Escambia County

Buzz: Perkins trying to derail consolidation

March 17, 2009

The buzz from Tallahassee is that ECUA board member Dale Perkins is there to introduce to the House committee considering the bill on consolidation an amendment to exclude the Emerald Coast Utility Authority from the consolidation commission and from the entire process.

If this rumor is true, Perkins is acting on his own without any board vote behind him.

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  • AnonCG March 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    LOL, Anony. Seriousy though, as dumb as my questions might be, I’d like the real answers. What is the meaning of “city limits” after consolidation? Can we finally report to the world that Pensacola has a real contiguous population well over 150,000 (not even considering the MSA)? Or will we always be hovering around 60k in the books?

  • Dead Guy March 18, 2009 at 8:57 am


    I’m a rate payer/resident in your district. I support the possibility of consolidation.

    I’ve read numerous articles about the proposal and have attaneded a well advertised public meeting put on by All for One. Please explain your contention they are senaking this through?

    What you attempted to do yesterday is not only sneaky, but down right deceptive and unethical.

    You need to resign your board position today.

  • needforchange March 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I am a ratepayer both in business and as a resident and Perkins never asked me. I bet there isnt any empirical evidence to support his claim that he has spoken to rate payers. Perkins action to protect his turf is EXACTLY why some folks think consolidation should be considered. Do we need a separate paid board? Do we need a separate entity with separate purchasing, HR, administrative functions? I don’t know and it isn’t up to me or Perkins individually. The bill if passed will create a commission that will study and make a recommendation in the best interest of all Escambia County residents. That may or may not include a separate Utility Authority. Ultimately the people who will and should decide this issue will be the citizens of Escambia County. Last year’s Mason-Dixon survey of Escambia County residents which ARE the rate payers of ECUA clearly indicated the jmajority was in support of the possibility of consolidation. Once again Perkins is spending more time in the CYA mode than he is serving Escambia County ratepayers.

  • Anony March 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    …yeah, and we can call it, ‘It’. Then everybody could point at the map and say, sit down, “this is It”

  • Dale Perkins March 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Why didn’t all for one approach the ECUA Board about being a part of consolidation like they did the City of Century, City of Pensacola and Escambia County. ECUA is not even a part of the title of the bill and until now, no one even knew the intention of all for one was to include ECUA in consolidation. Why did all for one try to sneak this through? Perhaps because ratepayers might not want to be scammed out of a bunch more money by other government entities. The maritime park is a prime example of people being promised one thing and another thing delivered. Perhaps we should re-vote on the higher costs and less assets of the new maritime park plan. This new plan has not been approved by the voters.

  • wild card March 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    What do Lois and the other members of the Board think about this????

  • AnonCG March 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I was just curious about something silly and of no consequence…if we ever do consolidate the entire county government, would the whole of Escambia County appear as a yellow (metro) area on future road atlas? Is there a point to “city limits” afterwards? Would the population numbers still divided into Pcola, Myrtle, WPcola, Warrington, Brent, Ensley, etc, forever undercounting the true size of the city? I know, dumb stuff, but just curious.

  • Jason Clark March 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Remember that those making $30K a year is “rich folks” round these parts. Where else in Pensacola you going to make that kind of money in this economic climate?

  • dirt roads March 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    the things a guy will do to protect his 30 grand a year “job”…