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New Fishing Bridge? Mike Williams, co-host of the Blab TV program “Catchin’ Fish,” tells IN he is starting a campaign to create a new fishing bridge in Pensacola Bay — one that already exists.

“I’m going before the Gulf Breeze and Pensacola city councils to present a plan to use the (current Three-Mile Bay Bridge) as a fishing bridge.”

Williams says that instead of FDOT closing the bridge to traffic by the end of the decade, which officials have recently said will have to be done due to faults in its infrastructure, it should be turned into a much longer and wider fishing pier than what was opened earlier this year.

In 2007, Santa Rosa County opted out of using FEMA hurricane money to rebuild the fishing bridge torn down by Hurricane Ivan. Escambia County decided to use the funds for other projects and used county funds to build a 2,500-foot pier that opened in March.

“It would be a waste to knock that bridge down. Before (Hurricane) Ivan, we used the old Bay Bridge and FEMA gave money to both cities to rebuild it for fishing. In Pensacola we only have a quarter of what we had. Gulf Breeze didn’t replace anything. That’s a lot of fishing area they never replaced.”

Williams pitched the idea on his show last week to viewers and says he will continue to seek community support.

City Attorney Blasted During Pensacola City Council’s committee of the whole meeting on Aug. 16, Councilmember Maren DeWeese made a motion to terminate City Attorney Rusty Wells after disclosing disparaging e-mails that Wells had sent to another City employee during a council meeting earlier this year.

DeWeese called the e-mails “heartbreaking” and “intolerable” and told her fellow councilmembers that she would no longer sit at the table with Wells.

The e-mails were sent during a committee of the whole meeting on April 19 and were between Sherry Morris, the AICP Planning Services Administrator, and Wells. The emails describe their disgust over the length of the meeting — even using profanity and making references to drinking on the job and watching pornography.

Councilman Larry B. Johnson seconded DeWeese’s motion for removal, but Mayor Mike Wiggins created an alternative motion that would allow him to review the e-mails before making any judgment.

“I refuse to dismiss my attorney after seeing (the printed e-mails) for two minutes,” he said. “I certainly should have the respectto review this.”

Councilmember Diane Mack called DeWeese’s motion “an overreaction” and said the correspondence was private and should not reflect his character.

“I am proud to sit at the same table with him,” added Mack.

Council supported Wiggins’ motion 6-4.

Here is a copy of the e-mails.

– — — — Read from the bottom up — — — –
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:45 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
This is painful.
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:42 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
Only the memory remains.
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:41 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
Did Townsend really leave?
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:38 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
Yup, I’m shaken and I never stir.
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:37 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
You’re like the James Bond of City Attorneys.
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:37 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
I just bring my own flask, concealed as a ball point pen.
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:35 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
In need to get a mini bar in my office. I could use a drink.
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:34 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
Come on down and strut your stuff.
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:33 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
That truly is tragic. I can flip them off from up here too. Helps keep my anger levels in check.
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:33 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
YOU at least, are in the comfort of your own office all I have is this crappy notebook computer with No Access To Porn!
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:29 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
I want to hurt someone for making me sit through this freakin’ presentation.
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:28 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
They just make it up as they go along. I think we could start committees at 6:30 am and they would still go past 7pm. We need to provide barf bags.
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:25 PM
To: Rusty Wells
Subject: RE:
Oh Good God. Why can’t they just follow a freakin’ agenda???
– Original Message –
From: Rusty Wells
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:25 PM
To: Sherry Morris
Subject: RE:
Can’t say Townsend left and wanted to pull the item on his committee. This is shit.
– Original Message –
From: Sherry Morris
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:00 PM
To: Rusty Wells; Susan Woolf
Subject:
What committee is next? They’ve lost me with all this shufflingjust trying to figure out when E&CD will come up with my one sad little info item I’m sticking around for.

Early Voting Numbers Higher than 08 According to Escambia Supervisor of Elections David Stafford, the early voting turnout for the first week primaries is higher than the 2008 election.

As of the end of the day on Aug. 15, 2,964 citizens had voted in the primaries. In 2008, 1,949 voted in the first week.

Here are the voting numbers broken down:

– 1,928 Republicans, 881 Democrats, and 155 others

– 948 City of Pensacola voters

– County Commission Districts: 1 — 505; 2 — 640; 3 — 317; 4 — 1,041; 5 — 461

Early voting will continue through Aug. 21 at four locations: Supervisor’s Office, 213 Palafox Place (2nd floor); Supervisor’s Annex, 292 Muscogee Road, Cantonment; West Florida Genealogy Library, 5740 N. Ninth Ave.; and Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway.

Hours of voting: Monday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 21 — 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The general primary election day is Aug. 24.