Port of Houston officials live it up in Halifax

Texan TV expose features Jeremy Webb as Lord Haligonian.


Paris, London, New York, Halifax. What do these these four cities have in common? According to this news report from an ABC TV affiliate in Houston, they're all places where high-flying officials go to live it up on the taxpayer's dime.

click to enlarge Jeremy Webb's Lord Haligonian character gets dragged into a Texas expose about sleazy spending. Thanks for nothing, internet.
Jeremy Webb's Lord Haligonian character gets dragged into a Texas expose about sleazy spending. Thanks for nothing, internet.
In his "Port-o-Plenty" investigation, undercover reporter Wayne Dolcefino explains that three bigwigs from the Port of Houston and their spouses enjoyed “one long night of food and liquor” at Ryan Duffy's, among other extravagances while in Halifax, all compliments of the hard-working folks of Harris County, Texas. He goes on to expose how the Port of Houston paid $7,500 each for two plane tickets to London, and spent over $2,500 for one day of entertainment in New York. As irresponsible spending of public dollars goes, this looks pretty bad from Houston's perspective.

But from Halifax's perspective, this report is an advertisement announcing that our little city can keep up with the world capitals when it comes to being a playground for expense account living. Way to go, Halifax! And to all you big spenders out there, listen to Dolcefino: We welcome your credit cards with open arms.

Besides lots of close-ups of photocopied receipts, the piece also features clips from a promotional video featuring Best of Halifax-winning local actor Jeremy Webb playing Lord Haligonian. Hopefully Webb made some of that crazy Harris County coin, too.

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Kyle Shaw

Kyle is the editor of The Coast. He was a founding member of the newspaper in 1993 and was the paper’s first publisher. Kyle occasionally teaches creative nonfiction writing (think magazine-style #longreads) and copy editing at the University of King’s College School of Journalism.

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