Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is taking the issue of small cell transmitters to Tallahassee. More than 150 of the 5G transmitters are planned to be eventually permitted in the city and Escambia County. Although a city permit is required to build in the city’s right of way, local governments have almost no way to deny a permit for the small cell transmitters due to two laws passed by the Florida Legislature in 2018 and 2019. Robinson says he will go to Tallahassee this week to push legislators to force telecommunications companies to use existing poles to mount the new small cell transmitters.
Matt Gaetz believes the behavior of Democrats shows the impeachment inquiry is just a charade. The GOP congressman was removed from a closed-door hearing yesterday where House committee members were interviewing a former White House aide. Gaetz isn’t on the committee, but he thinks he should have been allowed to attend because he sits on the Judiciary Committee, which is in charge of impeachment hearings. Gaetz tweeted this impeachment is more of a coup and the inquiry is a hoax.
ANOTHER TEEN DRIVER
We told you yesterday about a Milton woman facing charges after allowing her 12-year old child to drive on Highway 98. Another area woman is facing charges for allowing an unlicensed teenager to borrow her car. 31-year old Aracell Martinez-Zamora was arrested last week after a 14-year-old girl was seen driving her car. Deputies say the teen was speeding and had a 10-year-old and an eight-year-old in the car with her. The charges against Martinez-Zamora include child neglect.
NINE MILE ROAD WORK
The Florida Department of Transportation says crews are making progress on Nine Mile Road between Beulah Road and Pine Forest Road. Last month, the travel lanes between the Leisure Lakes RV Park and Eleven Mile Creek were temporarily shifted to the newly constructed and eventual eastbound roadway. Workers hope to have the project to widen the section between Navy Federal Way and I-10 from two to four travel lanes done by the end of the year.
STUCK IN POWER LINES
A driver was stuck in his truck about half an hour Monday afternoon, surrounded by live power lines. The driver of a work truck lost control on Highway 95A north of Old Chemstrand Road and struck a power pole. The pole was snapped into at least three pieces, and another pole was broken in half, sending power lines down near ground level. The uninjured man remained in the truck until Gulf Power arrived and cut off the electricity. He was not injured.
VIOLENT TRUMP VIDEO
GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz appeared at the American Priority Conference in Miami last week where a violent video edited to show President Trump carrying out a massacre of members of the news media and his political opponents was shown. Gaetz was a speaker at the conference, but tells the PNJ he did not see the video. In the video, Trump’s character shoots, stabs and sets fire to the late Sen. John McCain, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. Gaetz said political criticism should never become violent.
WOMAN ROBS SUBWAY
A Pensacola woman is facing multiple charges after a report claims she robbed a Subway restaurant on Davis Highway. Channel 3 reports that ECSO deputies responded to an armed robbery incident on October 5th. The victim said that 46-year-old Tabra Lyn Durrance walked into the store and ordered two footlong sandwiches. As the employee made the sandwiches, Durrance walked behind the counter and grabbed the victim by her body and then by her neck. Durrance allegedly claimed she had a gun and knife on her and demanded cash making of with 450-dollars. The victim says Durrance threatened to kill her if she called the cops. Durrance faces nunmerous charges and being held on 508-thousand dollars bond.
FWC UPDATING BEAR MANAGEMENT PLAN
The FWC is seeking public input on an update to the state’s Black Bear Management Plan. The original plan was created in 2012 to provide a statewide framework for actions needed to ensure the long-term survival of bears and address bear management challenges. Between now and November 6th, public comments can be submitted at FWC.com/Bear. That’s where you can find updates to the original plan, include new data, an expansion of the Bear Management Unit Profiles, and a new section on population management techniques.
ROAD CLOSURE FOR OLIVE ROAD REBUILT
A neighborhood street along Olive Road in Escambia County is closed this week. Boyd Avenue is closed as crews work install a new 18-inch storm drain as part of the Olive Road rebuild project. Detours will be in place. The closure is expected to last through Friday.