CMPA agenda has YMCA and ‘Maritime Park Financial Report’ as discussion items

February 13, 2013

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Wednesday, Feb.13, 2013 – 1:30 p.m.

I. Call to Order – Chairman’s Comments
II. Approval of the Minutes
III. Open Forum

IV. Action Items
1. CMPA Annual Audit
2. Budget Amendment #18
3. Request from Blue Wahoos to Upgrade Stadium
4. Request to submit grant for Marina – Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club
5. Telescope Vendor Agreement

V. Discussion Items
2. Maritime Park Financial Report

VI. Updates
A. Operations and Audit Committee
B. Administration
B. Design Development Committee
C. Equal Business Opportunity Committee

VII. Adjourn

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  • pay up February 15, 2013 at 6:30 am

    it appears the CMPA has no interest or motivation to even discuss a plan for the further development of the CMP. They busy themselves with an agenda that is little more than reacting to items lobbed their way like the YMCA and marina grant. Stop looking to the baseball team to save the day. The park is not viable without further development of the remaining parcels. Time for the CMPA to get to work on maximizing the huge investment made by the taxpayers of the city of Pensacola.

  • joe February 15, 2013 at 12:37 am

    At some point fiscal responsibility about what takes place at the ballpark by the bay needs to be exercised, not an emotional push to place something, anything, in this case, non-revenue producing on the site so the city can be considered “progressive”. The type of housing needed/promoted downtown is not such that people will be going to the Y and share a hot tub.

  • Jim February 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I fully support the idea of a new Y downtown. Most progressive metropolitan areas have them. However, I think putting it on a multi-million dollar waterfront parcel that will not bring in any property taxes is a HUGE mistake. Let’s get a deal worked out for the old Stink property and put it there. Waterfront? Not necessary.

  • L.Laird February 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

    NEW Maritime YMCA is a Winner for the City, the Citizens and the CMP. With a new Y, other business will want to build their new office/retail business in the Park next door to the Y. New residential construction would also considering building in the area. At this writing, the Swimming Pool, the Hot Tub at the Y is closed. It will re-open?? With a new Y, located @ the Park, a whole host of new types of members will want to join. The new members do not want to drink beer, or get Tattoo’s, or parade up and down Palafox in a drunken state, nor do they care about Roman type of parades or circus’s. Granted, Pensacola is a small town, but do we have to deal with positive growth/progress with small town mentality…

  • Hey Joe February 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Correct Joe – it is a very ugly scenario indeed but no one on the CMPA board or city council appears to be worried.

  • joe February 14, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I’m glad to read Mr. Bare’s comments and that he seems to be paying attention. The CMPA is suffering from bad decisions made by past leadership, from the beginning. Mr. Studer is not to blame as he appears to be the only person involved in the whole mess that has followed through with his commitments.
    What’s going to happen if three years down the road Quint gets tired of the BS and moves or sells his team, just short of the time the bond payments reach the maximum yearly payback amounts. We’ll find out his attorneys were more competent than the COP’cola attorneys, so we will see some major arse kissing by Collier Merrill to keep Quint’s interest in having his team here.
    Was the Mayor Daily journal correct in that the CRA has no money for downtown besides the bay ballpark?

  • Mark Taylor February 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I agree Charles, I don’t know the details on the preparation of the agenda (I’m assuming something may of been being waited on up line a bit), but I can tell you that as a Board member I did not receive it until 10:47 am in an email either. I of course believed that the Y would be on it and was surprised it was only a discussion item and not an action item. Sounds like the Mayor’s office is handling the Y lease and it will be up to the Council to approve or not approve. I’m not certain if the CMPA will even have a vote on the topic.

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  • pay up February 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    this is the same manner in which the URAC operated. Not a good practice by any means.

  • Charles bare February 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Last week, I received a notice that the Community Maritime Park Associates would be meeting today, but I was told the agenda was not final. The Community Maritime Park Associates meetings have been published on the City of Pensacola web site in the past, but the last meeting listed on our web site took place on 8/15/2012.

    I had anticipated that the CMPA would take up a discussion of the proposed movement of the YMCA today. I was shocked to receive the agenda at 10:45 am today, less than 3 hours before the 1:30 meeting. I was not shocked to see the YMCA item up for discussion, but 3 hours notice is ridiculous. They owe more to the public than 3 hours notice. I hope that some of their members will ask for better notice in the future.

    The public has a huge stake in the CMPA. I am very disappointed in the leadership of the CMPA for ambushing the public with this agenda.

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