Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Julius Spencer has been pressured by the GOBs on the Longhollow Tower for a Long Time

Date: February 4, 2015
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From: "Reid Rushing" < rrushing@teambeck.com> 

To: "Brian Spencer" < brian@smp-arch.com> 
Subject:Divine Word Radio - Radio Tower


Brian, I just wanted to send you a message on my thoughts of the Radio Tower for Divine Word Radio. I have been working with Gene Church for the last few months trying to get everything in place on the insurance side to get this radio up and running. I know he has spent numerous months and money getting all of the proper approval from FAA, Airport, and City of Pensacola. He has gone through all of the correct channels to apply for and build this radio tower. He even had to get special approval from the Airport to build the 400’ Tower, which was granted. This tower is not only going to benefit the Catholic radio station, but it will also benefit other local stations that will be leasing space on this tower. I feel that he has followed all the correct processes and channels, so to slow or stop this tower from being built now is against everything we are in Pensacola. We honor our word, not only as business people, but also as elected officials.

I understand the water and drainage problem needs to be fixed, but this should have been addressed months ago while the beginning phases of the tower process was starting. Yes, this is unfortunate that the flooding and drainage problem needs to be addressed, I just don’t feel it should affect a business man that is investing in our community.


I would love to know more if you have conflicting information from what I have. I do know Gene Church has been a great person to work with over the past few months, and I hope to see this station finished in the near future.


Thanks Brian for your time!


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The fact is undeniable that Spencer knew this was an issue since the beginning of 2015 and here we are in November and only after the PNJ got involved and blew up the story did Spencer lift any finger.


It will be fun to see Spencer waffle all over the place like a mullet thrown up on the dock!



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Yes, this is unfortunate that the flooding and drainage problem......... I just don’t feel it should affect a business man that is investing in our community."

This pretty much sums it up. It's like a convoluted game of "rock, paper, scissors".The teflon nature of the magic words "investing in our community" allows for an awful large number of sins to be committed against those who work and live in these communities, yet lack the same friend list as those "investing in our community".

At what point does it become noticeable that the river of investment seems to somehow be diverted through the "planning" department?

Anonymous said...

So everyone knows it was going to be a 400 foot tower except for the Inspections Department at the City? The engineering plans that Church gave the City were for 350foot tower and the PNJ can't find any insurance certificates that cover the City for Divine Word or any of these "other radio stations that are leasing on the tower". Where is the Team Beck insurance this guy was supposedly working on? Is this guy lobbying on behalf of a client? We need that lobbyist registration ordinance. Did they have a hard time finding an insurance carrier to cover them for a used tower, built with no permits, built by people on the weekends with no licenses or worker's comp insurance? What is the $$ connection to the Mayor from Divine Word and "these other radio stations"? There has to be some reason why this project has gotten such a green light with no building oversight, permit, inspection or review at the risk of public safety.

Anonymous said...

"Investment in our community". There are hundreds if not thousands of residents who have "invested in our community" and PAY PROPERTY TAXES AND STORMWATER FEES, that have been flooded out or are at risk of being flooded out because the Long Hollow Pond failed to do its job because the City has chipped away precious acres of the Pond to lease to Divine Word, illegally. That pond belongs to the citizens. It is city owned property. Where was the RFP from the City that they were going to lease our property? The taxpayers are the ones paying for all the flood damage to the surrounding streets and infrastructure. So, some guy buys a tower and puts it up without a permit, and we are supposed to hold a parade for 'his investment'. Let's add up the investment in all the surrounding neighborhoods that this pond serves. It's a million times greater than what this "business man" (not my word) has brought to the table.

Anonymous said...

The date on this e-mail is very interesting. It's the day after Divine Word received the Stop Work Order from the City of Pensacola because they were notified that construction had occurred by someone other than the owner of the permit, and the foundations had been poured without any of the three required inspections. So Divine Word immediately starts playing politics, calling in favors, and putting the pressure on City Hall to overlook this illegal work, instead of focusing on fixing the problem that they caused. We know he ignored this Stop Work Order because it went from what Bill Weeks said at Council meeting in March "around 100 feet" to 400 feet just days later.

Anonymous said...


Let’s analyze this letter from “Team Beck!”

1. “I have been working with Gene Church…” In other words, Gene Church is paying “Team Beck” to write letters to city councilmen.

2. “He (Gene Church) has gone through all the correct channels…” It has already been proven that Church circumvented and ignored the proper channels and then lied about it afterwards.

3. “He (Gene Church) even got a special approval…” Yes, that is sort of Church’s M.O. Everything about him is “special.” He is “special.” His business is “special.” This guy demands a special exemption for everything he does. Rules that apply to the “un-special” people don’t apply to Gene Church. By the way, the rule against building a 400’ tower is in place to assure airport safety. Gene Church’s business is special and should override airport safety.

4. “To slow or stop this tower from being built now is against everything we are in Pensacola.” If you stop and think about that one for a moment you will have to agree with Team Beck. Everything about Pensacola is corrupt and hinges on the special deals that are made between Team Beck, city officials, and the “special people” who contribute money to the mayor’s campaign fund.

5. “The water and drainage problem needs to be fixed, but….” But, but, but! The needs of Team Beck and Special People should always go before drainage problems that affect the entire population of this city.

6. “This should have been addressed months ago…” In other words, the city’s incompetent employees didn’t catch us at the beginning, so it is too late to stop our steam roller. Y’all are too late! Nah-nah-a-booby!!! We get a “Get out of Jail” pass forever and ever!!!

7. “I just don’t feel it should affect a business man that is investing in our community.” There it is! An admission that Gene Church is a “business man” who just happens to be selling religion. Church’s defense is that this is another attack on religion.

Anonymous said...

taxpayers and ratepayers are investors too

Anonymous said...

How did you obtain a copy of a personal email??

Anonymous said...

Brian Spencer has been involved with trying to correct this problem since late January. He made it abundantly clear to Rushing that Gene Church had illegally proceeded with construction work that lacked the authorization, direction, and supervision of the licensed general contractor that had been issued the permit for construction. Reid Rushing was so mad about it that he made no secret about how mad he was at Spencer.

Anonymous said...

Brian Spencer has been involved with trying to help solve this problem since late January. Spencer told Reid Rushing that Mr. Church had illegally proceeded with construction work that lacked the authorization, direction, and supervision of the licensed general contractor that had been issued a permit for construction and couldn't support him. Rushing was furious with Spencer and didn't hesitate to tell others why.

Anonymous said...

Who approved the lease? City Council?

Anonymous said...

Has the City slapped a Red Tag on that mess?.....that's what would happen to anyone's house!

Anonymous said...

3:33, all emails sent to a government official (elected or appointed) relating to government business are subject to Florida's sunshine laws, regardless of if they sent it to a personal or government provided email address.

It's basic Public Records 101 stuff, and both Reid and Spencer should have known that.