City disputes post that mayor pulled Oliver from CMPA

February 13, 2013


Not sure where you are getting your information. Mayor Hayward did not ask that anything be pulled from the agenda for today’s CMPA meeting. To my knowledge, an agenda has not even been released for anything to be pulled from. As a legitimate news organization, we hope that you will retract or correct your inaccurate headline and copy.

Mr. Oliver will be attending today’s CMPA meeting but is not, was not, and has not been scheduled to make any presentation.


Derek Cosson
Public Information Officer
City of Pensacola

Unless my sources retracts statement to us, we will stand by the post. Let’s see what happens today at the CMPA meeting. Maybe the mayor will give his recommendations to the CMPA board–then this will be a moot and I guess I will be a “loser” in the Jan. 21 issue.

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  • Eleventh hour February 14, 2013 at 5:12 am

    I guess it is hard to pull something from an agenda that does not appear until shortly before the subject meeting. Brilliant!

  • Mark Taylor February 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Mr. Oliver did attend the CMPA meeting, it appeared he was not planning on speaking, however a few Board members asked him to and he did. It was a good presentation but was not near as detailed as the one he gave Friday to the committee. Was there a chance he was asked to skip over some of the more controversial topics and to “tone it down” some, quite possibly, but I have no facts or direct knowledge of that. Always the chance he just felt he explained it thoroughly to the committee Friday and would let his report stand on its own.

  • Charles bare February 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    The agenda was not released until 1045 am today, less than 3 hours before the meeting. This is government by ambush.

  • George Hawthorne February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Rick – You a “loser”? WOW. As a man who has made the “list” in both catagories, I think that would be very funny.

  • Dale Parker February 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

    If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the fact that you caught them off guard. Now, they have to leave it or look bad. If anything, you should go in the Winner’s column from preventing this from disappearing into the Mayor’s office.

    Seriously though, it is LONG time that the City Council grows up and cans the ENTRIRE CMPA. This group has been a disaster for the park from day 1 and their lack of accountability continues today.