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Paper trail on Food Truck debate

Paper trail on Food Truck debate

Most issues at city hall are tied to communications problems. The recommendation that City Council approved, per video from the meeting, on March 26 was: "The City Council refer the issue of regulation and permitting of mobile vending providers (food trucks) to the Planning Board for [...]

Food truck triangle: Council-Planning Board-7th Floor

Food truck triangle: Council-Planning Board-7th Floor

source: guactruck.com The daily newspaper reported this weekend on the difficulties the city of Pensacola has had getting an ordinance drafted regulating food trucks - Food trucks could face delay. Two years ago, Inweekly brought of the idea of food trucks. For the next six to eight months, the [...]

Ethical issues surround City Planning Board

Ethical issues surround City Planning Board

A fundamental tenet of Florida Ethics Law is that public officials, including volunteers who serve on advisory boards, must recuse themselves from votes on issues that benefit themselves, family members or business associates and clients. On July 14, a planning board member was allowed to not [...]

Did the mayor tell CBRE it is no longer the realtor for maritime park?

Did the mayor tell CBRE it is no longer the realtor for maritime park?

COO Tamara Fountain said the CBRE no longer has the contract to market the parcels at the Community Maritime Park. The contract expired in February. Why is this sign still at the park? Not a big deal, but it does appear that CBRE is the point of contact for those interested in the parcels at the [...]

Will Mayor’s office fix broken CMP lease process

Will Mayor’s office fix broken CMP lease process

In an article by Shannon Nickinson of the Studer Community Institute, Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, indicated that the mayor's office is working to better define the process by which interested parties negotiate leases for parcels at the Community Maritime Park. With Mayor [...]

Top five City of Pensacola salaries

Top five City of Pensacola salaries

Through a public record request, Inweekly got the salaries of city employees that are listed on the city's website: Lysia Bowling, City Attorney: $154,980 Eric Olson, City Administrator: $133,016 Richard Barker, CFO: $123,219 Tamara Fountain, Chief Operations Officer: $114,982 Lloyd [...]

Councilman charges Planning Board exceeded power

Councilman charges Planning Board exceeded power

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare several months ago submitted to the council a food truck ordinance. The City Council asked the Planning Board to review it. Councilman Bare has written COO Tamara Fountain charging the Planning Board exceeded its authority, as set for in the city code, and [...]

Podcasts: Andy Marlette and Larry Johnson discuss Studer leases

Podcasts: Andy Marlette and Larry Johnson discuss Studer leases

On Monday, PNJ editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette was interviewed on Pensacola Speaks about his take on the Studers withdrawing their proposal for the Community Maritime Park. We discussed the city's new "Transparency Section" that popped up two hours before press announcement. Marlette said, [...]

Podcast: Quint Studer explains his decision to walk away

Podcast: Quint Studer explains his decision to walk away

On Friday, lightning struck the studios of News Talk 1370 WCOA. We fought through the technical difficulties and somehow went on the air. Quint Studer had previously agreed to come on the show. I thought we would be discussing that he and his wife Rishy and Mayor Ashton Hayward had finalize the [...]

Status of Maritime Park, Post-Studers

Status of Maritime Park, Post-Studers

What's next for the Community Maritime Park? Several questions need to be answered before the city puts the parcels back on the market. 1. Who markets the remaining eight parcels at the park? The CMPA Board says that CBRE is no longer the real estate agent for them. COO Tamara Fountain has told [...]

What should be the Hayward theme song? (video)

What should be the Hayward theme song? (video)

In his Sunday column, PNJ cartoonist Andy Marlette suggests Meghan Trainor's "Lips are Movin" for the mayor's theme song. I prefer Blue Traveler's "Hook." What are your suggestions?

Hayward sends staff on road trip to New York and D.C.

Hayward sends staff on road trip to New York and D.C.

In his latest "Upwords" newsletter, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said that his Constituent Services team, the group that manages the city's automated citizen complaint system (Pensacola 311), recently visited 311 operations in New York and Washington, D.C. The system was launched four years [...]

Quint Studer on ‘Pensacola Speaks’ today at 5 p.m.

Quint Studer on ‘Pensacola Speaks’ today at 5 p.m.

Quint Studer will discuss today his decision to withdraw his offers for parcels 3, 6 and 9 at the Community Maritime Park. He told me that he's ready to move on to other options and has shied away from interviews since last night's broadcast on WEAR TV, but Quint had already committed to do the [...]

Mayor goes to Facebook to defend his decision on Studer leases

Mayor goes to Facebook to defend his decision on Studer leases

The media has heard little from Mayor Ashton Hayward since the Studers withdrew their offers for three parcels at the Community Maritime Park. Some might expect Mayor Hayward to hold a press conference to explain his position. Instead we got this Facebook post: Everyone at City Hall was [...]

Fountain and Remington take to the air waves on Studer leases

Fountain and Remington take to the air waves on Studer leases

Pensacola's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, was interviewed this morning by Andrew McKay on News Radio 1620. Fountain said Mayor Ashton Hayward and Council President Andy Terhaar have not rejected the CMPA-approved leases. However, she said they were not going to accept the leases [...]

Studer Leases: Negotiation strategy fails, CMPA chair embarrassed

Studer Leases: Negotiation strategy fails, CMPA chair embarrassed

Council President Andy Terhaar stopped by the Inweekly offices. He said he saw yesterday's press release by the mayor's office as part of the negotiations. He had hoped that the Studers would have come back with a counter, rejecting some of the 22 demands and accepting others. The council [...]

Studers’ message to Mayor Ashton Hayward and Council President Andy Terhaar

Studers’ message to Mayor Ashton Hayward and Council President Andy Terhaar

From: <Quint@studergroup.com> Date: July 23, 2015 at 9:52:07 PM CDT To: Ashton Hayward <ashtonhayward@yahoo.com>, Terhaar Andy <aterhaar@cityofpensacola.com>, "Reeves, James J. Esq." <jjreeves@bellsouth.net>, John Daniel <JPD@beggslane.com>, Remington Scott [...]

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