i get wanting to be hospitable to guests especially ambassadors of other nations however that seems a bit much on the part of the mayor. most of the infrastructure was all civilian but saint johns was a major port on that coast was it not? i dont know it comes off as potentially handing a future government too much information about your ports.
It does seem like the mayor got a little too excited with his surprise guests and gave them the keys to the city so to speak, if this translates to him being sympathetic to the German cause or just perhaps bad judgement we shall see. If he has any German leanings, he would be smart to hide them once war breaks out. James H. Frink was mayor of Saint Johns from 1910 to 1916 OTL, so he best keep his head down unless he doesn’t like his job too much. The German scare once wartime starts can be a dangerous thing for both sides involved.Please tell me that mayor will be hanged TTL.