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City releases part of the documents

City releases part of the documents

This morning I was handed a disk at city hall that has the documents Inweekly requested regarding Jerry Pate Design and the Main Street projects. I will review them and post something late today on that information. The other requests regarding the insurance broker, travel expenses and banking [...]

State Attorney: City must release documents given to federal grand jury

State Attorney: City must release documents given to federal grand jury

I received a phone call yesterday from the Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille that the city of Pensacola will fulfill my public record requests concerning Main Street Rehabilitation Project, contracts with Jerry Pate Design, city investments, insurance broker services and expenses of [...]

Digital Town Hall missing/City supplies link

Digital Town Hall missing/City supplies link

In April, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced that he would hold his inaugural Digital Town Hall meeting and asked the public to post its questions to his official Facebook page. He described the event in his newsletter, "Wednesday’s event is my first digital town hall, but it's an online [...]

Bare appointed to FLC vice chairmanship

Bare appointed to FLC vice chairmanship

Press Release: Councilman Charles Bare Appointed to Serve as Vice Chairman of the Florida League of Cities Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee The Florida League of Cities has appointed Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare to serve as the Vice Chairman of the [...]

City Chief Information Officer heads to West Palm Beach

City Chief Information Officer heads to West Palm Beach

Press Release: Pensacola CIO Jones accepts position in West Palm Beach Paul Jones, the City of Pensacola’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has accepted a position as CIO for the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller in West Palm Beach, Florida. “While I will miss the wonderful city where I [...]

Wahoos Take A Swing at CMPA

Wahoos Take A Swing at CMPA

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees passed on July 16 a motion on that the use fees paid by the Blue Wahoos, Pensacola’s Double A minor league baseball team were insufficient and the Northwest Florida Professional Baseball (NFPB), the team’s owner, had failed to its “best [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Weekend Buzz:  Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Uncertain Future The topics of discussion for some this weekend were the federal grand jury investigation of the Hayward administration and what will happen at the county now that Commissioner Gene Valentino is a lame duck. Hayward discussions are divided into two camps. Supporters argue that [...]

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Inweekly has three significant public record requests outstanding. We have challenged Escambia County's position that its consultant's report on the April 30 jail blast is a work document of attorney Ed Fleming and therefore not a public record. Our position is the county lost that privilege to [...]

City attorney out of the loop on federal investigation

City attorney out of the loop on federal investigation

Councilwoman Sherri Myers requested copies of the federal subpoenas served to "staff persons, employee or elected official." She sent her request to Interim City Administrator Dick Barker, City Attorney Jim Messer and Asst. City Attorney/Council helper Rusty Wells. She received this [...]

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Inweekly received an email from a city official before noon on Thursday verifying that the mayor was at city hall yesterday. The necessary updates were made to the original post. No reply on our interview request. Attorney Bob Kerrigan emailed to say he was Mayor Ashton Hayward was working at [...]

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

This post was updated after receiving additional information from city staff. Per a public request made by Inweekly earlier today, Tamara Fountain, the city of Pensacola's Chief of Operations, released the federal subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney's office to the city, dated August 15. [...]

Pensacola city government under federal investigation

Interim City Administrator Dick Barker notified the city council by email that the Feds are investigating the city and staff members are being questioned. No specifics were given. Maybe we will have press release tomorrow.

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