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Muddy, Murky Mess of Maritime Leases

Muddy, Murky Mess of Maritime Leases

The Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Directors on Wednesday passed leases for parcels 3, 6 and 9 that contained the 24 changes that Mayor Ashton Hayward's attorney - John Daniel of Beggs & Lane - wanted made to the agreements that were approved by the same board more than a month [...]

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees, not hardly

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees,  not hardly

In today’s News Journal, Levin Papantonio Brian Barr praises Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward for negotiating such low attorney fees on the BP settlement – $963,346 on the $5.4 million settlement, 18 percent. “In my view, (Hayward) negotiated the deal of the century,” Barr said. “…The [...]

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare passed out at last night's meeting his reasons why he has no confidence in Eric Olson serving as the city administrator: Why No Confidence? Definitions: Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, [...]

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

By Rick Outzen, Inweekly publisher In her editorial today, PNJ editor Lisa Nellessen-Lara writes about how Hayward's staff and supporters have tried to discourage the daily newspaper from reporting on the missteps of city hall: "Letters to our shareholders claiming imagined biases or [...]

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the City's AFSCME collective bargaining unit, representing the City of Pensacola’s general employees. “Our front-line employees are one of our City’s strongest [...]

New version on Olson incident still off, continues to miss the point

New version on Olson incident still off, continues to miss the point

Mayor Ashton Hayward relaxed his policy and allowed his city administrator to speak with the Pensacola News Journal. On Monday, the mayor had said he would not let his staff defend their actions. Yesterday he let Eric Olson answer questions as to why he called the bosses of Melanie Nichols, [...]

Hayward: ‘Mr. Levin speaks for himself’

Hayward: ‘Mr. Levin speaks for himself’

We asked the city for a statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward about Fred Levin's comments today. "I'm not responsible for what other people write," said the mayor. "Mr. Levin speaks for himself."

Levin compares Mayor and Administrator to rape victims. Update: He withdraws analogy. Compares Nichols to criminal

Levin compares Mayor and Administrator to rape victims. Update: He withdraws analogy. Compares Nichols to criminal

We received this new statement from Mr. Levin at 4:32 p.m. He has dropped the rape analogy. He wrote, "Upon further reflection of my initial post script, I am submitting the below updated post script for your editorial. I should not have used the rapist analogy." From: Taxie Lambert Sent: [...]

What have we learned about Eric Olson incident? More questions than answers

What have we learned about Eric Olson incident? More questions than answers

None of the "350 emails" from Melanie Nichols' federal account were addressed to City Administrator Eric Olson. Why did this even get on Eric Olson's radar? There was no email to Olson from Nichols in the collection of emails talking about the height of the radio tower as attorney Fred Levin [...]

What did Melanie Nichols say in her emails to city staff? No smoking gun, routine stuff

What did Melanie Nichols say in her emails to city staff? No smoking gun, routine stuff

Eric Olson had been City Administrator for three months before he was compelled to contact the bosses of Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, on July 2. What did she say in her emails from her federal government account that so upset Olson? I can't find [...]

Fred Levin offers his version of the Olson incident, facts differ

Fred Levin offers his version of the Olson incident, facts differ

Attorney Fred Levin, the first person to ever top Inweekly's Power List, went on NewsRadio 1620 this morning to defend Mayor Ashton Hayward. He gave his version of why City Administrator Eric Olson called the bosses of Melanie Nichols, president of North Hill Preservation Association. Fred [...]

Citizens will be heard on City Administrator Eric Olson

Citizens will be heard on City Administrator Eric Olson

Mayor Ashton Hayward wanted to move forward. He wanted the discussion on his city administrator's phone call to the bosses of North Hill Preservation Association president to end. After all, he solely controls the employment fate of Eric Olson. The "No Confidence" vote has no real impact. [...]

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare provided to the media his add-on item for the Aug. 20 Council meeting. We're hearing that council members are lobbied to drop the matter of Olson threatening the president of a homeowners' association. They are being told it's best to not discuss the matter [...]

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

In a face-to-face interview with Shannon Nickinson of the Studer Community Institute, Mayor Ashton Hayward said he wants to put past mistakes behind him and move city government forward for the betterment of the community. One area that would have a significant impact is investigating the cell [...]

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

The News Journal asked eight questions of Mayor Ashton Hayward about his former Chief of Operations, Tamara Fountain,(Editorial: Mayor Hayward responds). He provided written answers that the newspaper published in its Opinion section. The mayor said he was introduced to Fountain by "a member of [...]

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Last Monday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced through a press release that his Chief Operations Officer had resigned. He said Eric Olson, his City Administrator, would assume her duties, which included supervision of the Pensacola Energy Services, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Attorney Fred Levin sent late yesterday a letter to the News Journal and Inweekly in support of Mayor Ashton Hayward and requesting that we print it in its entirety. Levin is longtime friend and once was a business partner of Hayward. They were partners in WAMMA (World Alliance of Mixed Martial [...]

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