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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. [...]

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 [...]

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