Pamela Parris Realtor & Councilwoman wants City to consider her health insurance

Sebastian City Councilwoman Pamela Parris.
Sebastian City Councilwoman Pamela Parris.

The woman who called Sebastian citizens “fat & obese” and our snowbirds “carpetbagger Yankees,” now wants free health insurance provided by the City of Sebastian.

Pamela Parris realtor and Sebastian Councilwoman has asked City Manager Paul Carlisle to discuss health insurance coverage for city council members at the next meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

In an email dated Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Parris asked Carlisle to put health insurance on the agenda.

“Please put reconsideration of health insurance for council members on agenda,” Parris wrote to Carlisle.

We tried to reach out to Parris, but she refused to comment.

Should the City of Sebastian provide Council Members with health insurance?

Councilman Damien Gilliams told us, “I already have my own health insurance.”

Councilman Jim Hill thinks there’s room for a reasonable discussion but doesn’t believe this is the proper time.

“I think there’s room for a reasonable discussion as to whether or not council members should have access to the City’s healthcare provider. What I don’t find reasonable are these three councilmembers trying to pack non-essential items onto an agenda when they know the public is in fear due to the recommendations by the Governor and are less likely to come out and opine. Seems shady to me but what would one expect,” Councilman Jim Hill told Sebastian Daily.

A Sebastian resident, who wishes to remain anonymous in fear of retaliation, said she doesn’t think the residents should pay for it. The resident said the City Council is not even a part time job.

“City Council is supposed to be a volunteer job of service to the community. How can we be raising expenses at a time of decreasing City revenue caused by COVID-19? What is Pamela Parris thinking? What has this council been doing during this state of emergency? They are spending their time wanting self-entitlements and perks while trying to remove our Mayor without cause. Do they know that most residents right now are fearful and broke without a job? Do they know that businesses have shut down? They are not thinking about Sebastian or the people,” the resident said.

As we reported yesterday, some members of the Sebastian City Council want to remove the Mayor at the next meeting. They believe Ed Dodd closed the last meeting illegally. However, City Attorney Manny Anon disagreed, and said the closing was legal.

The next Sebastian City Council meeting is at City Hall on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

Pamela Parris has faced public scrutiny in recent weeks with residents. Local citizens want her to resign before she creates more damage to the City of Sebastian.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. 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.