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FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2014 Annual Crime in Florida report today. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.9 percent compared to 2013. The total number of crimes fell 3.6 percent from last year which translates into 25,476 fewer crimes than in 2013. Overall [...]

Special meeting on CMPA board tomorrow

Special meeting on CMPA board tomorrow

The Pensacola City Council will hold an Emergency Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, beginning at 4:00 P.M., Council Chambers, 1st Floor of City Hall, 222 West Main Street. To discuss Community Maritime Park Associates, Inc. (CMPA) – Appointment and Removal of Trustees on the CMPA, and [...]

Mr. Mayor, please let the people talk with you

Mr. Mayor, please let the people talk with you

One person missing from the Destination 2020 event was Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. As I watched the slides of hundreds of citizens - white, black, Hispanic, Asian, young, old - participating in meetings on tourism, I was saddened that over the past 16 months the mayor hasn't led an open [...]

Miller is not considering a 2016 run for Senate

Miller is not considering a 2016 run for Senate

On Pensacola Speaks yesterday, Congressman Jeff Miller, who represents Northwest Florida, said that running for U.S. Senate next year is not up for discussion. "I have a number of people who have contacted me and encouraged me to look at it," said Miller, "and I will tell that there are a lot of [...]

Rick Wilson: Hillary Clinton and her 1999 jalopy

Rick Wilson: Hillary Clinton and her 1999 jalopy

GOP strategist Rick Wilson, as expected, was not impressed with Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement. “This is the reboot of the Hilary software version 7.0 and it's putting more icing on an old cake,” said Wilson on Pensacola Speaks yesterday. “It's really hard for folks to look at [...]

City of Pensacola hires new PIO

City of Pensacola hires new PIO

City COO Tamara Fountain announced this afternoon that Vernon Stewart has been hired as the city's public information officer. In her email introduction, Fountain said, "Vernon is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts from the [...]

Viewpoint: What is a Strong Mayor?

Viewpoint: What is a Strong Mayor?

By George Hawthorne, CEO, Diversity Program Advisors, Inc. Writing "strong memos” does not make a “strong mayor” in the absence of concise actions, transactional transparency and unambiguous communications. Strong mayors provide governance, policies and leadership that is effective and [...]

Out from behind the memos, Hayward speaks to WCOA

Out from behind the memos, Hayward speaks to WCOA

On Friday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was a guest on News Talk 1370 WCOA's "Good Morning Gulf Coast" with Don Parker and Jim Sanborn. The mayor talked about CBRE, his vision for the Community Maritime Park, Pensacola International Airport and Port of Pensacola. The mayor said the departure [...]

PNJ editorial hits mark on strong mayor and strong memos

PNJ editorial hits mark on strong mayor and strong memos

The daily newspaper today asked many of the same questions we have had regarding CBRE and the Community Maritime Park - "Editorial: Strong mayor, strong memos" Something is wrong in City Hall in how it deals with some of its very basic business functions: CBRE contract extension, city attorney's [...]

Dysfunction Junction 2015: CMPA board was told on April 2 CBRE listing had expired

Dysfunction Junction 2015: CMPA board was told on April 2 CBRE listing had expired

Late Tuesday night, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had his COO Tamara Fountain send out a memorandum from him detailing his thoughts on the CBRE listing agreement and the proposed development of a hotel and luxury apartments at the Community Maritime Park. The CBRE listing agreement for the [...]

Occupy Pensacola has not given up the fight

Occupy Pensacola has not given up the fight

Attorney Alistair McKenzie announced today that Occupy Pensacola has appealed the recent ruling by Judge Vinson in the case of Occupy Pensacola vs. The City of Pensacola. "The members of Occupy Pensacola, after careful consideration of the Order issued by Judge Vinson, determined it was [...]

Fountain and Barker knew about CBRE success fee arrangement months ago

Fountain and Barker knew about CBRE success fee arrangement months ago

The national real estate with the exclusive listing agreement with the City of Pensacola for the Community Maritime Park says its infamous Request for Proposal, which changed its fee structure, was done in "close coordination with CMPA and City staff over summer 2014." Furthermore, the RFP was [...]

BTW: No new contract for city attorney

BTW: No new contract for city attorney

The Pensacola City Council and media were told last Wednesday that the city would execute a new contract with City Attorney Lysia Bowling, a contract that followed the charter. I've asked several council members. They have not seen a new contract.

Bare’s proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of private email when conducting official city business.

Bare’s proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of private email when conducting official city business.

Here is the summary memo from Councilman Charles Bare on his proposed ordinance: All employees and elected officials in the city are provided with government-issued email addresses. These accounts are the primary means for conducting official business through electronic messaging. [...]

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