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McCollum and Miller powerless, can only wail

McCollum and Miller powerless, can only wail

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Congressman Jeff Miller spoke today at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. McCollum had heard that 120 skimming vessels were headed to the Gulf of Mexico, only to be corrected by BP representative who said that BP COO Doug Suttles had only [...]

Now Crist asks for $100M from BP

Now Crist asks for $100M from BP

On May 17, Gov. Charlie Crist had in his office BP CEO Tony Hayward. Instead of pressing for money for the oil clean-up, the Florida governor only got $25 million from the CEO ---for tourism advertising, not hard expenses. This weekend---nearly three weeks later- Crist demands $100M from BP. What [...]

Escambia Oil Update

From PIO Sonya Daniel: *Escambia Disaster Response* - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill *Sunday, June 6 - 5:30 p.m. - Update #37* * If you see tar or oiled debris on the beach, *DO NOT PICK IT UP*. Report it to I-877-272-8335, #DEP from a cell phone or 1-866-448-5816. * If you find oiled or [...]

My Press Conference Pledge

My Press Conference Pledge

From now on, I will do my best to attend every EOC press conference. I will be just as aggressive as I was yesterday--asking direct questions and holding elected officials and BP accountable for their statements and actions. You might want to watch them. I know Escambia County broadcasts them [...]

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

At the Sunday, June 6, 4:30 pm press conference, BP had no representative. I asked Commissioners Gene Valentino and Kevin White, "Shouldn't BP be a part of this press conference since that are actually responsible for this? Shouldn't they be at every meeting we have?" "They should be at every [...]

News: Should beaches be closed?

News: Should beaches be closed?

The Associated Press spent a significant part of yesterday's press conferences focusing on whether our beaches should be closed. The Pensacola New Journal used some of the AP coverage for their article today on that issue. While the Escambia County Commission is the final authority on the [...]

Is BP punishing Charter Boat leaders?

Is BP punishing Charter Boat leaders?

One of my sources for my article on the Vessels of Opportunity for The Daily Beast was Scott Robson, president of the Destin Charter Boat Association. Robson is also the captain that took Gov. Charlie Crist on the Gulf over Memorial Day weekend to show him the plight of those who live off the [...]

Special EC County Commission Meeting

Press Release: The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 10 at 8:45 a.m. to handle issues relating to the oil spill. The meeting will be held in the county commission chambers at 221 Palafox Place, first floor, Pensacola. The committee of [...]

BP hires unemployed to work beaches

BP hires unemployed to work beaches

Actual Press Release : Date June 5, 2010 MOBILE, Ala. – The Unified Command in Mobile announced today the first deployment of the Qualified Community Responder (QCR) program that will put unemployed individuals to work in the counties that may be affected by the oil spill. Working closely [...]

Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Because we have been so tight for space in the paper, we've not run Rants & Raves for the past month. Here are some the letters to the editor and emails that we've received: Rick: Great job on Countdown. I've been wondering why I felt as though I had woken up in a alternate reality. As [...]

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

I returned to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center for the first time in four weeks...and I got some memorable quotes and answers that reputed much of what BP spokesperson Lucia Bustamonte said on WEAR TV last evening. Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson welcomed me back to [...]

BP offers photo op to national media

BP offers photo op to national media

BP is still working hard to win over the national media. Here are photos taken by Kim Carmichael of the media looking at the tugboat that is supposed to decontaminate the boats that ride through the BP oil plumes --I've a couple of our own:

Why I call them BP Barbies

Why I call them BP Barbies

I've taken some heat for not being politically correct with my description of the spokeswomen for British Petroleum as "BP Barbie." On Saturday night, WEAR TV 3 had a live interview with yet another spokesperson for BP: Lucia Bustamante, Director Public Affairs at BP America. (See here). I was [...]

Pensacola Blogs ranked in Top 10

Pensacola Blogs ranked in Top 10

BlogNetNews ranks the most influential blogs in the state. Our area has top in the top 10: Ricksblog.biz and Pensacola Beach Blog: 1: ricksblog.biz 2: EYE ON MIAMI 3: The Buzz 4: South Florida Daily Blog 5: Central Florida Political Pulse 6: Jax Daily 7: Naked Politics 8: Pensacola [...]

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