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Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Last Monday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced through a press release that his Chief Operations Officer had resigned. He said Eric Olson, his City Administrator, would assume her duties, which included supervision of the Pensacola Energy Services, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

In a comment posted earlier this morning, Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, wrote that she had clearance from both her supervisor and the legal department to use her federal email account for community service. Last month, City Administrator Eric Olson called [...]

Jeb Bush coming to Pensacola Aug. 26

Jeb Bush coming to Pensacola Aug. 26

Former Florida Governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush will host a Town Hall meeting at the Pensacola Bay Center on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and town hall begins at 12:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit PensacolaTownHallwithJeb.eventbrite.com. JEB2016.COM

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Attorney Fred Levin sent late yesterday a letter to the News Journal and Inweekly in support of Mayor Ashton Hayward and requesting that we print it in its entirety. Levin is longtime friend and once was a business partner of Hayward. They were partners in WAMMA (World Alliance of Mixed Martial [...]

And the walls come tumbling down

And the walls come tumbling down

The PNJ is reporting that Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare will call for a vote of no confidence in city administrator Eric Olson to be taken at next week's city council meeting. Bare said, "We don't have say in the administrator's hiring or firing, but I think we definitely need to take [...]

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Planning Board member Scott Sallis has signed a Form 8B - Memorandum of Voting Conflict. It is for the vote that occurred on July 14. The conflict is the measure before the planning board "inured to the special gain of our client Paula and Laura Austin - Austin Residence." The form does not [...]

What is Hayward’s role in ‘outrageous and chilling’ behavior of his City Administrator

What is Hayward’s role in ‘outrageous and chilling’ behavior of his City Administrator

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, told Inweekly that City Administrator Eric Olson crossed the line when he called the boss of Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association. Petersen is considered an expert in Florida Sunshine laws. She was [...]

Backroom briefing: Jury still out on Justices and Legislature

Backroom briefing: Jury still out on Justices and Legislature

Weekly political notes from The News Service of Florida By BRANDON LARRABEE AND JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In the ongoing case of the Florida Legislature v. the Florida Supreme Court, the final verdict might have to wait. Since returning to Tallahassee on Monday to start [...]

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

City Administrator Eric Olson did not send a mandate to his department heads about how to reply to emails sent from government accounts until July 7, five days after he called the boss of North Hill Preservation Association president, Melanie Nichols. Here is the email: From: "Eric [...]

Bill proposed to overhaul Florida medical marijuana laws

Bill proposed to overhaul Florida medical marijuana laws

From The News Service of Florida: More than a year after lawmakers approved allowing limited types of medical marijuana to be sold in Florida, a House Republican filed a bill Thursday that would overhaul the law. The proposal (HB 63), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, will be considered [...]

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning Board member Scott Sallis read a written statement into the record at the Aug. 11 board meeting. He said that he voted on the his client's item in July because of the counsel he was given by city staff---that vote violated Florida ethics law. Read PBR. Although he felt uncomfortable [...]

Medical marijuana signatures piling up

Medical marijuana signatures piling up

From The News Service of Florida: Backers of a ballot proposal to legalize medical marijuana are moving toward getting a key Florida Supreme Court review, with nearly 22,000 valid petition signatures submitted to the state as of Thursday morning. The effort, known as United for Care, needs [...]

PNJ editorial blisters Olson for bullying, Hayward for his silence

PNJ editorial blisters Olson for bullying, Hayward for his silence

The News Journal asked the First Amendment Foundation about City Administrator Eric Olson ordering city employees to not read emails from government accounts. FAF President Barbara Peterson was also asked about Olson's calling the employer of North Hill Preservation Association president Melanie [...]

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

Pensacola is an exciting place to live. Downtown Pensacola is booming and more development is on the way. The YMCA of Northwest Florida this morning held a groundbreaking for its new downtown facility that is being built in the parking lot behind Seville Quarter. The construction on the [...]

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera objects to U.S. embassy opening in Havana

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera objects to U.S. embassy opening in Havana

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who is running for the U.S. Senate, issued this statement: “The Obama Administration’s refusal to invite pro-democracy leaders to Friday’s U.S. Embassy ceremony in Havana is a shameful embarrassment that emboldens Castro's repressive regime. Once [...]

Olson says he called boss because Nichols violated federal regs

Olson says he called boss because Nichols violated federal regs

On WEAR TV, City Administrator Eric Olson admitted that he called the boss of the president of the North Hill Preservation Association, but he said he didn't try to get her fired from her job at the Naval Air Station. "She is not permitted by federal regulations to send e-mails from her [...]

Buzz: Buck Lee resigns, effective Jan. 15

Santa Rosa Island Authority manager Buck Lee is turning in his resignation, effective Jan. 15. Stay tuned.

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