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Council has 56 applicants for executive position

Council has 56 applicants for executive position

The application period for the new Pensacola City Council executive closed on June 15. At a council workshop held June 24 at Airport Conference Room, consultant Al Coby told the council that 56 people submitted applications. “From the applications I have gone over, there are 35 that do [...]

Pensacola mayor removes Confederate flag

Pensacola mayor removes Confederate flag

The mayor's office issued this statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward today: Today, I directed City staff to remove the Confederate Flag from display at all City of Pensacola facilities and to fly in its place the flag of the State of Florida. While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents [...]

Hayward proposes $211 million budget for FY 2016.

Hayward proposes $211 million budget for FY 2016.

The City of Pensacola’s fiscal year 2016 budget, totaling $211,183,000, has been uploaded to the city's website. As we reported earlier, Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones has projected a 2.7 percent increase in taxable property values within the city limits. The increase in [...]

Another worthless city study, price tag $46.5K

Another worthless city study, price tag $46.5K

In my research on MCM-BAP and CBRE, I came across the 2013 market analysis that CBRE did for the mayor's office. It was to be the blueprint for how the international real estate firm marketed available property at the Community Maritime Park, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

MCM-BAP backs up, will submit a third plan

MCM-BAP backs up, will submit a third plan

At the Pensacola City Council workshop, Miami developer MCM-BAP said it will submit a revised proposal within the next three weeks. The new proposal, the third in six months, will include real estate taxes and common area maintenance fees. Meanwhile, I hope that the mayor's office and CBRE will [...]

Missing pieces to MCM-BAP MOU puzzle

Missing pieces to MCM-BAP MOU puzzle

A few more odd points concerning the MCM-BAP MOU: 1) The cover letter is on MCM-BAP letterhead but addressed to Willy A. Bermello of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. and Eric Valderrama of MCM, Munilla Construction Management LLC--the heads of MCM-BAP. There is a space for the City of Pensacola [...]

Mayor Hayward, CBRE against MCM-BAP proposal

Mayor Hayward, CBRE against MCM-BAP proposal

Mayor Ashton Hayward -through his COO Tamara Fountain- has come out against the modified deal from a Miami developer for four parcels at the Maritime Park, according to an article published in the daily newspaper today. Since January, CBRE, the city's real estate broker, has been negotiating a [...]

A few more points on MCM-BAP offer

A few more points on MCM-BAP offer

I spoke with Jim Reeves, chairman of the CMPA Board of Directors, last night. He agrees the June 8 offer by MCM-BAP is very different than the one his board voted on in January. Reeves described the new offer as "ridiculous" He also pointed out that if MCM-BAP used the same formula to calculate [...]

Alexander nominated to be new Pensacola Police Chief

Alexander nominated to be new Pensacola Police Chief

It's official Chip Simmons is retiring as Police Chief and David Alexander will be nominated to the Pensacola City Council as his replace. Captain Tommi Lyter, who was once seen as the officer next line to replace Simmons, will be promoted to Assistant Chief. Here is the official press [...]

Pssst, Pensacola Police Chief moving over to the county

Pssst, Pensacola Police Chief moving over to the county

Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons will be announcing, possibly as early as this afternoon, that he will be retiring. He will move over to Escambia County government as an assistant county administrator.

City Council workshops planned, transparency still a problem

City Council workshops planned, transparency still a problem

Pensacola City Council President Andy Terhaar emailed the schedule for upcoming workshops on many of the issues I brought up yesterday. The CBRE and Maritime Park proposals will be discussed in a workshop on Thursday, June 18 at 4 p.m. --before the regular council meeting. The film commission [...]

City Council Agenda missing a few items

City Council Agenda missing a few items

The agenda for next week's Pensacola City Council meeting is missing a few items: CBRE update on Maritime Park and the proposed hotel and condo development. Actually any update from CBRE would be nice. Has the council approved contract renewal/extension? Update on how city will replace [...]

Fish hatchery delayed 2-3 years

Fish hatchery delayed 2-3 years

The $18-million fish hatchery that Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward pushed through the Pensacola City Council two years ago may not be completed until early 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Last Wednesday at the Technical Coordination Committee for [...]

Once again City of Pensacola receives award for budget presentation

Once again City of Pensacola receives award for budget presentation

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) once again has given the City of Pensacola its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. According to budgets posted on the city's website, this is the 13th consecutive year the city has received this award, but the [...]

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