Pensacola Politics

Airport Food contract dropped from Pensacola City Council agenda. Is it legal to do so?

October 3, 2013

The agenda for next week’s Pensacola City Council has nothing about the Airport Food Services contract that Mayor Ashton Hayward has recommended be given to the St. Louis-based firm, OHM Concessions. The city council had voted last week to postpone its vote on the recommendation until Oct. 10.

The item hasn’t been included on the Oct. 10 council agenda. Which seems strange? If the council voted to have it on the agenda, how can it be left off legally?

It has been awhile since I’ve dealt with Robert’s Rules of Order, but I don’t think the mayor, city council executive or city administrator can pull an item from the agenda that the city council voted to place on it….without another council vote.

The proper action should be to include an agenda item from the mayor asking the city council to postpone its vote to the next meeting.

We’re are four years into the new charter and they still can’t seem to get it right.

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  • john October 5, 2013 at 5:55 am

    So there are 52 Sundays a year (maybe 53 if you get all technical)…how much money would the Airport lose each Sunday if they decide to put in a Chick fil a instead of going with local group that would be OPEN Sunday? Dont get me wrong, I love CFA, but local seems to make more sense.

  • CJ Lewis October 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I think we can safely assume that the Mayor, the Airport Director who says what the Mayor tells him to say, and the Airport Consultant, who says what the Mayor and Airport Director tell him to say, all knew that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays and would be closed on Sundays here at our Airport. Who else knew?

    If OHM gets the contract, I think we can expect the Mayor to issue an almost giddy press release to the nation’s Mayors bragging that his small hub Airport with no scheduled international flights has a Chick-fil-A. It will be the crowning achievement of his time in office. When Airport Director Donovan updates his resume next year in his next job hunt, he will likely emphasize his Chick-fil-A victory.

    Aside from the fact that the Council does not seem to be asking any of the right questions, one question the media might ask the members of the Selection Committee (minus Donovan) is if they knew that Chick-fil-A was going to be closed on Sundays? I doubt it.

    If not, are they mad about being kept in the dark? If they knew, what were they thinking, if they were thinking, at all when a majority voted to give the lease to OHM? How in the world can OHM’s bid be found responsive to the RFP if it fails to satisfy this most basic requirement?

    The City needs to take a “do over” with the Council approving the RFP after a public hearing to ensure the RFP provides a level playing field emphasizing local food and beverages over national brands that provide, as one speaker put it so well at the Council meeting, no “sense of place.”

  • George Hawthorne October 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I doubt Chick-fil-a will open on Sunday. They are not open on Sunday in the Atlanta airport where I travel through there frequently on Sundays. I know the Atlanta airport is far more restrictive than Pensacola and they can’t make them open against their corporate policy.

  • john October 4, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Has it been clarified if Chick-fil-a will be open on Sunday if they are to open in the airport?