STEVE SATHER-THE LAST PERSON WHO SHOULD BE A CITY COMMISSIONER
Pretty strong words, even for us here at the Shadow, but we feel strongly about it. In fact we just can’t come up with any reason why a former, admitted drug dealer, who has few if any redeeming characteristics, should be a member of the Planning and Zoning Board, except that his long time buddy James Vandergriff needed his help to get his Alba Court property re-zoned so he could make a profit. We say that knowing him well for many years and the bottom line is he a fringe member of the Vandergriff “mafia” and hangs in there with the same special interest groups that have sucked this town dry for many years, including many of the current City Commission.
Steve fancies himself a mover and shaker; just take a gander at the picture that has made its way around town lately with him sucking on a big cigar while out playing golf with the in-crowd from the Chamber and others from the Anglers Club, both of who think they own this town. Remember the SEV Chamber lives rent free in one of you, the taxpayer’s buildings, while the Anglers Club sit fat, dumb and happy on your waterfront property worth close to $3,000,000, while paying a mere $25.00 per year. And they got that deal through a backroom 100 year lease in the 1940’s that a well regarded law firm on Orlando said was not valid from the beginning. Now just what kind of legitimate politician gives a club of white only males a 100 year lease for essentially nothing for 100 years? None that could be called transparent or tax payer friendly.
Add into that the freebies that are continually bestowed upon the Marine Discovery Center, again at our, the taxpayer’s expense, and begging to see the breath of Jim Vandergriff’s behind the scene empire. The Marine Discovery Center was his brainchild under the guise of economic development and it has managed, we believe, to not only not bring in any tax revenue to the City or increase tourism spending. It has evolved into the opposite, a tax guzzling monolith that never seems to get enough of your money or land. Recently, a group even had to fight the City to get taxpayer funded and owned dock opened back up after the Marine Discovery Center locked it off from public access and posted no trespassing sign. And the City, through its Assistant City Manager, was not forthcoming and remained evasive until the State stepped in threatened removal of previously approved grant monies. Since then, the gate has since been removed. This is more handiwork supported by Vandergriff and Steve Sather is his runner and handyman.
In addition, it has come to our attention that Mr. Sather owes money on beachside since the early 2000's and despite his claims of business success in his campaign literature, he has not paid this money back. In fact he claims he does not have it. If he can't manage his own finances why would you want to let him have access to your tax dollars?
In summary, Sather demonstrated that he can’t be trusted when he decided to both sell and use drugs, in many cases to the determent of children in this community. He has further demonstrated that he has no independent thought and merely does the bidding of Vandergriff; in fact that is why he got into the 2009 election as well as this one. More Vandergriff insider maneuvering. We will be do more stories on Steve in the future, but for now suffice to say he does not deserve your vote if you want transparent, tax payer focused government, free from undue influences by the special interest groups who could care less about anything but their own profit margins and freebies paid for by you the tax payer.