Be on the look-out for a tall, white, bald male with cowboy boots suspected of deleting public records

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Following today’s recommendation by the Governor’s Office, the Florida Democratic Party is reporting a suspicious pattern of criminal activity by their neighbor in the Governor’s mansion:
  • Thursday, August 11 – Said individual lied to Floridians about the state’s credit rating.
  • Monday, August 16 – Florida Supreme Court ruled said individual violated the Florida Constitution by exceeding his authority.
  • Thursday, August 18 – Said individual lied to the Orlando Sentinel about the quality of state workers’ healthcare.
  • Friday, August 19 – Said individual admits to deleting public record emails belonging to the citizens of the State of Florida.
  • Sunday, August 28 – Said individual admitted to knowing about public record destruction four months before acknowledging the law had been broken.

The Florida Democratic Party asks you to take note: said individual has a long rap sheet. Prior to these infractions this person was known as the “Madoff of Medicare,” having run a company that received the largest fraud fine in US history. 

We appreciate your attention to this very serious matter.

As the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Gov. Rick Scott joined security officials Thursday in announcing a new state hotline and website for Floridians to report suspicious activity.

Florida’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign is a spin-off of the one started by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2002. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched a nationwide campaign in 2010.

The idea is that residents report suspicious activity — like people trying to access restricted areas, impersonating law enforcement or leaving bags behind in public places — to the hotline or website, and authorities will check it out. Florida’s number is 1-800-FLA-SAFE.

Reporters asked if the program would lead to racial profiling or violate people’s privacy. FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said residents should focus on behavior, not people. Scott doubted it posed a significant privacy risk.

“I think that they (FDLE) have good discretion, and we’ll look at it,” Scott said. “The biggest thing this does is it just continues to highlight the fact that we have to be vigiliant.”

Bailey was not sure how much advertising and maintaining the state-operated hotline and website would cost the state, calling it “an enhancement of what we have now.”

Scott recalled — somewhat incorrectly — how a tip led Tampa police to thwart a 17-year-old’s planned attack on Liberty High School (it was a bomb plot, not a planned shooting, as Scott told reporters). Police Chief Jane Castor said then that officers prevented a “catastrophic event the likes of which Tampa has not seen.

“Somebody tipped the police off, which was nice,” Scott said.

And here is the press release from the Gov’s office:

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today joined Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey, and the leadership of Florida’s Domestic Security Oversight Council to launch “If You See Something, Say Something”™ in Florida.  The initiative features a toll-free, statewide hotline and online reporting form for citizens to report suspicious activity.

“As we draw closer to the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, there is no better time to remember the many lives lost that day a decade ago, and to remind citizens of the need to remain vigilant,” said Governor Scott. “This is another tool that citizens and tourists can use to contact authorities when they witness something they know is out of place.”

Tips received through the hotline and online reporting form will go to the Florida Fusion Center, a 24-hour watch desk at FDLE, where intelligence analysts will assess the information and take action in conjunction with the state’s Regional Domestic Security Task Forces. 

“Florida has sophisticated domestic security and information sharing systems in place and we are safer than ever before,” said Commissioner Bailey, chair of the Domestic Security Oversight Council.  “Prevention is our first priority, and people who report suspicious activity help us identify and address potential threats early on.”

“Our nation’s security is a shared responsibility and every citizen plays a critical role in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats,” said U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “The new partnership between Florida and DHS on the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’™ campaign will help to create a more safe and secure homeland.”

DHS recently unveiled television and radio public service announcements that will be broadcast in Florida and across the nation.  The state campaign will also include displays on mall posters, bus stops, and other transportation hubs.  To help encourage public awareness, the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association, through its member network of companies, has donated space on digital billboards statewide until mid-September. 

“If You See Something, Say Something”™ was originally created by the New York City Transportation Authority and subsequently adopted by the DHS, which has partnered and launched the initiative with NCAA, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the NBA, the NFL, as well as several states including Colorado, Minnesota and New Jersey, more than 9,000 federal buildings nationwide, Walmart, Mall of America, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the general aviation industry, and state and local fusion centers across the country. For more information please visit www.dhs.gov/IfYouSeeSomethingSaySomething.

Officials encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it to local authorities or call I-855-FLA-SAFE (1-855-352-7233).  It can also be reported online through FDLE’s website at www.fdle.state.fl.us

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.