SANTA ROSA INSIDER – Another REC Member Escorted Out by Police

Posted on April 24, 2024 by EDITORIAL BOARD

During the Milton City Council’s April 10 meeting, Pam Mitchell, a member of the local Republican Executive Committee, a group which has been run amok by community agitators, had to be escorted out by police after she failed to speak during public forum then repeatedly attempted to disrupt council discussion (REC Member escorted from council meeting by police). 

Last night another REC member, George Oedsma, was also escorted by police from an invitation-only event taking place at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery in Holley. Oedsma was accompanied by Donna Long, a videographer.

Long posted to social media a series of photos and videos she had taken while inside the event space, which had been reserved by County Commission Chairman Sam Parker for a private campaign event. When politely asked to leave, Oedsman and Long instead went inside the establishment. Subsequently, they were trespassed from the property. Oedsma tried to assert he had received an invitation, but that was not true, according to event hosts.

Following the incident, the event got underway and more than 150 guests enjoyed the low country boil, which featured a delicious smorgasboard of seafood, including jalapeno mullet, and all the trimmings.

Hosts for the event included Florida Senator Doug Broxson, Okaloosa County Commissioner and Adams Sanitation Owner Nathan Boyles, Navarre businesswoman Tamara Fountain, Florida House District 1 Representative Michelle Salzman, East Milton businessman David Phillips, Jay Mayor Shon Owens and others.

Guests included Chief Dan “Sky Horse” Helms of the Santa Rosa Creek Muskogee Tribe, Milton City Councilman Jeff Snow, former District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech, Pensacola businessman Jim Reeves, Holley-Navarre Fire District Captain Christopher Wells, former County Administrator Dan Schebler, Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh, Dean Easterwood, a DeSantis appointee to the Florida Board of Hearing Aid Specialists, and many more respected area business and community leaders.

Senator Broxson opened the event, thanking Parker for his public service. “Sam’s making those kind of decisions that will make a difference in your children’s lives, and I admire him for standing up for Santa Rosa. Sam, I admire you for being part of this process, a very difficult process, most people would never do it.”

Parker then thanked guests for attending and expressed special appreciation to his wife of 19 years, Candance. Their sons, Tyler & Ethan, two of the most respectful young men you could ever meet, were also on hand for the festivities. 

Rev. Joey Rogers, pastor of Pace Assembly of God, where Sam & Candance met 20 years ago, offered a blessing over the food, then attendees enjoyed food, fellowship, and live entertainment by Cadillac Attack.