PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – On Tuesday, the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty appeared before the Panama City Beach-Bay County Tourist Development Council and made an educational and compelling presentation regarding the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
- TDC members learned the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is issuing a federal Regulation abolishing the ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty;
- TDC members saw close up the cruel and inhumane 8 pound stacks and chains (action devices) used to create the “Big Lick”;
- The recent Big Lick internet scandal with the son of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame Trainer riding a young filly with blinders, tie down and platform stacks and chains. He also rode a larger horse with 27 ounces of double roller action devices, white panty hose, blinders and tie down.
CHAD COTTEN, SON OF HALL OF FAMER TRAINER MR. JOE COTTEN, RIDING YOUNG FILLY WITH TIE DOWN, PLATFORM STACK SHOES & CHAINS
- Horse Show Organizer Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan needs to explain over $20,000.00 travel expenses shown on the 2014 990 Tax Return regarding the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. when it’s a round trip 31 mile round trip from her office which serves as Horse Show domicile to the horse show arena at the Frank Brown Park.
TDC Vice Chair Mr. Andy Phillips takes a look at Animal Cruelty “Paraphernalia” necessary to create the sore ‘BIG Lick”. Mr. Phillips assures the Citizens Campaign that in the future no Tourist Development Council money will be provided to ”Big Lick” Horse Show Organizer Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon Milligan without notice to the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty so it may be present if and when such a matter might be considered in the future.
Mr. Clant M. Seay said he would share the results of an investigation into TDC providing $95,000.00 Tourism Tax money to the “Big Lick” Horse Show once the current Panama City Beach and Bay County elections are completed, and the new TDC Board is seated. TDC Chairman Mr. Phillip “Griff” Griffitts thanked the Citizens Campaign for helping educate the TDC regarding the “Big Lick”.
Citizens Campaign Representative Mr. Clant M. Seay said:
“It’s not illegal to have that horse show, but morally, it’s reprehensible.”
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY REPRESENTATIVES
ON WEDNESDAY – WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM FLIGHT FROM NORTHWEST FLORIDA BEACHES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI REGARDING PROSECUTION OF BIG LICK MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ANNOUNCER MR. TOMMY WILLIAMS IN JACKSON MUNICIPAL COURT
WWW.BILLYGOBOY.COM PUBLISHER AT THE CONTROLS
The matter in Jackson concerned when Mr. Williams was field arrested by Jackson Police Officers on March 28, 2015, for allegedly making internet threats against Mr. Clant M. Seay was dismissed Wednesday on a technicality regarding the wording of the charge against Mr. Williams which was apparently altered by a court official at Mr. Williams arraignment in July 2015.
The charges against Mr. Williams will be promptly re-filed and re-served in Jackson, Mississippi Municipal Court, and in addition, litigation is contemplated against the Mississippi Charity Horse Show, Inc., for the alleged criminal actions of its Horse Show Official Mr. Tommy Williams for making internet threats of physical violence and inciting violence by others which, according to Mr. Williams, were to take place at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
Nephew Eugene says word on the street is the 85 year old Mississippi Charity Horse Show will not be held in 2017. Reliable sources say the Founders trophies are being returned.
Big Lick Message Boards are saying, “I have meant to write for a couple of days to say thank you to the Jackson Horse Show crew…. They have worked so hard to make this the wonderful show that it has been for years. It is very sad that this is probably the last Jackson show. Breaks my heart.’ (Walking Horse Report)
The Citizens Campaign Change.Org Petition in February 2015 resulted in the University of Mississippi Medical Center severing all ties with the Big Lick Animal Cruelty, and refusing a $50,000.00 a year charitable contribution from the “Big Lick” Mississippi Charity Horse Show.
In 2016, the Jackson Community deserted the horse show.
The Walking Horse Report publisher Mr. Jeffrey Howard is also claiming: Celebration SHOW inspections show 96% compliance with the Horse Protection Act on 292 entries.
The USDA Horse Protection Activity Report shows that 23% of all Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses it inspected were disqualified at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show as being in violation of the Horse Protection Act (Animal Cruelty).
THUR. – PANAMA CITY BEACH CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 6:00 P.M. CITY HALL
On Thursday, the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty will appear before the Panama City Beach City Council meeting to update the City Council members and the public on recent developments regarding the:
- Citizens Protest at City Hall set for 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016;
- Citizens Protest at Frank Brown Park on Thursday, Friday and Sat. (Apr. 21 – 23);
- Possible solutions regarding eliminating the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty in Panama City Beach, Florida;
- Other recent noteworthy developments including U. S. District Court Judge Mark Walker for the Northern District of Florida who granted a Temporary Injunction in favor of Mr. Richard McMahon of Panama City, Florida to be able to exercise his First Amendment Right to freedom of religion at the city owned Frank Brown Park at a private event.
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION – Case No. 5:16cv60-MW/GRJ
RICHARD MCMAHON, Plaintiff,
CITY OF PANAMA CITY
BEACH, FLORIDA, ET AL., Defendants.
ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
“If it looks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.
So thought Richard McMahon when he saw the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally event being held at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. Thunder Beach, a large gathering of people interested in motorcycles, though organized by a private corporation, is free and open to the public and has no barriers lim- iting or restricting ingress and egress. McMahon saw that the event looked, walked, and quacked like a free event held in a public park, so he figured that he would enjoy the same rights to free speech that he enjoys in a public park.
McMahon is a Christian who chooses to exercise his free speech rights by passing out small pieces of literature called Gospel tracts. But when he began doing so at Thunder Beach, Thunder Beach officials asked him to stop, saying that they did not allow literature distribution at their event. McMahon said he believed it was a public park and he had a right to free speech, but no, they retorted, this was their private event, and he had to abide by their rules.
McMahon, undeterred, contacted the City of Panama City Beach, who owned the park, to see if he could distribute literature at Thunder Beach. After conferring with its attorney, the City told him that no, he could not. The permit that they gave to Thunder Beach, they told him, was for “exclusive use,” and that meant that Thunder Beach had the right to kick out whomever it wanted. McMahon asked what would happen if he passed out the literature anyway, and the City said that Thunder Beach could ask him to
leave. McMahon asked what would happen if he continued any- way, and the City said that it would send an officer to arrest him for trespass. Not wanting to be arrested, McMahon stopped passing out Gospel tracts.
McMahon now sues the City and its officials, claiming that it violated his right to free speech, and seeks a preliminary injunction allowing him to exercise his rights at Thunder Beach.
After a searching review of the law and the limited record before it, this Court finds that the preliminary injunction must issue. The duck test governs: Thunder Beach looks like a public forum, and so is a public forum, and McMahon retains the rights to free speech that he would possess in any public forum. The words “exclusive use” in the permit agreement do not change this. And in any event, the City cannot grant Thunder Beach officials the unfettered discretion to call in trespass warnings against anyone whose speech it might find disagreeable.
McMahon is thus substantially likely to succeed on his claim of a First Amendment violation. His speech is constitutionally protected, he attempted to speak in a traditional public forum, and the City’s threat to arrest him if Thunder Beach were to so request constitutes state action that is not a reasonable time, place, and manner restriction on his speech. McMahon has also shown irreparable harm, and the balance of equities and the public interest tilt in favor of issuing the injunction.”