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Creating art is not a crime - except in St Augustine FL

Posted: September 27th, 2017, 8:15 pm
by mike

Court orders City to allow visual artists

Posted: September 27th, 2017, 8:22 pm
by mike
In 2009, the City of St. Augustine illegally retaliated against a Federal Civil Rights Court Order that reaffirmed the City’s painters’, photographers’ and sculptors’ First Amendment right to create and sell their art in public spaces.

Five days following the 2009 Federal Ruling, the City intentionally created a "Free For All" for ALL TYPES of vending throughout the City. The intent was to falsely manufacture evidence of “visual blight” and “public safety” issues against the City's First Amendment protected artists by allowing ALL TYPES of vendors to sell ANYTHING in the public fora, and to incite residents and merchants to demand the expulsion of the fine artists from the City's public spaces.

This video also contains the City Manager's admission of the City’s ongoing "Policy" of "Non-Enforcement" against ALL TYPES of vending, even though Saint Augustine’s City Commissioners have never "officially" approved any such policy.


Re: Court orders City to allow visual artists

Posted: September 29th, 2017, 12:26 pm
by RichWhitey
There's going to be more than a few pairs of eyes watching how they roll this out. You've got a mayor now who wants to see creative artists in the public venues. I've got Roscoe P Coltrane watching, and Duke!

Tonight's the night !

Posted: October 9th, 2017, 4:26 pm
by plazabum
Tonight's the night !

One hour until the city commission takes a vote to ratify six changes to ordinances that would end the standoff with creative artists.

Tonight is second reading and public hearing, so public comment will be allowed. A vote is expected to follow.

Re: Creating art is not a crime - except in St Augustine FL

Posted: October 9th, 2017, 6:42 pm
by bieramar
Is the meeting streamed on line - and if so, how do I connect?

Re: Creating art is not a crime - except in St Augustine FL

Posted: October 9th, 2017, 8:14 pm
by mike
bieramar wrote:
October 9th, 2017, 6:42 pm
Is the meeting streamed on line - and if so, how do I connect?
Bookmark this link and you can pull live and past meetings.

http://www.citystaug.com/citystaugtv/index.php

City implements settlement with local artists

Posted: October 9th, 2017, 8:49 pm
by mike
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City implements settlement with local artists
October 9, 2017 Government

Historic City News watched carefully as years of bad blood between city management and local artists came to a head, and a unanimous city commission voted to approve Ordinances 2017-24 through 2017-29 in order to comply with the terms of a mediated settlement in the case of Bates, et. al. v. City of St. Augustine.

This is not the first lawsuit against the City, nor the first loss for the City when it comes to enforcement of unconstitutional ordinances that infringed the civil rights of local expressive artists to create and sell their work in public places.

Tonight, members of the city commission voted 5-0 to implement the repeal, amendment, and creation of six ordinances approved on Monday August 28th.

On September 25, 2017 these ordinances were passed on first reading. Tonight, after a public hearing, they were read and approved on second reading.
  • Ordinance 2017-24 – Repeals the pre-1964 ordinance regarding Peddlers and the permitting requirements.
  • Ordinance 2017-25 – Repeals regulation of the West Plaza grounds now owned and controlled by the State of Florida.
  • Ordinance 2017-26 – Amends the regulation of the lottery system at the Market in the Plaza to preclude commercial activity, reduce administrative fees, and providing and indigency waiver of fees.
  • Ordinance 2017-27 – Amends the definitions for street artist and provides definition for Expressive Speech.
  • Ordinance 2017-28 – Amends the Mobile Vendors regulation to exempt Street Artists from the requirements, reduce the administrative fees and extend hours of operation.
  • Ordinance 2017-29 – Creates section 22-19 of the City code to provide for twelve First Amendment Expressive Activity spaces be created under the covered area adjacent to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility. It also provides for a lottery system, administrative fees, and an indigency waiver.

Re: Creating art is not a crime - except in St Augustine FL

Posted: October 10th, 2017, 11:34 am
by bieramar
COSA bookmarked!