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No paperwork required when Go Davis goes on vacation

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In economic times like these many of us may have forgotten what it’s actually like to go on vacation, but if you think hard enough you may remember.  You may even remember how hectic it is leading up to when you actually leave for vacation.  The time before a few days off are often filled with moments of racing around to get everything done before you leave.

Of course, there is probably some paperwork you had to fill out before you took your vacation…paperwork to your boss asking for time off…paperwork to the Human Resources department letting them know that you planned on using your vacation time…paperwork to your colleagues and subordinates letting them know you would be gone for a few days…a note to your secretary to let him or her know…an email to anyone you had scheduled a meeting with to let them know you would be unable to attend.

You know, paperwork.  The stuff  they make fun of on The Office.  We all have to do it.

All of us except for Goliath Davis.

This is the official response I received from the City Clerk’s office after I asked for anything official noting that anyone in City Hall knew that Goliath Davis was going to be on vacation this week:

“Nothing is (sic) writing, verbal request for vacation.”

Imagine if someone, even a senior administrator, at the company you work at tried that…”Hey, boss, I haven’t been in the office this week because I was on vacation. I just hadn’t told you about it yet.”


You know, it may have been okay for Davis to get away with this behavior when he was filling his make-work job in Rick Baker’s administration, but now Davis is in charge of tip-of-the-spear departments, such as Codes and Housing Services, that impact residents’ lives.  He just can’t go on vacation on a moment’s notice — or use a city car to go to the hospital at two in the morning — and not tell anyone, not his secretary, not his colleagues, his subordinates, etc.  The position Go fills is actually very important in a city government that has cut its budget to the bone.

This incident is probably over for now, but it’s just the latest increasingly erratic behavior displayed by Goliath Davis.  How long until he does something that gets him fired?

On a separate note, some of my friends and readers have expressed concern about Go Davis being out to get me, that I should not even drive South of Central Avenue, out of fear of retribution by Davis and his associates.  I realize this is a valid concern and that is why I never drive after having drank, even if it’s one beer.  And if I ever get pulled over and the cop suddenly finds an eight ball on me, I want you to all know that that is a complete set-up. I am never, ever going to jeopardize the second or third chance I have been given.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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