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Sheriff Scott on Eagle-Palooza
Friday, August 30, 2013

The following is a brief recap Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has provided local news media today:   

  • My job is public safety and this week, when I first heard a rumor that an outdoor hip-hop event was being planned for a county park, I immediately contacted FGCO Police Chief Moore in an effort to confirm the validity of the information.
  • Upon confirming with Chief Moore I then double checked with President Bradshaw. It was here (see his e-mail) that I first learned a significant degree of planning had already taken place including metal detectors for all attendees, 75-100 extra security personnel, and other strong statements of security that indicated to me FGCU also recognized a heightened concern for this particular event. In a phone call, President Bradshaw also told me that the concert would be a 2p daytime event (unusual for concerts) as an added measure of security.
  • Despite all this planning, neither the LCSO nor Lee County Parks (see below e-mail) had ever been contacted about the event; hence my involvement and concern.

 From: Lee County Government

 Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:49 PM

To: Public Information Office

Subject: Eagle-Palooza

This is what went to media from us, FYI:

“Lee County has not received a special event permit application from the organizers nor has the department been approached by the organizers about the event. As per Lee County ordinance, the special event permit process involves a number of departments and agencies, one of which is the Sheriff’s Office. It’s not out of the ordinary for the Sheriff to identify security concerns. Lee County Parks & Recreation will work in unison with the Sheriff’s Office to ensure we provide a safe environment at special events in our community.”

Dave Harner, Director, Lee County Parks & Recreation

  • Relative to the content (performers) planned for the event I once again attach a small sampling of the messages. I have come to realize that most parents/guardians do not listen to the “gangsta” type hip-hop and therefore have no idea just how corrosive they are. You media types of course are unable to share those lyrics with your audiences because they would need to be redacted and to do so would in effect eliminate the entirety of the material.

Momentarily, I will complete my final interview on this matter with 92.5 Radio. Any additional comments from me will come at such time as FGCU shares their plans with me regarding the event. In the meantime, I humbly offer these three (3) suggestions for questions you truth seekers should ask:

1. Ask Chief Baker what his experiences have been with the downtown Ft. Myers area on Hip-Hop nights.

2. Ask President Muwakkil why he demands removal of a portrait from a county building but ok’s spewing the N-word in a county park.

3. Ask President Bradshaw why he wanted to control the Christmas message at FGCU (refer to article below) but refuses to control the message of repulsive repetition of the N-word, degradation of females, frequent referrals to violence and drugs.

In a memo to faculty and staff, FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw mandated that all public areas on campus remain undecorated throughout the holidays. Students, staff and faculty are free to display seasonal items expressing their personal beliefs in their own private living and work areas, he added.

“The fact of the matter is that everyone is welcome to express their beliefs,” Bradshaw said. “We’re not banning those expressions, but we’re a public institution doing a public business and we have to be sensitive to that.” -Naples Daily News article 2008

Mike

P.S. It is often said that specific talent draws a specific audience. Have a great weekend.