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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. [...]

Council to consider banning private emails for official business

Council to consider banning private emails for official business

Besides want to discuss the termination of the CBRE's listing agreement with the CBRE, Councilman Charles Bare also wants the council to discuss banning the use of private email accounts for city business by city officials. The private email accounts have been a hot topic for the federal [...]

Hayward appoints Olson administrator

Hayward appoints Olson administrator

The announcement comes after three major miscues by the Barker-Fountain-Olson triumvirate: CBRE fee structure change, City Attorney's illegal contract and FAA grant denial. Does Olson have experience and expertise to avoid similar administrative blunders? Time will tell. Hayward appoints [...]

PS Today: CBRE, VT-MAE and Children

PS Today: CBRE, VT-MAE and Children

On Pensacola Speaks, Councilman Charles Bare will talk about his proposal to terminate CBRE's listing agreement for the Maritime Park. He will be followed by the president and CEO of CEDA, Scott Luth, who will discuss the VT-MAE project at the Pensacola International Airport. And then award-winning [...]

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 [...]

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