January 6, 2018
A report from operators of the Key West homeless shelter addressing allegations of mismanagement was delayed for a second time at this week’s City Commission meeting.
Members of the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, which operates the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter on Stock Island, are slated to address former KOTS employee Mike Tolbert’s allegations that the facility misuses funds, has unsanitary food preparation and unsafe conditions.
Tolbert alleges KOTS Executive Director John Miller mismanaged funds allocated for shelter operation, suppressed information about a scabies outbreak at the facility and lied to city officials over the number of people banned from the facility.
In November, the commission voted 5-2 against launching an investigation into the facility after hearing the allegations, with board members Clayton Lopez and Sam Kaufman dissenting.
City Manager Jim Scholl took the blame for the latest delay, saying he mistakenly placed the presentation on the agenda after informing SHAL officials the report wouldn’t occur until the January 17 commission meeting.
The group has been open in conversations with the city and will meet this week with Scholl and Finance Director Mark Finigan to go over a recent audit, Scholl said.
Commissioner Sam Kaufman, who has been consistently critical of the shelter’s operation, asked for a written report to accompany the presentation and stressed that it is now months since the allegations were made and many questions are still unanswered.
“This is the second time that the report has been postponed and we’re approaching four months after the allegations of misuse of funds and unsanitary food preparation on site and hundreds of people being banned from the facility,” Kaufman said.
A list containing approximately 380 people banned from the facility has been sent to city officials, up from the previously reported 52 banned people, according to an email from Kaufman to Scholl.
“We’re going to sit down with them and I’ll make sure they have a comprehensive written report provided to you all before they come do the public briefing,” Scholl responded.
SHAL board members Alan Teitelbaum and Rick Casey, who are compiling the report, could not be reached for comment at presstime.
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As you two SHAL board members compile your report, not having, I don't imagine, ever spent one night yourselves at KOTS, and if that is true, you know zero about it, keep this past September love letter from your former KOTS manager about your executive director, John Miller, ever in your thoughts:

"Mike Tolbert‎ to The Wall of Shame 37 mins · Indian River Estates · This Drunk right here! Spends 3 days predicting fucking hurricane Acting like arrogant fucking asshole just over 2 yrs here from KY lot of hurricanes there.. If its not his way its not right. When Offered refuge from storm refused. caused KOTS to be closed a full day earlier than need be. Was on island with satellite phones never used them to help anybody if they existed. Lied to SAM KAUFMAN and city about number of people banned from KOTS when I ask a 100 times to please be forthright with the numbers around 300 plus. covers up a outbreak of scabies. Refuses to buy mattresses' to replace the torn and fucked up mattresses' because he is blowing the money on Case management services which one case manager got bogus ID for a Fugitive Tried to send a SEX OFFENDER. and burglar both wanted on Bus outta town after she was told they were actively wanted by kwpd. Instead of Job SHAL is paid to perform SHELTER MANAGMENT Has also ran the rural health network into the ground almost complains daily about key west people. Now tells me I am FIRED as Sheller director at KOTS Because I made the PROPER management decision to open before city approved because communication was down and those beds were needed. FUCK MR JOHN GRIFFIN MILLER very much. Sam Kaufman and city manager wanna see the proof to this post feel free to contact me. OFF OUR Island if your going to put our friends and family in harms way MILLER Drink another box of wine and ring your hands Asshole.If SHALS Board chair has a oz of backbone he will quit covering for Johns dumb shit. You wanted a fight well you should have stayed on the porch with the Little dogs. Buddy. Jamie J. Snediker Nicole Scott Jason Covington Michele D'Addio Drew Miller Judith Haney Share far and wide. all my Thankyou all for the support over the years"

And keep this, which Mike Tolbert wrote recently to me, ever in your thoughts:

"You care to see the timing of my firing and my whistle blowing almost 25 hrs BEFORE I was terminated I wrote OUR BOARD With My Concerns! As soon as John Miller Learned I wrote our Board I was terminated. Email and his Text are TIME stamped and dated electronically." 

And keep this from the homeless man Jesus in the Gospels, ever in your thoughts:


Matthew 25:31–46:
"But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’
“Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”