Eddins clears City Council

September 1, 2006

State Atty Bill Eddins’ office has interviewed the city council members and others, and he has decided there will be no further investigation of the allegations made by Tom Garner (Garner charges City Council broke law).

I spent the afternoon in Milton on WEBY so I missed the fax giving the exact wording of Mr. Eddins’ press release, but this does clear the Pensacola City Council’s names. Garner still has the option of filing a complaint with the state ethics commission, I guess.

Kenneth Lamb informed me that he was in the room with someone who called WCOA during McCoy’s show with Marty. The screener was given the information from Eddins office and was asked to tell McCoy since he and Marty were discussing the charges.

Luke never mentioned the decision on the air. Never.

If the screener told him about the decision and McCoy didn’t tell his listeners, then McCoy owes the Pensacola City Council an apology. He has an obligation to give his listeners the facts and give them breaking news that impacts the topic he is covering.

Is there any wonder Marty hails Luke and Mark O’Brien as the only honest journalists in Pensacola?

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7 Responses to “Eddins clears City Council”

  1. MichaelO Says:

    WHile on the topic of honesty, allow me to express some thoughts I’ve had about the honesty of Mr. Donovan.

    Curiosity over the dealings that surround the plot of land that Baskerville Donovan Engineering now sits on has driven me to do a little investigation of my own.

    I’m not sure of any dates, but this is what I pieced together from some very reliable sources, and I’ve been told that Councilman Donovan will confirm this series of events:

    The city of Pensacola was very interested in buying the parcel of land in question. Though, the owner of the land had no interest in selling it to the city. While discussing the matter at a City Council meeting, the Council decided that it would be best to convene, and resume the discussion at the next meeting.

    In the time between the conclusion of said meeting, and the next week’s meeting, Councilman Donovan contacted the owner of the land, and negotiated the sale of the land to his brother, Fred Donovan, collecting a nice little commission on the sale.

    Now I ask you this…

    Who’s interests is this man working for?

    Not the city of Pensacola.

    If he were, he would have used his role as a real estate agent to find a buyer of the land who would be willing to turn around and sell the land to the city, collecting TWO fat commissions instead of one, and the city gets the land to boot.

    And he’s obviosly not looking out for his own family’s interest. He sells a prime piece of property to his brother, and then fights tooth and nail to stop a project that would skyrocket the value of that property.

    He is working for one person’s interest, and one person’s interest only… HIMSELF.

    This man lives to play devil’s advocate, and stir the pot of our community. He obviously feels that any ends justify his means, as long as those ends build him up to be martyr1 and savior in the same stroke.

    1Wow… never thought how Marty is just one letter off from martyr. Interesting. Self-fulfilling prophecy?

  2. MichaelO Says:

    Ignore the 1’s up there… was trying to get fancy with the superscript html tag (<sup>), apparently unsupported by wordpress.

  3. MichaelO Says:

    Sorry for any confusion on this post. There seemed to have been some HTML hiccups somewhere between my computer and the blog’s server.

    Here goes my original post (sorry if it shows up twice):

    While on the topic of honesty, allow me to express some thoughts I’ve had about the honesty of Mr. Donovan.

    Curiosity over the dealings that surround the plot of land that Baskerville Donovan Engineering now sits on has driven me to do a little investigation of my own.

    I’m not sure of any dates, but this is what I pieced together from some very reliable sources, and I’ve been told that Councilman Donovan will confirm this series of events:

    The city of Pensacola was very interested in buying the parcel of land in question. Though, the owner of the land had no interest in selling it to the city. While discussing the matter at a City Council meeting, the Council decided that it would be best to convene, and resume the discussion at the next meeting.

    In the time between the conclusion of said meeting, and the next week’s meeting, Councilman Donovan contacted the owner of the land, and negotiated the sale of the land to his brother, Fred Donovan, collecting a nice little commission on the sale.

    Now I ask you this…

    Who’s interests is this man working for?

    Not the city of Pensacola.

    If he were, he would have used his role as a real estate agent to find a buyer of the land who would be willing to turn around and sell the land to the city, collecting TWO fat commissions instead of one, and the city gets the land to boot.

    And he’s obviosly not looking out for his own family’s interest. He sells a prime piece of property to his brother, and then fights tooth and nail to stop a project that would skyrocket the value of that property.

    He is working for one person’s interest, and one person’s interest only… HIMSELF.

    This man lives to play devil’s advocate, and stir the pot of our community. He obviously feels that any ends justify his means, as long as those ends build him up to be martyr and savior in the same stroke.

    Wow… never thought how Marty is just one letter off from martyr. Interesting. Self-fulfilling prophecy?

  4. Joe Says:

    In an article on the subject, the News Journal quoted Tom Garner as saying, “Filing a frivolous complaint is a violation of law. I don’t file frivolous complaints.”

    Oops! The S.A.’s office really worked quick to get this cleared up before the election. To quote a great man, “so your latest attempt at sabotage backfired.” To paraphrase another great man, looks like the issue swam up and bit S.O.C. in the ASS!

    I’m guessing their biggest fear right now is a one-two punch of a potential counter-complaint.

  5. A Cordova Park Pro-Parker Says:

    Does the city charter allow for a recall referendum on a sitting council member??

  6. anonymous Says:

    Article 3 of the City Ordinances contains this reference: Section 14. Powers regarding elections, members, rules and business.
    The council shall be the judge of the election and qualification of its members and of the mayor and, in such cases, shall have power to subpoena witnesses and compel the production of all pertinent books, records and papers; but the decision of the council, in any case, shall be subject to review by the courts. The council shall determine its own rules and order of business and keep a journal of its proceedings. It shall have power to compel the attendance of absent members, may punish its members for disorderly behavior, and by vote of not less than eight (8) members, may expel a member for disorderly conduct or the violation of its rules; but no member shall be expelled unless notified of the charges against him and given an opportunity to be heard in his own defense.
    (Laws of Fla. 1931, Ch. 15425, § 8; Ord. No. 12-99, § 3, 3-25-99)
    Editor’s note: According to section 5 of Ord. No. 12-99, this section shall take effect January 1, 2001.

  7. An Observer Says:

    I see another petition drive in the near future.

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