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Ashton Hayward


City of Pensacola Sunshine Center blows a fuse

October 5, 2016

Mayor Ashton Hayward has no documents that support his decision to pay his former city administrator, Bill Reynolds, to withdraw his lawsuit against the City of Pensacola. The mayor paid Reynolds and his attorney over $95,000 a…


Dimmer switch used on City of Pensacola Sunshine Center

October 4, 2016

Inweekly isn’t the only one having trouble with Mayor Ashton Hayward’s Sunshine Center, the city department responsible for fulfilling public record requests. Former Pensacola City Council President Maren Deweese says that not only has the Hayward…

Pensacola Politics

City dodges answers to questions on $95K payout

October 3, 2016

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward doesn’t want to explain his September 2015 decision to settle the lawsuit brought against the City of Pensacola by former City Administrator Bill Reynolds. When City Public Information Officer Vernon Stewart issued…


Tampa weighs in on who approves lawsuit settlements

September 26, 2016

Tampa’s City Attorney Julia Mandell responded to the newspaper’s inquiry about its strong mayor’s power to settle lawsuits against the City of Tampa. She said the mayor cannot spend any money without council approval. Contracts go…


Reynolds settlement without council approval an anomaly

September 26, 2016

Inweekly reporter Duwayne Escobedo called several cities with strong mayors from around the state of Florida to see what was their mayors’ legal authority to settlement lawsuits against their cities. Of those, some gave the mayor a $25,000-$30,000…