Press Release | October 17, 2019

Latest News and Information about Sebastian Annexation

Greetings Sebastian Neighbors, 

It's Time to Take Back Sebastian!
Vote November 5th 7am to 7pm

Each of us has come to the City of Sebastian for different reasons, but each of us speaks with one voice to ensure what we found here remains and grows in a way that is aligned with the historical character and quiet nature of this wonderful city.  Our new candidates are experienced and knowledgeable AND, most importantly, they are committed to the goals and objectives stated below in our vision and mission statement. 

The Vision and Mission of our new Candidates are Clear and Necessary

  • Manage and control growth in Sebastian.

  • STOP the reckless poisoning of our water, wetlands, waterways, and ecosystems with toxic herbicides.

  • Implement a system of communication so that public input is an integral part of the discussion and decision-making process.

  • Bring in a city council that will welcome transparency and directness, employing management which acts from a basis of an inclusive partnership with its citizens.

With your vote, the New Candidates are ready to

  • STOP the self-serving, mismanaged actions, projects, agreements and clandestine deals run by current city council members and city officials

  • STOP a city council which has ignored the public’s input on annexation, has failed to protect our water quality, wetlands and ecosystems, has participated in closed-door discussions and decisions and has opened the door for uncontrolled growth and development that is, essentially, promoting suburban sprawl.  (have to question here if the Florida Sunshine Law has been violated from these backroom meetings and deals) Florida Sunshine Law definition as follows:

Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law was enacted in 1967. Today, the Sunshine Law regarding open government can be found in Chapter 286 of the Florida Statutes. These statutes establish a basic right of access to most meetings of boards, commissions and other governing bodies of state and local governmental agencies or authorities.
Throughout the history of Florida's open government, its courts have consistently supported the public's right of access to governmental meetings and records. As such, they also have been defining and redefining what a public record is and who is covered under the open meetings law. One area of public concern was whether or not the Legislature was covered under the open meetings requirements. To address that concern, a Constitutional amendment was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in 1990 providing for open meetings in the legislative branch of government.

With your vote, the New Candidates with this vision and mission are ready to

  • Implement and manage guided growth, to protect our water, wetlands, and ecosystems, and to bring transparency into our government deliberations and decisions, opening this council chamber to real public input and participation

  • Review, examine and analyze all proposed projects to ensure that our natural resources are protected, out ecosystems can thrive, and our waterways and waterfront remain viable – in essence, that Sebastian will always be the city we love and enjoy.

  • Bring their skills, expertise and training to work with and for the citizens of Sebastian to retain and maintain its historical and natural characteristics… its beauty and its assets.


Your Vote for the New Candidates will help us Take Back Sebastian!

Why should you replace the three Sebastian City Council members with three new faces?
Here are the issues that will determine the future shape of Sebastian and the quality of our environment:

  1. In the recent annexation resolution on the Graves property, there was a lack of transparency in the Council decision; a decision improperly handled behind closed doors.

  2. The current Council continues to allow the poisoning of our waterways by approving the spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides.

  3. The Graves Bros. annexed property, if developed as proposed, will likely pollute the south prong of the St. Sebastian River and ultimately our Lagoon.

To be successful, we need three new voices on City Council - three votes
out of five to remedy the ills described above.
Each of us came to Sebastian for different reasons, but each of us speaks
with one voice—to ensure what we found here remains and grows in a way
that is aligned with the historical character and quiet nature of this city.
All 3 must win to slow down this poorly planned annexation.

Damien Gilliams:
Charles Mauti:
Pamela Parris:

Please vote on Nov. 5th! Your vote for these three new candidates
will help us Take Back Sebastian!! Thank You.