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Muddy, Murky Mess of Maritime Leases

Muddy, Murky Mess of Maritime Leases

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Directors on Wednesday passed leases for parcels 3, 6 and 9 that contained the 24 changes that Mayor Ashton Hayward's attorney - John Daniel of Beggs & Lane - wanted made to the agreements that were approved by the same board more than a month [...]

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees, not hardly

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees,  not hardly

In today’s News Journal, Levin Papantonio Brian Barr praises Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward for negotiating such low attorney fees on the BP settlement – $963,346 on the $5.4 million settlement, 18 percent. “In my view, (Hayward) negotiated the deal of the century,” Barr said. “…The [...]

Mayor Hayward advertises for two assistant administrators

Mayor Hayward advertises for two assistant administrators

From the career portal on cityofpensacola.com: Assistant City Administrator - Policy and Support City Hall | Pensacola, FL | City Administrator Office | City Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Open Until: September 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST Job Status: Full-Time Under the [...]

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

by Jeremy Morrison After hearing from a fairly evenly split gallery full of neighbors, the Pensacola City Council gave their unequivocal answer: half of the last real remaining open space along the bluffs in the East Pensacola Heights Neighborhood, the right of way along a short defunct stretch [...]

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare passed out at last night's meeting his reasons why he has no confidence in Eric Olson serving as the city administrator: Why No Confidence? Definitions: Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, [...]

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

by Jeremy Morrison It’d been a long night by the time Melanie Nichols was hugging supporters in the lobby of Pensacola City Hall. She’d already thanked them once, as she spoke before the city council and Mayor Ashton Hayward, for being the element that “sustained me during this [...]

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

By Rick Outzen, Inweekly publisher In her editorial today, PNJ editor Lisa Nellessen-Lara writes about how Hayward's staff and supporters have tried to discourage the daily newspaper from reporting on the missteps of city hall: "Letters to our shareholders claiming imagined biases or [...]

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the City's AFSCME collective bargaining unit, representing the City of Pensacola’s general employees. “Our front-line employees are one of our City’s strongest [...]

New version on Olson incident still off, continues to miss the point

New version on Olson incident still off, continues to miss the point

Mayor Ashton Hayward relaxed his policy and allowed his city administrator to speak with the Pensacola News Journal. On Monday, the mayor had said he would not let his staff defend their actions. Yesterday he let Eric Olson answer questions as to why he called the bosses of Melanie Nichols, [...]

Hayward: ‘Mr. Levin speaks for himself’

Hayward: ‘Mr. Levin speaks for himself’

We asked the city for a statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward about Fred Levin's comments today. "I'm not responsible for what other people write," said the mayor. "Mr. Levin speaks for himself."

Levin compares Mayor and Administrator to rape victims. Update: He withdraws analogy. Compares Nichols to criminal

Levin compares Mayor and Administrator to rape victims. Update: He withdraws analogy. Compares Nichols to criminal

We received this new statement from Mr. Levin at 4:32 p.m. He has dropped the rape analogy. He wrote, "Upon further reflection of my initial post script, I am submitting the below updated post script for your editorial. I should not have used the rapist analogy." From: Taxie Lambert Sent: [...]

What have we learned about Eric Olson incident? More questions than answers

What have we learned about Eric Olson incident? More questions than answers

None of the "350 emails" from Melanie Nichols' federal account were addressed to City Administrator Eric Olson. Why did this even get on Eric Olson's radar? There was no email to Olson from Nichols in the collection of emails talking about the height of the radio tower as attorney Fred Levin [...]

CRA to seek more public input on Hawkshaw parcel

CRA to seek more public input on Hawkshaw parcel

For the second time in two months, Councilman Charles Bare made the motion to turn down all the proposals for the Hawkshaw property on south Ninth Avenue. The CRA passed the motion on Monday, 5-3, with Council President Andy Terhaar, Council VP Larry B. Johnson and Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn [...]

What did Melanie Nichols say in her emails to city staff? No smoking gun, routine stuff

What did Melanie Nichols say in her emails to city staff? No smoking gun, routine stuff

Eric Olson had been City Administrator for three months before he was compelled to contact the bosses of Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, on July 2. What did she say in her emails from her federal government account that so upset Olson? I can't find [...]

Ethics and the City Council

Ethics and the City Council

The Pensacola City Council will hear from Planning Board member Scott Sallis on Thursday. Unfortunately, the council will not hear from the planning department about their role on his vote that violated the state's ethics laws. Here is how the council discussion went at the Agenda Review [...]

Senate, House on redistricting collision course

Senate, House on redistricting collision course

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With just four days left until the end of a special session called to redraw the state's congressional map, the Senate Reapportionment Committee on Monday approved a plan that changes lines for districts in Southwest and Central Florida, setting [...]

Citizens will be heard on City Administrator Eric Olson

Citizens will be heard on City Administrator Eric Olson

Mayor Ashton Hayward wanted to move forward. He wanted the discussion on his city administrator's phone call to the bosses of North Hill Preservation Association president to end. After all, he solely controls the employment fate of Eric Olson. The "No Confidence" vote has no real impact. [...]

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