Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What about Catfish Ponds??

For those not familiar with "catfish ponds" it refers to the practice in Escambia County of allowing unpermitted borrow pits for construction projects.

See the InWeekly Article regarding the issue.

"In Escambia County, some people are above the law. They get to choose which ones they obey and which ones they ignore. And county staff is pressured to look the other way while the lawbreakers make millions and some county commissioners rake in campaign dollars."

"In 2006, Touart had helped Roads, Inc. get around the borrow pit ordinance by letting his friend permit a pit as a catfish pond in the Cantonment area. The company’s trucks hauled dirt through the quiet Knollwood subdivision for two years. At the time, owner Cody Rawson claimed he planned to build four homes there and his son would live in one of them. Eventually, the commission worked out a deal, but no homes were ever built on the site. It’s not known if catfish were ever put in the pits."

Who was county staff in charge of the environmental department when all this happened?  Keith Wilkins

Who was one of the Company's that built numerous "catfish ponds" aka illegal borrow pits?  Roads Inc.

Who owns Road's Inc?  Cody Rawson

Who is partner's with the Mayor in Redfish Harbor?  Cody Rawson

Who gave money to each of the Mayor's campaigns?  Cody Rawson

Who is a big contractor to the City? Roads Inc.

Who got emergency no bid contracts under the Mayor's authority during the flood?  Roads Inc.

Let me repeat:

And county staff is pressured to look the other way while the lawbreakers make millions and some county commissioners rake in campaign dollars.

Keith Wilkins should fit right in at the City... but he is a really nice guy!!





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW......more corruption headed to the 7th floor.

Thanks Maren, for the heads up!

Anonymous said...


It's time for us to hear an apology from the folks who clamored for a "strong mayor" to run the city government. You got what you wished for and all the residents of the city got screwed. We already had a weak city council, so how could anyone believe that those buffoons would step in to stop the carnage?

Anonymous said...

These people should be in jail, not getting jobs at City Hall making $100,000 and more. This is why Mayor Hayward earned the Best of The Coast - Biggest Letdown/Disappointment for 2015 Award.

Anonymous said...

We need someone with REAL experience and education, not another GOB/crook on the payroll.