Due to sexual and illegal activity in the bathrooms at Ross Point Riverside Park, in the City of Holly Hill Florida, and without any input from citizens tore down the park bathrooms Monday. Where will people go to the bathrooms now? Right up the street to Sunrise Park where the city commissioners Rick Glass, Donnie Moore, John Penny, and Liz Towsley Patton, Mayor Roy Johnson, City Manager James McCroskey, and Holly Hill Police Department Chief of Police Mark Barker have ignored complaints from local businesses and citizens who have reported sexual and illegal activity there, drug dealing and advertised drug rehab meetings sponsored by Daytona AA and Daytona NA.
It is obvious it is who you know in the City of Holly Hill Fl, to get anything done! If it were not for the complaints from fancy Bed and Breakfast The River Lily Inn directly across the street from Ross Point Park, I doubt these bathrooms would ever have been torn down. The River Lily Inn is well connected in Holly Hill circles and was successful in solving their problems with the park bathrooms.
You should not have to own a fancy B&B or be Marina Grande On The Halifax to get the city to listen! Citizens have had death threats, and continue to be harassed from Daytona AA and NA members, and continue to have meetings in Sunrise Park, Holly Land Park and Centennial Park despite complaints from locals. They refuse to pay rent, they just take over and tell people ‘we are having a meeting’.
When locals have complained about drug dealing, sexual activity and having court ordered felons in our playgrounds via AA/NA meetings in Sunrise Park, Police Mark Barker has been dismissive. Formal complaints have been filed with the State of Florida against the Holly Hill Police Department in 2011 in reference to these matters. Yet still nothing is done about these complaints.
So I would ask the City Manager James McCroskey, and his good buddy Police Chief Mark Barker how are they going to deal with the soon to be ever increasing problems in our other parks now that they tore down Ross Point’s bathrooms? Mind you the Holly Hill Police Department is only blocks away from Sunrise Park, Hollyland Park and Centennial Park. Even with such close proximity, Holly Hill PD could not get a handle on the sexual deviants at Ross Point, even after they did do a sex sting in 2011 busting retired Catholic priest Paige Blakely.
There has been crimes of rape in Centennial Park & Sunrise Park along with other crimes like car break-ins. Is Holly Hill going to tear down those bathrooms too because they can’t handle the few parks with bathrooms? Check out Centennial Park on Saturday night at 7:30 PM when Daytona Narcotics Anonymous ‘Third Tradition’ has sometimes over 100 people having a meeting without any permit, fees and against zoning ordinances. They illegally park on the sides of the roads, making for a very hazardous condition. They take take over the park, and all of the available parking.
Also on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. we have a Daytona Beach Narcotics Anonymous meetings ‘Just For Today’ at Hollyland Park, and ‘Sunrise Group’ The Volusia County Intergroup AA meeting at 9:00 am Sunday morning at Sunrise Park. Why don’t they have meetings in the parks of Daytona Beach where AA and NA have their headquarters? Because Daytona Beach won’t tolerate their behavior and refusal to pay rent! Most at these meetings are NOT tax paying Holly Hill citizens. They are from Daytona and Ormond for the most part.
I guess the new City Manager and commissioners are getting spoiled with passing things through on the consent agenda. Now they even skip that formality and just do what the hell they want to do, and are starting to destroy buildings without input from tax paying citizens! How much did those bathrooms cost to build in the first place? Now even the bathrooms next to the Marina Grande On The Halifax, Daytona Beach-Holly Hill are always closed to please the MG on the Halifax developers. Again, the Marina Grande On The Halifax Condo developers have influence in Holly Hill Florida. Yet the citizens continue to be ignored.
Maybe River Lily Inn and the developers of the Marina Grande On The Halifax, can also convince the Holly Hill PD to do something about the growing crime in general in Holly Hill Florida. It seems the City Commissioners just want to keep telling the Police Department what a fine job they are doing, when in reality they are the laughing stock of local citizens and of nearby city police departments.
Check out this video taken April 24th 2012 of the Holly Hill Commission meeting discounting concerns by citizens of the increasing crime, and instead continue telling the Holly Hill PD what a fine job they are doing! What a slap in the face to the community!
Let’s see positive changes in November 2012, and see crime in our parks taken seriously.
Holly Hill Razes Bathrooms At Riverside Park
By CHRIS GRAHAM, Staff writer May 16, 2012 12:05 AM
Holly Hill officials have torn down the bathrooms in Ross Point Park, a move some hope will flush out illegal activity in the area.But City Manager James McCroskey said that’s not the reason officials closed the facilities.”We’re planning to build a sun shelter,” he said Tuesday.McCroskey said the decision was made months ago to shutter the bathrooms, demolish the facility and build a shelter later this year at the park off Riverside Drive near Sixth Street.Staff members are responsible for daily maintenance of more than a dozen bathrooms throughout the city, and McCroskey said he wanted to consolidate their duties.The item will be added to the 2012-13 budget and it will be up to the City Commission to approve the construction of the shelter, McCroskey said.”It will be a place to get some families out of the sun,” he said, noting there are other such shelters in Centennial Park and nearby Sunrise Park, which has bathrooms.
But shutting down the bathrooms at Ross Point will hopefully cut down on a number of problems reported at the park, said Mayor Roy Johnson.
“We’ve had lots and lots of complaints,” he said. “I think the only thing they could do was shut it down.”
In years past, Holly Hill police have conducted stings in response to complaints of sex acts being performed in the bathrooms.
In November 2011, New Smyrna Beach resident Paige Blakely, a retired Catholic priest and former pastor at a DeBary church, was one of six men arrested after exposing himself to an undercover officer, according to an arrest affidavit. According to court records, prosecutors deferred a case against Blakely as part of an agreement.
Johnson said police can’t arrest anyone unless they’re caught in the act. Taking away the bathrooms should take away the temptation, Johnson said.
“It’s a good way of not having things that are immoral around children,” he said.
McCroskey said he’s heard rumors of sex acts occurring in the bathrooms but he said he doesn’t think it’s limited to Ross Point Park or the city.
“Every place has the potential of having that problem, but I don’t think it’s unique to Holly Hill,” he said.
Daytona News May 14th 2012
DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL MAY 14TH
Holly Hill Demolishing Ross Point Park Restrooms Holly Hill, FL- Crews were out Monday afternoon, taking heavy equipment to the bathrooms at Holly Hill’s Ross Point Park. Back in November, six men were arrested as part of a sex sting revolving around those bathrooms.
Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker said after the sting that he planned on asking the city to change the washroom to a ‘single-use facility’ to limit sexual activity there. Calls to the City Manager’s office requesting comment were not immediately returned.
TV Coverage about sex perverts at Ross Point Park and how people can go up the street to Sunrise Park now! Thanks guys, thats all we need is more sex perverts and court mandated criminals at Sunrise Park.
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Photo after the bathrooms were torn down without citizen input! Which Park will the perverts go to now? ON the news they mentioned Sunrise Park right up the street!