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City attorney opinion puts port, airport, other city property, investments and city funds solely in hands of the mayor

City attorney opinion puts port, airport, other city property, investments and city funds solely in hands of the mayor

According to City Attorney Jim Messer, Mayor Asthon Hayward is not bound by Council Resolutions. Therefore, Hayward was free to give a 10-year food concession contract to OHM Group over council objections and without competitive bids. Messer's opinion means that all the resolutions that govern [...]

Hayward failed to get FAA approval

Hayward failed to get FAA approval

The Pensacola News Journal has confirmed what Jesse Rigsby, attorney for Varona Enterprises of Florida, suspected--Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward failed to get FAA approval to give OHM Group a 10-year exclusive contract for airport food concessions without competitively bidding it. PNJ reporter [...]

Possible FAA issue with OHM contract. Did city hide key information from council?

Possible FAA issue with OHM contract.  Did city hide key information from council?

Jesse Rigby, who represents Varona Enterprises of Florida, has pointed out to the City Attorney Jim Messer and the Pensacola City Council a potential violation by the city of 49 CRE 23.75 - which requires FAA approval of exclusive long-term contracts. Rigby wrote that he assumed that the Airport [...]

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

The city of Pensacola, not the MSA or Escambia, is ranked No. 6 on the most dangerous small cities in America. They looked at 234 cities with populations between 50,000 and 75,000. Then used the FBI's most recent crime data to rank them based on murders, violent crimes, and property crimes per [...]

Terhaar writes he will not support modified zoning request on Spanish Trail property

Terhaar writes he will not support modified zoning request on Spanish Trail property

‎ Pensacola City Council Andy Terhaar had posted on the Facebook page "No to Dollar General at the Corner of Summit and Spanish Trail!!!" that he will not support the latest zoning change for property on on the corner of Summit Boulevard and Spanish Trail. From Councilman Terhaar: I want [...]

Weekend Buzz: Scarborough reunion, Scott called and Bush in 2016

Weekend Buzz: Scarborough reunion, Scott called and Bush in 2016

"I Was There!" Reunion Joe Scarborough, former Congressman (R-Pensacola) and MSNBC host of "Morning Joe," was in Pensacola this past weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1994 campaign. Fifty friends, family and supporters gathered at his parents' home off of Scenic Highway to eat BBQ [...]

Official Statement on Parole and Probation Office in Pensacola

Official Statement on Parole and Probation Office in Pensacola

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews issued the following statement today regarding the agency’s Probation and Parole office in Pensacola: “At the direction of Governor Scott, the Department of Corrections will maintain its lease with its current probation and parole [...]

Gov. Scott makes decision not to locate DCC near North Hill

Gov. Scott makes decision not to locate DCC near North Hill

Mayor Ashton Hayward is reporting that Gov. Rick Scott has made the decision not to locate a Florida Department of Corrections probation and parole office at 1625 North Palafox Street, near the historic North Hill neighborhood. The Department of Corrections has decided to instead to extend their [...]

North Hill residents picket Rick Scott fundraiser

North Hill residents picket Rick Scott fundraiser

Residents from North Hill stood outside The Fish House on the corner of Barracks and Main streets to protest the relocation of a state parole and probation office to North Palafox Street. The signs asked Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Ashton Hayward to "Protect Our Families." Inside Councilman Brian [...]

RFP for Airport Food Concessions says City Council will approve award

RFP for Airport Food Concessions says City Council will approve award

Pensacola City Attorney Jim Messer has opined that the mayor can unilaterally award the airport food concessions contract without council approval because there is no city ordinance requiring him to do so. Based on that opinion, Mayor Ashton Hayward vetoed yesterday a council action to extend the [...]

City attorney says Mayor does not have to competitive bid

City attorney says Mayor does not have to competitive bid

City Attorney Jim Messer sent the following email to the Pensacola City Council stating that competitive bidding of the airport food concessions was a council policy and not a city ordinance. Therefore, the mayor is not required to do so. He wrote, "When the airport requires a vendor to serve [...]

Florida Dept. of Corrections letter to Mayor Ashton Hayward, dated March 13

Florida Dept. of Corrections letter to Mayor Ashton Hayward, dated March 13

Barbara Scala, Regional Director for North Region of Community Corrections, sent Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward a letter on its Probation and Parole Office that is being relocated to North Palafox in the old Coca-Cola building. She wanted to "clarify some misunderstanding" about the new [...]

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