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1106351 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-07-01 21:49:07.0 UTC 2010-07-01T17:49:07.000-04:00 panhandle-residents-share-oil-spill-frustration-in-rubios-virtual-town Published 2010-07-02 02:55:55.0 UTC 2010-07-01T22:55:55.000-04:00 news/politics/stateroundup DTI 64147232 DESTIN — Bad weather grounded Marco Rubio's campaign plane Thursday, but it didn't stop the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from hearing bad economic news from Panhandle residents frustrated about the gulf oil spill. Outraged residents said oil never should have reached the Emerald Coast, a region renown for its snow-white beaches, now befouled by tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. "This is criminal behavior but we can't touch them because they're the government," said Betsy Robins of Navarre, who owns homes on Pensacola Beach. Hoteliers told Rubio via the Internet that they're laying off workers due to lost customers. County commissioners said the spill will cause property values to plummet. A sheriff said BP's cleanup efforts have been erratic and ineffective. Business owners pelted a lawyer with questions about how to submit claims, and almost everyone complained of too few skimmers and a weak federal response. "How does BP have a business license in this country?" asked Jeff Raines, a small business owner in Fort Walton Beach. In an atmosphere of mounting anxiety and cynicism, some residents said they have heard rumors of massive evacuations from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Tampa. Others nodded in agreement when a man said that a Democratic White House was deliberately punishing the conservative, Republican-voting Panhandle. Using Skype video-conferencing technology, Rubio decried the "gross incompetence" in Washington and fielded questions from residents and local leaders in Destin and Navarre while sitting in his Miami campaign headquarters. He missed a third event in Miramar Beach as rain pounded the Panhandle. "I believe in limited government, but the limited government we have has to function effectively," Rubio said. "Our government is broken." Rubio remains a supporter of offshore drilling, but that did not come up in either town hall meeting. Neither did his independent Senate rival, Gov. Charlie Crist, though Rubio complimented the more aggressive state response by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, outlined proposals for tax relief and lifting regulatory barriers. He said the catastrophe has made a special legislative session more urgent, and he predicted calamity for local governments. Action is needed now, he said, because property taxes are due in November. By Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau News,State Roundup,Politics,breaking-news,oilspill Panhandle residents share oil spill frustration in Rubio's virtual town halls AHOLLYFIELDN 4STA A Section dj6kzszxnjm6 dj6kz Rubio gets earful from Panhandle residents Destin 5 rubio070210 Rubio gets earful from Panhandle residents 2010-07-02 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-07-02T00:00:00.000-04:00 resources/images/dti/2010/07/a4s_rubio070210_129020a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2010/07/a4s_rubio070210_129020a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2010/07/a4s_rubio070210_129020a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/07/01/64147232-panhandle-residents-share-oil-spill-frustration-in-rubios-virtual-town StaffArticle news,politicsPoliticsnews,politics,state roundupState Political RoundupDESTIN — Bad weather grounded Marco Rubio's campaign plane Thursday, but it didn't stop the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from hearing bad economic news from Panhandle residents frustrated about the gulf oil spill.News,State Roundup,Politics,breaking-news,oilspillNews,State Roundup,Politics,breaking-news,oilspillSteve Bousquet 380041 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:46:38.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:46:38.000-04:00 steve-bousquet published Steve Bousquet <p>Steve Bousquet is the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2001 after 17 years at the <i>Miami Herald</i>, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University.</p><p>Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of <i>The Almanac of Florida Politics</i> and to <i>The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage</i>, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida.</p> Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau writers DTI 35035732 Steve Bousquet is the Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee bureau chief. He joined the Times in 2001 after 17 years at the Miami Herald, where he held a variety of positions including Tallahassee bureau chief, and he previously was a reporter at TV stations in Miami and Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in history from Florida State University. Bousquet was a contributor to two editions of The Almanac of Florida Politics and to The Miami Herald Report: Democracy Held Hostage, an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida. <p>Phone: (850) 224-7263</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:sbousquet@tampabay.com">sbousquet@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/stevebousquet">@SteveBousquet</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/04/steve_bousquet_wp_10554836.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35035732-steve-bousquet AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:46:38.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:46:38.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">STEVE BOUSQUET</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau 2264325 2016-02-06 01:02:06.0 UTC 7 Months Ago marco-rubio-vs-jeb-bush-a-tale-of-two-town-halls news/politics/stateroundup Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush: A tale of two town halls StaffArticle 2260498 2016-01-08 02:42:30.0 UTC 8 Months Ago obama-calls-on-candidates-to-support-gun-reform news/politics At a televised town hall, Obama pleads for stricter gun laws StaffArticle 2269269 2016-03-14 17:13:08.0 UTC 5 Months Ago protestors-march-ahead-of-trump-town-hall-meeting-in-tampa news/politics/national Tense moments, but no violence at Trump's Tampa town&#160;hall StaffArticle <p>DESTIN — Bad weather grounded Marco Rubio's campaign plane Thursday, but it didn't stop the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from hearing bad economic news from Panhandle residents frustrated about the gulf oil spill.</p> <p>Outraged residents said oil never should have reached the Emerald Coast, a region renown for its snow-white beaches, now befouled by tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.</p> <p>&quot;This is criminal behavior but we can't touch them because they're the government,&quot; said Betsy Robins of Navarre, who owns homes on Pensacola Beach.</p> <p>Hoteliers told Rubio via the Internet that they're laying off workers due to lost customers. County commissioners said the spill will cause property values to plummet. A sheriff said BP's cleanup efforts have been erratic and ineffective. Business owners pelted a lawyer with questions about how to submit claims, and almost everyone complained of too few skimmers and a weak federal response.</p> <p>&quot;How does BP have a business license in this country?&quot; asked Jeff Raines, a small business owner in Fort Walton Beach.</p> <p>In an atmosphere of mounting anxiety and cynicism, some residents said they have heard rumors of massive evacuations from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Tampa. Others nodded in agreement when a man said that a Democratic White House was deliberately punishing the conservative, Republican-voting Panhandle.</p> <p>Using Skype video-conferencing technology, Rubio decried the &quot;gross incompetence&quot; in Washington and fielded questions from residents and local leaders in Destin and Navarre while sitting in his Miami campaign headquarters. He missed a third event in Miramar Beach as rain pounded the Panhandle.</p> <p>&quot;I believe in limited government, but the limited government we have has to function effectively,&quot; Rubio said. &quot;Our government is broken.&quot;</p> <p>Rubio remains a supporter of offshore drilling, but that did not come up in either town hall meeting. Neither did his independent Senate rival, Gov. Charlie Crist, though Rubio complimented the more aggressive state response by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.</p> <p>Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, outlined proposals for tax relief and lifting regulatory barriers. He said the catastrophe has made a special legislative session more urgent, and he predicted calamity for local governments. Action is needed now, he said, because property taxes are due in November.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:21:48