Destroying City Barricades
"With a Sledgehammer"
— Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson says the repeated destruction
of the city-owned barricades ("bollards") outside the First
Christian Church is what led her to meet with Hamilton Forman —
an elder and director of the church — in an attempt to stop the
destruction. The Parks & Recreation Department had erected the barricades
to protect the median from being destroyed by parked cars [see
photo]. Hutchinson says the 200-foot-long barricades were twice
knocked down. She said she referred the issue to city staff and that's
the last she knew of it. In July 2004, with no public input, a permit
was issued to construct 14 asphalt parking spaces on the SE 13th Street
On Sept. 20, 2004,
Forman startled the Property & Right-of-Way Committee by admitting
that he was responsible for destroying the city's barricades. You can
hear his statement by clicking one of the links below. The recording
is about 1 minute and 23 seconds.
AIF SOUND FILE (660K)
IN STREAMING REAL AUDIO (lower quality)
Times story about the meeting
the SEARCHABLE MINUTES of the meeting
account of Forman's statement appears on Page 3.
(289K PDF file)
of Barricade Destruction Exhange
Hamilton Forman, First Christian church elder and director
Peter Partington, chairperson and Acting City Engineer
Cal Deal, Poinciana Park resident
Edited for clarity due to much cross-talk.
Second question... when were the bollards and the sign removed?
Was at as the result of the [unintelligble]
FORMAN: I don't even know when they were put up. And
when the first time they put some in front of the church, I went out and
got a sledgehammer and knocked them out, and threw 'em to one side.
I wish you hadn't said that. [Laughter]
CM: Excuse me, I'm a lil' ... they were taken down as
a result of a permit issued, is that a reasonable assumption?
FORMAN: Um, no.... No I ... I had the permit before those
bal- those things were ever put up.
PARTINGTON: That would be a reasonable assumption, to
have — or Mr. Forman also said that, with respect to those things.
That's the way I characterize that.
DEAL: I'm sorry uh -- can we just clarify when these
things were knocked down? Because I don't think it had anything to do
with the permit.
PARTINGTON: These things being....
DEAL: The bollards. I know that had nothing to do with
the permit. They just went out there and knocked them down because they
didn't want them, and that's wrong also.
PARTINGTON: I agree.
FORMAN: Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
DEAL: When were they knocked down Mr. Forman?
FORMAN: I went out there...
DEAL: When were they knocked down?
FORMAN: Let me put it this way -- you put them up, on
the church side, on the church side, on the church side, you put them
up one day. When I walked out and saw they were there, I knocked them
down that same day so that we could continue to park in that area, and
I took 'em over to one side.
We think the city must have put them up, so...
FORMAN: Well whatever whoever put 'em up.
DEAL: So when were they knocked down? What day?
FORMAN: The the the same day, they the ... on the church
side, the same day they were put up.