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Feb 2008: County disarms the Bubbas

Feb 2008: County disarms the Bubbas

Bubbas On Patrol Seven years ago, Escambia County had to deal with armed code enforcement officers abusing their power. On Feb. 19, 2008, two days before the county commission voted to pay for the legal defense of its code enforcement officers, County Administrator Bob McLauglin sent a memo to [...]

Hatching the Rewrite, or Something to Cluck About

Hatching the Rewrite, or Something to Cluck About

During a recent trip to Key West, Pensacola City Councilman Larry Johnson discovered the island had a large chicken population. When he went out for lunch, the birds roamed freely around his feet. “In Key West, they have chickens everywhere,” Johnson told his fellow council members during [...]

Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

Coming Home to Roost (but no Roosters)

Backyard-chicken advocates encountered what Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall termed “a friendly council” Monday. The board unanimously decided to instruct city staff to explore loosening ordinances pertaining to raising chickens in city neighborhoods. The council was presented last [...]

City Slicker Chickens

City Slicker Chickens

Running across the yard, the children play with their chickens. They are not on a farm, or in the rural wilds of Escambia County. The children and their chickens are nestled into the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola. Picking up one of the two chickens, the little girl explains that it’s an [...]

Last Call?

Pensacola officials are eyeing a lawsuit against the owners of Tom, Ann, Buddy’s. The corner bar has earned a nefarious reputation over the years and, more importantly in this case, racked up $22,738.50 in code enforcement fines. “This has to do with code enforcement and liens, but it is [...]

Tom, Ann, Buddy’s Foreclosure?

Pensacola City Council on Monday, will take up the issue of filing a lawsuit against the owners of Tom, Ann, Buddy’s. Frequently attracting the attention of authorities— recently a police officer shot a patron in the parking lot—the bar may also now face foreclosure. The city is looking to [...]

Notes: BCC regular 4.17.08

These are comprehensive and long - but there are few choice items: Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – April 17, 2008 – 5:30 p.m. Governmental Complex – First Floor Called to order at 5:35 p.m. All commissioners were present. Commissioners’ Forum. "I would like to [...]

Is Walker out?

There is a persistent rumor that the head of Escambia County Code Enforcement is retiring. One source went as far as to say Charlie Walker was told to retire or he would be fired. We have calls out to the county, including Walker. No one has returned our calls yet.....

More on Bubbas on Patrol

WEAR TV has picked up our story on code enforcement officers also becoming corrections officers. Dan Thomas reported: Code enforcement made a big splash in neighborhood like this one a few months ago when they did a clean up sweep through here, citing people for overgrown lawns and in [...]

Lot owner pays $1100

Remember the story (Sept 2006) about a house being dumped on a lot on Lee and X Street. Otis English dumped the house without permission. English was hired to demolish the house. Instead, he hauled the structure on metal skids to the corner of X and Lee streets and left it there. English admitted [...]

CEOs are partners in recycling business

CEOs are partners in recycling business

Code Enforcement Officers Sotiri Thagouras and Steve Littlejohn (who are the subjects of this week's IN cover story - Bubbas on Patrol ) are partners in Environfirst Services Inc - a company that handles Catalytic Converter Recycling according to www.scrapspot.com. Wonder how this fits under the [...]

Memo: Combining Code and Corrections

....Looks like my rumor was true. Here is a memo we got from our public records request: To: Bob McLaughlin, County Administrator, Alison Perdue Rogers, County Attorney From: Ryan E. Ross, Assistant County Attorney Date: March 10, 2008 Re: Combining of Code Enforcement and Animal Control [...]

Moving code enforcement

Moving code enforcement

We heard over the weekend that there is some discussion inside the county government to move Code Enforcement under the Road Prison so that code enforcement officers can be re-classified as corrections officers and get their badges back. We will pursue this lead today.

Bubbas disarmed and de-lighted

On Feb. 19, two days before the county commission voted to pay for the legal defense of its code enforcement officers, County Administrator Bob McLauglin sent a memo to Charlie Walker, head of code enforcement. The memos states: McNesby has withdrawn all affiliation with code enforcement and [...]

Bubbas on Patrol cases

Through a public record request, we received copies of the lawsuits against county code enforcement and the Sheriff Ron McNesby. There are common threads. Both cases involved Saufley Landfill, construction debris haulers, Charlie Walker and Sotirios Thagouras. Case: Carl R. Gilbert, II and [...]

County code enforcement

The 2007-08 budget for code enforcement is $2,454,000. It's funded by fines and fees ($1,654,000), General Fund ($300,000) and Solid Waste ($500,000). Two years ago the budget was $1,296,349. Hmmmmm - budget has doubled. Must be tremendous pressure to collect fines.