Councilman Damien Gilliams interrupts recall gathering with a bullhorn

It started as a peaceful morning at Riverview Park Saturday as a large group of people showed up as volunteers to collect signatures for the recall to remove Sebastian Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti, and Pamela Parris.

However, Gilliams showed up and interrupted the meeting by yelling on his bullhorn.

“I was a duly elected official,” Gilliams screamed. “I was elected by the people!”

People from the group asked Gilliams to “go home” and “go back to your bar” before the police showed up. Gilliams told police that the recall group had no permit to be gathering in the park. Gilliams also wanted the group fined.

Standing with Gilliams as he yelled on a bullhorn was Bob Stephens, vice-president of the Sebastian Property Owners Association (SPOA), and Bob Bedea, a director with SPOA where Gilliams still serves as president.

Several minutes later, Gilliams gave up and walked back to the No Name Bar carrying his bullhorn.

The group, calling itself Sebastian Voters Against Gilliams and Parris, will begin collecting signatures sometime after May 20th.

In February, Gilliams confronted the PAC recall group because they didn’t have a disclaimer on their protesting signs. They say he was only there to intimidate.

There’s a special City Council meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. when Gilliams will make a proposal to fire city staff and limit public input as he did during the April 22 secret meeting. Sebastian residents are urged to either attend the meeting in person, or participate virtually on Zoom.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.