Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Another Reason City Council is Aimlessly Adrift

I laughed out loud when I saw the City Council agenda.  Council really is about as useful as a "football bat" as my friend likes to say.

Follow the insanity...

Action Item 13
PORT WAREHOUSE #1 LEASE AMENDMENT WITH OFFSHORE INLAND MARINE & OILFIELD SERVICES, INC.

Action Item 14
PORT WAREHOUSE #9 TERMINATION OF LEASE WITH OFFSHORE INLAND MARINE & OILFIELD SERVICES, INC.

These two action items close out the write off of hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and other revenues of a business that the Port thinks is such a key tenant that it is making deals to keep at the port.

Its name is OFFSHORE INLAND MARINE & OILFIELD SERVICES, INC.

Wow!  We are sending them a clear message that we believe in them, we value their business and we are a partner with them in utilizing our port.

Great Economic Development!

Then what does the unaware, self important, City Council do?

Two items later...2 items!

Action Item 16
RESOLUTION NO. 17-23 - OPPOSING OFFSHORE DRILLING ACTIVITES (Their misspelling not mine), INCLUDING SEISMIC AIRGUN BLASTING

WHEREAS, the United States government has expressed interest in opening the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas development and exploration, including risky methods such as seismic airgun blasting; and,

WHEREAS, seismic airguns fire intense blasts of compressed air, one of the loudest manmade sounds in the ocean, every 10-12 seconds for days, weeks, or months on end; and,

WHEREAS, seismic airgun noise has been shown to harm and injure dolphins, whales, endangered sea turtles, fish, and other marine life; and,

WHEREAS, exploratory and commercial drilling, extraction, and transportation of offshore oil and gas resources pose a significant risk of oil spills and chronic leakage; and,

WHEREAS, eventual offshore drilling may require significant onshore infrastructure, such as pipelines or refineries, which would harm the character of the coast; and,

WHEREAS, offshore drilling activities pose threats to treasured vacation destinations on Florida’s Coasts, which are of intrinsic economic value for numerous industries, provide essential nursery habitats for recreational and commercially important fisheries, and act as natural buffers from storm surge and hurricanes; and,

WHEREAS, the Pensacola City Council recognizes that the tourism and fishing industries, which depend on a healthy and vibrant coastal environment, both serve as major economic drivers benefiting the current and future residents, property owners, and visitors to Florida; and,

WHEREAS, the Pensacola City Council endeavors to be a good steward of the state and region’s environment and its resources; and,

WHEREAS, exploration and development of oil and gas resources off the coast of Florida will not effectively address the long-term energy needs of our country; and,

WHEREAS, the Pensacola City Council recommends that it would be more economically and ecologically responsible to pursue non-polluting sources of renewable energy such as solar and wind, that pose less risk to the coastal environment and economic health before using uncertain methods of seismic airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas deposits.

If you are Offshore Inland and you read a resolution that states WHEREAS, exploratory and commercial drilling, extraction, and transportation of offshore oil and gas resources pose a significant risk of oil spills and chronic leakage; 

Do you feel like a partner with the City?
Do you feel like the City is a supporter of your business?

Or do you see the City as someone who doesn't like you or love you, but just wants your money?

City of Pensacola...The Gold Digger of Florida!

Come on!  Support the Port and your customers or don't take their money!

If I was Offshore Inland I would take all your concessions, saving me hundreds of thousands of dollars, and send you packing!  Gold Diggers!







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