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No Responses to Stel Bailey Emails:


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NO RESPONSE
June 29, 2018, at 12:44 PM: Stel Bailey emails the City of Satellite Beach, Courtney Barker, to see if she could host a meeting at the Dave R. Schechter Community Center. “I just wanted to thank you for attending the last meeting held at the Kiwi Tennis Club on June 24. “I’m requesting permission to coordinate this meeting. Can you please grant us permission so we can work with the center to schedule this meeting? We appreciate your efforts.” – Stel Bailey

NO RESPONSE
July 9, 2018, at 3:36 p.m. Invitation to the City of Satellite Beach, to attend the July 20, 2018, community meeting and an opportunity to be a guest speaker.

NO RESPONSE
July 27, 2018, at 4:41 p.m. Stel Bailey writes the City Manager and city council of Satellite Beach, “I want to thank the City Council for providing information on the latest news section of the City of Satellite Beach, Florida website. We appreciate the information you have given. Your help is invaluable during this process…”

NO RESPONSE
August 9, 2018, at 10:55 a.m.  Stel Bailey wrote the City Manager and council of Satellite Beach requesting comprehensive testing with a detailed list provided by a professional and experienced environmental consultant and said, “We appreciate the fact that the City of Satellite Beach is taking steps to be thorough.”

NO RESPONSE
September 22, 2018, at 11:25 a.m. Stel Bailey writes the City Manager of Satellite Beach, Courtney Barker, about Erin Brockovich tickets. 

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CANCELLED JULY 20, 2018 MEETING:


On July 13, 2018, via Facebook group Satellite Hope & Health: the City Manager of Satellite Beach, Courtney Barker, commented on a Facebook post, “I just want to clarify that I never requested your meeting to be canceled.”

On July 15, 2018, at 9:16 PM: In response to Kevin William of Patrick AFB, the City Manager of Satellite Beach, Courtney Barker, writes, “We are trying to convince the cluster group to change their meeting or schedule another one.”


FACEBOOK GROUP REMOVAL:


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On July 18, 2018, City Council Meeting: YouTube Video.  In the minutes: [City Manager Barker addressed being invited to be on Facebook and that she will be glad to remove herself.] 

On July 21, 2018, at 12:10 PM: City Manager Courtney Barker to Tina Desovich, “That group took me off, so I don’t see that stuff anymore.” “They showed up to my council meeting and accused me of violating sunshine law because I was on the group. Be careful.”

September 18, 2018, at 5:12 PM: City Manager Courtney Barker sends an email to 25 recipients, including the Mayor and council members: “Approximately three months ago, we had a person that does not live in our City (named Stel Bailey) begin a Facebook page called Satellite Beach Hope and Health for Tomorrow. She immediately banned me and our council members from the page.”

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Statements made:


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August 29, 2018, at 7:11 p.m. City of Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker, in reply to a resident via city email, “It is election time, and there is a lot of misinformation on Facebook right now,”

September 6, 2018, at 10:37 a.m. City of Satellite Beach Councilwoman Mindy Gibson replied to a resident via city email, Having them speak for 3 minutes at council meeting gives good Facetime for them but does not accomplish much.”

September 18, 2018, at 5:09 p.m. City of Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker, in a statement to "city friends," I am very concerned that this group is using our City to raise their profile.”

September 27, 2018, at 9:15 a.m. City of Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker, in a text to Mr. Bowcock, “Makes people wonder if they really want to solve the problem or just get in the news again to bolster their new business.

Monitoring Citizen's Social Media Activity


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August 30, 2018, at 11:39 a.m. Starting at 11:39 a.m., 52 social media screenshots were shared via city email by City of Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker.

September 4, 2018, at 11:15 p.m. A friend of the city sends Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker & Councilwoman Mindy Gibson property information about DP Braden and Stel Bailey.

September 19, 2018, at 2:59 p.m. City's environmental program coordinator, Nicholas Sanzone, sent City Manager Courtney Barker screenshots of Stel Bailey from a Facebook group called “Satellite Beach Health and Hope for Tomorrow.”


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Sunshine Closed Meeting 9/17/18

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August 8, 2018, Ethics Training at 12:30 p.m. The city does a code of ethics for public officers and employees/article II, section 8, open meetings (sunshine law), and public records training.

September 11, 2018, at 4:17 p.m. “Bob Bowcock emails the city asking for a meeting with the City Manager, staff, councilmember… “ whomever you think would be appropriate.” Florida Health Connection is CC’d in the email along with Erin Brockovich.

September 16, 2018: City Manager, Courtney Barker, sends an email to Bob Bowcock with an administrative assistant Julie Finch, copied, “It has come to my attention that you have invited someone to our meeting that we did not. We have specifically left out people that we felt would be combative and non-productive. I am sorry, but we would prefer if you meet with others separately.”

September 17, 2018: James Sparvero from Channel 6 news covers our meeting with Mr. Bowcock before the meeting with the city. 

September 17, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. Residents (except a "friend of the city") and Florida Health Connection, are closed out of the meeting.

September 18, 2018, at 4:11 p.m. Satellite Beach administrative assistant, Julie Finch, sends an email to 25 people "respectfully on Courtney's behalf." This email includes Mayor Catino and council members, “There are many Facebook pages, posts, and groups that are spreading very disparaging misinformation about the City. These posts were made after we decided not to allow the public to attend the meeting we held with Erin Brockovich’s “water guys,” Bob. We decided to rotate out members of Council in the meeting.”

September 18, 2018, at 5:12 p.m. (misrepresented information): City Manager Courtney Barker sends an email to 25 people, including the Mayor and council members: “We did not allow Stel Bailey and her group in the meeting, largely because we knew that they would make a scene, video tape people, and then later edit them to change the context, and later post it to Facebook.” “Additionally, this group held a meeting with Mr. Bowcock at 9:30am the same day (our meeting was at noon). We were not invited to that meeting. Neither was the press and it was not announced on Facebook by her or her team members.” “It has come to my attention they now are going to attend this upcoming City Council Meeting tomorrow night. It is not very often when we need to ask for your help.” “We very much feel that their claims are ridiculous and we need to end the circus so we can actually get real work completed.” “I am very concerned that this group is using our City to raise their profile.”

NO RESPONSE
September 22, 2018, at 11:25 a.m. Stel Bailey writes City Manager of Satellite Beach, Courtney Barker, about Erin Brockovich tickets. 

September 20, 2018, at 3:57 p.m. Chief executive officer of Florida Health Connection emailed Chief Pearson asking for clarification on September 17, 2018, meeting and if it was under investigation.

September 20, 2018, at 4:25 p.m. Chief Pearson replies that it is not.

September 22, 2018, at 8:53 p.m. Sergeant Steve Owens wrote Mr. Pearson, Bert Berrios, and six other people regarding a resident who came into the lobby to file a report of a Sunshine Law violation.

September 24, 2018, at 4:47 p.m. Commander Berrios replies to Sergeant Owens, “I attended the meeting and no such violation occurred, therefore, we will not file an incident report or accept statements.”

September 28, 2018, at 11:38 a.m. Police Chief Jeff M. Pearson writes Commander Bert Berrios, “Did you take care of this as per our discussion?” in response to the Sunshine Law Violation email chain with Sgt. Owens on September 24, 2018.


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Satellite Beach Police


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February 6, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. Chief Pearson looks up a non-resident's address in South Patrick Shores and writes City Manager, Courtney Barker, explaining that he will drive by the address to verify it.

September 20, 2018, at 3:57 p.m. Chief executive officer of Florida Health Connection emailed Chief Pearson asking for clarification on September 17, 2018, meeting and if it was under investigation.

at 4:25 PM:  Chief Pearson replies to the chief executive officer of Florida Health Connection and clarifies in writing that September 17, 2018, meeting is NOT under investigation.

September 22, 2018, at 8:53 p.m. Sergeant Steve Owens, wrote Chief Pearson, Bert Berrios, and six other people to inform them of a Brevard County resident who came into the lobby to file a report of a Sunshine Law violation.

September 24, 2018 at 4:47 PM: Commander Berrios replies to Sergeant Owens, “I attended the meeting and no such the violation occurred, therefore we will not file an incident report or accept statements.”

September 28, 2018, at 11:38 p.m. Police Chief Jeff M. Pearson writes Commander Bert Berrios, “Did you take care of this as per out discussion?” in response to the Sunshine Law Violation email chain with Sgt. Owens on September 24, 2018.


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Emails to “City Supporters.”


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August 8, 2018 Ethics Training at 12:30 p.m. City does a code of ethics for public officers and employees/article II, section 8, open meetings (sunshine law), and public records training.

September 18, 2018, at 4:11 p.m. City of Satellite Beach administrative assistant, Julie Finch, sends an email  "respectfully on Courtney's behalf" to 25 people, including City of Satellite Beach Mayor Catino and council members:

“There are many Facebook pages, posts, and groups that are spreading very disparaging misinformation about the City.”

“These posts were made after we decided not to allow the public to attend the meeting we held with Erin Brockovich’s “water guys,” Bob. We decided to rotate out members of Council in the meeting.”

September 18, 2018, at 5:12 p.m.  

September 19, 2018, at 2:59 p.m. City environmental programs coordinator, Nicholas Sanzone, emails Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker screenshots of posts made by the administrator of the Facebook group Satellite Beach Health & Hope for Tomorrow.

September 19, 2018, City Council Meeting: YouTube Video Statements made by "friends of the city" who were emailed misrepresented information include, "hysteria building, this is a “wild goose chase, effecting property values, should take legal action."

September 20, 2018, at 8:27 a.m. Restoration Advisory Board member John Fergus writes City Manager Courtney Barker, “I suggest the City work with Brevard County to have the County formally assume the lead role in addressing the issues of per fluorides, cancer and dump site.” If the County will not take such action (shame on them), then I suggest the City unilaterally (after informing the County) declare itself out of the game except for the interests of those living within the City’s corporate limits.”


Other Friends of the City

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September 4, 2018A "friend of the city" sends City Manager Courtney Barker & Councilwoman Mindy Gibson links about detailed information on the properties that Satellite Beach citizen DP Braden, and CEO, Stel Bailey, own. 

September 17, 2018This same "friend of the city" is in attendance at September 17, 2018, meeting that other citizens were denied entrance into.

113 emails that we know of were exchanged starting in August 2018 between this "friend of hte city" and the City of Satellite Beach.

October 23, 2018This "friend of the city" sent an email to City Manager Courtney Barker & Councilwoman Mindy Gibson discussing Florida Health Connection and the concept of placing click bots on our ads with the city's help. “Can Nick make a bot program to keep clicking on the post? They pay per click.”

October 26, 2018Florida Health Connection sends this "friend of the city" a cease and desist order.

November 19, 2018This same "friend of the city" sends the city of Satellite Beach administrative assistant, Julie Finch, an 11-page document to print at city hall. 

December 7, 2018The 11-page document is received at the home of the vice president of the non-profit organization, Fight For Zero.  

December 7, 2018A court-ordered temporary injunction is granted for protection against this "friend of the city."

January 11, 2019: Friends of the city write the judge overseeing the injunction.

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Former City Clerk


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September 21, 2018: Initial public records request. 

September 24, 2018: Acknowledged the request. 

December 12, 2018: Follow-up email with an apology after Florida Health Connection asks lawyer to help get records. On the same day, Adam Shultz (cities IT) is added to the e-mail communication. He says there should be no issues pulling up Florida Health Connection’s request. 

December 13, 2018: Adam explains their email archive is down at 10:08 a.m. and at 2:27 p.m., explains the archive is working again. 

December 14, 2018: The city clerk writes, asking for better clarification of the request.

December 17, 2018: Florida Health Connection tries to simplify the process for them and asks for EVERYTHING from June 1, 2018, to the present. 

December 18, 2018: Florida Health Connection sends a follow-up email at 11:50 a.m. to see when the records can be picked up. At 11:53 a.m., the city clerk explains that they are having technical computer issues. We ask for clarification (since Adam from IT explained it was working again on the 13th). At 12:42 p.m., Adam responds, "The current issue has to do with indexing the entire email archive to ensure all messages will be compiled in the searches." At 12:54 p.m. we respond with, “It may be best at this point to ask our attorney to make this request as part of discovery in conjunction with the lawsuit...” 1:47 p.m., the City Clerk asks me to call but at this point Florida Health Connection prefers to keep everything in writing, and don’t realize she provided her personal cell phone. At 2:10 p.m. our inbox is flooded with PDFs from the City Clerk, many not relevant to our original request but relevant to Florida Health Connection. 

December 19 & 20, 2018 There is a meeting discussing the city clerk (written in the termination papers). 

January 4, 2019: Termination letter is written.

January 11, 2019: An apology email comes from the email of City of Satellite Beach administrative assistant Julie Finch, with the City Manager's (Courtney Barker) signature explaining, “The employee responsible for this mistake has been terminated.”

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