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City Council to discuss terminating CBRE listing agreement for CMP

City Council to discuss terminating CBRE listing agreement for CMP

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare will be placing on the agenda for the April council meeting a motion to terminating CBRE's listing agreement for the Maritime Park. The agenda item reads as follows: In 2013, the City of Pensacola engaged CBRE Inc. to assist in the marketing of properties [...]

Gaetz explains state budget differences

Gaetz explains state budget differences

A message for Sen. Don Gaetz: With four weeks of work behind us and five weeks of decisions ahead, the Florida Legislature is bearing down on the 2015-2016 budget and the other state-wide policies that affect our communities, businesses and families. Here are a few of the major budget issues [...]

Council passes Move to Amend resolution

Council passes Move to Amend resolution

Mike Potters let me know last night that the Pensacola City Council passed last night the resolution endorsing the constitutional amendment supported by Move to Amend. Potters said the resolution asked "Congress to put forth and support an amendment to the US constitution that Money is Not Free [...]

City attorney contract a ‘honest error’

City attorney contract a ‘honest error’

The city of Pensacola's chief operations officer sent an email to Pensacola City Council yesterday a little before 6 p.m. regarding what she called an "honest error" by the city's Human Resources Director on the employment agreement for City Attorney Lysia Bowling. COO Tamara Fountain told the [...]

PS Podcast: Spencer wants to reduce size of CMPA board

PS Podcast: Spencer wants to reduce size of CMPA board

On Pensacola Speaks, Councilman Brian Spencer talks about the issues with the CMPA board and suggests it may be time to reduce its size to seven or eight members. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – [...]

It is official, Lysia Bowling is new city attorney

It is official, Lysia Bowling is new city attorney

The Mayor's office emailed last Thursday to the council copies of the contract for Lysia Bowling, the new city attorney. Strangely, the contract makes Bowling an at-will employee of the mayor and makes no reference to the city council having to approve her termination. The agreement is between [...]

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 8: ‘An opportunity to discuss an opportunity’

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 8: ‘An opportunity to discuss an opportunity’

Tamara Fountain, the city's chief operations officer, sent out a email late yesterday afternoon in response to the daily newspaper's report on the CBRE new fee structure at the Maritime Park: “CBRE issued an RFP on September 23, 2015. The Chair of the CMPA Board of Trustees and the Mayor were not [...]

Catching CMP javelin, Part 7: Executive director replaced with two persons

Catching CMP javelin, Part 7:  Executive director replaced with two persons

The daily newspaper is reporting today that former CMPA Executive Director Ed Spears has been replaced with two persons - Mandy Bills and Erick Wortendyke. Bills will handle administrative duties, Wortendyke maintenance. It's unclear whether the mayor's office will take bigger role in [...]

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 6: Reeves on CBRE

Catching the CMP javelin, Part 6: Reeves on CBRE

The chairman of the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees told Inweekly that the board did not have any knowledge of the new fee structure for its real estate broker until the presentation on Wednesday. "We were handed three documents, one of which had the new fee arrangement," [...]

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 [...]

PS Podcast: Charles Bare and wobbly city hall

PS Podcast: Charles Bare and wobbly city hall

On Pensacola Speaks on Friday afternoon, Councilman Charles Bare discussed the Pensacola City Council's decisions on staffing, panhandling, homelessness and the wobbly (my term, not his) condition of Pensacola City Hall operations. He also talked about the termination of Jim Messer's contract as [...]

Hayward wins vs. Occupy

This press release was issued by city @ 8 p.m.: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2015 Contact: Tamara Fountain, Chief Operations Officer Judge rules in favor of City in Occupy Pensacola lawsuit After more than three years of litigation in the Occupy Pensacola v. City of Pensacola case, a [...]

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