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Catching the CMP javelin, Part 5: Spears separates

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 5: Spears separates

The fallout of the CBRE Bait & Switch appears to be Ed Spears, the executive director of the Community Maritime Park, leaving the city of Pensacola. The PNJ reports that City COO Tamara Fountain saying the Spears "did separate from the city" yesterday. What's next? Will the RFP be [...]

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 4: CMPA was made aware of new CBRE fee structure last November

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 4:  CMPA was made aware of new CBRE fee structure last November

Let's add one more wrinkle to this convoluted mess. The CMPA board knew about the new fee structure for CBRE that was set forth in the RFP as early as November 2014, according to attorney Scott Remington. Remington, who represents the Studer Community Investments, wrote the CMPA board a response [...]

CBRE: CMPA did not want to keep catching the javelin

CBRE: CMPA did not want to keep catching the javelin

Jim Reeves, chairman of the CMPA Board of Trustees, emailed Inweekly after reading the "CBRE Bait & Switch" post. He reminded me that it was the mayor who insisted CBRE be hired. He called the MOU a desperate attempt by CBRE to keep their contract with the city. “Their listing with the City [...]

RFP with new CBRE fee structure issued without CMPA approval

RFP with new CBRE fee structure issued without CMPA approval

I asked City COO Tamara Fountain about the RFP for the CMP parcels that changed the fee agreement for the broker CBRE. She said that she believed that it was former City Administrator Colleen Castille who approved the RFP and the new fee structure, but she is trying to confirm it. Fountain said, [...]

CBRE Bait and Switch

CBRE Bait and Switch

Yesterday, CBRE presented its draft of the Memorandum of Understanding that would make Miami-developer MCM-BAP the master developer of the remaining parcels of the Community Maritime Park. CBRE has changed its commission on the deal. The city contract has the real estate broker getting a [...]

State and counties still battle over juvenile justice costs

State and counties still battle over juvenile justice costs

Editor's Note: The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) owes Florida county governments about $170 million from overcharging them for the costs. Escambia County is owed $6.6 million, Santa Rosa County $962,000. Commissioner Grover Robinson and the Florida Association of Counties have been [...]

Gov. Scott no longer uses email for official business

Gov. Scott no longer uses email for official business

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Gov. Rick Scott has quit using any email for state business. "The governor now only uses email to communicate with family," his deputy communications director John Tupps said. The governor ran into trouble during the 2014 campaign when The Associated Press [...]

PS Wednesday, March 18 edition: Gaetz, Wedgewood, Charlie Crist and Cybersecurity

PS Wednesday, March 18 edition:  Gaetz, Wedgewood, Charlie Crist and Cybersecurity

Fordham University has a group of students studying the environmental and health issues in the Wedgwood community. We will have Sarah Baldwin who will talk about their work this week. Then State Senator Don Gaetz will talk about the bill the Senate pass expanding health care coverage for the poor [...]

PS podcast: Clay Ingram and battling dinosaurs

PS podcast: Clay Ingram and battling dinosaurs

Yesterday on Pensacola Speaks, I talked with State Rep. Clay Ingram about the growing friction between the Florida House and Senate. Everyone, Rep. Ingram included, believed that this session would be a calm one. "My assumption was that this would be a pretty tame session with water policy being [...]

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

The federal government has made it clear that its Low Income Pool program will end this June. LIP provides Florida $2 billion annually for health care for low income families and the uninsured. Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa Medical Center depend on the funds for the care they offer those [...]

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

By Lucy Morgan, Context FLorida Some governors are slow learners. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used [...]

Miami and its homeless

Miami and its homeless

Miami Considers Law Aimed at Expelling Homeless By Phil Latzman, Florida News Connection In the shadows of - and in contrast to - the city's new multimillion-dollar condominiums, hundreds of Miami's homeless can be seen seeking shelter in tents. To address what he calls "safety concerns," City [...]

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