June 30, 2006
Q100 Morning crew host John Stuart has been filling in on his sister station’s show Pensacola Speaks (WCOA) this week. Regular host Luke McCoy has been on vacation.
Stuart is much more progressive thinker than Luke and has challenged the anti-park crowd that is the core of McCoy’s listening audience.
Marty Donovan got so upset with Stuart that he hunted down Luke and demanded that WCOA pull John Stuart off the air. Of course, WCOA refused.
June 30, 2006
Just received notice from George Touart, Esc. County Adminstrator.
A special Board of County Commissioners’ meeting has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m., July 6, 2006, concerning renovation of jail cells for the Escambia County’s Sheriff Office. The meeting will be held in Board Chambers, Third Floor, Old County Court House Building, 223 Palafox Place.
June 30, 2006
Local ACLU head Susan Watson noticed at Sheriff McNesby & Marie Young’s public forum on Monday that several of McNesby’s officers were getting a cell phone calls while the Sheriff was speaking. One by one the officers were answering their phones. They were visibly upset.
She overheard statements like “You’ve got to be kidding.” “Not now.”
What was the emergency? Watson later learned that they almost had another incident with an inmate in the jail while the forum was occurring. Fortunately, it was handled without injury or death.
June 30, 2006
There are some notables in the community that are worried about their names being linked to the recent busted porn site.
Pensacola Young Professionals is going strong. Continues to add members.
City of Pensacola is upset with Slumlord buzz item. They’ve asked for a meeting with me.
Discussion among attorneys present about the Judge Allen ruling and Fred Levin’s firey response.
Several advertisers came forward to say how well their ads were working – always good to hear.
The Band – Reynosa – did well and brought a crowd.
No arrests were made.
June 30, 2006
At a Putnam County Republican dinner last weekend, the Senate candidate and Republican Congresswoman made a shocking claim. Several of Florida’s House Democrats, she said, told her they are rooting for her to defeat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D). The Orlando Sentinel’s Jim Stratton, rightfully incredulous, contacted the state’s seven House Democrats.
June 29, 2006
Community Maritime Park needs to counter the Save Our City talk about the waterfront park being an insider deal.
Mix reviews on EW Bullock’s working behind the scenes with the CMP group and for the City. Some feel Studer, et al need to distance themselves from Bullock and make it clear he wasn’t paid by them. Others see it as non-news.
League of Women Voters is looking to host a public debate on the park in August. May televise on it on WSRE.
Some buzz about the porn ring bust. WEAR & PNJ are all over the place trying to get list of customers. Was it timed to distract public from jail deaths?
Speaking of PNJ – expect news stories to improve – reporters are required to bring in 10 story ideas to their editorial meetings.
Ron Smith (Dem for Gov) will be here July 18 to launch a bus tour of the state – still in planning stages.
Larger crowd than usual.
June 28, 2006
Based on comments made by Escambia Co. Sheriff Ron McNesby and former Jail Director Dennis Williams, the reasons for the deaths at the Escambia County Jail are as follows:
- It’s a community problem of dealing with an increase of mentally ill people and nowhere to house them.
- It’s a training issue – corrections officers aren’t properly trained to deal with mentally ill.
- It’s a facility issue – jail doesn’t have proper cells for mentally ill.
- It’s a state problem – state is no longer taking on mentally ill.
- It’s a county commission problem – the county commissioners need to fund the jail better.
- It’s an overcrowding issue – 300 more inmates than jail can handle.
- It’s a staffing issue – jail is understaffed by 42 officers.
- It’s a pay issue – starting salaries for correction officers is only $28,000.
If we accept these explanations, then we’re left with the questions – Why did it take three deaths to reveal these problems? Why hasn’t the ESCO and the entire Escambia Co. govt. been more proactive?
June 28, 2006
Pd.Pol.Ad. paid for by
Save our City
Political Action Committee
P.O. Box 464
Pensacola, FL 32591
Meetings every Tuesday at 6:00 at Bayview Park Senior Center
Watch us on BLAB every Sunday at 5:30 P.M
June 27, 2006
Mr. John Fogg, Mayor
City of Pensacola
P.O. Box 12910
Pensacola, FL 3252
Dear Mayor Fogg:
The Pensacola city manager, city employees and city council members are planning on, or will be, using city property and city financial resources to communicate and “educate” or explain to the public the Community Maritime Park Project (Project) to be placed on the Trillium property. As you are aware, educate involves bring all the facts and information to the public, not just the position advanced by the City or the Community Maritime Park Associates (CMPA).
The above individuals are also paid employees of ALL the citizens of Pensacola. As such, they have an obligation to represent ALL the voters of Pensacola.
Save Our City PAC gathered 7,122 valid signatures of the active voters of Pensacola who petitioned the City Council to hold a referendum on the city Council action approving the Project and the agreements with the CMPA. These voters and citizens who signed the petition also have a right to have a voice in any electioneering communications or education on the Project that is presented by the City.
We believe Save Our City PAC represent the signers of the Petition and as such, we are specifically requesting that we be allowed representation and/or a place to present our side of the Project on any and all presentations, literature, mail outs, letters or other communications concerning the Project that the City presents, prints, publishes or mails to the public using City resources.
We do not propose or desire to limit or restrict any communications or impose our viewpoint upon the City or any individual or organization that seeks information on the Project. However, we request that any presentations or communications to individual(s) or organization(s) made by employees, agents, representatives or elected officials of the City that purports to “educate or explain” the Project also contain the following statement; “A petition drive by voters in Pensacola has forced the city to hold a referendum on the Project. Their information and position can be found at WWW.SaveOurCityPAC.org or Phone 221-3839.”
We further request that any City communication that is intended for distribution to the public using radio, television (including BLAB), mail outs, flyers, handouts, brochures, cards or other written communications also include a section or time slot where we may present our side of the project.
In the case of written communications, we would furnish our copy in a timely fashion so that it can be inserted into the written piece and that we have final editorial rights on our content. In the case of television or radio, the City would furnish us equal time at an approximately equal time slot prior to the referendum date.
We do not expect to be part of any program presented by the City or its representatives that has been requested by Civic Clubs or similar broad based community clubs or organizations as these membership organizations generally allow equal time for both sides of an election issue to be presented. However as a courtesy to the many citizens in the community who do not support this project we believe the above statement expressing our opposition to the project should be given during the City’s presentation. We would extend the same courtesy to the City on any presentations that we make to community groups.
Thank you for your attention to this request.
Charles Fairchild, Chairman
June 28, 2006
124 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
To:Sonya Daniels, Escambia Co. Office of Public Information
From:Rick Outzen, Publisher
Re: Public Records Request
In order to save Escambia County time and money, the Independent News will start faxing copies of our Public Records Request for information – to which state law mandates that we are entitled – to Collier Merrill.
Is there anyone else to whom we need to also fax copies of our requests before the records are released?
Background: Today the Independent News made three records requests of Escambia County. Copies of the requests were faxed to a stockholder in the paper – Collier Merrill – within hours. We thought we would speed of the process by cutting out the middle man.
For the record, we have another record request that is over three weeks old. Also Collier Merrill has no input or control over the content of the Independent News.
June 27, 2006
The Executive Committee of the Santa Rosa County Republican party has voted to oppose the penny local sales tax for roads. This decision puts the GOP in direct opposition to the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners that is filled with Republicans.
The commissioners have identified $326 million in road improvements need for Santa Rosa County over the next 10 years. The local option sales tax will fund a little more than half of the projects. Other revenues will come from franchise fees and impact fees. The Santa Rosa County voters will vote on the penny sales tax this fall.
That motion for the Republican party to oppose the sales tax was made by Jerry Cooey who ran against Don Salter last election. There was a lot of discussion on the issue. The vote passed 15 yea, 7 nay and 1 abstention.
Meanwhile people are dying on Santa Rosa County road nearly every week.