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Spencer apologizes for helicopter controversy

April 1, 2012

April 1, 2012
From Brian Spencer, City Councilman, District 6.

I offer my sincerest and deepest apology to those soldiers, veterans, their families and friends who have been offended by my position on the Cobra helicopter.

As a lifelong resident of our historic city, I am reminded of the importance of our military and the success and vibrancy they continue to contribute to the Pensacola area. I greatly regret that I misunderstood the magnitude of the significance and symbolism that this aircraft means to our warriors and their families.

Most importantly, it is my hope that there is no division within this city that we all love. It is my commitment as an individual in this community to work toward reconciliation and restoration with veterans that I admire, respect, and appreciate.

While there is no doubt that the impact of this issue has brought forth a lot of passion and engaged us in debate, let us begin the healing that is THE underlying component of our memorials to our veterans.

So, let’s work together and raise the needed funds for the clock tower for the 100th anniversary of Marine Aviation. Now is the time for Pensacola to shine with pride, honor, and dignity.

Brian Spencer

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Spencer

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  • Jim April 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Spencer’s short sightedness in his personal crusade to oust the helicopter I predict will be his downfall as a politician, and this so called day late and dollar short “apology” is in my opinion an ill-fated tactical retreat.

  • Mary Mead April 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I read the article from Brian Spencer, City Councilman, District 6, which is my district. I have informed Councilman Spencer and Mayor Hayward repeatedly, since their election that my husband and I, both veterans, purchased the property at 520 N. Spring Street which was being used as an art gallery/antique shop holding functions since 1980. In May 2000, we were authorized, by City Officials, to reopen after restoring the historic property.

    In January, 2001, officials of the City of Pensacola, Escambia County and the State of Florida authorized us to receive the Historic Preservation Tax Exemption. The Pensacola City Council Memorandum dated January 8, 2001, page 2, paragraph 3 states, “The Meads propose to use the structure for an art gallery, antiques, crafts and functions.” (This memo is located at – council file dated 1/11/2001, in the Pensacola City records section on line).

    We invested our life savings and our income from this property for years to restore this beautiful historic building and operate our business.

    From May, 2000, until March 19, 2005, we operated peacefully but were illegally closed down on March 19, 2005, during a wedding, by a policeman who stated that we weren’t authorized to have functions and because we held functions, we were completely closed down. This was backed up within 48 hours by many other City Officials including the City Manager, Director of the Community Development Department, etc.

    The next day, on Sunday, March 20, 2005, City Officials announced that they were building the Maritime Park at the end of our street. It appears that when our property became important, it had to be illegally taken away from us.

    I have repeatedly stated and have supplied irrefutable evidence that our business was forcibly closed down, without due process, and has been forcibly closed down for over seven (7) years by extortion (threats against us) resulting in grand theft against persons 65 years of age or older (denial of our business income) apparently enforced by a cover-up on the part of all public officials I have requested to stop these apparent illegal/criminal actions against us.

    During this time, my husband of 39 years passed away (cancer) without us being able to reopen our business even though he hoped to recover and hoped we would be able to reopen. I just paid the yearly property tax of $5,780.94 but I am refused the operation of my business as authorized and am refused the services of those this pays for to include: Pensacola Mayor Hayward, the Pensacola Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

    If Mayor Hayward and Councilman Spencer really care about veterans, stop the illegal actions against me, a veteran.

  • George Hawthorne April 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Good move, Brian, I know the heart felt passion you have for this city and fully respect your architectual “eye.”

    However, as you so eloquently stated, “the importance of our military and the success and vibrancy they continue to contribute to the Pensacola area,” is more important than the design “asthetics.”

    More importantly, your statement clearly shows that you care about the opinions of the “people.” That is a quality that is sometimes lacking in a politician and you should be commended for this quality.

    I hope that everyone will “move-on” and work with you to make this memorial a “reality.”