Who is Tom Garner?

August 30, 2006

lensTom Garner has asked State Atty Bill Eddins to investigate the Pensacola City Council (Garner charges City Council broke law). The Renee Perry mentioned in the article is the paid volunteer coordinator of Save Our City.

The Pensacola News Journal’s Shelia Ingram did a cover story on Garner in December 2002. I

EDIT – 8/31/06 – The PNJ has told us to delete the article. If you want to read it, you will need a public library card and to search the West Florida Regional Library newspaper database online. I also recommend you read Tom Garner’s comments about the article that are attached to this post.

Follow these instructions:

1. Go to Pensacola News Journal, 1999 – Present on the  West Florida Regional Library website.

2. Enter your library card number. It’s on the back. Click “Log In.”
3. In the For box, type: Tom Garner

4. In the Timeframe box, scroll to  2002

5. Click  “Search” .

It should be the first article that pops up.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but it’s out of my control.

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  • Dave Daughtry September 7, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Tom. You and I certainly blackened our share of frying pans in Pete’s sideyard while discussing politics in this area. It made me confident enough to tell listeners to my radio show “Morning Folks” that you are thorough in your research. My question? Have you forwarded your findings to the state, and has there been any response? And, are you aware whether five or six other individuals or groups are filing similar complaints? Regards, Dave

  • Bill Braskey August 31, 2006 at 7:55 pm


    Jeff doesn’t make you look bad. You do.

  • Jeff DeWeese August 31, 2006 at 7:02 pm


    First, If you make allegations you should expect all to hear your own words about them. Why save them just for us? We dont want that special attention. Pensacola wants to know your own words and motivations. I merely wanted to share your own words with a wider audience…to let Pensacola to know your views.

    What I stated on WCOA is only:

    Of course Fairchild was aware that I was working on the complaint. (Post 9 above)

    At the time my wife began working for Save Our City (Post 4 above)

    A redacted copy of the complaint from which the names of all non-public figures have been removed is available at the Gulf1 website under the SOC link on the right hand side of the main page (Post 13 above)

    Your links to SOC are long term and deep…do you believe that not to be relevant.

    Sorry to see you go…I believe you to be an extremely intelligent guy.

    Take care and I look forward to meeting you some day.


  • Tom Garner August 31, 2006 at 6:35 pm


    I hate to do it, but I’m going to have stop posting on the blog, at least for the time being. I’m sorry to have to do it but I understand that Jeff DeWeese reads what I write and then immediately uses the information to call into WCOA and try to make myself, my wife and the Save Our City folks look bad.

    Again, I’m sorry to have to do it, but I came on this blog in good faith, knowing that your readers were primarily supporters of the park proposal, but assuming that I would, nonetheless, be treated with the same respect with which I have treated others. I guess for some folks, though, everything is viewed as an opportunity to try to inflict some kind of damage. It’s too bad.

    Thanks for allowing me the space to carry on this conversation. Perhaps I’ll be able to come back on at some later point and continue this disussion with you and the other folks.

    Tom Garner

  • CMP August 31, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    “It’s interesting that you raise the issue of the Laguna resort development, because that issue mirrors the Maritime Park issue almost exactly. In the Laguna issue, a group of developers were meeting with elected officials behind closed doors in an attempt to gain control over a piece of publicly-owned waterfront property known as Trout Point.”

    So you are assuming that things were done behind closed doors? What is the actual proof that you have? Do you have tape recordings? Pictures?

  • Just the Facts August 31, 2006 at 10:35 am


    Just must hand it to you…you got nerve buddy.
    Thanks for not hit and running and standing up for your beliefs…although, in my opinion, misguided and politically motivated, they are your opinion and it is obvious you are a smart guy.

    Hope we beat you.

  • Joe August 31, 2006 at 10:19 am

    Your comment to me, in which you said your complaint took nearly three weeks to write, hadn’t shown up when I started writing my last comment. (Like you, it seems, I am not the fastest writer.) I understand the time required for these things, but as a person who sees shady dealings all around you, how can you expect us simply to take you at your work — i.e. to believe that the husband of S.O.C.’s campaign manager just happened to read through their “smoking gun” emails just in time to get a complaint out the door before the election? What would you think if our roles were reversed?

    But more to the point, even Charlie and Marty, when asked directly about the emails on their BLAB show a few weeks back, admitted there was no evidence of illegal activity and that they would not file a formal complaint.

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