The Mayor Votes against her own Fire Station
I finally found the time to watch the video of the October 20th, zoning hearing in which a site for the new Palmetto Bay Fire Station was selected. Besides the end of the hearing where total chaos ensued, and Village Attorney Dexter Lehtinen had to take control of the hearing and explain to the Mayor parliamentary procedures, there were a few fascinating moments that every resident of Palmetto Bay should know about.
First off, Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Councilwoman Joan Lindsay voted against the site. This is not unexpected from Joan Lindsay since in my opinion she would probably rather have a Village resident die due to unacceptable fire rescue response time than have any additional traffic and noise occurring in the Village. I think she has proven this fact repeatedly, throughout her time on the council.
Mayor Stanczyk who has mailed numerous campaign flyers totting the fact she has obtained two fire stations for Palmetto Bay actually voted against the possible site. So far, contrary to what she has informed all of her constituents in Palmetto Bay, she has secured zero fire stations in the last four years of her tenure as mayor. A mission that was started prior to her election four years ago and advanced nowhere due to her total focus on stopping Palmer Trinity’s expansion.
The most interesting moment that occurred at the meeting was a comment from Caroline Pastorella, wife of Gary Pastorella, made on record as she spoke to the Council. In her words, she said…..
“I’m just going to ask the Mayor, what happened to, when you were standing at my front door, you told me that we would have complete say over how the fire station was going to be built, what it was going to look like, how big it was going to be. You stood there and told me that. I’m in favor of a fire station but someplace else in this community.” “Why did you make that promise.” “Henry (Clifford) made the same promise to my husband.” “We’ll do whatever you want, whatever it takes, those were all promises that you made.”
I find the fact that Mayor Stanczyk did not disclose her conversation with Caroline Pastorella at the zoning meeting, which technically she is legally required to disclose and is a potential ethics violation. I find the fact that she is making promises to CCOCI members to be a continuation of the problems that have plagued this Village for the last four to six years.
I have avoided taking a position on individual candidates in this election, but I’m afraid that Henry Clifford’s close association with the Mayor, Joan Lindsay and the CCOCI, will bring more of the same if he is elected and if he doesn’t totally disassociate himself with these individuals. If he indeed had a conversation with Gary Pastorella, committing to those promises, none of which he has any control over, that in itself is a very large issue with his campaign.
Joan Lindsay is thankfully exiting the Village she has tortured in the very near future. With three alternative candidates for Mayor, it is time to clean the slate and end the nightmare that the residents have had to endure with over the last four years. I implore everyone to vote in the next 10 days. Vote for a New and Professional start over for our community. However, when you vote remember history because history always has a chance to repeat itself, for better or worse.