PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – The Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty on Friday, March 11, 2016, hand-delivered a letter and a Resolution draft which provides the municipality of Panama City Beach, Florida an opportunity to extricate itself from the “Big Lick Animal Cruelty Controversy” in the future.
The Resolution suggestion was made to the Mayor Gayle Oberst and City Council members by Citizens Campaign representative Clant M. Seay on the Thursday, March 10, 2016, City Council Meeting. Mr. Seay said, “My concern is your City is going to get blamed for something it doesn’t deserve”.
MARCH 11, 2016 CITIZENS CAMPAIGN LETTER TO PCB CITY MANAGER
The Resolution, which is based on the positions and actions of the following flagship universities and organizations opposing Tennessee Walking Horses being exhibited with action devices (pads and chains):
- University of Tennessee
- University of Mississippi
- USEF (United States Equestrian Federation
- AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
- AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners)
It reads in part:
- “WHEREAS, the City of Panama City Beach, Florida, as a matter of public policy, desires to remove itself from the national controversy over the way Tennessee Walking Horses are trained and handled — particularly those that perform in the ‘Big Lick’ style;
- “The City of Panama City Beach, Florida believes it will be in its best interest, effective April 22, 2016, to no longer allow any horses to be exhibited at the Frank Brown Park which are wearing action devices (pads and chains).”
RESOLUTION BANNING ANY HORSES WEARING ACTION DEVICES (PADS AND CHAINS) FROM BEING EXHIBITED @ PCB – FRANK BROWN PARK
While addressing, Mr. Seay held up this document which in six days has now reached over 139,000 persons and been viewed 27,000 times.
When appearing before the TDC/CVB Tourism Board on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Mr. Seay said:
“You are going to spend $25,000.00 and get a Million dollars worth of bad publicity”.
POSSIBLE AD LINKING PANAMA CITY BEACH TO BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY
If the PCB City Council is going to “carpe diem” on a Resolution to permanently remove the “Home of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” from the “Big Lick” controversy, it will have to come at the 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, PCB City Council Meeting.
Nephew Eugene says the person responsible for PCB being in this situation is Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan, organizer of the Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Horse Show. So far, Ms. Milligan has not attended any City Council meetings nor the TDC meeting to answer for the situation she has created by inviting the perpetrators of Big Lick Animal Cruelty, the Walking Horse Trainer BOYZ, to bring their Big Lick horses to the PCB owned Frank Brown Park.
Last week, it was discovered that Ms. Milligan listed former PCB Mayor Phillip W. Griffitts, Sr. as President of the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc.,on her corporation’s 2015 Annual Report and most recent publicly available 990 Federal Tax Return. It also came to light that Ms. Milligan’s husband, Tommy, made a $1,000.00 campaign contribution in June 2015 to Mr. Phillip W. “Griff” Griffits, Jr., who is the Chairman of the TDC/CVB Tourism Board.
On Thursday, March 8, 2016, the Citizens Campaign requested production of any financial records possessed by the TDC/CVB Tourism Board”regarding Ms. Milligan’s Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc.”.
March 8, 2016 – Records Request – TDC/CVB Tourism Board:
“I request to be allowed to inspect and make copies of any invoices or statements submitted to the TDC/CVB from the Gulf Charity Horse Show Celebration Association, Inc. a Florida corporation, whose organizer and registered agent for service of process is Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan, that relate to the annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show event.
I also request to inspect and make copies of any all records of payments made to the Gulf Charity Horse Show Celebration Association, Inc. a Florida corporation, whose organizer and registered agent for service of process is Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan, that relate to the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show event.
I also request to inspect and make copies of any audits by the TDC regarding the specific use of any funds provided by the TDC to the Gulf Charity Horse Show Celebration Association, Inc. a Florida corporation, whose organizer and registered agent for service of process is Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan.
These three requests are inclusive from the year 1999 to the present.
Please let me know a convenient time when I can come by the CVB office to inspect and make copies of the requested documents.
Thank you. Clant M. Seay, Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty
Citizens Campaign representatives are scheduled to meet Monday, March 14, 2016, with the Panama City Beach Police Department officials to work out details regarding the public Protests of “Big Lick Animal Cruelty” planned for the “Gulf Coast Charity Trainers Show”, April 21 – 23, 2016.
Meanwhile, down on the Beach, life goes on: