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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 [...]

Advocate questions need to expand panhandling laws

Advocate questions need to expand panhandling laws

Nathan Monk, a local advocate for the homeless, has concerns over the city of Pensacola considering stricter panhandling laws and only partially repealing the homeless ordinances passed in 2013. “My biggest concern is from a Constitutional perspective,” Monk told Inweekly. “I think it is [...]

City Council agenda cut to 30 items for Thursday meeting

City Council agenda cut to 30 items for Thursday meeting

The Pensacola City Council has moved 19 items from its March 12 regular meeting to a special meeting on Thursday. March 26. What will be discussed tomorrow? The Council staff and furnishings Panhandling Restriction for Bayfront Pkwy and 17th Avenue intersections Repeal of two of the [...]

City attorney nomination derailed

City attorney nomination derailed

The Pensacola City Council has delayed its approval of Mayor Ashton Hayward's nomination for city attorney. It will not be discussed until the next March council meeting---yes, the council realized it needs two March meetings. Councilwoman Sherri Myers asked the item be pulled because she [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

On Pensacola Speaks, I talked with investigative reporter Duwayne Escobedo about his coverage of the fall of W.D. Childers and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the 2004 death of former Escambia County Commissioner Willie Junior. Duwayne also takes about his battle with brain [...]

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The ideas of City’s consultant on homelessness questioned

The Huffington Post published an article ("How A Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide The Homeless") yesterday that questions the ideas of Robert Marbut, the national consultant that the city of Pensacola paid $30,000 to come up with recommendations on how the city should deal with its homeless [...]

City of Pensacola wants public input on 2015-16 budget

City of Pensacola wants public input on 2015-16 budget

The City of Pensacola will hold two public meetings tonight to provide an opportunity to learn more about the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. The first meeting is tonight while the Pensacola City Council is wrestling with its 49-item agenda. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. at Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource [...]

Hayward taps Texas lawyer for city attorney

Hayward taps Texas lawyer for city attorney

Mayor Ashton Hayward announced late Friday afternoon his choice for Pensacola City Attorney, Lysia Bowling, the city attorney for the City of San Angelo, Texas. “Lysia is extremely impressive, well-qualified candidate, and I am thrilled to nominate her as our City Attorney,” said Mayor [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Grover Robinson on FAC and Confederate flag

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Grover Robinson on FAC and Confederate flag

We had Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson on Pensacola Speaks earlier this week. He talked about the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and the flag controversy. Pensacola Speaks is on News Talk 1370 WCOA weekdays from 5-6 p.m.

City of Five Flags was never official motto of Pensacola

City of Five Flags was never official motto of Pensacola

Joe Vinson has written an informative column for Pensacola Today - "5 things to keep in mind about Pensacola’s five flags." Vinson points out that the Pensacola City Council considered adopting the "City of Five Flags" motto twice and rejected it both times. In February 1960, Calvin L. [...]

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

The Pensacola branch of the NAACP has sent a letter to the Escambia Board of County Commissioners titled: "Economic Development Committee Flag Response and Proposed Compromise Solution." While citing how divisive the Confederate flag is in the community, it appears that George Hawthorne, [...]

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