Sunday, April 18, 2021
Florida West Coast
Jennifer L. Hamey Esq.
So at this point, if you don't already know, you may be asking what did this Vanessa Baugh person do? Well, I have attached the below complaint that I filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics outlining exactly what, in my opinion, she did wrong to violate Florida laws, Administrative laws and the Florida Constitution while in her role as a public official. Now disclaimer: this is just my personal complaint that I filed, and the matter is pending. There has been no outcome at this point.
Now at the end of the day, will these steps I've taken result in any action being taken place against Vanessa Baugh? I don't know. But I can sleep well at night knowing I took the responsibility to speak out about something that I think was really wrong. I have done everything I can do at this point to spread the word and inform people. Because remember, this issue is not about politics...it's about ethics!
The text below is from the Formal Ethics Complaint and was created using a PDF to Microsoft Word Converter. It is a reasonable rendering but should NOT be relied on for legal or professional reference.
P. 0. Drawer 15709, Tallahassee, Florida 32317-5709
"A Public Office is a Public Trust"
1. PERSON BRINGING COMPLAINT:
Name: Jennifer L. Hamey Telephone Number: (941) 932-6217
Address; 3815 US Highway 301 North
City: Ellenton, County: Manatee, State: FL Zip Code: 34222
Use a separate complaint form for each person you wish to complain against:
Name: Vanessa Baugh Telephone Number: (941) 745- 3703
Address; PO Box 1000
City: Bradenton, County: Manatee, Zip Code: 34206
Title of ofﬁce or position held or sought: Manatee County Commissioner
Please provide a full explanation of your complaint, describing the facts and the actions of the person named above and why you believe he or she violated the law. Include relevant dates and the names and addresses of persons whom you believe may be witnesses. Please do not submit more than 15 pages, including this form. Please do not submit video or audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, flash drives or other electronic media; such material will not be considered part of the complaint and will be returned.
person bringing this complaint, do swear or afﬁrm that the facts set forth in
the foregoing complaint and attachments thereto are true and correct to ﬁttest
of my knowledge and belief.
MEMORANDUM – COMPLAINT
I. ISSUES FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Did Respondent violate Florida Statute 112.3 1 3(6), Misuse of Public Position, by ignoring the county‘s lottery system for the Covid—19 vaccine distribution and instead unilaterally picking two zip codes in her district to receive 3,000 additional vaccines issued by the State, to the detriment of all other Manatee County residents 65 and over who had signed up for the lottery system?
On or around early February, 2021, Vanessa Baugh (hereinafter referred to as "Respondent") was approached by Governor DeSantis with an offer of 3,000 additional vaccines to be used for Manatee County at a pop-up location in Lakewood Ranch, speciﬁcally Premier Sports Campus. Interestingly, that location is owned by Manatee County as a park, not any individual ownership.
A. Florida Statute 112.313: Standards of conduct for public ofﬁcers.
Pursuant to 112.3 13(1), Respondent qualiﬁes as a public ofﬁcer subject to the requirements of this section as she is a "person elected or appointed to hold ofﬁce in any agency. . .“. Respondent was reelected as Manatee County Commissioner, District 5, on November 3, 2020 and was sworn into the position on November 17, 2020.
The second instance of violating 112.313(6) occurred just days later when after already excluding over 140,000 residents from a chance at the 3,000 vaccines (only 7,285 of the approximately 150,000 signed up residents for the lottery lived in 34202 or 34211, See Attached Exhibit C), Respondent created a "VIP" list to insure that she and several friends and neighbors got vaccines out of those 3,000 that were provided by the state. As shown in Exhibit A, two of the parties that she listed on her "VIP" list didn't even live within the two zip codes that she chose as the ones to get the vaccine!
3. Â§34-18.00113)(c) and (d): The degree to which the interests of all those who would experience the benefit are affected is substantial and greatly more advantageous compared to others. Millions of people are waiting to get a vaccine during a pandemic that has crippled our nation for almost a year. Respondent used her position of power to bypass every one of her constituents who have been following the rules put in place by her and the other commissioners to jump to the head of the line and receive a vaccine. Furthermore, Respondent chose to forego the needs of the rest of the county, all of whom she has an equal duty to same as her own district, to put the needs of her own constituents in front of all the others entered into the lottery system.
4. Â§34-18.001(3)1e): There was zero degree of uncertainty! Respondent knew from the very beginning her actions took away over 3,000 vaccines to the majority of those in the county lottery pool, for the benefit of two zip codes. Further, Respondent knew from the very beginning that it was completely wrong to add herself and several friends to a "VIP" list to insure they received the vaccine. By engaging in this course of action, she took the opportunity away for there to be an equal likelihood of all people in the lottery to get picked for the 3,000 extra available doses.
County Commissioner with six other individuals. In neither instance was what she did available to any of those persons. Neither the residents of Lakewood Ranch nor the other commissioners were given an option to pick zip codes to get the extra 3,000 vaccines nor did they have the opportunity to be put on a "VIP" list.
Section (8)(h)(2) of the Florida Constitution is that the ofﬁcer acted with a wrongful intent for the purpose of obtaining a beneﬁt which is inconsistent with the proper performance of her public duties. Respondent is an elected ofﬁcial who was voted in to serve as a Manatee County Commissioner. While she was voted in by her District, which is not comprised of the entire county, she is still obligated and has a duty to serve the needs of the ENTIRE county. Respondent intentionally chose not to do that. The exhibits attached to this complaint, as well as by Respondent's own admissions, clearly reﬂect poor judgment and an intentional failure to avoid a disproportionate beneﬁt to herself, her friends and to the residents of 34202 and 34211.
Florida Constitution, Article II, Section (8)(h)(2) states in pertinent part that a public ofﬁcer shall not abuse her position in order to obtain a disproportionate beneﬁt for herself. This Article and Section further outlines that an independent commission shall conduct investigations and make public reports and that said commission shall be this Florida Commission on Ethics.
Complainant will not re-address all of the arguments regarding abuse of power under this section as they have been adequately addressed in the paragraphs above.
1 Complainant notes that Section (8)(h) was previously designated Section (8)(g). And while all remaining amendments to this Section shall not take effect until December 31. 2022, the pertinent one to this matter did take effect on December 31, 2020.
Respondent is an elected ofﬁcial, speciﬁcally a Manatee County Commissioner. When
Respondent took the position she was aware, or should have been aware, of her responsibilities under the Florida Statute, Florida Administrative Code and the Florida Constitution to never misuse her position of power for her beneﬁt or the beneﬁts of friends and family.
Sent: Monday, February ‘15, 2021 12:58 AM
To: Jacob Saur
Subject: Names for lis
Names for vaccination requested
Robert E. Keehn. III,
Marie E. Keehn,
Sent from my iPad
From: Vanessa Baugh
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:57 PM
To: STEPHEN MILLER
Subject: Re: COVID POP—UP LAKEWOOD RANCH
Mr Miller, I did have a lack of judgment, however I did not have the vaccine and there were 200 more vaccines added today. I do hope that you and your wife will get it soon.
Sent from my iPhone
I AM A RESIDENT IN THE 34211 ZIP CODE OF LAKEWOOD RANCH. MY WIFE AND I ARE BOTH 72 AND HAVE HEALTH ISSUES. WE HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET THE VACCINE. WE ARE REGISTERED WITH MANATEE COUNTY AND READ IN THE OBSERVER THAT THE POOL IS AS FAIR A SYSTEM AS YOU CAN
HAVE SINCE ALL REGISTRANTS ARE SELECTED AT RANDOM BV COMPUTER WITH NO HUMAN INTERVENTION.
Sent from Mail for Windows 10 1
From: Jacob Saur
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:53 PM
To: Vanessa Baugh
Subject: Zip codes
Director of Public Safety
Manatee County Government
PO. Box 1000 Bradenton, FL 34206
The text from the Formal Ethics Complaint and was created using a PDF to Microsoft Word Converter. It is a reasonable rendering but should NOT be relied on for legal or professional reference.
This post is contributed by Jennifer L. Hamey Esq. The views expressed in this post are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher of BayPost Internet or any publications, blogs, or social media pages where it may appear.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
E. Eugene Webb PhD
The largest Jeep beach event in the southeastern United States is on in Daytona Beach FL beginning Monday April 19th and running through Sunday April 25th.
The major portion of the event takes place at the Daytona International Speedway.
If you own a Jeep regardless of the model, you need to try to attend this year's Jeep Beach. Registration for the whole week is just $80.00 per Jeep, and that includes all the people you can safely put in your Jeep.
If you want to go over for just a day or two, you can buy an infield ticket for $10 per person at the front gate of the Daytona International Speedway, and you will have transportation to and from the main event in the infield by tram.
That's when I'll be there. When you're in the middle of a Jeep restoration you're always looking for Jeep stuff to buy.
Jeep Beach is a great family event with lots of things to do with your Jeep and lots of things to do in Daytona Beach.
As I write this, about a week prior to the event starting there are already 3000 jeeps registered to attend.
For all the information Check out the Official Jeep Beach site
If you want more up-to-date information check out these sites below.
I have attended Jeep Beach over the years, and below are a couple of links to two photo essays that we did in 2015 and 2017. You can check out my photo essays at the two links below.
If you've been going for a few years, you might spot your Jeep either out on the beach or at one of the events. Before you're tempted to just click the link and hit download be aware there are hundreds of photos at each of these links. Individual pictures or the whole stack are free to download so help yourself. Just select the picture you happen to like go up in the right-hand corner click the download arrow, and here it comes.
Unfortunately, our latest Jeep restoration a 1998 TJ is not going to be ready to make the trip to Jeep
Beach this year. She's going in for a heart transplant this week. A new Jasper rebuilt engine, and probably will not be ready to make the trip to Daytona Beach by the time the event takes place.
If you're new to the Jeep family, let me be one of the first to welcome you into a great fraternity and a wonderful lifestyle.
Oh, and by the way, if you're worried about the kids, just bring them along, there are things for the kids to do lots of jeeps for them to look at and overall, it's just a great family event.If you're looking for the ultimate Jeep Beach experience, I actually think there are two. The first one is for an additional $50, or so you can take your Jeep out onto the Daytona International Speedway and drive a lap. If you've never done it before you may have trouble choking back a tear.
The other really great event takes place on Sunday April 25th it's kind of a non sanctioned event but the folks who run Jeep Beach have, on an annual basis worked out an agreement with the city of Daytona Beach for a Jeep Beach drive on the sand. You can trust me on this one it will be an experience you will never forget.
So come and join 3000 or 4000 of your newest friends. Bring your Jeep, your family and just have a really good time.
If you know someone who has a Jeep, be sure to forward this Post to them.
Hope to see you there.
See Doc's Photo Gallery at Bay Post Photos.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Florida West Coast
Maybe you are as confused as I am regarding how long the Manatee County sheriff's investigation into the County Commission Chairperson Vanessa Baugh vaccine debacle is taking?
For some background information check out this article from the Anna Maria Island Sun By Joe Hendricks -February 24, 2021 Lakewood Ranch vaccinations trigger criminal investigation.
From the date, you read this; it will be almost two months since the original complaint was filed. It would certainly seem that even the Manatee County Sheriff's Department can successfully investigate a complaint where the subject in the complaint has openly confessed to the matters in the case.
There is also a Florida Ethics Commission complaint which is in progress. These complaints typically take some time to resolve and so far, there has been no comment or action from the Florida ethics Commission.
While all of this has been going on, the Manatee County Commission has been wrestling with removing Commissioner Baugh from the chairman's role. Twice this Commission has moved a motion to remove dismiss Baugh and twice the vote has been four to three against the removal.
So, what is really going on at the Manatee County Commission?
I think the solution can be pretty much summed up in three letters SMR.
The Sheriff is an elected official, and he certainly doesn't want to get on the wrong side of SMR because their support both financially and politically are absolutely key to getting reelected.
The four County commissioners voting against removal of Commissioner Baugh from the chairperson's position are equally in need of the support of SMR if they are to continue in their offices.
Most disappointing to me, in this soap opera like drama on the County Commission is the decision of newly elected Commissioner George Kruse opposing Commissioner Baugh’s’ removal. His position regarding this matter goes contrary to his campaign position regarding the activities of the Manatee County Commission.
Given the very likely reality that any action against commissioner Baugh will raise not only the ire of the folks out at Lakewood Ranch but quite possibly and most likely the ire of Governor Ron DeSanctis. And nobody with any political aspirations wants to deal with those issues.
Manatee County is stuck with a bought and paid for County Commission that will consistently place the wants and desires of the big developers ahead of the needs of the citizens of Manatee County.
real solution to this problem lies at the ballot box, and then, only if the
voters will openly recognize that the highly developer supported candidates are
probably not the best ones to represent the long term interest of everyone in
See Doc's Photo Gallery at Bay Post Photos.
Friday, April 9, 2021
On Tampa Bay
Posted by: Sharon Calvert
$2.5- $4 Trillion Biden Bankrupt America bill
Biden and the Democrats are masquerading their Multi-Trillion Dollar Green New Deal as an “Infrastructure and Jobs" bill. It is actually another Democrat massive porkbarrel Omnibus Spending bill to advance Biden's radical climate change agenda.
· $115B to revamp highways and roads, including 10 major and 10,000 smaller bridges in need of reconstruction
· $20B to improve road safety, including for cyclists and pedestrians.
· $20B to TEAR DOWN EXISTING HIGHWAYS and INTERSTATES which are some of our biggest and most highly utilized assets in the country. (Ironically Biden touts the Interstate Highway System project as his model at the same time he wants to tear them down)
· $85B to existing and expanding transit systems and double federal money for public transit (that few want to ride)
· $80B to keep bailing out bankrupted Amtrak
· $174B to state/local gov't and handouts to auto companies to build 500K electric vehicles by 2030
· $25B for airports
· $17B to ports, inland waterways and ferries
· $213B to "retrofit" more than 2 million homes and build 500K homes for low and middle income
· $40B to "improve" public housing
· $100B for "Universal" Broadband for everyone (Democrats oppose the ENCORES project in FL that provides Broadband hmmm....)
· $111B to replace lead pipes
· $100B to upgrade and build new schools (Democrats want the Feds to have more control over our local schools, they will use bribes to do it)
· $12B for community colleges ("Dr." Jill shirked her duties for more money - "caretaking" OldJoe and their dogs that bite is time consuming)
· $25B to upgrade child-care facilities
· $16B TO PLUG OIL AND GAS WELLS (HELLO higher energy costs, higher gas prices & higher costs of just about everything you use or buy everyday that uses petroleum products)
· $40B to a Dislocated Workers Program (after government policies destroy your good paying job, they will coerce you to go build solar panels)
· $50B to to create a new office at the Department of Commerce dedicated to monitoring domestic industrial capacity
· $18B to "modernize" VA Hospitals/Clinics
· $10B to "revamp" Federal Buildings (does that include barbed wire fencing around them so they can all look like the North Korea DMZ)
· $10B to "conservation" workers and "environmental" justice
· $400B to caretakers for seniors and adults with disabilities
· $100B to "Develop Workforce" in low income communities (we currently have city/county/state/regional agencies who spend millions of our tax dollars every year on workforce development, often in our low income communities)
· $5B for community violence prevention programs
The Grandaddy of Big Black Hole nebulous spending in the Biden Bankrupt America Bill is $580B. These funds will be funneled to the Democrats "greenie weenie" cronies and donor base. Remember Solyndra who was financially backed by Obama fundraising bundler George Kaiser? (more below)
BBA makes unconstitutional policy dictates on local land use. It forces bans on minimum lot sizes, bans on mandatory parking requirements and bans prohibitions on multifamily housing. Oh the irony...the hypocrisy of Democrats ranting about "local control" when they prefer DC, a thousand arm lengths away, to rule over state and local issues.
Biden admits his Biden Bankrupt America is for government to dictate a total electric economy by 2035 which is just 14 short years away. Biden's dictates ignore expansion of nuclear power.
We remember the "greenie weenie" scandals from the Obama/Biden 2009 crony stimulus. Biden, who has never created a job in his life, was appointed by Obama to oversee the Spending. Taxpayers lost Billions that was handed to "greenie weenie" companies who quickly went bankrupt.
By investing in the infrastructure and technology of the future, we are not only creating jobs today, but laying the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st-century economy.
Two years later Solyndra was bankrupt laying off all 1100 employees wasting $535 million of taxpayer dollars.
Worst of all, Biden and the Democrats intend to bake in their massive spending into future spending. Biden and the Democrat intend to make it as difficult as possible to reduce or get rid of the new Socialists spending programs they created through $1.9T Porkulus and the Multi-Trillion Biden Bankrupt America bills.
Biden is no Moderate Democrat.
Cross Posted with permission from: Eye On Tampa Bay