Hayward signs contract with OHM for airport concession contract

March 21, 2014

Flanked by City Council President Jewel Cannada-Wynn and Council members Larry B. Johnson, Andy Terhaar, and Brian Spencer, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward this afternoon signed a contract with OHM Concessions Group to provide food and beverage concessions at Pensacola International Airport.

“I am taking this action today to end the political gridlock over this issue, and to secure the best deal for our airport and the traveling public,” said Hayward. “It is time for us to move forward and continue to position our airport to succeed.”

At its March 13 meeting, a majority of Council members voted to extend the contract of the current concessions vendor, an action which the City Attorney and an outside legal opinion both advised the Council did not have the legal authority to take.

Earlier this week, Hayward said that the Council “took an improper action” and issued a veto of the Council’s resolution out of an abundance of caution.

Hayward said the contract with OHM will bring more than $1 million of additional revenue to Pensacola International Airport. According to Airport officials, there will be no interruption in concessions service during the transition.

In addition, OHM has ensured that at least 60% of its goods and services purchases will be made with local vendors, and the company is a certified Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

“Increasing non-airline revenue will allow our airport to reduce charges to airlines,” said Hayward, “allowing us to better compete for new carriers, new routes, and a larger share of the future for our city.”

Under the contract, OHM will create 100 jobs at Pensacola International Airport. Employees of the current vendor will have the opportunity to interview, and OHM will hold a job fair at the airport on March 25-27.

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  • EPenn March 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Melinda, well I guess you have your opinion and you’re welcome to it: however, CJ gets to have his too…So, Melinda have a great day comrade.

  • L.Laird March 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Freedom to agree or disagree is one of the founding principles of our Constitution. However it seems to me, that most southerners love to attack this freedom if said person opinion does not fit the so called “southern way”. One can only assume that if CJ attacked the JIM CROW LAWS, he would be lynched just like so many out spoken black citizen where, right here in Pensacola.

  • whatajoke March 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Melinda — you may not care what CJ thinks, but I do. Hayward has been a total disaster for Pensacola & hopefully enough citizens will vote him out.

  • robin spence March 22, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I understand that OHM gave the best bid but it was not as good a bid as the other bid. Chick Fillet does not open on Sundays so therefore the service to the travelling public is not well served on Sundays. Here was a chance to present Pensacola and it’s wonderful quirky food choices to the travelling public, now it has been blown. The lowest bid, as usual, is not always the best bid. This is certainly the worst bid for Pensacola and the best bid for big corporate America.

  • Melinda March 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    CJ nobody cares what you think, go away please

  • Wayward March 21, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Can’t get a majority of council votes? No problemo! In the new charter the mayor gets a vote too, apparently!

  • CJ Lewis March 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    The five honest Council members should remove Cannada-Wynn as Council President giving the gavel to Pratt. Cannada-Wynn is an embarrassment to our city.

    The key issue now is which of the five Council members is going to lead the charge defending the Charter and Code of Ordinances to include the Council’s authority to approve contracts at the Airport. If this rogue action stands, the Council constructively concedes every other authority it has in the Code of Ordinances.

    Someone needs to determine what happens if/when Hayward gets booted out of office in November. If this contract was entered into unlawfully, can the new Mayor boot OHM out of the Airport, work with the Council to bring in a temporary vendor and then initiate a new RFP process that excludes OHM because of its role in this scheme to undermine the integrity of the city government.

    If Hayward thinks we need to reduce airline revenues, and there is no evidence that we do, the obvious course of action is to increase non-airline revenues by a compensatory amount.