Garner charges City Council broke law
August 29, 2006
Tom Garner has written State Attorney Bill Eddins requesting that he investigate whether the Pensacola City Council violated Florida Sunshine Laws when it deliberated over the Community Maritime Park. He wrote that there may have been the possible receipt of “unlawful compensation by members of the Pensacola City Council.”
The 26-page letter uses the emails uncovered during the numerous public records requests by Save Our City as the basis for Garner’s allegations. Public statements from Councilman Marty Donovan, who is not included in the accusations, are also quoted heavily. Donovan confirmed his quotes with Garner on Sunday, August 27, according to the letter’s footnotes.
My Blog is also referenced (Downtown Buzz).
This really isn’t anything new. These are the same accusations Marty and Charlie have been hinting about on their BLAB show and in the public for weeks. It’s unclear how big a role they played in helping Garner with his letter.
Either way it’s a shame that the names and reputations of eight Pensacola city councilmen, the mayor and the city manager are being attacked just five days before the vote on the Vince Whibbs, Sr., Community Maritime Park.
State Atty Eddins still has to decide if he believes Garner’s charges are worthy of an investigation.
It may take days before Eddins makes any announcements. It may take months to clear Donovan’s fellow councilmen’s names.
Don’t expect Marty “Bilbo” Donovan to win any popularity contests in City Hall. And don’t expect them to site quietly by any longer while their fellow councilman, Mr. Donovan, insinuates inside deals and helps their political opponents try to defeat them in the November.
Meanwhile, the Community Maritime Park needs to be voted on. It’s merits need to be judged purely on the facts of the proposal. Will the stadium-conference center/UWF classroom-maritime museum combination be strong enough to attract more private investment to the park and revitalize the community? Can it be paid for with CRA funds without burdening the citizens? Are they proper safeguards to protect the public interest?
I warned you that SOC would play dirty…expect it to get worse.