Monday, November 9, 2015

George Biggs Does Right Thing When He Learns What Church was Doing

In this mess that is becoming the Longhollow Tower debacle, we are learning one local businessman wanted no part of Gene Church's shady dealings, George Biggs.

In the letter to Church below, Biggs makes it CRYSTAL CLEAR in February 2015 that everything Church was doing was unsatisfactory and illegal under the permits.

Biggs goes as far as:
  • quitting the project
  • disavowing all responsibility
  • and contacting the City to suspend the permit
Biggs also states that Church should notify:
  • vendors
  • the FCC 
  • the FAA and
  • all other entities
regarding the current status.  Evidently the City didn't really care.  Olson told the City to just keep pushing it through.

George Biggs...He did it right!


Anonymous said...

Olson protects the Mayor's campaign supporter and ignores gross violations of the building code for a 400 foot tower, without a fall zone, that will crash and hit either CSX railroad track, people driving on Jordan Street, or hit businesses or people driving on Palafox Street. The photo online for the PNJ article showing children installing the chain-link fence around the completely electrified antenna, standing in wet soil says it all. Construction without permits, without inspections, without licensed contractors, on city owned property without any liability insurance covering the City against injuries. But hey, the Mayor got a lot of radio air time out of this guy plus the other four illegally operating for-profit radio stations who have their own transmitters on this tower without approval from the City and also without any insurance protecting the City if their workers were to be injured while climbing that 400-foot used radio tower without ANY structural engineering certificates.

CJ Lewis said...

Hooray for George Biggs. Such a display of integrity gives hope that if we only had an honest city government - and that would mean replacing most of its elected officials, political lackeys like Olson and kowtowing department heads - honest business people and honest citizens would have a fighting chance.

Anonymous said...

The city should have immediately suspended any construction work on that site. There is a state law, not a local law, that commercial construction such as this must be done under the supervision of a licensed contractor. It is not the city's prerogative to ignore this law, and those who knowingly ignored the law are personally subject to criminal prosecution. I know that Bill Weeks is aware of this law, and I know that Mr. Weeks is a person of integrity. However, he also knows what he has to do to keep his job working for the city of Pensacola.

As I said in an earlier blog, Gene Church is a snake operating a for-profit business that just so happens to be selling religion. There are already people commenting in the PNJ saying that this is an attack on religion. No doubt, they are some of Church's followers. This is not a first time offense for Gene Church. He has been doing this same thing for many, many years.

Anonymous said...

489.127 Prohibitions; penalties.—
(1) No person shall:
(a) Falsely hold himself or herself or a business organization out as a licensee, certificateholder, or registrant;

(b) Falsely impersonate a certificateholder or registrant;

(c) Present as his or her own the certificate or registration of another;

(d) Knowingly give false or forged evidence to the board or a member thereof;

(e) Use or attempt to use a certificate or registration that has been suspended or revoked;

(f) Engage in the business or act in the capacity of a contractor or advertise himself or herself or a business organization as available to engage in the business or act in the capacity of a contractor without being duly registered or certified;

(g) Operate a business organization engaged in contracting after 60 days following the termination of its only qualifying agent without designating another primary qualifying agent, except as provided in ss. 489.119 and 489.1195;

(h) Commence or perform work for which a building permit is required pursuant to part IV of chapter 553 without such building permit being in effect; or

(i) Willfully or deliberately disregard or violate any municipal or county ordinance relating to uncertified or unregistered contractors.

For purposes of this subsection, a person or business organization operating on an inactive or suspended certificate or registration is not duly certified or registered and is considered unlicensed. A business tax receipt issued under the authority of chapter 205 is not a license for purposes of this part.

(2)(a) Any unlicensed person who violates any of the provisions of subsection (1) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(b) Any unlicensed person who commits a violation of subsection (1) after having been previously found guilty of such violation commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

Anonymous said...

George is a good person. Church, Ridiculous!!

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile the city is hassling a 72 year old lady who recently bought a home over 100 years old in East Hill. She is working on the home but not fast enough for the city. The house next door to her and the house across the street are in worse shape and the city is doing nothing to them.

Anonymous said...

Neither Bill Weeks nor Sherry Morris have any integrity or ethics. They knew it was illegal to issue the permit to build the new tower.

The mayor knew.

They all knew.

Anonymous said...

No way to tell if that letter wasn't just post dated and sent out to press only after he realized he had been exposed. Looks like a failed effort to cover his butt.

Anonymous said...

The City goes after countless poor people who are trying their best and protects the Mayor's friends.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
No way to tell if that letter wasn't just post dated and sent out to press only after he realized he had been exposed. Looks like a failed effort to cover his butt.

November 9, 2015 at 5:49 PM..

So you assume the worst. If you knew him you would not think this way.


Anonymous said...

I know Gene Church.

I know what Gene Church does to circumvent laws, building codes, and common sense.

I know that Gene Church knows better but choses to do what is best for Gene Church.

Anonymous said...

Reading the PNJ it looks like Biggs pulled permit. Was he paid by Church? He didn't even subcontract with erector. Was he pulling permit for a fee and not even overseeing the work? Looks like it to me. Now that he is exposed be is scrambling to cover his tracks.

Anonymous said...

I do not agree with Anonymous at 9:12. Biggs would have kept his mouth shut if he was pulling the permit for a fee. "Permit pulling" is one of the best ways to lose your contracting license in the state of Florida. Why would he expose himself by admitting that he didn't know the laborers who were installing the foundation? He would have just gone along with the ruse.

Yes, Biggs was paid a small retainer fee and kept asking Gene Church about when the construction was to begin. Out of the blue Church tells Biggs that construction is almost completed and he (Biggs) had not been involved.

Don't get me wrong. Gene Church has been doing "permit pulling" for years and years. A lot of locals have exposed themselves to a lot of liability because of Gene Church's unethical practices.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't a GC decide when construction is to begin? Not sure what Church role was. Is he owner? Doesn't Biggs have to contract with all the subs? How did a sub go do the work without Biggs directing him? Looks fishy to me. Maren keep digging! This is getting good!