Oliver says County never contacted about seats

January 9, 2012

George Hawthorne claimed last week on this blog that Escambia County had been contacted about the stadium seats that the CMPA bought but later sold of scrap. County Administrator Randy Oliver sent me the following email which states the county’s Park & Recreation Department was never contacted about the availability of the seats—which the Pensacola Blue Wahoos paid over $200,000 to replace.


Michael Rhodes, the County’s Park and Recreation Director, advises me that he was never contacted regarding the bleachers (see below).


From: Michael E. Rhodes
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 3:15 PM
To: Alison A. Perdue; Randy Oliver
Cc: Dianne C. Simpson
Subject: Re: CMPA seats

Allison and Randy- I can’t speak for city nor school board but nobody contacted county parks and rec regarding the referenced seats/bleachers. Michael Rhodes


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  • eric January 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I think Jeeper is correct in the bleachers or seating rails were changed out for $200K seats. (The cost of what was scrapped was not $200K) Done at Mr. Studer’s request and expense. It is no wonder Quint Studer has concerns about how money is spent when the originals were sold for scrap value and obviously some parks and recreation depts could have made good use of the seats.

    I am hopeful Mr. Hawthorne will add what the process was really. I doubt there was anything sinister taking place, just sloppiness and a total disregard for other people’s money. Hasn’t that been common with the CMPA? Mr Studer has taken a lot of heat unfairly due to cost overruns. just my opinion….

  • jeeperman January 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Insurance or liability issues should be a non-issue.
    Right now ECUA and SRIA are both selling surplus items here:
    I visit that site quite regulary and have not seen anything there from the City of Pensacola.
    Especially in the past six months.
    I have also see stuff from ECSO as well as Escambia County.
    ECUA sold old poly chemical tanks that formerly held who knows what wicked chemicals on that site. Anyone could have bought them and used them for drinking water. Yet ECUA had no liability fears in selling them.

  • jeeperman January 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I think the seats were changed out to individual chair style seating to meet the AA team stadium requirements versus what is accepted in a AAA team stadium.

  • Dave January 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    George, you previously stated that they were offered to other agncies and that they turned them down, and that is not the case. There is a difference between discussing making them avaialble to others and actually communicating with the agencies and having them refuse the bleachers.

    My broader suggestion/point is that you seem to comment and provide information on many issues, much of which you only seem to have peripheral knowledge or experience.

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