Director Sallade reprimanded
Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade has been suspended for five days without pay for "inflammatory statements" he made during a presentation at Edison State College Charlotte Campus in Punta Gorda, according to county records.
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#1 Jun 22, 2012
This is not the first time Wayne Sallade, a first-class back end of a mule, has opened his mouth and inserted his hoof. I'm sure others have their own examples, but I will always remember "Mr. Charlotte High School Football Cheerleader" quasi-apologizing for the remarks he made in openly rooting against Port Charlotte in a game at the then Hurricane Charley-damaged CHS stadium at the end of the 2005 season. The Sun's Rob Shore took Mr. Sallade to task for his comments and the following game, the blowhard with the microphone "apologized" for anyone he offended, inciting not only the fans in front of him in the stands to applaud in his favor but also making things very uncomfortable for Mr. Shore, who was covering the game for the Sun at my request.
At the time, CHS principal Barney Duffy said that he might have to finally address Mr. Sallade's future "employment" as the P.A. announcer, considering the comments had drawn the interest of the FHSAA when the Port Charlotte A.D., Mark Primerano, addressed a note to the organization.
The long and short of it all -- Duffy was afraid to address the matter with Sallade for fear of reprisals to him (not surprising, since Mr. Duffy always has hid behind a hedge of lies with his own AD, Brian Nolan, when things got hot, like in the rebuilding of CHS's 9-lane, 395-meter track with the "O" lane -- so unique, as the school board was told by its nervous architect of the project, that it was a state-of-the-art track (it was -- there does not exist anywhere on this planet a track with a "O" lane).
Sallade remained as the PA announcer through the time I was the Sun's sports editor through the spring of 2008.
And now, once again, Charlotte County's biggest reigning embarrassment (if you look past, of course, members of the school board, the county commission (of which one member is Tricia Duffy, the principal's wife), Mr. Nolan and a culture that has allowed teachers to charge students for grade changes and athletes are allowed to be eligible when they should not be plus a hometown newspaper that, wink-wink, looks the other way as long as its bottom line isn't affected) has opened mouth and inserted hoof once again in it.
Which is why Charlotte County, Fla., will forever be where truth and integrity go to die.
A permanent suspension might be better for Wayne Sallade, and a new slate of political officials might be in order for paying this blowhard more than $90,000 to make a fool of himself.
#2 Jun 23, 2012
obviously the above poster doesn't care for Wayne personally.
Many of us who know Wayne respect him greatly and admire his passion and dedication for his job and our community.
#4 Jun 25, 2012
I agree! Interesting that Tropical Storm Debby is here while he is being reprimanded. I wonder who is taking care of everything? The city of Punta Gorda does not want their citizens to know that the whole city of Punta Gorda is in the highest flood zone of red. Currently the majority of their side roads are all closed. I think people get the idea. Might have been helpful had they been more upfront about it to residents and visitors and let Wayne Sallade and his volunteers place the collars on stop signs in the city. Instead they are everywhere in Charlotte county EXCEPT for the city limits of Punta Gorda. Sounds like the city of Punta Gorda does not want the people to know the truth. If Wayne Sallade has a flaw, it is that he cares about protecting all the residents of Charlotte County, INCLUDING the city of Punta Gorda residents. The city of Punta Gorda is more concerned about property values than safety. At some point you need to protect your residents. If you value your property more than your safety that is a serious flaw in my book. They did not allow Director Sallade to place storm surge collars on the stop signs in the city. This is a disservice to the residents and visitors who visit Punta Gorda. I love Punta Gorda and I would still go there even if it is in a flood zone. If you don't like Director Sallade's personality, that does not mean he does not do his job well. I for one want him on board if and when there is an emergency that needs to be managed. Would have been helpful to have him around for Debby......
#5 Aug 27, 2012
Wayne Sallade is the reason we did not end up like New Orleans. When one has done a job as great as Wayne does, THEN he can earn the right to criticize Wayne's ideas. Be reminded that before Charlie, Wayne had to defend his disaster preperation plans. And aren't we all glad he did!
#6 Aug 28, 2012
So which paid Sallade family member, friend, or hired employee are you.
That arrogant, self-rightious *ss should be lucky he has not been hung by the highest Charlotte Co. tree.
He was the biggest opponent against having a better Charlotte County Emergency Management building prior to Charlie.
He did not listen to official weather forcasters on Charlie, rather to his moron boot licking aids. Their comments of, "it will not come here" and later "we can handle it", can be sworn to and attested to all most a dozen people.
Wayne has one focal point, plain and simple. That is his own physical, emotionally, and finacial well being. Anyone, everyone, and everthing is second to those f&cking major concern.
So Beth, here is is in a nutshell, because of your pronounced support of this politicaly motivated hack, you are as complacent as Wayne in his complete mismanagement during Hurrican Charlie, and there after.
This comes from a law enforcement officer who was present when he panicked when the roof came off the old Emergency Management building.
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