What’s wrong with Escambia County


Last night’s county commission meeting is the perfect example.

A contractor – who has made hundreds of thousands from the county in the Hurricane Ivan clean-up and who employs the former county administrator’s son (or at least he did at one time) – has a huge pit next to a subdivision that he uses for his construction business but claims it is a catfish pond and the site for his future family homes. He threatens to sue county over revoking his stormwater permit.

The county has to pay for the legal defense for code enforcement officers that are part of a department whose budget has doubled in two years and who were deputized by the ECSO until this week when the ECSO discovered its insurance wouldn’t cover legal defense of untrained deputies.