MARITAL PROBLEMS POLITICS/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
December 29, 2014 Port Orange City Council, Port Orange News, Uncategorized Don Burnette, marital problems
First a comment from hank Springer:
I had spent 2 or 3 years going to most Port Orange Chamber of Commerce affairs, taking photos. Some of the photos were posted on my web site, as well as published in the Chamber’s newsletters.
The social affairs were well attended and liquor was served. Some chamber members attended without their wives and the opportunity to perhaps “flirt around” was evident.
At one great affair, there was a disk jockey and an amusing “Congo” line to watch. I was in a working mode at these affairs looking to get human and interesting pictures. I remember I was sitting alone at an empty table out on the back deck of the Riverside Pavilion watching the dancers, enjoying the fun and looking for good pictures to take. Mayor Green was at a table to the rear and at one point came over to me and asked me if I wanted to join his crowd at one of the tables on the rear of the deck. I told him no thanks, that I was enjoying the music, watching the dancing and taking pictures. Much of time while going to chamber functions were spent like a cop, just observing.
I saw two instances of what I might suspect was “friendliness” going on with two couples, at different instances. I could be wrong, but let me also say that I am not wrong about two instances where two sets of couples, all female, got “friendly” with me and my camera, and can I be bold to say that I took the friendliness as invitations to perhaps pursue? Two of the females worked together in a bank, and the other two females I dare not say where they work, (private business) because there are few such businesses around in Port Orange. We met more than once at chamber social affairs, and thus my suspicions. I am not trying to be holier than anyone, but at the time I had enough of excitement to hold my attention.
If I had been sure that extra marital affairs were going on, I certainly would mind my own business, and therefore the comments pointed to Don Burnette about possibly condoning such affairs I think are not warranted.
When the problems among our 3 prominent people first started is none of our business, and do not relate to politics or chamber business. The only caveat I can give is to straighten out your family affairs before they obstruct your political business, and if you are married, be careful of those chamber social affairs where both sexes maybe drinking and not with their spouses.
In my perspective the Port Orange Chamber of Commerce is an auxiliary function of Mayor Green’s city hall.
Don Burnette is a Catholic, has the right to bless himself and say Amen at a moment of silence during a city function. I find it wrong and disadvantageous when seeking reform in city hall to ask Burnette to clear the record he has in any knowelede of the trios’ problems. I agree that Burnette seems to be close to the chamber of commerce and special financial interests and I have asked him to get together with me so that I can discussed these worries with him. I will not press him, because I respect his right to pursue his political advantages where he thinks they are.
I myself am not “appalled” at the situation Sonya finds herself in. I know of no dirty details if I may say so, and if there are in this family/friend situation, I do not find it importantly relative to her political career or business with the chamber of commerce, opposition to Ted Noftall and activists, in the same way I found it irrelevant to the politics of Bob Ford that there had a been a sexual discrimination suit against the city when he had been chief of Police. I myself had been personally sued by a black doctor for 1.3 million dollars because one of my officers had caused physical injury to the doctor during the DWI arrest process. I think we all are mature enough to know that these things happen in police work, and that s…t sometimes happens in family affairs. I think it also fair to say that we do not accept s..t happening in city hall and operations.
Ted and Dianne, I think you go too far with your judgments of Sonya and Don, and I fear it will lead us astray from what is important in reform of city politics. With the exception of Don and the Chamber you pick weak grounds to start a battle.
sincerely — hank springer
- Captive couple called Sonya's Lawyer before they called Police
- GIMME MY MONEY!!