Notice of Settlement Filed in Salvatore Case- Exclusive
Updated: Jan 31
According to Pacer Monitor, a court monitoring site, "Notice of Settlement by Tony Salvatore" was filed with the US District Court on Tuesday, January 26.
Salvatore had filed suit against the city, Mayor Bowlin, and then City Administrator Ryan Thomas claiming that the enforcement of a no living sign ordinance infringed upon his free speech rights during his failed 2018 campaign for city council. Salvatore had a second failed city council campaign in 2019.
The suit was a bit of a cause celeb among some who had campaigned hard against Mayor Bowlin's successful 2020 bid for a second term. Bowlin won the race with a 64 percent margin against Niles Stephens a former Ward 8 Councilman who was aligned with a coalition of anti-mayor council members who no longer hold seats on the council.
According to media reports, Salvatore and his legal team had initially asked for changes to the no living sign ordinance to allow for political speech. The case had been followed with QAnon like fervor on some local anonymous social media sites.
Although Wildwood Matters is not privy to the terms of the settlement, such agreements tend to be confidential and typically avoid an admission of fault by either party. Financial awards, if there are any in such a suit, are often paid by a city's insurance company and not a city itself.
Tony Salvatore had previously served as a Ward 2 Council Member in 2008 and 2009. According to the Post-Dispatch, he was convicted of municipal charges of "interference by a city council member and prohibited acts by a city officer in 2009."