Entertainment Pensacola

Gallery Nights are expensive

November 15, 2013

Each Gallery Night, the monthly special event hosted by the Downtown Improvement Board on Palafox, costs the DIB $9,357 -which the organizations tries cover with a sponsorships and a fees charged to downtown businesses. DIB Executive Director Ron Butlin created this spreadsheet for his board on the costs associated with each Gallery Night:

Clean Up: 850.00
Bollard Set Up: 250.00
Police: 1,877.00
Port-a-let: 655.00
Traffic Equipment: 517.08
No Parking Signs: 25.00
Zip Ties: 45.00
Courthouse Posters: 195.00
Participant Posters: 400.00
Signs Install/Remove: 100.00
City Permit: 250.00
Insurance allocation: 1,000.00
Staff Time: 2,500.00
EMT: 693.50

Expenses Total: $9,357.58

Initially Gallery Nights were sponsored now-defunct Arts Council of Northwest Florida and held quarterly. When the DIB took it over it was expanded to 6-8 times a year. Now the DIB has announced that the Gallery Nights will be held monthly.

We are hearing from downtown businesses that they are not so sure monthly Gallery Nights are a good idea. To get the events to pay for themselves, the DIB will need more sponsors and to raise fees for participating businesses.

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  • jeeperman November 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    That expenses spread sheet appears to be some creative accounting made to support ending Gallery Nights.

    I too would like to know what expenses the bollards eliminated.

    14 line items and at least 10 of them are in need of justification.

  • loserman November 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    what are zip ties though? those things they use to handcuff people with or those things they use to tie off garbage bags? if it’s for the bags i have like a million of them they can have for free….

  • Betty McAlpin November 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Staff Time: $2,500. Seriously? That means 10 people making $25 per hour working 10 hours each on each Gallery Night! Seriously? I doubt that have more than one or two staffers working these events and nobody working more than a few hours. Let’s be generous and say they have 5 staffers working exclusively on each Gallery Night for 5 hours each. That means they are making $100 per hour. Nice work if you can get it!

    $45 for zip ties? You can buy 100 heavy duty zip ties for $5. Why does each Gallery Night need 900 zip ties? Still, $45 is a drop in the bucket compared to staff time. I would love to see the staffers time reports.

  • MJ November 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I think that Businesses who normally close at 5pm, who have not sponsored this event should not be allowed to stay open. Ditto for the Bars who haven’t sponsored the event, they can stay closed until Gallery Night officially ends.

    I don’t make stops at places not on the Sponsored List.

  • Tim Dohms November 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Cost $9300. Compare that to the additional revenue generated by the thousands of people showing up paying for parking, eating in restaurants, shopping in the Palafox stores these people normally wouldn’t go out of their way for… I think the cost is worth it to the downtown businesses. What should be the real gripe to go after is why, when we have the Bollards and barricaded turn lanes, do we still have police at those same intersections? Wasn’t the point of the Bollards to eliminate the double overtime cost of placing uniformed officers there?

  • loserman November 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

    what does ‘Zip Ties: 45.00’ mean?

  • billybob November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

    It would be interesting to see the sub categories of each line item. Spread sheets without those can be made on any cell phone….. as they say, the devil is in the details.

  • Lars November 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

    What’s that $2500 staff time that isn’t included in the other entries?