fla. Stat.Sec. 119.01 et seq.

I wish to inspect, examine and copy any information with regard to Ralph Kennedy’s communication with any Canaveral Port Authority entity or person or any other entity or person.

This information should include, but not be limited to, any notes, memos, letters, emails, recordings and calendar appointment notations by you or any Canaveral Port Authority employee, commissioner or designee.

If any part of my request is denied, please let me know immediately, pursuant to FS 119.07(2)(a), giving the specific statutory citation for the exemption(s) from disclosure which you assert to justify your failure to make the requested information available.

Also, please state, with particularity, the reasons for your conclusion that the record(s) is (are) exempt.

If you determine that any part of or all of the records which I am requesting are not public records subject to public inspection, please note that FS 119.07(2)(c) provides that you shall not dispose of those records for a period of 30 days after the date on which you receive this letter.

If you determine that some portions of the requested material are exempt, please immediately provide me with the portion you deem non-exempt, pursuant to FS 1l9.07(2)(a).

Understand that I may challenge any assertion that portions of the requested information are exempt, and I’ve noted my delivery of this request on BrevardWatchdogs.com, so the public is aware of this request.

There shouldn’t be a charge for me to access and inspect public records. Should I notice any sections within the records that I would like to copy, I will copy those respective sections at that time.

I demand a confirmation today before 5:00 p.m. The local media, and the Brevardwatchdogs.com’s now thousands of readers (and growing), will be copied on this request – and the public needs an immediate response! The public is demanding answers from the officials THEY elected and paid with THEIR tax dollars!

Mr. Bistline, if you truly support the U.S. Constitution and Florida’s laws, you’ll comply with this request. Otherwise, the commission is rendered a farce and the liberty of Brevard County’s residents is insecure. I demand this information, along with the citizens of this great county and state.

Matt O’Hern

“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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UPDATE: Port CEO received 119 Request but has not responded

Canaveral Port Authority stone-walls 119 request

Port Canaveral, FL, Monday, Nov. 16 – Today I went to the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) building at the stated time of 2 p.m. to inspect the documents I requested last Friday in my 119 Request addressed to Stan Payne, CEO of the CPA.

Former Port Canaveral Commissioner Ralph Kennedy, from a WFTV news report.

Former Port Canaveral Commissioner Ralph Kennedy, from a WFTV news report.

The 119 requested access to all documents containing e-mails and other communications between former commissioner Ralph Kennedy and the CPA. Kennedy, a 19-year veteran Port Canaveral Commissioner, abruptly resigned amid a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. According to a WFTV news report, “bribery is at the heart of the (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) probe.”

I was unable to reach Communications Director Rosalind Harvey, but the receptionist at the front desk contacted Mary Williams, who confirmed that Mr. Payne did, in fact, receive the 119 letter on Friday, Nov. 13.  I asked to speak with Mr. Payne, but was rebuffed and informed that an appointment was required. To arrange an appointment I called Payne’s executive assistant, Donna M. Greenslade.

At this point, the question any normal person would ask is, “Why can’t the highly-paid Port staff in the world’s second largest port for passengers, show some accountability and transparency to a media member and a public representative?”

Also, if the Port Authority’s representatives refused to reply to numerous phone calls and requests for basic information mandated by law, haven’t they failed to deliver their most essential service to the public and the media?

CPA Bombshell?

In contrast to the Port staff’s inaccessibility, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was extremely helpful and cooperative today with my request for information. Heather Smith, public information officer for FDLE,  said that there is an investigation into actions in Port Canaveral, but she “couldn’t cite any specific names or locations.”

Through Brevardwatchdogs.com the public has shown an unprecedented level of interest regarding this topic and is hungry for details, but the Port’s air-tight lock down on  information, and their subsequent curiously disingenuous behavior, makes one wonder the extent of the potential bombshell when the details surrounding Kennedy’s resignation are released.

I’ll be back

As a sign of cordiality, I’ll willing to give Mr. Payne and the Canaveral Port Authority another full day to produce the materials I requested in my 119 document.

I’ll be back at 2 p.m. tomorrow to the CPA building at Port Canaveral and I hope that I will be able to report to you that the CPA has obeyed the letter, and spirit, of the law of Florida Statute 119.07.

For a refresher, here’s Florida Statute 119.07

119.07  Inspection and copying of records; photographing public records; fees; exemptions.

(1)(a)  Every person who has custody of a public record shall permit the record to be inspected and copied by any person desiring to do so, at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions, and under supervision by the custodian of the public records.

(b)  A custodian of public records or a person having custody of public records may designate another officer or employee of the agency to permit the inspection and copying of public records, but must disclose the identity of the designee to the person requesting to inspect or copy public records.

(c)  A custodian of public records and his or her designee must acknowledge requests to inspect or copy records promptly and respond to such requests in good faith. A good faith response includes making reasonable efforts to determine from other officers or employees within the agency whether such a record exists and, if so, the location at which the record can be accessed.

(d)  A person who has custody of a public record who asserts that an exemption applies to a part of such record shall redact that portion of the record to which an exemption has been asserted and validly applies, and such person shall produce the remainder of such record for inspection and copying.

(e)  If the person who has custody of a public record contends that all or part of the record is exempt from inspection and copying, he or she shall state the basis of the exemption that he or she contends is applicable to the record, including the statutory citation to an exemption created or afforded by statute.

(f)  If requested by the person seeking to inspect or copy the record, the custodian of public records shall state in writing and with particularity the reasons for the conclusion that the record is exempt or confidential.

(g)  In any civil action in which an exemption to this section is asserted, if the exemption is alleged to exist under or by virtue of s. 119.071(1)(d) or (f), (2)(d),(e), or (f), or (4)(c), the public record or part thereof in question shall be submitted to the court for an inspection in camera. If an exemption is alleged to exist under or by virtue of s. 119.071(2)(c), an inspection in camera is discretionary with the court. If the court finds that the asserted exemption is not applicable, it shall order the public record or part thereof in question to be immediately produced for inspection or copying as requested by the person seeking such access.

(h)  Even if an assertion is made by the custodian of public records that a requested record is not a public record subject to public inspection or copying under this subsection, the requested record shall, nevertheless, not be disposed of for a period of 30 days after the date on which a written request to inspect or copy the record was served on or otherwise made to the custodian of public records by the person seeking access to the record. If a civil action is instituted within the 30-day period to enforce the provisions of this section with respect to the requested record, the custodian of public records may not dispose of the record except by order of a court of competent jurisdiction after notice to all affected parties.

(i)  The absence of a civil action instituted for the purpose stated in paragraph (g) does not relieve the custodian of public records of the duty to maintain the record as a public record if the record is in fact a public record subject to public inspection and copying under this subsection and does not otherwise excuse or exonerate the custodian of public records from any unauthorized or unlawful disposition of such record.

(2)(a)  As an additional means of inspecting or copying public records, a custodian of public records may provide access to public records by remote electronic means, provided exempt or confidential information is not disclosed.

(b)  The custodian of public records shall provide safeguards to protect the contents of public records from unauthorized remote electronic access or alteration and to prevent the disclosure or modification of those portions of public records which are exempt or confidential from subsection (1) or s. 24, Art. I of the State Constitution.

(c)  Unless otherwise required by law, the custodian of public records may charge a fee for remote electronic access, granted under a contractual arrangement with a user, which fee may include the direct and indirect costs of providing such access. Fees for remote electronic access provided to the general public shall be in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(3)(a)  Any person shall have the right of access to public records for the purpose of making photographs of the record while such record is in the possession, custody, and control of the custodian of public records.

(b)  This subsection applies to the making of photographs in the conventional sense by use of a camera device to capture images of public records but excludes the duplication of microfilm in the possession of the clerk of the circuit court where a copy of the microfilm may be made available by the clerk.

(c)  Photographing public records shall be done under the supervision of the custodian of public records, who may adopt and enforce reasonable rules governing the photographing of such records.

(d)  Photographing of public records shall be done in the room where the public records are kept. If, in the judgment of the custodian of public records, this is impossible or impracticable, photographing shall be done in another room or place, as nearly adjacent as possible to the room where the public records are kept, to be determined by the custodian of public records. Where provision of another room or place for photographing is required, the expense of providing the same shall be paid by the person desiring to photograph the public record pursuant to paragraph (4)(e).

(4)  The custodian of public records shall furnish a copy or a certified copy of the record upon payment of the fee prescribed by law. If a fee is not prescribed by law, the following fees are authorized:

(a)1.  Up to 15 cents per one-sided copy for duplicated copies of not more than 14 inches by 81/2 inches;

2.  No more than an additional 5 cents for each two-sided copy; and

3.  For all other copies, the actual cost of duplication of the public record.

(b)  The charge for copies of county maps or aerial photographs supplied by county constitutional officers may also include a reasonable charge for the labor and overhead associated with their duplication.

(c)  An agency may charge up to $1 per copy for a certified copy of a public record.

(d)  If the nature or volume of public records requested to be inspected or copied pursuant to this subsection is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel of the agency involved, or both, the agency may charge, in addition to the actual cost of duplication, a special service charge, which shall be reasonable and shall be based on the cost incurred for such extensive use of information technology resources or the labor cost of the personnel providing the service that is actually incurred by the agency or attributable to the agency for the clerical and supervisory assistance required, or both.

(e)1.  Where provision of another room or place is necessary to photograph public records, the expense of providing the same shall be paid by the person desiring to photograph the public records.

2.  The custodian of public records may charge the person making the photographs for supervision services at a rate of compensation to be agreed upon by the person desiring to make the photographs and the custodian of public records. If they fail to agree as to the appropriate charge, the charge shall be determined by the custodian of public records.

(5)  When ballots are produced under this section for inspection or examination, no persons other than the supervisor of elections or the supervisor’s employees shall touch the ballots. If the ballots are being examined before the end of the contest period in s. 102.168, the supervisor of elections shall make a reasonable effort to notify all candidates by telephone or otherwise of the time and place of the inspection or examination. All such candidates, or their representatives, shall be allowed to be present during the inspection or examination.

(6)  An exemption contained in this chapter or in any other general or special law shall not limit the access of the Auditor General, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, or any state, county, municipal, university, board of community college, school district, or special district internal auditor to public records when such person states in writing that such records are needed for a properly authorized audit, examination, or investigation. Such person shall maintain the exempt or confidential status of that public record and shall be subject to the same penalties as the custodian of that record for public disclosure of such record.

(7)  An exemption from this section does not imply an exemption from s. 286.011. The exemption from s. 286.011 must be expressly provided.

(8)  The provisions of this section are not intended to expand or limit the provisions of Rule 3.220, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, regarding the right and extent of discovery by the state or by a defendant in a criminal prosecution or in collateral postconviction proceedings. This section may not be used by any inmate as the basis for failing to timely litigate any postconviction action.

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Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records

port canaveral scandal Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records

ralph kennedy resigns Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records

Kennedy

Port Canaveral, FL, Friday, Nov. 13- On behalf of Brevard County’s residents and in the interest of the community’s economic future, Matt O’Hern submitted a 119 request to the Port Canaveral Port Authority. Brevard’s residents deserve the reassurance that their tax dollars aren’t being misused, especially in one of the biggest economic drivers of our county and our state: Port Canaveral.

Since Ralph Kennedy’s resignation from the board of Port Canaveral commissioners, the public has yet to hear any specific reasons for his departure. Every day that passes without public disclosure is a slap in the face to taxpayers, and a threat to the integrity of local democracy.

To expedite the process, I filed a 119 request for more information. What is a 119 request? Florida Statute 119.07 requires every person who has possession of public record to permit the record to be inspected and copied by any person desiring to do so, at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions, and under supervision by the custodian of the public records.

You can read the entire statute on the state of Florida’s Legislative guide

Rosalind Harvey Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records

Harvey

I drove to the Port Canaveral Authority office, where I attempted to deliver the request to Rosalind Harvey, the director of communications, but when the security officer called Harvey to inform her of my delivery, she said she was too busy to speak with me today. I gave my request to the security officer and asked him to deliver it to Harvey.

To ensure the document was delivered, I double-checked with Mary Williams, another member of the communications department. Williams told me she was forwarding my request to Stan Payne’s office.

Here’s the letter Stan Payne, CEO of Port Canaveral Authority, received:

stan payne port ceo 125x150 Request Filed for Port Canaveral Authority & Ralph Kennedy Records

Stan Payne

FROM: Matt O’Hern,
Editor: BrevardWatchdogs.com
Subj; Request for inspection of documents

Dear Mr. Payne,

This is a request under the Florida Public Records Law, Fla. Stat.Sec. 119.01 et seq.

I wish to inspect, examine and copy any information with regard to Ralph Kennedy’s communication with any Canaveral Port Authority entity or person or any other entity or person.

This information should include, but not be limited to, any notes, memos, letters, emails, recordings and calendar appointment notations by you or any Canaveral Port Authority employee, commissioner or designee.

If any part of my request is denied, please let me know immediately, pursuant to FS 119.07(2)(a), giving the specific statutory citation for the exemption(s) from disclosure which you assert to justify your failure to make the requested information available.

Also, please state, with particularity, the reasons for your conclusion that the record(s) is (are) exempt.

If you determine that any part of or all of the records which I am requesting are not public records subject to public inspection, please note that FS 119.07(2)(c) provides that you shall not dispose of those records for a period of 30 days after the date on which you receive this letter.

If you determine that some portions of the requested material are exempt, please immediately provide me with the portion you deem non-exempt, pursuant to FS 1l9.07(2)(a).

Understand that I may challenge any assertion that portions of the requested information are exempt, and I’ve noted my delivery of this request on BrevardWatchdogs.com, so the public is aware of this request.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Matt O’Hern
Editor: BrevardWatchdogs.com

msohern@gmail.com

I eagerly await to hear Mr. Payne’s response. Check back for the latest developments as they unfold.  Bookmark Brevardwatchdogs.com and add the BrevardWatchdog Twitter page to your Twitter account.  I leave you with these two quotes from one of the country’s founding fathers, James Madison:

“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

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
James Madison

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BrevardWatchDogs.com Is Looking Out For You

BrevardWatchDogs.com: Investigative Journalism For the People

Welcome to BrevardWatchDogs.com. According to Wikipedia.org, “Investigative Journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, often involving crime, political corruption or a scandal.”

An investigative journalist spends many hours, or even days or weeks, preparing a report which often takes the form of an exposé.

In the past, investigative journalism has been done primarily by newspapers, but via the new digital 21st Century media, and its far-reaching capabilities, you can now count on BrevardWatchDogs.com to root out local corruption and wrong-doing occurring at your expense.

Matt O'Hern

Matt O'Hern

BrevardWatchDogs.com Editor & Publisher Matt O’Hern is a veteran journalist and life-long Brevard County resident who cares deeply about our community – and knows where the “bodies” are buried.

We will make use of all of the tools available to the investigative journalist including:

• 21st Century surveillance techniques
• Analysis of any and all extensive public documentation made available to the media by state and federal law
• Investigation of technical issues – including scrutiny of equipment and its performance
• Research into social and legal issues
• Studying sources: archives, phone records, e-mails, address books, tax records and license records
• Talking to neighbors, associates or other parties
• Using subscription research sources such as LexisNexis
• Anonymous sources (for example Whistleblowers)
• Going “undercover”

How deep does the Port Canaveral scandal go?

Kennedy

Kennedy

A current example of what we will be looking into with a fine eye is the abrupt resignation of Ralph Kennedy, a 19-year veteran Port Canaveral Commissioner, amid a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. According to a WFTV news report last week, “bribery is at the heart of the (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) probe.”

Port Canaveral is the second busiest seaport in the world for cruise passengers, and a major economic force in Brevard County and Florida.

Although there is an information lock-down by law enforcement and Port Canaveral Authority (PCA) officials, BrevardWatchDogs.com will be at the forefront asking the question that begs to be answered: Just how deep does this scandal go, how could something like this happen, and what will be the resulting repercussions to the credibility of Port Canaveral’s officials and commissioners – and their ability to lead one of Brevard County’s most precious economic drivers?

Payne

Payne

J. Stanley Payne, chief executive officer of Port Canaveral said in a Florida Today story last week that he encouraged his staff to, “not let those events overshadow the positive developments taking place at the port.”

‘Portgate’

While that “spin” is great to try to offset the blow to employee morale, BrevardWatchDogs.com, much like the Washington Post covering the Watergate scandal of the 1970’s, will be looking much deeper into the port and its business practices just as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been doing over the last several weeks.

In our next installment of “Portgate,” BrevardWatchDogs.com will be interviewing Mr. Payne, and the attorney for the Canaveral Port Authority, Harold Bistline. We hope that they will recognize that only full and complete disclosure by Port Canaveral officials and commissioners of all illegal and dishonest activities will begin to rebuild its now dubious credibility with the public and CPA employees.

Stay tuned to BrevardWatchdogs.com for frequent updates to the “Portgate” scandal, as well as other issues that you, the voting and tax-paying public, need to know.

We look forward to serving you with nothing but the truth, and look forward to hearing from those of you who know the truth – and want to come clean. Please e-mail us at BrevardWatchDogs@gmail.com

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