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Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Mayor Ashton Hayward warned the Pensacola City Council that the city would be sued if it didn't give the concessions contract to OHM Group. Apparently he did get his lawsuit, not from OHM but from Varona Enterprises of Florida. Sources close to Robert de Varona told me last night that he felt he [...]

Viewpoint: Pensacola the Bully

Viewpoint: Pensacola the Bully

by Mark Taylor There is not much I despise more than a bully. We’ve all been around them, in school, at the playground, and maybe even in our adult lives at work or play. No matter where you come down on the OHM vs. Creative Food Groups, on Temporary Vendors vs. Varona’s, on Out of Town [...]

Hayward continues to play hardball with Varona

Hayward continues to play hardball with Varona

Mayor Ashton Hayward has notified Robert de Varona that he wants the company out of the Pensacola International Airport by midnight tonight. If he doesn't complete the task by 12 a.m. April 2, the City will "undertake the task itself and will have the property removed and placed in storage"... [...]

Weekend buzz: Varona evicted, Red Light cameras survive and Tar Heel star with local connection

Weekend buzz: Varona evicted, Red Light cameras survive and Tar Heel star with local connection

Hayward hires another outside attorney The city of Pensacola has hired another attorney to fight its battles, leaving City Attorney Jim Messer on the sidelines. John Trawick of the Coastal Association Law Group has sent on March 28 a letter to Robert de Varona stating that his Varona [...]

City attorney opinion puts port, airport, other city property, investments and city funds solely in hands of the mayor

City attorney opinion puts port, airport, other city property, investments and city funds solely in hands of the mayor

According to City Attorney Jim Messer, Mayor Asthon Hayward is not bound by Council Resolutions. Therefore, Hayward was free to give a 10-year food concession contract to OHM Group over council objections and without competitive bids. Messer's opinion means that all the resolutions that govern [...]

Hayward failed to get FAA approval

Hayward failed to get FAA approval

The Pensacola News Journal has confirmed what Jesse Rigsby, attorney for Varona Enterprises of Florida, suspected--Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward failed to get FAA approval to give OHM Group a 10-year exclusive contract for airport food concessions without competitively bidding it. PNJ reporter [...]

Possible FAA issue with OHM contract. Did city hide key information from council?

Possible FAA issue with OHM contract.  Did city hide key information from council?

Jesse Rigby, who represents Varona Enterprises of Florida, has pointed out to the City Attorney Jim Messer and the Pensacola City Council a potential violation by the city of 49 CRE 23.75 - which requires FAA approval of exclusive long-term contracts. Rigby wrote that he assumed that the Airport [...]

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

The city of Pensacola, not the MSA or Escambia, is ranked No. 6 on the most dangerous small cities in America. They looked at 234 cities with populations between 50,000 and 75,000. Then used the FBI's most recent crime data to rank them based on murders, violent crimes, and property crimes per [...]

Nate Silver pegs GOP as slight favorite to take control of U.S. Senate. Democrats are furious

Nate Silver pegs GOP as slight favorite to take control of U.S. Senate. Democrats are furious

Nate Silver won acclaim for correctly predicting the 2012 presidential election. Karl Rove last his head on Fox News the night of he election when it became clear Silver was right in forecasting Barack Obama won a second term. Democrats loved Silver in 2012. Not so much now. On Sunday, Silver [...]

Video on Sean’s Outpost is going viral

Video on Sean’s Outpost is going viral

This video uploaded by M.K. Lord has already garnered over 36,000 views. The Escambia Board of County Commissioners discuss replacing Janet Lander, the Special Magistrate assigned to hear the code enforcement. Here are Lord's comments on the video: In this meeting, a local resident voiced [...]

Terhaar writes he will not support modified zoning request on Spanish Trail property

Terhaar writes he will not support modified zoning request on Spanish Trail property

‎ Pensacola City Council Andy Terhaar had posted on the Facebook page "No to Dollar General at the Corner of Summit and Spanish Trail!!!" that he will not support the latest zoning change for property on on the corner of Summit Boulevard and Spanish Trail. From Councilman Terhaar: I want [...]

Coffee Party hosts organizing meeting on ‘Move to Amend’, March 26

Coffee Party hosts organizing meeting on ‘Move to Amend’, March 26

On Wednesday evening, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. at the Tryon Public Library on Langley Ave, midway between Ninth Ave and Davis Highway, there will be a special meeting of the Pensacola Coffee Party with the individuals, groups, and organizations who want to participate in the Move To Amend (MTA) [...]

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