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Gaetz viewpoint talks about disagreeing without rancor, a lesson lost in Pensacola

Gaetz viewpoint talks about disagreeing without rancor, a lesson lost in Pensacola

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz wrote a viewpoint for the Tallahassee Democrat in support of John Thrasher being selected as the new Florida State University president (Work with Thrasher). He opened with an insightful story about how he and Thrasher, one of the most influential leaders in [...]

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Critical City Council Vote Last week, the daily newspaper cited the city's natural gas utility, Pensacola Energy, for having some of the oldest pipes in the country. The situation could be worse if not for the foresight of city leaders in 2011. Mayor Ashton Hayward, with the help of then-Chief [...]

City Papers: Insurance Broker

City Papers: Insurance Broker

The last set of documents concerned the insurance broker services. Stuart Freeman of Molton, Allen & Williams approached the city believing that he could save the city money by consolidating all the insurance policies under one broker (Freeman ), at the time the city had five firms - [...]

Time for Hayward and City to separate legal representation

Time for Hayward  and City to separate legal representation

The daily newspaper reported today that Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward "retained an attorney at the law firm of Beggs and Lane to handle his involvement in the federal investigation." According to the paper, the mayor is personally paying for at least some of those legal expenses. The federal [...]

Galusha gets $318,541 judgment against City of Pensacola

Galusha gets $318,541 judgment against City of Pensacola

Arthur Shimek sent me an email this morning that his client, Paul Galusha, won his case,#2013 CA 001565, against the city of Pensacola and received a verdict for $ 318,541.58. However, because the city has sovereign immunity, Galusha will only receive $100,000. Inweekly published a story on [...]

City Papers: Travel expenses

City Papers: Travel expenses

The city of Pensacola compiled 727 pages of travel and mileage expenses for Mayor Ashton Hayward and his former chief of staff, John Asmar. For Asmar, there isn't much. A planned trip to St. Louis with three councilmen, Larry Johnson, Ronald Townsend and Brian Spencer, that I think got canceled. [...]

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 3

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 3

The last disk that we received on the Main Street Project has 707 pages, some of which were duplicates of memos, email, specs, etc. in the other volumes. Volume 3 has emails that show how Finance, Public Works and Engineering worked to shift expenditures to keep the project within its approved [...]

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 2

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 2

Another 1,250 pages. Points of interest for me (but you may see something else): Chief of Staff John Asmar had George Maiberger, Purchasing Director, bid out the owner's representative contract. Hatch Mott and Volkert submitted bids, but Maiberger had to send an email to Steve Dana of Jerry Pate [...]

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 1

City Papers: Main Street Project Vol. 1

Volume 1 of the Main Street Projects has 1,250 pages, which seem daunting to review but hundreds of the pages are duplications of the same memos, specifications and reports. Roads, Inc of Northwest Florida was awarded the $1.4 million contract. There were four change orders, last including a [...]

City Papers: Jerry Pate Design

City Papers: Jerry Pate Design

The disk released by the City of Pensacola had 611 pages regarding Jerry Pate Design. The documents were to complete this public record request: We request to review all records pertaining to the following agreements: a) An "Agreement" dated Feb. 3, 2012, between the City of Pensacola and [...]

Weekend Buzz: Faculty loses confidence in Bense, Good week for Hayward, Scott dumps $1 mil in Pensacola

Weekend Buzz: Faculty loses confidence in Bense, Good week for Hayward, Scott dumps $1 mil in Pensacola

The University of West Florida Faculty Senate voted "No Confidence" in the UWF President Judy Bense. The vote was 17-2, with one abstention. The teachers’ union has been battling the UWF administration over its collective bargaining agreement. An emergency Board of Trustees meeting has been [...]

State Attorney: City must release documents given to federal grand jury

State Attorney: City must release documents given to federal grand jury

I received a phone call yesterday from the Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille that the city of Pensacola will fulfill my public record requests concerning Main Street Rehabilitation Project, contracts with Jerry Pate Design, city investments, insurance broker services and expenses of [...]

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